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In Our Schools: Dec. 5

Dec. 5, 2011

Brookfield Central

Science students competed Nov. 22 at Milwaukee School of Engineering's 2011 Science Competition. Students competed individually on four tests - general science, biology, chemistry and physics - and also worked in teams of eight on a team exam. High schools from the metro-Milwaukee area as well as schools from the Madison area and northern Illinois brought teams to the competition. On the individual tests, Brookfield Central had award winners in the top six on two tests: Sam Soik in chemistry and Nikil Prasad in physics. The students received certificates in recognition of their achievement.

Brookfield Christian

Christmas Around the World studies and celebrations take place in all of Brookfield Christian's classrooms - each class is assigned a country, and students study the holiday customs and then incorporate them into their celebrations. Students also are collecting new toys for children at the Joy House at the Milwaukee Rescue Mission, and making Christmas favors for the students at CrossTrainers Academy in their Unity Groups.

Brookfield East

The Brookfield East Student Council is hosting Kids' Night on Friday. This is a free event for parents of children age 2 (must be potty-trained) through fifth grade to drop off their child at 6:30 p.m. for care until 9 p.m. Student Council members will play games, lead crafts, watch movies and have fun with the children. There is a free-will donation basket available at registration. Money will go to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.

Brookfield Elementary

The Young Executive Club's School Tools store is open for business every Friday during the lunch hour. YEC is a club for fourth- and fifth-grade students who work as part of a team to plan and implement school and community outreach projects. Students running the School Tools store learn to make choices as a buyer, provide advertising and serve as a bookkeeper or seller at the store. This week YEC members, along with kindergarten Daisy Scouts, are collecting donations of new toys for Toys for Tots.

Burleigh Elementary

The fourth- and fifth-grade band, orchestra and chorus students will present their Winter Concert on Wednesday. Performances are scheduled for 2:15 p.m. for Burleigh students and staff, and at 7 p.m. for friends and family. The community is welcome to attend.

Dixon Elementary

Kindergartners enjoyed big belly laughs during a visit by drummer/actor Lee Palmer. His performance was part of Dixon's partnership with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra; its purpose, besides having fun, was to teach the children about the behavior of a good audience. Using eyes, ears and imagination are all part of the audience's role, and Dixon kindergartners loved using them as they watched the performance. Recently the kindergartners visited the Elmbrook Nature Center, where using their senses was again important, as they observed animals both inside the center and outside in the pond and woods.

Elm Grove Evangelical Lutheran

The following students achieved academic award status for the first quarter of the school year: Honor Roll (3.60 to 3.68 grade-point average) - Gabriel Dean, Benjamin Wierzchowski, Hannah Schulz, Hannah Weymier, Noah Wiley, Jacob Harner, Alex Ohde, Alex Setzer, Christopher Stoll and Christeka Widule; High Honor Roll (3.69 to 3.84) - Karlie Bellante, Connor Hipke, Kailyn Klotz, Owen Krueger, Angela Lee, Anna Ohde, Brody Setzer, Molly Stritesky, Cate Heup, Noah Polzin, Joshua Zhang, Benjamin Ewert, Tyler Hipke, Mark Midtbo, Jenna Patterson, Jacob Stamm, Hannah Arnold, Anna Bangle, Elise Halvorson, Elyse Hoeg, Anna McMiller, Katie Radewahn and Zachary Robel; Principal's Honor Roll (3.85 to 4.0) - Emily Ewert, Callie Hedtke, Rachel Wiley, Mia Halvorson, Hannah Margrett, Alexis Romero, Megan Stritesky, MaryBeth Drabiszczak, Matthew Ewert, Jessica Robel, Zachary Skovgaard, Kathleen Wierzchowski, Christine Wilcox and Sarah Schulz.

Immanuel Lutheran

The children are gearing up for the Christmas season. The Sticks Ministry students will add to an Advent service worship. The school choir and band will perform in a concert Dec. 16, and the entire student body will lead a worship service Dec. 18.

Pilgrim Park Middle School

As part of an ongoing partnership with American Legion Post 449, the sixth-grade students held a Read-a-thon fundraiser in conjunction with the observance of Veteran's Day on Nov. 11. The fundraiser netted more than $3,000, and on Dec. 2 the sixth-grade class presented representatives from the Legion post with a check for the Troop and Family Support Fund. Legion Commander David Latimer plans to return to Pilgrim Park to present the students with a plaque commemorating the partnership between the Legion and the school.

St. Dominic

It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas at St. Dominic School. The 4-year-old kindergarten tradition continues with the children making reindeer sweatshirts for the season. First-grade students made Advent wreaths, and the second-graders spread some Christmas cheer by visiting Elmbrook Hospital and singing Christmas carols for the staff.

St. John Vianney

Barnes & Noble hosted a book fair at its Brookfield Square location. For all purchases made, SJV received a percentage of the profits. During special events throughout the day, books were read by the principal, the librarian, teachers and the Rev. Phillip Bogacki, associate pastor of SJV. The Shamrock Choir entertained the crowd with some Christmas carols, and the saxophone players from the band ended the evening with Christmas music.

Swanson Elementary

The PTO sponsored Donuts for Dads last week. Donuts and juice were served prior to the start of the school day. In addition, students were asked to bring a nonperishable food item to be donated to a food pantry.

Wisconsin Hills Middle School

For the past 15 years, a holiday tradition has been established at Wisconsin Hills that integrates academic curriculum (mental math of fractions, percentages and decimals) and a charitable spirit of giving to the less fortunate. It is the annual 7th Grade Gift Giving Field Trip. After weeks of classroom instruction and preparation, the culminating activity is for six busloads of students, teachers and parents to meet at the mall to use their mental math skills to shop for needy families. After a morning of comparison shopping, each group has lunch, then sets out to shop for the person whose wish will come true. Boston Store, J.C. Penny, and Sears all discount merchandise, so gifts are more affordable.

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