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Wed
21
May

Students get taste of life on their own


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Students Marisa Slempkes and Olivia Strom have their check registers reviewed at Reality Day at Suring School. The event simulated real-life experiences for high school seniors from Lena, Suring and White Lake.

Seniors from Lena, White Lake and Suring took part in Reality Day on May 1 in the Suring School gymnasium. This event was a simulation of what real life would be like after graduation.

The students spent their morning writing checks and managing check registers for expenses such as a home, car, insurance payments, childcare, utilities and groceries. After they bought life’s necessities, they spent the remaining money on exciting purchases such as a Disney vacation or a pair of snowmobiles.

This event was planned by Suring teachers Vicki Buettner, Tammy Steffeck and Becky Dickson, Lena teachers Laurie Jensen and Mark Hansen, White Lake teacher Cathy Lundgren and NEW Credit Union Suring branch manager Jodi Cook.

Wed
21
May

FFA members honored at banquet

The Oconto Falls FFA members celebrated their accomplishments at their annual banquet on April 27.

All first-year FFA members received the Greenhand Degree: Emily Birr, Alex Borkovec, Isaac Carlton, Hunter Christiansen, Garrett Cole, Kyanah Cornelius, Landon Cunningham, Justin Dequaine, Travis Dequaine, Kalie Elkins, Ashley Hebel, Ashley Keuken, Tyler Klimpke, Taylor Koehne, Jenny Krueger, Rachel Lambert, Megan Loberger, Jen Longsine, Haley Meunier, Courtney Meunier, Rosalinda Mora, Kaylin Nickels, Laken Patenaude, Gabby Pearce, Sonja Sanford, Trever Schefdore, Adrianna Siech and Lucas Stueber.

Emily Birr received a Star Greenhand award, given to the most significant first-year member.

Wed
14
May

FBLA inducts officer team


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Newly inducted FBLA officers for the 2014-2015 school year are, from left, Madison Helmle, Alexa Barribeau, Corrina Romandine, Bailey Wolf, Liza Leja, Holly Virtues, Mikaela Thomson, Brittany Russell and Liz Coopman. Matthew VerVelde is also an officer.

The Oconto Falls High School FBLA Chapter on May 5 held its annual end of the year banquet to recognize members for their achievements and to induct officers for 2014-2015.

As part of the induction process, current officers lit candles and handed them to the officers who would take their positions. Each candle was a different color, symbolizing the unique characteristics and responsibilities of each officer position. This candle-lighting ceremony is a widespread FBLA practice.

The 2014-2015 Oconto Falls FBLA officer team is Liz Coopman, president; Brittany Russell, vice president; Bailey Wolf, secretary; Liza Leja, treasurer; Corrina Romandine, reporter; Mikaela Thomson, promotions chair; Alexa Barribeau, events coordinator; Holly Virtues, fundraising chair; Matthew VerVelde, technology coordinator; and Madison Helmle, historian/photographer.

Wed
14
May

Gillett graduation is May 25

Gillett High School and Gillett GOAL Academy (charter school) will celebrate graduation at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 25, in the T. S. Lindow Memorial Gymnasium.

Commencement speakers will be Lisa Schmidt, valedictorian, Nicole Rotter, salutatorian, and Brianna Lemirande, class president. The class motto is “Success is a journey, not a destination,” by Ben Sweetland. The class flower is a Gerbera daisy, and the class colors are teal and silver.

Wed
14
May

Suring graduation plans set

The Suring School District will hold commencement at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 24, in the high school gymnasium.

Markley Trever is the class valedictorian; Jacquelyn Lenz is salutatorian.

Other candidates for graduation are Sawyer Anderson, Angela Baldwin, Jericho Benser, Carley Berg, Allyson Britten, John Caldwell, Daphne DesJarlait, Brittany Ehnerd, *Erin Fisher, Tyler Fisher, Faith Garczynski, Tia Giese, Tyler Herning, John Horst, Anthony Jazwiecki, Dillon Kempen, Dalton Kopatz, Austin Krizek, Autumn Michaletz, Reese Otradovec, Zachariah Otradovec, Brandi Overland, Casey Overland, McKenna Pyawasit, Kelsey School, Rachel Sleeter, Ramsay Thompson, Nathan Tiutczenko, Calley Van Bellinger, Chancelor Whiting and Ella Wood.

The class motto is “We’ll find a way or we’ll make one.” The class colors are purple and black, and the class flower is a spider mum.

Wed
14
May

Musicians compete at state solo ensemble

The Oconto Falls High School music department participated in the State Solo and Ensemble Festival on May 3 at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. The results follow:

Wed
07
May

Gillett students display projects at science fair

Gillett Elementary School held its annual Science Fair on April 10. Fifty-five students in kindergarten to fifth grade participated. They displayed 38 projects in two categories: scientific method or research.

Some of the research topics were storms, computer pixels, butterflies and rabbits.

The scientific method projects answered questions such as “How corrosive is soda?” and “How do acids and bases affect plant life?”

The elementary school students who participated not only learned about science topics of their choosing, but also taught other students through their project displays.

Wed
07
May

Gillett gardening students learn about soil

The Seeds to Service class at Gillett Elementary took a big step toward its community garden installation Thursday as it partnered with Agsource Laboratories of Bonduel to learn about soil.

Chris Clark of AgSource shared information with the 30 students in the weekly, after-school Seeds to Service class.

The students learned what plants and people need to survive and how all of those healthy food nutrients come from the soil. Next, they learned the proper soil sampling steps and then worked together to collect soil from the planned garden site.

Finally, students did a mock soil test to determine the different “nutrients” present in their M&M candy bags. Each colored candy represented one of the important soil nutrients, such as nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and pH. This activity emphasized the importance of regular soil tests to know what nutrients are present in the soil.

Wed
07
May

Suring students compete at music festival

Students from Suring School joined other members of the Marinette & Oconto Conference at the District Solo and Ensemble Festival hosted by Peshtigo High School on March 29. Almost 70 students performed at the contest in 86 different events.

Their music teachers are Amy McClellan and John Quigley. Piano accompanists were Jackie Witt, Susan Thornton, Amy McClellan and Tammy Framnes.

Results for the day’s events are as follows:

Class A star rating: Parker Wanish, Mikaela Reed, vocal solos; Markley Trever, drum set solo; Ally Britten, Hailey Thomson and Brooke Gauthier, saxophone trio

Class A first: Mikaela Reed and Grant Fischer, Courtney Heimerl and Faith Buhrandt, vocal duets; Tayelor Schroth, vocal solo;Grant Fischer, tenor sax solo

Wed
07
May

Students celebrate Week of the Young Child


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Lucy Maederer leads her 4-year-old kindergarten classmates in Follow the Leader during a gymnastics presentation given by Emma, Gina and Cora Waeghe. The kindergarten class recently celebrated the Week of the Young Child.

The 4-year-old kindergarten students at Oconto Falls Elementary School celebrated the Week of the Young Child, observed nationwide April 6-12.

In keeping with the tradition established in 1971 by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the 4K students and their families took time to reflect on the growth and development made from birth to age 5.

The children created alphabet books reflecting significant people, places and things in their personal lives that represented each of the 26 letters. These books are on display in the elementary school vestibule.

The children spent time with family and friends looking at photo albums and scrapbooks featuring pictures of various ages and stages in their development.

The motto of the NAEYC is “Early years are learning years! Make them count.” Early education programs across the U.S. celebrated early childhood by focusing on quality time spent exploring, communicating, playing and learning.

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