School Notes

Hillcrest Primary School

The first-graders at Hillcrest Primary are learning about rocks and other Earth materials in science. They have noticed all of the different things that are made from rock and Earth materials and have done numerous investigations to explore rocks. We have many future geologists among us.

As you begin to shop for Christmas, the first-grade students want you to remember our four-legged friends at the humane association. In lieu of buying any gifts for classmates or teachers, we would like you to contribute to a collection of wish list items for the shelter. A list of possible items will be coming home in Wednesday Folders soon. Items must be packaged and unopened for the shelter to accept them.

The second-grade students in Dan Everson’s class are busy finishing their writing entries for the PTA Reflections Contest. They are also busy writing and illustrating their pages of our classroom book that will be sent off to a publisher soon.

Karen Flunker’s second-grade class is learning about the holidays of November. They just celebrated Veterans Day. They discussed what Veteran’s Day is about and why it is so important to so many Americans. The students wrote “thank you grams” to veterans and their families for serving our country. They are also making thank you grams for people in their lives who have helped them, such as school personnel and family members.

We have also been eagerly preparing for the Harvest Breakfast, which is coming up on Nov. 26. We are looking forward to spending this special time with family and friends as we gather for a breakfast celebration from 8:15-9 a.m.

Wolf River Lutheran High School

Friends, Romans, countrymen! Lend me your ears. … Last week, Wolf River Lutheran High School history classes teamed up to perform “The 10-Minute Julius Caesar,” a comedic twist on Shakespeare’s classic drama. Donned in togas, the students treated WRLHS staff, parents and board members to the historical drama and to a Roman luncheon honoring the life and untimely death of Julius Caesar. Thanks to Brent Schultz for spearheading this event.

Last Friday, the Intro to Agriculture class visited Tidy View Dairy, run by Milk Source, of Kaukauna. Milk Source is a proud part of Wisconsin’s dynamic and sustainable dairy industry. The company is run by three multi-generational Wisconsin dairy farmers who operate dairies, a calf farm and a heifer-raising facility. Our ag students watched a short video on the running of the dairy, and then were provided a tour of the milking area and several barns.

In a recent chapel service, Wolf River Lutheran High School students had an opportunity to learn about Bethesda Lutheran Communities, a recognized service organization of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod that specializes in ministering to people with developmental disorders. WLRHS students were encouraged to consider participating in one of BLC’s summer camps (the closest is in Watertown) at which teenagers are given the opportunity to work with that special group of God’s people. For more information, visit

Olga Brener Intermediate School

The fourth-grade students at Olga Brener participated in a presentation by local veterans on the American flag. Students learned the history of the flag, what the stars and stripes represent, and what the colors represent. Did you know that when folding the flag, that they fold it 13 times? And that each fold has a meaning behind it? The veterans demonstrated how to fold the flag and explained what each fold meat. The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life.

The following students were chosen for the Hawk Award in their class for demonstrating the character trait Respect: Aidan Preston, Alison Moede, Ania Hoffman, Teghan Kristof, Emily Alvarez, Aubrey Christian, Lane Bonde, Jackson Boucher, Julian Perez, Chad Norton III, Corissa Hutmaker, Dane Adams, Ruby Phillips-Levin, Jacob Elertson, Adeline Lyles, Mitchell Soto, Abigail Rabideau, Kaden Marcell, Noah Fike, Sophie Guetschow, Isabel Daniel, Braden Eiden, Grace Beyer, Leo Liu, Larson Wendorff, Freya Dickson, Nolan Buck, Avery Dreier, Mimi Beaulieu-Morgan, Ben Cook, Grace Huntington, Shawn Pamonicutt, Ethan chelberg, Angel Tomow, Angela Brown, Draven Duchesne, Lucas tePlate, Morgan Westphal, Haley Sheldon and Brandon Bushy.

Sacred Heart Catholic School

We had a most exciting past week here at Sacred Heart Catholic School. On Nov.14 we revealed our new school logo! The logo took shape as students, staff, parents and parish members gave their input as to what would best represent our school. It is our hope that all members of the school and community see the new logo as a great representation for what we stand for. School spirit wear is available now through the school office with the new logo. We offer many options of embroidered items as well as screen printed items. If you place your order by Dec. 2 we will have the items here in time for Christmas gifts.

Our basketball teams have had a rough start to the season. Girls A and C teams are hoping for their first win Friday at home against St. Martin’s. The boys A team is working hard this week, too, toward that first win. The boys C team has two wins and is keeping focused for this week’s game. Games start at 4 p.m. in the school gym.

This week we celebrated a very special person at our weekly Mass. Carol Aschenbrenner has been a part of our staff for over 24 years. She has worked as a playground supervisor and lunchroom supervisor from year to year. She has endured the cold and rain with a smile. Mrs. Aschenbrenner has decided that 24 years of cold and rain have been enough. She will officially retire from our staff on Nov. 26. The students and staff are grateful to her for her years of dedication of keeping our students safe. She will be missed!

The students have begun practicing their Christmas songs for the upcoming Shawano Christmas parade on Dec. 6. We are hoping to have many parents and students join us on the float. They are also working hard on their performance songs for the Christmas program on Dec. 12.

Reminder that our school schedule changed for the week of Thanksgiving. We will have a full day on Nov. 25, half day on Nov. 26 and no school on Nov. 27. Take the extra time with your family to be grateful for all God has given you.

Bowler Elementary School

Chris Olson and Gitche, a Norwegian elkhound, recently gave a presentation to first- and second-graders at Bowler Elementary School in conjunction with the Healthy Families in Shawano County Coalition. The program reviewed animal safety rules and showed the group defensive measures to prevent serious dog bite wounds. The program is also offered in other Shawano County elementary schools.

St. James Lutheran School

In honor of Veterans Day, our eighth-grade students, under the direction of Mr. Schumm, presented a program for our school. Included in this program were the Pledge of Allegiance, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” “America the Beautiful,” a rifle salute and taps. After the program our students had the opportunity to shake the hands of our veterans and thank them for their service to our country.

Second grade has been excitedly working on the writing and illustrations for their first class book, “Christmas Blessings.”The students have done the prewrite, editing and final copy of their stories and pictures. Our ship date for publishing was Nov. 15, so we hope books will be back to us in time for Christmas.