Schools

Sat
02
May

Save the last dance for SCHS


Leader photo by Jason Arndt Members of the Shawano Community High School Showstoppers choir practice their “Spider Man” dance performance in preparation for “The Last Dance” next weekend. From left, Addison Lewis, junior; Dakota Schimmel, senior; Ryan Steffen, sophomore; and Ryan Carriveau, junior.

For some of the 16 Shawano Community High School seniors performing at “The Last Dance” May 8-9 in the school’s auditorium, it will mark the end of the chapter of their musical careers.

The 23rd annual program will feature nine seniors from the highly regarded jazz band and seven from the Showstoppers choir, along with about 30 other students, to deliver a wide range of song stylings.

The jazz band, which just returned from an award-winning performance at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, will have multiple music genres including contemporary and Latin tunes, along with a rock tune by Canadian musician Maynard Ferguson.

“It is going to be a great show, it always is, and I think it is underrated sometimes,” said senior trumpeter Frankie Rabas, who has been part of the band since she was a freshman.

Thu
30
Apr

IMAGINE THAT!


Contributed Photo Members of The Seven Wonders of Brener, one of two Shawano teams competing at Destination Imagination’s Global Finals, are, from left, Josie Seay, Ava Bendtschneider, Liam Krueger, Owen Krueger, Lucas Reed, Jackson Smits.

Contributed Photo Members of Peace of the PI(E) Squared, one of two Shawano teams competing at Destination Imagination’s Global Finals, are, from left, Raquel Riemer, Amy Quinn, McKenah Fickel, Kaitlynn Dobratz, Autumn VanDerLinden, Michaela Aschenbrenner and Bailey Harkey.

For the second year in a row, the Shawano School District will send two squads to Destination Imagination’s Global Finals in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Destination Imagination’s goal is to teach students creative processes, including imagination and innovation, and how to apply those skills toward challenges in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and the arts.

Teams from Olga Brener Intermediate School, The Seven Wonders of Brener, and Shawano Community Middle School, Peace of the PI(E) Squared, qualified for the finals, which will be held from May 20-23 at the University of Tennessee, after placing second in their age brackets at the state competition April 18 in Stevens Point.

The Seven Wonders squad is the first from a Shawano elementary school to qualify for the finals in 19 years, when the competition was known as Odyssey of the Mind.

Thu
30
Apr

Hawks win at vaunted Eau Claire festival

Delivering their best performance of the season, Shawano Community High School students wowed the crowd April 18 en route to winning the 48th annual University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Jazz Festival.

Shawano’s jazz band played an extremely difficult three-chart program that required skill from its four segments – trumpet, saxophone, trombone and rhythm. Judges lauded the band on its technical excellence and its ability to perform a challenging and diverse program.

More than 60 high school bands competed in the 48th annual event. The Hawks finished first in Class B.

“Frankly, I was blown away,’’ band director Christopher Kent said. “These kids did everything I asked and much more – their performances, both individually and as a band, were outstanding. We were what the judges were looking for.’’

Wed
29
Apr

School Notes


Contributed Photo The 2015 prom court at Tigerton High School included, from left, front row, Ceara Lebo, queen Summer Kopitzke, Ashley Knaup and Abby Knaup; back row, Forrest Kernen, king Dexter Block, Hayden Harris and Logan Moderson.

Contributed Photo Brianna Stehberger, Kayli Posselt, Makena Arndt, Nicole Creapeau and River Otradovec rock their “native” print Tuesday for Culture Club Week at Gresham Community School.

Olga Brener Intermediate School

Sat
25
Apr

School Notes


Contributed Photo OUTSTANDING TEACHER: Bonduel School District teacher Mary Wudtke, center, was honored April 17 as a Wisconsin Council of Administrators of Special Services Region 5 award recipient. Wudtke was recognized as an outstanding general education teacher for students with disabilities. She was honored at a luncheon on April 17 in Green Bay. She is pictured with her husband, Phil Wudtke, and Julie LaBerge, the district’s pupil services director.

St. Paul Lutheran School

Under the direction of Deb Guenterberg, the third week of Prevea’s “Love to Run” program is nearly complete. The goal for last week was to run about 12 to 15 minutes without stopping, and this week we increased the time slightly. The weather has been perfect and warm for running! St. Paul has been participating in this program since 2013. It gives students of all ages the opportunity to learn the basics of a lifelong sport. Two after-school sessions each week include a warm-up, stretching session, a game and a period of running. Each day ends with a cool-down period and snack. Students and parents have the opportunity to put their running skills to work at the Cellcom 5K race in Green Bay for a reduced rate. It takes about 30 minutes to run a 5K, so we are slowly building toward maintaining a 30-minute run without stopping. Our goal is to run the Cellcom 5K on May 16 at 9 a.m. as a St. Paul team.

Thu
23
Apr

School Notes


Contributed Photo Fifth-graders make masks in the Bonduel Elementary School Art Room.

Contributed Photo Bowler Science Fair winners are, from left, front row, Ethan Boyd, third grade, third place; Joe Cardish, third grade, first place; Gavin Klose, third grade, second place; Bailey Grosskopf, fourth grade, first place; Tristan Thiex, fourth grade, second place; and Brady Strassburg, fourth grade, third place; back row, Selina Thiex, fifth grade, third place; Kaitlyn Pingel, sixth grade, third place; Logan Blum, fifth grade, first place; Beau Hartwig, fifth grade, second place; Skye Breitrick, sixth grade, second place; and Adin Brei, sixth grade, first place.

