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.


2 students earn GreenStone scholarships

As part of GreenStone Farm Credit Services’ scholarship program, the cooperative recently selected 22 students to receive either a $2,000 or $1,000 award to assist with education costs. Since 2010, GreenStone has presented more than $175,000 in undergraduate college scholarships to students planning to make a positive impact on the agricultural industry.

“These awardees are examples of the type of individuals who may someday lead the agricultural industry,” said Dave Armstrong, GreenStone’s president and CEO. “GreenStone is committed to supporting young professionals in agriculture by assisting them in furthering their education.”

The 2018 scholarship awardees include Rachael Valeria, of Pulaski, and Colin Wussow, of Cecil.


Shawano teacher receives $3,000 STEM grant

Pamela Anhalt

Pamela Anhalt, a chemistry teacher at Shawano Community High School, has been chosen by the Society of Science and the Public as one of 50 advocates from across the country to receive a $3,000 grant.

The society said its grant program chooses passionate educators and scientists to expand opportunities for underrepresented and low-income students to help them develop STEM projects that can be entered into science research competitions, which serve as an entryway to higher education and STEM careers.

Each advocate will mentor a cohort of at least three underrepresented students and help them navigate through science research competitions.

Victor Hall, a Society for Science and the Public member, said the mission of the Advocate program is to foster or even spark an interest in science among students.


Sacred Heart ends school year with beach party

Contributed Photo Sacred Heart Catholic School students, from left, Mikelah Powers, Anessa Bantle, Lily Gee and Cora Pieper strike a pose during the school’s beach party.

Sacred Heart Catholic School held its first end-of-the-year Beach Dance Party on May 30 in the school gymnasium, with nearly 200 guests in attendance.

Event organizer and admissions director Autumne Gee was hoping for 100 guests. So when nearly twice as many showed up, she was beyond ecstatic.

“Everyone was dancing, laughing, talking and really enjoying themselves,” Gee said. “I love to see our families so happy and engaged in the spirit of the event.”

The gymnasium was transformed to fit the beach theme. This event was free to all guests who were able to enjoy pizza, sloppy Joes, fresh fruit, slushies and other snacks. Guests also could participate in a costume contest, limbo, dance train, mini beach volleyball, swinging rope and surfing photo booth area.


Jartz honored at graduation

Photo by Grace Kirchner Bill Schmidt tells members of the Clintonville Class of 2018 to find something they are passionate about and pursue it wholeheartedly, “no matter what it is,” at the May 26 high school commencement ceremony.

You might know him as Bill Jartz, news anchor, or as the “Voice of Lambeau Field.” Folks around Clintonville might remember him as Bill Schmidt, salutatorian of the Class of 1976.

Regardless, the man now has another name: Alumnus Honoris 2018, the highest award that can be given to a Clintonville High School graduate.

Schmidt was given the honor at the 133rd annual commencement exercises May 26 at Clintonville High School. In his address to the Class of 2018, Schmidt told the graduates to “find something you love and put your heart into it — no matter what it is.”

Schmidt grew up on a small farm near the Clintonville airport. His father was employed at FWD as a machinist. He recalls his father always telling him to make a difference, help others and leave the world a better place than you found it.

When Schmidt was just 12 years old and in the seventh grade, his father died suddenly.


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