Schools

Wed
08
Feb

Delegates announced for girls convention

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 44 in Wabeno will sponsor four girls nominated by local high schools to attend Badger Girls State.

The 73rd annual Badger Girls State convention is scheduled for June 18-22 at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Money to fund local delegates is raised through the auxiliary’s annual fall raffle.

Selected from Laona High School is McKenna Murray, daughter of Al and Brenda Murray. Selected from Wabeno High School are Kassidy Ashbeck, daughter of Steve and Raletta Ashbeck; Emma Barfknecht, daughter of Dan and Ann Barfknecht; and Hannah Christianson, daughter of Dan and Laurie Christianson.

The criteria for selection as a Badger Girl include scholarship, character, community service and an interest in learning more about government. Girls are nominated by their high school principals and guidance counselors, with final selection by the auxiliary’s committee.

Wed
25
Jan

Gillett students face off in spelling bee

Gillett Middle School students in grades 5-8 participated in the Scripp’s Spelling Classroom Bee. The top three spellers from each grade participated in the Gillett School District bee Jan. 19 in the Meunier/Pelow Auditorium.

The top two spellers were sixth-grader Isabella Matczak and fifth-grader Tyler Frank. Matczak will represent Gillett at the CESA 8 Regional Bee in Suring on Feb. 13.

Don Olderman and Tami McQuillan organized and proctored the event.

Wed
18
Jan

Students perform in all-state choir

Three students represented Oconto Falls High School in the prestigious 2017 Wisconsin Choral Directors Association All-State Choir.

The singers were three juniors, Camden Jackson, son of Jeff and Pam Jackson; Hunter Ryczek, son of Ginny Dunsworth and Chad Ryczek; and Peter Murphy, son of Candice Behnke and Steven Murphy.

The 120-voice All-State Men’s Choir performed “Brightest and Best” arranged by Shawn Kirchner, “Zion’s Walls” by Aaron Coplan, “Black is the Color” by Connor Koppin, “The God Who Gave Us Life” by Randall Thompson, and “We Rise Again” by Leon Dubinsky and Stephen Smith. They gave an exceptional performance at the historic Grand Theater in Wausau to a sold-out audience and received a standing ovation.

The director for the choir was Lee Nelson, director of choral activities at Wartburg College in Iowa.

“He treated us like we were his own choir,” Jackson said. “His knowledge and the skills he showed us were incredibly useful.”

Wed
18
Jan

Missing gingerbread men reunited with kindergartners

The 5-year-old kindergarten classes at Oconto Falls Elementary School recently made large gingerbread men to decorate and eat as they learned about story structure and characters.

But before the students could eat the sweet treats, the cookies ran away and were spotted all over school in different classrooms! As the kindergarten students looked for the runaway cookies, they read numerous versions of the classic story “The Gingerbre​​ad Man”​ and compared how the stories were the same and different.

Finally on Dec. 13, Officer Ron Ripley from the Oconto County Sheriff’s Department was able to help capture the cookies so they could be returned to their correct classes and enjoyed by all.

Wed
04
Jan

FBLA completes holiday outreach activities

The Oconto Falls FBLA chapter held its annual holiday food drive and cookie-baking day in December to help put food on the table for those less fortunate.

The FBLA “Stick it to Hunger” food drive started Dec. 5 and ended Dec. 20. To help ensure that quality items were brought in, FBLA officers established a point system. For this year, 2,016 points were needed in order for the students to be awarded an assembly. Students and staff donated approximately 936 food and household items for a total of 2,366 points.

Teachers volunteered to participate in the assembly as a way to show their appreciation for the number of donations. Maria Steingraber had whipped cream pies thrown in her face, Jeremiah Dorn was made into a human sundae, and Vicky Dallman was duct-taped to the wall.

The items collected were delivered to Kingdom Come food pantry in Oconto Falls.

Wed
04
Jan

Falls FFA member awarded aquaculture grant

Thirty-seven Wisconsin FFA members from 27 different chapters have been awarded $28,950 in Supervised Agricultural Experience grants from the Wisconsin FFA Foundation.

