MISD scholarship gala set for March 29

The seventh annual Menominee Indian School District Scholarship Gala will take place on March 29 at the Menominee Casino & Resort Conference Center from 5-9 p.m.

All proceeds go to MISD’s scholarship fund. With the help of countless sponsors and donors over the last six years, the MISD has raised more than $135,000 in scholarship funds, resulting in 88 scholarships for students pursuing post-secondary education.

The event features nonstop activities including meat raffles, bucket raffles, dinner, a live auction and first-hand accounts from MIHS alumni on how scholarships had a positive impact on their ability to stay in school.

The gala committee is now accepting sponsorships for the gala, including event, meat wheel, dessert, live auction and corporate table sponsors. Sponsorships range from $600 for a corporate/organization table to $3,000 for event sponsors. Sponsors receive promotional consideration, signage and tickets to the event.


Bishop to give update on Catholic schools initiative

Bishop David Ricken of the Diocese of Green Bay will be at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Shawano to update the public on his strategic plan for Catholic schools. The presentation will be held Jan. 29 at 2 p.m. in the gymnasium.

A year ago, Ricken unveiled his “Disciples on the Way: Strategic and Mission Plan for Catholic Schools” initiative. He said the key steps to vibrant schools built upon missionary discipleship circle around the students, staff, education, operations and funding. Sacred Heart was chosen to be the site of Ricken’s follow-up address this month.

The event will also include a few words by Todd Blahnik, superintendent of Catholic schools for the diocese.



Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Elliot Chitwood, right, a pre-kindergarten student at Bonduel Elementary School, hands out a McDonald’s order to Noah Wright as Audrey Moeller waits to come up to the drive-thru window. Pre-kindergarten students are currently learning about restaurants as part of the Tools of the Mind curriculum.

There are plenty of letters and numbers in the kindergarten classrooms at Bonduel Elementary School.

There are also pirate ships.

These are not from pictures in a storybook, but actual reproductions of pirate ships. One even has a flag with the skull and crossbones.

In a pre-kindergarten classroom, there’s a McDonald’s drive-thru, a Starbucks counter and other places where you would normally get stuff to eat and drink.

These settings do more than give students a chance to play. They also provide opportunities to learn.

Bonduel recently adopted the Tools of the Mind curriculum for its kindergarten and pre-kindergarten classrooms. The curriculum is based on the work of psychologist Lev Vygotsky, who believed that play was the best medium to incorporate learning for young minds and help them become critical thinkers.


Pulaski High School presents ‘Newsies’ in February

Pulaski High School is staging the musical “Newsies” in February.

Performances are 7 p.m. Feb. 9 and Feb. 16, and 2 p.m. Feb. 10 and Feb. 17. Reserved-seat tickets are $8 and can be purchased at the Pulaski News office at Pulaski High School or by calling 920-822-6800.

Newsies is based on the Newboys Strike of July 1899 and is adapted from the 1992 Disney film. It was first produced on Broadway in 2012. The show is fictional but based on real people. Joseph Pulitzer wasn’t actually in New York during the strike, and Gov. Theodore Roosevelt didn’t actually intervene. Newsies leaders Kid Blink and Morris Cohen were the inspiration for Jack Kelly and Nellie Bly inspired Katherine Plumber.


Local students honored for antibiotics research

Photo by D. Kakkak, College of Menominee Nation College of Menominee Nation professor Lucy Fenzl, left, shows off the research poster created by students Gavin Braun, center, and Tyrell Hesse at the 2018 “Tiny Earth” symposium held Dec. 7 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay.

For two College of Menominee Nation students, fall semester 2018 wrapped up with a statewide symposium highlighting Wisconsin’s participation in “Tiny Earth,” an international initiative involving nearly 10,000 students in antibiotics research.

The men — Gavin Braun, a natural resources major from Keshena, and Tyrell Hesse, a biological and physical sciences student from Shawano — were among students, faculty and staff from several Wisconsin colleges and universities taking part in the Dec. 7 event. Special recognition for Braun and Hesse included selection of their soil microbe research poster for fifth-place honors among 57 entries, and an invitation to Braun to address the symposium audience.


