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Boscobel High School Forensics Team Poised for Another Run at the Excellence in Speech Award

Being awarded the Wisconsin High School Forensics Association Excellence in Speech Award is much like winning a state championship. Only the top 5% of all schools in the state are recognized for this prestigious honor awarded to the top schools at the State Forensics Meet in Madison. Boscobel’s Forensics Team, led by Jean Salzgeber, has brought home the award every year since 2011, and they are excited about the opportunity to earn the award again this year.

 

To qualify for state competition, team members, comprised of twenty-five entries, have to advance through Sub-Districts and Districts and earn a score that qualifies them to advance to the state competition. This year’s team is off to a great start after qualifying all twenty-five entries for District competition at UW-Platteville on March 16, 2019.

 

At Boscobel Area Schools, we strive for academic excellence through rigorous course offerings enhanced through fine arts and co-curricular activities in order to develop the whole student. The opportunity to learn and compete in topics, such as Theatre, Speech, and Debate through a state recognized Forensics Program, is essential as we strive for academic excellence enhanced by co-curricular activities.

 

This year’s team members are competing in ten different categories:

 

Prose: Pearl Scallon, Erin Beck, Abbey Manning, Hope Scallon

Poetry: Faith Glasbrenner, Lydia Kulp, Grace Glasbrenner, Danielle Swenson

Farrago: Olivia Loos, Sadie Johnston, Serena Storbakken

Informative: Leah Wacker, Grace Bailie, Treena Knowles, Darien Ostrowski

Moments in History: Beth Bohringer, Hannah Zieroth

Special Occasion: Casey Ostheimer, Maryanna O’Neill, Sarah Knowles

Storytelling: Alison Brown

Solo Acting: Lauren Belz, Kaci Wallace

Public Address: Clare Manning

Demonstration: Anysia Kulp

Boscobel High School Class of 2019 Earns 703 College Credits

The senior class at Boscobel High School has taken advantage of opportunities to earn college credits while attending high school. This year’s graduating class will begin their post-secondary education having earned more than seven hundred college credits. The District sees great value in providing multiple opportunities for students to earn college credits and the students have taken advantage of the offerings.

Boscobel High School Students are earning college credits through in a variety of ways. The District currently offers nine transcripted and articulated classes through an agreement with Southwest Technical College that allows students to earn high school and college credit for classes taught by Boscobel High School Staff. Furthermore, the credits earned through Southwest Technical College are transferable to other colleges. Advanced Placement (AP) courses are another area our students are earning college credit. The District currently offers five in-house AP courses as well as several other AP courses that are available online. In addition, the CollEDGE Up program has allowed students to earn dual credit by virtually attending classes offered at Southwest Tech. The CollEDGE Up program offers juniors and seniors in high school the opportunity to earn up to eighteen credits in classes like Speech, Written Communication, Statistics, Economics, Introduction to Sociology, and Introduction to Psychology.

Developing today’s child for tomorrow’s world is a priority at Boscobel Area Schools and dual credit opportunities are an essential part of our plan as we graduate students who are both college and career ready.

Exceeding Expectations on State Assessments Becoming the Norm at Boscobel Area Schools

Student performances at Boscobel Area Schools have been recognized as “Exceeding Expectations,” and students, teachers, and administration are looking forward to the challenge of continuing to meet that distinction or even moving into the “Significantly Exceeds Expectations” category.

 

With state assessment season upon us, teachers and students are preparing for the challenge of receiving another District rating of “Exceeds Expectations.” The District has received an “Exceeds Expectations” two out of the last three years, receiving a rating of “Meets Expectations” in the third year. Based on assessment outcomes, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction provides a rating for each district in the state. Received ratings fall into one of five categories: Significantly Exceeds Expectations, Exceeds Expectations, Meets Expectations, Meets Few Expectations, and Fails to Meet Expectations.

 

Students in grades three through eleven are tested using three different assessments. Students in grades three through eight are assessed on the Forward Exam, while ACT Aspire is used in grades nine and ten, and ACT Plus Writing, along with ACT WorkKeys, is used to assess eleventh graders.

 

The School Report Card is comprised of four priority areas. The areas include Student Achievement in ELA and Mathematics; District Growth in ELA and Mathematics; Closing Gaps in ELA, Mathematics, and Graduation Rate Gaps; and On-Track/Postsecondary Readiness, using third grade ELA Achievement, eighth grade Mathematics Achievement, Attendance Rate, and Graduation Rate. Additionally, Districts can receive deductions in the Report Card score for high absenteeism and dropout rates.

 

At Boscobel Area Schools, we strive to create learning environments that require critical thinking, problem solving, and intellectual risk-taking as part of our everyday practice. We are working to cultivate academic excellence through a culturally responsive multi-level system that encompasses the whole child.

Boscobel Area Schools Professional Learning Communities Provide Positive Academic Outcomes for Students

Boscobel Areas Schools place a focus on excellence in academics by working to provide a guaranteed and viable curriculum that offers every child the opportunity to graduate college and career ready. Much of this work is completed in our PLC (Professional Learning Community) meetings on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Effective PLC meetings require committed educators to work collaboratively to examine student performance and to determine the best strategies to help all students to succeed. PLC’s operate under the assumption that the key to improving learning for students is continuous job-embedded learning for educators.

 

Boscobel Area Schools are committed to continuous improvement. In an effort to support professional development opportunities that provide effective strategies to improve student outcomes, all PLC work must be aligned to four critical questions to which educators refer as the Essential Questions:

 

1. What do we want our students to know and be able to do? In essence, what knowledge, skills, and disposition must all student acquire as a result of the grade level, course, or unit that we teach? What systems do we have in place that provide every child with a guaranteed and workable curriculum?

 

2. How will we know if our students are learning? In essence, how do we check for understanding on an ongoing basis in individual classrooms? How will we gather evidence of each student’s proficiency? What steps are necessary to be sure that we apply the criteria consistently? Are we utilizing assessment results to maximize the impact on instruction and learning?

 

3. How do we respond when students are not learning? In essence, what strategies are needed to provide struggling students with extra time and support? How can we provide students with multiple opportunities to demonstrate learning? Do we have a mindset that all students can learn at grade level or higher?

 

4. What do we do when students already have learned the material or are proficient? In essence, how will we enrich and extend the learning for students who are already proficient or advanced? How do we assure personalized learning?

Middle School Top Readers Honored with Ice Cream Party

By: Abigail Ruckdashel

Elementary School Finishes School Year with Awards and Annual Movie

By: Abigail Ruckdashel 

Five Events Compete at WIAA State Track and Field Meet

By: Abigail Ruckdashel 

The elementary school ended their school year with Top Dog Bus Awards, Student Council Recognition, Perfect Attendance Awards and 6th Grade Presidents' Awards! Congratulations to each of the students on their awards.

 

The assembly was finished up with the annual end of the year movie! Congratulations to elementary students on another great school year, and good luck to the 6th graders at the High/Middle School next year!

Students who made it into the Million Word Club had an ice cream party Monday to celebrate. Alison Brown ended the year with 3.4 million words read throughout the school year, which is by far the most words read from past years. Congrats to all!

Three Sign with Project SEARCH at UW-Platteville

By: Abigail Ruckdashel 

Boscobel Hosts Division 3 Track and Field Regionals 

By: Abigail Ruckdashel 

Guest Speaker Teaches Students Many Life Skills

By: Abigail Ruckdashel

Boscobel High School hosted one of the 2018 Division 3 Track and Field Regionals on Monday, May 21 at the Sparky Reynolds Memorial Track. Along with Boscobel, there were eight other teams competing including: De Soto, Fennimore, Ithaca, North Crawford, River Ridge, Riverdale, Seneca and Wauzeka-Steuben.

 

Participants needed to place in the top four in order to qualify for the sectional meet in Bangor on Thursday, May 24, which is the state-qualifying step. It was a dreary and cloudy day that made for not quite ideal track meet conditions; however, that didn’t stop our Boscobel athletes from bringing it.

 

When all was said and done Boscobel High School qualified 16 individuals in 13 events and 6 relay teams to sectionals. BHS clearly continues to keep the tradition of track and field excellence alive and well.

 

Sectional field events will begin at 3:30, with races beginning at 4:15 at Bangor High School on Thursday. The full list of qualifiers is below. Congratulations to all of our athletes on an awesome season, and good luck at sectionals.

More pictures can be found on our Facebook page. Be sure to check them out!

 

100m/110m hurdles - Erin Beck, Cauy Isaacson
300m hurdles - Erin Beck, Brennan Carlin, Cauy Isaacson
400m dash - Kota Kull
800m run - Jack Latham, Daryen Heisz, Faith Glasbrenner
1600m run - Evan Belz
3200m run - Blake Sander
Long jump - Ellie Jillson
Triple Jump - Leah Bloedow
High Jump - Erin Beck
Pole Vault - Randa Bell, Dakota Frazier
Shot put - Grace Roth, Gabe Updike
Discus - Grace Roth, Cooper Rounds
4x100m relay - Jaden Lathrop, Amari Asamoah, Travis Denner, Cauy Isaacson
4x200m relay - Dani Ernst, Olivia Cory, Ellie Jillson, Grace Glasbrenner
4x400m relay - Ellie Jillson, Faith Glasbrenner, Dani Ernst, Grace Glasbrenner, Brennan Carlin, Jack Latham, Mitch Davis, Kota Kull
4x800m relay - Ellie Jillson, Fatih Glasbrenner, Shawna Newton, Grace Glasbrenner, Jack Latham, Mitch Davis, David Martinez, Kota Kull

Olivia Grassel Selected to Represent Boscobel in the 2018 Senior All-Star Game

Boscobel senior, Olivia Grassel, has been selected to the Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association All-Star Team. Wisconsin's top seniors compete annually in the WFSCA Senior All-Star Game. The games will be held on June 12th at Woodside Sports Complex in Wisconsin Dells.

Each player is placed on a team with her peers, and the teams practice on Monday early afternoon under the direction of a high school coach from the state. Olivia will be on the Division 4/5 Red team, which will be coached by Belmont Head Coach, Jeff Hodgson.

On Monday evening, all of the all-stars are recognized at a formal banquet. On Tuesday, each player competes in two games against other all-star teams. Proceeds from these All-Star games go to the Special Olympics of Wisconsin who provide sports training and competition for nearly 10,000 athletes with cognitive disabilities in 18 different sports year-round.

Each player has a profile page on the WFSCA website. If anyone would like to be an All-Star game sponsor on her behalf you can go online to the coaches association website or drop it off with Olivia and she can send it in. It has been an honor for Olivia to represent Boscobel High School Softball! Thank you to everyone who has supported her, Boscobel Softball and Special Olympics of Wisconsin.

 

The link to support Olivia is here: https://wfsca.sportngin.com/register/form/603040471

By: Abigail Ruckdashel

The 6th graders ended their year with a final music concert as elementary schoolers on Thursday, May 24. The concert was under the direction of Ms. Rhonda Zart and Mr. Charlie Calabria. The students were dressed their best in regular concert choir attire with white on top and black on the bottom.

 

The band performed several songs first. The kids played their instruments very well that made for several musically interesting pieces. One called “Indigo Rock” was a great rock tune the kids jammed to. There was even four parts. Mr. Calabria praised their active listening skills. They also played a song called “Midnight Mission.” This song was their first piece of actual sheet music where the kids did really well with the dynamics.

 

The choir part of the night stated with a “quadruple duet” called All Night All Day. These eight students sang in two parts and sounded amazing. It was a beautiful piece the students had sang earlier in the year at Solo and Ensemble.

 

The larger group sang the same pieces they also sang at Solo and Ensemble where the group received a 1 (the best score) from every single judge. The first piece was called Songs of the Earth and was made up of two Native American tunes. Mr. Calabria accompanied on percussion.

 

The group sang a few more songs as well. The final song was called “Sailing Away.” Students enjoyed singing the calypso song about the Caribbean.

 

The night ended with Ms. Zart handing out some awards from Solo Ensemble. Students received a ribbon and a certificate for their participation.

 

Overall it was a wonderful show and a great way to end the school year with music. Congratulations to the students and Ms. Zart and Mr. Calabria on a great show and wonderful year.

6th Graders Put On A Great Music Show 

By: Abigail Ruckdashel 

Three outstanding individuals signed with Project SEARCH at UW-Platteville on Friday, May 25. Kenny Snodgrass, Isaac Stevenson and Aaron Matthews will be joining Project SEARCH this coming fall.

 

Project SEARCH is a program designed in partnership with CESA #3 and UWP that uses collaboration to enable young adults with disabilities to gain work related skills and maintain employment through training and career exploration.

 

The program uses total immersion in large community businesses with on-site training, a business liaison and rotational internships for those job training skills. After this program students will have a final job placement. 

 

Project SEARCH encourages participants to use public transportation, but since southwest Wisconsin doesn’t have a lot of that, a bus is going to be provided to bring the students from Boscobel to Platteville each day.

 

On Friday, these students officially signed their letters of intent to join this program in front of staff, administration and their peers. Several students had words of encouragement for Kenny, Isaac and Aaron. It was a great moment for everyone in the district to come together and celebrate their success.

 

Congratulations to Kenny, Isaac and Aaron on their achievements thus far, and good luck in your futures at Project SEARCH and beyond.

Boscobel High School qualified 5 events for the 2018 WIAA Division 3 State Track and Field Meet. The meet was held on the UW-La Crosse Campus at the Veteran’s Memorial Sports Complex.

 

Senior, Cauy Isaacson and Junior, Dakota Kull each qualified individually. Cauy qualified in the 300m hurdles and Kota in the 400m dash. At the state meet Cauy finished with a time of 42.56, and Kota finished in 5th place overall with a finish in 51.08. Congratulations to these gentlemen.

 

Boscobel also qualified three relay events. The first was the boys 4x400 consisting of Brennan Carlin, Mitch Davis, Jack Latham and Kota Kull. These boys finished in 14th in the prelims and finished with a great time of 3:37.77.

 

The next was the boys 4x800 consisting of Jack Latham, Mitch Davis, David Martinez and Kota Kull. They finished 6th overall with a time of 8:23.95. This helped the Boscobel boys team to a 30th place finish overall.

 

The only qualifying girls event was the 4x800 as well consisting of Faith Glasbrenner, Shawna Newton, Ellie Jillson and Grace Glasbrenner. These ladies finished 9th in prelims with a time of 10:17.77. Congratulations to these girls, and the entire Track and Field team on an outstanding season.

