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Homestead Students Earn Perfect Score on ACT

Homestead High School juniors Shubhan Mathur and Said Tfaili both scored a perfect 36 on the ACT exam.

Homestead High School juniors Shubhan Mathur and Said Tfaili both scored a perfect 36 on the ACT exam. The ACT is a national college entrance exam that tests in the areas of English, reading, math, and science. Both Mathur and Tfaili took the test in February 2018.

"We are immensely proud of Shubhan and Said, both of whom have distinguished themselves in unique ways here at Homestead,” said Principal Brett Bowers. “Both young men are model students and members of our learning community. They are passionate scholars in the classroom, and both of them use their talents and gifts outside the academic setting as well. Most impressive, both Shubhan and Said exude humility and are quick to credit those who support them on their academic journeys.”

Nationally, one-tenth of one percent of students who take the ACT earn the top score. In 2017, fewer than 3,000 students from a group of over 2 million earned a composite score of 36. While earning a score of 36 on the ACT exam remains a rare accomplishment, six Homestead students have earned the perfect score since January 2018.

“When I finally opened my ACT letter on the weekend, I was ecstatic,” said Mathur. “I was really happy to see that all my work in getting prep books and practice tests from the library finally paid off. However, I couldn’t have achieved any of this without the help of my teachers, mentors, and, most importantly, my parents, especially my mom due to her personal sacrifices to help me pursue my goals at Homestead.”

“I honestly didn't expect such a score, but I practiced for it and I feel like my work has paid off more than I thought was possible,” said Tfaili. “What helped me the most was taking diagnostic tests, especially on the sections I knew I needed to work on, but I wouldn't have gotten a perfect score without some luck; I needed a 36 on all the other sections. I'm also glad I won't have to retake this test, which gives me more time to prepare for the AP tests in May—only a month away!"

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Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions Visit MTSD Schools

Homestead High School was honored to welcome Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes and Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions Secretary Kathy Blumenfeld to Homestead High School on Thursday, April 11. The visit centered on financial literacy for students and involved stops at both Homestead and Lake Shore Middle School.

Homestead High School was honored to welcome Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes and Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions Secretary Kathy Blumenfeld to Homestead High School on Thursday, April 11. The visit centered on financial literacy for students, and involved stops at both Homestead and Lake Shore Middle School.

Homestead junior Morgan Klug, who works as a teller at the Kohler Credit Union branch at Homestead, described her role and the opportunities the partnership with Kohler Credit Union provides. The full-service credit union branch along with an ATM is located in the field house lobby. The branch is open to faculty and students daily during the lunch break. Kohler Credit Union also provides the high school and two area middle schools financial education resources to help promote the importance of youth financial literacy.

Lake Shore Middle School 6th-grade students and teacher Peggy Sabin impressed the guests with their lesson and content mastery on the topics of saving and credit, including understanding why having good credit is important, and how to build and maintain good credit. 

Alumni Spotlight: Margaret Bussone, '62

You'd be hard pressed to flip through any given Tartan yearbook (even back when it was called Crest ) without finding at least one photo of Ms. Margaret Bussone adorning the pages. As a member of the very first graduating class of Homestead High School in 1962, Ms. Bussone stuck to her MTSD roots and went on to teach French at the high school until 2012. Though she has been retired for nearly seven years, Margaret is still very much active in the Mequon and greater North Shore communities.

You'd be hard pressed to flip through any given Tartan yearbook (even back when it was called Crest ) without finding at least one photo of Ms. Margaret Bussone adorning the pages. As a member of the very first graduating class of Homestead High School in 1962, Ms. Bussone stuck to her MTSD roots and went on to teach French at the high school until 2012. Though she has been retired for nearly seven years, Margaret is still very much active in the Mequon and greater North Shore communities. Get to know Margaret and read the latest alumni newsletter here.

 Emily Cheng Named a 2019 Herb Kohl Excellence Scholar

Congratulations to Homestead senior, Emily Cheng, for being named a 2019 Herb Kohl Excellence Scholar. Student Excellence Scholarship recipients have demonstrated excellence in the academic arena and high motivation to achieve, have displayed a broad range of activity and leadership outside the academic setting, and have shown strong promise for succeeding in college and beyond.

The Herb Kohl Educational Foundation has named Emily Cheng a 2019 Herb Kohl Student Excellence Scholarship winner. Cheng, a senior at Homestead High School in the Mequon-Thiensville School District, will be awarded a $10,000 scholarship by the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation.

