For the 11th straight year, Brookfield Academy has won the State Latin Convention in Madison. Sixty-one high school students participated in three days of written tests, oratory competitions and the quiz-bowl game "Certamen." Emily Esser, Aliyah Quereshi, Siram Gollapudy, Emma Lenz and Jason Tan all placed in the top 10.
On Feb. 13, eight students from Brookfield Central competed at LEAPP's 18th Annual Job Olympics held at Arrowhead High School. Brookfield Central had a number of award winners, including Jessica Jandrt, who won first place in Job Interview, and Matthew Hirsch, who won first in Money and Time.
The fourth-graders have been learning about injustice and discussed child slavery (also known as human trafficking) in age-appropriate terms. The class brainstormed ideas of why this is wrong, what the Bible says and what they could do in addition to praying for these people. The students decided to write letters to Gov. Scott Walker, Rep. Rob Hutton and Rep. Dale Kooyenga asking them to take action to stop human trafficking in Wisconsin.
Brookfield East freshmen students will participate in a Respect Retreat, presented by Youth Frontiers. On the Respect Retreat, the Youth Frontiers staff will focus on creating a more positive school community by engaging students in a variety of activities that build students' empathy skills and teach safe ways to help prevent bullying.
Brookfield Elementary's Author Visit for 2014 will feature poet and artist Douglas Florian, who has written popular titles such as "Insectlopedia" and "Beast Feast," as well as more than 50 children's books. He will visit March 25 and host three sessions with students.
"Yes, You Can!" is a motivational and educational program by Lloyd Bachrach, who — although physically challenged — has never let anything keep him from achieving his dreams. Bachrach will meet with kindergartners and first- and second-graders at 9:30 a.m. and with third-, fourth- and fifth-graders at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 27. This program is sponsored by the Fine Arts at Burleigh program.
Kindergartners celebrated the 100th day of school by having a Day 100 Parade led by Sesame Street's Elmo on Feb. 13.
Elm Grove Lutheran
From Feb. 13 to Feb. 16, the school is sponsoring the 39th annual Spirit Tournament for fifth- and sixth-grade basketball teams. Teams will come from Lutheran schools all over the Milwaukee area. There will be eight boys and eight girls teams participating. Parents and students have worked hard to make this event a success. At half-time, there will be various activities, such as games and contests, for all in the gym, while visitors and home teams enjoy food and snacks available at the concessions stands.
Students, family and friends of Fairview South are invited to attend the school's annual spring dance from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. April 4. Tickets will cost $5 at the door. Complimentary punch and snacks will be served. Music will be provided by deejay David Bigelow.
The seventh-graders have been working in the Junior Achievement program. They are learning about entrepreneurship and finance. They will take a field trip to the Junior Achievement Finance Park center at the conclusion of the course.
On Feb. 10, the Wordmasters Team participated in its first Gold Division Challenge Meet. Niko Blando took first place, Sabrina Zhong took second, Matthew Rothlisberger took third and Simrah Ahmed took fourth. Honorable mentions were given to Sanju Peddagorla, Caitlin Seibel, Avani Yadav, Ella Van Haren, Amber Rothe and Katie Andrews.
The 3-year-old kindergarten students had a fun week of playing in the snow in their classroom and enjoying a Valentine's party that included activities and games, like fishing for hearts.
St. John Vianney
Nina Minessale, affectionately known as Big Nana to her family, celebrated 100 years of life by visiting her great-grandchildren, Charlie McElherne and Mia Minessale, at school as they celebrated the 100th day of school. Minessale, who turned 100 on Dec. 31, helped St. John students mark the 100th day of school.
St. Mary's Visitation
The junior high students are knitting hats to donate to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. The students are taking a knitting class this quarter as part of the new junior high elective program. After a quick lesson on how to use a knitting loom, the students let their imaginations go and designed hats, headbands and scarves in a variety of colors and styles.
Do you have big popcorn containers left over from Christmas or large cookie tins laying around in the kitchen? Well, you're in luck. The art room is looking for metal containers for storage use in the kiln room and is collecting donations. You can drop off the containers at the front office.
The Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra held its Brass, Bows & Brilliance Concert on Feb. 15, during which Tonawanda students Shawn Feng, Ethan Storck and Jane Atkinson performed at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.
On Feb. 14, two "Secret Cupids" plastered the hallways with 300 sticky notes that wished all the students a happy Valentine's Day.
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