School Notes

Bonduel Elementary School

The Bonduel School District is working toward implementing a growth mindset approach in helping students learn.

According to Mindset Works Inc., “In a growth mindset, people believe their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work – brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. Virtually all people who have achieved top performance, had these qualities. Research shows people with this view reach higher levels of success than people with fixed mindset beliefs.”

The teachers in the Bonduel School District are being trained in these beliefs and how to implement activities in their classrooms with the help of growth mindset presenter Kris Going. She is an instructional coach in the Shawano School District and has been trained as a growth mindset presenter. We were lucky enough to have her present to the whole Bonduel staff. The Bonduel district is on the right path to improving the mindset of students, teachers and parents.

Kris is also coming to Bonduel Elementary school to present to Title 1 parents on how they can use this mindset in the home. The parents will also have the option to be involved in a book talk on the book, “Mindsets For Parents; Strategies to Encourage Growth Mindsets in Kids” by Mary Ricci.

We are very excited as a district to implement more of this growth mindset into our classrooms to see how our students and teachers grow from these beliefs.

Gresham Community School

Gresham Community School held a class promotion meeting for the eighth-, ninth-, 10th- and 11th-graders. In the meeting they discussed classes that will be available for them to take next school year. This was followed by a class scheduling meeting on Feb. 2 during which the students scheduled their classes for next year.

Friday will be a half day. Students will be released at 11:27 a.m., and high school students will be reporting to classes 1-4.

Shawano Community High School

Despite being short-handed due to a vacancy on board 3, the Shawano Community High School chess team managed victories over Green Bay Catholic-B (19-13), Westfield (26-14) and Waupaca B (22-18) to raise its season record to 8-4. Competing for Shawano on the varsity team were Henry Stuewer, Dylan Mastrodonato and Noah Buss.

“I’m very happy with the wins,” coach Dave Stuewer said, “but it would be nice to not cut things quite so close in terms of numbers. I’d love to have more players, so any Shawano residents interested in having their students participate in chess, please contact me at the high school, or Mr. Chad Bromeisl at the middle school.”

Shawano’s next tournament is at Westfield on Feb. 18.