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Winter Wishes

Here at G-E-T we are starting a new program over the next few months called “Winter Wishes” to practice the powerful art of giving. Winter Wishes can be a powerful experience for all of us and It’s going to work a few different ways….

First and foremost, we will have every student, within the next week, make a wish! These wishes can be something very small or, if you have a bigger need, can be something larger. Wishes vary and are not just limited to monetary items. Students wishes will remain absolutely anonymous to the student body.

Second, If a student knows of someone that could use a little pick-me-up, they can make a wish for them. Students do not have to make a wish for themselves in order to make a wish for somebody else.

We know there are a lot of students with needs big and small, and we're hoping to fulfill as many wishes as possible. The last step in our Winter Wishes program can be the most powerful, Granting a Wish.

As you walk past the main lobby you will notice a display of tags on the tree. These tags are the anonymous wishes of our own G-E-T HS students. Some are small, some are silly, and some will make you emotional. If you feel at all inclined, please feel free to take a tag and grant that student's wish. Here is how the process works:

  1. Take a tag of a wish you’d like to grant
  2. Purchase the item or donate money for the item to be purchased
  3. Return the item/money with the tag to the high school or guidance office before 9:00 am.

We are hoping this is a positive experience for all involved and a little reminder of the true purpose of the holidays...GIVING.

High Quiz Bowl

Congratulations to the Varsity and Junior Varsity High Quiz Bowl team. Both team’s won the championship rounds and dominated the High Quiz Bowl circuit we compete in. To put into perspective, the Varsity team had a season point total of 1430 to their opponents 910 and the Junior Varsity had a total of 1020 to their opponents 630 points. Wow, great job!

Their season began in October and finished tonight with a decisive victory against Athens by our Varsity Seniors of Luke Sill, Coltan Franzen, Skyla McGrane, and Bjorn Mortenson. The Junior Varsity team consists of Kaylynn Weltzien, Reid Bakeberg, Andrew Fox, Madeleine Tengel and Ben Hirschboeck.

Congratulations to Lexi Wagner

Congratulations to Lexi Wagner who passed Annaleece Lamke as the all-time leading scorer in G-E-T Girls Basketball program. Lexi had 20 points on Tuesday to pass Annaleece who scored 1467 points in her career. Lexi has scored 1481 points.....and counting. Well done Lexi!!!! and congratulations to the Lady Redhawks for their convincing win on Tuesday.
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Tech Ed Students Gain Real World Experience with New CNC Mill

The Technical Education Department at Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau Schools recently obtained a CNC vertical mill funded through several grants.

Computer numerical controlled (CNC) machining is cutting edge technology used by many area employers. The machine drills and cuts on multiple axes and can create a variety of shapes, slots, and holes that would be nearly impossible using manual tooling methods. Most CNC milling machines also integrate a device for pumping cutting fluid to the cutting tool during machining.

Several grants and donations helped fund this opportunity. ALM Charities, Fastenal, the G-E-T Education Foundation, WXOW's Tools for Schools, and a state grant all contributed to help cover the cost, and GEA Farm Technologies has donated coolant and cutters to use.

Teachers will receive training and students will learn to use cutting-edge technology used by many area employers. Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau was commended by one of the donors for being one of the best technical education programs in the area.

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Dana letter of intent to Iowa State

Congratulations Dana on signing her national letter of intent to run cross country and track and field at Iowa State University.
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G-E-T High School Receives Madison Jazz Society 2018-19 Grant

CNC Mill Rigging

Eric from Cary Specialized Services set up the CNC Mill today. Eric is a graduate from the 2007 class at G-E-T. He donated his time to set up the machine at a value of $850 (This is what normal rigging cost would be.) He was also willing to load up scrap metal material we had that was too large for us to handle and deliver it to a company where we could get paid for it. This was also done for free.

Big shout out to Eric!

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John Deere Field Trip

Close to 30 members of FFA and SkillsUSA went to John Deere Engine Works in Waterloo IA. We were told from our tour guides that, "we were one of the best high school groups to tour the plant in over 15 years. They followed directions, paid attention and asked questions" Great job G-E-T students!

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College Prep

College Prep students acting out the witches scene in Shakespeare's Macbeth.

