MAY 2011
 
 
2010 - 2011 2nd Semester Exam Schedule

 

For the updated schedule, click here.

For a corresponding letter, click here.

 

 
 


 

FROM THE PRINCIPAL by Brett Bowers

 

As the 2010-2011 school year speeds to a close, I want to take this opportunity to reflect on this academic year, Homestead's fifty-first, and celebrate our accomplishments as a school committed to continuous improvement in the classroom and across the organization.

Within the first few months of the year, a cross-disciplinary group of teachers and administrators gathered to develop a new mission statement for the school. As can be seen in our classrooms, offices and hallways, the mission of Homestead High School is to equip all students with transferrable skills, promote academic independence, foster social responsibility and inspire a passion for learning.

With the mission driving and focusing us, our school improvement efforts included the following:

  • Investigation and adoption of the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) college readiness system. This summer, the newly-formed AVID site team, comprised of 12 teachers and administrators will spend a week in Chicago receiving the training necessary to officially launch AVID at Homestead in the fall.
  • Implementation of the Empower3000 reading intervention. To further improve student literacy, an essential transferrable skill, teachers and administrators investigated Empower3000, a research-based reading intervention unlike anything that has been done at Homestead to date. Currently, approximately 25 freshmen and sophomores, as well as some of our English Language Learners, are using Empower. They will post-test later in May, a follow-up to the pre-intervention assessment that occurred in January. Use of Empower3000 for targeted students is slated to expand in 2011-2012.
  • Refinement of our approach to identifying and monitoring struggling learners. The Pupil Personnel Committee (PPC), which includes administrators, counselors, other Pupil Services staff, and teachers, has worked to refine its process for early identification of struggling learners. In addition to better screening, the steps for responding to academic concerns have been increasingly formalized and standardized, all in an attempt to prevent students from falling through the proverbial cracks. This refinement and retooling is slated to continue in the coming school year.
  • Creation of the Ready, Annotate, Process (RAP) approach to non-fiction reading. Educators from across disciplines worked to create a research-based universal method for interacting with authentic non-fiction selections, a key skill for academic success and college readiness according to many educational studies. Approximately 15 teachers from across disciplines have been using and refining RAP in their classrooms this year, all in preparation for continued expansion of the approach across the school in the years ahead.
  • Improvement of our approaches in team-taught classes, those co-taught by a general education and special education teacher. In addition to receiving training from an outside trainer/consultant, team teachers and administrators met periodically throughout the year to share teaching and assessment strategies, identify areas in need of improvement, and problem-solve issues in their classrooms. The work done this year will be the spring board for a review of Special Education service delivery and General Level courses in the 2011-2012 school year.
  • Enhancement of our freshman transition programming. Several new events, including January's Academic Information Night and May's Freshman Information Night, were developed and implemented this year. Further, a group of teachers and administrators is currently investigating the LINK program, a nation-wide freshman transition program, for possible implementation at Homestead in the future.

This work would not be possible without the commitment of the Homestead faculty and financial support from groups like the Mequon-Thiensville Education Foundation and the Homestead PTSO. Together, we are working to make Homestead the best that it can be, building on the school's rich tradition and history of excellence.

Brett Bowers
Principal
Homestead High School

 
Study Blog Update
 

To date, Mr. Bowers blog about the high school schedule study process has been visited almost 3,500 times. Have you checked the blog lately? Access it via a link in the "News & Announcements" section on the homepage of the Homestead website. Or, visit www.homesteadschedulestudy.blogspot.com.

 
PTSO Update
 

The Homestead High School PTSO adopted new by-laws and a new mission statement at the April meeting. At the May meeting, there will be the election of officers for 2011-2012. If you are interested in learning more about what the PTSO does or how you can get involved, please be sure to attend the May meeting or contact the PTSO at homesteadhs.ptso@gmail.com.

 
 
Counselor's Corner
 

Counselors met with all sophomores on April 1 to introduce them to Family Connections. Each student was successfully signed onto the program with their own account. Students were shown some of the unique activities and opportunities available to them on Family Connection and most completed an initial Career Cluster activity. Any sophomores who were absent during the presentation should see their counselor as soon as possible.

Seniors: The May 1st deadline for students to let colleges know if they are attending has come and gone. Be sure to update your college admissions decisions and your college you will be attending into Family Connection. This information is very important as we will be sending your final transcript to the college you list on your Family Connection account.

 
 
Upcoming Event Highlights
 

COMMUNITY CONVERSATION
You are invited to a "Community Conversation" about the future of Mequon-Thiensville.

