Last night, May 6, the Glidden middle school Fine Arts Festival provided a great opportunity to showcase the musical and artistic talents of our 6-8 graders. The evening started with a great Spaghetti Dinner prepared by our chefs, Jill Maier and Kerry Zach. Miranda Robinson's middle school art students demonstrated their creativity and skills in the art display in the gym and at 7:00pm a concert featuring the 6th grade band and choir and the middle school band and choir was presented. All groups did a great job and it was especially satisfying to hear the improvement of each group from the start of the school year. Congratulations to the students and to Mrs. Kirch for the great performance!
I want to express a big thank you to the 6th hour AP English class for the very thoughtful presentation and argument they presented for improvements to the educational process at Chequamegon High School. Members of the class presented their vision for effective education in the future to our High School Principal, Mr. Kief, Guidance counselor, Ms. Inman, Board member, Mr. Ross and myself. It was clear that they had done their research as much of what they discussed mirrors what we have been reading and discussing about the future of education. Among the intriguing suggestions were moving to a more project based approach to learning, creating a schedule that includes built in time for project work or interventions or coaching of students in areas of interest or need and creation of personal learning plans for each student. Each of those recommendations are areas that we have already begun to discuss as effective ways to make education more effective in teaching our students the critical thinking skills expected for the 21st Century. They also suggested that listening to the students more would be an effective way to improve school. I think they may find that to be true as I am sure we will be carefully discussing these positive suggestions and I am sure at least some of them will be implemented as early as next year. Thank you AP English for your research and effective presentation! Thank you Mrs. Zwicke for the mentoring and guidance that facilitated this very positive result!
Last weekend the school and community were treated to great entertainment with this year's CHS musical production The Wizard of Oz. Kudos to Mr. Donner one again! This is my fourth musical and they get better and better. I have to mention that the sets were super too. Thank you Debi Oswald! It was clear that the students had put in countless hours preparing for this very polished and funny production. I will try to recognize some of the talent and apologize in advance because I know will leave someone out. The four leads were ideally cast in their roles. Rachel Pollock, as Dorothy did an outstanding job singing and acting. Blake Wangelin as the Scarecrow, Nate Peterson ans the Tin Woodman and Oscar Noetzel as the Cowardly Lion all did a super job as did Alyssa Seehafer as the Wicked Witch of the West. I can't fail to mention the countless Munchkins who did a great job as well! The play enjoyed packed houses each performance and that was no surprise. The Cowardly Lion even got up the nerve to set up his prom date with Jenna Gustafson in the final performance! Thank you CHS students and Mr.Donner!