March, 2013

Spring Wind Week - March 11-15

Theme: Home

Theme Song: “Home” by Phillip Phillips

Monday, March 11th – Friday, March 15th

In the year 1972, two then-current Hempstead students, Mike Breitbach and Jim Feeney, wanted to create something to empower students through choice and allow alternatives to the traditional classroom experiences. Thus, the idea of Spring Wind was first conceived. Together, with their hopes and dreams of creating an air of excitement, these two young men conceptualized a week of adventure, learning, and fun for all members of the Hempstead community. Now, 40 years later, their dream has become our reality. We are unique in this experience, as we are the only school in the state of Iowa who gets to participate in an event such as this. Now, Spring Wind still lets us have a week where we can just get away from it all and allow the fun to make Hempstead your home!

2013 Spring Wind Line-Up

Ticket Distribution Days: Tuesday, March 5th for Wednesday tickets & Wednesday, March 6th for Thursday tickets…starting both days at 6:45am in the HHS concession stand.


Monday Monday

Regular School Day HHS Variety Show @ 7pm

Five Flags Theater/$10 per person

Tuesday Tuesday

Spring Wind Flip-flop Assembly Dodgeball @ 7pm

Featuring Mission IMPROVable, comedic improv HHS/spectators FREE

Group & Dan Martin, magician and escape artist

Wednesday Wednesday

Ticketed Events Mens’ Powerball @ 7pm

HHS/spectators FREE

Thursday Thursday

Ticketed Events Hypnotist, Jim Kenaga @ 7pm

HHS Auditorium/$3 per person

Friday Friday

Spring Wind Assembly Techno Dance Party @ 8pm

Featuring Spring Wind Video & HHS cafeteria/$5 per person

The Survivor final challenge Register your guest in the AP’s office by Dance Marathon 10am-10pm Thursday, March 14!

Hempstead High School Orchestra Concert

March 19, 2013
7 PM
Where: Hempstead Auditorium



All forms + passport copy + 2 passport photos due to Madame Lyon my March 15.

Other Calendar Dates!

March 12-DCSD String Festival, Grades 5-12, 6:00 PM Senior High School
March 18-DCSD Choral Festival, Grades 3-12, 6:30 PM Senior High School
March 21-DCSD Band Festival, Grades 5-12, 6:30 PM Hempstead High School

Parent Teacher Conference Days!

Wednesday, March 6
3:00-7:00 PM (Moody Gym)

Thursday, March 7
9:00-2:45 PM (by appointment)
3:00-7:00 PM (Moody Gym)

Thoroughly Modern Millie

THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE is a zany 1920’s style musical that won a Tony Award for Best Musical. Set in New York City in 1922, It tells the story of young Millie Dillmount, who has just moved to the city in search of a new life for herself. It’s a New York full of intrigue and jazz - a time when women were entering the workforce and the rules of love and social behavior were changing forever. Filled with frisky flappers, dashing leading men and a dragon-lady of a villainess audiences will love to hate. Directed by Kate Riepe with musical direction by Teresa Slade and choreography by Doug Mackie, this Hempstead High School production, performed at the Grand Opera House, is a perfectly constructed evening of madcap merriment.

February 28th at 7:00 pm
March 1st at 7:00 pm
March 2nd at 7:00 pm
March 3rd at 2:00 pm

Tickets can be purchased at the Grand Opera House or www.thegrandoperahouse.com
Click on "Buy Tickets" upper left
Scroll down to "Thoroughly Modern Millie"


  • The class of 2013 will graduate on May 26, 2013 at 6 PM at the Five Flags.
  • Rehearsal will be held at 9 AM at Five Flags on Friday, May 24. It is essential that every senior be present. If you do not plan to attend graduation, please call 552-5200 and let the secretary know your intentions. (non attendees can pick up their diploma in the Main Office at Hempstead, after May 26.)
  • Senior Awards night is May 20, 2013 from 7:00-8:00 PM in the Moody Gym
  • Cap and Gowns may be picked up on Wednesday, May 22 from 8:00-11:00 AM in the Auditorium. If you are unable to pick your cap and gown up at this time, it will be available during graduation practice at Five Flags.
No tickets are needed to attend graduation.

Booster Club to Host 4th Annual Bunny Hop 5K Race/Walk!

