Schools

Fri
24
Feb

School Notes


Contributed Photo Bowler FFA members Kendra Rickert, left, and Zena Giese attended the Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s FFA Farm Forum on Feb. 17-18 in Wisconsin Rapids. The students were sponsored by Shawnao County Farm Bureau.

Bonduel Elementary School

To celebrate the 100th day of school in a meaningful way, the students at Bonduel Elementary School participated in the weeklong 100th Day Challenge, which set a goal for each grade level to collect 100 cans of food. Students in kindergarten through fifth grade showed their community spirit by bringing in a variety of donations the week of Feb. 6-10. The 4K students joined in as well, which made this service learning project a complete success!

BES reached its goal by collecting 667 donations and split them among the two local food pantries, St. Martin’s of Tours Parish in Cecil and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Bonduel. Both food pantries were delighted to accept the donations and were impressed by the generosity of the Bonduel Elementary students and their families.

Thu
23
Feb

THE DECISIONS OF SUCCESS


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Mentor Ryan Alexander, left, consults with Bonduel High School students Abigail Palmer, Colin Wussow and Mark Bodreaux during the Junior Achievement Business Challenge held Wednesday at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College’s Shawano campus.

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Bonduel High School students, from left, Owen Wilcox, Zach Manning and Brent Pieper look at what has happened to their business as a result of their latest decisions as their mentor, Art Bahr, looks on.

Twenty-nine students from Shawano and Bonduel high schools got a taste Wednesday of decisions made daily by business executives and managers.

The Junior Achievement Business Challenge, held at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College’s Shawano campus, allowed students to put to use what they had learned in business classes. As leaders of fantasy companies for a day, the 10 teams of two or three students each made decisions that could help or hurt their bottom lines in the computerized simulation.

Students on the winning team earned $500 scholarships through Junior Achievement; the runners-up received $250 scholarships. The top two teams advance to the state competition in May in Sheboygan.

Thu
16
Feb

Another hard fought V-I-C-T-O-R-Y


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Erin Timler, right, Bonduel School District’s representative, spells a word in the first round of the regional spelling bee Wednesday in Sousa Hall at Bonduel High School as fellow competitors David Uttenreither, of Tigerton, and Ally Schultz, of St. Martin, watch. Timler is returning to the Badger State Spelling for a second consecutive time after winning the regional bee.

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Spelling bee competitors, from left, Fiona Hoffman, of Gresham, Anna Etten, of Shawano, Bailey Grosskopf, of Bowler, and David Uttenreither, of Tigerton, wait for the regional spelling bee to begin Wednesday night. Etten was the runner-up in the bee, while Grosskopf took third.

Erin Timler won the regional spelling bee for the second year in a row Wednesday night at Bonduel High School.

For the second competition in a row, Timler, who is in eighth grade at Bonduel Middle School, faced a tough competitor, and this time, it wasn’t her younger sister.

Timler and Anna Etten, a sixth-grade student from Shawano Community Middle School in her first year of competition, squared off against each other for nearly 20 rounds of the 32-round bee before Timler achieved victory by spelling “woebegone” and “dermatology” correctly.

Timler spelled “woebegone” incorrectly at the Bonduel School District bee in January, but she said she’d been studying hard since then. Timler got that word after Etten misspelled “statuesque.”

The repeat win almost didn’t happen, though.

Thu
16
Feb

School Notes


Contributed Photo Bonduel High School students, from left, Alexia Folkman, Jarrette Czarapata, Emily Sorenson, and Alexis Beschta had their art pieces featured in a statewide art show recently.

Bonduel Elementary School

Wed
08
Feb

School Notes

Bonduel Elementary School

The Bonduel School District is working toward implementing a growth mindset approach in helping students learn.

According to Mindset Works Inc., “In a growth mindset, people believe their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work – brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. Virtually all people who have achieved top performance, had these qualities. Research shows people with this view reach higher levels of success than people with fixed mindset beliefs.”

Sat
04
Feb

Gresham holds first spelling bee in 20+ years


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Gresham Community School eighth-grade student Fiona Hoffman reacts to the news that spelling the word “algae” made her the school’s first spelling bee champion in more than 20 years. Hoffman will compete in the regional bee in Bonduel on Feb. 13.

