Fundraiser for Mr. Acker is highly successful

posted by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Megan Cichon, Entertainment Editor

Posted March 24th, 2017


One lovely morning, Mr. Acker was talking with one of his students, Meghan Mack. They were talking about how Mr. Acker wanted to take his daughter Kaylee on a trip, and what he hoped they’d do on this trip. Being the kind person she is, Meghan decided to talk to Mr. Ourada about hosting a fundraiser to raise money for the trip. It was kept secret because it was meant to be a surprise for Mr. Acker. The fundraiser collected $311 total.

Slinger Students Celebrated at the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Ceremony

posted Mar 21, 2017, 6:23 AM by Jeffrey Wolf   [ updated Mar 21, 2017, 6:26 AM ]


By: Abbie Schmidt, Co Editor-in-Chief

Posted March 21st, 2017


March 11th, 2017, a few Slinger students made the trek out to the University of Iowa to be recognized for their amazing writing. The ceremony took place in three “acts”.

Act I took place in a large room where the walls were lined with artwork and writing. People got the chance to peruse the works while enjoying a nice beverage. The students could even leave their mark on a big board in the middle of the room.

Act II moved everyone to a room filled to the brim with chairs. Students and teachers sat in a different area than the parents/family to be recognized for their accomplishments. They listened to a select few students read their pieces aloud and then watched inspirational videos from guest speakers, including previous award winners, famous writers, and Alexander Hamilton in the Chicago Broadway show “Hamilton,” Miguel Cervantes.

Act III shifted the focus to the lobby where everyone could enjoy cookies, watch dancing, and listen to drummers.


Overall, it was an interesting experience, aimed at inspiring young writers to keep writing. SHS senior Julia Gueller (pictured above) says she is now turning her award-winning story into a children’s book!

A full list of Slinger winners can be found here: http://nitecrier.slingerschools.org/news/slingerstudentsawardedforgreatwriting.

2017 Nite Crier News Quiz begins today!

posted Mar 20, 2017, 4:47 AM by Jeffrey Wolf


Is your March Madness bracket a bust?  The 2017 Nite Crier news quiz starts today!  Pick up your non-bracket entry form from Mr. Wolf today for a chance to win gift certificates from Subway, Skinny Vic's, or Menchie's Frozen Yogurt. Entry forms are due back at 3pm on March 24th. See all the latest news, sports, and entertainment articles at your Slinger HIgh School student newspaper, nitecrier.slingerschools.org  .

SHS KIWI club Makes Leprechaun Traps with Slinger Elementary Students

posted Mar 17, 2017, 11:27 AM by Jeffrey Wolf


By: Charles Zimmel, Staff Writer

Posted March 17th, 2017


Devious! Green! Irish! Sneaky! What’s that now? That’s right a Leprechaun. Leprechauns have been terrorizing children for decades. It’s time to put an end to the children's terrorization. Who was up for this task? KIWI (Kind Individuals with Integrity) club to the rescue! On Tuesday, March 15, a few members of the club took on the impossible task of capturing leprechauns when they ventured over to Slinger Elementary with a load of craft supplies to make Leprechaun traps with 5K students. Four kindergarten classes, taught by Lloyd, Alton, Gentz, and Saeger, had the opportunity to collaborate with members of the KIWI club to make traps to catch those keen little Leprechauns. The experience for the little ones was rewarding as they utilized their energy, creativity, and kindness. The traps, set up at the high school to hopefully catch some Leprechauns, will allow KIWI members to bring findings back to the elementary school on Friday. St. Patrick's Day is a national holiday, and with any holiday, kindness should be spread. That is exactly what KIWI club did with the kindergarteners to hopefully make their holiday a little more fun than usual.

Outside SHS: An interview with Meghan Retzlaff

posted Mar 17, 2017, 4:53 AM by Jeffrey Wolf


By: Abbie Schmidt, Co Editor-in-Chief

Posted March 17th, 2017


This is the first installment of a new Nite Crier series titled “Outside SHS”. We will be exploring the students’ lives outside the school to see what makes Slinger students so unique. Below is my interview with SHS Junior Meghan Retzlaff.