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011, 6:15-8:30 p.m. at the Concordia University of Wisconsin-Environmental Center.
Click here for more information

23rd ANNUAL HOMESTEAD CHOIR BENEFIT CONCERT
The Homestead Choirs will present their 23rd Annual Benefit Concert on Sunday, June 5, 2011 at 7:00 P.M. The program will feature choral music from the Classical era, featuring some of the great names of the era including F.J. Haydn, W.A. Mozart, J.M. Haydn, as well as hymn tunes from the American Colonies of this time by William Billings and Abraham Wood.

Providing contrast to these composers of Western art music, the Camerata will perform a "classic" ballad in a vocal jazz arrangement. The first half of the program will also include a moment to honor the choir's graduating class of 2011 as well as a performance of the traditional Castaway, a work that was specially commissioned for the Homestead High School graduation ceremonies.

Excerpts from a major choral-orchestral work will be featured in the second half of the 2011 Benefit program: the Franz Joseph Haydn oratorio, The Creation. The HHS Choirs will be joined by members of the HHS Chamber Orchestra and three guest artists. This year's guest artists are all public school music teachers who also have an active performing career. Erica Breitbarth, soprano, teaches choirs at Reagan High School in MPS and is a 2005 alumnus of Homestead High School. Raymond Roberts, tenor, teaches choirs at the Milwaukee High School of the Arts, also in the Milwaukee Public Schools. Walt Boyer, bass, teaches elementary music in the Shorewood School District. The Haydn piece was the focus of this year's HHS Choir-Chamber Retreat, held in March.

Tickets are $10 at the door. Proceeds from this concert support the entire choral program, provide numerous enrichment experiences for all HHS choir students, and provide partial scholarships for choral students who wish to attend summer music camps. The Benefit funds also assist in bringing professional musicians to work with the Homestead choirs throughout the school year.

STUDENT NEWSPAPER SUBSCRIPTIONS
Parents will again have the opportunity to subscribe to The Highlander, the student newspaper, for next school year. If you are interested, please fill out the form and send it and a $14 check made out to Homestead High School to the attention of Nancy Kress, Homestead High School, 5000 W. Mequon Road, Mequon, Wisconsin, 53092 by Friday, June 10.

 
 
Homestead Honors
 

ART HONORS
Seven Homestead students are recipients of awards for their artwork in this year's "Ozaukee County Art Show." Shelby Comeau, Kelly Karp, Lauren Kearns, Kate Markiewicz, Melanie Meyer, Noah Mitchelson, and Erin Quinlevan are all recognized in the competition which features four area high schools. Twenty pieces were chosen for special merit.

MUSICIANS SCORE AT STATE
Homestead's music department competed at the state solo and ensemble contest at Cardinal Stritch University on May 7.

Musicians needed to receive a 1* in class "A", the highest level, at the regional competition in order to qualify for the state tournament. Congratulations to our music students and staff! Click here for more.

LATIN STUDENTS ACHIEVE NATIONAL HONORS
This March, all Latin students at Homestead participated in the American Classical League National Latin Examination. The National Latin exam is designed to measure and compare the performance of students throughout the world who take Latin. Over 150,000 students took this same test during a single week this year. Results have been reported. Homestead students have achieved their best overall performance ever. Nearly 40% of our students received recognition for their outstanding achievements.

We are proud of the efforts and performance of all our students. Click here for list of award winners.

School phone number
(262) 238-5900

Attendance phone number
(262) 238-5620

 
IN THIS ISSUE
 

 
IMPORTANT DATES
 

May 25: Community Conversation. 6:15-8:30

May 30: NO SCHOOL

June 6-8: Second Semester Exams

 
UPCOMING EVENTS
 

May 25, Awards Night, 7:00 pm, Auditorium

June 1, Hall of Inspiration, 6:00 pm, Cafeteria

June 2, Merit Award Ceremony, 6:00 pm, Cafeteria

June 5: Choir Benefit Concert, 7:00 PM

June 10: Subscriptions for Student Newspaper Due

CALENDAR OF EVENTS


 
IMPORTANT LINKS
 

• Homestead High School

• Daily Announcements

• Attendance

• Staff Directory

• PowerSchool

• NutriKids

• Mequon-Thiensville Education Foundation (MTEF)

• HHS PTSO

• Positive Parent Involvement (PPI)

• VOICES

 

The Mission of Homestead High School is to equip all students with transferable skills, promote academic independence, foster social responsibility, and inspire a passion for learning.

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