As part of the lineup for Catholic Schools Week activities, Christ King will host an open house and ice cream social on Tuesday, Feb. 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. Current and prospective families are invited to tour the classrooms, enjoy ice cream in North Hall, and visit the Scholastic Book Fair in South Hall.
The third- through fifth-graders at Lincoln are practicing their visual note taking skills as a warm-up each week in art class. Taking visual notes using images and text can increase comprehension, retention and recall between by as much as 30 percent, according to some research studies. Students listen to a short TED talk or NPR Story Corps story and draw what they hear. They learn to listen for the pictures and add words for detail.
Roosevelt's fourth-grade students have been working on creating personal and persuasive essays. Students learned to structure their essays so that they could communicate their thesis statement — their idea — and their reasons for their thesis statement. Students learned to provide support for their opinions and facts and details to elaborate on those reasons. They also learned to consider their audience and how to create a piece that reflects not only their thesis, but also their future audience.
The top 23 fifth-grade students competed in a spelling bee. The top three students will complete in the district spelling bee at Longfellow on Jan. 27.
The second-grade students at Eisenhower have been learning about sound in science class. Most recently, students have been learning about string and percussion musical instruments. To conclude the unit, students are in the process of designing and creating a musical instrument of their choice. Once the building of the instruments is complete, students will have an opportunity to share their project with the class and demonstrate how it works.
Underwood Elementary School has been chosen to receive $1,000 to support its Fuel Up to Play 60 initiative. The school was selected from several schools that applied for funding across the state to help them jump-start and sustain healthy nutrition and physical activity improvements. Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched ty the National Dairy Council.
Children's House children enjoyed banana smoothies, read 'Charlotte's Web' and worked on movable alphabet stories. Lower Elementary children studied parts of the brain, introduced yoga, continued to discuss Martin Luther King Jr. and talked about Rosa Parks. Upper Elementary children continued their read-aloud, writing summaries and predictions from their stories. They also continued with more integer work. Adolescent Program children continued to explore the American Revolution. They also studied probability for math and started making cookies and cream fudge and taffy.
Washington school held an assembly on Jan. 25 to pose the question: 'How can you as a class make Washington even better?' Students brainstormed ideas in the classroom and selected students to present at the assembly.
First-graders are making choices to show their understanding of what they are learning. Movement, art, construction or writing are their choices. Students performed skits, sang songs and created posters as their examples.
Art students at Wilson/WSTEM are using creative problem-solving in the art room to stretch and explore new materials. The focus is on trying new things and learning how to 'lean into' mistakes. When mistakes happen they have begun to re-frame them as 'beautiful oops' and see where they lead.
An incoming sixth-grade orientation is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 3 from 6 to 7 p.m. Sixth-grade orientation provides an opportunity for students and parents to meet teachers, tour the building, select classes, and learn about extra-curricular opportunities.
Wauwatosa East will hold an orientation night for incoming ninth-grade students at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, in the Dale K. Hidde Theatre. Students and parents will be able to pick up course selection materials and learn the basics about high school course registration, graduation credit requirements and other school information. Parents will be able to attend informational sessions with teachers to ask questions about content areas, courses and class activities. Clubs, athletics and activities will have tables for students to gather information, and the PTA and Athletic Booster Club will be selling spirit wear.
On Wednesday, Jan. 20, the school held its monthly Awards Program. The IB Learner Profile attribute 'Balanced' was celebrated. Twenty-three students from grades 3K through eight were honored for being balanced. At the program the students explained to the audience what being 'balanced' means to them. They sang and read a book for the audience before receiving their awards.