  1. Define your job.

I'm a receptionist at the Pavilion at Glacier Valley but I also assist in the billing office so basically I answer the phones as a part of the receptionist duty and then I go outside to get the mail and deliver the mail to the residents and then I forward the mail and do things like that and then I just make sure that everyone at the door is greeted and welcomed properly and has a proper goodbye and in the billing office I do co-insurance billing and room and board billing and I sometimes help call insurance companies

  1. How did you learn about this job?

They had no evening receptionist at night time there and my aunt is the human resources person for the Pavilion at Glacier Valley and she was just saying how it was troublesome to the nurses because they didn’t have anyone there at nights and I decided if it was a part-time job, I’d just be there at night time, I’d be interested and that’s how I learned

  1. Describe a typical day at your job.

My most typical day is on a Saturday and basically what I do is, right when I come in, I unlock the door and then I come in and turn on all the lights and my computer and I take the welcome sign down. Then about 10:30 I take out the mail. While I'm doing this, I usually answer the phones and then oftentimes I’ll be doing co-insurance billing at this time or other times the medical records personnel, she has me do filing or alphabetizing for her and sometimes the admissions office or the HR department has me make packets for them and then at around noon I go outside and I pick up the mail and I sort it out and decide what goes to the office staff, what goes to the nurses, the residences, what goes out or gets forwarded because the people can’t receive their mail. And then after that I usually basically just answer phones for the rest of the day or finish projects that I’m working on. And then sometimes I volunteer and stay after and play cards with the residents for an hour or two.

  1. Do you feel you’ve learned any valuable lessons from your job? If so, describe.

I think working in the nursing home is actually really important because I think I’ve realized that it’s really important to live your life each day to its fullest extent and just seeing the people there and realizing how important it is to make memories because when you are older and when you are in a nursing home, that’s really what you cherish and you hold onto is the memories from your past. And to not regret not doing anything and to do everything that you possibly want to because you don’t want to look back and wish you’d done something that you hadn’t.

  1. Does this job have something connected to what you would like to do after HS?

Not really because what I want to do is be an elementary school teacher. But I’ve also thought about going into the medical field actually so being in a nursing home, even though I’m a receptionist, I do, a lot of times, get to see what the nurses do and what the physical therapists do and stuff and they’ve offered me the chance to job shadow any of them so that’s kind of helped me and I think it’s helped me with my social skills because answering the phones and greeting everyone who comes in, you need to be like a social and friendly person and I think that’s something that’s important being an elementary school teacher.

  1. Do you find this job satisfying?

Yeah, I do because I think the most satisfying feeling is just getting to become close with the residents, especially those who don’t really have family members who come because it really means the world when you talk to somebody who doesn’t really have anyone there for them.

  1. What is the greatest misconception about your job?

Sometimes when I say I’m a receptionist, people think like “oh that’s super easy ‘cause all you do is answer the phones” but in reality, even though you are just answering the phones, while you’re answering the phones, you’re usually doing a different project or at least me, like when I’m helping out in all the different departments, like HR and medical records, and in the billing office, when I’m doing stuff for each person, and then having to answer phones on top of that and then, still getting the mail, and still just remembering to greet everyone who comes in, it can be really overwhelming.

  1. Why should other people sign up to become a __receptionist__?

I think it’s just very rewarding. First of all, okay well if you sign up to become a receptionist at a nursing home, a lot of times you get to talk to the residents actually and especially the ones who smoke because you can take off their oxygen. They usually come into the front by you so you get to see them a lot and, like, delivering the mail and stuff, you get to visit with the residents and then too, I think it just, it really just helps you become a really friendly and open person because as you get to say, like, “hi” to a lot of the people and you oftentimes become someone that they can confide in, because I know a lot of people now like when they come to the nursing home and they’re having a bad day, they’ll tell me what’s going on or let me know stuff like that. And also, I just think it’s really fun because you get to answer the phones and I really enjoy it actually.


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The History of St. Patrick’s Day

posted Mar 16, 2017, 12:39 PM by Jeffrey Wolf


By: Abbie Schmidt, Co Editor-in-Chief

Posted March 16th, 2017


Saint Patrick’s Day, March 17th, is named after Saint Patrick of Ireland, who died on this date. “St. Patty’s” is celebrated in more countries than any other national festival. A feast date, it is meant to celebrate the arrival of Christianity in Ireland and to celebrate Irish heritage. It is believed that when teaching the Irish about the Holy Trinity, Saint Patrick used a three leaf clover, making shamrocks popular for the holiday. Leprechauns are a common Irish folklore, popular on the holiday mainly for their Irish heritage. The same is true for the color green. The color green has been on Irish flags for a long time. It was the color of their military and other festivals and traditions. According to legends, wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day protects you from being pinched by a leprechaun. In recent years, if you don’t wear green, anyone can pinch you as a reminder to beware of the leprechauns. Also, traditionally, Lent restrictions were lifted for the day, possibly encouraging the consumption of alcohol that’s associated with the holiday.  

