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Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Newsies, from left, Albert (Mickey Wirtz), Specs (Hannah Dornfeld), Spot Conlon (Autumn Wood) and Mush (Rylee Miller) vow to go on strike in a musical number from “Newsies.” The musical is not only a first for Pulaski High School, but for most schools as Disney extended performing rights to high schools in 2018.

Newspaper subscribers tend to get irritated when they don’t get the news delivered on time, but imagine that the late deliveries are on purpose.

That scenario is at the center of “Newsies,” a musical being performed by Pulaski High School this weekend and next. The musical is based on the 1992 film, which was based on the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City.

The show follows a ragtag band of newspaper delivery boys as they struggle to make a living delivering the news. Many of them are living on the streets, and others are delivering papers to help their families put food on the table. That living is put in jeopardy when Joseph Pulitzer, publisher of the New York World, hikes the price for the newsies to purchase their papers to sell. After finding that the other papers in the city are planning to follow suit, the newsies, led by Jack Kelly, decide to go on strike.


Sponsors sought for kids’ summer food programs

No school means no lunch for thousands of Wisconsin’s economically disadvantaged children in summer. To help feed hungry kids when school is not in session, the Department of Public Instruction is seeking new and renewal sponsors for the Summer Food Service Program.

“Many families struggle to provide food for their children throughout the year, but especially so during the summer when the School Breakfast and National School Lunch programs aren’t running,” said State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor. “The Summer Food Service Program helps close a nutrition gap for children in communities throughout the state.”



Scuttle, played by Grace Licausi, tries to help Ariel, played by Peyton Buerman, learn how to get on her newly created feet in a scene of “The Little Mermaid.” While the film only had a simple scene about Ariel learning to walk, the stage adaptation features a song and dance dedicated to the mermaid’s lesson.

The winter musical for Shawano Community High School is going swimmingly as more than 75 students prepare to show “The Little Mermaid” to the public next week.

Most of the show will be familiar to those who saw the Disney film, as the musical also tells the Disney tale. However, there will be a few more songs that help extend a 90-minute movie into a live show that lasts beyond two hours.

For those who have not seen the film, the story of “The Little Mermaid” follows a girl named Ariel who falls hopelessly in love for a prince. The problem is that the prince walks on land, while she gets around on fins.


Pulaski band to perform Kirby composition Sunday

When Pulaski Community Middle School seventh-grade band director Jackson Smith lifts his baton to lead a combined band of grades 6-12 on Sunday, the 366 musicians will play an original three-part work written by Delafield composer Rick Kirby especially for the Pulaski Community School District.

The band will play the piece around 2 p.m. at Sunday’s annual Pulaski High School Music Boosters Chilirific Musicpalooza fundraiser from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Pulaski High School. At the fundraiser, the PHS and PCMS bands will perform along with PHS choir groups and PHS and PCMS jazz groups. The event also featured all-you-can-eat chili, sandwiches, milk and coffee. Dessert is also available.

The Pulaski Music Boosters funded the entire composition project.


Sacred Heart celebrating Catholic Schools Week

Sacred Heart Catholic School will be celebrating National Catholic Schools Week from Jan. 27 to Feb. 1 with the theme of “God’s Winning Team.”

Sacred Heart Catholic School is the only Catholic school in Shawano County.

The school will officially kick off the week on Sunday with a 10:45 a.m. family Mass at Sacred Heart Parish. Following Mass, the school will open its doors to the whole community for a free and family friendly open house event from noon to 2:30 p.m.

The family-friendly event will feature free snacks, door prizes, school and classroom exploration, as well as fun activities for all ages and abilities, such as Kindness Rock Painting and Friendship Bracelet making. The large group activities, supersized ball pong, hungry human hippos, and Hoop Hustle will be in the gymnasium.

Enrollment information will be available during the open house and is also located in the school lobby and Sacred Heart Parish gathering space.


MISD scholarship gala set for March 29

The seventh annual Menominee Indian School District Scholarship Gala will take place on March 29 at the Menominee Casino & Resort Conference Center from 5-9 p.m.

