Surprise celebration honors teacher’s 50-year career

Photo by Grace Kirchner Stannye Meads sits in front of a banner that reads: “50 Years of Teaching!! Congratulations Ms. Stannye!!” during a surprise celebration Friday at Rexford-Longfellow Elementary School in Clintonville.

Photo by Grace Kirchner Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers was among those honoring Stannye Meads on her 50 years of teaching at a celebration Friday in Clintonville.

There were tears, but no one was “sad, oh sad” at Rexford-Longfellow Elementary School on Friday as friends, students and former students, family, coworkers and others surprised Stannye Meads with a celebration honoring her 50th year in teaching.

Meads, known for the phrase above, has taught in Clintonville for 25 years. Prior to that, she taught in Illinois and Kentucky.

Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers was among those honoring Meads — Ms. Stannye to her students and others — at the celebration.

”I have been superintendent of public instruction for the past seven years, but I have never before recognized someone that has been teaching 50 years,” Evers said. He presented a plaque of appreciation to Meads on behalf of the DPI.


School Notes

Contributed Photo Shawano Community High School students had a wonderful night at their “Enchanted Forest” prom on April 30. Noah Buss and Colleen McFarlane were crowned the 2016 Junior Prom king and queen, respectively. Others on the prom court were Julia Haarth, Sage Henning, Anika Klement, Sydney Utke, Alexi Wilber, Wyatt Block, Jack Hanauer, Griffin Rades, Dylan Sumnicht, Zach Wehmeyer. Escorts included Allie Senzig and Jared Tavernier. Shown, from left, are Zach Wehmeyer, Saige Henning, Wyatt Block, Allie Senzig, Griffin Rades, Alexis Wilber, Noah Buss, Colleen McFarlane, Jack Hanauer, Sydney Utke, Dylan Sumnicht, Anika Klement, Jared Tavernier and Julia Haarth.

Bonduel Elementary School

The fourth-graders spent Thursday in Madison. We toured the Henry Vilas Zoo, the Wisconsin Historical Museum and the Capitol. We were able to see many amazing creatures at the zoo, including the polar bear who put on a swimming show for us! At the museum we saw many exhibits from Wisconsin history including an Aztalan home, lead mine and trading post. Our tour guide at the state Capitol did a fabulous job informing the students about many of the beautiful paintings, skylights, etc. We toured many of the rooms, and we were even able to go out on the observation deck. We left at 8 a.m. and arrived back in Bonduel around 7 p.m. The students had a very active day! We’d like to thank our wonderful chaperones for volunteering to help. We’d also like to thank the PTO for helping fund a portion of the trip. It was an educationally exciting experience!


Shawano Dollars for Scholars awards scholarships

hawano Dollars for Scholars recognized the Shawano Community High School Class of 2016 at the annual Academic Scholars Night on April 25 at Shawano Community High School.

The Dollars for Scholars scholarships were given in addition to the many other area scholarships from businesses and organizations that were presented at Academic Scholars Night.

The following scholarships were awarded:

• AMVETS Post 10 Scholarship, Jacob Schwitzer

• Associated Bank Scholarship, Namara Panzer

• Bert and Carol Huntington Scholarship, Austin Knaack

• Bleser Family Foundation Scholarship, Abigail Jones

• BMO Harris Bank of Shawano Scholarship, Gabriela Krueger

• Clarence Bleser Scholarship, Sydney Schreiber

• Cory and Erin Klement Scholarship, Madison Lemerond

• Dan K. Jacobson Memorial Scholarship, Kristina Kurtz

• Dr. Jeff and Holly Zander Scholarship, Hannah Neumann


Bonduel JA squad fares well at state competition

A team of Bonduel High School students was among the consolation winners at Junior Achievement’s annual JA Business Challenge Championship last week in Milwaukee.

Over 60 of the best and brightest student “CEOs” in Wisconsin competed in the challenge sponsored by Acuity on April 28.

Teams from Kohler High School and Appleton East finished first and second, respectively, in the daylong competition. Both teams will advance to the JA Titan National Virtual Competition this month.

Sun Prairie finished third. The Bonduel team of Jaken Spreeman, Janel Wudtke and Scott Gunderson was one of three teams selected as consolation winners. Each team member received a $100 Kohls gift card.


Local students use pedal power to get to school

Contributed Photo Students arriving on bicycles at Olga Brener Intermediate School in Shawano on Wednesday included Ellie Huebner, left, and Aidan Beaulieu. Wednesday was national National Bike to School Day.

