In Our Schools: Nov. 26

Nov. 26, 2012

Brookfield Academy

High school students Justin Zhu (violinist) and Catherine Bodnar (cellist) earned a place in the Wisconsin School Music Association High School Honors Orchestra. Middle School students Alex Zhu (violinist) and Hannah Ulatowski (violinist) earned a place in the Middle School Honors Orchestra, and Jonathan Lee (saxophonist) won a place in the Middle School Honors Band. All performed at the Overture Center in Madison.

Brookfield Central

The school hosted the Turkey Shootout Showcase last weekend, featuring girls basketball teams from Southeastern Wisconsin.

Brookfield East

A four-member group of Brookfield East's debate team has advanced to the Top 32 round in the Bickel & Brewer/New York University International Public Policy Forum debate competition. More than 200 teams, representing 34 states and 29 countries, submitted qualifying-round essays affirming or negating the topic, "Resolved: Adaptation should be the most urgent response to climate change." The Top 32 teams were based on overall quality of their 2,800-word essay. Brookfield East is the only Wisconsin school represented in the Top 32. Team members include the juniors Akshaya Trivedi, Mihir Trivedi, Archit Baskaran and Jonas DeMuri-Siliunas. Each team will be awarded a cash prize with money increasing for each round advanced - up to a $10,000 grand prize at the finals held in April in NYC. In other news, the combined choirs and orchestras from Brookfield East High School will present a winter concert titled "Gloria" at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at Shattuck Auditorium at Carroll University. The concert is free and open to the public and will include Antonio Vivaldi's masterwork, "Gloria." This 12-movement work will feature our choirs and orchestras, as well as soloists, winds and percussion.

Elm Grove

Evangelical Lutheran

The students and the congregation participated in an "Ingathering" of nonperishable food items for the needy at Thanksgiving. Items collected between Nov. 4 and Nov. 22 were placed on the steps of the church chancel by the students during their chapel service Nov. 21. It was suggested they bring high-protein items like canned meat, tuna and peanut butter. They were also urged to bring things they enjoy themselves, since others would likely welcome them, too.

Pilgrim Park Middle School

Social studies teacher Jeep Kust's devotion to the Green and Gold is profiled on the "Packers Everywhere" fan website. Check out how he has found a way to weave together his love of teaching with his passion for the Pack. In other news, sign-up for the 2013 wrestling team has begun. The team is open to all students at PPMS. There will be a parent meeting at 7 p.m. Dec. 13 in the band room. The meeting will include an introduction of coaches and information about the conference, weight classes, practice and match calendar as well as the district athletic code. The Panther Wrestling Team has a history of being competitive and having high standards for wrestlers being leaders in the school. Being a part of the team is a privilege and it should be treated as such. Send an email to for information.

St. John Vianney

Fifth-grade students created and painted papier-m ché animal ornaments in art class that will be displayed on a tree at the Milwaukee County Zoo between Nov. 27 and Jan. 1. The art project coincided with animal studies in other classes, including Wild Encounters, in which they read animal-related stories in reading. The Milwaukee Zoo sponsored the community project and the fifth-graders' tree will be displayed with a sign noting their participation in its creation and decoration.

St. Mary's Visitation

St. Mary's Visitation teamed up with Barnes & Noble at Brookfield Square for a book fair this week. Families and friends could take care of some holiday shopping while also helping to raise money for the school. Special events at the book fair included Christmas carols sung by students in the St. Mary's choir, performances by the forensics and Quiz Bowl teams as well as story time with Principal Mary Tretow and holiday crafts with the Girl Scouts. Friends and families can continue to support SMV with purchases online through Dec. 3.

Tonawanda Elementary

The PTO Community Service Committee will hold the winter clothing drive for sister school Cross Trainers Academy from Nov. 19 through Dec. 7. The PTO asks that those interested to please clean closets and bring items including clean, gently used or new snow pants, winter coats, hats, scarves, waterproof gloves/mittens and boots. Donations may be sent to school with a child or dropped off at the curbside collection during parent drop-off and pick-up Dec. 7.

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