NEW Media chatted with Bill Hass, who was recently hired by the Wittenberg-Birnamwood School District to fill the Birnamwood Elementary/Middle School principal position. He replaces Guy Steckbauer, who held that job for 17 years before accepting an elementary principal position in the Tomahawk School District.

Q: What is your work/educational background?

A: I have a teaching degree for physical education, history and driver’s education. I have a master’s in education and a principal licensure. I have taught in all three of my areas of my degree, coached football, basketball, baseball and golf. I have been an athletic director, JPTA (Job Training Partnership Act) coordinator, summer school disciplinarian and high school principal.

Q: Where are you from?


Shawano Class of ‘58 celebrates 60 years

Contributed Photo The Class of 1958 for Shawano High School includes, from left, Alice Laux, Priscilla Jacobs, Genevieve Bartline, Virginia Andrus, Jeri Popke and Sally Raddant; second row, Bonnie Rosenow, Virginia Prey, Viola Maltbey, Sally McBeth, Janet Habeck and Dorthy Gouine; third row, Dick Dittmann, Wayne Pues, Patsy Kuse, Sharon Blum, Karon Badeau, Natalie Alsteen, Marie Merrill and Diana Bohn; fourth row, Don Thaves, Bert Glough, Dennis Wegner, Joe Thelen, Larry Jeske, John Ainsworth, Don Wege, Jim Ziemer and Tom Spohn; top row, Dave Hansen, Dohn Zimmerman, Paul Timm, Franklin Hornburg, Harold Bauman and Bill Griesbach.

The Shawano High School Class of 1958 celebrated its 60th class reunion Aug. 11 and 12.

The festivities began Friday at The Bamboo Bar with a wonderful breeze coming off Shawano Lake. On Saturday, the group of 59 classmates, spouses and guests enjoyed a family-style meal at the Shawano Golf Club. One of the organizer’s granddaughters made a special cake for the occasion.

At the reunion, classmates reminisced about the Shawano High School band, which had 23 of its 66 members from the Class of 1958. At the Wisconsin State Music Meet, the class was represented by Ferial Deer, Nancy Kroenke, Fred Lang, Ginny Gross, Leola Vigue and Viola Vigue. The band director was Mr. Brockman.

Of the 191 graduates, 125 are still going strong. The reunion saw 35 classmates attend, many from the Shawano area or throughout Wisconsin. The three who came the farthest were Paul Timm, of Iowa, Dick Dittmann, of Minnesota, and Franklin Hornburg, Arizona.


School lunch assistance offered at St. Paul Lutheran School

The St. Paul Lutheran School, Bonduel, has announced its policy for children unable to pay the full price of meals served under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program, or milk for split-session students served under the Special Milk Program. Each school office and the central office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested party. Children in families whose annual income is at or below the designated levels are eligible for free and reduced price meals and/or free milk.


Gresham school announces free/reduced meal guidelines

Gresham Community School announced its policy recently for children unable to pay the full price of meals served under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program or milk for split-session students served under the Special Milk Program.

Each school office and the central office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested party.

Application forms are being sent to all homes with a notice to parents or guardians. To apply for free or reduced price meals or free milk, households must fill out the application and return it to the school, unless notified at the start of the school year that children are eligible through direct certification. Additional copies are available at the office in each school.


SCHS students visit Panamà in June

Contributed Photo Students traveled in homemade canoes to the Embera Indian Village.

Shawano Community High School Spanish students and chaperones, high school Spanish teacher Kelly Lightner and athletic director Charmaine Schreiber had the opportunity to travel to Panamá for a week in June.

The goal of the trip was for students to experience the culture of Panamá and to enhance their speaking of the Spanish language.

While in Panamá, students stayed with Panamanian host families. The students said that the host family experience was one of their favorite parts of the trip. Students visited Miraflores, where they learned about the history and construction of the Panama Canal and saw big ships travel through the Panama Canal lock.

Another Panama canal experience was a jungle tour. They traveled in the canal by fast boats and stopped at little inlets where they could feed monkeys that came onto the boat. Later on that day, they kayaked through the jungle to an awesome waterfall where they could swim.


Back-to-school sales are here again

With the beginning of August comes the return of back-to-school sales. While it’s a great time to stock up on the items that students will need to return to the classrooms and dorm rooms, shoppers need to be savvy to ensure they are getting the right items at the right prices.

“Back-to-school sales mean discounts and special promotions on a wide range of products, both for home and for the classroom,” said Michelle Reinen of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. “Whether you are shopping for sale items online or in store, keep an eye out for fine print and point-of-sale notices to ensure that the products you are adding to your cart meet the promotional requirements.”

The department suggests keeping these shopping tips in mind during this busy season:


Sacred Heart schedules early childhood open house

Families with early childhood-aged children are invited to an open house at Sacred Heart Catholic School, 124 E. Center St., Shawano, on Aug. 16. The event, designed for parents whose children are entering preschool or 4-K, will run from 5-6 p.m. Newly registered, prospective and returning families are invited.

The school will open the preschool and 4-K classrooms for tours. Preschool teacher Stacey Dickmann and 4-K teacher Michelle Powers will be on hand to answer questions. Families can also obtain information on enrollment, tuition assistance and scholarships; a raffle for $100 in tuition credits will be offered. Early childhood students who attend the open house will receive a goody bag.


Wussow receives FarmFirst scholarship

FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative announced that Collin Wussow, of Cecil, is a 2018 FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative scholarship recipient. The cooperative recently awarded over $12,500 in scholarships to 16 high school and collegiate students pursuing post-secondary education.

Over the past six years, FarmFirst has awarded nearly $130,000 to more than 140 students seeking a post-secondary degree. This program is one of many ways FarmFirst shows its dedication to youth and the multiple opportunities offered to them.

“This scholarship program is one of many ways FarmFirst gives back to our members and their families,” said Jeff Lyon, general manager of FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative. “Here at FarmFirst, we strongly believe in supporting future generations of agriculturalists. Through education, our next generation will bring new ideas and technology to the industry to ensure continued growth and development.”


Shawano teen earns top ranking at SkillsUSA

Thanks to mentoring from family and friends, Shawano teen Tyler Wegner was able to represent Wisconsin on the national stage at the SkillsUSA national championship in Kentucky last month.

Hosted by a Virginia-based 501(c)(3) organization focused on serving high school, college and middle school students interested in trade occupations, SkillsUSA’s national competition includes challenges for those interested in collision repair and even additive manufacturing. For Wegner, though the experience of competing against 40 other students was challenging, it was similar to smaller events he’d been to.

“I’ve been to other competitions before,” he said. “This was my first national competition I’d been to. There were way more people from a variety of different states, and just being there was an experience. Some of the stuff I wasn’t really familiar with … but I just did my best. I’m not a master technician, so I’m not 100 percent on everything.”


Summer school commences

Leader photo by Kelly Hogan Hillcrest Primary School student Ember Prellwitz shows off her instrument of choice in an exploring music class Tuesday.

June 18 marked the first day of the summer school programs offered at Hillcrest Primary School, Shawano Community Middle School and Shawano Community High School.

Summer school supplies “experiences for kids that they would not have during the normal school year,” said Chad Collier, the summer school principal at Hillcrest.

Hillcrest provides courses for students from 4-K to second grade. These programs help the younger students familiarize themselves with the daily routines of school as well as help them make friends, Collier said.

Continuing improvement on academic skills is imperative to avoiding the “summer slide,” Collier said.

“Kids who do not continue to practice math or reading can lose up to six months of what they learned during the school year and then must spend up until October relearning and catching up. It is important for students to continue to develop their academic skills,” Collier said.


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