West Monona teachers and staff are getting a jump start for the next year by spending two days learning the programs that will be available on their new computers. The big topic is how to change from a PC format to a Mac format, then they learned how to make movies, take pictures, create podcasts and use other appllications. Pre-Kindergarten through 3rd are getting training on the i
Pad, while fourth through high school staff are being trained on the MacBook Airs.
West Monona Elementary hosted the Summer Extravaganza on Tuesday, May 8 at Central Elementary. Over 250 people were in attendance at this event. It was a great success! Families were able to come for a great, healthy supper, made by Burgess Health Center, McDonald’s drink, and enjoy chatting with other West Monona families, while getting ready for summer activities. The Onawa Public Library was available to sign up students for the summer reading program.
The Onawa Community Center sold pool passes and signed up students for summer recreation. Students made their own first aid kits for summer bumps and bruises. ISU Extension and Monona County Public Health provided brochures and information about their available programs. Families were able to pick up brochures about parks and local summer activities. The Onawa Chamber of Commerce provided the brochures. Registration forms were available for the Big Blue Run, scheduled for June 23, which will benefit the West Monona Elementary Playground. Students were able to take home a “Read to Succeed” book. Finally, all students were able to take home a summer toy or activity for their families to enjoy!
Thanks to the West Monona teachers/staff for their help.
Also, thanks to Sue McLaughlin, Jo Keitges, Clint Weaver, Jennifer Parr, Lori Beck,
Chris Zink, Laura Oliver, Christy Wright, Melissa Beerman, and Carolyn Perkins.
hank you to the West Monona National Honor Society students for helping with
the event, too. This event was sponsored by the Community Partnership for
Protecting Children’s Neighborhood Networks grant. The grant was available
through Harrison, Monona, and Shelby Decategorization Project Area.
(Pictured L-R: Seth Seward, Gabe Madsen, Josh Westendorf, Zach Maule, Austin Reitz and Taylor Pratt)
Mr. Bouska = Kaylee Hathaway & Matt Petche (Student of the Year)
Mr. DeRocher = Victoria Riley, Brita Hawkins
Mrs. Fox-O’Reilly = Brita Hawkins & Anu
Mrs. Gay = Robyn Duarte, Whitney Carrier
Mrs. Mann = Grace & Oil
Mr. Rowse = Dillon Ryan
Not Pictured: Kaylee Hathaway, Whitney Carrier and Brita Hawkins
Thursday, May 3, Chemistry students from West Monona found out where the residents of Onawa get their water and also what happens to it after it goes down the drain. The students were lead on a tour by Carl Lamb, Roger Gries and Bill Nielsen. They were shown the process that goes on daily to ensure safe, clean water for all of Onawa. After the tour the Chemistry class students will each write a children's book detailing the route a drop of water might take going through the water system of Onawa.
2011 Spartan Football Senior
#11 Taylor Pratt, who played nearly every position but offensive line
during his time as a Spartan football player, is a perfect example of why as a
coach you don’t try and predict the success of a student-athlete. Pratt began his career reluctantly, but
through hard work and leadership became a critical cog in the Spartan football
program. Pratt ended his career as a
co-captain, 3-year letter winner, All-District honoree as a wide receiver and
fullback, 2-time Academic All-District nominee, 2-time Rock Award winner, and
1,000 lb. club member. His career stats
include 25 receptions for 3 touchdowns; 220 rushing attempts and over 1,200
yards and 9 touchdowns; not to mention 81 solo tackles, 10 tackles for loss,
and an interception.
#12 Spencer Henneman played a critical role in this year’s team success
from his cornerback and wide receiver position.
Henneman, an accomplished track athlete, immediately inserted
athleticism into the Spartan offensive and defensive backfields. Spencer represented so much of what is right
in high school athletics, going about his business of being a student-athlete as
we would like our younger athletes to emulate.
Henneman led the team in receiving yards and was the Spartans big play
threat from the outside.
