Schools

Wed
12
Feb

Abrams School custodian retires


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Larry Peters, with his wife, Nancy, was honored Jan. 30 for his work as a custodian at Abrams Elementary. Peters retired after more than 30 years of employment with the school district.

After more than 30 years of caring for the learning space at Abrams Elementary School, Larry Peters has decided to hang up his broom. He was the guest of honor at a celebration Jan. 30.

Friends, family members and current and former Abrams staff members recognized him for the care and attention he gave to the building and the people who walked its halls.

As a student, Peters started seventh grade at Abrams School, then a brand new building.

In retirement, he plans to spend more time working with facility-related duties at his church.

Wed
05
Feb

Special agent to tell of Internet’s danger to kids

A special agent who investigates crimes against children will present “The Dark Side of Internet Technology” from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at the Falls Area Performing Arts Center at Oconto Falls High School.

Eric Szatkowski will discuss the latest trends in digital exploitation of children. He combines his investigative expertise with personal experience as a husband and father of two children.

Attendees will learn techniques used by predators, the types of kids who are most vulnerable, and the link between the growing victimization of children and the sexualized culture.

Topics include the latest on the potential dangers of social networking sites and disturbing trends of sexting, cyber bullying and webcam exploitation.

The presentation is intended for adults only; parents of school-aged children are encouraged to attend.

Wed
29
Jan

Gillett plans kindergarten registration

Gillett Elementary School will hold its 4-year-old kindergarten registration on Thursday, Feb. 13, and early childhood screenings on Friday, Feb. 14.

During kindergarten registration/screening, children who will be of school age in the fall (4 years old by Sept. 1) are brought to school by their parents. While at school, the children will be involved in a number of activities at various stations. While engaged in the play-type activities, the 4-year-old kindergarten teachers will evaluate each child’s motor development, social skills, cognitive development and language development.

At the end of the approximately 30-minute screening, parents and children will meet with the teacher to review all information.

Wed
15
Jan

Suring, Gillett to host kid-friendly opera

Opera for the Young is coming to Suring and Gillett. The company will present an adaptation of Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville” on Tuesday, Jan. 21. The Suring performance will be at 9:30 a.m. in the Suring Elementary gym, and the Gillett performance will be at 1:30 p.m. in the Gillett Elementary gym.

A chorus of students will appear onstage at each school, performing alongside Opera for the Young’s professional artists.

The free performances are open to the public.

Opera for the Young brings live, professional opera to elementary school audiences. All productions are fully staged, sung in English and adapted for children. Students appear in the chorus and cameo roles. Audiences become acquainted with the original scores of master composers, set in contexts relevant to kids’ 21st century lives. “Barber of Seville” is updated to the 1950s.

Wed
15
Jan

Students’ bots to battle on Saturday

Students from Wisconsin, Michigan and Illinois will square off in a first-time event, the Northeast Wisconsin VEX Robotics Challenge, Saturday at Oconto Falls High School.

Forty teams will compete from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. using robots created from the VEX Robotics Design System. Participants will compete in the game Toss Up, developed by VEX Robotics Inc. and the Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation, leaders in educational and competitive robotics.

The competition for middle and high school students is hosted by Team Green 4-H Club from Oconto County, now in its fifth season. Team Green will compete with two teams.

The Northeast Wisconsin VEX Robotics Challenge is one in a series of tournaments supported by the REC Foundation and various national, regional and local sponsors. Local sponsors are Nicolet Plastics of Lakewood and Oconto Electric Cooperative of Oconto Falls.

Admission to the contest is free and open to the public.

Wed
25
Dec

First-graders share letters to Santa

Students in Vicky Britton’s first-grade class wrote letters to Santa. Here are some samples.

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Dear Santa,

I’m in first grade now. I live at the deer farm. I always give your reindeer carrots. Thank your elves and thank you, Santa, for making presents for me and the other people. I hope no reindeer are sick, Santa. And I hope you have fun dropping presents for everyone in the world.

Love, Jesse DeBauch

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Dear Santa,

You go down my chimney and up my chimney. Ho Ho Ho! I would like a little car. I would like a big book. I would like a dog. I would like a cat. I would like a little fish. I would like a little toy! I want a DS. I would like a little desk. I would like a little game. I would like a little net. I would like a little ice cream. I would like a little turtle. I would like a little umbrella.

Love, Devin Strom

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Dear Santa,

Wed
25
Dec

FBLA students visit elderly, bake cookies

Throughout December, members of the Oconto Falls High School Future Business Leaders of America chapter engaged in numerous activities to give back to the community.

To kick off the holiday season, FBLA hosted the annual Stick It to Hunger food drive. From Dec. 2-19, students at Oconto Falls High School and Washington Middle School donated a variety of nonperishable food items for Kingdom Come Food Pantry in Oconto Falls. More than 1,800 items were collected and given to the food pantry.

In addition to the food drive, FBLA members visited the elderly at Sharpe Care Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Oconto Falls on the morning of Dec. 20. FBLA students gave their time to play games, color and make crafts with the elderly.

Wed
18
Dec

Gillett teacher attends national convention


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Kellie Claflin, right, agriscience teacher at Gillett Secondary School, accepts the Teacher’s Turn the Key award from Farrah Johnson, of Florida, the National Association of Agricultural Educator president. Claflin attended the NAAE conference in early December.

Kellie Claflin, agriscience teacher at Gillett Secondary School, attended the National Association of Agricultural Educators conference Dec. 2-6 in Las Vegas. RAM Trucks sponsored the trip where Claflin was selected as one of 41 participants for the Teacher’s Turn the Key program.

Teacher’s Turn the Key is a professional development program focused specifically for early career teachers at the NAAE convention.

The attendees heard from Dr. Mark Taylor, the national expert on Generation NeXt, who gave them tips on how to teach today’s learners. Other special programming for participants was sharing of ideas and challenges, activities to incorporate in their classroom, advisory councils, and tips on how to manage time and balance.

Each program had take-aways to implement in the classroom.

Wed
11
Dec

Financial aid options to be presented Monday

The Student Services Department of Oconto Falls High School will sponsor a financial aid meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, in the Performing Arts Center of the school.

Attendees will learn about aid and scholarships for students planning to attend a college or technical school after graduation. Juniors and seniors and their parents are encouraged to attend.

Nicole Martinez, director of financial aid from Great Lakes Higher Education, will present information regarding financial aid for any institution of higher learning, the type of financial aid available and how to apply.

The free application for federal student aid can be completed over the Internet at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Families are encouraged to make copies of their form and check these forms carefully for accuracy.

Wed
04
Dec

Haines chosen for citizenship award

Seth Haines has been selected by his peers and the faculty at Oconto Falls High School as the winner of the 2013-14 Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizenship Award. This award is based on leadership, dependability, service and patriotism.

The college-bound senior has applied to the University of Notre Dame, Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

He is involved with FFA, student council, drama club, forensics and Hi-Q. He serves as class secretary, drama club vice president and FFA secretary. His hobbies are baseball and reading.

He is the son of Shane and Suzanne Haines, of Oconto Falls.

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