Schools

Thu
30
Mar

Needy pets find friends in kids


Leader Photo by Scott Williams Gracie Hensel, left, joins her fellow volunteers in selling cookies, muffins and other treats in the Olga Brener Intermediate School cafeteria to raise funds for the Shawano County Humane Society.

Leader Photo by Scott Williams Teaming up for the community service project are, from left, Layden Stemper, Kendra Strebel, Gracie Hensel, Kendra Westphal and Rachael Carroll.

Gracie Hensel looked at the pictures of stray dogs and cats in an animal shelter, and she knew she could not turn away and do nothing.

So she thought up a plan to raise funds to help stray animals by rallying support from the people she knows best: her fellow students at Olga Brener Intermediate School in Shawano.

The fourth-grader has joined with classmates in a fundraising drive to support the Shawano County Humane Society so that dogs and cats there are as happy and comfortable as possible.

“I’ve always loved animals,” Gracie said. “It makes me excited just to know that something me and my friends did succeeded.”

Offering a bake sale in the Olga Brener cafeteria, the students raised nearly $200 in the first few days selling cookies and muffins and other treats. They are continuing their drive this week in hopes of delivering a generous show of support to animals at the humane society.

Thu
30
Mar

Spies in the school cafeteria


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Natasha Sparrow, played by Hannah Block, threatens astronaut Robert Ness, played by Regan Koenamann, if space secrets are not forthcoming in a scene from “Spy School.”

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Villian Blake Moore, played by Izac Lueck, does battle with heroic spy Priscilla, played by Emily Stanslawski, in a scene from “Spy School.” The comedy is Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School’ spring play and will be performed next week in the school’s auditorium.

It’s tough enough to be a teenager, even in the 1960s, but when the fate of the world rests on your shoulders, suddenly term papers and algebraic equations seem small in comparison.

Everyday teen girl Jane Doe finds herself drafted into the CIA in the comedy “Spy School,” which Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School is performing next week for its spring production.

The show takes place in 1961, when Jane must infiltrate an American high school to locate a Russian spy who is about to send classified information about the United States’ space program to the Soviet Union. Part of her undercover family are a femme fatale mom, a 40-year-old “younger” brother, and a father who takes narcissism to a whole new level.

Jane finds it difficult to succeed in a time when women were seen as housewives and secretaries and not as intelligent equals, as seen by the sexist curriculum in the high school. Obnoxious students and a prom scene like no other round out the show.

Thu
30
Mar

Clintonville teacher gets national honor

Karen Petermann, of Clintonville, was recently named the National Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year by SHAPE America.

Petermann teaches at Rexford-Longfellow Elementary School in Clintonville.

The award from the Society of Health and Physical Educators was presented at its 132nd national convention in Boston earlier this month.

The award is given in recognition of outstanding teaching performance at the elementary school level and the ability to motivate today’s youth to participate in a lifetime of physical activity.

Petermann, a physical education teacher in the Clintonville School District for more than 29 years, vied with five other district winners for the 28th annual award.

In all, six national Teachers of the Year were selected in the areas of adapted physical education, dance education, school health, elementary physical education, middle school physical education and high school physical education.

Thu
30
Mar

School Notes

Gresham Community School

We raised $708.72 last week for Pennies for Patients.

On Friday, the culture club had a lock-in at the school from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. The students and teachers who chaperoned had a fun time.

On March 23, the second- and third-grade classes went to the Milwaukee Public Museum.

The Gnome Games family night is from 5-7 p.m. Thursday. Dinner is from 5-5:30 p.m., and games will be played in the library after dinner.

Wed
29
Mar

Bonduel student competes in state bee


Contributed Photo Erin Timler, an eighth-grader from Bonduel, is shown competing over the weekend at the Badger State Spelling Bee in Madison.

Shawano County’s reigning two-time spelling bee champion turned in another stellar performance this weekend at the Badger State Spelling Bee.

Erin Timler, an eighth-grader from Bonduel, finished in eighth place out of 46 competitors at the statewide event held at Madison Area Technical College.

It was the second consecutive year that Timler advanced to the state competition after winning the Shawano County regional spelling bee. She finished in 20th place statewide last year.

Timler correctly spelled “diorama,” “détente,” “roodebok,” “jnana” and other words this year before being eliminated for misspelling “colchicum” in the 15th round of competition.

Her younger sister, Abby, now in sixth grade, won the regional spelling bee and competed at state two years ago.

