The middle school team of Pranav Kulkarni, Emma Lenz, Jason Tan and Alex Zhu, along with individual participants Mark Bechthold, Jay Chand, Ram Gollapudy, Andrew Hong, Ravi Kodali and Rhea Nangia, participated in the regional MathCounts competition. Alex and Pranav finished third and 11th, respectively, out of the 85 mathletes from 14 schools. The team captured third-place honors and advanced to the state competition, to be held March 2 in Madison.
The Brookfield Mock Trial Team participated in regionals at the Waukesha County Courthouse recently. They reviewed case materials and advocated with Waukesha County judges in an effort to both prosecute and defend an attempted murder case. The club formed two teams this year with members from both high schools. Legal advisers were David Frank from Gierke Frank Trial Attorneys and Jessica Farley from Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren.
Second-graders are working on a "famous American" research project in writing, helping them learn about recording facts and locating important information. Fourth-graders are working on "how-to" projects, including how to make the best scrambled eggs, how to make a far-flying paper airplane, how to make a winning Pinewood Derby car and more. Eighth-graders have started a career research paper. Students took an assessment to find careers they may be interested in and will be interviewing someone in the field as part of the project.
Ten members of the Class of 2013 earned the distinction of National Merit Scholarship Finalists: Brittany Allen, Haley Carter, Jessica Huang, Devan Kreger, Amir Kucharski, David Liu, Ryan Prazynski, Robert Szabo, Veronica Telega and Jake Walker. Because of the quality of their test scores, applications and recommendations, these students distinguished themselves within the highly qualified, highly impressive group of semifinalist candidates. In reaching the rank of Finalist, these students rank in the top one-tenth of one percent of the 1.5 million students who were eligible for this award by having taken the PSAT last year. Nationwide, about 15,000 seniors earn finalist status.
Fourth-grade classrooms are taking field trips to the nature center in the coming days.
The music department is hosting a sock hop from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15. Admission costs $6 per student or $12 for two or more students in a family. Subway subs and other snacks will be available for purchase. This is a fundraiser for the music program.
During the month of February, the Student Council will collect shoes for children in need in Africa. Shoes for Africa is a nonprofit organization that provides new and gently used shoes for the people of Africa who desperately need them. More than 20 million orphaned children are without shoes in Africa. A donation barrel is available in the main hallway, near the health room.
In the wake of the Sandy Hook School shooting in Newtown, Conn., as well as the Azana Spa shooting in Brookfield, the school and the church leadership are taking steps to improve already tight security. The crisis management plan is being reviewed and practiced in the school, and school leaders are asking everyone in the community to take an active role in being aware of and reacting to crisis situations. Exterior school and office doors will remain locked during normal school and business hours, and those who have business at the school or church will be made aware of proper entrance policy.
Students celebrate Valentine's Day a number of ways. The 3-year-old kindergarten and 4-year-old kindergarten students have a whole week of Valentine fun. Grades kindergarten through two go roller skating at Butler Skate Land. The rest of the grades have classroom parties. The youth group sponsored a carnival for students and their families. They enjoyed games, food and duct-taping some teachers to the wall! The proceeds from the food and game tickets help fund the Youth Group trip to Texas for the National Youth Gathering this summer.
Pilgrim Park Middle School is presenting Disney's "The Little Mermaid" at 7 p.m. Feb. 14 and Feb. 15 and AT 2 P.M. Feb. 16 at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts. Tickets are currently on sale through the Wilson Center box office for $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students.
St. John Vianney
As part of the Catholic Schools Education week, St. John Vianney fourth- through eighth-graders attended Mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in downtown Milwaukee. Archbishop Listecki held Mass along with SJV's own Fr. Bogacki. In addition to Mass, the kids enjoyed a tour of the Cathedral.
St. Mary's Visitation
Four St. Mary's Visitation students have qualified to participate in the regional competition of the National History Bee. Congratulations to our SMV history whizzes - George Carlo Clark, Tim Carrig, Nicholas McDonough, Aidan Parks - and their teacher, Burke Seeberg! To qualify, the students advanced through preliminary rounds, then took the online regional qualifying exam and placed in the top 120 scorers. Next stop: Regional Finals in Chicago on April 1.
The Monster Project is a collaborative project between creative elementary student artists and high school art students working in a variety of art media. The monster ink drawings of fourth-grade Swanson students were used as inspiration for Brookfield Central High School art students. The high school students recreated versions of the younger students' ink drawings using clay, printmaking, painting and drawing materials.
The school celebrated the 100th day of the academic year in many mathematical ways. Kindergarten mathematicians created "100 things" vests and "built" the number 100 in a variety of ways throughout the day.
Ten students from Wisconsin Hills Middle School participated in the MathCounts 2013 Chapter Competition on Feb. 2. The Wisconsin Hills Middle School team won first place out of 13 teams.
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