Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Victor Frankenstein, played by Hunter Hokenstad, looks on in amazement as his creature, played by Hunter Krolow, comes alive in a scene from “Frankenstein.” The show opens its three-night run on Thursday.

The dates of the Shawano Community High School fall play coinciding with Halloween weekend gave the school’s theater program a variety of options for a frightening and terrifying show.

The ultimate choice was “Frankenstein,” the classic tale written by Mary Shelley but adapted by Austin Tichenor for the stage. “Frankenstein” comes to life Thursday at the SCHS auditorium and runs through next Saturday.

Alex Konen, director, said he picked Tichenor’s version of Shelley’s tale of a man who creates life in order to stave off death because the script was the closest to what Shelley wrote nearly 200 years ago.

“The challenge, for me, was finding the right script, because there are so many adaptations,” Konen said. “I think I read five different copies, and with two of them, I got through 10 pages and said, ‘No, not the right script for me.’”



Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Amanda Reiter, College of Menominee Nation’s Farm to School coordinator, shows students from Menominee Indian Middle School how to prepare a salad with spinach, cranberries, almonds and other ingredients as Carol Peters, an eighth-grade student hands her some spinach to use. Reiter’s position is funded through a grant to help students in the Menominee Indian School District learn about where their food comes from.

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Kindergarten students Amiyah O’Kimosh and Khole Owen enjoy apples during lunch Thursday at Hillcrest Primary School. Everflow Farms in Bonduel provided the apples to all Shawano public schools as part of National Farm to School Month.

Where does your food come from? If your children don’t know, they’ll get a chance to learn this month.

October is National Farm to School Month, with the theme “One Small Step” driving thousands of schools to step up efforts to buy food from local farms and show their students the origins of what they eat daily.

The Menominee Indian School District partnered with College of Menominee Nation to share that information with its students.

A U.S. Department of Agriculture grant made it possible for CMN to hire a Farm to School coordinator, Amanda Reiter, to show students how fruits and vegetables are grown and animals are raised to provide the food they consume.

“They’ll get knowledge of what we have locally, that much of our food comes from the earth, and we can eat it and utilize it in our everyday lives,” Reiter said. “They’ll be trying new things that are good for our bodies and our souls.”


School Notes

Gresham Community School

The seventh-grade students each did a project in social studies showing a scene of culture in the region before the Europeans came. They showed the geography, clothing, food sources and homes.

On Oct. 5, some students attended the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College open house to apply for next fall.

There is a blood drive in the library at Gresham School from 12-5 p.m. Friday. Appointments can be made by calling 715-787-3211, ext. 333, or by email at

UW-Green Bay

About 450 fifth-graders from Bonduel, Bowler, Suring, Menominee Nation, Abrams, Sturgeon Bay, Oconto and Oconto Falls will visit the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday as part of the Phuture Phoenix program’s Fall Tour Days.


Shawano represented at Nobel Conference

Eight students from Shawano Community High School joined community representatives recently in attending a two-day conference on economic issues.

The participating students were Laura Arens, Sam Boivin, Sadie Cummings, Hannah Hass, Emily Jones, Brinley Kowalkowski, Hannah Milavitz and Addie Shuler. They were joined by faculty member Mart Grams along with community representatives state Rep. Gary Tauchen, Pastor Susan Phillips, Jeff and Holly Zander, and Ed and Gloria Grys.

The event was the Nobel Conference at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, where scientific researchers gather each year to present and discuss current issues.

The topic Sept. 27-28 was “In Search of Economic Balance,” and it focused on such issues as poverty, inequality and education.

The Shawano students were sponsored by the Mielke Family Foundation.


School Notes

Contributed Photo Shawano Community High School had another successful homecoming week last week. The district wishes to thank all students, staff, parents, organizations and community members for their support at different events throughout the week.

Shawano Community High School

Shawano Community High School FAAR Club will hold a Safe Haven Food Drive at the varsity football game Friday. The wish list includes pudding mix, pie filling, evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, jello, pie crust, canned veggies, canned sweet potato, stuffing mix, canned fruit, and cranberry sauce. FAAR Club is an organization of students at SCHS that educates their peers about the signs of abusive relationships and teaches how to create healthy relationships.

