Dinner and a show

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski The Showstoppers show choir runs through “Celebration,” a Kool and the Gang song from 1980, during class Thursday afternoon. Besides “Celebration,” the choir will perform a medley from the musical “Jersey Boys,” along with other dance tunes at the annual Dinner Dance next week.

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski The Shawano Community High School jazz band practices “Uptown Funk” during class Thursday. The jazz band will perform a variety of tunes at the annual Dinner Dance next weekend.

Bringing local residents dinner and a show has been a fall tradition for Shawano Community High School’s music programs for many years.

The tradition continues next weekend as the annual Dinner Dance Revue returns to the high school auditorium with familiar tunes performed by the school’s jazz band and the Showstoppers show choir. The directors for the groups, Christopher and Jonathon Kent, respectively, believe the show gives the students a chance to go above and beyond regular school concerts and see how performers work in the real world.

“We want to put them in as professional an environment as possible,” Christopher Kent said. “My kids are playing 12 tunes. In the real world, that’s almost two sets in a three- or four-hour gig.”


CMN program launches books-to-kids project

CMN Photo by D. Kakkak CMN professor Cyndi Pyatskowit, left, reviews a selection of children’s books with Tina Shawano, of the Menominee Community Health Department, and Brian Kowalkowski, dean of continuing education at the college.

A visit to the doctor’s office has a special bonus for Menominee children, thanks to a project launched this fall by the College of Menominee Nation’s Teacher Education Program.

Newborns to 8-year-olds having checkups or immunizations at the Menominee Tribal Clinic are now leaving with age-appropriate books for their at-home libraries. Parents get brochures explaining how to help even the youngest child get a head start on language acquisition and reading.

The goal, CMN professor Cyndi Pyatskowit said, is to encourage and support a culture of literacy and learning in the Menominee community. Pyatskowit, chairwoman of CMN’s Teacher Education Program, notes that the new project continues the work of the Sacred Little Ones Family Engagement Initiative, now in its fifth year at the college.


School Notes

Shawano School District

There is no school on Friday.

Shawano Community High School

Shawano Community High School will present the play, “Harvey,” Oct. 29 through Oct. 31. The curtain rises at 7 p.m. for each performance at the SCHS auditorium. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students. The Oct. 29 show is “pay what you can.” This play contains material that is best suited for audiences ages 14 and up.

The next SCHS Student Council’s American Red Cross blood drive will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 30 at SCHS. Appointments can be made by visiting and entering the sponsor code “shawanohs” or by calling 715-526-2175, ext. 2111.

Shawano Community Middle School


Ceremony celebrates new automotive program at SCHS

The new Automotive Youth Educational Systems program at Shawano Community High School will be officially unveiled at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 21.

The program will be held at the new state-of-the-art auto training lab at SCHS, 220 County Road B.

The program, headed up by automotive technology instructor Jeremy Hodkiewicz, attained its National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation certification last spring, which qualified it to become Wisconsin’s 15th AYES program.

AYES helps to build partnerships between affiliated schools and nearby participating dealerships and independents. The goal is to introduce a greater number of young people to automotive technology careers and to prepare them to meet the needs of prospective employers.

According to industry estimates, the demand for automotive service technicians continues to be strong. More than 400 additional technicians are sought each year in Wisconsin.


Trying a change of pace

Contributed Photo Students from St. James Lutheran School in Shawano enjoy getting some exercise Wednesday while walking to school.

Contributed Photo Walking to school Wednesday at Olga Brener Intermediate School in Shawano are Vicki Heling, left, and her daughter Madeline.

Kids heading to school Wednesday in the Shawano area left behind the minivans and SUVs to try something new: walking.

A sunny autumn morning made for perfect weather for kids and their parents to get some healthy exercise as part of International Walk to School Day.

“It was a beautiful morning to be out there walking,” said Nancy Schultz, coordinator of the local group Safe Routes to School.

Schultz estimated that hundreds of students in Shawano County took a break from their normal routine to walk to school. And she hopes some of them will make it a habit.

