Congratulations to all those involved in the wide variety of outstanding performances during this fall season of curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.
Most recently, the high school football program has been recognized once again by not only the Waupaca community, but those across the state who appreciate football played at a high level.
Coach John Koronkiewicz and his coaching staff continually demonstrate, and instill in our students, the value of hard work, dedication, sacrifice and teamwork.
The performance on the gridiron came shortly after an outstanding performance by Mr. Dan Wolfgram and the high school music program with “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat on the stage.”
Mr. Wolfgram, along with the support of high school music teachers Mr. Mark Kryshak and Ms. Kira Morrissey, continually teach our students to perform at a level seldom seen in a high school musical production.
Once again, our students are taught the value of hard work, dedication, sacrifice and teamwork.
Often going unnoticed is the fact approximately 40 percent of the football team participates in the musical.
Equally impressive is the number of students Mr. Wolfgram is able to place on stage.
The experience of being on stage and part of a musical production is one that will remain with our students forever.
While these two activities get most of the attention from our community, it is important to remember there are other programs getting attention at the local and state level as well.
One of the buses to the Madison football game carried 21 Advanced Drama Class students and their Coach, Ms. Monica Reeves.
That particular bus left Madison after the game and traveled to Stevens Point to perform the one-act play “Fearful Symmetry” at the Wisconsin High School Forensic Association State Theatre Festival at the University of Stevens Point’s Jenkins Theatre at 5:30 p.m.
To be eligible to perform at this prestigious festival, these students had to pass through both district and sectional competition.
The above activities are not the only opportunities offered our students during the fall.
Students with a variety of other interests participate in Debate, Chess, Soccer, Golf, FFA, Cheerleading, Dance and other programs, according to their interests and abilities.
Research shows a strong correlation between future success and participation in these types of opportunities.
The attention is generally focused on high school programs, where the students and staff are ultimately able to perform a finished product. However, those seeds of success are planted much earlier by elementary and middle school staff, along with parents and families.
They should receive credit as well.
Nov. 11-17 was American Education Week and Nov. 15 was Parent Involvement in Wisconsin Schools Day.
These proclamations by the state recognize the contribution teachers, support staff, parents and families make towards the success of our students and schools.
Equally important is the support received from our community.
Your contribution to student success is recognized as well.
Thank you to all who contribute to the success of our students – both inside and outside the school building. You are appreciated.
David P Poeschl, PhD, is district administrator of Waupaca schools.