Mequon-Thiensville School District

Welcome Letter from Mr. Bowers

September 27, 2010

As principal of Homestead High School, I am proud to welcome you to the HHS website. This academic
year, we begin the second fifty-year chapter of our school’s storied history. We enter our fifty-first year of
existence with a deep commitment to student success, both academic and social, and to continuous
improvement across the school, striving to be the best comprehensive high school in Wisconsin.

With a wide range of courses, athletic teams, and clubs and activities, Homestead affords all of our
students the chance to feel involved in the school and invested in their high school experience. Elective
course opportunities abound in areas including pre-engineering (Project Lead the Way), the visual arts,
business education, media production, physical education, and family and consumer science. Due to our
sincere commitment to helping all students reach their intellectual potential, HHS offers four world
languages, 15 Advanced Placement classes, rigorous courses of study in all academic areas, and a range
of enrichment opportunities through its gifted and talented programming and independent study
options. For students who need more individualized support to succeed academically, we offer
programs like our Academic Success Center and employ specialized faculty members including a reading
specialist, a position that exists in few Milwaukee Metro high schools. Our faculty and staff is a bright,
committed, and caring group of adults who strive to meet students’ academic needs while guiding them
socially and emotionally as they mature into adults.

The combined efforts of Homestead High School’s students, faculty, staff, and administration continue to
produce exceptional results. Homestead students are academic leaders in the region, the state, and the
nation, as evidenced by Business Week naming HHS the top high school in Wisconsin in 2009. Examples
of academic excellence abound here. For example, the Class of 2010 posted an average composite ACT
score of 25.9, the highest score among all public high schools in the state; approximately 84% of the
graduating class took the ACT. Twenty-six members of Homestead’s Class of 2011 earned some level of
National Merit distinction, with 17 students being named Semi-finalists. Such high levels of success
translate into countless opportunities for our students, with over 90 percent of Homestead graduates
gaining admission into a post-secondary option of their choice.

Outside the classroom, students have numerous outlets for their unique talents, skills, and passions.
Professional and enthusiastic coaches lead 61 high-caliber athletic teams in 27 sports; outstanding and
dedicated educators coach and advise a long list of co-curricular activities. From football to forensics,
hockey to the Highlander newspaper, and in a number of other teams and organizations, students are
given the chance to hone their skills, appreciate the value of commitment, and develop healthy
relationships with peers and adults. The results of our students’, coaches’, and advisors’ efforts are
exceptional. In 2009-2010, Homestead athletes earned seven North Shore Conference team
championships, three State Runner Up trophies and two State Championships, adding to a storied history
that includes 36 team State titles. Not to be outdone, our music program—comprised of band, choir, and
orchestra—once again made a splash on the music scene here in Wisconsin as well as across the country
and the globe. For example, during the past school year, our bands traveled to Hawaii, performing in the
“Merrie Monarch" and the Polynesian Cultural Center's "Salute to Youth" parades as well as at Pearl
Harbor. Homestead choir students traveled to Germany and Austria in July, performing to great acclaim
in cities across those nations. Homestead orchestra members worked with internationally-acclaimed
recording and performing pianist Raffi Besalyan in a complete performance of Rachmaninoff's Piano
Concerto No. 2, which they shared with the community at their annual Benefit Concert. A host of clubs
and service opportunities round out the range of options for Homestead’s students to find their niche,
grow and learn, and distinguish themselves.

In the classroom and beyond, the students and adults who comprise the Homestead High School
community make this school an exceptional place in which to learn and teach. I invite you to explore our
website, visit us, or call us at (262) 238-5680 to learn more about the tradition of excellence and the spirit
of pride that sets Homestead apart.

Go, Highlanders!

Brett Bowers
Homestead High School