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2020 Homecoming Cancelled

Ram Fam:

Over the past few weeks, we have had countless meetings (some in person, many through Zoom) on how to safely and effectively open up for learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ultimately, the Dubuque Community School District has opted for HYBRID learning. At the same time, approximately 23% of the student body is learning from home, VIRTUALLY. On any given day, approximately 600-650 students are in the building (compared to around 1600 pre-Covid).

As a result of the learning options, in addition to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to CANCEL the Fall 2020 Homecoming activities. The pandemic requires that NO large group assemblies can take place, and other traditional events during Homecoming (such as a dance, hall of fame ceremonies, and parades) are subject to very limited attendance.

Given all considerations surrounding the pandemic, we felt the best course of action at this time is the cancellation of the Fall 2020 Homecoming activities. We look forward to a time in which we are able to gather again, without limitations, to honor our Hall of Fame inductee

Open House – Class of 2024

Dear Students and Families of the Dubuque Senior High School Class of 2024:

Welcome to our Ram Family!

The Ram Family invites incoming students and families to attend our Open House on Monday, January 27, 2019. This event will begin in the Dubuque Senior High Nora Gymnasium at 7:00 p.m.

Registration for high school classes will begin soon at the middle schools, so attendance to the Open House is an important opportunity to learn about courses offered at Dubuque Senior High School. If you are a family new to our district, school counselors and administrators will be available to answer questions regarding the transfer and registration process.

Open House Activities:

· Time to speak with Dubuque Senior High School faculty regarding courses

· Time to speak with Dubuque Senior High School coaches and sponsors regarding activities

· Demonstrations from various departments about their course work

· Information sessions regarding Advanced Placement classes, Gifted & Talented Program and Special Education Support

· Time to explore the building

The evening will begin in Nora Gymnasium and after a short program, families will be able to speak with teachers, explore the building or attend an information session.

The students who get the most out of their high school years are the students who become involved with their school’s clubs and activities. This event will be a great time for you to learn about the opportunities you will have in the next four years.

If you have any questions, please contact the Dubuque Senior High School Main Office at 552-5500.


Dr. Dan Johnson


Twelve Angry Jurors, May 2-4 at 7:00 pm


Publicity Photo Jurors 2019

Dubuque Senior High School will present Reginald Rose’s courtroom drama,Twelve Angry Jurors. Performances will be May 2–4 at 7:00 pm, and Sunday, May 5 at 2:00 pm. Dubuque Senior’s production will be performed in the Lamb-Hedeman Auditorium with a cast and crew of more than 50 students.DESCRIPTION: A 19-year-old man has just stood trial for the fatal stabbing of his father. It looks like an open-and-shut case—until one of the jurors begins opening the others’ eyes to the facts. Tempers get short, arguments grow heated, and the jurors reveal their inner demons. This electrifying courtroom drama will have you on the edge of your seat.

WHAT: Twelve Angry Jurors –by Reginald Rose

WHERE: Dubuque Senior High School Auditorium

WHEN: Thursday, May 2 (7:00 PM)Friday, May 3 (7:00 PM)Saturday, May 4(7:00 PM)Sunday, May 5 (2:00 PM)

TICKETS: $6 in advance; $8 at the door Tickets may be purchased in advance online at Tickets may also be purchased at the door beginning one hour before the performance. Limited seating -you are encouraged to purchase your tickets in advance.RUN TIME:90 minutes with no intermission

Twelve Angry Jurors is adapted from the 1954 teleplay of the same title for the CBS Studio One anthology television series.
The original television show starred Henry Fonda, and the 1997 re-make featured Jack Lemmon in the leading role.
Dubuque Senior’s production will feature senior Brady Booth in the Fonda/Lemmon role.
TheBroadway debut of the play came 50 years after CBS aired the play, on October 28, 2004
Dubuque Senior’s production will be performed in arena-style (theatre-in-the-round), which will place the audience in the jury room for the action of the play.

Parent Teacher Conference Information

September 2018

Dear Senior High School Parents:

One of the best ways parents can help students succeed in school is to participate regularly in conferences with teachers. Please accept this invitation to attend conferences with your student to discuss your child’s progress with his/her teachers. When parents, students and teachers work together, we can assist each other in providing a positive experience for your son or daughter.

This year we will be offering two unique opportunities for conferences with teachers.
Tuesday, October 9th (evening) – teachers will be in the Nora Gym & Cafeteria to meet individually with parents and students. These are not scheduled and conferences should be limited to a maximum of 5 to 7 minutes.
Tuesday, October 16th (evening) – teachers will be in the Nora Gym & Cafeteria to meet individually with parents and students. These are not scheduled and conferences should be limited to a maximum of 5 to 7 minutes.
Thursday, October 18th (morning) – schedule a group conference where you can meet with all of your student’s teachers at one time. These will be scheduled in a 20 minute time slot.

