East High School
The Tosa East Choir is working on their cabaret concert — student choreographers working with Chamber Choir. Cabaret Concerts are February 7 and 8. All seats are reserved for each performance. Tickets are $8. Order forms can be accessed on the Tosa East Choir’s Facebook page.
In Mr. Fischer's Law and Society classes, Mt. Mary Justice Department Chair Rachel Monaco-Wilcox came and spoke about the hidden and growing problem of human trafficking all over Wisconsin. Monaco-Wilcox shared her expertise on the topic that it is very important for students to recognize and understand the warning signs of trafficking right in our backyard. She also is head of LOTUS (Legal Options for Trafficked and Underserved Survivors), which is trying to pass legislation to recognize victims’ rights in trafficking.
Fifth-grade students are participating in a "Shark Tank"-themed challenge for their persuasive writing project. Students have to invent a new candy bar creation and come up with an interactive sales pitch to a group of "future investors!"
Students recently participated in the winter concert and sing directed by Ms. Beaupre, Mr. Laska, Mrs. Simuncak and Mrs. Thompson. The band, chorus and orchestra performed, as well as grades K-5. One highlight of the performance was the fourth- and fifth-grade combined recorder and tone chime piece. Family and friends enjoyed two great performances.
Our motto for this school year is “Be a Spark!” Some of our fourth- and fifth-graders “sparked” their writing while participating in the online Young Writers’ NaNoWriMo, which stands for National Novel Writing Month. Our team name was, The Lincoln Inkers. During the entire month of November we told our Inner Editors to take a vacation, explored our imaginations, and just wrote. (Don’t worry, our Inner Editors came back for December to remind us about punctuation and spelling.)
To begin our brave and daunting adventure, we set an individual and group word count goal. Amazingly, many of us met or surpassed our word goals! After the month we celebrated our successes during a luncheon and shared our stories with one another. The Lincoln Inkers have access to their novels during the rest of the year if they want to continue work on their stories. We hope to get The Lincoln Inkers back together for the November 2017 writing experience.
In the spirit of the holidays, building a community and strong relationships in the classroom, third-grade students at McKinley are participating in a project called Secret Snowflake. Each student secretly designs a T-shirt for a classmate with his or her favorite things on it. We will exchange these special T-shirts on the morning of Dec. 22 so that we can all wear them on our Discovery World field trip.
Fourth-graders at Roosevelt Elementary have been presenting their Book Talk Oral Presentations to their classes. Depending on the genre of the book, whether it be fiction or informational, students delivered specific criteria regarding their chosen text. This is a great learning experience as benchmarks in technology, speaking and listening, and reading comprehension are all addressed. Students also had the opportunity to create a project to coincide with the book talk. Students really enjoy listening to each other's presentations and learning about interesting books they could read.
Fifth-grade students at Underwood are currently learning about the universe — one of four major units of study in fifth-grade science. We recently visited the Wauwatosa West Planetarium where we explored the planets, learned about various constellations, and noted the location of specific stars and planets in the night sky. Students are continuing to work on group research projects about universe topics and will present the final projects to their peers and teachers.
Students at Washington are diving deeper into the writing process. All classroom teachers chose to get Quick Word Handbooks to assist with the editing phase of the process. Each student has gotten his or her own copy in order to help spell words with success and to assist with choosing the correct word, especially some of those perplexing homophones. Three cheers for writing!
Our Wilson first-graders had a unique and festive science unit. They used salt crystals to create holiday ornaments.
Last week our entire WSTEM school took a trip to the Milwaukee County Zoo. At the zoo, there were breakout sessions in the Conservation Education building. During those classes, students have unique opportunities to talk to zookeepers, examine fur, tracks, bones, and other animal features up close! They also have the opportunity to go into one of the buildings and closely examine specific animals, monitoring their habits and routines.