SCMS preps 5th-grade students for change

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Fifth-grade students and their parents gather in the large instruction room at Shawano Community Middle School prior to an informational meeting Thursday about how middle school is different from elementary school.

Shawano Community Middle School has added a new experience to help get fifth-grade students prepared for the jarring transition from elementary school to middle school.

The school invited parents of students currently in fifth grade to an informational meeting Thursday to explain some of the changes that can be expected and new rules students will be expected to follow.

According to principal Stuart Russ, this is the first time the school has held a parent meeting in addition to the other things staff members do to prepare students to transition to the middle school.

“The whole purpose of the event is to just give a brief overview about what to expect as sixth graders (later) this year,” Russ said.


Scholarship program targets high school, college students

United Cooperative’s Scholarship Program is accepting applications.

The program awards $1,000 scholarships to 40-50 high school seniors and current college/technical school students who are continuing their full-time education in 2019-2020.

Scholarship applications are available at The deadline to apply is March 1.

To be eligible, the student or parent must be one of United Cooperative’s patron members; the student must plan to attend (or be currently enrolled in) an accredited college, university, or technical school; and the student must maintain a GPA of 2.0 or above on a 4.0 scale.


ExxonMobil education grant goes to Shawano high school

Contributed Photo Shawano Community High School Principal Scott Zwirschitz, right, accepts a $500 check from Pat Trinko of Auto Prep Center.

Shawano Community High School has been named this year’s recipient of a $500 science and technology grant from the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance program through local fuel retailer Auto Prep Center, 220 N. Main St., Shawano.

“Our schools work hard to make learning interesting and fun,” said Pat Trinko of Auto Prep. “We are proud to be a part of this program and to assist in that pursuit.”

Only Exxon retailers that maintain favorable rankings in their store operations are eligible to apply for the grant. Over the past 15 years, Auto Prep has secured nearly $7,500 in grants to local schools.

The ExxonMobil Educational Alliance program was designed to provide Exxon retailers with an opportunity to invest in the future of their communities through educational grants to neighborhood schools. Local retailers are allowed to work directly with educators to identify schools and programs most in need of support.


For CMN students, help is in the closet

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Adam Schulz, a business student at College of Menominee Nation, opens up the Helping Closet inside Shirley Daly Hall to show the amount of food collected so far. The closet is an asset for students who might not have money or time to go off campus for a meal between classes.

Adam Schulz knows he’s never going to be able to pay back the College of Menominee Nation, but that’s not stopping him from giving it the old college try.

Schulz has helped the college to open its Helping Closet, a place where food would be available to students who might not have the time and/or money to leave campus for a bite to eat between classes. It was started with student hunger in mind but has expanded to include school supplies and personal hygiene products.

“A group of students from Inspiring Educators (a CMN student organization) and I got together to figure out how to give back to our (college) community,” said Schulz, who is a business major. “We know that food scarcity is a big issue with college students right now countrywide, and we looked at the statistics and realized we are in one of the poorer counties of the state.


Sacred Heart honors veterans

Contributed Photo Sergeant First Class Lori Mathwich, a retired 21-year member of the U.S. Army, stands with her oldest son, Wyatt, a third-grade student at Sacred Heart Catholic School, following the school’s ceremony Nov. 16.

Sacred Heart Catholic School students and staff honored local veterans Nov. 16 with a special ceremony.

The all-school assembly included reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance, the singing of the national anthem, prayer and blessing from the Rev. Tom Farrell, musical videos, Biblical readings, prayer intercessions and the presence of guests from AMVETS Post 10, American Legion Post 117 and VFW Post 2723.

This year’s guest speaker was Lori Mathwich, Sacred Heart Parish’s coordinator of religion education, parish member and Sacred Heart Catholic School parent and alumna. Mathwich, a sergeant first class who spent 21 years in the U.S. Army, was deployed to Iraq in 2003 and did three tours to South America in Guatemala, Nicaragua and Panama. She was a readiness non-commissioned officer and a Blackhawk crew chief.

Mathwich retired in 2016 to spend more time with her family. Her husband, Shawn Mathwich, is still an active duty officer.


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