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.”


School Notes

Contributed Photo After seeing a movie as part of their reward for following the Wildcat Way, elementary students learn who won prizes for the first quarter.

Bonduel Elementary School

The fifth-graders at Bonduel Elementary got a taste of college in October when they visited the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay for the Phuture Phoenix program. We trekked the campus, getting a glimpse of the Weidner Center, Kress athletic facility, classrooms, library and dorms. It was amazing to hear so many of the students excited about the university with claims that they would like to pursue a degree there. The value in educating our youth about options after high school is as important as ever. Go, Phoenix!

Gresham Community School

On Nov. 11, all the kids met in the gym for our Veterans Day assembly. Newell Haffner and Ray Rigsby spoke, and the band played.

Parent-teacher conferences were held Tuesday and Thursday. While they were going on, the library opened its book fair.


School Notes

Contributed Photo Firefighter Joe Fuss presents a Fire Prevention Week program at Bonduel Elementary School.

Gresham Community School

The parenting class at Gresham Community School received lifelike baby dolls, courtesy of Shawano County Child Support Agency, on Nov. 2. Students took care of the RealCare babies until Monday.

Citizens of the month for the month of October are John Brady, Mikol Meyer, Mahwaeseh Peters, Landon Roe, Robert Kaquatosh, Janay Kirkland, and Jocelyn Cerveny.

Bonduel Elementary School

In social studies, first-graders at Bonduel Elementary School have been studying a unit called Where People Live. This important topic helps us to identify our city, state, country, neighboring countries and continent. Perhaps the most important lesson we will learn is how to give our exact location in case of an emergency.


School Notes

Contributed Photo Batman (Jaymin Pendleton, a 4K student at Sacred Heart Catholic School) tries his luck in the Mystery Box at the 33rd annual Community Halloween Party held Oct. 26 at Sacred Heart in Shawano.

Sacred Heart Catholic School

SHCS welcomed over 900 guests to the 33rd annual Community Halloween Party on Oct. 26. This free and fun event was open to all children through eighth grade. Guests had a boooo-tiful time filled with games, prizes, candy and a haunted house prepared by eighth-grade students and staff.

This year’s event had a fresh new look thanks to the use of new decorations from Kelly Baumann, of The Gathering and Farm Inn on Main; Cathy Besaw, grandmother of four Sacred Heart Catholic School students and mother of Autumne Gee, director of admissions and development; Chad Kary, school parent; Scott Marohl, middle school teacher; and Sue Simeons, art teacher, who made giant patterned spiders with her classes.


Broadway comes to SCHS

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Sophomore violinist Faith Schenk concentrates during a rehearsal Tuesday afternoon at the Shawano Community High School auditorium. The orchestra and symphony orchestra will perform almost 20 songs this weekend at the annual Golden Strings concert.

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski The Shawano Community High School orchestra and symphony orchestra practice one of the pieces they will perform in their annual Golden Strings concert Friday and Saturday. The students select the theme, which is “Broadway Comes to SCHS,” and many of the songs.

Broadway is coming to Shawano Community High School.

The school’s orchestras will come together to perform their annual Golden Strings concert Friday and Saturday, presenting 18 songs that include pieces from 10 Broadway shows.

The orchestra will re-create many of the songs loved and adored by young and old from shows such as “Phantom of the Opera,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Les Miserables,” “Fiddler on the Roof” and others.

The concert will also feature several singers from the high school and the community.

Students determine the theme and organize the show. Senior Mikaela Selle said the show will appeal to locals in their teens and 20s as much as it will older audiences who grew up with the original music.

“It’s really unique because there are a lot of accidentals in the pieces, and those come out when you play,” Selle said. Accidentals in the music world are emphasized sharps and flats.


School Notes

Contributed Photo As part of Red Ribbon Week and drug prevention education, Bowler Elementary School recently held a Crazy Hair Day, highlighted by teacher Crystal Brunner sporting her wild and wacky hair style. “I think this style may become the hair craze here at Bowler,” Brunner said. “It’s good that the students see the staff participating in these fun activities. Most of the students loved it. I can’t wait for next year. I’m guessing I’ll have a new look with longer hair.”

Contributed Photo Heidi Cerveny and Deb Hohensee dressed up as witches for Gresham Community School’s Halloween dress-up day.

Gresham Community School

On Oct. 31, Gresham Community School had a schoolwide Halloween dress-up day. There were many bright and colorful costumes worn by everyone from the preschoolers to the teachers. There were princesses, firefighters, puppies, vampires and much more.

For those who are interested in middle school and high school basketball, the first game for middle school boys is Monday and the high school junior varsity/varsity girls’ first game is Nov. 11. We can’t wait to see all the supporters at the games. Go Wildcats!

