Academy families are invited to sign up now for the Stories and Sports story time or the Rising Stars Art program. Stories and Sports will be held from 9:15 to 10 a.m. Tuesdays, March 27 through May 22. The morning will start with a story and then continue with an interactive activity. Rising Stars Art will be held from 9:15 to 10 a.m. Fridays, March 30 through May 25. Children will sculpt, paint and create like mini-masters. Each program costs $75. Register at BrookfieldAcademy.org.
The DECA team qualified five people for the State Career Development Conference, to be held in Lake Geneva in March, during a district conference at Kettle Moraine High School on Jan. 14. Representing Brookfield Central will be Matt Haralson, Aaron Davis, Rebekah Fetzer, Laura Wilk and Emma Knetter.
From 9:30 to 9:50 a.m. Feb. 9, the second-graders will present a play based on Max Lucado's book "If Only I Had a Green Nose."
Twelve Latin students earned medals on the 2011 National Classical Etymology Exam. Students were tested on their knowledge of Greek and Latin derivatives via an online exam in November. The exam is sponsored by the National Junior Classical League and the American Classical League. The advanced level winners (grades 11 and 12) were Aditya Trivedi and Advik Shreekumar, gold medals; Caitlin Van Lith, Max Kasun and Natalie Gehred, silver; and Conor Leigh and Maria Gehred, bronze. The lower level winners (grade nine and 10) were Robert Lennon, Mihir Trivedi and Mai-Lien Dombroe, gold; Cheyenne Fischer, silver; and Akshaya Trivedi, bronze.
On Jan. 31, many staff members and parents will meet with prospective incoming kindergarten parents and students during a kindergarten open house. The evening will begin at 6:15 p.m. with a video presentation and then a tour.
On Jan. 17, the fourth- and fifth-grade band, orchestra and choir students presented their winter concert. Highlights included beginner band students performing in small groups by instrument, fourth-grade choir students singing a cappella, fifth-grade orchestra music with featured soloists, fifth-grade band students performing music in jazz and rock styles, and fourth-grade orchestra performing "Jingle Bells" with electronic accompaniment arranged by their teacher.
Students met Shana Martin, a lumberjill. Fifth-grader Jack Anderson wrote the following about the experience: "Shana Martin is a lumberjill to some people, but to most people she's a hero. Shana Martin is a professional log roller, and she's won five world championships. What most people don't know is that her mother has Huntington Disease. Huntington Disease is a disease that makes you angry; you trip a lot, can't talk, and then you eventually die. Shana Martin is the head director of the Huntington Disease Society of America, and she has done everything to save people and find cures. The moral of the story is to live life to the fullest. Shana Martin obviously does. Shana came to Hillside to speak to the third-, fourth- and fifth-graders about perseverance and shared her life stories."
The school spelling bee was held Friday. The top finishers were eighth-grader Kyla Kosidowski, first; seventh-grader Holly Butler, second; and Jeremy Lindstrom, third. Kyla will go on to compete at the regional spelling bee at Brookfield Academy on Feb. 7.
Pilgrim Park Middle School
Parent Information Night for incoming sixth-graders will be held Jan. 30. The evening's events are the first step in ensuring a successful transition from elementary school to middle school, and all incoming families are encouraged to attend. The school also will hold an information night for private or parochial school families considering attending Pilgrim Park at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 1.
An open house will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 29. New family registration for the fall begins at the open house.
St. Mary's Visitation
An open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the school, 13000 Juneau Blvd., Elm Grove. Prospective new families of children in grades 3-year-old kindergarten through eighth grade are invited to enjoy a pancake breakfast, tour the school and meet with teachers and Principal Mary Tretow. Both the pancake breakfast and a book fair are scheduled from 8 to 11 a.m. For information or to RSVP for the pancake breakfast, call the school at (262) 782-7057.
The fourth- and fifth-grade band, chorus and orchestra students gave a successful performance Jan. 19. In other news, rehearsals are under way for the Tonawanda musical, which will be performed at the Wilson Center at 7 p.m. Feb. 29.
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