Volleyball second in West Allis tourney

Volleyball West Allis Tourney

The Comets show off their second-place medals following a tournament in West Allis Aug. 29.

Recapping the Aug. 29, 10-team West Allis Volleyball Tournament

The Delavan-Darien varsity volleyball squad finished in second place, coach Jean Jacobs reports.

Milwaukee Pius, Dominican, Milwaukee King, West Allis Central, Plymouth, Waukesha North, Delavan Darien, Elkhart Lake, Whitefish Bay, Madison East

DDHS Results

Pool Play:
Match 1 vs Waukesha  North
DD 25-27
DD 15-25

Aces: Taylor Mortlock, Alex Gonzales 1
Kills: Taylor Mortlock, Haley Mueller 5
Assists: Cassidy Timmerman, Alex Gonzales 5
Blocks: Haley Mueller 5
Digs: Taylor Mortlock, Claudia Nieuwenhuis 5

Match 2 vs Madison East
DD 25-10
DD 25-16

Aces: Taylor Mortlock 4
Kills: Jaida Speth 3
Assists: Cassidy Timmerman 5
Blocks: Kenna Timmerman 4
Digs: Tina Bahaveolos 5

Match 3 vs Elkhart
DD 25-19
DD 25-17

Aces: Taylor Mortlock, Hunter Huber 2
Kills: Kenna Timmerman, Haley Mueller 4
Assists: Cassidy Timmerman 9
Blocks: Kenna Timmerman 1
Digs: Claudia Nieuwenhuis 8

Match 4 vs Whitefish Bay
DD 22-25
DD 17-25

Aces: Taylor Mortlock 4
Kills: Kenna Timmerman 5
Assists: Cassidy Timmerman 8
Blocks: Haley Mueller 4
Digs: Hunter Huber 8

(3 way tie for 2nd place. 1st round- Elkhart beat Waukesha North)

Play off for 2nd place in pool.

Match 5 vs Elkhart
DD 15-13

Aces: Taylor Mortlock 3
Kills: Taylor Mortlock 2
Assists: Cassidy Timmerman 3
Blocks: Kenna Timmerman, Abbey Even 1
Digs: Claudia Nieuwenhuis 5

Play offs:

Match 6: vs Plymouth
DD 27-26
DD 25-13

Aces: Claudia Nieuwenhuis 5
Kills: Taylor Mortlock 7
Assists: Cassidy Timmerman 5
Blocks: N/A
Digs: Claudia Nieuwenhuis 5

Match 7 vs Whitefish Bay
DD 15-25
DD 18-25

Aces: Taylor Mortlock 4
Kills: Jaida Speth 3
Assists: Cassidy Timmerman 4
Blocks: Kenna Timmerman 3
Digs: Hunter Huber 4

1-Whitefish Bay

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Car wash, brat sale to benefit ‘Blessings in a Backpack’ at TC

car washLocal churches are working together to offer a “Blessings in a Backpack” program for students at Turtle Creek Elementary School.

“Blessings in a Backpack” provides a bag of food that is distributed each Friday afternoon to elementary school children whose families qualify for the Federal Free and Reduced Price Meal program. It provides the children food for the weekend, focusing initial efforts on approximately 80 students in preschool through grade 2. (Additional students in upper elementary grades will be added if additional funding is secured.)

To help raise funds, the volunteering churches are holding a a car wash and bratwurst, hot dog, and bake sale at at Luther Memorial Church from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 13.  Luther Memorial is located on the corner of Hwy 50 and Tyrell St. (across from Ace Hardware).  All proceeds will go to the Blessings in a Backpack program and benefit the Turtle Creek Elementary students.


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Volleyball team off and running in 2015

VolleyballResults: UW-Oshkosh Chaos at Kolf Classic (32-team, two-day tournament)

Delavan-Darien Placed 12th

Claudia Nieuwenhuis made the coaches All Tournament Team.

