WASHBURN COMMUNITY CLEAN UP PROJECT
The entire student body from Lincoln Middle School/SOTA II/Coulee Montessori along with teachers and staff joined together for a community service project this week. The project was part of the school’s Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) program which reinforces respect, responsibility, and relationship building.
Working with the City of La Crosse’s Parks and Recreation Department, school officials identified zones in the Washburn neighborhood to be cleaned up. The students will be organized into groups and move through specific blocks in public spaces to pick up debris and loose trash. Students will leave tied-up bags of trash at designated areas for city crews to pick up.
“I think it’s important that the residents of the City of La Crosse understand that our students make a positive impact,” said Lincoln Middle School/SOTA II/Coulee Montessori Dean of Students Eric Check. “The students do a lot of work in the city because they take pride in the neighborhood where their school is and want to give back any way they can to the community that always supports them and their education.”
Students and staff met outside of Lincoln Middle School on the playground turf this morning and were organized into small groups. Group leaders were given safety vests along with gloves and bags for the team. The groups then moved to their assigned zones in the neighborhood around the school to begin the cleanup operation. When the cleanup ended, students and staff returned to school for an assembly celebration.
“Our students are demonstrating a greater concern for the renewal of this neighborhood,” said teacher Mandi Hundt. “Throughout the district are examples of our students’ interests in becoming civic-minded citizens. Their efforts are not only improving our schools every day but now our neighborhoods too.”
MARCH STUDENTS OF THE MONTH
8th Grade-Tia Endrizzi: It is with great pleasure that I nominate Tia for the March Student of the Month. She is a very bright young lady with numerous possibilities for her future. Tia is a quiet leader amongst her peers and serves as a role model for others. She is a very hard worker and does what is asked of her to the best of her abilities. Tia is a very well-rounded student, who excels in academics, athletics, and other activities she chooses to participate in. She has a great sense of humor and can be “loud” in many ways without saying much. Tia is very worthy of being the 8th grade March Student of the Month. Nominated by Mr. Olson
7th Grade-Thomas Greany: Thomas is a pleasure to teach each day. He goes out of his way to say hello, or give a hug or friendly smile-which always brightens my day! He is very thoughtful and takes his job as a student very seriously. He is a kind, compassionate person who truly cares about his classmates. Thomas is an everyday example of hard work and positivity in Spanish and around this whole building. He is just a great kid! Nominated by Mrs. Wilkerson and Senora Wyland
6th Grade-Cynthia Xiong: Cynthia is a very kind and compassionate student who is helpful and considerate of others. She always tries her best to succeed no matter how difficult the task at hand might be. It is a pleasure to have such a fine student in class. Cynthia is a fantastic young lady! She is always willing to help others and is kind to everyone. Cynthia is willing to give extra effort in order to learn and improve. She participates in class, listens, and consistently does what is right. Cynthia is a role model to all sixth graders, and I am proud to nominate her for Student of the Month. Nominated by Mrs. Kutzke and Mrs. O’Mara
STUDENT ARTWORK SELECTED
Congratulations to Kate Wavra! Our school board member, Connie Troyanek chose Kate’s artwork to hang in this year’s Fine Arts School Board year long art exhibit at Hogan. She will be recognized on Monday, May 15th at the the Fine Arts Recognition school board meeting at Hogan Auditorium.
AATG STATE GERMAN SPEAKING CONTEST
On Saturday, April 1, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., 4 German students from Logan High School and 2 German students from Lincoln Middle School participated in the AATG State German Speaking Contest at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI.
At each level, students were required to recite a poem and to communicate spontaneously about random topics. This is a challenging competition to enter! Competing is a rigorous activity that demands using correct grammar and vocabulary as well as quick thinking in the target language.
AATG State German Speaking Contest Results for Lincoln Students:
Carson Markussen Received 2
Randi Jo Rosen Received 3
The Lincoln MS students all made us proud with their performances. Please congratulate them when you see them!
NATIONAL HISTORY DAY
Congratulations to Winnie Hilker! Her NHD documentary, entitled Taking a Stand: Eradicating Native American Boarding Schools in Wisconsin, was the one project chosen out of hundreds for the Joan Rausch Memorial award. She won a monetary prize for her efforts. Way to go, Winnie!
