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Principal Tronsen's Topics

All Freshmen - April 17th
All Sophomores - April 24th

These tests will require approximately half of the school day to administer. Encourage your son/daughter to get a good night's sleep and to have something for breakfast. After testing, students will resume with the remainder of their classes.

All Sophomores - April 10 or 11

Wisconsin Forward Test will be administered during Social Studies periods on these dates. Students will test during their own social studies class.


Family members of Seniors, please watch for information regarding graduation. I know it’s only March, but it will be here quickly! Also, encourage your senior to maintain their grades and stay on top of their coursework in all of their classes.

It is very important to finish strong. The celebration is near and I look forward to presenting the class of 2018 candidates to the School Board for having met the requirements necessary for graduation. Please reach out to our counselors if you need any help or just have a question answered.


The link attached is about having your student write their life's story but in reverse, starting with where they want to be with their life and career in the future. It directs students to walk backward to realize what they will need to do in order to accomplish their life goals. This is an interesting, reflective piece you can do with your student either through discussion or by having them write it down. It is a quick read so take a moment and check it out.

News You Can Use
School Safety
We at Badger High School and The Lake Geneva Schools believe in providing safe schools for students. In light of the recent tragedy in Florida it is easy for all of us to raise questions and concerns in regard to our own safety. I can assure you that we review and analyze our schools’ safety on an annual basis with a team of leaders representing school officials, buildings and grounds, and local law enforcement. Over the past years we have increased security measures to address concerns that have been raised. Our best laid plan is truly in the hands of us all through awareness and communication.

Our students are subjected to so many different means of communication these days. I can go through the list of which I am sure you are aware. What I really need help with is parents having crucial conversations at home with students about reporting behavior that poses potential danger to ourselves, themselves, or others. Students need to understand that any threat should be viewed as a serious threat. They should inform a responsible adult, then, in turn, the adult will take any necessary steps from there. Those next steps may include contacting law enforcement, the school, another family, etc. Choosing to ignore and not report suspicions may very well contribute to events like the tragedy in Florida. Through our awareness, I feel tragedies such as these may very well be prevented. Let all of us work together to ensure the safety of our children, after all that is our number one responsibility.

The following link is from the Mental Health America website. It provides a guide for parents to discuss school safety with their children. This is a great tool to open the dialogue at home regarding school safety. I appreciate you taking the time to read this and know that the school is taking every precaution to ensure a safe school environment.

Principal Russ Tronsen
Upcoming Events & Reminders
March 1 Forensics Sub-District @ Burlington
March 3 DePaul Jazz Concert
March 3 Solo & Ensemble - Lake Geneva Middle School
March 3 Forensics @ Mukwonago
March 5 State DECA Conference
March 6 State DECA Conference
March 7 State DECA Conference
March 7 Parent/Teacher Conferences PE Center 3:30 - 7:00PM
March 8 2 Hour Late Start
March 9 NHS Meeting 6:45 a.m.
March 12 ProStart State
March 13 ProStart State
March 17 Forensics @ Waukesha West
March 19 DECA Variety Show - Auditorium 7:00 p.m.
March 22 District Choral Festival
March 23 End of 3rd Quarter
Parent/Teacher Conferences
Just a reminder that the final parent/teacher conferences will take place on Wednesday, March 7 from 3:30 - 7:00 p.m. in the Badger PE center. We hope to see you there.
Foster Parent Information Meeting
Have you ever considered becoming a foster parent in Walworth County? Now is the time to find out more! There will be an informational meeting on Tuesday, March 13th from 6-7pm at Badger High School in room 119. Please join us to find out more about how you can help kids who need a safe place to land. For more information, email fostercarerecruitment@gmail.com or call 262-374-5840.
AP Exam Information
Advanced Placement Exams will take place in May, 2018. General information, Information on exams and payment procedures can be found by clicking on the following links. For for information or questions, please contact Jan Lazzaroni at 262-348-2000 ext. 2603.

Two Badger High School students have advanced as finalists in the National Merit ®  Scholarship Program and will be considered for National Merit Scholarships to be offered in 2018. Carson Derda and Connor Duggan each received a Certificate of Merit from The National Merit ®  Scholarship Program for this achievement.

