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WMS Students of the Week

The Winona Middle School Students of the Week that were selected by the 7th Grade Super House are Erin Renk and Jackie Li. Erin Renk was nominated by her teachers because she is a diligent student with a great attitude.  Erin is friendly and a hard worker.  Erin enjoys math, social studies, language arts, and reading classes.  Erin likes to learn about history and participating in science labs because they are interesting. Erin participates in High school tennis and plays the flute in Band.  In her free time, Erin enjoys reading, playing flute, and playing tennis year round.  Erin is the daughter of Steve and Kim Renk, and has one brother, Ben, in 10th grade and one sister, Rachel, in 9th grade.

Jackie Li was nominated by his teachers because he is a great participator and works well with others.  Jackie is helpful, positive, and displays a great attitude.  He consistently completes quality school work. Jackie’s favorite class is math.  Jackie is involved in coed swimming and chess club at school.  In his free time, he likes to hang out with his friends, play videogames, and read books. Jackie is the son of Rifa Li and Yang Sai Feng, and has one brother, Andy, who is a sophomore in college.

Hour of Code-STEM

On Wednesday, December 10th students from all over the world,  President Obama, and other world leaders, took part in the Hour of Code.  The Hour of Code provides participants the opportunity to create computer code and enhance creativity and critical thinking skills. 
In Byron Gilliland's first grade classroom at Jefferson Elementary STEM School. students built different codes for an entire hour, with some students even building their own video games using code. 
Photo:  Cooper Christopherson is at work building computer code.

WSHS-Spanish Honor Society

Twelve Winona Senior High students were inducted into the Tertulia Chapter of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica (Spanish Honor Society) during a ceremony held at the high school.
 Kalley Schultz, Molly Sanvik, Erin Halverson, Abbe Partington, Krystin Van Cleave, Kirstin Nelson, Sabrina Meyers, Dylan Banicki, Paul Sibert, Nash Kramer, Benny Christiansen, Katie Konkel were inducted into the Honor Society by advisor Susan Larsen.  The purpose of the Spanish Honor Society is to promote the Spanish language and culture.  Honor Society members have taught Spanish in Winona elementary schools, provided Spanish tutoring at the high school, raised money to help purchase part of a cow for a third world country and have created events and displays at the high school to promote the Spanish language.  The main purpose is to promote friendship and understanding through the Spanish Language in the Winona community.  To be inducted into the Spanish Honor Society, Winona Senior High students must be enrolled in the 4th level of Spanish or higher, they must have an A-average in all Spanish classes and have an overall B- average at the high school.  

Front Row: (left to right) Kambia Bothun, advisor Anne Simon, Kalley Schultz, Molly Sanvik, Erin Halverson, Abbe Partington, Krystin Van Cleave, Kirstin Nelson, Sabrina Meyers, Katie Konkel, advisor Susan Larsen
Second Row:  (left to right)  Matt Clark, Sabrina Heise, Dylan Banicki, Paul Sibert, Nash Kramer, Benny Christiansen

WALC Student of the Month

Student of the Month for December, 2014, at the Winona Area Learning Center is junior Alexis Rogers.  Alexis began attending the WALC last spring, but she has already made an impression on her teachers with her diligence, creativity and respectful attitude. Her English teacher says that Alexis “has a big heart and sticks up for the underdog…she will pitch in whenever needed and does not shy away from challenges!” Alexis is also calm, on task, polite, and determined. Many of her teachers see her as quietly influential with her peers, supporting others who are struggling or upset. Her PE teacher says that Alexis contributes to the WALC’s welcoming atmosphere, commenting that she was recently “a new student from Florida, and I often see her sitting next to the new people in our school.” She likes to stay productive and completes excellent quality work in all of her classes. Alexis says that her favorite classes so far are Work Skills and Math, and she likes that she can work at her own pace at the WALC.  Alexis’ family includes mom Carrie Spaid and step-dad Carson Rheil. Outside of school, Alexis enjoys drawing, writing, singing and taking care of animals.