Contributed Photo Shawano Community Middle School student Quardell Little Owl parks his bicycle Wednesday after pedaling to school in the spirit of National Bike to School Day.

Kids in Shawano pedaled to school Wednesday to celebrate National Bike to School Day.

Nancy Schultz, coordinator of the local Safe Routes to School program, said about 250 students from five schools participated in the event locally.

Schultz said she saw bike racks filled up at schools, and she was pleased that so many students participated.

Some schools gave participants ways to earn T-shirts and other prizes as incentives to participate.

Schultz hopes the day will persuade students to ride their bikes to school more often, as a healthy alternative to riding in cars or buses.

The event builds on the popularity of Walk to School Day, which is celebrated across the country each October.


Class of 2016 recognized at Academic Scholars Night

Shawano Community High School’s Class of 2016 was recognized for academic achievements at the annual Scholarship Night on April 25 at the school.

Students were awarded a number of local scholarships and were also recognized for receiving outside scholarships from colleges, universities and other organizations.

Scholarships were awarded to the following students:

• Ezekiel Gueths and Teagan Monfils, Academic Excellence

• Kristina Kurtz and Thomas Trinko, American Legion Auxiliary Scholarship

• Julia Beck, American Legion Award

• Alexis Dobberstein, American Legion Scholarship

• Addison Lewis and Kelsey Gast, Arnold R. Oseland Memorial Scholarship

• Kristina Kurtz and Sarah Dickman, American Veterans Post 10 Scholarship

• Zachary Fike and Kelly Mastey, The Bruce Wilber Sr. Memorial Scholarship

• Kathryn Kugel, Casey Grams and Bruce Wilber Scholarship


School Notes

Contributed Photo “Grandma Mary” Anderson, center, receives her Hawk Way award from Shawano School District Superintendent Gary Cumberland at the School Board meeting Monday. Anderson’s daughter, Karen Smith, is seated alongside her.

Contributed Photo The following Gresham School students were honored in April at the Wisconsin Indian Education Association banquet in Madison: Justice Paiser, honorable mention; Odessa Arce, honorable mention; Aurora Arce, student of the year; River Otradovec, honorable mention; and SoHappy Davids, honorable mention.

Shawano School District


SCHS will save the last dance for you

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski The Showstoppers choir will perform a number of songs at “Last Dance,” including duets and solos from graduating seniors.

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski The Shawano Community High School jazz band practices for its “Last Dance” show, which takes place next week. The jazz band has racked up some impressive wins and second-place finishes at music festivals in Wisconsin and Illinois over the years.

With May in full swing, that means one thing for the Shawano Community High School music department. It’s time for the “Last Dance” to commence.

The annual spring tradition gives the school’s jazz band and Showstoppers choir the opportunity to show their skills to the community in the atmosphere of a big city nightclub. It’s also the last dance of sorts for almost two dozen high school seniors in the group, as it’s their final performance before graduation.

“Last Dance” takes place on May 13 and 14 at the high school auditorium. The audience sits on the stage as the two groups perform. Fannita’s Bakery will provide desserts for the event.

Christopher Kent, jazz band director, is eager to show how well his group can switch to different jazz styles — swing, ballads, Latin.

“This band does the different styles very well. It goes to the nature of the kids,” Kent said. “This group is really good; they really are.”


5 local schools will participate in Bike to School Day

Five Shawano schools will participate in Bike to School Day on May 4. They are Hillcrest Primary, Olga Brener Intermediate, St. James Lutheran, Sacred Heart Catholic and Shawano Community Middle School.

The schools will join others throughout the region in celebrating Bike Safety Month by bringing parents, children and community members together to experience the fun of biking to school together.

This is the third year the local schools have been involved in the national campaign, which started in 2012. All students who participate will receive an incentive.

Volunteers from Shawano Pathways will assist principals at the schools.

Not long ago, walking or biking to school was the norm. Over the last 30 years, however, the percentage of children biking and walking to school has declined from 50 percent or more to now closer to about 15 percent.


School Notes

Contributed Photo Rich Wieber jumps his bicycle over Sacred Heart teacher Scott Marohl and seminarian Ben Johnson during a presentation April 20 at the school.

Contributed Photo Rich Wieber entertains the children at Sacred Heart Catholic School on April 20.

Sacred Heart Catholic School


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