Today’s career day activity features Mr. Walek and Mrs. Wathke. Mr. Walek attended UW La Crosse and received a Bachelor’s degree in education, with a major in physical education and a minor in math. It took him four years to get his degree with which he can teach and coach. His advice to students is to prepare well for college, pick a major before a school, and pick a school that is well known for the desired degree. Mrs. Wathke attended UW Eau Claire and recieved a Bachelor of Science in education, and a Master’s of education, all of which took her a total of 9 years. (Her Master’s degree was obtained while working.) her degree allows her to work in an array of business and financial offices and banks, as well as teach. Mrs. Wathke’s advice to high school students is to “take your learning seriously-you only get one chance before it’s too late.”
It’s time for WKCE (state) testing again for the third through eighth grades as well as tenth grade. The fourth grade will begin on November second, with other grades beginning in the days following. Each grade tests, but the major tests with most categories are given to the fourth, eighth, and tenth grades. Data from these assessments is used to shape the future of education in the Whitehall School District.
Today’s interviewees include Mr. Kleinhans, and this year’s new band director, Miss Cantlon. Miss Cantlon attended UW-River Falls and received a Bachelor’s degree in music education. She spent five and a half years in school due to change in major. Miss Cantlon’s degree allows her to teach classes in general and instrumental music from preschool to tech college levels, as well as perform, accompany, conduct orchestra, conduct community bands, and instruct music theory courses. Her advice to high schoolers is to remember that grades matter, but the ability to communicate effectively matters more. Mr. Kleinhans graduated from UW-La Crosse with a Bachelor of Science degree. He also received a Master of Education degree from UWL. Overall his schooling took 7 years, as he received his masters while working. Mr. Kleinhans’ degrees allow him to work in the engineering and medical fields, as well as in lab environments aside from teaching. His advice to students is to work hard, not cheat yourself, respect yourself, and start future planning early.
Today’s interviews include Mrs. Oppelt and Mrs. Stendahl. Mrs. Oppelt graduated from the University if Minnesota, and received her Master’s degree from Viterbo. Overall her schooling took five years. She is licensed to teach English in grades 6-12, as well as entry level tech college courses. Her advice to high schoolers is to take school seriously.
As part of our District’s Annual Meeting, I am charged with giving an annual report. When I began to reflect on where we have been and where we need to go, it became clear that a good title might be a phrase somewhat borrowed from the Author Charles Dickens. In the novel A Tale of Two Cities, he used the statement “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness…”. I chose to adjust the tense of the phrase and simply state this is the best of times and it is the worst of times.
The 2012 football season has come to an end. Last Friday night (October 20th) the Norse fell to Boyceville 20-0. Overall the 2012 season was a great success. The Norse were 7-0 in conference and 7-2 overall. Leaving the Norse football program as seniors are; Wes Herried, Sam Hess, Dylan Summers, Ethan Ringlien, Ethan Miller, TJ Smith, Tyler Keeler, Adam Grulkowski, Dennis Schwartz, Trajan Schaub, and Tim Ferdon.
The yearbook is on sale now until December 17, 2012 for $50.00!! Buy now and save! The price will raise to $55 until sales are closed.
The 2012 Volleyball season came to an end last night (Oct. 16) for the Lady Norse. They received a twelve seed in their bracket and faced Elk Mound, the five seed, in the first regional game.
The 2012 WIAA Football Playoff pairings are released, and the Norse, a two seed in their Division six pool, are set to play Boyceville, the seven seed.
Don’t miss the Whitehall FFA Annual Fruit & Nut sales going on now through November. Contact any FFA member or Mrs. Goplin [email protected] for a 2012 order form. The old standby mixed boxes, quality oranges & grapefruit, along with the many variety nuts will be delivered the first week in December just in time for the holidays. New products this year include carmel corn/nut tin and “cuties” (clementines). Great quality and reasonable prices!