School Notes

Contributed Photo Marion Elementary School teachers, from left, Stephanie Schroeder, Michelle Brill and Chelsey Gieseler hold a plaque presented to the school for raising the most money in a “penny war” benefiting the Bridge the Gap autism program. Gieseler’s fourth-grade class was Marion’s overall winner. Schroeder’s first-graders won weeks one and two, and Brill’s third-grade class was the week three winner.

Contributed Photo McGruff the Crime Dog paid a visit to Bowler Elementary on May 18. He was joined by Officer Scott Brown of the Stockbridge-Munsee Police Department. Brown gave an anti-bullying presentation to more than 100 preschool to third-grade students.

Gresham Community School

We had our annual Cystic Fibrosis Walk on May 12. Cystic fibrosis is one of the most common chronic lung diseases in children and young adults. It is a life-threatening disorder. Cody Pluger, a charismatic member of Gresham community, lost his battle to this deadly disease at the age of 17. He was a loving son, brother and friend. We sold T-shirts and raised around $1,500.

We had our elementary and high school spring concert for choir and band May 11.

The FFA also had a clean-up day May 12.

The seniors had a garbage pickup day May 13 at the North Star Casino for the Stockbridge-Munsee Tribe.

The Culture Club went on its end-of-the-year trip to the Milwaukee County Zoo on May 17. They got to tour the zoo and visit the animals. Many of them got the chance to ride the Sky Safari and the Safari Train. Afterward, they stopped in Appleton and walked around the mall.

The elementary school had a bullying presentation on May 18.

A blood drive was held Friday. It was successful and many pints of blood were donated. Thank you to all the community members who donated.

The Booster Club Athletic Banquet was also held on Friday at the Pine Hills A-Frame. Athletes were honored for their outstanding performances.

On Wednesday, the junior high went on its end-of-the-year trip to Xtreme Air and Badgers Sports Park.

Seniors finished their final exams Wednesday. A senior breakfast will be held Thursday in Brenda Hoffman’s room. Graduation ceremonies begin at 7 p.m. Friday in the gym.

Bonduel Elementary School

On April 28, the first-grade classes from Bonduel Elementary took a field trip to Doc’s Harley-Davidson and the Navarino Nature Center.
While at Doc’s, students got a tour of the grounds and had the opportunity to get up close and personal with alligators, camels, snakes, lizards, kangaroos, birds and even an African porcupine. It was a wonderful experience and students enjoyed seeing and being able to touch the animals.

While at the Navarino Nature Center, students participated in a pond study, a habitat hike, and learned about the plants and insects that live on the forest floor. During the pond study, students waded in the pond in search of insects that make their home in the water. Students used nets to collect samples and later studied their specimens under a magnifying glass. During the habitat hike, students visited the forest, marsh, grassland and bog to learn about the plants and animals that live there.

Finally, during the forest floor study, students went on a scavenger hunt in search of various plants and insects that live on the forest floor. Students found fungi, moss, ants, slugs, frogs, salamanders and much more. It was a fun-filled day of learning and exploring.

Marion Elementary School

As part of April’s Autism Awareness month, Marion Elementary students donated coins for a local elementary school “penny war.” Schools in the area competed with one another to see which building could raise the most money for Shawano’s Bridge the Gap program, which is a locally based, nonprofit agency that serves children with autism in Shawano and surrounding communities.

Marion Elementary was the top school in the contest, raising $984.74.