Schools

Wed
01
Jun

Students complete projects for community members

This year the building trades class at Gillett Secondary School constructed several projects for community members and the school district.

Projects included a 12-foot gazebo, a 24-by-24-foot garage, a 24-by-30-foot garage, storage units, cart shelving, an enclosed deer stand, 24-foot bridge and a custom closet storage unit. Students also installed flooring at a downtown rental unit.

The class is a two-hour, hands-on class dedicated to constructing projects for the community. To suggest a project for the class, contact Preston Zimmerman at pzimmerman@gillett.k12.wi.us.

Wed
01
Jun

Students complete Bullfrogs reading incentive

Students at Oconto Falls Elementary participated in a schoolwide reading incentive during a portion of the 2015-2016 school year.

Students in 4-year-old kindergarten through fifth grade who completed the reading for three out of the five months were rewarded with free tickets to a Green Bay Bullfrog baseball game.

More than 200 students completed the reading incentive. More students from Oconto Falls Elementary School completed the reading incentive than any other participating school.

Students who completed particular months of reading during the school year were also awarded a free book donated by Partners in Education, the Oconto Falls Elementary School parent group.

Jennifer Szprejda, Rachel Collar and Linda Rivamonte helped coordinate the reading incentive.

Wed
01
Jun

Baeten earns agriculture honor

Ashley Baeten, of Oconto Falls High School, was recently presented the school’s highest agricultural honor, the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award, sponsored by Monsanto Company.

Baeten, the daughter of David and Angela Baeten, of Abrams, received the award for excellence in academics, leadership and agricultural work experience.

Baeten’s significant experiences and accomplishments have included a State Degree in 2016; State FFA Chorus, three years; National FFA Chorus, two years; FFA Leadership Award winner 2013; Parliamentary Procedure Team, 2013, first at sectionals; state participant in Food Science Team, 2014; Jahnke and Klimpke Scholarship winner, 2016.

Ryan Weed and Amanda Lietz are Baeten’s agriculture education instructors at OFHS.

Wed
25
May

Construction class erects garage

The Suring High School Construction 2 Class and teacher Greg Lechleitner recently built a 20- by 24-foot garage for the Towns of Doty, Mountain and Riverview Cemetery in Mountain. In seven hours the garage was built, raised and finished.

The students of the Construction 2 Class are Hailey Baldwin, Brett Belongia, John Christensen, Christopher Geniesse, Lane Hischke, Gracelyn Lenz, Robert Mahoney, Jeremy Missall, Austin Perkins, Justin Rustle, Azee VanBellinger, Felicia Wachtendonk. Student Mark Runge also assisted with the project, along with Mike Druckrey and Dan VanHandel.

Wed
25
May

Seniors to graduate Saturday in Suring

Suring School will hold its commencement exercises at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 28, in the high school gymnasium.

The class motto is “Behind you are the shadows of what have been, and ahead … the image of what we hope to be.” The class colors are purple and black, and the class flower is a gold-tipped white rose.

The class valedictorian is Trent Lechleitner, son of Greg and Brenda Lechleitner, of Suring. He served as president of the Suring chapter of Future Business Leaders of America, as well as president of Student Council the past two years. He has also served as vice president of German Club and treasurer of “S” Club. Lechleitner has participated in the Marinette & Oconto Conference Academic Bowl twice and is an active member of Lamp S, Environmental Club and the National Honor Society.

He has participated in track and field for four years and as a manager of the boys basketball team for two years. He was a Badger Boy State representative and prom king.

Wed
25
May

3 students to speak at Gillett commencement

Gillett High School and Gillett GOAL Academy will hold commencement exercises at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 29, in the T.S. Lindow Memorial Gymnasium.

The class motto is “It don’t matter,” attributed to Wyatt D. Schaal. The class flower is a carnation, and the class colors are black and white.

Commencement speakers will be valedictorian Brooke Rotter, salutatorian Brian Zahn and class president Brittany Fetterly.

Wed
18
May

Student event provides dose of reality

Students from three area high schools got a taste of life in the real world April 28 by participating in Reality Day at Suring High School. Reality Day is a simulation of what life will be like for the students at age 25.

Students researched careers of their choice and determined how much money they would earn once they begin work in the designated field. They also answered questions regarding marriage, children and pets, which contribute to the amount of money needed to support themselves and their lifestyle.

To begin the Reality Day experience, the students were given a paycheck for the month.

They deposited the money in a financial institution, chose a place to live, bought a vehicle and paid for various expenses for the entire month, based on their lifestyle choices.

Approximately 75 students participated from school districts in Suring, Lena and Gillett. The event coincided with Money Smart Week in Wisconsin.

Wed
18
May

May artists honored at WMS

Twelve students shared Artists of the Month honors for May at Washington Middle School.

The winners are Riley Yashinsky, Carly Kratz, Colter McCormick and Keith Archiquette, eighth grade; Jacob Fessenden, Lauren Saari, Naomi Whitehouse and Eden Witt, seventh grade; Alexandra Brown, Clayton Whiting, Gabrielle Konop and Simon Pumplun, sixth grade.

Student artwork consists of 3-D typography, watercolor painting and pastel eyes.

Eighth-grade students used various mediums to construct sculptures reflecting a typeface, such as paper mache, wire and quilling.

Seventh-grade students learned how to create a backwash using various watercolor techniques, such as “wet into wet” and “graded washes,” and to apply a foreground image.

Sixth-grade students used the pastel medium and applied blending and stippling techniques for a close-up composition.

The artwork is on display in the middle school art display case for the remainder of the year.

Wed
18
May

OFHS musicians find success at state

Oconto Falls High School choir and band students were well-represented at the State Solo and Ensemble Festival on May 7 at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Five OFHS vocal solo performances were selected as WSMA exemplary soloist nominees, representing the best performances at the state level. Earning first and nominated as exemplary soloists were Leah Wons, vocal solo and musical theater solo; Kiana Archiquette, vocal solo; Eja Sweig, vocal solo; and Victoria Bain-Vrba, musical theater solo.

State - First

Wed
11
May

FBLA students join seniors for game day

The Oconto Falls Senior Center was the site of Spring Board Game Day hosted by Home Respite’s Caring Tree Adult Day Center and the Oconto Falls Senior Center.

The Oconto Falls High School Future Business Leaders of America students and residents of Atrium Post-Acute Care of Oconto Falls met with others at the center to play different types of games. Students interacted with the seniors while playing games and having fun together.

Snacks were provided by The Caring Tree Adult Day Center and the Senior Center. The FBLA students provided pizza.

For more information about The Caring Tree Adult Day Center call 920-848-8885, or for the Oconto Falls Senior Center call 920-848-3031.

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