Schools

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16
Mar

3 students named school’s artists of the year

Artists of the year have been chosen at Oconto Falls Elementary School.

This year’s winners are Maggie Kaczmarek’s “Fish Collage,” Allison Yuma’s “Pop Art Cake” and John Wolford’s “Bicycle.”

The award honors one art student from each of three groups: kindergarten and first grade, second and third grade, and fourth and fifth grade.

Selections are made by the school staff. Two-dimensional artwork from the 2014-2015 school year were put on display, and the faculty voted for the piece of art that best displayed skill over media, creativity and superior craftsmanship.

There is a delay in the year chosen to allow art from the entire school year to qualify.

The pictures have been professionally matted and framed and are now hanging on permanent display. P.I.E. and Frame of Mind, Green Bay, donated the time and money for the professional presentations.

Wed
16
Mar

Drama club to present ‘Matchmaker’

Before Broadway ever sang “Hello Dolly!” there was “The Matchmaker.” The Oconto Falls High School Drama Club is preparing for its spring production of the play that led to the creation of the musical made famous by Barbra Streisand and Carol Channing.

Written by Wisconsin native Thornton Wilder, “The Matchmaker” in four acts highlights the mischievous dealings of Mrs. Dolly Levi, the matchmaker.

A certain old merchant of Yonkers, New York, is so rich in the 1800s that he decides to take a wife. He employs a matchmaker, a woman who subsequently becomes involved with two of his menial clerks, assorted young and lovely ladies, and the headwaiter at an expensive restaurant where this swift farce runs headlong into hilarious complications and a series of hide-and-seek scenes.

Wed
02
Mar

Little Tigers learn through play


Photo by RJ Reinhold

Suzzie Bessette, early education and 4-year-old kindergarten teacher at Gillett Elementary School, assists Dane Walker with a craft project as Tim Soper encourages his son, Noah, with his project. They were participating in the Little Tiger Play Group at Gillett Elementary School.

An active group of preschool children kept busy with building blocks, farm toys, a kitchen set and play dough when they met on Feb. 10 for the Little Tiger Play Group at Gillett Elementary School. Suzzie Bessett, early childhood and 4-year-old kindergarten teacher, spent time with each group of children and parents as they interacted.

As many as 16 children have attended the Little Tiger Play Group, more than Bessett ever dreamed when the group was organized at the start of the school year.

The play group is a community outreach program that provides support for parents and children. It’s funded by the school district at minimal cost, and kids and their parents attend for free. The group meets twice a month at Gillett Elementary School for play time, a snack and a story. The children range in age from 2 months to 5 years old.

Wed
02
Mar

Oconto student wins spelling bee

Oconto Middle School student Grace Holmgren took first place in the regional spelling bee on Feb. 11 and will advance to the state spelling bee on March 18 in Madison.

Oconto Middle School student Amber Grulkowski placed second.

Students from eight area schools participated in the bee, hosted by the Peshtigo Elementary Learning Center.

Participants were Autumn Payette, Washington Middle School, Oconto Falls; Aidan Patza, Gillett Middle School; Ryann Wagner, Suring Elementary School; Liam Roman, Crivitz Middle School; Celina Demmith, Coleman Elementary School; and Alex Fontaine, Peshtigo Elementary Learning Center.

Wed
24
Feb

Fishing derby winners listed

Kaden VanArk, 10, of Oconto Falls, was a two-time winner at the St. Anthony School fishing derby held Feb. 13 at the East Side Beach in Oconto Falls.

VanArk won the youth contest for crappie, with a weight of .54 pounds, and panfish, with a weight of .59 pounds.

Darryel Skarban, 8, of Oconto Falls, caught the heaviest northern at .45 pounds.

No youth registered a bass in the tournament.

Adult winners were Brook Evenstad, Abrams, .83-pound crappie; Jay Booth, Oconto Falls, 2.1-pound bass; KC Johnson, Oconto Falls, .32-pound panfish; and Josh LaBrosse, Oconto Falls, 4.16-pound northern.

Each person won $50.

Winners of the cash raffle were Sherri Konitzer, $500; Adam Orth, $250; Lynnette Sinclair, $100; and Gloria Blazer, Wes Heise and Randy Renel, $50.

