EL-G board hears first-hand of student achievements

by Rodney Schroeter
of The Review staff

ELKHART LAKE — At its Monday night meeting, the School Board heard first-hand from several students involved in a variety of activities.

Instructor Beth Roehl and student Jacob Hiebing told the board about the new Food Science Club. Elementary Principal Deb Hammann first approached Roehl about this program for middle school students. Roehl then asked Hiebing if he would be interested, knowing that Hiebing not only had culinary training and experience, but that Hiebing is also interested in possibly teaching.

Hiebing developed the program’s content with Roehl. He told the board that the program started with nine students, but that number soon increased to 18. Topics he covered were basic food sanitation, knife skills and making cake.

“They really want to learn, I can tell that,” said Hiebing.

Roehl then asked Hiebing some questions to his participation in the Youth Apprentice program. He works as a line cook at Otto’s Restaurant at the Osthoff.

High School Principal Jim Brown introduced the salutatorian Monica Ruh, and valedictorian Emily Holzmann. Each gave the board a summary of her studies, athletic participation, and extra-curricular activities. “Plus you both work,” added Brown.

Instructor Nikolai Yasko introduced two students who had participated at the regional level in the Poetry Out Loud competition. Summer Henschel and Andrew Sitko each recited a poem for the board. Yasko thanked the administration for supporting the Poetry Out Loud program. “It’s become a fun part of the school culture,” he said. Henschel and Sitko told how the program had benefitted them.

For Student Council activities, Aryka Klemme reported that the staff vs. seniors basketball game (the staff won) collected $73 and 40 canned food items. These will be donated to a local food pantry.

Elementary Principal Deb Hammann highlighted activities for grades JK through 8. These included participation in Read Across America; viewing the movie “Inside Out,” and activities dealing with emotions; Literacy Night on March 8; third-graders attending the Sheboygan Symphony; middle school government activities; Music in Our Schools month; participation in the Disney Poster Contest; youth wrestling; middle school volleyball; and Drama Club starting.

High school activities given by Principal Jim Brown included two days of ACT testing for the all juniors; five students reaching the state level for Forensics; numerous students making it to the state level for Solo Ensemble; an FFA-sponsored blood drive; and several sports seasons starting.

Buechel Haack said new lawn mowers will be in use on school grounds this coming summer. “Do not panic,” she told the board. “We did not buy them.” She explained that Ariens Co. in Brillion is supplying the school with pre-manufacturing models. “They want to test it,” said Buechel Haack. “So they’re letting us use them, and use them hard.” Then, Ariens will take the mowers back and disassemble them, to see how they held up.

The board unanimously approved:

• Certified staff contracts for the 2016-17 year.

• Co-curricular personnel contracts (one resignation and two additions).

• Recognizing and expressing appreciation for donations received in the past month.

• Renewal of the district’s health insurance plan.

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