Schools

Thu
18
Dec

School Notes


Contributed Photo CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Hillcrest Primary School students perform a Christmas concert for hundreds of parents Thursday at the school in Shawano.

Olga Brener Intermediate School

The third-graders are at it again! For the past few years, the third-grade classes have sold holiday treats during the lunch hours, with the profits going to local charities. Safe Haven and Red River Riders were the past recipients, and this year they are selling for the Shawano County Humane Society. Not only are they helping others out, but they are also working on social skills and math skills. Items being sold this year are candy canes, jumbo pickles, popcorn balls, Powerade, reindeer hot chocolate and candy sleighs. The sale continues through Friday.

Thu
11
Dec

School Notes

Gresham Community School

On Dec. 4, the middle school sixth- and seventh-grade boys basketball team and the eighth-grade boys basketball team both beat Marion. There was a middle school boys basketball game at Gresham against Tigerton on Monday night. It was also parents night for them, and both teams won. On Saturday, there is a middle school boys basketball tournament starting at 9 a.m.

Last week, we had a fundraiser to raise money for choir stoles by selling ice cream sandwiches for $1 at lunch.

This week, the student council will sell candy canes during lunch hours to get in the spirit of the Christmas season.

Sacred Heart Catholic School

Advent is a time for waiting and preparing. Our students are preparing for Christmas by helping others this season. We have been collecting items to share with SAFPARC and Safe Haven. We are proud that our students are taking their resources to share with others in need this holiday season.

Fri
05
Dec

SCHS students raising poinsettias


Leader photo by Jason Arndt Shawano Community High School junior Katelyn Senzig waters one of 135 poinsettia plants for sale at the school’s greenhouse Thursday.

Poinsettia plants are a reflective sign the holiday season is here, and for more than 20 years, Shawano Community High School has sold them annually.

The school will open its greenhouse doors to sell the 135 plants to citizens starting 8 a.m. Wednesday after Melissa Braun’s horticulture classes spent an entire semester growing them.

Braun, an agriculture teacher at SCHS, said her classes began caring for them when they were 4 inches tall in late August. Patience and proper lighting were needed to develop them into vibrant colors like bright red, dark red, white, pink, jingle bells and a pink/white mix.

“They didn’t start changing until the end of October, early November, with longer nights and shorter days,” Braun said.

Another challenge was the earlier cold snap northeast Wisconsin received last month and resulted in the school expediting the heating of the greenhouse. There were multiple overnight lows of below zero temperatures.

Thu
04
Dec

Honoring America and the holiday season


Leader photo by Jason Arndt Third-grade students from Olga Brener Intermediate School come together to sing songs of the season Tuesday night at the Shawano Community High School auditorium.

About 180 third-grade students from Olga Brener Intermediate School in Shawano sang songs of Christmas cheer and honored military members during a concert at the auditorium of Shawano Community High School Tuesday.

Lynn Johnson, the school’s music teacher, said timing was essential to the combined production.

“We were so close to Veterans Day, and it was the 200th anniversary of ‘The Star Spangled Banner.’ It was our way of honoring them,” Johnson said.

Gracie Otis, one of the third-grade students that performed, said the song is her favorite because she “loves how the music starts.”

Students opened the concert with the 1814 poem written by Francis Scott Key, and combined songs from a variety of seasons, including “Merry Christmas to You” and “From the Red, White and Blue” by Teresa Jennings.

Sat
29
Nov

School Notes

Sacred Heart Catholic School

Sacred Heart Catholic School is excited to announce our new Story Time that is open to everybody. We will have story time each week on Thursdays in our school library from 10:30-11 a.m. We welcome children of all ages. There will be books, songs and rhymes. We hope to see you there!

On Monday, we had a guest walker Ms. Carolyn from the Humane Society. She challenged our students to match or beat her steps. Students who matched or beat her steps won prizes that she brought with her. If you or someone you know would like to be a guest walker, please contact the school office at 715-526-5328.

Our Christmas program “Sing with Us the Christmas Story” is at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 16 in the church. The community is invited to share in our celebration of the coming of our Savior.

Gresham Community School

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.

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