Schools

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.

Wed
27
Nov

Seniors nominated for scholarships

Megan Wenzel, a senior at Lena High School, has been nominated to advance to the next round for the Herb Kohl Educational Scholarship. Megan is the daughter of Clint Wenzel and the late Dana Wenzel.

To be nominated for the Herb Kohl Scholarship, students were evaluated on their leadership, citizenship, school and community involvement and academic achievement. In addition, students were evaluated on their ability to clearly articulate goals in four areas: future educational goals, personal life goals, community/society service goals, and career goals.

Only 100 Wisconsin high school graduates will be awarded the $1,000 scholarship.

Rose Tebo-Magee, a senior at Lena High School, has been selected to receive the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Initiative Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. This scholarship is awarded to 80 graduating high school students throughout Wisconsin. Rose is the daughter of Steve and Annmarie Magee.

Wed
13
Nov

Lena inducts NHS members

The Lena High School National Honor Society inducted its newest members on Nov.5. The guest speaker was Clint Wos, a graduate of Lena High School who is employed as manager of accounting and reporting at TDS Inc., a Fortune 500 telecommunications company in Madison.

Wos talked to the group about his journey from being a Lena farm boy to where he is now. He stressed the importance of having good networking skills and not underestimating your abilities. He encouraged students to aim high and work hard to reach their dreams.

Inductees to the NHS are senior Josh Sylvester and sophomores Carley Conrad, Keegan Imig, Breeana Kittredge, Sarah Manning, Hailey Salter and Sarah Waara. They join the returning members from last year: junior Christina Jagiello and seniors Katherine Waara, John Wenzel and Megan Wenzel.

The NHS officers are Megan Wenzel, president, Kittredge, vice president, Jagiello, secretary, and Waara, treasurer. Laurie Jensen is their adviser.

Wed
13
Nov

Stiff competition greets national FFA contestant

Ally Magnin of the Oconto Falls FFA competed against the best in the nation in the FFA creed-speaking contest and came away with a bronze emblem.

Magnin was one of 48 students to compete in the Creed Speaking Career Development Event at the national FFA convention Oct. 31 in Louisville, Ky. The contest is designed to recognize FFA members for their ability to present the National FFA Creed in a competitive setting.

“She did an amazing job and performed the creed the best she had ever performed it,” FFA adviser Crystal Retzlaff said.

The sophomore made school history as the first FFA member to compete in this contest at the national level.

The two individuals who advanced from her preliminary round were among the four competitors in the final round and earned gold emblems. Kira Eidson, of Illinois, placed first.

“The entire competition has been an amazing experience for me,” Magnin said.

Wed
13
Nov

Judge recognized for fighting truancy


Times Herald photo by Joan Koehne
Jim Patenaude, right, accepts the Friend of Education award from Oconto Falls School Board President Ron Leja. Patenaude, Oconto Falls municipal judge, was recognized for his no-nonsense approach to truancy.

An Oconto Falls municipal judge described as a no-nonsense sort of guy was recognized by the Oconto Falls School District as a Friend of Education for his role in combating truancy.

Jim Patenaude on Monday was honored for helping to develop successful truancy policies that have become a model for others.

“We set the penalties high. We charge the parents also to get them responding to the problems, and our results are pretty good,” Patenaude said.

When dealing with truancy, Patenaude orders performance reports, which include progress notes from the student’s teachers and information about attendance and grades.

“The better the reports, the more I drop the penalty,” Patenaude said.

If the reports show inadequate performance, Patenaude ups the penalties, which may include driving restrictions.

“I’m very proud of the results we’re getting,” he said.

Wed
13
Nov

Focus of agriculture class changes

“Flipping the classroom” is a new way for Gillett High School agricultural students to learn outside the classroom. It involves the development of lectures online for students to watch during a study hall or after school and reserves classroom time for hands-on projects or individual help for struggling students.

Kellie Claflin, agricultural teacher at Gillett, applied for and received a $250 grant from the Wisconsin Agricultural Education Foundation to help implement the program for her classes. The money will go toward software, a Web cam and microphone. Claflin plans to use the system in all of the classes she teaches.

Wed
13
Nov

Activity-based agriculture


Photo by Anne Renel

Brittany Fetterly, left, and Sydnie Kopp learn about correctly trimming a dog’s nails in their small animal and horses class at Gillett High School. Agricultural teacher Kellie Claflin attended a national seminar aimed at engaging students in hands-on learning.

An agricultural teacher in Gillett is changing the way she teaches by applying what she learned at a national conference.

“I love finding ways to keep the students engaged,” said Kellie Claflin, Gillett High School ag teacher.

Claflin has been teaching for three years, with her first year split between Suring and Gillett and her last two years in Gillett. In August, she attended a Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education conference in Oregon to learn about the National Council for Agricultural Education’s 2007 goal of implementing a national curriculum for secondary education.

“There isn’t a lot of agricultural curriculum out there,” Claflin explained.

She said she develops all of the curriculum she uses in her ag classes. The CASE project helps to develop agricultural curriculum using science inquiry for class lessons. Activities and projects take the place of textbooks.

Freshman Erin Balthazor said she likes the approach.

Wed
06
Nov

Building their skills


Photo by RJ Reinhold

Oconto Falls High School instructor David Heisel discusses a technique with Brandon Kamm, as Nate Van Ark measures for the next piece of siding on a duplex under construction by OFHS students for NEWCAP.

A group of Oconto Falls students is raising the roof for low-income tenants.

The Oconto Falls High School construction crew has been working since the second week in August to build a duplex at 582-584 King St. for NEWCAP. NEWCAP is a private, nonprofit agency that assists low-income residents.

When completed by June 2014, the duplex will provide handicap-accessible, low-income housing. The one-bedroom units are designed for a single person or elderly couple.

Oconto Falls High School tech ed instructor David Heisel said projects like this bridge the gap between the school and the community. Students work on the duplex from 10-11:15 a.m. every school day.

“We hope to finish exterior work prior to winter and then work indoors throughout the winter, doing interior finishing,” Heisel said.

The project is overseen by Paul Mogged, a contractor from NEWCAP, who checks the work on a regular basis.

Wed
30
Oct

Magnin to make history at national FFA convention


Times Herald photo by Joan Koehne
Ally Magnin recites the FFA creed at the Oct. 14 meeting of the Oconto Falls School Board. She will compete at the FFA National Convention this week.

For Ally Magnin, it took three days last winter to commit the FFA Creed to memory.

Since then, she’s tried to commit the words to heart.

The Oconto Falls High School sophomore will be the first student from the school to compete in the Creed Speaking Career Development Event this week at the national FFA convention. Magnin will recite the words of the FFA Creed, written by a college instructor in 1929, then answer questions from a trio of judges.

For Magnin, the question-and-answer portion of the contest is the most challenging.

“Everybody can memorize (the creed) and have good gestures and learn it, but the questions are what set you apart,” she said.

After reciting the FFA Creed at the Oct. 14 School Board meeting, Magnin was asked to explain the joys and trials she experienced relating to agriculture, her personal experiences in agriculture and how agriculture production has changed over time.

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