Past Feature Pics

WMS-National Christmas Tree

Winona Middle School art teachers, Shannon Kline & Betsy Tschumper, heard about the opportunity for students to create ornaments to be displayed on this year's National Christmas Tree at the U.S. Capitol, and they got right to work deciding on a project that met the criteria.  



On Tuesday, November 11th after the Veteran's Day appreciation program, the PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention & Support) Committee at Winona Middle School, recognized the excellent work students have been doing making WMS a respectful, responsible, and safe environment by rewarding qualifying students with rootbeer floats.

W-K Student Council

In conjunction with American Education Week, the WAPS elementary schools host family breakfasts sponsored by PTA. Oftentimes, 4th grade student council members assist with the function.  At Washington-Kosciusko Elementary School, 4th grade student council members, realizing they have just worked at their last elementary family breakfast took a moment for a photo with their advisor, Emily Cassellius who is a W-K  third grader and the WEA Teacher of the Year.
photo caption:  Emily Cassellius, W-K teacher and student council advisor, with her W-K 4th grade student council members left to right   Ella Larson, Austin Bork, Naomi Carter, Aly St. Onge, Mason Langowski and Abi Ellenburg.

Coats for Character

The Winona Area Public School Board Thursday received a donation of $2,000 last Thursday from Clarence Russel on behalf of the Coats for Character program.  Russel says the 10-year old program provides coats for students in Kindergarten through 5th grade who need them after they do an act of "character" to earn it. Through 10 years, the program has raised about $20,000 which has paid for 1,000 coats for students. The program is funded 50-50 between the Winona Masonic Lodge and the Senior Center and is coordinated through the school district.                     

4H-Alumni Awards

On November 16, the Buffalo County 4-H Alumni Award was awarded to Dana Erickson, University of Wisconsin – Extension Youth & Families At-Risk Educator. Dana was a member of Barron County 4-H and continues to share her expertise and passion for her 4-H projects, especially woodworking, with the hundreds of youth and families she works with in her role as an AmeriCorps VISTA and a certified 4-H volunteer in Buffalo County. Erickson was nominated by Cara Lee Wiersgalla of Golden Hornets 4-H for her dedication to 4-H programming and the Buffalo County Fair. 

Penny Pronschinske of Glencoe Hustlers 4-H was also awarded the Buffalo County 4-H Alumni Award by her sister and fellow 4-H club leader, Patty George of Hilltop Climbers 4-H. Penny was nominated by Annie Lisowski, Buffalo County 4‑H Youth Development Educator, for her tireless work on the Buffalo County Meat Animal Committee and as a Swine Superintendent at the Buffalo County Fair. Penny provides important leadership to youth and adults related to quality meat animal assurance programming and proper, safe care of their animals throughout the year.

Pictured: Dana (in blue-left) Penny (in jacket-right pic)

W-K Books

W-K 2nd graders in Mrs. Hudson's class read "Henry and Mudge" by Cynthia Rylant. They conducted an author study after ready more about the author in Scholastic News, ready many other books from the school library written by Rylant.Teacher and students decided to draw pictures and write letters to Rylant to let her know which of her characters was their favorite and why.  They are very much hoping that Rylant will write back to them.  

photo:  W-K 2nd grade teacher, Lisa Hudson, with her students and the photos/letters they created and drafter to author, Cynthia Rylant.

SMU-The Nutcracker

The Saint Mary’s University Department of Theatre and Dance and the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) will present the Dance Repertory Company in “The Nutcracker” Wednesday through Sunday, Dec. 3-7, at the Saint Mary’s Page Theatre.
The 2014 cast includes over 80 members including students from Saint Mary’s, Winona State University, and children and community members from the Winona and surrounding areas.  “The Nutcracker” will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, through Saturday, Dec. 6, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens. A special abridged version, ideal for young audience members who may not be able to sit through the full-length ballet, will be presented at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 3. The cost for this afternoon matinee is $4 for everyone.  For tickets, call the Saint Mary’s University Box Office at 507-457-1715 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit

WSHS Honor Band

Two different events took place the weekend of November 14 and 15, with representatives from Winona Senior High School. On November 14 and 15, WSHS junior and tenor saxophone player, Connor Polodna was selected to participate in the Winona State Honor Jazz Band which is sponsored by the WSU Jazz Faculty, under the direction of Dr. Rich MacDonald. Polodna was able to participate in master class with guest artist Gerald "G" Stockton, full ensemble rehearsals and sectionals both days, and a final concert Saturday evening. Two honor jazz bands and one saxophone ensemble were directed by local jazz superstars and WSU adjunct faculty, Dr. John Paulson, Ray Dretske and Dave Gudmastad.
WSHS sophomore and tenor saxophone player, Ananth Iyengar was joined by WSHS freshman, Austin Weatherhead, a trumpet player, at the American School Band Directors Association MN 9/10 Honors Jazz Band at Ferguson Hall at the University of Minnesota on Saturday, November 15. A full day of master classes with U of MN Jazz I and Director Randy Lee, along with full ensemble rehearsals and sectionals throughout the day, culminated in a final concert that evening.WSHS student/musicians are taught and directed in the jazz band by WAPS music faculty, Melody Snyder. 
photo: Left to right: Austin Weatherhead, Connor Polodna, Ananth Iyengar