Clintonville school holding its first gala

St. Rose/St. Mary’s School in Clintonville will hold its inaugural Gala Evening & Casino Night at the Imago Dei Village Lodge on Long Lake on Saturday.

“We invite everyone to celebrate the shared history that the communities of Clintonville and Bear Creek have had with our educational community,” said Michelle Vosters, principal of the school. “Our histories are interwoven, and this is a great opportunity to come together and honor St. Rose/St. Mary’s ties to the community and the community to our school.”

The evening includes dinner, featuring hand-cut ribeye and grilled pork chops, catered by Mathew’s Supper Club.

The casino fun night which will be facilitated by professional dealers and attendants. Guests will be able to purchase $500 in chips for $10 and play casino games such as slot machines, blackjack, Texas Hold’em and more. Winnings can be turned into chances to win prizes.


Bonduel plans in place for school year

The Bonduel School District will begin classes for the 2017-18 school year Sept. 5 for high school freshmen and students in grades 4K through sixth. The remaining students will report for classes Sept. 6.

Starting and ending times at district schools will be as follows: 8:07 a.m. to 3:04 p.m. at Bonduel Elementary School, 8 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. at Bonduel Middle School and 8 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. at Bonduel High School.

All school buildings open at 7:45 a.m. and close at 4 p.m. Parents are asked not to drop children off at the schools prior to 7:45 a.m., especially in inclement weather.

All visitors are required to register at school offices upon entering the buildings.

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SCHS grad receives national Dollars for Scholars award

Shawano Community High School graduate Rachel Marquette has received a Student Volunteer Award from Scholarship America Dollars for Scholars.

Marquette was awarded a scholarship for her postsecondary education at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and was chosen for her dedication and service to her community, as well as strong academic achievement at SCHS.

During her high school career, Marquette was a member of the National Honor Society, Tri-M Honor Society, student council, president of FAAR (Fighting Against Abusive Relationships) and 4-H. She entered her photography and visual art material in many competitions, receiving first place for several entries. She played the violin and shared her love of music by volunteering to play in many activities outside of her orchestra classes, such as the school musicals.


Teachers shadow area business workers

Contributed Photo Kim Strayer, a Bonduel School District special education teacher, discusses entrepreneurship with Tricia Ascher, owner of Ascher’s Janitorial Service.

Contributed Photo Kelly Carlson, an educator at Bowler School District, learns about restocking the freezers at Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats.

Fourteen teachers from across Northeast Wisconsin, including five from Shawano County, had the opportunity to participate in a unique experience this summer through the CESA 8 Career Academy Teacher Externship program.

The program places classroom teachers into area businesses for three- to five-day paid externship experiences during summer break. The idea for the program stemmed from the state Department of Public Instruction’s initiative PI26, which calls for all Wisconsin school districts to embed academic and career planning within grades 6-12 classrooms starting this fall.


Bonduel educator attends energy workshop


Bonduel School District media specialist Lisa Sorlie attended the Energy Institute for Educators, a teacher workshop hosted by the Wisconsin Energy Institute on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus from July 19-21.

The three-day professional development program offers educational professionals the opportunity to learn about the latest developments in energy research, and to discover practical tools and materials for teaching students the fundamentals of energy and sustainable energy systems.

During the institute, Sorlie toured UW-Madison research labs and field sites, learning directly from the scientists and researchers working on sustainable biofuels, solar energy, microgrids and other areas of clean energy research.

Last summer, Sorlie also attended the Bioenergy Institute for Educators and the seven-week Research Experience for Educators.


Local student attends summer music academy

Contributed Photo Karelyn Malliet, of Shawano, works with Brian Nozny, a faculty performer, at the percussion and steel band session at the Birch Creek Music Performance Center in Egg Harbor.

Karelyn Malliet, of Shawano, recently spent two weeks studying at the Birch Creek Music Performance Center in Egg Harbor.

The Shawano Community High School student was among 20 young musicians from throughout the country to attend the percussion and steel band session at the academy, whose mission is to provide intensive, performance-based instruction to promising young musicians by immersing them in a professional, mentoring environment.

Birch Creek features a student-to-faculty ratio of approximately 2-1. Students are given the opportunity to hone their technical skills and learn firsthand all the aspects of life as a professional musician.

