Friday is Lower School Presentation Day, when prekindergarten through grade five students demonstrate what they have learned this year for an audience of parents. The presentations include demonstrations, recitations, classroom competitions, science experiments, essays, poems and songs. In other news, the BA's Got Talent competition takes place Saturday, with the winner to be chosen by the audience at the Middle and Upper School Choral concert at 7p.m. May 12 in Constitution Hall.
Eighth-graders traveled to Illinois to participate in the Trinity Christian College Math Triathlon on April 29. In other news, the fifth-graders celebrated their graduation from the DARE program on April 28.
Sophomore Aditya Trivedi earned the top score in Wisconsin on this year's American Mathematics Contest 10. The AMC 10 is a 25-question, 75-minute multiple choice examination in secondary school mathematics containing problems that can be understood and solved with pre-calculus concepts; students are not allowed to use calculators when completing the test. The AMC will present Trivedi a plaque to honor this achievement.
Second-graders in Kelly Ford's class have completed an independent study project learning how to write a research report. The topic was Wisconsin wildlife. Students went through the writing process of brainstorming, researching, writing a draft, editing and revising, and publishing a finished product. Many family members and friends came to watch each child give an oral presentation and share their projects.
Thematic Unit Family Night is from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday. The theme is "Step Up, Climb and Make a Difference." Students challenged themselves in academics, helped children and families close to home and far away, and reached out to make a difference in the lives of many. The hallways will be filled with many examples of integrated student learning. Special activities will be available for students and their families throughout the evening.
To tie in the science curriculum, kindergartners participated in the Brookfield Arbor Day Celebration by presenting songs about trees and a poem in sign language. The students created art murals, which were dedicated to the school. A red maple was planted by the kindergartners outside the cafeteria. They will be able to see the tree grow during their years at Dixon.
Jenny Scheunemann's third-grade class is busy building circuits in science. The class is using the Foss Science Program to investigate electricity and magnetism. The students have built a complete circuit using wire, a D-cell battery and a light bulb. They made the light bulb glow and are working on making a motor run.
Students in grades kindergarten through five went to see the movie "Oceans" to celebrate God's creation. Students in grades three and four will go to Madison to culminate learning about Wisconsin. Students in grade eight will spend two days in Chicago later in May, and those in grade seven will spend a day in Green Bay.
Pilgrim Park Middle School
Several eighth-grade German students will experience German language and culture at a camp in north-central Minnesota this weekend.
St. Dominic is holding its fourth annual VIP/Grandparents' Day open house from 8:30 to 10:15 a.m. Friday. Students will provide their guests with musical entertainment and refreshments. At 9:45 a.m., the community is invited to attend the May Crowning Prayer Service in the church.
St. John Vianney
The school's May Crowning and Living Rosary will take place at 1:15 p.m. Thursday. Parents, grandparents and friends are welcome to join students in this devotion that signifies Mary as queen of heaven and mother of God. In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, teachers and staff members will be celebrated with a special luncheon prepared by school families Friday. Ceremonies will be held Saturday for second-graders who will receive the sacrament of Holy Eucharist.
St. Mary's Visitation
The junior high students recently participated in workshops at Sunset Playhouse on improvisational techniques used in acting. Students did activities, played games and took part in other creative efforts to build their acting skills. One of the staff members at the Playhouse led the workshops and gave the students a tour of the facility, educating them on the many technical aspects of producing a play.
Swanson first-grade students participated in the First Grade Bug Program, which is a project that is an extension of the school's participation in Arts in Community Education. Any parents living in the Swanson attendance area who have not yet enrolled their child for the 2010-11 school year can stop at school or contact the office at (262) 789-2540. Fifth-grade students will be performing "Go West" on May 14. For performance times, go to the district website, www.elmbrookschools.org, and follow the Swanson link.
The 2010-11 kindergarten class will be welcomed during an orientation Monday. Students will have the opportunity to meet the teachers, participate in some classroom activities, have a snack in the cafeteria and tour a school bus.
Wisconsin Hills Middle School
German students from Pilgrim Park, Wisconsin Hills and Brookfield East traveled to Madison on April 29 to compete in the 21st annual German Day. Middle and high school students from across the state participate in spelling, poetry, skit, video, music and poster competitions at the Union on the University of Wisconsin-Madison's campus. The theme this year is "Es war einmal ... Deutsch kann Märchenhaft sein," or "Once upon a time ... German can be like a fairytale." The students are taught by Dana Davis, Liz Marsack and Elke Sommers.
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