Students share experiences with EL-G School Board

by Rodney Schroeter
of The Review staff

ELKHART LAKE — At its monthly meeting Monday night, the School Board heard from several students who benefitted from activities and projects.

High School Principal Ryan Faris introduced Nadia Siddique, Saylor Schoenborn and Megan Flora. The three girls, members of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), told the board of the Coaches vs. Cancer program.

Siddique explained, “Coaches vs. Cancer is a week where we raise money at our winter sports teams home events. The money goes to Pink Heals of Sheboygan.”

Flora said the fundraising would take place at three events: the wrestling dual on Jan. 10; the boys basketball game on Jan. 12; and the girls basketball game on Jan. 13. Selling t-shirts and raffles were some of the planned means of rasing funds.

“We really hope this will be an event that will build a relationship between the school’s FBLA community and area businesses,” said Schoenborn.

The FBLA has set a goal of raising $1,000 during this week.

FFA trip

Jessica Mehre, Lauren Schmitt, and Summer Henschel gave the board highlights of their trip to the 2016 National Future Farmers of America (FFA) Convention & Expo, held in October in Indianapolis.

The conference’s opening keynote speaker Diana Nyad, the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage. At age 64, she swam for over 53 hours to complete her 110-mile feat.

The conference included college fairs, demonstrations, and concerts. Mehre participated in the National FFA Band at the conference. She plays a euphonium, a cumbersome instrument to carry, which, she said, she had to do along many Indianapolis streets.

One of several awards ceremonies the girls attended was the American FFA Degree.

“Has anyone from EL-G ever received that award?” Buechel Haack asked. The girls knew of a plaque in the agriculture room recognizing someone for that award, but could give no names. Board President Jim Henschel, sitting next to Buechel Haack, turned to her and said, “I got it.” There was surprised laughter throughout the room, and Buechel Haack assured everyone her question had not been staged.

“Very cool!” Buechel Haack said, of the achievements of both Henschel and the three girls. “Thanks for sharing your awards,” she told the girls.

Other board business

The district received several donations in the past month. Among them were over $3,000 from a Sargento/employee match, going to Youth Football, and $2,500 from various sources for the Elementary/Middle School Emergency Fund. The board voted unanimously to accept all donations, and extend thanks and gratitude to all donors.

High School Athletic Director Bart Larson gave highlights of recently completed sports seasons, and the status of seasons recently started.

The board unanimously approved a student’s request for early graduation.

Faris summarized revisions in the Laude Program, which he said is “going very well”; requested (and received) approval of a proposal to give math credit for several classes where math is applied regularly; and requested (and received) approval of changes to the 2017-18 course catalog. Buechel Haack thanked Faris and those who worked with him to prepare these three items for presentation to the board.

The board approved an out-of-state field trip for the AFS to travel to Minneapolis in March.

Buechel Haack said there is a defined process in deciding whether to delay or call off school, for low temperatures or snow. Information can be found on the district’s website:

Aryka Klemme, Student Council representative, told of coming Christmas week activities: the Ugly Sweater Contest; Crazy Sock Day; window decorating.

Elementary Principal Deb Hammann gave highlights of grades K-8: winners of the fire prevention poster contest; first graders making ornaments; the K-1 concert and the Winter Concert (all of which, she said, were very well attended); a Middle School dance; donations of gifts to Project Angel Hugs.

Principal Faris’ highlights for the High School included progress reports being sent to parents as the 2nd-quarter midterm approaches; class schedule planning for next year; the Winter Renaissance Concert (at which students, he said, did a “terrific job”); the time and effort students put in to decorate the school, which has brought compliments from visitors;

Buechel Haack said it was Administrative Business Assistant Chris Littig’s last board meeting. Buechel Haack said she was hosting an open house to recognize her 36 years of service with the school district.

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