News & Notes: Nov. 27

Nov. 27, 2013

Nicolet lauded for

PR work

Glendale — Nicolet High School's "Why Nicolet?" video earned the top spot in the Wisconsin School Public Relations Association's yearly awards for electronic media, according to a Nicolet news release.

The four-minute tour of Nicolet features teacher, staff and parent interviews, while touting the district's accolades. The video earned the 2013 Spectrum Award of Excellence, and the district's electronic newsletter received a Spectrum Award of Merit.

Nicolet was among 12 districts awarded by the WSPRA in this year's competition.

"Spectrum Award winners exemplify the very best communications work in school districts across the state," WSPRA President Kit Dailey said in the release.

Board members receive WASB awards

Brown Deer — John Ashley, executive director of the Wisconsin Association of School Boards, presented Brown Deer School Board members last week with awards for their work on improving student learning.

School President Garry Williams and board member Leslie Galloway Sherard were given Level 1 awards; board member Lisa Zielinski was presented a Level 2 award, and board member Dennis Griffin was presented a Level 4 award.

Williams announces

re-election run

Brown Deer — Brown Deer School Board President Gary Williams announced last week that he plans to run for re-election in April.

School Board members serve three-year terms and are paid $3,100 annually.

Student pushes for social justice course at Nicolet

Glendale — Five new elective courses for Nicolet High School students were approved by the School Board on Monday. But most of the discussion was devoted to a sixth, student-initiated course, Leadership for Social Justice. Hannah Strong, a junior at the high school who helped push for the new course, spoke to the board and thanked them and administrators for helping to make the course a reality.

In an interview, Strong said she was among a group of students who last year attended a play about the Holocaust, "Irena's Vow." She said many students wanted to learn more about the Holocaust, and approached school administrators.

"None of us knew that a class used to be offered at Nicolet" several years ago, called Genocide and the Holocaust, Strong said.

Administrators said the new course will be somewhat broader, studying historic injustices such as the Holocaust, and how leadership can avoid injustices of that magnitude.

"It is crucial that we understand the implications of the Holocaust. That democratic institutions and values need to be protected," Strong told the board. "It's up to each of us to make sure these lessons are not lost, to speak out against intolerance and injustice."

Leadership for Social Justice, which is still being fine-tuned, is expected to be considered at the board's Dec. 16 meeting.


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