In Our Schools: Feb. 28

Feb. 28, 2012

Brookfield Academy

Registration is open for Preschool Playtime, being held March 27 to May 25. Stories and Sports starts with a story in the school library and jump into an interactive activity in the gym or on the playground. This program runs Tuesdays, March 27 to May 22. Rising Stars Art lets kids sculpt, paint and create. It runs Friday March 30 to May 25 (no classes on April 6 and May 11). Each program costs $75. Register online at

Brookfield Central

Class of 2012 member Dee Luo is a candidate in the 2012 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Luo was among 3,000 students chosen from more than 3.2 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in 2012. Inclusion in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, now in its 48th year, is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors. Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities.

Brookfield Christian

The Bright Beginnings class is learning about space. They built spaceships out of Legos, played a spaceship letter matching game, and talked about the stars and moon. Second-graders continue to study the miracles of Jesus. The students are writing a summary of each miracle story. The fourth-graders are beginning state reports. These stories and reports will be published in a hard cover book in each class, and shared during Young Author's week. The fifth-graders just finished a composition unit named after the book "Hailstones and Halibut Bones." Students got into groups and composed a piece of music using a variety of rhythm instruments based on a poem they read about a color in the book. Some students added a musical introduction to their piece, others said the poem as a rap while others in the group added instruments.

Brookfield East

Jenny Austino, Latin teacher, has won the Kraft Award for Excellence in Secondary School Teaching from the Classical Association of the Middle West and South. Named for CAMWS benefactor Eunice E. Kraft, this award recognizes outstanding teachers of Latin in public or private schools (middle schools included) within CAMWS territory. Austino was nominated by Elyce Moschella of Brookfield Central and Dr. Keely Lake of Wayland Academy.

Brookfield Elementary

This week, third-grade students visited the Survive Alive House at the Brookfield Fire Department. Fire Department members teach the students critical life safety skills in case of fire or home emergency. In other safety instruction, fifth-grade students have begun lessons from the D.A.R.E. program.

Dixon Elementary

The kindergarten students will engage in grocery store jobs - collecting and organizing groups of objects. The instructional resource teacher will work with students as they take inventory of classroom items, using tally marks and bundling items into fives and 10s. This will allow students to move ahead in math as they learn to identify coins - pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters.

Immanuel Lutheran

The hearts of the Immanuel families are heavy as they have experienced sudden losses lately. John Oppermann, the first-grade teacher's husband, died suddenly Feb. 9. The following week, on Feb. 18, the school learned of the sudden death of Samantha Bohachek, an Immanuel graduate, who was a sophomore at Milwaukee Lutheran High School. The students, pastors, teachers, staff and parents have all come together in faith to grieve but also to celebrate Oppermann's and Bohachek's lives on earth and their new life in heaven.

Pilgrim Park Middle School

The Panther Forensics team is off to a strong start and recently hosted the annual Panther Invitational. The Panthers look to build upon their past success at the Morse Marshall meet this weekend. Likewise, the Panther wrestling team has been competitive in its early season matches. They will continue their season with matches at Longfellow Middle School on Tuesday and at home against Pewaukee Middle School on Thursday.

St. Dominic

Sixth-grade students Alex Sands and Alex Rusnak conducted one of 27 group experiments that were presented to the entire school. They were determining whether a white potato or a red potato has more energy registered on a volt meter. The sixth-grade science fair is a yearly event.

St. John Vianney

All eighth-graders participated in the annual science fair. Their projects were displayed at the Catholic Schools Week Open House. The projects were judged by two high school science teachers on the basis of adherence to the scientific method, completeness of analysis, creativity and difficulty of the chosen topic. The first-place winner was Joe Goodman with his project, Balloon Car; second place was Shannon Kebisek's Acid Neutralization; and third place was Electromagnetism by Nolan Tegge. Honorable Mentions were earned by three other eighth-grade projects.

St. Mary's Visitation

St. Mary's Visitation will host the John M. Hochhaus In-House Forensics Meet for third-, fourth- and fifth-graders at 6 p.m. Friday. More than 50 students will present selections to judges from a variety of categories including prose, poetry, group acting, group interpretation, infomercial and demonstration. Trophies and a pizza party will be awarded to the class with the highest participation.

Swanson Elementary

The learning and fun continue to happen in first grade. Students are finishing up a writing unit on question-answer books. Next they will be writing fiction stories. First-grade students will be showing off their fluency skills and musical abilities with their bug program March 6.

Tonawanda Elementary

Tonawanda students are celebrating Read Across America week, which culminates with Dr. Seuss' birthday on Friday. They've worn crazy hats for "Cat in Hat" day, funky socks for "Fox in Socks" day and dressed as twins for "One Thing, Two Thing" day. The week will wrap up with popcorn and an all-school "read in" Friday.

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