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Off To State - The Coleman Cougar Football team is going to the state high school championship game on Thursday Nov. 18 at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison in the hope of bringing home a state Division 7 trophy back to Coleman. This would be the first ever state football title for the Cougars if they are successful. Four bus loads of parents and supporters will travel on busses to Madison to cheer on the Cougars. Coleman (13-0) will play Reedsville (12-1) Thursday at 10 a.m. Top Photo; Some of the large crowd that follows the Cougars. Bottom Photo; Defensive Coordinator Jody Stycznski is being congratulated by members of his defensive unit. Game photos and story can be found on the sports pages.

Coleman Football Wins First Ever Berth At State Tourney

Issue Date: November 17, 2021

Coleman School District has a lot to celebrate this week. On Friday, Nov. 12 the Coleman Cougars won their first-ever berth at the Wisconsin State Football Tournament by copping a 28 to 22 win over Regis. The team was welcomed back to Coleman with an escort to the gym, where they were saluted with congratulatory speeches.

"It was awesome," declared Board Member Corey Kuchta.

On Wednesday morning, Nov. 17 there was a pep assembly at Coleman prior to the championship game on Thursday. District Administrator Doug Polomis noted there are student busses and four coach buses for adults going to Madison, and they will be welcomed back to Coleman at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18 with a police and fire escort and another pep assembly.

This is the team's first trip to the state tournament since the Cougars' football program was stated in 1936.

Kuchta thanked Polomis for opening the school to welcome the team home on Friday, and Polomis responded, "It's easy to do good things when good things happen."

After a closed session at the conclusion of Monday's meeting the board unanimously approved hiring Pam Berg as Elementary/Middle School Principal. She fills the vacancy left when Yvette Marshall resigned last month. The board also approved a motion was made to increase wages and allocate two additional personal days for administrative assistants.

Berg has been principal at Suring School, and is a 1988 graduate of Crivitz High School. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay with a degree in education. She went on to earn master's degrees in education from Viterbo University and in leadership from UW-Oshkosh. Berg also holds a director of curriculum and instruction license from Concordia University. In 2020, Berg was one of 60 educators statewide who were named "Educators of Promise," and was the only educator from CESA-8 chosen for that honor.

After years of indecision, the board is going forward with renovation of the old tennis courts into a multi-purpose outdoor sports facility. Work is to be done in summer of 2022. Polomis said unfortunately, there was only one bidder, and he recommended accepting it. Price is $132,400. Bid specifications had been sent to half a dozen potential bidders, but only Holbrook Tennis Court Services LLC had responded. Polomis said he probably will also reach out to them for maintenance on the track, for about $30,000 to $40,000 to re-seal and repair the existing surface, which was last done eight years ago.

As recommended by Polomis, the board finalized 2022 graduation plans for 1 p.m. on May 21 in the High School Gym.

After an explanation from Polomis the board approved hiring two Spanish-speaking aides to help Coleman students who are not fluent in English. The individuals hired must have 2-year Associates degrees or pass a DPI test.

The Freshman trip to Washington, DC was approved for Oct. 15 through 20, 2022. This year's Freshmen are scheduled to go in March. Kuchta commented there is nothing better for families to enjoy doing together than the Washington, DC trip.

The board approved Jason Maye, Adam Bieber and Jason Champagne as volunteer wrestling coaches.

Polomis noted the elementary/middle school Parent Teacher conferences had a 90 percent attendance rate. The community collected and distributed winter coats and gear to approximately 55 students, Polomis said, and thanked the Knights of Columbus for their generous donation to purchase the winter clothing.

Elementary students designed and created cards for the Lions Club Veterans Day meal that they hosted on Nov. 11.

The Middle School leadership team organized activities and dress up days for Kindness Week, which was to begin on Tuesday, Nov. 16.

The veterans who visited the school on Nov. 11 had photos taken by the brand new Wall of Valor, and Kalbes Seewald Post No. 280 donated $250 to be used toward future maintenance of the wall. Polomis noted there are 650 names of current or past members of the military from Coleman displayed on the wall this year, and it will be updated every year.

The Nov. 11 Veterans' Day event included speeches by students and Veteran Brian Eisch, musical performances by band and choir, and more.

There is no school for students or staff during the week of Nov. 22.

Sophomore students will be attending Northwoods Academy in Wausaukee to explore the programs that they offer, and students enrolled in Anatomy and Intro to Health Careers will be attending a hands on day at Bellin Health in Green Bay to explore career opportunities in the health care field.

After hearing a brief presentation by Pre-K teachers Brenda Shevy and Julie Pusick the board agreed to consider going to 4-days per week for Junior Kindergarten next year, Monday through Thursday. Board President Ryan Wendt commented people who had spoken to him about this are excited about the opportunity for the youngest students to have the more structured program four days a week rather than two. Wendt said it is amazing how much these youngest students learn and absorb.


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