School Notes

Bonduel Elementary School

The Bonduel School District is working toward implementing a growth mindset approach in helping students learn.

According to Mindset Works Inc., “In a growth mindset, people believe their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work – brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. Virtually all people who have achieved top performance, had these qualities. Research shows people with this view reach higher levels of success than people with fixed mindset beliefs.”


Gresham holds first spelling bee in 20+ years

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Gresham Community School eighth-grade student Fiona Hoffman reacts to the news that spelling the word “algae” made her the school’s first spelling bee champion in more than 20 years. Hoffman will compete in the regional bee in Bonduel on Feb. 13.

Gresham Community School will have its first representative at the regional spelling bee in more than 20 years after eighth-grade student Fiona Hoffman won the school’s bee Friday.

Hoffman beat 53 other students from grades 4-8 by correctly spelling “partridge” and “algae” in the final round. She will go on to the regional bee at Bonduel High School on Feb. 13.

“It’s amazing,” Hoffman said after the bee. “I’m really excited. I’m so happy.”

Hoffman was surprised to learn she would be the first Gresham student at the regional bee in a long time. She said she spent a couple of hours per night studying words in preparation for the school competition.

“I’m nervously excited,” Hoffman said.

If Hoffman is sick or otherwise unable to compete at the regional bee, fifth-grade student Coral Cook will go in her place.


School Notes

Contributed Photo FAMILY NIGHT: Shannon Holsey, right, tribal president for the Stockbridge-Munsee, was the keynote speaker for a Growth Mindset Family Night held recently at Bowler Elementary School. Teachers Jody Siahaan, Crystal Brunner and Kelly Carlson also provided breakout sessions to students and parents to expand on the philosophy that Holsey presented. Families also were treated to dinner before the presentations. More than 50 people attended the event, one of seven family nights the school hosts during the school year.

Menominee Indian High School

On Feb. 28, every junior at Menominee Indian High School will take the ACT for free. This is a $75 test that is used by every two- and four-year college for admission, so it is of great value as each student will be able to use this free test to get into any further schooling after graduation.

On March 1, all juniors will take the ATC Work Keys test, which is designed for students entering the workforce. Students will be able to take these results directly to future employers to demonstrate their employability skills.

MIHS principal Jim Reif said these tests are very important: “All juniors should be in attendance for both of these tests, regardless of what path they think they may take after high school. Since none of us can predict the future, they should take advantage of both tests.”

Parents and students are asked to mark their calendars to make sure all juniors are in school on Feb. 28 and March 1.


‘Mary Poppins’ floats in to SCHS

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Mary Poppins, played by Hannah Williams, and Bert, played by Hunter Krolow, dance to the tune of “Jolly Holiday” during the first act of “Mary Poppins.” Shawano Community High School is performing the tale of a magical nanny for its winter musical.

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Mary Poppins, played by Hannah Williams, is packed up and ready to leave in the second act of “Mary Poppins.” The musical is based on the 1964 Disney film.

Folks who were around when “Mary Poppins” first hit the silver screen in 1964 can relive one of the films of their youth when Shawano Community High School debuts the musical next week.

The tale of the magical nanny with the large carpet bag who rides in and out with the wind hits the local stage with more than 40 students from the high school and other area schools, not to mention a couple of home-schooled children.

The show opens with the Banks family contending with the sudden departure of the nanny, spurred by the unruly nature of the children, Jane and Michael. The children tell their parents what they want in a new nanny, but before an advertisement can be run in the local paper, Mary Poppins arrives, reciting the same job qualifications uttered by the children moments earlier.


Applications being accepted for Community Foundation scholarships

The Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region is accepting applications for more than $1 million in scholarship money available to area students.

A change in federal rules allows many college-bound students to apply for scholarships sooner than they could have in the past. They now can use information from their parents’ 2015 federal tax to complete the FAFSA rather than waiting for them to complete their 2016 return, as the old rules would have required. Many of the Community Foundation scholarships require the FAFSA, which provides information about the family’s financial situation.

The Community Foundation’s scholarship web page at lists scholarships available to students from 60 schools, primarily high schools in its Fox Valley service region, which includes regional families of funds in Brillion, Chilton, Clintonville, Shawano and Waupaca.


