East High School
Through a cooperative effort of the French classes, Amnesty International, and the Environmental club, Tosa East students and staff donated $231 to Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders to help in the relief efforts in Haiti after Hurricane Matthew.
The Spanish students at Wauwatosa East are currently collecting hats, mittens, books, and toys to donate to preschool students who attend Bruce Guadalupe Community School in Milwaukee. On Thursday Dec. 15, members of East's Spanish Honor Society will be delivering the gifts to 350 students and spending some time in their classes. We are very grateful for the generous families, students, and staff of Wauwatosa East that have enabled us to continue this holiday gift donation for over two decades.
First-grade students at Eisenhower are growing in their literacy skills by leaps and bounds! This week students learned and practiced a new reading strategy. Their learning was centered on visualizing (creating a picture in your mind) using the author's details. Students demonstrated their understanding of this skill as they drew pictures to create what they visualized after listening to and reading a story. Students are excited to visualize as a way to help them better understand what they are reading.
Our Madison first grade has just wrapped up a successful and exciting trimester of learning! As teachers, we work collaboratively to analyze weekly student data in both reading and math. We've seen reading comprehension strategies improve in our students. We have focused on retelling the sequence of both fiction and nonfiction text. We've also had fun with visualizing in a variety of ways, including listening to different texts and filling out 5 senses sheets. The students are so creative! In math, students have gotten very skilled at showing their math thinking when solving word problems. We're excited to sing our hearts out at our Madison Concert! Have a wonderful December.
McKinley’s Secret Holiday Workshop is just one of the ways McKinley continues to encourage strong relationships with our community. Everyone is invited to shop for the holidays on Dec. 8 from 3:20 to 6:30 p.m. in McKinley’s gym. The students will be helping families in need by raising money through a bake sale. Smaller children can have the help of older students to shop for their families ‘secretly’ for the holidays.
The Roosevelt second-graders are attending the Nutcracker Ballet on Friday, Dec. 9. We have been preparing by reading different versions of the Nutcracker and comparing and contrasting the way the stories are told.
St. Joseph Catholic School
Our Service Club, in collaboration with the House of Peace, sponsored a Thanksgiving food collection for our school and parish. Thanks to the generosity of our community, we were able to donate 138 boxes of food and over $300 to the House of Peace, a Catholic charitable program in the central city. This Advent season, our school community is working with the House of Peace on their annual Christmas Toy Drive which assists over 1,000 central city households by providing toys for children.
Students in General Music classes are learning about concert repertoire and how to be a successful performer and audience member. Students not only learn how to sing and play as an ensemble, but also how to positively contribute to rehearsals for a public concert. We are looking forward to sharing what we have learned with our families and the community. Underwood fourth-grade orchestra students are gearing up for their first performance ever! They have worked hard over the past 12 weeks, learning how to hold their instrument with proper playing position in addition to learning to read music notation and making a good sound with their bow. Fifth-grade orchestra students at Underwood are continuing to refine their sound in their second year of playing. They have worked on playing independent parts and playing more interesting music in lessons and concerts. Both orchestras are looking forward to the Winter Concert in December, along with starting to get ready for our 36th annual String Festival in March.
Washington had its annual pancake breakfast and holiday shopping spree Saturday, Dec. 3. We had families caroling, led by our music teacher Ms. Graber, orchestra students performed and our Timby Squad helped out at the event.
The Wauwatosa elementary art standards align with the National Studio Habits of Mind for all artists. Third-graders are currently working on the “Express” standard to create works of art that convey an idea, feeling or a meaning. Their task is to design a tree using a certain drawing technique called a “Y” tree, but the tree has to express their personality! The students are having fun coming up with ways their tree can physically express their energy, personal characteristics, and facts about who they are. Their solutions are creative and inspiring! They will be drawing the tree and then developing their craftsmanship by adding color with watercolors.
All of our students have been working very hard on learning their songs for the annual Christmas Concert which will be held on Dec. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Pius X. Our theme for the concert will be Christmas Everywhere. Each group of students will sing a song that comes from another country or culture. Because we are an International Baccalaureate (IB) school, it is very important that students experience a wide range of repertoire so they can be more globally minded and balanced communicators.
Wauwatosa Montessori held the first of our three-part series of Parent Education Nights, “Follow the Child.” The first night focused on Children’s House and 4K and 5K students presented lessons to parents. The goal of the Parent Education Nights are for families to see the Montessori materials in action, give parents an opportunity to watch their child work on a lesson, to see the Montessori classroom environment in action, and to ask questions about the Montessori lessons, materials and environment.
At WSTEM, our senior kindergarten and first-grade classroom began their science unit on force and motion. To help demonstrate this, students designed their own catapults to launch. They were able to discover and see hands-on how each design produced a different result.