The Boscobel School District Hosts the 26th Annual Champion Games

By: Abigail Ruckdashel 

Boscobel Middle/High School welcomed Mr. Doug Stampfli on Friday, May 18. Mr. Stampfli discussed the power of positive thinking among other things. He even proved the power of positive thinking on physical strength with a few demonstrations.

 

Students were given instructions to think that the person he was using was weak and terrible, then he tested their physical strength. He then told them to think the volunteer was strong and awesome and tested their strength again. Overwhelmingly, they were much stronger when the others in the room sent them mental positive vibes. This showed how powerful the connection between mind and body are.

 

He also talked about reaping what you sew. He said that your mind is like a garden. What you plant you get, and not only do you get just one, it multiplies.

 

Mr. Stampfli also touched on emotional intelligence and surrounding yourself with the right people for success and that who you surround yourself with says something about who you are.

 

The principals of understanding were one of Mr. Stampfli’s main points. He talked about having emotional intelligence, which comes from truly listening. In order to prove this point, he had students pair up and try to tell each other a story while the other person did anything but listen. This helped students learn how important listening is, especially when you care about the person talking to you, no matter how boring you find what they’re talking about. He pointed how it doesn’t feel good when people ignore your passions.

 

He left the students with a final challenge. As he was discussing the importance of kindness he made the students decide on who they thought the nicest person in the school was. Eventually the students settled on Jay Nolan. As she came to the front, Mr. Stampfli gave her a sealed letter. As she opened it and read it aloud, it was already addressed to her. Inside there was 50 dollars for her to use in any way she pleased, and another 50 dollars to start a kindness initiative by the end of this week.

 

We are looking forward to seeing what Jay and the students come up with. In the end, the students learned a lot and got a new understanding of the way life works.  

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Sixth graders held their annual expo last Friday. Students got to showcase their projects they've been working hard on. Each project featured a different country that was researched. 

 

Projects included posters with different facts about the research topic, different objects from each country and some students even dressed up! This project also included history, social studies, geography, sociology, science and even some cooking! 

The expo projects are a great way for students to gain research skills across different disciplines while still keeping the same theme throughout! Congratulations, sixth graders on a job well done. 

Boscobel Bulldog Publication Error Apology

Middle School Students Studying A True Story

Two Boscobel Artists Receive Best of Show 

By: Abigail Ruckdashel 

Mrs. Harris is currently reading the novel "A Long Walk to Water" with 7th grade students. The story, written by Linda Sue Park. Th book includes the true story of  Salva Dut who was apart of the Dinka Tribe in South Sudan. It also has the fictional story of Nya, a young village girl who was part of the Nuer Tribe. Park used this book as a platform to support Dut's program, "Water for South Sudan." 

 

 The middle school teachers are collaborating with cross-curricular lesson plans around this book as well. Mrs. Fry is currently studying Africa with them, which is the setting of the book. Mrs. Seguin is conducting a research project, paper, and speech that ties in with it, and Mrs. Beck will be measuring the distance of how far the main characters had to walk on their journey to survival. Excellent book to read, as it is based on a true and incredible story.

By: Abigail Ruckdashel 

Dear Boscobel School District Community Members:

CESA 3 has partnered with The Boscobel School District through a pilot program to increase community outreach and communication.  As a result, CESA 3 is providing social media, digital, and print communication on behalf of participating school districts.  Through this partnership, we are proud to report the Boscobel School District has made it a priority to communicate with taxpayers about all the great things students are accomplishing that would otherwise go unnoticed.

Most recently a printed publication was provided through the mail.  Although we were very excited about sharing the Boscobel Bulldog news, CESA 3 mistakenly sent a draft version to print containing several errors. Unfortunately, the publication went directly from the printer to the post office for mailing.   We apologize for this error and in no way should be a reflection of the Boscobel School District.  CESA 3 takes full responsibility for this error and has implemented measures to make sure this does not repeat itself.  

 

In addition, it should be noted there was no cost to the Boscobel School District for any of the copies sent or for this corrected edition being sent.  For those reading this publication for the first time, we hope you enjoy learning more about your school district.

Following this message is a link to the corrected version.  I have been blessed to get to know your students and staff.  It is clear the Boscobel School District leaders and staff are committed to providing more opportunities for your students.  In the future we will do a better job of professionally reporting ALL OF THOSE GREAT THINGS!

 

Thank you for your understanding and patience!

 

Respectfully,

 

Abigail Rucksdashel

CESA 3 Communications and CIPA Compliance Associate Director

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Sixth Grade Students Host Annual Expo

By: Abigail Ruckdashel 

Boscobel Elementary School held an all-school “Earth Day” celebration at the Paul Brandt School Forest last Thursday. The 4-6th graders spent the morning at the forest beginning with different teacher directed activities. Then at 11, the K-3rd graders joined them for an all school picture at Rock Island.

 

Students enjoyed lunch and then some recess outside where they played tag, raced, climbed on the rocks, passed around a football and rolled down the hill. Then, it was the K-3rd graders turn for some teacher directed activities.

 

Students could hike in the woods looking for animals and/or animal habitats that they were learning about in class. Some students got to look for frogs, tadpoles, insects and other pond-dwelling organisms in the water and mud.

 

Luckily, the students had rubber boots and were equipped with nets and buckets to find whatever they could in the murky water. You could tell when something of merit was found as the screams echoed across the grounds.

 

A frog was captured, and the students ran from across the pond to look at it. They were very excited to see it and spent a lot of time inspecting it. There were a few tadpoles and lots of water bugs for their viewing pleasure as well.

 

Overall, it was a beautiful day and the students enjoyed running around in the sunshine. They also learned about the great flora and fauna the forest and the Earth have to offer.  

Elementary Students Celebrate All-School Earth Day

By: Abigail Ruckdashel

The Boscobel School District was given the honor to once again host the Champion Games in conjunction with CESA 3. The Boscobel School District is proud to host this event each and every year. We also are grateful to sponsors from the community and surrounding areas that make this event happen. Special thank you to the Boscobel Fire Department for bringing the truck for the kids to explore and helping ensure a safe event.

 

This year, the original date was Friday, May 11 but had to be moved to the following Monday, May 14 due to bad weather. Unfortunately, a few of the schools could no longer attend; however, the Boscobel School District works hard to make sure all schools invited can attend when it comes to scheduling. This year, between staff, volunteers, participants and teachers there was over 1300 people at the event and though it was overcast, it was a very nice day.

 

The Champion Games feature students from around the CESA 3 area with some sort of special need, and this was the 26th year of the event. All the students get to come together and have fun with bounce houses, bungee jumping, dunk tanks, bubbles, face painting, hula hooping, basketball, obstacle courses, high jump and a bunch of other games and activities. The activities are supervised and moved along by various high school student council members from around the CESA 3 area as well. The dunk tanks were manned by the Boscobel High School FFA members.

 

The event started with the National Anthem performed by the Riverdale Ramblers. Then there was the parade of champions, complete with the theme song from the Olympics. Since Boscobel is the host, they got to lead the parade. Each school walked around the track and was introduced by radio personality, Ron Fruit. After all the schools were introduced, a countdown happened and at the buzzer, the fun was on.

 

This year there was an added special guest. Champion Cup Stacker, Jesse Horn, was on site to showcase his skills and even teach some of the kids his craft. Jesse is autistic and used to be nonverbal, but through cup stacking he came out of his shell and even recently graduated college at the top of his class. Jesse was an inspiration to some the kids, and gladly helped them learn a few tricks.

 

During the event students receive a ticket for a snack which was a juice pouch and a rice krispie treat. At noon lunch was served. Lunch featured hot dogs, chips, carrots, more juice pouches, fruit snacks and more rice krispie treats. The lunches were prepared by gracious volunteers. Thank you to them as well.

 

The event concluded with several heats of relay races. Schools could submit teams of eight to run against each other by passing off their baton. All of the kids did excellent in the race, especially our very own Boscobel teams.

 

We are always proud to host this event. Thank you to everyone who contributed to make this event as special and awesome as it is. We cannot do it alone. We hope every participant had some fun and maybe even learned something new. Everyone there is truly a champion. Be sure to check the Boscobel Area Schools for more pictures, as well as CESA 3's.  

Boscobel High School Hosts 1st Annual Career Exploration Day

By: Abigail Ruckdashel 


Students at Bosocbel Middle School participated in the 2018 Helen Mear’s Art Contest. Congratulations to all students that entered!

The 2018 winners were:

 

Drawing and Painting:

1st place "Of No Importance" Armanni Roggenbauer
2nd place: "The Beam" Avery Brown
3rd place "Bamboo Forest" Skyler Carlin
Honorable "Mustang at Sunset" Cooper Fitzgerald

 

Sculpture:

1st place: "Bloody Cup", Brady Smith
2nd place: Justis Molldrem, James Merwin, Gavin Johnson
3rd place: "The Hunting Shack", Garrett Russell
Not pictured: Cooper Fitzgerald, Brady Smith, Kayden Groom

 

Back (l to r) Skyler Carlin, Avery Brown, Armani Rogenbauer
Front (l or r) Garrett Russell, Justis Molldrem, James Merwin, Gavin Johnson

not pictured: Cooper Fitzgerald, Brady Smith, Kayden Groom

Middle School Students Win Art Contest

By: Abigail Ruckdashel

Boscobel Elementary Student Council hosted a twin day on Thursday, April 26! Many students participated and matched a friend or two. Even Ms. Schmid, Ms. Hines and Ms. Sutherland were matching in the BES office!

 

Thank you to the BES Student Council for planning such fun activities. It was a great way to celebrate the finally nice weather! See more pictures on the Boscobel Area Schools Facebook Page.

Boscobel Elementary Student Council Hosts Twin Day

By: Abigail Ruckdashel

For the first time ever, two of the three High School artists who submitted work to the annual University of Wisconsin Richland High School Art exhibit won "Best of Show" distinctions on Saturday, April 28. Beth Bohringer, sophomore and Trianna Ley, senior received the honor.

 

The UW-Richland High School Art Exhibit is held each spring and is a cooperative effort between the Richland Area Arts Council and the UW-Richland Art Department. The goal of the exhibit is to proudly introduce artistically talented young artists to the community by celebrating their achievements. A 500$ scholarship is also provided annually to a student whose work was exhibited if they apply by May 1.

 

 

Though Trianna and Beth were not able to attend the ceremony, their winning art work is pictured here. Also participating from Boscobel was Nelly Thupthimthet. The Best of Show pieces will move on to the State competition in Madison this summer. Congratulations Boscobel artists!

Boscobel High School hosted the first ever BHS Career Exploration Day on Tuesday, April 24. The event was hosted by the Boscobel Career and Technical Education Department. Over 50 booths were at the event, many featuring Boscobel Alumni.

 

The day started with District Superintendent, Mr. Greg Bell, welcoming everyone. He thanked the local businesses for participating and welcomed back returning alumni. He talked to students about their future paths and how it’s going to take grit to get through the barriers that life will throw in their way.

 

The students were then split into four groups and they worked their way through the different booths featuring professionals in many different fields. Students could speak with the professionals whose careers they were interested in.

 

Students asked many different questions. Some of them were:

  1. What position the person started at within their career?

  2. What they learned in high school that helped them most in their current career?

  3. What kind of connections they made?

  4. What schooling and skills are necessary for their job?

  5. What are the primary responsibilities and what does a normal day for you look like?

  6. How does technology impact your work?

  7. What kind of ongoing training do you receive if any?

  8. What do you wish you would have learned in high school?

 

There was then a question and answer panel with some of the business professionals in the gym, where students could ask a few more questions. After that, volunteers were then treated to a fantastic lunch of fried chicken, prime rib, mashed potatoes, veggies, salad and chocolate cake.

 

Thank you to every single business and professional that participated in the event. We appreciate your willingness to take time out of your day to come speak with our students and give them some insight into the post high school life. We do hope you will consider coming back next year. Again, thanks so much.

Boscobel High School Keeps Raking in Awards

By: Abigail Ruckdashel

Mollie Christensen Earns 2018 Academic Excellence Award

By: Abigail Ruckdashel

In the past couple of days, a lot of exciting things have happened at Boscobel High School. First of all, on Saturday April 21 all 25 members of the BHS Forensics Team competed at the 123rd Annual State Speech Competition hosted by the Wisconsin High School Forensics Association in Madison. This in itself is an outstanding accomplishment!

 

However, at the end of the day Boscobel was one 17 of the 341 high schools competing to receive the Excellence in Speech Award. This is the eighth straight year Boscobel has earned this prestigious honor. The award is given to schools who place in the top five percent of all schools at the event. All 25 of our students participating in the contest placed in the top three, with 19 taking home gold! These individual scores are used to calculate the team score and determine the winners of the Excellence in Speech Award!

 

Congratulations to Ms. Salzgeber and the entire team on an outstanding day! We are so proud!

 

Also, on Monday, April 23 Boscobel High School hosted the 21st Annual Bulldog Relays! Both the men’s and women’s track and field teams did awesome with the boy’s team taking the top spot overall!

 

Helping the men’s team to victory was the 4x800 relay consisting of Mitch Davis, Kota Kull, David Martinez, and Jack Latham. They won the event with a meet record-breaking time of 8:38.79! Congratulations, boys!

 

Also at the Bulldog Relays, Grace Roth broke her own school record in discus. Her old record was a whopping 109'10" and on Monday Grace had an epic throw of 109'11". Congratulations, Grace and the entire track and field team on an outstanding day!

Lily Scallon Officially Receives Prestigious Award

Mollie Christensen is Boscobel High School's Class of 2018 Academic Excellence Award Winner. This award is a $9,000 scholarship from the state of Wisconsin and is given to the student with the highest GPA. Mollie finished her high school career with a 3.9 GPA. Since BHS runs a laude system, Valedictorian and Salutatorian are determined by points rather than straight GPA. Due to this system, classes that are harder like advanced placement courses, are worth more points. This is how Mollie is the best in class, but was not deemed Val/Sal. 

 

This fall, she will be attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison to major in Applied Math. From there, she is aiming to work in analytics. Throughout high school math classes have been her favorite. She even won the SWAL Math Contest last month in the calculus category with the highest score of the entire day. 