NATIONAL HISTORY DAY
Congratulations to all of the students who participated in the NHD contest yesterday. The following students are moving on to the state competition in Madison:
For group performances: Ellie Dingel, Maddie Maseswicz, and Camille Blake
For another group performance: Lauren Boge, McKenna Oettel, Gwen Schroeder, Avery Trohkimoinen, and Abby Ziegelbein
Group website: Joseph Krueger and Henry Kline
Individual documentary: Regen Emlet
Alternate for papers: Tia Endrizzi
We are so proud for the amazing behavior our Lincoln students exhibited while at UW-L.
Congratulations to Winnie Hilker, Gwen Schroeder, and Ellie Dingel for winning the school level of the Optimist Club’s Oratorical Contest. As part of a Writing class assignment, they and nearly eighty other eighth grade students presented speeches around this year’s theme: “What the World Gains from Optimism”.
On Wednesday, March 29, Winnie, Gwen, and Ellie competed against three students from Logan Middle School for the zone level competition, where Ellie Dingel took first place. Ellie will now travel to Wisconsin Dells this May to compete against several other students from the Southern Wisconsin District of the Optimist International Club. Great job, ladies! We are proud of you! And good luck to Ellie at the next level of the competition.
FEBRUARY STUDENTS OF THE MONTH
8th Grade-Siriwong Vang: It is with great pleasure that I nominate Sririwong for Student of the Month. He is a very bright young man with a vast amount of background knowledge and numerous possibilities for his future. Sririwong is a very quiet leader amongst his peers and serves as a role model for others. He is a very hard worker and does what is asked of him to the best of his abilities. Sririwong is a very independent and strong-willed person. He is very worthy of being the 8th grade January Student of the Month. Nominated by Mr. Olson
7th Grade-Kyle Lee: Kyle is a great kid to have in class. He always has a smile on his face and is so positive about every aspect of school. He is a student who really listens to learn and seriously thinks about what is being discussed in class. I enjoy having Kyle in my room and think he is such a good role model for other seventh grade students. Nominated by Mr. Bagniefski
6th Grade-Pa Chia Yang: Pa Chia is an outstanding individual. She is willing to work hard to achieve her goals, interacts well with others, and displays her creative skills in her work. She enters the classroom with a smile and welcoming greeting each day. Pa Chia makes our school a better place. Nominated by Mrs. O’Mara
STUDENT ART AWARD
Congratulations to Muriel Severson who recently won the WAEA Middle School Award for her artwork, which will be featured at the 2017 Youth Art Month closing ceremony at the state capitol show at the Wisconsin Capitol on Friday, March 31, between 12:00pm-1:00pm.
JANUARY STUDENTS OF THE MONTH
8th Grade-Adire Murphy: Adire deserves January Student of the Month. At a time of the year when many of us are falling short of our goals, instead Dire has risen to the occasion. He has shown maturity in his actions, dedication to school work, and a great sense of humor to top it off. I enjoy having Dire in class, and I am SO proud of his accomplishments! Keep up the awesome work, Dire! Nominated by Mrs. P Johnson
7th Grade-Sydney Roswall: Sydney demonstrates how having a great attitude, a hard work ethic, and a genuine kindness and generosity can make you a very successful student and person. She is always smiling and giving her best in school and is such a good role model for other students. She is an obvious choice for Student of the Month. Congratulations, Sydney and keep up the good work! Nominated by Mr. Bagniefski
6th Grade-Angelina Lee: Angelina may be quiet, but she is fierce! She is excelling in her learning and her desire to succeed. Angelina listens to the instructions and asks questions when necessary. She leads by example each day by offering her best effort and coming to class prepared. Her gains in Reading are outstanding! When Angelina speaks, people should listen! Nominated by Mrs. O’Mara
AATG SPEAKING CONTEST
AATG (American Association of Teachers of German ) Speaking Contest – 2/25/17 at Rufus King International School, Milwaukee, WI
11 German Students from Logan High School and 11 German students from Lincoln Middle School participated in the AATG Regional German Speaking Contest at Rufus King High School. 13 students qualified for state.
Our German students competed against German students from 6 different schools in the Milwaukee area, with 13 of our 22 German students qualifying for the State Contest at Marquette University!
At each level, students were required to recite a poem and to communicate spontaneously about 1 of 6 random topics. This is a challenging competition to enter!
Competing is a rigorous activity that demands using correct grammar and vocabulary as well as quick thinking in the target language. The Lincoln MS and Logan HS students all made us proud with their performances.
The following Lincoln German students competed in the regional contest: Aedan Higgins, Elliot Larson, Jackson Morrison, Joel Restel, Sririwong Vang, Zen Lomen, Abigail Killpatrick, Ava Krause, Carson Markussen, Ethan Kranz, Randi Jo Rosen.
