Bonduel students fare well at Bible Bowl

Contributed Photo Students who won medals at the seventh annual Wisconsin State-Wide Bible Bowl held April 1 in Wausau include, from left, front row, Jacob Moede, Megan Nowak, Thomas Reignier, Ben Schmidt, Elizabeth Schmidt, Hannah Schmidt; back row, Caitlin Johnson, Anna Palmer, Tyler Johnson, Abigail Palmer, Leah Schmidt and Dan Schmidt.

A team from St. Paul Lutheran Church in Bonduel won first place at the seventh annual Wisconsin State-Wide Bible Bowl held April 1 at Rib Mountain Lutheran Church in Wausau.

Members of the winning team were Hannah Schmidt, Ben Schmidt, Leah Schmidt and Elizabeth Schmidt. They were coached by Dave Doell.

The competition, for youngsters in grades 7-12, was on the Book of Matthew.

Another team from St. Paul, coached by Doell, placed fourth. Team members were Jake Moede, Jordan Moede, Thomas Reignier and Cooper Uelmen.

Teams from Trinity Lutheran in Athens and St. Paul Lutheran in Amherst took second and third, respectively

St. Paul-Bonduel students earning individual medals for their scores on the written part of the competition were Hannah Schmidt, first; Elizabeth Schmidt, second; Ben Schmidt, third; Thomas Reignier, fourth; Jacob Moede, sixth; Dan Schmidt, seventh; Leah Schmidt, eighth; Abigail Palmer, ninth; and Anna Palmer, 11th.


School Notes

Contributed Photo STUDENTS OF THE MONTH: Students of the Month at Shawano Community Middle School for March are, from left, Mitchell Soto, John Rhode, Brayden Koenig, Adeline Lyles, Grace Huntington and Emily Alvarez.

Bonduel Elementary School

Part of our fifth-grade social studies curriculum is for students to stay informed about current events. Our students get the weekly magazine, Time for Kids, and watch Channel One News.


School Notes

Gresham Community School

Junior high students completed the Forward Exam. Elementary students started testing after spring break.

On Tuesday, a mock tornado warning was issued, so all students had to go to their designated areas.

Grades 10-12 took a field trip to Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School on Wednesday for an assembly called “It Can Wait.”

Also on Wednesday, Smokey Bear visited the elementary students.


Solar energy play to brighten Earth Week at CMN

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Lloyd Frieson, playing Sam Paqneo, makes an impassioned plea to move funding to his oil business instead of solar energy as Ann Walenski listens in “CMN’s Solar Energy Institute Goes to Washington.”

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski The discussion in a U.S. Senate subcommittee hearing gets heated in “CMN’s Solar Energy Institute Goes to Washington.” Director Ryan Winn, left, watches as, from left, Sabrina Hemken, Ann Walenski and Lloyd Frieson rehearse the show Thursday afternoon.

The College of Menominee Nation is holding a number of activities next week in recognition of Earth Week, but the theatrical production could require audience members to bring sunblock.

“CMN’s Solar Energy Institute Goes to Washington,” a student-crafted play, will be performed on the Keshena campus Thursday to not only inform people about solar energy concepts in general but also to showcase the research conducted by the college in that field.

Ryan Winn, who teaches English, theater and humanities at the college, said he was approached by CMN’s Sustainable Development Institute about coming up with a performance piece involving an earth-friendly aspect to be part of the school’s weeklong celebration.

“Solar Energy Institute,” which had been a theater performance done by CMN when students attended the American Indian Higher Education Consortium student conference, seemed like the perfect piece, he said.


UW partners with Bonduel on innovative science education

Photo by James Runde Lisa Sorlie’s middle school students race to uncover a phylogenetic tree, seeking to find out which genetic traits caused species to branch apart from one another.

Photo by James Runde Bonduel Middle School teacher Zac Krause, left, checks over a group’s DNA amino acid sequence while the students await the results.

If science classes at Bonduel Middle School had a rallying cry it would be, “Don’t expect to find the answers in the book!”

Lisa Sorlie, enthusiastic advocate of innovative classroom science, would definitely be holding the megaphone.

“Too often, classroom science has kids looking for answers between the covers of a textbook,” said Sorlie, who taught middle school science for 14 years before stepping this year into a new role as library media specialist for the school district of Bonduel.

“Here in Bonduel,” Sorlie said, “it’s absolutely our goal to infuse our future scientists, future innovators, with the realization that science is about asking questions.”


Students excel in school’s new space

Leader Photo by Scott Williams School staffer Becky Dillenburg awaits her next students inside The Zone, an alternative learning space created this school year at Olga Brener Intermediate School in Shawano.