During the two-week residency, Malliet and others attending the percussion and steel band session performed seven concerts alongside their teachers in front of paying concertgoers.


Foster youths honored for academic achievement

Contributed Photo Wisconsin Department of Children and Families Secretary Eloise Anderson, first lady Tonette Walker and State Superintendent Tony Evers participated in the annual Foster Youth Graduation Ceremony in Madison on Tuesday. The 27 graduates who were able to attend the celebration represented the 82 foster youth throughout Wisconsin who are known to have reached graduated in the 2016-17 academic year.

A special celebration was held Tuesday at the Wisconsin Executive Residence in Madison honoring the academic accomplishments of current and former foster youth.

Ryan VanNewKirk, of Shawano, was among the students recognized.

First lady Tonette Walker gave the keynote speech during the Department of Children and Families’ fifth annual Foster Youth Graduation Ceremony. She was joined by DCF Secretary Eloise Anderson and State Superintendent Tony Evers in recognizing the young adults for their recent graduations from high school or for reaching other post-secondary educational milestones.


School Notes

Contributed Photo Seniors from Menominee Indian High School who took 4x4 classes at the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College were recently recognized for their hard work at the Shawano Regional Learning Center. They included, from left, Ronald Frechette, Tiana Nickey, Santana Caldwell, Alyssa James and Alexis Corn. Not pictured are Autumn Chevalier, Mary Jane James, Megan Kaquatosh, Monae Waukau, Aaliyah Pecore, Jordyne Firgens, Julie Schlichting and Jay Reiter.

Menominee Indian High School

Seniors from Menominee Indian High School who took 4x4 classes at the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College were recently recognized for their hard work at the Shawano Regional Learning Center.

The 4x4 classes allow high school students to take one NWTC general studies course at a time. Each class is held four days a week and is completed at the end of four weeks. Students can apply their credits toward a degree at NWTC or transfer credits to a four-year college.

Th MIHS students had an average GPA each year of over 3.0 and took between nine and 21 college credits.

Recently, 13 students were recognized at an informal ceremony in front of their family and friends. Each student received a certificate indicating the number of credits they completed at NWTC.



Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski The Von Trapp children bid the guests at their home, along with the audience, good night in one of the scenes from “Getting to Know the Sound of Music”: from left, front row, Alex Burr (Kurt), Grace Haffner (Gretl) and Josie Cerveny (Brigitta); back row, Tessa Ferguson (Marta), Hannah Cerveny (Louisa), Kennedy Hoffman (Liesl) and Val Cerveny (Friedrich).

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Capt. Von Trapp, played by Randy Chicks, proposes marriage to Maria, played by Alyssa Roe, during a scene for “Getting to Know the Sound of Music.” The show opens Friday at Gresham Community School.

Fans of “The Sound of Music” can rejoice as Gresham Community School performs the classic musical this week.

The school is performing the junior version of the musical written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, “Getting to Know the Sound of Music,” on Friday and Saturday nights. Nearly 40 students are in the cast.

The musical harkens back to the 1930s, when Nazi Germany was on the rise. Audiences are introduced to Maria, a young postulant in a nunnery who is sent to be a governess for the Von Trapp family, which includes seven children.

As Maria tries to assume her duties of teaching and caring for the children, she introduces the children to the concept of music, something alien to them because their father, Capt. Von Trapp, has forbade any music since the death of his wife years earlier.


Junior Achievement honors Olga Brener teacher

Contributed Photo Junior Achievement, Wolf River District, recently named Olga Brener Intermediate School teacher Karen Preston as its Teacher of the Year.

Junior Achievement, Wolf River District, presented Olga Brener Intermediate School fifth-grade teacher Karen Preston with the JA Teacher of the Year award on May 26.

JA and the Wolf River District board of directors asked its volunteers to submit nominations and supporting comments for the award. Nominations were then judged by three members of the board.

Principal Terri Schultz arranged to have the presentation take place during a staff meeting. The award was presented by Sandy Ebbinger, JA district director, Marty Monfils, board vice chair, and Kelley Strike, board member.

Comments supporting Preston’s selection included the following:

• “Karen loves her students. Her purpose is simple: transform intermediate level students into students who can and will achieve at the middle school level and beyond.”


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