Schools

Wed
06
Aug

Gillett charter school teams with game creator

Over the past few months, GOAL Academy, which is part of Gillett Public Schools, has been collaborating with Filament Games, a Madison-based game production studio that creates learning games.

The partnership has been working well for both entities. The GOAL students have received free access to all of Filament’s educational games, and Filament has used feedback from GOAL students and instructors to help shape future products.

“This is an incredible opportunity for GOAL Academy students,” said Ray Johnson, GOAL middle school instructor. “Not only do the kids get free access to the educational games, but we as instructors receive the curriculum that allows us to turn the simulations into usable classroom lessons.”

Representatives of Filament recently visited the academy.

Wed
16
Jul

Lioness award scholarships

Adam Thomson and Zach Brye are recipients of the Oconto Falls Lioness Club’s 2014 scholarships of $300 each.

The Oconto Falls High School graduates excelled academically and showed a commitment to community service through school and church clubs and community organizations. They were also active in extra-curricular activities.

Thomson, son of John and Tammy Thomson, will attend the University of Wisconsin-Marinette in the field of mechanical engineering. Brye, son of Mark and Nancy Brye, will attend UW-Green Bay to study civil engineering.

Wed
16
Jul

Children to be cast for ‘Rapunzel’

The audition for the Missoula Children’s Theatre production of “Rapunzel” will be held at 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 4, in the Falls Area Performing Arts Center at Oconto Falls High School.

Roles are available for students entering grades one through 12. Approximately 50-60 local students will be cast to appear in the show.

There is no guarantee that everyone who auditions will be cast in the play. Students wishing to audition must arrive by 8:45 a.m. and stay for the entire two-hour audition session. The first rehearsal will begin approximately 30 minutes after the audition.

This is a group audition, and no advance preparation is necessary.

Wed
02
Jul

Runge receives educator award


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Kathy Runge receives the Educator of Excellence Award from Nicolet Oconto Retired Teachers Association member Bob Brown, who was one of Runge’s teachers at Suring High School.

The Suring School District faculty has selected Kathy (Regal) Runge as the recipient of the 2013-2014 Educator of Excellence Award presented by Nicolet Oconto Retired Teachers Association.

A graduate of Suring School, Runge taught all of her 25 years in her home district.

She graduated from St. Norbert College in De Pere in 1989 and, after spending a few years in the second- and third-grade classrooms, now finds herself at home with first-grade students. She said she chose a career in teaching because she enjoys working with children and because she was a student of some very inspiring teachers.

Her love of athletics led her to coach varsity volleyball at one time, and she now serves as Suring’s youth basketball coordinator. She is the chairperson of the school district’s retirement banquets.

Wed
25
Jun

OFHS students attend FFA convention

Oconto Falls FFA members attended the State FFA convention from June 9-12 in Madison.

On June 9, 10 Oconto Falls FFA members participated in the Day of Service in the Madison area. The students bagged more than 10,000 pounds of onions to be distributed in the Madison community.

Six middle school members participated in the Rally to Fight Hunger and helped package more than 40,000 meals of macaroni and cheese.

The state convention was officially kicked off with reflections led by the 2013-2014 state FFA officers focusing on this year’s theme: Ignite the Passion, Live with Purpose.

Hallie Kopczynski prepared for state office with an interview, group activity and impromptu activity.

On June 10, the Groovy Girls (Hallie Kopczynski, Mercedes Ondik, Danielle Bursa, Denisha Hurning, Jenna Langlay, Courtney Muenier, Haley Muenier, Jen Longsine and Veronica Hakes) put on a disco show for the state FFA talent competition.

Wed
25
Jun

Hougas receives Educator of Excellence Award

Washington Middle School teacher Linda Hougas recently received the 2014 Educator of Excellence Award presented by the Nicolet Oconto Retired Teachers Association. Hougas was chosen for the award by the teachers in the Oconto Falls School District.

Hougas attended the University of Wisconsin-Barron County Center for two years, planning to major in business education. She worked for a credit bureau and collection agency, while her husband, Gary, was attending UW-Stout for industrial arts. This led him to his first teaching position in Gillett, where Linda was employed as a teacher’s aid for the Title I program for seven years. Her boss was Frank Kaczmarzak, who encouraged her to return to school to earn a teaching degree. She did, graduating from UW-Green Bay in 1987.

Wed
18
Jun

Wabeno teacher wins excellence award

Sherry Christianson, fourth-grade teacher at Wabeno Elementary School, has been chosen by the Wabeno Education Association as an Educator of Excellence for the 2013-2014 school year.

In nominating Christianson for the award, instructor Jody Kalata wrote: “Sherry has stepped out of her comfort zone and given up individual voice and control of her own classroom to be part of a teaching team. She is willing to give up her comfort and put the needs and comfort of her students first. And, she has done all this with unbelievable ease.

Wed
18
Jun

Zeitler receives Educator of Excellence Award

Greg Zeitler received the 2013-14 Educator of Excellence Award, sponsored by the Nicolet Oconto Retired Teachers Association, for the Gillett School District. He was selected by the Gillett School District faculty.

Zeitler graduated from Coleman High School. He received his bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in 1993. In 2001 Zeitler earned his master’s degree in education from Viterbo College in La Crosse.

Zeitler began his teaching career at De Pere Middle School. The following year, he accepted a job at Gillett Middle School and has been teaching there for the past 20 years. He has taught eighth-grade math and seventh-grade science. In recent years, he also taught seventh-grade English language arts and social studies.

In addition to teaching, Zeitler has coached for the past 20 years. He has coached football, wrestling and track at the middle school and high school levels.

Wed
18
Jun

Music students earn scholarships

The Oconto Falls High School Music Department awarded $200 scholarships to students who participated in choir or band for the past four years and excelled in musicianship, leadership and character.

The choir recipients are Arianna Bloom, Eva Finke, Megan Heller, Kaylie Hetzel, Hannah Knutson, Carly Lemke and Kaitlyn Spaude. The band recipients are Rebecca Doan, Holly Johnston, Cody Tappa, Adam Thomson and Stephanie Wirtz. Emily Winkler participated in choir and band.

Bloom, daughter of Tammy and John Klimpke, Oconto Falls, will attend Northeast Wisconsin Technical College to pursue a degree in early childhood education.

Doan, daughter of Anthony Doan, Abrams, will attend the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities School of Design to study graphic design.

Finke, daughter of Erick and Anne Marie Finke, Oconto Falls, will study music performance and biology at St. Norbert College in De Pere.

Wed
11
Jun

GHS students build garage

The building trades class at Gillett High School constructed a number of projects during the 2013-14 school year for community members, area towns and the school district.

The projects included a 32- by 36-foot garage, kitchen cabinets, 15 bookcases, three kiosks, five Itso cabinets, three large storage cabinets, and tongue and groove siding.

The two-hour class offers hands-on experience in constructing projects for the community. Individuals may suggest a project for the class by contacting Preston Zimmerman at pzimmerman@gillett.k12.wi.us

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