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May 2015

By Susan Pohorski
Never having boys, I thought all high school males only speak in one- or two-word sentences, rarely to adults and only about video games or sports. Well, I was wrong. Recently I went to an event that shattered that image. The young men wore neckties and sport coats, and shook hands with each other...

April 2015

By Susan Pohorski
Brennan Schweiner and Marcus Kolarik, juniors at Denmark High School, earned 5 credits from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) while learning basic welding, CNC (computer numeric controlled) milling and coding skills. The students learned more than skills. They learned real-world problem...
By Susan Pohorski
STEM, (science, technology, engineering and math), is the wave of the future in education and employment. It is a priority for the President of the United States and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. If you haven’t heard about STEM yet, you will very soon. In 2013, the Committee on...
By Susan Pohorski
Much has been written and said in the past few weeks about the coaching style of Bo Ryan and the secrets of his success in the NCAA Tournament. Some argued he should have been named to the Hall of Fame. Bo’s methods have led his team to the national championship game. However, many of his methods...
By Susan Pohorski
Many young people are overwhelmed by the career choices available to them. They don’t know what they want to be when they grow up. Others have definite career goals in mind. These individuals know their interests and are already spending time practicing or learning about the thing they are...

March 2015

By Susan Pohorski
Senioritis can have long-lasting effects. Learn to recognize the symptoms and cure this disease.
By Susan Pohorski
Which high school students practice, work together, compete and wear uniforms, receive scholarships, but are not on sports teams? They are members of student organizations such as DECA, FBLA, FCCLA, FFA, HOSA and Skills USA. Members of these organizations gain confidence, leadership skills,...

February 2015

By Susan Pohorski
Do you remember helping out in the kitchen, licking the beaters while your mother or dad made cookies? You probably had to put on an apron and step up on a stool to reach the counter when you poured ingredients into the bowl. When I was in high school, my job was making salad for dinner. I loved...

January 2015

By Susan Pohorski
Like many other professions educators have their own acronyms and insider language that can be confusing to the individuals they are trying to serve. Have you heard a teacher or counselor mention CTE? This refers to Career and Technical Education. “What is that?” you ask. Evolution of terms In the...
By Susan Pohorski
What year did you graduate from high school? Were you a member of the class of 1985 with The Breakfast Club or 1986 like Ferris Bueller? Let’s take a trip back in time like Marty McFly. In the 1980s, technology made many careers obsolete. Punch card data entry, fax machine operator, telephone...

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