In second-grade social studies, students are learning about the people who provide services in the community. They can answer the essential question: 'Why are service jobs important?' Students are reading books and researching different careers that offer services and are getting ready to share what they learned with their classmates. Maybe someday these second-graders will be the firefighters, teachers, artists or the community leaders of Wauwatosa.
For the next two weeks the first-graders will work on the reading strategy of 'inferring.' This centers around using background knowledge (schema) and clues from the text in order to figure something out that was not explicitly stated. To introduce inferring, each child will bring in an object that tells something about them. Students will use their schema (what they know about their friend) and clues from the object to make an inference about their friend.
The fourth-grade theme this week was 'Man's Best Friend' and students focused on generating questions and drawing inferences. Students had the opportunity to research a specific dog breed and present their research in a variety of formats. Next week, the theme will be 'Creative Solutions.' The students will focus on fiction and nonfiction texts about hearing and vision loss, and inventions over time that help people who have different challenges.
In general music the third- and fourth-grade students at Underwood are learning to play the recorder so that they can sing and play alongside the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra when they attend the interactive Orchestra Rocks concert on March 2 at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.
Orchestra students at Underwood are currently getting prepared for their annual Wauwatosa All-City String Festival on March 20 in the Brookfield East High School Fieldhouse. The students are learning fun and interesting music for this yearly event. Techniques and skills focused on include learning about pick-up notes, naturals and sharps, using a larger range of notes on an instrument, playing well with a larger ensemble, and improving tone each time one plays.
Fifth-grade band students are continuing to refine their playing skills on their instruments. They are also learning about new and more challenging types of rhythms, including eighth notes. The group has been learning music for the All-City Band Festival, which will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, at State Fair Park. The festival will feature band students from the entire district, grades five through 12.
The fifth-grade has been full swing into implementing 'inquiry projects' into the Treasures curriculum. Students have been working with many aspects of Bloom's Taxonomy so that students are really beginning to generate higher level-thinking questions. The Treasures unit this week is centered on the Civil Rights movement. They are also able to extend the curriculum next week by attending the play, 'I Have A Dream,' being performed at Wisconsin Lutheran College.
The first-graders at McKinley Elementary will be starting a new science unit next week. They will be focusing on living and non-living things. First-graders will learn what traits make up living things and do an experiment with bean seeds. In technology they will gather information on an animal through an online database, type their information and insert a photo of their animal into a Google Doc, and present their finished product to the class.
The Washington Science Fair is scheduled for 6 tyo 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4. Way beyond volcanoes, Washington Elementary students are wondering about climate effects, plane lift, what toothbrush heads will make the best bristlebots, where the 'germiest' place in school is and if robots can teach themselves new tricks. These are just some of the projects visitor will find at our fourth annual science fair. Students voluntarily participate and complete their projects after school hours. That's why we are so excited that every year the number of participants has grown — this year a record 112 students will be showcasing more than 80 projects. Students from all grades, JK through five, participate, and there are several multi-grade group projects.
Students in second grade have been traveling along 'Inquiry Road.' Students asked research questions related to second-grade content areas such as sound, communication, communities, or geography. They were challenged to use their brains to gather research related to their inquiry question. Rather than typing their question into Google, they used text from our library as well as resources through BadgerLink. Many students came to a 'road block' along their inquiry 'trip' and had to change directions with their inquiry question and/or research in order to get back on track. Finally, students organized their research and prepared a presentation using Google Slides.
Students from WSTEM will be participating in the Wisconsin State Spanish Pronunciation Contest on March 5 in West Bend. Also called The Concurso Oral, the Spanish Pronunciation Contest is an opportunity for students to demonstrate their Spanish oral communication skills as well as to develop their general knowledge of the language. Fourth- and fifth-graders from WSTEM will be competing in three categories: theater, prose, and poetry.
Students in civics have been studying the impact of technology on the U.S. and the world. They have used primary and secondary sources to understand the political, social, and economic impact of these technological changes, including how governments react to such changes. In addition they have evaluated how future advancements could potentially change American society and politics.
Detention Center students in art used grid drawing to enlarge cartoons. They created their own details and background, and they finished it off by using warm colors on the subject and cool colors in the background.
In Children's House, Walter the traveling lamb has joined the classroom. He is going home with a new friend each week to report back on his experiences on his travels. They have also been reading the 'Little House on the Prairie' picture books and learning about how people lived back in that time. The Lower Elementary students started their fundraising for Heifer International by creating note cards to sell. They also did work surrounding the history of people and continued to study plants and animals through geography. The Upper Elementary students learned how to create modular geometry shapes using Sonobe cubes. They also started a research project to learn about the immune system. The Adolescent Program did Lego robot building and finished up their unit on the American Revolution.
The Tosa West Dance Team had regionals in Watertown this weekend. The regional draws teams from all of the Madison, Milwaukee, and Racine/Kenosha area and everywhere in between. They won division 1 Hip Hop by a wide margin — and, once again, got the overall highest score of any dance all day. This put the total of teams they have beaten this year to well over 100. They are undefeated. They also placed second for pom dance. They are off to La Crosse for state this coming weekend.
Winter activities are in full swing at Whitman. Members of the forensics team competed in their first meet on Saturday, with many students placing in their categories. The girls basketball teams and the wrestling team continue to work hard and are both off to successful starts. Ski Club, which has over 150 participants, has made three successful trips to Alpine Valley and have three more before the end of the year. The school thanks everyone in the school community for their patience and cooperation as students navigate the closing of the Center Street bridge.
On Wednesday, Feb. 3, the Wauwatosa East school counselors hosted the Advanced Placement information night meeting in the Dale K Hidde Theatre. This meeting was for all returning students and parents to inform everyone of the benefits of taking an Advanced Placement course, the registration process, and basic information about the costs of testing and the testing schedule. East High School and the Wauwatosa School District offer over 20 different Advanced Placement courses for students.
Fifth grade has been exploring the vastness of our universe. The young astronomers have studied how constellations have helped people to navigate, while exploring and determining when to plant crops. In order to explore space students created rockets and experimented with variables to make them more aerodynamic and launch a higher distance.
Fourteen courageous CK females — a mix of students, mothers, sisters, cousins and teachers — participated in 'Locks of Love' during an all-school assembly on Monday, Feb. 1, in the school gymnasium. The assembly was part of CK's Catholic Schools Week celebration and was kicked off with a rally for Children's Hospital, the beneficiary of the school's service project, and ended with the highly anticipated cutting session!
On Monday, Feb. 1, WCS celebrated global thinking. Students were encouraged to dress in authentic ethnic attire. Parents were invited to share their cultural backgrounds with the students. Students and staff participated in an international lunch.
Students at Our Redeemer enjoyed a very busy National Lutheran Schools Week, Jan. 25 to 29. Special dress days, the annual Penny War, special programs at Milwaukee Lutheran and a relay day at ORLS all made for a very enjoyable week. Along with special lunch menus of 'favorite things,' it was very busy. The first kindergarten open house for 3K, 4K and 5K also was held on Monday, Jan. 25. Families who missed the open house can call the school office at (414) 258-4558 for a tour and information.