Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is a six-course series preparing students for an engineering-related career. The courses include Introduction to Engineering Design, Principles of Engineering, Civil Engineering and Architecture, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Digital Electronics, and Engineering Design and Development.
These courses give students the ability to transcribe credit through PLTW to affiliated universities. Students may also transcribe some of these course credits to NWTC.
PLTW was first introduced in the 1980s by Richard Blais. At the time, Blais was chairman of the Technology Department of an upstate New York School District. His goal was to earlier educate students in high-tech fields which had been previously taught in colleges.
The Program attracted many students around the nation. After 20, years PLTW is now offered in over 45 states and the District of Columbia. PLTW is now a national non-profit organization helping schools give students the knowledge they need to excel in high-tech fields. It is also the nation's leading pre-engineering middle and high school program.
In addition, many post-secondary institutions across the country actively recruit PLTW students and provide recognition opportunities such as preferred admissions, scholarships, and course credit. Several prestigious engineering universities report high and increasing levels of PLTW student enrollment.
In October 2013, Change the Equation selected PLTW as one of four high-quality STEM programs in the U.S. as it is the only in-school curriculum provider.
Ranging from Kindergarten to high school, the Pulaski Community School District has a decorated music program.
Our students begin in the music program in Kindergarten, are required to take a music course their sixth grade year of middle school, and can choose after sixth grade what part of the music department to be a part of.
The Pulaski High School choir has won numerous local and state awards for its successes. It travels to perform at concerts and competitions. Each year, the choir takes a trip. In recent years, the trip has ranged from attending a musical in Appleton to performing in New York City.
The Pulaski High School marching band is an exquisite part of our district. Under the leadership of D. Thomas Busch and Kayla Koch, the band has been to many outstanding places to perform.
- Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California in 2017, 2012 and 2007. The band was the Midwestern representative.
- New York St. Patrick's Day Day Parade; Carnegie Hall performance, 2019.
- Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, New York in 2003. The band was the Midwestern representative.
- Half time entertainment for the Green Bay Packers in 2002, 2004, and 2007.
- Selected to represent the great state of Wisconsin in the National Independence Day Parade in Washington D.C. in 2002 and 2008.
- Recognized as a Grammy Signature School in 1998.
- A finalist for the Grammy Signature School Program in 2007 and 2012.
- Cited for and excellence and achievement by the office of the Brown County Executive Director, three times by Wisconsin State Senates, twice by the Governor’s Office of the State of Wisconsin, and the United States House of Representatives.
- July 4, 2008 was proclaimed “Pulaski High School, Red Raider Band Day” by former Governor, Jim Doyle.
- Recognized as one of the 100 best school districts in the nation for music education by the National Association of Music Merchants in 2008, 2012, and 2013.
- Invited to perform in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China, the 2008 and 2012 New Year’s Day Parade in Rome, Italy, and the 2010 New Year’s Day Parade in London, England.
ProStart students explore the exciting and developing professions in the culinary industry using the National Restaurant Association’s ProStart program. Members can work with mentoring chefs from the local area in preparation for ProStart competitions, while learning crucial skills needed to be successful in the food-service industry. ProStart students also have additional opportunities for scholarships and National Restaurant Association ProStart certification. Students have won state competitions and placed in national competitions.
The Pulaski High School Drama Program has had much success over the year. Each year, it produces a One Act Play in the fall, a musical in the winter, and a play in the spring.
One Act has gone to state 20 times and continues to be a way for students to participate in acting while competing against other schools. A one act play only has one act, which makes it distinctively different than several other forms of theatre. One-act plays may consist of one or more scenes.
Many students are involved in the Pulaski High School musicals. The musicals are the most popular form of drama within the school as over 50 students are involved on stage and nearly 100 students are involved with the entire production. In recent years, the drama program has put on musicals such as Anything Goes, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Aida, and Fiddler on the Roof.
The spring play rounds up the year for the drama program. This play can be anything from a tragedy to a comedy. Students enjoy performing this for the Pulaski Community School District residents, staff, and students.
The Pulaski News is the oldest student-run community newspaper in the world. Even after 73 years of existence, the paper is still going strong. Its subscription base is about 2,000 and the work of these young people serves a two-fold purpose.
Not only does the Pulaski News inform its readership about the news of the communities within the Pulaski Community School District, but is also a life-shaping workforce development tool.
Approximately 20 students write during the school year for credit, and six students are hired each summer to write for pay, producing 26 issues per year. The newspaper has won multiple national awards over the years, including a Golden Achievement Award and a National School Public Relations Association Award.
The Pulaski News has produced multiple professional writers, including the 1988 Pulitzer Prize winner Jacqui Banaszynski. She won the prize for her series of articles titled “AIDS in the Heartland”.
Currently, Amy Tubbs, Pulaski High School English and journalism teacher, instructs the classes called Pulaski News Publications-Beginner, Pulaski News Publications-Advanced 1, Pulaski News Publications-Advanced 2. Bob Van Enkenvoort is the Editor-in-Chief, Laurie Fischer is the Business Manager, and Sue Simoens is the Advertisement and Layout Designer.
Youth Apprenticeship is run through the Green Bay Chamber of Commerce. Students from Pulaski High School can take classes at NWTC and are placed within that area of expertise at a company for high school credit. This process begins during junior year and continues through the student’s senior year.
Youth Options is a program allowing students to take courses at NWTC that Pulaski High School may not offer. A very popular example of this is the CNA program. Juniors and seniors are eligible for Youth Options.
School to Work/Co-op
School to Work/Co-op consists of a class taught by Josh Rusk and Amy Burns. This applies when a student takes classes in vocational areas. The student then can find a job in that area, leave school to work that job, and use that work experience for high school credit. Seniors are eligible for this opportunity.