Crandon 8th Grade
Digital Productions Class
Cardinal Pride Newsletter
Brotherhood Apple Orchard Dedication
The school year is in full swing and we have gotten off to a great start. My return to the School District of Crandon has been fantastic and it’s great to be home. I feel fortunate to be able to work with a great group of staff, students and community members.
We are in the midst of a demanding but productive school year. With that said, I want to recognize the staff and students for the dedication, determination, energy and effort you bring to your work. Together, we are making a visible difference for our students, families and community.
This year we have set our sights on some challenging goals in the areas of student achievement and college and career readiness, resource management, and community engagement. In spite of the challenges of larger classes, fewer supports and reduced services, we have focused on what matters most—ensuring our students are learning and that we continue to grow as a staff and district.
The education of our students is important and influential work. Despite the constraints and challenges our district faces, I want to thank you – staff and students for your focus on continuous improvement and success as we find ways to leverage our resources. Boosting student success and creating a district of well-round people makes our community strong and proud.
In closing, I want to challenge all of you to continue to grow with us as a district as we move towards our goal of empowering and inspiring lifelong learners in a safe school community.
Photos By Nicole Hansen
On November 1st, family and friends of Steve Sekel, along with students and staff members, gathered to dedicate The Brotherhood Apple Orchard. The once empty lawn has been turned in to a sprawling outdoor classroom of 40 apple trees in honor of Steve and the legacy left behind.
Mrs. Belland and Mrs. Nelitz both spoke at the event, giving the audience background information on the orchard project and sharing a poem about kindness and acceptance. A plaque was also unveiled with the following inscription:
The belief that all people should act with warmth and equality toward one another, regardless of differences in race, nationality, creed, ethnicity, etc…
Steve Sekel embodied brotherhood throughout his life; bucket list adventures took him far and the friendships he crafted surpassed borders. Steven was an incredible human with a zest for life who lived his motto, “Life is too short to hate”.
It is our hope that this orchard becomes a place to be used by everyone for lessons about kindness, character, friendship, healthy living, and harvesting ~ bringing together the school, families, and community to share laughter while we work and nurture something special.
To know Steve a little or a lot was to love him.
Homecoming is a week people look forward to. Students get to dress up at school September 30 - October 4. There is also the parade and powder puff games. The football game is also really popular. Many people come to cheer the team on. People at the carnival said that it was a blast and we had so much fun hanging out with our friends.
Dress up days show our spirit and connection to the school. On Monday, students dressed as teachers, and teachers dressed like students. The Seniors dressed up the most that day. Then on Tuesday, High School students all dress up in Dig Pink!, and the sophomores dressed up the most that day. Wednesday was when the high school dressed up like their hallway theme. The freshman won that day. Sophomores won again on Thursday for salad dressing day. Then the whole school dresses up in their Cardinal PRIDE colors.
The Crandon School District parade is one of the most exciting events that take place during homecoming. The classes walk with their floats in front of the school and on Main Street. The freshman won for the floats with their theme “PacMan”. Seniors got second with their groovy back in time float. The students work hard on their floats and come up with some fun creations.
Most people look forward to the football game. This year, they played against the Coleman Cougars. It was a tough loss. The girl’s powder puff football was won by the sophomores. Then Seniors won the boy’s volleyball powder buff.
The Homecoming carnival got rained out and was cut short. It was still fun and there were so many games. The chili cook-off was exciting. The sophomores won the taste test, but the Freshmen sold the most chili.
Maia S. & Jasmine R.
Submitted by Julie Votis
Every October, the kindergarten & first grade classes are invited to the fire station so the volunteers can teach the students about fire safety. They dress in their full fire suits in front of the students to reduce the anxiety and fear of seeing a firefighter in case of an emergency. The kids also get to see the fire trucks and equipment before going away with their own fire hat and a bag of resources to take home.
