Schools

Fri
18
May

Sacred Heart holds Cardinal Invitational

Sacred Heart Catholic School continued its trend of uniting with other rural Catholic schools for the second annual Cardinal Invitational on May 11 at the Shawano Community Middle School track.

Over 135 students and 35 total volunteers participated in this all-day track and field event. Besides Sacred Heart, there was also participation from All Saints Catholic School in Antigo, and St. Rose St. Mary School in Clintonville.

The event was organized by Sacred Heart’s middle school teacher and athletic director Scott Marohl. His goal in organizing this event was to give all rural Catholic middle school students within the Diocese of Green Bay an opportunity to join together, be more active, and promote fellowship amongst each other.

This event was another way that Sacred Heart intentionally lived its mission to, work cooperatively to ensure the optimum academic, spiritual, physical and social growth of every student.

Thu
10
May

PEDAL POWER


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski - Gresham Community School students, from left, Mason Ninham, Jessa Jensen, Luke Jensen, Will Jensen, Emily Jensen and Ben Page ride along Schabow Street to get to school Thursday morning. Almost 100 of the school’s 300-plus students rode their bicycles to school in observance of National Bike to School Day.

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski - Gresham Community School students Kale James, left, and Jayden James cross the road on their bicycles to get to the school Thursday. Teachers and staff members were stationed throughout the community to make sure the riders made it to school safely.

Nearly one-third of Gresham Community School’s students traded bus and automobile transportation for something with two wheels Thursday.

Close to 100 students rode their bicycles through the street to get to school, with teachers and staff guiding the way and keeping motor traffic off their tails. The bicycle ride was part of the National Bike to School Day, which was rescheduled for Thursday in Gresham due to rainy weather on Wednesday.

Some students traveled two to three in a group, while some traveled in larger packs. The school has two racks available for students to park the bicycles, but teachers had to scramble to find available spots as they quickly filled up.

SoHappy Davids, a Title I teacher at the school, greeted students outside the school and encouraged them to fill out slips for prizes. She was pleased to see that such a large portion of the school’s 300-plus student population took part.

Thu
10
May

AVIAN AMBASSADORS


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski - Fonzie, a horned owl, spreads his wings for the students at Bonduel Elementary School during a presentation Monday as Katie Needles, a raptor educator with Raptor Education Group Inc., keeps a hold on him. Besides Fonzy, there are 25-30 birds with REGI that serve as education birds.

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski - Katie Ibsen, a raptor educator with REGI, holds up Ruby, a red-shoulder hawk, during Monday's presentation at Bonduel Elementary School. Ruby was one of the more vocal birds in the group, letting out a high-pitched shriek every so often as Ibsen spoke about hawks.

Children at Bonduel Elementary School might have previously seen hawks and other birds of prey from afar, but they got the chance to see the birds close up Monday.

Raptor Education Group Inc. visited students in the third through sixth grades to educate them about the birds — emphasizing why it’s important to leave them alone in the wild, and why they would not make good pets. REGI’s presentation was made possible by the Mason Woods Lodge in Cecil.

“We want to teach the kids, and the best way to do that is to show them what the birds are and how they survive,” said Carl Loving, who coordinated the school visits on the lodge’s behalf. “I think the kids learned a lot. They were very attentive.”

This was the first time the Masons had invited representatives from REGI, based in Antigo, to the area schools, and Loving hopes to expand the visits in the future. After Bonduel, REGI also presented at Gillett Elementary School.

Sat
05
May

GET THE MONEY AND RUN


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski St. James Lutheran School students, from left, Natalie Bystol, Lauren Harkey, Joe Kleinschmidt and Josh Fisken run laps around the track at Shawano Community Middle School with Joe’s baby brother, Luke, in the stroller. The Race for Education fundraiser netted $26,725 for the school.

Students and parents at St. James Lutheran School showed that education can be good for the sole.

The shoe leather was definitely put to the test Friday after it was announced that the school had exceeded its goal in the Race For Education fundraiser. St. James had hoped to raise $25,000, but supporters decided $26,725 was what they needed.

As a result of the fundraiser, students spent the afternoon walking or running laps in the hopes of winning prizes for the most laps. Younger students stayed at St. James for their race while the upper grades traveled to the track at Shawano Community Middle School.

More important than the exercise to benefit the students’ health is the money providing things for the parochial school that are not normally in the budget. In previous years, the Race for Education has been spent for technology, scholarships, curriculum, new lockers and even renovating the gymnasium floor, according to principal Susan Longmire.

Sat
05
May

GREEN AND GROWING


Leader photo by Lee Pulaski Shawano Community High School agriculture student Kalli Parson looks over some of the hundred of plants and flowers growing in the FFA greenhouse on campus. The students are gearing up for the school’s annual plant sale, and it will be the last sale held in the current greenhouse, as a new freestanding facility will be built over the summer.

