East High School
Wauwatosa East honored 59 seniors on May 10 in the annual Local Scholarship and Athletic Awards program. Scholarships were provided by families in memory of loved ones, community organizations, foundations, the state of Wisconsin and school groups. Athletic awards included Scholar Athlete, Fisher Memorial Award, Vescolani Sportsmanship Award and outstanding female and male athlete. Three students were also honored for being National Merit Scholarship finalists.
Longfellow Middle School
Longfellow MSTEM recently hosted its very first Science and Engineering Day with five elementary schools, including Jefferson, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Washington and Wilson elementary schools. The purpose of the day was to celebrate science and engineering, support 21st century design thinking, and build connections across schools. We also hoped to get more elementary students interested in our middle school STEM program. Longfellow MSTEM students worked with groups to plan and develop their own design challenges, with the purpose of implementing them at the five elementary schools. From egg drops to building "Puffmobile" cars and mini-Rube Goldberg machines, all students were engaged in collaboratively creating, designing, and innovating.
The JK classes at McKinley are knee-deep in their study of wild animals and are currently looking in-depth at the creatures that live in the ocean. We are looking forward to some up-close and personal encounters when we take our trip to the Milwaukee County Zoo on May 17. We will be finishing out the school year learning about health and wellness and preparing for our End of the Year Program and Picnic on June 8.
Third-graders had a lot of engaging activities this month. Students cooked food in solar ovens, celebrated Star Wars Day with debates, math and literacy projects, and wrote and shared twisted fairy tales during the writing block. Third-graders also learned about who works at city hall. At the end of the unit, we were lucky enough to have Roosevelt parent and Wauwatosa Alderman Bobby Pantuso come and speak to us about his role at city hall. Currently we are learning about the environment, pollution and renewable resources. We will wrap up the unit with a research project exploring nonrenewable and renewable resources.
Last week, we celebrated VIP/Grandparents Day. Our special guests enjoyed a program featuring songs sung by students in grades K4-8 and music performed by our school band. Students and guests then spent time together in our classrooms where they enjoyed refreshments and special activities. We ended the day by joining together as a school community to pray the Living Rosary.
The third- through fifth-grade chorus members are rehearsing for their concert on May 16 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. This year the students are performing a selection of Beatles favorites. In general music the third- through fourth-graders are beginning a unit playing the ukuleles and the younger students will begin a unit on orff instruments. Fifth-grade band students continue to work on improving their playing skills on their band instruments. They are also learning how to use dynamics (loud and soft sounds) to make their performance more musical. In addition to our school's concert, we will also be hosting our second annual Fiddle Jam on the playground of Underwood Elementary. Fifth-grade orchestra students from around the district will be participating in a concert that will also aid in donations to our own Tosa Food Pantry. The concert will feature standard fiddle tunes that the students have been learning all year long in lessons.
WCS third-, fourth-, and fifth-graders have been busy preparing for Fine Arts Night Wednesday, May 17. The third-graders will present a “Living Wax Museum.” They have researched a famous person, written a biography and will “become” that person on Wednesday. Our fourth-graders chose an artist — their job is to present that artist on Wednesday. They have created a piece of art in the style of their artist, and will explain the art and artist. Our fifth-graders will be presenting their exhibition projects, which deal with topics on global justice. Our Fine Arts Night hours are 5:30 to 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome.
West High School
The first AP Capstone cohort has officially completed their research study and submitted their work to the College Board. Students composed a 5,000-word essay to discuss their findings and met with a panel of adults for their Presentation and Oral Defense. The two-year program focuses on interdisciplinary skills while supporting students' exploration of topics they hope to further investigate in college. The Spanish 5 classes went to the United Community Center to participate in a Guatemalan art gallery visit and art work shop, where they made traditional Mayan corn husk art. Students ate an authentic Mexican lunch at Cafe el Sol.
Wilson Elementary & Wauwatosa STEM
Wilson/WSTEM students participated in their High Interest Day last week Friday. The students and staff had a blast. There were a variety of classes, including Cookie Decorating, Yoga, Hip Hop, K-9 Unit, Fishing, and more. Thank you to all of our volunteers for helping us put on such a successful event.