Schools

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.

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.

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