In Our Schools: Dec. 10

Dec. 10, 2012

Brookfield Academy

Cub Scout Pack 183 filled 72 boxes with food, fun and holiday cheer for troops overseas, including letters and cards of appreciation from students in the lower school and primary school. More than 300 hours donated by students, parents and staff made this possible. Overseas shipping was provided courtesy of Brookfield's Hunzinger Construction.

Brookfield Christian

The second-graders are learning about the Christmas traditions of Mexico. One of the traditions is a nine-day candle-lit procession led by Mary and Joseph in search for lodging, la posada. After nine days of asking if there is any room, la posada will be found and there will be a celebration - a fiesta. On Dec. 19, the second grade will eat Mexican food and play Mexican games, including striking the piñata.

Brookfield East

The Elmbrook Education Foundation has approved a grant request for $10,000 to purchase an iPad lab for the mathematics department at Brookfield East. The lab will consist of 30 iPads. The math department staff is excited and eager to begin using iPad apps, screen-recording software and web applications to further engage math students. Recently, the district purchased the Reflection application. This allows teachers to project their iPads onto the Smart Boards mounted in the classrooms.

Brookfield Elementary

Fifth-grader Maggie Conlon and Green Bay Packer Aaron Rodgers are appearing in a Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer Fund video together. Maggie has partnered with the MACC Fund to raise money for childhood cancer and blood disorder research. In fact, she designed the 25th anniversary 2012 MACC Star holiday ornament. Members of the school's Young Executives' Club stepped up to support Maggie's fundraising efforts and childhood cancer awareness by selling more than 100 ornaments.

Burleigh Elementary

Kindergarten Daisies Troop 8310 was selected to participate in The Zoological Society of Milwaukee's Holiday Trim-a-Tree Project. The girls created 75 handmade "Under the Sea" pink and purple ornaments for this tree. The tree-topper is "Daisy the Octopus" and is on display at the Milwaukee County Zoo in the U.S. Bank Gathering Place until Jan 1. This was a great community service holiday project that helped the girls learn about teamwork and creativity.

Elm Grove Evangelical Lutheran

The third-grade class is studying the human body. The most enjoyable part of the unit is when the students make life-size drawings of themselves, and then add their organs in the correct places as they learn where the organs are located. The third-grade class is enjoying having a student teacher this quarter. Kate Viesselmann is from Concordia University in Mequon and will be with the school for the remainder of the quarter.

St. Dominic

The fifth-graders are living out their faith through service this year. They brought a smile to a special veteran. A World War II veteran who was asked to go on an honor flight loves knock-knock jokes. On the return flight, the veteran was surprised with an old-fashioned mail call. The children wrote knock-knock jokes and made a card for him for this special occasion. They also collected socks for the Open Door Café at the cathedral in October. In addition, the fifth-grade class reached out to a solider who is a St. Dominic graduate and stationed on the USS George Washington off the coast of Japan. The class made fancy Christmas cards using scrapbooking materials and stamps for this soldier and his shipmates.

St. John Vianney

On Dec. 6, students participated in the National Geography Bee school competition. Each classroom from fourth through eighth grades entered one winner and one alternate. Contestants needed to know more than just where places are located on a map. They had to understand global concepts such as international trade and foreign culture in order to answer questions that included inquiries such as: "To see ships loading and unloading goods in Riga, a major port on the Baltic, you would travel to which European country?" The student with the most geography know-how was seventh-grader Chris Rizzo. Sixth-grader Kiana Ratay earned second place with her geography acumen and seventh-grader Zach Mindel rounded out the top three spots with a third-place finish. Rizzo will represent St. John Vianney in the state geography bee this spring, with a chance to compete in the National Geography Bee.

St. Mary's Visitation

Students are celebrating Advent with the theme "This Advent Be Christ's Light for All." Students are taking part in a number of special Advent activities including classroom prayer services, extra acts of kindness to their families at home and donations to those in need through St. Mary's Angel Tree project. A special highlight to the Advent festivities is the all-school Christmas concert held in the school gym this week. Students performed traditional Christmas songs for their families.

Swanson Elementary

First-grade students are observing the life cycles of darkling beetles, milkweed bugs and painted lady butterflies. They are excited to see the butterfly eggs hatch and teeny caterpillars crawl out. Videos, guest speakers and a trip to the Brookfield East Nature Center has enhanced their learning during this science unit.

Tonawanda Elementary

The school's silent auction fundraiser will be held Feb. 9. Auction items are needed. This will be a great evening of dinner, dancing and fun.

Wisconsin Hills Middle School

The music department has been busy hosting holiday concerts during the past week.

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