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In Our Schools: Sept. 20

Sept. 20, 2011

Brookfield Academy

Four of the school's 62 seniors have been named National Merit semifinalists. Nicole Bray, Elizabeth Collins, Safeeyah Quereshi and Randal Ruvalcaba have earned this honor and will go on to compete for the standing of National Merit finalist.

Brookfield Christian

The school is collecting new and gently used shoes for the organization Soles for Jesus. Donations may be dropped off at the school through the end of September. Shoes will be shipped to Africa for distribution to children and adults who have none. Last year BCS collected more than 400 pair of shoes.

Brookfield East

Brookfield East High School teacher Patrick Coffey was presented the Mensa Education and Research Foundation's 2011 Distinguished Teacher Award at the Sept. 13 School Board meeting. Mensa's Distinguished Teacher Award recognizes an educator who has had a significant impact on the life of a past or present student. Melinda Mastel, a student in Coffey's International Relations class, nominated him for this award.

Brookfield Elementary

Students and staff met in the gym for a "rockin' celebration" of the schools new theme: "Brook 'filled' Elementary Rocks!" Students cheered for their new teacher, recognized new friends and met staff members who are new to Brookfield Elementary.

Burleigh Elementary

The fifth-graders are going to Earth Explorers Camp from Sept. 26 to 28. This three-day, two-night adventure at Camp Minikani immerses students in their social studies, science, reading and writing curriculums while also allowing them to work on team building and strengthening friendships.

Christ the Lord Lutheran

Lower-grade students have found out who their upper-grade partner is for Christ the Lord Partner Program. Their first activity was to make a partner patch for the Partner Program quilt. In other news, teacher Jackie Gerlach has received the Wisconsin Lutheran High School Educational Impact Award. She was nominated by a former student.

Dixon Elementary

Parents attended Parent Information Night events. Each grade level shared information on curriculum, activities, field trips and more. The teachers extend a big "thank you" to all those who attended.

Pilgrim Park Middle School

Pilgrim Park Middle School has announced it's 2011-12 musical. "Willy Wonka" will be performed Feb. 16, 17 and 18 at the Wilson Center.

St. John Vianney

Students are benefiting from many improvements this year. A new computer lab has been installed, and the library has been completely updated. A new Smart Eresponse system will be introduced this year that will give the students a chance to use remote hand-held devices to enrich the learning environment and give instant feedback on understanding. Additional laptops have been added to the Computers On Wheels to complete the set. The first grade now has new computer stations and several offices also have received new workstations. A new reading program is being implemented and all classes will benefit from a new technology-enriched, comprehensive reading scheme. Also, the gym floor has been completely repainted and surfaced to show the new school logo.

St. Mary's Visitation

On Sept. 21, students and staff will join with the School Sisters of Notre Dame for a prayer service marking the International Day of Peace. Together, the sisters and St. Mary's students lead the community in prayers and reflection for peace in our city, country and world.

Swanson Elementary

Kindergartners lost their red Clifford dogs! While searching for their Cliffords, they were able to get tours of the building and learn about what various staff members do. Luckily, all the Cliffords were found.

Tonawanda Elementary

All students in grades two to five are participating in Measures of Academic Progress testing this week and next. MAP tests are computer-based tests that provide parents with information about how students are performing academically and provide teachers will valuable information to guide instruction.

Wisconsin Hills Middle School

Students will travel to the University of Wisconsin-Madison to participate in the 2011 Latin Day in October. The trip will feature Laura McClure and William Aylward, both professors at the University of Wisconsin. Students will have the opportunity to attend two lectures: "The Distaff Side: Women in Ancient Greece" and "Writing on the Walls: Monumental Building Inscriptions in the Ancient World."

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