The following Lincoln German students qualified for State: Zen Lomen, Ava Krause, Carson Markussen, Randi Jo Rosen
We had an EXTREMELY successful day today placing 3rd overall as a team. I am so proud of how all of the students performed and represented Lincoln MS today. Congratulations to the following students in the respective areas:
Introduction to Computers
Proof Reading and Editing
1st Jacob, Vincent, and Elliot
Issues in Society
1st Maddie and Kayla
FBLA Creed Speaking
2nd Maggie and Sophie
4th Sydney and Norah
Computer Slide Show
3rd Kylee and Macy
State is April 3 & 4 in Appleton, WI.
Note: All students advance to the State competition.
DECEMBER STUDENTS OF THE MONTH
8th Grade-Ellie Dingel: Ellie is an outstanding student and a kind person. She always does her schoolwork and is willing to help her peers. She represents our school with class and dignity. Ellie is a hard working student, always striving to do her very best, unafraid to ask questions when confused, and going above and beyond on her work. Not only this, but she treats others with genuine kindness and compassion. Keep being you, Ellie! Nominated by Mrs. P Johnson
7th Grade-Signe Reinders: Signe demonstrates creative problem solving in the art studio every day. She comes to class ready to learn and grow as an artist. Nominated by Mrs. Burns/Mr. Johnson
6th Grade-Rosemary Greany: Rosemary is a quiet yet focused learner. She always offers her best effort and is a role model to others. Rosemary takes the extra time needed to complete quality work. Nominated by Mrs. O’Mara
REGIONAL SPELLING BEE
Congratulations to Lauren Jarrett for taking 4th place at the Regional Spelling Bee. The top five winners will compete at the state competition in March. Great job Lauren!
BATTLE OF THE BOOKS
Battle of the books school winners: Helen Baines, Rosemary Greany, and Alexie Leonhardt – These ladies will take the state online battle test the last week of February.
Battle of Books final competitors for school battle: Alexi Leonhardt, Helen Baines, Rosemary Greany, Rinoa Yang, Norah Hofland, Eli Stovall, Maria-Sofia Andonova, Ava Scholl, Bella Brown, Kate Eubanks
LINCOLN GEO BEE
Congratulations to our GeoBee winners. Eli Stovall took first place and Roman Westrich took 2nd. Eli will compete in the state contest on February 1. Classroom winner particpants were: Caroline Pohnl, Lucy Kujak, Cecilia Bouzek, Kyle Lee, Eliott Stovall, Roman Westrich
SYMPHONIC BAND REPRESENTS WISCONSIN MIDDLE SCHOOL BANDS
“A big congratulations go out to our Symphonic Band for their wonderful performance at the National Band Association convention in Appleton last Friday. They not only represented our school, and our district well, they were the representative of middle school bands in Wisconsin. Great work everyone! We are very proud of you!”
FCCLA REGION 5 STAR EVENT
The FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) Region 5 STAR Event competition was held at Western Technical College Friday, January 20th. Eight members from Lincoln Middle School competed. Ava Krause, Blair Greenwold and Lucy Kujak received a Gold for their Advocacy project about childhood obesity, Quinn Jorgensen received a silver for her illustrated talk about shaken baby syndrome, Kayla Holmen, Ellie Haverland and Sydney Lockley received a Gold for their Life Event Planning project that entailed detailed cost comparison of a trip to an cabin up north over New Years, and Ella Lysne received a silver for her food innovation project. Her food innovation was a sweet potatoes KrumKake with a peanut butter whipped cream filling. All will advance to State in April 3-5 at the Kalahari in Wisconsin Dells! Congratulations and good luck at State.
Pictured back row l to r: Blair Greenwold, Quinn Jorgensen, Ella Lysne, Kayla Holmen; front row l to r: Lucy Kujak, Ava Krause, Sydney Lockley and Ellie Haverland
YOUTH ART MONTH ARTISTS
Lauren Boge, Muriel Severson and Calvin Fennie have their art going to the Heider Center for the Arts in West Salem to be a part of the West Central Regional Art Exhibit. Their work will hang with 400 other artworks representing our school in the WAEA (Wisconsin Art Educator Association) annual exhibit. The exhibit will be up from February 3rd-28th. A public reception for the students is on Thursday, February 23rd from 6-7:30. A huge congratulations goes out to these talented artists.