Participating schools included Shawano Community Middle School, Olga Brener Intermediate School, Hillcrest Primary School, Bonduel Elementary School, Sacred Heart Catholic School and St. James Lutheran School.

School officials said they hope to eliminate obstacles — mainly fear — that prevent parents from allowing their kids to walk to school regularly.


Duck Pluck winners give money back to scholarship fund

Photo by Bob Klopke From left, Maribeth Klopke, Karen Wurth and Lolly Pleshek served as the “pluckers” Saturday at the Gresham Scholarship Fund’s eighth annual Duck Pluck.

Every winning ticket/duck pulled from a pool Saturday at the Gresham Scholarship Fund’s eighth annual Duck Pluck was donated back to the scholarship fund to help local graduates continue their education.

Five winners were pulled from Don and Karen Wurth’s pool during the fundraiser.

Wallrich Insurance Agency had the first-place ticket, worth $1,000. The other winners, and fund donors, were State Bank-Gresham, second, $250; Jerry Bodmer, third, $100; Deb Fisher, fourth, $100; and Charlie’s County Market, fifth, $50.


School Notes

Shawano Community High School

The next SCHS Student Council’s American Red Cross blood drive will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 30. Appointments can be made by visiting and entering the sponsor code “shawanohs” or by calling 715-526-2175, ext. 2111.


Shawano couple honored by Silver Lake College

Contributed Photo A room at Silver Lake College in Manitowoc was recently named in honor of Bob and Pat Endries, of Shawano.

Silver Lake College recently honored Bob and Pat Endries, of Shawano, during its dedication of the Endries Family Heritage Room.

A focus of the room is a pictorial history time line map honoring the people, mission and impact of the Manitowoc college.

The history map, the physical improvements in the room and future renovation of the adjacent patio are due to the generosity of Bob and Pat Endries.

“One of our core values at Silver Lake College is community. Synonymous with community at Silver Lake College will be, forever, Bob and Pat Endries,” Chris Domes, president of Silver Lake College, said during the ceremony on Sept. 23. “Today, we dedicate a space that celebrates community. This core value of community that we strive to instill in our students every day will thrive on our campus because of the generosity of Bob and Pat.


Local schools participating in walk to school day

Three schools in Shawano County will participate in International Walk to School Day on Wednesday.

The event promotes safe school routes, pedestrian safety and the importance of physical activity. Each school has a unique event planned involving students, parents, community leaders and school staff.

Pastor Luke Ferris and parents will join students in walking to Sacred Heart Catholic School, 124 E. Center St., Shawano.. Those who don’t walk to school will have the option to walk 10 laps around the school parking lot in the morning or during recess. Any students who participate will be entered in a drawing to win a door prize.

After students arrive at Shawano Community Middle School, 1050 S. Union St., they will gather for an assembly celebrating International Walk to School Day.


Donation helps create Albright Room at Sacred Heart school

Photo by Carol Wagner Sacred Heart Catholic School 4K teacher Corinne Salerno, left, and the Rev. Luke Ferris watch as the children present Julie Erickson and her brother, Bill Albright, with a thank you poster for their donation to the 4K room, now known as the Albright Room, in honor of Dr. John and Sue Albright.

Two donors recently visited a classroom at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Shawano to see how their donation was being used.

Bill Albright, who lives in Georgia, and his sister, Julie Erickson, who lives in Iowa, made a donation to Sacred Heart in honor of their parents, Dr. John and Sue Albright, who both died in 2010. John Albright practiced medicine in Shawano for over 40 years. Julie and Bill and two brothers graduated from Sacred Heart.

A plaque in the school’s 4K room designates it as the Albright Room.

Teacher Corinne Salerno said the donation helped with many wonderful items including a new floor, interactive smartboard, games, toys and a colorful rug.

The 4K students presented a handmade thank you poster to the Albright family.

“The Albright donation is a wonderful help to continue the growth of the 3-year-old preschool and 4K program,” said the Rev. Luke Ferris, pastor at Sacred Heart.


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