Raider Products introduces students to real world

Leader photo by Warren Bluhm Pulaski High School senior Matt VandenLangenberg says the Raider Products program has helped him decide to follow a career in cabinetry after graduation.

Students at Pulaski High School are getting some real-world training for careers that will leave them better equipped to step into a well-paying job after graduation.

The Raider Products program is providing hands-on experience in welding, woodworking and auto mechanics that students and teachers alike say will help launch their full-time career.

The high school held a media day Wednesday to give the community a glimpse at the program, which began in the metals shop and has been expanded this year to the woodworking and auto shops.

Woodworking instructor John Pitzen said Raider Products started in the metals shop and has expanded this year to wood and auto products.


Open enrollment switches a five-year trend

For the first time in five years, there are more students coming into the Wittenberg-Birnamwood School District through open enrollment than leaving.

This year’s enrollment includes 133 students entering the district from elsewhere — a big improvement from last year — and 126 students leaving for other districts.

Under Wisconsin’s public school open enrollment program, parents can apply for their children to attend school in a district other than the one in which they reside. If parents want to move their children to another district for work, child care or religious purposes, they typically can do so — and state funding moves with them.

“The cost for open enrollment is between $7,500 and $12,000 per child,” Wittenberg-Birnamwood Superintendent Garrett Rogowski said.


PHS teacher wins Golden Apple award

Liz Moehr, Pulaski High School family and consumer science teacher, is a 2018 Greater Green Bay Chamber Golden Apple award winner.

Moehr was notified of the award during a surprise gathering Wednesday morning at her classroom. Dan Bredeson with Humana, one of the Golden Apple sponsors, walked into Moehr’s classroom followed by crews from WLUK-TV and the chamber to record the moment.

Each year, the Golden Apple Awards program improves community awareness of the quality of education in the Greater Green Bay area by recognizing high standards of professionalism, leadership and innovation in teaching with the Golden Apple Awards. Seven recipients are selected annually through a multi-level screening of anonymous applications and personal interviews. Selection criteria are based on the National Board of Professional Teaching standards, which identify the essential knowledge, skills and dispositions expected of experienced, quality teachers.


Scholarship application period opens

Two scholarships are available again this year to college-bound seniors in Shawano County under a program that opened its doors for applications this week.

Scholarships, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides assistance and encouragement to area students as they explore higher education opportunities, is currently accepting scholarship applications from area high school seniors.

Applications are due by April 6.

The Albert & Mary Rhoades Foundation awards several $2,500 two-year, merit-based scholarships to seniors graduating from high schools in Shawano, Brown, Door, Outagamie, Waupaca and Winnebago counties.

To be eligible, applicants must:

• Attend a fully-accredited four-year college/university in the United States in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree.

• Enroll in college full-time (12 credits or more per semester) in fall 2018.



Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Peggy Sawyer, played by Autumn Rettke, smiles as she is complimented by Billy Lawlor, played by Geovanni Virella-Torres, in a scene from “42nd Street,” which is Pulaski High School’s 2018 musical. The show opens Friday and continues through Feb. 18.

Divas, lots of dancing and the pursuit of a dream make up the premise of “42nd Street,” which will be performed four times at Pulaski High School beginning Friday.

The annual musical will make use of some talented dancers and showcase the road to stardom in the 1930s. It is based on the novel written by Bradford Ropes, which the 1933 film was based on.

If the show is familiar to those in the Pulaski area, it should be — “42nd Street” was the first musical performed in the current high school building, which opened in 1999.

Amy Tubbs, the assistant director for the current production, pointed out that this show will be light years ahead of the 1999 show, which she was involved with.

“The biggest thing is our knowledge,” Tubbs said. “When we first moved into this building, we had never used a fly system. The lighting board was more complicated. The sound system and everything was more complicated. We didn’t know much.



Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Bonduel Middle School eighth-grade student Meghan Wondra, right, shares a moment with seventh-grade student Carter Schroeder and teacher Jennie Beaumier after the annual Bonduel School District spelling bee. Wondra was the winner of this year’s bee, while Schroeder finished second.

