December 16, 2016
 Hartford Union High School District
December Rotary Students of the Month
The Hartford Rotary is pleased to announce the senior Students of the Month for December are Monica Bertucci and Jordan Dvorak. This honor is based on academics, character, leadership, co-curricular, and volunteer work. Congratulations to these students for their outstanding accomplishments!


Monica Bertucci      
   Jordan Dvorak

H Club Helps out Hartford Christmas Committee

Holiday Band/Jazz/Orchestra Concert

Click here  to access the HUHS Music Twitter page to hear many of the songs from the concert!
Cohort to Milwaukee Public Museum

In preparation for designing a museum for Showcase, the freshmen cohort traveled to the Milwaukee Public Museum  on Monday . The emphasis of the trip was to learn about museum exhibit designs and how to curate them. The student's met with a museum specialist and  learned the difference between artificats and specimens and how to differentiate between exhibit types:  collection, dirama, and immersion.
Students Spreading Holiday Cheer

A group of students came together and made a blanket for a student facing a hard time this holiday season.
School to Work 
These awesome students in the School to Work program just graduated from their Employability and Work Skills class at MPTC. They are now preparing to move on to a work experience next semester at West Bend Mutual.  Congratulations Ladies! 

Animal Science

Artificial Insemination Lab
Students in animal science take an artifical approach to learning about the reproductive system and the intricacies of artificial insemination (or AI). Each student is given 3 life savers, 3 rubber bands and 1 balloon and the instructions to create a model of a cow's reproductive system. Once they determine how to arrange their supplies, and can identify the key parts, they then receive a straw with which to "inseminate" their "animal". AI is a prevalent technology used on many Wisconsin dairy farms to help improve genetics and the quality of our milk.

STEM Bundle: Break Out Edu
Our STEM Bundle tried out the newest trend in Education- Break Out Challenges.  
The students were given a problem:  They needed to open the locked box  in 45 minutes or less or the Zoid trapped inside (Trapped Zoid aka Trapazoid) would mix the otherwise harmless liquids together turning everyone within 5 blocks into a zombie.  They had to work as a team to look for clues, solve puzzles, complete tasks, and other educational things (for this one they had to measure and calculate area of quadrilaterals) to get combinations to open the locks.  We split our 57 students into 2 teams and set them to work.  Both teams did get their boxes open (one with 47 seconds left) but the first group violated a rule and the zoid mixed the liquids, which explains the zombie-like state you and your students may have.  
The activity was loved by most.  The students even want to work on designing their own.  
Michelle Yu has 2 of these break out kits for anyone else to try and there is also a collection of cases to solve already designed for most content areas from geography, english, music, science and math.  It was a fun way to build teamwork and encourage learning.  Give it a try! 

Treble Chorale Carols

The Treble Chorale and Ms. Schuhmacher sang at Cedar Ridge in West Bend yesterday afternoon to spread some Holiday Cheer!

HUHS Helps Hartford Christmas Committee

Hartford Union High School seniors Quinn Meinerz, 18, right, and Joey Buddenhagen, 17, look at headphones for a 15-year-old boy for gifts for the Hartford Christmas Committee  on Friday morning at Walmart in Hartford. The committee has been providing gifts for families in Hartford in need for the past 31 years. John Ehlke/Daily News

Click  here to read full article in the Daily News

Save the Date - Screenagers is coming to Hartford!
Are you watching kids scroll through life, 
with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second
 attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney
 Ruston saw that with her own kids and takes a 
deeply personal approach as she probes into the 
vulnerable corners of family life to explore struggles
 over social media, video games, academics and 
Internet addiction. Through poignant, and 
unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising
 insights from authors, psychologists, and brain 
scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time
impacts kids' development and offers solutions on
 how adults can empower kids to best navigate the
 digital world and find balance.

