Pulaski breaking ground on sports complex

Contributed image Artist rendering of PCSD baseball/softball complex is provided by Point of Beginning.

A groundbreaking ceremony is set for 11 a.m. Thursday at the future site of the Pulaski Community School District’s baseball/softball complex, east of Saputo Stadium.

The first portion of Phase II includes two baseball fields and two softball fields at Pulaski High School, a press box and storage area, concession stands and bathrooms.

The second portion of Phase II will include three additional tennis courts at PHS, additional practice fields, and upgrades to the Pulaski Community Middle School soccer complex

The baseball/softball portion of Phase II is expected to cost $2.3 million, with about $1.5 million yet to be raised. The remaining Phase II work will occur after the baseball/softball portion of Phase II is completed.


Student entries sought for Packers art contest

Area students have a few weeks to complete their entries for the 2018 Packers Student Art Contest, the winners of which will receive a $5,000 donation for their school and have their artwork displayed on Lambeau Field’s club levels next season.

The theme of this year’s contest is “100 Seasons of Packers Football.” Students are asked to create a piece that tells the story of the NFL team’s history — such as its victories, defeats, comebacks, traditions, generations of fans, etc. Submissions of paintings, drawings, prints, digital art, mixed media or collage will be accepted through April 19. The final artwork size must be 16-by-20 inches and fit comfortably inside a standard frame.



Gresham Community School will be taking theater lovers south for its next musical, far enough south that they might feel the wind sweeping down the plain.

The school will bring the classic musical “Oklahoma!” to its stage next week with three shows from March 22-24.

The show is set in Oklahoma in 1906, when it was a territory and one year before it became a state. It is based on the play “Green Grow the Lilacs,” written by Lynn Riggs.

However, the musical itself was written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, their first, and debuted in 1943. It is the second consecutive year that Gresham has performed a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical after performing “The Sound of Music,” the final collaboration between the two.

“We wanted to try something set in America,” said director Heidi Cerveny. “This is right around the turn of the century.”

This year’s musical performance features 19 students from grades 6-12.


Bowler sending 15 entries to state solo and ensemble

Bowler High School hosted a solo and ensemble competition Feb. 17. Bowler had 26 entries receiving a first rating, of which 15 qualified for state. Twenty entries received a second rating, and one received a third.

Class A state entries include the following:

• Percussion trio: Landan Kroening, Kade Hartleben, Noah Bestul

• Trombone duet: Nathan Montez, Jacob Bratz

• Trumpet choir: Maranda Brei, Austin Slater, Logan Thiex, Skye Breitrick, Bailey Grosskopf, Aubrey Wisnefske

• Saxophone choir: Reanne Kietlinski, Brock Strassburg, Ireland DeRoos, Brooke Thiex, Ira Rudestill, Crista Peters, Keegan Pingel

• Low brass choir: Nathan Montez, Jacob Bratz, Lane Schultz, Donnie Edwards, Dakota Pingel, Jackson Pingel, Nicholas Malueg

• Brass choir: Maranda Brei, Austin Slater, Bailey Grosskopf, Nathan Montez, Jacob Bratz, Dakota Pingel, Lane Schultz, Nicholas Malueg


BHS show choir presents annual revue

The Bonduel High School show choir will be having its annual show choir revue on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. in Sousa Hall at the school. This year’s theme is “Geronimo!” a song made popular by the Australian indie pop band Sheppard.

The show consists of a variety of popular music from Billy Joel and Journey to songs from the hit Broadway musical Hairspray. There are several solos being sung by seniors, including an exchange student from Brazil.

There will also be a pasta dinner on Saturday, serving between 5:30-6 p.m. before the show. Cost for the dinner is $7, which includes the $1 admission cost for the show.


Pulaski teacher honored by WACTE

Contributed Photo Pulaski Community School District superintendent Bec Kurzynske, left, and Fairview Elementary School principal Niki Napralla, right, were among a group to surprise Fairview Elementary School third-grade teacher Megan Santi that she is the winner of this year’s outstanding early career educator award by the Wisconsin Association of Teacher Education.

Fairview Elementary School third-grade teacher Megan Santi was notified Thursday in a surprise ceremony at the school library that she is the winner of this year’s outstanding early career educator award by the Wisconsin Association of Teacher Education.

She will be among other WACTE honorees at an upcoming awards tea held in Madison on April 8.

Santi, a second-year teacher and a 2016 graduate of St. Norbert College with a major in middle childhood/early adolescence education and a minor in language arts, said she was speechless and surprised when a group consisting of Pulaski Community School District superintendent Bec Kurzynske, Fairview principal Niki Napralla, Reid Riggle and Tynisha Meidl, both St. Norbert College associate professors of teacher education and co-chairs of teacher education, and Santi’s parents, entered the school library to give her the surprise news.


Training at CMN prepares 17 for trucking jobs

Contributed photo Stefan Fuhrman’s photo with his training certificate was used in Schneider’s recruitment materials.

Seventeen area men have become ready for trucking industry employment since summer 2016, thanks to training at the College of Menominee Nation in partnership with Fox Valley Technical College and Menominee Job Center. Employment is the program’s goal, and the success rate among the corps of graduates is strong, according to Miranda Gollnow, career services specialist at the center.

Gollnow added that for one recent graduate, success has not only meant work with a premier trucking and logistics firm, but also being featured in company recruiting materials.

When Gresham resident Stefan Fuhrman completed Schneider National’s orientation training earlier this year, he ended up in the right place at the right time for an impromptu photo session. The picture of Fuhrman holding his certificate of training was snapped and shared widely by Grailing Jones, Schneider’s director of employment network development.


Shawano students’ drift car on display in Green Bay

Most high schools don’t want their students to let their minds drift in class. At Shawano Community High School, the practice of drifting is encouraged — in automotive class, anyway.

The Shawano Community High School Drift Club recently completed modifications to a Legends race car, which is now a drift car on display at The Automobile Gallery, 400 S. Adams St., Green Bay.

The club formed when Patrick Polk, track manager at Shawano Speedway, approached high school automotive instructor Jeremy Hodkiewicz about starting the program and modifying a race car for drifting in 2016. One of the most popular forms of racing, drifting is an “on the edge” style of racing that traces its roots back to Japan in the 1970s. Drivers force the car into a controlled slide through corners with a combination of speed, style and showmanship.


Marion High School teacher receives international fellowship

Heather Wuske, a science teacher at Marion High School, has been selected by Ecology Project International to participate in an eight-day teacher fellowship in Baja Mexico.

The nonprofit organization is a field science and conservation group that partners scientists with local and international students and educators in ecologically critical environments in Costa Rica, Ecuador, the Galapagos, Belize, Mexico, Yellowstone and Hawaii.

The fellowship, now in its sixth year, will bring Wuske and a small group of teachers from across North America to Magdalena Bay on the Pacific coast for a turtle ecology program and lessons on incorporating field studies into the classroom. The group will also explore the cultural heritage of the city of La Paz during the program, which runs March 3-10.


Sacred Heart students go for the gold

Students and staff at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Shawano held their own closing ceremonies Monday to wrap up a Winter Olympics physical education unit.

Under the guidance of physical education teacher Sue Kenfield, students had the opportunity to participate in modified versions of several Olympic sports, including curling, speed skating, luge, hockey, ski jumping and biathlon, while also learning about the importance of team spirit, sportsmanship, kindness, honesty and hard work.

Some Sacred Heart students were awarded medals for their efforts on Monday, which was also a special pajama day to kick off Read Across America Week 2018. All students were applauded, just the like real Olympians in South Korea, for giving their best effort.


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