Below is a short interview with Mollie, the top of the class of 2018! Congratulations, Mollie! 

Q: Was it hard to accomplish having the highest GPA?

 

A: It’s difficult for me to say because there's lots of really advanced kids in my class. A lot of us have been working extremely hard. For me though, the hardest part was learning how to study and what methods work well for me. Also staying organized plays a large part of it all. There's less stress when you know what you have to do, and exactly when it's due. I guess you just really need to find how you study and what works well for you. For me, it's pneumonic devices. I know that doesn't work well for everyone, but I have found those are one of the things that work really well when I'm studying. I would say a good night's sleep, but to be honest it really doesn't happen that often. 

 

It's also more difficult if you're doing other things. I was a three sport athlete as well as band, choir, student council and forensics. I sort of adapted to this by becoming good at managing my time. I definitely took advantage of time given in class since finding time to study and do homework outside of school wasn't always a lot.  More rigorous classes also add a level of difficulty. 

Q: What are some things you attribute to your success?

 

A: Well when I was younger I really liked to read. My grammar and English skills have were always fairy high from pretty early on. I think that helped set me on a good path. I have always liked school and never really struggled with anything. Since I enjoyed school, it makes it easier to want to work hard. 

Q: How did you pick UW-Madison? 

 

A: The main thing is I used to live in Portage. Since I grew up nearby,  I was familiar with the area. I grew up knowing the town well and just felt comfortable there. 

 

Q: What does a scholarship of this size mean to you?

 

A: It's a big weight off my shoulders for sure. Hopefully I will be able to focus more on academics and possibly doing extra curricular things in college for a full college experience. I won't have to get a job right away. I also won't have to worry about paying off hopefully as large of a debt. 

 

Q: What would be your best advice for surviving and succeeding in high school?

 

A: Academic-wise definitely really find how you study and what works well for you, and like I said before, staying organized. Also get involved. It can be stressful and you need some fun things to help you not be as stressed.

 

Q: Are you excited for college?

 

A: I'm Definitely excited. I'm looking forward to more opportunities that come from being in a bigger city. I mean, my graduating class at UW will be bigger than the entire town of Boscobel.  I'm also excited see all the arts the city has like the Overture Center, all of the university theaters and art museums and stuff. I'm just looking forward to something more than a one room movie theatre in the downtown. 

By: Abigail Ruckdashel

On Saturday, April 18 Lily Scallon accepted her scholarship from the Herb Kohl Education Foundation in a formal ceremony at Monona Grove High School. Lily was just one of six students from southwest Wisconsin to accept the $10,000 scholarship. 

Since 1990, Herb Kohl, businessman, philanthropist and former senator has given over 14.5 million dollars to students, teachers and principals in the state of Wisconsin. Lily was selected by Boscobel High School to receive the scholarship in the innovator category.

The ceremony featured Mr. Herb Kohl himself as he gave opening remarks and took at least one picture with each recipient. Mr. Kohl discussed how education has helped him and his siblings become successful and as the reason he holds education in such high esteem. Congratulations Lily, on your outstanding award! 

Elementary Students Enjoy Syrup Made From School Forest Trees

By: Abigail Ruckdashel 

High School Students Receive Academic Letters

By: Abigail Ruckdashel 

At the High School, 32 students who received academic letters were honored in a ceremony on Wednesday afternoon. In order to qualify students needed to earn a 3.0 or higher GPA for two consecutive semesters with no grade of a D or below. Congratulations to the students below. 

Kolten Achenbach, Megan Bohland, Elizabeth Bohringer, Jacob Bray, Samantha Brown, Brennan Carlin, Shayla Clark, Owen Cory, Jacob Davidson, Mitchell Davis, Olivia Dresma, Jacob Eck, Grace Glasbrenner, Sadie Johnston, Maggie Kafar, Remington King, Leilani Knight, Treena Knowles, David Martinez, Isabella Miranda, Trever Murry, Braden Myers, Paige Nicholson, Ariel Rooney, Cooper Rounds, Wyatt Rounds, Pearl Scallon, Gabriel Updike, Kolton Wallin, Daekwon Walsh, Michael Wiegel and Rebecca Yahn. 

On March 23rd, the Boscobel Middle School Student Council sponsored an end of the quarter activity.  All middle school students learned to play Bunco.  Bunco is a dice game that involves some math. The goal is to roll the dice and get the number that matches the round.  If we are on round 1, we want to roll ones.  A Bunco occurs when you roll three ones during round one, three twos during round 2 etc.  A bunco is worth 21 points.  If you get a "baby bunco" or three of a kind not matching the round number, you score five points. A game consists of 6 rounds. We had 27 tables of students playing against each other.  After each round, the losing partners would rotate to a new table and change partners.  Great fun was had by all along with learning something new.

Middle School Student Council Sponsors End of Quarter Activity 

By: Abigail Ruckdashel

Last Friday, 21 new students were inducted into the Boscobel Chapter of the National Honor Society. In order to be eligible for election to the chapter the students must be a junior or senior, have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher, and be taking coursework deemed "academically challenging" by the committee. Students are admitted based on these standards as well as service, leadership, and character.

At the ceremony Valedictorian Olivia Grassal formally inducted the members as they were escorted to the stage by senior members of the NHS. Salutatorian Amanda Schmidt as well as other members of NHS including Mollie Christianson, Quantaya Grapes, Lily Scallon spoke during the ceremony about the details of service, leadership and character. Afterwards, members were treated to snacks and punch in the cafeteria. 

Congratulations, to the new members. What a great accomplishment!

New members are: Erin Beck, Lauren Belz, Hailie Christanson, Faith Glasbrenner, Charly Groom, Trevor Hackl, Mallory Knoble, Andrew Knowles, Lydia Kulp, Trianna Ley, Olivia Loos, Abigail Manning, Dawson Marks, Jeana Nolan, Maryanna O'Neill, Casey Ostheimer, Gabriel Updike, Leah Wacker, Kaci Wallace, Erik Ward and Jayce Zimple.

National Honor Society Inducts 21 New Members 

By:Abigail Ruckdashel

Over Spring Break, members of the Boscobel High School music department braved the Nor’easter as they traveled to New York City. After an almost 24-hour bus ride students arrived in the “concrete jungle where dreams are made.”

 

Students were not only tourists, they were also Broadway stars for a short time as they were treated to a short clinic with some of the members of The Lion King. Each student got to pick if they wanted to work on singing, acting or dancing. Then a member of the show who specialized in those things worked with students and taught them some of the tricks of the trade.

 

The best advice the students were given to surviving the cut-throat industry that is show business was “don’t miss the same note twice. It’s okay to make mistakes, but don’t make the same one more than once.”

 

Later on the trip, the students actually got to see The Lion King on Broadway. During the show, they even saw some of their clinicians in their element rocking it on the stage. If you remember correctly, the pops concert in early March featured some of the songs from the show so the students would be familiar.

 

In between touring the Statue of Liberty, the 9/11 Memorial, and Radio City Music Hall choir and band students got to perform and be critiqued by some of the best music professors in the country. The choir students were in one of the biggest chapels in the United States. The amazing acoustics made for an experience ridden with goosebumps.

 

“I swear you could hear the echoes for two minutes after the singing stopped,” choir director Ms. Emily Blackburn said.

 

Students also walked around Time Square, wandered through Central Park and visited Carlo’s Bakery, the shop featured on the TLC show Cake Boss. There was also a pizza and pool party at the hotel in New Jersey.

 

One of the highlights of the trip was the boat cruise down the Hudson River. The views of the skyline were absolutely breathtaking especially at sunset as the students were treated to a buffet style dinner and then a dance party. They even had a whole deck of the yacht to themselves.

 

According to Ms. Blackburn, the students had a great time. She also said they were super well behaved and that made for a smooth and fun trip. Even the travel company commented on how timely, clean and polite the group was to work with. So, thank you to the students and staff for representing Boscobel High School in an outstanding way.

 

Be sure to check out the full album of pictures on our Facebook Page.

BHS Music Department Travels to New York City

By: Abigail Ruckdashel

On April 11, Boscobel Elementary students  enjoyed maple syrup made from the sap collected at our School Forest. Mr. Greg Plotz taps the trees, and helps teach the students about the maple syrup making process. Then Mr. Plotz even came to help make the pancakes for the students. The students really enjoyed the pancakes and the syrup. It was a great day! 


A great big thank you to Mr. Plotz and Ms. Pam Zimpel for cooking the 600+ pancakes! It was a tall task and they were great! Mr. Plotz was a busy man this week as he visited all schools and helped cook the pancakes. For more pictures visit the Boscobel Elementary Facebook page. 

Also, 43 other students maintained the standard were awarded with a gold bar. Congratulations to those students. 

Erin Beck, Lauren Belz, Leah Bloedow, Zachary Brand, Cheyanne Carlin, Mollie Christensen, Hailie Christianson, Alyssa Davis, Danielle Ernst, Autumn Gebhard, Faith Glasbrenner, Sailor Glasbrenner, Quantaya Grapes, Olivia Grassel, Trevor Hackl, Cauy Isaacson, Emily Johnson, Rebecca Kazda, Mallory Knoble, Andrew Knowles, Josie Kriz, Lydia Kulp, Trianna Ley, Olivia Loos, Abigail Manning, Dawson Marks, Trevor Martin, Brandon Mindham, Cura Morris, Taran Newton, Jeana Nolan, Maryanna O'Neill, Casey Ostheimer, Alexxis Riley, Lily Scallon, Amanda Schmidt, Mariah Steiner, Melena Tomas, Leah Wacker, Kaci Wallace, Erik Ward, Rachel Yahn and Jayce Zimpel

Middle School Students Receive Academic Awards

By: Abigail Ruckdashel

Boscobel High School Announces 2018 Best in Class

By: Abigail Ruckdashel 

Boscobel Middle School students who received academic awards were honored in a ceremony on Wednesday morning. In order to qualify, the students must have achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or higher in three semesters or more and received no grade of a D or below in any class. Since the award needs at least three semesters worth of grades, only 8th graders are eligible.

 

Just under 30 students met these criteria and were given certificates from principal Rod Lewis. At the ceremony, the math teams were formally recognized, including the team that finished first at the competition last month.

 

The students who received academic awards are below. Congratulations on your outstanding efforts in the classroom and dedication to academics. 

 

 

Benjamin Bohringer   

Abriana Brown

Alison Brown

Avery Brown

Brenner Brown

Allie Cornell

Cooper Fitzgerald

Madeline Fritz

Levi Glasbrenner

Dalton Hogan

Ethan Hulce

Jordan Jacobus

Levi Johnston

Sarah Knowles

Reanna Kvigne

Noah Loos

Clare Manning

Taylor Morga

Brandy Murry

Morgan Richardson

Tessa Riley

Elizabeth Roth

Garrett Russell

Parker Steele

Henry Suazo

Tresdon Ward

Amelia Wellner

Bailie Wellner

Nine Athletes Receive All Conference Honors

By: Abigail Ruckdashel 

Boscobel High School is pleased to announce the Class of 2018 Valedictorian and Salutatorian. Ms. Olivia Grassel has been named the Boscobel High School 2018 Valedictorian and Ms. Amanda Schmidt has been named the Boscobel High School 2018 Salutatorian.

 

Before spring break, these two ladies were honored at the SWAL Best in Class banquet where they were with the other best in class from the SWAL Conference. After high school, these two ladies have plans to head to college.

 

Amanda will be headed to the University of Wisconsin-Madison to study something in the sciences. Right now, she’s looking at medical dosimetry. Meanwhile, Olivia is headed across the border to Minnesota State University at Mankato to study nursing. She also has plans to head to graduate school and become a Nurse Practitioner.

 

The entire Boscobel School District, the administration, the staff and school board are proud of these two young ladies for their effort, determination and passion for academics and commend them on this great accomplishment.

 

Below is a short interview with Olivia and Amanda about their high school journey, their advice for incoming freshman and details their trek to the top of the 2018 class.

 

Q: How much work does it take to become the best in class?

 

A: A lot. A lot of homework, and like actually doing it, and taking the time to do it, not just write down something random. You need to know how to use your time more effectively for sure. They give you a lot of time in class, but not everyone uses it. Instead of just talking in homeroom you have to use it to your advantage.

 

Q: You both are going to be the center of attention at graduation and will deliver a speech. How are you preparing for that?

 

A: So far just kind of outlining. Speech class is going to be important. I don’t know how to write a speech yet so I’m waiting for that.

 

Q: Do the types of classes you take help determine if you will become the best in class or not?

 

A: Yes. The harder classes like the more Advanced Placement or college preparation classes the more points you get and that’s how you become best in class [due to GPAs being weighted].

 

Q: How does an incoming Freshman start on the track to becoming best in class?

 

A: Well, choosing your classes wisely is important. Don’t slack off and take all “easy” classes because you think it’s going to be hard. Just try to challenge yourself, but make sure you balance out your classes at the same time. When you take too many easier classes right away, there’s only harder classes left and you want to be able to take them in a way that you can do well in them, and that’s hard when they’re all at once. Just make sure you balance out your electives.

 

Sometimes it’s not the most fun because you don’t get to take as many “fun” classes as other kids, but it’s what needs to be done. Make sure you see everything that is offered. Check in with the guidance office because there is a lot of online AP classes you can take, and not everyone knows that. You need to be aware of your options, and Ms. Scallon is really great at helping. And also—definitely take Ms. Zart’s classes early.

 

Q: What does it mean to you to be named best in class?

 

A: It’s rewarding for all the hard work. We’ve been stressed out over the years so it’s nice to have a title. It’s definitely cool.

 

Q: Are you guys excited for college? I know some people have mixed feelings.

 

A: I’m definitely excited for the change because the school I’m going to is a lot bigger than Boscobel. There’s a lot to do. But then at the same time it’s kind of scary. It’s going to be fun though. I’m excited to meet new people. I love my class, but I’ve been with them a long time. We don’t get many new students.

 

I’m going to miss them. I’m used to seeing them every day and won’t get to see them all very often. There’s no one else going to Minnesota State-Mankato and only one other student going to UW-Madison. We are definitely branching out. A lot of times a lot of us go to the same schools, but we aren’t. Our class is pretty spread out.

 

Q: Was your college decision hard?

 

A: YES!! It was really hard.

 

Q: How did you determine where to go? Academics? Something else?

