In Our Schools: Feb. 21

Feb. 21, 2012

Brookfield Academy

Reon Schutte, the keynote speaker at the March 9 Upper School Freedom Seminar, will speak to Brookfield Academy parents and friends from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 8 in Patriots Hall. Reon, an elite South African special forces soldier, was captured in 1992 and spent 13 years as a prisoner of war in Zimbabwe's infamously brutal Chikurubi prison. His presentation is titled "Set Yourself Free: Reon Schutte's Ten Principles to Break Yourself Out of Your Personal Prison by the Power of Choice."

Brookfield Central

The Lancer Forensic team, coached by Greg Groh and Noah Kaufman, competed in the Greater Metro Conference tournament this weekend. They barely lost to Wauwatosa East High School in the Quality Points category (the average number of points per participant), meaning that for small teams in the GMC, the school is the second most efficient. Emily Hartwig and Nikita Sood placed as finalist and third place for Moments in History, respectively. Melissa Buss took second for Solo Humours. Emily Blackburn and Veronica Seher were second place and a finalist for Solo Serious, respectively. Kalina Zhong took third place for Poetry. John McCloskey took third place in Farrago.

Brookfield East

Each February the Elmbrook superintendent has the opportunity to recommend an outstanding school district employee for the Brookfield Jaycees Distinguished Service Award. This year, Superintendent Matt Gibson has chosen Athletic Director Corey Golla as the recipient.

Brookfield Elementary

The Brookfield Elementary Bobcats achieved their goal this quarter by earning Rock Star VIP passes with positive behavior in the cafeteria and hallways. Their reward was a celebration of Mardi Paws Day on Friday. Students and staff showed their spirit with festive attire decorated with feathers and beads.

Dixon Elementary

Students have the pleasure of working with artist in residence Michelle Stizlein on colorful works of recycled art. The students have been saving thousands of plastic bottle caps from going into the trash. They are turning "Trash into Artistic Treasure." The bottle cap art will be used as outdoor sculptures to adorn the front of the school. Also, some of the pieces will be auctioned off at the school's annual Gallery Night, scheduled for April 25 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Immanuel Lutheran

The fourth-graders are learning to play the recorder. Each year band instructor Anne Widener introduces fourth-graders to playing an instrument by using the recorder. The students will be welcomed into the band program beginning in fifth grade. The students will demonstrate their talents in May when they perform at a spring music concert.

Pilgrim Park Middle School

Students recently performed three shows of "Willy Wonka Jr." at the Wilson Center to rave reviews. In other school news, the forensics team is preparing to host its annual meet on Friday, and auditions for the school's annual talent show will begin next week.

St. Dominic

Students in the 3-year-old kindergarten class participated in The Pajama Program for a service project. Students were asked to donate a new pair of pajamas and a new or gently used children's book. The Pajama Program provides new pajamas and books to children in need. During Catholic Schools Week the Student Council sponsored a Coin Clash that was held for Prince of Peace School. The classes competed by grade level to earn a pizza party and an out-of-uniform day. They raised a grand total of $2,000.

St. John Vianney

Mad Science came in to do a class on dental health with both kindergarten classes. The students are doing a unit on dental health, learning about good care of their teeth, the structure of a tooth and the different kinds and jobs of teeth.

St. Mary's Visitation

Seventh-grader Elizabeth Janowski recently won the Cooperative Educational Service Agency District Spelling Bee. A total of 36 students from nine Catholic schools competed in the contest, which took place at Catholic Memorial High School in Waukesha. Elizabeth's district win qualified her to participate in the recent Regional Spelling Bee held at Brookfield Academy, where she placed third out of 21 students. The spelling bees are affiliated with the Scripps National Spelling Bee competition.

Swanson Elementary

The second-graders have been busy in the computer labs this week. Students are learning keyboarding and typing skills through the Herzog program. Students can now type poems, short stories and other information accurately and efficiently.

Tonawanda Elementary

Students thoroughly enjoyed a special performance of Pilgrim Park's "Willy Wonka."

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