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In Our Schools: Jan. 30

Wisconsin Hills Middle School students rehearse “Annie Jr.” at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts. Show dates and times are 7 p.m. Friday and 3 and 6 p.m. Saturday.

Wisconsin Hills Middle School students rehearse “Annie Jr.” at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts. Show dates and times are 7 p.m. Friday and 3 and 6 p.m. Saturday. Photo By submitted

Jan. 29, 2014

Brookfield Academy

Advance Placement Government and Politics students Samuel Baureis, Natalie Kustner, Nour Saeed, Hee-Jun Yang, Huilai Gu, Kristopher Hildebrand, Aliyah Quereshi, Jimmy Schulgit and Lee Smith-Feinberg participated in the "We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution Competition," and placed third in the state.

Brookfield Central

The PTO is collecting boxes of tissue for the staff to have in their classrooms, which will then be available to students. Families are encouraged to donate a box or two, or more. There will be a donation table in the front lobby Feb. 3 and 4.

Brookfield Christian

The school recently held auditions for the upcoming middle school musical, Disney's "Peter Pan, Jr." Students are working hard to prepare for the performances scheduled for March 13 and 14. In other news, fifth- to eighth-graders recently competed in the schoolwide National Geography Bee, and Jonathon Janke took first place. He will take the test to move on to the next level. Clara Hoeksema came in second. Spelling bee winner Joey Dekker will move on to the local-level competiton, and Emily Behling took second place.

Brookfield East

Students from Brookfield East have advanced to the Top 32 round of an international debate competition. The Bickel & Brewer/New York University International Public Policy Forum is the first and only competition that gives high school students around the world the opportunity to engage in written and oral debates on issues of public policy. By advancing, the students remain eligible to win a $10,000 grand prize and an all-expenses-paid trip to the IPPF Finals in New York City in April. The Brookfield East team is the only team from Wisconsin to advance the Top 32 round.

Brookfield Elementary

Brookfield Elementary and its PTO are looking for volunteers and helpers for Battle of the Books, Donuts with Dad, Fifth-Grade Farewell and Chess Club. If you are interested in helping with or leading any of these opportunities for the students, contact Principal Daniel Westfahl as soon as possible.

Burleigh Elementary

Burleigh collected more than 450 books during its book drive. Teachers and staff "shopped" the book drive last week to supplement classroom libraries. Last week, the books were delivered to the Next Door Foundation's Books for Kids program.

Dixon Elementary

The Scholastic Book Fair will be held after the ACE Family Night concert at 5:45 p.m. Feb. 6. The Scholastic Book Fair theme — "Book Fair Fiesta: ¡Yo Quiero Libros! ¡Vamos a Leer!" or "I Want Books! Let's Go Read!" — surrounds students in the celebration of reading with hundreds of fun, engaging, affordable books for them to discover.

Elm Grove Lutheran

The school and childcare facility invited families, friends and the community to an open house Jan. 29. Those who came learned about the low student-to-teacher ratio, a curriculum that exceeds state guidelines, extensive music and athletic programs, computer and foreign language offerings, and more. A Family Fun Night, featuring a special concert by AriSon, was held.

Fairview South

Fairview South will host its Winter Carnival. The school will be transformed into winter-themed stations at which students can participate in a variety of activities, including "ice skating" — sliding in their socks across a floor covered in shaving cream.

Immanuel Lutheran

Immanuel is celebrating National Lutheran School's Week. Students participate in "Faith Family Olympics," enjoy time in a bouncy house and on an inflatable obstacle course, and go to Milwaukee Lutheran High School for a Power Team assembly or to Elm Grove for a concert by AriSon.

St. Dominic

St. Dominic Catholic School is celebrating Catholic Schools Week. The school started the week with a community open house Sunday followed by a week of activities for students to help celebrate their faith. Some of these activities included promoting school spirit by wearing their spiritwear and having a naming contest for the school's mascot, the Knight. For service, students made prayer blankets that will be donated to a local charity.

St. John Vianney

Students in the mock Caldecott Medal Club experience what it's like to decide the Caldecott winners. The SJV Caldecott Medal Club meets several weeks in a row and includes fourth- and fifth-grade students. They read and critically evaluate several books carefully chosen by librarian Christine Weichart. The students evaluate and discuss the books, practicing their communication skills while learning about literature.

St. Mary's Visitation

St. Mary's Visitation is celebrating Catholic Schools Week with an Olympic theme. Students in all grades have been divided into "teams" from different countries and will participate in a variety of Olympic games and activities. In addition, each grade are taking part in special service projects, which include a visit to the School Sisters of Notre Dame, making lunches for Guest House and a service trip to Feeding America.

Swanson Elementary

Join Swanson families for a breakfast of pancakes, sausage, juice, milk and coffee, sponsored by the Class of 2014. This event will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. Feb. 1 at the McKinley Masonic Lodge, 4550 N. Pilgrim Road in Brookfield. The cost is $5 per person or $6 at the door. Contact Mary Beth Bartels or Tracy Breitzmann to RSVP.

Tonawanda Elementary

Third-graders created clay tiles for an all-school installation after a field trip to "The Quiltmaker's Gift" production at Marquette University Theater.

Wisconsin Hills

Middle School

WHMS is asking for volunteers to help with the Wisconsin School Music Association Solo and Ensemble music festival March 8. Volunteer forms can be found on the school's website.

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