The school will honor its inaugural class of inductees into its Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame on Sept. 29. Individual athletes to be honored are Karen Lamb, Class of 1980; Patrick Simmons, Class of 1981; Mary Schlick Preveto, Class of 1983; Amy Malik, Class of 1988, Jacob Dehne, Class of 1995; Frank Fierek Jr., Class of 1997; Jennifer Warmington Box, Class of 2002; Sally Thurner, Class of 2004; and Tim Prudlow, Class of 2004. Honored coaches are Robert Solsrud, head of school, and Gloria Renkert, assistant head of school. Teams honored will be the 1970 football team, the 1987 girls tennis team, the 1988 field hockey team, the 1996 girls basketball team, the 1997 boys basketball team and the 2005 boys cross country team. The induction is part of the school's yearlong 50th anniversary celebration. Howie Prior, a 1971 graduate and member of the honored 1970 football team, will be master of ceremonies.
Allison Earl, Yi Jiang, Annalee Kuse, John Scanlon and Sam Soik recently were named National Merit semifinalists. Recognition is based on these students' performance on the PSAT exam taken during the 2011-12 school year. These students' scores rank them among the top of all test-takers in Wisconsin as well as the United States. Specifically, for the semifinalist, their scores rank them in the top 16,000 of more than 1.5 million students who took the test last year.
Brittany Allen, Haley Carter, Jessica Huang, Devan Kreger, Amir Kucharski, David Liu, Ryan Prazynski, Robert Szabo, Veronica Telega and Jake Walker recently were named National Merit semifinalists. Recognition is based on these students' performance on the PSAT exam taken during the 2011-12 school year. These students' scores rank them among the top of all test-takers in Wisconsin as well as the United States. Specifically, for the semifinalist, their scores rank them in the top 16,000 of more than 1.5 million students who took the test last year. In other news, Jennifer Toth, coach of the Spartanettes since 2005, was inducted to the Badgerette Pom Pon, Inc., Hall of Fame in August. Since 1990, Badgerette has honored individuals who have made a difference and given back to the pom and dance world in a positive way. Toth has furthered pom pons and dance at Brookfield East, as well as in the Elm Grove and Brookfield communities. She encourages the girls on her squad to focus on unity, respect and positive attitudes. Former East graduate Sarah Newton, who is now on the Badgerette staff, presented the award.
Kindergartners have been using their new iPads during math workshops, employing the application Monkey Math. Students practice number identification, counting, sequencing, problem-solving, finishing number sentences and more. The students are using the iPads for math and reading workshops.
The grand opening of the new school library was held Sept. 23. Volunteers worked long hours to make a beautiful learning environment with additional space, more computers, a new flat-screen television for video presentations and a wall of windows to make the library more welcoming. Also there are now more than 10,000 books available for student enrichment. Please note that while Pam Ganswindt was identified last week as one of three new teachers joining the school this year, she is one of the school's veteran teachers. In fact, Pam has served for more than 23 years.
The Brookfield Rotarians are hosting a schoolwide trip to the Milwaukee County Zoo on Oct. 2. The Rotarians, students and staff will go to the zoo for a daylong adventure, dining on box lunches provided by the service organization.
Pilgrim Park Middle School
Through the generous donations of music student families and a sizable contribution from the student senate, the choral department raised $2,581. The total also included Heidi Wolff's participation in this summer's Brady Walk for Community fundraiser.
St. John Vianney
To infuse classroom learning with real-world experiences, fifth-graders traveled back in time to Wisconsin's own Buckskinner Encampment in Hartford to learn about life in the 1700s and 1800s. The encampment offers several examples of life in past times by demonstrating fur trading, cooking, blacksmithing, quill working and more. The students also experienced a merchant market where they could purchase period items. From the experience, the fifth-graders will create their own merchant market, complete with homemade items to sell and trade with their classmates.
The school is proud of its new and improved digs. The report from the first weeks of school is that students are most excited about their new restrooms and the bright orange touches throughout that signify "our pride as Tonawanda Tigers!"
Wisconsin Hills Middle School
The school is dedicated to creating a safe, secure and positive learning environment that embraces the values of respect and responsibility. Teachers will be handing out Paw Pride certificates for students exhibiting behaviors that are respectful and responsible. Those certificates can be entered into a monthly drawing for prizes.
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