by: Alayna Klapperich
http://p.stepitupkids.com/? Is a fun and fantastic fitness fundraiser that combines the ease of an online donation platform with the thrill of a school site DAY OF AWESOMENESS featuring our interactive Obstacle Course based on the TV shows WIPEOUT and AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR! STEP IT UP! Starts with a high energy Kick Off Assembly to motivate our students to join the fun and help their school! Following a period of time in which students and parents can collect donations, we then come back on campus to throw a massive DAY OF AWESOMENESS!!
Conrad Elvehjem Primary Schools
by: Paul Gregg
This year the McFarland High School Choir Department chose to present excerpts from nine Broadway musical shows as part of a Musical Cabaret! Actors were cast from choir members who volunteered to participate. Members of the PAC Pack came in to help with lighting, sound, set construction, and logistics. The MHS Production team of Paul Gregg, Brooke Hauser, and Patrick Fernan took Director duties. Nick Nyderek, Joe Hartson, and Ben Peterson provided musical accompaniment. Costumer Bernie Friedman and Lighting Designer Mike Tallman were also on board! Students were masked and socially distanced for rehearsals, and blocking and choreography maintain this distancing to the greatest extent possible. When it came time to film with our friends at WMCF, students were either be masked or filmed individually as scenes allowed in order to keep all students and the production team safe. Our district provided approved "clearmasks" which we painted to match students' skin tones. The project was daunting, and in a year where so little seemed possible this grew into so much! Even though the annual Cabaret is the choir's biggest fundraiser, Mr. Gregg decided this would be a presentation made available to as many as possible. The budget came to about half our usual musical budget, and we are relying on the donations of our community and supporters to help us meet the costs and (hopefully) provide some fundraising for the choir program next year. In May the choirs will record the curricular music we've worked on all year as part of a yearlong learning plan called "Service Music". Donations will also help the choir program hold their annual fall retreat.
McFarland High School
by: Marc Joyce
The world is changing every day. I want our classroom libraries to change along with it. Books are a great way to open up doors for conversations and supporting a dialogue of what is happening in the world. Books offer a way for students to feel like they matter and are represented in their classroom. Books also offer insight into another person's worldview. It gives them a way to learn about their classmates in a different way. Through the pandemic, we prepared book bags for the students to pick up each week so they could keep reading even though they weren't in school. This is a great way for not only our class to have meaningful discussions, but homes in our community as well. Having these diverse options can truly benefit our small community.
Waubesa Intermediate School