Bonduel staffer participates in energy research program

Contributed Photo Lisa Sorlie performs research at the the University of Wisconsin-Madison through the Research Experience for Teachers program. She researched various yeast species and their relation to advanced biofuels.

Lisa Sorlie, district library media specialist for the Bonduel School District, spent part of her summer investigating the key challenges of making sustainable biofuels.

Sorlie, of Green Valley, participated in the Research Experience for Teachers program hosted by the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center and the Wisconsin Energy Institute.

Sorlie spent seven weeks at the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus working alongside GLBRC scientists. While immersing herself in biofuel research, she also developed instructional materials that will provide her students with the experience of investigating similar scientific questions in the classroom.

Sorlie scrutinized various yeast species for the Yeast Exploration and Analysis Science Team. Yeasts, which help convert plant sugar to fuel, are key to biofuel production.

She will return to Bonduel with a variety of instructional materials related to yeasts and advanced biofuels.


Little Blessings gets new teacher

Stacey Dickmann has joined the teaching staff at Sacred Heart Catholic School of Shawano and will oversee the 3-year-old preschool program, Little Blessings.

Little Blessings runs from 8:05-11 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, with an extended care option available until 3:10 p.m.

Miss Stacey, as the children will call her, is a graduate of Fox Valley Technical School with a degree in early childhood education. She has nearly 10 years of teaching experience at Shawano Preschool Center, where she taught over 120 3- and 4-year-old children from Shawano and the surrounding communities.

“I am excited to help children gain confidence, knowledge and discover a relationship with our Lord,” said Dickmann, who is a Sacred Heart alumni, school parent and parish member.


Seuss is loose

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski The Cat in the Hat, played by Trevor Pedersen, holds a cartoon voice bubble as Jojo, played by Allissa Tilleson, makes the sound that allows the outside world to realize there’s a civilization of Whos on a speck of dust during a scene from “Seussical the Musical.” The show starts its three-night run Thursday at Bonduel High School’s Sousa Hall.

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski The Sour Kangaroo, played by Kendra Verhasselt, denounces Horton and declares he should be locked away during a trial in “Seussical the Musical.” The show features a variety of Dr. Seuss stories suitable for all ages.

Horton, the Whos and a colorful mix of characters will invade Bonduel next week as students perform “Seussical the Musical.”

“Seussical” will open Thursday at Sousa Hall at Bonduel High School and run through Saturday. All performances are at 7 p.m.

The main plot follows Horton and his discovery that a speck of dust is populated by Whos. While protecting the Whos from a group of folks who don’t believe anything living could exist on dust, Horton is left with an egg to watch over after the irresponsible Mayzie LaBird decides to take off and pursue other things.

The works of Dr. Seuss have attracted interest locally over the last two years, with the Box in the Wood Theatre Guild performing “Seussical” in 2014 and Gresham Community School performing the junior version of it earlier this year.


St. Paul teacher retires after 40-year career

Peggy Buchholz

After 40 years of teaching at St. Paul Lutheran School in Bonduel, Peggy Buchholz has retired.

Many things have changed over the years, from mimeograph machines to copiers, typewriters to computers, chalkboards to smartboards and much more.

But one thing has not changed: the school’s mission to teach a Christ-centered faith.

“It is especially rewarding to have been able to share my faith and pray with my students,” Buchholz said. “The most important thing that I want each one to do is share their faith with others in what they say and do.”

Over the years, Buchholz had around 800 students pass through her classrooms.

“I have taught sons and daughters of former students,” she said. “It’s fun when they ask ‘What was my dad/mom like when they were in your class?’”


School gyms get summer upgrades

Contributed Photo Installed by a firm that has worked on NBA basketball courts, the new gymnasium floor at St. James Lutheran School is made of glistening hardwood.

Contributed Photo Crews work on the gymnasium floor inside St. James Lutheran School, which uses its gym for physical education classes and also team athletics.

Students returning from summer vacation will find significant improvements to athletic facilities at two parochial schools in Shawano.

St. James Lutheran School and Sacred Heart Catholic School both are investing heavily this summer in improvements to their gymnasiums.

Although school officials say educational quality in the classroom is foremost in maintaining quality institutions, facilities for physical activity and competition are also important.

“Athletics are a big deal to families,” said Danny Fosheim, athletic director at St. James.

St. James is installing a new hardwood floor in its gymnasium this summer, replacing an old vinyl floor that was worn and outdated.

Sacred Heart, meanwhile, is equipping its gymnasium with new basketball hoops, new volleyball nets, a new sound system and more.


3 area men complete college’s first CDL class

Contributed Photo Graduates of the first commercial driver’s license class offered at College of Menominee Nation are, from left, Weston Fredenberg, Adam Waukau Sr. and Shannon Tucker.

