Schools

Wed
27
Jan

Team serves brunch for families

The Lena High School girls volleyball team, Coach Heidi Place and some of the girls’ parents prepared and served a brunch for residents on Saturday, Jan. 9, at Ronald McDonald House in Wauwatosa. It was their way to help residents at the facility related to children being treated at Children’s Hospital and nearby hospitals.

The volunteers wore their “I’m on Kyle’s Team” shirts and served the brunch in the memory of Kyle Hodkiewicz, of Lena. Kyle and his family utilized Ronald McDonald House from February 2015 until Kyle’s death Sept. 19, 2015, at Children’s Hospital. Kyle died at age 10 after battling leukemia for more than two years.

Wed
27
Jan

Patza advances to regional spelling bee

Gillett Middle School students in grades five through eight participated in the local Scripps spelling bee.

The top three spellers from each grade participated in the districtwide spelling bee Thursday in the Meunier/Pelow Auditorium. The top two spellers were sixth-grader Aidan Patza and fifth-grader Dylan Block. Patza will represent Gillett at the CESA 8 regional bee on Feb. 11 in Peshtigo.

Don Olderman and Tami McQuillan organized and proctored the event.

Wed
27
Jan

5 perform in All-State Honors Choir

Five singers from Oconto Falls High School were selected to perform in the All-State Honors Choir organized by the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association. The students were recommended by their high school choral director, Amy Thiel, and selected based on their outstanding musicianship and character.

The All-State Women’s Choir was conducted by Beth Holmes, of Milliken University. The All-State Men’s Choir was conducted by Eric Barnum of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

One hundred top singers from across Wisconsin were selected to be part of each choir. Students rehearsed on Friday and Saturday before presenting a performance in Lawrence University’s Memorial Chapel in Appleton.

Both ensembles received standing ovations from the over 1,000 concert attendees.

Wed
20
Jan

Students, veterans connect at reception

Despite the cold temperatures, the atmosphere inside the Oconto Falls High School Commons was warm and welcoming Jan. 13 as more than 40 area veterans were honored.

Eighteen students from the Oconto Falls High School Conflicts and Crises in History class shared their research projects with area veterans by hosting a reception after school. The students visited with their guests and learned more about the experiences of the veterans who served in various wars and conflicts, including the Korean War, Vietnam War, various Cold War postings and assignments, and the Gulf Wars, including Iraq and Kuwait.

Research topics were wide ranging and included Korean War history and major battles, selections from the Vietnam War era, and more recent conflicts and foreign policy challenges: Operation Iraqi Freedom, the Taliban, ISIS and the current Syrian War.

Wed
20
Jan

Teacher nominated for national LifeChanger award


Times Herald Photo by Joan Koehne

Gillett Secondary School teacher Tami McQuillan works with Samantha Kahler, Tim York and Emily Hairapetian in their eighth-grade English/language arts class. McQuillan, who was nominated for the national LifeChanger of the Year award, has been teaching in Gillett for 25 years.

Tami McQuillan jokes that her tombstone will read “Take responsibility for your actions.”

It’s just one lesson she conveys to the middle school students in Gillett as she teaches English/language arts, math, social studies and science. She encourages students to make good choices, be true to themselves and face the consequences of their actions.

“The ultimate goal at the middle school level is to help them figure out who they are,” McQuillan said.

McQuillan, a seventh- and eighth-grade teacher at Gillett Secondary School, has been nominated for the 2015-2016 national LifeChanger of the Year award. Sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation, the LifeChanger of the Year program recognizes and rewards the educators across the United States who are making a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership.

Wed
20
Jan

OFHS singers perform at festival

Sixteen Oconto Falls High School choir students participated in the 2015 Wisconsin Choral Directors Singing in Wisconsin Festival at Chilton High School.

The festival includes four choirs — youth choir, men’s choir, women’s choir and mixed choir — for students in grades five-12.

The state festival is held at four sites: West Milwaukee, Chippewa Falls, Wausau and Chilton. Singers perform the same songs at each site. Students attend rehearsals throughout the day, and the music-making culminates with a concert for family and friends. Over 2,000 choral musicians participated in this year’s WCDA statewide event.

Wed
30
Dec

Mentorship builds community at UW-Stout

Breann Johnson, of Gillett, participated in a mentorship program at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, coordinated by Assistant Professor Amanda Barnett. The mentorship program, now in its third year, involves students majoring in human development and family studies (HDFS) with the goal of building the HDFS community.

Johnson’s mentor was Molly Harvey, a senior from Cottage Grove who hopes to find a job working with at-risk youth in Madison after graduating. Johnson, a junior transfer student, said the program helped her prepare for upcoming courses and get a better insight into their content and required projects.

“I have become more excited for my major and I have appreciated the opportunity to connect with a student who has more experience and is further along in the program,” she said.

Wed
23
Dec

First-grades share Christmas wishes

Editor’s note: Vicky Britton’s first-grade students at Gillett Elementary School wrote letters to Santa. This is what they wrote.

Dear Santa, How are you doing at the North Pole today? I would like a Glow Pet for Christmas. What is your favorite cookie? How do you fit all your presents and yourself in the sled? How is Rudolph doing? How is Mrs. Claus doing? When you come to my house, it will be full of decorations. Santa, you are nice to me. When you come at night to my house, I want to see you. Love, Clara Schaal

Dear Santa, I would like a transformer for Christmas. I also would like fake money. I would like to give a gift for Jesus for his birthday. I would like for my dad to have fishing stuff for Christmas. I would like my dog Liberty to have a friend, and I want something special for my mom. By Jayden Procknow

Dear Santa,

Wed
16
Dec

OFHS awarded $5,000 for classroom technology

Oconto Falls High School was selected as the runner-up of Cellcom’s Project Innovate in the Northeast Wisconsin region. The school will receive $5,000 from Cellcom and Nsight Telservices for the purchase of classroom technology.

In October, Cellcom invited high schools in Shawano, Oconto, Menominee and Marinette counties to participate in the community voting challenge; 15 schools participated. The $25,000 grand prize winner was scheduled to be announced this week.

Members of the OFHS Student Council accepted the runner-up award Dec. 9 at the high school.

Project Innovate winners were determined by the number of qualified votes cast for each school during the monthlong voting period, Oct. 19-Nov. 20. The community voting program hinged on schools mobilizing their supporters.

Wed
16
Dec

Lena grads earn American FFA Degree

Two Lena High School graduates recently received one of the highest FFA honors presented in the nation, becoming the first Lena students to receive the American FFA Degree in more than 10 years.

Joe Jagiello and Marlena Wagner, both 2013 graduates of Lena High School, accepted the American FFA Degree this fall at the National FFA Convention. The degree is bestowed on less than a half-percent of members each year, with 76 members in Wisconsin and 3,434 total receiving the honor in 2015.

Jagiello and Wagner were the only two FFA members in the immediate area who earned the degree.

They qualified for the award by demonstrating the highest level of commitment to FFA and showing significant accomplishments in their Supervised Agricultural Experience. Both worked on the family’s dairy farm, where they helped where needed, doing tasks such as milking to feeding cows, caring for young stock and working in the fields.

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