in our schools

Feb. 21, 2011

Brookfield Academy

All 10 of Brookfield Academy's National Merit Semifinalists have been named National Merit Finalists. Congratulations to Jawad Arshad, Catherine Courchaine, James Fisher, John Gardner, Jonathan Marks, Grace Paquelet, Julia Phillips, Mara Steven, Morgan Tadych and Alex Vipond. Arshad was also named one of six top runners-up in the 2011 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. He has raised funds to help support rebuilding projects in Haiti and Pakistan and has traveled to Pakistan to aid in a hospital rebuilding project. He will receive an engraved bronze medallion for the recognition.

Brookfield Christian School

Kindergarteners are learning about where they live. Students talk about their addresses and their city, state and country. They wrote "secret letters" to a friend in class and went to the Brookfield post office for a field trip, where they got to cancel stamps and mail letters. Teachers have "post offices" set up in our rooms where the children can write letters and practice being mail clerks (selling stamps), mail handlers (getting the mail, canceling the stamps and sorting mail) and mail carriers (delivering the letters).

Brookfield Elementary

Family Fun Night was held at Brookfield Elementary on Friday. Students, parents and staff danced the night away to the tunes of a DJ and won prizes playing bingo. It was a fun-filled social event that brought together many members of the Brookfield Elementary community.

Burleigh Elementary

On Monday, Principal Bil Zahn presented to Burleigh's third-grade students his extensive Native American hunting artifact collection. Mr. Zahn is an avid hunter and talked about how the Plains Indians hunted and the implements they used. The event kicked off the third-graders' social studies unit, which focuses on Native Americans and how they used natural resources and their environment to meet their basic needs.

Dixon Elementary

Dixon students participated in the Jump Rope for Heart program this week. More than $70,000 has been raised by Dixon students alone for the American Heart Association. The school appreciates the students' efforts and the parent volunteers who help make this a success.

Fairview South

Fairview South students are honing their basketball skills through Special Olympics under the supervision of Coach Josh Bigelow.

Hillside Elementary

As an extension of their air and weather science unit, Hillside second-graders were visited by Dr. Thunderhead from the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center. During this Wild About Weather program, students discussed the changes in weather and ways plants, animals and people adapt to their climate. Students also focused on the water cycle, found out how clouds form and learned about geography and facts about the sun.

Hillside also had more than 200 students and their parents attend the annual fun night last Thursday at the Country Springs water park. It was a great opportunity for students, parents and staff members to have fun together outside of school.

Immanuel Lutheran

Sixth- through eighth-graders at Immanuel have the opportunity to be involved in forensic competition. Fifth-grade teacher John Muelendyke coaches the students in different kinds of speaking, including infomercials, dialogue and poetry reading. The students participating will compete with students from other schools at least three times this spring.

St. Dominic

The St. Dominic sixth-graders had their interactive Science Fair on Feb. 17. Students worked in pairs to create a project that produced immediate results, and students from other grades then came and tried the experiments. The sixth-graders collected these results as their data. The sixth-graders will then write up their experiment with results in a Smart Board presentation.

St. John Vianney

The "Raffle for Haiti" money collected by the seventh-grade class during Catholic Schools Week raised $1,800 for Catholic Relief Services. Prizes were donated by many generous Brookfield businesses. Grades 4-8 are looking forward to the roller skating sessions during physical education class.

St. Mary's Visitation

St. Mary's Visitation's K5, first- and second-graders recently celebrated the 100th day of school. The students commemorated the day by making individual 100th day projects and enjoying special activities. In other news, the St. Mary's sixth-grade boys and girls basketball teams each took first place in the recent Waukesha Catholic School System tournament held at Catholic Memorial High School.

Swanson Elementary

Swanson fourth-graders have created a wax museum where they are transforming themselves into wax creations representing famous people from history and contemporary personalities exhibited in lifelike poses. The wax museum will illustrate the research students have done for their biographical sketches. Others can come learn about a wide range of people, from Abraham Lincoln to Justin Bieber.

Tonawanda Elementary

On Monday, a youth team from ARCh (the Association for the Rights of Citizens with Handicaps) visited Tonawanda to give presentations called "Differences: Gotta Have 'Em." The presenters from ARCh are middle- and high-school students from across Waukesha County, and the heart of their message is acceptance for people who are different or who have a disability.

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