Three area men are the first to receive commercial driver’s license certification through a new program offered this year at the College of Menominee Nation.

Graduating on June 30 were Weston Fredenberg, of Gresham, Adam Waukau Sr., of Keshena, and Shannon Tucker, of Middle Village.

The men earned the Class A CDL certification required for employment in over-the-road driving of semitractor-trailers for commercial use. The national requirement applies to drivers of any type of vehicle weighing 26,001 pounds, or 10,001 pounds with any type of trailer towed.

The training is a pilot series offered as a collaborative effort of the college, Menominee Job Center Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act program, Bay Area Workforce Development and Fox Valley Technical College.

Enrollment for the July CDL session at CMN has reached capacity, but a waiting list of eligible applicants is being developed. An August session is planned.


School Notes

Contributed Photo Members of the Shawano FFA veterinary science team, which was runner-up at the spring competition in Madison, are, from left, Emma Magee, Meghan Hoffman, Abby Jones ​and​ Callie Boyles.

Contributed Photo Shawano FFA members Maya Ihrcke ​and ​Alex Hoffman placed fourth at the district competition in the landscape ​and​ nursery division at the career development events held at Fox Valley Technical College.

Shawano Community High School

Members of the Shawano FFA chapter have had a busy spring and start to the summer​.​

Local members were recognized at the end of the school year by the state FFA association for testing their skills and top placements at the district and state levels of the career development events.

Maya Ihrcke ​and​ Alex Hoffman placed fourth at the district competition in the landscape ​and​ nursery division at the career development events at Fox Valley Technical College.

The veterinary ​science team of Callie Boyles, Meghan Hoffman, Abby Jones and Emma Magee received second place at the state competition​.​ Abby Jones was recognized as a top ranking individual.


Shawano woman receives teaching award

Contributed Photo Vern Dahlstrom, representing the Nicolet Oconto Retired Teachers Association, presents the organization’s Gillett Educator of Excellence Award for 2015-16 to Brenda Hansen, of Shawano. Hansen teaches third grade in the Gillett School District.

Brenda Hansen, of Shawano, recently received the 2015-16 Educator of Excellence Award for the Gillett School District.

The award is sponsored by the Nicolet Oconto Retired Teachers Association. The recipient is selected by the Gillett School District faculty.

Hansen grew up in Rice Lake. She started her teaching career at Gillett Elementary School, where she teaches third grade, and has been with the district for 28 years.

Hansen said she has stayed in Gillett her entire teaching career because the staff that she works with is like a family to her.

Hansen has served on several school committees over the years. She is the chairperson of the writing and science committees, and serves on the wellness committee and the Pride Inside committee.

She is also involved with community projects such as the November food drive, Timber Rattlers reading program,and the Heavenly Hats foundation.


School district honors retirees

Contributed Photo Pupil services director Karen Smith, right, gets ready to hug pupil services secretary Kathryn Westfahl, who is retiring after 15 years of service in the Shawano School District.

Contributed Photo Retiring after 29 years in the school district, Mart Grams, left, a social studies teacher at Shawano Community High School, shares a light moment with School Superintendent Gary Cumberland.

The Shawano School District honored some of its longest-serving employees Friday and also bid farewell to retiring staff members who are stepping aside with a combined more than 150 years of experience.

More than 40 teachers and other district employees shared the spotlight during an end-of-school-year luncheon at Shawano Community High School.

Those being honored for longevity have served the school district for as long as four decades in some cases.

“They have done so much for our students here in Shawano,” School Superintendent Gary Cumberland said.


Anatomically correct donation helps SCHS

Contributed Photo Shawano Community High School’s Angela Kowalewski, left, a Northeast Wisconsin Technical College general anatomy and physiology instructor, and principal Scott Zwirschitz, second from left, receive a hand-painted model of the lymphatic system, donated by Dr. Jeff and Holly Zander, of Shawano, right. This donation was partially funded by the Bill Mielke Volunteer Educator Award received by Dr. Zander in 2015.

Dr. Jeff Zander and his wife, Holly, have donated a high quality, hand-painted model of the lymphatic system to the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College’s general anatomy and physiology course at Shawano Community High School.

Zander, a dentist practicing in Shawano, was awarded the Bill Mielke Volunteer Educator Award in 2015, as part of the Celebration of Giving awards presented annually by the Shawano Area Community Foundation. He donated the $1,000 from the award to the SCHS science department, specifically benefiting the general anatomy and physiology curriculum.

Seeing a need for the lymphatic system model, the Zanders decided to donate over $500 of their own money in order to purchase the model and complete the representation of all systems for the course.


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