In Our Schools: March 22

March 21, 2012

Brookfield Central

More than 1,000 Wisconsin high school marketing students competed in the Wisconsin DECA State Career Development Conference. Central qualified four students to students for the International Career Development Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. Aaron Davis, Laura Wilk, Rebekah Fetzer, and Matt Haralson will represent Wisconsin.

Brookfield Christian

The eighth-grade class dined at Mi Cocina this week, wrapping up their restaurant vocabulary unit. In order to attend, they needed to pass a quiz on restaurant vocabulary. They were asked to order in Spanish and communicate with the wait staff in Spanish. The students were able to speak English with one another during the meal.

Brookfield Elementary

The second-grade students sent letters to friends and relatives, enclosing Flat Stanley for travel adventures. Each letter asks the recipient to take Flat Stanley on any adventure, whether on vacation or to the park. The letter requests that after Flat Stanley's adventure a letter be sent to the student with pictures and explanations of his travels, including the state or country Flat Stanley visited. The students then find and mark the United States or world map with the location Flat Stanley has visited. It is amazing to see the worldwide locations he goes to, and the exercise provides an excellent writing and geography lesson for students.

Burleigh Elementary

On Wednesday, the fifth-graders will participate in Colonial Day. Students will dress in colonial garb, take part in many colonial craft activities, eat colonial snacks including shoo fly pie, bread pudding and candied orange peels, and hear a special speaker who will bring the events of the Pilgrim's Mayflower crossing to life.

Dixon Elementary

The fifth-grade band students hosted a special guest Friday. Band students are working on composing a short piece for their instrument, and they were visited by composer and Dixon parent Gela Ashcroft. She shared recordings of some of her published compositions, including excerpts from the sound track for the 2003 motion picture "The Long Ride Home." Students were given special insight into how music composition is inspired.

Hillside Elementary

The fourth-grade students traveled to Madison to tour the Kohl Center and Camp Randall. Ben Strickland, a former Elmbrook student and now assistant football coach for the Badgers, spoke to the students about the value of a good education. Students also toured the State Capitol building, connecting their studies of Wisconsin in their social studies curriculum. This week the PTO sponsored the annual Spring Scholastic Book Fair.

Immanuel Lutheran

The band students participated in the Elementary Solo and Ensemble contest. Gold medals were awarded to Natalie Arnold, Sylvie Arnold, Lily Bansemar, Zach Borchardt, Jamie Butler, Jacob Chang, Jordan Chang, Adam Crapser, Jake Hudson, Vincent Hudson, Jessie Isaacson, Caitlyn Kaelberer, Kyla Kosidowski, Jeremy Lindstrom, Evan Nolte, Kurt Pahule, Abigail Radewahn, Mason Rick, Emma Schlie, Isaac Siegel, Allie Sonnenberg, Abigail Strand, Justin Totsky and Joey Vavruska. Silver medals were awarded to James Bouy, Holly Butler, Brett Gluth, Stacy Gluth, Hannah Hetzel, Marley Jeske, Alexandria Krug, Andria Ostovich, Brandon Schmidt, Noah Strand, Jack Wilfing, Devian Williams and Sebastian Wozniak.

Pilgrim Park Middle School

Students are busily preparing for the school's talent show, Park Palooza Remix. This year's program, scheduled for March 23, will feature a variety of talents and a star-studded lineup of Panther emcees.

St. Dominic

The boys and girls eighth-grade basketball teams competed in the Padre Serra Tournament.

St. John Vianney

The Fine Arts Committee has been working for months with the cast of this year's musical, "Aladdin, Jr." Performed by middle school students, the performances will be at 1 and 7 p.m. March 29 and March 30. Tickets may be purchased at the door and cost $5 for adults, $2 for seniors and students, and $15 for a family.

St. Mary's Visitation

More than 50 students participated in the John Hochhaus Memorial Forensics Meet. Students prepared and presented pieces in the categories of poetry, prose, infomercial, demonstration, solo and group acting and group interpretation to judges and spectators. Judges commented on the consistently high quality of performances.

Swanson Elementary

The second-grade has been studying plants. Boerner's Botanical Garden came to present the program "Stir Fry Plants." The students had fun learning about plant parts and then got to enjoy them in a tasty vegetable stir fry.

Tonawanda Elementary

The third-grade classes have participated in Survive Alive, the kindergarten students enjoyed a morning at Whitnall Park and the first-grade classrooms visited the Betty Brinn Children's Museum. The fifth-grade students are looking forward to Colonial Day on Friday.

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