East High School
We had all juniors take the ACT and ACT WorkKeys last week. Biotech raced "yeastmobiles" on Friday. Students did experiments to figure out the best carbon dioxide-producing mixture of yeast, sugar and water, built yeastmobiles, altered the design to improve mechanical advantage, and tested them. (Usually entertaining, though not always successful.) The Wauwatosa East Chess Team competed in the Greater Metro Chess Championships on Friday, March 3. Teams from southeastern Wisconsin competed in three different divisions. The state scholastic chess championships will be held in Oshkosh the weekend of March 17.
March is Music in Our Schools month. To celebrate, students in kindergarten and first and second grades at McKinley Elementary School have participated and enjoyed fun learning activities like moving a parachute to a song from the Nutcracker. They have also been enjoying folk dancing to numerous songs. In the fourth and fifth grades, students have had an opportunity to create their own music using drums, xylophones, recorders and hand-held percussion instruments like tambourines, wood blocks and sticks. McKinley's Cake Walk at Family Fun Night raised $475 for No Kid Hungry and Life Navigators Giving Tree 2017.
Community members are invited to join us from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 13 in the cafeteria at Our Redeemer Lutheran School, 10025 W. North Ave., for our March Parent Education Night. Mr. Brad Alles, book author of “Life’s Big Questions, God’s Big Answers,” will address what the Bible says about topics we all wonder about, sharing his biblical knowledge and research into topics such as biblical truth, creation, humans, the Great Flood, etc. He will adapt the topic for parents and grandparents. Bring your questions. You are invited.
The fifth-grade students participated in Discovery Education's Virtual Field Trip to Inside the World of 3M Science on Feb. 23. They viewed different experiments and were able to follow up with questions they had about what they learned.
St. Joseph Catholic
Earlier this week, our seventh-grade students took a field trip to Finance Park as the culmination of a five-week learning experience sponsored by Junior Achievement and Kohl’s. The five-week program focuses on educating students about personal finances. Lessons cover many topics, including saving money, credit, budgeting, taxes and careers in finance. At the end of the program, students attend a simulation day at Finance Park. Each student is assigned a hypothetical life situation. Students must then manage the personal finances associated with the assignment, including creating a budget, purchasing a car and buying a house. Thank you both to Kohl’s and to Junior Achievement for developing such a beneficial educational tool.
Third-grade students at Underwood have completed a science unit focusing on soil types. These included humus, sand and clay. As a culminating activity, students worked in scientific teams to create a presentation in which they demonstrated knowledge of a particular soil type. Students presented their learning to their classmates both visually and orally.
Coming up soon the fourth- and fifth-graders will be rollerblading. This is a great activity to do either indoors or outdoors, by yourself or with friends. The important thing to remember is to always be safe. Wearing a helmet, knee pads and wrist pads is very important when it comes to protecting yourself. With the weather starting to get warmer soon, a great way to get some exercise would be to go outside and rollerblade.
WSTEM SK, first, second and third grade students attended the play "Robin Hood" at First Stage Children's Theater. WSTEM brings students to live theatrical performances to enhance their appreciation for the arts, and to further promote literary elements, as discussed in their classrooms.
Wilson celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday last week with some creative activities. Wilson first-graders made Oobleck and discussed adjectives they could use to describe Oobleck. In our library, Wilson JK students read many Dr. Seuss books, while dressed in costumes of their favorite characters.