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November is a month for giving "Thanks"

I want to thank all students, families, and staff for a great start to the school year. Things are off and running and we are heading in the right direction.  I am thankful for the increased attendance at our first parent/teacher conferences this year.  I am also thankful for those of you who were able to take advantage of our special parenting session presented by Credence Therapy Associates, as well as our financial aid presentation (FAFSA).  Please look for more of these types of sessions coming up in the near future.

I am thankful for our students and staff taking an interest in becoming a "Value Up" school.  This is a big commitment that, if we move along properly, will yield huge results for our school and student body.  The big deal with Value Up is that students create the culture and staff support it.  At the end of my article you will see our Value Up statement for our school.  As you come and go from Badger you will start to see more of this presence at events and in our halls.  We are excited for this new venture and look forward to the results.

The end of the first quarter has come and the start of quarter two has begun. Please encourage your students to continue to excel in their course work or encourage them to try to improve.  Our students should be thankful that we have a host of after school academic labs in almost all curricular areas of our school.  If your student needs a little extra assistance, this is a great tool for them.  It is always a good idea to encourage students to advocate for themselves and make strides to communicate to their teachers either in person or via email.

As we head into the Thanksgiving Holiday I wish all of you the best and hope you enjoy your time with family!

"Badger High School is a Value Up school.  We recognize that each person in this school is valuable and of equal value.  That value is not determined by appearance, success, intelligence, or behavior.  It is found in our potential to treat each other well, to learn and grow, and because tomorrow has yet to be lived."
Russ Tronsen
Principal, Badger High School

Associate Principal Corner - Ms. Straus

For monthly updates highlighting the main events at Badger and pertinent information for students, parents, and the larger Badger community, please 
visit:  AP Straus


November 3          Marquette Orchestra Festival
November 5          Theater Sectionals
November 9          Scholarship Night for Parents/Students 6:00 - 8:00PM
November 10        2 Hour Late Start
                               Musical 7:00PM
November 11        Musical 7:00PM
November 12        Musical 1:30PM and 7:00PM
November 17        Theater State
November 18        Bucky's Scholarship Gala 6:30PM @ The Riviera
November 19        NIU Jazz
November 21        8 Period Day
November 22        8 Period Day
November 23        No School
November 24        Happy Thanksgiving - No School
November 25        No School
Badger High School Performing Arts presents 
"Once Upon a Mattress"

The show runs  Thursday, November 10Friday, November 11 and Saturday, November 12 at 7:00PM, with a matinee on Saturday at  1:30PM

Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for children/senior citizens. Badger students receive 1 free ticket with their ID. Tickets may be purchased online or in the Badger High School main office.

Ticket Link:

Due to an unhappy curse, King Sextimus is unable to speak. Meanwhile, his terror-of-a-wife, Queen Aggravain, has taken over control of the kingdom. Most importantly, in an attempt to keep Prince Dauntless single, she has decreed that only the princess that can pass her test may marry her son. Further, no one else in the kingdom may marry until Prince Dauntless does. Lady Larken and Sir Harry are extremely disturbed by this fact since Lady Larken is now pregnant with Sir Harry's baby. Luckily, Sir Harry is able to find an amazing princess, Winnifred the Woebegone. She instantly catches the attention of Prince Dauntless, and in the end, is able to pass the Queen's supposedly impassable sensitivity test. When the Queen still tries to prevent the Prince Dauntless from marrying, he tells her to 'shut up' which ends up breaking the curse on the king. Now able to speak, King Sextimus regains his rightful position as leader of the kingdom, and all is well.

Veterans Day Celebrations Planned For Nov. 11

 Lake Geneva Middle School and Eastview and Star Center Elementary Schools will host community Veterans Day Celebrations on Friday, Nov. 11. 

Please join us in honoring our area Veterans.
Get details here

Bucky's Scholarship Gala

Friday, November 18, 2016
Riviera Ballroom, Lake Geneva

Tickets also available by cash, check or credit at Badger's Main Office
Holiday Sales
FFA Plant Sale

Badger Agriculture and FFA announce the 2016 Holiday Plant Sale!  Poinsettias grown by Badger students are on sale now. Click below for complete information on items available and how to place your order.  

FFA Fruit, Cheese, Nut and Sausage Sale

Badger FFA announces the 2016 Holiday Fruit, Cheese, Nut and Sausage Sale!  All proceeds benefit the leadership and scholarship opportunities of students in the Badger FFA Chapter. Click below for complete information on items available and how to place your order.  


Love holiday pies but don't like baking them? Enjoy homemade pies for your Thanksgiving feast by ordering from Badger's Culinary & FCCLA.....Chef Tronsen's secret recipe!

Guaranteed Goodness! Orders are due Tuesday, November 8th, so don't delay! Click on the link to order online - easy as pie!  Link to Order

Once you have placed an order, please submit your payment to D. Giovingo by Monday, November 14.  Drop payment off in Badger's main office. If you place an order and it is not paid for the pies will not be made, you need to pay by November 14.

Pie pick up will be on Monday, November 21 & Tuesday, November 22 between 3:30- 5:30pm.

Click here to see the flyer:   

Badger Good News
FFA Recognized at National Convention

The B adger FFA attended the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indian a on October 19-22, 2016. 

