School Notes

Shawano School District

There will be no school on Monday.

The Shawano School Board school start time ad hoc committee sent out a survey to all parochial and public school parents and guardians to gauge the most preferred option by families for a potential later start time. Paper copies will be available at all school offices for those without Internet or email access. The survey closes 9 a.m. Monday. For questions about the survey, email or call 715-526-3194, ext. 8014.

Hillcrest Primary School

Hillcrest Primary School will host a 4K open house from 2-7 p.m. Thursday. Families are invited to learn more about the 4-year-old kindergarten program, explore classrooms and meet the teachers. Call 715-524-2134 for more information.

LEADS Charter School


Local schools join Winter Walk to School Day

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Youngsters at five local schools will bundle up to participate in the third annual Winter Walk to School Day sponsored by Wisconsin Safe Routes to School on Feb. 24.

Students at Shawano Community Middle School, Olga Brener, Hillcrest, Sacred Heart Parish School and St. James Lutheran School are expected to join schools around Wisconsin to celebrate the fun of walking to school during the winter months.

Over the last 30 years, the percentage of children biking and walking to school has declined from 50 percent or more to now closer to about 15 percent, according to a Safe Routes to School news release. Today, parents drive as many as 50 percent of the children traveling to school, and school bus trips account for an increasing share of the rest.

The purpose of Walk to School Day is to start to reverse those trends.


Bonduel girl reclaims spelling bee title

Leader Photo by Scott Williams Runner-up Karter Schroeder, left, and champion Erin Timler enjoy their trophies after the 2016 Bonduel School District spelling bee Wednesday.

It was big sister’s turn again this year in a hotly contested 2016 Bonduel School District spelling bee.

Erin Timler, who won the championship two years ago but then finished second behind her younger sister last year, captured the title again Wednesday by correctly spelling “germane.”

Erin, a seventh-grade student, outdistanced 18 other competitors over the course of two hours, including runner-up Karter Schroeder, who stumbled on his final word “commodious.”

Erin’s younger sister, Abby Timler, won last year’s bee as a fourth-grader, just one year after Erin claimed her first title as a fifth-grader.

Their mother, Stacy Timler, said the family’s spelling bee dynasty leaves her feeling proud.

“They like spelling, and they like the trophies,” Stacy said. “They’re both very smart kids.”

Erin now advances to the regional spelling bee Feb. 16 at Clintonville High School, where she finished as runner-up two years ago.



Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski The seven brothers discuss how they’re going to find brides during a scene in “Seven Brides For Seven Brothers.” Playing the brothers in Shawano Community High School’s annual musical are, from left, Hunter Krolow (Daniel), Addison Lewis (Adam), Harrison Sturycz (Ephraim), Ryan Steffen (Frank), Ryan Carriveau (Gideon), Jared Tavernier (Caleb) and Kale McHugh (Benjamin).

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Dorcas, left, played by Haley Reimer, has no idea she’s about to be kidnapped by Benjamin, played by Kale McHugh, as she talks with her mother, played by Lily Herrmann, in a scene from “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.”

In most places, kidnapping a women and trying to make her your bride is considered a horrific crime.

In “Seven Brides For Seven Brothers,” it’s comedy, especially when they break out into song.

The musical, which originally started as a 1954 film produced by MGM Studios, is the winter show for Shawano Community High School. The show opens Wednesday and runs through Feb. 6.

If the show seems familiar to longtime Shawano residents, there’s a reason. Jonathon Kent, who directs and produces the annual musical, also picked the show as the high school’s 2007 production.

Normally, Kent waits at least 10 years before he considers reviving musicals for local audiences, he said. However, he made an exception when he saw the number of talented boys at the school this year, and because “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” is a male-heavy show, it made sense to him to seize the opportunity.


BHS students meet governor at visit to NWTC

Contributed Photo Gov. Scott Walker meets Bonduel High School students, from left, Taylor Thiex, Eric Bergsbaken and Joshua Richter during a visit to NWTC last week.

Three Bonduel High School technical education students visited with Gov. Scott Walker at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay on Jan. 20.

Walker was at NWTC to promote his plan to cut the costs of higher education in Wisconsin, announcing a plan to invest $3 million for dual-enrollment programs – programs where high school students can take classes at technical schools for college credit.

Bonduel senior Eric Bergsbaken and juniors Joshua Richter and Taylor Thiex attended Walker’s visit, representing students who participate in the dual-credit program at Bonduel High School, and chatted with the governor.

Bergsbaken plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-Stout to pursue a career as a technology education teacher. He has taken numerous NWTC-transcribed credit courses in the manufacturing field, including welding, CNC and CAD.


Bowler students raising funds for Red Cross

Students at Bowler Elementary are taking steps to benefit the American Red Cross through a friendly competition. Grades are competing in a Change War, which began Jan. 8 and continues through Feb. 8. The event is being coordinated by the school’s Cub Government.

The objective is to be the class that raises the most funds by the deadline. The winning class will receive an ice cream party. Proceeds for the event will benefit the lifesaving mission and work of the American Red Cross.

“I am really pleased to see the Cub Government facilitate such a meaningful fundraiser,” said Brandi Dove, second-grade teacher and Cub Government adviser at Bowler Elementary School. “Although they may feel ‘too small’ to make a difference, the impact they are making for the American Red Cross will help many people; some of which may even be from their own community. They can have the pride knowing that because of their hard work, they truly made a difference.”


School Notes

Olga Brener Intermediate School

Each month, our math coordinator, Joanne Edwards, meets with our Math Olympiads, a group consisting of 35 third- to fifth-graders who compete internationally against other schools. The students are given problems to solve and have a certain time limit to solve them. The students enjoy the challenge and excitement knowing that they are going up against students from all over the world.


School Notes

Gresham Community School

On Wednesday there was a blood drive at the school. Thank you to everyone who donated.

On Friday, the middle school and high school went to Sylvan Hills on an incentive trip. The students got to enjoy a day of sledding and fun.

Exams for all high school students start Wednesday. Thursday will be the last day of exams and the end of first semester.

There will be no school on Friday.


School Notes

Contributed Photo LEARNING THE RULES: Bowler Elementary School teacher Crystal Brunner reviews bathroom rules with fourth-grade students as part of the school’s Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports program.

Shawano School District

There will be no school on Monday.

Shawano Community High School

The Shawano Community High School hockey team is selling raffle tickets for an autographed Aaron Rodgers jersey. The jersey is professionally framed in a matted shadow box. Tickets are available at the Crawford Center concessions stand or from any SCHS hockey family members. Tickets are $5 each or three for $10; only 2,000 tickets will be sold. The drawing will be at noon March 12. The winner does not need to be present to win.

Shawano Community Middle School


SCHS receives ExxonMobil grant

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

Auto Prep Center in Shawano recently announced that Shawano Community High School is the recipient of this year’s ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Grant.

In 11 of the past 12 years, Auto Prep has been able to secure grant monies to supplement science and technology programs at local schools. This year’s award of $500 brings the total to nearly $6,000 that the fuel retailer has secured.

Work on the grant began last spring, with the identification of possible projects and SCHS indicating it was willing to accept a grant. Only Exxon retailers that maintain favorable rankings in their store operations are eligible to apply.

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


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