School Notes: Oct. 9

Oct. 9, 2009

East band will play Halloween concert

The Brookfield East High School Spartan Band will perform selections from their half-time show, pep band tunes and drum line features at the Varsity Show Spooktacular.

The free concert will begin in the school's field house, 3305 N. Lilly Road, Brookfield, at 7 p.m. Oct. 27. Community members are welcome to attend.

The sounds of Gloria Estefan's "Get On Your Feet," Stevie Ray Vaughn's "The House Is Rockin" and Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" are sure to get everyone's toes tapping. Get in the spirit of Halloween with the sinister sounds of "Sleepy Hollow," "Wicked" and "Night on Bald Mountain."

Two Central teachers attend Washington Post training

Two Brookfield Central English teachers participated in the Washington Post's intensive journalistic writing institute this summer.

Alice Rast and Jill Cook attended workshops, a Post editor roundtable, visited historic landmarks and listened to Post staff journalists. The training, sponsored by the College Board, was intended to help English teachers embrace nonfiction writing from a journalistic aspect. The materials and experience provided will also assist teachers in better preparing Advanced Placement students for AP tests in May.

Teachers heard from Post veterans about stories they've written and how they use modern technology in concert with the traditional print newspaper medium. Other activities included observational writing assignments about places teachers visited in the Washington D.C. area, like the Smithsonian Museum, National Archives, the Newseum and the National Press Club's Fourth Estate.

Cook and Rast said they've already begun implementing many of the new journalistic aspects they learned from the workshop into language, composition and journalism classes.

East seeks nominations for alumni achievement award

Brookfield East High School is seeking nominations for its 10th annual alumni achievement award.

The award program recognizes one or two outstanding graduates who have gained distinction in their fields and who, by virtue of their character and accomplishments, offer admirable examples for students to emulate. Since the honorees walked the same halls as current students, they have a greater likelihood of helping students realize that they, too, can do great things.

Nomination applications for this year's award are available by calling the school office at (262) 781-3500. The application must include the name of the alumni being nominated, degree(s) held, employment, achievements, honors received, membership in organizations, hobbies, resume and other pertinent data. Applications are due Nov. 20.

A committee made up of representatives from the student body, faculty, administration, alumni, community service organizations and the community will select the award recipients.

The entire school will publicly recognize the winners of the award during a school-wide assembly and an Elmbrook School Board meeting March 23.

Preschool Story Time at Brookfield Academy

Brookfield Academy invites children 3- to 5-years-old and their parents to attend a story time from 9:15 to 10 a.m. Oct. 21.

While children listen to a preschool teacher read the storybook "Mouse Paint" and do a related art activity, parents can enjoy coffee and a discussion on reading readiness, led by Linda Pryor, Lower School head.

Another story time event is scheduled for Nov. 17 on the topic of number sense.

For information or to register, call (262) 783-3200 or visit

Brookfield Central announces November performances of 'Fiddler on the Roof'

Brookfield Central High School's Theatre and Fine Arts Department will perform "Fiddler on the Roof" at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center at 7 p.m. Nov. 5, 6 and at 2 and 7 p.m. Nov. 7.

The musical is set in the small Jewish village of Anatevka, Russia, in 1905. The plot follows Tevye, a dairyman played by Dominic Russo; his wife, Golde, played by Madeline Bunke; and their five daughters as they try to cope with their harsh existence under Tsarist rule.

About 60 student actors and singers will perform the musical before a full pit orchestra directed by Jason Gillette. Set design will be done by Steve Langenecker, choreography by Reggie Kurschner, music direction by Laura Ferguson and lighting and sound design by Aaron Schmidt.

Although "Fiddler on the Roof" is intended for all audiences, it is recommended for audience members ages 5 and up.

Tickets can be purchased at the Wilson Center box office, 19805 W. Capitol Drive, or by calling (262) 781-9520.

Brookfield East arts booster supports music facilities upgrade

Brookfield East High School recently announced the installation of four Wenger sound-proof practice rooms inside its rebuilt fine arts wing. The inclusion of the Wenger practice rooms was funded by a $20,000 contribution from the school's Friends of Fine Arts.

While the practice rooms are located inside the band room, they are available for use by students in any vocal or instrumental music course.

The Brookfield East Friends of Fine Arts is a parent-run organization committed to supporting the school's fine arts programming by raising funds and other resources for the East choir, orchestra, band, drama and forensics programs.

Brookfield East holiday craft fair coming in November

Brookfield East High School Friends of Fine Arts will hold its 34th annual holiday arts and craft fair at the school, 3305 N. Lilly Road, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 8.

The juried craft show and art sale will feature more than 160 exhibitors and offer shopping, gift-wrapping, food and deserts.

Admission is $3. Organizers are requesting patrons not bring strollers.

Education foundation seeks funds for event

The Elmbrook Education Foundation is looking for support from local businesses and community members to help fund its sixth annual Ladies' Night fundraiser.

The event, sponsored by law firm Pasternak & Zirgibel, will be held Dec. 1.

Anyone interested in sponsoring the foundation or donating an item for the Ladies' Night auction should e-mail or call Laura Schmidt at (262) 785-6659.

Proceeds benefit the foundation's continuing education and educational grant programs, which serve Elmbrook School District students.

For information, visit the foundation's blog on or, or visit" target="_blank">

Education foundation kicks off grant campaign

A new two-year Elmbrook Education Foundation campaign aims to equip every Elmbrook middle school math classroom with a Smart Senteo response system to enhance the new math curriculum.

The technology allows teachers to gain immediate feedback about how well students are understanding what is being taught, allowing teachers to make better judgments about how to proceed with lesson plans and ensuring that all students get the support they need.

Individuals and businesses interested in becoming a sponsor of this campaign should visit for information.

Brookfield Academy students receive AP awards

Six seniors and 22 recent graduates of Brookfield Academy earned Advanced Placement Scholar Awards for their achievement on AP exams.

Three members of the Class of 2009 qualified for the National Scholar Award by earning an average grade of four or higher on a five-point scale on all AP exams taken, and grades of four or higher on eight or more of these exams.

Eleven students qualified for the Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken, and grades of three or higher on five or more of these exams.

Ten students qualified for the Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken, and grades of three or higher on four or more of these exams.

Four students qualified for the Scholar Award by earning grades of three or higher on three or more AP exams.

In May, 77 Brookfield Academy students wrote 169 AP exams in 19 subjects, according to school data. About 91 percent of the exams earned a three or higher, qualifying the writer for college credit, advanced placement in college or both.

Brookfield Academy offers 18 AP courses, which allow high school students the opportunity to take college-level courses and earn college credit while still in high school. Students can test in subjects that the school does not offer an AP class in.


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