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2014-2015 Spartan Successes

District Administrator Gary Hansen

It’s hard to believe that yet another school year is coming to a close.  So many wonderful things have taken place during this school year.  Below is just a sampling of the successes we celebrate.

• Laconia’s Drama Club presented Pink Panther Strikes Again
• Kennedy Krohn and Abby Weber qualify for the State Geography Bee – making this the first time ever that both Brandon and Rosendale students simultaneously qualify
• Under the leadership of Amanda Kinyon, our R-BEL Program for three-year olds remains well attended
• The SMART Team, led by Instructor Jodie Garb and consisting of Ashley Garb, Noah Henke, Allison Opheim, Alex Wood, and Carissa Zibolsky, presented their research in Boston, MA
• Student Volunteer Days, led by Instructor Jenny Pilsl, provided assistance to many area citizens
• Laconia FFA and Sheena Brieske presented the Speak Up to Slow Down campaign to high school students
• All four of our schools are rated “Exceeds Expectations” by the State of Wisconsin
• Laconia’s Hailey Isaac finished sixth at the WIAA’s Cross Country State Meet
• Laconia High School welcomed foreign exchange students Enrique Galvez Ruiz from Spain, the Newtons are his host family, Ana Verastegui Gonzalez from Mexico, the Zibolskys are her host family, and Monica Zambrano from Spain, the Tarnows are her host family.
• Noah Henke was named D.A.R. Good Citizen Recipient for the class of 2015
• Fourth grader Mitchell Ludtke, third grader Alexandria Fauska, and second graders, Molly Duel, Aubrey Leonard, and Tierney Madigan all qualified for the National Honor Roll in the National Fall Noetic Math Contest
• Instructor Richard Propson was recognized for 40 years of teaching in the Rosendale-Brandon School District
• Laconia FFA celebrated 80 years of agricultural excellence at Laconia (and previously Rosendale High School)
• Caitlyn Tipton and Brett Wittchow were named Basketball First Team All Conference
• Zach Coffeen, Eli Moses, and Alex Potter were named Wrestling First Team All Conference
• Zach Coffeen, Zach Foth, Eli Moses, and Alex Potter qualified for the State Wrestling Tournament
• Taylor Kottke was awarded Most Valuable in Conference for the Fall and Winter Dance Teams
• High school students’ Coloring for a Cure campaign raised $2,288.50 for the American Cancer Society, with the Brandon staff donating $1000
• Rosendale-Brandon School District surpassed the State average on the ACT Test
• Students participating in the reading promotion resulted in 300 people attending a Timber Rattler’s  game as a reward
• Laconia’s Band played at St. Francis Home for the resident’s “Senior Prom”
• Brandon School’s Family Math Night in October was well attended by students and parents
• Jay Wittchow received the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award
• Allison Opheim and her horse “Secret” brought home eight gold medals and one silver medal for Laconia’s Equestrian Club
• Cirrus Students attended the Global Youth Summit in Madison
• Bella Geisthardt, 4th grade Brandon student, and Ben Mangold, 7th grade Rosendale student, represent the Rosendale-Brandon School District at the CESA 6 Regional Spelling Bee
• Hailey Isaac and Alec Potter were awarded Cross Country First Team All Conference
• Noah Greve and Brett Wittchow were awarded Football First Team All Conference
• Kelsey Birschbach received Volleyball First Team All Conference
• Amy Johnston was awarded District 6 Volunteer Award for her eight years of service to the Rosendale-Brandon School District
• This year’s National Honor Society Officers were Jordan Zacharias - President, Hailey Isaac - Vice President, Ashley Garb - Secretary, and Dakota Moore - Public Relations
• Rosendale-Brandon receives 44 new applications for students to attend via open enrollment for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year
• Laconia Cross Country team qualified for State
• Ninety-three middle school students participated in Track
• Rosendale-Brandon 5th – 8th grades students did excellent in the area math meet with 5th grader Colton Lovejoy and 8th grade Ben Pokorny taking First Place in their class divisions; 5th graders Molly Johannes and Logen Sullivan took 2nd and 3rd respectfully, and 6th graders Conner Pollock and Gavin Vande Kolk also took 2nd and 3rd respectfully.
• Our Reading Recovery students excelled to the point that more rigorous material was sought from outside sources
• 98% of our K - 2nd grade students scored at the highest level in the PALS Test
• Our high school Mathletes did exceptionally well – even against larger high school teams
• Sixty Laconia students participated in the Career Readiness Work Keys Assessment with 85% receiving a gold or silver award
• Under the guidance of Coach Scott Ritzema, Rosendale-Brandon’s Softball claims Conference Title for the first time ever
• A second JV Softball team is formed due to increased interest
• Frozen in Time Prom/Post Prom is enjoyed by many of our high school students
• Thirty-four of our seniors received over $522,000 in scholarships; $22,500 were local scholarships
• Wisconsin’s State Report Card indicates Rosendale-Brandon students scored the highest among other area schools in the District Student Achievement Score

These and many other events happened in the Rosendale-Brandon School District during the 2014-2015 school year – making it an exciting time to be a Spartan! 
Want to be a Spartan?  Come along with us.
Have a safe and wonderful summer.


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