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  • published Alumni Stories We Want to Tell in News 2021-01-25 14:05:37 -0600

    Alumni Stories We Want to Tell

    Our Bluejay Nation website has a lot of great features for our alumni members. There’s our directory, which helps you connect with alumni of all ages. There are resources to help you find volunteer opportunities, alumni (or district) events and so much more. But one thing we like to do from time to time (and can always do more) is share stories about our alumni and what they’re currently doing out in the world.

    That’s right--we want your stories, achievements and milestones. It’s great to be able to share with other alumni, as well as current students, what Menasha students have gone on to accomplish in their lives after school. Plus, as an alumni association, we want to do everything we can to celebrate our alumni, members or not.

    Here are some of the kinds of stories we hope to tell:


    • Professional life: What sort of work do you now do? What path did you take to get to the current spot you’re in in your professional life? What are some of the unique aspects of your job or field? 
    • Post-high school journey: The journey people take after high school varies widely. Some go to college, others enter the workforce, some find apprenticeships and others join the military. It’s always interesting to look at the different paths taken by our alumni and to hear about the experiences they’ve had that shaped them.
    • Personal updates: What’s new in your life? Marriage, children, relocation, hobbies, interests… all of this is information people want to know when reading stories and updates about alumni.
    • Achievements: It’s always great to celebrate the achievements of our alumni. These could be personal or professional. Think promotions, awards, successful projects or programs, important milestones, etc.
    • Human interest: Human interest stories are always of interest. It’s great to read about people who overcome certain struggles or challenges, or who are making a positive difference in their communities, especially when they’re alumni.


    Do you have any interesting stories to contribute? Send them in, and we’ll find a way to feature them on our website or in our newsletter!

  • 5 Reasons to Be Thankful for Your Alma Mater

    With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we thought it would be appropriate to spend some time thinking about the impact our alma maters have had on our lives, and why we should be thankful for them. There are so many things about Menasha schools to love and appreciate; here are just a few that you might be thankful for yourself:


    • Lifelong friends: For many people, the close friends they make in grade school and high school become friends for life. Even if you move far away from your hometown, your close friendships from high school will always be relationships you cherish. It’s common for people to see their old friends for the first time in years and to pick up the relationship as though they were never apart. The shared experiences you had in high school will bond you for life.
    • An educational foundation: Grade school and high school give you a foundation of education and knowledge that will influence the rest of your education and career that follows. This is where you first develop your interests and hone your thinking and important skills. Those early interests likely impacted the direction you took after leaving high school.
    • Amazing educators and mentors: The meaningful relationships you develop in your high school years aren’t just limited to your friendships. Most people also bond with at least one or two teachers, coaches or adult mentors in their time in high school who end up being a significant influence or role model for them to follow. High school students spend just as much time learning about themselves as they do their subject areas, and the guidance they get from those adults can be immensely valuable.
    • Wonderful memories: The memories you make in high school stay with you for the rest of your life. There are always going to be memories for you to treasure, whether it’s from your favorite sports or activities, to experiences in the classroom, or even just down time you spend with friends in between class. The ability to look back with fondness on your high school career is certainly something to be thankful for.
    • Opportunities to give back: As a graduate of Menasha schools, you are always a Bluejay long after you leave. If you find yourself back in the area, you are always welcome back with open arms, and have plenty of opportunities to give back through volunteering, donations or advocacy to ensure new generations of students are able to receive the same experience you did.


    If you are thankful for your Menasha educational experience and are feeling generous in this season of giving thanks, please consider joining and donating to our Bluejay Nation alumni organization! We are grateful for any support you can provide.

  • posted about Upcoming orchestra concerts in the district are: on Facebook 2016-01-19 14:28:52 -0600
    Upcoming orchestra concerts in the district are:

    Upcoming orchestra concerts in the district are:

    January 25 – 6:00 PM – Maplewood Orchestra

    January 25 – 7:30 PM – Menasha High Orchestra

    Maplewood Jazz Band Benefit is on Monday, February 1

    Please plan to attend these wonderful events!

  • posted about Nice Story about our Bilingual Program: on Facebook 2016-01-19 14:27:03 -0600
    Nice Story about our Bilingual Program:
  • published MJSD Math & Literacy Night in News 2015-05-06 11:36:54 -0500

    MJSD Math & Literacy Night

    Families of Menasha students grades 5-11! Free child care provided. What’s happening in the math and English classrooms and how can you support instruction? We will be providing a free meal and some excellent resources!
    420 7th Street 
    May 18th, 2015 5:00pm to 6:30pm

    Please RSVP by May 11th, 2015 using the following link:

  • Submit Newsletter News and Updates

    The Bluejay Nation News communicates information on class reunions, news notes from members of the nation as well as Bluejay stories and events.  Please submit your news or update.

  • published 2014-2015 Year in News 2014-09-04 08:35:58 -0500

    2014-2015 Year

    Off to a great start!