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Principal Tronsen's Topics

Welcome back! We're looking forward to a great year. As we kick things off, I wanted to touch on a couple important topics relating to your teen:  

1.  Sleep: The National Sleep Foundation recommends that teens between the ages of 14-17 years old get 8-10 hours of good sleep per night. This is critical for brain development. As you sleep, your brain does many different things which allow for an individual to function properly.  Be sure to help establish normal nighttime routines to encourage good sleep patterns.  Encourage your student to disengage from electronics when turning in for the night.  Put phone to silent and turn the face of the phone over to not allow display lighting, or even charge it in another area of the home for the night.  Having a routine and disengaging from electronics will greatly help in establishing good, uninterrupted sleep.

2. Hydration: Ke eping your student properly hydrated will ensure success and good overall health.  We see that many teens are not hydrated enough and exhibit symptoms of dehydration throughout the school day.  These symptoms include: sleepiness/tiredness; headaches; muscle cramps; dizziness/lightheadedness; lack of focus; and irritability.  I
know some of these seem cliche when talking about teens, but they are issues relating to dehydration. Please know at Badger students are allowed to carry closable water containers for use during the day.  We have several bottle filling water fountains around the building, along with water for sale in the school store or cafeteria when open.

As we transition from summer to the school year, we appreciate your efforts in helping your students be prepared for school.  Success of our students depends not only on them, but everyone who comes in contact with them.  I look forward to seeing you at the many great events hosted at Badger throughout the year.  
Russ Tronsen
Principal, Badger High School

September 1     First Day of School for Freshmen Only
September 2     All Students Report
September 5     No School
September 30   Picture Retakes/Main Gym:  7:30AM - 1:00PM
October 7          Homecoming Football Game:  7:00PM
October 12        Parent-Teacher Conferences/PE Center:   3:30 - 7:00PM
Financial Aid Presentation:  6:30PM
October 13        2 Hour Late Start
Badger Reminders
It's Time To Order Your 2016-17 Yearbook!
The Earlier You Order, The More You Save

Pre-order your 2016-2017 Badger yearbooks now online from Jostens. 

Yearbook Pricing:
$55 Aug. 27 - Oct. 28
$60 Oct. 31 - Feb. 20

When you order online, you have the option to make 3 equal and partial payments. 

Pre-order payments can also be made by check and mailed directly to Jostens via the order form and detachable envelope that will be available throughout the year in the Badger office. 

We will order a very limited number of extra books, and they will be available for purchase in person via cash or check only for $60 when the books are delivered to Badger at the end of May. 

The best way to ensure that you receive a book in May is to pre-order your book through Jostens. Please do not wait until May to purchase your book and run the risk of not getting a yearbook.

Visit Our Badger Yearbook webpage to learn more and for important details on how to submit senior portraits.
Badger Success Stories
Badger Students Celebrate Wisconsin Association 
of FFA's 87th Anniversary

The Wisconsin Association of FFA celebrated their 87th year of premier leadership, personal growth, and career success at the Wisconsin FFA Convention held at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison on June 14-16th, 2016. The event attracted over 3,000 members, advisors, parents, alumni, and sponsors to celebrate the year's success and support for students involved in agricultural education.  Candice Franks and Larry Plapp are the Chapter's Advisors.

Badger FFA Successes

The Badger High School FFA chapter has been recognized in the 2016 National Chapter Award Program.  Learn More

FFA to send members to Indianapolis to compete for national honors in Prepared Public Speaking. 

Badger FFA Chapter to send members to Indianapolis to compete for national honors in Veterinary ScienceLearn More

Mr. Larry Plapp Named Agriscience Teacher Of The Year

Congratulations to Mr. Larry Plapp, Agriscience Teacher at Badger High School. Larry was named Agriscience Teacher of the Year by the Wisconsin Association of Agricultural Educators. Larry has been a teacher at Badger for 24 years.

Badger Students Take On Costa Rica

Students traveled to Costa Rica this summer with Badger Science Teacher Mr. Mess. The trip was filled with loads of learning and fun, as you can see from these photos! 
To view more trip photos, click here.