DDHS Volleyball 2015

Pool play:
Match 1 vs Elkhart Lake
DD 17-25
DD 25-19
DD 15-5

Ace: Taylor Mortlock, Alex Gonzales-2
Kills: Kenna Timmerman 6
Assists: Cassidy Timmerman 5
Blocks: Haley Mueller 4
Digs: Taylor Mortlock 12

Match 2 vs  Hamilton
DD 19-25
DD 16-25

Ace:Taylor Mortlock 2
Kills: Haley Mueller 4
Assists: Alex Gonzales 4
Blocks: Kenna Timmerman 3
Digs: Claudia Nieuwenhuis 4

Match 3: vs Green bay Southwest
DD 26-24
DD 22-25
DD 15-0

Ace: Taylor Mortlock 9
Kills: Taylor Mortlock 5
Assists: Cassidy Timmerman 10
Blocks: Kenna Timmerman 5
Digs: Hunter Huber 5

Note: Taylor Mortlock served ALL 15 serves in Set 3!!!!!!!!!!! 15-0!

Day 2: Seated 16th Gold bracket

Match 1: vs Monona Grove
DD 17-25
DD 25-13
DD 12-15

Ace: Alex Gonzales 3
Kills: Taylor Mortlock, Kenna Timmerman, Jaida Speth 5
Assists: Alex Gonzales 8
Blocks: Kenna Timmerman, Haley Mueller 3
Digs:Claudia Nieuwenhuis 10

Match 2 vs Houghton (Michigan)
DD 25-21
DD 25-22

Ace: Alex Gonzales 5
Kills: Jaida Speth 8
Assists: Cassidy Timmerman 7
Blocks: Kenna Timmerman 3
Dig: Claudia Nieuwenhuis 7

Match 3 vs Seymour
DD 21-25
DD 25-19

Aces:Hunter Huber 2
Kills: Jaida Speth 3
Assists: Cassidy Timmerman, Alex Gonzales 3
Blocks: Jaida Speth, Jacqueline Damrow, Kenna Timmerman, Haley Mueller 1
Digs: Claudia Nieuwenhuis 5

Match 4 vs Mosinee
DD 15-25
DD 22-25

Aces: Taylor Mortlock, Hunter Huber 1
Kills:Taylor Mortlock 5
Assists: Cassidy Timmerman 5
Blocks: Kenna Timmerman 2
Digs:Hunter Huber 5

Gold Bracket:
2- Cambellsport
3- West Bend West
5- Pulanski
6- Grafton
7- Medford
8-Monona Grove
10- Bayport
11- Mosinee
12- Delavan-Darien
13- Ashwabenon
14-Madison LaFollette
15- Black River Falls
16- Houghton

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All School Open Houses are Monday, Aug. 31


All Delavan-Darien School District school open houses are scheduled for Monday, Aug. 31.

  • All Elementary Schools: 3:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Phoenix Middle School: 3:00-5:00 p.m.
  • DDHS: 5:00-7:00 p.m.

All students and parents are invited to attend.

Meet-and-greet your teachers! Visit your classrooms! Bring your school supplies to fill up desks and lockers!

DDHS students will have their schedules and Chromebooks issued to them.

Parents can learn more about using Infinite Campus and other district technologies.

Hope you can make it!


Padres y Estudiantes de Delavan-Darien,  

Todas las Puertas Abiertas del Distrito Escolar de Delavan-Darien están programadas para el lunes, 31 de agosto.

  • Todas las Escuelas Primarias: 3:30-5:30 p.m.
  • La Escuela Secundaria: 3:00-5:00 p.m.
  • La Escuela Preparatoria: 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Todos los estudiantes están invitados para asistir.

¡Conozcan y saluden a sus maestros! ¡Visiten sus salones! ¡Traigan sus suministros de la escuela para llenar sus escritorios y armarios!

Los estudiantes de la escuela preparatoria recibirán sus honorarios y Chromebooks. 

Los padres pueden aprender más acerca de usar Infinite Campus y otra tecnología del distrito.

¡Esperamaos que pueden asistir!

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Herb Kohl Fellowship Nominations being accepted

HerbKohlEducationalFoundationParents, students and community members,

The Herb Kohl Educational Foundation is celebrating its 26th year of providing fellowships to 100 teachers and matching grants to schools of those teachers.

Teacher fellows receive $3,000 with an additional $3,000 going to the school of each Kohl fellow.

This program is an opportunity to recognize excellence in education. To be eligible, teachers must be nominated by parents, students, community members, school administrators or other school staffers.

Nominations are due back to the school district by Friday, Sept. 25.

Download the Nomination form here.

Thank you for considering nominating our excellent Delavan-Darien staffers for this fellowship award!

