East High School
Malia Wells has been named a Questbridge National College Match recipient for Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa. The QuestBridge National College Match is a college and scholarship application process that helps outstanding low-income high school seniors gain admission and full four-year scholarships to the nation's most selective colleges. College Match Scholarships, which are provided by participating colleges, cover the full cost of tuition, room and board, are loan-free, and require no parental contribution. This scholarship is worth more than $200,000.
Longfellow Middle School
The music season is in full swing. The Longfellow choirs welcomed us with their vocals on Dec. 6, and the orchestra on Friday, Dec. 9, and this week the band will bring the finale to our season with their concert on Friday, Dec. 16 beginning at 7 p.m. at East High School.
The fifth-grade students at Madison Elementary have been using pedometers to track their steps taken during their physical education classes. Students are determining not only which activities produce the most steps, but also learning how active they have to be to produce a desired amount of steps. This collection of data is also assisting them in developing strategies for themselves to be as active as possible during each class period. Also, a word wall has been developed of words that are activity or concept specific, that the students learn to understand, identify and use during the course of their physical activities.
The fifth grade will be doing presentations on different cultures and holiday traditions. Students may bring in food, clothing, books, games, or make a presentation to share. They will also be making a map keeping track of the different counties that are represented in our classroom community.
The first-graders at Roosevelt have been reading like detectives. They have been looking for clues in the texts to figure out the author's purpose for writing the story. The author may be telling the reader how to do something or informing the reader about a topic. This is called informative writing. The author may be persuading the reader to think a certain way or do something like recycle paper. The author may be entertaining the reader by writing a story that makes us laugh or enjoy the adventure. The first-graders are learning that authors write for a reason and the reader uses clues to figure out this purpose. We use the acronym PIE to help us remember persuade, inform and entertain.
St. Joseph Catholic School
December 5-11 was Computer Science Education Week. During this week, students around the world learned about coding. “An Hour of Code” is an opportunity for every student to try computer science for one hour. Our fourth-grade students have been working on coding since November. The coding program helps students learn the basic concepts of Computer Science using drag and drop programming. During this special week, students were able to try coding their own sports game. An “Hour of Code” is just the first step for students to learn more about how technology works and how to create software applications. Our fourth grade will continue to explore coding throughout the year.
During the month of December, Underwood Elementary School is having a PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions & Support) Winter Celebration with special events highlighting the students' respectful, responsible, and safe behaviors. Currently a classroom banner decoration contest is being held with snowmen, sledding scenes, and even cups of hot chocolate adorning the cafeteria!
Coming up soon the fifth-grade students will be doing the PACER Fitness Test. The acronym PACER stands for the Progressive Aerobic Cardiovascular Endurance Run. The students will be tested again in spring and lastly at the end of the school year to check for improvement. Many studies show that exercise of any kind increases endorphins in the brain which in turn improves student performance.
Wauwatosa Catholic School
The sixth-grade design class is discovering the world of Digital Journalism. Students are examining the world through several news and information sources. Interview skills and being on-air are in the future for these young reporters. Wauwatosa News Now will be on the air shortly. Our students will investigate, interview, write, create cue cards and film our very own news report. Topics include: Sports, Weather, Fashion, Food, Personal Interest and a Brain Break.
JK and SK students at Wauwatosa Montessori School held their first Parent Education Night. Students presented some of their favorite lessons to their parents and family members, parents learned about the Montessori materials, and teachers answered questions about Montessori curriculum.
WSTEM geared up for the holidays with our annual winter concerts, directed by Mrs. Landeck, Ms. Thompson and Mr. Burmeister. One highlight was seeing combined fourth and fifth grade classes perform bell ensembles.
Whitman Middle School
Kudos to our students at Whitman Middle School. This week they presented a donation check of $1,646.92 to the local Honor Flight organization! During the month of November, students participated in a variety of activities to honor our veterans. Students wore red, white and blue on Veterans Day, wrote thank-you cards, collected money for the Honor Flight, and donated old cellphones and ink cartridges to support Operation Gratitude. Whitman raised enough funds to send three veterans to see the memorial in Washington D.C.!
This past week at Wilson families enjoyed our holiday concerts directed by Mrs. Landeck, Ms. Thompson and Mr. Burmeister. One highlight of the shows was a fourth and fifth grade combined recorder piece.