East High School
Sam Hantzsch will be representing Wauwatosa East High School and the entire Wauwatosa School District for the first time as he participates in the Bands of America Tournament of Roses Honor Band Drumline as they perform at the Bands of America National Championships at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis Nov. 11-13.
Nov. 19 marks the 17th consecutive appearance of the Wauwatosa East Red Raider Marching Band in the locally televised Milwaukee Holiday Parade. Tune in to Fox6 for live coverage of the parade.
The senior kindergarten class in Miss Kortas' room was learning about symmetry this week. The class co-created an anchor chart defining and giving examples of symmetry. Then the students had a hands-on opportunity to make a symmetrical fall tree with fall colored paints. Overall, the class picked up on the concept of symmetry quickly and their trees turned out beautiful.
The students of Lincoln School are learning about empathy. At an all-school assembly, students shared examples of empathy they witnessed in their classrooms throughout the week. This is important work for a variety of reasons, but we know educating the "whole child" - social, emotional, physical, and ethical development - will help our students improve in all areas of learning.
Second graders are writing 'how to' do something during their writing stations. Some interesting topics include how to get a bird out of your house and how to go swimming. Students are working hard writing a final copy with pictures to go with it. The conversation around "how to do something" in the eyes of a second grader is as entertaining as their papers!
McKinley’s Green Team is making upcycled wall art from picture frame corners donated to us by Bridgetowne Framing to sell at McKinley’s Secret Holiday Workshop on Dec. 8. We are fundraising for field trips we hope to take in the spring to the MMSD (Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District) and to Alter Trading Corporation.
Our fifth graders have really had opportunities to extend our learning by visiting places within the community (a strategic objective of the district). We were able to visit the Wauwatosa Library in October to meet an actual author and illustrator, for our Read Aloud book, Warren the 13th and the All Seeing Eye! This was very exciting to learn about the steps within the writing process and illustration process for our young fifth grade writers! Also, in October we visited the Milwaukee Public Museum to see the way American Indians lived while learning and working through the different regions and exhibits. Most recently, we attended a play performed by the middle schoolers at Longfellow which gave us a glimpse into the extracurriculars available for next year! What a great performance!
Underwood Elementary School has been chosen to receive $1,000 to support its Fuel Up to Play 60 initiative! Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by the National Dairy Council and the National Football League, with additional partnership support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The program encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Fuel Up to Play 60 is designed to engage and empower youth to take action for their own health by implementing long-term, positive changes for themselves and their schools.
In preparation for their December holiday program the third- fourth- and fifth-grade Washington students are learning the song "We Shall be Free" written by Garth Brooks. The learning process provides the opportunity for students to follow the music and understand different music symbols that help them to navigate a song using an introduction, verse, refrain and bridge. But the lesson extends beyond our music. Students discussed what freedom means to them in their lives and the freedoms we share as Americans. Students brainstormed about the meaning of the song and what message they felt the composer is trying to convey. With its upbeat tempo, catchy melody and important message this song is becoming one of their favorites. They sing it with great enthusiasm!
On Saturday, Nov. 5, WCS held its sixth annual Auction for Education. With the theme, Livin’Lodge, attendees felt as if they were up north and actually Livin’Lodge! People were able to participate in the silent auction, an enthusiastic voice auction, cork pull, 50/50 raffle, Duck Hunt (new this year - only 100 licenses were sold!) and heads or tails. Food was supplied by Lee John’s Catering - and fit the north woods theme. All proceeds from the auction benefit the school, with a special Round-Up for IB paddle raise for donations specifically going towards our IB professional development. This was an awesome, fun-filled event enjoyed by all!
An example of Community Relationships to Benefit Students and Continuous Improvement to Student Learning this week at the Wauwatosa Montessori School occurred when upper elementary students took their current event discussion of the Dakota Access pipeline protest and invited a guest speaker from the Wikwemikong First Nation to come share the standpoint of the Native Americans and discuss the pipeline protest with students.
On Nov. 22, Wilson/WSTEM students and their families will be participating in the annual Turkey Trot and food drive. The food drive is one way we work to teach our students the benefits of volunteerism and the importance of community relationships. Students will be bringing in nonperishable food items November 16-22 to donate to the Wauwatosa food pantry. The run/walk will begin at 2:30 p.m.
West High School
In Theatre Production and Design I Class at Tosa West, students have been learning about costume design. This week we had our annual Project Trash Bag Fashion show. Students designed costumes from trash bags and then walked the runway complete with music and feedback from peers!
Twenty Tosa West American Public Policy (APP) students worked at the polls around Wauwatosa on Tuesday.
In the Wauwatosa School District, we know that reading growth is essential to student success. At Wilson, senior kindergartners are learning how to classify and categorize to help them become strong readers. In Math, they are working on creating and describing how patterns are similar and different, as well as learning strategies of how to estimate.