All proceeds go to MISD’s scholarship fund. With the help of countless sponsors and donors over the last six years, the MISD has raised more than $135,000 in scholarship funds, resulting in 88 scholarships for students pursuing post-secondary education.

The event features nonstop activities including meat raffles, bucket raffles, dinner, a live auction and first-hand accounts from MIHS alumni on how scholarships had a positive impact on their ability to stay in school.

The gala committee is now accepting sponsorships for the gala, including event, meat wheel, dessert, live auction and corporate table sponsors. Sponsorships range from $600 for a corporate/organization table to $3,000 for event sponsors. Sponsors receive promotional consideration, signage and tickets to the event.


Bishop to give update on Catholic schools initiative

Bishop David Ricken of the Diocese of Green Bay will be at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Shawano to update the public on his strategic plan for Catholic schools. The presentation will be held Jan. 29 at 2 p.m. in the gymnasium.

A year ago, Ricken unveiled his “Disciples on the Way: Strategic and Mission Plan for Catholic Schools” initiative. He said the key steps to vibrant schools built upon missionary discipleship circle around the students, staff, education, operations and funding. Sacred Heart was chosen to be the site of Ricken’s follow-up address this month.

The event will also include a few words by Todd Blahnik, superintendent of Catholic schools for the diocese.



Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Elliot Chitwood, right, a pre-kindergarten student at Bonduel Elementary School, hands out a McDonald’s order to Noah Wright as Audrey Moeller waits to come up to the drive-thru window. Pre-kindergarten students are currently learning about restaurants as part of the Tools of the Mind curriculum.

There are plenty of letters and numbers in the kindergarten classrooms at Bonduel Elementary School.

There are also pirate ships.

These are not from pictures in a storybook, but actual reproductions of pirate ships. One even has a flag with the skull and crossbones.

In a pre-kindergarten classroom, there’s a McDonald’s drive-thru, a Starbucks counter and other places where you would normally get stuff to eat and drink.

These settings do more than give students a chance to play. They also provide opportunities to learn.

Bonduel recently adopted the Tools of the Mind curriculum for its kindergarten and pre-kindergarten classrooms. The curriculum is based on the work of psychologist Lev Vygotsky, who believed that play was the best medium to incorporate learning for young minds and help them become critical thinkers.


Pulaski High School presents ‘Newsies’ in February

Pulaski High School is staging the musical “Newsies” in February.

Performances are 7 p.m. Feb. 9 and Feb. 16, and 2 p.m. Feb. 10 and Feb. 17. Reserved-seat tickets are $8 and can be purchased at the Pulaski News office at Pulaski High School or by calling 920-822-6800.

Newsies is based on the Newboys Strike of July 1899 and is adapted from the 1992 Disney film. It was first produced on Broadway in 2012. The show is fictional but based on real people. Joseph Pulitzer wasn’t actually in New York during the strike, and Gov. Theodore Roosevelt didn’t actually intervene. Newsies leaders Kid Blink and Morris Cohen were the inspiration for Jack Kelly and Nellie Bly inspired Katherine Plumber.


Local students honored for antibiotics research

Photo by D. Kakkak, College of Menominee Nation College of Menominee Nation professor Lucy Fenzl, left, shows off the research poster created by students Gavin Braun, center, and Tyrell Hesse at the 2018 “Tiny Earth” symposium held Dec. 7 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay.

For two College of Menominee Nation students, fall semester 2018 wrapped up with a statewide symposium highlighting Wisconsin’s participation in “Tiny Earth,” an international initiative involving nearly 10,000 students in antibiotics research.

The men — Gavin Braun, a natural resources major from Keshena, and Tyrell Hesse, a biological and physical sciences student from Shawano — were among students, faculty and staff from several Wisconsin colleges and universities taking part in the Dec. 7 event. Special recognition for Braun and Hesse included selection of their soil microbe research poster for fifth-place honors among 57 entries, and an invitation to Braun to address the symposium audience.


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