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In Our Schools: June 12, 2014

June 9, 2014

Brookfield Academy

Fifty-four Brookfield Academy Middle School students gave their time and talent this school year in various service projects that benefited the Salvation Army, Retzer Nature Center, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Habitat for Humanity, Honor Flights, MACC FundandHAWS. The following are commended by the school for demonstrating an outstanding commitment to service: Adam Abuhajir, Lily Beckett, Darryl Brooks, Carolyn Miller, Isabella Petropoulos and Calleigh Rogers.

Brookfield Central

Brookfield Central senior Robbie Fosdick was the 10th pick in this year's North American Hockey League draft. He was chosen by the Coulee Region Chill.

Brookfield Christian

Students at Brookfield Christian School visited their neighbors at the Congregational Home throughout the school year. The fourth-graders recently visited the congregation, and band students performed for the residents.

Brookfield East

Brookfield East celebrated the accomplishments of its track and field teams, which attended the state meet at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse last weekend, June 6 and 7. The Lady Spartans were led by senior Alisah Harper, who finished third in the 300 low hurdles, second in the triple jump, first in long jump and second in the 4x200 relay team with teammates Khadiya Hollingsworth, Sierra Fischer and Allie Bullen. Hollingsworth also won second place in the high jump. The Spartans were led by senior Glen Harold, who broke the state pole vault record with an effort of 16 feet 1 inch. Other place winners included senior Zech Copeland in the 110 high hurdles — matching the school record — for second place, junior Chad Kluender, seventh place in the pole vault, and sophomore Mario Carr, seventh place in the 300 intermediate hurdle.

Brookfield Elementary

Brookfield Elementary held its annual end-of-year Dance Party and Celebration Assembly on Tuesday, June 10. As part of the celebrations, the school presented the Make-A-Wish Foundation with a check for $11,407.45. Students raised the money during the school's Jingle Jog fundraiser. Because the students exceeded their goal, the staff colored their hair for the day.

Burleigh Elementary

Burleigh kicked off its last week of school with a F.U.N. Field Day, where students participated in an all-school walk, games and other events. Students also spelled out the word "Unity" on the school's soccer field for an end-of-the-year photo.

Dixon Elementary

Dixon fourth-graders gave presentations on the United States last week as the end-of-the-year project.

Elm Grove Lutheran

Elm Grove Lutheran held an open house early in June for new and prospective students to introduce them to school offerings and routines for next year. The school has also started its summer t-ball league, which runs for five weeks and offers children ages 4 to 6 some summer fun.

Fairview South

Proceeds from the 2013 Silent Auction in December were used to purchase indoor recreational equipment for Fairview South, including two new adaptive bicycles. Funds also purchased wall mats for the motor room, a mat table and a new ping pong table for the gym.

Immanuel Lutheran

Immanuel Lutheran students and their families ended the year with a PTL-sponsored tailgate party at school. Families of newly enrolled students for the 2014-15 school year were also invited to get to know the existing Immanuel families. The entire group enjoyed hot dogs, brats, softball and fellowship.

Pilgrim Park

Eighth-grade students at Pilgrim Park celebrated their middle school years together as a class at the Eighth Grade Farewell Dance on June 6.

St. Dominic

St. Dominic Catholic School eighth-graders cheered on their classmates during the eighth-grade student/teacher volleyball tournament, which is one of the annual events held during graduation. The eighth-graders were crowned champions of the tournament.

St. John Vianney

Seventh-grade students were given the opportunity to walk in the shoes of those who regularly partake in the St. Ben's Meal Program. Students learned about the history and mission of St. Ben's Church and Ministry, went through the meal line and ate with the guests and then gathered in the church to reflect on their experiences. All the students learned much about the challenges of the poor right here in Milwaukee.

St. Mary's Visitation

SMV's Junior High science teacher, Kathy Biernat, was selected to attend a NASA Research Workshop in June and the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy in New Jersey in July. Mickelson-Exxon is a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) program that accepts only 10 percent of applicants. Biernat's science classes were very busy as the school year wrapped up: fifth-graders built and flew airplanes from the Civil Air Patrol; sixth-graders built spaghetti bridges and Lego simple machines; seventh-graders dissected pigs' hearts; and eighth-graders built and launched rockets.

Swanson Elementary

Fifth-graders visited the Milton House in Milton on June 4. The students enjoyed learning about its role in U.S. history.

Tonawanda Elementary

The following is a message from Jen Gehrke, Tonawanda's reading specialist: "We had a wonderful experience this year in reading workshop! I enjoyed working with your child. This summer your child needs to read every day. If they don't, the work we have done this year will be lost. You can help assure their success by continuing to read with your child or have them read to you each day." More information can be found on the school website.

Wisconsin Hills

Eighth-graders will celebrate the end of the school year with a Yearbook Signing Party Thursday, June 12.

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