The purpose of the Herb Kohl Excellence Scholarship program is to recognize student leadership, citizenship, school and community involvement, and academic achievement. Student Excellence Scholarship recipients have demonstrated excellence in the academic arena and high motivation to achieve, have displayed a broad range of activity and leadership outside the academic setting, and have shown strong promise for succeeding in college and beyond. The Foundation awards $10,000 scholarships to Wisconsin high school graduates each year.

“Emily is very deserving of this honor,” said Danielle Young, school counselor at Homestead High School. “She is a brilliant, unique student who is truly exceptional in every way. “Emily prioritizes her academics and has chosen to take the most rigorous coursework throughout each year of high school, yet she is also actively involved in a number of meaningful activities.”

Cheng’s involvement in other activities includes volunteering to serve at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center. She spends many hours over the summer months at the hospital accomplishing helpful tasks, but more importantly, making connections with patients. 

“Emily is an advocate for others,” said Young. “She is such a natural at building real relationships with others, which is an amazing quality that cannot be taught.”
 
Cheng has been involved in the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, and has served as co-concertmaster for violin. Cheng is a leader in the Homestead Symphony Orchestra, which combines both Chamber and Symphony orchestras. During Emily’s junior year, she helped to lead the orchestra in their performance at Carnegie Hall with a violin solo. 

“I'm honored to be recognized with this award,” said Cheng. “It was definitely unexpected given the level of competition among the applicants. The scholarship will cover a significant portion of college fees, for which I am extremely grateful. I'm fortunate to have an incredible support system at home and at school. My parents, teachers, counselor, and principal have all contributed to my success in many ways with their unconditional support. The Herb Kohl Student Excellence Scholarship is an amazing opportunity; I highly encourage applying.”
 
A statewide committee composed of civic leaders and representatives of education-related associations annually selects the Herb Kohl award recipients. Local award recipients will be recognized during a luncheon at Greenfield High School on April 13. More information at http://www.kohleducation.org/.
 

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Alumni Spotlight: Matt Richmond '92

Check out our latest featured alumnus, Matthew Richmond, MBA! Get to know Matt and read more about MTSD history, as well as a special honor for a former superintendent here: https://conta.cc/2SCbo8Q

Check out our latest featured alumnus, Matthew Richmond, MBA! Get to know Matt and read more about MTSD history, as well as a special honor for a former superintendent here: https://conta.cc/2SCbo8Q

Junior Jacob Yasonik Earns Perfect Score on ACT

Homestead High School junior Jacob Yasonik scored a perfect 36 on the ACT exam. Nationally, one-tenth of one percent of students who take the ACT earn the top score. In 2017, fewer than 3,000 students from a group of over 2 million earned a composite score of 36.

Homestead High School junior Jacob Yasonik scored a perfect 36 on the ACT exam. The ACT is a national college entrance exam that tests in the areas of English, reading, math, and science. Yasonik took the test in December.

Nationally, one-tenth of one percent of students who take the ACT earn the top score. In 2017, fewer than 3,000 students from a group of over 2 million earned a composite score of 36.

“We are immensely proud of Jake and his rare achievement,” said Principal Brett Bowers. “He is a passionate learner with a humble personality both in and out of the classroom. Without a doubt, his talents in math and computer science are something truly special. Jake’s ACT score is just one of his many academic accomplishments.”

Yasonik is involved in Math Team and Computer Science Team and is enrolled in several advanced courses including AP courses, Multi-variable Calculus and Independent Study in the area of computer science.

“Even a broken clock is right twice a day,” joked Yasonik about his noteworthy achievement. “But, more seriously: great teachers, practice tests, and studying for content rather than tests also helped a lot.”

 

Students place first at MSOE Math Contest

Students place first at MSOE math contest.

On Monday, November 19, 2018, Homestead students Julian Camacho, Andrew Wang, Jackson Rusch, Michael Pokorny, Jake Yasonik, Giana Lim, Ethan Wang, and Eric Wan took first place at the MSOE Opportunities Conference - Mathematics contest. The students solved problems both individually and as a team. There were 21 teams from WI and IL in the contest. Julian and Andrew tied for first place with several other students for individual first place. They had perfect scores. Jake Yasonik and Ethan Wang also received medals for finishing in the top 15 overall out of approximately 200 students.

Homestead Significantly Exceeds Expectations!

Homestead “Significantly Exceeds Expectations” according to a report the state Department of Public Instruction released in November. Homestead's overall score was 85.7, earning the school the top rating on the School Report Card.

Homestead remains one of only two high schools in Wisconsin to have earned the "Significantly Exceeds Expectations" designation each year the report cards have been produced. The Accountability Report Card is part of Wisconsin's Accountability System. The purpose of the Accountability System is to help parents, educators, and the public understand how schools and districts are performing. Report Cards also help schools and districts identify areas of strength and areas of focus.

Learn more and see the report.