Battle of the Books is under way for fifth-graders. The teams read and answer questions on 19 different books. The teams battle each other and in May the winning teams from McKinley, Eisenhower and Roosevelt will have a battle to see who the big winner is.
In Physical Education, Roosevelt students are participating in Jump Rope for the Heart. During the month of January, the students learned about the importance of developing heart-healthy habits, how their heart works and that being physically active is enjoyable. They also realized the importance of helping others through this service project. Besides the knowledge gained, the students improved their jump rope skills and cooperation with others as they worked in groups. The students are raising money for the American Heart Association. The money raised will go toward education and research.
St. Joseph Catholic
St. Joseph Catholic School recently held its annual John Hochhaus Memorial Forensics Tournament. This tournament is named in honor of Mr. Hochhaus who created the St. Joseph School tournament and was an integral part of developing a middle school forensics program for small and parochial schools in the area. The tournament offers students in grades 3-8 the opportunity to enhance their public speaking skills by presenting selections from a wide range of categories including prose, poetry, group acting, infomercial, along with several other categories. Middle school students will be going on to compete in several other tournaments as they work toward qualifying for the state tournament.
The first-graders are busy working on writing skills at this time of year. One of the most important areas of focus is Informative Writing. Students are learning to write a topic sentence about what they learned from reading a text that is fiction or nonfiction. Students are also learning to write supporting details that give facts about what they learned – they find evidence in the text. Lastly, they have been working to provide the reader some sense of closure by writing a concluding sentence.
In Social Studies, students in first grade have been following the adventures of Flat Stanley as he travels around the world. We read the story about Flat Stanley and then created our own. Students sent their Flat Stanleys to a relative or friend outside of Milwaukee. We have been tracking his travels on the map and learning about the amazing places he has visited. Flat Stanley has traveled to Florida, all parts of Wisconsin, New York, Connecticut, Alabama, France, Turkey and many more. We are learning about the world we live in.
WCS Middle Grade students have completed their cultural research project. Students learned different levels of research skills and were able to demonstrate information literacy. They were to research a country and display their findings. Students were to write an essay, create an art piece which was representative of their country, display a language sample, a 3-D map and a display of cultural highlights. Students will also have a sample of a food from their country for people to try. Their work was on display at the WCS Open House Jan. 29.
Wauwatosa East High School
Saturday, Jan. 28, the Wauwatosa East High School Certified Nursing Assistant students completed the State of Wisconsin Certified Nurse Aide Written and Skills Exam. After successful completion of the exam, students will be listed on the State of Wisconsin Registry for nurse aides. This qualifies them to work in health care facilities as certified nursing assistants. This is the 22nd year of the program in Wauwatosa. For more information, contact Vicki Loving at Wauwatosa East High School. CNA classes are open only to Wauwatosa East or Wauwatosa West High School students.
The Wauwatosa East chess team is going strong and is in the heart of their season right now. On Jan. 5, the team took third place out of 12 teams at a chess meet at University School of Milwaukee, beating the host school and others but losing out to Rufus King and Milwaukee School of Languages. In the coming weeks there are other mega meets at USM, the Metro Milwaukee Chess Championship in early March, the State Scholastic Chess Championship in Oshkosh in late March and other dual meets against King and Reagan high schools. We have distant hopes and dreams of perhaps attending the National Chess Championships in Nashville, Tennessee in mid-May but we'll have to see how and where the pieces fall. Until next time, "When you see a good move, look for a better one."
Students at the Wauwatosa Montessori School are actively working to protect the environment and reduce their carbon footprint through the launch of school-wide composting. Compost Crusaders partnered with students for an all-school assembly to learn about composting, what items are compostable and how it works. Students are looking forward to tracking the waste in the building with the goal of the amount of waste the school produces declining each month as composting is fully implemented.
Our Socks for Tots drive, hosted by the K-Kids, ended well above our goal of 200. We collected 349 pairs of socks to be donated to the Milwaukee Rescue Mission. Thank you to the families of WSTEM and Wilson for helping this great cause and allowing us to exceed our goal.
Wauwatosa West High School
Tosa West Choirs are currently gearing up for three upcoming performances. Chanteurs and Chamber Choir are currently rehearsing for Cabaret, Feb. 14-15. This is a performance focused on vocal jazz, musical theater, and Broadway music. The atmosphere is unique – the audience sits on the stage, decorated to fit the theme of the year – love songs – right in front of the performers, who are both choirs and individual acts. Refreshments are offered.
Concert Choir members are rehearsing a number of duets to be performed at the District Solo & Ensemble Festival at Wauwatosa West on March 4.
All three choirs are also preparing songs to be performed with all the choir students in the district, from elementary school to high school. This large choral event is March 28 at East High School.
Wilson JK has been busy this year exploring different artists, in conjunction with their field trip to the Milwaukee Art Museum. They most recently learned about artist Alex Katz. They discussed background, foreground, and symmetry, as well as working on their fine motor skills, following one- to two-step directions as they did a guided drawing. They made recreations of Katz' painting titled "Sunny."