On Sunday, March 13, the CK forensics team won the first place small school team trophy in the Whitefish Bay Forensics Tournament, with six of the team's nine entries advancing, after two rounds, to the 'power round.' Every team member qualified to compete at the state forensics meet to be held Saturday, April 9, in Neenah.
On Friday, March 18, students in Jazz I, II and III participated in workshops presented by the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music's resident jazz faculty, the We Six jazz sextet, and Grammy award-winners Brian Lynch and Benny Golson. After a day of workshops, the students had the opportunity to see all the techniques they were taught in action when We Six and Benny Golson performed a concert at Marquette University's Weasler Auditorium on Friday evening. The festival culminated with all three ensembles performing and receiving a critique from Lynch and Golson on Saturday morning.
In literacy, junior kindergarten students are learning about the seasons by reading books about the four seasons. In writer's workshop, students are writing stories about their favorite season. In science, students are learning how the weather changes with each season.
At the start of the school year, Kradwell formed a parent resource group. When parents can come together and share their concerns, they feel relief and often times empowered. Most recently, Ross Philips, from Aurora Behavioral Health Center in Grafton, led a conversation with parents about 'Executive Functioning.' The discussion generated excellent questions, conversation and gave parents direction as to where they may seek more help. For more information about Kradwell School, contact Karen Boeckmann at Karen.Boeckmann@aurora.org
Lincoln third-graders will be celebrating Beach Day on Thursday before break. They will spend the day learning while wearing summer clothing, sitting on their beach towels, and listening to Beach Boys music.
Madison second-graders are creating poems about objects. They spent time as a class brainstorming the way objects look, sound and resemble other things. Then they created a class poem about scissors and finally began their own poems about objects.
In first-grade Spanish classes, students are having conversations with classmates about what healthy foods and beverages they like.
In second-grade Spanish classes, students are writing and acting out skits about ordering food at a restaurant.
In third-grade Spanish classes, students are writing comic strips that include vocabulary about feelings and possible remedies to offer a friend when he/she isn't feeling well.
In fourth-grade Spanish classes, students are writing and acting out skits about what they did during their day to get ready for school or to get ready to go to bed. They are also including details about their day.
In fifth-grade Spanish classes, students are exploring healthy lifestyles of people in Argentina. Students are also giving advice to other people about how to live a healthy lifestyle.
Pilgrim Lutheran School will be holding a book fair from May 2 to May 6, after the success of last year's fair. Some of the money raised in the fair goes directly to support the school, and volunteers are needed to help out with the event. Contact Laura Hage in the office for more information.
First-graders at Roosevelt are busy exploring and naming shapes based on defining attributes in math. They recently took a field trip to the Wauwatosa West Planetarium to enhance their science unit on how Earth moves in relation to the Sun.
Students in the third grade are learning about transformations of matter in science. Students have been able to reflect on their learning as they make Gluep, elephant's toothpaste, and invisible ink.
Students wrote short responses to the prompt: 'I am lucky to go to school at Washington because....' At an all-school assembly on March 24, some student responses will be pulled from a pot of gold and read to the student body. We will celebrate how lucky we all feel to be part of Washington's learning community.
The March Awards Program was held on Tuesday, March 15. Twenty-seven students from grades K3 through eight were honored for exemplifying the IB Learner Profile attribute of Courageous Risk-Taker. These students showed that they can approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; they are not afraid to make a mistake. They will speak out about what he/she thinks is right.
Children's House students transplanted a spider plant and talked about roots and what they do, made newspaper plant pots to sprout seeds, and wrote about animal facts.
The Lower Elementary students made pizza and apple pies for pi day and learned about the history of St. Patrick's Day.
The Upper Elementary students spent the week at Nature's Classroom.
The Adolescent Program students worked on their hero's journey stories and continued to work on sewing either a messenger bag or small duffel bag.
Whitman Middle School hosted its annual students vs. faculty game on March 18. The students put forth a great effort and made it one of the most competitive games in recent years, but in the end the staff team was able to extend their undefeated streak.
Many other students participated in this fun-filled day. Eighth-grade chorus students performed the national anthem, the pep band whipped the crowd into a frenzy, the dance team dazzled with another amazing performance, students were recognized for excellence in the classroom, and many others participated in team relay races.