MLE Battle of the Books

2nd Grade - 1st Place: Molly Wurm and Avery Larson. 2nd Place: Madilynn Norgren and Amara Schroeder. 3rd Place: Aubrey Como, Jersey Bousman and Ashley Gaffaney.

3rd Grade - 1st Place: Haley Nelsen and Kenlyn Marsicek. 2nd Place: Maddy McLeod and Abbie Lipinski. 3rd Place: Logan Salmela and Julia Jerome.

4th Grade - 1st Place: Bria McClanahan and Gracie Fritz. 2nd Place: Audrey Miller, Anna McClelland and Sarah Neutz. 3rd Place: Jolie Uecker and Kayla Paumen.

5th Grade - 1st Place: Calli Hadler and Alyssa Hadler. 2nd Place: Eva McClelland and Sydney Reardon. 3rd Place: Makayla DeMars and Sara Brown.

6th Grade - 1st Place: Madeline Gindele and Gabby Fritz. 2nd Place: Sierra McAlpine, Lexi Hanson and Hailey Anderson. 3rd Place: Jack Holland and Daniel Neutz.

Joe Neutz and Ben Holland write down their answer. The top three teams went on to the final round.

Madilynn Norgren and Amara Schroeder don’t want the other teams to know what they wrote down. Norgren and Schroeder went on to win second place for second grade.



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.


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.


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.

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.


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.


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