Shawano Community High School

The Golden Strings Concert is scheduled from 7-10 p.m. Friday in the Shawano Community High School auditorium.

The fall athletic banquet will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday at The Gathering in Shawano.

The Dinner Dance Revue will be held Nov. 11-12 in the auditorium. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., with the performance starting at 6:30 p.m.


School Notes

Contributed Photo Shawano Community High School FFA members attended the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis last week. They went on agricultural tours, attended a huge ag expo, heard guest speakers and attended sessions with over 60,000 FFA members from across the nation. Shown are, from left, front row, Emma Magee, Faith Schenk, Lydia Williams and Callie Boyles; back row, Shantel Schoepke, Mackenzie Boyles, Bryce Stomberg, Eli Magee, Kaitlin Pescinski, Brynn Huntington and Sherry Huntington.

Contributed Photo From left, Luke Jensen, Hadley Prahl, Jordy Schick, Jacob Hohensee and Mason Pyatskowit got to wear their HERE-O Capes showing their perfect attendance in the 4K class at Gresham Community School.

Gresham Community School

Gresham students were busy last week.

On Tuesday they went to the Marion Banquet Hall to meet the other teachers and classmates participating in the Embarrass River Valley Instructional Network Group. The network includes the school districts of Bonduel, Bowler, Clintonville, Gresham, Marion, Menominee Indian, Rosholt, Tigerton and Wittenberg-Birnamwood.

On Thursday there was a Culture Club trip to the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Students toured the campus and heard from Oshkosh students what it’s like living on campus and going to college. They listened to a motivational speaker talk about not giving up on their dreams and to take other paths to get there if necessary.

Also on Thursday in the 4K room, the kids who were in school every day that week got to wear Here-O capes that showed their perfect attendance.



Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Victor Frankenstein, played by Hunter Hokenstad, looks on in amazement as his creature, played by Hunter Krolow, comes alive in a scene from “Frankenstein.” The show opens its three-night run on Thursday.

The dates of the Shawano Community High School fall play coinciding with Halloween weekend gave the school’s theater program a variety of options for a frightening and terrifying show.

The ultimate choice was “Frankenstein,” the classic tale written by Mary Shelley but adapted by Austin Tichenor for the stage. “Frankenstein” comes to life Thursday at the SCHS auditorium and runs through next Saturday.

Alex Konen, director, said he picked Tichenor’s version of Shelley’s tale of a man who creates life in order to stave off death because the script was the closest to what Shelley wrote nearly 200 years ago.

“The challenge, for me, was finding the right script, because there are so many adaptations,” Konen said. “I think I read five different copies, and with two of them, I got through 10 pages and said, ‘No, not the right script for me.’”



Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Amanda Reiter, College of Menominee Nation’s Farm to School coordinator, shows students from Menominee Indian Middle School how to prepare a salad with spinach, cranberries, almonds and other ingredients as Carol Peters, an eighth-grade student hands her some spinach to use. Reiter’s position is funded through a grant to help students in the Menominee Indian School District learn about where their food comes from.

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Kindergarten students Amiyah O’Kimosh and Khole Owen enjoy apples during lunch Thursday at Hillcrest Primary School. Everflow Farms in Bonduel provided the apples to all Shawano public schools as part of National Farm to School Month.

Where does your food come from? If your children don’t know, they’ll get a chance to learn this month.

October is National Farm to School Month, with the theme “One Small Step” driving thousands of schools to step up efforts to buy food from local farms and show their students the origins of what they eat daily.

The Menominee Indian School District partnered with College of Menominee Nation to share that information with its students.

A U.S. Department of Agriculture grant made it possible for CMN to hire a Farm to School coordinator, Amanda Reiter, to show students how fruits and vegetables are grown and animals are raised to provide the food they consume.

“They’ll get knowledge of what we have locally, that much of our food comes from the earth, and we can eat it and utilize it in our everyday lives,” Reiter said. “They’ll be trying new things that are good for our bodies and our souls.”


School Notes

Gresham Community School

The seventh-grade students each did a project in social studies showing a scene of culture in the region before the Europeans came. They showed the geography, clothing, food sources and homes.

On Oct. 5, some students attended the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College open house to apply for next fall.

There is a blood drive in the library at Gresham School from 12-5 p.m. Friday. Appointments can be made by calling 715-787-3211, ext. 333, or by email at

UW-Green Bay

About 450 fifth-graders from Bonduel, Bowler, Suring, Menominee Nation, Abrams, Sturgeon Bay, Oconto and Oconto Falls will visit the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday as part of the Phuture Phoenix program’s Fall Tour Days.


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