Crandon Red Ribbon Week Held to Prevent Teen Drug Abuse
By Kirkland W.
It is important to be informed about drug abuse. Drugs can have very negative impacts on us. Irregular heartbeat, heart failure, seizures, and strokes are common side effects of drugs. Using stimulants too often can lead to anger problems, paranoia, heart problems, and mental health problems. Lots of people that start drugs think that it’s harmless or that they’ll only do it once. The effects of drug abuse have serious consequences. Drugs and alcohol can have unpleasant effects on the brain.
Red Ribbon Week is a tobacco, alcohol, and other drug prevention awareness week. Crandon has a Red Ribbon walk to join families and the community, and promote the importance of being a drug-free community. Red Ribbon Week was held at 5 pm on October 23. The walk started at the courthouse and used the trail to go up to the school. Positive messages were posted at local businesses and spots along the trail for participants to view. A light snack was given once everyone reached the school. Activities were provided for students and the adults listened to motivational speaker Mike Mcgowan discuss the concerns surrounding teen drug abuse, while young children were entertained with pumpkin decorating.
Photos by Tina Taylor
Photo By Erin Mayer
Crandon Elementary Cheer Clinic Encourages Young Girls
By Ella W.
This homecoming game you may have noticed some younger girls on the sidelines cheering for our team. The team was the result of the 2nd Annual Crandon cheer clinic. Although many schools have high school girls cheering for their team, our school is unique because it has elementary students cheering for us. The girls between fourth and fifth grade, start cheerleading so young because getting them interested in cheerleading before high school can encourage more girls to join when they get older.
Last year, Ashley Dewing and Erin Mayer created the cheer clinic to get younger girls interested in cheerleading. This year Jill Krueger joined to help the cheer team perform as well. There are 20 girls on the team and they only practice 3 times. Although the girls only preform during homwcoming week, they hope to perform at all home games next year. They also walked in the homecoming parade.
To sum up, the girls performed at the homecoming games and they were in the parade. This year the girls only practiced 3 times before their performance. Although the elementary girls only performed once, Erin Mayer wants to create an actual team where they perform at all home games. This year three people helped the team, Ashley Dewing, Erin Mayer and Jill Krueger. Performing in front of people can also boost their confidence. The cheer clinic is a fun activity for young elementary girls.
Crandon's AP Psychology Students Continue to Excel
Submitted By Tressa Votis
Eighteen students enrolled in Mrs. Votis's AP Psychology class (2018-2019 school year) successfully passed their AP Psychology exam taken in May of 2019. Score reports arrived in July with a successful pass rate of 100%. Not only did all of Crandon's students pass the exam, many scored 4's and 5's leading to a mean score of 4.28 compared to the global mean of 3.09 and the State of Wisconsin average mean of 3.37. The average pass rate in the State of Wisconsin is 73.2% and the global pass rate is 64.5%.
Mrs. Votis starting teaching AP Psychology in 2015 and Crandon students have historically scored above the state and global average, but this was the first year that all students were able to pass the exam.
The exam itself is 100 multiple choice questions as well as two essay questions. Students have 2 hours to complete the exam. Students who receive a score of 3, 4 or 5 will typically receive three college credits at most colleges throughout the United States.
Teachers and professors from all over the world gathered in Tampa, Florida in June of 2019 to read and score the essay questions. This year, Mrs. Votis was chosen to participate as a reader. She read approximately 1,400 essays over the 8 day grading period. According to Mrs. Votis, "It was a very intense 8 days as we were expected to read from 8 AM until 5 PM daily, but ‘worth it’ because it will help her teach her students how to properly write the essays in the future."
8th Grade Class Goes on the Heavy Metal Tour
By Emersyn P.