The schedule for these three opportunities is:
Tuesday, October 9th      3:00 p.m. – 7:00p.m. Nora Gym & Cafeteria
Tuesday, October 16th    3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Nora Gym & Cafeteria
Thursday, October 18th  7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Scheduled in classrooms

You will not need to make an appointment for the conference format on either Tuesday night. An appointment IS necessary for the Thursday conferences. They can be scheduled by contacting the Main Office at 552-5500. We encourage parents and students to attend together. If you need more information, please call the Main Office.

The entrance for conferences will be through the new main entrance. Parking will be available in the main parking lot. Handicapped parking is also available and is marked.

Shared and Part-Time Staff: The following teachers work part-time at Senior High School. They will only be available at these times:

Tuesday, October 9 Tuesday, October 16 Thursday, October 18
Amanda Benson 4:15-7:15 4:15-7:15 8:30-11:30
Patty Cogan 3:00-7:00 3:00-7:00
Robert Hughes 3:00-6:30 3:00-6:30
Cassie McDonald 3:00-6:30 3:00-6:30 7:00-8:00
Greg Moklestad 3:00-7:00

Thursday, October 18           No School (Morning Conferences)
Friday, October 19                No School
Wednesday, November 21   No School
Thursday, November 22       No School
Friday, November 23            No School

Theatre Department Presents Cabaret


Cabaret Poster for Website
The Dubuque Senior Theatre Department will host a special one-night-only cabaret performance on Saturday, October 13th at 7:30 PM. The cabaret concert will feature songs from the best of Broadway – including performances from classics from Frank Wildhorn’s Jekyll and Hyde to the hit Broadway comedy, Something Rotten. The concert will include more than 75 students from Dubuque Senior – past and present. This outstanding evening of musical theatre will be held in the Lamb-Hedeman Auditorium at Dubuque Senior High School. All proceeds from the performance will benefit Dubuque Senior’s performance of Footloose at the Iowa Thespian Festival in November.

Performance Details
 The cabaret will include a sneak peak of Dubuque Senior’s upcoming production of Footloose.
 Dubuque Senior’s performance of Footloose features junior Samantha Barklow as Ariel, and sophomore Gavin Hall as Ren, in a part made famous by Kevin Bacon in the 1980s hit movie.
 A medley from the chilling, gothic Frank Wildhorn classic Jekyll and Hyde will feature a cast of more than 20 students.
 The cabaret will also include a medley from the hilarious Something Rotten, an award-winning musical about William Shakespeare.
 The performance will also feature many Dubuque Senior Theatre alumni that are returning to the Lamb-Hedeman Auditorium for the first time in years.
 The benefit concert will help the Dubuque Senior Theatre program perform their first musical on the mainstage at the Iowa Thespian Festival in school history.

WHAT: Dubuque Senior Theatre Cabaret Benefit Performance
WHERE: Lamb-Hedeman Auditorium
WHEN: Saturday, October 13th at 7:30 PM
TICKETS: $10.00 Reserved ($12.00 at the door
FOR MORE INFO: Visit us online at

Fall Sports Check In Dates 2018

Check-in for fall sports 2018 will be held on the dates/times listed below.

NOTE: Location will be the Activities Office

The following forms (completely filled out and signed) will be collected at that time:

Athletic Participation Required Forms (PDF)

Consent for Cognitive Testing and Release of Information (PDF)

NOTE: Immediate Post-concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT) will be administered the same week as check-in. Please see below for dates and times.

Check-in schedule is as follows:


Monday, July 30
All Participating  |  11 a.m.  |  Activities Office


Monday, July 30
All Levels  |  8:00 a.m.  |  Activities Office


Tuesday, July 31
Women  |  8:30 a.m.  |  Activities Office

Wednesday, August 1
Men  |  8:30 a.m.  |  Activities Office


Thursday, August 2
All Participating  |  8 a.m.  |  Activities Office


Thursday, August 2
Men  |  9 a.m.  |  Activities Office


Thursday, August 2
Women  |  9:45 a.m.  |  Activities Office         

If you are planning to participate in a fall sport, please report at the times listed.  Have physical forms, concussion form, and student information section, all completely filled out and signedNO ONE will be allowed to practice until the completed forms have been turned in to the Activity Office secretary either at the check-in date or in the Activities Office before the first practice. NO EXCEPTIONS!  The physical will be kept on file in the office for one year.