The National Merit ®  Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test  (PSAT/NMSQT ® ) —which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.6 million entrants each year—and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements.

The duo will learn if they make the cut to win National Merit ®  Scholarships between April and July of 2018.
Badger Academic Team Earns 2 nd Place in Conference Academic Bowl
The Badger High School Academic Team had an outstanding performance in the Southern Lakes Conference Academic Bowl on February 12, 2018, at Delevan-Darien High School. The Badger team took 2nd place with an overall score of 802, just seven points behind the winning team, Waterford. (1st place - Waterford 809, 3rd place Elkhorn 756) There are eight teams in the conference.

Three Badger students earned medals for scoring the highest in their categories in the written test: Carson Hillier – Civics; Braden Kundert – Geography; and Carson Derda - Advanced Math. Derda also received the only perfect score of the night.

In the oral portion of the night - Badger tied for highest overall team score with Elkhorn.
DECA Recognizes Outstanding School-based Enterprises
The School-Based Enterprise at Badger High School was among 391 school-based enterprises in the United States achieving Gold Level Re-certification this year and will be recognized at DECA’s International Career Development Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Students Earn Customer Service and Sales Certification
Students in the senior level Advanced Marketing (AM) course at Badger High School have been preparing to take the Customer Service and Sales certification for the past two weeks in class. 

Math Student of the Month
Ms. Ehardt states: Lexi has done a wonderful job all year in Algebra 2 Honors. She is naturally good at math; however, she also works really hard to be nearly perfect. She asks questions and participates in class and seeks out ways to challenge herself. In addition, she is always a resource for other students. Her hard work definitely paid off as she had a very good exam score and finished the semester with an A. Congratulations Lexi! Keep up the good work!

Ms. Ehardt states: All year Annie has done a fantastic job in Algebra 2 Honors. Not only is she intellectually very gifted at mathematics, she also challenges herself and helps other students. She is a wonderful role model for all students. She always has a smile on her face, and she is a joy to teach. She consistently is one of the highest scoring students in the class. In particular, when we took the ACT practice test in class, she scored a 33 on the math portion. As a sophomore, I am very impressed with that score, and I know she has a bright future ahead of her. Congratulations Annie! Keep up the good work!
Counseling Center
News from Your Badger Counselors
ACT Testing
We wrapped up the ACT testing with the Junior class recently and all went well! Scores will be sent home and delivered to the school near the end of the school year so be on the lookout for those. If you would like to sign your student up to take the ACT test again, go to www.act.org to do so. Badger High School will be hosting an ACT testing date again on June 9th, 2018. You'll need to register for this test through the ACT website in order to take the test on this date at Badger. There are other dates available at other locations, which can also be found on the ACT website.

Several scholarship deadlines have passed but there are still other scholarships available for Seniors to apply for. Senior students have been given instructions on how to access scholarships via Career Cruising where information on each scholarship can be found, as well as the applications. For those Seniors planning to attend a UW school in the fall, check out some other scholarships at this link: https://uwhelp.wisconsin.edu/counselors/navigating-financial-aid/uw-system-scholarship-links/.

Placement Testing
Now that many Seniors are making decisions on which school they will be attending in the Fall, each student should sign up for their individual college placement test. Students should contact their individual college to find out how to complete placement testing. To register for placement testing at any UW College, and for more information regarding UW College placement testing, please visit the following website:

Work Permits
If a work permit is needed, please see Mrs. Ott in the counseling center. You will need $10 cash, your social security card, and a letter from the employer stating that you will be working there. If Mrs. Ott is not available, you can get a work permit from city hall.

Badger Athletics
Athletics Information
A special thanks to all the area businesses that have been outstanding in their support by donating to make this publication possible as well as their continued support of Badger Athletics. Visit our website soon to view the spring guide.

Community Education
Spring Community Education
Spring community education class registration will begin soon. Please visit the Badger website to view all offerings.

Preparing for College
For more information on the upcoming community education class Preparing for College for Middle School and High School Parents and Students click here.

The class is free but pre-registration is required.
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