School Notes

Contributed Photo Gresham Community School English teacher and forensics coach Jenna Osborn, right, introduces members of the forensic team that recorded a perfect score at the state competition: from left, Anna Smith, Savana Olsen, Tiana Ferguson and Missy Anderson.

Gresham Community School

There was an assembly April 28 to congratulate the state solo and ensemble and state forensics participants. The forensics team received a perfect score at state. State solo and ensemble is Saturday.

Special congratulations to Fiona Hoffman on placing first, second and third in a writing competition.

Junior prom was Saturday.

Freshmen and sophomores had ACT Aspire testing all this week.

There is a powwow sponsored by the Gresham Culture Club on Friday.

The Cystic Fibrosis Walk is May 12.

Bonduel Elementary School

For five weeks there are eight students from St. Norbert College working in our classrooms at Bonduel Elementary School. The college students said they are enjoying the community atmosphere and the close-knit staff. They feel that some of the challenges of teaching include motivating and engaging every student. Students from BES have brought smiles to their faces by giving them hugs and compliments. The SNC students also had many smiles by witnessing the “light bulb” moments with the kiddos. Their favorite part of teaching at BES has been the students and the crazy stories they tell them, along with the welcoming teachers. The group said they love being at BES and are so sad that their time is coming to an end so quickly. They thank the district for allowing them to do their placement at BES!

To celebrate Arbor Day, on Friday the fourth-grade students at BES decided to give trees a helping hand and planted some white pines. We also learned about the benefits of trees. We had a great time making our area a better place.

Third-grade students from Bonduel Elementary had some special guests visit their classrooms March 23. Naturalist Tim Ewing from Navarino Nature Center and his assistant, Kaylee Leitz, talked to students about animals native to Wisconsin. They discussed the characteristics of a mammal — warm-blooded, live birth, fur/hair, mothers give milk. Students learned that the opossum is the only North American marsupial, and that they eat ticks. Another fact was that the gray fox is from the dog family, and it is the only one that can climb trees. While the students were learning about these awesome animals they were able to see/touch different pelts/furs of the animals as well. Students were also able to take home a plaster animal print that they made. The teachers and students would like to thank the Crawford Family Foundation for the educational grant to make this in-school field trip possible.

Menominee Indian Middle School

Proud, proud and even more proud. It was the feeling I had when three Menominee Indian Middle School students received recognition at the 2017 George Putz Memorial Student Writing Contest awards ceremony Saturday at the Mielke Arts Center in Shawano. Our own Kemewan Kinepoway, Beverly Peters and Rachel Peters were the recipients of the awards. Kemewan Kinepoway won first place for her submission of a poem titled “The Crow.” Beverly Peters received second place for her submission of a poem titled “Normal Poem,” and Rachel Peters received honorable mention for her submission of a fiction story titled “The Girl.”

The George Putz Memorial Writing Contest is put on by the Shawano Area Writers, a group formed in 1966. Entries are received from many of the area schools, including Shawano, Bonduel and Menominee. The contest has three writing categories, three age/grade categories and three prize categories, with an honorable mention. The writing categories are fiction, nonfiction and poetry. The age categories are grades 1-4, grades 5-8 and grades 9-12. A monetary gift is awarded for first, second and third places in each category, and honorable mentions receive a certificate of achievement.

After a keynote speaker and the awards portion of the ceremony, door prizes were drawn with winners from all the surrounding schools. Finally, students were encouraged to go on stage and read their submission. Many of the students took full advantage of that portion of the ceremony and proudly read their writing, including Beverly Peters.

I am so proud of this great honor for our students! Please congratulate them and their families in their being recognized for exceptional writing. Go Kemewan, Beverly and Rachel. Congratulations to you all!

— Linda S. White

The Crow

By Kemewan Kinepoway

A crow with curious eyes

The crow who has heard numerous lies

The crow with inked and greasy feather

Has come through overwhelming weather

To dance with the boy

Normal Poem

By Beverly Peters

Poems are supposed to rhyme

But that’s a total waste of time

Poems are supposed to be nice

Nothing good rhymes with nice

Poems are hard to write

Blah Blah Blah

Good Night

Poems suck

All you do is repeat stuff

And hope people read too far into it

So they don’t find out

You are an idiot

The End