Alexis Wagner letter of intent

Alexis Wagner signed her national letter of intent to attend school at Youngstown State University where she will play basketball for the Youngstown State Penguins. Congratulations Lexi! Red Hawk nation is proud of your accomplishments.
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Construction class

The construction class toured Frenchville Trailer Sales where they learned about the wide variety of trailers and the purpose of the different trailers in the construction field. They also picked up the trailer that was specifically made for the tiny house.

The construction class also toured Coulee Region RV Center where they learned about designing in small spaces as well as the different types of utilities that can be installed.

Honors Band Festival

Maddie, T., Emily C. Julia S., Kaylynn W. and Leo C. were nominated and selected to participate in the WSU High School Honors Band Festival. After auditions, each G-E-T member was placed in either first or second chair in their section. The festival included students from all over the states of Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. The next weekend, Leo C. and Julia S. were joined by James M. and Luke S. to perform in the WSU Honors Jazz Festival. Each student is placed in a band, works on 3 or 4 pieces over two days and performs on a concert. With one drummer leaving sick on day 2 of the festival, Luke had to learn two new pieces and have them ready for the concert that afternoon. The horn players had a chance to also try out for a solo spot on the evening performance with the jazz faculty quintet. Leo C. was chosen as a soloist. G-E-T was once again well represented by our band students.

Tools for Schools Grant

Congratulations to the G-E-T High School Technical Education department for receiving WXOW's Tools for Schools Grant this month. The grant will be used for accessories for their new CNC Lathe and Mill which they received with other grant money and collaborating with Fastenal.
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Exploring Business class

Over the last few weeks the 8th grade Exploring Business class has worked diligently on a Shark Tank project. Each group researched a new product to sell at the school store. The groups were judged by a group of high school sharks on their research, product knowledge, and sales skills. The winning group will have their project sold in the school store. All of the students, and sharks, did an amazing job. Congratulations to the team of Jayden, Shayna, and Cali. Look for their winning lanyards as well as all kinds of new products for sale at The Nest.

Exploratory Surgery Day

Emma is participating in Exploratory Surgery Day sponsored by Gundersen Health Systems and AHEC (Area Health Education Consortium). She was able to watch a live surgery and then complete simulations for intubating, laparoscopic stations, pre & post-op robotic rooms, suturing and anesthesia/mock OR. This is a rare opportunity only given twice a year to only a handful of students at a time.
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Biology classes

The Biology classes recently learned about different cellular processes, including fermentation. The class made root beer using yeast, which carbonated the root beer by doing fermentation. The students also discovered the high amount of carbon dioxide the yeast released, since every bottle exploded on us.

Field Science Class

The Field Science class took part in a DNR electro-survey with Dan Hatleli, a fish biologist from Black River Falls, in Ettrick after their Cap2020 Stream Habitat Restoration.

Exemplary Soloist

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In brutal conditions, 32 degrees, 25 mph winds on a wide open, snow-covered, muddy course G-E-T boyd won Sectionals in Colby, edging out LaCrosse Logan. G-E-T will compete in the State meet on Saturday!

Dana Feyen cruised to victory for her 4th straight Sectional victory and also qualified.

Doug Feyen placed 2nd, Josh Jumbeck 5th, Blake Johnson 18th, Carter Gold 19th, Riley Kirkey 21st, Ethan Burmeister 40th, Jake Jumbeck 55th.

G-E-T girls place 7th. 1st Dana Feyen, 34st Breeann Harris, 46nd Rachel Amoth, 53rd Hannah Seigler, 60th Amalie Salamonsen, 69th Claire Corcoran, 80th Quinn Wenthe.

WXOW News 19 visits Mr. Mendez's class

College Prep English

College Prep students read Frankenstein by Mary Shelly and then attended the production at Guthrie theater in Minneapolis on Thursday, October 11.

Women’s choir

Members of the Women’s choir had a fun time arranging a short chord progression and performing them for the class by singing them using solfege.

Caleb Oliver - BMX racing

Junior Caleb Oliver has been competitive BMX racing since he was in first grade and has traveled to many places like Kentucky and Oklahoma. He has competed at state in Oshkosh and Wisconsin Rapids. This year he took 2nd in the 16 expert age group. HIs bike is super light, only15 pounds, and is made out of aluminum and carbon fiber parts. Congrats, Caleb!