 

A: I toured a lot of schools. A lot of it was academics, but also it was how I felt about it. Like the vibes. The vibes were a big thing. Trust your instincts. It’s okay if you want to transfer. It’s a lot easier now. Also, make sure you talk to the professors if you can. Some colleges have days where you can just go and hang with some of the professors.

 

Q: What is your best advice for high school in general?

 

A: Get involved. Don’t be closed off. Open up and share your ideas. Participate in everything you can because it goes fast. If you don’t you might regret it. Everyone told me that freshman year, and I thought I had time, but it goes so fast. There’s only one quarter left. It’s probably easier than college so definitely don’t forget to enjoy it. You can’t take it so seriously but work hard. Basically, just balance, participation, and being involved.

Earlier last week, the Boscobel High Winter Sports All Conference winners were recognized. We had nine total athletes be recognized in the SWAL as it was a very successful winter season for Boscobel. Girls Basketball had their best season since the 1980 and two Boscobel wrestlers qualified for the state tournament in Madison.

 

Mitchell Davis received All Conference recognition this year in boys basketball.  Alyssa Davis, Treena Knowles, and Leah Wacker received All Conference in girls basketball. Leah received first team and Treena and Alyssa received honorable mention honors. And finally, Boscobel wrestlers Braiden Pickett, Tanner Bassett, Dakota Frazier, Gage Updike, and Chase Beinborn all received All Conference recognition this year!

 

Congratulations to these athletes for receiving such tremendous honors. We commend these athletes and their teams for all their hard work and great winter seasons. 

BHS Student Council Gives Valentine's Day Fundraiser Proceeds to Local Food Pantry

By: Abigail Ruckdashel 

Middle School Students Place First at SWAL Math Competition

By: Abigail Ruckdashel 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Milwaukee, WI—The selection committee for the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Scholarship, Fellowship, and Leadership Program has announced recipients of the 2018 Herb Kohl Foundation awards.

Scholarships in the amount of $10,000 were given to 191 graduating high school students. Our very own Lily Scallon was one of those to receive a scholarship from the foundation. Lily was one of six students in Southwest Wisconsin to accept the award in the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation 2018 Initiative Scholars category.

“Every morning throughout this school year, the first voice we hear on our morning announcements is that of Lily Scallon's. In her voice, you can hear the positive attributes that have made her one of our outstanding seniors. Lily is a well-rounded student who has participated in many of our extra-curricular activities. She works hard in school and outside of school. She lives the golden rule of life, treat people the way you want to be treated. She looks out for the underdog. She understands the struggles that life can offer, but she is always moving forward, ready for the next hurdle. Lily reminds me of the quote, ‘Always paddle your own canoe’. Lily is very deserving of the 2018 Herb Kohl Scholarship.” Mr. Rod Lewis, Boscobel High School Principal said.

 

Awards are given to students, chosen by their schools to recognize students who are putting forth extraordinary effort to do their best in the classroom and have overcome significant obstacles or adversity, but whose class rank is likely to make them ineligible for academic scholarships.

“I am very honored to be receiving this scholarship. I hope to be a good role model for other students in the district and in Southwest Wisconsin in general that may be facing similar struggles. Thank you to the Kohl Foundation for giving me this opportunity,” Scallon said.

 

The Kohl Foundation Scholarship and Fellowship program was established by Herb Kohl, philanthropist and businessman, in 1990. To date the foundation has awarded $14.5 million to Wisconsin educators, principals, students, and schools.

“Education is the key to the future of Wisconsin and our nation. I am very proud of the accomplishments of these students, teachers, and principals and look forward to the great contributions they will make in the future,” Kohl said.

The recipient luncheon will be held on Saturday, April 14 at Monona Grove High School, in Monona, Wisconsin at 12:30pm. Mr. Herb Kohl will be there to present the awards to recipients himself.

Congratulations, Lily! You are more than well-deserving and we are so proud!

Lily Scallon Receives Prestigious Scholarship

By: Abigail Ruckdashel

On Wednesday, fourth graders participated in the Battle of the Books held inside the Boscobel Elementary School Library. Students competed against North Crawford in a competition where students had to know title, author and sometimes even facts from a large list of books.

 

Students were given several months to read as many titles as they could from the list. Books included classics like “Frindle” by Andrew Clements and “Towers Falling” by Julie Parker Rhodes, and even some newer books from the “Scaredy Squirrel” series by Melanie Watt.  

 

There were six North Crawford and three Boscobel teams competing in groups of five. Each team had to write their answer on a white board and received ten points for the name of the book and then another five if they had the author.

 

There was also an individual competition as well with the same basic rules, but the students got to pick which group of books they wanted to be quizzed on.

 

Battle of the Books promotes reading and literacy in a fun way that students enjoy. Plus, it lets them work together to solve problems and think critical and recall information they read.

 

As an added bonus, students in Mr. Moran’s woods classes made the awards that were given to the top three teams. The awards were pieces of wood medallions that the students then engraved with a Battle of the Books logo. It was a great way to involve all levels of our school district in an educational and fun event.

Fourth Grade Participates in Battle of the Books

Alyssa Davis, Quantaya Grapes, and Danielle Ernst are pictured making a donation to the SWCAP Food Pantry on behalf of BHS Student Council. Back in February, Student Council members sold suckers for Valentine's Day to raise the money for this donation. This is just one of the many times this year that the BHS student council has been able to make a donation to help support our community. Way to go, BHS Student Council!

By: Abigail Ruckdashel 

Boscobel High School Students Excel at SWAL Math Contest

By: Abigail Ruckdashel 

The Boscobel Middle School Math Team also had an outstanding day. The competition took place on March 12, at Iowa-Grant High School. There were five levels of competition, Algebra 1, Geometry, Advanced Algebra, Trigonometry and Calculus.

 

Medals are awarded to the top finishers in each level of competition. Scores were also compiled based on individual scores and a team test. The Boscobel Middle School Algebra Team consisting of Emma Bailie, Sarah Knowles, Tresdon Ward, Allison Brown and Tessa Riley finished in first place.

Congratulations, Bulldogs on an excellent day! 

By: Abigail Ruckdashel 

Second and Third Graders Send Audience on A Musical-Filled Safari Adventure

On Monday, March 12th the SWAL Math Contest was held at Iowa-Grant High School. There were five levels of competition, Algebra 1, Geometry, Advanced Algebra, Trigonometry and Calculus. Medals are awarded to the top finishers in each level of competition. Receiving medals in the Geometry Division were Emma Creasey – Bronze, and Maggie Dremsa – Bronze. Medaling in the Trigonometry Division were Olivia Loos – Silver, and Rebecca Yahn – Bronze. Medaling in the Calculus Division were Mollie Christensen – Gold (finishing with the highest score of all competing) and Rachel Yahn – Silver.

 

The Calculus Team consisting of Mollie Christensen, Rachel Yahn, Lauren Belz, Trevor Hackl, and Quantaya Grapes also finished in first place. The Trigonometry Team, consisting of Mitch Davis, Treena Knowles, Olivia Loos, Kaci Wallace, and Rebecca Yahn placed second.

Congratulations, Bulldogs on an outstanding day! 

Jambo Rafiki or Hello Friends:

 

On Monday, March 12 Boscobel Elementary School held their final music concert with the second and third graders. The students brought the audience on a music-filled African safari adventure.

 

The set list included songs about giraffes, lions, geckos, bush babies, servals, and crocodiles,

 

Each song came with a student-lead introduction with facts about each animal included in the songs as well as information on Africa in general. One of the many things the audience learned about symbiosis and other strange occurrences that happen in nature, like how birds eat food our of crocodiles teeth, and in return the crocodiles don’t eat the bird. Even through the silliness and music, there was still a copious amount of things for audience members and students alike to learn. 

Not only was the show fun and entertaining for the audience, it was also a great time for the students as well. According to elementary music teacher, Lyssa Stolte, the kids absolutely loved learning the animal songs and the hand motions that went along with. 

Earlier in the day, the students had a rehearsal with Ms. Stolte in the BES gym. They learned walking on and off the risers as well as where to stand and look and running through the songs. This takes a lot of time and paying attention and requires students to listen and not talk. According to Ms. Stolte, the second and third graders were better than any of the other grades during their rehearsal time. 

As a reward, she gave each class a golden ticket. The students were thrilled with their accomplishment and gave themselves each a pat on the back. Congratulations, second and third graders on being awesome listeners, and good job on the show. You all make excellent animals. 

More pictures from the performance can be found on our Boscobel Area Schools Facebook Page.

Catching up with Lyssa Stolte, Elementary Music Teacher

By: Abigail Ruckdashel

4K Students Enjoy Their Monthly Meeting with the Story Lady

For the first time in five years, Boscobel High School will be presenting a spring play. Mr. Charlie Calabria is directing "Clockwork" a comedy murder mystery featuring many of our talented BHS students. Right now, the production is still in rehearsal with students weening themselves off their scripts. 

The story is based around a family and their search for answers when the family patriarch, Zach, dies laughing, literally.  From randomly chiming clocks, snakes in the house and a mysterious delivery man, this show is a perfect mix of humor and thrill. 

Students in the play are happy that a theatre production is again being produced. "Little Shop of Horrors" was the last theatre piece Boscobel has seen and that was when current seniors were in middle school. One of the students recalls going to see Little Shop and immediately deciding to be in the production when he finally reached high school. 

"I was actually in the last play they did," Chandler Brindley, who plays the messenger, said. "I was in seventh grade. I knew I wanted to be in it as soon as I could."

Many students were disappointed each year there was no play or musical. However, when students started to hear there was a good possibility of a play this year, they became awfully excited. 

"We've been talking about it since last year." Beth Bohringer, who plays Myrna said. "When they officially started one, we knew it would be a cool thing to be in. It's something we are interested in." 

 

This isn't the first time Beth has been in a play. She and Pearl Scallon, who plays Frieda, are naturals when it comes to theatre. 

"We've been doing plays together since we were little." Pearl added. 

Regardless of what the play was, many of the students, including Pearl and Beth, said they were going to join anyway. 

"I knew that I wanted to be in it regardless because I'm a senior and this plays off of what I want to go into, which is TV, Radio, and Film. I just thought this would be good experience for that," Chandler said. 

The good news is, the students really actually enjoy the play that was picked. It's funny, yet dark and mysterious. It's definitely an intriguing story with many layers and a plot that thickens which each scene.  "Clockwork" opens in two weeks on Saturday, March 17 at 6:30pm in the BHS gym. You're definitely not going to want to miss it.

After a Five Year Hiatus, Boscobel High School Theatre is Back and Better Than Ever

By: Abigail Ruckdashel

On Thursday, March 2 the Boscobel Middle School music students performed in their annual POPS concert. The POPS concert featured more modern and upbeat music  that is more in the "pop" category that our students enjoyed learning and our audience enjoyed listening to. 

First, the band performed two songs under the direction of Mr. Charlie Calabria. They performed the theme some from "The Incredibles," followed by a western piece entitled "(Ghost) Riders in the Sky" All the students sounded wonderful on their instruments. 

Next the boys choir performed a piece under the direction of Ms. Emily Blackburn. They performed the piece "Sixteen Tons" by Tennessee Ernie Ford which many audience members knew and hummed along with. The boys sang in three parts, which is something quite advanced for middle school students as they usually sing in two. 

Next, the girls choir performed under the direction of Ms. Rhonda Zart. They sang a well known piece by Taylor Swift called "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together." The girls also sang in three parts which made for an enjoyable harmony the audience could hear. 

Lastly, the mixed choir, again under the direction of Ms. Zart, performed three pieces. First was "Stray Cat Strut" by the Stray Cats made famous in 1981. The second piece was "What A Wonderful World" which many people know is by the famous Louie Armstrong from 1967. It may be an oldie, but it's definitely a goodie. 

 

They ended the concert with "Hey Ya" by OutKast from 2003. The song was nominated for a Grammy in the same year. 

 

Overall it was a wonderful concert that showcased the wonderfully talented students we have here in the Boscobel School District. Congratulations to Ms. Zart, Ms. Blackburn and Mr. Calabria as well as our students on an outstanding performance. 

A full album of pictures from the night can be found on our Facebook Page. 

Middle School POPS Concert Was A Hit

By: Abigail Ruckdashel 

On Tuesday, March 6 the Boscobel High School Music Program held their annual POPS concert. The high school band and choir students prepared a number of energetic and fun songs for the audience to enjoy.

 

The night started with the band under the direction of Mr. Charlie Calabria. They opened with the theme song from “Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl.” They followed it up with “Everytime We Touch” by Cascada. The well-known chart topper from 2007 was a hit with the audience as well as the students as the band members voted on playing the song earlier in the year, and Mr. Calabria made it happen.

 

Next, the jazz band performed a number called “In the Mode”. The jazz band will be performing the piece, as well as a few others at the jazz festival to be held March 20th in Fennimore. Several of the band members were also playing instruments that are not their primary instruments, which was really impressive.

 

Mr. Calabria talked about his admiration of the jazz band members and the effort and time they had put into the jazz band. The students come in during the week at 7:15am to practice and prepare.

 

Following a short break, the men’s choir performed one of Elvis Presley’s hits in “Don’t Be Cruel” under the direction of Ms. Emily Blackburn. The guys sounded great, and really brought the spirit of the king himself.

 

Next, the women’s choir performed also under the direction of Ms. Emily Blackburn. They sang “I’m Not That Girl” from the Tony winning musical “Wicked.” The women sounded awesome. The piece also featured a beautiful solo from Mollie Christensen.

 

Finally, the mixed choir rounded out the show. The first song was the 1967 Motown hit “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. Soloists Dalton Gideon and Quantaya Grapes rocked the house, and the choir sounded excellent.

 

The second song was their own rendition of Rascall Flatts’ 2004 single “Bless the Broken Road.” The song is already a tear jerker, but the choir sounded amazing and brought a warmth to the song that evoked shivers.

 

At the very end, a Lion King Medley was performed. “A Circle of Life,” “Hakuna Matata,” “I Just Can’t Wait to be King,” “Be Prepared” and "Can You Feel the Love Tonight” were a part of the Elton John set. Soloists Amanda Schmidt, Brenna Kvigne, Leah Bloedow and Chandler Brindley were amazing. Mr. Charlie Calabria assisted with some percussion as well.

