Veterans invited to Suring program

A Veterans Day program will take place at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, in the Suring High School gym, and all veterans and their spouses are invited to attend.

Each veteran will be recognized. Refreshments will be served in the cafeteria following the program.

The speaker will be retired Rear Adm. Arnold Lotring, who served as a naval education and training command chief operating officer.

Patriotic music will be performed by the elementary students, high school band and a combined high school and community choir. Community choir practice will take place at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, Tuesday, Nov. 4, and Thursday, Nov. 6, in the high school choir room.


Suring fundraiser to feature dance band

The Suring High School Music Department will hold its Fall Festival fundraiser from 6-9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, in the Suring High School gym. Admission is $5. Tickets are available from high school music students and at the door.

The Swing City Dance Band, a semiprofessional 17-piece swing/dance band, will perform from 7-8:30 p.m. The band is directed by Larry Zunker, a former Suring School band director.

Swing City will perform music from the 1940s to today. The group will donate its time to help the Suring music students raise funds to take a performance trip to Florida during spring break. This trip has been planned for several years, and it is hoped the trip can happen before another group of seniors graduates.

Suring High School music students will perform during the Swing City Dance Band’s break.


Free flu vaccines at area schools

Oconto County Public Health will visit Oconto County schools in October to offer free flu vaccines to students. Oconto County Public Health will offer free HPV, meningitis and Tdap vaccines to all sixth- to 12th-graders as well.

A completed, signed consent form is required for each student receiving any vaccine. Consent forms are available at


OFHS says aloha to new teachers

The staff at Oconto Falls High School used a Hawaiian theme to welcome students on the first day of classes. Six new teachers joined the staff.

There was 100 percent turnover in the OFHS agriculture department. Rachel Kroeplien got a head start on the school year by teaching a number of summer school classes. She did a major housecleaning of the facilities and drafted her dad to volunteer for a few days over the summer.

The other half of the ag department team is Amanda Lietz. She and Kroeplien they will supervise the FFA chapter. Lietz has been active with a trout-rearing program sponsored by Trout Unlimited and will initiate that program at OFHS this year.

Amy Root will teach science and physics. She said she is happy to return to Wisconsin after teaching in Iowa for a time.

Geoffrey Root will teach math. He also has a strong background in physics and hopes to bring a number of practical science examples into his math instruction.


Falls welcomes new teachers

At the start of the school year, three new teachers were on hand at Oconto Falls Elementary to welcome students.

Angela Parkansky moved into the guidance office to take on a number of roles with students in several classrooms.

Brittany Schaden is an Oconto Falls High School graduate who will teach third grade. Alyssa Lemke will teach fourth grade.

Washington Middle School in Oconto Falls welcomed four new teachers, two of them in the music department. Jeremy Seelig is a full-time band instructor who will work with students in three bands. Rachel Tom is the new WMS choral instructor.

With a shift in responsibilities in that school, there was a need for a part-time Spanish teacher. Sarah Kuchenberg will teach Spanish and work with English language learners at the elementary school level.

Kelly Sheridan will work with students with special needs at WMS.


Gillett ag teacher attends education institute

Kellie Claflin, agriscience educator at Gillett Secondary School, recently attended an eight-day professional development institute at the University of Kentucky to teach the principles of agricultural science-plant section of the Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE).

CASE is an instructional system that is changing the culture of agriculture programs in the United States through intense teacher professional development, inquiry-based, student-focused lessons, assessment and certification. CASE equips teachers to elevate student experiences in the agriculture classroom and prepares students for success in college and careers emphasizing science, technology, engineering and math.

While at the CASE Institute, Claflin spent 65 hours working through nearly every lesson in the yearlong curriculum and learning how to deliver lessons in an inquiry-based way that will shift the focus in the classroom from teacher-led to student-directed learning.


Baeten selected to perform in FFA choir

Ashley Baeten, a member of the Oconto Falls FFA chapter, has been selected as one of 80 choir students from throughout the United States to perform in the National FFA Choir.

She will perform at the 2014 National FFA Convention & Expo, Oct. 29-Nov. 1 in Louisville, Kentucky. Baeten will begin rehearsals in Louisville three days before the convention.

Baeten has previously performed with the State FFA Honors Chorus and has been an active choir student at Oconto Falls High School, performing at district solo and ensemble festivals and in the Wisconsin’s Ambassadors of Music Choir European Tour this summer.

She is the daughter of David and Angela Baeten, Abrams.


8 OFHS musicians act as student ambassadors

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Oconto Falls High School musicians joined other music students to serve as Ambassadors of Music in Europe. Students and chaperons at the Matterhorn in Zermatt, Switzerland, are, from left, front row, Stephanie Gortarez, Hannah Knutson, Hannah Cunningham, Leah Wons, Ashley Baeten, Jennifer Deau, Brittany Russell; and back row, Elizabeth Muzquiz, Robert Muzquiz, Diana Radtke, Amy Thiel, Angela Baeten, Kelly Deau and Evelyn O’Harrow.

A group of 305 musicians took a 16-day trip, from June 26-July 12, as part of Wisconsin’s Ambassadors of Music European Tour.

The vocalists and instrumentalists performed and toured throughout Europe, in London, England; Paris, France; Crans-Montana, Switzerland; Vaduz, Liechtenstein; Seefeld, Austria; Venice, Italy; and Rothenburg, Germany.

Participants were selected through nominations by their high school and college music directors. The Oconto Falls High School music department was represented by band students Hannah Cunningham and Brittany Russell and choir students Ashley Baeten, Jennifer Deau, Stephanie Gortarez, Hannah Knutson, Evelyn O’Harrow and Leah Wons.

Adults from the Oconto Falls School District were Angela Baeten, Kelly Deau, Robert and Elizabeth Muzquiz and Diana Radtke.

Amy Thiel, Oconto Falls High School choral director, served as director of the 2014 WAM Choir.


Gillett grads receive Egan scholarship

Egan Family Foundation has awarded Charles N. Egan Scholarships to Thomas Carlson and Lisa Schmidt, of Gillett.

Little Rapids Corporation established the Egan Foundation in 1986 in memory of Charles N. Egan, the company’s founder, to act as the primary vehicle for charitable giving in the communities in which Little Rapids operates.

The Charles N. Egan Scholarship was established for children of associates of Little Rapids Corporation who enroll in a full-time course of study at an accredited four-year college or university or leading to an associate degree at an accredited two-year college or technical school.

Schmidt is the daughter of JoAnn Schneider and Steve Schmidt. She graduated from Gillett High School and will attend St. Norbert College in De Pere to major in biology/pre-med.


‘Rapunzel’ cast chosen for Saturday’s shows

Missoula Children’s Theatre and more than 50 local students will present an original musical adaptation of “Rapunzel” on Saturday, Aug. 9.

Playing the title character, Rapunzel, are local students Lyndsey Luebke and Andrea Spang.


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