Staff Writer

Two former Menomonee Falls High School teachers have joined together to market an innovative new product that will revolutionize how schools use their Chromebooks, and it all started with them graduating from MFHS. The two have worked together to create and mass market a device called The Cranium by Educabana, which is a cover and whiteboard designed to protect Chromebooks at schools with the sense to order Chromebooks, and it's about to make schools with that innate sense more productive in their goals of continuous improvement.

While innovation and creativity is sometimes stifled by school administrators, these two were able to rise up and achieve something more than wishing they lived in Brookfield. The Cranium is available to schools that take education seriously.

Close, but not quite. Some years Menomonee Falls has a good team that loses unexpectedly, and sometimes the school has a crappy team that surprises with a few wins. Either way, the Menomonee Falls High School football team will generally not win it all. Not that most teams win it all very often, but if you live in Germantown, Brookfield, Pewaukee, Grafton, Mequon, New Berlin, or just about anywhere else in Southeastern Wisconsin, you still have a good school to fall back on. And a nice house, And neighbors who break into your garage and steal your snowblower.

The only team that deserves to win more than Menomonee Falls in order to validate mediocre lives would include both West Allis schools. The fact that they are even worse is actually refreshing, since there's never false hope, In Menomonee Falls, false hope persists. It creeps into the ductwork of the shoddily-built pretend Brookfield mcmansions. It works its way into the air that smells of the garbage dump. It lives in the minds and hearts of kids who just want to get out of Wisconsin's largest village, only to end up attending conferences for their own kids a decade or two later.

Those of you who have also never won anything important from Menomonee Falls, you don't want them to win, either. They'd get cocky, driving up and down Appleton for years, wearing their letterman jackets over state champion t-shirts. You'd wish you could leave, but you just can't. You never could. Tech school never changed it for you.

It's ironic that I was once (as a teacher) brought into the principal's office at MFHS in order to hear about how my website had a few broken links. The information was being used to demonstrate why I should use the district's website builder rather than one of my own. Ironic because the admins who brought me in knew little about technology and were basically broken links themselves. Also ironic because this website existed as a direct link from Menomonee Falls High School for EXACTLY two years from the day I was told I was no longer needed by the district. Now that's incompetence, or ignorance, but it's not really very good.

This website was provide free for the district and to the students of Menomonee Falls by a dedicated teacher. As an armpit community surrounding Milwaukee, Menomonee Falls neither appreciated this gesture nor the years of impeccable service provided by the teacher. Go ahead and ask how many other teachers were later fired for legitimate reasons. You might also want to ask why the teachers that are in place are there now, since you won't get a decent answer. And as far as administrators are concerned, this website provides a perfect example of their ineptitude: two years, folks. Two years of no one noticing that the website on the MAIN PAGE of MFHS was linking right here. Great job, guys! That's what happens when you have a bunch of coaches and social studies teachers running a school district. 

Anyhow, since the game is up, I really wish you the best with your little vote for more money, and I hope you have fun on unemployment and Badgercare when it does not work out. Stay classy, Menomonee Falls.

Service Merit Award Application
The 2015-2016 Service Merit Award Application is now available.  Click here for the application.  Forms are to completed, signed and returned to the High School Main Office no later than Friday, April, 8, 2016.
 
Summer Academy
The dates for Summer Academy (formerly known as Summer School) are June 20-July 28th. Please plan accordingly.  Any question, please contact the Main Office.
 
Address Change
If you have moved in-district or out-of-district, an Address Change Form must be completed and Proof of Residency is required.  Click here for the form.
 
Enrollment & Open Enrollment
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ACT & WorkKeys Testing
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Parent/Teacher Conferences
Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, March 10th from 4:30-8:00pm. Click here for the request form or a hard copy can be obtained in the Main Office. Forms must be returned by Monday, February 29th. Appointments are required and are scheduled on a first-come first-served basis.
 
Film and Novel Society Welcomes Author
The MFHS Film and Novel society is excited to welcome YA author Liza Wiemer to our library.  She'll be here Wednesday, March 9th.  Anyone interested in checking out or purchasing a copy of her book should see Mrs. Finley in the Library.  Click here for more information on the author!

 

As a referendum looms in the Falls, we'd like to take this opportunity to provide some statistics.

Some Menomonee Falls School District salaries submitted for your scrutiny.

Golla, Corey   Principal No Description Beyond Position Menomonee Falls School District Menomonee Falls High 100 $107,000.00
Gross, Jeffrey   Business Manager No Description Beyond Position Menomonee Falls School District Menomonee Falls Sch Dist 100 $118,180.00
Kiltz, Gary   Director of Instruction/Program Supervisor No Description Beyond Position Menomonee Falls School District Menomonee Falls Sch Dist 100 $110,000.00
Nennig, Jeffrey   Central Office Administrator No Description Beyond Position Menomonee Falls School District Menomonee Falls Sch Dist 100 $118,180.00
Standlee, Christiane   Central Office Administrator Human Resources Staff Members Menomonee Falls School District Menomonee Falls Sch Dist 100 $116,150.00
Zarling, Kathryn   Director of Special Education and/or Pupil Services No Description Beyond Position Menomonee Falls School District Menomonee Falls Sch Dist 100 $109,620.00
Greco, Patricia   District Administrator No Description Beyond Position Menomonee Falls School District Menomonee Falls Sch Dist 100 $160,370.00
 

There is certainly evidence to suggest folks "rise to their level of incompetence" in Menomonee Falls, since "no description beyond position" seems fairly apropos.