More Information can be found at:

Save the Date to See it on one of the following Dates/Locations:
Tuesday, January 31 - Richfield School, 7:00PM
Thursday, February 2 - Hartford's Schubert Theater, 6:00PM and 7:30PM

In This Issue
Quick Links
Student Announcements
Lunch Menu
District Calendars & Schedule
Rev Track
Calendar of Events
Choral Concert - 7:30pm

Professional Learning Day, No School for Students

Concert Choir & Alumni, Holy Hill Midnight Mass - 11:30pm

Winter Break

School Resumes
ACT Prep Course
Hartford Union High School (HUHS) is offering an exciting opportunity for all juniors taking the statewide ACT in February 2017. HUHS has partnered with Excel Edge, Inc. to provide the highest standard of preparation for the ACT with its ACT 36. Excel Edge, Inc. is a Midwest leader in standardized test preparation services. Together with Excel Edge, Inc. training and the best educators HUHS has to offer, your student will receive the highest quality test taking skills for the ACT experience.
One student stated after the Excel Edge, Inc. experience, "The ACT 36 program provided a set strategy for taking the test. The instructors gave innovative methods for solving difficult problems. They helped me realize that the ACT is not as hard as it seems." (Excel This student highlights the essence of the key skills and high standard preparation needed to be successful on the ACT:  testing strategy, problem solving, innovative instruction, and comfort in testing situations.
The cost for the 8 week program is $150. Enrollment will continue exclusively for HUHS students through Friday, December 2, 2016. Open enrollment for Kewauskum, Slinger, and West Bend district students will begin on Monday, December 5, 2016. Registration will close Thursday, December 22, 2016 for all students. Enrollment is on a first come, first serve basis.
The program is an 8 week program, with classes meeting once each week.  Each class begins at 6:30 PM and ends at 8:30 PM. The schedule of classes is as follows.
  • Tuesday, January 4, 2017
  • Monday, January 9 (Make-up Day is Wednesday, January 11)
  • Monday, January 16 (Make-up Day is Wednesday, January 18)
  • Monday, January 23 (Make-up Day is Wednesday, January 25)
  • Monday, January 30 (No Make-up Day)
  • Monday, February 6 (Make-up Day is Wednesday, February 8)
  • Monday, February 13 (Make-up Day is Wednesday, February 15)
  • Tuesday, February 21 (No Make-up Day)
  • Monday, February 27: Possible Review Day (TBD)
The ACT is an important statewide test that is also a major factor that can impact your student's ability to successfully enter the college of his/her choice. Skilled preparation and organized learning are essential to success on the ACT.  HUHS encourages students to take advantage of this opportunity. Contact Bill Priegel for more information or by calling 262-670-3200 x888.
Amazon Smile
The HUHS Scholarship Foundation Inc. provides scholarships to graduating seniors from HUHS who apply on line their senior year through the counseling department web site, generally right after the 1st of January each year.  The number of scholarships vary annually generally there are over 40 scholarships ranging in value from $700 - $2,000 to selected students.  The scholarship process is handled through HUHS and rating of scholarships and selection is handled through the Board of Directors of the foundation.

Our scholarship foundation has a registered account with AmazonSmile as a 503(c)(3) organization any purchases you make after selecting "HUHS Scholarship Foundation" as your charity of choice will receive a donation of 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases made through AmazonSmile.  

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile (, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers. 

Thank you for supporting HUHS Scholarship Foundation Inc. and our deserving students!
School Closing Information
Please note the School Closing Information has been updated! Click here to see all of the information (Be Informed--School Closing Information).
2017 Yearbook

If you still need to purchase a yearbook for this year, please visit the Jostens website, and our school webpage to purchase the book this year. You can access the HUHS site, by clicking here.
2017 Senior Pictures
Senior Picture Requirements:
  • Senior pictures are due JANUARY 6, 2017. Photos not turned in by this deadline will result in a $25.00 fine. Photos received after January 20, WILL NOT BE PUBLISHED in the 2016-17 yearbook
  • Please email one digital file of your photograph to It must be at least 2x3 inches at 300dpi. If you cannot send a digital file, we can digitize it, but this will reduce the quality from the original. Please name your file with your last name, _ , then your first name (example: doe_john.jpg). File types can be .jpg or .tiff  
  • Photos must be vertical color prints, with no props, no pets, no hats, and have a simple background. Dress needs to be school appropriate. Remember, the pictures in our yearbook are small, so ideally the photo should show just the head and shoulders. We want to maximize your face size.
  • Many local photographers have these deadlines and may the send the photo for you if you ask. Please understand that your photographer will need probably 6 weeks or more to get photos done. This means you should have your pictures taken by the middle of November to get them done with enough time to spare. 
  • We cannot accept prints from a Laser or inkjet home computer printer.
Any students who do not turn in senior pictures will have their HUHS school picture published in the yearbook. 
If you have any questions, contact me, Ms. Jana Danay, yearbook adviser, at either or . Please pass this information on to parents and photographers.
Thank you,
Jana Danay
Yearbook Adviser
Movies In December

