Schools

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19
Mar

66 OFHS students advance to state festival

Oconto Falls High School was the host site for more than 500 musicians at the Near North Music Conference District Solo and Ensemble Festival on March 8. Sixty-six music students from Oconto Falls High School involved in 38 vocal and instrumental events qualified for the State Solo and Ensemble Festival on May 3.

District results are as follows:

Wed
26
Feb

OFHS students perform with state choir


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Oconto Falls High School students, from left, Nick Borisch, Stephanie Gortarez, Garret Gubbels and Hannah Knutson performed with the All-State Choir.

Four students represented the Oconto Falls High School choirs in the Wisconsin Choral Director’s Association All-State Choir in January.

They were Hannah Knutson, daughter of Craig and Janice Knutson; Stephanie Gortarez, daughter of Bob and Liz Muzquiz; Garret Gubbels, son of Paul and Sue Gubbels; and Nick Borisch, son of David and Kathy Borisch.

They were selected for their outstanding musicianship and character by their choral director, Amy Thiel.

The Men’s High School All-State Choir, directed by Robert Sinclair, director of choral activities at VanderCook College of Music, performed “El Yivneh Hagalil,” “Baba Yetu,” “Two Folk Songs,” “Blow Ye the Trumpet,” and “Loch Lomond.”

Wed
26
Feb

OFES students compete with cardboard sleds


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Fifth-grade students from Oconto Falls Elementary School compete in the Cardboard Classic at the tubing hill in Oconto Falls.

The Cardboard Classic is a highlight of the year for fifth-graders at Oconto Falls Elementary School.

As part of a unit on physical science, students learn about concepts such as friction, force, inertia and momentum, along with design principles and problem-solving skills. Teams of students then apply these skills to create the fastest possible sled, using cardboard, glue, tape and other recyclable materials. The culminating activity is a series of races at the tubing hill in Oconto Falls.

This year, the winning sled was The Pink Bobsled, created by Brenna Morrissey, Kilyn Brabant, Jazmine Peters, Morgan Blazek and Destiny Rabe.

Fifth-grade teacher Lynda Foust coordinated the event, with the assistance of teachers Emily Robinson and Hannah Schullo and students’ parents. The Oconto Falls Lions Club opened the tubing hill and operated the tow rope for the contest.

Wed
12
Feb

Spelling bee winners advance to regional


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Winners in the Gillett School District spelling bee are, from left, Serenity Corona, Gillett School, Willy Reynolds, GOAL Academy, and Kallie Frank, Cre8 charter school.

Three students in the Gillett School District will advance to the regional spelling bee at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Coleman. Serenity Corona will represent Gillett School, Willy Reynolds, GOAL Academy, and Kallie Frank, Cre8 charter school.

The three students were selected at the districtwide spelling bee Friday in the Meunier-Pelow Auditorium at Gillett High School.

Fourteen students in grades five through eight competed, including Brandon Rodgers, Samantha Kahler, Grace Wichman, Caden Moede, Adam Anderson, Nick Hertwig, Trevor Jackson, Allison Moede, Myriah Marohl, Sydney Young and Heath Piaskowski.

Don Olderman was the announcer, and Tami McQuillan was the judge.

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,

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