EL-G board hears of FCCLA student achievements

by Rodney Schroeter
of The Review staff


PLYMOUTH POSTMASTER PETER THIELMANN, has received a "Vice Presidential Award of Excellence" certificate. Thielmann was one of 15 out of 14,000 Lakeland District employees to receive the award (for a second time). Pictured left to right are Deborah Woodrum, Lakeland District manager, Thielmann, and Jackie Krage- Strako - Great lakes area Vice President - Submitted photo PLYMOUTH POSTMASTER PETER THIELMANN, has received a "Vice Presidential Award of Excellence" certificate. Thielmann was one of 15 out of 14,000 Lakeland District employees to receive the award (for a second time). Pictured left to right are Deborah Woodrum, Lakeland District manager, Thielmann, and Jackie Krage- Strako - Great lakes area Vice President - Submitted photo ELKHART LAKE — The School Board heard Monday night from instructor Beth Roehl, who described four students’ involvement in the FCCLA (Family, Career, Community Leaders of America) program.

Two of those students, Madeline Buechel and Megan Waage, had participated in the FCCLA National Leadership Conference in Nashville last July. They were present at the board meeting with Roehl.

At that conference, Buechel earned a gold award, with a score highest of all Wisconsin participants, and 17th out of more than 300 participants.

Buechel presented her project to the board: a muffin that incorporated both vegetables and fruit. The project incorporated principles of research, marketing, nutrition, product branding and culinary arts. Her presentation so convinced board members of the muffin’s virtues that they complained good-naturedly when no samples were provided.

At the Nashville conference, Waage presided as state officer for the Wisconsin State Leadership meeting. Waage told the board there was some contention at that meeting, but she kept things under control by adhering to proper meeting procedures. She also participated in state officer training.

Roehl gave the board a threepage itinerary that detailed the trip from Elkhart Lake to Nashville and back in seven days. The itinerary listed many activities involving Roehl and the two students. Only on the fifth day was a 1.5-hour block of time set aside, labeled “Relax.”

Roehl also mentioned Cassi Griepentrog, who competed at the state level in Food Innovations, and Dante Miller, who qualified for the national-level competition in Career Investigation.

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New instructor Erin Glynn introduced herself to the board. She graduated from EL-G, taught elsewhere for several years, and now teaches high school art, oversees the Maker- Space program in the elementary/ middle school, is involved with Odyssey of the Mind, and several other programs. To talk to the board, she’d taken a few minutes off from supervising the first night’s rehearsals for the school musical.

District Superintendent Dr. Ann Buechel Haack went through several pages of changes in school policies.

The board unanimously approved out-of-state trips to Chicago for Music Independent Study; to Memphis and New Orleans for the High School Band; and to Indianapolis for Ag Industry Career Exploration.

Buechel Haack listed the past month’s donations to the district. The board unanimously voted to accept them, and expressed appreciation.

Technology Coordinator/ IT Systems Architect Anthony Summers’ technology update included information on the SeaPerch program, which promotes underwater robotics projects for students. Summers said he was confident there would be students interested in participating. He said program information can be found at seaperch.org.

Buechel Haack read the editorial, “EL-G schools find a way to keep up,” from the Sept. 15 issue of The Review. “I did call them and thank them for the very positive editorial,” she said. “It’s nice to have our efforts validated.” She’d distributed the editorial to district staff. Buechel Haack told the board it could consider the editorial an early gift for Wisconsin School Board Appreciation Week, which is Oct. 1-7.

Elementary Principal Deb Hammann’s highlights for JK-8 activities included distribution of Chromebooks; math assessment in the coming week; a planned staff in-service; a very enthusiastic response from students over the new playground equipment.

High School Principal Ryan Faris’ highlights included the fact that the school was in the midst of homecoming week, with numerous associated activities; good participation in the school musical; ACT results showing EL-G students above the state average for several years; three foreign exchange students, from Sicily, Turkey and Chile; working with UWOshkosh to offer wider opportunities for EL-G students; athletics highlights; Faris’ coming interview with a Gannett reporter. Regarding the last, Buechel Haack said the news service was doing a report on why it is hard for school systems to retain instructors. Someone had recommended they contact EL-G for an example of a school system where retaining quality staff was less a problem as elsewhere.

Following adjournment, the board was guided by Summers on a tour of the updated technology facilities and equipment.


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