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5 Questions with Safety Officer Tanner Buchanan

We are excited to introduce our new safety officer, Tanner Buchanan. The role of safety officer is a new one in the district. The safety officer's job is to work primarily on evenings and weekends to deter, detect, report, and stop violations of the law and/or school board policies, while building relationships across our schools, district programs, among visitors and guests, and with local law enforcement.

That may sound like a lot to handle, but we know that Tanner is up for the job. With a wide array of experience across a variety of law enforcement and security positions, he is ready to immerse himself in the Mequon-Thiensville community and lend a helping hand to those who need it. Read more and get to know Mr. Buchanan! 

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MTSD Significantly Exceeds Expectations

The Mequon-Thiensville School District Significantly Exceeds Expectations on the 2017-18 School Report Cards issued in November 2018 by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. MTSD has significantly exceeded expectations all five years the District Report Cards have been produced. Since the implementation of the current state assessment in 2015-16, the district's overall score has increased every year. MTSD's ranked score is the 7th highest score among K-12 public school districts in the state.

In addition, all six schools in the Mequon-Thiensville School District exceed or significantly exceed expectations based on 2017-18 data. 

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An Inspiring Message of Resilience During Red Ribbon Week

After a tragic theater accident left her paralyzed from the chest down, Tasha Schuh has discovered invaluable lessons. Steffen, Lake Shore, and Homestead students and staff were inspired by her message of resilience during assemblies at the schools. Schuh's personal story of tragedy, transformation, and triumph inspires students to know, no matter how dark things can get, there is reason for hope.

We are grateful to Starting Point of Ozaukee County for sponsoring this powerful event in recognition of Red Ribbon Week, which is October 22-26. Starting Point helps build healthy communities by empowering individuals and families through innovative substance abuse prevention and intervention resources. The purpose of Red Ribbon Week is to present a visible commitment to living a safe, healthy, and drug-free life.

 

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Alumni Spotlight: Dean Rennicke - Class of '78

Did you miss it? The Mequon-Thiensville School District recently launched its new Homestead alumni newsletter, The Tartan Review! Our first featured alum is longtime North Shore resident and one-time pro baseball player, Dean Rennicke. Check out Dean's profile and while you're at it, sign up to receive the next issue of The Tartan Review! 

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District Enrollment Increases

The Mequon-Thiensville School District is pleased to announce an increase in resident student enrollment for the 2018-19 school year. As of September 21, 2018, 3,658 total resident students attend one of MTSD’s six schools, an increase of 76 students from the 2017-18 school year.
 
The resident enrollment figure is critical toward determining available revenue within the Wisconsin school funding formula. MTSD projected and developed the 2018-19 school year budget on a total resident enrollment count of 3,539. Increases over projections were found at all levels—elementary, middle, and high school—within the district. 

“We are very excited for the growth we see in our resident student enrollment,” said Matthew Joynt, superintendent of schools. “The communities of Mequon and Thiensville are great places to work, live, or raise a family for many reasons, including the top-rated education students receive in our schools.”
 
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction uses the student enrollment of the third Friday in September and second Friday in January to determine funding allocations for school districts through the state’s funding formula. For the past ten years, MTSD has experienced generally declining enrollment in keeping with demographic trends. This year marks a notable change in that trend.

“We believe our public school system is a point of pride for Mequon and Thiensville,” said Joynt. “With the continued support of parents, business partners, and the greater community, we are making a difference that will ensure a bright future for our community’s most valuable asset—our children.”
 

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Homestead High School Announces New Head Baseball Coach

The Homestead High School Athletic Department is pleased to announce that Mr. Jason Kosanke has been named our new head baseball coach, beginning in the 2018-19 season.

Kosanke comes to Homestead High School in the Mequon-Thiensville School District as an established and experienced coach, holding coaching and leadership positions at the high school and collegiate level at Slinger High School, University School of Milwaukee, Carroll University, and Waukesha South High School. 

Highlights of his baseball coaching experience include a Classic 8 Conference championship, three Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Regional championships, a WIAA Sectional Championship, and an appearance at the WIAA State Tournament. He instructed five first-team All-State players, one All-American (Athlon & Perfect Game USA) and Wisconsin Player of the Year. Two former players were selected by Major League Baseball organizations. 

At Carroll University, Kosanke administered all day-to-day operations of an NCAA Division III baseball program in addition to establishing University-sponsored youth baseball camps. He also helped develop a Midwest Conference batting champion, and their team placed the first player from Carroll in over a decade on the ABCA/Rawlings All-Midwest Region Team.

In 2004, Kosanke was named “State Coach of the Year” by the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association (WBCA). He was also selected to coach the East team at WBCA All-Star Classic in 2005. 

As a player, Kosanke earned a baseball scholarship to Evangel University in Springfield, Mo., where he was a team captain and a two-time All-Conference selection.

Kosanke currently works as a math teacher in the Germantown School District.

"Coach Kosanke is eager to introduce himself to the players and their families at HHS and to the youth programs within our community,” said Athletic Director Erich Hinterstocker. “As a teacher and coach, he has mentored young men at the youth, high school, and college level to help develop them as students, baseball players, and positive role models within the community. Coach Kosanke is excited to get to work on building upon the great tradition that Ernie Millard and so many others have helped build here at Homestead High School.”

Kosanke replaces longtime Coach Ernie Millard, who served as Homestead’s head coach for the last 26 years. Coach Millard amassed a 539-310 record from 1993-2018 while leading the Highlanders to 6 WIAA Sectional Championships and 3 WIAA State Championship games earning State Runner’s Up in 2003 and 2004 and claiming the WIAA State Championship Title in 1994.

“I am extremely honored and blessed to be named the next Head Baseball Coach at Homestead High School,” said Kosanke. “I look forward to building upon the strong tradition that is Highlander baseball. Everything our players, assistant coaches, and I set out to do will be accomplished in a manner that represents Homestead High School and the baseball program with the highest level of dignity and respect.”

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An Update on Safety & Security

Safety and security in schools became a national conversation in the 2017-18 school year. The news of heartbreaking tragedies on school campuses motivated us to pause, reflect, and gather stakeholder feedback on security measures in place in our schools.

The Mequon-Thiensville School District hosted a community conversation in March 2018 on the topic of safety and security in our schools. Stakeholders received an overview of security measures already in place. Parents, employees, students, and community members provided feedback to inform our plans moving forward.

Along with other inputs, the guidance from that meeting allowed us to establish the key areas of focus for our safety and security plans. The enhancements are the result of that community collaboration and the district's prioritization of resources.

Read an update on our five key focus areas, plans, and enhancements in safety and security.

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