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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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Wed
03
May

Presenting MLE kindergartners in concert


Performing “Grizzly Bear” are Annie Dumphy, Kylie Frost, Lydia Hughes, Reece Erdahl and Alivia Paumen circling Avi Sailer on the floor. The students performed a musical adaption of the children’s book “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” by Bill Martin Jr.

From front to back are Carter Marquette, Grady Schilplin and Lillian O'Donnell playing instruments as “five little speckled frogs.” 

Maple Lake Elementary School held its first-ever kindergarten concert, Thursday, April 27, under the direction of Abby Hoselton at the high school auditorium. Above, from left, are, Kayelynn Bellingar, Sophia Patton and Briella Welch. (Photos by Bob Zimmerman)
Wed
26
Apr

Elementary artwork climbs to new heights


In February, as part of I Love to Read Month, students in grades kindergarten through sixth were given a piece of paper size 24”x24” on which they were instructed to draw and color their favorite book cover. The drawings were judged and one was selected from each classroom to be ceiling tiles in the Elementary Media Center. Winners started painting their artwork on the ceiling tiles on Monday, April 17, with the guidance of volunteer art teacher Mary Zillman and other volunteers. Winners are, front row, from left, Reece Erdahl, Jack Uecker, Maggie Oravetz, Avery Como, Trent Lipinski and Abby Gindele. Second row, from left, Avery Larson, Max Beffel, Alivia McClanahan, Brooklynn Skreen, Avery Kolehmainen and Tyler Reinke. Third row, from left, Joanna Hall, Makenna Wetch, Sydney Breimon, Morgan Pastorius, Erin Uecker, Anna McClelland and Kayla Paumen. (Photo submitted)
Wed
26
Apr

Grim Reaper is silent teacher of dangerous driving


As a further reminder that bad driving decisions can have deadly consequences, students at Maple Lake took part in The Reaper event last week, put on by the Irish mentors. Two students played the role of The Reaper and 16 students played car crash victims. During the day, The Reaper would enter a classroom, point at the pre-selected victims and take them away. The teacher then read the story of how the students died to the rest of the class. Victims' lockers had a black drape and copy of the death story put on them. Victims make-up was applied and they went back to their normal school routine, except they were not allowed to speak or interact with anyone. Above are Irish Mentors in victim costume and makeup behind The Grim Reaper. (Photos by Bob Zimmerman)
Wed
26
Apr

Students learn consequences of distracted driving


Hunter Malachek tries to stay between the cones as he attempts to text and drive his pedal cart at the same time. (Photos by Bob Zimmerman)

In an effort to end distracted driving, the Maple Lake High School's Irish Mentors program, along with Safe Communities of Wright County, put on an event last week that was meant to show students first hand, the dangers of driving while texting. Students were given the task to drive a pedal cart through an obstacle course while texting a message on their phone.

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Wed
19
Apr

MLHS track teams are first and second


Mackenna Brown leaps to a second place finish in the long jump. She went 14 feet, 7 inches, helping the Irish girls’ team to a first place finish out of eight teams. (Photos by Chris Fobbe)

At right, Aaron Reese competes in the 110-meter hurdles at NY-A last week.

The Irish girls finished first and the boys were second at a track and field meet, Thursday, April 13, at Norwood-Young America.
On the girls’ side, Maple Lake started off with a big win in the 4x800 meter relay. Halle Geyen, Sophie Pribyl, Bionca Peterson and Ava Mergen were a part of that team.
“Ava had a slim lead over the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted anchor runner, who is very good. The HL-W-W girl got right on her tail, but Ava was able to pull away. It was a gutsy performance and shows that Ava's off-season training is paying off,” coach Ben Youngs said.

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