School

Wed
22
Feb

Speech team takes second

The Maple Lake High School Speech team took second place at Norwood Young America Saturday, Feb. 18.
The Irish came away with several first, second, third, fourth and fifth place finishes in various categories.
Joshua Medley finished first in Storytelling; Linsey Hanson was first in Discussion; Tyler Russell was first in Great Speeches; Emma Carlson was second in Informative; the team of Ashlee Martie and Tyler Russell were second in Duo Interpretation; Ashley Schmitz was third in Discussion; Lucy Greenhagen was third in Extemporaneous Speaking; Sam Neutz was fourth in Discussion; Caleb Hagen was fifth in Discussion; Brady Tongen was sixth in Informative; Mary Miller was sixth in Great Speeches and Abby Latour earned an Honorable Mention in Drama.

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Wed
22
Feb

Principal is taped up for a good cause


Elementary Principal Andy Sawatzke was duct taped to the wall by his students last week as a reward for a successful fall fundraiser. (Photo submitted by Kath Heffron)

All the work students did for the Parent-Teacher Association’s fall fundraiser was rewarded, Tuesday, Feb. 14, when they had the opportunity to tape their principal to the wall.
If students sold five or more items in November they got to place a piece of duck tape onto Elementary Principal Andy Sawatzke.
“It took collaboration (to work together with another person or group to achieve something) with students and staff to get him stuck to the wall,” Kath Heffron of the Elementary Media Center said. Collaboration was also February’s Word of the Month. The money earned from the fundraiser goes toward purchasing student planners, and library books, hosting lyceums and I Love to Read Month activities.

Wed
22
Feb

School Board Recognition Week set for Feb. 20-24

The Minnesota School Boards Association has designated February 20 through February 24 as School Board Recognition Week in Minnesota. The Maple Lake Public School District is joining school districts throughout our state in celebrating School Board Recognition Week and honoring our local school board members for their commitment to Maple Lake and our children.

Wed
15
Feb

Stokman named to CoSIDA Academic All-District V men’s basketball team


David Stokman is a MLHS 2015 graduate. (Photo courtesy of Rachel Ketz)

Saint John's University sophomore guard David Stokman, of Maple Lake, was named to the five-man CoSIDA Academic All-District V men's basketball team on Thursday, Feb. 9.
Stokman and the other Academic All-District honorees are now eligible for Academic All-America distinction, which is scheduled to be announced Tuesday, Feb. 28. Stokman was joined by Macalester senior post Kareem Ismail on the five-man Academic All-District V team.
An economics and philosophy double-major with a 4.0 GPA, Stokman is currently tied for fourth in NCAA Division III (through games of Feb. 8) in three-point percentage (.500, 63-for-126) and is 12th in free-throw percentage (.888, 79-for-89; minimum 85 attempts). He leads the MIAC (all games) in three-pointers (63) and three-point percentage (.500), is second in free-throw percentage (.888), fourth in assist/turnover ratio (2.5, minimum 70 assists) and fifth in scoring (17.1 ppg.).

Wed
01
Feb

Beffel wins spelling bee, advances to regions


Maple Lake eighth grader Noah Beffel won the Maple Lake School District Spelling Bee that took place Tuesday, Jan. 24, in the high school auditorium. He was among 19 students to compete. As winner, he qualified for the Regional Spelling Bee on Wednesday, Feb. 8, in Sartell.
Wed
01
Feb

Battle of the books


Second grade Battle of the Book winners are, from left: First place, Reese Hartkoff and Emily Larson; second place, Carter Colbenson and Max Beffel; third place, Michael Kubian and Owen Young.

Third grade Battle of the Book winners are, from left: First place, Miley Oravetz and Carley Frost; second place, Alana Weiss and Delaney Haglin; third place, Dalten Kuperus and Danny Reilley.

Fouth grade Battle of the Book winners are, from left: Second place, Sydney Breimon and Avery Larson; first place, Joe Neutz and Logan Anglin; third place, Madilynn Norgren and Avery Lee.

Fifth grade Battle of the Book winners are, from left: First place, Kenlyn Marsicek, Sadie Purcell and Eliana Fuller; second place, Abbie Lipinski and Joanna Hall; third place, Maddy McLeod and Nick Jost.

Sixth grade Battle of the Book winners are, from left: First place, Sydney Staloch and Sydnee Peterson; second place, Sarah Neutz and Anna McClelland; third place, Erin Uecker and Harmony Heath. (Photos by Kath Heffron)
Wed
25
Jan

Voices filled the auditorium at two choir concerts last week


The 7th graders of Maple Lake High School performed their Winter Choir Concert on Jan. 19 to a wonderful audience that was very appreciative for all of their hard work and beautiful voices that sang that evening. Students performed many different styles of music from folk songs to seasonal songs. They finished the evening with a foot stomping rendition of Old Joe Clark. The choir is directed by Sue Nelson and accompanied by Daniel Goelz.

The 8th graders of Maple Lake High School presented their Winter Choir Concert to a wonderful and very appreciative audience Monday, Jan. 16. They performed many different styles of music from folk songs to songs that accentuated the winter season. The choir is under the direction of Sue Nelson and accompanied by Hannah Budke.

8th graders performed Monday, 7th graders performed Thursday

Wed
18
Jan

Senior High Jazz Band performed a Monday night concert


On Monday, Jan. 9, the Maple Lake Senior High Jazz Band filled the auditorium with beautiful music under the direction of Matt Kusche.

Pictured in front, from left, are Ashley Schmitz, Mackenzie Miller and Serina Benson, with Caleb Beneke and Miles Brown in back. (Photos by Bob Zimmerman)
Wed
18
Jan

Science Rocks! and Science Fest! inspires 5th and 6th graders


Marcus Weimer - Helping to build a model of a gravel road on top of a "jello" surface in a civil engineering class.

For the first year, the science and nature conference for fifth and sixth graders was held on two days to accommodate over 1,000 students. On January 3, over 700 students attended Science Rocks! at St. Cloud State University (SCSU). On January 12, over 300 students Science Fest! at St. John’s University. The students come from 33 school districts in Central MN. Students had the opportunity to choose which of these fascinating topics they wanted to learn. While there is no guarantee they will get all the sessions they select, we try to accommodate at least one or two.
Each student was assigned to four 60-minute sessions throughout the day. There were 22 possible sessions to attend at each conference. These sessions were all taught by professionals in their fields such as physics, entomologist (insects), or naturalists.

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Wed
21
Dec

Inside Santa’s Secret Shop


Maple Lake Elementary opened the doors to Santa’s Secret Shop for three days earlier in December. Students got the chance to buy gifts for their family and friends. Pictured above are fifth graders Riley Jude, Dave Woodridge, Ty Rollings and Cole LaFave.

Volunteers - Back Row: Marion Peterson, Jessica Pavlenko, Josie Triplett, Jolene Moline and Stephanie Korbel. Front Row: Sara Paterson, Anita Praska and Patty Nygaard. Coordinator Sara Peterson said, “About 25 people volunteered to set up and run the event.” (Photos by Bob Zimmerman)

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