Teachers earn Suburban Woman's Club awards

The Suburban Woman's Club of Wauwatosa awarded scholarships totaling $2400 to three Wauwatosa School District teachers.

The Suburban Woman's Club of Wauwatosa is a longstanding community organization which raises money for community projects. Many of its members are former teachers who understand the value of education, and are committed in supporting a strong instructional program within our community. The club has supported district teachers by awarding yearly scholarships to be used for advanced study. The three recipients this year were awarded scholarships of $800 each.

Scholarships went to Brandi Haske of Madison Elementary; Diana Mader of WSTEM; and Sarrah Oliver of Wauwatosa East High School.

The awards were presented to the teachers on May 2 at the Wauwatosa Civic Center.

Retired teachers group awards 2 Tosa students

Two Wauwatosa students — Brianna Stolte from Wauwatosa East High School and Ruth Niles from West High School — have each won a $1,500 Career Scholarship from the Milwaukee Area Retired Teachers' Association Education. They are two of a total of five scholarships to be awarded to students from four different Milwaukee County school districts — Milwaukee, Oak Creek, South Milwaukee, and Wauwatosa. Both students werer to be honored at a luncheon held on Monday, May 9.

The Milwaukee Area Retired Teachers' Association is an organization of Milwaukee County public school retirees, both teachers and supportive services staff, which promotes professional spirit and fellowship among its members, the general welfare of the community, and the concerns of all retired persons and educational issues.

Tosa students win 2nd place in computer contest

Twelve Wauwatosa School District teams from both East and West high schools recently competed in a computer science programming competition, with Wauwatosa West students Bella Knutsen and Michala Miller placing second.

The Wisconsin Dairyland chapter of the Computer Science Teachers Association, in conjunction with Marquette University, welcomed high school students with Java or Scratch programming experience to participate in a morning of computer science problem-solving and/or storytelling. The competition took place at Marquette University on April 15.

Twelve students from West and eleven students from East attended the competition as part of Exploring Computer Science, a new class offered to high school students this year, under the direction of West teacher Amy Fetherston and East teacher Michael Walhovd. The students had three hours to develop five Scratch programs ranging from simple interfaces to intricate computer games.

Tosa West student earns McDonald's scholarship

Wauwatosa West High School senior Brandon Toye has been named a McDonald's HACER Scholarship recipient. The Hispanic American Commitment to Education Resources scholarship program recognizes exceptional leadership, character, academic achievement, and community involvement among high school seniors while helping those with financial needs. Toye was one of eleven area students of Hispanic heritage to receive the $2,000 scholarship.

Scholarship recipients were honored at a luncheon held Thursday, April 28. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, members of the Milwaukee Common Council, members of the community, and McDonald's representatives were on hand to recognize the scholarship recipients.

For the past 23 years, McDonald's has offered scholarships to local area high school seniors.

This year McDonald's Restaurants of Southeastern Wisconsin and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Wisconsin, Inc. are awarding $60,000 in scholarships to local high school students.

U.S. News ranks Tosa East as among the top schools

Wauwatosa East High School was recently ranked as a top high school in both the state and nation and named a silver medal school. In the 2016 U.S. News Best High Schools rankings, 64 Wisconsin schools earned silver medals and 95 were awarded bronze. The state also has five gold medal schools.

To produce the 2016 Best High Schools rankings, U.S. News & World Report teamed with North Carolina-based RTI International, a global nonprofit social science research firm. RTI implemented the U.S. News comprehensive rankings methodology, which is based on these key principles: that a great high school must serve all of its students well, not just those who are college bound; and that it must be able to produce measurable academic outcomes to show it is successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators.

From among the 50 states, Wauwatosa East High School was ranked 23rd in the state and 1,065th in the nation.

Tosa West class win

stock market contest

Representatives from PNC Bank, N.A., and the SIFMA Foundation honored students from Wauwatosa West High School for efforts in the 2015 PNC Christmas Price Index SIFMA Foundation Stock Market Game Challenge.

The challenge is an online simulation of the global capital markets that engages students in grades four through 12 in the world of economics, investing and personal finance, and prepares them for financially independent futures.

Nick Heiting and his Wauwatosa West High School students were awarded for winning the Wisconsin High School division of the 2015 PNC CPI SIFMA Foundation Stock Market Game Challenge. Teacher Heiting and his winning students received cash prizes, certificates, and trophies for the school. This is the second year in a row that Heiting's students have earned first place.

Fontana Elementary School, Wisconsin, also was honored for a third place finish in its division.

The popular annual PNC Christmas Price Index is a whimsical economic indicator based on the prices of gifts in the holiday classic 'The Twelve Days of Christmas.' Students competing in the challenge research each of the gifts mentioned in the song, looking at source data, such as the price of gold for the golden rings or macro-economic indicators such as historical trends of inflation. They calculate the estimated percent change from 2014 prices and compose a short essay describing their research and supporting their findings. Students then eagerly await PNC's release of the final price data, hoping that their research produced the best estimates.

In addition to their estimates, students must also explain the process they used to arrive at their predictions in a short essay.

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