MINOCQUA - We remember our first day of high school.
The nerves, maybe feeling awkward.
One local high school wants students to avoid feeling that way on their first day of school.
Lakeland Union High School hosts Student Connections programs.
Students from the four feeder, K-8 schools visit the high school twice each year.
They begin the program in the fourth grade.
"When we formulate teams in fourth grade, then what we do is intend that that same team is together so that they transition through each of those grade levels and then at the high school, that is their homeroom in the high school. So they have been with each other and really bonded, formed friendships from 4th grade on through various activities," explained LUHS Director of Curriculum & Instruction Dr. Faye DeMarte.
Friday, 7th graders from the district met to do team building activities.
The activities focused on career exploration.
Current high school students lead the groups.
"It really helps to have a support system when you first come in, because everyone thinks that they're going to eat lunch in the bathrooms and having people you know are going to help you is great," said Student Facilitator Evelyn Johnson.
The school hosts more programs for 8th graders to get them ready for the transition to high school.
MERRILL - Normally, we learn how to ride bikes. But what if a bike could help us learn in other ways?
A bike on display at the T.B. Scott Free Library in Merrill will help kids learn about solar energy. Pedal Power will be showcased as part of the Summer Library Program starting Thursday until June 12.
PHILLIPS - Kids see plenty of pressure these days and that pressure can cause kids to turn to drugs.
However, the AM Vets POST 50 teamed up with Phillips Elementary fourth grade students to give kids a different type of stress relief.
Chloe Borchert was one of nearly 70 students who skipped school to fish on Solberg Lake Wednesday to enjoy the Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs program.
"I hope to catch a lot of blue gills and croppies," said Chloe.
AM Vets Commander Douglas Rasmussen says this is the 10th year the AM Vets teamed up with the school. Every year the AM Vets purchase 100 fishing rods to give out to the Price County fourth grade students.
VILAS COUNTY - People in Vilas County will see a new member of the Sheriff's Department.
His name is Helo, and he's the new K9 unit.
He's a year-and-a-half-old Belgian Malinois from Hungary.
Helo replaces Draco, the Vilas County K9 who retired in 2016.
Helo and his handler, Deputy Zac Stern, recently got back from a six-week long training program in North Carolina.
"Give him a command, they're all in Dutch, that way I'm the only one who's familiar with the commands," Stern said.
Helo will be with Deputy Zac Stern on all of his shifts. He also lives at home with Stern.
Helo is trained in drug detection and apprehension.
"They're able to do things a lot more efficiently than we can and a lot faster," Stern said. "Kind of referring to the tracking, whether it's a missing person or a criminal we're trying to track down, obviously he can do that a lot faster."
Deputy Stern says Helo is a very friendly dog, and if you see them out and about, don't be afraid to say hello.
TOMAHAWK - Tomahawk High School seniors will say goodbye to their school in a couple of weeks. But not before they leave something behind.
A special group of students was selected to participate in the art show. Madison Krueger-Brown, Katie Vannatter, Hayley Strong and Ciarra Clifford have been committed to the arts during their high school careers.
On Wednesday they got a chance to showcase their work.
RHINELANDER - For the last 15 years principal Shirley Heise guided and led students at Rhinelander's Nativity of Our Lord Catholic school. Late last week Heise learned she was dismissed immediately with two weeks left to go in the school year.
Some parents demanded an explanation and are still waiting on an answer.
"Couldn't have asked for a better partner," Cathy Deede said.
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