On October 2nd, the 8th grade class went on a Heavy Metal Tour, which is a tour of manufacturing businesses in Rhinelander that the 8th grade got to look around different factories. There were two buses and they both went to different manufacturing businesses. Bus one went to Superior Diesel and Print Pack however bus two went to Charter NEX and Lake Shore Systems. Nicolet College also provided students with free t-shirts and a subway lunch. While students ate, we played a big game of Kahoot in the lecture room with questions about all the manufacturing businesses and what we saw while touring the buildings.
The 8th grade class was very excited to go on the Heavy Metal Tour and get to know those manufacturing businesses a little better. It was cool to see what businesses in our area do and how they work. At some of the businesses, their factory rules were strict because students had to wear hairnets, earplugs, and safety goggles. We couldn't wear jackets or anything with hoodies or pockets. It was a really good experience for the 8th grade to prepare them for our future careers. Also, it was interesting to see what the businesses made that we use as everyday products.
2019 Varsity Cross Country Season Recap
The season started with a rainy day at the Rhinelander Hodag Invitational on August 29th. Despite wet conditions, Trenton Headson, Gabrielle Ostrowski and Lilly Williams walked away as medalists. By the middle of the season when we headed to the Three Lakes Invitational on September 26th everyone was in prime running shape. Everyone who competed that day ran their fastest times of the season. But, with still half of the season remaining the team knew they could not take it easy. The team had their sights on showing the Northern Lakes Conference what they were made up. On October 17th the team traveled to Lakewood for the Northern Lakes Conference meet hosted by Laona/Wabeno. It was a beautiful, sunny fall day. It was perfect racing weather. The team raced very well the entire race. Despite a hilly 3rd mile, everyone ran very well and closed gaps between runners and passed people in the last half mile of the race. It was an exhilarating race to watch, especially to see them passing runners on the downhill finish! The top seven runners in the boys race and the girls race earned 1st Team All-Conference recognition. Congratulations to Trenton Headson who placed 3rd in the boys race, Lilly Williams who placed 7th, but was very close to catching 6th place, and Gabrielle Ostrowski who placed 5th in the grils races. Those who place 8th-14th place earned 2nd Team All-Conference recognition. Riley Thompson placed 10th, Bradley Franti placed 11th, Chevy Gretzinger placed 12th and Devin Headson placed 14th. The girls placed third at as team and the boys placed second in the Northern Lakes Conference.
Proof of how hard the team worked this season can be seen when comparing each runners fastest time last year to this year’s fastest race. Seven of the returning nine runners improved by a minute or more.
This season there were no seniors on the team, so Coach Keao and Coach Ostrowski are looking forward to having the entire team return and welcome any students who are looking to join something new! The coaches are also excited to welcome the current 8th graders who have performed well throughout their middle school running careers onto the high school team next year.
Submitted by Jessica Keao
The 2019 cross country season has come to an end, which is always a little bittersweet. It is enjoyable to have some additional free time after school, but it is hard to not regularly spend time with the team that you have become so close to.
The team consisted of five girls and eight boys. Jessica Keao returned as coach for her 13th year coaching the Crandon Cardinals Cross Country team. The team also welcomed a new coach, Andy Ostrowski. Although numbers were lower than in recent years, the team worked well together. The high school teams run a distance of five kilometers (3.1 miles) each race. Throughout the season everyone was consistently shaving time off of their previous times. Runners did not necessarily improve EVERY race, but there was a steady number of students that had personal records (PR’s) after each race.
Submitted By Ashley Lehman
The 2019 volleyball season was one for the history books. In one of the most successful seasons since 2002, the Cardinals went 29-13 overall and 10-4 in conference. The team traveled to a variety of tournaments throughout the season, taking not only one 1st place trophy, but TWO this season. The Cardinals took the top spot at the Bonduel and Marion tournaments, and 3rd at a competitive Ripon tournament. The team was even given Honorable Mention recognition in state ranking when we started the season 11-0. Crandon hosted two tournaments this season, The Crandon Invitational and The Northern Lakes Conference Tournament. The team earned 3rd in the conference outright, the best standing since 2011.