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Meghan Wondra spells a word in the practice round of the Bonduel School District spelling bee Thursday in Sousa Hall at Bonduel High School. Wondra beat out 21 other spellers to be crowned the local champion.

It’s not the word that gave Meghan Wondra the win, but “Finally!” succinctly described her experience with the 2018 Bonduel School District spelling bee.

The eighth-grade Bonduel Middle School student, after years of coming close, won the bee Thursday after spelling the words “petulance” and “endeavor” correctly in the 23rd round. She got the opportunity after seventh-grade student Carter Schroeder misspelled “subterranean” and finished in second place.

Wondra said she has come close several times to winning the school bee, coming in third in 2017 to Abby and Erin Timler. The Timler sisters had a stranglehold on the Bonduel bee for four years, with Erin winning in 2014, 2016 and 2017, and Abby winning in 2015.

Erin Timler is now in high school, and the spelling bee cuts off at the eighth grade. Abby Timler was anticipated to be the winner, but she came in fourth Tuesday after misspelling “fluorescent.”


SCHS jazz band wins at Purdue

Contributed Photo Shawano Community High School’s Jazz I band took first place in the small-school division at the Purdue Jazz Festival in Indiana.

For the second time in a row, the Shawano Community High School Jazz I band won the Purdue Jazz Festival in the small-school division, outscoring 14 other bands from four states.

“We knew the competition was going to be stiff; we just went out and played like Shawano,” said senior tenor sax player Marcus Welander.

The 28th annual festival was held Jan. 19-20 in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Shawano handled its opener “Feetbone ’’ with swing and joy, with solos by junior Adam Piantek (piano) and senior Hunter Krolow (trumpet). The Hawks then performed Duke Ellington’s “Banquet Scene from Timon of Athens,” featuring Kori Halstead (alto saxophone) performing in the style of Johnny Hodges.

“This music takes a lot of soul to play right, and I think our band really pulled it off and played with swingin’ passion,” said Krolow.


SCHS takes on ‘Seussical’

Anyone who enjoys “The Cat in the Hat” and other tales by Dr. Seuss will get a chance to see their childhood stories come alive.

Shawano Community High School’s music and theater department are bringing “Seussical the Musical” to its hallowed halls next week, beginning with a Wednesday matinee and continuing through Feb. 3.

The main plot follows Horton the Elephant and tells how he discovers a speck of dust 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 Cat in the Hat serves as narrator, and there’s even appearances by Gertrude McFuzz, Yertle the Turtle, the Sour Kangaroo and the Grinch.


Superhero Academy to kick off Catholic Schools Week

“Jesus Christ our Superhero” is the theme for Sacred Heart Catholic School’s celebration of National Catholic School’s Week, Jan. 28 through Feb. 2. Students and staff will join with their families, parishioners and Shawano community members to celebrate the week with Masses, an open house and other activities.

A family Mass at Sacred Heart Parish, 302 S. Main St., Shawano, will start Catholic School’s Week at 10:45 a.m. Jan. 28. A superhero-themed open house will follow from noon to 2:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic School, 124 E. Center St., featuring free food and fun activities.

During the school week, students will engage in activities that the school says will demonstrate Jesus’ acts of heroism and how they are called to be like Christ by being brave, kind, faithful, powerful, hopeful and wise.

Rhex Arboleda will help students “Move to the Groove” on Jan. 29.


Elementary school goes into soft lockdown

Birnamwood Elementary School went into a soft lockdown Jan. 18 after a man was noticed exhibiting suspicious behavior outside the school.

Garrett Rogowski, superintendent of the Wittenberg-Birnamwood School District, called the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department, which contacted the school’s liaison officer, Dan Weisensel.

Weisensel investigated and said the 24-year-old man from Texas was apparently involved in an online relationship with a teacher. The man was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, Weisensel said.

The man has since posted bail and is back in Texas. There were no threats made and no danger to anyone, according to the sheriff’s department.

Most of the students were unaware of anything unusual, Rogowski said.

During a soft lockdown, the school maintains normal activities but no one is allowed outside.


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