Schools

Thu
14
Apr

Sacred Heart welcomes bicycle stuntman


Contributed Photo Bicycle stuntman Rich Wieber will perform at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Shawano on Wednesday.

Rich Wieber will bring his bicycle stunt show to Sacred Heart Catholic School in Shawano on Wednesday.

After completing a survey distributed by East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission about the Safer Routes to School Program, Sacred Heart was entered in a random drawing to win a visit from Wieber — and won.

According to his website (www.richwieber.com), Wieber has performed over 3,000 shows in 46 states during 15 years of school assemblies. He balances bicycle stunts with entertainment, working in messages about anti-bullying, perseverance, peer pressure, achieving goals, dangers of drugs and alcohol, and safety.

Wieber is a flatland rider, which is a freestyle BMX riding style performed on smooth flat surfaces that do not include any ramps, jumps or grindrails.

Wieber will perform from 9:20-10 a.m. in the school gymnasium, 124 E. Center St.

Sat
09
Apr

High school besieged by ‘Strange Creatures’


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Duchess Sylvia, played by RaeAnn Vanderhoff, and Duke David, played by Ben Schmidt, discover that the royal throne has swallowed their son, Stanley, and two other royal children in the first act of “Strange Creatures.”

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Princess Elizabeth, played by Avery Thorne, carries the magic book that her grandfather used to write his stories about strange creatures in a scene from “Strange Creatures.

“Where’s the magic book?”

That’s the question some children might be asking their grandfathers after seeing “Strange Creatures,” a two-act play being performed this weekend at Wolf River Lutheran High School.

“Strange Creatures” is a unique fairy tale that starts out in a castle. The late King Leonard was known throughout the land as an excellent storyteller; so good that many in the kingdom often wondered if his wild stories about strange creatures were true.

Only the king’s son, Percival, knew the truth — that his father’s book was a magic book, where anything he wrote came true. Now the ruler of the land many years later, Percival makes sure that no one occupies his throne, putting a big, heavy chest on top when he is not seated there.

Sat
09
Apr

Menominee garden project wins $3,000 grant

The WEA Trust recently announced it will award the Menominee Indian School District a $3,000 grant for the Maskihkiw Garden Project. The after-school program will teach Menominee Middle School students about the traditional planting and harvesting customs of the Menominee people.

The project will be led by Grace Kasper, a science teacher at the school.

“By introducing traditional values of the Menominee within my science curriculum, I find my students take on a vested interest in what is being taught,” Kasper said. “I believe this garden will be one more spoke in the educational wheel that will lead our students to an understanding of their own self worth and their abilities in sustaining a healthy lifestyle.”

Through the maintenance of the garden, students will learn about the importance of nutritious foods and be encouraged to make healthy choices throughout their lives.

Fri
08
Apr

School Notes

Bonduel Elementary School

April is National Occupational Therapy Month. What is occupational therapy? According to the American Occupational Therapy Association, occupational therapists help people across their lifespan to participate in, and establish independence in, daily living activities and tasks (occupations). Occupational therapists help children and adults not only adapt but also thrive in their environments. In the school setting, occupational therapists are part of a team. This team works to support students with disabilities. Therapists strive for students to achieve their maximum abilities and allow students to fully participate in all school-related activities.

Gresham Community School

On March 30, students in grades six, seven, eight and 10 began the Wisconsin Forward Exam. The test replaced the WKCE test throughout Wisconsin.

Sat
02
Apr

Good grief! Another musical!


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” was a musical for six characters, but the Shawano Community High School spring production swelled to 21, adding a number of other characters from the beloved “Peanuts” comic strip written by the late Charles Schulz from 1950 to 2000. The musical opens Thursday.

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Snoopy, played by Georgi Ritter, helps Sally, played by Madison Lemerond, to hunt for rabbits in a scene from “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”

One musical per year is no longer sufficient for Shawano Community High School.

The school will present “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” from Thursday through Saturday in the auditorium, featuring a number of characters from the late Charles Schulz’s comic strip “Peanuts,” which is still rerun in newspapers worldwide, including The Shawano Leader.

The 1999 Broadway musical, revised from the original created in 1967, follows the trials and tribulations of Charlie Brown, the round-headed kid who can’t seem to do anything quite right. While most of the other kids can send their kites soaring into the air, Charlie Brown’s kites crash like missiles. He can’t manage his baseball team to save his life, and his faithful beagle, Snoopy, is off living the fantasy life of a World War I flying ace.

Thu
24
Mar

Shawano FFA will celebrate 75 years in April


Photo by Carol Wagner Shawano FFA co-advisers Steve Stomberg and Missy Braun are getting ready to celebrate the chapter’s 75th anniversary. They are looking for help to find past presidents and other information.

Shawano FFA will celebrate its 75th anniversary in April, and co-advisers Steve Stomberg and Missy Braun are looking for some help in gathering information for the celebration.

“Anytime anybody celebrates 75 years it‘s a milestone,” said Stomberg, who has been an adviser since 1992. “What people have done is impressive.”