ImPACT Concussion Test Schedule

Immediate Post-concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT) will be administered the same week as check-in. Those athletes who need to take this test, please note the time of the test and have your consent form filled out and signed.

NOTE: this date MAY NOT be the same as your designated check-in date!

LOCATION: All testing will be located in the E45 (Journalism Classroom)

Monday, July 30
7:00 a.m. – ALL Football Players ONLY
10:30 a.m. – Cheerleaders

Tuesday, July 31st
7:30 a.m. – Women’s Cross Country

Wednesday, August 1
7:30 a.m. – Men’s Cross Country
9 a.m. – Volleyball

Thursday, August 2
8:00 a.m. – Men’s Golf
8:00 a.m. – Women’s Swimming

Friday, August 3
8:00 a.m. – any make-ups needed



Ram Fam Pink Out!

Ram Fam!

We will be having a PINK OUT at the DBQ Senior/Wahlert basketball games on Friday, January 26th. Order your shirts NOW so you can help support a very worthy cause! One of our own (True Mills) helped design these awesome shirts this year!

2017 2018 Pink Out Order Form is attached or can be picked up at the Activities Office. All orders (and payment) are DUE by 3:30 pm on Thursday, January 18th. Checks to be made out to DBQ Senior Booster Club.

Ram Fam Pink Out!

Freshman Respect Retreat

In our continual effort to promote Dubuque Senior High School’s safe and supportive culture, we are inviting all freshmen to take part in the Sixth Annual 9th Grade Respect Retreat on Wednesday, September 6th and Thursday, September 7th (7:35 AM-2:20 PM).  The retreat will take place at Dubuque Senior High School, Nora Gymnasium.  9th graders will first report to the cafeteria to check in and pick up their name tag for the day.In our continual effort to promote Dubuque Senior High School’s safe and supportive culture, we are inviting all freshmen to take part in the Sixth Annual 9th Grade Respect Retreat on Wednesday, September 6th and Thursday, September 7th (7:35 AM-2:20 PM).  The retreat will take place at Dubuque Senior High School, Nora Gymnasium.  9th graders will first report to the cafeteria to check in and pick up their name tag for the day.

Lunch on the day your student participates in the retreat will be a sack lunch purchased by your student from our school cafeteria.  If your student prefers to bring a cold lunch from home, that is also an option.

The retreat will serve as an empowering experience for our 9th grade students to better understand the importance of respecting themselves and others.  Youth Frontiers, a nonprofit organization based in Minneapolis, delivers a program to build positive school communities that help young people realize the importance of respect.  Their vision is to change the way students treat each other at school and in their community.

We would like all incoming freshmen to participate in this incredible opportunity.  One half of our freshmen will attend on Wednesday, September 6th and the other half will attend on Thursday, September 7th based on who their English teacher is (see list below).

Wednesday, Sept. 6th Thursday, Sept. 7th
Students assigned to English teachers:
Mrs. T. Demerath
Mrs. B. Friedman
Mrs. M. Williams
Ms. S. Wilgenbusch
Ms. L. Oberhoffer
Mrs. M. King
Students assigned to English teachers:
Mrs. M. Anderson
Mrs. H. Lammer-Heindel
Mrs. T. Redmond

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Trica Brokus, Student Needs Facilitator, at 552-5504 or

Mrs. Trica Brokus
Student Needs Facilitator
Dubuque Senior High School

Senior Awards Winners 2017

Dubuque Senior High Awards 2017


National Merit Finalist – Elizabeth Kelsey, Collin Sindt, Grace Tsui

National Merit Commended – Matthew Barton, Jesse Hannan, Brendan Howe, Emma Tonn

Principal’s Leadership Award  – Collin Sindt

Students with Highest Honors (4.0 or above)

Matthew Barton
Kailani Biehl
Justin Blum
Wesley Brimeyer
Megan Brokus
Margaret Burns
Grace Gudenkauf
Tatum Hallstoos
Jesse Hannan
Jacob Hansen
Madelyn Hawkins
Cassandra Hennings
JaNiese Jensen
Elizabeth Kelsey
Autumn Kemp
Aaron McDermott
Maxwell McIntyre
Josephine Mills
Drake Oswald
Mollie Phalen
Lauren Pinchuk
Kristin Rasmussen
Julia Rodewald
Emma Sass
Tyler Schmit
Rebecca Schueller
Luz Schwalb
Madeline Shearer
Collin Sindt
Brittany Smith
Allison Steger
Seth Taylor
Jessica Tompkins
Grace Tsui
Danielle Waldbillig
Allison Williams
Caroline Woodward
Brandon Yuan
Hailey Zillig


