Shelby Mitchell was honored as the 2017 Wisconsin Outstanding Agriculture Educator, Section 4. There are ten sections in Wisconsin. She was also nominated for the Agri-Science Teacher of the Year and is currently working on that application process.
Mrs. Mitchell has been teaching for 20 years of which 12 have been in Fennimore. She currently teaches a wide variety of classes: 6th/8th grade ag classes, high school Intro to Ag, Welding I and II, Horticulture/Landscaping, and Leadership. The Welding I and II courses are articulated and the Horticulture/Landscaping is transcripted meaning that high school students can earn technical college credit, and possibly 4-year college credit. In addition, students earn a high school science credit for completing the Horticulture class. Her Ag Advisory Board and FFA Alumni have been an important part for the success of her program.
After graduating high school, Mrs. Mitchell started the equine science program at college. She had a college professor encourage her to enter the education field. This would give her more options, and he also saw that she could be one of those special people that could make a difference in the lives of young people. He was right. Mrs. Mitchell deeply cares for her students and is motivated, ambitious, and excited about the ever changing world of agriculture.
When asked about future changes in her classes. “I would love to have a greenhouse, so the students could grow their own food for use in some of the ag classes. Plus, a greenhouse would benefit other classes at the high/middle school. In addition, the ag/tech. ed. shop needs to be modernized. Because of physical limitations, these plans are on hold. It would be wonderful to add a second agriculture instructor to allow us to specialize and add more classes. Another area that is being developed is improving the curriculum for Wisconsin’s academic career planning. There are so many careers in agriculture that are fulfilling and prosperous.”
Hand-on learning motivates Mrs. Mitchell’s students the most in the classroom. In food science students can see how the ingredients make a difference when baking, canning, or even making sausages/brats. In welding, students work on the various types of welding and create/repair different projects. Instead of studying the parts of plants on the computer, plants are brought in and studied. Not only do students love this type of learning, it’s a wonderful way to build teamwork.
Teaching has definitely been Mrs. Mitchell’s calling. “I love watching the students mature and grow educationally and that I get to be a part of that. Students take what I’ve taught and become self-driven leaders and promote the Ag industry within our classrooms and our community.”
CONGRATULATIONS MRS. MITCHELL!
The NHS induction ceremony was held on Monday, November 13, at the high school. To be eligible for membership in the Fennimore Chapter, candidates must meet the following criteria: junior/senior status, GPA average of 3.5 or higher in coursework that is academically challenging, service, leadership, and character. The fifteen new members were Madelyn Adam, Tana Davis, Jared Everett, Joshua Zhen Gao, Jacinda Hecker, Sarah Kenney, Derek Kephart, Saralyn Klais, Kristen Kohout, Dannea Linneman, Logan O’Brien, Rosa Rhodes, Emily Ruchti, Renee Schlauget, and Jalissa Zintz. Present members are Riley Blair, Elivia Edge, Grace Faulkner, Taylor Hestetune, Trey Hunt, Thomas Kenney, Emilee Klaas, Bailey Kreul, Cole Needham, Trevor Neuroth, Adam Riley, and Shianna Schultz.
NHS President TJ Kenney and Vice President Emilee Klaas welcomed students, family, and guests. Speakers were Robert Kenney on Character, Jonah Roth on Scholarship, Dan Bredeson for Leadership, Steve Lendosky for Service, and Brad Van Epps for Life. Refreshments were served following the ceremony to celebrate this honorable event.
The Fennimore Chapter, led by Advisor Jonah Roth, organizes Earth Day and hosts the teachers’ retirement event. In addition, members are available for tutoring and other volunteer work.
UW-Platteville hosted an Engineering Career Day on November 7. Its purpose is for young women to learn about the seven types of engineering careers and other STEM professions. Twelve students, along with their high school teacher Cassie Roach, attended this event: Robin Connely, Kassie Drew, Grace Faulkner, Madalyn Glasbrenner, Jacinda Hecker, Sarah-Kate Kenney, Emilee Klaas, Melanee Klaas, Saralyn Klais, Kristen Kohout, Rosa Rhodes, and Jalissa Zintz.
The students viewed stimulating demonstrations, participated in hands-on activities in math and science, and had the opportunity to work in teams on various projects. Grace Faulkner participated in the physics engineering session where she “wired and coded an Arduino board.” Grace also added, “I already knew how to code this board because of Mr. Glasbrenner’s AP computer science class. I felt I was more advanced than the other students.” Emilee Klaas attended the computer science session. “I worked on the python language code. Mr. G taught this coding in AP computer science, and like Grace, I knew more than some of the others.” Melanee Klaas enjoyed her biology session where “we dissected a cow’s eye. Many of the things I worked on I had previously learned in Mrs. Carlson’s AP Biology class.”