They are looking for members who had leadership roles and were state officers.

“We want the stories to see how it’s changed,” said Braun, who is the chapter’s first female adviser.

They also need the names of past chapter presidents for the following years: 1942, 1949, 1976, 1978, 1981, 1989, 1990, 1992 and 1994.

The FFA members have formed a committee to gather information about the group’s past.

“They get to learn more about the history,” said Stomberg, who was Braun’s first agriculture teacher in Gresham. After she got her degree, Braun taught in Gillett before coming to Shawano.

Tue
15
Mar

Seymour woman named CMN Student of the Year

Sally (Kerchee) Hill, a senior at College of Menominee Nation, has been named CMN Student of the Year by the American Indian College Fund.

Hill is being recognized for her involvement in student government, extensive volunteer work and academic record.

Hill said it is an honor to represent her college as Student of the Year and she is thankful to the American Indian College Fund.

Hill was nominated for the award by CMN President Verna Fowler.

“Sally is a born leader — all we did was enhance her skills to the next level,” Fowler stated in the nomination. “She is committed, confident and courageous in moving projects forward, and totally dedicated to improving lives of American Indian people.”

Hill holds an associate of arts and sciences degree in sustainable development and is expected to graduate in fall 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. She and her two children live in Seymour.

Fri
11
Mar

DR. SEUSS ON THE LOOSE


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Mayzie LaBird, played by Tatelyn Ferguson, nudges her way into the spotlight between Horton the Elephant, played by Randy Chicks, and Gertrude McFuzz, played by Alyssa Roe, during a musical number in “Seussical the Musical Jr.” The students at Gresham Community School have been rehearsing and will present the show for three nights next week.

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski The Wickersham Brothers, played by, from left, Bryson Nelson, Alex Burr and Weston Roe, bounce around the stage before they torment Horton the Elephant in a scene from “Seussical the Musical Jr.” The tales of Dr. Seuss will be Gresham Community School’s second musical.

Musicals are apparently like potato chips for Gresham Community School — it can’t have just one.

The school will debut its second annual musical, “Seussical the Musical Jr.,” on St. Patrick’s Day. Almost 30 students are part of the show, which features a number of Dr. Seuss children’s stories with characters such as Horton the Elephant, Cat in the Hat and the Grinch.

The school presented the “Honk! Jr.” musical last year.

Amy Doefer, the show’s director, took a music teacher position at Gresham two years ago and was asked to oversee the school’s drama club. She noticed that the group was not doing any major public performances.

“I was always involved with theater when I was in school,” Doefer said. “I knew I wanted to do a musical because that was the most experience that I had, and people told me, ‘Oh, you’ll never do one.’”

Tue
08
Mar

School Notes


Contributed Photo Celebrating Crazy Hair Day during Dr. Seuss Week at Gresham Community School are, from left, McKenzi Kuhn, Kristen Phillippi, Olivia Roe, Emily Flaker and Kiera Bowman.

Bonduel Elementary School

The kindergarten students are always busy with fun activities at Bonduel Elementary School.

The children recently had the opportunity to see the program “Marvelous Mammals” sponsored by the Navarino Nature Center, courtesy of United Way. This was an exciting part of our science curriculum. The students learned about mammals from our wonderful state of Wisconsin. They could see and touch at least 20 mammal skins, including a black bear, gray wolf, deer, skunk, beaver and red fox. The children were really amazed by the presentation. They even had an opportunity to make a plaster animal track from their favorite state mammal. They couldn’t wait to bring them home to share with their families.

Sat
05
Mar

School Notes


Contributed Photo Supporting FFA week are Gresham chapter members, from left, River Otradovec, adviser Brenda Hoffman and Alison Reyes.

Contributed Photo WHAT A HOOT: Dakota Schreiber, left, and John Tepiew get an up-close and personal view of an owl during a recent family night program at Bowler Elementary School. The Raptor Education Group of Antigo brought an assortment of birds to share with students and their families. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to the rehabilitation of injured or orphaned birds. About 125 people attended the program.

Gresham Community School

Gresham Community School celebrated National FFA Week with dress-up days each day. On Tuesday, guest speaker Kayla Knaack spoke to the students about FFA and all of the opportunities it provides. On Monday and Wednesday, FFA handed out ice cream and cheese and sausage. It was a great week.

Solo and ensemble was on Feb. 20-21. Eighteen entries made it to state from Gresham. The people headed to state are Tatelyn Ferguson, Taylor Hoffman, Alyssa Roe, Arthur Boucher, Tom Seidler, Kali Jones, Ava Retzlaff, Missy Anderson, Meckenzie Roe and Aryanna Simonsen. “It was a good time and it’s awesome that a lot of people are going to state,” Tatelyn Ferguson said. Way to go, all choir and band performers!

The middle school girls had a tournament. Gresham’s fifth-grade team took second place.

The Gresham quiz bowl team faced Iola on Wednesday. A team crushed Iola; B team came out with a loss.

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