In Our Schools: April 4

April 3, 2012

Brookfield Elementary

During the month of April students will demonstrate their patriotism with a "Thank A Soldier Drive." Students will collect needed items for soldiers deployed overseas. Suggested donation items include: instant soups, powder drink mixes, granola bars, toothpaste, sunscreen, shampoo, bacterial wipes, plastic storage bags/containers, playing cards, games, small flashlights and small toys for soldiers to hand out to children. A complete list of suggested items can be found on the Brookfield Elementary website at brookfield-elementary. The culmination of this effort will occur on High Interest Day on April 27 when students will pack the items for shipping and enclose thank you notes to the soldiers for their service. Hunzinger Construction is giving their support by shipping the items overseas.

Dixon Elementary

The third-graders performed a Milwaukee Symphony ACE (Arts in Community Education) presentation for their parents. The show included songs from around the world and facts about countries. They then shared traditions from their families with classmates and parents. Art, music, writing and technology were all incorporated into this program.

Pilgrim Park Middle School

The eighth-grade students have selected the theme of their graduation dance, scheduled for June 1. The theme will be "Carnival," an extravaganza of games, prizes, balloons and bright colors.

St. Dominic

St. Dominic students, under the guidance and encouragement of Dr. Glenn Gequillana, Stacy Seim and Cindy Rusnak excelled at the Forensics State Competition in Neenah. More than 1,300 participants from around the state qualified to compete. St. Dominic won a second-place team trophy. On the team were Nick Gequillana, Sean Russell, John Otten, Philip Klinker, Alex Rusnak, Anna Seim and Emily Hadland. Four members made it to the power round: Sean Russell, Nick Gequillana, John Otten and Philip Klinker. Philip Klinker won the first-place trophy in poetry. During a physical fitness unit activity of jump roping, St. Dominic students participated in an event called Jump for Heart/Hoops for Heart. This is a fundraising event for the American Heart Association. Prior to the event, students worked on their jump-roping skills in gym class, while learning about the importance of exercise for their heart, coordination and rhythm.

St. John Vianney

The fifth grade cowboys and cowgirls culminated their reading theme, Under Western Skies, with a good old fashioned hoedown. There was a lot of hootin' and hollerin' as they sang cowboy songs, tied ropes and threw lassos. They also created wanted posters, sheriff's badges, cowboy vests and their own steer brands. They had a great time square dancing and chowing down on trail mix, jerky and sarsaparilla.

St. Mary's Visitation

Eighth-grade students from St. Mary's Visitation School in Elm Grove recently presented Lenten "Living Stations." The Living Stations are a Lenten tradition presented for the entire school where students dramatize and retell the story of Jesus' Passion and death.

Swanson Elementary

The second-grade has been studying plants in science. Boerner Botanical Garden representatives came in to present their program "Stir Fry Plants." The students had fun learning about plant parts, and then got to enjoy them in a tasty veggie stir fry. The fourth-graders have been busy riding a virtual train through the Northeast. They've learned about mass production in Hershey, Penn., and democracy in Washington, D.C. When they're not traveling by rail, they've also been busy researching and writing biography sketches.

Tonawanda Elementary

About 50 fifth-grade students participated in Battle of the Books this year. On Tuesday, the final battle between the top two teams was held. Parent volunteers helped with this year's successful Battle of the Books program.

Wisconsin Hills Middle School

Spanish classes organized an all-school fundraiser to support AthleticCo Medical Brigade, which helps impoverished villages in Honduras. They worked with the social studies teachers at all grade levels to educate students about the Brigade and asked for the students' help in collecting gently used eyeglasses and spare change to be used to purchase a cow for one of the needy villages or orphanages. Students raised $986.54, enough to purchase two cows.

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