Youth Apprenticeship students share experiences with EL-G Board

by Rodney Schroeter
of The Review staff

ELKHART LAKE — Five more students told the School Board of their participation in the Youth Apprenticeship program.

High School Principal Ryan Faris introduced Nick Niemi, Parker Hersey, Sarah Schneider, Bella Cain and Regan Dipple at the board’s Oct. 16 meeting.

Two other students involved with the program, Ben Broaddus and Jonathan Roll, were unable to be at the meeting.

Faris asked the students how many hours they worked at their jobs; how their hours and responsibilities are different now during the school year, from what they were in summer; reasons for participating in the program; post-high school plans; what classes are part of the apprenticeship program; how each student benefits from the program; and whether each was glad they have participated.

Positive experiences included learning to deal with personal responsibility and forming a more clear vision of the career direction they wanted to take in life. The various work experiences students undertook helped them decide whether that was the kind of work they would be interested in or not.

The board unanimously approved several changes to the district’s policies.

District Superintendent Dr. Ann Buechel Haack reviewed open enrollment data and how that will affect funding the district receives. After this analysis, the board voted unanimously to approve a levy of $5,302,434 and a mill rate of $7.90699.

Faris, Elementary Principal Deb Hammann, and instructor/ Assistant Principal Chris Petrie went over the results of standardized student tests.

There was no shortage of data comparing results of EL-G students to those in area schools, or the state averages. But Buechel Haack said it was difficult to make comparisons because some parameters of the tests have changed over the years. She also said the results are not broken down as finely as might be desired. For example, scores could be low in math, but which specific math skills were lacking — such as working with graphs — was not in the data.

The board reviewed donations made in the past month to the district, unanimously voted to accept them and expressed appreciation.

The board learned the district’s website has been improved and is available at

Hammann’s JK-8 highlights included involvement with Homecoming week; middle school government participation in a donation drive to benefit hurricane victims; kindergarteners taking a field trip to the Little Farmer; an ice cream social for the junior kindergarteners; a field trip to Parnell Tower for the fourth grade; the Coats for Kids drive; a vision and hearing screening; spooky stories being the theme for Literacy Night; a middle school Halloween dance; the first Friday Night Fun for seventh- and eighth-graders; parent-teacher conferences on Nov. 14; and the Veterans Day observation planned for Nov. 10 (this will involve the high school, as well).

Among Faris’ high school highlights were the recent Homecoming, which he said went very well; very good turnout at recent parent-teacher conferences and coming parent-teaching conferences on Nov. 16 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m.; incorporating career planning with the curriculum; 10 students planning to attend the Whitewater Writing Conference; FCCLA took 14 students to a leadership academy in Appleton; and the FFA national convention in Indianapolis.

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