Students, teachers remain connected despite shutdown of schools


TOMAHAWK – Although schools are currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students and teachers at the School District of Tomahawk have remained connected through both schoolwork and other activities.

Emerson Gebauer presents her homemade instrument. Photos submitted by the School District of Tomahawk.

Teachers are using online tools to ensure their relationships with students continue despite not being able to communicate in person.

“I am teaching my classes live via ZOOM and recording the lessons and posting them on Haiku (our LMS) for students to watch later if they miss a session,” high school math teacher Garth Gerstenberger said.

“Our situation has forced me to up my game with technology and find creative ways to connect with my students,” elementary teacher Carol Hansmann stated.

Elementary music teacher Kristi Anderson said she misses seeing her students, “but anytime I get a picture of them making music, it brings me joy.”

Students have also kept busy with other projects, such as making homemade instruments and creating a “snow volcano.”

Gavin Maule and his snow volcano.

“It’s quieter and I can do fun kinds of activities,” said Gavin Maule said about learning from home.

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