Big Changes Happening on August 7, 2019.




SCMS preps 5th-grade students for change

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Fifth-grade students and their parents gather in the large instruction room at Shawano Community Middle School prior to an informational meeting Thursday about how middle school is different from elementary school.

Shawano Community Middle School has added a new experience to help get fifth-grade students prepared for the jarring transition from elementary school to middle school.

The school invited parents of students currently in fifth grade to an informational meeting Thursday to explain some of the changes that can be expected and new rules students will be expected to follow.

According to principal Stuart Russ, this is the first time the school has held a parent meeting in addition to the other things staff members do to prepare students to transition to the middle school.

“The whole purpose of the event is to just give a brief overview about what to expect as sixth graders (later) this year,” Russ said.


Scholarship program targets high school, college students

United Cooperative’s Scholarship Program is accepting applications.

The program awards $1,000 scholarships to 40-50 high school seniors and current college/technical school students who are continuing their full-time education in 2019-2020.

Scholarship applications are available at The deadline to apply is March 1.

To be eligible, the student or parent must be one of United Cooperative’s patron members; the student must plan to attend (or be currently enrolled in) an accredited college, university, or technical school; and the student must maintain a GPA of 2.0 or above on a 4.0 scale.


ExxonMobil education grant goes to Shawano high school

Contributed Photo Shawano Community High School Principal Scott Zwirschitz, right, accepts a $500 check from Pat Trinko of Auto Prep Center.

Shawano Community High School has been named this year’s recipient of a $500 science and technology grant from the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance program through local fuel retailer Auto Prep Center, 220 N. Main St., Shawano.

“Our schools work hard to make learning interesting and fun,” said Pat Trinko of Auto Prep. “We are proud to be a part of this program and to assist in that pursuit.”

Only Exxon retailers that maintain favorable rankings in their store operations are eligible to apply for the grant. Over the past 15 years, Auto Prep has secured nearly $7,500 in grants to local schools.

The ExxonMobil Educational Alliance program was designed to provide Exxon retailers with an opportunity to invest in the future of their communities through educational grants to neighborhood schools. Local retailers are allowed to work directly with educators to identify schools and programs most in need of support.


For CMN students, help is in the closet

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Adam Schulz, a business student at College of Menominee Nation, opens up the Helping Closet inside Shirley Daly Hall to show the amount of food collected so far. The closet is an asset for students who might not have money or time to go off campus for a meal between classes.

Adam Schulz knows he’s never going to be able to pay back the College of Menominee Nation, but that’s not stopping him from giving it the old college try.

Schulz has helped the college to open its Helping Closet, a place where food would be available to students who might not have the time and/or money to leave campus for a bite to eat between classes. It was started with student hunger in mind but has expanded to include school supplies and personal hygiene products.

“A group of students from Inspiring Educators (a CMN student organization) and I got together to figure out how to give back to our (college) community,” said Schulz, who is a business major. “We know that food scarcity is a big issue with college students right now countrywide, and we looked at the statistics and realized we are in one of the poorer counties of the state.


Sacred Heart honors veterans

Contributed Photo Sergeant First Class Lori Mathwich, a retired 21-year member of the U.S. Army, stands with her oldest son, Wyatt, a third-grade student at Sacred Heart Catholic School, following the school’s ceremony Nov. 16.

Sacred Heart Catholic School students and staff honored local veterans Nov. 16 with a special ceremony.

The all-school assembly included reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance, the singing of the national anthem, prayer and blessing from the Rev. Tom Farrell, musical videos, Biblical readings, prayer intercessions and the presence of guests from AMVETS Post 10, American Legion Post 117 and VFW Post 2723.

This year’s guest speaker was Lori Mathwich, Sacred Heart Parish’s coordinator of religion education, parish member and Sacred Heart Catholic School parent and alumna. Mathwich, a sergeant first class who spent 21 years in the U.S. Army, was deployed to Iraq in 2003 and did three tours to South America in Guatemala, Nicaragua and Panama. She was a readiness non-commissioned officer and a Blackhawk crew chief.

Mathwich retired in 2016 to spend more time with her family. Her husband, Shawn Mathwich, is still an active duty officer.



Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski College of Menominee Nation students reenact the day that the Menominee Restoration Act was signed on Dec. 22, 1973, which is shown in a black-and-white image in the background, in a scene from the play ““Menominee Restoration Day: Reader’s Theatre That Helps Us Remember.” Shown at the signing are, from left, back row, Curtis Wilhelmi, Lillian Martinez, Natalie Ninham, Brandon Boyd and Adrienne Tucker; front row, Thomas Seidler and Evelynn Grignon.

