EL-G students participate in apprenticeship program

by Rodney Schroeter of The Review staff

ELKHART LAKE—Several student participants of the Youth Apprenticeship Program at the Elkhart Lake- Glenbeulah School District had the opportunity to describe their experiences with the program to the School Board Monday.

Beth Roehl, Family Consumer Science instructor, introduced seven students. Several read from written statement they’d prepared, while others extemporaneously answered questions from Roehl about where they are working, what they are studying to support their work, and how many hours they have worked.

Describing their experiences in the program were Bailey Klug (working at the Osthoff Resort), Caterson Schaumberger (Osthoff), Brittany Schneider (Sharon Richardson Hospice), Stephan Clemens (Osthoff), Owen Kalbacken (Ameriquip), Hunter Schoenborn (Masters Gallery), and Jordan Stauber (Kohler Co.).

Students replied to questions from board members. Students indicated that the program gave them a chance to get experience in the real world, as well as helped them find and explore a career they could become enthusiastic about.

Roehl explained that benefits of the program include the students’ ability to earn state certification for participation in the program, and the fact that each student was mentored and taught a skill.

Letter compliments EL-G

State Superintendent Tony Evers was one of several public officials who visited EL-G on October 20, when the high school hosted the fall meeting of the State Superintendent’s Advisory Council on Rural Schools, Libraries, and Communities.

Dr. Buechel Haack shared a letter from Evers which read, in part: “The Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah high school band, chorus, and the Career and Technical Education department tour provided a terrific display of the talents, energy, and enthusiasm of your district’s students. The school environment was incredibly welcoming; this is a tribute to your leadership and the work of your staff. Special thanks to Jim Brown, Michelle Arbuckle, John Ostermann, Beth Roehl, and her culinary arts students for the wonderful breakfast and lunch.”

Other board topics

. Diane Schwaller gave the board her annual report on the school system’s on-campus day care system.

. Bart Larson, Physical Education instructor, gave a very positive summary of the fall athletic season. He also described the success of the initial season of the Spring Athlete Dual Sports Participation program. The board unanimously approved the program’s continuation.

. Student Council activities were summarized by student Erica Heinig. These included preparations for a coming Christmas brunch; fundraising by selling concessions at the girls basketball game; and a possible leadership conference for the group, for interested students.

. Very positive compliments came from several people on an excellent Veterans Day event on Nov. 11.

. Elementary Principal Deb Hammann was involved with parent-teacher conferences as the board met, so could not present her monthly report on activities of grades K-8 in person. But there were two full pages of activities shared with the board, including a 7th/8th grade dance; winners of the Peace Poster Contest; a middle school team who attended the Lakeland Math League the previous week; the announcement that the grades 1-4 will have a winter concert on Thursday, Dec. 11 at 6:30 p.m.; and congratulations to Haley Mersberger for being selected as the EL-G Student of the Quarter.

. High School Principal Jim Brown reported on high school activities. “Nunsensations” was a success, he said. The high school winter concert will be Dec. 8.

“The Veterans Day observation on the 11th was fantastic,” Brown said. “I’ve been at a lot of them. I don’t remember many much better than that one. Our band, choir, are second to none. The food was outstanding. And I would argue with anyone who thinks anybody else does it better than it was done that day.”

Brown added, “I’ve said this a bunch of times, but there’s not a better school than this one, for a school this size. It’s amazing.”

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