School

Wed
24
Dec

10th - 12th choir and jazz band perform Christmas carols for seniors

The Maple Lake 10-12 grade Choir and Jazz Band entertained the residents of Cottagewood and Lake Ridge Care Centers in Buffalo on Dec. 16. The choir performed more traditional carols while the jazz band performed novelty holiday songs.  The residents sang along with songs they were familiar with which brought smiles to everyone's faces.

Wed
10
Dec

MLHS students participate in Job Skills Competition


Participants in the back row are Michael O'Sullivan, Matthew O'Sullivan and Duncan Neska. In the front row are Cortney Hoopman and Kayla Walsh.

Michael O'Sullivan and his first-place certificate and medal.

On December 4th, five MLHS students participated in the Job Skills Competition held at Buffalo Evangelical Free Church. This event is designed to assess job skills for area special education students involved in work based learning programs. Students participated in events such as task completion, modeling appropriate interview apparel, mock job interviews, public speaking, online job application completion and problem solving interviews. Michael O'Sullivan won first place in the Task  ompletion event; Duncan Neska, Cortney Hoopman, Kayla Walsh and Matthew O'Sullivan also participated in job skills events throughout the day.  Over 150 area students attended this event.

Wed
10
Dec

Students learn to budget while shopping at the elementary Secret Santa Shop


Anita Praska, a Secret Santa helper, waits on Miley Oravetz as she does a little holiday shopping.

Ben Nelson looks over his list as Kim Grunau, a para at the school, and Anita Praska, Secret Santa helper, wait for him to begin his holiday shopping.

 

Elementary students recently had the opportunity to pick out inexpensive gifts for family and friends at the Secret Santa Shop in the elementary school. There were lots of personalized family-oriented gift selections for the kids to pick from, with the majority of items priced under $4.50. Each student brought home a special budget envelope to decide together as a family who they should shop for and how much could be spent on each gift.
The program was designed to be a safe, child-centered environment where students could learn how to budget and spend wisely during the holiday season. There is nothing like the joy of giving and watching someone open a present that is picked out by them for a special loved one.
Wed
03
Dec

7th grade winter choir concert


Pictured above - First Row: Lucas Lapenotiere, Anthony DeMars, Connor Giebenhain, Lucy Greenhagen, Avery Triplett, Nicole Wilson Second Row: Jackson Berscheid, Eric Jude, Ben Skreen, Alyssa Bergeron, Grace Heying, Anna Zaske, Katie Goelz Third Row: Spencer Jurgens, Megan Carlson, Mikayla Koss, Lindsey Paumen, Olivia Paumen.

Members of the seventh grade girls choir perform the traditional Christmas song, “Canon Gloria.” They also performed “Aruru,” a Mexican folk carol, and “All Night, All Day,” a traditional spiritual. Pictured from top to bottom is Hailie Mickelson, Natasha Raymond, Emily Miller.

Members of the Maple Lake seventh grade boys choir smile modestly as their parents, friends and neighbors applaud their performance, Monday, Dec. 1, at the high school auditorium. Front row: Peyton Paumen, Brandon Schmitz, Jeffrey Henrikson and Ben Clapp.

Maple Lake seventh grade boys and girls choirs perform a traditional Georgia Sea Island’s song called “Yonder Come Day.” The boys and girls choirs performed three songs separately and one together at their Seventh Grade Winter Choir Concert Monday night.

Wed
26
Nov

National Honor Society program


Newly inducted and present members of the high school NHS pose for pictures after the program.

Madison Neu receives her certificate from Maple Lake High School Principal Dave Hansen, Tuesday, Nov. 18, at the Maple Lake High School National Honor Society program. Neu was one of 21 high school students inducted into the society at the high school auditorium.

Jackson Willard lights a candle representing service, which is one of the four pillars NHS students are called on to uphold. The others are scholarship, leadership and character.

Maxx Pribyl receives his certificate from Principal Hansen and NHS advisor Judy Sloneker. He was one of 31 junior high school students inducted into the program.

Ashley Brings lights a candle representing service during the presentation of the junior high inductees. “Service,” she said, “begins with the way we treat each other.”

The Maple Lake High School National Honor Society program held on Tuesday, November 18th, recognized outstanding students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service and character.

Wed
26
Nov

MLHS band students perform songs of the season at the fall band concert


The Maple Lake Junior High Concert Band kicked off the Fall Band Concert, Thursday, Nov. 20, with a tune called “Park Street Celebration” by James Swearingen. The brass section plays loud and clear.

Band director Nathan Mitchell leads the young musicians in a rendition of “Beethoven’s Fifth Christmas” at Thursday night’s concert in the high school auditorium.

The senior high concert band performed three songs Thursday night, “In All Its Glory” by Swearingen, “In Heaven’s Air” by Samuel R. Hazo and movements from Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana.”

Brooke Ankerfelt performs a solo on her alto sax during the jazz band performance.

Right: Cody Welch acknowledges cheering from the crowd after his solo on the bari sax.

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