The Shawano Leader: A group of Clintonville Middle School students were recently named as finalists in a nationwide challenge hosted by a student publishing company. Stacey Conradt and her sixth-grade class were among the top 50 student-published contestants out of more than 800,000 entries in Studentreasures Publishing’s 2017-18 National Book Challenge.
“I am extremely proud of the hard work and creativity that each student put into this authentic piece of literature,” said Conradt, who will be starting her fifth year of teaching in the Clintonville School District. She said the 16 student-authors in her class worked together to write “The Adventures of Jerky Turkey,” an idea they came up with when thinking about a turkey’s perspective on Thanksgiving. The students worked together to research, write and illustrate the book before sending the completed pages to be published.
“They worked together as a team to come up with the idea and carry out the story’s plot throughout the entire book. Each student shared personal ideas and traditions of their Thanksgiving experiences which, in my opinion, created a very entertaining story line,” Conradt said. “I’m very proud of the Clintonville Middle School student authors and hope they remember this achievement forever.”
The students who contributed to the book include Callie Behnke, Brooklyn Bothe, Haylie Bratz, Beau DeCamp, Alyce Guseck, Victoria Havlik, Lukas Jaensch, Nevaeh Krueger, Lex Lapp, Marlee Mattes, Cash Nulph, Blayk Rosenau, Isaiah Smith, Gavin Steinke, Jaeley Tischer and Paige Wester. The class will receive a $50 gift card, and each student will receive a published author certificate.
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Post Crescent: A student from Kimberly High School and another from Green Bay East High School were the big winners Saturday at the second-ever Center Stage High School Musical Theater Awards at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center.
Travis Vandenberg, a senior at Kimberly, won Best Actor and Paige Neumeyer, a senior at Green Bay East, won Best Actress. They’ll both travel to New York City in June to represent Center Stage at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (aka the Jimmy Awards).
They will take part in intensive coaching and rehearsals before performing at the 25th annual show at the Minskoff Theatre. A panel of judges will then choose an actor and an actress to bestow with a Jimmy Award as the nation’s top performers.
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WBAY.com: The number of high school students getting real-life, hands-on work experience is growing rapidly. That’s because state funding for youth apprenticeship programs has more than doubled since 2010.
Gov. Scott Walker was at Kimberly High School on Friday to see firsthand the success of these programs.
The governor says now more than ever, these youth apprenticeship programs are important to Wisconsin as the state is seeing some of its lowest unemployment in years. Companies of all kinds are looking to add employees.
The youth apprenticeship program at Kimberly High School is thriving and growing. In 2014, 22 students participated in the program. Last year’s graduating class had more than 100 students take part in it.
Students are gaining experience in careers like agriculture, transportation, hospitality, finance and manufacturing.
The governor told students their participation is not only a lesson for them but is beneficial for the state and businesses.
“We want both student success, but we also want student success that leads to a strong and vibrant workforce going forward, which is good not just for employers, it’s good for all of you. Because in the end what you want is not just a job, hopefully what you want is a career — a career that you’ll enjoy, a career that can someday support not just yourself but, if you choose to, have a family. And that will make for a stronger community and in turn a stronger state,” Gov. Walker said.
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Post-Crescent: An unfinished house has been a classroom for a group of Appleton high school students for the past few months.
But in about a month, a local family in need of a place to live will be moving in.
The house was built by 22 students, mostly juniors and seniors from all three Appleton high schools who worked at the site on South Pierce Avenue for a two-hour, two-credit class this past semester as part of the school district’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity.
Marcus McGuire, a teacher at Appleton West who runs the class, said he was glad students were involved in the project because the experience could help them find careers in construction.
The students took part in the build every step of the way, McGuire said, and worked directly with contractors to do more specialized work, such as plumbing or wiring.
“My goal is to mimic an actual job site as much as possible,” he said.
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Post-Crescent: It used to be that only very large employers could afford to offer the “perks” of a dedicated employee health clinic. However, programming by Greg Biese of Associated Benefits and Risk Consulting and ThedaCare At Work broke with tradition last fall. They worked together to establish a shared clinic specifically for eligible employees and families of the Appleton Area School District and the City of Appleton.
The near-site clinic, a term that describes a mutually convenient location for partner-employers but is not actually on-site at any one of their workplaces, is housed on the campus of ThedaCare Regional Medical Center-Appleton.
The staff at the Connecting Care Clinic, as it is called, includes a nurse practitioner, physician assistant, registered nurse, and two medical assistants. Hours are set to coincide with the schedules of school district and city employees, including two days a week when the clinic opens at 5:30 a.m. for shift and school-day staffers.
Julie King, chief human resources officer for AASD, and Sandy Matz, director of human resources for the City of Appleton, both worked with Biese and ThedaCare At Work to develop the custom clinic format.
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