The Chapter was recognized as a Two-Star National Chapter Award winner, which  recognizes outstanding FFA chapters from throughout the country that succ essfully complete an annual set of required activities that encourage members to grow as individu als, work as a team, and serve others in their community. This is the sixth year in a row that the Badger FFA Chapter has been recognized at the national level for its impacts in the local community.
  • Badger FFA member Braden Kundert ranked 4th place individual in the nation in the Prepared Public Speaking Career Development Event (CDE). This category of competition recognizes outstanding FFA members for their ability to prepare and present a factual speech on a specific agricultural issue in a well thought-out and logical manner in competitive setting. Members prepare and deliver an eight to ten-minute speech from memory and respond to five minutes of question. The event is just one way FFA members can develop their ability to communicate in a powerful, organized and profession manner. Braden was recognized on the national stage with a plaque and cash award.
  • The Badger FFA Veterinary Science CDE team also competed and was recognized at the national level. The Badger team won the state level in April to advance to the national level to represent Wisconsin. The National FFA Veterinary Science CDE tests the participants' abilities to apply veterinary science knowledge and skill in practical settings as well as identify breeds, parasites and equipment. Participants also complete a written exam and respond to scenario questions about current topics in the veterinary industry.
  • The Veterinary Science team members placed individually as follows: Alyssa Cowan, Gold; Kendra Hoerth, Silver; Amanda Meier, Bronze; Casey Burmeister, Bronze. The Veterinary Science team received a Silver ranking overall. 

Badger Spanish Students Help Area Adults Learn English

Badger High School students who take SeƱora Nicias' Spanish classes are putting their lan guage skills to good use to help area adults learn and practice English.

FCCLA Wisconsin Leadership Academy

The Wisconsin Leadership Academy offered opportunities for students and advisors to learn from a featured keynote speaker, Craig Hillier.  Craig opened the WLA with challenging the audience to "stretch" themselves to a new level.  There are three aspects to work on: resilience, respect, and responsibility.  The students and advisors then attended various breakout sessions coordinated by the Wisconsin FCCLA state officers.  FCCLA Regional Representatives met with other representatives to prepare for competitive events hosted during Wisconsin FCCLA Regional and State Leadership Conferences.  The following students attended the FCCLA WLA in Madison:  Cloe Acup, Sarah Amborn, Kelli Conder, David Johnson, Daysi McKay, Melanie Schintgen, and Sarah Silciliano. Congratulations to Sarah Siciliano who was named an FCCLA Regional Representative.  
Congratulations Badger Swim

Congratulations to the girls' swim team who went undefeated in conference dual meets this season with a big win against Burlington to seal the deal.

Badger Reminders
Senior Yearbook Portrait Photographs

Senior yearbook portrait photographs were due on October 28, 2016.  If you did not submit your own portrait photograph, your school ID will be used.  If you did not submit a picture and did not have your school ID picture taken, your picture will not be in the yearbook.
Senior Baby Photos for the Class of 2017

Put your student's baby picture in the back of the yearbook with a congratulatory statement.  Creating a baby photo ad is optional, but it is a great way to celebrate your senior student's accomplishments.  By submitting photographs to the Badger High School yearbook staff you are acknowledging that you are following copyright laws and have the right to use and print the images that you are submitting.  

The cost is $30 (1/8 page) and $60 (1/4 page).

Create your own baby photo ad on
Want the yearbook staff to design an ad for you?  Click here for instructions

Due date:  January 6, 2017

News From Badger's Counseling Center
College Representatives

There are many college representatives visiting Badger this Fall. Listen to announcements or check the counseling webpage to see what schools will be here and when so you don't miss your chance to meet with them and get your questions answered! Remember to get a pass from Mrs. Ott before coming.

Scholarship Gala

The Badger High School Scholarship Gala will be held on November 18th at the Rivera Ballroom. Tickets are available at the Badger High School main office and online at (search for Badger Gala). Tickets are $80 per person or $800 per table of 8.


The General Scholarship Form is now available on the Badger scholarship page of the website for seniors interested in applying. This form will need to be turned in to be considered for any scholarship offered through Badger, even if there is a separate application. Please download and type directly into the form before printing. It can be found at this link:

It is due on January 6th, 2017 and can be returned directly to the Counseling Center.

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.
News You Can Use
Deca Craft & Vendor Fair

Spac es are available for the Badger Deca Vendor Fair to be held Saturday, December 3, 2016.  Click here for more information and registration form.

Explore Our New Website!

We are excited to announce that we have a new website! 

One of the great features of our new site is that it is mobile-optimized and will work on your smartphone like an app. 

Please bookmark our district homepage and our Badger site on all of your devices to have our information at your fingertips. 

Click here for instructions for how to bookmark our website on your phone.

Community Education

November new classes in Community Education:
  • November 1 - Essential Oils 101
  • November 1 - Shop & Save
  • November 8 - Enhancing Education To Keep Teens Safe On The Road: 
    A class for parents of teens who are just learning to drive or on their learner's permit
  • November 14 - Your Best Colors
  • November 15 - Understanding Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney & Probate
  • November 15 - Microsoft Excel Series begins
  • November 21 - Looking Better for Less
  • November 29 - Enhancing Mood with Essential Oils
Our ongoing fitness programs include: Country Heat, Insanity, PiYo, Target Toning & Strong Walk and Zumba - walk-ins are $8 per class! 
And the Bager Fitness Center is open 6-9PM, Monday-Thursday evenings when school is in session! Just $2 per visit.
Register online or learn more by visiting the website: - search Community Education page or call Marie at 262-348-2006.  

Enhancing Education To Keep Teens Safe On the Road

Auroa Health Care and Badger Community Education present a class for parents of teens who are just learning to drive or have their learner's permit.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016    6:00 - 8:00PM.  Pre-registration is required.  

Badger High School Strategic Plan

Badger Board Goals 2016-17

1.  Develop a Plan to Implement the Strategic Plan
2.  Develop Transition Programs
3.  Exceed State Averages in All Tested Areas on Standardized Tests
4.  Demonstrate Fiscal Responsibility While Improving on Our Educational Programs and Facilities.  

Featured Photo of the Month
Have a great photo of a Badger activity/event that you would like featured as the Photo of the Month?  Submit it to

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Lake Geneva, WI 53147