St. Croix Central Superintendent Tim Widiker is pleased to announce that the St. Croix Central Board of Education approved the appointment of Kurt Soderberg as SCC High School Principal effective July 1, 2016. This decision caps a six-week process that began when Dr. Glenn Webb was approved by the SCC School Board as the next Director of Teaching and Learning at St. Croix Central.
Kurt Soderberg comes to St. Croix Central High School from Merrill High School where he has been the Dean of Students and Assistant Principal for the last nine years. Mr. Soderberg’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree from UW-Stevens Point, Master of Science Degree from South Dakota State University and Principal and Director of Pupil Services Certification from Marian University.
Mr. Soderberg’s family is excited to be moving to the SCC School District. His wife, Paula, and he have three children. Kennedy is a senior at Merrill High School and will be attending UW-Madison next fall. Sons William and Griffin will be in 10th and 9th grade respectively at SCC. Mr. Soderberg stated “As a leader, I have two areas of focus. First, I believe in building strong trusting relationships with the staff, students and families throughout the building, district, and community. This type of relationship can only be cultivated through sincere interactions, empathy, and honesty. Secondly, it is my responsibility to model an attitude of servant-leadership. I have found my greatest personal satisfaction and professional success when I approach each situation from the position of serving others.”
St. Croix Central received forty two applications for the High School Principal position. Of those forty two applicants, six were selected for personal interviews with three separate committees totaling twenty eight SCC staff, parents and students. Three candidates were recommended as finalists and were interviewed a second time by the SCC administrative team. Kurt Soderberg was the administrative team’s top candidate and was recommended to the SCC School Board for approval at the May 2nd Board Learning and Special Meeting.
Kurt Soderberg commented, “I am very excited to be joining a district so clearly committed to academic and personal excellence for all. My family and I are looking forward to joining the Panther family.”
National Honor Society 2016 Inductees
On Sunday, April 24th, fifteen junior probationary members were inducted as full-time members into the SCC National Honor Society. President Trent Smith, Vice-President Kalena Coleman, and Secretary Ariel Backes led the candle-lighting ceremony portion of the program, which described the four pillars of NHS (scholarship, service, leadership, and character). Incoming members each shared excerpts from their application essays, which related one of the four pillars to their own lives. All of these students are exceptional young men and women and very deserving of this honor. Special thanks to SCC Superintendent Mr. Widiker for providing the welcome to the program, as well as HS FCSE Teacher Ms. Hawkins for supplying tablecloths and decorations.
High School Forensics Results
The high school forensics team had a stellar showing at state this year. State competition was held at UW-Madison on April 15th and 16th.
- Extemporaneous - Michael Sauer - silver medal
- Farrago - Jillian Turbeville - silver medal
- Farrago - Annika Zehm - gold medal
- Four Minute - Joey Sauer - silver medal
- Poetry - Camille Budrow - silver medal
- Prose - Carolyn Morris - silver medal
- Prose - Ariel Backes - gold medal
- Prose - Kalena Coleman - gold medal
- Prose - Ryan Christensen - silver medal
- Public Address - Nicole Hetletved - gold medal
Submitted by: HS Language Teacher & Forensics Coach Heather Jourdeans
Each year St. Croix Central sends one student to the World Affairs Seminar. World Affairs is funded by the Roberts Lions Club. The theme for the 2016 World Affairs Seminar is Global Water Resources. The seminar will include experts sharing insights and views ranging from cutting edge science to centuries old traditions. The role of the participants is to analyze information, identify priorities, and develop skills to both lead and collaborate with others from different cultures and reach conclusions.
The World Affairs Seminar is a life-changing experience. Since 1976 World Affairs has touched and changed lives, providing skills in group problem-solving, negotiation and interaction in the belief that World Affairs will prepare you to make a difference when you inherit the world.
The Roberts Lions Club will send Camille Budrow to World Affairs. Camille is daughter of Brett and Dawn Budrow of Roberts. Congratulations to Camille!
