Blue Knights varsity basketball players senior Domonique Criss and junior Sean Clarey were recognized during a recent assembly for going over the 1,000-point mark for their careers. Both achieved the milestone in January and continue to add to their career totals.
The chamber choir participated in the President's Day Choral Festival in Washington, D.C., Feb. 3. They joined choirs from all over the country, under the direction of Gary Schwartzhoff, and two of Schwartzhoff's choirs from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire accompanied by a professional orchestra to perform a tribute to the life of John F. Kennedy. In addition to a setting of the Latin "Lux Aeterna," a portion of the Requiem Mass by composer Morten Lauridsen, they were part of a world premiere composition using JFK's speeches as text and new settings of "The Navy Hymn" and "America the Beautiful." They also were part of the wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery and got a behind-the-scenes tour of the Capitol and met with Wisconsin senators and representatives.
Students have been collecting hygiene products for Dispensa de la Pas every day this week. Items such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant and soap are being accepted.
On Feb. 1 the school celebrated its bus drivers with an appreciation breakfast. The PTO contributed breakfast, students created "thank you" cards, and the kindergartners sang a special version of "Wheels on the Bus." The school recognizes that bus drivers have tremendous responsibility maneuvering the road while monitoring the conduct of students. Because of their efforts, officials said, the number of bus incidents and infractions is significantly down this year.
Growing a Healthy Wisconsin is an interactive fourth-grade classroom presentation that emphasizes the economic impact of Wisconsin agriculture and provides fun nutrition facts about foods produced in the state. Rochelle Ripp, the 65th Alice in Dairyland, and staff from the Wisconsin Dairy Council will present this lesson to the fourth-graders Feb. 25. This program will enhance the students' Wisconsin social studies unit.
The All for Books Coin Drive brought in $578.75. Scholastic will match Dixon's achievement by donating 578 books to two national organizations supporting literacy. The second-grade took the fundraiser, raising an averge of $2.22 per student.
Elm Grove Evangelical Lutheran
The fifth-graders are beginning a 14-week D.A.R.E. program sponsored by the Elm Grove Police Department and taught by officer Sandra Brown. D.A.R.E. stands for "Drug abuse resistance education." There will be a graduation ceremony in May. In other news, the kindergarten has just spent a week studying the letter "H" in the classroom, which led to a study of Hawaii. They packed a suitcase with all the items they would need for the trip. They watched a volcano erupt and learned that lava volcanos made islands in the middle of the ocean. They even danced the Hawaiian Hukilau.
During National Lutheran Schools Week, students in grades kindergarten through three went to Concordia University where the college students made presentations in literature, medicine and environmental science. Grades four through eight went to Milwaukee Lutheran High School, where they participated in putting together care bags for cancer patients as organized by "Phil's Friends." Chicago Bears linebacker Nick Roach, a MLHS graduate, was there to encourage participation in the mission of Phil's Friends. The students also were treated to a short concert by singer Kimmy Vos of Chicago.
Pilgrim Park Middle School
Students will present Disney's "The Little Mermaid" at 7 p.m. Feb. 14 and Feb. 15 and 2 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts. Tickets are on sale through the Wilson Center box office for $10 per adult and $8 per senior or student.
St. John Vianney
Master Chan Lee, the bully expert from JK Lee Black Belt Academy, is teaching students age-appropriate verbal anti-bullying skills over the course of four sessions. Students will learn that self-confidence, assertive body posture and facial expressions are important bullying deterrents. Master Chan Lee also teaches kids important verbal tactics that allow kids to use phrases to calmly and effectively deflect bullies.
School families will take part in a Splash Night at the Country Springs Water Park from 3 to 8 p.m. March 14.
Wisconsin Hills Middle School
Run for the Hills is right around the corner. This year's event will take place April 28 at Mitchell Park in Brookfield. All sponsorship commitments are due in the school office by March 15 in order to get names printed on the commemorative T-shirts. For information, call Cathy Wolfla at (262) 796-8697.
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