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Bloomer Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher Named a 2021 National Merit Finalist

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Bloomer High School Teacher Charlene Kelley, in center, with students working on a pickle autopsy, which is part of a health class that gives students technical college credit. Kelley has been named a 2021 National Merit Finalist.

 

A Bloomer High School family and consumer sciences/health teacher has been named a 2021 National Merit Finalist by a national organization, according to a UW-Stout article.

Charlene Kelley says she enjoys teaching life skills.

“Everything I teach is practical,” Kelley told UW-Stout. “They will be able to use it every day. It’s one thing to choose to buy food that is already premade or to eat in a restaurant, but I want them to have a choice and have the skills to make a meal at home. It is practical knowledge I know they are going to use in their future.”

Read the UW-Stout article to learn more, including her work teaching about financial literacy, food insecurity and poverty.

Augusta student’s history project featured by Smithsonian

Augusta student Madelyn Davis created an online showcase about Vel Phillips, the first African American woman to graduate from the UW–Madison law school.

 

An Augusta student’s project about a Wisconsin civil rights icon has been featured on the Smithsonian’s website, according to the Leader-Telegram.

Eleventh grader Madelyn Davis, a student at Wildlands Science Research School, researched and created a project about Vel Phillips, the first African American woman to graduate from the UW–Madison law school. Davis’ work is one of 51 nationwide featured in a Smithsonian online showcase.

Davis told the newspaper she was looking for a Wisconsinite who made a difference in civil rights through nonviolence.

“I was interested in Vel Phillips because she worked tirelessly to change the living conditions for Blacks living in the Inner Core in Milwaukee,” Davis said. “Vel Phillips used peaceful protests and her platform as a council member to change rights for Blacks in Milwaukee for future generations.”

Wildlands Science Research School is a charter school authorized by the Augusta Area School District.

 

Read more about her project at the Leader-Telegram.

191 Greenfield High School Sophomores Collaborate on Pandemic Book, ‘QuaranTEENed’

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Sophomores at Greenfield High School collaborated on a book about life during the pandemic.

 

The pandemic-era reflections of 191 Greenfield High School sophomores have been put together in a book called “QuaranTEENed,” CBS-58 reports.

The book, which started as a classroom assignment, contained vignettes from students who wrote about Covid, how the lockdown affected them and what they’ve learned. 

“When people look at this, I want them to realize that we’re just teens and we had to like go through this strange period, this strange new world, sort of,” said Cadence Brown. 

Read the full story and watch the video at CBS-58.

 

High school diesel mechanic training facility under construction in Casco

Construction project

A high school diesel mechanic training facility is under construction in Casco.

 

CASCO — A high school training facility for diesel mechanics is under construction in Casco, reports Green Bay-based WFRV-TV.

The program is a partnership between Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, the Luxemburg–Casco School District and local businesses.

“It really is meeting an industry need by doing something creative,” Superintendent Glenn Schlender told the TV station. “This is the first ever program in cooperation with a technical college, where kids can earn a technical diploma in diesel shop mechanics, along with their high school diploma.”

WFRV-TV has the full story and the video here.

Medford Teams Take 1st, 2nd in Design Competition

Project Lead the Way photo collage

 

Medford Area Senior High School teams took first and second place in a recent Project Lead the Way Engineering Design Competition, the Milwaukee School of Engineering reports.

Alexis Fleegel and Veronica Diercks took first for creating a speaker system for smart phones that does not require batteries. Tahtankka Damm and Logan Searles took second for making a sliding and folding truck bed accessory to help people retrieve hard-to-reach items safely and quickly.

The first-place team receives a $4,000 scholarship and the second-place team receives a $1,000 scholarship; both receive funding for new product development assessment by the Wisconsin Innovation Service Center

Their teacher is Tracy Swedlund.

Project Lead the Way Engineering says it “empowers students to step into the role of an engineer, adopt a problem-solving mindset, and make the leap from dreamers to doers.”

Learn more at the MSOE post.

 

Omro High School Team Is Winner in National STEM Contest

Omro High School team

This Omro High School team was one of five winners of the national Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest.

OMRO — A team from Omro High School is one of five winners of a national engineering contest that challenges students to solve problems in their communities, according to a story on DPI-ConnectEd.

The team built a sensor to determine ice thickness in real-time and relay it to an app called Stat-Ice. Their goal is to help anglers and others make educated decisions about going out on the ice.

About 8,000 people fall through the ice and drown each year.

The team wins $100,000 in technology and supplies. They’re continuing to work on the prototype and have applied for an MIT grant to help them refine it and work toward patents.

See the full story on DPI’s website.

Picture of Omro ice-sensor machine

Students from Omro High School built this sensor to detect ice thickness in real time and send it to an app.