School

Wed
19
Jul

School Extra: Read all about it


Amy Sharp and staff members Marika Marklin and Sean Vercellone just before her first zip line ride. After the ride she had this to say about the experience, "Exciting and scary because it was like nothing I ever did before and never thought possible. Zip lines are not usually accessible. Mixed emotions. It was scary because I was worried something bad would happen. It's exciting, though, because it makes you feel free."

True Friends - Camp Courage is not a school but a lot of learning happens there. One of the "classrooms" is the country's, and possibly the world's, first wheelchair accessible universal ropes challenge course, which creates outdoor experiential learning opportunities for people regardless of their physical abilities or disabilities. A giant swing and a walkway two stories above the ground provide insight about decision making and testing limits that may be self-imposed. A curriculum that involves wheeling up a 100-foot long ramp to a platform 25 feet above the ground, strapping into a sky chair, staring down a 600-foot-long zip line and then flying into the distance should be worth a diploma of some kind. Extra credit for "just doing it" and bonus points for taking the plunge with friends and family nearby to cheer you on and share the experience with you.

Wed
28
Jun

Story Time is half pirate, half princess

The McHugh building was filled with a mixture of “ta da” and “arrrgh” as little princesses and pirates came to Story Time with Marie dressed up and bringing toys to share for their “Make Believe - Princess and Pirate story time!” Even Marie dressed up, but couldn’t decide which character to be so came as a “princess pirate!” Sixteen children and eight adults enjoyed a story about each character. They sang silly songs about pirates and princesses. Then they chose a paper doll to color and either a pirate hat or princess crown to decorate and wear for a group picture. The princesses that came were Rylie Barker, Avery Hackenmueller, Laikyn Ecklund, Kate Peterson, Madeleine Lang, Maggy Crowe, Eve Lang and Lauren Peterson posing with Princess Marie. The pirates were Captain Marie, Dominic Lang, Gunnar Melgaard, TJ Barker, Caleb Pack, Anthony Crowe, Reed Hackenmueller, Liam Ecklund, and Elijah Carriveau.

Wed
07
Jun

Graduation at St. Timothy’s


Above, Father John Meyer with the four graduates. They are, from left, Ingrid Petrowski, Anna Gendreau, Fr. Meyer, Gabe Warner and Josh Biessel. Below, The students received alumni shirts at the reception following graduation. They are, from left, Josh Biessel, Gabe Warner, Anna Gendreau and Ingrid Petrowski. (Photos by Bob Zimmerman)
Wed
31
May

School Extra: Read all about it

St. Timothy's School has 113 students in kindergarten to eighth grades, 26 children in preschool classes, 22 teachers and support staff AND five Grandmas. When I wanted to find out more about the school I spoke with Principal Dawn Kincs, who was very generous with her time and information. She let me know that students from across Wright County attend the school and mentioned the recently completed building addition as a big improvement. She bragged a bit about the staff and the tremendous community support for the school. And then she told me about the Grandmas.

Wed
24
May

Student apprentices learn occupational skills


Maple Lake High School seniors Harley Hubert, left, and Mykala Dockter earned apprenticeship certificates in manufacturing thank's to an apprenticeship with Cedar Lakes Engineering through the Wright Technical Center. (Photo submitted)

Wright Technical Center's Youth Apprenticeship program in Buffalo, provides employability and occupational skills defined by industries to local students during a time when there is a shortage of highly skilled employees in CTE fields locally and nationally.
This spring the following students successfully earned MN Youth Apprenticeship Certificates thanks to partnering businesses collaborating with Wright Technical Center.
At Cedar Lakes Engineering, senior Mykala Dockter completed 450+ hours to earn YA Level 1 Apprenticeship Certificate in the Manufacturing Program: Production Pathway-Welding Unit, and senior Harley Hubert, completed 900+ hours to earn YA Level 2 Apprenticeship Certificate in the Manufacturing Program :
Production Pathway-Machining Unit.

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Wed
10
May

Festival takes students around the world


August Schroeder shows off a Day of the Dead mask, which is a popular holiday in Mexico. Schroeder and partner, Harley Hunter, right, researched Mexico for their Festival of Nations project last week. Hunter sports a sombrero and poncho.

Maple Lake students and the public enjoyed a free trip around the world without having to leave the school at the Maple Lake sixth graders' annual Festival of Nations, Friday, May 5. Students spent much of the school year researching their country, collecting information and props. Many of the students dressed in ethnic attire the day of the festival and some even brought ethnic foods for their guests to sample. Above, Audrey Beffel, left, and Erin Uecker "walk like an Egyptian" in front of their display about Egypt. Part of the kids' assignment was to make a statue of someone important to the country. Beffel and Uecker made Cleopatra. (Photos by Brenda Erdahl)
Wed
10
May

MLHS seniors named Students of Excellence


Four Maple Lake seniors were named Students of Excellence at a ceremony in St. Cloud last week. They are, from left, Alex Marquette, Ashley Schmitz, Mackenzie Miller and Ben Gindele. (Photo submitted)

Four Maple Lake students were honored Wednesday, April 26, as Students of Excellence at a program in their honor put on by Resource Training and Solutions and member school districts.
Ben Gindele, Alex Marquette, Mackenzie Miller and Ashley Schmitz were among dozens of other students from school districts across Minnesota to receive the honor at the River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud.
Students were selected by their own school district based on grade point average, leadership skills and school or community involvement.

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Wed
10
May

First JGESA 5K is a hit


The Jane Goodall Environmental Sciences Academy, near Maple Lake, held its first annual 5K fundraiser at Robert Ney Memorial Park, Saturday, April 29. More than 60 people attended. In addition to the 5K, families enjoyed yard games, face painting and a bonfire. A few horse riders also participated. The charter school opened last year. (Photos submitted)
Wed
03
May

Staff Appreciation Weeks

There are several educational organizations that recognize school employees during May.
The School Nutrition Association celebrates School Nutrition Employee Week during the week of May 1 through May 5.
The National PTA celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week during the week of May 8 through May 12, and the National Education Association’s National Teacher Day is Tuesday, May 9.
The National Association of School Nurses celebrates National School Nurse Day on Wednesday, May 10.

Wed
03
May

Boys State, Girls State representatives selected


These six Maple Lake students were selected to attend Boy/Girl County Day. Hanna Stewig and Henry Stecker were selected to go to Girls and Boys State in June.  From left are, Clara Greenhagen, Andy Mavencamp, Anna Becker, Jake Fynboh, Stewig and Stecker. (Photo by Bob Zimmerman)

Last January, MLHS staff voted for students to represent the school at Boys State and Girls State. The top three vote-getters for each group recently went to Boys/Girls Wright County Day in Buffalo where they learned about county level government. Henry Stecker had the most votes among the boys and will attend the 69th annual American Legion-sponsored Boys State program, Sunday, June 11, through Saturday, June 17, at St. John's University. The Maple Lake Legion Auxiliary selected Hanna Stewig's essay from the three submitted by the girls and will represent Maple Lake at the 71st American Legion Auxiliary-sponsored event at Bethel University during the same week.

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