Schools

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18
Nov

OFHS honors those who served


Times Herald photo by Joan Koehne

Steve Magnin, front, of Green Bay, and Bob Thomson, of Oconto Falls were among roughly 40 veterans recognized at the Veterans Day program at Oconto Falls High School. Magnin, a 1983 OFHS graduate, served in the U.S. Army. Thomson served in the Air Force.

The applause was prolonged and the appreciation palpable for the roughly 40 veterans attending a Veterans Day tribute Nov. 11 at Oconto Falls High School’s 61st annual celebration. The veterans entered and exited the field house to a standing ovation from students and staff members at the school.

Honoring and thanking veterans were the themes of the program.

“Thank you for setting the example that’s inspired future generations to raise their hands in voluntary service to this great nation,” said Principal Bruce Russell. He reported that only 1 percent of the American population serves in the military, bearing the burden for the remaining 99 percent.

“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few,” he said, quoting Winston Churchill.

OFHS senior Rebecca Berkovitz continued the theme of thanksgiving in her speech.

“November especially is a month of thanksgiving,” she said.

Wed
18
Nov

Rochon earns DAR Good Citizenship Award

Aubrie Rochon has been selected by her peers and faculty from Oconto Falls High School as the winner of the 2015-16 Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizenship Award. This award is based on leadership, dependability, service and patriotism.

Rochon, a senior, plans to enter the nursing program at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. She is the daughter of Jackie and Charlie Rochon, of Oconto Falls.

Rochon has been involved in Student Council for four years and is treasurer this year. She has been a member of the Dance Team for four seasons. She has been a manager for the football team for two years and baseball team for two years. She was a member of the softball team her freshman and sophomore years and was named to prom court her junior year. She is involved with FFA, FBLA, Archery Club, Spanish Club, Drama Club and Art Club. Rochon has been a Channel 6 crew member for two years and now is manager.

Wed
04
Nov

Cooped up

Twenty-six chickens now call Lena High School their home.

The agriculture department has a new chicken coop, built by Kelby Cook Construction with the help of Lena High students, parents, FFA alumni members and donors.

Lena agriculture teacher Roberta Windus said she was inspired to raise chickens after hearing about the Food for All Grant program.

“I saw a Food for All Grant through the National FFA Association and I thought, ‘How would the Lena FFA help our local community?’” Windus said.

After Lena FFA received the $2,500 grant, everything fell into place. The coop is funded 100 percent by the grant and donations.

“It is a service learning project between the agriculture classes, independent students and the FFA … to donate the eggs to the food pantry to help the community,” Windus said.

Wed
04
Nov

Voting begins for Project Innovate

The five high schools in Oconto County are vying to win one of two cash prizes totaling $30,000 to be used for classroom technology.

Schools in Gillett, Lena, Oconto, Oconto Falls and Suring are participating in Cellcom’s Project Innovate, in partnership with Nsight Telservices . The community voting challenge began Oct. 19 and ends at midnight Nov. 20. The school with the most votes at the end of the voting period will be awarded a $25,000 grand prize exclusively for the purchase of technology. The first-prize winner will receive $5,000.

Wed
04
Nov

Teachers rewarded in Suring

WalMart awarded 20 teachers from Suring Elementary School with $50 reward cards to purchase classroom supplies to help students start the year off right. As part of the Walmart Teacher Reward Program, the local educators were honored at an awards ceremony Oct. 16 at Suring Elementary.

During the ceremony, Principal Pam Berg and Walmart assistant manager Marty Monfils told how the Teacher Reward cards will benefit the students at Suring Elementary.

For the sixth year in a row, Walmart donated over $4.5 million to provide over 90,000 classroom teachers across the United States with cards to help offset the personal funds classroom teachers spend at the beginning of the year. Statistically, teachers spend close to $1,000 of their own funds to ensure their students have everything they need for a successful year.

