WAUSAU - A new school year means new teachers, new friends, new books.
And in many school districts this year, it also means new or beefed up security systems.
Wausau Public Schools changed the way visitors get into its buildings this year.
School office staff will have to buzz people in once school hours begin.
At the front door vestibule visitors will need to explain why they're there.
Then the staff can unlock the second set of doors.
Last winter the district-wide Safety Committee looked at the security level in the school.
It decided it should add some extra measures.
"You look at what happened at Sandy Hook and those are our youngest learners and that strikes a chord for the majority of people. It certainly strikes a chord for parents. I think they can easily put themselves in that type of scenario," says Dr. Jeff Lindell of the Wausau Public Schools
That assessment began after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.
A gunman entered the school and killed 20 children and 6 staff last December.
The district installed the new security systems over the summer.
But that doesn't necessarily mean it's finished with safety upgrades.
The District tells us it will continue to evaluate schools' security.
TOMAHAWK - A dance group in Tomahawk gets a second opportunity to show thousands of people what small town dancers can do. The Tomahawk Dance Team will perform at the Liberty Bowl half time show in Memphis In two weeks. "We get to go out with a bang," said 17- year- old dancer Emma Gane. At the end of the year seniors Emma Gane and Morgan Dischen will walk away from the dance team that brought them together four years ago.
"It's emotional to think about how fast things have gone," said Dischen. However, first they'll step on stage in front of more than 60 thousand people. "It's taking girls from this small town and putting them on this national platform," said Tomahawk Dance Team Coach Marina Olson.
On December 30 the 11 girls on the Tomahawk Dance team will perform during the Liberty Bowl Halftime Show in Memphis Tennessee. "It's just going to be different from our everyday small town life," said first year dance team member Semra Marquardt.
RHINELANDER - Eighth-grader Alexx Huff doesn't practice half-court shots much.
At the end of basketball practice, he's usually too tired to try and make 40-footers. But Huff had plenty of energy two weeks ago, when he stepped onto the court during halftime of a varsity basketball game in Rhinelander.
"I'm really nervous, I'm really shaky," Huff said, remembering the night. "There's a lot of people watching."
Huff was randomly selected to take part a shooting contest held during every game. The contest ends with a half-court shot.
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