In addition, the students were able to talk with other young women who shared interests in engineering, math, and science. Overall, it was a rewarding experience to see how many women were interested in engineering, and the different avenues and career opportunities engineering offers.
Fennimore High School opened their annual fall musical this past weekend. This year they put on Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and it was a hit.
For those unfamiliar, this was the story of Willy Wonka (played by Logan O’Brien) the world-renowned candy man who looks for someone to inherit his magical candy corporation. He puts five golden tickets into his famous candy bars and those who find one get a chance to see inside his world.
The story highlights the five children that find golden tickets and their adventures throughout their tour. Agustus Gloop (played by Cormac Duff), his mother (Gabi Fry) are the first to find a ticket, followed by Veruca Salt (Abrianna Gommel) and her father (Ethan Koestler), Violet Beauregarde (Sarah-Kate Kenney) and her mother (Samantha Kammes), and Mike Tevee (Bailee Hunt) and his mom (Madalyn Glasbrenner ). The last one to find a ticket is Charlie Bucket (TJ Kenney) and his grandfather (Dillon Koestler). The Bucket family is a poor family barely sneaking by on cabbage soup. Even though they’re poor, the Buckets maintain a positive outlook.
For Charlie, this adventure means more to him since he lived a simple life. In the end Wonka makes his decision and one of the children received his fantasy land.
This version follows the storyline from the movie we all know with each child getting weeded out one at a time due to their unattractive personality types. The FHS version featured really cool visual effects, amazing talent from the stars, and an exceptional pit orchestra.
The musical numbers really brought the story to life, along with the bright and creative backdrops and props. It was an outstanding family-friendly show, that you didn’t want to miss.
The cast and crew put on an amazing show that was beyond entertaining. Congratulations to everyone involved on another outstanding production.
We are excited that the Fennimore Middle/High School has switched to paperless report cards for the 2017-18 school year. First quarter report cards have been posted to your Family Access and can now be viewed at any time on your computer or mobile device (by downloading the Skyward app).
To view/print a report card, log into your Family Access, then select the Portfolio tab on the left side of the screen. (On your mobile device, swipe from right to left to bring up your tab options). Your middle/high school student(s) will be listed and underneath the student’s name will be a link to his/her report card. Click on that link to download a PDF file of that report card to your computer or to view the report card on your device.
Please make sure that you are able to log into your Family Access to view your student’s report card before coming to Parent/Teacher conferences on Tuesday, November 7, from 4:00-7:30 p.m. and/or Thursday, November 9, from 1:00-7:30 p.m. If you need help to log into your Family Access or you would like a printed copy available at first quarter conferences, please call the office at 822-3245, ext. 3101 by Monday, November 6th.
Wisconsin Rapids, WI Fennimore High School sophomore Ian Barry finished 30th at the WIAA 2017 Boy’s State Cross Country Meet this past Saturday. The high for the day was not quite 40 and wind was ripping through the course. Though it wasn’t ideal running conditions, Barry was still able to finish with a time of 17:22.7.
After finishing 2nd with a time of 17:45.6 at the Division 3 sectional held at Fennimore on October 21st, Barry punched his ticket to the state meet. In fact, all through the season, Barry was clocking stellar times.
Barry won the Lloyd Luethe-Dustin Levy Memorial Invitational this season, while consistently placing in the top five at the rest of this season’s meets as well. At the Nightfall Classic he earned a new personal record with a time of 16:55.5.
We can’t wait to see what is in store for Ian in the upcoming seasons! Congratulations on a great season! Another congratulations to Coach Bell, her staff, and the entire 2017 Fennimore Cross Country Team on the stellar season!
Fennimore School has chosen Worth Ave. Group as the insurance provider for Chromebooks. The cost is $17.72 per device and covers damage to the device for this school year. To opt into the Voluntary Group Program, please visit their site by September 10th to sign up.
Morning and afternoon announcements to a second EagleTV channel. We will always provide you with a current link here.
Fennimore Middle and High School is once again planning to stream many of the fall sports events. If you can't make it to one of the games, check here or our Facebook Page for posted information. Our first streaming event is planned for Friday, September 1st when our Golden Eagle Football team takes on Iowa-Grant.
The new printable schedules for the Fall and Winter Sports have been posted on our athletics page.
Parents and Athletes can find the updated clothing order forms and information for this Volleyball season at the Fennimore Volleyball Homepage.
We are happy to announce our new YouTube Channel, EagleTV. We will be streaming live events and posting other videos to our channel for public viewing. Students or adult volunteers who may be interested in announcing or video taping should talk with Mr. Glasbrenner about this new opportunity. If you can't make it to a game or match, visit and subscribe to our channel. We hope to stream many events live this year. Take Me There