In post-season play, the Cardinals earned an 8th seed and the opportunity to host a Regional match. Facing Weyauwega-Fremont in round 1, the team we faced last year in Regionals, the Cardinals were going out for redemption with the help from the home crowd behind them this time. Crandon earned the win and would advance to the second round to face Oconto. Unfortunately, the Cardinals were unable to defeat the Blue Devils and the season came to an end. At the end-of-season banquet, every athlete who completed the season was recognized along with a number of awards.
All Varsity members received a letter and the annual silly awards given for the role on the team. Team awards given were Most Improved, Abey VanZile, Bella Toyebo, and Macie Palubicki, Defensive Player of the Year, Maddie Stamper, Offensive Player of the Year, Lindsay Littleton, All-Heart Award and Captain Clutch Award, Leah Palubicki. All-Conference Awards were given to Leah Palubicki 2nd team, Lindsay Littleton 2nd team, Lynzee McGeshick 2nd team. The banquet was concluded with a highlight video made by Coach Kendra Lehman reminiscing on the success and fun through the season. That video can be found on the Crandon Cardinal Volleyball Facebook page. The coaches would like to thank the Cardinal Crazies and fans who came out to support the team this season. We would also like to thank the team for their dedication, hard-work and fun energy throughout the season.
2019 Varsity Football
Submitted By Blaine Obey
The 2019 football season did not fare well for the Crandon Cardinals. The Cards were winless this year despite some close games. Late in the season, Crandon had to suffer through injuries to some key players. The players all hung together through their struggles and played their hearts out every game.
The Cardinals had their season with a banquet on November 15. All letter winners and some end of year honors were celebrated. All conference awards were given to Brad Shepherd 1st team Defensive Back and 1st Team Receiver, Breed Shepard was awarded 1st team Linebacker and 2nd team Running Back. Other All-Conference winners included Keyan Colburn 2nd team Linebacker, Tyler Marvin 2nd team Defensive End and Nick Adamski and Carter Bissonette both received 2nd team honors for Offensive Lineman. End of season honors for the Cardinals were awarded to Captains Keyan, Colburn, Breed Shepard, and Brad Shepherd. Other awarded by their teammates Most Improved went to Tyler Marvin, Lineman of the Year to Silas Dennee, Back of the Year to Brad Shepherd, and Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year to Bred Shepard. Coach Obey would like to thank everyone who supported the football team throughout the year.
Photo Credit: Cara Shepherd
Congratulations to the middle school boys and girls teams! They both placed first at the Northern Lakes Conference meet. In the boys race Brody L. took 3rd and Taylor K. was 1st. In the girls race Alexis S. took 4th, Addison M. took 3rd, Grace A. took 2nd and Marissa F. was 1st! Congratulations on an excellent season middle school!
Crandon Middle School Football
By Ryan S. and Logan M.
The Crandon Middle School football team had a very successful season. They ended with a record of 5-1-1, and pushed it to the limits. Their team has 9 eighth graders and 7 seventh graders. This year they suffered two tough injuries. Their starting Half-Back broke his leg in a competitive game against Three Lakes. Also, their star center broke his arm in practice.
This year they lost to Coleman Cougars 0-16 they played tough but were unable to pull it off. They got offered to play 8 man football against Three Lakes. Unfortunately, they only had 2 days to practice 8 man, and they did end up losing but it didn’t count on their record. Their first game they beat Lakeland by 43 in a shutout. Our coach said our goal for this year was “to play as hard as you can and never give up.”
New Teacher Spotlight
By Brayden M.
I was asked to interview the new math 7 and 8th grade teacher Ms. Domokos. I Interviewed her this October in Crandon Middle/High School.
Ms. Domokos was originally from Crandon, WI. She previously worked for a state legislator in Madison, WI I asked what was your previous job. Algebra is her favorite math subject. When she was asked how her job was she said it was good and she is learning. Finally, she said she came back to Crandon to be closer to home. Welcome back to Crandon Ms. Domokos.
