Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Count Gregor, played by Drew Kane, begs Sophia to marry him in a scene from “Fools.” The count has proposed marriage twice a day for years, but Sophia has denied him every time.

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Some of the townspeople, including, from left, Yenchna, played by Emma Etten, Snetsky, played by Alana Krolow, Mishkin, played by Megan Herrmann, and Slovitch, played by Erica Krueger, talk about the new teacher in the village in a scene from “Fools.” The Neil Simon comedy will debut Thursday at Shawano Community High School’s auditorium.

People who believe they live or work with fools will think differently after they see Shawano Community High School’s latest theater production.

SCHS will present the Neil Simon comedy “Fools” starting Thursday. Director Alex Konen said he first read the script two years ago when he ultimately decided on “Harvey” for the show, but “Fools” remained in his mind as a good show for the high school students to perform.

“I just had no idea how to stage it at the time,” Konen said. “I re-read it this summer to see if it was something I could viably produce as a comedy.”

A drive to Pennsylvania gave Konen the chance to think about the set and how to create one that didn’t require major scene changes. He came up with a design that allowed for scene changes to take part on one area of the stage in darkness while characters are on another in the spotlight, continuing the show.


Speaker brings ‘Unselfie’ philosophy to Bonduel

Contributed Photo Author and speaker Michele Borba discusses topics such as empathy, character and resilience with Bonduel School District teachers and staff Sept. 29.

The Bonduel School District hosted award-winning author and speaker Michele Borba for two sessions last month.

Borba addressed parents and community members on Sept. 28, and met with teachers and staff throughout the school district on Sept. 29.

Borba’s message focused on empathy, character and resilience. Her aim is to build compassionate school cultures by working with parents and educators.

“The presentation by Dr. Borba had a profound impact on me both professionally and personally,” Spanish teacher Bobbi Jo Martinson said. “It forced me to analyze my own actions, and the responsibilities I have as a mother and an educator.

“Understanding the feelings of others, putting yourself in someone else’s shoes, is one of the most important life skills we can teach our children. Dr. Borba gave us some amazing ideas to promote empathy, and I look forward to implementing these ideas with my students and my own children.”


School Notes

Contributed Photo Bonduel Middle/High School Students of the Month are, from left, front row, Malaina Karpinski, Kayla Ann Wagester, Madison Vandenbush, Alison Renner, Gabriella Fioranelli; back row, Trevor Zahn, Rome Brunette, Cole Anderson, Gideon Hyzer, McKenzie Wollenberg, Althea Berry, Grace Tubutis, Derrick Folkman.

Bonduel Middle/High School

We are introducing a new program that we have started here at Bonduel Middle School and High School called Student of the Month, which is sponsored by local businesses.

Each month, we recognize one student from each department. They are awarded a certificate as well as a reward from the business sponsor, which for this month, was Red Rooster Café and Catering. We are so appreciative of their support as well as the support of other businesses that have agreed to sponsor other months of the school year.

Gresham School District

The Wisconsin Association of School Boards has set Oct. 1-7 as Wisconsin School Board Week as a time to build awareness and understanding of the vital function an elected board of education plays in our communities.


Wednesday is Walk to School Day

Shawano and Bonduel schools will participate in International Walk to School Day 2017 on Wednesday. The event brings parents, children and community members together to experience the fun of walking to school together.

Thousands of schools in more than 30 countries will participate in the event.

Over the last 30 years, the percentage of children biking and walking to school has declined from 50 percent or more to now closer to about 15 percent, according to a Safe Routes to School news release. Today, parents drive as many as 50 percent of the children traveling to school, and school bus trips account for an increasing share of the rest.

The purpose of Walk to School Day is to start to reverse those trends. The event also serves as an opportunity to focus on the importance of physical activity, safety, air quality and building bicycle and pedestrian friendly neighborhoods.


School Notes

Clintonville High School

Luke Crocker has been named a Commended Student in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program.

