Scholastic Art Awards-Wisconsin recognized 15 art students, who earned 24 awards in all. Gold Key Awards for portfolios went to Chibuzo Aguwa, Emily Esser and Danny Trunzo. Aguwa received an additional three Gold Key Awards for individual fashion pieces; Esser won an additional two Gold Key Awards for individual drawings; and Trunzo won an additional Gold Key Award for digital art and fashion. The following are Gold Key Award winners for individual works: Sophia Awan, photography; Emily Golchini, digital art; Natalie Jasinski, painting; Hailey King, fashion; Brigid Malloy, drawing; Abigail Minessale, fashion; Courtney Nowak, fashion; Brighid Pesch, fashion; Stefan Romero, fashion and jewelry.
On Feb. 5, Brookfield Central staff welcomed the Class of 2018 to the high school. Principal Brett Gruetzmacher extended thanks to guidance counselor Greg Groh for organizing the event and to the many staff members who were on hand to tell the school's future Lancers, and their parents, all about the great things that make up BC.
The eighth-graders are working on career research projects. They have each chosen a career that interests them and have to research and write a paper about the career they have selected, interview someone currently performing that work and present the project to their classmates. Some of the careers chosen include airplane pilot, veterinary assistant, journalist, web developer and soldier.
On Feb. 1, 22 students represented Brookfield East at the FBLA Regional Conference. It was one of the school's best years ever, as the chapter placed 10th overall out of 25 high schools, and was one of the smaller chapters present. Students that placed in the top 3 in their event have advanced to the State Leadership Conference in April.
More than 175 students submitted 120 projects for the school's science fair. Students explored science from mechanics to food, psychology to chemistry, and all topics in between.
The third-graders raised money for the American Heart Association Jump Rope for Heart program on Feb. 7. Students also wore red that day to honor heart health.
Students who participated in the December "Nutcracker" production presented the Fisher House with more than $2,000 from musical proceeds.
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Mark Baden, chief meteorologist at Channel 12 in Milwaukee for 17 years, spoke to the children in an all-school assembly Jan. 29. He explained how he forecasts the earth's atmosphere and how that atmosphere affects the earth and life on this planet. He also involved the children in his talk, such as putting shaving cream on their arms to demonstrate cloud formations. He considers Milwaukee a fantastic place to forecast weather because every day in this area is different.
The school's annual flower and vegetable fundraiser sale will accept orders from Feb. 12 through March 21. Pick-up will be from 3 to 6 p.m. May 15 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 16. Proceeds from the flower and vegetable sale fund graduation activities.
A number of sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders have been inducted into the Immanuel chapter of Nation Jr. Honor Society. The inductees had to meet the qualifications of scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship and character. Eighth-grade teacher Heather Corn is the faculty advisor for the group.
At the beginning of each quarter, Principal Mike Sereno and Associate Principal Mark Peperkorn meet with all students in grade-level assemblies to review schoolwide expectations and to challenge students with a quarterly goal. At the beginning of the second quarter, students were challenged to work hard to maintain good grades, promptly arrive for all classes and make good behavioral decisions. Students who met this goal for the second quarter of the school year celebrated by participating in a "Minute to Win It!"assembly Feb. 7.
The sixth-grade students spent the last 12 weeks working with officer Kevin David of the Brookfield Police Department learning the D.A.R.E. curriculum. D.A.R.E. is a nationally recognized program to help students remain free from the influence of drugs and alcohol. Students role play as a means of practicing the D.A.R.E. decision-making model. This model closely resembles what our faith tells us to do: stop, think, pray, choose. The model encourages students to clearly think through the consequences of all possible responses in order to choose wisely. The students graduated from D.A.R.E. on Feb. 7.
St. John Vianney
The fifth-graders are learning about the inter-connectedness of people and the environment in science class. Each student chose one endangered species, compiled research, created a report and made a PowerPoint presentation about the plight of the animals and their importance to the natural balance — a balance that includes humans. Some of the species covered included the giant panda, the Indian elephant, the Chinese river dolphin, the black rhino and the great white shark.
St. Mary's Visitation
Due to the recent cold weather days off, St. Mary's students had to postpone some Catholic Schools week activities, including the third- and fourth-grade service project. The students made 100 bag lunches for the Guest House in Milwaukee, which provides emergency shelter and transitional housing for homeless men. Even the 3-year-old kindergartners got into the spirit by decorating the bags. In addition, students were joined by members of the School Sisters of Notre Dame community, the order that founded the school in 1859, for a special Mass thanking the retired sisters for their service to St. Mary's students and the teaching profession.
Michael Marinello's fifth-grade students participated in their annual forensics performance. Public speaking is one of the top phobias of adult Americans, and projects like this help instill confidence in this area at a young age. Short stories and long poems were memorized and shared in front of their classmates and families. Most students report that this is a highlight of their fifth-grade year.
Students recently completed their school tile project, which is now displayed in the gym.
Family and Consumer Science classes welcomed sous chef Chris Julga from Mr. B's Restaurant on Feb. 3. Chef Chris showed the kids the fine art of "plating" food as our students gear up for a WHMS plating competition. From the fine art of making plate decorations to how the food actually gets put on the plate, the kids watched as Chef Chris demonstrated and discussed ideas for them to consider.
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