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In Our Schools: Jan. 24

Jan. 24, 2011

Brookfield Academy

Brookfield Academy's senior class will be holding a fundraiser on Sunday at Pizzeria Piccola, 7606 W. State St., Wauwatosa. Members of the senior class will be serving pizza from 4 to 9 p.m. All tips and a portion of the proceeds of all sales, including sit-down and carry-out meals and frozen-food orders, will go directly to the senior class treasury to help fund prom and the senior class gift.

In addition, Brookfield Academy will be holding conferences starting this week. Lower School conferences are scheduled for Wednesday for Levels A to 2 and Thursday for Levels 3 to 5. Middle and Upper School conferences are scheduled for mid-February.

Brookfield Central

Brookfield Central DECA members attended their first district Career Development Conference on Jan. 8. The seven Central representatives competed against more than 700 students representing 31 high schools from southeastern Wisconsin. Central left the competition with five qualifiers for the state Career Development Conference in March.

Brookfield Christian School

This week Brookfield Christian fourth-graders "experienced" inequality in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. On Tuesday, the girls had all the privileges and were treated better (earned rewards, lined up first, could get a drink whenever they want and got to sit on a chair) while the boys had limited privileges (stood up at their desks all day, used fingernails if they needed a pencil sharpened, only drinks at recess, last in line, did not earn a single reward for anything, weren't called on often, etc.) Wednesday, the roles were switched, and the boys were treated better. It was a valuable lesson and gave them a little taste of inequality and what truly is "unfair."

Brookfield Elementary

Brookfield Elementary will be holding its sixth annual "Souper Bowl" from Monday through Friday. Students and staff will bring in a can of soup and place it in the grocery cart of the football team they are cheering on to win the Super Bowl. One can of soup equals one vote. Students and staff can vote as many times as they like during the week. The cans of soup will then be added to the school's "Feed the Dream" donation to the Waukesha Food Pantry.

Brookfield East

Brookfield East Freshmen Academic Information Night will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. today. This evening is designed to provide information to incoming ninth-graders and their families regarding academic offerings for next school year. The night will start with a PowerPoint presentation identifying course offerings available for freshmen. Teachers will be available from each department to answer questions about course selection questions.

Burleigh Elementary

This week, many Burleigh students visited the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts. To connect their reading and storytelling curriculum with the fine arts, second- and third-grade students viewed an operatic version of "The Billy Goats Gruff." Mrs. Florence's third-grade class sang a small chorus part at the end of the performance.

Fourth-grade students will complement their social studies curriculum by attending a program on Martin Luther King in honor of Black History Month.

Dixon Elementary

Dixon students honored the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. with their "Feed the Dream" project. Led by Dixon's student council, a food drive was kicked off on Jan. 17. More than 22 boxes of food were collected for the Waukesha Food Pantry.

Elm Grove Lutheran

The third- and fourth-grade classes from Elm Grove Lutheran School sent care packages to three former students who are serving in Afghanistan and Korea. They wrote letters and brought in three boxes worth of goodies to show their appreciation to these men who are serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Fairview South

Plans for a playground at Fairview South are moving forward in large part due to a generous donation from the Poblocki family. Students are looking forward to having an outdoor recreation area.

Hillside Elementary

Hillside Elementary School had a successful kindergarten open house. Thanks to all those who were in attendance. The school is now accepting kindergarten registrations for the 2011-2012 school year. For those registering their child, please drop off completed registration forms at Hillside's office with a certified copy of your child's birth certificate and proof of residency. Kindergarten orientation will be May 6.

Immanuel Lutheran

Congratulations to eighth-grader Alex Pankow for winning the school Spelling Bee. He will go on to the regional contest Feb. 3. The second-place finisher was seventh-grader Noah Strand.

Immanuel is also hosting a basketball tournament this weekend. Boys and girls teams from around the area will be competing.

Pilgrim Park Middle School

Pilgrim Park recently held its annual all-school spelling bee. The winners of the bee, Maxwell Zupka, Katie Charnesky and Tyler Kendler, will move on to a regional competition.

In other news, seventh-grade students had the opportunity to interact with history earlier this week when an Abraham Lincoln impersonator visited the school to discuss Lincoln's life with students. Students found the presentation to be engaging and enlightening, and they were thrilled to be able to ask President Lincoln questions about his life and the Civil War era.

St. Dominic

On Jan. 14, St. Dominic School held its all-school spelling bee. The winners were Cade Wormington (fifth grade), Maddie Illman (sixth grade), Matthew Wickeham (seventh grade) and John Engel (eighth grade). The school champion was Matthew Wickeham. All five of our students will participate in the Milwaukee Archdiocese District 4 Spelling Bee at Catholic Memorial High School on Friday.

St. John Vianney

On Friday, middle school students will attend "I Have A Dream: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.," presented as part of the Beyond the Classroom Series at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts. Students' classroom learning will come to life through this compelling dramatization of the life and times of one of the most influential and charismatic leaders of the American century.

Eighth-grade students will display their hard work and experimental discoveries during the annual science fair on Sunday as part of the St. John Vianney Catholic Schools Week open house from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Third-grade students traveled to First Stage Children's Theater to see a performance of "The Magic Bicycle."

St. Mary's Visitation

St. Mary's Visitation will kick off its celebration of Catholic Schools Week with a night of family fun at the "Chili Chomp," which will feature a chili cook-off competition and game, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday.

On Sunday, St. Mary's will hold an Open House from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Prospective new families of children in grades K4 through 8 grade are invited to enjoy a free pancake breakfast, tour the school and meet with the St. Mary's teachers and the principal. The pancake breakfast and a book fair are scheduled from 8 to 11 a.m. For information or to sign up for the pancake breakfast, call (262)782-7057 or visit

Other activities planned for Catholic Schools Week include a special outreach program where students will bring in donations of diapers, baby blankets and formula for the Blanket of Love organization, which provides prenatal care and parenting classes for low-income and/or single mothers. In addition, students will be treated to performances by the Florentine Opera and Sunset Playhouse.

Swanson Elementary

The Swanson student council is hosting a "Souper Bowl" collection for the Salvation Army. Students are donating cans of soup to refill the pantry and support members of our community in need.

A PTO fundraiser was recently held at Jersey Mike's. Proceeds during the dinner hour on Jan. 19 were donated to the parent group to support school activities and grants.

An informational session was held for all parents of incoming kindergarten student for the 2011-20112 school year on Tuesday.

Tonawanda Elementary

The Tonawanda fourth- and fifth-grade band, chorus and orchestra presented their winter concert Jan. 20 at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts. The students were under the direction of Denice Haney, Terry Little, Phil Rothschadl and Pam Wirtz. The students worked very hard and were excited to perform for their families. There was an encore performance assembly for the student body Jan. 21 at Tonawanda.

Wisconsin Hills Middle School

Wisconsin Hills' social studies classes participate in the National Geographic Geography Bee each year. The National Geographic Bee is for schools to encourage the teaching and study of geography and test student knowledge. Students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, and the Department of Defense Dependents Schools participate. There are three levels of competition: school, state and national. The first-place prize is a $25,000 college scholarship awarded at the final competition in Washington, D.C.

To submit information about what's going on in local classrooms, send an e-mail to education reporter Alan Hamari at

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