Crandon has a New 7th Grade English Teacher
By Bryce M.
Mrs. Kalata is the new 7th grade English teacher at Crandon Middle School. If her name sounds familiar, it is because she is from the area, and her two daughters have gone to school in Crandon.
Mrs. Kalata became a teacher because she ran a daycare for 12 years and wanted to continue working with kids. Her favorite part of teaching is making connections with students and getting to know them better. However, her least favorite part of teaching is having to nag kids to get things done. Her college career took place at U.W. Oshkosh. She decided to teach at Crandon because it’s her hometown and because here her passion can spread to others in the form of her teaching, reading, and writing. After her work started off in the dentistry field, staying home with her kids and running a daycare was her priority. Working with kids in her daycare inspired her to become a teacher. These kids inspired her because when they learned something new, it was exciting for her and the kids. While enjoying time on the lake, cross country skiing, and hunting, living in Crandon for her is also because of family. She enjoys teaching and reading because she loves to read and experience things outside of life in Crandon. However, a part of teaching English that doesn’t excite her is how complicated and difficult our language is.
Crandon Middle School
By Geronimo S.
Crandon School has a new Tech Ed teacher named Tony Baker. He also goes by Mr. Baker. Some of the classes he teaches are Fab Lab and middle school tech ed, plus art metals in high school.
Mr. Baker is originally from Milwaukee. He attended high school in St. Francis High School in St. Francis WI. growing up he played sports like bowling, baseball, and boys volleyball. After high school, he attended college at. UW Stout. This is Mr. Bakers’ first job teaching but worked in his dad’s rehab business, and owned his own graphics business for 5 years. Mr. Baker chose to work here because he visited this area many times before and enjoys it.
Crandon Drama Team
By Raven B.
There is a new 8th grade English teacher, and her name is Miss Connolly. This is her first year of teaching. She wanted to be a teacher after being part of a poetry club. In fact, her favorite subjects are poetry and English. Her mom and old professors also inspired her to pursue education after they showed her how cool poetry is and how easy math could be. She loves seeing her students every day and hearing all of their funny jokes.
Middle School Drama presents "The Elves and the Shoemaker" on November 8th and 9th.
Submitted by Alicia Bradley
“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” —Henry Ford
If this is the case, then the Crandon High School Drama Team is truly a success. The Cardinal team competed in Ocotno Falls on Wednesday, October 30. Even though their performance had the crowd, laughing, gasping and even crying, the judges' opinions were that the team would not advance to the state level of competition. However, the coaches and crowd feel the performance was amazing and we are very proud of our team.
Aryanna Frank, a second grader in Mrs. Jahnke's room made a beautiful chalk leave project representing positive and negative space in the art world.
Every year Mrs. Shepherd's 6th grade science students are faced with the challenge of designing and building the strongest craft stick bridge. The winner of this year's competition was Ariah Peterson. Her bridge held 42 science books, which is a total of 84 pounds! Congratulations Ariah!
Crandon Local History Club Is Up and Running
By Tatum W.
On Tuesday, October 22, 2019, the first Historical Club was held. The Historical Club happens every Tuesday. The leader of the Historical Club is named Michelle Gobert, a member of the Forest County Historical Society and Self-Proclaimed Local History Buff. In this group, you will learn about local history. Local history is history from around where you live, so here it would be Forest County History.
Members became interested in the History Club after Michelle brought in a box of historical items to 3rd hour world geography. Items included pictures, holiday cards, wedding invitations, and business journals. After a little digging, we figured out who most of the items belonged to.
The history club is looking forward to researching an oral history interview with former teacher and coach Harry Resch. He was the basketball coach in 1977 when Crandon and Florence made national history! It was the lowest-scoring high school game on record. The group will also be contacting Channel 12 to see if they have any film footage of the game.