Schools

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.

Wed
03
Feb

12 compete in Suring spelling bee

The Suring School District held its schoolwide spelling bee Thursday.

Students qualified for the spelling bee by winning or placing second in their classroom competition.

The winner of the district spelling bee was sixth-grader Ryann Wagner, and the runner-up was sixth-grader Alisha Missal.

Wagner will represent Suring at the regional spelling bee at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, at Peshtigo Elementary School.

Wed
27
Jan

Team serves brunch for families

The Lena High School girls volleyball team, Coach Heidi Place and some of the girls’ parents prepared and served a brunch for residents on Saturday, Jan. 9, at Ronald McDonald House in Wauwatosa. It was their way to help residents at the facility related to children being treated at Children’s Hospital and nearby hospitals.

The volunteers wore their “I’m on Kyle’s Team” shirts and served the brunch in the memory of Kyle Hodkiewicz, of Lena. Kyle and his family utilized Ronald McDonald House from February 2015 until Kyle’s death Sept. 19, 2015, at Children’s Hospital. Kyle died at age 10 after battling leukemia for more than two years.

Wed
27
Jan

Patza advances to regional spelling bee

Gillett Middle School students in grades five through eight participated in the local Scripps spelling bee.

The top three spellers from each grade participated in the districtwide spelling bee Thursday in the Meunier/Pelow Auditorium. The top two spellers were sixth-grader Aidan Patza and fifth-grader Dylan Block. Patza will represent Gillett at the CESA 8 regional bee on Feb. 11 in Peshtigo.

Don Olderman and Tami McQuillan organized and proctored the event.

Wed
27
Jan

5 perform in All-State Honors Choir

Five singers from Oconto Falls High School were selected to perform in the All-State Honors Choir organized by the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association. The students were recommended by their high school choral director, Amy Thiel, and selected based on their outstanding musicianship and character.

The All-State Women’s Choir was conducted by Beth Holmes, of Milliken University. The All-State Men’s Choir was conducted by Eric Barnum of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

One hundred top singers from across Wisconsin were selected to be part of each choir. Students rehearsed on Friday and Saturday before presenting a performance in Lawrence University’s Memorial Chapel in Appleton.

Both ensembles received standing ovations from the over 1,000 concert attendees.

Wed
20
Jan

Students, veterans connect at reception

Despite the cold temperatures, the atmosphere inside the Oconto Falls High School Commons was warm and welcoming Jan. 13 as more than 40 area veterans were honored.

Eighteen students from the Oconto Falls High School Conflicts and Crises in History class shared their research projects with area veterans by hosting a reception after school. The students visited with their guests and learned more about the experiences of the veterans who served in various wars and conflicts, including the Korean War, Vietnam War, various Cold War postings and assignments, and the Gulf Wars, including Iraq and Kuwait.

Research topics were wide ranging and included Korean War history and major battles, selections from the Vietnam War era, and more recent conflicts and foreign policy challenges: Operation Iraqi Freedom, the Taliban, ISIS and the current Syrian War.

Wed
20
Jan

Teacher nominated for national LifeChanger award


Times Herald Photo by Joan Koehne

Gillett Secondary School teacher Tami McQuillan works with Samantha Kahler, Tim York and Emily Hairapetian in their eighth-grade English/language arts class. McQuillan, who was nominated for the national LifeChanger of the Year award, has been teaching in Gillett for 25 years.

Tami McQuillan jokes that her tombstone will read “Take responsibility for your actions.”

It’s just one lesson she conveys to the middle school students in Gillett as she teaches English/language arts, math, social studies and science. She encourages students to make good choices, be true to themselves and face the consequences of their actions.

“The ultimate goal at the middle school level is to help them figure out who they are,” McQuillan said.

McQuillan, a seventh- and eighth-grade teacher at Gillett Secondary School, has been nominated for the 2015-2016 national LifeChanger of the Year award. Sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation, the LifeChanger of the Year program recognizes and rewards the educators across the United States who are making a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership.

Wed
20
Jan

OFHS singers perform at festival

Sixteen Oconto Falls High School choir students participated in the 2015 Wisconsin Choral Directors Singing in Wisconsin Festival at Chilton High School.

The festival includes four choirs — youth choir, men’s choir, women’s choir and mixed choir — for students in grades five-12.

The state festival is held at four sites: West Milwaukee, Chippewa Falls, Wausau and Chilton. Singers perform the same songs at each site. Students attend rehearsals throughout the day, and the music-making culminates with a concert for family and friends. Over 2,000 choral musicians participated in this year’s WCDA statewide event.

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