He will receive a letter of commendation from Clintonville High School and the National Merit Scholarship Program from Principal Lance Bagstad.

About 34,000 of more than 1.6 million students who took the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship qualifying test administered by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation were named Commended Students.

About 16,000 students were named National Merit Scholar semifinalists. The group will be narrowed to about 15,000 finalists. Of this group, about 8,000 will be awarded scholarships.

Gresham School


Clintonville homecoming festivities announced

“Let’s Go to the Movies” is the theme of the 2017 Clintonville High School homecoming festivities.

Windows around town will be painted in school colors and inspirational messages on Oct. 1 to kick off the weeklong celebration.

The week’s highlights include a powder puff football game at 7:30 p.m. Monday, pep assembly at 11:45 a.m. Friday in the CHS Fieldhouse, parade at 2:15 p.m. Friday, football game vs. Oconto Falls at 7 p.m. Friday, and dance from 7-11 p.m. Saturday in the high school commons.

The homecoming court will be announced at halftime of the football game.

High school students will have dress-up days with different themes: Monday, haunted; Tuesday, animated characters; Wednesday, science fiction characters; Thursday, class color T-shirts; Friday, Truckers orange and black T-shirts.


Clintonville school holding its first gala

St. Rose/St. Mary’s School in Clintonville will hold its inaugural Gala Evening & Casino Night at the Imago Dei Village Lodge on Long Lake on Saturday.

“We invite everyone to celebrate the shared history that the communities of Clintonville and Bear Creek have had with our educational community,” said Michelle Vosters, principal of the school. “Our histories are interwoven, and this is a great opportunity to come together and honor St. Rose/St. Mary’s ties to the community and the community to our school.”

The evening includes dinner, featuring hand-cut ribeye and grilled pork chops, catered by Mathew’s Supper Club.

The casino fun night which will be facilitated by professional dealers and attendants. Guests will be able to purchase $500 in chips for $10 and play casino games such as slot machines, blackjack, Texas Hold’em and more. Winnings can be turned into chances to win prizes.


Bonduel plans in place for school year

The Bonduel School District will begin classes for the 2017-18 school year Sept. 5 for high school freshmen and students in grades 4K through sixth. The remaining students will report for classes Sept. 6.

Starting and ending times at district schools will be as follows: 8:07 a.m. to 3:04 p.m. at Bonduel Elementary School, 8 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. at Bonduel Middle School and 8 a.m. to 3:20 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.

Drop off/pick up


SCHS grad receives national Dollars for Scholars award

Shawano Community High School graduate Rachel Marquette has received a Student Volunteer Award from Scholarship America Dollars for Scholars.

Marquette was awarded a scholarship for her postsecondary education at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and was chosen for her dedication and service to her community, as well as strong academic achievement at SCHS.

During her high school career, Marquette was a member of the National Honor Society, Tri-M Honor Society, student council, president of FAAR (Fighting Against Abusive Relationships) and 4-H. She entered her photography and visual art material in many competitions, receiving first place for several entries. She played the violin and shared her love of music by volunteering to play in many activities outside of her orchestra classes, such as the school musicals.


Teachers shadow area business workers

Contributed Photo Kim Strayer, a Bonduel School District special education teacher, discusses entrepreneurship with Tricia Ascher, owner of Ascher’s Janitorial Service.

Contributed Photo Kelly Carlson, an educator at Bowler School District, learns about restocking the freezers at Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats.

Fourteen teachers from across Northeast Wisconsin, including five from Shawano County, had the opportunity to participate in a unique experience this summer through the CESA 8 Career Academy Teacher Externship program.

The program places classroom teachers into area businesses for three- to five-day paid externship experiences during summer break. The idea for the program stemmed from the state Department of Public Instruction’s initiative PI26, which calls for all Wisconsin school districts to embed academic and career planning within grades 6-12 classrooms starting this fall.


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