A four-time academic all-district award winner, #18 Jed Carpenter
should be commended for his efforts in the classroom but also on the football
field. Carpenter definitely shouldered
his share of the Spartan rushing attack during his career, but one of the more
memorable moments for the Spartan coaches was his touchdown reception against
IKM-Manning. As a junior, Carpenter
played more receiver, and his touchdown reception as the first half ended brought
the Spartans within one point of the returning state semi-finalists’ on their
home field. He ended his career with 16
total receptions, but had 208 rushing attempts for over 1,100 yards and 15
touchdowns. As a junior he earned
honorable mention as a running back, but as a senior he earned honorable
mention as a defensive back. A leader in
the defensive backfield, Carpenter amassed 77 solo tackles to go with 2 fumble
recoveries and 2 interceptions during his career.
While #40 Eric Hansen may have not had the stats of his backfield
mates, he was an integral part of the Spartan rushing attack through his
blocking, aggressiveness and consistent improvement over his career. He spent time as a halfback, linebacker, and
defensive back primarily during his Spartan gridiron career. As a coach, we always want our
student-athletes to be at their best when they are seniors, and for Eric that
was the case. He was able to score a
touchdown rushing and receiving for the first time as a senior. There are few things more gratifying than watching
an athlete score their first touchdown.
Hansen added 33 yards receiving to his receiving touchdown, 24 rushing
attempts and 1 touchdown; but defensively he really shone brightest with 59
solo tackles with 1 fumble recovery and 1 interception.
From being a ball boy throughout his grade school and middle school
years, it seems that #55 Gabe Madsen has been on the sidelines longer than some
coaches on the Spartan staff. Madsen,
who played punter, kicker, offensive guard, and both defensive tackle and
defensive end in his career, earned three letters during his four year Spartan
football career. His career started as a
kicking specialist in the midst of an offensive explosion during his sophomore
year. He kicked for two different school
records that year; 18 PATs in a single season and 6 PATs in a single game. During his junior and senior years he paved
the way for the Spartan ground attack as a pulling guard en route to the
Bricklayer Award as a senior. He earned
Academic All-District honors as a junior and senior, as well as 1st
Team All-District defensive line. Madsen
led the way in the weight room during the off-season with a four lift total of
1,160 lbs. and the Iron Man and Hammer Awards as a senior. He ended his career with 72 solo tackles and
17 tackles for loss from his defensive line position.
Valedictorian by day, offensive and defensive lineman by night; this
was the life led by #58/#85 Derek Rose.
You can tell by having two numbers next to his name the kind of teammate
Derek was. He ended up playing both
offensive tackle and tight end throughout his career, while also playing on the
defensive line as he earned 2 letters during his 4 years on the Spartan
football team. During those four years
Derek was a consummate classroom leader, evidence by his 2011 Class 1A District
1 Academic All-District 1st Team.
He was also a leader in the weight room during his junior year as he
earned the 2010 Iron Man Award for attending the most off-season strength &
conditioning sessions. He parlayed his
off-season work to effective defensive line play; collecting 33 solo tackles
with 8 assists and 5 tackles for loss.
Rose truly represented student-athlete for all future Spartans to
The Spartan offensive and defensive lines were bolstered by the steady
and timely play of #72 Truman Gerholdt.
Gerholdt was able to consistently make timely plays on the defensive
line and was always looking for that pancake block from his offensive tackle
position. He earned 2 letters during his
4-year playing career, which started as a center during his freshmen campaign
and moved to the outside as a way to improve the team overall. Truman also demonstrated his abilities in the
classroom as he was honored as 1st Team All-District Academic for
2011 Class 1A District 1. From his nose
tackle and defensive tackle positions he amassed 50 solo tackles with 9 assists
to go with 2 tackles for loss and 2 fumble recoveries in his career.
A co-captain, and perhaps more importantly, a center on the offensive
line, #77 Will Simmons was a stalwart on the offensive line for the Spartans
during his career. Regardless of the
personal pain and injury Simmons endured during his career, he was ready for
the game on Friday nights. Will played
center on the offensive line and defensive tackle/end on the defensive line
while lettering 3 times during his career.
