Post-Crescent: An unfinished house has been a classroom for a group of Appleton high school students for the past few months.
But in about a month, a local family in need of a place to live will be moving in.
The house was built by 22 students, mostly juniors and seniors from all three Appleton high schools who worked at the site on South Pierce Avenue for a two-hour, two-credit class this past semester as part of the school district’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity.
Marcus McGuire, a teacher at Appleton West who runs the class, said he was glad students were involved in the project because the experience could help them find careers in construction.
The students took part in the build every step of the way, McGuire said, and worked directly with contractors to do more specialized work, such as plumbing or wiring.
“My goal is to mimic an actual job site as much as possible,” he said.
Read the complete article on student Habitat for Humanity project.
Post-Crescent: It used to be that only very large employers could afford to offer the “perks” of a dedicated employee health clinic. However, programming by Greg Biese of Associated Benefits and Risk Consulting and ThedaCare At Work broke with tradition last fall. They worked together to establish a shared clinic specifically for eligible employees and families of the Appleton Area School District and the City of Appleton.
The near-site clinic, a term that describes a mutually convenient location for partner-employers but is not actually on-site at any one of their workplaces, is housed on the campus of ThedaCare Regional Medical Center-Appleton.
The staff at the Connecting Care Clinic, as it is called, includes a nurse practitioner, physician assistant, registered nurse, and two medical assistants. Hours are set to coincide with the schedules of school district and city employees, including two days a week when the clinic opens at 5:30 a.m. for shift and school-day staffers.
Julie King, chief human resources officer for AASD, and Sandy Matz, director of human resources for the City of Appleton, both worked with Biese and ThedaCare At Work to develop the custom clinic format.
Read the complete article on Appleton’s shared clinic.
Post-Crescent: There aren’t many classes where students are graded on employability.
A new course at Madison Middle School does just that.
It emphasizes soft skills such as responsibility and promptness while students investigate career options.
“When you’re given an assignment, you don’t have to turn it in on time,” said Grace Wolf, an eighth-grader. “You’ll still get a perfect grade on the assignment if it’s done correctly, but you’ll lose employability points because if you’re at a job and you turn something in late you could possibly get fired.”
The course — Academic and Career Planning — is part of a pilot program to help students learn more about their interests and potential career choices before they get to high school.
Post-Crescent: When the lights go out at Jefferson Elementary School and Fox River Academy, bright lights shine from behind 5-foot silver panels in room 207.
The machine isn’t something out of the latest “Star Wars” movie, but rather an aeroponics system where Fox River Academy students grow lettuce.
The environmental charter school, located within Jefferson, received a $12,000 grant from the Mielke Family Foundation to cover costs of the machine and lessons from Goodwill Grows, said Joann Kasper, a third and fourth grade teacher.
The Appleton Area School District and the Appleton Housing Authority are working together to build a house for a family in need.
Students will be at work Wednesday to finish the walls of the home. It’s also a campaign kickoff to raise money for more projects like it.
The Appleton Housing Authority says the house will go to a family of a veteran or a disabled person in need of affordable housing.