Schools

Fri
21
Nov

Local woman named Whitewater commencement speaker

Samantha Zaddack has survived a vampire attack and brought a dragon to life. She has inhabited tragic heroines and traveled across time and space.

Such is the experience of a University of Wisconsin-Whitewater theater major.

After four years and 12 productions, Zaddack, from Shawano, is graduating from Whitewater with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and preparing to pursue her dream of becoming a professional actress.

“There is nothing more powerful than live performance,” Zaddack said. “When you’re in the room with people bringing stories to life on stage, the audience is so much more invested in it.”

She will have one final opportunity to take to the stage as a student, when she addresses her peers, faculty and staff members and guests as student speaker at the 2014 winter commencement Dec. 13 at Kachel Fieldhouse. Each semester, graduating seniors compete for the honor.

Tue
18
Nov

School Notes


Leader Photo by Jason Arndt DINNER DANCE: Brinley Kowalkowski and Ashley Reuter, who both play tenor saxophones, serve dessert to Cole Reuter, left, and John Holtz at Shawano Community High School’s 23rd annual Dinner Dance performance Saturday at the school.

Leader Photo by Jason Arndt DINNER DANCE: Senior Threse Van Dyck performs her solo, “When I Fall in Love,” on the alto saxophone during the Shawano Community High School Dinner Dance Saturday night.

Olga Brener Intermediate School

Recently the third-grade classes at Olga Brener worked on their survival skills. The classes took field trips this fall to Navarino Nature Center where they learned how to use a compass, built shelters and hiked the grounds. The activities they participated fostered great team-building.

Olga Brener held its annual Thanksgiving feast. More than 300 students, family members and staff enjoyed a potluck meal. It was a wonderful opportunity for our school community to gather and visit.

Thu
13
Nov

School Notes


Leader Photo by Jason Arndt Josh and Abby Behnke, of Shawano, eat with their son, 1-year-old Andy, and daughter, 4-year-old Elizabeth, during Olga Brener Intermediate School’s Thanksgiving feast Tuesday.

Gresham School

Brenda Hoffman’s parenting class students received their baby simulators last week. “The babies are cute when they are quiet, but I have learned that I am not ready to become a parent for a long time,” River Otradovec said. “This was a great and educational experience.”

On Thursday, the middle school boys had their first basketball games of the season against Bowler. Both Gresham teams won. On Monday, the boys seventh-grade team won, but the eighth-grade team lost to Menominee Indian.

The high school volleyball team went to watch the state tournament at the Resch Center in Green Bay. The girls said they had fun, and it was cool to see the teams’ talent and teamwork.

On Tuesday we had a Veterans Day assembly. The senior high band and the senior high choir participated. Many classrooms presented gifts to the veterans in appreciation of their service.

Sacred Heart Catholic School

Sat
08
Nov

Dinner Dance performers looking to groove


Leader Photo by Jason Arndt Senior Threse VanDyck, front row, center, will be one of the soloists at the 23rd annual Dinner Dance at Shawano Community High School on Nov. 14 and 15.

Leader Photo by Jason Arndt Freshman Brandon Zoll, left, and junior Nick Schweitzer, right, rehearse with Nick’s twin brother and drummer, Jacob, in preparation for the 23rd annual Dinner Dance slated for Nov. 14-15 at Shawano Community High School.

Shawano Community High School musicians and vocalists are tuning up for the school’s 23rd annual Dinner Dance performances slated for Nov. 14 and 15.

Forty-four jazz band students and 18 vocalists from the school’s show choir, the Showstoppers, will perform an array of styles.

Christopher Kent, SCHS band director and head of the music department, will be directing the instrumentalists consisting of the saxophone, trumpet, trombone, drums, bass, guitar and keyboard. Choir teacher Jonathan Kent, Christopher’s brother, will direct the the singers.

Senior alto sax player Threse Van Dyck said she is looking forward to her solo, “When I Fall in Love” by Victor Young and Edward Heyman.

“It is very pretty, and I am nervous about it, because I have to stand up in front of everybody and play,” Van Dyck said.

Other band soloists will be senior drummer Mitch Micik and junior trumpeter Teddy Myers.

Thu
06
Nov

What’s for dinner? Ask the kids


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Abby Hicks, 8, measures a half-teaspoon of garlic powder for a spaghetti dish Tuesday as her mother, Kelly Hicks, assists while the two prepare dinner through the Cooking with Kids class at Shawano Community High School. The class, available to Hillcrest Primary School families, was made possible through $1,000 the school district received through the Healthier U.S. Challenge.

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Maisie Calkins, 4, cuts a tomato using a child-safe plastic knife at Shawano Community High School. The Cooking with Kids class offers dishes that can be prepared by anyone, regardless of age or skill set.

Staring intently at the tomato on the counter in front of her, Maisie Calkins, a 4-year-old Hillcrest Primary School student, carefully cuts it into two pieces as her father watches.

Nearby, in the Shawano Community High School classroom, another Hillcrest student, Abby Hicks, 8, carefully levels off a half-teaspoon of garlic powder to prepare an entree.

Cooking with Kids is a four-week class offered by the Shawano School District for Hillcrest students and parents. Together they learn to make entrees, side dishes and desserts. This week, the young cooks created a spaghetti dish with spinach, roasted vegetable ribbons and an apple crisp.

The course is funded by a $1,000 Healthier U.S. Challenge award.

“The children learn about healthier nutrition through eating together as a family, proper handwashing and the preparation of food,” said Sarah Moesch, the district’s food services director.