Bowler Elementary School

The Science Fair winners were announced recently at an assembly at Bowler Elementary: Joe Cardish, third grade, first place; Gavin Klose, third grade, second place; Ethan Boyd, third grade, third place; Bailey Grosskopf, fourth grade, first place; Tristan Thiex, fourth grade, second place; Brady Strassburg, fourth grade, third place; Logan Blum, fifth grade, first place; Beau Hartwig, fifth grade, second place; Selina Thiex, fifth grade, third place; Adin Brei, sixth grade, first place; Skye Breitrick, sixth grade, second place; Kaitlyn Pingel, sixth grade, third place. The coordinator of the event was fifth/sixth-grade teacher Thomas Bagnall.

Sacred Heart Catholic School

Sat
18
Apr

Robbing the rich to entertain the poor


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski The tyranny of Prince John, played by Christian Bergmann, knows no bounds as he announces his intention to marry Maid Marian, played by Elena Kowalkowski, in a plot to gain control of her familial lands. This is the 11th year the Wolf River Homeschoolers have produced a show for the public, and Kowalkowski has participated every year.

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski The sheriff of Nottingham, played by Colton Durie, feels the metaphorical dagger piercing his heart as his wife, Isabel, played by Morgan Fregien, gleefully announces the arrival of Robin Hood in the first scene for “Robin Hood: Tales of Ye Merry Woode.”

The Wolf River Homeschoolers have resorted to robbing the rich, but they do it with a song on their lips.

The Christian homeschooling group is performing “Robin Hood: Tales of Ye Merry Woode” for its 11th annual musical. The show will debut Thursday at Clintonville High School’s auditorium.

The tale is a musical version of the timeless story of Robin Hood, a bandit who robs the rich with the aid of his Merry Men and gives what he steals to the poor. In this show, audience members will see several instances of Robin’s thievery, including one where he and his crew swipe a roast and all the trimmings from the tyrannical Prince John and replace it with a skunk.

The plot thickens when Prince John and his evil sisters plot to have the prince marry Maid Marian in order to gain her riches and land. The plan is to use the pending nuptials as an opportunity to capture Robin Hood when he tries to rescue Marian.

Wed
15
Apr

School Notes


Contributed Photo Gresham Community School students who attended a tour of three Shawano businesses recently with teacher Brenda Hoffman, left, were Kevin Ile, Emma Lau, Kalen Fischer, Breanna Juga and Marisa Jensen.

Contributed Photo Queen River Otradovec and King Beau Hoffman reigned at Gresham Community School’s prom Saturday.

Olga Brener Intermediate School

Our fourth-grade after-school wall climbing club recently finished. Together they learned wall climbing can prepare them for the challenges in their lives. The following students were selected by their peers for showing good sportsmanship during after school wall climbing: Sarah Carroll, Aubrey Christian, Alexander Paque, Acacia Rancier and Marie Blake.

Fri
10
Apr

Bestselling author entertains Hillcrest students


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski New York Times bestselling author Eric Litwin plays his guitar as he tells the tale of his first “The Nuts” book, “Bedtime at the Nut House,” during a presentation Thursday afternoon at the Hillcrest Primary School gym. Hillcrest teacher Diana Belter helps out by holding up the book and turning the pages.

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Hillcrest Primary School students and staff sing and dance to one of Eric Litwin’s stories. Litwin authored the first four “Pete the Cat” books, which are popular at the school.

Kris Going, reading coach at Hillcrest Primary School, introduced New York Times bestselling author Eric Litwin as a “guitar strumming, book writing, harmonica blowing, song singing, folksy, fun type of guy” when he visited the school Thursday.

Litwin had a less wordy description of himself — recovering teacher.

Formerly an elementary school teacher, Litwin now spends his days traveling to schools to share his books with young children and get them pumped about reading. He said he wanted to create children’s books that had more substance and were not decoding books or phonetically based books.

Litwin was a welcome visitor to the school, as Hillcrest students are big fans of the “Pete the Cat” picture books. Litwin wrote the first four books out of more than 20 in the series, and he is working on another series of books featuring “The Nuts.”

Wed
08
Apr

School Notes


Contributed Photo Gresham Community School National Honor Society members are, from left, Taylor Hoffman, Beau Hoffman, River Otradovec, Levi Ludvigsen, Tatelyn Ferguson, Nicole Creapeau, Kevin Ile, Nande Carroll, Christian Haffner, Brianna Stehberger, Tyli Lau and Emma Lau.

Sacred Heart Catholic School

Are you good at singing, dancing, making people laugh, playing an instrument, showcasing your culture through a dance or song, reading and writing poetry, cheerleading, or doing tricks with a basketball? If so, please sign up for the Sacred Heart Parish Community Talent Show on Wednesday, April 29! The event kicks off with a taco bar potluck from 5:30-6:15 p.m., followed by the talent show and an ice cream social from 6:30-7:15 p.m. Registration forms are available in the Sacred Heart Catholic School office and in the church gathering space.

Students from Wolf River Lutheran High School visited our eighth-grade students and extended an invitation for them to come to their shadow day.

Adam Piantek performed in the solo and ensemble festival at Shawano Community High School on March 26. Adam received a first for his piano solo. Great job, Adam!

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