MIHS growing its own food in greenhouse

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Klint Hischke, right, who manages the greenhouse and teaches science at Menominee Indian High School, shows the roots on a bed of lettuce grown via aquaponics to, from left, Dale Kaquatosh, Rich Annamitta, Fay Annamitta and Glenda Kaquatosh, during an open house for the high school’s new greenhouse. Hischke is hoping to grow trees, wild rice and tobacco in the greenhouse in the future.

Run out of vegetables for the salad? Menominee Indian High School might be able to help with that.

Need some fish for Fridays during Lent — or any other time of year? The school has those, too.

With the help of a brand new greenhouse built on the north side of the school, the students are in great shape to grow organic food for their community. The greenhouse, which cost over $231,000 to build the interior and exterior, has the potential to help grow fresh vegetables for the Menominee Indian School District lunch program and, in the future, grow things utilized for tribal ceremonies.

Prior to the greenhouse being built, the school had utilized a grow machine that allowed lettuce to be grown in the classroom, and there had been some smaller fish tanks provided by Trout Unlimited. Despite those items helping to grow food, MIHS science teacher Klint Hischke wanted to do more and was hoping that a “small” greenhouse could be built.


Nurse practitioner to receive distinguished alumni award

A highly honored nurse practitioner from Marion will receive this year’s distinguished Alumnus Honoris Award at the Clintonville High School graduation ceremonies. Tina Bettin, a 1981 graduate of Clintonville High School, will be recognized for her contributions to the field of nursing at the commencement exercises June 2.

Bettin is a nurse practitioner at ThedaCare Physicians in New London and Manawa. She has worked for ThedaCare since 2000.

After receiving her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1984, she went on to receive her master’s at the same school in 1988. In 2008, she received her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Minnesota and is a certified family nurse practitioner.


‘Respectfully Remembering’ honors those in armed forces

Leader Photo by Miriam Nelson Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School freshman Reed Quade displays a cross that will be used to honor deceased members of the military. Names and branches of service will be painted on the crosses, which will be displayed at cemeteries during Memorial Day weekend.

Editor’s Note: NEW Media recently chatted with Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School Principal Jill Sharp about a new community service project called R2 — Respectfully Remembering.

Q: How did the project come about and how did it get named?

A: It was part of a brainstorming session with several teachers when we were looking for community service projects for our students that are meaningful and connected to our community.

Q: What kind of project is it and who manages it?

A: The students are building memorial crosses for people in our community that have served or are serving in the armed forces. The project is for the community in collaboration with our local Legions and VFW. It’s a project that can involve all the high school students. The National Honor Society is responsible for the overseeing of the project as a leadership group.

Q: How does the National Honor Society work?


Wegner three-peats in SkillsUSA contest

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Tyler Wegner seals the rim of a tire Wednesday in the auto shop at Shawano Community High School. Wegner is a three-time SkillsUSA state champion in collision repair technology.

Tyler Wegner made history this month when he became the first three-time champion representing Shawano Community High School in a SkillsUSA competition.

The senior took first place in the collision repair technology competition during the SkillsUSA leadership conference held April 30 and May 1 in Madison. Normally, Wegner would represent Wisconsin at the national SkillsUSA conference the last week of June in Kentucky, but the champ has opted not to compete further.

“I decided not to, but the national competition was different in previous years,” Wegner said, noting that he had to take five Automotive Service Excellence certification tests, analyze frames and perform other activities when he’d previously competed at the national level.

There is the skills application process, where Wegner had to repair a fender and demonstrate his abilities with different kinds of welding. He also had to fix a cracked plastic bumper.



Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Tigerton High School student Harley Graham slumps against her seat during the mock crash Wednesday behind Tigerton High School. Graham was one of the students declared “dead” at the scene.

A moment of distraction can cause a lifetime of pain and regret.

Tigerton High School made that message loud and clear Wednesday as it hosted a mock crash with the help of local law enforcement and emergency services, along with other presentations pointing out the dangers of texting while driving.

Umbrellas dotted a grassy hill behind the school as about 350 students from its school and neighboring Bowler, Gresham and Marion saw three colored tarps on the ground below. The clicking sounds of someone texting were followed up by screeching tires and the thump of a vehicle colliding with something.

Moments later, the tarps were removed to reveal two beat up cars, one tan and the other maroon, with shattered windshields, as well as a female teen lying motionless on the ground. A loud scream from Megan Suehring, playing the role of a passer-by who first came upon the grisly scene, echoed throughout the school yard.


