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Information for Graduating Seniors

The resilience of our Class of 2020 has most certainly been tested. Through the uncertainty, we are committed to celebrating the milestone achievements of our graduating Class of 2020.

The resilience of our Class of 2020 has most certainly been tested. Spending time away from school, teachers, staff, and friends is not how our seniors should be celebrating the culmination of their years of education and launching them into their next steps. Through the uncertainty I want you to know that we are committed to celebrating the milestone achievement as our graduating Class of 2020.

Students and parents/families took the opportunity to tell us what was most important to them regarding end of year milestone celebrations through an interactive, online idea sharing tool called Thoughtexchange. In that exchange, 222 student participants and 291 family member participants told us what they thought was most important. We heard you loud and clear. You can review the results of the exchanges here. Your ideas have helped inform some preliminary plans, which we’d like to share with you now.

Salute to Homestead Graduates

Local television station MY24 (Channel 24 in Milwaukee) will host a Salute to Homestead High School graduates, which will premiere on Thursday, June 11 at 7 p.m.! Please be sure to tune in to see this special tribute to our senior class. 

Special Feature in News Graphic - June 9

We are working with our local community newspaper, the News Graphic, to produce a special section honoring Homestead graduates in their Tuesday, June 9 edition. Along with the names of all graduates, the newspaper is also offering families the opportunity to purchase a small ad to honor their graduate. The ad would include your graduate’s name, photo, a short message of congratulations, and would cost $25. Learn more about placing an ad

Graduation Celebration

We are now thrilled to announce the plan for a postponed graduation ceremony. The new date will be Saturday, July 18 at 5 p.m., and the ceremony will be held at Miller Park in Milwaukee, home to the Milwaukee Brewers. 

Hosting graduation at Miller Park will allow us to allocate the same number of tickets as we usually do, ensuring that families and loved ones can participate in this momentous occasion. Trained Miller Park staff members will also be on hand to help maintain social distancing and safety for all. In short, as one of the largest venues in Wisconsin, Miller Park is the best choice for our graduation ceremony because it will allow us to follow all prudent measures to ensure safety. We also believe this site will allow us to create an event like none other.

We’ll have more details for you soon, but for now please save the date for an opportunity to celebrate the Class of 2020 in style.

We all hope it is not the case, but please note that if state or local health guidelines in place on July 18 prevent this event from taking place as planned, we will hold a virtual ceremony.

Click here for more information for graduates.

Online Enrollment Window Now Open

The enrollment window is now open for the 2020-21 academic year! The window to complete the online enrollment process is open Friday, May 15 through Saturday, August 1. We ask that you please complete online enrollment for your child by August 1, 2020. Check your email for complete details and instructions.

The enrollment window is now open for the 2020-21 academic year! The window to complete the online enrollment process is open Friday, May 15 through Saturday, August 1. We ask that you please complete online enrollment for your child by August 1, 2020. 

To enroll online, one parent or guardian will need to enter the information listed below. (In cases of resident students with more than one home address on record, the parent or guardian who completes the enrollment must reside in Mequon or Thiensville.) If your information has not changed since the 2019-20 school year, you will simply be required to confirm your information.

  • Household contact information, including address(es) and phone number(s)

  • Contact information for primary and secondary contacts, including work and mobile phone number(s) and email address(es)

  • Student information, including medical conditions and updated care plans (Forms available at www.mtsd.k12.wi.us/healthplans)

  • Bus transportation preferences

To begin the online enrollment process, please log in to your Infinite Campus Parent portal account. In the left side navigation click “More,” and then “Online Registration.” Follow the prompts to complete online enrollment. To see a visual guide for navigating the online enrollment process, please visit www.mtsd.k12.wi.us/HowToEnroll

  • The process should take 5-10 minutes per child for returning families.

  • We recommend completing this on a desktop computer rather than a mobile device.

  • Make sure the pop-up blocker is turned off on your web browser.

Visit www.mtsd.k12.wi.us/InfiniteCampus for additional information and answers to frequently asked questions regarding the online enrollment process, including username and password questions. 

If you have general questions regarding enrollment and registration in MTSD, please contact your school office. 

Donges Bay: Dana Orozco - dorozco@mtsd.k12.wi.us 

Oriole Lane: Cherrie Raimann - craimann@mtsd.k12.wi.us 

Wilson: Stephanie Johnson - sjohnson@mtsd.k12.wi.us 

Lake Shore: Judy Rennicke - jrennicke@mtsd.k12.wi.us 

Steffen: Carole Giersch - cgiersch@mtsd.k12.wi.us 

Homestead: Lori Pedrick - lpedrick@mtsd.k12.wi.us 

 

We look forward to a great 2020-21 school year!