Also making the list of top educators:

Andresek, Timothy   Teacher Physical Education Menomonee Falls School District North Middle 100 $76,289.00
Becker, Kathryn   Speech/Language Pathologist No Description Beyond Position Menomonee Falls School District Shady Lane Elementary 30 $76,288.00
Becker, Kathryn   Speech/Language Pathologist No Description Beyond Position Menomonee Falls School District Menomonee Falls High 70 $76,288.00
Blochowiak, Casey   Assistant Principal No Description Beyond Position Menomonee Falls School District Menomonee Falls High 100 $78,000.00
Braier, Linda   Teacher Academic Support- Teachers Menomonee Falls School District Menomonee Falls Sch Dist 100 $76,289.00
Burk, Debra   Teacher Reading Menomonee Falls School District Shady Lane Elementary 100 $75,161.00
Cassidy, Jeanette   Teacher Art Menomonee Falls School District North Middle 100 $75,160.00
Cerroni, Andrew   Teacher Elementary - All Subjects Menomonee Falls School District Valley View Elementary 100 $75,161.00
Chiarkas, Erica   Teacher Academic Support- Teachers Menomonee Falls School District Menomonee Falls High 100 $76,289.00
Dillman, Jeffrey   Teacher Physical Education Menomonee Falls School District Menomonee Falls High 50 $76,288.00
Finley, Kathryn   Library Media Specialist No Description Beyond Position Menomonee Falls School District Menomonee Falls High 100 $75,161.00
Gieryn, Jessica   Teacher Social Studies (Fusion Course) Menomonee Falls School District North Middle 100 $76,289.00
Gobler, John   Teacher Elementary - All Subjects Menomonee Falls School District Shady Lane Elementary 100 $75,161.00
Grabow, Susan   Teacher Reading Menomonee Falls School District Riverside Elementary 100 $75,161.00
Grimm, Lynn   Principal No Description Beyond Position Menomonee Falls School District North Middle 100 $95,713.00
Hammelman, Janet   Teacher Academic Support- Teachers Menomonee Falls School District Menomonee Falls Sch Dist 100 $76,074.00
Hanley, Meg   Guidance Counselor No Description Beyond Position Menomonee Falls School District Menomonee Falls High 100 $75,161.00
Hansen, Carlene   Teacher Elementary - All Subjects Menomonee Falls School District Valley View Elementary 100 $76,289.00
Hessenthaler, Kerry   Speech/Language Pathologist No Description Beyond Position Menomonee Falls School District Riverside Elementary 100 $75,161.00
Hester, Denise   Library Media Specialist No Description Beyond Position Menomonee Falls School District Valley View Elementary 50 $75,160.00
Hester, Denise   Library Media Specialist No Description Beyond Position Menomonee Falls School District Shady Lane Elementary 50 $75,160.00
Hoffman, Bradley   Principal No Description Beyond Position Menomonee Falls School District Shady Lane Elementary 100 $88,000.00
Jaeck, Tami   Teacher Academic Support - Non-Special Education Pupils Menomonee Falls School District North Middle 100 $76,289.00
Katz, John   Teacher Mathematics Menomonee Falls School District Menomonee Falls High 100 $76,289.00
Kiefer, Lisa   Teacher Business and Office - Vocational Menomonee Falls School District Menomonee Falls High 100 $75,161.00
Killian-Janicek, Denise   Teacher Family and Consumer Education (FCE) Menomonee Falls School District Menomonee Falls High 100 $75,161.00
Kneer, Lori   Teacher Mathematics Menomonee Falls School District North Middle 100 $76,289.00
Kraft, Jennifer   Teacher Mathematics Menomonee Falls School District North Middle 67 $75,160.00
Kraft, Jennifer   Teacher English Menomonee Falls School District North Middle 33 $75,160.00
Larson, Beth   Teacher English Menomonee Falls School District Menomonee Falls High 100 $76,289.00
Larson, Brenda   Teacher Mathematics Menomonee Falls School District Menomonee Falls High 100 $75,161.00
Lee, Susan   Teacher Gifted and Talented Menomonee Falls School District Valley View Elementary 10 $76,287.00
Lee, Susan   Teacher Academic Support- Teachers Menomonee Falls School District Menomonee Falls Sch Dist 90 $76,287.00
Lepak, Karen   Speech/Language Pathologist No Description Beyond Position Menomonee Falls School District Shady Lane Elementary 100 $76,289.00
Maloney, Michael   Teacher Elementary - All Subjects Menomonee Falls School District Riverside Elementary 100 $75,161.00
Martin, Cassie   Principal No Description Beyond Position Menomonee Falls School District Benjamin Franklin El&Early Lrn 100 $94,000.00