The Hempstead High School Bunny Hop is proud to present our spring fundraiser, the 4th annual Bunny Hop 5K Race/Walk. The event begins at Roosevelt Middle School at 8:30 A.M. on Saturday, March 23, 2013. Cost is $10.00 in advance or $12.00 the day of the race. Pre-ordered t-shirts are available for $10.00. Age division prizes are sponsored by Hy-Vee, and various area businesses have donated door prizes. Come and join the crowd to support academics, arts, and athletics at Hempstead.

National Honor Society

The selection process for National Honor Society has begun! All juniors and seniors (who are not currently in NHS) with a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.2 or higher are eligible for selection. The paragraphs below describe the purpose of NHS and how the selection process works. If there are any questions, please contact Steph Monahan at (563) 552-5319 or by email: smonahan@dbqschools.org

What is National Honor Society (NHS)?

The National Honor Society recognizes students who are not only successful in the classroom, but are also active in both their school and their community. Selection is indeed an honor and a plus on college and scholarship applications. Membership is based on the following four criteria: scholarship, leadership, character, and service.

How are students selected?

Students are eligible their junior year for selection. Seniors that were not selected as juniors are also eligible.

The selection process begins at the end of January after semester grades are submitted. Current juniors and seniors with a cumulative GPA of 3.2* (who have been in the district at least a semester) will be eligible for consideration. The GPA serves as the scholarship requirement needed for membership. All academically eligible juniors and seniors fill out a candidate form listing all the clubs, sports, service, academic competitions, etc. that they have been a part of since freshman year. All of these activity forms are returned to Mrs. Monahan, the adviser for National Honor Society.

During the month of February, all the candidate forms for the juniors and seniors that meet the GPA requirement are condensed into Excel spreadsheets. Two Excel spreadsheets, one for juniors and one for seniors, are produced by Mrs. Monahan listing the names of the students and all of their high school activities (using the candidate forms).

When March arrives, the Hempstead Faculty (this includes teachers, administrators, and guidance counselors) finish the selection process by rating only students they know on their leadership, character, and service. Names of all eligible juniors and seniors are typed into electronic surveys. Only 30 names fit into one survey, so normally there are several surveys for the juniors and several surveys for the seniors. All names are entered into the surveys alphabetically and contain a 1-4 rating for leadership, a 1-4 rating for character, and a 1-4 rating for service for each student. A 1 rating is the worst and a 4 rating is the best.

ALL surveys for juniors and ALL surveys for seniors are emailed to ALL Hempstead Faculty. The faculty only rate the students they know (have taught, coached, advised, counseled, etc.) For example, a teacher may know only 85 of the 152 eligible juniors and only submits ratings for those 85 students. Obviously, the more faculty members a student knows, the better. The faculty are given at least a week to complete the surveys and use the activity spreadsheets (that were compiled by Mrs. Monahan a month earlier) as supplementary knowledge to assist them while completing the surveys. Hempstead Faculty are also provided characteristics of leadership, character, and service; along with a reminder that 1 is the worst and 4 is the best rating.

Mid to late-March, all data from the surveys is retrieved. The data is organized so that all rankings for leadership, character, and service entered for a student are beneath the student’s name. All of these numbers are totaled and averaged. For example, a student will have an average number for leadership, an average number for character, and an average number for service. Since the rating process is based on a 1-4 scale, a student with higher averages is more likely to be selected for NHS.

Lastly, the three averages for leadership, character, and service are added to a student’s GPA. For example, 3.8 + 3.7 + 3.7 + 3.8 (GPA) to get a sum of 15.0. This sum is then divided by 4 to get a final average. In this case, the final average would be 3.75. A student needs a final average of 3.4 or higher to be selected for National Honor Society.

The Faculty Council consisting of five teachers from all disciplines and the faculty advisor meet to double check all of the numbers and to verify that all students selected for NHS are worthy of the honor.

How are students notified of their selection?

By the first week in April, all students selected for NHS have been sent a congratulatory letter requesting their presence at an induction ceremony held in mid to late-April. Formal invitations are also mailed to the parents of all selected students detailing the induction date, time, and place.

What is expected of all NHS students?

All junior inductees are expected to fulfill 20 hours of service their senior year and to take part in the fall fundraiser. As a group, NHS students try to perform service projects like a highway clean, meals for the needy, and ringing the bell for the Salvation Army. All money raised through the fall fundraiser is normally spent helping the Interact Club adopt a Hempstead family during the winter holiday, senior scholarships, and any other service projects agreed upon by the inductees. Selected students are expected to uphold the characteristics of scholarship, leadership, character, and service, and if deemed necessary by the Faculty Council, can be removed from NHS.

*Our chapter’s standard for Scholarship is a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale.

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