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June 25, 2019

4/27/2019 7:30:00 AM
Hodag Pride: RHS soccer players team
Mike Cheslock
SDR Community Education Coordinator

On Tuesday, March 12, former Rhinelander High School boys' and girls' soccer coach Dan Millot, and his soccer players, joined the Special Olympics team with a fun soccer social. This was a great way to kick off the season for both teams.

The soccer team led Special Olympic athletes in demonstrating basic soccer skills and played many fun games while wrapping up with a snack to go. A big announcement was made by girls' soccer player and RHS junior Kenedy Van Zile at the end, inviting all Special Olympics athletes to one of their home games so that they can walk out on the field with the soccer players. So much fun was had by all!

Central School Creates "Student Voice Committee"

Sometimes the best ideas come from the youngest members of society. With that idea in mind, teachers at Central Intermediate School created the Student Voice Committee, a group of 20 fourth and fifth grade students who have an active role in making improvements to their school community. To become a member of the Student Voice Committee, students had to submit a written application as well as record answers to interview questions using the technology program Seesaw.

Fifth-grade Student Voice Committee member Blake Kjos said selection was a "multi-step process."

"We had to describe our individual strengths and weaknesses, share ideas for school improvement, and commit to being good role models for our school," he said.

Brooklynn Peotter, a fifth-grade student, describes the Student Voice Committee as "a group of kids who get to help the school and create new things to make it a better place."

The Student Voice Committee has been busy with several projects. Committee members arrive at school early once a month to decorate lockers in celebration of staff and classroom-selected monthly "Superstars," an award recognizing students throughout the building for demonstrating the six pillars of character: responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, respect, caring, and citizenship.

Currently, students are working on helping their school to be "safer, friendlier, and more environmentally friendly," says Kjos. Two large projects have dominated their bi-monthly meetings during lunch and recess: asking the school district to install a water bottle filling machine at Central, and securing more recycling bins for classrooms and workrooms. A water bottle filling station will "encourage students to use reusable water bottles instead of buying single-use plastic bottles," says fourth grade committee member, Cassidy Lindner adding, "We also need more recycling bins so that we don't throw away things that can be recycled."

Lindner really enjoys being on the Student Voice Committee "because I feel like if I have an idea I can share it and maybe that idea can become a possibility."

Empowering young people to share their ideas and providing a means for creating positive change is the goal of the Student Voice Committee; giving a voice to a population who can feel they are seldom heard.

RHS junior prom takes place tonight

The members of the Rhinelander High School Junior Prom court are busy planning Prom that will take place this evening. The dance starts at 7 p.m. and will last until 11 p.m., with the Grand March at 10 p.m.

This years' court includes, for the boys: Jacob Dreifurst, Luke Fritz, Thaddeus Heck, John Krueger, Drake Martin, Nick Schiek, and Treyton Slizewski; the girls: Lily Alsteen, Morgan Johnson, Alexandria Oestreich, Brylee Ridderbusch, Elizabeth Thielman, Jacklyn Wells, and Lisa White.

The Prom Court of 2019 is thrilled to announce the theme, "Spring in Tokyo." Lots of planning has begun in efforts to decorate the Jim Miazga gym on April 27. The theme colors are red, pink, and black with accents of white. Members are working hard to make sure this is a night that no one will forget.

Crescent School families save pop tabs for a cause

Throughout the school year, Crescent staff and families have taken part in the Pop Tab Collection Program which benefits the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Marshfield. Pop tabs are saved at home and then brought to school. They are stored in a large bin. Once this bin is full, a staff member will either bring all of the tabs directly to the Ronald McDonald House or take the tabs to a local recycling center then bring a check to their house.

The tabs are small and easy to collect. They also contain a high concentration of aluminum which makes them more valuable than the can itself. The revenue from the recycled tabs is used for general operating budget expenses to ensure the house remains open for families of sick or injured children.

If you can save tabs for this very important cause, staff and students at Crescent School would be more than happy to save, recycle, and donate them for you.

NCES students visit CAVOC on Earth Day

Northwoods Community Elementary School (NCES) students in 4K through grade 2 visited CAVOC Monday. Earth Day activities focused on learning about plants and soil through a variety of environmental lessons.

The students learned that many plants have defenses against animals. For example, foxgloves are extremely poisonous if swallowed. Rose bushes, nettles and poison ivy are all plants that have thorns. This keeps animals from eating them. The students tested different plants by blowing a bubble on it. If the bubble safely landed on the plant, we assumed that the plant does not have a good defense against animals. On the other hand, if the bubble popped because of landing on a prickly thorn, they assumed that the plant has a good defense against its enemies.

The students also viewed many types of soil with a hand lenses. They learned soil is made up of different amounts of earth material. Pairs of students used three different sizes of screens to separate earth materials. The students concluded that dark, rich soil, with little sand is the best for growing plants in our gardens.

The youngsters compared and contrasted leaves, bark and pea pods. The students learned that even though bark and leaves look similar, their size, shape and color can be very different. Students were surprised when they examined pea pods. Even though the color and shape were similar on the outside, the inside of the pea pods were different. The number and size of the peas in the pea pods varied greatly.

After the students each designed a wooden planter, they planted marigold seeds. The students took their newly planted seeds back to their classrooms. They are excited to watch the plants grow.

A big thank you to parent volunteers April Keating, Sara Sommer, Melinda Childs, Julie Downey and Craig Dumar for lending a helping hand.

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