Schools

Wed
27
Apr

Holub advances to national FBLA contest

A Suring High School senior has advanced to the national computer game design and programming event at the Future Business Leaders of America’s National Leadership Conference.

Rylee Holub placed fourth at the State Leadership Conference held April 10-12 in La Crosse, thus qualifying to represent Wisconsin at the National Leadership Conference in Atlanta in June.

Also at the state conference, Jadyn Stuart, a sophomore at Suring High School, was elected to the 2016-2017 state officer team. She will serve as the 2016-2017 Region III vice president.

Members of Suring FBLA attended workshops and participated in tours at the state conference. They listened to keynote speaker Kyle Scheele and raised money for the March of Dimes by taking part in a Miracle Minute. Members also competed in a variety of business-related events.

Wed
27
Apr

GHS forensic team brings home hardware

Thirty students from Gillett High School participated in the Wisconsin High School Forensic Association’s State Speech Festival on April 15 and 16 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Students who scored a perfect 25 of 25 points received a gold medal. Seven students from Gillett received this “Critics Choice Award”: Jacob Timm, Mark Fischer, Leeland Kahler and Alex Zeitler in a play called “Beans,” Alex Rodgers and Kaylee Simon for their prose reading, and Lily Schroder for solo acting.

Silver medals were given to students who scored a 23 or 24. Sixteen Gillett students received this “All State Award”: Maya Breed, Brittany Fetterly, Faith Sorlie, Zach Wiese, Dylan Pratsch, Joe Karls, Tristan Wolske, Victoria Loberger, Lauren Herzog, Elizabeth Kahler, Kalea Britton, Willow Pecha, Anastasia Lizarraga, Kesaesaeh Koebach, Jerika Heroux and Crystal Marohl.

Wed
27
Apr

Gillett celebrates autism awareness

The Gillett School District marked April as Worldwide Autism Awareness Month.

Wendy Vorpahl, parent representative for the district’s autism grant team, shared her perspective as a mother of four sons, two of whom have a diagnosis of classic autism.

“When my son Mark was diagnosed with autism in 2002, the statistics were one in 166,” she said. “When Aaron was diagnosed in 2005, it was one in 150. Today, that statistic is for one in 68 births, a child will be diagnosed with autism. One in every 44 boys will be diagnosed with autism.”

In an effort to inform students and staff about autism, schoolwide activities were held in April. Each grade level created a puzzle piece that is signed by the staff and students and includes a fact about autism. The autism grant team invites people to walk along the fence by the football field to see the puzzle pieces on display.

Wed
20
Apr

Students enjoy arts immersion

Students at Oconto Falls Elementary School experienced many artistic forms of expression April 1 during All Arts Day 2016 at the school.

Throughout the day, students rotated among various fine art forms, with music, theater, dance and applied art all represented.

To kick off the day, musician Tom Pease engaged the entire student body with an assortment of songs. Students incorporated sign language and silly movements to express the words they sang.

Other art forms shared with students included storytelling, quilting, origami, folk toys, juggling and taekwondo. The closing assembly was a performance by the Oneida Dancers, who introduced dances from the Oneida culture.

Many parent and grandparent volunteers helped ensure the success of All Arts Day 2016.

Wed
06
Apr

Students bring pies to mark Pi Day

Seventh-grade students at Washington Middle School in Oconto Falls celebrated Pi Day on March 14 by sharing pies.

Pi Day is an annual celebration of the irrational number π. It is celebrated on March 14 because the number 3.14 represents the first three digits of π.

Students celebrated by participating in special lessons about π. They also brought pies to school to enjoy as part of their celebration, and to share with area senior citizens as part of the Oconto Falls Senior Center and Meals on Wheels lunch programs.

Students donated 30 pies of different varieties.

Seventh-grade students have participated in a number of community service projects under the guidance of their teachers. Projects have included writing letters and donating items to residents of King Veteran’s Home, collecting donations for Kingdom Come Food Pantry, and collecting items to support the Oconto Area Humane Society.

Wed
06
Apr

Tab collectors treated to pancakes

The Oconto Falls School District has been collecting aluminum tabs for many years and donates them to the Ronald McDonald House in Milwaukee.

Ronald McDonald House is a home away from home for families of seriously ill children being treated at Milwaukee area hospitals.

This year in an effort to break the school’s goal of 400 pounds of tabs, Oconto Falls Elementary School Principal Dan Moore offered his master flapjack cooking skills as an incentive. Any class that collected three milk jugs full of tabs received a pancake party.

So far, 447 pounds of tabs have been collected. Anyone wishing to donate tabs can drop them off at the Oconto Falls Elementary School office.

Wed
30
Mar

Forensics team plans open house

The public is invited to attend a Gillett High School forensics open house at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 10, in the Gillett Secondary School commons.

All 31 students competing for the Gillett High School forensics team have qualified for the state competition April 15 and 16 in Madison. Participants received two or three scores of 20 or better at the district contest March 19 in Marinette to advance to the state competition.

Thirteen students received a perfect score of 25 points. They are Alex Young, Brittany Fetterly, Maya Breed, Faith Sorlie, Joe Karls, Dylan Pratsch, Tristan Wolske, Zach Wiese, Jaylan Lauersdorf, Kendyl Sturm, Megan Wolfe, Hanna Brock and Lily Schroeder.

The team also participated in the Marinette & Oconto Conference meet Feb. 1 in Suring and subdistrict festival Feb. 22 in Oconto. All participants were invited to participate in the district competition.

The team is coached by Tami McQuillan, Stephanie Spang and Don Olderman.

Wed
30
Mar

Club members teach ski skills

The Oconto Falls Elementary Physical Education Department partnered with the Ray Tabar and the Machickanee Cross-Country Ski Club to give fourth- and fifth-grade students an opportunity to cross-country ski.

Cross-country skiing is an activity that can be enjoyed for a lifetime. The students had fun while they gained benefits related to cardiovascular fitness, strength and balance.

Donating their time to help the students learn to ski were Ray Tabar, Chique Tousey-Tabar, Don Liesch, Lyle LeTendre and Chris Walters.

Wed
23
Mar

Students interact with Serenity residents

The Gillett Middle School Student Council visited Serenity Gardens Assisted Living Center on March 3.

Annie Kohls and Sydney Young shared their forensic selection, Serenity Corona and Macy Franti played a trumpet duet, and the students played bingo and Scattergories with the residents.

The students used their Thrivent action grant to purchase lollipops to sell for the “Heart O’Gram” fundraiser. The money generated from the fundraiser was used to purchase goodie bags for the residents at Serenity Gardens.

Wed
23
Mar

OFHS send 64 musicians to state music festival

Sixty-four Oconto Falls High School Music Department students advanced to the state solo and ensemble festival with their performances March 12 at the Near North Music Conference District Festival at Oconto High School.

Participating schools in the Near North Music Conference included Oconto Falls High School, Washington Middle School-Oconto Falls, Oconto High School, Oconto Middle School, Marinette High School, Marinette Middle School and St. Thomas Aquinas School.

OFHS choral director Amy Thiel and band director Ben Burish both commented on how proud they were of the students.

Students were evaluated by WSMA adjudicators in a variety of musical categories, including tone, intonation, balance, technique and expression.

OFHS students will participate in 45 events at state on May 7 at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Class A: Starred first (state qualifiers)

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