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In Our Schools: Nov. 12

Nov. 12, 2012

Brookfield Academy

The LifeChangers service club for grades three, four and five is sponsoring a food drive throughout November to help stock the shelves of the Waukesha Food Pantry. The students are encouraging their classmates to shop with their own allowance or do chores to earn money to purchase canned goods for this project. Giving of themselves is at the heart of this drive.

Brookfield Central High School

Latin and German teacher Dan Tess is the 2012 recipient of the Frank M. Grittner Award, which is presented to a new member of the profession who has shown excellence in teaching and provided leadership in service to school, community and professional organizations. One of his students said, "No matter what, he can never conceal his excitement when he's teaching, and the effort he always shows cannot be matched." One of the administrators said, "His integrity, desire to learn and leadership are common themes that emerge when considering what Dan brings to the school, his department and his profession."

Brookfield Christian School

Students took part in a mock election. The fourth-graders also held a "candy bar election" - the Chocolate (Twix) Party won handily over the Chewy (Airheads) Party. The class worked on persuasive speeches related to their election. In other news, fifth- through eighth-graders who advanced in the school's Speech & Spelling Competition will head to the regional event hosted by Racine Christian School to present their prepared pieces and compete with students from other local Christian schools. In other news, eighth-graders this week wrapped up their civics unit, visiting Madison to see the Veterans Museum and tour the Capitol. They met legislators and heard from Steve Baas from the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce.

Brookfield East High School

The 37th annual BEHS Friends of Fine Arts Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair - one of the largest juried craft fairs in Wisconsin - was held Nov. 11. It featured more than 170 exhibitors showcasing an array of handcrafted items for gift giving and home decorating. Fair chairwoman Jennifer Carrasco said 2,800 people attended, about 300 more than last year. The money raised helps fund the school's art needs. Proceeds have been used to fund scholarships as well as items such as a baby grand piano, a public address system and soundproofed practice rooms.

Brookfield Elementary

The school welcomed back Principal Lynn Raines on Nov. 12. Interim Principal Nancy Marsho announced to the school: "She is excited to return to see everyone, especially the children. I know you will give her lots of hugs and welcoming messages. It has been my honor and pleasure to serve you in her absence."

Burleigh Elementary

Girl Scout Troop 4471 would like to make the world a better place. To educate and encourage people to recycle, the girls are asking Burleigh families to send their plastic bottle caps to the school before Nov. 20. After the collection, the Scouts will use the caps to make decorations and yard art.

Fairview South School

On Nov. 4, the school's athletes took part in the Special Olympics Sectional Bowling Competition.

Pilgrim Park Middle School

The school will host a book fair at Barnes & Noble at Brookfield Square on Dec. 6. A percentage of purchases will benefit the school. Online support also is available from Dec. 6 though Dec. 12. Visit BN.com/bookfairs.

St. John Vianney

Students annually take part in a talent show that showcases creative, humorous and entertaining acts. This year's event was no exception. On Nov. 8, fifth- through eighth-graders treated a packed auditorium to skits featuring solo vocal and guitar performances, songs sung by groups of students, jazz and pop dance routines, a basketball trampoline dunk contest and even a creative pillow people performance. The Fine Arts Department along with parent, teacher and student volunteers supported the event.

St. Mary's Visitation

The eighth-grade boys volleyball team took first place in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee's annual Elizabeth Ann Seton Volleyball tournament. The boys led a field of 20 teams on their road to the championship. The team was coached by Mike and Margaret Thew.

Swanson Elementary

For the third year, student artists will be on Artsonia. Artsonia.com showcases artwork from thousands of schools around the world. Artsonia's goals are to develop student pride and self-esteem, increase multicultural understanding through art and involve parents and relatives in student education and accomplishments.

Tonawanda Elementary

The Candy Care drive generated 6,470 pieces of candy that was donated to the Ronald McDonald House for children who were not able to go trick-or-treating. Jersey Mike's on Bluemound Road recently hosted a successful fundraiser night for the school.

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