No donkeys dunking at Tigerton event

Photo by Leah Lehman Alaina Bork holds her daughter, Alesha Bork, as she sits on one of the donkeys at the Donkey Basketball event Sunday at Tigerton High School.

The Tigerton FFA Alumni sponsored a donkey basketball game Sunday at Tigerton High School.

The Tigerton FFA held the concession stand, which raised funds to help send FFA member Allen Jobe to the Washington Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., this year. Jobe is currently a junior.

There were FFA teams at the event from Marion, Bowler and Tigerton, and a local team from Tigerton’s own Anita Haircut, a beauty salon, also participated. The donkeys were provided by Dairyland Donkeyball, and rules included no pulling, and you had to be on the donkey to pass, block and shoot the ball.

The donkeys had names such as Elvis, Earthquake and Widow-maker. One had a trick of bucking, and then dipping its head down so the rider fell off, and another enjoyed bucking when a rider tried to get on. Another simply could not be bothered and didn’t choose to move.


Pulaski student earns Cousins scholarship

Pulaski High School senior Brock Gracyalny is one of four finalists of the Cousins Subs and Make It Better Foundation’s seventh annual Wisconsin Sports Awards Scholarship Contest.

The son of Gary and Jenny Gracyalny was awarded a $7,500 college scholarship during a surprise presentation at Pulaski High School on April 15.

Gracyalny was selected as a finalist due to his academic acumen, community involvement and success in three Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association-sanctioned sports — football (four years), wrestling (four years) and baseball (one year), according to a news release from Cousins.

He will be recognized at the Wisconsin Sports Award event at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee on June 6. The Wisconsin Sports Award is an exclusive VIP event celebrating Wisconsin’s finest athletes in the high school, collegiate and professional arenas.


Bonduel preschool enrollment opens

Bonduel Elementary School’s Early Childhood Education Program will be offering 3K (Preschool) class for the 2019 - 2020 school year. Because a limited number of students are allowed, registration is on a first come, first serve basis. Children must be 3 years old by September 1, 2019. Children from families in all communities are welcome. No open enrollment is necessary.

3K classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8-11 a.m. The yearly cost for this program is $500. The fee must be paid in advance ($500 for the school year, due September 1; or $250 per semester, due September 1 and January 15, 2020). Classes will run on the same schedule as the public school calendar.

This class is for 3 year-old children who may have not had any previous experience with a school setting. The 3K class will offer instruction for school readiness, play-based learning, and incorporate a lot of fun into the program.


CMN to host Earth Day celebration

The College of Menominee Nation will celebrate Earth Day on April 26.

With events centered on the theme “Netāēnawemākanak: All Our Relatives,” participants will explore how each of us can be a better relative to the plants and animals with whom we share this planet.

From 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., community members and local school groups can participate in the Earth Day Activity Trail on the Keshena campus, N172 State Highway 47-55. The trail begins by the Menominee water tower and goes throughout the campus with interactive and informational stops along the way.

Visitors will explore greenhouses, soil health and composting near the Sustainable Development Institute; create a mural out of recycled bottle caps; hear about invasive species and plant phenology; and learn about forest conservation and animal species in the Cultural Learning Center. Along the trail, participants can collect Earth Day trading cards featuring some of our non-human relatives.



Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Cole Gorecki, a seventh-grade student at Pulaski Community Middle School, stirs a pan full of xylem sap as it’s being cooked down to pure maple syrup Friday outside the school. Gorecki learned about the process last year and is one of the students helping with the process this year.

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Pulaski Community Middle School sixth-grade teacher Jon Wood shows students what a hydrometer is during an outdoor learning day at the school Friday. Wood started teaching about the process of making maple syrup first at Fairview Elementary School, but he brought his curriculum with him four years ago when he transferred to PCMS.

The steam enveloped a group of students Friday morning at Pulaski Community Middle School as they observed a batch of sap from a maple tree boiling on top of a wood-fired cook stove.

Group by group poured out of the school to observe in person how maple syrup makers get what they need from the trees to create the topping for countless pancakes, waffles and slices of French toast.

The outside class was the culmination of several weeks of work that started with students and staff tapping trees outside the school and within the nearby school forest. It is a project that PCMS teachers Jon Wood and Dave Landers have spearheaded for four years. Before that, Wood conducted the education for a decade at Fairview Elementary School, the Pulaski Community School District’s northernmost school.


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