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New staff joins N-O-W

Posted August 27, 2014 at 5:32 pm

The following new staff members will join the Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton School District this year. Front row (left to right): Andrea Cwiak, high school guidance counselor, and Michelle Hyatt, 5-year-old-kindergarten teacher. Back row: Jamie Steinmetz, elementary art/elementary classroom intervention; Matt Jacobson, elementary guidance counselor; Carmen Peterson, school nurse; and Heidi Anderson, fourth-grade teacher.

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    Royall staff attends Illinois workshop

    A group of 20 educators from the Royall School District recently attended the PLC (Professional Learning Communities) at Work Institute in Lincolnshire, Ill. According to a press release prepared by the school district, “This three-day workshop provided many tools for improving student learning. Keynote addresses and breakout sessions covered a variety of topics, including grading practices, collaborating with other teachers, and common sense approaches to student achievement.”

    Above, the Royall group poses with Sharon Kramer, a presenter who has worked

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    Brookwood FFA attends state convention

    Contributed by the Brookwood FFA

    The Wisconsin Association of FFA recently celebrated 85 years of premier leadership, personal growth and career success at the Wisconsin FFA Convention in Madison.

    The convention attracted nearly 3,500 members, advisers, parents, alumni and sponsors.

    “The Wisconsin FFA Convention is our opportunity to recognize the importance of the education of our society about agriculture and the achievements of young people who are the future leaders of the agriculture industry,” said Gary Von Ruden, Brookwood’s FFA adviser. 

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    Royall student wins poster contest for third-graders

    Contributed by CARLA VON HADEN

    Hill and Dale Garden Club

    Elizabeth (Libby) Titus of Royall Elementary School recently received an award for winning a poster contest for third-graders in Wisconsin.

    Each year, children in first through fifth grade are invited to participate in the Wisconsin and National Garden Clubs Inc. poster contest. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service and National Garden Clubs Inc. give students the opportunity to demonstrate through original drawings of Smokey Bear or Woodsy Owl their understanding of wildfire prevention and basic

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    Kwik Trip cards help support Royall fundraiser

    By MARK GRUEN

    Royall School District superintendent

    Welcome back. This is a message to all of our parents and community members, as most of our teachers have been in and out during the summer and a large number of our students have participated in our summer school sessions or summer activities.

    As you make your final push for some time away this summer or in your daily travels, think about supporting our students by

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    Local students take part in UW-Richland summer enrichment programs

    More than 380 youth from across southwest Wisconsin took part in College for Kids and Middle School U from July 21-25 on the University of Wisconsin-Richland campus.

    These educational enrichment programs offer “in-depth, alternative and advanced learning experiences for academically and creatively talented youth,” according to a press release prepared by UW-Richland.

    The following local students took part in the programs:

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    Royall students perform plays

    Recently students in the Royall Summer School “Lights, Camera Action” classes performed their plays for an audience of summer school students and family members.  The kindergarten through second-graders (above) did plays called “I Learned My Lesson” and “The Rainbow.” The third- through sixth-grade group (below) performed “The Three Little Pigs in Fantasyland” and “Twelve Angry Pigs.” Penny Zmolek was the teacher of this class, and Hayley Ormson was the student assistant. (Contributed photos)

    Royall Education Notes: School rarely slows down in the summer

    By MARK GRUEN

    Royall School District superintendent

    It’s June 21, and we are actually, finally, officially into summer!

    It has not slowed down in the Royall School District, however. Actually, that does not happen for us until after July 4, and then it is only temporary.

    As I write this today, we have a busload of our students enjoying a Brewer game at Miller Park as part of the summer recreation program, and we just reached the halfway point of

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    Royall NHS helps with library book sale

    By MARY WAARVIK | Elroy librarian

    This is the last week for Elroy’s book sale. This week you can buy a bagful for $1. We have children’s books and kits, videos, magazines, fun fiction and informative fact books.

    And before the book sale ends, the Friends of the Elroy Library and the library staff want to thank Royall’s National Honor Society students for their help in setting up the sale. The kids divided into two

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    BHS raises money for cystic fibrosis

    The Brookwood High School Student Council recently raised $430 for cystic fibrosis, doing activities such as a hat day. Left to right: Breanna Spohn, Kiara Laufenberg, Taylor Schmitz, Briana Nelson, Micaela Koltermann, Bailey Hammon, Kayla Schmitz, Ana Mendoza, Walker Rynes, Collin Birkholz, Patrick Daily, Trevor Attlen, Jaden Havlik, Cory Ottum and Matt Hansen. (Contributed photo)