School Notes

Gresham Community School

FFA had a meeting/steak fry in Jeff Zobeck’s room Monday. Dues were paid — $15 for a membership and $25 for a membership and T-shirt. The meeting’s goal was to recruit new people to join FFA, which is open to students in grades 6-12.

Homework club is looking for tutors to help out from 7-8 a.m and 3-5 p.m. Ben Dieck has forms to be filled out.

Anyone interested in drama club or the spring musical are asked to see Amy Doefer in her room. They are having auditions sometime in the winter, and they are doing the first-ever musical for Gresham School this year.


Professor sheds light on solar project

Leader Photo by Jason Arndt College of Menominee Nation professor Lisa Bosman describes the college’s NASA-funded solar energy project during a tour attended by more than two dozen people Monday. The tour was preceded by a lecture by Bosman about the project and how the information will be used in real-world situations.

Leader Photo by Jason Arndt College of Menominee Nation’s Trades Building has a grid of 60 solar panels atop the roof. The panels convert sunlight to direct current electricity.

More than two dozen people attended a tour of the College of Menominee Nation’s solar energy facilities Monday.

The system was acquired through a $413,000 research grant from NASA in May to promote climate change literacy and prepare workers for renewable energy jobs.

Lisa Bosman, the engineering professor who wrote the grant request, said the study will provide insights into the relative effectiveness of various types of installations and help determine long-term property valuation effects of solar paneling.

It also gives CMN students an opportunity to study and evaluate solar energy and apply it to real-world situations.


CMN professor to discuss solar energy research

NASA-funded solar energy research at the College of Menominee Nation is generating useful information for home owners, businesses and organizations interested in renewable energy.

Lisa Bosman, the professor who wrote the successful grant request for the program, will present a public lecture on the research at 9 a.m. Sept. 15 in the CMN Trades Building on the Keshena campus, N172 State Highway 47/55.

“Shedding Light on Solar Energy System Performance and Valuation” will be followed by a brief walking-tour of research installations in the building.

Bosman said the research can aid a wide range of people, including home owners, real estate appraisers and sales companies, lending institutions, title companies and others.

The research will provide insights into the relative effectiveness of various types of installations given Midwest weather patterns and help determine long-term property valuation effects of solar paneling.


School Notes

Bonduel Elementary School

Bonduel Elementary received a grant of nearly $5,000 from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Institute for Learning Partnership to be used to purchase the LEGO robotics program. The program was ordered, and a group of teachers was trained on Aug. 21.

The program requires the kids to read and follow step-by-step instructions on how to build different items, just like a set of regular LEGOS. However, this program takes things a step further. The kids then need to do some programming on the computer. They need to program movements, sounds, speed and time to make their creation come to life. These are the first steps in learning engineering.

LEGO robotics will be used with our Gifted and Talented program and will be offered as a summer school class. We look forward to using it to keep challenging the kids in their thinking and learning!

Sacred Heart Catholic School


Bonduel plans in place for school year

The Bonduel School District will begin classes for the 2014-15 school year Sept. 2 for high school freshmen and students in grades 4K through sixth.

The remaining students will report for classes Sept. 3.

Starting and ending times at district schools will be as follows: 8:10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bonduel Elementary School, 8 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. at Bonduel Middle School and 8:10 a.m. to 3:17 p.m. at Bonduel High School.

All school buildings open at 7:45 a.m. and close at 4 p.m. Parents are asked not to drop children off at the schools prior to 7:45 a.m., especially in inclement weather.

All visitors are required to register at school offices upon entering the buildings.

Parents and students are also reminded of the closed campus policy. Students are not permitted off campus during normal school hours without a signed note from their parents.


MIHS students trying out NWTC program

Thirteen Menominee Indian High School seniors will be prepping for college in a new way this fall.

The 4x4 pilot program is a partnership between the Menominee Indian School District and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.

During the 2014-2015 school year, the seniors involved in the program will attend MIHS in the morning and the NWTC Shawano campus in the afternoon.

“Students will take one general studies course at a time, and the course will be completed at the end of four weeks,” said Kate Mikle, Menominee model coordinator. “By focusing on one class, students will be exposed to the concept of college. Students will take six general studies courses and at the end of the program will complete a total of 18 credits that can be transferred to another technical college or university as they transition into their first year of post-secondary education.”


SCMS principals hold meet-and-greet

Leader Photo by Tom Beschta Shawano Community Middle School Principal Mary Kramer talks to teacher John Tierney during a meet-and-greet at the school Thursday.

Leader Photo by Tom Beschta Shawano Community Middle School Associate Principal Rod Watson talks to a parent Thursday.

Shawano Community Middle School hosted a meet-and-greet Thursday to give area residents a chance to meet the school’s new administrators.

Principal Mary Kramer said the event was aimed at building relationships and helping open the door for more community involvement.

“I really want to start pushing out all of the great things that are going on, so we need more people getting involved,” Kramer said.

The event included snacks and refreshments as Kramer and Associate Principal Rod Watson mingled with parents, students and staff to discuss plans for the school year and to share their experiences.

“We want to get to know the community as best we can,” Watson said. “The stronger the relationship between the administration, the parents and the kids, the more we are going to be able to help the kids and the school.”


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.


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