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New program offers jobs, opportunity for DDHS students

Call-A-CometDELAVAN — In what may be a first-of-its-kind program in the state, Delavan-Darien High School is offering jobs and opportunities to a select group of students.

The new Call A Comet Program, which begins this coming school year, gives students with special educational needs both jobs and life experiences they may not otherwise get easily.

In addition, these jobs will be provide valuable services to community members, said Carri Brandt, the DDHS Special Education Department chair and Call A Comet organizer.

“There were not a lot of available paid positions out there, so we decided to make our own,” Brandt said. “This is a way to teach students job experiences in a supervised environment so they can learn to become better workers and be ready to work other jobs when they’re done with high school.”

The program will focus on giving job skills training and pay to students age 18-21. State and federal laws allow students with special needs to continue their public education until they reach age 21. Other junior and senior students with special needs can be a part of the program, too, Brandt said.

“Ultimately, the goal is to have students, when they leave Delavan-Darien High School, to have a plan, which means having a job already lined up, going into the military, or entering college,” Brandt said. “We don’t want them (the eligible 18 to 21-year-old students) leaving this program until something like that happens.”

Brandt said some grants have been obtained to provide seed money to support the program. Proceeds raised by performing services should keep it self-sustaining.

Students will receive minimum wage for the work performed, which might include car washing, dog walking, light yard work, home cleaning, linen services and possibly other duties the students are able to perform, Brandt said.

“The students who will be involved in the program are really excited about it,” Brandt said, noting that she knows of no other extensive high school work program in the state. “I’ve also had some phone calls from families in other districts asking about it. Some of those students are considering enrolling here because of it, which is very exciting.”

When the students aren’t performing paid tasks, they will be doing community service work for other experiences. It’s another way the school district gives back to the community, Brandt said.

Other work-experience programs run at DDHS for students with special needs include the selling of Balloon Bouquets, making and selling coffee in the DDHS library and staffing a snack cart that makes regular rounds at DDHS.


For more information about the Call A Comet Program visit www.ddschools.org/callacomet, or call or email Brandt at 262-728-2642 ext. 4448, or cbrandt@ddschools.org.


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Delavan Art and Artists Wanted For Heritage Fest!

Early Delavan artwork. Photo by Terry Mayer. Click to see more.

In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, the Chicago Art Institute held summer school classes in Delavan.  A number of these artists settled and worked in Delavan.  In the 1970’s our current Chamber of Commerce Building housed the Delavan Art Museum where a group of artist created a co-op to show their work. Since then and continuing today, the rich tradition of artists creating in Delavan continues.

On the weekend of August 27-30, The Friends of Phoenix Park Bandshell, will again be sponsoring a very special weekend.  Heritage Fest is a celebration of the cultural and historical people and events that make our community unique.

Our art exhibit this year will be at Brick Street Market.  Opening reception for the artists will be Thursday August 27, from 5:00-7:00 pm. Art work registration and drop off is Sunday August 23 from10:00am-1:30 pm.

Our exhibit, Delavan Artists –Then and Now is currently looking for artist with Delavan roots to exhibit in our show. This includes artists that attended Delavan schools, worked or lived here, and artists currently working and living in Delavan.  If you are an artist that would like to exhibit your work, or have the work of Delavan artists you would like to share with our community please contact Nikki Marsicano (262) 215-1174 or bynichol@yahoo.com.

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Youth Suicide Prevention Resources

StopYouthSuicideYouth suicide in Southeastern Wisconsin remains a health crisis that affects us all, a recent report by Fox 6 Milwaukee reminds us. 

Medical examiner records from Milwaukee, Racine, Kenosha and Waukesha counties indicate 71 kids and teens have died by suicide in the last five years. Many of them were 15 or younger.

For every kid who dies, 11 others attempt suicide, the report says. Also, in Wisconsin, Latina girls are twice as likely to attempt suicide.  A 2013 survey of Wiscosnin high school students showed 1 in 7 teens said they had seriously considered suicide.

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has a list of Suicide Prevention Resources for teachers that we have shared with our staff and made available to you.

Find other resources and warning signs below:

WARNING SIGNS OF SUICIDE: The more signs someone shows, the greater the risk.

  • Talking about wanting to die
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious, agitated or recklessly
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Displaying extreme mood swings



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10th annual Gridiron Golf outing is Aug. 15

GridironGolf2015Don’t miss the 10th annual Delavan-Darien Gridiron Club Golf Outing, which supports youth football in our community.