 

The medley fits because music program is headed to New York on March 23, and will be seeing the The Lion King on Broadway while they are there. Plus, they will be participating in a Broadway workshop. Students got to pick between dancing, singing or acting and that is what particular skill they will be working on in the workshop.

 

Overall, the concert was great. Every single student that participated shined, and made the show great. It is clear we have wonderfully talented students here in the Boscobel School District. The whole album of pictures can be found on the Boscobel Area Schools Facebook Page.

High School POPS Concert Rocks the House

By: Abigail Ruckdashel 

If you don’t know by now, March is Music in Our Schools Month. Between Solo & Ensemble at the middle and high school levels, POPS concerts and a few elementary programs, the Boscobel School District has a lot to celebrate when it comes to music. However, the basis of the program begins at the elementary school.

 

Elementary school music teacher, Lyssa Stolte, talked about the importance of developing student interest in music, the importance of exposure to different types of music and how she prepares students for the next level of the program. Read a short interview with her below.

 

 

Q: Why do you think music is important especially at the elementary level?

 

A: Especially when they get a little older, starting in third grade they start to play recorders. Once they start that, they need to be responsible for their instruments. So, it teaches them responsibility of needing to know where their instrument is, taking care of it, etc. I always tell them once they’re in middle school, they’ll have a band instrument and they will be responsible for practicing it at home.

 

Also, music works in a unique way in your brain. Studies have been done that shows that kids who participate in music, they’re brains are able to form connections faster than others. I try my best to expose them to music from different countries, different time periods, different composers. We study the instrument families. Sixth grade is starting to play ukuleles for the first time, since I’ve been here. So that is going to be very exciting. The kids are so excited.

 

Q: Do you think that the kids enjoy music?

 

A: Most of them do. I would even say that every kid enjoys playing instruments. Kindergarten and First graders are doing improvisation right now. They’re making their own music. They get five choices and get to pick two. The music starts and then they play those percussion instruments in any way they want to. The coolest thing is how big the smiles on their faces are. It’s just the little guys and they just get excited because they know they can do no wrong because there’s no rules about it. As long as they play it nicely, they’re good.

 

Q: Do you think that Music in our Schools Month is a good way to show support for the music program?

 

A: Yes absolutely. And I think it can be seen that kids who have gotten up and practiced in front of others, even if it’s just playing some maracas, maybe it’s a little less nerve-racking for them when they’re asked to do public speaking or something of that nature later in life. I think music is definitely a confidence builder, and having a month where the focus is on music, and the talents the students possess really help show that.

 

Q: Sometimes music gets the impression that it’s only a fine art, and a person might think they aren’t good or fancy enough to be involved. What would you say to that?

 

A: That is absolutely untrue. Drum circles where you can just step in even if you have zero experience and start banging on a drum are really popular right now. That’s music. And you can feel that you’re part of a group and part of the experience.

 

Q: Especially considering the size of the school, Boscobel has a huge music program. It obviously starts at the elementary level, so what do you do to prepare students for the continuing levels of music?

 

A: I always try to talk about the next levels of music. Any time we are doing anything with instruments I say things like “Hey, in a few years you could play this instrument in the band.” So, I try to refer to it as often as possible.

 

With a few of the younger kids we are going to be starting a unit on correct singing techniques. Because we don’t talk about that for the programs. The parents just want them to be cute, which they are.

 

I showed the Kindergarteners a clip of a nine-year-old girl singing opera on Holland’s Got Talent or something like that and I thought they would be like “Oh, that’s interesting,” and that’s it. But when they were lined up in the hallway almost every single one of them was attempting to sing opera style.

 

So that’s the really awesome thing is that there’s always something new to learn in music. And even I forget how catchy it is. All the different techniques and styles can catch on and really get inside you.

 

Q: What would you say to someone who might think that music is really not that important?

 

A: A lot of the people that say that are the ones who push their kids into being in every sport possible. Sports are so important because it teaches important concepts like work ethic, team work and responsibility, all of that, but most kids once they’re past high school will never play a team sport again.

 

Kids who sing or play an instrument like piano or guitar after they’re past high school they sing or play for the rest of their lives. And that is just amazing. Say you’re bored and don’t know what to do with yourself, a lot of people might pick a video game. Or, you could sit down and play some piano or guitar to pass time. Every student has the opportunity to buy a recorder. They’ll have that for the rest of their lives. I’m sure there’s even some adults out there that could still play hot crossed buns on the recorder. It’s a life-long thing.

 

I’m also a music therapist and when I was in college we worked with a lady who had weathered a stroke which left her able to only speak four words, but could sing the lyrics to dozens of songs because verbal and musical are on separate sides of the brain. We worked with her to help her sing or chant phrases from songs she knew and use them in her daily life, even though she couldn’t speak it.

 

Q: Is there anything else you want to add?

 

A: The biggest thing is that music is life-long, and that it doesn’t have to be complicated. Most people think that music is so hard and you have to play Mozart and Beethoven. You get benefits from it whether you’re playing “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” or Warrant or whatever you like. It can be simple, yet still connect you to others.

 

It’s cliché, but music really does speak when words can’t. I mean, find me someone from the 80’s or 90’s that hasn’t made a mixed tape to give to their significant other. It shows someone how you feel about them.

By: Abigail Ruckdashel 

BES Earns Pizza as Reward for Kindness

By: Abigail Ruckdashel

The Boscobel 4K students  venture to Timber Lane Coffee once a month to meet with the story lady. The story lady is sponsored by the public library for 4K story time.  Often 4K families, grandparents, community members  & coffee shop patrons will join them for stories and hands-on literacy activities.   However; last week they visited the public library so students could begin to become familiar with this great asset in our community.

It has been proven that one of the best ways to prepare your child for Kindergarten and eventually the ACT is to read to them out loud. This program combines community and our school district to bring positive experiences and learning opportunities to our youngest students. Thanks to Timber Lane Coffee and the Boscobel Public Library for helping us make this monthly event happen. 

 

In March the 4K will return to their usual spot--the coffee shop.  There are always lots of pictures of their time with the story lady on their Facebook Page. Be sure to like "Boscobel 4K" so you don't miss out on any of the awesome things they do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Thursday, February 22nd the students at  Boscobel Elementary School were surprised with a pizza party. BES uses Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies to encourage good behavior and positive qualities from the students. Instead of focusing on solely punishing less than desirable behavior PBIS focuses on rewarding good behavior.

This past month or so the PBIS they've been focused on is kindness. Whenever a teacher or staff member saw a student do something kind they were rewarded with a kindness coupon. The coupon would then be added to their Bulldog Tower. Once the tower becomes full, students are rewarded. This month it just happens to be with pizza.

At the assembly where the pizza was announced, teachers and staff members were given the opportunity to formally compliment the entire school if they wanted to. Then the kids put their arms around each other and sang their Bulldog Song. 

BES is going to continue to focus on kindness, and when they fill the tower again, they will be given another school-wide award. Congratulations, BES! Keep up the good work! 

Middle School Students Use Technology to Advance Math and Reading Skills

By: Abigail Ruckdashel

Second Graders Spread Love with Student Prepared and Shared Breakfast on Valentine's Day. 

By: Abigail Ruckdashel

Since we've had such a positive reaction from high school students about the Core Performance class, it's been decided that we will be beginning a Middle School Core Performance (E2) course. The course will be starting up next Monday, February 19th at 6:30am. On Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays and middle school student can come in and get a good workout in before school starts. The class will run until 7:30 to allow students time to get ready for school.

 

This course is free to any middle school student looking to become healthier and/or enhance their overall fitness level. This class is meant to help students jump higher, run faster, get stronger, etc. The workout will depend on how many students show up. This first session will run until spring break (5 weeks). We can't wait to begin! 

Middle School Core Performance Course Begins Monday 

By: Abigail Ruckdashel

As February draws to a close, Boscobel Winter Sports are just beginning to heat up.  On Saturday two Boscobel wrestlers, Dakota Frazier and Chase Beinborn, qualified for the WIAA Individual State Tournament to be held at the Kohl Center in Madison February 22-24.

 

Dakota qualified at 138 lbs. after placing third at the Mineral Point sectional. Frazier defeated James Gjefle of Brookwood in the opening round 9-7. In the quarterfinals Frazier fell to Tristin Grant of Cashton. Through the backside of the bracket Frazier would defeat everyone by major decision taking down Conner Nolan of Parkview 17-7 and Alex Scoville of DeSoto 17-3 to grab third place and the final state qualifying position.

 

Throughout the season Frazier boasted a 24-14 record. Frazier has wrestled since first grade, and this is the junior’s first trip to the state tournament. Dakota’s first match at the tournament will be about 7pm Thursday, February 22. He will take on Andrew Gunderson from Cadott.

 

Chase qualified at 170 lbs. after placing second on Saturday. Beinborn took down Ehren Ezzell of Deerfield 6-2, followed by pinning TJ Sprosty of North Crawford/Seneca in the third period the next match. This win put him in the finals and automatically qualified him for the tournament.

 

Beinborn took on Mineral Point’s Riley Workman to try and win the sectional. However, Workman would take the match, leaving Beinborn with silver. Since the athlete who took third, Jacob Urban of Hillsboro, hadn’t wrestled Chase yet, he was able to challenge Chase in a wrestle back. Beinborn would handle Urban pinning him in the third period, and keeping silver. 

 

Through the season Chase posted a 38-10 record. Chase has also wrestled since first grade, and this is also his first trip to the state tournament. He will also wrestle about 7pm on Thursday, February 22. He will take on Isaac Banker of Bonduel.

 

Ticket and time information for the tournament can be found here: https://www.wiaawi.org/Sports/Wrestling.aspx

 

If you’d like to order a shirt to support Chase and Dakota that link is here: https://rbsactivewear.itemorder.com/sale. Use code “BOSCWR.”

 

On Tuesday, WIAA Girls Basketball Regionals begin. Our #6 Lady Bulldogs will host #11 Fennimore at 7pm. When they win, they will take on #3 Mineral Point on Friday, February 23rd at 7pm in Point.

 

So far this season, they have compiled a 16-6 record. Leah Wacker is leading in scoring in both field goals and three pointers. Leah also has a 65.8% free throw percentage. Treena Knowles is leading the team in rebounds, and Alyssa Davis is a close second. Davis also is 10/30 on three pointers.

 

This weekend the draws for the WIAA Boys Basketball Regionals. The #12 Boscobel Bulldogs will take on #5 Cuba City in Cuba City on Tuesday, February 27 at 7pm. Winner would then head to #4 Darlington on Friday, March 2.

 

This post season is shaping to be an exciting one for Boscobel fans. Be sure to come and cheer them on.

Bulldog Winter Sports Gearing Up For Post Season 

By: Abigail Ruckdashel

New this year to the Boscobel Area School District is an educational intervention tool called Edgenuity. During the 7th and 8th grade homeroom time, students are required to work with this software for roughly 20 minutes each day, or anywhere from an hour and a half to three hours a week in the classroom.

 

Edgenuity is designed to help students work on their math and reading skills, regardless of level. This program first establishes a baseline then continues from there with more advanced lessons, helping students who are struggling yet still being able to challenge advanced students and help them become even better since it is tailored to each students individual learning needs.

 

In Mr. Reynolds' homeroom the students have made great strides with Edgenuity. His class has seen an exceptional increase in MAP Test Scores due to their hard work with Edgenuity.  So much so, that ome students have even seen increases from 17-20 points.

 

Since the program is self-paced, students who have worked with it most, have seen the most improvements. This gives credit to students in Mr. Reynolds' class as they have done a lot of work to improve. Some even said they do some lessons at home. Not only have they seen improvements in test scores, but improvements in their regular classes.

 

Francis Hurley talked about his work with Edgenuity saying, “I take notes along with it, and now I get 100% on lessons most of the time.”

 

Francis is one of the students who has seen the highest jumps in his scores. Another student, TJ Bell, talked about how much Edgenuity has helped regular classes.

 

“The things I learn [with Edgenuity] are what we do in our regular classes. However, what we are learning right now in math is confusing most of the class, but I’m never confused because I’ve already done it,” TJ said.

 

Easton Carlin is in advanced Edgenuity math and reading lessons and has helped her keep concepts straight in her regular classes.

 

“My math teacher told me that even if I’m not understanding everything Edgenuity is teaching me and only getting like 60%, that doesn’t matter because I’m still getting a good portion of it. And 60% is better than people getting none of it, or not doing it at all,” she said.

 

Since she’s getting advanced lessons she may not be able to apply everything to her current classes but is learning concepts she might need in math or reading in the coming years. When the time comes for her to learn these concepts inside the classroom, she will already have a basic understanding and the classroom lesson will be more or less review, even if she didn’t pick up everything 100%.

 

And now that the kids have retested from the fall and seen their scores actually increase, they are feeling a sense of pride.

 

“It helped me with my MAP scores,” Parker Steele said. “At first it wasn’t my favorite thing to and I didn’t think it would actually help, but it really did. It’s funny when you stumble across something you’ve already learned in Edgenuity in class.”

 

In fact, Edgenuity has helped a majority of kids. Some kids who were showing test scores on the lower end and more or less struggling received one on one time with the math and reading teachers during the week. However, since working with this program, some of them have scored high enough where they don’t need to be in that program anymore and can continue with regular homeroom time.

 

From the addition of this program it can be seen that we have students that really care about their education and they put in the time to improve and become better students. The best thing about this program is that it helps students regardless of where they are. Whether they’re struggling or advanced, Edgenuity has helped them improve.

 

We are glad we get to provide this opportunity to our students and are so proud of them for taking charge of their educational futures. We really do have great students here in the Boscobel Area School District and we hope to continue to inspire them to keep becoming better students, leaders and people.

New Wood Shop Technology is Top of the Line

By: Abigail Ruckdashel 

On Tuesday, February 6 several junior and senior Boscobel High School students traveled to the Boscobel Fillback Automotive Dealership for a tour as the first part of a new program partnership. This new program is in partnership with Fillback Family of Dealerships, Southwest Tech, Wisconsin Auto and Truck Dealers Association and CESA #3 called “Automotive Technician Academy Pilot.”

 

This program is for juniors and seniors to provide them with academic and technical knowledge in the automotive technician career area. Students chosen for this program will not only receive high school credit, but also credit from Southwest Technical College. The purpose is to encourage and help build the future workforce in the Transportation Career Cluster.

