Nite Crier Turkey Drop to benefit the Slinger Food Pantry (photo essay)

posted Dec 8, 2017, 10:48 AM by Jeffrey Wolf   [ updated Dec 8, 2017, 10:50 AM ]

By: Korey Alder and Mariah Flynn

Posted December 8th, 2017



The Nite Crier crew day of the Turkey Drop.

Group photo of the Kiwi Club members and the Nite Crier.

SHS Drumline plays before the Turkey Drop

A great performance from the SHS Drumline .

Mr. Wolf introducing the Master of Ceremonies.

Abbie Schmidt looking excited while Robbie Timmler speaks to the audience.

Kiwi Club launches the turkey!

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

posted Dec 7, 2017, 4:56 AM by Jeffrey Wolf


By: Abbie Schmidt, Co Editor-in-Chief

Posted December 7th, 2017


“Pearl Harbor” was a terrible event in which the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, killing 2,403 U.S. citizens and injuring 1,178. The attack destroyed four U.S. battleships, three cruisers, three destroyers, one minelayer and 188 aircraft. Four U.S. battleships were also damaged along with 159 aircraft. The attack happened in 1941 and led to the entrance of the U.S. in World War II on the side of the Allies. President Franklin Roosevelt called the attack “a date which will live in infamy.” On August 23rd, 1994, Congress designated December 7th of each year as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. On December 7th, the flag should be flown at half-staff until sunset to honor those who died as a consequence of the attack on the U.S. Military.


Please Meet Mrs. Kenaston

posted Dec 1, 2017, 7:31 AM by Jeffrey Wolf   [ updated Dec 1, 2017, 11:42 AM ]



By:  Katy Dano, Staff Writer

Posted December 1st, 2017


Mrs. Kenaston started her first year at Slinger High School this year as an English teacher. She teaches English 9 and 10. Even though she transferred from West Middle School in Oak Creek, she always wanted to teach high schoolers. Since September, she says the students have been truly wonderful. When asked about what she liked most about Slinger, she responded with: “I love the school spirit!” she had boasted with pride.


Mrs. Kenaston also loved the how community-oriented Slinger is. However, teaching has been very different here than at Oak Creek. At her old school, the periods were 80 minute workshops, so she had to completely change her curriculum. She thanked her co-workers for being so supportive.


Even though she loves teaching the underclassman, she hopes to teach upperclassman. “I want to bridge learning out of high school. Not all 15 year olds picture the future, I want to give students tools later in life.”


An English teacher encouraged her career during her senior year, so she strives to inspire others.


Holiday Folk Fair visited by SHS students

posted Nov 29, 2017, 4:43 AM by Jeffrey Wolf


By. Abbie Schmidt, Co Editor-in-Chief

Posted November 29th, 2017


On November 17th, I went to the Holiday Folk Fair at the State Fair Grounds. I went last year and enjoyed it just as much the second time around. The Folk Fair consists of many different booths. There are a wide array of food options. I got Egyptian for dinner and Slovakian desserts! It is so interesting to try something new and I’m grateful for the opportunity. The Folk Fair also has booths with people sitting, waiting to explain their heritage to anyone that wants to listen. Another section includes booths with little trinkets and “souvenir”-type objects. I purchased some 100% alpaca wool socks from a Bolivian stand. Another part of the grounds houses a stage where people perform their culture’s traditional dance in traditional clothing. Overall, it’s a place I am glad I got to explore again.




Left: Booths where people are showing (and in some cases, making) specific items made in their country of heritage.

Right: Part of the Cafe area with food from over 20 different countries



Left: Person sitting in a booth, explaining their culture to eager listeners.

Right: A booth with culture-proud items to buy.



How to Edit

posted Nov 29, 2017, 4:35 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Chloe Schmidt, Staff Writer

Posted November 29th, 2017


The reason I’m writing this article is because of a contest I enter every year, the Scholastic Art and Writing Contest. It’s basically what it sounds like, people write pieces for different categories or create art for different categories and the judges decide who wins. Since the deadline is in December, I decided to kick it into high gear and write my piece early and then edit it. This is my editing process.


First off, I look at the sentences and if they make sense. If I see that a sentence can flow more smoothly a different way, I change it. My main goal during this is to make sure it’s understandable and there’s a good flow to the writing piece.