Thu
06
Nov

School Notes


Contributed Photo LUTHERAN TEACHERS HONORED: The St. Paul Lutheran School teachers recently receiving recognition for their years of service in LCMS Lutheran Schools are, from left, Louise Reisler, 10 years; Robin Reep, 15 years; Jeff Wegner, 15 years; Gerald Schmidt, 30 years.

Contributed Photo NHS INDUCTEES: Fifteen juniors and seniors were inducted into the Bonduel High School National Honor Society on Oct. 27 at Golden Sands Golf Course. They are, from left, front row, Lexi Reinke, Patrick Thiel, James Watry Jr., Garrett Siolka, Jack Thiel and Bennett Gunderson; back row, Taylor Weier, Morgan Pennings, Danielle Lautenbach, Clare Martell, Emily Hodkiewicz, Ashley Hermann, Cassy Bonnin, Cathryn Siolka and Nicole Hoppe.

St. Paul Lutheran School

Friday was Race Day — the end of our Race for Education fundraiser. In lieu of selling items, students wrote letters to friends and family asking for a donation to the school. More than $20,000 has been donated, resulting in our principal completing the “ice bucket challenge” during a pep rally to kick off the day. Despite brisk winds and cool temperatures, a good time was had by all! Special thanks to parent volunteer Deb Guenterberg for organizing the fundraiser each year.

Fri
31
Oct

Golden Strings adds frightful twist


Leader Photo by Jason Arndt Juniors Chloe Knope, left, and Madison Lemerond rehearse Tuesday for Shawano Community High School’s 35th annual Golden Strings concert.

For the first time in its 35-year history, this year’s Golden Strings concert will include audience participation.

The annual concert presented by the Shawano Community High School music department will include a costume contest at Friday’s performance. The show’s theme is “Halloween FUN.”

Audience members who wish to participate in the contest will need to pay $2. The audience will select the winner, who will receive $50.

The student musicians also will be in costume, and the music will emphasize the Halloween theme.

“This is going to be like no other concert we have done before,” said junior Simon Moesch, who plays the string bass. “We planned it out totally different, and it is going to be a super fun and entertaining concert.”

The juniors and seniors planned the concert, including the lighting concepts and special effects.

Thu
30
Oct

Golden Strings adds frightful twist


Leader Photo by Jason Arndt Senior Alexia Brooks and junior Simon Moesch rehearse Tuesday for Shawano Community High School’s 35th annual Golden Strings concert.

Leader Photo by Jason Arndt Seniors Elena Bohm, left, and Jess Kust rehearse Tuesday for Shawano Community High School’s 35th annual Golden Strings concert.

For the first time in its 35-year history, this year’s Golden Strings concert will include audience participation.

The annual concert presented by the Shawano Community High School music department will include a costume contest at Friday’s performance. The show’s theme is “Halloween FUN.”

Audience members who wish to participate in the contest will need to pay $2. The audience will select the winner, who will receive $50.

The student musicians also will be in costume, and the music will emphasize the Halloween theme.

“This is going to be like no other concert we have done before,” said junior Simon Moesch, who plays the string bass. “We planned it out totally different, and it is going to be a super fun and entertaining concert.”

The juniors and seniors planned the concert, including the lighting concepts and special effects.

Tue
21
Oct

School Notes


Contributed Photo Hillcrest Primary School kindergarten students Brayden Carpenter and Arica Preston perform “Jack and Jill” during a recent visit to Birch Hill Care Center.

Gresham School

On Oct. 15, Gresham Culture Club Students attended a Career Fair in Oneida. The students had a chance to learn about a wide variety of jobs and the education needed for them. The students also talked to college representatives and learned about different colleges.

There was a FFA blood drive Oct. 15 at Gresham School, thanks to the American Red Cross. Twenty people volunteered to give blood, including students and staff members.

Tigerton Elementary School

For the sixth year in a row, Tigerton Elementary School was among 173 schools in the state that received Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition honors for the 2014-15 school year.

The schools were recognized Oct. 13 during a ceremony at the Capitol in Madison hosted by Deputy State Superintendent Mike Thompson.

Hillcrest Primary School

Fri
17
Oct

Grandparents return to St. Paul classrooms


Leader Photo by Jason Arndt Fifth-grade teacher Brandon Davis leads a packed classroom in a game of Jeopardy during Grandparents Day at St. Paul Lutheran School in Bonduel on Friday.

Leader Photo by Jason Arndt Jeff Rybacki, of Green Bay, works on a math project with his seventh-grade grandson, Brody Wussow, during Grandparents Day at St. Paul Lutheran School in Bonduel on Friday.

Dozens of grandparents returned to school Friday at St. Paul Lutheran School in Bonduel.

Grandparents Day included a church service, classroom sessions and a musical presentation.

Principal Gerald Schmidt said the annual event emphasizes the importance of education and involvement of grandparents in students’ lives.

“Grandparents love to see what their grandkids are learning in today’s world,” Schmidt said. “It helps the kids to see the importance of education and helps the grandparents to know a little bit when grandkids come over and talk about what they are doing in school.”

Jeff Rybacki drove from Green Bay to be with his three grandchildren — Brody, Riley and Cory Wussow — at the school. It was his seventh Grandparents Day.

“It is really a challenge to be in these small seats,” Rybacki said. “It is fun to see the grandkids and I enjoy helping them learn a little bit, so it’s pretty good,”

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