Parent-teacher conferences will be held from 3:15-7 p.m. Oct. 18. Teachers will be in their classrooms, with physical education teachers in the library. The senior financial aid meeting will be held from 6-7 p.m.

The Tri-M Music Honor Society induction will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 19. Congratulations to all selected students.

Hillcrest Primary School


Suicide prevention program being presented in schools

During the week of Oct. 10, Dar and Dale Emme, founders of the Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention program, will again share their story with Shawano School District students.

The program emphasizes caring adults and youth becoming a link to help for a suicidal or depressed person. The Emmes also presented to Shawano students in November 2004, 2008 and 2012.

These presentations for the students will be held at the following times:

- 9:30-10:30 a.m. Oct. 10 in the LGI room at Shawano Community Middle School. For Shawano Community Middle School eighth-graders, St. James Lutheran eighth-graders and Sacred Heart Catholic eighth-graders.

- 7:55-8:55 a.m. Oct. 11 in the Shawano Community High School auditorium. For ninth- and 10th-graders.

- 9:35-10:35 a.m. Oct. 11 in the Shawano Community High School auditorium. For 11th- and 12th-graders.


School Notes

Bonduel Elementary School

The school year in our building has started off on a positive and exciting note. We have kicked off our focus on creating a “growth mindset” climate in our building. We started with a short presentation to all of the staff in our district that introduced the concept of a growth mindset to those who weren’t familiar with it. Growth mindset is the belief that you can learn anything you want to; fixed mindset is the belief that you only know what you know and can’t learn anything else. In the elementary school, we had studied this concept last year so we were ready to implement. Bulletin boards and posters are up, and the language to encourage a growth mindset is being used. We have a link to a mindset website we’ve created on the Bonduel Elementary website. Please check it out. It has lots of resources for parents, students and teachers. Our website is


Youth Conservation Field Day scheduled

A Youth Conservation Field Day for fifth-graders in Shawano County schools will be held Thursday at Navarino Nature Center.

The day’s educational activities will touch on topics such as wetlands and soils, ATV and boater safety, forestry and forest fire control, wildlife, fisheries, agriculture and alternative energy.

The day is designed to get students outside, introduce them to natural resources careers, help them understand conservation and preservation practices, and help them develop an appreciation for the outdoors.

Agencies and presenters cooperating in the field day, from 9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., are the Shawano County Land Conservation Department and Land Conservation Committee, Navarino Nature Center, Shawano County University of Wisconsin-Extension, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service.


Bonduel staffer participates in energy research program

Contributed Photo Lisa Sorlie performs research at the the University of Wisconsin-Madison through the Research Experience for Teachers program. She researched various yeast species and their relation to advanced biofuels.

Lisa Sorlie, district library media specialist for the Bonduel School District, spent part of her summer investigating the key challenges of making sustainable biofuels.

Sorlie, of Green Valley, participated in the Research Experience for Teachers program hosted by the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center and the Wisconsin Energy Institute.

Sorlie spent seven weeks at the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus working alongside GLBRC scientists. While immersing herself in biofuel research, she also developed instructional materials that will provide her students with the experience of investigating similar scientific questions in the classroom.

Sorlie scrutinized various yeast species for the Yeast Exploration and Analysis Science Team. Yeasts, which help convert plant sugar to fuel, are key to biofuel production.

She will return to Bonduel with a variety of instructional materials related to yeasts and advanced biofuels.


Little Blessings gets new teacher

Stacey Dickmann has joined the teaching staff at Sacred Heart Catholic School of Shawano and will oversee the 3-year-old preschool program, Little Blessings.

Little Blessings runs from 8:05-11 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, with an extended care option available until 3:10 p.m.

Miss Stacey, as the children will call her, is a graduate of Fox Valley Technical School with a degree in early childhood education. She has nearly 10 years of teaching experience at Shawano Preschool Center, where she taught over 120 3- and 4-year-old children from Shawano and the surrounding communities.

“I am excited to help children gain confidence, knowledge and discover a relationship with our Lord,” said Dickmann, who is a Sacred Heart alumni, school parent and parish member.


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