Area 4-H member will attend inauguration

A Bowler 4-H member is one of 31 Wisconsin 4-H representatives who will attend the inauguration of Donald Trump as the nation’s 45th president Friday in Washington, D.C.

Lauren Bahr, a freshman at Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School, will attend Citizenship Washington Focus, a 4-H program that strengthens youth citizenship skills, which for the first time is convening during a presidential inauguration.

“It’s a chance for me to learn about the government in a more hands-on learning atmosphere with people from across the country,” Bahr said. “I am excited to be part of this.”

Approximately 500 4-H members from around the country will gather for five days next week to learn more about the democratic process, the executive branch, careers in politics, history of the presidency, election process and role of the press.


Wildcats in living color

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Gresham Community School students, from left, Kali Jones, Billy Mommaerts, Ryan Schroeder, Sydney Coffman and Misty Wilson-Goranson paint a mural that, once completed, will show the eyes and facial features of a wildcat, the school’s mascot. The students have been working for weeks on the mural, one of two that will be hung in the school gymnasium.

Two white boards with painted segments sit in the basement classroom of art teacher Natalie Onesti at Gresham Community School. They don’t look like much now, but in a couple of weeks, they will be sources of pride for students and the greater Gresham community.

Students in the school’s advanced high school art class have been working tirelessly for weeks on murals representing the school’s wildcat mascot. One shows the eyes and the facial features of the wildcat, while the other shows slashing claw marks with a big G, basketball and volleyball.

Once complete, they will hang in the gymnasium.

“It’s been a process where we’ve tried to involve the community,” Onesti said. “The students came up with all of their ideas, and they’re transferring their designs to do the work.”


Teacher gets grant to help students build chicken coops

Contributed Photo Tim Dobbs, right, a teacher at the Student Health Center of the Menominee Indian School District, recently received a grant from the Meemic Foundation to help students build and sell chicken coops. Shown, from left, are Karl Morrin, student director at the Student Health Center, Jim Mayefski, from the Schoolhouse Agency in Green Bay, and teacher Beth Waukechon.

Tim Dobbs, a teacher at the Student Health Center of the Menominee Indian School District, recently received a $500 grant to help students plan, design, construct and sell chicken coops.

The grant came from the Meemic Foundation, a nonprofit organization created by Meemic Insurance Company.

Under Dobbs’ guidance, the students will also help develop and implement the school-based business program that will eventually offer chicken coops to rural community residents.

Students who attend the Student Health Center are nontraditional learners who sometimes struggle with behavioral health or substance abuse issues. Most of the students cannot function to their full potential in a regular classroom setting.


Sacred Heart plans Catholic Schools Week activities

Sacred Heart Catholic School in Shawano will celebrate National Catholic Schools Week from Jan. 29 to Feb. 4 with a community service project and a week filled with faith and fun.

The school, which sponsored 13 community service projects during the 2015-16 school year, is partnering with Bellin College and Friends of Haiti to hold a supply drive throughout the week for their spring mission trip.

The school will collect simple yet high-demand items such as bars of soap and children’s tooth brushes all week, and then present them to Kathie DeMuth, assistant professor of nursing at Bellin College and Friends of Haiti representative, who is coming to share her experiences in Haiti with the students on Feb. 2.

Schools typically observe Catholic Schools Week with Masses, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members to share the value Catholic education provides to young people, our communities and nation.


School Notes

Shawano Community High School

Shawano Community High School freshmen orientation is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday at the school.

Shawano Community High School’s Winter Wonderland dance will be held from 8-11 p.m. Jan. 21 at the school.

Hillcrest Primary/LEADS Charter School

Hillcrest is looking for volunteers to assist with listening to students read during the day and putting books away in the guided library. Any interested community members are encouraged to call 715-524-2134 for information.

Shawano School District

For more information about the district’s inclement weather policies, check under Quick Links on Contact your student’s school office if you have questions or concerns about the district’s policies.

There will be no school for students on Jan. 16.

Sacred Heart Catholic School


Principal goes bananas

Leader Photo by Scott Williams Bonduel Middle School students take turns Thursday using duct tape to suspend Principal Mark Margelofsky from a wall as their reward for a successful holiday fundraiser.