Fri
24
Mar

School Notes


Contributed Photo SCHS STUDENTS OF THE MONTH: The Hawk Way Students of the Month at Shawano Community High School are, from left, freshman Alana Krolow, sophomore Alexis Trinko, junior Cole Stuebs and senior Rachel Marquette. Each month, staff are asked to nominate students whom they feel best exemplify the core principles of the Hawk Way (respectful, responsible, and safe). Winners are selected at the Hawk Way Team’s monthly meeting.

Contributed Photo STUDENTS OF THE MONTH: Shawano Community Middle School’s Students of the Month for February are, from left, Dane Adams, Riley Dreier, Corissa Hutmaker, Alexander Paque, Skyler Young and Jillian Black.

Gresham Community School

Last week was pretty exciting. We started our annual Pennies for Patients fundraiser. All grades participate, and the class that raises the most money gets a pizza party.

We also had a talent show on Friday. Arthur Boucher, first-place winner for the junior and senior high, sang and played the piano and the cajon. Weston Roe, second-place winner, did magic tricks.

Brett Schreiber, first-place winner for elementary, did gymnastics. Cami Gourley and Olivia Roe, second-place winners, sang to the song “Party in the U.S.A.”

The second- and third-grade classes are going to the Milwaukee Public Museum.

Gnome Games will host family night from 5-7 p.m. March 30.

Sat
18
Mar

Clintonville teacher receives PE award

Clintonville resident Karen Petermann of Rexford-Longfellow Elementary School will be honored as the Midwest District Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year by the Society of Health and Physical Educators at its 132nd National Convention and Expo in Boston this week.

SHAPE America’s Midwest District represents six states from West Virginia to Wisconsin. The award is given in recognition of outstanding teaching performance at the elementary school level and the ability to motivate today’s youth to participate in a lifetime of physical activity.

Petermann, a physical education teacher in the Clintonville School District for more than 29 years, will vie with five other district winners for the distinguished honor of National Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year.

The National Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year award recipient will be announced on Friday at the SHAPE America Hall of Fame Banquet.

Wed
08
Mar

School Notes


Contributed Photo Zero the Hero (Administrator Patrick Rau) reads to kindergartners at Bonduel Elementary School during a 100th Day of School program.

Bonduel Elementary School

The kindergartners at Bonduel Elementary had quite a surprise on their 100th day of school. They had a visit from Zero the Hero, who came to hear them count to 100. The kindergartners counted by ones, by twos, by fives, by 10s and by 20s for him. Zero the Hero read them stories about the 100th day of school. He ended his visit with each student telling their name and then he gave them a 100th Day of School sticker.

Wed
01
Mar

A DOG IN SCHOOL


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Hillcrest Primary School kindergarten student Ashton Powell, right, giggles as therapy dog Grace takes a closer look during a classroom visit Monday as Jessica Barforth, left, and Molly Hanson look on. Grace will primarily work with students individually or in small groups.

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Kindergarten students at Hillcrest Primary School marvel as Grace, the new therapy dog for Hillcrest and LEADS Charter School, pays them a visit Monday afternoon. Although Grace will make some classroom visits, she’ll primarily be working with students individually or in small groups.

Students at Hillcrest Primary School and LEADS Charter School aren’t allowed to bring their pets to school, but now they’ll be able to turn to man’s best friend whenever they’re down.

Students at the two schools, which share the same building, were introduced to Grace, a black Labrador now working as the schools’ therapy dog, on Monday. Officials hope Grace will help to improve student behavior and even encourage shy students to read aloud.

Kindergarten students burst into smiles and giggles as Grace walked in and sat quietly. Students took the opportunity to pet her and asked a variety of questions, like what she eats and where she lives when she’s not making the rounds.

Sat
25
Feb

School Notes


Contributed Photo Members of the Shawano FFA chapter who attended the Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s FFA Farm Forum are, from left, Brynn Huntington, Kaitlin Pescinski and Sarah Benzinger.

Bowler Elementary School

At the beginning of this school year, students from Jody Siahaan’s Panthers Acquiring Knowledge and Skills class were involved in writing an application for a grant from the Wisconsin Department of Instruction.

Many schools from the state wrote applications, and only some schools were chosen. We received a grant for $1,000 and are using the money to help students understand how important it is to treat each other with respect and kindness.

We based it on a book about how to be a “bucket filler” and not a “bucket dipper.” We designed some banners for our walls at school and made T-shirts for our classes.

We are also attending a play at the Grand Theater in Wausau to learn about how Jackie Robinson overcame racial attitudes of people who didn’t always treat him with kindness and respect.

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