Send a Grad Greeting

The Homestead High School PTSO is continuing a graduation tradition that is a favorite among graduates and families alike: the Grad Greeting. This is a thoughtful way for relatives, teachers, employers, neighbors, friends, and even pets, to express their personal congratulations to our graduating seniors.

The Homestead High School PTSO is continuing a graduation tradition that is a favorite among graduates and families alike: the Grad Greeting. This is a thoughtful way for relatives, teachers, employers, neighbors, friends, and even pets, to express their personal congratulations to our graduating seniors.

Your Grad Greeting(s) will include a personalized message along with the sender’s name. All greetings will then be assembled into individual booklets for each graduate containing his/her messages. The booklets are bound with red ribbon and mailed to the students after graduation. These booklets are keepsakes to be treasured for years to come!

The fee for each Grad Greeting is $2.00 for numbered messages; you can also create your own personal message for $2.50 each. The more Grad Greetings each graduate receives, the more meaningful the booklet becomes. So please look through the attached list of seniors and see if there are some students to whom you would like to send words of congratulations and/or good luck wishes for what lies ahead.

You can place orders downloading and printing the Grad Greeting order form below. Please make check or money order payable to “Grad Greetings” and please remember to include your telephone number in case we have any questions. Please return order forms and payment to Angela Bonfiglio by mail or drop off in the container on the front porch of her home.

Angela Bonfiglio
2617 W Norway Drive
Mequon WI 53092

Questions? Please email HHSgradgreetings@gmail.com for a prompt response.

To guarantee inclusion in the booklets, your order form must be received by May 27, 2020.

Download the Grad Greeting Form

Homestead High School Ranked Top High School by U.S. News

The U.S. News and World Report has ranked Homestead High School in the Mequon-Thiensville School District ninth out of 453 ranked high schools in the state of Wisconsin. 

The school was also ranked #417 of more than 17,700 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The U.S. News and World Report has ranked Homestead High School in the Mequon-Thiensville School District ninth out of 453 ranked high schools in the state of Wisconsin. 

The school was also ranked #417 of more than 17,700 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia.

“This recognition is validation of the hard work and focus of our students and staff, coupled with our commitment to continuous improvement,” said Eric Ebert, principal of Homestead High School.

U.S. News bases rankings on performance on state assessments and college-readiness as demonstrated by AP exam participation rates and performance.

“Excellence is a hallmark of Homestead High School, and this recognition by U.S. News is an indication of that,” said Superintendent of Schools Matthew Joynt, Ph.D. “But it is also a recognition of the work of the entire school district. Our high school students’ achievement is reflective of the entire system of students, parents, staff, and administrators in our school district. I share my thanks and congratulations to you all for your role in nurturing student growth and achievement.”

Visit https://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/wisconsin for additional information regarding the state and national rankings.

Homestead High School Assistant Principal Announced

We invite the community to join me in welcoming our newest Mighty Highlander, Mr. Christopher Weiss.

The Mequon-Thiensville School District Board of Education has approved the hiring of Mr. Christopher Weiss as assistant principal at Homestead High School for the 2020-21 school year. Weiss’ employment was recommended to the board for approval during their regular business meeting on April 27, 2020. 

Weiss will replace current Assistant Principal Chad Sova, who will begin in the role of Principal at Oriole Lane Elementary School following the retirement of longtime Principal Mary Jo Tye. Both transitions will occur at the close of this academic year.

“In my conversations with Chris, I was impressed with his community approach to student success through collaboration with staff, students, and families,” said Eric Ebert, Homestead principal. “At the core of his leadership approach is a commitment to student learning and well-being, and he takes pride in playing a key role in nurturing a positive school culture for all members of a school community.”

Weiss is currently the 9th Grade Center principal at Oak Creek High School, in the Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District, which is a school with over 530 students and 30 staff dedicated to preparing students to enter 10th grade with skill sets for success. He has further experience as an associate principal at Oak Creek High School, as well as principal and curriculum director in the Dodgeland School District. 

Chris earned a Master of Science Degree in Educational Leadership from Concordia University and a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. 

“Familiar with our district and its culture as a community resident, Chris is thrilled to serve in an educational leadership role in the Mequon-Thiensville School District,” said Ebert. “I invite the community to join me in welcoming our newest Mighty Highlander.”

MTSD Uses 3D Printing Technology to Produce Critical Components for Respirator Masks

“We are proud of our ability to use the resources we had available at Homestead to be of service to those on the frontlines of the pandemic.”

