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.


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.


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


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.


Lena student presented with Herb Kohl scholarship

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Rose Tebo-Magee, center, is the recipient of a Herb Kohl Educational Foundation 2014 Initiative Scholarship, presented at a recent luncheon by retired U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl, second from left. Joining them are Lena Middle/High School Principal Ben Pytleski, left, and Rose’s parents, Ann Marie and Steve Magee.

A Herb Kohl Educational Foundation 2014 Initiative Scholarship was presented to Rose Tebo-Magee, a senior at Lena High School, at an April 6 recognition luncheon hosted by retired U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl.

The Herb Kohl Initiative Scholarship recognizes students who have demonstrated a high level of motivation, have shown strong promise for achieving success in college and beyond, and have overcome significant personal obstacles or adversity.

In 2014 the Herb Kohl Foundation awarded 87 students throughout Wisconsin with $1,000 Initiative Scholarships. Since it was established in 1990, the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation has awarded $8.6 million to Wisconsin students, teachers and schools.


Gillett students participate in state forensics contest

The Gillett High School forensics team of 28 students recently completed a successful season.

The team participated in the Marinette & Oconto Conference meet in Wausaukee on Feb. 3. Maya Breed, Brittany Fetterly and Ray Brock received perfect scores and gold medals.

Gillett hosted the SubDistrict Festival with Lena and Oconto on Feb. 24. The district competition took place in Tomahawk and Marinette in March. Participants who received two or three scores of 20 or better advanced to the state competition in Madison.

Seventeen students from Gillett High School traveled to Madison on April 11 and 12 to participate in the state event at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


FBLA members compete at state

Sixteen members of the Oconto Falls High School FBLA Chapter competed at the FBLA State Leadership Conference on April 6 in Appleton. Three qualified for the National Leadership Conference: Liz Coopman, Brittany Russell and Matthew VerVelde.

Russell placed first in Public Speaking I and first with Coopman in Partnership with Business. VerVelde placed second in Cyber Security. They will compete at the national contest from June 29-July 2 in Nashville, Tenn.

Other Top 10 qualifiers from OFHS were Sabrina Brasier, Mikaela Thomson and Brooke LaCount in Business Ethics and Hunter Reed, and Kaili Kuczynski and James Malcheski in Emerging Business Issues.

While at the conference, students toured local businesses, attended workshops, earned recognition for their professional dress and networked with other FBLA members from across the state. The conference started with a keynote speech by Justin Boudreau.


School libraries to receive funding

Public school districts throughout the state will share $30.2 million in library aid, which will be paid April 28 from the Common School Fund, the only state funding specifically designated for the purchase of materials for school libraries.

Oconto County districts and the funding they will receive are as follows: Suring, $14,670; Lena, $14,795; Gillett, $15,569; Oconto, $32,909; and Oconto Falls, $63,098.

Aid is based on the number of children between the ages of 4 and 20 living in each school district. This year’s school library aid payment will be $24.95 per child for 1,210,433 children counted in the 2012-13 school census. Funding is up from last year, and the school census total is down by 7,770 children, meaning the per child payment will increase about 24 cents per child from the 2012-13 school year.


Tigers gearing up for Gillett 5K run/walk

Tiger Chase, a 5K run/walk sponsored by the Gillett PTO, will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 10, at the Gillett High School track.

The cost is $10 for children in fifth grade or younger and $15 for individuals in sixth grade and older. Registration forms are available at Gillett Elementary School and the Gillett Public Library, and online at Registrations are due April 17 to be guaranteed a Tiger Chase T-shirt.

Race-day registration will be held from 8-8:45 a.m.

Awards will be presented to the top three finishers in four categories: male fifth grade and younger, female fifth grade and younger, male sixth grade and older, and female sixth grade and older.

All proceeds benefit the students of the Gillett School District. Individuals and businesses interested in sponsoring this event may contact Gillett Elementary School, 920-855-2119. Sponsors’ names will be printed on the back of the Tiger Chase T-shirt.


Students invited to try Fast Track at NWTC

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College will offer a new initiative for students beginning in summer 2014 called Focused Fast Track. Focused Fast Track courses allow students to complete one course at a time, which enables them to concentrate on one subject.

Focused Fast Track courses are homework friendly, meaning most assignments are done during class time with minimal work required outside of class. Courses are not limited to general studies courses; students can take many program-specific courses in this format.

Most Focused Fast Track courses are scheduled during the evenings for 15 three-hour sessions on Monday through Thursday. Other Focused Fast Track courses are scheduled on Saturdays, meeting every other week for an entire day. Because the courses are scheduled throughout the semester, students have a greater selection of courses to choose from when they need to pick up a late-start course.


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