School

Wed
09
Dec

Grades 1-3 get into the holiday spirit


Landon Salmela, Carley Frost and Emily Jurgens played the xylophone at the MLE primary grades holiday program on Thursday, Dec. 3.

Music teacher, Abby Hoselton, directs the first grade students with their rhythm sticks.

Ellie Hanson, Brynn Ortiz and Reaghan Fobbe dancing. The students were accompanied by Krista Elsenpeter Tarbox on the piano.
Wed
09
Dec

Olsen takes third place at the District Patriot’s Pen competition

Ana Olsen, an 8th grade student at St. Timothy’s School, was among 11 other Maple Lake students that were selected locally to go on to the Patriot’s Pen District competition for their outstanding essays. On December 5th Ana and her family were invited to the District Awards ceremony in Jennings, Minnesota where she was announced as the 3rd-place winner. She contended against 685 entrants there. Ana is the daughter of Nick and Bridget Olsen. The Patriot’s Pen essay contest is a national competition sponsored by the VFW.
Each year more than 125,000 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest. The first-place winner from each state competes for national awards totaling $50,000, with each first-place state winner receiving a minimum of $500 at the national level. The national first-place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., in March.

Wed
25
Nov

October Greatness Award for the word "respect"


Each month two students from each grade are chosen that represent the character word of the month revolving around the concept “Celebrate Your Greatness.” Shown above are October’s “Got Character” elementary students. The word for October was “respect” which means: A feeling or an understanding that someone or something has value. Back Row: Ivy Schroeder, Jacob Bergeron, Ben Holland, Sandy Casady, Julia Jerome and Harmony Heath. Middle Row: Avery Larson, Avery Lee, Hogan Wessel, Alex Kiebel, Kass Fynboh and Landon Marsicek. Front Row: Abi Torblaa, Makaya Hafften, Elijah Dorse, Carter Colbenson, Bri Beneke and Brooklyn Fobbe. Not pictured: Mady Payne and Jaleal Gray. (Photo submitted by Kath Heffron)
Wed
25
Nov

Fall concert delivers a night of jazz music


The band, directed by Nathan Mitchell, selected Celebration for Winds and Percussion, Ave Maria and Jubiloso as their selection of music for the Fall Concert. Band students with solos for the evening were Sydney VonArb (trumpet), Jacob Fynboh (trombone), Brooke Ankerfelt (alto sax), Mackenzie Miller (flute) and Bailey Prowatzke (clarinet).
Wed
25
Nov

Maple Lake High School National Honor Society banquet


The Maple Lake High School National Honor Society banquet held on Tuesday, November 17, 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. (Photo by Charlene Wurm)
Wed
18
Nov

September Greatness Award for the word "character"


Each month two students from each grade are chosen that represent the character word of the month revolving around the concept “Celebrate Your Greatness.” Shown above are September’s “Got Character” elementary students. The word for September was “character” which means: The set of qualities that makes each person unique. Front Row: Jordan Kuebelbeck, Zane Eastman, Sawyer Marschel, Keeley Dircks and Collin Pavlenko. Middle Row: Adison Gorres, Marcus Mitchell, Eliana Navarro, Victor Swanson, Amara Schroeder and Reaghan Fobbe. Back Row: Elijah Elsenpeter, Mason Kadlec, Jakob Hanson, Hailey Klatt, Isaac Wagner and Grace Fritz. Not pictured: Levi Deyo (Photo submitted)
Wed
18
Nov

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde


Hyde presents the body of Enfield (Austin Becker) to Enfield's fiancee, Helen (Larissa Laudert), and his uncle, Utterson (Brendan Heald). (Photo by Sandy Becker)

Hyde (Dylan Schlueter) confides in Cybel (Kennedi Long). (Photo by Sandy Becker)

Ego (Catie Medley) tried to discourage Dr. Jekyll (Dylan Schlueter) from transforming into the evil Mr. Hyde while Id (Victoria Rollings) urges him on. (Photo by Sandy Becker)

Lanyon (Kyle Pilger), Jekyll (Dylan Schlueter), and Utterson (Brendan Heald) wax nostalgic about their long friendship. (Photo by Sandy Becker)

The MLHS drama department presented “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” by Noah Smith on Nov. 12, 14 and 15.
In the play Dr. Henry Jekyll is a brilliant scientist frustrated by a dull respectable life in 1888 Victorian London. He creates a formula to unleash his inner bestial nature, transforming him into the brutish, but oddly compassionate Edward Hyde. Hyde lives the high life while Jekyll’s middle-aged normalcy continues until Hyde’s passions begin to turn up a body count.

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Wed
18
Nov

“Patriot’s Pen” essay winners


Sixth grade winners from Jennifer DesMarais-Holland's class - Kendra Jude, Auxiliary Member Jenny Polsfuss, Alison Zander and Bryn Elsenpeter. (Photo by Kath Heffron)

St. Timothy’s Patriot’s Pen winners - Hannah Warner, Emma Jude, Olivia LaTour and Ana Olsen. (Photo submitted)

“Patriot’s Pen” is a naionwide youth essay contest sponsored by the V.F.W. It gives students an opportunity to write essays expressing their views on democracy with the prospect of winning U.S. savings bonds. More than 112,000 students partipated last year. The top 46 national winners all received at least a $1,000 savings bond. The first-place award is currently a $10,000 savings bond plus an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. for the winner and a parent or guardian. This year’s theme is “What Freedom Means to Me.”

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Wed
11
Nov

Five Maple Lake honorees at LEEA


Mark Schmitz, executive director of Resource Training & Solutions; Honoree Kris Harlan, MLE principal; Mark Redemske, superintendant; Tami Kohelmainen, 1st grade teacher; Jeanne Omvig, HS science teacher; Dave Hansen, MLHS principal; Karla Mavencamp, HS special ed. teacher; Tim Staloch, 4th grade teacher. (Photo submitted)

“We all know we are not in control of many situations. How we react to them is totally up to you. The difference between chaos and harmony can be directly related to the culture you have created in your classroom,” said Willow Sweeney. She was the keynote speaker at the Leadership in Educational Excellence (LEEA) event held on Wednesday, November 4, at the River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud.

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