Schools

Tue
16
Apr

Stegeman named state Future Business Leader


Suring High School senior Mitchell Stegeman with his first-place trophy after being named Wisconsin’s Future Business Leader. (Contributed photo)

A Suring High School senior qualified for national competition during the 65th annual Wisconsin State Leadership Conference on April 8-9 in Green Bay.

Mitchell Stegeman placed first in the Future Business Leader state event, qualifying him for national competition in San Antonio in June. There he will compete against members from across the country for the title of national Future Business Leader.

Stegeman was also was recognized for his completion of the Future, Business, and Leader levels of the Business Achievement Awards as well as, being a Who’s Who in Wisconsin FBLA recipient.

He was one of five members and one adviser who took part in this year’s conference. Maddy School competed in Broadcast Journalism, while Caleb Lally, Linzy Runge, and Wylee Van Bellinger completed the Legacy Academy, a one-and-a-half-day leadership workshop led by professional speaker Patti Hendrickson.

Wed
10
Apr

OFHS Drama Club to present classic comedy


Abby (Mackenzie Staidl), second from right, and Martha (Paige Stapleton), right, look on affectionately as their nephew Mortimer (Keith Van Dornick) celebrates his new engagement with his fiancee Elaine (Andrea Waschbisch). (Contributed photo)

The Oconto Falls High School Drama Club is finalizing preparations for its spring production of “Arsenic and Old Lace” later this month.

This classic dark comedy has been a smash hit in New York and on the road. The story tells of the charming and innocent Brewster sisters, Abby and Martha, who populate their cellar with the remains of socially and religiously “acceptable” roomers; along with the antics of their nephews, Mortimer, a manic theater critic; Jonathan, who is on the run from the law; and Teddy, who thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt.

The production is once again under the direction of faculty member Gayle Gander, assisted by senior student director Addy Hatch. Club members making up the cast include Mackenzie Staidl, Paige Stapleton, Keith Van Dornick, Connor Romandine, Aidan Spillane, Andrea Waschbisch, Khloe Van Dornick, Gabby Wellnitz, Allison Grzelak, Katelyn Staidl, Lydia Murphy-Hendricks, Carli Fischer and Alex Waschbisch.

Wed
03
Apr

OFHS artist receives national recognition

Adeline Pumplun is Oconto Falls High School’s first-ever national medalist in the annual Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. She will be traveling with her mom to New York to receive her award at Carnegie Hall, and her work will be exhibited around the U.S. for the next two years. Pumplun had three art pieces accepted into the 2019 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, earning two silver keys and one gold key.

Tue
26
Mar

Veteran teachers call it a career

Sports teams always face the challenge of moving on as veteran players retire, sometimes several at the same time.

Everyday work teams can face the same challenge. The Oconto Falls School District is no exception.

The Oconto Falls School Board on March 11 accepted retirement requests from four teachers with a combined 125 years of service to their students.

Retiring at the end of this school year are Todd Peterson, elementary teacher at Oconto Falls Elementary School; Charles Seidl, science teacher at Washington Middle School; JoAnn Peters, seventh-grade English teacher at Washington Middle School; and Jan Wallrich, art teacher at Oconto Falls High School.

“To say that they have been extremely dedicated to our school district is an understatement of epic proportions,” Superintendent Dean Hess told the board. “We greatly appreciate the work that they have each done, ranging from the elementary school to middle school and the high school.”

Wed
06
Mar

STEM Symposium showcases student research


Kids belly up to the “Alien Juice Bar” run by, from left, Trinady Vorpahl, Willamina Peterson and Navalee Bauer at the Oconto Falls High School STEM Symposium on Monday. (Times Herald photo by Warren Bluhm)


More than 150 science, technology, engineering and math projects are on display at the annual STEM Symposium at Oconto Falls High School on March 4. (Times Herald photo by Warren Bluhm)


Kailey VanLanen, left, and Lydia Murphy-Hendricks demonstrate with a tennis ball the trebuchet they used to measure trajectory and distance in their “Orange Smackdown” experiment. (Times Herald photo by Warren Bluhm)

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics ruled the day Monday evening in the gymnasium and commons of Oconto Falls High School, where hundreds of students shared the results of their research in the school’s annual STEM Symposium.

Seniors Kailey VanLanen and Lydia Murphy-Hendricks explained the results of their “Orange Smackdown” experiment, using their hand-crafted trebuchet — a catapult-like device that uses a heavy counterweight to hurl its payload — to determine the launch angle needed to throw an orange the farthest.

Their attempts showed that the “sweet spot” is when the trebuchet was pulled 80 to 100 degrees off center. A greater or lesser angle was less effective.

Wed
20
Feb

OFHS dance team qualifies for state


Oconto Falls School Board President Ron Leja, standing at left, congratulates the high school dance team for advancing to the state championships. Front row from left, Abby Decker, Ali Brown, Gabby Konop, Emma Howey and Lindsey Schuster; middle row, Haylee Whiting, Brett Norling, Karen Mielke, Cedar Olson, McKenzie Jackson and Sami Drews; back row, Ari Kubsh, Loryn Wolf, Ashley Britton, Cameron Mercier, Autumn Payette, Isabella Clausen and head coach Laura Kostreva. (Times Herald photo by Warren Bluhm)

The Oconto Falls High School dance team competed Feb. 2 at the Wisconsin Association of Cheer/Pom Coaches state dance championships in La Crosse, capping one of the most successful seasons in the team’s history.