The foundation awarded the grants in five categories: aquaculture, dairy, livestock, organic agriculture and start-up. Successful candidates were chosen based on the level and scope of their SAE in accordance with their age, future goals and plans for the program, as well as financial need.

John Birr of Oconto Falls FFA was awarded a $300 aquaculture grant sponsored by the Wisconsin Aquaculture Association.

Through the SAE program, students are able to create their own business or build career skills through an existing operation. They apply concepts learned in the classroom to real-world challenges and work experiences.

Wed
21
Dec

1st-graders send letters to North Pole

The students in Vicky Britton’s first-grade class at Gillett Elementary wrote these letters to Santa. They know that Santa reads the Times Herald!

Dear Santa,

Thank you for bringing presents. How do you bring all the toys in one night? How is Rudolph doing? I will give your reindeer an apple. I want an iPad. Thank you for checking your list two times. Merry Christmas! Why do you come once a year? Love, Sydney Anderson

Dear Santa,

Thank you. I want a real picture of you Santa. I love your elf. His name is Cookie. Santa I want you to go to Pizza Hut with me. I love you Santa. Love, Ross Walker

Dear Santa,

Thank you for being the best, best Santa! I love you Santa! I hope you have a nice winter. I love you Santa. I hope you have a good weekend. I want a pretend dog. Love, Kali Elsner

Dear Santa,

Wed
21
Dec

Open studio nights coming to OFES

Individuals have an opportunity personalize their own ceramic beverage containers at Wine or Stein?, a Falls Area Community Enrichment event sponsored in conjunction with pARTy ON!

Oconto Falls Elementary School will hold two open studio nights for individuals to glaze a ceramic wine glass or beer stein.

A minimum of 12 people are needed for the class. Individuals may sign up for one or both of the classes. Price for one is $18; the price for both is $30. The fee will cover the cost of the glass, glazes, firing and other supplies.

Projects will be made on Jan. 19 or 24; participants can choose the date that works best. The projects will be ready for pick-up by Feb. 2.

The time involved in the process depends on the complexity of the design. It might only take an hour for a simple design but longer for something more complex.

Wed
14
Dec

Lena volleyball players serve breakfast


Contributed Photo

Members of the Lena High School volleyball team prepared a meal at the Ronald McDonald House. Shown are, from left, front row, Ally Demmith, Emily Lange, Brianna Sylvester, Kaitlyn Hodkiewicz, Maddy Herald, Alayna Peterson, Meckenna Portier, Mary Hodkiewicz; second row, Brooke Peterson, Makayla Bushmaker, Jordyn Dolata, Kaylee Huberty, Cheryl Place; and back row, Wendy Cook, Michele Bushmaker, Gina Peterson, Heidi Place and Joy Sylvester.

The Lena High School volleyball team raised over $600 to purchase food for a buffet and homemade snack ingredients for guests at the Ronald McDonald House, along with extra items from the house’s wish list.

Donations were provided by Badger Paper Mill, community members, family members and Lena School’s L Club, Booster Club and National Honor Society.

Team members purchased ingredients for breakfast burritos, a yogurt bar, fresh fruit tray, spinach salad, ham and cheesy potato casserole, pancakes, muffins, sausage, bacon, milk and juice. The food was brought to the Ronald McDonald House to be prepared.

Snacks ingredients were used to make puppy chow, seasoned pretzels, Jello cups, cookies and cookie bars.

Wish list items included travel-sized hygiene items for about 12 people. The team also purchased newborn baby supplies and bags of snacks.

Wed
07
Dec

Nominations open for Wall of Fame

The Oconto Falls School District and Oconto Falls High School seek nominations of individuals to be included in the school’s Wall of Fame.

The Wall of Fame was established in 1995, with the inaugural person inducted in 1996.

A wall designated in the 500 hallway adjacent to the field house displays the plaques of people who have been chosen for the honor.

The nominees must be graduates of Oconto Falls High School and must have set standards of excellence in their lives and experienced success since their graduation.

The purpose of the wall is to honor graduates who have been successful in life and to serve as an inspiration for today’s students.

The nominations can come from anybody; self-nominations also are accepted. Nominations are to be submitted to Bruce Russell, high school principal, no later than March 30 to be considered for the next class of inductees, who will be recognized during homecoming weekend in September.

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