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Wed
15
Jun

Students create smoothie flavor for A&W

The Oconto Falls High School marketing class taught by Tracy Tate recently partnered with A&W in Stiles to learn about product creation and product development. The class assignment was to create a smoothie to be sold at A&W.

All of the students identified two flavor combinations they thought would taste good. Then they visited A&W to try out their flavor combinations and decided as a class what tasted the best. The top three smoothies were Strawberry-Lemon-Lime, Dr. Cherry and Pina Cereza.

The class also created a marketing research survey open to the students at OFHS. Students voted for their favorite smoothies, based on how well the smoothie was marketed. The winning smoothie was Strawberry-Lemon-Lime, created by Aidan Rafferty, Nate Trepanier, Natalie Olsen, Owen Walters, Tyler Mielke and T.J. Euclide. It will be available at A&W in Stiles throughout the summer.

Wed
08
Jun

Construction class celebrates duplex completion


Times Herald Photo by Joan Koehne

Oconto Falls High School students prepare to cut the ribbon at a duplex they built on King Street in Oconto Falls. It’s the third duplex in three years built by the construction class taught by David Heisel, left. Students participating in the ribbon cutting are, from left, Colton Herr, Tristen Brown, Lucas Stueber, Jared Kennedy, Travis Dequaine, Chase Jones and Matt Radke.

Students in the Oconto Falls High School construction class built more than just a duplex during the 2015-16 school year, speakers at an open house said Thursday. They also built valuable connections with industry professionals, useful skills for a career, long-lasting relationships with one another and affordable housing for a vulnerable population.

For a third year in a row, students helped build a duplex on King Street for NEWCAP, a private, nonprofit agency that assists low-income residents. The duplexes are designed for a single person or couple and offer quality handicap-accessible, low-income housing.

Students, working with local contractors, were involved in every aspect of construction.

“I love these programs,” said Cheryl Detrick, CEO of NEWCAP. “They offer real world workforce experience for the students.”

Wed
08
Jun

28 graduate from Suring School

The 2016 Suring High School commencement exercises were held May 28 in the high school gymnasium.

The candidates for graduation were Hailey Baldwin, Dylan Braun-Baugnet, Juliet Chesterfield, Sebastian Des Jarlait, Austin Fidler, Mitchell Firgens, Tyler Fuchs, Rylee Holub, Victoria Hull, Elantra Hunter, Adam Huth, Scott Juckem, Trent Lechleitner, Gracelyn Lenz, Jennifer Lynch, Robert Mahoney, Robert Neff, Richard Neldner, Marcus Runge, Elijah School, Mickey Shauger, Amber Sperberg, Jenna Steeno, Hailey Thompson, Azee Van Bellinger, Felicia Wachtendonk, Letitia Walker and Parker Wanish.

The valedictory address was presented by Lechleitner and salutatory address by Walker. A senior video presentation created by Hull and Lynch was shown. Thompson, the class president, read the senior plans. Baldwin and Lenz presented the yearbook dedication; the “2016 Soaring High” was dedicated to Greg Lechleitner.

Wed
08
Jun

3rd-graders excel at keyboarding

History has been made at Oconto Falls Elementary School. For the first time in the 17-year history of the Mask-Free Club, two third-grade keyboarding students, Anthony Rosselli and Cole Bozile, are mask free.

The students’ keyboarding skills have improved so much they no longer need to cover their keyboards, a technique used to teach them how to use a keyboard without looking at the keys.

Only two previous students, Calise Conley in 2002 and Clayton Rathsack in 2011, have become mask free during third grade.

Other members of this year’s Mask-Free Club are Madison Uelmen, Dawson Przybylski, Faith Gunderson, Taylor Currie, Tess Maggio, Athena Gerndt, Sophia Collar, Brookelyn Zadow and Hannah Sonnenburg.

Wed
08
Jun

Teacher completes 50th year in Lena

The Nicolet/Oconto Retired Teachers Association and its parent organization, the Wisconsin Retired Educators’ Association, congratulate Michael Lafave for being selected by his peers for the honor of Educator of Excellence for the 2015-2016 school year at Lena Public Schools.

Lafave was recently awarded a certificate from the Department of Public Instruction and a gift certificate from NORTA encouraging him to continue in his outstanding fashion and encourage others to do the same.

A native of Florence, Lafave attended Marinette Teachers College and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. When he first started teaching at Lena in 1966, he worked at Sunny Brook, a country school where he not only taught students but also kept the school heated and clean.

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.

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