Wadena-Deer Creek High School welcomes 20 foreign-exchange students from nine countries around the globe this school year. WDC is excited to be hosting these students who will bring a mix of diversity and culture to our school community. The foreign-exchange students are staying with families in and around Wadena. They are listed here with their host families: • Carla Bukowski, Germany, Carol Heltemes • Nathalia Carvalho, Brazil, Carol Heltemes • Wei Po Chang, Taiwan, Yvonne and Jamie Huttunen • Jacopo Della Latta, Italy, Becky and Adam Nemeth
WDC's homecoming queen and king were announced Friday morning. This year's queen and king are Lila Lohmiller and Bobby Olson. Congratulations our Homecoming Royalty! The homecoming parade will begin at 2 p.m. The Wadena Lions Burger Bash will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. followed by the football game at 7 p.m. Halftime: Introduction of Homecoming Royalty. Go Wolverines!
Wadena-Deer Creek sixth-graders canoed the Crow Wing River, Sept. 13 and couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day for this outdoor adventure. When the 91 students, along with teachers and chaperones, launched their canoes at Mary Brown Bridge, the weather was sunny, calm and climbing up to 80 degrees. For many students, this was their first experience of being on the river in a canoe. "I'm excited but a little nervous, too," said Lidia Ness, as she was securing her life jacket and waiting to climb into a canoe.
Wadena-Deer Creek School District recently recognized 18 of its staff for reaching their years of service milestones. Framed certificates were presented by Louis Rutten, elementary principal, and Tyler Church, middle/high school principal, during the school’s first day of a two-day staff workshop on Aug. 28 in the Wadena Memorial Auditorium.
The Wadena-Deer Creek FFA Chapter hosted a pie social for faculty, staff and the school board on May 11 to show their appreciation for the support they received during the school year. Students served up pieces of cherry and apple pie, along with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Wadena-Deer Creek's FFA chapter has about 20 active members and competes in a variety of ag-related competitions throughout the school year. Industrial Arts teacher, Richard Muckala, serves as FFA advisor.
Wadena-Deer Creek fourth-graders built water-powered rockets this past week in Dave Sea's science class. Students hopped on school buses to Deer Creek School for the grand finale - to launch their rockets. Water rockets have been a source of entertainment and education for many years in Sea's science class. Students enjoy the challenge of building their rockets, following a step-by-step process, using a two-liter pop bottle, duct tape, cardboard and a golf ball.
Wadena-Deer Creek third- and fourth-graders were rockin' and a rollin' on May 11 for their spring musical at Wadena Memorial Auditorium. The audience was treated to classic songs like "Rock Around the Clock," "Jailhouse Rock," "Splish, Splash." "La Bamba" and "Happy Days." Several students dressed in poodle skirts, leather coats, white T-shirts and colorful scarves.
Wadena Elementary Principal Louis Rutten dodged and ducked water balloons last week as part of a fundraiser challenge. About 90 students earned the chance to throw colorful water balloons at their principal. These students were top fundraisers for a Wadena-Deer Creek Elementary PTO event. Rutten even threw a few balloons back at the crowd of students - much to their delight on the warm Friday afternoon!
Wadena-Deer Creek Kindergarten classrooms hosted a "Muffins with Mom" program on May 12 to honor moms for Mother's Day. While the muffins and juice were quickly gobbled up, it was the songs, homemade Mother's Day gifts, stories and hugs and kisses that melted mothers and grandmothers' hearts. Thank you to all the Kindergarten teachers - Mandy Gallant, Sara Lenz, Angie Moats, Alyssa Morlock and Shelley Steffens - for putting on this fun, heart-warming event.
When the Wadena-Deer Creek High School's Day of Caring crew arrived and began raking and cleaning out flower beds at Ruth Miller's Wadena home, she couldn't stop smiling. "Oh, this helps me out a lot. It's worth so much to me. Sometimes, you just can't do it at my age," said Miller, who just turned 79 years young. This is her third year of requesting WDC students clean up her yard, and she says it's such a wonderful service the school provides to residents like herself.