Schools

Tue
19
Jun

Summer school commences


Leader photo by Kelly Hogan Hillcrest Primary School student Ember Prellwitz shows off her instrument of choice in an exploring music class Tuesday.

June 18 marked the first day of the summer school programs offered at Hillcrest Primary School, Shawano Community Middle School and Shawano Community High School.

Summer school supplies “experiences for kids that they would not have during the normal school year,” said Chad Collier, the summer school principal at Hillcrest.

Hillcrest provides courses for students from 4-K to second grade. These programs help the younger students familiarize themselves with the daily routines of school as well as help them make friends, Collier said.

Continuing improvement on academic skills is imperative to avoiding the “summer slide,” Collier said.

“Kids who do not continue to practice math or reading can lose up to six months of what they learned during the school year and then must spend up until October relearning and catching up. It is important for students to continue to develop their academic skills,” Collier said.

Tue
19
Jun

Bowler School District announces summer food program

Stressing the importance of offering nutritious meals to children during the summer months, Bowler School District has announced the sponsorship of its Summer Food Service Program.

The SFSP, which is funded by the U. S. Department of Agriculture and is administered by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, provides nutritious meals to children during the summer, when free and reduced prices are typically unavailable.

Free meals will be made available to children 18 years of age and under. Persons over 18 years of age who are determined by a state or local public educational agency to be mentally or physically disabled and who also participate in a public or private nonprofit school program during the regular school year may receive free meals as well.

Tue
19
Jun

Pulaski schools honor dedicated employees

Five retiring employees and 55 additional Pulaski School District employees celebrating service anniversary milestones were honored at the district’s staff recognition banquet, which was held June 3 at Safari Steak House.

“You hear me say over and over again that it is the people that make the Pulaski Community School District so wonderful,” Superintendent Bec Kurzynske said, in congratulating the honorees.

“We’ve seen firsthand what a difference having dedicated and experienced people makes to our students,” said Michael Voelker, president of the Pulaski School Board.

Experience is important to every organization, and it is particularly important to a school district, he added.

Voelker noted that close to 75 percent of staff has been employed five years or longer, and half have been in Pulaski for 10 years or longer.

Tue
19
Jun

2 students earn GreenStone scholarships

As part of GreenStone Farm Credit Services’ scholarship program, the cooperative recently selected 22 students to receive either a $2,000 or $1,000 award to assist with education costs. Since 2010, GreenStone has presented more than $175,000 in undergraduate college scholarships to students planning to make a positive impact on the agricultural industry.

“These awardees are examples of the type of individuals who may someday lead the agricultural industry,” said Dave Armstrong, GreenStone’s president and CEO. “GreenStone is committed to supporting young professionals in agriculture by assisting them in furthering their education.”

The 2018 scholarship awardees include Rachael Valeria, of Pulaski, and Colin Wussow, of Cecil.

Thu
14
Jun

Shawano teacher receives $3,000 STEM grant


Pamela Anhalt

Pamela Anhalt, a chemistry teacher at Shawano Community High School, has been chosen by the Society of Science and the Public as one of 50 advocates from across the country to receive a $3,000 grant.

The society said its grant program chooses passionate educators and scientists to expand opportunities for underrepresented and low-income students to help them develop STEM projects that can be entered into science research competitions, which serve as an entryway to higher education and STEM careers.

Each advocate will mentor a cohort of at least three underrepresented students and help them navigate through science research competitions.

Victor Hall, a Society for Science and the Public member, said the mission of the Advocate program is to foster or even spark an interest in science among students.

Wed
06
Jun

Sacred Heart ends school year with beach party


Contributed Photo Sacred Heart Catholic School students, from left, Mikelah Powers, Anessa Bantle, Lily Gee and Cora Pieper strike a pose during the school’s beach party.

Sacred Heart Catholic School held its first end-of-the-year Beach Dance Party on May 30 in the school gymnasium, with nearly 200 guests in attendance.

Event organizer and admissions director Autumne Gee was hoping for 100 guests. So when nearly twice as many showed up, she was beyond ecstatic.