Leader Photo by Scott Williams Students visiting The Zone are given many tools to help them relax and refocus, including rocking chairs, coloring books and bicycle pedals for working out stress.

For students at one Shawano school, being sent to the principal’s office no longer means what it used to.

Olga Brener Intermediate School has carved out a new space — far away from the principal’s office — to try a new approach with students who are struggling to stay focused in the classroom.

It is called The Zone.

Olga Brener students wind up in The Zone not to receive punishment or discipline, but to decompress and recalibrate themselves so they can return to class.

School administrators converted former offices into the specialized space where a trained paraprofessional helps agitated or distracted students with tools that include coloring books, hand toys, music, rocking chairs and even a little calming lavender-scented air freshener.

Officials say the experimental approach introduced earlier this school year has proved so successful that some students go voluntarily when they sense they are losing focus in the classroom.


Local student helps build solar-powered water heater

Contributed Photo Kim Pierson, right, discusses the solar-powered water heater with research students Brendon Kwick, Sawyer Buck and Hunter Hermes.

When Kim Pierson began teaching a new class about renewable energies, he used some inexpensive materials he found at a local store to build a small model of a solar thermal water heater that he could use in his laboratory.

The UW-Eau Claire physics professor quickly realized that his model — if built to a much larger scale — actually has a lot of potential for use in the real world.

After a few stops and starts, mostly due to time constraints, last summer Pierson pulled together a team of two students to begin building a larger prototype of his model solar-powered water heater.

Their goal is to develop a low-cost, lightweight solar water heater that can be used to preheat hot water for electric and gas water heaters, and to provide hot water for ground-source heat pumps to heat buildings.


School Notes

Contributed Photo National Honor Society members at Gresham Community School are, from left, front row, Makena Arndt, Lizzie Ketchum, Kali Jones, Dani Huntington, Kaci Wendorff, Kiersten Fischer; back row, Kayli Posselt, Eric Schmidt, Sydney Jensen, Neal Cerveny, Makenzie Hoffman, Drew Haffner and Hailey Hoffman.

Contributed Photo From left, Mya Shawanokasic, Roselynn Rosenow and Riley Kaquawich play a game at the Gnome Games Family Night on March 30 at Gresham Community School.

Gresham Community School

Seniors went on the ad sales trip to Shawano on March 29 to approach businesses for ads for the yearbook.

The National Honor Society banquet was held March 29. The juniors inducted were Kalisa Jones, Kiersten Fischer, Mackenzie Hoffman, Hailey Hoffman, Elizabeth Ketchum, Kaci Wendorff, Drew Haffner and Dani Huntington.

March 30 was the Gnome Games Family Night. People of the Gresham community came to the school and played games and had pizza.



Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Ann O’Leary, the 69th Alice in Dairyland, asks fourth-grade students a question about agriculture Wednesday at Sacred Heart Catholic School. O’Leary visited schools in Birnamwood, Bonduel, Bowler, Gillett, Gresham, Shawano, Tigerton and Wittenberg to teach students about where their food comes from.

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Ann O’Leary uses four students at Gresham Community School to point out how agriculture is vital to the economy. Participating in her demonstration are, from left, Seth Marks, Derek Schrieber, Robert Kaquatosh and Jeny Reedy.

Wisconsin is known as America’s Dairyland, but much more than milk and cheese is produced here.

Fourth-grade classrooms across Shawano County received a lesson this week on the foods that Wisconsin is famous for growing and producing. Ann O’Leary, the state’s 69th Alice in Dairyland, told students about the variety of crops — as varied as green beans, cherries, trout, wild rice and more — and where those crops thrive.

“It’s a lot of fun,” O’Leary said after visiting with several classes at Gresham Community School. “I love coming to the schools and talking with them. Each classroom is different and seems to have its own knowledge of food and where it comes from.”



Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Melissa Koziol, played by Sabrina Demaskie, talks and writes at the same time in a scene from “Among Friends and Clutter.”

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Katharine Green, played by Sahara Homan, acts frustrated as her grandpa, played by Matthew Schwitzer, tries to comfort her in a scene for “Among Friends and Clutter.”

One day, you’re sitting in second grade getting ready to work on an assignment for your teacher.

The next day, life happens.

That’s the plot in a nutshell for “Among Friends and Clutter,” a one-act play that will hit the stage at Shawano Community High School this week.

The play, written by Lindsay Price, follows seven students in a second-grade classroom. It is a drama-comedy that shifts from childhood scenes to moments from their adult lives, both real and imagined.

The setup for the show is a little different than what has previously been done. Instead of the audience sitting in the auditorium, ticket holders will be on the stage.

The show has two young directors, including a recent SCHS alum. Addison Lewis, who graduated in 2016, helped out as a director’s assistant with “Mary Poppins” and “Frankenstein.”


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