The team performed a jazz routine titled “Clearly” and a hip hop routine titled “BZRK” at the regional competition at Kimberly High School in late January, advancing to compete in hip hop at the state level.

“Oconto Falls has never competed in hip hop before; it’s kind of a challenging style,” head coach Laura Kostreva told the Oconto Falls School Board when the team was recognized at the board’s Feb. 11 meeting. “Our girls did fantastic. They did an amazing job, and I’m so proud.”

The state judges announce only the top five finishers, and the Panthers team did not place, Kostreva said. “We’re hoping in the future that we can make one of those coveted spots.”

Wed
06
Feb

Stop Spreading the News


Newsies Mike (Adrian Caylor), Crutchie (Alyssa Bruckert), Davey (Marcus Moss), Jack (Caleb Miller) and Les (T.J. Hock) perform a dance number as they vow to strike against the New York World in a scene from “Newsies.” Pulaski High School is performing the musical for the next two weekends. (Times Herald photo by Lee Pulaski)


Newsie Romeo (Connor Heezen) tries to charm newspaper reporter Katherine (Ava Baenen) in a scene from “Newsies,” but Katherine is having none of it. (Times Herald photo by Lee Pulaski)


Medda Larkin (Jessica Goska) performs a song for the newsies, including, from left, Jack (Caleb Miller) and Davey (Marcus Moss) in the first act of “Newsies.” The musical is not only a first for Pulaski High School, but for most schools as Disney extended performing rights to high schools in 2018. (Times Herald photo by Lee Pulaski)

Newspaper subscribers tend to get irritated when they don’t get the news delivered on time, but imagine that the late deliveries are on purpose.

That scenario is at the center of “Newsies,” a musical being performed by Pulaski High School this weekend and next. The musical is based on the 1992 film, which was based on the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City.

The show follows a ragtag band of newspaper delivery boys as they struggle to make a living delivering the news. Many of them are living on the streets, and others are delivering papers to help their families put food on the table. That living is put in jeopardy when Joseph Pulitzer, publisher of the New York World, hikes the price for the newsies to purchase their papers to sell. After finding that the other papers in the city are planning to follow suit, the newsies, led by Jack Kelly, decide to go on strike.

Wed
16
Jan

Pulaski High School presents 'Newsies' in February


Pulaski High School students rehearse for the musical “Newsies,” which will be staged next month. (Photo courtesy Kathleen Caylor Photography)

Pulaski High School is staging the musical “Newsies” in February.

Performances are 7 p.m. Feb. 9 and Feb. 16, and 2 p.m. Feb. 10 and Feb. 17. Reserved-seat tickets are $8 and can be purchased at the Pulaski News office at Pulaski High School or by calling 920-822-6800.

Newsies is based on the Newboys Strike of July 1899 and is adapted from the 1992 Disney film. It was first produced on Broadway in 2012. The show is fictional but based on real people. Joseph Pulitzer wasn’t actually in New York during the strike, and Gov. Theodore Roosevelt didn’t actually intervene. Newsies leaders Kid Blink and Morris Cohen were the inspiration for Jack Kelly and Nellie Bly inspired Katherine Plumber.

Wed
12
Dec

Principal touts innovate kindergarten program


“Pirates” Autumn Pate, Ethen Britzke and Mashya Webster check out the seven seas during a Gillett Elementary School kindergarten class.

Walking down the hallway of Gillett Elementary School, you might be surprised to hear the loud, joyful voices of tiny pirates shouting, “Arrrghhh!” Sticking your head in the door, you might see 5-year-olds, decked out in eye patches and brimmed hats, boarding an actual pirate ship and preparing to set sail on the wide-open sea.

And you might think, “Are these kids just playing in school or are they learning?” and the best answer to that question would be, “Both!”

This year, our 5-year-old kindergarten classes have adopted and implemented the Tools of the Mind curriculum, a program that develops cognitive skills (such as self-regulation, working memory and cognitive flexibility) while also developing academic skills such as symbolic thought, literacy and mathematical understanding. But “play” is used as the skill-development activity for the students, and the teacher works to support the development of mature, intentional and dramatic play.

Tue
27
Nov

OFHS choirs to present holiday concert

The Oconto Falls High School Choirs will be presenting Home for the Holidays XI on Saturday (Dec. 1) in the Falls Area Performing Arts Center, located at Oconto Falls High School, 210 N. Farm Road. Pre-concert music with soloists will begin at 6:10 p.m. in the commons area, with the concert beginning at 7 p.m. in the PAC.

This year’s concert will feature selections by the chamber singers, cantabile, chorale and concert choir, as well as the vocal jazz ensemble.

The combined choirs will perform several selections and include a special rendition of “The Polar Express.” Vocal selections will include “Let it Snow!,” “Carol of the Bells,” “Believe,” and “Cool Yule,” along with children’s favorites “Frosty the Snowman,” “Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town,” and “We Are Santa’s Elves.” The Choirs will also perform “O Holy Night,” “Silent Night,” “Away In A Manger,” and “Joy to the World” as part of their traditional Candlelight Processional.

Admission is free.

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