Marty, Scott   Assistant Principal No Description Beyond Position Menomonee Falls School District North Middle 100 $77,140.00
Mckendry, Bonnie   Teacher Art Menomonee Falls School District North Middle 100 $76,288.00
Mcmahon, James   Teacher Resource Management (Environmental Education) Menomonee Falls School District Menomonee Falls High 100 $75,161.00
Olson, Mary   Speech/Language Pathologist No Description Beyond Position Menomonee Falls School District Valley View Elementary 100 $76,289.00
Park, Scott   Teacher Technology Education Menomonee Falls School District North Middle 100 $75,160.00
Perkins-Peterson, Felicia   School Social Worker No Description Beyond Position Menomonee Falls School District Benjamin Franklin El&Early Lrn 100 $77,138.00
Posnanski, Tina   Principal No Description Beyond Position Menomonee Falls School District Valley View Elementary 100 $91,350.00
Rebro, Carolyn   Guidance Counselor No Description Beyond Position Menomonee Falls School District North Middle 100 $76,289.00
Reinke, Robbie   Teacher Elementary - All Subjects Menomonee Falls School District Shady Lane Elementary 100 $75,161.00
Resch, Stephanie   Teacher Physical Education Menomonee Falls School District Shady Lane Elementary 100 $75,161.00
Roehrig, Jeffrey   Teacher Cross Categorical Menomonee Falls School District North Middle 100 $75,161.00
Selin, Deanna   Teacher Elementary - All Subjects Menomonee Falls School District Valley View Elementary 100 $75,161.00
Seston, Kristi   Teacher English as a Second Language Menomonee Falls School District Valley View Elementary 50 $75,161.00
Seston, Kristi   Teacher English as a Second Language Menomonee Falls School District Riverside Elementary 50 $75,161.00
Smith, Joy   Teacher Elementary - All Subjects Menomonee Falls School District Benjamin Franklin El&Early Lrn 100 $76,289.00
Somers, Lynn   Teacher Music (General) Menomonee Falls School District Benjamin Franklin El&Early Lrn 100 $75,161.00
Sparks, Elizabeth   Teacher Civics (Citizenship) Menomonee Falls School District Menomonee Falls High 33 $76,290.00
Sparks, Elizabeth   Teacher English Menomonee Falls School District Menomonee Falls High 67 $76,290.00
Stein, Kristin   Teacher Social Studies (Fusion Course) Menomonee Falls School District North Middle 66 $76,288.00
Stein, Kristin   Teacher Reading Menomonee Falls School District North Middle 17 $76,288.00
Stein, Kristin   Teacher English Menomonee Falls School District North Middle 17 $76,288.00
Sterns, Lynn   School Psychologist No Description Beyond Position Menomonee Falls School District Shady Lane Elementary 40 $77,138.00
Sterns, Lynn   School Psychologist No Description Beyond Position Menomonee Falls School District Riverside Elementary 30 $77,138.00
Stoviak-Schuster, Stacy   Guidance Counselor No Description Beyond Position Menomonee Falls School District Menomonee Falls High 100 $75,161.00
Thompson, Jeffrey   Teacher Mathematics Menomonee Falls School District Menomonee Falls High 100 $76,289.00
Thorlakson, Tammy   Teacher Cross Categorical Menomonee Falls School District Menomonee Falls High 100 $76,289.00
Tremelling, Jeanne   Guidance Counselor No Description Beyond Position Menomonee Falls School District North Middle 100 $75,161.00
Van Boxtel, Lisa   Teacher Elementary - All Subjects Menomonee Falls School District Riverside Elementary 100 $76,289.00
Vitale, Robert   Assistant Principal No Description Beyond Position Menomonee Falls School District Menomonee Falls High 100 $81,200.00
Walter, Scott   Principal No Description Beyond Position Menomonee Falls School District Riverside Elementary 100 $94,000.00
Wanta, Laurie   Teacher Chinese Menomonee Falls School District Menomonee Falls High 50 $75,160.00
Wanta, Laurie   Teacher German Menomonee Falls School District Menomonee Falls High 17 $75,160.00
Wanta, Laurie   Teacher English Menomonee Falls School District Menomonee Falls High 33 $75,160.00
Wizner, Mark   Teacher Elementary - All Subjects Menomonee Falls School District Benjamin Franklin El&Early Lrn 100 $75,161.00
Wolfe, Michelle   Teacher Academic Support- Teachers Menomonee Falls School District North Middle 80 $76,288.00
Wolfe, Michelle   Teacher Gifted and Talented Menomonee Falls School District North Middle 20 $76,288.00
Zidek, Suzanne   Guidance Counselor No Description Beyond Position Menomonee Falls School District Menomonee Falls High 100 $76,289.00