“Everyone was dancing, laughing, talking and really enjoying themselves,” Gee said. “I love to see our families so happy and engaged in the spirit of the event.”

The gymnasium was transformed to fit the beach theme. This event was free to all guests who were able to enjoy pizza, sloppy Joes, fresh fruit, slushies and other snacks. Guests also could participate in a costume contest, limbo, dance train, mini beach volleyball, swinging rope and surfing photo booth area.

Sat
02
Jun

Jartz honored at graduation


Photo by Grace Kirchner Bill Schmidt tells members of the Clintonville Class of 2018 to find something they are passionate about and pursue it wholeheartedly, “no matter what it is,” at the May 26 high school commencement ceremony.

You might know him as Bill Jartz, news anchor, or as the “Voice of Lambeau Field.” Folks around Clintonville might remember him as Bill Schmidt, salutatorian of the Class of 1976.

Regardless, the man now has another name: Alumnus Honoris 2018, the highest award that can be given to a Clintonville High School graduate.

Schmidt was given the honor at the 133rd annual commencement exercises May 26 at Clintonville High School. In his address to the Class of 2018, Schmidt told the graduates to “find something you love and put your heart into it — no matter what it is.”

Schmidt grew up on a small farm near the Clintonville airport. His father was employed at FWD as a machinist. He recalls his father always telling him to make a difference, help others and leave the world a better place than you found it.

When Schmidt was just 12 years old and in the seventh grade, his father died suddenly.

Sat
02
Jun

GSF offering community scholarships

The Gresham Scholarship Fund (GSF) awards a limited number of community scholarships each year to qualifying members of the Gresham community.

To get the details and an application form go to www.cffoxvalley.org/scholarships and click the link “College and Non-Traditional.” Then look for “Gresham Community Scholarship.” The deadline for applications is June 30.

Arthur Ward, a 1986 graduate of Gresham High School, was awarded one of the community scholarships recently and carries a cumulative 3.735 grade point average at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, where he is a senior. Ward is studying for a Bachelor of Applied Studies in integrative leadership studies with two areas of emphasis, applied communications and environmental policies.

Wed
30
May

College of Menominee Nation graduates 39


Contributed Photo Rickie Lee Dodge, of Shawano, graduated from the College of Menominee Nation on Saturday with an associate’s degree in business administration.

Residents of 13 Wisconsin communities, including members of seven American Indian tribes, received academic degrees and technical diplomas in College of Menominee Nation ceremonies Saturday in Keshena.

This year, the college invited Douglas Cox, tribal chairman from Keshena, to present the guest address to graduates. Baccalaureate degree graduate Sabrina Hemken, of Gillett, spoke on behalf of the Class of 2018.

The ceremonies also honored Professor Vicki Besaw, who was named the American Indian College Fund Faculty Member of the Year. Besaw, who teaches humanities and liberal studies courses, holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Master of Arts in English from UW-Milwaukee and is accepted for the First Nations Education Doctoral Program at UW-Green Bay. She is a member of the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe. A resident of Shawano, she has served on the CMN faculty since 2006.

Wed
30
May

Clintonville graduates 129 students


Photo by Grace Kirchner Clintonville High School graduates, from left, Caitlin Kestell, salutatorian, Melany Lorge, class president and master of ceremonies, and Faith Lundt, valedictorian, are among 129 students to receive degrees Saturday at the high school fieldhouse.

Live a life without regrets. That was the message Faith Lundt, Class of 2018 valedictorian, had for her Clintonville High School classmates at the 133rd annual commencement exercises Saturday.

Lundt encouraged students in the 129-member class to be active participants in their own lives and not look back at missed opportunities. “Do not allow yourself to be placed in a box,” she said. “You are creating your destiny. What you put in, you get out. What you choose is up to you.” She plans to study molecular biology at Yale University.

Salutatorian Caitlin Kestell recalled some of the accomplishments of her fellow seniors and looked back at a few humorous events that had happened over the years. Overall, her advice to her class was this: “Remember where you came from, and make Clintonville proud.” Kestell plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison to study evolutionary biology and ecology.

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