The event is Saturday, Aug. 15, at Delbrook Golf Course in Delavan. Registration is at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start at noon. Cost is $360 per foursome. Silent auction and social hour at 4:30, dinner at 5:30 and live auction starting at 6 p.m.

The event includes 18 holes of golf with cart and multiple chances to win some great prizes, including a trip for two to Las Vegas. Contests include a putting challenge, longest drive, closest to pin, chip’n challenge, hole-in-one shootout and more.

For more information, contact Dave Henriott at 262-740-0120 or email bodean42@yahoo.com.


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DDHS Semester 2 Honors, High Honors 2015

DDHS logoThe names are many and they are finally revealed: The 2015 Second Semester DDHS High Honor and Honor rolls!


Great job to the 296 Delavan-Darien High School students to achieve Honors (3.0-3.74 GPA) or High Honors (3.75+ GPA)!

High Honors: GPA of 3.75 or Above

Freshmen High Honors

Kalynn J Anditon, Litzy Andrade, Racheal M Bradley, Noal P Brouwer, McKenna J Bump, Rachel DeBow, Laura L Farley, Madeleine A Freitag, Ybeth Gloria, Seth M Grabow, Noah M Grams, Richard M Karbash, Thomas E Karbash, Andrew T Logterman, Johana L Mendez, Areli A Montelongo, Hector D Padilla, Suleimy Perez, MiKayla J Person, Hana E Romero, Katelyn C Rosenow, Meghan Roum, Alexia M Salinas-Garibay, Madelyn G Seuser, Ryan J Severson, Erin G Sorg, Jaida A Speth, Hallie R Stirmel, Emma H Terpstra, Dominic C Thone, Hugo K Valadez, Zachary J Weerts, Hailey J Wittliff, Payton A Zacharias, Claudia Zuniga.


Sophomore High Honors

Ismael E Coello, Jayce W Crull, Abigail N Even, Benjamin D Hartogh, Seth T Kirsch, Jada R Ludens, Taylor E Mc Kinney, Luis D Nova, Xavier C Ortiz, Priyanka N Patel, Jennyfer J Perez, Julien V Riviere, Xhevat Tahiri, Kenna J Timmerman.


Junior High Honors

Cristina J Bahaveolos, Kyra L Brady, William H Brown, Cole M Castel, Andrew Coty, Alexus Cuautle, Allison M DeJong, Leslie Duran, Dallas E Fritzinger, Haley A Gilson, Katelyn M Gonzalez, Morgan L Holmes, Jessica E Iverson, Erica E Ivins, Anya J Jeninga, Nathan A Johnson, Jacob T Klewin, Savana A Lynn, Christopher E McKay, Rodrigo Mendoza Jr, Danielle L Mohr, Aatmik R Patel, Joshua J Pickel, Ethan C Price, Amber L Reed, Rylee R Reed, Maite R Rivas, Cristian Rodriguez Aranda, Megan J Rupnik, Racquelle M Simons, Jennah M Speth, Cassidy A Timmerman, Daylan J Turner, Vanessa M Valadez Olivares, Sarah L Van Dan, David W Vegter, Gage R Wuttke.


Senior High Honors

Teresa I Baumgartner, Helen M Bourgeois, Emily P Breytung, Gianmarco Broilo, Justin M Brown, Timothy J Clark, Bebheann A Conlin, Amanda A Davis, Adam J Drefs, Nicholas M Duerig, Gabrielle E Edwards, Mikayla M Farley, Katherine L Froncek, Alexander M Grover, Maxwell A Grover, Sarah N Hardwick, MacKenzie C Hembrook, Miriam A Hernandez, Katherine J Jones, Mikayla R Kieselburg, Kyle A Krueger, Amanda J Lee, Kyle Z Lefel, Benjamin J Logterman, Jacob A Logterman, Alonzo T Ortiz, Priya M Patel, Andrew R Pierson, Simeon J Ploeger, Jacob A Scheff, Bradley J Schultz, Samuel C Seitz, April R Shaffer, Mary K Sibilski, Marguerite N Sirkman, Mitchell W Strom, Madison T Stronach, Dana Truckenbrod, Emily Zaukas, Emily A Zugay.


