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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Appleton Post-Crescent: The Reality Store at Kimberly High School looked innocent enough.
Tables filled half of the fieldhouse with volunteers stationed at each one. They helped students decide how to spend their fictional income — on cars, houses, pets, recreation and more.
Students chose their career, but little else before the exercise began. They drew numbers to find out if they had a spouse and what their spouse did for a living. Children were randomly assigned.
Post-Crescent Media tagged along with Taylor Paschen, a sophomore, as she made her way through the Reality Store last week.
Paschen worked as a marketing manager. Her husband was an air conditioning technician. They did not have any children.
She used that information to form a strategy before she entered the gym.
“I’m trying to save as much money as I can because I know there are a lot of things that come up,” she said.
The students had to visit every station.
No real-world expenses were forgotten. Students had to pay taxes, buy vehicles and houses, purchase insurance, get child care, decide whether to have pets and choose whether to go out to eat or to the movies. A police officer walked around doling out tickets for loitering. They had to go to court and pay fines or sit in jail.
On his seventh birthday, Tayo Sanders II received a microscope.
He recalls feeling cheated the first time he looked through it because his own senses wouldn’t allow him to explore “this extraordinary and foreign world.” But as he examined everything that fit under the scope, dismay turned to wonder. And that wonder “tied the knot” in his love affair with science.
This week, Sanders, a graduate of Kimberly High School, took his place at Oxford University in the United Kingdom, a Rhodes Scholar from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
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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.