Alliant Energy – Autumn Kemp, Rebecca Schueller

American Legion Drake Oswald – Frances Inzenhofer, William Woodwar, Elli Decker

Hawkeye Boys State – David Miner

Artistic Achievement  – Justin Blum

Bausch & Lomb – Tessa Kemp

Better Business Bureau – Rebecca Schueller

Cottingham & Butler Tanner Gross

Des Moines Register – Grace Tsui

Dubuque Bank & Trust – Brandon Yuan

Dubuque Brass – Kristin Rasmussen

Dubuque Eagles “Eyes on the Future” student – Brianna Gourley

Dubuque Eagles “Eyes on the Future” Teacher of the Year – Mr. Tom Cuvelier

Dubuque Evening Lions Club – Peyton Haller

Dubuque County Right to Life – Emma Sass

Dubuque Senior Educational Foundation – Emma Baxter, Brandi Blatz, Justin Blum, Jacob Hansen, Jacob Nolan, Rebecca Schueller, Brittany Smith

Dubuque Senior FAST Tutors – Megan Brokus, Elizabeth Kelsey, Kristin Rasmussen, Julia Rodewald, Rebecca Schueller, Danielle Waldbillig

Dubuque Senior Key Club Service Awards – Allyson Kirk, Allison Steger

DuTrac Community Credit Union – Jacob Hansen

Great Draw Visual Art Scholarship – Mollie Phalen

Iowa Chapter GX of the National Tri T Society – Morgan Foley

Iowa State Bar American Citizenship – Grace Gudenkauf, Emma Sass, Jessica Tompkins

KWWL “The Best of the Class” – Brittany Smith

Outstanding Senior Male & Female Athletes – Emma Sass, Louis Psihoyos

The Bernie Saggau Award – Madelyn Hawkins

“The ‘Semper Fidelis’ Award for Musical Excellence” – Alexander Breckon, Alanna Maier

Thomas Determan Global Perspectives Leadership Award – Mollie Phalen


Alice & Eldon Davis – Jesse Hannan

Andrew Gregg Vernon – Elizabeth Kelsey, Hailey Zillig

Charles Benjamin Pickard – Brendan Howe

Clarence Griep – Elizabeth Kelsey

Company A, 528th Quartermaster – William Woodward

Di Tella – Frances Inzenhofer

E. Wayne Cooley Award – Kailani Biehl

Floyd G. Rundle – Anthony Canganelli

Harold & Olga Hantelmann – JaNiese Jensen, Aaron McDermott, Allison Williams, Caroline Woodward

James & Zoe Connor – Collin Sindt

Jeannette Butt – Madelyn Leytem

Jim Boughton – Mackenzie Gaherty, Jalen Hildebrand

Jimmy Duehr – Caleb Marting

John D. Soley – Kailani Biehl

Joseph J. & Sue E. Kaesbauer – Matthew Barton

Josey (Molony) & Ray Feeney – Jenna Pancratz

Kyle Andersen – Connor Ripperger

LeRoy F. Ludwig – Tatum Hallstoos

Marja & Sabrina Davis – Allison Steger

O’Connor & Thomas – Robert Klinkhammer

Pirkko & Jeffrey Davis – Megan Brokus

Robert E. Harris – Grace Tsui

Scott Althoff – Tyler James (T. J.) Deardorff

Wilbur Dalzell – Grace Tsui

William & Suzanne Laiblin – Wendy Moreno Sayago


Presentation of Senior Class Officers
President – Collin Sindt
Vice President – Margaret Burns
Representatives – Kendall Doerr, Jessica Tompkins, Caroline Woodward, Jacob Hansen


Art –  Elisha Warnke

Photography – Saul Benjamin Briones

Business – Nicholas Weber

English – Elizabeth Kelsey

Family Health and Consumer Science – Rebecca Slaton

Industrial Education – Ethan Herrig

Yearbook Top Designer – McKenna Lincoln

Math – Jesse Hannan, Grace Tsui

Music Awards:
Band Gold – JaNiese Jensen

Choral Gold – Allison Williams

Orchestra Gold – Justin Blum

“Noteworthy” Band – Eric Blum, Spencer Geers, Jacob Hansen, Alexandria McDermott

“Noteworthy” Choral – Taylor Graham, Connor Ripperger

“Noteworthy” Orchestra – Brandon Jenkins

National Honor Society – Natalie Donath

Science – Josephine Mills

Social Studies – Josephine Mills

Student Council – Caroline Woodward

World Language Recipients:
French – Collin Sindt
German – Julia Rodewald
Spanish – Josephine Mills Allison Williams