School district honors retirees

Contributed Photo Pupil services director Karen Smith, right, gets ready to hug pupil services secretary Kathryn Westfahl, who is retiring after 15 years of service in the Shawano School District.

Contributed Photo Retiring after 29 years in the school district, Mart Grams, left, a social studies teacher at Shawano Community High School, shares a light moment with School Superintendent Gary Cumberland.

The Shawano School District honored some of its longest-serving employees Friday and also bid farewell to retiring staff members who are stepping aside with a combined more than 150 years of experience.

More than 40 teachers and other district employees shared the spotlight during an end-of-school-year luncheon at Shawano Community High School.

Those being honored for longevity have served the school district for as long as four decades in some cases.

“They have done so much for our students here in Shawano,” School Superintendent Gary Cumberland said.


Anatomically correct donation helps SCHS

Contributed Photo Shawano Community High School’s Angela Kowalewski, left, a Northeast Wisconsin Technical College general anatomy and physiology instructor, and principal Scott Zwirschitz, second from left, receive a hand-painted model of the lymphatic system, donated by Dr. Jeff and Holly Zander, of Shawano, right. This donation was partially funded by the Bill Mielke Volunteer Educator Award received by Dr. Zander in 2015.

Dr. Jeff Zander and his wife, Holly, have donated a high quality, hand-painted model of the lymphatic system to the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College’s general anatomy and physiology course at Shawano Community High School.

Zander, a dentist practicing in Shawano, was awarded the Bill Mielke Volunteer Educator Award in 2015, as part of the Celebration of Giving awards presented annually by the Shawano Area Community Foundation. He donated the $1,000 from the award to the SCHS science department, specifically benefiting the general anatomy and physiology curriculum.

Seeing a need for the lymphatic system model, the Zanders decided to donate over $500 of their own money in order to purchase the model and complete the representation of all systems for the course.


Junior Achievement honors Hillcrest teacher

Contributed Photo Hillcrest Primary School teacher Lori Schwecke is pictured with her second-grade class. Schwecke last week was named the 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year for the Junior Achievement Wolf River District.

Contributed Photo Lori Schwecke, center, receives her Teacher of the Year award from Junior Achievement of the Wolf River District representatives Marty Monfils, left, and Sandy Ebbinger on May 12.

Junior Achievement of the Wolf River District last week awarded Hillcrest Primary School teacher Lori Schwecke its 2015­16 Teacher of the Year award.

JA volunteers submitted nominations for the award through an online survey. Results were compiled and judged by members of the JA board and staff.

According to one nomination, Schwecke gives her students “hope for the future by teaching them that they can accomplish anything that they put their minds to.”

The award was presented May 12 by Principal Troy Edwards, JA district director Sandy Ebbinger and JA board secretary/treasurer Marty Monfils during a staff meeting. JA representatives thanked Schwecke for the difference she makes in her students’ lives.

Junior Achievement partners with educators to empower youth to achieve success through volunteer-­led courses promoting financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. The courses are available to students in kindergarten through 12th grade.


Supermileage masters

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Jared Rickert does a lap around the track at Bowler High School in the Supermileage vehicle he and Jarred Boswell designed. Bowler has been part of the Wisconsin Energy Efficient Vehicle Association’s Supermileage Challenge for the last four years.

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Bowler High School senior Jared Rickert sits in the driver’s seat of an award-winning Supermileage vehicle while his partner, Jarred Boswell, does a final check before a test run. The vehicle was estimated to be running at a peak of 765 miles per gallon during a competition in April at Fox Valley Technical College.

Most people can only dream of having a motor vehicle that would get 765 mpg.

But two students at Bowler High School found a way to make that happen.

The school has been part of the Wisconsin Energy Efficient Vehicle Association for the last four years. This year nine students worked on experimental vehicles that could run on either fuel or electricity as part of the association’s Supermileage Challenge.

After researching vehicle designs, internal combustion engines and powertrain systems, the students designed four single-person vehicles that could travel several hundred miles on either electricity or a gallon of fuel.

A vehicle designed by seniors Jared Rickert and Jarred Boswell blew away the competition, improving the vehicle’s initial performance from 200 mpg to 765.


School Notes

Bonduel Elementary School

The Bonduel Elementary first-graders have been working on “Wizard of Oz” theme-based activities such as characters, setting, vocabulary, math word problems, compare/contrast, fairy tales and graphing. This is in preparation for their production of the mini musical, “The Wizard of Oz.” They have been practicing their songs and parts since the beginning of March and are very excited to show off their hard work. They will perform at 1:30 p.m. Friday in Sousa Hall at Bonduel High School. Community members are welcome to come and enjoy the presentation.

The children also made digital pictures of themselves in costume. The photos will be shown when the students are introduced at the conclusion of their presentation. Mark your calendars and make sure you come early to get a good seat; you won’t want to miss it! Refreshments will be served.


Surprise celebration honors teacher’s 50-year career

Photo by Grace Kirchner Stannye Meads sits in front of a banner that reads: “50 Years of Teaching!! Congratulations Ms. Stannye!!” during a surprise celebration Friday at Rexford-Longfellow Elementary School in Clintonville.

