Jazz Bands III, II, and I as well as Vocal Jazz performed a concert Friday, May 6, in the Learning Center at Wauwatosa East High School. Jazz II and III are non-auditioned groups that meet twice a week voluntarily to prepare for district solo and ensemble competitions and the May 6 concert. Jazz I and Vocal Jazz are fully accredited courses that meet three to four times a week.
Vocal Jazz recently performed and received the highest ranking at state solo and ensemble April 30 at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Last week the senior kindergarten completed Mother's Day gifts. In literacy, students learned to identify the setting in a story, and have been creating stories during writer's workshop.
The kindergartners celebrated their favorite book characters by having a book character dress-up day. Their challenge throughout the day was to act like their character. This helped them to begin thinking about character perspective. In second grade, students have been learning about figurative language by incorporating it into their own poetry.
Lincoln junior kindergarten's 17th annual art show, 'Unmask the Superhero in Art' is May 26. The JK students have been learning about different artists and the ways they create art.
Their unique spin of creating art based on the styles of a wide variety of artists such as Van Gogh, Monet, Miro and Picasso will be showcased for their parents at this special event.
Longfellow theater will present 'Joseph and The Technicolor Dream Coat' at three public performances this week. The times are 7 p.m. Thursday, May 12, and Friday, May 13, and 4 p.m. Saturday, May 14.
On Tuesday, May 10, the Wauwatosa Fire Department presented a fire safety program to the third-graders at Madison Elementary. They brought a 'fire house' that was 32-foot-long mobile home with a functional living room, kitchen and bedroom to instruct fire safety. The second story of the house fills with a non-toxic fog to teach children to crawl low to safety. A heated door helps children choose the right exit. A portable ladder mounted to the rear of the house on the second floor allows children to practice emergency escapes.
The senior kindergarten students will be visiting Greenfield Park to learn about signs of spring. They will watch a puppet show about a ladybug that awakens from a winter sleep and goes in search of her favorite food. Then they will take a nature hike to look for signs of spring.
Eighth-grade graduation is scheduled for 6 p.m. June 7. Please mark your calendars for this historical and joyous occasion. This is the school's very first graduating class.
Students will spend some of the day on Wednesday, June 8, at the park having games and events to celebrate the last day of school.
The fifth-grade band participated in the third All City Band Fest at State Fair Park on Tuesday, April 26. The students combined with the other fifth-grade band students in the school district and performed five songs including Linus & Lucy and Let's Go Band! They also were part of the grand finale of 'On Wisconsin,' where over 900 band students in Wauwatosa performed together.
This is Roosevelt's ninth year participating in Danceworks Mad Hot Ballroom and Tap Program. In ballroom, 36 fifth-grade students mastered the Paso Doble, the Samba, and the Triple Swing, while the 20 tappers learned the Funky, Latin, and Swing dances. Students 'danced the night away' at Cranky Al's on April 26. On May 5 they danced at an all-school assembly, performed at The Lutheran Home, and finished the day with a program for family and friends. Roosevelt students will compete against 43 area schools on Saturday, May 21, at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
Wauwatosa Recreation will be partnering with Milwaukee Textile Recycling to hold another Clothes/Textile Recycling Drive on from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at the Wauwatosa Recreation Department 12011 W. North Ave. For a list of acceptable items and more details visit the rec department web site at tosarec.com
The fifth-grade Fireflies at Underwood Elementary School have started their individual 'Moving Forward' conferences with their school counselor, Amy Nolan. The students show their parents/guardians their Academic and Career Portfolios. An ACP includes a child's strengths, interests, goals and career explorations.
On April 29 the second-graders of Washington school took part in their annual High Interest Day. The purpose of this day is to provide students with hands-on exposure to different skills, hobbies and talents. Classes run for about 50 minutes and the students were able to learn about a day in the life of a canine patrol officer and his loyal friend. They also had a session that had them collaboratively writing a song together and performing and recording it live.
Band and orchestra students represented Wauwatosa Catholic School in the spring concert at Pius XI High School's performing arts center on April 26.
Children's House students practiced yoga, discussed stranger danger, and started their live butterfly garden in the classroom. Lower Elementary students planted vegetables to replant outside once it's nice out. They also visited the Milwaukee Public Museum this week and have had several discussions about what they saw and learned. The Upper Elementary students started work on the play 'The Tempest.' The Adolescent Program students planned their trip to Door County for next week and have continued to work on proportional relationships in math.
The Whitman STEM program competed in the Rube Goldberg Middle School Competition at Milwaukee School of Engineering. The teams of student were as follows:
Team Candy: Olivia Bree, Eric Denson, Janessa Runyon, and Brad Desch
Team Harry Potter Puppet Pals: Ajmal Taujoo, Johathan Knutson and Andrew Knutson
Team International: Weston Davies, Tori Bradshaw and John Dela Cruz
Fourth-graders will show off their musical talents this week by participating in the spring concert. They will sing and/or play instruments. Much effort has been put into preparing for this performance.