The senior kindergarten classes will be visiting the Wisconsin Humane Society for the Animal Talk program. The students will learn how animals communicate their feelings. We will then observe animals as we are guided through the humane society. The students will use what they learn on the field trip to compare how the needs of animals are similar to their needs during an upcoming science lesson.
Second grade has been reading about animal habitats. Students have had the opportunity to read, write, discuss and draw pictures about habitats.
In the coming weeks, the Milwaukee Zoo will be coming to classrooms to present more information about animal habitats and how we can work together to protect animal habitats.
Wilson Elementary & Wauwatosa STEM
On March 28, Wilson and WSTEM held their annual science fair. Some of the questions that were answered were: How do you use magnets to make objects levitate? Can a pill erupt a volcano with baking soda and vinegar? What makes honey crystallize? Which angle is best to shoot an object with a slingshot? What happens when you soak beef bones in soda? Which solution makes gummy bears grow the biggest?
In physical education classes this week, all students are going through an obstacle/challenge course. They are working in teams or partners and must work together to try to get through all the obstacles, with the goal of finishing the entire course. This takes teamwork, problem-solving skills, communication, cooperation between teammates, taking turns with sharing ideas, brainstormin, and helping each other through the actual obstacles. The emphasis is on who can do it the fastest or who does it first, it is whether the group can complete the challenge during the week. Skills are discussed on how to work as a group, and then the students can put those skills into practice.
Creativity, teamwork and problem solving — critical skills for success in the 21st century — were demonstrated in abundance by Wauwatosa K-12 students participating in the Destination Imagination (DI) Milwaukee regional tournament at Muskego High School on March 18.
Seventy-six teams across the Milwaukee region competed in three divisions (elementary, middle and high school) and in seven categories: scientific, technical, engineering, fine arts, improvisational, service learning and rising stars (K-2).
With 44 teams, Wauwatosa was a powerhouse at the tournament. The seven Wauwatosa schools participating in DI this year are East, Longfellow, Lincoln, McKinley, Roosevelt, Wilson/WSTEM and Washington.
For the past five years, Washington Elementary School has had a strong and growing DI program. This year is no exception with 47 students in SK through fifth grades participating on six DI teams. At the regional tournament, two Washington Elementary teams advanced to the state DI tournament to be held on April 8 at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
The third-grade Flippin' Awesomes, coached by Katelyn Lasse, took second place in the scientific challenge and third/fifth-grade team, the Creative Asteroids, coached by Julia Burns, took first place in the improvisational challenge.
East High School
Mr. Hayden's concert orchestra students performed inside the State Capitol building on March 22 as a part of Music in our Schools Month. Nine groups were selected to perform noon concerts in the second-floor rotunda.
AP Research kids are gearing up for their two assessment components: They will submit their 5,000-word papers, which represent the research they've been conducting all year and their conclusions, and then will make 15- to 20-minute presentations/oral defenses of their academic work. The assessments are rigorous, and the research is entirely student-driven.
Jocelynn Rebholz, Hannah Korbar, Stella Brooks, Jessica Scott and Katie Krause placed fourth in the state at the Wisconsin ProStart Invitational. Students were competing against 25 high school teams from around the state.
Wauwatosa Montessori School
The upper elementary students (fourth through sixth grades), spent the last week at Nature's Classroom Institute going through an outdoor education curriculum. Students learned about team building, had choices of daily sessions, including low rope courses, meditation, tree climbing, composting, water colors, origami and lumberjacking. Each night, the students were part of a historical simulation to help them learn about different historical events and gain an understanding of the elements of the event.
Underwood Elementary School
The furth-grade Fireflies have been busy working on a plethora of activities. In science, the students became amateur electricians as they explored electricity through the creation of a closed circuit. Social studies classes have begun to dig into the state's history, exploring state government, geography and history. Students will finish their study of Wisconsin with a trip to the capitol and a living wax museum project.
In addition, fourth-graders have started to learn about poetry. The students will write poetry and study different poetic devices. As the unit draws to a closes, students will compete in a poetry slam.
Seven students from Our Redeemer (grades six, seven and eight) qualified for the Wisconsin State Forensics meet at West Bend High School on Saturday, March 25. Eighth-grader Lydia Zajichek, who took first place in the Serious Solo category. Other students who competed and qualified for the state meetare Hailey Beyer, Rob Hurst, Carlito Johnson Emma Johnson, Hoyt Leitzke and Amanda Steinke.
St. Joseph Catholic
St. Joseph Catholic School presents its middle school performance of “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.” on April 6-8. This is the 24th anniversary of the annual middle school play.