Photo by Grace Kirchner Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers was among those honoring Stannye Meads on her 50 years of teaching at a celebration Friday in Clintonville.

There were tears, but no one was “sad, oh sad” at Rexford-Longfellow Elementary School on Friday as friends, students and former students, family, coworkers and others surprised Stannye Meads with a celebration honoring her 50th year in teaching.

Meads, known for the phrase above, has taught in Clintonville for 25 years. Prior to that, she taught in Illinois and Kentucky.

Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers was among those honoring Meads — Ms. Stannye to her students and others — at the celebration.

”I have been superintendent of public instruction for the past seven years, but I have never before recognized someone that has been teaching 50 years,” Evers said. He presented a plaque of appreciation to Meads on behalf of the DPI.


School Notes

Contributed Photo Shawano Community High School students had a wonderful night at their “Enchanted Forest” prom on April 30. Noah Buss and Colleen McFarlane were crowned the 2016 Junior Prom king and queen, respectively. Others on the prom court were Julia Haarth, Sage Henning, Anika Klement, Sydney Utke, Alexi Wilber, Wyatt Block, Jack Hanauer, Griffin Rades, Dylan Sumnicht, Zach Wehmeyer. Escorts included Allie Senzig and Jared Tavernier. Shown, from left, are Zach Wehmeyer, Saige Henning, Wyatt Block, Allie Senzig, Griffin Rades, Alexis Wilber, Noah Buss, Colleen McFarlane, Jack Hanauer, Sydney Utke, Dylan Sumnicht, Anika Klement, Jared Tavernier and Julia Haarth.

Bonduel Elementary School

The fourth-graders spent Thursday in Madison. We toured the Henry Vilas Zoo, the Wisconsin Historical Museum and the Capitol. We were able to see many amazing creatures at the zoo, including the polar bear who put on a swimming show for us! At the museum we saw many exhibits from Wisconsin history including an Aztalan home, lead mine and trading post. Our tour guide at the state Capitol did a fabulous job informing the students about many of the beautiful paintings, skylights, etc. We toured many of the rooms, and we were even able to go out on the observation deck. We left at 8 a.m. and arrived back in Bonduel around 7 p.m. The students had a very active day! We’d like to thank our wonderful chaperones for volunteering to help. We’d also like to thank the PTO for helping fund a portion of the trip. It was an educationally exciting experience!


Shawano Dollars for Scholars awards scholarships

hawano Dollars for Scholars recognized the Shawano Community High School Class of 2016 at the annual Academic Scholars Night on April 25 at Shawano Community High School.

The Dollars for Scholars scholarships were given in addition to the many other area scholarships from businesses and organizations that were presented at Academic Scholars Night.

The following scholarships were awarded:

• AMVETS Post 10 Scholarship, Jacob Schwitzer

• Associated Bank Scholarship, Namara Panzer

• Bert and Carol Huntington Scholarship, Austin Knaack

• Bleser Family Foundation Scholarship, Abigail Jones

• BMO Harris Bank of Shawano Scholarship, Gabriela Krueger

• Clarence Bleser Scholarship, Sydney Schreiber

• Cory and Erin Klement Scholarship, Madison Lemerond

• Dan K. Jacobson Memorial Scholarship, Kristina Kurtz

• Dr. Jeff and Holly Zander Scholarship, Hannah Neumann


Bonduel JA squad fares well at state competition

A team of Bonduel High School students was among the consolation winners at Junior Achievement’s annual JA Business Challenge Championship last week in Milwaukee.

Over 60 of the best and brightest student “CEOs” in Wisconsin competed in the challenge sponsored by Acuity on April 28.

Teams from Kohler High School and Appleton East finished first and second, respectively, in the daylong competition. Both teams will advance to the JA Titan National Virtual Competition this month.

Sun Prairie finished third. The Bonduel team of Jaken Spreeman, Janel Wudtke and Scott Gunderson was one of three teams selected as consolation winners. Each team member received a $100 Kohls gift card.


Local students use pedal power to get to school

Contributed Photo Students arriving on bicycles at Olga Brener Intermediate School in Shawano on Wednesday included Ellie Huebner, left, and Aidan Beaulieu. Wednesday was national National Bike to School Day.

Contributed Photo Shawano Community Middle School student Quardell Little Owl parks his bicycle Wednesday after pedaling to school in the spirit of National Bike to School Day.

Kids in Shawano pedaled to school Wednesday to celebrate National Bike to School Day.

Nancy Schultz, coordinator of the local Safe Routes to School program, said about 250 students from five schools participated in the event locally.

Schultz said she saw bike racks filled up at schools, and she was pleased that so many students participated.

Some schools gave participants ways to earn T-shirts and other prizes as incentives to participate.

Schultz hopes the day will persuade students to ride their bikes to school more often, as a healthy alternative to riding in cars or buses.

The event builds on the popularity of Walk to School Day, which is celebrated across the country each October.


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