Honors: GPA of 3.0-3.74

Freshmen Honors

Drinton Ademi, Troy M Allen, Destiny J Bondowski, Anna S Cano, Cassandra R Cantrell, Briahna K Cardenas, Erika D Colorado, John P Corning, Liliana R De La Cruz, Brock A Deschner, Kyle C Deschner, Anayeli Esquivel, Jasmine Esquivel-Hernandez, Angeles M Gomez, Enrique Gonzalez, Makayla C Graham, Gabriela A Grice, Emily A Guzman, Jacob Hembrook, Ryan Hembrook, Austin T Hollatz, Israel Jaimes, Justin A Johnson, Jessica L Lawson, Teyha M Lebow, Mitchell D Lewis, Carol Lima-Coronado, Dakota T Lynn, Abigail M Malec, Ana C Martinez, Jenna R Mc Kinney, Oscar Medrano, Jada M Melito, Desiree P Miller, Ross A Morgan, Ashley N Ochoa, Jasmin Prado, Alexander C Rosencrans, Jaxson J Sawtelle, Austin L Schmidt, Daniel Valadez, Andres Vasquez, Andrew C Vaughn, Emilee N Wellman, Christian R Wichman, Dakota R Williams.


Sophomore Honors

Cesar Arredondo, Jacob M Benzing, Aria L Bickett, Sydney E Bickett, Harim A Cano, Alejandra Contreras, Jacqueline P Damrow, Madeline Edwards, Asdi S Elguero, Troy R Feeney, Jesus Garcia, Stephanie Garcia, Emily A Geffers, Ryan T Gengler, Quinn L Gibson, Alexandra C Gonzales, Alyssa C Gonzalez, Kristin A Hardwick, Morgan N Hennessey, Thomas M Hummel, Cristian D Jaramillo, Kiana Jaramillo, Corinne C Kastning, Madalyn E Krablean, Cristina Lopez, Dayne A Ludlum, Grace Maynard, Israel Montelongo, Julian M Moralez, Katie A Nicholas, Julian G Ochoa-Morales, Jonathan Olson, Erinn N Penniman, Tamika M Robinson, Nilda A Ruvalcaba, Autumn C Schauer, Jesus A Solis-Sanchez, Jordan R Ziolkowski, Kaitlyn M Zweifel.


Junior Honors

Christopher Aguilar, Nicholas T Anditon, Anthony D Arias, Sena L Atkinson, Jace D Banasik, Uriel A Barbosa, Haley R Brinkmeyer, Bradley B Carlson, Pablo M Cook-Lavariega, Brody D Cunningham, Elena Drefs, Katie A Flitcroft, Jarrett M Forster, Clair A Gamble, Armando Gomez, Shelby E Gramly, Lauren C Hamell, Jessica D Hernandez, Bryce W Hodder, Michelle G Johnson, Zachary D Koch, Jose D Lemus, John C Loomer, Gerardo Martinez, Brie Anne L Mick, Haley R Mueller, Claudia B Nieuwenhuis, Ricardo Nova Jr, Charles Parton, Jonas R Pieters, Amy E Prater, Uriel Reyes, Alesia D Riley, Austin R Ryan, Aliyah M Sanders, Hunter J Schwarz, Ian P Showalter, Daniel J Smith, Johnathan A Sorg, Ariana G Torres, CaliLilac M Trent, Nicole J VanDyken, Melonie F Wright, Kayla J Yakes.


Senior Honors

Andrew W Abbott, Samuel G Alder, Rodrigo Aranda, Robert C Benzon, Christopher A Blanchard, Brooke E Boss, Jesse M Collins, Cindy J Crawford, Rian W Crowell, Phuong N Dang, Brenda I Echeverria, Sophia S Edmonds, Alisha M Ford, Jaret R Garcia, Sarah S Garnica, Carlos E Gomez, Gabriel A Hafferty, Michael A Kirkpatrick, Nathan R Klade, Julius F Kursatz, Tiffany L Littlejohn, Stephanie D Madura, William McPherson, Harsh Mehta, Emma Menzel, Luis A Perez, Leticia E Rizo, Hedda F Rod, Vanessa H Rosales, Sheldon E Sawyer, Carter J Schwarz, Caleb K Scott, Abigail R Sprigler, Monica G Torres, Jaclyn D Walter, Jessica R Walter, Nicholas R Ward, Kalan Welch, Brian J Wilson, Aaron M Wojciechowski, Ariel J Young.

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