As early as his sophomore year, he was earning all-district honors,
academically as a sophomore in addition to his 2008 newcomer of the year
award. During the next two years he
amassed over 85 solo tackles and 17 tackles for a loss on the defensive
line. Offensively he was a 2-time
All-District honoree, 2nd team as a junior and 1st team
as a senior. He was a 2-time Bricklayer
of the Year Award and ended his career as a 1,000 lb. club member with a
four-lift total of 1,320 lbs.
All but one of the seniors was a four year participant and the
leadership, hard work, and positive experiences they gave West Monona football
is priceless and will not be forgotten as the Spartan Football Program
continues to ascend.
A critical component of our football team’s positive experience this
past year was a direct result of the parent volunteers that provided pre- and
post-game meals, including Thursday night pasta suppers. Thank you to Anita Madsen who coordinated
the Thursday night suppers along with the Senior Parents. The Junior Parents, coordinated through
Chrissy Westendorf, provided the student-athletes pre-game meals and water en
route to away games. Freshmen and sophomore
parents, through the coordination of Sue Allyn and Sarah Haptonstall, provided
post-game meals throughout the year. A
huge sense of gratitude goes out to all of our parents for supporting the
above-mentioned seniors, but all of our student-athletes in their
2012 Girls Golf Conference Champions
2012 Boys Golf Conference Champions
West Monona Spartan Football: 2011 Year in Review
While the last play was ran last fall, the last tackle by
some seniors made months ago, and as those same seniors take the final paces in
their classes this spring, it is time to wrap up the 2011 Spartan Football
season. First and foremost, an apology
for our Spartan fans out there who would have appreciated a bit more timely
review of the season.
Despite the frustrating season record of 1-8 and 1-6 in the
tough Class 1A District 1 last season, the Spartans gathered their fair share
of hardware over the course of last season.
But a critical component to the success of our team was the commitment
several seniors made during the offseason to prepare. Gabe Madsen, Taylor Pratt, Logan Moore, and
Alex Tank all proved their work ethic over the summer.
Gabe Madsen, senior OL/DL, was honored as the
Iron Man award for attending the most off-season Strength & Conditioning
sessions and contributing to the overall development of our team’s efforts in
the off-season as well.
Taylor Pratt, senior RB/DE/LB, was honored as
the Rock Award for his performance in the Fall Testing Competition. This competition measures the athlete’s
performances across the bench press, back squat, power clean, dead lift, 40
yard dash, and the dot drill.
Logan Moore, sophomore OL/LB, and classmate Alex
Tank, OL/DL, shared the weightlifter of the year honors. The weightlifter of the year honors are
awarded to the Spartan(s) who attended and participated in the most weightlifting
sessions. Coach Blake Moore deserves a
huge thank you for his leadership in helping these athletes achieve this award.
It is no coincidence that Madsen and Pratt, who led the
Spartans in the off-season and leadership, also led the Spartans on the
field. Throw in fellow co-captain Will
Simmons and you have the three upper-classmen earning all-district honors. Taylor Pratt earned 1st Team
All-District running back honors after rushing 129 times for 761 yards and 7
touchdowns, despite being the main focus of opposing defenses. Pratt, the center of the Spartan rushing
attack this season, averaged 5.9 yards a carry and took more than 1 or 2
defenders to bring down. He added 19.3
yards per kickoff return on 18 returns for the Spartans on special teams. The Spartan football team definitely
benefited from his leadership and passion.
Senior Gabe Madsen was also honored on the first team as a
defensive lineman. Madsen, who
definitely led the way in organizing and rallying the Spartans in the weight
room , stepped up his game decidedly on the field this year, especially as a
defensive end. He led all defensive linemen
with 49 solo tackles, and led the team with 3 sacks, and was 2nd on
the team with 9 tackles for loss. His
dedication in the weight room in the off-season was apparent as he had a
quickness and agility that was critical in his success. Madsen also collected two additional
post-season team awards, earning the Hammer Award for the dominant defensive
player for the Spartans during the season and the Bricklayer Award for the most
domination offensive lineman for the team.
The Bricklayer is determined by offensive line grade outs after each
game and he shared this honor with Will Simmons.
Will Simmons, who anchored the Spartan offensive line for
the last few seasons from his center position, was honored as a 2nd
Team All-District Offensive Lineman.
