Winter sports are all underway as of Monday (Nov. 12th) at WHS. The boy’s basketball team began practice last week Monday, (Nov. 5th) and the girls basketball and wrestling teams followed this week. Contests begin on November 19th when the boy’s basketball team travels to Arcadia to take on the Raiders.
Wednesday night (Nov. 14th) marked another fifth grade D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) graduation ceremony. Each year the fifth grade classrooms are visited once/week by a Trempealeau County police officer. During the weekly visit, students take part in activities in which they learn the dangers of drugs and alcohol, along with ways to say no in pressure situations.
Jackson Electric Cooperative offers a unique opportunity for any area students interested in careers in the electric and power field. Juniors and seniors are welcome to participate in the Youth Ambassador Program, where they will learn about cooperative principles, electricity generation and distribution, and a variety of business structures.
The final article of career week features Señora Anderson, Mrs. Goplin, and this year’s new tech ed teacher, Mr. Anderson. Señora Anderson attended UW-River Falls to receive her Bachelor’s degree, and UW-La Crosse to receive her Master’s degree degree in Eduaction. Her schooling took a total of 8.5 years, some of which completed while working.
Today’s article features Mrs. Irvine and Mr. Giese. Mrs. Irvine attended UW-Stout to receive her Bachelor’s degree, and UW- River Falls to obtain her Master’s degree. Her schooling took a total of 6.5 years. With her degrees Mrs. Irvine could work in fields of fashion, graphic, or interior design as well as teach art. Her advice to students is to go into a field they enjoy. Mr. Giese attended Western Wisconsin Technical Institute originally, and obtained degrees in farm management and Ag-business. After that he attended UWEC and received a degree in broad field social studies. His third college attended was UWL, where he recieved a Master’s degree in education. Currently Mr. Giese is pursuing a Master’s degree degree in History. Overall he has spent 14 years pursuing different degrees. With all of his certifications Mr. Giese has the ability to work in many different areas of farming and agriculture, as well as work as a high school or tech college teacher. With his Master’s degree in History he could also work in the research and law fields. Me. Giese’s advice to students is to “pay attention, because you never know where life may lead you.”
The WHS science department recently received a generous donation of $1,000 from Kelly Flemming, a 1986 WHS graduate, who is now a neurologist for Mayo Clinic. Dr. Flemming donated the money in honor of Mr. Dave Schaefer and Mr. Terry McConnell, both retired science teachers. It should also be stated that Mr. Schaefer also regularly contributes back to the school in his own right. He has taken statistics for the football team for forty years, and each year he donates his compensation back to the science department. Over the past years, these donations add up to approximately $3,000. The Whitehall science department would like to thank all of the former staff, alumni, and the entire community for their continued support and donations.
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.