Schools

Fri
15
Mar

St. James triumphs over “Swine Flu,” takes first at DI

St. James Lutheran School is pleased to announce that St. James Destination Imagination (DI) team placed first in the regional competition this year, David Kaiser, principal of St. James Lutheran School, announced.

The team is composed of students from third through eighth grades.

The purpose of Destination Imagination is to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders. Annually, DI offers seven new standards-based challenges in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), improvisation, visual arts, service learning, and early learning, Kaiser explained.

Each challenge is open-ended and enables student teams to learn and experience the creative process from imagination to innovation. Academic tournaments take place around the world where teams have the opportunity to present their solutions to trained appraisers.

Sat
09
Mar

Volunteers prep meals for senior citizens


Contributed Photo Volunteers prep meals on Feb. 27 in the kitchen at Bonduel High School to deliver to senior citizens around the village of Bonduel. More than 105 meals were made after school closed for the day due to a water main break in the village.

Last week, the Bonduel School District had to cancel school and its monthly Senior Breakfast because of a water main break in the village of Bonduel and an immediate boil water order.

Yet an incredible thing happened.

Working together with the village, the school district was able to make lemonade out of lemons, deciding to make the breakfast anyway.

School district personnel including administration, teachers and their children, staff, and even a school board member and his wife were still able to set up a calling station in the district office, make the breakfast, package the breakfast using to go boxes donated by a local business, and use their own vehicles to deliver the breakfast to senior citizens, village employees, and others in need, complete with a carnation donated by a local flower shop.

Sat
09
Mar

Sacred Heart 4K class exceeds its llama goal


Contributed photo The 4-year-old kindergarten class shows off some of the items students created as part of the Llamas of Love project. From left, front row, Scarlett Chambers, Livvy Grignon and Wesley Rush; middle row, Hunter Goetsch, Hyla Pozorski, Remington Montour and Carmen Grimm; back row, teacher Michelle Powers, Kanen Oreskovic-Cotter, Kendall Chambers, Lane Brunker, Ramona Meidam and Mason Bruns.

Sacred Heart Catholic School’s four-year-old class tripled its Llamas of Love service project by raising enough funds to purchase three llamas for families living in Bolivia.

Teacher Michelle Powers had discussed with her students in early February what they could do to serve others and after viewing the Catholic Foundation’s World Mission Services Project booklet, the class knew that the purchasing llamas was going to be its mission. The llamas purchased will provide much needed milk and wool for the three families.

For Powers, the project was a way to teach her students that the needs of others extend far beyond their own community. The lesson was also aimed at teaching an important lesson of global service.

“The students were able to help people they would never meet, which is truly just an act of love,” Powers said.

The students also viewed and learned about Bolivia, using maps and a globe.

Fri
08
Mar

Sacred Heart creates wax museum


Contributed Photo Participating in the wax museum for Sacred Heart Catholic School are, from left, front row, Dominic Badalementi, Carson Chambers, Andrew Mukka, Awan Weso and Cristian Hernandez; middle row, Alynn Fowler-Doxtator, Jack Dietz, Destiny Webster, Isabella Waupochick, Athena Steel, Athena Ghent, Hannah Yeager, Dugan Webster; back row, Brayden Waukau, Bode Frechette, Tristan Miller, Corina Ramirez, KatieJo Mahkimetas, Maddie Krueger, Jeffrey Lyons and Derrick Webster.

Scott Marohl and the sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade classrooms at Sacred Heart Catholic School presented a Black History Month wax museum in the school’s gymnasium on March 4.

The event had originally been planned to take place in February but had to be postponed due to a number of school closures due to weather.

Each student had to research and then create a presentation board that shared major life events, achievements and characteristics of an African-American who is noted in the country’s history as being influential. They had the option to choose an athlete, politician, musician or trailblazer, and students chose individuals that ranged from Jesse Owens, Barack Obama and Muhammad Ali to Frederick Douglass and Maya Angelou.

During the museum students were dressed up and remained as still as a wax figure, until their push button was pressed by a visitor. They then had to share important facts while remaining in character.

Thu
07
Mar

JA Business Challenge winners announced

The 14th annual Wolf River Area Junior Achievement Business Challenge was held Feb. 21 in Shawano. Ten high school teams representing Bonduel, Gresham and Shawano schools competed for scholarships, prizes and the opportunity to advance to the statewide competition.

Using an online business simulator, student teams were required to manufacture and market a product. They competed against other teams for profits, sales and market shares in the daylong event, which was hosted by AgSource/Genex. Chad Kary from The Launching Pad was the emcee, and Butch Hesse from Butch’s Archery was the guest speaker.

The first-place blue industry team from Gresham was Justice Paiser, Sydney Mohawk and Andrew Galland. They were awarded $500 scholarships.