The second thing I do is look at word choice. I read carefully to make sure the words I’m using are fit for the piece and if they’re not, I leave a little comment of what I think is wrong with it. Then when I finish reading through the piece, I go back to the beginning and fix the word choice.


The third thing I do is look at punctuation. I decide if a line should have periods, commas, or neither. If it’s a question I make sure there’s a question mark there. Punctuation is a little thing that makes a huge difference to the piece. No punctuation gives the piece a more flowy, loose feeling, whereas commas and periods make the piece neat and organized.


The final thing I never forget to do is a final read through of the piece. I’m looking to make sure everything is consistent. I make sure punctuation is the same and confirm the word choice is as strong as possible. I make sure the emotion I get from the piece is the emotion that I want.

    

That’s what I take into account while editing. You can use my process if you’d like, or use your own. Either way, make sure your piece is as good as possible to win the contest or get an A on that essay!


Congratulations to our Turkey Drop winners!

posted Nov 21, 2017, 6:48 AM by Jeffrey Wolf   [ updated Nov 21, 2017, 8:46 AM ]

Congratulations to our Turkey Drop winners. Winners can contact Mr. Wolf (jeffrey.wolf@slingerschools.org), advisor of the Nite Crier, to pick up their prizes.  

Raffle Prizes

  • Meghan Mack wins a $25 gift card to the Rookery, the Slinger High School student store.

  • Dean schmidt wins a $25 gift card to the Rookery, the Slinger High School student store.

  • Augie Beyer wins a gift certificate to Skinny Vic’s in Slinger

  • Carol DeLaurier wins a gift certificate to Subway of Slinger

  • Al Piel wins a gift card to Sweet Creations

  • Ashley Timmler wins two free guest passes to Hartford movie theater

  • Mariah Schutte wins two free guest passes to Hartford movie theater

  • Jen Zurn wins two free guest passes to Hartford movie theater

  • Mark Mollet wins two free guest passes to Hartford movie theater


Cash Prizes

  • Jen Zurn -  3rd place Turkey Drop Cash Prize ($10 cash prize)

  • Rob Johnson - 2nd place Turkey Drop Cash Prize ($20 cash prize)

  • Brian Timmler - 1st place Turkey Drop Cash Prize ($71 cash prize)


An extra thank you to the following people for making the 2017 Nite Crier Turkey Drop possible.

  • Adam Kieckhafer and the Slinger High School Drumline

  • KIWI Club

  • Slinger High School Athletic Director,Mike Daniels

  • Slinger High School Principal, Phil Ourada

  • Brian Timmler who donated part of his cash raffle back to the Slinger Food Pantry


A special thank you to those who purchased raffle plates. With your help we raised $152 for the Slinger Food Pantry.  Thank you!!!


Stay tuned for photos and video from the 2017 Nite Crier Turkey Drop to benefit the Slinger Food Pantry.


Thanksgiving Satire

posted Nov 17, 2017, 6:52 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Katelyn Dano, Staff Writer

Posted November 17th, 2017


Thanksgiving is a beautiful fall holiday; families give thanks, everyone is bundled up, and food is served. The food is tasty, overzealous, and grand. However, the turkey is the star of the show. On the other hand, no one asked if the turkey WANTED to be the star of the show.


One day the pilgrims and native americans decided to have a party, and serve TURKEY. Did they ask if the turkey wanted to be in the middle of the table stuffed with stuffing? No. That turkey could’ve had a family or a girlfriend. Life was cut short for him.  Maybe they could’ve used the pig for ham, but the turkey became the popular food for Thanksgiving.


All the prepping that turkey has to go through is just over the top. There’s sitting in hot water with spices. It has to sit there for HOURS. Then there’s the stuffing of the stuffing, how much stuffing could a turkey stuff stuff? Too much stuff. The bread is overbearing. All the gravy get slathered on and it’s just obnoxious. The turkey has to go through so much just to look good for those hungry families.


So in short, appreciate your turkeys. They do so much to make your day great.


The History and Culture of Thanksgiving

posted Nov 17, 2017, 4:23 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Chloe Schmidt, Staff Writer

Posted November 17th, 2017


Thursday, November 23rd: the day everybody’s excited for-just to eat pumpkin pie and mashed potatoes.

