December 9, 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

Christmas Concert  December 4 Recap
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.  The snow was falling and the carols were being sung Sunday at Holy Hill where our HUHS Concert Choir was the Special Guest at the Hartland Community Band performance.
   Click below to listen to the Medley "Christmas on Broadway"

Ozzy and Linc the Lion Go Shopping
Ozzy and H Club members team up with Linc the Lion to promote Toys for Tots.  The group created a video to be presented at the Lincoln Lion Eyes Pep Assembly this week.
Pictured are H-Club Members Mallorie Smits, Anna Hermann, Joey Buddenhagen and Quinn Meinerz.  Also pictured are Ozzy, Linc and helper Brady Helms.

AP Psych - Bio Bundle
In the AP Psych/Bio Bundle students are developing a model of the eye to research and design improvements to our current structure of the eye. They are looking at what they can do to improve vision; for example to improve color clarity, remove color blindness, eliminate near and far sightedness, etc. This research and development is taking place in the industry to restore vision to those who have lost it.

Tommy Spirit Award
Sports Medicine Class

Students in Sports Medicine class were learning how to take care of wounds during sports competitions.  Here Austin Grusynzki is putting temporary stiches on the chin of AJ Driessen.
 Art of Writing Conference
On December 5th, talented HUHS writers and artists attended the Art of Writing workshop at the Milwaukee Art Museum.  Hundreds of students from southeastern Wisconsin gathered to spend the day together working through the creative process as they authored narratives and created drawings using the museum pieces as inspiration.  Their final pieces will be published in the Art of Writing book in the spring.  

Stu Co Reindeer Games
Student Council held their annual Reindeer Games event December 8th.  Reindeer games is a wonderful holiday treat for the children of HUHS staff members.  A great time was had by all! 

Cohort Presents at SLATE
Four of the cohort teachers (Mark Arnholt, Kevin Martin, Ben Skifton and Kathryn Zimpel) presented at the SLATE (State Leaders Advancing Technology in Education) Conference  on Tuesday . In their session they gave an overview of why cohort was created, how a PBL class has fit in to a traditional school structure and the success after 1 1/2 years. After the presentation two participants said "that was the most inspiring and real a group has been today.

Risk VS Return in Focus on Careers
This week in Focus on Careers, students have been focusing on principles of saving and investing.  To demonstrate the relationship between risk and return, students played the M&M game in Ms. Sturm's class.  In this game, students had the opportunity to invest their M&Ms in order to grow them.  In the first round, investing was fairly safe as students would not lose their M&Ms even through there was a negative shake of the dice.  However, in the second round if students invested their M&Ms they had the potential to gain a large amount but they also had the potential to lose them.  Students then related their investing of M&Ms to how they might choose to invest their money - and some realized they were much more willing to be risky with M&Ms than dollars and cents!

Toys for Tots Results
On the final day of the Toys 4 Tots campaign, over $1000 in money and donations were generously gifted. There were three classes which were head and shoulders above the others, and our top 3 classes are:

1. Mr. Jeff Martin who raised nearly $500.00 worth of donations
2. Mr. Dobberstein who raised over $400.00 worth of donations
3. Ms. McClain who raised over $330.00 worth of donations

Congratulations to the winning classes for earning a pancake breakfast from the Mineshaft. Thanks to everyone that donated, as you made a huge difference for certain families in our Hartford Community. Have a great weekend everyone!
Art Fundamentals
Students in Ms. Kieckhaefer's Art Fundamentals class created a clay inlay design. Check out the results! 

In This Issue
Quick Links
Student Announcements
Lunch Menu
District Calendars & Schedule
Rev Track
Calendar of Events
Band/Jazz/Orchestra Concert - 7:30pm
Financial Aid Presentation, Cafeteria - 6:00pm

Choral Concert - 7:30pm

Professional Learning Day, No School for Students

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

Winter Break
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
December 4-10 is National Influenza Vaccination Week. If you haven't gotten your flu vaccine yet, now's the time! An annual flu vaccine is the single best way to protect against the flu.  More info here at the CDC web site:
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
On December 16th, a fashion show against domestic violence will be held in the drama lecture hall from 8PM to 9PM. Admission will be $10 at the door. All proceeds will be donated to Friends of Abused Families in West Bend. The designers Lularoe and Lupita Murillo will be showcasing their clothing.  There will also be guest speakers sharing their experiences. We hope to see you there.   

                                    ~   Senior - Jade Rock 
Student Services
Academic and Career Plans - Career Cruising
On November 8 and 15, students met with their homeroom advisors to explore Career Cruising as part of our Academic and Career Plans. We will have another ACP Homeroom on Tuesday, December 13. The activity for this homeroom will be conferencing between homeroom advisor and student. The purpose behind this is for advisor and student to build a relationship to better assist in the ACP process.  Students and advisor will discuss any number of topics related to: Career Cruising, the student's career interest inventory results, academic goals, grades or outside interests and hobbies.
Save the Date:  Financial Aid Presentation - UPDATE!
Financial Aid is provided for by the federal government, the State of Wisconsin, outside scholarship sources, and the college/universities themselves.   Most aid is based on financial need and is designed to help meet the difference between the cost of college and the student and family's ability to pay for the education.
HUHS will be hosting a presentation for college-bound students and their parents to learn about grants, loans, student employment, and scholarships on Wednesday, December 14, at 6:00pm in the Cafeteria.   A speaker from Great Lakes Higher Education will be here to discuss the process of how families finance college costs through all the available options.   Senior students and parents should plan to attend!
The new federal changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) means the class of 2017 will be the first cohort of students who can apply for financial aid starting this month (October 1).  Parents and students will use 2015 tax data.   It is anticipated that estimated financial aid awarding will begin in January of 2017.
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 - Pre-Med Insights Program at Mayo Clinic and University of Minnesota-Rochester  
The Pre-Med Insights Program at Mayo Clinic is a unique mentorship opportunity put on by Mayo Medical School for underrepresented students which promotes early exploration in the field of medicine. Participants engage in clinical and surgical simulations, small group projects and discussions, skill building activities, and interdisciplinary interaction among peers, physicians, patients, faculty, staff, and other professionals in the field.   Check out more information
Some News from Activities & Athletics
Hartford Union Boys Swimmers top Sheboygan South
The Hartford Union boys swim team had eight first-place finishes in their 96-74 nonconference dual victory against Sheboygan South  ThursdayThe Orioles went 1-2-3 in the 100-yard breaststroke, with Mitchell Worman winning in 1:12.99. Erik Doll was second (1:14.8) and Nate Kruit took third (1:23.54).  Cory Maxwell and Santiago Cloud each came away with a pair of victories. Maxwell won the 200  individual medley (2:19.69) and 500 freestyle (5:38.04), winning by 48 seconds. Cloud took first in the 200 freestyle (1:58.2) - winning by eight seconds - and the 100 butterfly (59.26), winning by six seconds.  Hartford won all three relays.  It won the 200 medley (Maxwell, Worman, Cloud, Jordan Christ-novich) in 1:52.12 and the 200 freestyle (Worman, Zach Michalak, Logan DeBack, Christnovich) in 1:46.38).   The Orioles took first in  the 400 freestyle (Cloud, Christnovich, Jeromy Lofy, Maxwell) in 3:46.77.   Hartford won the junior varsity race, 55-32.  

Sideline Store offer good through TONIGHT, December 9

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
Boys Baseball Assistant
Boys Golf Assistant
Girls Soccer Assistant
Contact Scott Helms if interested!

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