Badger Automotive Instructor Receives Technically Advanced Equipment Certification To Benefit Students 

Badger High School students who take Mr. Tom Sheeley's automotive classes will benefit from their instructor's new diagnostic technic ian certification and the 2016 MODIS automotive diagnostic equipment donated by Gateway Technical College and Snap-On, Inc.
Mr. Sheeley (pictured top right) was among a group of southeastern WI. high school teachers that participated in Gateway's "train-the-trainer" program to become Snap-on Technicians and learn to use the Snap-on MODIS integrated diagnostic system scanner and lab scope. 
Following the workshop, Gateway donated a 2016 MODIS tool to all participating schools, so the technical knowledge teachers gained during the training can be used immediately in the classroom.

News From Badger's Counseling Center
Schedule Changes
There will not be any schedule or teacher changes made unless there is a missing requirement or an hour of the day that is empty and needs a class. Thank you for understanding.

WEF Fair

Wisconsin Education Fairs provide easy access to information about post secondary options.
WEF includes in its participant list all UW state universities and centers, Wisconsin's independent colleges and universities, Wisconsin technical colleges, and many out-of-state institutions. In addition, many community colleges, trade schools, and the national service organizations, such as the armed forces are represented.

College Applications
Many college applications are now open and available to start filling out, including the UW system. Most colleges will include a link to their application from their school's website. There are many colleges that use the Common Application, which allows you to only fill out one application and send it to multiple schools. To see which colleges use the Common App, go to You will also need to provide transcripts with your applications. To do so, go to to request and send transcripts to your schools of choice.

College Representative Visits
Seniors, keep an eye out for announcements regarding college representatives coming to Badger throughout the Fall. These college representatives come to Badger from all different colleges and are here to offer information to you and answer your questions about their school. We will be posting announcements around the school and on our webpage.

Connect with Us!
The Badger Counseling Department is on Facebook and Twitter! Follow us on Facebook at and our Twitter handle @BadgerGuidance
You can also start receiving text message reminders and announcements by connecting with us using Remind. This allows us to send out texts to you to remind you of upcoming deadlines or any announcements without you having to give us your phone number. 
Class of 2017: Text "@badger2017" to number 81010 to get added. Follow the prompts.
Class of 2018: Text "@badger2018" to number 81010 to get added. Follow the prompts.
Class of 2019: Text "@badger2019" to number 81010 to get added. Follow the prompts.

Class of 2020: Text "@badger2020" to number 81010 to get added. Follow the prompts.

News You Can Use
New State Law Results in School Bus Warning Light Changes

School buses in WI are transitioning to a new 8-light warning system to better alert drivers of upcoming stops.  Please be aware of this information to keep our students safe and avoid hefty fines. 

The new warning light system will be similar to that of traffic lights. Busses will now include the addition of amber lights. When you see the new amber lights turn on, slow down and prepare to stop-the bus driver is signaling that the bus will be stopping soon.  When the red lights turn on, the driver is signaling the stop. 

Remember: never pass a stopped school bus! It is against the law and can result in fines of $320+. Please drive carefully, and watch for children this school year. 

Find full information on our website, as well as useful information on bus schedules, rules and more. Visit for more information.

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 & 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.

Parents: Have your kids caught the Pokémon bug? 

Millions of students are running around the streets playing this augmented reality game. 

Is this game safe for your family? Watch the video to see our concerns.   Click here for the video link.

Pokémon Go is an augmented-reality mobile game for iOS and Android devices. While quickly becoming one of the most popular apps of all time, it has raised some safety concerns. Learn how your kids can have fun and still stay safe if they play Pokémon Go.

Here's what the news says about  Pokémon Go
  • "Authorities are warning [Pokémon Go] could possibly bring your kids in contact with unsavory elements." -NBC New York
  • "Police are concerned [Pokémon Go] could be the latest way online criminals attempt to target victims." -iTV
Are you a parent who understands the negative effect social media apps can have on your child's future? Learn what popular apps might be a terrible choice for your students and how to talk with your kids to start a healthy dialog.

Community Education
Adult English Classes Starting Soon!
?Usted Quiere Aprender Ingles?

For more information on beginning and intermediate level classes that begin Tuesday, September 13:

Badger High School
220 E. South Street 
Lake Geneva, WI 53147