Leader Photo by Scott Williams Bonduel Middle School Principal Mark Margelofsky is all smiles Thursday while wearing a banana costume and allowing students to duct-tape him to a wall inside the school cafeteria.

Bonduel Middle School Principal Mark Margelofsky told students that if they raised enough money in donations to help needy families this holiday season, he would wear a banana costume and let students duct-tape him to a wall inside the school.

The students did their part by raising $1,500 to help 17 families in the school district.

Margelofsky made good on his promise Thursday and was taped to a wall inside the school cafeteria while wearing a bright yellow banana costume.


School Notes

Gresham Community School

There was a two-hour delay on Dec. 14 due to heating issues.

Gresham Community School participated in Christmas Is for Caring. Mittens marked with items needed were placed on the school Christmas tree. Anyone willing to donate was encouraged to take a mitten off the tree and donate the item listed. Nonperishable food donations were also collected by the Gresham FFA chapter during the FFA Haunted Forest.

There will be a nine-day vacation for students due to winter break. School will resume Jan. 3.

Bowler School District


School Notes

Contributed Photo The following students were recently inducted into the National Honor Society at Shawano Community High School: from left, front row, Savannah Johnson, Lina Liu, Emma Schmidt, Ashlyn Ruen, Ruth Tucker, Lydia Williams; back row, Levi Johnson, Alexis Wilber, Hannah Hass, Nicole Thornock, Brandi Gueths, Brinley Kowalkowski, Sydney Steinbach and Alexis Nick. Carlie Hinnefeld also was inducted but is not in the photo.

Shawano Community High School

The Finale Combined Concert will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 19 in the SCHS auditorium, 220 County Road B, Shawano.

Come join Shawano Community High School for the annual poinsettia sale. SCHS will be selling weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. until sold out, so hurry down for best selection! Please enter through Entrance I in the back of the building by the greenhouse. All plants were grown this semester by Melissa Braun’s horticulture students. Plants are $10 each and include the following color varieties: pink, red, white, jingle bells and pink/white marble.

Add some color to your Christmas with these cheerful poinsettias. Thanks in advance for your support of ag education.


School Notes

Contributed Photo ​STUDENTS OF THE MONTH: Gresham Community School Principal Newell Haffner is shown with the school’s Students of the Month, from left, ​Jaiden Maasch, Tori Ferguson, Mataya Hill, Cienna Kuhn​, Braxton Wensel ​, ​Tenoch Miranda​ and ​Lily Boivin.

Bonduel Elementary School

Recently, the state Department of Public Instruction issued report cards for schools and districts in Wisconsin. Bonduel Elementary School received a five-star rating of 86.5, which falls in the “significantly exceeds expectations” category.

That means our school greatly exceeds state expectations for student achievement, student growth, educational equity and preparing students for educational milestones, including college and career readiness. Students in third, fourth and fifth grades take the state assessment in the areas of reading/language arts and mathematics. Fourth-grade students are also assessed in the areas of science and social studies.

To celebrate this awesome report card, a pep rally was held on Nov. 30. Students and staff were given a pom-pom and learned a cheer that was written by Melanie Mursau. Here are the words to the cheer:

We worked hard, it shows!

Our mindsets help us grow!


Shawano auto shop shifts gears

Leader Photo by Scott Williams Josh Duhm, a student from Bonduel High School, tries his hand at welding in auto shop at Shawano Community High School.

Leader Photo by Scott Williams Instructor Jeremy Hodkiewicz, second from right, leads a discussion with students in Shawano Community High School’s new auto shop course for students from neighboring school districts.

Auto shop at Shawano Community High School is not just for Shawano students any more.

Endowed with perhaps the only such program in the county, administrators have invited students from neighboring school districts to enroll and learn auto shop on the Shawano campus.

Students from Bonduel, Wittenberg and Marion are among the first to get a chance at hands-on instruction inside Shawano Community High School’s full-size auto repair facility.

The students all travel to Shawano twice a week from their home high schools, none of which offers the same classroom experience for young people eager to learn automobile repair.

“It’s really cool,” said Josh Duhm, a senior at Bonduel High School. “I’ve learned a lot compared with what I would’ve learned in Bonduel.”


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