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Manawa program helps students learn skills, prepare for careers

life after school

 

Waupaca County News: One committee got a first-hand look and later an in-depth explanation about a new program the Manawa School District hopes to launch.

At its Wednesday, July 26 meeting, the Buildings and Grounds Committee spent part of its time at 407 S. Bridge St.

“If I could have dreamt up the type of space that would work, this would be it,” said Danni Brauer, director of special education and curriculum for Manawa schools.

The district would like to start a Practical Assessment Exploration System (PAES). The downtown location would serve as the PAES lab, or hub for the program.

Brauer’s department has the goal to ensure that 100 percent of students leave with either a full-time, competitive paying job or a post-secondary education path.

The PAES lab would be for those students with individualized learning plans, meaning those with a variety of disabilities that affect learning.

“The kids I’m talking about are some of the hardest to employ,” Brauer said.

The downtown location would provide an atmosphere free of distractions like bells, so students who participate can focus on life after school.

“We have a very needy population of kids who need this training and we have some that just aren’t motivated,” Brauer said.

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Iola-Scandinavia Students Learn from Climbing

Climbing

 

Waupaca County News: A climbing wall at the Iola-Scandinavia Community Fitness & Aquatic Center has been turned into a learning experience for students of all ages.

“The last two years, we had introduced the climbing wall in physical education classes at all levels of the school district,” center director Tim Welch said.

It only seemed natural to add it to the summer school curriculum and Welch said it has been a big hit.

“Climbing is called a Challenge by Choice activity,” he said. “This means students make their own choices how far and high to climb. This way, climbing becomes an individual fun activity not based on fear, but based on what they can do physically and what they feel comfortable doing.”

Students agreed.

“It’s a lot of fun,” said Ahnna Check, 8. “I was a little scared at first, but I love it now.”

“It’s much harder than I thought, but I like the challenge,” third-grader Korz Loken said. “Everyone should give it a try. It’s something new and fun to do.”

“I finally made it to the top,” added Jayden Ridge, 7.

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Kimberly High School students appear on ‘Jimmy Kimmel’ show

Kimberly High School

Appleton Post-Crescent: Kimberly High School’s national champion Rube Goldberg Machine team got some national exposure Tuesday night.

The team showed its “Kimberly Kitchen” machine on the “Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!” show. A video of the show can be viewed at https://goo.gl/EHTVi9.

The team was invited to Hollywood to speak about their kitchen-themed Rube Goldberg Machine that completes a simple task through an overly complicated and creative process. This year’s challenge was to apply a Band-Aid. Their machine completes that task in about 70 steps.

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Kimberley Rube Goldberg team earns national berth

Kimberly - 1st place Kimberly Kitchen

Post-Crescent: There’s a collapsible kitchen in Kevin Janota’s technology education classroom at Kimberly High School.

It features all the equipment one would expect a kitchen to have: a stand mixer, spatulas, a tea kettle, a toaster, a cheese grater and measuring cups.

But this is no ordinary kitchen.

It’s the Rube Goldberg Machine the aptly-named Kimberly Kitchen Team will take to the national competition in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday.

“We just need to take simple, everyday objects and try to make complex tasks out of it,” said junior Chris Thompson.

The simple task of applying a Band-Aid takes the Kimberly Kitchen contraption 69 steps to complete. Students enroll in the Rube Goldberg Machine Class at the high school, split up into teams and create their masterpieces.

The kitchen team — which includes students Sam Barwick, Kyle Downham, Carter Eckes, Rachel Foster, Logan Hartman, Stephen Littrell, Logan Paalman, Thompson and Grant Zoromski — took first place overall and received the safety award at the regional competition.

They will compete against 16 other teams from around the nation on Saturday.

Kimberly High School is no stranger to the national Rube Goldberg Machine Competition. A group of Papermakers won it all in 2012 and another took third in the nation in 2013, Janota said.

The team is more excited than nervous for the experience.

“I’m excited because I’ve never gone to nationals for something,” Thompson said. “It’ll be a fun experience where we can show everyone what we can do.”

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Oshkosh North students learn about manufacturing careers

Fox 11 News: Some Oshkosh North high school students got an early glimpse into some potential careers.

“This really gave students exposure to all aspects of business,” said Julie Mosher with the Oshkosh School District.

During this year long project, called Project GRILL, the manufacturing and welding class teamed up with Oshkosh Corporation.

“They have really enjoyed being a part of working with Oshkosh Corporation and the executives, the engineers there” said Patti Andresen-Shew with the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce, “They felt like they learned a lot, it’s been a real growth experience.”

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Oshkosh students develop early career path

Oshkosh Northwestern: Nearly 30 Oshkosh students received diplomas last week from an alternative education program that allows them to get a start on their career path while in high school.

The Riverside Alternative Education Program is a partnership between the Oshkosh Area School District and Fox Valley Technical College for students who are at-risk of not graduating.

Besides attending classes 15 hours per week, students 16 and older must meet requirements in career exploration, financial literacy, leadership and pass the General Education Development test. When they graduate, they receive a high school diploma and are certified in programs such as certified nursing assistance, welding and automation.

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Career planning evolves in Appleton schools

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.

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Kaukauna students work to put a stop to bullying

Fox 11 News: Students in the Kaukauna school district are trying to put an end to bullying.

The effort is called “Be The Change.”

Students are encouraged to go outside of their own comfort zones, to connect with others, through games, activities and trust-building exercises.

The goal is to build strong connections and teach students about empathy.

“It allows the school to really learn about who we are as kids, as adults, and in the end it’s working to keep that momentum going forward and really allowing kids to feel safe and comfortable and welcome in a school environment,” said Dan Joseph, principal of Riverview Middle School.

School officials say the anti-bullying effort is about celebrating differences and creating mutual respect for everyone.

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Oshkosh students ski into good times

Oshkosh Northwestern: Chloe Burroughs looked down at the bright red and yellow boots on her feet as the students around her strapped into cross country skis.

“I like how it glides. It’s smooth,” she said. “I like the feeling on my feet.”

The fifth-grader was one of 200 kindergarten through fifth-grade students in the Lighted School House program at Emmeline Cook and Webster Stanley elementary schools skiing and ice skating at Menominee Park on Thursday afternoon. Nearby on the ice, boots lined the pier while a hockey game ensued and little girls holding hands to keep from falling giggled as they slipped around.

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Kimberly athletes find success in classroom as well as on field

Times-Villager: The Kimberly football team has been beyond impressive on the field.

The Papermakers haven’t lost a game in three seasons, compiling a 42-0 record since 2013. They won their third consecutive state championship in dramatic fashion in November, coming back from 21 points down in the second half to beat Arrowhead in the final minutes.

But what may be perhaps even more impressive than the team’s on-field exploits is what the players have done off the field. Along with 42 straight wins, the Papermakers have put together a collective team GPA over 3.5 the past three seasons.

For the first time ever this year, the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association has awarded academic all-state honors, and just like they’ve done on the field, the Makers have proven themselves the best team in the state. Ten Kimberly seniors were named academic allstate with a GPA of over 3.75, more than any other team in any division in Wisconsin.

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