In Our Schools: Dec. 18

Dec. 18, 2012

Brookfield Academy

The SMART Team project, coordinated through the Milwaukee School of Engineering, allows high school students an opportunity to learn how the atomic structure of a protein is determined by X-ray crystallography and NMR techniques. Students use the visualization software JMOL to construct a three-dimensional model of a protein. After two months of qualifying events, teams are placed with a researcher from an area university, and spend several months becoming acquainted with the mentor's research topic and constructing a protein model based on this work. Their project culminates in a formal poster and an oral presentation to demonstrate an understanding of the research. The academy's team members are Chi Aguwa, Moid Ali, Neil Chand, Anshul Dhingra, Griffin Gill, Satvir Kalsi, Zach King, Sangwoo Park and Simar Puri.

Brookfield Elementary

The fourth-grade students made 100 fleece blankets to donate to Hebron House of Waukesha. The Hebron House mission is to provide basic needs such as shelter, food and clothing, to people in Waukesha County who find themselves in a housing crisis. The organization's goal is to find a permanent solution to ending homelessness in Waukesha County. It provides short-term assistance to homeless people (on average more than 100 people are served a day in four shelters), but also strives to find long-term solutions to homelessness through its Social Security benefits program, case management, financial counseling and a payee program.

Burleigh Elementary

The kindergarten students traveled to the Elmbrook Nature Center recently to explore trees. Students picked up seed pods, shed bark, cast-off twigs and all sorts of fall finds. This trip was the culminating event for the kindergarten FOSS Science Tree Unit. Students brought their treasures back to the classroom and assembled necklaces.

Christ the Lord Lutheran

Christmas break begins Dec. 24; students will return to class Jan. 2.

Dixon Elementary

The fifth-grade chorus performed for the residents of Woodland Health/Rehabilitation Center on Dec. 18.

Elm Grove

Evangelical Lutheran

The student body presented this year's children-led Christmas Service, "Savior of the Nations," Dec. 19. A pre-service carol sing allowed everybody to participate, but then the children took over and told the Christmas story in words and song. The service included a parade of flags and songs sung in languages other than English.

Fairview South

The 2012 craft fair was a success. Raffle winners are as follows: Amy McBain, $1,000; Sara Temlitz, 47-inch television; and Sue Willman, iPad.

Immanuel Lutheran

The school day ends at 1 p.m. Friday, beginning Christmas break. Students will return to school Jan. 2.

St. Dominic

St. Dominic Catholic School will host open houses at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 8 and 6 p.m. Jan. 10. Guests can take school tours, see classrooms in action, meet the teachers and talk with school families. Refreshments will be served. For information, call Principal John Chovanec at (262) 783-7565, Ext. 281.

St. John Vianney

Prince of Peace, St. John Vianney's sister parish, invited the fifth-grade students to celebrate a Mass honoring the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Dec. 12. After Mass, the students shared breakfast together and visited with each other. This is one of many events the schools take part in together as they foster each other's faith-based community and education. In other news, the 5-year-old kindergarten nativity play is an annual tradition at St. John Vianney, allowing people of all ages to connect with the hope and joy that spring from Christ's birth. After weeks of preparation and practice, on Dec. 12, the students put on their production of the nativity, complete with homemade decorations, singing and the recitation of Bible verses from the story.

St. Mary's Visitation

The sixth-grade geography class celebrated a taste of Europe at their European Food Festival. Students prepared an assortment of foods from their assigned countries, and enjoyed a culinary tour of tastes during class. In other news, eighth-grader Elizabeth Janowski won the school spelling bee for the fourth year in a row. Seventh-grader Jesse Bopp was runner-up. Elizabeth and Jesse will represent St. Mary's Visitation at the district meet at Catholic Memorial High School next month.

Swanson Elementary

Third-graders at Swanson love to go out to eat, read books, play games and go to the movies. They are learning to be good consumers by reading and writing reviews to recommend their favorites to friends. They enjoy sharing their opinions in writing and having others try out some of their top picks.

Tonawanda Elementary

Tonawanda's annual silent auction fundraiser will be held Feb. 9. Auction items are needed.

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