Spring classroom guests

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Schools welcome classroom guests this spring

Posted June 12, 2017

The following special guests visited Plymouth School District classrooms this spring:

  • Lucy Matzner, a 91-year-old Holocaust survivor, talked to Riverview teacher Julie Overby’s language arts classes May 26. 
  • Officer Lindsay Baumhardt spoke to PHS teacher Paul Krzyzaniak’s physics classes about Doppler radar and how police officers use it to check for speeders. She also showed them how they use a laser beam to do the same thing.
  • Advanced Disposal recycling truck crews visited Plymouth elementary schools to explain how trash and recyclables are separated by their equipment.
  • Rep. Tyler Vorpagel spoke to Horizon fourth-graders on May 26.
  • Faith Technologies workers talked with Plymouth High School technical education students, and helped them bend metal pipe.

In addition, advising and sponsoring mini-golf courses designed and constructed by Riverview seventh-graders were representatives from:

  • Acuity Insurance
  • Bank First National
  • Bemis
  • Brittany's School of Dance
  • Chiro-Health Chiropractic Care Center
  • Chuck Van Horn Dodge
  • CPN Hair Studio
  • CSR and Sons Trucking
  • Culvers
  • Custom Craft & Trophy
  • Focus Physical Therapy
  • Johnsonville Sausage
  • Joseph & Joseph Dental
  • Kohler Co.
  • KW Electric
  • Kwik Trip
  • Lori Feldman-Schmitt Studio of Dance
  • Louise Mann's Piano Studio
  • Marshall's Convenience Store
  • Masters Gallery
  • McNeilus Steel
  • Piggly Wiggly
  • Plymouth Arts Center
  • Plymouth Foam
  • Plymouth Rock Camping Resort
  • Precision Flooring
  • Quit Qui Oc Golf Course
  • Sargento
  • Studio 55
  • Torro
  • Wade House Historic Site

Many community members helped with the Plymouth High School Reality Check personal finance simulation, among them:

  • John Nelson and Bridgett Neu of Pleasant View Reality
  • Shannon Laehn and Teresa Van Horn  of Van Horn Automotive Group
  • Frank Barth of WPPI
  • Jason Duff of Lakeland University
  • Jerry Matzdorf of The Benefits Company
  • Krisi Kaiser of SCHBA
  • Jeane Sager and Marge Ausloos of St. Vincent de Paul
  • Megan Kerscher-Walsh of American Orthodontics
  • Terri Williams of Acuity Insurance
  • Anna Montgomery and Vince Stepney-Willis of the Boys & Girls Club of Sheboygan County
  • Jodi Shoerner of Masters Gallery Foods
  • Paul Seymour of Consumer Counseling Credit
  • James  Olson of Olson Funeral Home
  • Debbie Reichert and Rebecah Wickert-Carini of Wisconsin Bank & Trust
  • Mary Richter of National Exchange Bank & Trust
  • Madonna Schneider of Waldo State Bank
  • Lindsay Baumhardt of the Plymouth Police Department

Speaking to Riverview sixth-graders about economics and marketing were:

  • Daniel Domingues of Kohler
  • Kyle Nothem of Glacier Transit
  • Scott Overby of Log Cabin Orchard
  • Tim Muldoon of Acuity
  • Scott Kuehn of Bemis
  • Corrina Molinaro of Masters Gallery
  • Matt Rautmann of Curt Joa
  • Kevin Greenwald of Road America
  • David Bolland of Plymouth Foam

PHS drama teacher Janet DeJean Newton arranged for a number of industry professionals to talk to the new Theatre Design and Technology class, among them:

  • Dick Grunert, a writer with Cartoon Network in Los Angeles and a former student of hers who wrote the PHS 2008 fall play “Scenes from a Dance”
  • Charlie Krebs of Lakeland University, speaking about lighting design
  • Christopher Guse of UW-Milwaukee, speaking about sound design
  • Technicians from Milwaukee-based Studio Gear, who visited PHS to set up for the Sargento employee annual meeting in February
  • Artists from Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, made possible thanks to a $1,000 grant from the Plymouth Education Foundation
  • Bonnie and Dean Jaeger, sharing about the five years they worked with international touring companies of Disney's Ice Capades.

Speaking to Horizon Elementary School students as part of the school’s 25th anniversary celebration were:

  • Emma Roy, who is in dental school and will graduate as a Navy dentist in 2018
  • Jenni Rathsack, who received a bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders and is pursuing a master’s degree in Bowling Green
  • Megan Maki, a project engineer for a general contractor in Seattle, Wash.
  • Shaunna Hirschmann, a 3K teacher at St. John Lutheran in Plymouth who also works in the Berry Branch and Extra Mile child-care programs
  • Jesse Klotz, a website designer working for DealerFire in Oshkosh, came in person.

Participating in the Fairview Elementary School Safety Day were:

  • Plymouth Fire Department, which brought the Survive Alive House
  • Plymouth Police Officer Derek DeMaa

Learn more:
Read an article about the Reality Check personal finance simulation.
Read an article about the PHS Theatre Design and Technology class.
Read an article about the Riverview mini-golf courses.
Read an article about the Horizon 25th anniversary celebration.
Read an article about the Fairview Safety Day.