FBLA Wisconsin State Leadership Conference
St. Croix Central Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) members traveled to La Crosse, WI, to compete at the State Leadership Conference April 11th and 12th. The two day conference had workshops and tours for members to attend to increase their business knowledge as well as compete in business events. Students were able to attend business tours of facilities like Kwik Trip Corporate Headquarters, Altra Credit Union, and AVS Marketing Group, to name a few. The conference also hosted a March of Dimes Miracle Minute fundraiser and a March of Dimes Walk. Students also had the opportunity to participate in a scavenger hunt using an app called Goose Chase where they could see their ranking with all participants at the conference.
Students who place in the top four of their event have earned the right to compete at the National Leadership Conference. This year’s National Leadership Conference will be held in Atlanta, GA, from June 27 through July 2. St. Croix Central Sophomore Evan Tredal placed third in the Introduction to Information Technology event. Due to his participation in a science and technology program hosted through Stanford, he will be unable to participate in the National Leadership Conference. Michael Sauer, SCC Junior, will be attending the National Leadership Conference as a Wisconsin FBLA State Officer. Michael was elected to the position of Region I Vice President during the Regional Leadership Conference in February. He was installed into this position during the State Leadership Conference.
The following students participated in the State Leadership Conference:
Evan Tredal – Introduction to Information Technology (Third place, Voting Delegate)
Michael Sauer – Public Speaking II (Region I Vice President)
Devin Binkowski – Accounting I
Rachel Larson – Business Communications
Mikaelyn Fry – Social Media Campaign (Voting Delegate, partner project)
Katheryn Holter – Social Media Campaign (partner project)
Advisors Nicholas Haug and Tracie Crowley are very impressed with this year’s student group. These are very hard working and professional students. St. Croix Central FBLA would also like to ask for your support. SCC will be hosting the Region I FBLA Leadership Conference in February 2017. A call for judges and volunteers will be made this winter. In addition, purchases made in The Panther’s Den (our high school store) fund the FBLA chapter. Many of our items are available for sale at The Stitchin’ Post in Roberts (look for the tag that says “The Panther’s Den”). The store serves as a great learning lab/opportunity for the students to showcase their business skills and the funds help offset the out-of-pocket expenses that are incurred by participating in the Leadership Conferences.
If you would like any additional information about SCC FBLA or the National FBLA organization, please contact either Advisor or visit FBLA.org.
Submitted by Nic Haug, FBLA Advisor
Student of the Month
Congratulations to the March students of the month showcasing optimism.
Back left: Carter Johnson, Katherine Cottrell, and Josh Ferkans
Front left: Carolyn Morris, Alexa Lamberty, Robyn Pfeifer, and Katie Dennis
Not pictured: Jaclynn David
Upcoming Events and Announcements
High School Pop Concerts
Choral Concert: 6:30 p.m.
Band Concert: 7:45 p.m.
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Graduation Information for Class of 2016
Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2016 will be on Friday, May 27, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.in the Tom Sempf High School Gymnasium.
Senior Awards Night will be on May 25, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. in the SCC High School Commons. Each senior and two guests are invited to a special evening in honor of the senior class. Scholarships, honor roll, and other awards will be presented.
Tractor and Equipment Safety Class
St. Croix County Agricultural Tractor/Equipment Safety Certification Class will be available again this year. Youth will complete a 28-hour class and pass both a written and driving test. This is a practical hands-on and academic week. Daily attendance is required. Class will be held June 20th-23rd at the Baldwin-Woodville High School.
The certification class is available to all youth ages 11 & older working on any farm or business other than their parents. This is a Federal Employment Certificate. There is a $30.00 fee to cover insurance, books, tractors, fuel and facilities; however, St. Croix Central School District students may attend for FREE! You MUST have parental permission slips signed and returned on Monday morning, June 20th to drive tractors.
Participants will need to set up their own transportation to and from class. The group will eat lunch at the Dairy Queen, Subway or McDonalds. Bring a sack lunch or money for lunch, whichever you prefer. If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Kamm, B-W FFA Advisor at 715-684-3321 ext.: 4119 or Bill Emery, SCC Ag Instructor, 715-796-5383 ext.: 1145.
Library Due Date
As the year comes to a close, the school libraries would like all items returned before the last day of school. If you (the student) would like to know what you have checked out, please login to Destiny or stop in the library. Please return items by the due date below. Items that are not returned will have the replacement cost charged to the student. If you have questions, please contact Amanda Olson, library media specialist. Thank you!