Gold sponsors for the tournament were ST Paper and St. Louis Concrete. Other local businesses also contributed. Organizers reported a great turnout, despite the cold weather.

Wed
24
Feb

Youth art exhibit open at library

The Oconto Falls School District invites everyone to celebrate the artistic achievements of the students in the Oconto Falls community during March. The Oconto Falls art staff encourages community members to view the art show at the Oconto Falls Library and reflect on the meaning of self-expression and how it is important in people’s lives.

A special viewing for all artists, families and friends will be held from 6-7 p.m. March 10 at the Oconto Falls Library.

Art instructors inspire students to become artists concentrating on the process, rather than the end product. In an art lesson a student experiences more than just creating an end product. Art students learn self-reflection, critical thinking, collaboration, problem solving, risk taking, integration of other curriculums and an awareness of their surroundings and the world at large.

Wed
24
Feb

Students tell of life in China

Two elementary school students from China visited Oconto Falls Elementary School in early February, accompanied by two of their teachers, Oconto native Alex Lane and Nikki Cao.

Lane is the son of Sharon Stodola-Eslien, a Washington Middle School employee who lives in Oconto Falls. He teaches English in the Chinese city of Hangzhou.

The two girls spent several days at the school, sitting in on fourth- and fifth-grade classes and stopping at other classrooms for question-and-answer sessions.

Lane said Yan Zhu and Yuxin He chose English names when they were young, choosing the names Rabbit and Coco, respectively. Zhu said she chose the name Rabbit because she loves rabbits. Her family keeps a few rabbits and hens on the patio of her fourth-floor apartment, located in a building with 11 floors.

Students of OFES learned they have a few things in common with the Chinese guests, such as playing Minecraft video games and watching “SpongeBob SquarePants.”

Wed
17
Feb

Mobil 22 presents grant for Channel 6

The public access channel, based at Oconto Falls High School, will transition from analog to digital signals, with the assistance of a grant provided through Mobil 22 of Oconto Falls.

Sunny Sooch, owner of the Mobil 22, presented OFHS Principal Bruce Russell with a $500 check on Feb. 8. The money will be used to update the Channel 6 production center. Channel 6 broadcasts school and community announcements, weather and other information.

Russell said it is the perfect way to use the money because the grant, coming from the community, will benefit the community in return.

It’s the second time the Mobil 22 has issued an educational grant to the school district; the previous grant was presented to Washington Middle School in 2006.

According to Sooch, Mobil provides educational grants to schools every year through a type of lottery system, and Oconto Falls was chosen as a recipient this year.

Wed
17
Feb

Physics concepts take downhill run


Times Herald Photo by Joan Koehne

Two entries in the Cardboard Classic start their descent down the tubing hill on Feb. 5 in Oconto Falls. Fifth-graders at Oconto Falls Elementary School put their science knowledge to the test in designing and creating a cardboard sled, then raced them down the hill.

Forget about boring science lessons. Fifth-graders at Oconto Falls Elementary School were whooping it up at the tubing hill Friday, Feb. 5, cheering for their cardboard sleds to cross the finish line.

“What a hoot!” said Superintendent Dean Hess, as he stood at the bottom of the hill viewing the fifth-grade tradition for the first time.

The Cardboard Classic is a highlight of the year for fifth-graders at OFES, and it’s held annually when snow conditions allow.

“It looks like a great opportunity to put learning into practice. There’s all sorts of science being put into practice,” said Hess, who started his education career as a science teacher.

Wed
03
Feb

Students complete dissection project

The Suring fifth-grade classes participated in their annual owl pellet project during the first semester. Students in Charlie Breed and Mitchell Szwet’s classes worked on the unit for two weeks.

Students were given an owl pellet wrapped in tin foil, a tray, tools and charts. Students dissected the pellets, cleaned and sorted the bones, then reassembled and labeled the bones using diagrams. Finally, students used their Chromebooks and created a “how to” writing project.

All students seemed to really enjoy the entire process; even those students who thought it was disgusting at first came around and really had fun, according to the teachers.

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