Tag Archives: Region 1

Winter students talk with hometown astronaut aboard ISS

Duluth News Tribune: A good chunk of the population of 306 people here were packed into the middle school gymnasium Thursday morning for a question-and-answer session with their most famous hometown boy made good.

At precisely 10:15 a.m. the gym was linked, voice and video, via Internet and radio to the International Space Station orbiting somewhere over North America.

That’s where Jeff Williams, NASA astronaut and Winter High School class of 1976 graduate, was waiting to field questions about his latest of four space missions.

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Washburn students part of White House ceremony

Bayfield County Journal:Several Washburn Elementary School students were among the students helping First Lady Michelle Obama plant the White House Kitchen Garden Tuesday.

Two fourth graders and three fifth graders helped Mrs. Obama plant vegetables. All five Washburn students have been active in the school’s gardening program.

This was the eighth straight year Mrs. Obama has hosted the event. In 2009, she planted a vegetable garden on the South Lawn to initiate a national conversation on the nation’s health and wellbeing. The event evolved into her Let’s Move initiative.

The Washburn School District currently has a 6,400 square foot school garden and orchard. The elementary grades each maintain a section of the garden and the middle school and high school have classes that use the garden.

Much of the food grown is used in the school food service or sold to the community.

Also taking part in the ceremony were students who have school garden programs from Colorado and Louisiana. Students from Bancroft Elementary School and Harriet Tubman Elementary School, who regularly help with the White House Kitchen Garden, also attended.

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Students attend national forum in D.C.

Spooner Advocate: A group of five high school students from Birchwood, Shell Lake, and Northwood were chosen for a week-long trip to the nation’s Capitol to attend the 2016 National Leadership Forum/Conference on youth substance abuse.

The trip was sponsored by the Federal DFC (Drug-Free Communities) Grant which is overseen by New Paradigm Partners (NPP), a local non-profit group. The five schools that are part of the grant are Birchwood, Shell Lake, Northwood, Luck, and Frederic.

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Area students participate in Medical Discovery Days

Spooner Advocate: Students from Frederic, Hayward, Luck, Northwood and Spooner schools participated in Medical Discovery Days, a two-day healthcare exploration opportunity. During Medical Discovery Days, students learn about the availability of healthcare careers, skills required and associated benefits. Participants tour area colleges and get hands-on experience as they go behind the scenes of a hospital, clinic, and/or nursing home facility.

On day one of the event, students were exposed to a wide variety of health care professions. Students from Hayward, Northwood and Spooner toured Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (WITC) in Rice Lake. They learned about WITC’s healthcare related programs including Nursing, Medical Assistant and Gerontology-Aging Services Professional. Students from Luck and Frederic toured Pine Technical and Community College (PTCC) in Pine City, Minnesota. They learned about PTCC’s Nursing and Medical Assistant programs and how to prepare for healthcare careers in the region.

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Barron High School wins Schools Rule! contest

WEAU.com: A love of reading is something many develop while in school,
and one local teacher wants more books to help that love grow within his students.

Barron High School English teacher Ryan Hayes nominated his class in our Schools Rule! contest.

Thursday Gordy’s Guru Matt Selvig and WEAU’s Nikki Junewicz presented him with $3,000 in Box Tops for Education, courtesy of General Mills.

Mr. Hayes says his class is in desperate need of some new books to expand their library. He also wants to get some more comfortable reading chairs.

Students will also get to make requests for the new additions to their classroom.

“Finding enjoyment in reading, I believe and my coworkers believe, is finding the right book that matches their personality and once we do that and try to find an author they enjoy it gets a lot easier,” explains Hayes.

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