WBSD trimming $1.5M from construction plans

The Wittenberg-Birnamwood School Board is working with its contractors to cut costs after learning last month that estimates for the second phase of the construction projects approved by voters in November are about $1.5 million over budget.

Matt MacGregor, senior project manager from Hoffman Planning Design & Construction, delivered the bad news to the board May 23.

Despite the higher than anticipated costs, the board said it remains committed to staying within the $13.1 million approved by voters in the November referendum.

“I’m confident we will present a project that will stay within the promised referendum amount,” district Superintendent Garrett Rogowski said.

Rogowski said, for example, he is confident that the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system in the high school, estimated to cost $750,000, can be trimmed significantly.


Beres wins Junior Achievement teacher award

A business education teacher at Shawano Community High School has been named teacher of the year by Junior Achievement in the Wolf River area. Katie Beres was presented the honor during a professional development day June 6.

The presentation was arranged by Shawano Community High School Principal Scott Zwirschitz and Shawano School District Director of Curriculum Instruction and Assessment Kelley Strike, who also sits on the JA board. Fellow JA board member Dennis Heling and Sandy Ebbinger, Junior Achievement area director, presented the award to Beres.

Junior Achievement volunteers nominated Beres because she is “great to work with on several levels. Not only has she truly supported us as we teach … she also promotes financial literacy and work readiness in her own classes and as the adviser of FBLA.” Volunteers said Beres understands the importance of their mission and commented on her kind heart and dedication to the school, her students and their education.


WBHS Class of 2019 is prepared to move forward

PHOTO BY MIRIAM NELSON Rikki Jo Koplitz, saxophone, and Morgan Joswiak, clarinet, play with the Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School band one last time at the graduation ceremony Saturday.

The Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School gymnasium was filled with family members and friends supporting the Class of 2019 at commencement Saturday night.

Superintendent Garret Rogowski congratulated the 66-member class and assured them that during the past four years, they have established a foundation for a successful future.

“Whatever you choose to do, do what makes you happy,” Rogowski said. “Stay grounded, humble and thankful for the gifts you’ve been blessed with.”

Guest speaker Justin Szews, a 1994 WBHS graduate, acknowledged that he was not fond of academics in his younger years — a curious beginning for someone who later would be selected as the 2017 Wisconsin assistant principal of the year and then chosen as one of three assistant principals for national honors in 2018. He is now working toward getting his superintendent license.

“Use the tools given to you to help navigate your journey of life,” Szews told the graduates.


Pulaski teacher wins state PE award

An elementary school physical education teacher in the Pulaski Community School District is the winner of the Wisconsin Health and Physical Education’s Elementary PE Teacher of the Year award.

Chris Wendorf, who teaches physical education at Sunnyside Elementary School, has been a teacher for 26 years — the last 22 of which have been with the Pulaski district. Wendorf said he’s honored and humbled to receive the award which goes to a recipient who conducts a quality physical education program, serves as a positive role model, participates in professional development and provides professional leadership.


Army veteran gets diploma 48 years later

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Confetti flies through the air Friday after the confirmation that the Class of 2019 had graduated from Bowler High School.

Most of the 11 members of Bowler High School’s graduating class are ready to get out into the world and experience life, but one of those members flipped the script 48 years ago and did things a little differently.

Daryl Waukau was a senior in Bowler in 1971 when he joined the United States Army, a time when America was still fighting in Vietnam. After 20 years of service and living more life in the private sector, Waukau returned to his old stomping grounds Friday to accept his high school diploma.

Bowler’s Class of 2019 might be low in numbers, according to district Superintendent Randy Riefsland, but they are big in personality.

“One of our graduates, after taking a rather lengthy hiatus at Bowler, has come back to us to accept his diploma tonight,” Riefsland said.

Waukau admitted to being a little nervous as he took the stage to speak, but he said he was glad to be back at Bowler High School.


Last of last moments end for Marion grads

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Anthony Tischauser shifts his tassel from the right side to the left Friday night after receiving his diploma at Marion High School.

It went by so fast.

That was the sentiment of many of the student speakers at Marion High School’s graduation ceremony Friday, as 30 went from being seniors to graduates with the administering of a piece of paper — the coveted high school diploma.

Amiya Peterson, Marion High’s senior class president, noted graduation day was something that most in her class had looked forward to for four years, but not all.

“Last year’s senior class president wrote her speech about how the Class of 2018 were losers,” Peterson said. “Our class, the Class of 2019, we’re winners. Now, I know looking at some of us, you may think otherwise. I’m here to reassure you that we are, in fact, winners.”


CMN graduates 45 students in 2019

The College of Menominee Nation has graduated 45 area residents in 11 academic programs and two technical majors.

Ceremonies were held Saturday in the Menominee Casino Resort Convention Center, Keshena.

The class includes Stockbridge-Munsee member and Bowler resident Nikole Webster, who is the first graduate in the college’s Bachelor of Arts major in education. Jasmine Neosh, a natural resources major and enrolled Menominee who lives in Shawano, was chosen as student speaker.

The graduates are listed by study area, hometown and tribal affiliation for those who are American Indian. Academic honors are also indicated. They are:

Bachelor degrees

Education: Nikole Webster, Bowler, Stockbridge-Munsee.

Public administration: Quinton Paul Schuyler, Oneida, Oneida Nation.

Business administration: Kristah Marie Warrington, Keshena, Menominee.


Plenty to dance about in ‘Footloose’

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski The opening “Footloose” song is performed by the cast at Gresham Community School on Tuesday. Nineteen students make up this year’s cast.

A classic tale of teenage rebellion and repression seems like something right up Gresham’s alley as the musical “Footloose” opens Thursday at Gresham Community School.

A cast of 19 will bring to life a tale about a teen named Ren McCormack who is forced to relocate from the big city of Chicago to a small Western town with his mother after his parents get a divorce. Ren, who loves to dance, is shocked to learn that dancing is outlawed in his new home.

Cindy Easter, the musical’s director, said that the school is doing a shorter version, about 90 minutes, that’s designed for smaller schools. Most of the music and story is similar to what audiences saw in the 1984 film starring Kevin Bacon, but some of the scenes are shorter.

“They’re family appropriate,” Easter said of the shorter version of the show. “It’s also something that hasn’t been done around here, so that was my main thing.”


Fenzl named CMN faculty member of the year

Professor Lucy Fenzl has been named the American Indian College Fund Faculty Member of the Year at the College of Menominee Nation.

The honor was announced during the college’s commencement ceremonies Saturday at the Menominee Casino Resort in Keshena.

In making the award, Dr. Diana Morris, the college’s chief academic officer, credited Fenzl for setting high standards, challenging students to think beyond the box and providing effective instruction across a range of biological and physical science courses.

“To say that she is fully engaged in the life of the college is an understatement,” Morris said. “While teaching courses in biology, microbiology and anatomy and physiology, she serves on a number of important committees, coaches the college’s Science Bowl team for annual national American Indian Higher Education Consortium competitions and coordinates operations at our Green Bay/Oneida site.


Free summer meals at Keshena Primary School

The Menominee Indian School District will once again offer a free summer food service program at the Keshena Primary School cafeteria.

The program, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, provides free, nutritious breakfasts and lunches to children during the summer, as well as those attending the district’s summer school program. Free meals will also be available to eligible children 18 years or younger, as well as those over 18 who are mentally or physically disabled and who also participate in a public or private nonprofit school program during the school year. Adults may eat if accompanying their children at a cost of $4 per meal.


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