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Four Homestead Students Selected for Wisconsin All-State Honors Orchestra and Band

Four Homestead High School students were recently selected to participate in the Wisconsin All-State Honors Orchestra and Band. Violinists Amy Koo and Antony Rainchik, clarinetist Max Blickman, and flutist Heaven Kim represented Homestead in the Honors Orchestra and Band. 

Four Homestead High School students were recently selected to participate in the Wisconsin All-State Honors Orchestra and Band. Violinists Amy Koo and Antony Rainchik, clarinetist Max Blickman, and flutist Heaven Kim represented Homestead in the Honors Orchestra and Band. 

 

The Wisconsin School Music Association All-State Honors Music Project provides the most skilled and committed high school instrumentalists and vocalists from all across the state the opportunity to come together in June at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay for a week of intensive rehearsals with nationally-recognized conductors. 

 

This year, four Homestead students were selected through a competitive audition process for acceptance into this highly selective program. In late October, the ensembles reconvened for a final day of rehearsals and a culminating performance in Madison for the Wisconsin Music Educators Convention.

 

 

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BE MIGHTY

Every month, Homestead's BE MIGHTY board displays the faces of at least 14 students who have demonstrated social responsibility in and out of the classroom. The nominations come from 11 departments and 3 "wildcard" nominations. 

Every month, Homestead's BE MIGHTY board displays the faces of at least 14 students who have demonstrated social responsibility in and out of the classroom. The nominations come from 11 departments and 3 "wildcard" nominations. The link to a clear picture of our first round of BE MIGHTY nominations can be found here: https://sites.google.com/mtsd.k12.wi.us/bemighty/ We are proud of the social responsibility demonstrated by our students on a daily basis! #mightyhighlanders #launchpad

Homestead High School Announces New Head Gymnastics Coach

Betsy Vielgut has been hired by Homestead High School as its new head gymnastics coach.

Betsy Vielgut has been hired by Homestead High School as its new head gymnastics coach.

Coach Vielgut has been involved in gymnastics for over 20 years and brings 10 years of WIAA judging experience.

“It is an honor to be named head coach at Homestead. I have watched their team grow throughout the past five years. I am excited to bring my experience and knowledge of the sport to the program,” said Vielgut. “I look forward to building relationships with the gymnasts and creating a culture that is positive and hardworking.”

Vielgut was a varsity gymnast at Nicolet High School for four years. She qualified to the WIAA State Gymnastics Tournament individually freshman and sophomore year. In addition, she was part of Nicolet’s team that qualified for the WIAA Team State Meet her sophomore, junior and senior years. Vielgut was also a varsity diver at Nicolet, placing 10th at the WIAA State Meet her senior year.

Vielgut has been a WIAA high school gymnastics official for the past ten years. She has judged throughout the North Shore and various other conferences including at invitationals and conference meets.

“I have been passionate about the sport throughout my whole life and have always considered coaching. I am thrilled to have been given this opportunity at Homestead.”

Homestead Announces National Merit Semifinalists

Homestead announces 12 National Merit Semifinalists.  These students have the opportunity to advance to the Finalist level and compete for National Merit Scholarships.

The National Merit Scholarship Competition (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Homestead High School is proud to announce that 12 of its seniors have been named Semifinalists in the 2020 competition. They include Shubhan Mathur, Christopher Panagis, Jackson Rusch, Konnor Raskin, Isabel Klemmer, Zidao Wang, Erin Wei, Megan Carley, Joshua Gottlieb, Andrew Wang, Jacob Yasonik, and Michael Pokorny.

These academically talented seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of competition.

Over 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.

Students who qualify as Semifinalists based on their performance on the PSAT/NMSQT are the only program participants who have an opportunity to advance to the Finalist level and compete for National Merit Scholarships. About 7,500 of the outstanding Finalists will be chosen as Merit Scholarship winners in the 2019 competition. Finalists will be announced beginning in April, 2020.

All Merit Scholar designees are chosen on the basis of their abilities, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies—without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, religious preference, or family financial circumstances.

Find more information about the National Merit Scholarship Corporation at www.nationalmerit.org

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Interim High School Principal Announced

We are pleased to announce that Eric Ebert will serve as interim principal at Homestead for the 2019-20 school year.

The MTSD Board of Education approved a recommendation for Eric Ebert to serve as interim principal of Homestead High School for the 2019-2020 school year. Ebert will begin in this new role on Monday, July 29.

Ebert has served as assistant principal at Homestead with distinction for two years. During that time, he has demonstrated a student-centered focus, a commitment to education, and a passion for igniting each student’s success. 

“Eric is a valued member of our administrative team,” said Matthew Joynt, superintendent of schools.  “I am confident in his ability to lead Homestead lockstep with our current efforts and approach to achieving Homestead’s mission and our district’s strategic vision.”

Ebert will replace Principal Brett Bowers, who recently resigned, and who had been principal at Homestead since the 2010-11 school year. Bowers accepted an executive leadership role with AVID, or Advancement Via Individual Determination, which is an organization that partners with schools to foster a safe, open culture, high expectations for teachers and students, and collaboration in all classrooms. The position allows Bowers to continue to reside in the community. 

“We are excited for Brett, and pleased that his new role will allow him to remain a mighty Highlander,” said Matthew Joynt, superintendent of schools. “We are grateful for his visionary leadership during his tenure at Homestead, and we wish him all the best.”

The district will proceed with a comprehensive search for a principal for the 2020-2021 school year and beyond. That search process will begin in early 2020.

“Proceeding with an external search for a principal at an accelerated pace in late July and August of this year would not have allowed us the time necessary to implement a search with due diligence,” said Joynt. “In the meantime, I am thrilled with the new energy and enthusiasm I see in Homestead’s administrative team for this upcoming school year.”

Congratulations to the Class of 2019!

Watch this video to see highlights of the graduation ceremony of the Homestead High School Class 2019.

On graduation day, Principal Brett Bowers addressed the Class of 2019, saying, "As you move on from Homestead, I challenge you—as individuals—to become somebody’s favorite something. While so many messages are telling you to drive, push, compete, and achieve—I know those forces are strong and those voices are loud—I promise you that peace, joy, and contentment, those things you can’t buy or win or accumulate—come from reaching a different mark. Be someone’s favorite something and you’ll have inspiration and satisfaction to fill your soul and lift your spirit time and time again throughout your life.
Thank you for being an amazing group of people, and an incredible senior class. Congratulations to you all!"

Watch this video to see highlights of the graduation ceremony of the Homestead High School Class 2019!

All photos courtesy of Visual Image Photography. Click this link to order photos online.

Class of 2019 from Mequon-Thiensville School Dist. on Vimeo.

Jake Yasonik takes third at International Science and Engineering Fair

 

Jake Yasonik (right), junior, competed in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics at the 2019 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), earning third place for his independent study project on drug discovery. Over 1800 students from more than 70 countries competed in this elite event. #mightyhighlanders #launchpad

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. 

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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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.