 

The structure of this course is simple, to get kids into a career they’re interested in by providing them the skills and work experience necessary beginning in high school. In order to qualify for this program, students must first take the hour-long tour of the Fillback Automotive center. If they decide during the tour that they would like to become a part of the program, they must submit an application to their high school counselor by March 9, 2018.

 

From there, it’s up to  Fillback Automotive as they screen the applications and select students. Selection is made based on the students ability to demonstrate desire to work in the industry, recommendation by their Technical Education Teacher, and the Bennett Mechanical Comprehension Test (BMCT). There is a selection process as the dealership cannot accept more than 12 total students.

 

Students who are selected will be notified by April 1st of their acceptance and will be registered for credit at both their high school and Southwest Tech. The program begins September 1 and goes to May 30th on specified Wednesdays as a type of youth apprentice program. If accepted, there is no cost to the student participating as CESA #3 is picking up the costs. Instruction will be at the Fillback dealership by a trained automotive technical instructor.

 

At the completion of their high school degree and this program students will be on the fast track for acceptance to the SW Tech program. They will still have to apply to the school and be accepted. This provides a pathway for the opportunity to be sponsored by the dealership to cover some  Southwest Tech tuition. This program also provides a pathway for the opportunity to be sponsored by Snap-on Tools and their partnership with the WATDA where the student would be given an entire Apprentice Set of tools and toolbox to start them on the right foot.

 

We are so lucky this opportunity is coming to Boscobel. It allows our students to gain experience in a popular trade, earn college credit and be on the pathway to the opportunity for sponsorship. Lastly, we are proud to connect a local business to our district and keep giving back to our community.

Boscobel Students Pilot New Academic and Community  Program

By: Abigail Ruckdashel

On Wednesday morning, all four second grade classrooms at Boscobel Elementary School prepared a delicious and healthy Valentine’s Day Breakfast in their classrooms. Each student had a specific job from setting the table to pouring juice, stirring up the pancakes and even cooking the bacon.

 

The classrooms and tables were decorated beautifully with heart table cloths, heart shaped bowls and name cards with hearts. Students were in charge of most of the preparation from cutting up the fruit, cracking the eggs, buttering the toast and scooping out the yogurt.

 

Most of classrooms enjoyed a breakfast of fruit salad, scrambled eggs, sausage, French toast with syrup, cheese, yogurt, juice, and milk. Ms. Erickson and Ms. Watters classes also enjoyed bacon, while Ms. Bohringer and Ms. Erickson also ventured into the land of hash browns and pancakes.  

 

Students also learned how to crack eggs, make the French toast and use paring knives safely. The main rule was to never leave plastic utensils on hot metal surfaces. Ms. Devine’s classroom actually lost power for a little bit of the time and were forced to improvise. However, it didn’t impact the deliciousness of the breakfast once they got back up and running.

 

Students were excited to hand out the valentines they had made for each other as they talked about them excitedly over their breakfast. It was a great way to start the day, as the entire second grade wing leaked tantalizing smells all throughout the hallways. Many other classrooms were jealous.  What’s a better way to spread love on Valentine’s Day than with sharing a meal?

 

The full photo album with action shots from the preparation can be found on the Boscobel Area Schools Facebook Page.

2nd Graders Celebrate A Native American Tradition

By: Abigail Ruckdasahel

As usual, there are a lot of neat things going on in the shop during Mr. Moran’s wood classes. Some students are refurbishing guitars, engraving signs, building coffee tables and making one of a kind amazing projects.

 

One of the newest editions to the wood shop is the laser engraver. This machine is computer programed to engrave just about anything into wood, metal, plastic, glass, stone and ceramic. Students have used it create sports team symbols, animals, letters and shapes to help enhance their unique creations.

 

On this particular day one of the students was engraving a logo into a piece of plywood. The student put the logo he wanted into the program attached to the machine. He then centered the piece of wood in the laser station and pressed play.

 

The machine engraved the logo line after line, knowing exactly how to deep to engrave each line to make the logo come to life. The whole process took about 30 mins.

 

One of the other cool projects that used the engraver was an American flag. This student used different types of wood to make the stripes, and the engraver to make the stars. He also engraved the USA symbol into the flag as well. He was on the tail end of his project staining it to really give it a good finish.

 

The engraver machine is top of the line, so much so, that other schools have even come to look at it. This machine helps students in the shop get used to the technology they could encounter in their career. Though the engraver has its own program that comes with it, many of the other pieces in the shop use AutoCAD, a popular program used by many engineering firms.

 

As they continue to learn and get more familiar with the machines and programs students will be able to continue to get better at working them and be able to add more intricate details to their projects. Mr. Moran showcases completed projects frequently on the Bulldog Tech Ed Facebook page. Be sure to check that out.

4th and 5th Graders Take Audience on A Musical Adventure

By: Abigail Ruckdashel

New this year to the middle schoolers is the concept of “skinnies.” The Boscobel Senior/Middle school runs block schedules. Block schedules mean students see 90-minute class periods instead of the standard 50.

 

The concept of blocks allows students to have more time devoted to the classes they choose. However, middle school students are now given the opportunity to try a few more classes to determine which electives they like.

 

The 90-minute elective block is split into 45 minute periods for the middle school kids to try more than one elective course. Students can then pick from band, choir, Spanish, agriculture, art or family and consumer education during this “exploratory” block.

 

There are 12 students in the middle school that take band and choir during their skinny block. However, since those classes are similar, they are given the opportunity to try two more. During their homeroom once a week they get to go to one of the classes they chose. This class then changes every 9 weeks.

 

Overall, this seems slightly confusing but it allows our students to get a taste of many different courses that teach many different skills. Middle school students are at an age where they may not know all of their talents and being able to try things they normally wouldn’t could expose capabilities they didn’t know they had.

 

And, according to school counselor Rhonda Scallon the students like this set up as they enjoy being able to be included in many different activities.

"Skinny" Blocks Allow Middle School Students Access to More Classes

By: Abigail Ruckdashel

Career and technical education, or CTE, is education that directly prepares students for high-wage, high-demand careers. CTE covers many different fields, including health care, business, marketing, information technology, advanced manufacturing, agriculture, hospitality and management, human services and more.

 

CTE encompasses many different types of education, from classroom learning to certification programs to work-based learning opportunities outside the classroom. National Career and Technical Education Month®, or CTE Month®, takes place each February to celebrate the value of CTE and the achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs across the country.

 

In the Boscobel Middle/High school we have a thriving CTE program offering students woods, metals, engineering, business, agriculture, art, and family and consumer education courses. These classes give students the opportunity to gain the specific skills they need for their future careers.

 

Students not only receive hands-on education in these classes, but they are taught resume building, cover letter writing and interview skills. Many of our CTE teachers have said they’ve received emails from former students who actually use the skills learned in their CTE class in their actual job.

 

Mr. Jeff Ostheimer teaches agriculture and is the FFA Advisor. He told a story of a BHS graduate being one of five people out of a bunch with a resume and cover letter in hand at a job interview, both skills learned in that student’s time at BHS.

 

We in the Boscobel School District understand the value CTE classes offer to our students, and are proud to offer a plethora of these courses to our students. One of our main goals is to have our students prepared for college and the real world, and CTE courses are an important part of our mission.

 

So, join us in celebrating CTE month for the next four weeks, as we keep preparing our students for what is ahead not just this month, but every month. Each week, we will be taking a deeper look into some of our CTE classes so, stay tuned for that.

February is Career and Technology Education Month

By: Abigail Ruckdashel

Last week, the second grade classes recently learned about the Northwest Coastal Native Americans.  As a conclusion to their studies, the students held a Potlatch party.  A Potlatch is a traditional feast at which gifts and possessions were given away.  The second grade students wove paper mats to give as their Potlatch gifts.  After presenting their gifts to each other the students joined their friends in the hallway for snacks.  

Art Classes Give Students A Chance to Showcase Their Creativity

By: Abigail Ruckdashel

Opa! The fourth and fifth graders held their annual music concert Tuesday evening in the Boscobel Elementary School gym.

 

Audience members were treated to an archeological musical explosion entitled “Dig It!” by John Jacobson and Roger Emerson. “Dig It!” explores the wonders of ancient civilizations. From the farm laborers of early Mesopotamia and Egyptian mummies who “rap” to a chorus of ancient Greeks and Romulus and Remus who dream of building a great city, the entertainment never dies.

 

Some of the fifth graders had speaking parts that told the story of some of the ancient civilizations. The kiddos were costumed in togas to add to the wonder of the show as they sang song like “Greece is the Word” and “So Long Ago.”

 

“I like to go online and listen to a lot of music before I pick a particular show. I look for ones the kids will find fun but that they won’t find too ‘dorky’, especially for the older ones,” music teacher and concert director, Ms. Lyssa Stolte said.

 

The kids seemed to enjoy performing “Dig It!” dancing and singing along with smiles plastered across their faces.

 

In the scene where the musical tours across Egypt, students got to showcase the masks they made put of papier-mâché in Ms. Jensen’s Art Class. They will get to bring their masterpieces home beginning Tuesday.

 

Overall, “Dig It!” was a wonderful music-filled adventure discovering the archeological mysteries of the past the audience loved. And, everyone got to learn a little something in the process.

 

Congratulations to all the kiddos and Ms. Stolte on another awesome performance!

Full Photo Album on our Facebook Page here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/boscobelareaschools/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1684675908256565

Core Performance Course Provides Unique Physical Fitness Opportunities for Students 

By: Abigail Ruckdashel

The Boscobel School District has some of the most artistic students there are. At any given day, you could walk into an art class and find students involved in some of the most creative, engaging and all around amazing and inspiring projects. A few of these are showcased below.

 

First, 4th and 5th grade students are just finishing up Egyptian Masks in collaboration with music teacher Ms. Lyssa Stolte. These masks will be used for the music concert this coming Monday, January 29. The program begins at 6:30pm. You’re not going to want to miss it.

 

Next, students in Mr. Ben Johnston’s General Art class completed a plethora of projects during their international art styles unit. The pictures above show their traditional Chinese ink painting and writing styles project. The students really captured the culture in their finished works.

 

All of the schools in our district feature many of our students’ creations at any given time. We encourage you to check them out next time you’re inside one of the buildings. We think you will agree that we have some possible future artists on our hands.

Students doing their bench press sets in the racks donated by the Bulldog Football Team. 

Ms. Watters Class Has A Unique Tradition

By: Abigail Ruckdashel

Boscobel High School students and student-athletes have an opportunity that will soon help make them some of the most feared in the SWAL. Last year BHS implemented a course called Core Performance. Core is an intensive weight lifting and physical fitness class geared toward students who want to become better athletes and/or improve their overall fitness in general, and it is actually intense.

 

On this particular day, students were jumping rope. If Mr. Martin didn’t believe they were jumping fast enough he would yell at them to jump faster until he was satisfied with their effort.

 

The class started second semester last year with only one section. This fall, another section was added to accommodate demand from students. This current semester there is also one section. Each has had roughly 20-30 kids enrolled.

 

Though any student who wants to enroll is welcomed, athletes are highly encouraged to take it according to Joey Martin, Athletic Director and Core Performance instructor.

 

“Many of our coaches are requiring lifting at least two times a week outside of regularly scheduled practice times, and this course lets them complete those requirements during the school day, while earning the PE credits needed to graduate,” Mr. Martin said.

 

Just about every day, heart rate monitors are worn, and a heartrate zone is established. The kids need to keep their heartrate in this zone the entire duration of the class. In order to ensure this is being met, Mr. Martin will walk around and check each student’s monitor.

 

These classes generally take place in six phases over the hour and a half the class runs. Part one is a dynamic warmup. The routine is the same every day with things like butt kicks, high knees and other active movements that loosen up muscle structures.

 

“Studies show that an active warm up is better than static stretching,” Mr. Martin said.

 

Part two focuses on speed and agility which is essential for athletes. Mr. Martin takes some creative liberty here sometimes doing the usual ladders and speed hurtles, and other times something completely different.

 

A lifting program is part three. They use a mixture of the UW-Platteville "Heavy Double" program and the Winona State Strength Training program. Workouts are generally six main lifts, with six axillary lifts. Groups rotate every five or six minutes depending on the lifts. Students are not allowed to walk around and lift at their own pace. Most of the time the lifts are quick and efficient. A few times a quarter lifts are slowed down with concentric, eccentric and isomeric lifts to ensure proper form.

 

As many good workouts include, a good set of core exercises are completed for part four. “Total Body Fitness" and variations of that are used for this section. Part five, which is high intensity cardio, is only done when the weather is nice out, and only a couple of times a month during that time. This includes long runs, sprints on the track and other things of that nature.

 

The final part of the class is flexibility. Many people forget about flexibility, but it actually one of the most important parts of an athlete’s repertoire of skills. In this case it includes three to five minutes of different mobility stretches and movements.

 

This class wouldn’t have been possible without some really awesome donations. The football program donated the cage racks, the cardio machines were donated by the track program and the dumbbells and other equipment were donated by other groups, especially the athletic boosters. All of the money raised at their bowling fundraiser last year was put towards enhancing the space.

 

We are glad we get to offer this class to our kids. Not only do they get a good workout in, they also get to fine tune their skills and become better athletes and people. Plus, studies have shown that regular exercise can enhance mental health. We are proud our kids have made this kind of commitment to themselves, and are proud we get to offer them the opportunity to do so.

More pictures can be found on our Facebook page Boscobel Area Schools. 

School Nurse is a Leader in and Outside of Community

By: Abigail Ruckdashel

“I am an awesome second grader,” students in Ms. Watters class exclaim every morning before class beings.

 

For many years Ms. Watters has held her morning circle where students hold hands with each other and sing their special song. The song details the positive behaviors expected in class. They range from respectful, responsible, to “filling up each other’s buckets” and a few others.

 

It gives the students a way to vocalize and internalize the things expected of them throughout the school day by adding phrases like “git er done” to the responsible verse and “you are special” to the filling up each other’s buckets section.

 

At the end of the song, Ms. Watters asks them a question where each student gets to share their answer with the rest of the circle. This particular morning it was “What 2nd grade subject do you think you’re best at?”

 

Mrs. Watters led off stating when she was a second grader she was best at reading. Many students answered math, while some answered reading and spelling and a few citied physical education as their best subject.

