EL-G board hears of athletic, technology achievements

by Rodney Schroeter of The Review staff

ELKHART LAKE — At its Monday night meeting, the School Board approved the continuation of athletic co-op programs, after hearing High School Athletic Director Bart Larson describe the success of the soccer and other coops.

“This is our fourth year of the soccer co-op,” Larson told the board. “Along with their New Holstein teammates, they had an unbelievable year. Their overall record was 17-3-5. Three losses, I guess, was the lowest number of losses since the 1980s. They were regional champs for the third year in a row — quite an accomplishment.

“We had our first boys soccer game here at Elkhart,” Larson continued. “That was a great event. The soccer parents were wonderful, helping out with concessions, working the event, the scoreboard and other things. It did rain that night, unfortunately, but we still had a good turnout for it. And the New Holstein kids really liked playing a game here. We had our parents’ night, that night.”

Larson said there were many positive comments from New Holstein students, parents, and faculty.

Seven of the eight athletes in the program were present at the meeting. They expressed their gratitude for being able to participate through the co-op program with New Holstein.

Larson said, “They’re all good, but it’s one of our better co-ops, as far as the camaraderie and the number of students these events draw.”

The board congratulated and applauded the seven athletes.

Larson reported on several other athletic activities in the newlyformed Big East Conference. In track, some new school records were set. He said the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) is changing the time structure of basketball games, from the current four quarters to two halves, the length of which is yet to be determined.

The board voted unanimously to continue the existing athletic co-ops.

Technology Coordinator/ IT Systems Architect Anthony Summers gave an update on progress made in the past year. Over 300 Chromebooks have been distributed to students in fifth through 12th grade. Students and staff have responded favorably to the devices.

Student Aryka Klemme, present to report on Student Council activities, remarked favorably on the Chromebooks.

Diane Schwaller gave an update on the school’s day care program. The program has 93 chil- dren involved.

The monthly activities report for grades K-8 included a fourth-grade field trip to the John Michael Kohler Arts Center; an Early Morning Readers PTA program; a Veterans Day program; and seventh-graders visiting their adopted grandparents at Rocky Knoll (a program active at the school for 30 years).

Activities at the high school in the past month include Student of the Quarter awards; the Veterans Day observation, involving the band, choir, speakers, and a meal prepared by FCCLA and Culinary students; the play, “The One and Only Santa Claus,” scheduled for Dec. 4, 5 and 6; the High School Winter Concert on Dec. 7; and the coming Thanksgiving dinner.

Regarding the Thanksgiving dinner, District Administrator Dr. Ann Buechel Haack said that, while it was gratifying to see the large turnout previous years, she reminds the public that this dinner is intended for students and their grandparents (or a senior citizen neighbor). Students need to sign up for this dinner by Nov. 19.

Buechel Haack reported that the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the greenhouse and open house for the Technical Education and Culinary Arts programs was very well attended. The crowd size started at about 90, but by the end of the open house had swelled to more than 200.

The board unanimously approved accepting and gratefully acknowledging various donations to the school.

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