Health Minute
Starting to a feel a bit stressed with the holiday season?  Here are some tips to be "less frazzled" during the holidays from the CDC.  
Holiday River Walk
Come check out the River Walk lights! The lights that connect Main Street to the Mill Pond were provided through business donations with the leadership class, but the ones that are in front of the library were designed by Michael Yohn's Principles of Engineering Class. Student's in Corey McCauley's Automated Manufacturing class cut out holiday characters for photo opportunities for kids and families and in Ms. Kieckhaefer's Painting classes painted them all! Come check out our student's work, all lit up in our city! What an awesome contribution to beautifying our downtown for Christmas!

HUHS looks to boost ACT scores
Hartford Union High School officials want to help HUHS students achieve the highest possible score on the state-mandated ACT and are offering a program to do just that.  HUHS students are enrolling in the ACT 36 program. The school is partnering with Excel Edge Inc. to offer junior students the opportunity to increase their test-taking skills and be better prepared for the statewide ACT on Feb. 28. ACT 36 is an eight-week program, with classes meeting once a week.
"We expect kids to do well on these tests, but we've never taught them how to do them," said HUHS Interim Administrator Attila Wenninger. "We teach kids how to play football, badminton, how to swim and cook, how to farm, how to do science labs, how to operate machinery, but when it comes to these high school tests we've never taught them how to take them."

Click here to read full article in the Daily News.  
Fashion Show and Benefit for Friends of Abused Families - Date Change
On January 6th a charity fashion show will be held. Show starts at 8pm at Hartford Union High School in the Drama Lecture Hall. Designers Lularoe, who will be selling clothing, and Lupita Murillo will be showcasing their beautiful pieces. Guest speaker Buck Blodgett from The Love is Greater than Hate Project will also be giving a presentation. Admission will be $5 during resource the 12th through the 16th and $10 at the door. All proceeds will be donated to the Friends of Abused Families Washington County. Along with this event there will also be raffle prizes from each designer and more. Hope to see you there.   

                                    ~   Senior - Jade Rock 
Student Services
PSAT Results
On December 12, students who provided their email address on their PSAT/NMSQT answer sheet received an email reminder from College Board explaining where and how to  view their scores .

Students will be invited to an interpretation session in January.  Test booklets and paper copies of test results will be distributed at that time, as well as an overview of how to interpret the score reports.  This will be done during Resource period.  Stay tuned for a date.

ACT Testing
All students considering a two or four-year college experience are reminded to take the ACT test during their junior year.  Students can register for the ACT at . When registering, students will need the HUHS school code, which is 500-850.   Please remember to check the website to see if the college(s) your son or daughter is considering requires or recommends the ACT writing test.   The test fee for the ACT is $42.50 and the ACT with writing is $58.50.   If you feel you cannot afford the test fee, please ask your child's counselor if you are eligible for a fee waiver. 
HUHS is an ACT test center for all testing dates. The test dates for the 2016-2017 school year are:
February 11, 2017                          
April 8, 2017                                     
June 10, 2017
Note:   Please keep in mind all juniors are required by state law to take the ACT at the high school on February 28 (no cost to the student on February 28).  When considering whether or not to sign up to take the February 11 or April 8 ACT, it may be best for students to take the February 28 test, then decide whether or not to retake the test in June based upon February results.
Moraine Park Technical College Career Showcase
This is one night to explore many great careers MPTC has to offer.   Learn about admissions and financial aid, meet program instructors and deans, and receive a fee waiver if you turn in your application that night.   Details at
Moraine Park Technical College Visits
A representative from MPTC will be at HUHS during Resource period the following dates for the 2016-17 school year:

February 2
April 6
Badger Boys/Girls State Program
Does your student have an interest in government and citizenship?  Do they display qualities of leadership, good moral character, cooperativeness, dependability, and participate in co-curricular activities?  Consider the Badger Boys or Girls State Program in June 2017.  It's an exciting week of meeting new students, staying on a college campus, and experiencing dorm life.  There's campaigning, pep rallies, State Fair, talent shows, recreational programs, music, discussion sessions, sports, etc.  It's a sponsored event, so there's no cost to the participants.  More information will be available in January.  Requirements:  Student must be in the top half of his or her class; be a US Citizen; and able to participate in the entire week of activities. 
Junior Parent/Student Night
All junior students and their parents are encouraged to attend the Junior Parent Night on Wednesday,  January 4 at 6:00pm in the Fieldhouse. The presentation will cover course registration details,  a ssessment dates, college and career readiness plans, and information pertinent to junior students. A  panel of HUHS graduates who are freshmen/sophomores in college or technical college will be there to  talk about their senior year and how they prepared for college and scholarship applications. They will  also talk about their experience as college students and what the transition was like from high school  student to college freshman or sophomore.

Educational Spotlight - UW-La Crosse
UW-La Crosse is offering a new Biology program with a concentration in Plant and Fungal.  Biology students conduct research alongside diverse and talented faculty, collaborate with state and federal agencies on environmental projects, and pursue graduate school and careers in high-demand fields.  For more information on the Plant and Fungal program, go to  
Some News from Activities & Athletics
Girls Basketball Sharing the Holiday Spirit

This past weekend the Lady Orioles Basketball program spent some time in the Hartford Community. They visited The Gardens of Hartford and Majestic Heights Assisted Living. There they sang Christmas songs, handed out Christmas cards they made and just hung around and talked to all the wonderful people. The girls made a huge impact on many people's lives this past weekend, more than they realize. It was a great way to give back to a great community!

Pictured on the bottom left is Coach Bob Halsey and Coach Chris Shelsta, who the girls were able to meet at the Gardens. Coach Halsey is the former Lady Oriole Basketball Coach (coached girls basketball at HUHS for 16 years), who is in the Hall of Fame in Wisconsin for Coaches. He was also Coach Shelsta's coach when she attended Hartford and coached some of her players' mothers!

We will be honoring Coach Halsey with all of the '92 State Champs at our game on the  December 22 vs. Watertown on Alumni Night. It's been 25-years since they brought the Gold Ball home from Madison with him at the head!
HUHS Adds Boys Volleyball, Promotes Girls Dance Team
Next fall, students at Hartford Union High School will have a new sport to participate in.  The HUHS Board of Education earlier this month approved adding a boys volleyball team for conference play. At the same time, they agreed to promote the club sport girls competitive dance team to varsity status.  "There's been a lot of interest expressed in having a boys volleyball team," said interim HUHS Superintendent Attila Weninger. "The move will provide another opportunity for HUHS students  to compete."  Hartford Union Athletics and Activities Director Scott Helms said the head volleyball coach position has been posted to seek applicants.  "Dana O'Neil will continue to be our dance coach next year," Helms said. "She's in her second year as coach."  Helms and Principal Dan Dobner said the boys volleyball team proposal came after a 2015-16 district survey in which several families in the district requested the addition of boys volleyball to the list of WIAA  sports offered at HUHS.  Click  here to read full article in the Daily News.

Junior Marissa Telderer kicks her leg up Thursday afternoon during rehearsal for the club dance team at Hartford Union High School. The club is being elevated into a competition team next year with the addition of boy's volleyball. John Ehlke/Daily News
Coach Dana O'Neill watches her dancers during rehearsal for the club dance team Thursday afternoon at Hartford Union High School. The club is being elevated into a competition team next year with the addition of boy's volleyball. John Ehlke/Daily News

HUHS Booster Club Needs You!
Booster is the club at HUHS that raises funds through concession sales and 50/50 raffles at various meets, games and matches. Last school year we raised and donated $24,000 to various teams in the school and in scholarships. We earn that money with help from our members. How can you help? Work a concession stand. This is easy - selling a hamburger, hotdog, popcorn or drink. That's it - it's that simple. Come meet others like you in the community who find volunteering both helpful and rewarding. Want to also be a member? Check out our link on the HUHS website @ There you can find a membership brochure that can be printed out and either mailed in or dropped off at the athletic office. Still have questions? Email

Be a member. If you are a member, have you volunteered time yet? We need you!

Coaching Positions
Head Boys Volleyball
Assistant Boys Volleyball Coach
Boys Baseball Assistant
Boys Golf Assistant
Girls Soccer Assistant 
Assistant Competitive Dance Coach

Contact Scott Helms if interested!

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