Wed
28
Oct

‘Alice’ depicts OFHS drama team in Wonderland

The Oconto Falls High School Drama Team is one step closer to making a return trip to state competition.

The Panthers recently performed their fall competitive production of “Alice” at the district festival in Tomahawk and received a unanimous rating from the panel of judges. The team advanced to sectionals, which will be hosted by Oconto Falls on Nov. 3 and 4.

“Alice” is a one-act adaptation of the famous Lewis Carroll novel “Alice in Wonderland.” The curious young girl Alice, played by senior Leah Wons, follows the White Rabbit (Andrea Spang) down the rabbit hole into Wonderland, where she meets a cornucopia of strange creatures.

Wed
28
Oct

Teacher who drank tainted soda returns to class

A Gillett Secondary School teacher was back to work the day after receiving medical care for drinking from a soda bottle tainted with cleaning spray.

According to a statement released by the Gillett Police Department, the male teacher drank the soda with his lunch on Oct. 20. When he took another drink of the soda about an hour later, he suspected it had been laced with some chemical because of the soda’s unusual odor.

According to the police statement, the 911 caller reporting the incident said a staff member had possibly been poisoned.

School officials and law enforcement determined later that day that a male student, 16, and female student, 17, placed a small amount of a cleaning solution used to clean whiteboards in the bottle.

Gillett District Administrator Todd Carlson said the students put two squirts of the spray in the teacher’s bottle as a prank.

Wed
28
Oct

Falls students participate in Global Read Aloud

Library paraprofessionals Karrie Judd at Oconto Falls Elementary School and Barb Dryja at Abrams Elementary are connecting local students with over 500,000 students and educators for this year’s Global Read Aloud.

The event, started by a teacher in Wisconsin, encourages educators around the world to read the same book aloud to their students and then use technology to share the reading experience with other classrooms.

This year’s chosen author is Amy Krouse Rosenthal, and a number of her books and ones by other authors are being read at OFES, Abrams, Washington Middle School and Oconto Falls High School.

The latest event at OFES involved the book “Duck, Rabbit,” which has readers try to guess if what is seen in the book is either a duck or a rabbit. Students vote and find out what kids across the globe had to say.

Wed
28
Oct

Students participate in Walk to School event

Safe Kids Oconto County and Oconto Elementary School faculty, parents and students participated in International Walk to School Day on Oct. 7.

Safe Kids Oconto County received a grant to promote pedestrian safety, and the organization teamed up with Oconto Elementary School and Stephanie Stauss, Oconto School District nurse, to organize the event.

Attending the event were Oconto Mayor Victoria Bostedt and members of the Oconto Police Department and Oconto Fire and Rescue Department. Over 100 students walked to school and were accompanied by Safe Kids Oconto County members, teachers and parents.

Prior to the event, every student in 4-year-old kindergarten to first grade received a copy of a Clifford the Red Dog book about pedestrian safety, sponsored by FedEx. Older elementary children received an activity book sponsored by FedEx as well.

On Oct. 7, each participating child received a Safe Kids reflector and refreshments.

Wed
21
Oct

Gillett FFA participates in FIRE Conference

Ashley Britton, Hanna Elsner, Samantha Kahler, Valerie Vande Corput and Calista Vassallo of the Gillett FFA chapter attended the Wisconsin Association of FFA FIRE Conference on Oct. 3 at Fox Valley Technical College Campus in Appleton. FIRE stands for Foundations in Reaching Excellence.

The conference helps young FFA members discover opportunities in the FFA organization and gain valuable leadership skills. This is one of the three conferences held around the state for seventh-, eighth- and ninth-grade members. Over 600 members will attend the three conferences during October.

The Wisconsin FFA FIRE Conference is designed to inform beginning FFA members about FFA and motivate them to participate in its many activities. Students learned about communication skills, leadership, social skills, goal setting, FFA awards, and programs and opportunities in agriculture.

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