In preparation for the Easter Holy Week, parents and students gathered in the parish after school Monday, Thursday and Friday to participate in the Stations of the Cross. This traditional Lenten devotion follows Jesus' suffering on his way to the crucifixion. By praying the stations, family members united their own struggles with those of Christ. It was a great way to gain some perspective and offer direction in leading a Christian life.
The second-graders attended a program at the Gary E. Sampson Planetarium at Wauwatosa West High School on Monday. The program was a supplement to classroom studies.
Mercy Academy's forensics team earned a first-place trophy at the recent state forensics tournament in Neenah. Mercy Academy's entrants were honored as the best forensics team in Wisconsin in the small schools category. Mercy's seven-member team was sixth-graders Mary Rose Courchaine of Sussex and Charlie Gutierrez of Milwaukee; seventh-graders John Paul Elfelt of Brookfield, Matt Murphy of Bay View, Charlie Klein of Wauwatosa and Emily Wichgers of Muskego; and eighth-grader Keara Tuttle of Mequon, who also won a third-place medal in poetry for her presentation from William Shakespeare's play "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Mary Beth Mills and Robin Sturtzen coached Mercy's forensics team. Mercy alum Regina Mills also worked with the forensics team throughout the season. In other news, a highlight of the Lenten season at Mercy Academy was a Mass celebrated by Milwaukee's newest Catholic bishop, Donald J. Hying.
The Jacob Aldrich Memorial Blood Drive sponsored by the Aldrich family was Saturday at Roosevelt. At 4 years old, Jake was diagnosed with cancer, received numerous blood and platelet transfusions as part of his treatment. He passed away at age 7 in March 2009.
The seventh grade attended a performance of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" at First Stage Children's Theater on March 27. The students were given a 45-minute in-class preperformance workshop and had a 45-minute postperformance workshop by a First Stage teaching artist. These workshops are designed to enhance the students' understanding and awareness of the play's subject and theme development. In addition to these two workshops, the class will participate in two other 75-minute workshops during May that utilize dramatic activities to teach lessons within the middle school curricula. These curricular topics are directly linked to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Standards.
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The forensics team recently competed in the state forensics meet in Neenah, where one member, Evy Mullooly, placed first in the Storytelling Division, while another, Emily Didier, qualified for the finals round. They were joined by teammates Nick Grebe and Katy Folz. Last Friday, middle school students enjoyed the first MASH event of the year. Held in the gym, the MASH - Music, Activities, Sports, Hangin' Out - brings students and friends together to socialize and interact in a fun, safe, supervised setting.
To spread a bit of Easter joy, Wauwatosa Catholic students created cards to send to homebound parishioners from St. Bernard and St. Pius.
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The Children's Theatre of Wauwatosa presented two musicals by Patsy Ford Simms on Saturday: "Let's Keep the Dream Alive" and "The Musicians" performed by the African American Children's Theatre at Wauwatosa West High School.
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