School Notes

Contributed Photo Freshman history students at Gresham Community School play Trench Warfare with dodgeballs and exercise mats.

Bonduel Elementary School

Are you aware that our third-graders at Bonduel Elementary are required to learn cursive handwriting? We have used the Zaner-Bloser approach for over 25 years.

Students not only learn the correct way to form the letters, but also how to write and read words in cursive. They work on legibility, spacing, size and slant.

According to Iris Hatfield, a handwriting coach, here are the top 10 reasons to learn cursive:

1. Improved neural connections. Cursive handwriting stimulates the brain in ways that typing cannot.

2. Improved ability to read cursive. When an individual cannot read cursive, they are cursively illiterate in their own language.

3. Increased speed. The connectivity of a simple cursive style is faster to write than the stop-and-start strokes of printing. Speed has been shown to increase attention span during writing.

4. Improved fine motor skills.

5. Increased retention. The act of taking notes by hand instead of a computer encourages a student to process the content and reframe it, which leads to better understanding and retention.

6. Ease of learning. Printing is more difficult due to the frequent stop-and-start motion when forming letters. Cursive is of particular value to children with learning challenges such as dyslexia and ADD.

7. Improves reading and spelling ability. When printing, some children write so erratically that it is difficult to determine where one word ends and another begins. Cursive, on the other hand, requires children to write from left to right so that the letters will join in proper sequence; therefore, it is easier to read.

8. Increases self-discipline. Cursive handwriting is complex and is inherently associated with the development of fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Learning cursive prompts children to also develop self-discipline, which is a useful skill in all areas of life.

9. Higher quality signature. Cursive handwriting can improve the attractiveness, legibility and fluidity of one’s signature.

10. Increased self-respect. The ability to master the skill to write clearly and fluidly improves the student’s confidence to communicate freely with the written word.

Handwriting is a vital life skill.

Gresham Community School

A transformer blew on the morning of Jan. 9. Students were let out at 10:30 a.m. because of no heat throughout the school.

FFA held an American Red Cross blood drive from 12-5 p.m. Jan. 11. Twenty-four pints of blood were donated.

On Jan. 12, a reporter from The Shawano Leader came to talk to the advanced art students — Sydney Coffman, Sydney Jensen, Kalisa Jones, Billy Mommaerts, Ryan Schroeder and Misty Wilson-Goranson — about two murals they are working on that will eventually be hung in the gymnasium.

On Jan. 16, the freshman history class did an activity called Trench Warfare. After learning how trenches were used to protect troops, they played a game of dodgeball with excercise mats serving as the trenches.