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Class of 2016 Grad Wins Art Award

Class of 2016 graduate Arthur Thao was honored with the Lester Schwartz Scholarship for his accomplishments in art.

The $1,000 award is given each year to a student pursuing a career in the visual arts and is in memory of Lester Schwartz. A Lincoln High graduate, Schwartz was an acclaimed artist whose work is included in permanent collections at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Walker Center in Minneapolis.

Read more about Arthur Thao's art accomplishments in this Herald Times Reporter story.

Best Wishes to 2015-16 MPSD Retirees!

Alumni may recognize many of the names of our staff retiring at the end of the 2015-16 school year. They were honored at a May 11 Quarter Century Club / Retiree Dinner. Please wish them heartfelt thanks and best wishes in retirement! THANK YOU for your service, passion and care for our youth. #shipspride

Read more about our retirees here and in a Herald Times Reporter story.

  • Lindy Backus - 16 years, Kindergarten teacher at Riverview
  • Cheryl Breitenfeldt - 30 years, library media managerat Riverview
  • Barb Bundy-Jost -28 years, art teacher at Jefferson, Washington and Lincoln
  • Susan DeRoche - 30 years, math teacher at Lincoln
  • Cheryl Gorsuch - 17 years, English teacher at Lincoln
  • Marianne Haag - 24 years, CDS aide at Jackson
  • Carol Haas - 12 years, special education aide at Lincoln
  • Paul (Biff) Hansen - 38 years, assistant principal at Lincoln
  • Angela Janda -15 years, second grade teacher at Jackson
  • Susan Krey - 18 years, teacher at Monroe
  • Steven Kleinfeldt - 26 years, principal at Jackson
  • Charles Kurth - 35 years, head custodian at Lincoln
  • Trudy LeClair -21 years, teacher at Monroe
  • Marlene Mangin - 22 years, custodian at Riverview
  • Steven Metzger - 25 years, custodian at Lincoln
  • Clayton Nei - 15 years, tech ed teacher at Washington, Wilson and Lincoln
  • Bonnie Noworatzky - 24 years, secretary at Jefferson
  • Gene Schnelle - 17 years, math and science teacher at Washington, Wilson and Lincoln
  • Jeff Schulz - 20 years, district Buildings and Grounds Director
  • Anne Swanson - 19 years, early childhood and 4K teacher at Riverview
  • Amalie Wardman - 13 years, ESL assistant at Jefferson
  • Mary Wilhelm - 26 years, Chapter 1 home visitor at Riverview


Front row: Angela Janda, Marianne Haag, Bonnie Tennie, Kathy Lemberger. Row 2: Paul (Biff) Hansen, Lindy Backus, Charles Kurth, Patricia Garceau, Jill Cavanaugh, Trudy LeClair, Mary Wilhelm. Row 3: Clayton Nei, Susan DeRoche, Gene Schnelle, Marlene Mangin, Steve Kleinfeldt, Susan Krey, Anne Swanson. Not present: Barb Bundy-Jost, Sandra Maedke, Steven Metzger, Cheryl Breitenfeldt, Cheryl Gorsuch, Carol Haas, Bonnie Noworatzky, Jeff Schulz and Amalie Wardman

New Jackson Elementary Principal, Administrator Hired

Please extend a warm welcome to Duane Simmons, the newly hired Principal of Jackson Elementary School and Jason Bull, district Director of Teaching, Learning and Assessment. Both have demonstrated quality leadership and skills and are very talented individuals. They will be assets to our school district and the community.

Bull most recently served as Principal of Sheboygan North High School. Simmons returns to MPSD to lead Jackson Elementary after two years as Principal of Sheboygan Central High School. He previously served as a guidance counselor at MPSD for Lincoln High School and Monroe and Stangel Elementary Schools. 

Read more in the Herald Times Reporter

Nine Class of 2016 Graduates Named DPI Global Scholars

Class of 2016 graduates Victoria Bond, Mara Bowman, Emma Dill, Sarah Greene, Crystal Knox, Nicole Palama, Lauren Solkowski, Isabel Strazny and Violet York have earned the prestigious Global Education Achievement Certificate (GEAC).  

The requirements for this distinction include the ability to communicate in a language other than English with minimum of 4 years of language study, at least 4 credits in courses with a global focus, complete independent reviews or reflections on at least 8 works of international/cultural media, demonstrate an interest in global citizenship by partaking in at least 4 co-curricular and other school-sponsored activities in grades 9-12 and complete a global/cross-cultural public service project involving at least 20 hours of work.

These nine graduates will leave Lincoln with a strong global competence. They have the capacity and disposition to understand and act on issues of global significance. As globally competent graduates, they are aware, curious, and interested in learning about the world and how it works and are prepared to work in a global society.    

For more information on the program, please contact Global Education Coordinator Rachael George at or LHS Global Scholar Program.


PHOTO CAPTION: Students pictured from top left: Mara Bowman, Violet York, Lauren Solkowski, Emma Dill, Sarah Greene. Second row: Victoria Bond, Nicole Palama, Isabel Strazny, Crystal Knox.