Homecoming Court

congratulations to the 2018 homecoming court!

Dylan J, Garret E, Gage J, Tyler B, Ben S, Coredell K & Keagn W.

Katie H, Lexie W, Jenna H, Allyson B, Sophie S, Elle M & MacKenzie O.

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Science trip to school forest

Science classes went to the school forest and learned about resources, survival, population dynamics and the accumulation of pesticides and toxins in the food chain. Then they took the data they created and worked on graphing skills.

United States foods

Students in United States foods are learning about the Midwestern bread basket. Three sophomore students and one freshman made a beautiful bread braid, from scratch today in class.
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G-E-T Marching Red Hawks

Whether it is 4:30 AM or 90 degrees out, it doesn’t matter to the G-E-T Marching Red Hawks. After finishing our summer marching season, the G-E-T High School Band starts before school working on their fall marching season. This year, the band had two special days they were able to add to their schedule. Each year, the band receives an invitation to the

UW-La Crosse High School Band Day. What made this year’s extra special is that there are

4 G-E-T band alumni in the UW-L Screaming Eagles Marching Band, Ruben Cooksey, Nic Petersen, David Shimek, and Katie Schuth. So not only do we get to work and play with the college band and many high school bands from the area, we also get to see old friends.

The week before that, the Marching Red Hawks arrived at school at 4:15 am to head to Camp Randall where they were invited to be a part of the UW-Madison High School Band Day. Not every school in Wisconsin gets an invitation to this extra special event. For a high school to be invited to perform at Camp Randall, you must have an alum in the UW-Madison Marching Band. G-E-T alum, Isaac Brown made it into the band so G-E-T got an invitation. Thanks Isaac!

We got a chance to perform with over 30 other high school bands from all over Wisconsin. It was a day we will not soon forget.

Construction class

Construction class presents to Central Builders (Carl and Chris) about tiny house designs and floor plans for the next tiny house.

Tech I class

Bjorn presents to the Tech I class on bridge designs and testing.
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Family, Food and Society Culinary Arts Class

The third block, Family, Food and Society Culinary Arts Class, at the High School, has some very accomplished chefs! This kitchen group of Roger, Tyler, Riley, and Wyatt, has earned the "Silver Spoon" for the third time for outstanding collaboration, attention to detail, and dedication to their labs.
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Article featuring band graduates, Katie Schuth and Nic Petersen.


Twenty G-E-T students and parents traveled to Iceland, the land of fire and ice, in July with Education First Tours. They walked behind waterfalls, saw geysers burst, hiked a glacier, found street art, and so much more.

College and Career Ready 2018

The image below shows how ready our 2018 graduates are for the future.
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FCCLA Nationals

Congratulations to our FCCLA National competitors, who traveled to Atlanta, to represent Wisconsin in July.

  • Lindsey Bartels, representing Wisconsin as the Vice President of Community Service for the state of Wisconsin FCCLA.
  • Kate Kulas and Olivia Zielke in Sports Nutrition earned a silver medals
  • Dana Feyen in Career Investigation earned a gold medal.
  • Elle Lettner, Val Feyen, and Shelby Schuld, in Housing and Interior Design, earned gold medals.
  • Brooke Rolbiecki in Nutrition and Wellness earned a gold medal.
  • Ben Hirschboeck in Applied Math for Culinary Management earned a gold medal.

G-E-T FFA Members Receive State FFA Degree

The Wisconsin FFA Association honored Braeden Jacobs and Alex Stevens with the

State FFA Degree. The Wisconsin FFA degree is the highest degree

the Wisconsin FFA can bestow on a member, approximately 1.6% of the 21,000

members achieve this honor.

Nine members from the Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau chapter participated at this year's State

FFA Convention. Sophia L. and Oliva C. were convention delegates and our chapter was recognized for increased membership.

Staff Spotlight

G-E-T high school attributes our students’ success to our parents, community support and dedicated staff. Our staff makes a huge impact on our school; it is time to turn the spotlight on them in our weekly FNL. We appreciate all the Staff at G-E-T and would like you to get to know them.

Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau High School

The mission of the Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau School District is to provide an education based upon a strong academic foundation in order to equip all students with skills to be productive and responsible citizens.