The history behind it is commonly known. The Pilgrims and Native Americans had a feast together to celebrate the harvest. But that’s not all of the important facts- I’ll tell you more.


For starters, Thanksgiving wasn’t considered a national holiday until Abraham Lincoln declared it one in 1863, when he also announced he wanted it to occur each November. The first annual Thanksgiving occurred in 1817 in the state of New York.

Squanto, a Native American from the tribe Pawtuxet, helped the starving, freezing, and diseased colonists. They were taught how to cultivate crops, fish, avoid poisonous plants, extract sap from trees, and form an alliance with a local tribe.


When the colonists had their first successful harvest, Governor William Bradford invited local Native American tribes and allies to join the feast. The feast lasted three whole days. They ate at least five deer seasoned with common Native American spices and cooking methods. However, the typical pies and desserts we see at Thanksgiving today weren’t available then due to ovens not being invented yet and the Native American’s decreased sugar supply.


The story of Thanksgiving is well known, but it’s always nice to go in deeper to the subject of why we celebrate holidays. Especially this one: a holiday for peace and giving thanks.


My College Review of UW-Green Bay

posted Nov 15, 2017, 4:29 AM by Jeffrey Wolf


By: Chloe Schmidt, Staff Writer

Posted November 15th, 2017


On October 20th, a teacher in-service day, my mom, my brother, and I drove up to Green Bay to go on a college tour at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. The drive was about an hour and forty minutes-far enough away from home but still close enough that I could go home if an emergency occurred.


I had multiple reasons for looking at Green Bay. One of the reasons is because it’s in-state, which means the tuition will be cheaper. Another reason I liked the distance was because if I ever needed or wanted to go home, it’d be easier than if I moved somewhere else. The GPA and ACT (which I haven’t taken yet) scores were right in my range, so I knew I’d be around kids with my same education level. The final reason was because they had the two programs I’d need to study to become what I want to be: a history teacher.


To start with, I absolutely loved Green Bay. I liked how it was spacious but closely knit at the same time. The education program seemed to value their students and want the best for them. The student life seemed amazing- the tour guide told us that multiple things were offered to be enjoyed every week. My favorite part about it had to be the fact that the dorms had personal bathrooms. Of course you have to share a bathroom with your roommate, but it’s better than sharing a bathroom with twenty other girls. Another very important part of college to me is how eco-friendly they are. Green Bay seemed very eco-friendly by recycling bins everywhere and solar panels being on top of a brand new building.


My brother’s favorite part was the underground tunnels that lead from each academic building to another, which is useful during the cold weather. My mom’s favorite part was how much nature there was- there was trees practically everywhere you looked.


Overall, this tour was the best tour I’ve ever been on. Green Bay is my number one choice so far.


Interview with the new AgEd Teacher: Miss Dei

posted Nov 15, 2017, 4:25 AM by Jeffrey Wolf


By: Mariah Flynn, Staff Writer
Posted November 15th, 2017


What made you want to become an agricultural teacher?


My agriculture teacher at Kewaskum High School inspired me to go into this profession.  He challenged me, and sometimes I disliked him - but in the end he knew what was best for me and I thank him for that every day!  I am proud to now call him my mentor and my friend.


What pulled you towards Slinger?


Slinger is a great school that provides students with a high quality education!  I also have family ties in the area!  My Grandpa Beine was a founding member of the Slinger FFA in 1950!


Where are you from originally?


I am from Kewaskum, and a 2010 graduate of Kewaskum High School.


What would you like to accomplish in your first year at Slinger High School and with the FFA organization?


This year I would like to recruit more students to join the Slinger FFA and to take agriculture classes next year!  I will be offering a new Ag Business class and a Leadership and Communications course!  As well as all the fun animal and plant courses too!


What are some misconceptions about FFA?


A goal of the officer team and myself is to break the stereotype of the FFA and get more people involved!  We haven’t been the “Future Farmers of America” since the 1980s, so it’s about time we broke the stigma!  Most people don’t know we are a leadership organization and offer unique opportunities like conferences, workshops, and conventions that help develop skills we all need in the real world after high school!


Following our Thanksgiving theme, do you have any fun facts about turkeys that you'd like to share?


1.) Turkeys are able to fly up to 55mph - if only for a short distance.

2.) Benjamin Franklin wished to have wild turkeys as the national bird of the USA, rather than the bald eagle.


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