The day that the Menominee Nation was terminated as a federally recognized tribe was a dark day in history for the Menominee people, while the day the tribe’s federal rights were restored was a day of joy.

Many of the elders remember the tumultuous period when the tribe wasn’t recognized and the efforts that they made to remedy the situation, but it is not something that springs to mind for the reservation’s youth.

With that in mind, the College of Menominee Nation is producing a play, “Menominee Restoration Day: Reader’s Theatre That Helps Us Remember,” to educate the next generation about how the Menominee tribe lost its status and how it was regained.

CMN is performing shows for Menominee Indian High School and Menominee Tribal School during school hours, but it is also putting on a community show Dec. 6.

Ryan Winn, who teaches English and theater, said he was asked by some of the tribal elders to write the play.


Eland teaching English at WBHS


NEW Media recently chatted with Brianna Eland, a new English teacher at Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School.

Q: What is your work/education background?

A: This is my first year teaching. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater this past May where I studied English and math education. UW-Whitewater gave me experience teaching at Ronald Reagan High School in Milwaukee, Marshall Middle School in Janesville and East Troy High School, which is in East Troy. I also worked in the tutoring center at UW-Whitewater, where I tutored students one-on-one in math and writing, and I was a supplemental instructor for an English class designed for struggling first-year students. During these experiences, I gained a lot of knowledge about working with high-need students.

Q: Where are you from?


Sacred Heart students get hands-on wildlife lesson

Contributed Photo Jeff Besaw, center, talks about whitetail deer as 3-year-old preschool students from Sacred Heart Catholic School examine the buck Monday.

The 3-year-old preschool class at Sacred Heart Catholic School has been studying the animals that live in Wisconsin. On Monday, they invited in a couple of wildlife enthusiasts to further the lesson.

Jeff and Cathy Besaw, of Clintonville, who have two grandchildren at Sacred Heart, visited the classroom of teachers Stacey Dickmann and Melissa Marquardt. They brought with them several life-sized animal mounts, including a whitetail buck, tom turkey, black bear yearling, cow elk and raccoon. They also showed off the pelts of a coyote, red fox, beaver, otter, muskrat, mink and opossum.

Jeff Besaw demonstrated the sounds some of the animal make when communicating with their own species or when warding off predators and announcing danger. A few students even had the opportunity to try the animal sounds themselves.


Praising the fighters for freedom

Leader Photos by Lee Pulaski Marine Cpl. Greg Waupekenay, left, talks with National Guard Lt. Rod Watson, associate principal at Shawano Community Middle School, and eighth-grade students Nathan Ahler, second from right, and Domanic Helder in the middle school commons Friday following the school’s Veterans Day tribute.

Shawano Community Middle School students paid tribute to the community’s veterans during their annual Veterans Day ceremony Friday — holding their flags, singing their songs and recounting their stories.

The ceremony featured a number of student speeches that honored veterans. Many of the students spoke with veterans, and many more had someone who serves in the military today.

Tristan Tetting, a seventh-grade student, said Veterans Day should be every day.

“Veterans spend more time with their unit than they do their family,” Tetting said. “They see each other as family. They have a stronger bond than anyone can imagine.”

Shayna Daney, a sixth-grade student, told the crowd about her great-grandfather, Eugene Schultz, who joined the Army at 19 years old and served in the Vietnam War. Daney said her great-grandfather had to either serve his country or go to jail because of the draft.



Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski The Shawano Community High School jazz band runs through “The Mooche,” a Duke Ellington song composed during Prohibition, during a rehearsal Thursday in the school’s band room. The jazz band will join the show choir for its fall music revue “Just Desserts” next week.

For more than 25 years, Shawano Community High School’s jazz band and show choir have provided audiences with an evening of dining and entertainment comparable to the kind of experience one would get from a nightclub.

This year, the entertainment experience will be the same, but you’ll want to grab dinner before you come to this year’s music revue, as the annual Dinner Dance is now being billed as “Just Desserts.” Christopher Kent, who directs the school bands, had worked with his brother, Jonathan, who directed the choirs before his retirement in June, on the dinner shows, but there had been a desire for several years to turn the fall music fundraiser into a dessert show similar to the Last Dance event held each spring.


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