Shawano FFA members are seeing green, not only in the plants growing in abundance in their greenhouse but in the amount of cash that will be rolling their way.

The students in the horticulture class at Shawano Community High School have been diligently tending to the plants during class and often during their own free time. The tradition has been in existence for more than 20 years, and the reward is providing the community with beautiful plants and flowers to put in their homes and gardens.

For some students, though, rewards come in other forms. The hands-on class provides students an escape from the sterile classroom into a place where life and death are literally in their hands.

“It’s calming. Because I spend so much time in nature, for me, this is just like being outside,” said Kayla Clark, a SCHS senior.

Sat
05
May

CMN holding graduation May 26

Northeast Wisconsin students will be receiving academic degrees and technical diplomas from the College of Menominee Nation in ceremonies at 10 a.m. May 26, in the Menominee Casino Resort Convention Center, N277 State Highway 47-55, Keshena.

In recognition of the college’s 25th anniversary, Menominee Tribal Chairman Douglas Cox will serve as guest speaker. As a chartered entity of the Menominee people, the college traces its origins to 1992 when Glen Miller, who was chairman at that time, and vice chairwoman Shirley Daly advanced the idea of a school to serve the reservation community. Dr. Verna Fowler was hired in fall 1992, and CMN opened in January 1993 with 42 students.

With this year’s ceremony, the college will bring its number of alumni to 1,180, with nearly 20 percent of all graduates having earned two or more CMN degrees or diplomas.

Thu
03
May

2 local students named Dargan fellows

Wayne P. Lubner of Wayne Lubner Consulting and Matt Sullivan of Express Employment Professionals, graduates of St. Norbert College and co-chairs of the Dargan Fellowship Committee at St. Norbert College, have announced two local students as Dargan fellows for the 2018-19 academic year.

Kathryn Kugel, of Shawano, is a sophomore business administration major with a concentration in management and finance and a cumulative GPA of 3.79. She is a member of the Student Government Association and vice president of both the Delta Phi Epsilon sorority and Panhellenic Council of Greek life at St. Norbert College.

Kugel is the recipient of the St. Norbert College Exemplary Leadership Award for two consecutive years and was the Shawano Area Community Foundation Youth Volunteer of the Year.

Sat
28
Apr

Celebrating the littlest of learners

Investing in high-quality early childhood education and educators will make America brighter, stronger and more competitive, according to the National Association for the Education of Young Children. To that end, Sacred Heart Catholic School of Shawano recently celebrated the association’s “Week of the Young Child” April 16-20, to help support its mission.

Though Sacred Heart’s 3-year-old preschool and 4-year-old kindergarten students were off school Monday due to a blizzard, they still got to celebrate Tasty Tuesday, Work Together Wednesday, Artsy Thursday and Family Fun Friday, under the instruction of teachers Stacey Dickmann and Michelle Powers.

Friday was a highlight of the week when nearly 70 percent of preschool and 4K families enjoyed breakfast, all-school Mass, classroom exploration, snacks and a music and movement activity in the gym.

Thu
19
Apr

MISD scholarship fundraiser sets record

The weather was challenging, but that didn’t stop several hundred people from attending the sixth annual Menominee Indian School District scholarship gala Friday. The event, held at the Menominee Casino and Resort in Keshena, raised a record $35,813.

“We had a great turnout, and it was a lot of fun,” said Kate Mikle, gala coordinator. “People were definitely in the mood to help build our scholarship fund. In fact, four pies — part of the live auction — raised a combined total of more than $2,800. People really got into the spirit of friendly competition during the bidding.”

The event featured a dinner, bucket raffles, 50/50 raffle, meat raffles and live auction. Attendees also heard from Menominee School alumnus Ron Frechette, who talked about the importance of the ongoing scholarship programs. He is attending Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and pursuing a criminal justice degree.

Thu
19
Apr

AN ADDED VALUE TO LEARNING


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Gresham School District Superintendent Newell Haffner announces the good news about the school winning the state Matific competition as math teacher Taylor Welcing, center, and Matific representative Sean Tiernan stand behind the medals and trophies that would later be distributed.

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Gresham Community School students go through a line to get pizza and soda Friday afternoon following an assembly announcing the school was ranked first in Wisconsin and 15th in the nation in Matific. The international program provided the food and drinks for the more than 150 students who participated.

An educational celebration Friday at Gresham Community School was done by the numbers, with certificates and medals — and pizza.

Gresham had plenty to celebrate, as the small school beat out larger competitors like Stevens Point, D.C. Everest and Wisconsin Dells to be the top-ranked Wisconsin school in the Matific contest, an online program that makes solving math problems fun. If that wasn’t enough, the local school was ranked 15th in the nation out of 3,000 participating schools.

Sean Tiernan, a Matific representative from Greenville, Wisconsin, noted that Matific got its start eight years ago in Australia and Israel but didn’t become prevalent in the United States until three years ago. The program is designed to help bridge the historic gap between students learning math, he said.

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