MISD planning annual scholarship gala

The fifth annual Menominee Indian School District Scholarship Gala will be held April 7 at the Menominee Indian Casino Resort Conference Center.

All proceeds will go to MISD’s scholarship fund, with a portion given out annually as scholarships to students currently attending college. In the past four years, the gala has raised more than $78,000, including $23,000 in 2016.

“More and more of our students are pursuing post-secondary education opportunities, and we want to ensure these students have the financial resources they need to stay in school,” MISD Superintendent Wendell Waukau said. “The scholarship monies raised at this event can make a big difference in a student’s ability to finish pursuing a degree.”


Annual student writing contest begins

Shawano Area Writers has launched its 11th annual George Putz Memorial Student Writing Contest with a call for entries.

Letters have been delivered to schools and home- schooled groups announcing the 2017 contest for students in Shawano and Menominee counties.

The contest deadline is March 31.

Students compete in three grade groups — grades 1-4, grades 5-8 and grades 9-12 — in the categories of poetry, fiction and nonfiction.

Each entry must include an entry form, but students can compete as much as they want. There is no charge to enter.

The contest judges are chosen from outside Shawano and Menominee counties. Judges choose first, second, and third place winners in each category, and within each grade group. Each of the three winners in each age group receives cash prizes.

All winners, including honorable mentions, receive certificates of achievement at the awards ceremony held at the Mielke Arts Center.


School Notes

Contributed Photo Freshman history students at Gresham Community School play Trench Warfare with dodgeballs and exercise mats.

Bonduel Elementary School

Are you aware that our third-graders at Bonduel Elementary are required to learn cursive handwriting? We have used the Zaner-Bloser approach for over 25 years.

Students not only learn the correct way to form the letters, but also how to write and read words in cursive. They work on legibility, spacing, size and slant.

According to Iris Hatfield, a handwriting coach, here are the top 10 reasons to learn cursive:

1. Improved neural connections. Cursive handwriting stimulates the brain in ways that typing cannot.

2. Improved ability to read cursive. When an individual cannot read cursive, they are cursively illiterate in their own language.

3. Increased speed. The connectivity of a simple cursive style is faster to write than the stop-and-start strokes of printing. Speed has been shown to increase attention span during writing.

4. Improved fine motor skills.


First time’s the charm for winning speller

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Anna Etten, a sixth-grade student at Shawano Community Middle School, looks toward the judges as she spells a word in the first round of the Shawano School District’s spelling bee on Wednesday. After more than hour, Etten was victorious after spelling “stilton” correctly.

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski The remaining 20 contestants return to their seats after a short break during Wednesday’s district spelling bee at Shawano Community Middle School. About 40 students competed in the annual event; 46 students in grades 4-8 were eligible.

Anna Etten showed few signs that she didn’t know how to spell a word as she coasted to victory in the Shawano School District’s annual spelling bee on Wednesday.

Etten, who is in sixth grade at Shawano Community Middle School, was competing for the first time in the spelling bee, which included almost 40 students from the middle school and Olga Brener Intermediate School.

Her winning word was stilton, a type of English cheese — almost poetic for a student living in the heart of the dairy state.

Etten will go on to compete at the regional spelling bee at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at Bonduel High School. The winner of that contest will compete in the state bee March 25 in Madison.

Etten said it felt good to win, even though she was surprised about the word she received at the end.

“I was just guessing,” Etten said. “I did quite a bit of studying — about five or six hours or so.”


Area 4-H member will attend inauguration

A Bowler 4-H member is one of 31 Wisconsin 4-H representatives who will attend the inauguration of Donald Trump as the nation’s 45th president Friday in Washington, D.C.

Lauren Bahr, a freshman at Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School, will attend Citizenship Washington Focus, a 4-H program that strengthens youth citizenship skills, which for the first time is convening during a presidential inauguration.

“It’s a chance for me to learn about the government in a more hands-on learning atmosphere with people from across the country,” Bahr said. “I am excited to be part of this.”

Approximately 500 4-H members from around the country will gather for five days next week to learn more about the democratic process, the executive branch, careers in politics, history of the presidency, election process and role of the press.


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