Three students shared the bus safety program with Dixon first-graders March 19. Students learned to stay five giant steps away from the bus; stay in their seats; keep hands, feet and objects to themselves; talk quietly with friends; keep food off the bus; and tell an adult if they see bullying. It was a great reinforcement of bus safety rules, which coincide with the Dixon mission of "Be Safe, Be Responsible and Be Respectful."
The fourth-graders are working in groups to create models of Solomon's temple. The class will complete the unit with an individual project of their choice to demonstrate their knowledge of the temple. The class also is celebrating reaching 1 million points with their Khan Academy work, and on their way to 2 million points.
In celebration of spring, kindergarten students visited the Wehr Nature Center for Maple Sugar Days. The students hiked with a naturalist guide to the sugarbush to identify sugar maple trees. They were able to use a hand drill to tap the sugar maple for sap, which is then boiled down to make maple syrup. Students compared the tastes of store-bought syrup and the "real" maple syrup from the sugar maple trees.
March Madness is coming to Burleigh. The annual staff/student basketball game will take place at 2 p.m. March 30 in the large gym. Fifth-graders will match their hoops skills against staff members'.
The National Accreditation Committee of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod has recommended the school for re-accreditation. They especially noted high test scores, commitment to using technology to enhance learning, positive relationships between parents and teachers, and the Church Buddy Program.
Hillside had its spring Scholastic Book Fair. Proceeds from the book fair allowed the Hillside PTO to donate a book to each Hillside student. Teachers were able to select books for their classroom libraries. The PTO also helped STARMS school in Milwaukee with more than $1,000 worth of books.
Immanuel Lutheran has exciting Easter plans. On March 31, the younger children will participate in an Easter Eggstravaganza. They will create their own Easter baskets and go on an Easter egg hunt around the church and school grounds. On Palm Sunday, April 1, the eighth-grade confirmation students will be confirmed at the 10:45 a.m. service. The school choir will sing at the Maundy Thursday service, the school handbell choir will play at the Good Friday service and the youth will serve an Easter Breakfast on Easter Sunday.
Pilgrim Park Middle School
The seventh-grade students recently participated in the school's annual Rube Goldberg competition. The project challenges students to work in teams creating complex, simple machines. The winning team was Riley Brien, Aditya Jhaveri, Sam Meysembourg and Bashar Zaidat. Additionally, judges awarded the team of Alyssa Meurer, Hannah Purvis and Libby Sukowatey the "Judges Choice" award for creativity and ingenuity.
The eighth-grade boys Black basketball team won the 2012 Boys Padre Serra Basketball Tournament. This is the first time a St. Dominic's team has won the tournament. The eighth-grade girls Black team took third place. St. Dominic's was the only school to be represented in both the girls and boys division in the final four.
St. John Vianney
Four-year-old kindergartners have been practicing hard for the annual "Rumble in the Jungle" performances this week. Meanwhile, the middle school students are ready to take the stage as they present "Aladdin, Jr." in the Activity Center at 1 and 7 p.m. March 29 and 30.
St. Mary's Visitation
The Quiz Bowl team recently competed at the Barrington Invitational Tournament. St. Mary's fielded three teams, which combined for 21 wins against just six losses for the day. Will Puchner, James Kearney and Dominic Mussatto won medals for outstanding individual performances. Quiz Bowl is a team game played at all levels from junior high through college. Teams of four or five players compete, buzzing in to answer questions about history, geography, science, literature, math, music, art, movies, television, sports and general knowledge. St. Mary's Visitation's team formed in November, 2010, and has participated in eight tournaments since March, 2011. The team is coached by junior high teachers Michael Falk and Burke Seeberg.
The fifth-graders participated in Colonial Day on March 23. Throughout the day, the students moved from station to station re-enacting colonial activities. Stations in this learning day included: corn-husk dolls; tin punching; orange clove pomander, where students poked patterns into an orange using cloves to create an air freshener; stenciling, in which students made patterns on wooden boxes with paint; and silhouettes, where students made a silhouette outline of their faces with black and white paper. This student event was coordinated by the fifth-grade parents and teachers.
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