ARTIST GRAND CHAMPION WINNER
Congratulations Caroline Pohnl for being the GRAND Champion Winner of the Tobacco Free youth Billboard Art Contest. The theme for the contest focuses on the environment and states: “No Butts About It: This is Litter.” Her poster will be hung throughout the city of La Crosse. Way it go, Caroline!
SCHOOL SPELLING BEE
On January 10, the following students participated in the school Spelling Bee: Caroline Pohnl, Ethan Kranz, Grant Steidl, Lauren Jarrett, Liriel Sarver, Will Weber and Jaborious Norwood.
Congratulations to our Spelling Bee winners: Lauren Jarrett (1st place), Caroline Pohnl (2nd place), and Will Weber (Alternate). They will represent Lincoln at the Regional Spelling Bee on February 8. Thanks to all who participated.
NOVEMBER STUDENTS OF THE MONTH
8TH GRADE-JASMINE SIEGEL: Jasmine’s effort in Spanish class this year is fantastic. Keep up the great work, Jasmine! Nominated by Mrs. Wyland
7TH GRADE-LUCAS ANDEREGG: I have been able to get to know Lucas in Physical Education class this year and am so excited to see the kindness, sportsmanship and competitiveness that he balances every day. I have asked him to help support his peers on a daily basis as some students needed positive influences aMwhen asked to step up he has done it with respect and kindness. I am very impressed with the choices that he is making this semester. Nominated by Mrs. Norman
6TH GRADE-MARIA ANDONOVA: Maria is an amazing, sweet student who is always respectful above and beyond most 6th graders I know. She comes to my class and leaves with a huge smile. Never is she without energy to learn. Nominated by Mrs. Burns
STUDENT ARTWORK IN THE MAYOR’S OFFICE
Four works of art currently hanging at City Hall in Mayor Kabat’s office (Elsa Hirsch, Martha Franke, Macy Zielke and Alexis Yang). Congratulations artists!
Twenty-four amazing students from La Crosse Lincoln Middle and Longfellow Middle participated in the 2016 Adapted Aquatics Swim Meet today. With the help of students from University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, the kids swam the front and back crawl over ten heats. Help us congratulate these student athletes for all of their hard work!
OCTOBER STUDENTS OF THE MONTH
8TH GRADE-ZEN LOMEN: Zenn is always ready to help me get my pedometers out and set up and take down my classroom. She also is working really hard on her fitness goals, without reminding she will complete her push-ups and planks before class begins. Some days she will do it all again when everyone arrives, this shows a great deal of initiative and desire to become strong. Zenn has been a joy to have in class and am so happy that she has been able to be a part of my Physical Education class this semester. Nominated by Mrs. Norman
7TH GRADE-KARINA BRONSON: Karina always tries her best, no matter how difficult the assignment might be. The moment she walks in the room, she is smiling. This positive character is contagious to those around her. I appreciate how she greets me and always says goodbye, telling me to have a great afternoon. She takes great pride and care in all that she does.Nominated by Mrs. Burns
6TH GRADE: AVERI VU: Averi always completes her assignments on time, volunteers in class, is on task and follows all school rules. Averi is an exemplary student and a role model for all her peers. What a delightful young lady! Nominated by Mrs. Kutzke
SEPTEMBER STUDENTS OF THE MONTH
8TH GRADE: MEGAN SCHULTZ: Megan is deserving of September Student of the Month for being a kind, respectful person. I enjoy her hard work, focus, and energy both in the classroom and on the volleyball court. Keep up the great work, Megan! Nominated by Mrs. P Johnson
7TH GRADE: ALEXIS YANG: Alexis has superior self-discipline and perseverance. She turns in her assignments before they are due. She goes above and beyond, taking risks with art media. She is always positive and willing to help other students around her. Nominated by Ms. Burns
6TH GRADE: RINOA YANG: Rinoa deserves September’s Student of the Month for being a positive addition to the Lincoln Student Council group. I am so excited about seeing her grow her leadership skills and contribute to the Lincoln community. Thanks, Rinoa! Nominated by Mrs. P Johnson
Congratulations to our Band!!! After submitting of a recording of our Symphonic Band from last Spring’s Kalahari Band Festival, a selection committee selected our Symphonic Band to perform at the National Band Association Wisconsin Chapter’s January Convention. We are the only middle school band in Wisconsin to receive this honor this year. Congratulations Band….and good luck as you prepare for this important performance in January!
