In Our Schools: March 15

March 14, 2012

Brookfield Central

Science teacher Louise Thompson and a team of 13 students will go to the Medical College of Wisconsin to present their SMART Team project. The SMART team (Student Modeling a Research Topic) has spent part of this year examining UCP2 (uncoupling protein 2), a mitochondrial membrane transport protein involved in reducing the number of damaging oxygen radicals formed after a heart attack when the blood flow is returned to the heart tissue (reperfusion). The team is working with Martin Bienengraeber from the Medical College. The exact mechanism of action of the protein is not known, but the team is proposing two possible mechanisms.

Brookfield Christian

The first-graders published a class book. The book is a compilation of profiles students wrote about their classmates. The students interviewed one another, and then wrote a page based on the information they gathered. On Friday, parents were invited into the classroom for a Meet the Authors event at which students read the page they wrote. The middle school students put on performances of "Willy Wonka, Jr." this past week. The performances were the culmination of weeks of practice after school and hours of behind-the-scenes work by volunteers on costumes and sets - all directed by one of our parents.

Brookfield Elementary

Third-graders are competing against the Iditarod Sled Dog Race in Alaska. Students have divided into teams of three or four mushers to race against and try to read faster than the real mushers traveling across Alaska. The goal is to beat the dog sled mushers to Nome. Each minute of reading will equal one dog sled mile. The total "miles" for the students to achieve will be 1,112 as this is the distance from Anchorage to Nome. The students are following the race online to check the progress of the dog sled mushers' race standings. The race is not over until the last team (the Red Lantern Team) makes it to Nome and all teams cross the finish line at school.

Burleigh Elementary

On Friday, the fourth- and fifth-graders, along with myriad staff and parent volunteers, will celebrate the successful completion of the school musical "We're Dreamin' It" during an after-school cast party. Cast members will sign a large wall mural in the school cafeteria to commemorate the musical.

Christ the Lord Lutheran

This week students will celebrate reading with a Book Fair Luau. On Friday, students, parents and friends will gather for a Hawaiian Luau in the gym. On Saturday the sixth-graders will compete in a forensics competition hosted by Wisconsin Lutheran High School. On Sunday, the fifth- through eighth-graders will sing in a Junior Choir Festival at Wisconsin Lutheran High School.

Dixon Elementary

Third-graders explored the diversity of world cultures as part of an ongoing social studies unit. Parent volunteers shared food, clothing, language and other traditions unique to their family's heritage. Students will earn stamps in their passports as they travel to the countries of India, Italy, Sicily, Laos, Thailand, England, Poland and China.

Hillside Elementary

Fourth-grade students shared a traditional Alaskan chili lunch. After a morning of traveling a trail of learning during their iKIDarod, the children participated in a Lunch and Learn featuring veterinarian Angie Niemann. Niemann's presentation fo cused on the nutritional needs, care and training of dogs running in the Iditarod dog sled race. The students learned how well these world-class athletes are treated and how their unique physical attributes make them suitable for such a rigorous race. The activities coincide with the running of the Iditarod dog sled race, and the students are learning from the book "Woodsong" by Gary Paulsen.

Immanuel Lutheran

The Immanuel Knowledge Bowl team has been chosen. They are eighth-graders Natalie Arnold, Kyla Kosidowski and Noah Strand, seventh-grader Isaac Siegel and sixth-grader Ethan Pankow. The team competed against other Lutheran schools at Lake Country Lutheran High School on Tuesday.

Pilgrim Park Middle School

As part of the science curriculum, seventh-grade students have been busily preparing for the school's upcoming Rube Goldberg competition. Students have been working in teams to construct a complex, simple machine aligned with this year's theme, "Going Places." The unit will culminate with an all-school competition, judged by local engineers, March 21.

St. Dominic

"Coach Dewey," Dwayne Wunschel, physical education instructor, is teaching the students the elements of rhythm and movement, coordination, respect, social interaction, proper behavior and an appreciation of different cultures through dance.

St. John Vianney

The fourth-grade students shared their knowledge of the 50 states by participating in the State Fair. Each child wrote a research paper and made a poster displaying the many facts they learned about their assigned state. They enjoyed sharing all they had learned with their schoolmates, teachers and parents.

St. Mary's Visitation

St. Mary's Junior High Forensics Team will give a special performance at Latte Cafe in Brookfield at 6:30 p.m. March 22. This will be the final performance for the team before competing in the Middle Level Forensic Association of Wisconsin State Meet on March 24 in Neenah. Latte Cafe is located at 13780 W. Greenfield Ave., Brookfield.

Swanson Elementary

Kindergartners just completed the "wood and paper" science unit. During the unit, they explored types of wood and paper, recycled paper and made pieces of plywood and particleboard.

Tonawanda Elementary

Fourth-graders will enjoy their annual square dance at 6 p.m. March 15, and fifth-graders are getting ready for Colonial Day on March 23.

Wisconsin Hills Middle School

Join the Wisconsin Hills Middle School staff at the McDonald's located on the corner of Brookfield and Bluemound roads for the McTeacher's Night Fundraiser from 4 to 7 p.m. March 20. Come and see teachers and administrators working behind the counter to raise funds for WHMS. The school will receive 10 percent of sales during the three-hour time period, as well as receive school supplies donated by McDonald's.

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