German Celebration

The Weihnachtsparty (Christmas Party) is an annual event held before school in Germany. At WSHS, German Language students celebrated during Guided Study Hall.  All German language students were invited and encouraged to bring a friend or two along.  During the party the students sing the German Christmas carols they have learned in class and enjoy some punch and cookies together. 
In this picture we have in the front from left to right: Jacqueline Kruger, Nolan Maxwell and Ana Barbosa (from Brasil).  In the back from left to right are Neil Tulloh, Devon and Dougray Roland.
Frohe Weihnachten und einen guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr -  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Mathees Honor Choir

Adeline Mathees, 7th grade student at Winona Middle School, was selected to participate in the MN State 7th -8th Grade Girls Honor Choir of the American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota on Saturday, November 22, at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi, MN. Honor Choir rehearsals began at 8:00 a.m. on November 22, with guest conductor, Bret Amundson.  The final performance took place in the sanctuary of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church at 5:30 p.m.  Adeline is a soprano in the 7th Grade Choir at WMS under the direction of Courtney Zupancich. Congratulations to Adeline!


Pollack-Tools for School Award

Madison Elementary School Physical Education teacher, Nathan Pollack, has been notified that he is the December recipient of the Tools for School Award from WXOW TV in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. Each month, WXOW, Brenengen Auto Group and SSE Music selects a classroom as the recipient of a $500 check towards that special project a teacher has hoped to do but school funds were lacking. Pollock is very excited and plans to use the $500 award to to purchase Geomotion Fitness/Dance which is a K-6 dance instruction, curriculum with math and reading. It uses movement in physical education class as a way to help student with their math skills and word recognition. Representatives from WXOW presented Pollock with his award at Madison Elementary School on the morning of December 18.

Madison Reading Olympics

The Fourth Grade Reading Olympics Ceremony was held at Madison Elementary School the evening of Friday, December 12.  Students read books to earn a certificate and a GOLD medal.  The students read an astounding 6,976 points worth of books!  This is the 34th year that fourth grade teacher Mr. Stephan Waltzer has hosted the event, joined last year by Mr. Kyle Martin.  Mrs. Jennifer Woyczik’s class is participating in the Reading Olympics this year and hopes to continue this fantastic reading program.  We are very grateful for the parent and grandparent involvement with our Reading Olympics Program.  Special thanks to the Eagles Club of Winona and Sons of the American Legion Post 9 in Winona for their donations to support the Reading Olympics Program.

Brabbie the Blue Crab!

A Chesapeake blue crab — native to the western Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico — somehow found its way into the cool, northern waters of the Mississippi River this fall.
Several UW-La Crosse students found the crab in mid November on French Island while doing a video project for their scientific methods class. The students: Abbey Johnson and Brittany Kujatha, both senior education majors; and Katie Mabery, a graduate student in Therapeutic Recreation, were at Airport Beach on French Island when they spotted the crab moseying along the shoreline. They decided to name the crab “Brabbie,” a combination of all of their names. How the crab made it more than 1,000 miles through river dams well outside its native habitat is a bit of a mystery, says their instructor Carol Witt-Smith, academic instructional staff member in Educational Studies. Both she and her students agree the most likely scenario is that Brabbie hitched a ride north on a barge. The crab also could have been released as an unwanted pet. Brabbie was alive when the students found it. Not realizing the crab was so far from home, they left it and told Witt-Smith about it the next day. When she returned to the beach, the crab had not survived the night. Witt-Smith brought the crab to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service where it is being held for further identification.

Hawkins Ash Donations

Hawkins Ash CPAs made a donation of $4,800 dollars to several organizations local to its eight offices that provide warm meals to those less fortunate in the communities. The funds were made possible by changing its printed and mailed Christmas cards to e-greetings, which were e-mailed to the firm's clients and contacts. Organizations that received a donation include: WAFER Food Pantry in La Crosse,  Winona Noon Lions Club in Winona and the Women's Shelter, Inc., in Rochester. Hawkins Ash CPAs provides certified public accounting services to privately held businesses, governmental organizations, nonprofit entities, housing authorities, and credit unions. The firm currently has offices in several cities including Winona, La Crosse, Rochester and St. Charles.