The Mequon-Thiensville School District is supporting the efforts of first responders and healthcare professionals during the current public health emergency by using 3D printing technology to produce components for respirator masks. 

Homestead High School social studies teacher Joe Ciurlick and engineering teacher Jeff Patterson recognized that the technology typically used in the science and technology curriculum at Homestead had the potential to serve a critical role in the pandemic. Their good idea got off the ground when MTSD Executive Director of Instructional Technology and Continuous Improvement Systems Lauren Croix found an opportunity to collaborate with nearby Concordia University. 

“We are really proud of our ability to use the resources we had available at Homestead to be of service to those on the frontlines of the pandemic,” said Croix.

Patterson and Ciurlik set up 5 printers in Ciurlik’s basement in early April and got straight to work printing plastic components for respirator masks. It takes about ten to twelve hours to print each component, and Ciurlik and Patterson will keep printing as long as they have plastic. The pieces they produce are then assembled with other components including a silicone gasket, head straps, and a 5-layer filter sandwich. Concordia University and its team of medical students and volunteers are producing the other pieces and assembling the final product, which will then be delivered to medical providers, first responders, and municipalities with support from local police departments.

“I feel that it is my responsibility to contribute to the needs of the community,” said Ciurlik. “As Margaret Mead famously quipped, ‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.’”

The district has also donated a variety of personal protective equipment (PPE) to the Mequon Fire Department in an effort to ensure local responders are appropriately protected when responding to calls during the widespread coronavirus pandemic. Adequate PPE has been in short supply at emergency and medical facilities across the nation, adding stress and concern to an already dire situation in many areas.

“It remains essential that we work as a community to support one another,” said Matthew Joynt, Ph.D., superintendent of schools. “The more we can do now to help professionals on the front lines of this pandemic, the sooner we can hope to return to a life of more normalcy. We all need to do what we can.”

Bradley Excels in American Legion Oratorical Competitions

Homestead High School senior Dylan Bradley secured the District title in the American Legion Oratorical Competition and recently competed in the Regional competition at Ripon College in Ripon, WI. Bradley is the first oratorical competitor to represent Mequon-Thiensville in 10 years and accumulated $1,400 in scholarship rewards.

Homestead High School senior Dylan Bradley secured the District title in the American Legion Oratorical Competition and recently competed in the Regional competition at Ripon College in Ripon, WI. Bradley is the first oratorical competitor to represent Mequon-Thiensville in 10 years and accumulated $1,400 in scholarship rewards.

“I first learned about the program following my time at Badger Boys State (a program where participants create their own city, county, and state-level governments), at which I served as the 2019 Governor,” Bradley explained. “As a result of my position, I went on to deliver an address at the State Convention of the American Legion in July 2019. After my speech, I was approached and encouraged to compete in the Oratorical Competition.”

Bradley then went on to write an 8-10 minute speech, which he presented in early December at the American Legion Post on Mequon Road. He won the competition by default, as the only competitor from Mequon-Thiensville. On January 2, 2020, Bradley beat out three other orators in at the county level competition and advanced to the 2nd District Competition at Ho-Chunk Gaming in Wisconsin Dells on January 18. At that event, Bradley bested two other competitors to secure the District Title. While his competitive run ended more quickly than he hoped, Bradley is still able to find the value in his experience. 

“In the end, I’m proud to have won at the county and district levels and I believe the experience has been impactful for me,” Bradley reflected. “My public speaking, writing, and memorizing skills have each improved leaps and bounds.”

After graduation this spring, Bradley plans to study Business and Finance with hopes to pursue a career in investment banking, corporate finance, or as a business executive.

Lorenz Aces the ACT

Homestead High School junior Ben Lorenz 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. 

Homestead High School junior Ben Lorenz 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. 

Fewer than half of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score. In 2019, only 4,879 out of nearly 1.8 million students who took the ACT earned a composite score of 36.

“I was very happy when I learned of my score, and it kind of made my day,” said Lorenz.

At Homestead, Lorenz is involved in swimming and Latin-related activities. He swims nearly year-round at the Schroeder YMCA and at Homestead during the high school season. He is also on the executive board for the Wisconsin Junior Classical League—the student organization for the classics in Wisconsin—and participates in Certamen at the state and national levels. 

“Homestead is proud of Ben for his efforts in the classroom that helped lead him to such an amazing score,” commented Eric Ebert, Homestead High School Interim Principal. “As gifted as a student as he is, though, Ben is as equally good a person, leading his peers in academic discussions, helping support others’ growth in class and serving as a positive role model in our school.”

After graduation, Lorenz plans to attend college and major in physics.