• Johnson Creek High School scholarship recipients named | Around Town
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    Johnson Creek High School scholarship recipients named | Around Town

    JOHNSON CREEK — Scholarship recipients from Johnson Creek High School have been named.

    Heading the list of local scholarships, three Max Alberts Scholarships for $11,333 each were awarded. The recipients were Maryanna Hintz, Abigail Windl, and Anna Yezzi. Throughout high school, each student has made positive contributions to the school and community.

    Maryanna participated in Future Business Leaders of America and was a strong leader as FBLA president. She also advanced to the Wisconsin State Leadership Conference.

    Additionally, Maryanna was involved in Student Council, Math Club, Band, Esports team, volleyball, and was a wrestling manager. Maryanna will continue her education at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where she will pursue an Education degree to teach computer science. She also was awarded the Red Cross Scholarship ($250), the Johnson Creek Booster Club Scholarship ($500) and the Francis F. Carnes Scholarship ($3,000).

    Abigail participated in Math Club, Mock Trial, Forensics, FFA and musicals. She plans to attend Illinois Institute of Technology to pursue a career in Mechanical Engineering. She is proud to be a woman in this field as there aren’t many.

    Abigail also was awarded the Arthur Albertz Scholarship Award ($500), the Francis F. Carnes Scholarship ($4,000) and the Johnson Creek Education Foundation University Scholarship ($6,000). Through Illinois Institute of Technology, Abigail also received the Heald Scholarship ($25,000), a housing scholarship ($10,000) and a STEM scholarship ($10,650).

    Anna participated in FBLA, Mock Trial, NHS, band/jazz band, musicals, Solo and Ensemble, Honors Band, Culture Club, Math Club, Academic Bowl, Science Olympiad, cross country and Forensics. She will be attending University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She plans on pursuing a career in Psychology to become a mental health counselor.

    Anna also was awarded the Arthur Albertz Scholarship Award ($500) and the Johnson Creek Education Foundation University Scholarship ($6,000).

    Additional scholarshipsMaiya Benner-Sarnow Family Scholarship ($1,000) and a volleyball scholarship from Waldorf University ($13,500).

    Allison Erdmann-Falcon Soar Scholarship ($1,000) and Fly Higher Scholarship ($1,000), both from UW-River Falls

    Daisy Gonzales-UW-Whitewater Scholarship ($1,000).

    Dylan Gruss-Jim Mueller Scholarship ($5,000) and Merit Scholarship ($1,000) from UW-Platteville.

    Isabella Herman-Red Cross Scholarship ($500).

    Kenadie La Sage-Marine Corp Scholarship ($25,000) and a volleyball scholarship from the University of Antelope Valley in California ($20,000).

    Recognition of Cum Laude students: Natalie Grenz, Jack Dotzler, Allison Erdmann, Jayden Solberg, Kaiyli Thompson and Nevaeh Hehr.

    Recognition of Magna Cum Laude students: Lindsey Beech and Maiya Benner.

    Recognition of Summa Cum Laude students: Abigail Windl, Anna Yezzi, Isabella Herman, Dylan Gruss and Samuel Toebe.

  • Immersive coding, robotics instruction coming for Clear Creek elementaries
    Coding and Robotics

    Immersive coding, robotics instruction coming for Clear Creek elementaries

    Imagine your first-grader constructing a robot in a science class to represent animals’ habitat adaptations. Or maybe a third-grade student using Minecraft to build a virtual world based on a book that was read in class.

    This is the type of learning Clear Creek ISD is working to implement in its elementary schools as part of its upcoming Robotics, Coding, and Computational Thinking (RCC) instructional program.

    Though the RCC program will officially launch at Bauerschlag, League City and Ward elementary schools during the 2022-2023 school year, those campuses will have a pre-launch this year to give time for teachers to develop resources needed to fully apply the program, Superintendent Eric Williams said.

    This school year, “teachers will be learning about the new tools and how to implement them and creating resources that other teachers can use and share,” he said.

    The district’s first day of class is Aug. 16 for children in grades prekindergarten, kindergarten, 6 and 9. Other grades start school on Aug. 17.

    Even though the coming year is not a full implementation for RCC, some students at those schools will be able to participate in three planned community exhibitions of their work.

    “There will be students who have these learning experiences this year,” Williams said.

    Williams said the RCC program will eventually be used in all 27 Clear Creek ISD elementary schools. The district’s education foundation recently committed $73,000 for the program to get started and has pledged an additional $148,000 for full implementation.

    District trustees last spring unanimously approved creation of the program, which will use the Scratch block-based coding program, the VEX Robotics program and MinecraftEDU.

    Program seen as way for kids to master core content

    Williams touted the possibilities the immersive instruction program will bring to the district, which he said is already strong in robotics and science, technology, engineering and mathematics curriculum.

    “I’m very excited for our students,” Williams said. “This (promotes) deeper, more complex thinking and complex problem solving; so we want to integrate this curriculum starting with kindergarten.”

    The idea is to integrate RCC principles into core subjects such as reading, social studies, science and math by implementing instruction in coding, robotics and computational thinking.

    “With RCC, kids don’t just engage in rote learning, they will learn to apply the content into new situations, including problem-solving, because this is about (generating) much greater mastery in RCC thinking and it also boosts mastery of core content,” Williams said.

    The superintendent stressed RCC will be used for all learners, including those in bilingual and special-education programs.

    Robotics center near completion

    CCISD students are not novices when it comes to robotics. In fact, the district can boast of globally recognized and award-winning teams at both the secondary and elementary levels. The district is close to finishing a renovation of its Learner Support Center, at 2903 Falcon Pass, to support robotics competitions.