Simmons, who was the offensive lineman of the year for the Spartans in
2010, repeated that honor this year as Bricklayer of the Year for the second
time in as many years. He also made many
of the line calls during the season and also was an anchor defensively as he
recorded a school record 10 tackles for a loss in a single season.
Bursting on the scene this year was freshmen linebacker
Craig Fox, who led the Spartan defense with 64 solo tackles and 79 total
tackles. Fox was honored as a 2nd
Team All-District Linebacker for his efforts.
The Spartan defense will need to continually improve on its tenacity and
speed in the next few years as they make to look a push towards the playoffs,
and they will depend heavily on Fox and his leadership to accomplish this task.
Rounding out the All-District honors for the Spartans were a
pair of defensive backs, seniors Eric Hansen and Jed Carpenter. Hansen ended the year with 31 solo tackles
and 5 assists as a key component of the back end of the Spartan defense and
made steady improvement over his four year contributions to the Spartan
football program. Carpenter, who was on the all-district football team last
year on the offensive side, made 45 solo tackles this year from his defensive
back position, good enough for 5th on the team. He
also made solid contributions on the offensive side of the football with 114
rushing attempts with 754 yards and 7 touchdowns. In special team’s play he averaged 12.8 yards
per return on punts and 16.4 on kick offs.
The Spartans peppered the Academic All-District team as well
landing 9 members on the first team and 1 honorable mention selection. The 1st Team Academic All-District
team included: Jacob McLaughlin – WR/DB – JR, Jed Carpenter – RB/DB – SR,
Truman Gerholdt – OL/DL – SR, Gabe Madsen – OL/DL – SR, Taylor Pratt – RB/DL/DB – SR, Derek Rose –
OL/DL – SR, Amanda Goodier – MGR – JR, Shelby Shull – MGR – JR, and Dani Foss –
MGR – SR. Junior QB/DB Seth Seward
rounded out the Academic Honors with an honorable mention selection.
The Spartan letter
winners for the 2011 season were as follows (*denotes how many letters earned
over their career):
As the book closes on the 2011-12 school year and athletic season, the
Spartan football team has already made plans for 2012 with the following key
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday – Strength &
Conditioning from 8am-10am for HS (grades 9-12 for 2012-13 school year)
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday – Strength &
Conditioning from 10am-11:30am for MS (grades 7-8 for 2012-13 school year)
Week of July 23rd or Week of July 30th
– 29er Youth Camp hosted by West Monona Spartans
August 2nd-4th – West
Monona Spartans High School Camp
August 6th – 1st day of
practice with helmets
August 8th-10th – JH
Football camp from 8am-10am
August 17th – Fall Sports Rally –
August 24th – First game of 2012
season – 7pm @ MVAO
Traci Hansen, Title I math teacher
at West Monona School, was one out of six recipients in Iowa awarded on April
4, 2012 the Century Link Foundation
Competitive Technology Mini-Grant Program administered by the Iowa Association
of School Boards. She will be awarded 8 iPads for
her Title I classroom to math students in grades Kindergarten through
fifth. This will provide each student
with their own iPad to use during small group instruction. Students will be able to use technology in my
classroom to solve math problems and practice math skills using a variety of
methods on an iPad. iPads present a more
creative modality, as well as differentiation of working with content rather
than memorizing facts or completing a worksheet. Students can use digital environments to work
with peers and create projects to show math connections in their learning and
West Monona High School Art students caught in the act of sprucing up the courtyard. Every
spring National Art Honor Society gets together to clean up the courtyard that
we all use throughout the year. The
students do things such as raking leaves, pulling weeds, and picking up trash;
all without complaining. Most students
that participate one year will continue helping the rest of their high school
years. For example, senior Trevor
Ruffcorn has done it since he was a freshman and really enjoys doing it, when
asked he said “I really like helping out with the courtyard because when we get
it done it looks so much better, and we’re all really proud of our work.” So thank you to NAHS for doing this every
year, everyone really appreciates your work.
We hope to see this tradition continue throughout the years!
Pictured: Kristin Wagner raking in some mulch.