SHS athletes demonstrate the joy of reading to elementary schoolers

posted Mar 16, 2017, 4:48 AM by Jeffrey Wolf


By: Madeline Hoitink, Co Editor-in-Chief

Posted March 16th, 2017


A few weeks ago, on March 2, many Slinger High School athletes travelled to the local elementary schools to read to students on Dr. Suess’ birthday.  The athletes for each sport were assigned to a different room and brought gifts for the kids in that class.  Principal Ourada’s idea to promote reading among Slinger elementary students was definitely a success!  The day was recapped on Fox 6 News.  Congratulations to the following Slinger High School athletes who represented their school on March 2!


Band: Kira King and Jacob Storrs

Baseball: Hannah Strupp and Jack Hafeman

Basketball: Emily Rothenhoefer and Derek Sabin

Bots IQ: Matthew Benedum and Avery Simays

Football: Ben Hoitink and Tyler Evans

Hockey: Cameron Opalacz and Mitch McCreedy

Musical: Matt Mehl, Jena Monroe, and Jaiden Schmidt

Skiing and Snowboarding: Lexi Bullis and Brian Jasperson

Skills USA: Rachel Hau and Hunter Milner

Soccer: Ali Wolf, Nora Martin, and Colin Hoch

Tennis: Megan Retzlaff, Alex Muhl, and Jane Schaub

Track: Hannah Strachan, John German, and Anna Pedrick

Volleyball: Emily Gillen and Clare Meyers


For more information check out the Fox 6 Milwaukee report on the Slinger School District Reading Initiative.

An Interview with Mrs. Keliher

posted Mar 15, 2017, 1:42 PM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Elizabeth Briggs, Staff Writer

Posted March 15th, 2017


Having started teaching at Slinger in 1993, Mrs. Keliher has been working at Slinger for a while. Slinger High School is also her only teaching job, and she hasn’t taught at any other schools. Outside of school, her hobbies include walking with her husband, working out, along with singing in the car. When asked about her favorite book, she said 1000 Splendid Suns; a book taught in one of her classes, it is also liked by many students. However, she could not decide what author is her favorite as she has about 10 different writers she likes.


Mrs. Keliher was inspired by her English teachers to become a teacher, “They taught me ‘service learning’ that connected the classroom to the community.”


She says that if she weren’t a teacher, she most likely would work at some sort of volunteer center. By no surprise, as a high schooler, Mrs. Kelliher’s favorite subject was English. Mrs. Erdmann is someone that she looks up to as she is very inspiring and a great teacher. “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference” can be found on the wall in her room and is also her favorite quote. Mrs. Keliher is certainly an inspiring teacher herself.


Slinger's Rookery supports the MDA with the Shamrock Program

posted Mar 14, 2017, 4:28 PM by Jeffrey Wolf   [ updated Mar 14, 2017, 4:29 PM ]

By Kaitlyn Doberstein, Staff Writer

Posted March 14th, 2017


Muscular Dystrophy is a hereditary condition that is marked by progressive weakening and wasting of the muscles. The MDA Shamrock program has raised over 300 million dollars over the past 35 years to help save and make the lives of families living with this muscular dystrophy better. MDA has joined with more than 25,000 retail locations to help spread the word and earn money to help these families and the people with muscular dystrophy to celebrate their 35th anniversary. The Slinger Rookery is one of these locations.


The Slinger Rookery is selling MDA Shamrocks for one dollar. By buying one of these shamrocks during the time of St. Patrick's day, it will bring needed strength back to the children and adults affected by muscular dystrophy. This includes basic, everyday things people do like walking, running, hugging, and even breathing. Buying a shamrock allows the MDA to push past the limits of science and look for cures and treatments for people with muscular dystrophy. Children can also go to MDA’s summer camps to have their “best week of the year” at almost 80 different locations around the world.


So, go to the Rookery and help! Buy a MDA shamrock this St. Patrick’s Day season.

SkillsUSA hosts fundraiser for Kaylee, Mr. Acker’s daughter

posted Mar 14, 2017, 6:15 AM by Jeffrey Wolf


By: Megan Cichon, Entertainment Editor

Posted March 14th, 2017


SkillsUSA, driven by the motive to give back to the community, hosted a fundraiser this past Friday. They raised over $1,000 dollars selling root beer floats for $3.00 each during all three lunch periods. All proceeds went to the college fund of Kaylee, Mr. Acker’s daughter. Katie Meyer, president of SkillsUSA, played a huge role in organizing the event, and gathering volunteers to scoop ice cream, pour soda, and collect money. SkillsUSA sold triple the amount they expected to sell. In just 75 minutes, they’d gone through 6 pails of ice cream, and had to make a run to the store to restock on soda and ice cream--and they then sold out of that. Mr. Apel, advisor of SkillsUSA remarked: “The overwhelming response from our student body and staff is just one more shining example of how great SHS really is.”

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