IN OUR SCHOOLS What's going on in our city's public and private schools IN OUR SCHOOLS What's going on in our city's public and private schools

March 10, 2010

Brookfield Academy

The health care reform debate and related health industry topics will be the subjects of a seminar for Brookfield Academy Upper School students Friday. An array of local and national speakers will lead stimulating discussions on topics of vital interest to the careers and lives of high school students.

Brookfield Central

Students made stop-motion animation projects in Digital Imaging and Reproduction. This is the first year the class has done stop-motion animation projects. Students created short video projects using hundreds of photos. Topics ranged from "Talking Clementine Oranges" to a "Bad School Day."

Brookfield Christian

Fifth-graders have started a unit in Bible on the last week of Jesus. They will study his death, resurrection and ascension. In other news, the middle school students put on performances of "The Music Man" on March 4 and 5.

Brookfield East

The PTO will sponsor its annual father/daughter dance March 20 at the Western Racquet Club. Each year, BEHS dads become their daughters' "dates" for the night, sharing an evening of dinner, dancing and fun. The father/daughter dance is one of the many events sponsored by the host of active PTO committees at Brookfield East.

Brookfield Elementary

Second-graders are piloting a program using stability balls to sit on in class rather than desk chairs. Their teacher said "that the balance balls allow my students to be active learners. The balls help stimulate their core as I help stimulate their brain. It allows them to focus on their learning while exerting energy in a subconcious way. I will never go back to chairs again, and I am sure my students would tell you the same thing." Brain research findings support the link that intentional movement and increased physical activity improves cognition. Wiggling around actually helps kids focus. It is a strategy that moves students to learn.

Burleigh Elementary

Three-time space shuttle astronaut Mike Mullane will speak to the students about his experiences on the space shuttle during a presentation Wednesday. Mullane's message ties into Burleigh's word of the month, Perseverance.

Christ the Lord Lutheran

The fifth- through eighth-graders are taking part in the Math Track Meet at Wisconsin Lutheran High School this week. Last year both the fifth-/sixth-grade and seventh-/eighth-grade teams took first place. The preschoolers will take a trip to the Brookfield library Friday.

Dixon Elementary

Kindergartners visited the sugar bush at Whitnall Park's Mangan Woods. Sitting on log benches, they learned how maple trees were tapped in the old days and how after gathering the sap, it was boiled down to make syrup. The children learned how to identify maple trees, even in winter, and tapped the trees themselves. They tasted syrup and maple sugar before heading back to school. The trip reinforced lessons relating to the kindergartners' yearlong study of trees.

Elm Grove Evangelical Lutheran

The Skating Party/Fundraising Dinner will be held Monday. Join the students at Skateland in Waukesha from 3:45 to 5:45 p.m. for skating fun. Stop by Oscar's, 21165 E. Moreland Blvd. in Waukesha, for a meal, and mention Elm Grove Lutheran so your purchase benefits the school.

Fairview South

Students are enjoying two visiting artists. They are focusing on dance movement and musical instruments, which will be incorporated into the upcoming spring program.

Hillside Elementary

The Scholastic Book Fair, sponsored by the PTO, will run the week of March 15. The theme is "Book Fair Diner, All You Can Read." An ice cream social will be held Wednesday, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Immanuel Lutheran

This week is Lutheran Schools Week. The students will be involved with a Career Day, a collection of change for Haiti, a Perry and the Poor Boys concert at Milwaukee Lutheran High School and the Get Movin' II presentation from the Children's Health Education Center.

Pilgrim Park Middle School

Pilgrim Park will host the Wisconsin School Music Association district Solo and Ensemble Festival on Saturday. Music students have been working diligently in preparation for the event and are excited to perform. Meanwhile the Student Senate is preparing for seventh- and eighth-grade Student Senate officer elections. The elections will occur the week of March 15.

St. Dominic

St. Dominic's strings orchestra is going to perform in the pre-concert activities for Milwaukee Symphony Kinderconzert. The performance will take place Sunday at 1 p.m. in the Atrium (second floor) of the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Milwaukee. The public can come hear the students play and then attend Symphony concert at 2 p.m.

St. John Vianney

The fourth-grade classes participated in the annual State Fair on Tuesday. Each student was assigned a state, and made a presentation with poster boards, food from the state and in some cases dressing up in customary clothes. In other news, St. John Vianney students will celebrate St. Patrick's Day with an Irish Dance Assembly at 11 a.m. Wednesday. The students look forward to dressing in green on this day, as the school team name is the Shamrocks.

St. Mary's Visitation

The fourth-graders just finished their weeklong Oregon Trail simulation. They had to do math to calculate food, money and supply use and to keep track of how many days they had been on the trail. It was hard work for them, but they enjoyed themselves. On the trail, they encountered Indians, bad weather, hunger, snakeoil salesmen and wagon difficulties going up and down the mountains.

Swanson Elementary

The following Swanson students' artwork has been selected to be displayed at Audiologist Dr. Kate Olsen's office: Bella LaBrasca, Saxophone Watercolor; Mariah Becker, sewing/print; Rhea Ramachandran, still-life flower painting; Lily Fatla, Matisse Goldfish Collage; and Abby Kaepernick, Van Gogh sunflowers. Artwork of other Swanson students is on display at the Brookfield Public Library.

Tonawanda Elementary

Last week, Tonawanda School enjoyed a successful Jump Rope for Heart week as well as several events celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday and Read Across America week. This week is national Multiple Sclerosis Awareness week, so each day students are learning about the disease and how its obstacles can be overcome.

Wisconsin Hills Middle School

Wisconsin Hills will host parent-teacher conferences on Wednesday and Thursday, from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. each night. Anyone with questions about the upcoming conferences can call the school at (262) 785-3960.

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