 

In the morning, this circle gets the kids grounded, connected and ready to learn for the day. It also helps make them become closer to their classmates by being able to learn a little more about each other. Kudos to Ms. Watters and her second graders for being able to bring a little fun to the expectations, and being outstanding examples to others. Keep up the good work. 

More pictures can be found on the Boscobel Area Schools Facebook Page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ms. Brinkman and the rest of the school nurses that attended the conference at CESA 3 on Thursday. 

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The seventh and eighth graders in Ms. Cindy Anderson’s Family and Consumer Education classes have been working on a unique community service project this past month.

 

Instead of making their usual pants, shorts and dresses, they are making sensory blankets to give to Alzheimer’s patients around the area. The blankets are made of pieces of extra fabric, sewn together by the students with at least six “sensory objects” attached.

 

Anything with an interesting texture or something a patient could fidget with repetitiously is considered a sensory object.

 

The sensory objects used range from things like keys, pieces of Velcro, extra soft pieces of fabric, measuring spoons and belts.

 

All of the material and the objects on the blankets were recycled or donated, making the projects virtually free to make. From NASCAR to ice cream cones and llamas to camouflage, each one is different, with the unique personalities of each student shining through.

 

“They [the kids] are so awesome,” Ms. Anderson said. “They did better than I ever could’ve imagined.

 

The projects will be officially finished on Thursday. In the end, over 20 are going to be ready for use.

 

“I plan to call care places within 50 or so miles to see if they could use something like this,” Ms. Anderson said.

 

Future projects include skirts for wheelchairs and/or walkers, adult bibs and neck rolls stuffed with rice for heating to soothe sore muscles.

 

Though the students won’t get to bring anything they made home, it’s almost more meaningful since their skills get to be used to benefit the community. So, thanks to Ms. Anderson and her students for making our community a better place to be.

 

More pictures of some of the blankets can be found on our Boscobel Area Schools Facebook page.

Family and Consumer Education Students Use Their Skills to Benefit the Community

By: Abigail Ruckdashel

By: Abigail Ruckdashel

Don’t stay in shady motels in Milwaukee, shorts need to be longer than fingertips and track suits are iconic any day. These are a few things students learned from Ms. Kathy Larsen during her long teaching career here in Boscobel, which came to a close today.

 

Ms. Larsen has been a teacher for over 42 years, with more than 35 of those being in the Boscobel Area School District. She was an amazing health teacher and track coach that all who knew her admired for her brutal honesty and knack for relating to the students.

 

“In 42 years there’s been one thing that hasn’t changed, and that’s the way she teaches,” Mr. Rod Lewis said. “There’s only one way to do it, and that’s the right way and some might even say it’s her way.”

 

Mr. Lewis has been there for most of Ms. Larsen’s teaching career beginning when he was a student athlete of hers in Dodgeville.

 

In a surprise assembly, Ms. Larsen was showered with gifts from students who bid her farewell on her final day. The idea for the assembly came from the students and was carried out by Mr. Lewis, Mr. Martin and the rest of the staff. It was disguised as a social media meeting, and right before it started Mr. Martin and Mr. Lewis told her the “speaker” never showed up so that they were going to have to wing a presentation and she was going to have to close it out.

 

This sealed the surprise as Ms. Larsen was called to the middle of the gym, and her family came walking in to see her off on her last day before retirement. You could tell she was actually surprised as a few tears were shed.

 

First a select group of middle school students gave her roses and other gifts followed by anecdotes about the stories Ms. Larsen would tell them in class.

 

“You are the one that gave this school the most amount of care,” the middle school group said.

 

Some of the high school students pointed out how Ms. Larsen was always the teacher that you could talk to and trust, as well as being a fierce badminton competitor. She was given balloons, flowers, a handmade card and many other parting gifts purchased by each high school class.

 

It is clear that Ms. Larsen was a large part of the school community, and without her, there will be large shoes to fill.

 

“I want to thank you, the students,” Ms. Larsen said in a closing speech. “You guys are the reason I stayed teaching as long as I have. The kids make it all worthwhile. I have truly enjoyed each and every one of you.”

 

We wish Ms. Larsen nothing but the best in retirement. We will miss her so much, but are happy and grateful for the time she gave to our district.

Students Plan Surprise Assembly for Ms. Kathy Larsen's Retirement  

By: Abigail Ruckdashel

Our very own Suzanne Brinkman, Boscobel School Nurse and WASN (WI Association of School Nurses) District 3 Director organized an area school nurse conference on January 18, 2018 at CESA 3 in Fennimore. 

 

Fourteen area school and county public health nurses met to network and hear speaker Valerie Schaefer.  Valerie is a nurse educator in Diabetes from Gundersen Health who joined the group to present on managing diabetes in the school setting.

 

We are very proud of Ms. Brinkman for keeping our community healthy, but actively helping to make surrounding communities in the district healthy as well. With a large number of our students Youth Apprentices in the nursing field, it is a definitely an advantage to have a such a great role model right here in the district! Thanks, Ms. Brinkman.

Flight Simulator Gives Students Hands-On Practice with Important STEM Concepts 

By: Abigail Ruckdashel

Here in the Boscobel Area School District we have students willing to do a little extra work to make sure other students are safe.

 

At the elementary school, a safety patrol made of older students has been helping make sure their peers make it home safe for over 30 years. The patrol is devised of sixth graders determined to ensure the younger kids make their way home unscathed.

 

Since the implementation there has never been a major incident, according to safety patrol leader Mr. Steve Wacker. The kiddos are outside every day rain or shine before and after school.

 

“They like it, but not so much when it’s those bitterly cold days,” Mr. Wacker said.

 

And who can argue with that?

 

Across the state, other schools also have safety patrols. Near the end of the school year those students who stuck with it get to go to Wisconsin Dells and enjoy a day with the other safety patrol officers at one of the big water parks. The park is completely booked out for those students who dedicated their time to keeping others safe as a thank you. There is also a formal thank you ceremony at the Tommy Bartlett Show.

 

Not just anyone gets to join safety patrol. Apart from being a sixth grader, there are high behavioral standards they must adhere to. It is possible to be removed from safety patrol if the standards are not met.

 

We very much appreciate the safety patrol members and their willingness to give their time to others. After all, it is said that the greatest gift you can give to someone is your time.

Elementary School Students Donate Time to Ensure the Safety of Their Peers

By: Abigail Ruckdashel

So far this season, your Lady Bulldogs are off to an 8-3 start. They began the season on a hot 6-0 run before meeting with SWAL Conference leading Cuba City shortly before Christmas where they suffered their first loss.

 

The ladies bounced back, winning a close 45-41 contest against the Lancaster Flying Arrows followed by beating a tough North Crawford team 56-44.

 

Currently, the bulldogs sit at 4th in the SWAL as conference play is just beginning to heat up. As post season nears, the race for the top spot in the SWAL is going to be one to keep an eye on as your girls will be right in the thick of it.

 

The Lady Bulldogs have not yet had a win in 2018, however they haven’t lost hope. After dropping a tough one to the Mineral Point Pointers on Tuesday, your Bulldogs are looking to come out with a vengeance tonight at Riverdale. Tip-off is at 7:30. You’re not going to want to miss it.

Cole Couey practices on the flight simulator in Mr. Moran's classroom.

Generations Collide: Elementary Students Bring Holiday Cheer to Nursing Home 

By: Abigail Ruckdashel

It may or may not be common knowledge that the Boscobel School District has something that many others do not. Just North of town, across the river in Crawford County lies the Paul Brandt School Forest.

 

The Paul Brandt School Forest is roughly 80 acres of land willed to the school district by Mr. Paul Brandt. The land is protected through the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Fund that Mr. Brandt loved. The forest serves as a multi-use natural school and community resource “to provide opportunities for people to develop awareness of and appreciation for the natural world to become informed, responsible decision-makers regarding the environment.”

 

Many of our teachers use the forest for various lessons throughout all the seasons Wisconsin has to offer. Throughout the land there are different learning stations for students to use. From weather stations with thermometers and other gadgets to a pollination garden decorated by students and filled with plants to help the butterflies and bees.

 

There is also a community garden that students help with every step of the way from planting, to watering and harvesting. Extra vegetables harvested go to local food pantries and a lot of the vegetables go to the schools to serve with hot lunch.

 

Second grade teacher Penny Bohringer has brought her students several times already. She usually aims for once a week.

 

“The forest is amazing,” she said.

 

This year, her students helped harvest the pumpkins, and most recently she and Ms. Erickson brought their students there for an "observation hike" to hone their scientific observation skills.  Then they made pinecone bird feeders for the birds using only environmentally friendly items. More pictures from that day can be found on the Boscobel Area Schools Facebook Page.

 

The school forest is a monstrous advantage for our school district to have. Our students have the opportunity to learn about our environment from the curriculum built into the forest by the forest administrators. It provides a vital tool for our students to learn hands-on about the world around them.

School Forest is a Vital Tool for Students and Community

By: Abigail Ruckdashel

The technology education wing of Boscobel Middle/High School houses some unusually advanced technology. Adding to the arsenal, new this year is a flight simulator. Students get to learn how to fly different types of planes while using skills from physics, trigonometry, atmospheric sciences, geography and many other areas to keep planes in the air.

 

Technology Education teacher Mr. John Moran has generated an entire curriculum to go with the flight simulator. First and foremost, students get classroom “pilot licenses” by learning some specific pieces of knowledge and being able to demonstrate outlined maneuvers with the plane.

 

There are four “levels” each more advanced than the first. For a student to receive the level one clearance they must be able to identify and explain the four forces that effect flight. For those wondering, they are lift, thrust, gravity and drag. Then, they must be able to successfully take off, climb to 2000 feet altitude and maintain a stable level flight and then land. If a student is able to do this, he or she is qualified to fly and train with the Cessna 172 Skyhawk plane beyond practicing taking off and landing.

 

Level two requires more knowledge of the forces of flying, as well as flight patterns since the maneuver for level two clearance is flying a successful pattern with the Cessna 172. From there, maneuvers increase and eventually students are able to fly bigger commercial planes like a Boeing 747, military fighter jets and even helicopters.

 

Cole Couey is one of the flight simulator’s most advanced students. He is just about ready to pass level two clearance. He was able to show how the simulator worked in the classroom. He took off, and then flew a nice and steady outlined pattern. He then landed the plane safely, twice.

 

“I’ve never crashed,” Couey said. “It’s not really too hard, though it’s easier for me since I grew up with it. I really think that anyone could do it.”

 

The simulator has all of the gadgets, bells and whistles a real plane would have. From wind gauges and altitude measurers to rudder and flap controls. The steering mechanism is even like a real plane with foot controls and a wheel that pulls up and down to make the plane go higher or lower. One of the other students asked Mr. Moran if Cole could fly a real plane with his simulator experience.

 

“He’s definitely not qualified,” he said. “But if something happened to the pilots of a plane, he would have a fighting shot to land it safely if directed by air traffic.”

 

Mr. Moran's “Power, Energy, and Transportation” course will get a delve a little bit deeper into the concepts next semester as STEMPilot, the company that makes the simulator, has an entire book dedicated to STEM concepts that relate to flying.

 

The main purpose of this machine is to help students apply stem concepts to real life.

 

“It’s not a videogame, it’s a learning tool,” Mr. Moran said. “Even though in the beginning, we sort of treated it that way to let students get used to it, we want them to know that they are learning valuable concepts, and this is a way for them to implement what they’ve learned.”

 

 

The simulator is connected to every registered airport in the world, and has hundreds of planes and helicopters to choose from. The airport runways line up with the real-life coordinates of each specific airport, along with landmarks like rivers and lakes. Eventually Mr. Moran hopes to purchase the next level, which has actual satellite images of the areas they are flying in so a student could in theory fly over their own house.

 

We are so lucky to have such a novel piece of technology here in the Boscobel School District. We are looking forward to using this machine as a tool for our kids to get hands-on experience with important math and science concepts. We hope that students will be able to take their hands-on experience to the real world, and be successful in whatever they choose to do.

Boscobel High School Annual Madrigal Dinner Continues Fifty Years of Tradition

By: Abigail Ruckdashel 

This year, Boscobel Middle School is implementing a new form of student leadership. There is now a middle school student council.

 

Ms. Susan Beck is the advisor of the Middle School Student Council. She was the original founder of the Elementary School Student Council back in 1992. She continued to be the advisor there until she changed teaching positions from 5th grade to middle school math last year. Ms. Rachel Gavin has since taken over the position at the elementary school.

 

This new leadership activity has had a tremendous impact on the students, as they now have a way to have more say in school activities. All middle schoolers are eligible to participate in student council. Plus, the students serving on the student council are held to a higher standard as they have a constitution they must abide to.

 

“It is the understanding of the Boscobel Middle School Student Council members that they are role models for behavior of students,” the constitution states.

 

Students on the student council who do not have acceptable behavior can be removed from the council. The group is also ran like any other organization with a president, vice president, treasurer and secretary position.

 

So far this year, the student council has done quite a few things. They hosted a Halloween Costume contest as well as Farmer’s Market crafts and games and a penny war. This week, a door decorating contest is happening to celebrate the holidays. They meet twice a month during lunch to plan school spirit and service project activities like these. Their funding comes mainly from Box Tops for Education.

 

“We would like to encourage everyone in the community to save Box Tops,” Ms. Susan Beck said.

 

Box Tops are worth 10 cents each. They can be dropped off in the wooden bins found in the entrance of the high school and elementary buildings. They also raised few more funds from the penny war they just hosted during lunch to be used to sponsor more activities. Stay tuned to see what else they come up with.

Middle School Adds Student Council to Foster Student Leadership

By: Abigail Ruckdashel

Here are our Middle School Student Council Officers. Treasurer: Chantelle Bartalis, Secretary:  Hope Scallon Vice-President:  Armani Roggenbauer, President Allison Brown

The holiday season is upon us, and many of our students are doing their part to spread some love through the community during this time of giving. One of that many examples is the Boscobel Elementary School Student Council.

 

Last week, they brought some of their youthful holiday cheer to the residents of Boscobel Rehab and Care Center. The kids played Bingo, ate cookies and chatted with those at the center.

 

Giselle Shriver and Cadence McGraw were two of the students that went on the trip. According to the girls they had a lot of fun, and definitely enjoyed the snacks.

 

“I liked it when I got to talk to the people,” Cadence said. “One of the ladies I talked with was a bit of a chatterbox.”

