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Southern Door County School District wins award for education innovation

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Green Bay Press Gazette: Southern Door County School District has won the Education Innovation Award from the Northeast Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance. The award honors the district’s work to advance technical education through collaborating with local manufacturers, according to the Southern Door County School District.

The district will receive the award Oct. 23 at the 7th Annual Excellence in Manufacturing/K-12 Partnership Awards in Green Bay sponsored by the Northeast Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance.

“The technical education department at Southern Door has a long-standing tradition of excellence in preparing our youth for the trades, manufacturing, and engineering,” said Southern Door County School District Superintendent Patti Vickman.

Innovative programs, including a race car program and the high school Fab Lab, engage students “in new career pathways,” Vickman said.

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Green Bay special education work program offers students real-world job skills

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WBAY.com: A proud day for six Green Bay special education students as they receive certificates for successfully completing a seven-week work experience program.

In a first-of-its-kind for the district, the students worked with employees at Dorsch Ford, learning about auto detailing.

“What I’ve really enjoyed is how they’ve been teaching us how to detail cars, how to do it safely with chemicals, shamming, drying, acid washes,” said Sam Birmingham, a senior at Green Bay East High School.

The work experience program also allows the students to practice real-world employee skills, making it easier to secure a job after graduation.

“The life skills and the soft skills we’re discussing is communication skills, how to interact appropriately in a workplace, how to communicate their wants and needs and how to best be in a team environment- that’s really what we’re teaching here that’s what it’s all about,” said Shane McDonough, work experience coordinator for Green Bay East High School.

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Green Bay summer school farm to school food program serves 2,000 students

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NBC26.com: Local farmers is involved in providing nutritious meals for kids.

Farmers at Ledgeview Gardens, know the importance of fresh vegetables, “there’s way too much processed foods, in McDonalds being eaten, it’s just too easy everybody’s in a hurry, everyone’s trying to get six difference afternoon activities, and a lot of times food is what gets pushed off,” said Darren Vollmar, farmer and general manager.

Vollmar, said students should be eating healthy and take time to enjoy different foods.

“To us it’s more important to have a little bit of a slow down, especially when it comes to your food,” said Vollmar.

That’s why six years ago, the Green Bay area public school district and Vollmar agreed to work together to provide schools locally grown produce.

“Now that we are doing it and seeing it, the students are loving it, and loving the produce they’re like oh my gosh we see them at the farmers market this is so cool and eat this at my park program it’s super exciting,” said Amanda Britanyak, the GBSD food service assistant director.

2,000 students are served a meal over the summer, and it’s spread over 36 parks.

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Kimberly, Green Bay East students take top honors at Center Stage musical theater awards

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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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Gresham top ‘Matific’ school in state, 15th nationwide

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Shawano Leader: An educational celebration Friday at Gresham Community School was done by the numbers, with certificates and medals — and pizza.

Gresham had plenty to celebrate, as the small school beat out larger competitors like Stevens Point, D.C. Everest and Wisconsin Dells to be the top-ranked Wisconsin school in the Matific contest, an online program that makes solving math problems fun. If that wasn’t enough, the local school was ranked 15th in the nation out of 3,000 participating schools.

Sean Tiernan, a Matific representative from Greenville, Wisconsin, noted that Matific got its start eight years ago in Australia and Israel but didn’t become prevalent in the United States until three years ago. The program is designed to help bridge the historic gap between students learning math, he said.

“We’re in 47 different countries, and the program is in 30 different languages. It’s pretty interesting,” Tiernan said. “It’s to get kids to have a love for math,” as well as introduce students to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, or STEM, programs.

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