Private schools working together on technology plan

Photo by Carol Wagner Elisha Wagenson, left, principal of Sacred Heart Catholic School, and Susan Longmire, principal of St. James Lutheran School, are working together on a long-term technology project that will benefit both schools.

A unique partnership between two Shawano parochial schools—Sacred Heart Catholic and St. James Lutheran-intends to bring learning into the 21st century with a five-year technology plan expected to cost $900,000.

Both schools learned in May that Microsoft had ended its technical support for its XP operating system, which debuted 12 years ago and was utilized by both schools.

A few months earlier, they had been approached by Greenlight Grants of Shawano, a firm started by two retirees who want to use their professional skills to find funds to benefit rural communities.

“There have been moments of divine intervention,” said Elisha Wagenson, principal at Sacred Heart. “We were in a precarious situation. … “We didn’t know how timely a windfall it was at the time it occurred.”

Greenlight Grants said it could find funds to help the schools.


Schools honored for programs targeting behavior

Four area schools recently were recognized for efforts to create safer and more effective schools.

Olga Brener Intermediate School and Hillcrest Primary School in Shawano were honored as Schools of Distinction for their accomplishments in the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program. Olga Brener received the award for the third consecutive year; Hillcrest won it for the second consecutive year.

Menominee Indian High School and Keshena Primary School were each recognized as a School of Merit; Menominee Indian for the third consecutive year and Keshena Primary for the first time.

Statewide, 60 schools were named School of Distinction and 195 received School of Merit awards.


No sliding allowed

Leader Photo by Jason Arndt Teacher John Tierney instructs students during the Messin’ with Clay class Wednesday at Shawano Community High School.

Leader Photo by Jason Arndt Wyatt Braun, left, and Elliott Lowney work on a project using a drill press during the Tool Time class Wednesday at Shawano Community High School.

Summer school classes in the Shawano School District encourage students’ creativity to help avoid the dreaded “summer slide.”

Experts agree that children who read and stay involved in educational opportunities during the summer gain skills, while those who do not often slide backward.

Several unique summer school classes help students maintain their edge over the three-month break from classes.

“The summer slide slows down a little and their brain doesn’t shut off for two months,” said Curt Angeli, summer school principal at Shawano Community High School. “They get a chance to be creative.”

The high school hosts 500 students from third to eighth grade during summer school, which lasts until July 18. Jessie Hanssen is summer school principal at Hillcrest Primary School, which hosts the younger students.

At SCHS, mythology is one of the newest additions to the summer term.


More than 100 receive DFS scholarships

The Shawano Dollars for Scholars program in May awarded $275,000 in scholarships for continuing education to more than 100 Shawano Community High School graduating seniors.

The highest awards, totalling $7,500, were presented to Courtney Baumann, Sawyer Buck, Lindsey Kurtz and Lindsey McFarlane.

The following students received sponsored scholarships (sponsor follows student’s name):

Courtney Baumann, Eberlein; Johnna Beversdorf, Clarence Bleser; Maggie Bohm, Vietnam Veterans of America Shawano County Chapter 206; Samantha Bohm, Larry and Donna Rae Klement; Erin Brock, in memory of Robert W. Gansen; Sawyer Buck, Dan K. Jacobson Memorial; Libby Buettner, Eponk Group Ltd.;

Madeline Canfield, Jeanne Parrette Donald Memorial; Alex Cook, Shawano Equity Cooperative; Morgan Crawford, Frontier Communications; Thomas Cumberland, Edith Vandree, in memory of Ralph Vandree; John Easter, Neil and Vera Hilgenberg; Matthew Edwards, in memory of Tom and Jane Montour;


Grandfather inspires Clintonville High valedictorian

Photo by Grace Kirchner From left, co-salutatorian Barbara Boyer, valedictorian Anastasia Huber and co-salutatorian Sara Messner are all smiles after receiving their high school diplomas Friday at the Clintonville High School commencement ceremonies.

Photo by Grace Kirchner David Schuler, center, receives an engraved silver bowl from Clintonville School District Superintendent Tom O’Toole, right, and Clintonville High School Principal Lance Bagstad at the Clintonville High School commencement ceremony Friday. Schuler received the district’s Alumnus Honoris award.

Ninety-six students received diplomas at Clintonville High School’s 129th commencement ceremony Friday at the school.

Three girls competed for the Class of 2014’s top academic honors.

Valedictorian Anastasia Huber said it was a friendly competition with co-salutatorians Barbara Boyer and Sara Messner.

“The main reason I stand here as valedictorian tonight is because I always wanted to make my grandfather proud,” said Huber, whose grandfather died in December.

She, like Boyer and Messner, also thanked her parents, friends and teachers for their help and encouragement.

David Schuler, recipient of the Alumnus Honoris award given to a graduate who has made outstanding contributions in his chosen field, said few things mean as much to a teacher as when a former student thanks them.