Gresham Community School will have its first representative at the regional spelling bee in more than 20 years after eighth-grade student Fiona Hoffman won the school’s bee Friday.

Hoffman beat 53 other students from grades 4-8 by correctly spelling “partridge” and “algae” in the final round. She will go on to the regional bee at Bonduel High School on Feb. 13.

“It’s amazing,” Hoffman said after the bee. “I’m really excited. I’m so happy.”

Hoffman was surprised to learn she would be the first Gresham student at the regional bee in a long time. She said she spent a couple of hours per night studying words in preparation for the school competition.

“I’m nervously excited,” Hoffman said.

If Hoffman is sick or otherwise unable to compete at the regional bee, fifth-grade student Coral Cook will go in her place.

Wed
01
Feb

School Notes


Contributed Photo FAMILY NIGHT: Shannon Holsey, right, tribal president for the Stockbridge-Munsee, was the keynote speaker for a Growth Mindset Family Night held recently at Bowler Elementary School. Teachers Jody Siahaan, Crystal Brunner and Kelly Carlson also provided breakout sessions to students and parents to expand on the philosophy that Holsey presented. Families also were treated to dinner before the presentations. More than 50 people attended the event, one of seven family nights the school hosts during the school year.

Menominee Indian High School

On Feb. 28, every junior at Menominee Indian High School will take the ACT for free. This is a $75 test that is used by every two- and four-year college for admission, so it is of great value as each student will be able to use this free test to get into any further schooling after graduation.

On March 1, all juniors will take the ATC Work Keys test, which is designed for students entering the workforce. Students will be able to take these results directly to future employers to demonstrate their employability skills.

MIHS principal Jim Reif said these tests are very important: “All juniors should be in attendance for both of these tests, regardless of what path they think they may take after high school. Since none of us can predict the future, they should take advantage of both tests.”

Parents and students are asked to mark their calendars to make sure all juniors are in school on Feb. 28 and March 1.

Fri
27
Jan

‘Mary Poppins’ floats in to SCHS


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Mary Poppins, played by Hannah Williams, and Bert, played by Hunter Krolow, dance to the tune of “Jolly Holiday” during the first act of “Mary Poppins.” Shawano Community High School is performing the tale of a magical nanny for its winter musical.

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Mary Poppins, played by Hannah Williams, is packed up and ready to leave in the second act of “Mary Poppins.” The musical is based on the 1964 Disney film.

Folks who were around when “Mary Poppins” first hit the silver screen in 1964 can relive one of the films of their youth when Shawano Community High School debuts the musical next week.

The tale of the magical nanny with the large carpet bag who rides in and out with the wind hits the local stage with more than 40 students from the high school and other area schools, not to mention a couple of home-schooled children.

The show opens with the Banks family contending with the sudden departure of the nanny, spurred by the unruly nature of the children, Jane and Michael. The children tell their parents what they want in a new nanny, but before an advertisement can be run in the local paper, Mary Poppins arrives, reciting the same job qualifications uttered by the children moments earlier.

Fri
27
Jan

Applications being accepted for Community Foundation scholarships

The Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region is accepting applications for more than $1 million in scholarship money available to area students.

A change in federal rules allows many college-bound students to apply for scholarships sooner than they could have in the past. They now can use information from their parents’ 2015 federal tax to complete the FAFSA rather than waiting for them to complete their 2016 return, as the old rules would have required. Many of the Community Foundation scholarships require the FAFSA, which provides information about the family’s financial situation.

The Community Foundation’s scholarship web page at www.cffoxvalley.org/scholarships lists scholarships available to students from 60 schools, primarily high schools in its Fox Valley service region, which includes regional families of funds in Brillion, Chilton, Clintonville, Shawano and Waupaca.

Fri
27
Jan

MISD planning annual scholarship gala

The fifth annual Menominee Indian School District Scholarship Gala will be held April 7 at the Menominee Indian Casino Resort Conference Center.

All proceeds will go to MISD’s scholarship fund, with a portion given out annually as scholarships to students currently attending college. In the past four years, the gala has raised more than $78,000, including $23,000 in 2016.

“More and more of our students are pursuing post-secondary education opportunities, and we want to ensure these students have the financial resources they need to stay in school,” MISD Superintendent Wendell Waukau said. “The scholarship monies raised at this event can make a big difference in a student’s ability to finish pursuing a degree.”

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