FCCLA LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
Two of Lincoln’s FCCLA members, Quinn Jorgensen, Blair Greenwold along with their FCCLA Adviser Jo Dee Hoiness attended the FCCLA Wisconsin Leadership Academy Fall Conference at UW-Stout on October, 18th. The Keynote speaker, Craig Hillier, engaged FCCLA members in activities, discussions and stories to inspire them to make a difference in their schools and organizations as well as their own lives. Members also attended breakout sessions about the FCCLA Planning Process, overcoming adversity, building FCCLA membership and professionalism and leadership.
1 in 5 school-age kids LOCALLY is affected by food insecurity. Not knowing if or when your next meal is coming affects every aspect of life. Be a part of iFeed 2016! Bring in labeled, non-expired non-perishable food items for the biggest food drive in the region beginning Thursday, October 27. We will have boxes for each grade level and each school in the LMC; drop off your items for a chance to win a gift card each day of the drive. Your name will be entered into a drawing each day that you donate once per and up to ten items per day for the chance to win a $5 gift card each day, and any student who has contributed even one item over the course of the drive will have his or her name entered into an overall drawing for the chance to win a $100 giftcard to Shenanigan’s! We will also be doing a special drawing on Friday, 10/28 during Masquerade Madness-any student who has brought in an item during the first two days of the drive will earn a chance to win a $50 giftcard to Shenanigan’s. Winner will be announced at the end of the Madness on Friday just in time to be able to use the giftcard over your long weekend break! See Senora Wyland with any questions you may have. Let’s do this, people!
Congratulations to the 6th grade band on a spectacular first performance of the school year. A special shout out goes to Helen Baines on her fantastic solo in front of an auditorium full of people; and to Alexie Leonhardt, Rosemary Greany, Norah Hofland, Helen Baines, Eli Stovall, and Rebecca Ihrke on their ensemble performance at the concert. It’s never too early for an eclectic rendition of Jingle Bells. Great performance to all that were at the concert last night!
STUDENT COUNCIL SPIRIT WEEK
Student Council is sponsoring a spirit week! Student Council is hoping everyone will show school spirit by dressing up for daily themes. On Friday, we will end the spirit week with a mini mixer and “Masquerade Madness” event in the old gym.
Monday Oct 24: Hat/Wig/Hairpiece/Wacky Hair Day
Tuesday Oct 25: 80s Day
Wednesday Oct 26: Wacky Wednesday
Thursday Oct 27: School Spirit Day
Friday Oct 28: Costume Day
THE GRASS IS GREENER
Visit the LaCrosse Tribune article authored by School Counselor Rick Blasing regarding the turf installed at Lincoln!
BAND REHEARSATHON FUNDRAISER SEPT 24
Congratulations to the Band for a successful Rehearsathon this past Saturday! So far over $4,500 has been raised for a 10-hour rehearsal day. Congratulations to Ben Crutchfield for collecting the most donations…..and to Sadie Jansson for having the most pledges.
PINWHEELS FOR PEACE
PEACE TO ALL! Celebrate with us! INTERNATIONAL PEACE DAY was September 21. Art Students all across the planet have created artfully decorated pinwheels for peace. Because of the rain….Lincoln’s Pinwheels will be on display in the office!
LINCOLN…LET’S MOVE RECIPIENT
Let’s Move! Active Schools, part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative, has announced its 2016 National Award recipients. Lincoln Middle School in La Crosse was among the 544 U.S. schools, representing 41 states plus the District of Columbia, recognized for their outstanding efforts in creating an Active School environment.
The Let’s Move! Active Schools National Award is the nation’s top physical education and physical activity distinction for K-12 schools. The award celebrates a school’s commitment to providing students with at least 60 minutes of physical activity before, during and after school each day.
“I applaud these schools for creating Active School environments that are inspiring students to be more engaged learners and ensuring that physical education and physical activity continue to be an important part of every child’s educational experience,” said First Lady Michelle Obama.
Studies show that Active Kids Do Better. Physical activity not only helps kids stay healthy and strong, but it can also contribute to higher test scores, improved attendance, better behavior in class, enhanced leadership skills and a lifetime of healthy habits.
Powered by a national collaborative of health, education and private sector organizations, Let’s Move! Active Schools partners work together to equip schools with physical education and physical activity resources, programs, professional development and activation grants that help create Active School environments.
To earn a Let’s Move! Active Schools National Award, a school must have met significant benchmarks in five areas: physical education; physical activity before and after school; physical activity during school; staff involvement; and family and community engagement.
Since its February 28, 2013 launch, more than 20,000 schools in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia have enrolled in Let’s Move! Active Schools, reaching more than 11 million students.