Hempstead Library

The Hempstead Library has started to add downloadable audiobooks to its collection. Want to know what’s available? Go to the library website (www.tinyurl.com/hempsteadlibrary) to view our new audiobook titles.

How to Use Catalist Digital Audiobooks:

1. Download the free Catalist Digital app

(available for Apple and Android devices)

2. User Name: Hempstead

Password: Mustangs

3. Choose the audiobook you want to listen to and download it to your device. It will be “checked out” to you for two weeks unless you return it early!

E-mail KHouselog@dbqschools.org if you have any questions!


Parents of Seniors

Yearbook Senior Recognition Ads

Parents wishing to congratulate a 2014 graduate with a Senior Ad may purchase them now. Ads contain pictures of the graduate and a message from his or her parents. Senior Ad space is limited, so reserve your ad space as soon as possible. ½ page ads cost $200.00, ¼ page ads cost $125.00, and 1/8 page ads cost $65.00. Contact yearbook adviser Sarah Blosch at sblosch@dbqschools.org for more information.

Yearbook Senior-Freshman Sibling Photo Deadline

Those wishing to submit senior-freshmen sibling photos to be included in the 2014 Equine yearbook must have them to Ms. Blosch in room C-103 by March 1st. Siblings must be seniors and freshmen. Please send a jpg, or provide a quality photo and identify the siblings and their ages on the back of the photo. There is a charge of $15.00 to be included in the Senior-Freshmen Sibling section. Please make checks payable to Hempstead Yearbook.

Please do not submit irreplaceable photos! We will do our best to protect your photos, but can not be responsible for damaged or lost photos. Therefore, consider submitting a high-quality copy of the photo. If you would like your photo returned, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope. Staff members will do their best to return them, but we can not make any guarantees. Please email Sarah Blosch with any questions at sblosch@dbqschools.org.

Key Club

Keyclub is an international service organization associated with Kiwanis of Dubuque. Our theme this year is Care Like a Monster! We have had several service projects already this year. In September we raised lots of items for local shelters. Specifically, Keyclub members collected an entire set of dishes, silverware and Tupperware for Hope House. Students also participated in Kiwanis peanut day which raised money for spastic paralysis research.

At conferences in October we had a bake sale which raised $134 to buy holiday gifts for a Hempstead family in need. Students also participated in a local highway cleanup with our fellow Kiwanis members. Way to clean up our own community!

Keyclub students trick or treated for Unicef which raised money to provide tetanus vaccinations for pregnant women and their unborn children all around the world. It only cost $1.80 per person to provide this vaccination and prevent this disease. Since $128 was collected, 71 mothers and children will receive this vaccination.

Good job Keyclubbers…Keep up the good work!


Eleven Hempstead students have been selected as All-State musicians in state-wide competition. On Saturday, October 26, 2013, approximately 5,000 of Iowa's finest high school musicians attended auditions in Storm Lake, Hampton, Manchester, Harlan, Indianola, and Fairfield. Representing more than 300 of the high schools in the state, these students were auditioning for places in the All-State Festival Orchestra, Band, and Chorus. This year marks the 67th anniversary of the Iowa All-State Music Festival, considered one of the finest in the nation.

Students practice many hours in the preceding months in preparation for All-State auditions. Only the very best students compete and the competition is extremely vigorous. The selection process is based on one 5-minute audition before a judge. Some students may be recalled during the day to re-audition. Instrumental students audition individually. Vocal students audition in groups of two to four. From the total number competing statewide, 205 were be selected for the orchestra, 275 for the band, and 602 for the chorus. These 1,083 high school musicians comprise less than 2% of the students participating in Iowa high school music programs and proudly represent over 170 high schools in our state.

Congratulations to the following Hempstead High School 2013 All-State musicians:

Garrett Arensdorf band Tuba

Brittany Bauerly chorus Soprano

LuAnna Gerdemann band B-flat Clarinet

Haemin Han orchestra Violin

Jack Hostager orchestra Cello

Alyssa Mendenhall band Contra Alto Clarinet

Joshua Nichols orchestra Cello

Drew Roen band French Horn

Hannah Schatz band Flute

Nathanael Schatz orchestra Trumpet

Lizzy Schroeder chorus Soprano

2013 Iowa OPUS Honors Choir

Emily Tigges soprano

Will Peterson bass

Varsity Volleyball Ends Stellar Season at State

The Hempstead varsity girls finished their season by qualifying for the State Tournament; unfortunately, they lost in the quarterfinals to eventual champion Bettendorf. Aside from this team honor, the girls were also city and conference champions. Individually, the following players received all-conference recognition.

1st team—Heather Splinter and Lauren Streets

2nd team—Karrah Davis and Haley Van Cleave

Honorable mention—Emily Kelleher and Hope Koerperich

Lauren Streets was named the conference player of the year, and Randy Dolson was named the coach of the year. During their years as varsity players, this group of eleven seniors has compiled over 90 wins!