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Green Bay, Howard-Suamico Students Learn About Wild Rice From UW-Green Bay

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Wild rice, or manoomin, grows in lakes and streams of northern Wisconsin.

Northeastern Wisconsin students are learning about growing and raising wild rice by learning from the the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Manoomin (Wild Rice) team, according to an article from the university.

A Green Bay East High School agriculture class learned to care for the growing rice plants in their greenhouse. 

Meanwhile, the university’s wild rice team welcomed Howard-Suamico School District third graders to learn about wild rice at a nature preserve. They learned from a citizen of the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin about wild rice origin stories, tribal restoration efforts and the cultural significance of wild rice.

Read more at the university’s article.

Bloomer Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher Named a 2021 National Merit Finalist

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Bloomer High School Teacher Charlene Kelley, in center, with students working on a pickle autopsy, which is part of a health class that gives students technical college credit. Kelley has been named a 2021 National Merit Finalist.


A Bloomer High School family and consumer sciences/health teacher has been named a 2021 National Merit Finalist by a national organization, according to a UW-Stout article.

Charlene Kelley says she enjoys teaching life skills.

“Everything I teach is practical,” Kelley told UW-Stout. “They will be able to use it every day. It’s one thing to choose to buy food that is already premade or to eat in a restaurant, but I want them to have a choice and have the skills to make a meal at home. It is practical knowledge I know they are going to use in their future.”

Read the UW-Stout article to learn more, including her work teaching about financial literacy, food insecurity and poverty.

Augusta student’s history project featured by Smithsonian

Augusta student Madelyn Davis created an online showcase about Vel Phillips, the first African American woman to graduate from the UW–Madison law school.


An Augusta student’s project about a Wisconsin civil rights icon has been featured on the Smithsonian’s website, according to the Leader-Telegram.

Eleventh grader Madelyn Davis, a student at Wildlands Science Research School, researched and created a project about Vel Phillips, the first African American woman to graduate from the UW–Madison law school. Davis’ work is one of 51 nationwide featured in a Smithsonian online showcase.

Davis told the newspaper she was looking for a Wisconsinite who made a difference in civil rights through nonviolence.

“I was interested in Vel Phillips because she worked tirelessly to change the living conditions for Blacks living in the Inner Core in Milwaukee,” Davis said. “Vel Phillips used peaceful protests and her platform as a council member to change rights for Blacks in Milwaukee for future generations.”

Wildlands Science Research School is a charter school authorized by the Augusta Area School District.


Read more about her project at the Leader-Telegram.

191 Greenfield High School Sophomores Collaborate on Pandemic Book, ‘QuaranTEENed’

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Sophomores at Greenfield High School collaborated on a book about life during the pandemic.


The pandemic-era reflections of 191 Greenfield High School sophomores have been put together in a book called “QuaranTEENed,” CBS-58 reports.

The book, which started as a classroom assignment, contained vignettes from students who wrote about Covid, how the lockdown affected them and what they’ve learned. 

“When people look at this, I want them to realize that we’re just teens and we had to like go through this strange period, this strange new world, sort of,” said Cadence Brown. 

Read the full story and watch the video at CBS-58.


High school diesel mechanic training facility under construction in Casco

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A high school diesel mechanic training facility is under construction in Casco.


CASCO — A high school training facility for diesel mechanics is under construction in Casco, reports Green Bay-based WFRV-TV.

The program is a partnership between Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, the Luxemburg–Casco School District and local businesses.

“It really is meeting an industry need by doing something creative,” Superintendent Glenn Schlender told the TV station. “This is the first ever program in cooperation with a technical college, where kids can earn a technical diploma in diesel shop mechanics, along with their high school diploma.”

WFRV-TV has the full story and the video here.

Medford Teams Take 1st, 2nd in Design Competition

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Medford Area Senior High School teams took first and second place in a recent Project Lead the Way Engineering Design Competition, the Milwaukee School of Engineering reports.

Alexis Fleegel and Veronica Diercks took first for creating a speaker system for smart phones that does not require batteries. Tahtankka Damm and Logan Searles took second for making a sliding and folding truck bed accessory to help people retrieve hard-to-reach items safely and quickly.

The first-place team receives a $4,000 scholarship and the second-place team receives a $1,000 scholarship; both receive funding for new product development assessment by the Wisconsin Innovation Service Center

Their teacher is Tracy Swedlund.

Project Lead the Way Engineering says it “empowers students to step into the role of an engineer, adopt a problem-solving mindset, and make the leap from dreamers to doers.”

Learn more at the MSOE post.