Thu
07
Mar

Free clothing swap set at Bonduel Elementary

The fourth annual spring Free Clothing Swap is scheduled for April 6 at Bonduel Elementary School, 400 W. Mill St., Bonduel. It will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the school cafeteria.

Under the “Give What You Can, Take What You Need” theme, donations of clothing will be accepted in the elementary school office from March 18 through April 5. Families are encouraged to donate any outgrown or not-needed clothing that is clean, in good condition and sorted by size; no rips, holes or stains.

Requested items include shirts, pants and jeans, skirts and dresses, leggings, sweats, winter jackets, snowpants, winter boots, shorts, sneakers/gym shoes and sport-specific shoes, such as those for baseball, soccer, basketball, etc. Items that will not be accepted include swimsuits, socks and underwear (unless brand new and in original packaging), hair accessories and other non-clothing items.

Wed
06
Mar

Free clothing swap set at Bonduel Elementary

The fourth annual spring Free Clothing Swap is scheduled for April 6 at Bonduel Elementary School, 400 W. Mill St., Bonduel. It will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the school cafeteria.

Under the “Give What You Can, Take What You Need” theme, donations of clothing will be accepted in the elementary school office from March 18 through April 5. Families are encouraged to donate any outgrown or not-needed clothing that is clean, in good condition and sorted by size; no rips, holes or stains.

Requested items include shirts, pants and jeans, skirts and dresses, leggings, sweats, winter jackets, snowpants, winter boots, shorts, sneakers/gym shoes and sport-specific shoes, such as those for baseball, soccer, basketball, etc. Items that will not be accepted include swimsuits, socks and underwear (unless brand new and in original packaging), hair accessories and other non-clothing items.

Mon
04
Mar

Spirit of Excellence


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski The Pulaski High School marching band gets the crowd fired up Monday morning as the ceremony for the Spirit of Excellence Award begins. This is the first year that the school has applied for the award, which started 13 years ago.

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Michelle McGrath, right, executive director for the Wisconsin Association of School Councils, hands the Spirit of Excellence Award trophy to Jack Walker, center, Pulaski High School student council president, and Macy Agen, PHS student council vice president, at the end of Monday’s awards ceremony at the school’s field house. Besides the trophy and a pair of banners, the school will be recognized at halftime at the April 7 Milwaukee Bucks game and other venues throughout the year.

Pulaski High School has another reason to celebrate beyond the week-long community festival in the village of Pulaski.

The school received the coveted Spirit of Excellence Award on Monday, an award sponsored by the Wisconsin Association of School Councils, Association of Wisconsin School Administrators, Wisconsin Athletic Directors Association, Milwaukee Bucks and the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletics Association.

Although Monday was the school’s celebration, the Red Raiders will be recognized throughout the year. Another awards ceremony is scheduled for halftime at the April 7 Bucks game, recognition at a WASC conference April 28, continuous recognition on Fox Sports Network and a promotional spot airing during the WIAA State Boys and Girls Basketball Tournaments.

Fri
01
Mar

Sacred Heart students make soda geysers

Sacred Heart Catholic School’s eighth grade science class, instructed by Scott Marohl, created soda geysers on Feb. 22.

The experiment was a part of STEM education, a curriculum based on four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Students were to draw on the scientific method, and construct hypotheses about the reactions of Sprite, Mellow Yellow, root beer and Coca-Cola when candy Runts, Mentos and Nerds were dropped into each of them.

Students had to hypothesize as to which soda andcandy combination would create the largest geyser. Then, the experiment was conducted to test their hypothesis. Finally, the results were analyzed and shared to determine if the hypothesis was true, partially true, or false.

By conducting this experiment, the class was able to draw the conclusion that the combination of Mentos and Coca-Cola produced the largest geyser, while Sprite did not react with any of the candies.

Sat
23
Feb

Sacred Heart mosaic more than just an art project


Contributed Photo Sacred Heart Catholic School students, from left, Dacey Webster, Lily Gee and Cora Pieper glue mosaic pieces during art class. Students in the second and third grades were the primary contributors to the mosaic hanging in the school, but students from other grades also helped out.

In celebration of Catholic Schools Week, students at Sacred Heart Catholic School created a large mosaic of Jesus carrying the cross. Under the direction of new art teacher Emma Follett, the project was not only a lesson in creativity but one of faith and cooperation as well.

“While teaching the students about mosaics was important to my classroom curriculum, my main goal was to come together and realize how art can communicate and celebrate our Catholic mission,” Follett said.

To create the mosaic, Follett used a black background as well as many colors of scrap paper that were recycled from previous projects. Second- and third-grade students held the reins for the art project, but she said some students from fourth and eighth grades volunteered to help, as well.

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