In Our Schools: April 15

April 15, 2013

Brookfield Academy

The National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Program will recognize Chi Aguwa's fashion artwork and Kathryn Dykstra's sculpture with silver medals, and Mahalia Sobhani's poetry with an American Voices Medal during a ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Kathryn and classmate, Lujia Zhu also received Senior Art Scholarships from the Elm Grove Woman's Club.

Brookfield Central

The Community Music Association of Milwaukee will honor Dr. Denice Haney, the school's orchestra director, with a certificate of excellence for instrumental music at its annual award ceremony in May.

Brookfield Christian

Eighth-graders are wrapping up a Spanish unit on foods and related topics with a trip to a Mexican restaurant for a meal. They will order and converse only in Spanish.

Brookfield East

Several students will attend the Badger Boys and Girls State program, a weeklong opportunity for students to develop leadership skills and learn how local government functions. The boys meet annually at Ripon College in mid-June, and the girls travel to the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh at the end of June. The students attending are Josh Hanson, Andrew Kluck, Jacob Hanson, Genevieve Klinker, Emma Lynch and Rachel Drozdowicz.

Brookfield Elementary

The staff is in the early stages of preparing class lists for the 2013-14 school year. The complicated task arranges classes based on students' need to receive specialized learning services such as special education, English Language Learners and gifted and talented accommodations. Parents should return their completed forms to the school office by April 26.

Burleigh Elementary

Money might not make the world go around, but it's good to know how to make it and how to manage it. Chicago's Cinema Academy will present "The Money Show" on April 18 to fourth- and fifth-graders. The fun and fast-paced show uses an energetic cast of three to cover the history and theories of money and economies.

Dixon Elementary

The second-grade Brownie Troop 4597 collected more than 1,600 books for the Next Door Foundation in Milwaukee, which provides children access to books they normally would not have. The Brownies were working on a community service project to complete requirements for their "Journey" and had to find a place within the community to support.

Elm Grove

Evangelical Lutheran

The recent science fair awarded Best of Class to fifth-graders Madeline Wilinski and Sam Ewert; sixth-graders Kailyn and Lauren Klotz, Anna and Lydia Ohde, and Josh Hetcher; seventh-graders Mia Halvorson and Hannah Weymier; and eighth-grader Mark Midtbo.

Fairview South

Matthew Knowles and his mom, Sarah Knowles, competed on Team LifeStriders, which broke the world record of the most tethered runners in a half marathon Saturday in Waukesha. Each runner on the team raised about $250 for LifeStriders Therapeutic Riding Program, which incorporates elements of different therapies while working with horses as partners for children and adults with special needs.

Immanuel Lutheran

Students present a talent show for grandparents, parents and other loved ones May 3. The school band and choir also will perform.

Pilgrim Park

Middle School

Pottery Club is set to meet next week for some messy fun. Enrolled students should bring permission slips and $10 before the first class.

St. Dominic

The third-graders had a blast in science class by creating volcanoes. The students built, painted and created their volcanoes from a dough mixture. They then added food coloring, dish soap, baking soda and vinegar to create the eruption. The students have been learning about changes in the Earth's crust and the different forms of rock.

St. John Vianney

Through Operation Rice Bowl, students and their families had an opportunity to pray for and directly assist the poor in the U.S. and overseas. Contributions will support Catholic Relief Services and the Vincent Family Center in Milwaukee, run by the St. Vincent de Paul Society. The school and parish has collected about $2,800.

Swanson Elementary

Families are teaming up with Goodwill this month and competing in the "Pack'er Up Donation Challenge" for a chance to bring Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver to school.

Tonawanda Elementary

The parent organization sponsored a PreTeen Awareness Program on April 16 for fifth-grade students and their parents. The program was optional and intended to provide an opportunity for parents to take part in the educational process as sensitive topics are discussed in the Human Growth and Development curriculum.

Wisconsin Hills

Middle School

Eighth-grade Gamma math students had an opportunity to learn how to create a Menger Sponge from Mount Mary College professor Roxanne Back. A Menger Sponge is a three-dimensional creation that explains the concept of surface area increasing while volume is decreasing.

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