School lunch assistance offered at St. Paul Lutheran School

The St. Paul Lutheran School, Bonduel, has announced its policy for children unable to pay the full price of meals served under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program, or milk for split-session students served under the Special Milk Program. Each school office and the central office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested party. Children in families whose annual income is at or below the designated levels are eligible for free and reduced price meals and/or free milk.


Gresham school announces free/reduced meal guidelines

Gresham Community School announced its policy recently for children unable to pay the full price of meals served under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program or milk for split-session students served under the Special Milk Program.

Each school office and the central office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested party.

Application forms are being sent to all homes with a notice to parents or guardians. To apply for free or reduced price meals or free milk, households must fill out the application and return it to the school, unless notified at the start of the school year that children are eligible through direct certification. Additional copies are available at the office in each school.


SCHS students visit Panamà in June

Contributed Photo Students traveled in homemade canoes to the Embera Indian Village.

Shawano Community High School Spanish students and chaperones, high school Spanish teacher Kelly Lightner and athletic director Charmaine Schreiber had the opportunity to travel to Panamá for a week in June.

The goal of the trip was for students to experience the culture of Panamá and to enhance their speaking of the Spanish language.

While in Panamá, students stayed with Panamanian host families. The students said that the host family experience was one of their favorite parts of the trip. Students visited Miraflores, where they learned about the history and construction of the Panama Canal and saw big ships travel through the Panama Canal lock.

Another Panama canal experience was a jungle tour. They traveled in the canal by fast boats and stopped at little inlets where they could feed monkeys that came onto the boat. Later on that day, they kayaked through the jungle to an awesome waterfall where they could swim.


Back-to-school sales are here again

With the beginning of August comes the return of back-to-school sales. While it’s a great time to stock up on the items that students will need to return to the classrooms and dorm rooms, shoppers need to be savvy to ensure they are getting the right items at the right prices.

“Back-to-school sales mean discounts and special promotions on a wide range of products, both for home and for the classroom,” said Michelle Reinen of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. “Whether you are shopping for sale items online or in store, keep an eye out for fine print and point-of-sale notices to ensure that the products you are adding to your cart meet the promotional requirements.”

The department suggests keeping these shopping tips in mind during this busy season:


Sacred Heart schedules early childhood open house

Families with early childhood-aged children are invited to an open house at Sacred Heart Catholic School, 124 E. Center St., Shawano, on Aug. 16. The event, designed for parents whose children are entering preschool or 4-K, will run from 5-6 p.m. Newly registered, prospective and returning families are invited.

The school will open the preschool and 4-K classrooms for tours. Preschool teacher Stacey Dickmann and 4-K teacher Michelle Powers will be on hand to answer questions. Families can also obtain information on enrollment, tuition assistance and scholarships; a raffle for $100 in tuition credits will be offered. Early childhood students who attend the open house will receive a goody bag.


Wussow receives FarmFirst scholarship

FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative announced that Collin Wussow, of Cecil, is a 2018 FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative scholarship recipient. The cooperative recently awarded over $12,500 in scholarships to 16 high school and collegiate students pursuing post-secondary education.

Over the past six years, FarmFirst has awarded nearly $130,000 to more than 140 students seeking a post-secondary degree. This program is one of many ways FarmFirst shows its dedication to youth and the multiple opportunities offered to them.

“This scholarship program is one of many ways FarmFirst gives back to our members and their families,” said Jeff Lyon, general manager of FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative. “Here at FarmFirst, we strongly believe in supporting future generations of agriculturalists. Through education, our next generation will bring new ideas and technology to the industry to ensure continued growth and development.”


Shawano teen earns top ranking at SkillsUSA

Thanks to mentoring from family and friends, Shawano teen Tyler Wegner was able to represent Wisconsin on the national stage at the SkillsUSA national championship in Kentucky last month.

Hosted by a Virginia-based 501(c)(3) organization focused on serving high school, college and middle school students interested in trade occupations, SkillsUSA’s national competition includes challenges for those interested in collision repair and even additive manufacturing. For Wegner, though the experience of competing against 40 other students was challenging, it was similar to smaller events he’d been to.

“I’ve been to other competitions before,” he said. “This was my first national competition I’d been to. There were way more people from a variety of different states, and just being there was an experience. Some of the stuff I wasn’t really familiar with … but I just did my best. I’m not a master technician, so I’m not 100 percent on everything.”


Summer school commences

Leader photo by Kelly Hogan Hillcrest Primary School student Ember Prellwitz shows off her instrument of choice in an exploring music class Tuesday.

June 18 marked the first day of the summer school programs offered at Hillcrest Primary School, Shawano Community Middle School and Shawano Community High School.

Summer school supplies “experiences for kids that they would not have during the normal school year,” said Chad Collier, the summer school principal at Hillcrest.

Hillcrest provides courses for students from 4-K to second grade. These programs help the younger students familiarize themselves with the daily routines of school as well as help them make friends, Collier said.

Continuing improvement on academic skills is imperative to avoiding the “summer slide,” Collier said.

“Kids who do not continue to practice math or reading can lose up to six months of what they learned during the school year and then must spend up until October relearning and catching up. It is important for students to continue to develop their academic skills,” Collier said.


Bowler School District announces summer food program

Stressing the importance of offering nutritious meals to children during the summer months, Bowler School District has announced the sponsorship of its Summer Food Service Program.

The SFSP, which is funded by the U. S. Department of Agriculture and is administered by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, provides nutritious meals to children during the summer, when free and reduced prices are typically unavailable.

Free meals will be made available to children 18 years of age and under. Persons over 18 years of age who are determined by a state or local public educational agency to be mentally or physically disabled and who also participate in a public or private nonprofit school program during the regular school year may receive free meals as well.


Pulaski schools honor dedicated employees

Five retiring employees and 55 additional Pulaski School District employees celebrating service anniversary milestones were honored at the district’s staff recognition banquet, which was held June 3 at Safari Steak House.

“You hear me say over and over again that it is the people that make the Pulaski Community School District so wonderful,” Superintendent Bec Kurzynske said, in congratulating the honorees.

“We’ve seen firsthand what a difference having dedicated and experienced people makes to our students,” said Michael Voelker, president of the Pulaski School Board.

Experience is important to every organization, and it is particularly important to a school district, he added.

Voelker noted that close to 75 percent of staff has been employed five years or longer, and half have been in Pulaski for 10 years or longer.


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