 

The kids also got to enjoy bingo and eat some delicious holiday snacks with the residents. The girls discussed how good the residents were at bingo.

 

“My favorite part was the cookies,” Giselle said. “But I think they really like when visitors come because I don’t think they always get a lot of visitors. I also think they had a lot of fun with us.”

 

In the end it was decided that they would indeed go visit again.

 

“I’d go as much as I could,” Cadence said.

 

Thanks so much to the BES Student Council for spreading some cheerfulness to those who need it most. And thanks to the Boscobel Care and Rehab Center for letting the kids come and visit.

This past Saturday marked the 50th Anniversary of the Annual Boscobel High School Madrigal. The singers lead the audience through a classical renaissance themed dinner complete with classic Christmas hymns. Boscobel is one of the few schools that still honors the madrigal tradition, and each and every year it continues to be amazing.

 

Since it was the 50th Anniversary, many alumni of madrigal’s past came back to mark the occasion including legendary director and madrigal “foremother”, Sharon Halverson. Sharon was the founder of the very first madrigal dinner in 1967. The alumni from Madrigals past came to commemorate the event and sing in the honorary alumni choir which Mrs. Halverson directed for old times’ sake.

 

For those of you that don’t know, Sharon originally came to Boscobel to be a band director.

 

“I didn’t even pay attention to my vocal classes in college,” she said. “I thought I’d be band and only band.”

 

After a few years, Sharon more or less invented the vocal program at Boscobel and it’s been growing and thriving ever since. Sharon made the first madrigal after experiencing it at UW-Platteville where she went to college.

 

 After 34 years of madrigal, Sharon directed her last one in 2001. Each and every madrigal had its fair share of slight mishaps; from less than delightful food, to costume malfunctions, and even a fire or two. According to Sharon, those glitches only made the memories all the fonder.

 

She as well as a few alumni from the very first madrigal in 1967 shared some of their favorite memories throughout the years.

 

One memory everyone agreed on is when the entire place almost went up in flames. There was a metal candelabra that was going to be hanging in the air like a chandelier. The night of the performance they lit the candles and hoisted it up. As the performance went on the candles began melting and eventually falling through the holes with wax falling onto the unsuspecting spectators below.

 

“Shortly after we weren’t allowed to have real flames in the building anymore,” Sharon said.

 

Since Sharon’s last Madrigal sixteen years ago, several other choir directors, including this year’s Emily Blackburn, have kept the tradition alive, preserving the special elements that Sharon was instrumental in establishing.

 

One tradition that began in those first years, which still remains today, is the music. Many of the songs from those first years are still sung at each Madrigal, including “Here We Come A-Wassailing,” “The Boar’s Head Carol,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” and “Do You Hear What I Hear.” During the 1980s and 1990s, more and more elements were added to create an extra entertaining evening. Sharon implemented the plays, the roles of King and Queen, and the court jesters.

 

Indeed, fifty years have passed, but the hard work, dedication, excellence, and traditions that Sharon began 50 years ago live on today.

Boscobel Elementary PTC Calendar Fundraiser

By: Abigail Ruckdashel

Annual Holiday Dinner Spreads Community Cheer

By:Abigail Ruckdashel

The Boscobel Elementary School PTC is selling calendars for a winter fundraiser. The calendars feature pictures of the kids and are selling for twenty dollars. When you buy one, you are automatically entered for the monthly cash drawing. Even if you win, you will still be entered as they put names back into the pot. The drawings range from 50-150 dollars. The money raised will go to the PTC for projects around the elementary school.

 

Most recently, they bought sensory objects for the special education programs. In the past, they have purchased playground equipment and other toys for the kids to enjoy during recess. You can buy your calendar in the Boscobel Elementary School office, or talk to a PTC member.  

This week, the Boscobel School District had their annual holiday dinner. Staff and students brought the community together to enjoy a meal and share in the holiday spirit. Students helped prepare some of the food and many staff members helped serve the meal.

 

Even head bulldog, Superintendent Bell, was there to serve up some holiday cheer. The holiday dinner has become a tradition here in Boscobel, getting bigger and better every year.

 

This truly is one of the best events our school district gets to host. We like to bring the community together as a school district because we believe our community is one of the best there is. And this year, Santa came and surprised guests with some extra holiday cheer. He posed for pictures with our students, and more pictures of that can be found on the Boscobel Elementary School Facebook page.

 

Entertainment was provided by the high school madrigal singers. They sounded amazing and really got everyone in the holiday spirit.

 

This event was truly a team effort that wouldn’t ever be accomplished without each and every person, so thank you to everyone involved, and we hope everyone enjoyed themselves. If you would like to see more pictures check out our Facebook pages: “Boscobel Area Schools” and “Boscobel Elementary School.”

Bulldog Wrestling Season is Going to be One to Watch

By: Abigail Ruckdashel

Kolten Achenbach has Iowa-Grant/Highland's Matthew Winders in a cradle. Achenback won the match 5-3 in their dual on December 5.

The Boscobel Bulldog Wrestling Team is headed in the right direction. Two seasons ago, numbers were dwindling as there was only about four students on the team. Last year there was eight and now there is 14 students currently practicing.

 

“It was just about getting the kids out and having some fun. I keep telling the kids to get more people to come out. We’ve been playing some Dodgeball, so that helps in making it more fun,” Head Coach Mark Ingalls said.

 

Now with numbers on the rise Coach Ingalls has big plans for this team in his second season at the helm. His sights are clearly set on success. Right now, there are several holes in their lineup, but by the end of the season Coach Ingalls hopes to have 12 of 14 spots filled once everyone falls into their desired weight classes after the Bi-State Tournament over Chirstmas Break.

 

“[I’m looking forward to] watching the kids build each week and watching them succeed as the season goes on,” he said.

 

There has already been some early season success for the Bulldogs. Chase Beinborn knocked off top-ten ranked Colton Clary at 170 lbs. in the opening dual against Weston/Ithaca last week. That following Saturday, Beinborn went 5-0 at the Dubuque Invitational, bringing home gold for the Bulldogs.

 

Blake Sander has also seen some early success at the 120/126 lbs. weight class. Sander notched a 27 second pin over Weston/Ithaca’s Isaac Montgomery last week and went 3-2 at the Dubuque Invitational.

 

 “My goal is just to get everyone better and keep improving each week. Hopefully we will have three or four kids still alive the second day of Bi-State and three of four kids heading to the state tournament [in Febuary],” Coach Ingalls said.

 

With a good amount of success to stand on already, it’s sure to be a season you’re going to want to watch unfold. The team travels to Tomah this Saturday, with the next dual being December 21st in Belmont.

Youth Apprentice Programs are a Valuable Part of our Students' Education

By: Abigail Ruckdashel

Jada Linder is a Senior and a second year Health Youth Apprentice. She is a CNA at Care and Rehab here in Boscobel.

Lily Scallon is a Senior and also a second year Health Youth Apprentice. She is an Activity Assistant and CNA at Care and Rehab. 

Here in Boscobel we like to give our students every opportunity we can for them to be successful after graduation. At Boscobel High School we offer several youth apprentice programs for students to work and gain experience in areas that interest them, and have the opportunity to also take classes relevant to what they’re learning on the job.

 

We have 22 students currently enrolled in our youth apprentice program. Twenty students are in the YA Health, one in YA agriculture and one in YA finance. Many of our students enrolled in the health program are working at Care and Rehab right here in Boscobel, with a few others working at places like Dycora in Muscoda and Pine Valley in Richland Center. Trevor Hackl is the one student in our Young Apprentice Finance Program and he is currently employed at Community First Bank.

 

Students in the Youth Apprentice Program must work 450 hours for the first year and 900 for the second year. Those in the health program must also complete two career exploration days. A few of our students are taking classes that will help them further their education in their specified field. Right now, Brenna Kvigne and Gideon Dalton are students in the health program. Kvigne will be taking an EMT course starting in January and Dalton is taking an advanced CNA course right now.

 

Another added perk for those enrolled in the Youth Apprentice Program is they receive a free hour during the school day to work on homework and other things since most students not only have their apprentice jobs, but are involved in many other activities around the district as well as the community. This free hour allows them to stay on top of their academics.

 

“I like my apprenticeship because I get to work with great people and it gets me out in the workforce while I’m still young and can experience different situations before I actually have to decide what my career is,” Lily Scallon, who is enrolled in the YA Health program, said.

 

“I think one of the best parts of the program is that you don’t have to pay out of pocket for the courses as long as you are working. It helps build responsibility and character,” another student added. 

 

The Youth Apprentice Program helps our students gain real world skills while still being able to learn. Since most of the students in the program are CNAs they learn many healthcare skills before even finishing high school.

 

“You learn how to not only take care of yourself, but take care of others. It really helps us learn about the human body a lot more and communicate with elderly people who have dementia. That’s something you don’t learn in a classroom,” one of the CNA’s said.

 

Clearly the Youth Apprentice Program is a valuable part of our students’ education here in the Boscobel Area School District. Our students are having the opportunity to learn out of classroom skills, and get a taste of real life jobs all before they have a diploma in hand. We are proud of our Youth Apprentice students and the value they add not only to our district but to town of Boscobel and the surrounding communities.

New Art Teacher Brings Unique Projects

By: Abigail Ruckdashel

A Few of the Sixth Grade Groups That Made the Monopoly Boards. 

Anna Jenson is the district’s new art teacher, and she’s starting sixth grade out with a “wealthy” new project. In small groups sixth graders are making their own monopoly boards complete with community chest cards and pieces made out of clay. Every aspect of the boards are designed and themed by the students themselves.

 

From Pokémon, to the zoo, and a popular video series the board themes are quite original.

The boards are made out of cardboard and are covered in paper. The students drew and came up with their properties to fit into their overall theme. The students had to redesign their chance and community chest cards to fit into the design as well.

 

The pieces, made of clay, were also designed by the students and had to be drawn and approved before they could be drafted out of the air-dry clay. For some added learning, instead of money, the students will have to keep track of their own finances by adding and subtracting the dollar amounts by hand.

 

“I really like monopoly,” Ms. Jenson said. “So, it’s kind of selfish, but one of my kids said they wanted to do something different, and this is different. It’s something creative but also educational at the same time.”

 

Ms. Jenson is a UW-Platteville graduate and this is her first year in Boscobel. She was an Art Education and Art History major. Ms. Jenson lives in Monroe and was told by her neighbor, Special Education Director Laurie Genz-Prien, about the opening. We are so happy to have Ms. Jenson with us, and look forward to the other fun and exciting projects she will come up with for our students.

AP Classes Are  An Important Part of Learning 

By: Abigail Ruckdashel

Students in AP Biology use bubbles to show cell structures.

Here at Boscobel we offer many opportunities for our students to lead, engage and discover. We have clubs, activities, and sports that our students can use to grow and prepare them for the next steps in their lives whatever that may be.  

 

One of the many things we are proud of is the fact that we offer several Advanced Placement classes for our students to take. Advanced Placement courses not only look good on college applications, save money in the long run and challenge students; but they give our students real life skills they can use to help them achieve success in college, in the workforce and beyond.  

 

On the Boscobel campus, we offer four AP courses, AP US History, AP Biology, and two AP Calculus classes. We also offer AP European History every other year. AP Language and Composition was a choice for this year, though there was not enough interest in it. 

 

Though we only offer four in a physical classroom right now, we are always looking to add more. Beginning next year, we will be offering AP Chemistry, plus we offer several more through an online portal. This allows our students to take an AP course in whatever area interests them, and hopefully receive college credit for it.  

 

We implemented AP Courses three years ago. In the first year, we had eight students enroll in AP European History and four in AP Biology which was barely enough students to fill an entire class. This year we have 38 enrolled in AP US History, 27 in AP Bio and 10 in AP Calculus. Each year, the numbers continue to grow showing that students not only value our AP classes, but they find them useful and an integral part of their education.  

 

Casey Ostheimer, a junior here at Boscobel values her AP classes so much, she’s on her way to becoming an AP National Scholar. So far, she has taken six AP courses including all three offered here at BHS, but opting for macro and microeconomics and psychology online. She also plans to take four more next year.  

 

“I really enjoy AP Psychology” she said. “I like learning about everything because it’s really interesting to me.”  

 

Casey said she actually prefers the online ones to those taught in class. 

 

“I like to work at my own pace, and online classes make that easy. I do a lot of studying though,” she said.  

 

When asked what kind of AP Class she would like to see added she said she hopes to see some sort of law class.  

 

Lilly Scallon is a Senior. As of right now she plans to attend Winona State for nursing. She’s taken all three of the AP classes offered here on campus. She feels that AP Biology prepared her for what she’ll be doing for her first couple years of nursing school.  

 

 Her favorite course was AP History.  

 

“I thought AP History was the most organized and was taught the best,” she said. “Mostly, I like that it’s college credit I don’t have to pay for.” 

 

On average, AP courses save about 485 dollars off of college tuition per class. They can save even more if the student earns higher than a three on the AP exams held in the spring. If there was another AP class added she hopes for something like anatomy of physiology.  

 

Olivia Grassel is another Senior who feels that AP classes have benefited her. She has taken six AP courses in her academic career.  

 

“I like the challenge,” she said. “Because we are on the lot system it makes me look better on college applications. She’s unsure where she wants to go for college at this moment, but is also looking into nursing like Lilly.  

 

She also would like to see an AP Physiology or Anatomy course, but for now her favorite course was AP History. 

 

“I like that it was structured and organized, but also lets you work on your own,” she said. “Calculus is hard, but that’s because it’s just calculus. I like that I can come in and get extra help when needed, but also that we can work in groups and learn from each other. 

 

Erik Ward is a Junior. He has taken three AP courses so far. Unlike Olivia, he finds calculus the easiest.  

 

“I like math,” he said. “That’s why calculus is my favorite. Plus, it helps me prepare for college. It’s tedious and helps me be organized.” Erik is looking into law enforcement. He thinks the combination of AP Courses and activities he’s involved in helps him fine tune his people skills and how to work in a team.  

 

Clearly, we are doing something right in Boscobel. Our students are leading, engaged, and discovering new things every day, and AP courses accentuate that. Our students are some of the brightest there are, and our AP courses help challenge them and help them value their learning all through their lives. AP courses are a crucial part of our culture here, and we are excited to continue to grow our program.  

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