School Notes

Contributed Photo CARNIVAL FUN: Isabella Stevens, a second-grader at Bowler Elementary School, tries her best to make a shot on the inflatable sports machine at a carnival held recently at the school. Assisting is high school student Drew Payne. The event was sponsored by the school’s PTCO.

Sacred Heart Catholic School

It has been a great school year at Sacred Heart Catholic School! Congratulations to our eighth-grade graduates and to our past students who graduated from high school.

We are hoping that all of our students and staff take time to enjoy the beautiful weather.

We are taking registrations for our 3K/4K programs and our kindergarten- to eighth-grade classes for the 2014-2015 school year. If you would like more information, please contact the school office at 715-526-5328 or e-mail Carolyn Reuter at

The school office will be open at our regular hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. until June 25.


National bee inspires Shawano’s top speller

Contributed Photo Karelyn Malliet checks out “The Awakening,” a piece of art near the Gaylord Hotel and Convention Center, where she competed last month in the National Spelling Bee, in National Harbor, Maryland. She and her parents also visited several monuments and historical landmarks in Washington, D.C., during the trip.

Seventh-grader Karelyn Malliet was just one point shy of advancing to the semifinals in the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee last month, and she is already planning to do better next year.

The Shawano Community Middle School student said her experience May 28-29 in National Harbor, Maryland, was “definitely” encouraging.

Craig Ferch, the school’s psychologist and spelling bee coordinator, believes Malliet will continue to work hard.

“We certainly have a chance next year,” Ferch said.

Malliet, who has won the district bee for three straight years, won the Badger State Spelling Bee in March, defeating 47 contestants to capture the state title. She finished 11th at the state contest in 2013.

After skating through the first two preliminary rounds of the national bee with correct spellings of “graupel” and “rhabdomancy” at the microphone, Malliet learned she had scored 27 points, one point away from joining the 46 semifinalists.


DI teams savor Globals experience

Contributed Photo Nine students from SCHS participated in Destination Imagination’s Global Finals in Knoxville, Tenn., in May. They are, from left, front row, Cassandra Whitehouse, Emily Jones, Rachel Marquette and Caitlin Drews; and back row, Hannah Busch, Holly Schwecke, Quincy Burr, Ailysh Tetting and Namara Panzer.

It took 17 years for a team from Shawano School District to return to the Destination Imagination Global Finals.

The nine Shawano Community High School students who broke that barrier by qualifying for the competition have high hopes the district’s second visit is only a year away.

“I really hope we can go again next year and do even better,” junior Hannah Busch said.

Two teams advanced to the Global Finals, held May 21-25 in Knoxville, Tenn., by capturing regional titles in Oconto Falls and state championships in Stevens Point.

“These kids are such crazy hard workers to get this far,” said Emily Schwartz, one of the two coaches who accompanied Shawano’s teams, comprised of freshmen and juniors, to the finals last month.


School Notes

Contributed Photo TRIP TO WASHINGTON: St. Paul Lutheran School eighth-graders Ben Schmidt and Colin Wussow, right front and back, prepare to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington Cemetery during a trip to Washington, D.C. Students from the Bonduel school accompanied other Wisconsin students on a six-day trip to Washington, D.C. The eighth-graders toured the sights under the direction of teacher Jeff Wegner.

Contributed Photo ESSAY WINNERS: Students at St. Paul Lutheran School in Bonduel participated in an Ag in the Classroom essay contest sponsored by the Shawano County Farm Bureau. From left, Maddie Jacobsen, Hayley Wolf and Reece Stoltenow were the winners. Maddie’s entry advanced to the state competition for fourth- and fifth-graders.

Sacred Heart School

Friday will be our last day of school. It will be a full day, unlike the public schools, so transportation home from school will be needed. Please plan on picking up your child at 3:10 p.m. We will be walking to Arlington Park for the day, so make sure your child has proper foot wear.

Wolfgang Stueck and Alex Mukka have been provided a campership to Camp Tekakwitha from The Council of Catholic Women. The council has been providing camperships for the past several years. Congratulations, Wolfgang and Alex, and enjoy camp!


22 receive diplomas at Tigerton graduation

Photo by Leah Lehman Valedictorian Erin Robbins, left, walks with Woodrow Nelson at commencement ceremonies Friday at Tigerton High School.

Tigerton High School held its 105th commencement exercise Friday with a graduating class of 22.

“Welcome to the cross roads,” Principal David Battenberg told the class.

Autumn Pingel, salutatorian and class president, noted that she became a student at Tigerton in eighth grade, but it didn’t take her long to fit in.

Valedictorian Erin Robbins encouraged her classmates to meet the challenges that lie ahead.

Class memories were presented by Savannah Mauritz.

Diplomas were presented by Superintendent Wayne Johnson, Battenberg and Cary Robbins, School Board vice president.

Paul Tober, Class of 1965, who died in 1969 while serving in Vietnam, and Randy Kauffman, Class of 1983, senior budget analyst for Veterans Affairs, were named to the school’s Hall of Fame.


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