In Our Schools: May 3

May 1, 2012

Christ King

Last week, three teams of four girls from fifth-, sixth- and seventh-grades competed in the DSHA Excel-A-Thon. They all took tests in math, science, social studies and current events. Out of 34 schools competing, the Christ King fifth-grade team took third place, the sixth-grade team took second and the seventh-grade girls placed first.

Jefferson Elementary

The fourth-graders took a field trip to Madison on Monday to tour the State Capitol and to see legislators in action. Afterward, the students visited the Babcock Dairy building.

Lincoln Elementary

A cultural arts program with photographer Carl Galie was held Wednesday.

Longfellow Middle

Students will perform "Music Man, Jr." an abbreviated version of the Meredith Wilson musical, at 7 p.m. May 3 and 4 and 4 p.m. May 5. The cast and crew of 65 students will stay true to the plot, music and original period of the piece, resulting in an upbeat, fun and entertaining performance. Tickets cost $5 for general admission, $4 for senior citizens and students in grades six through 12 and $3 for children.

Madison Elementary

The school PTA hosted a teacher appreciation luncheon on Wednesday.

McKinley Elementary

The Adult Social & Silent Auction was held Saturday. Proceeds from the silent auction benefit the McKinley Safe Routes to School program, including future safety education, walking and biking to school events, the purchase of bike racks and road signs and the support of the Walking School Bus program. Auction items included lunch packages with staff, landscape design service, free seating at school concerts, Marquette University sports memorabilia, free tutoring and a Milwaukee Art Museum one-year membership. The event was sponsored by the Wauwatosa Women's Club.

Mercy Academy

Bishop Donald J. Hying will be the celebrant for the May Crowning at 8 a.m. Friday. Eighth-grader Katie Cobb of Brookfield was voted by her peers as the girl who best embodied Marian virtues. She has the honor this year of placing a crown of flowers on a statue of the Mother of God. Mercy second-graders also will play a special role at Mass. They will dress up in their First Communion attire to receive the Eucharist together for the first time as a class. Mercy is an independent Catholic academy, with school families belonging to various parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. All are welcome to attend the May Crowning Mass, as well as the First Friday social afterward. Pre-school storytime, complete with a story, songs and an art project, will be held during the social. In other news, four seventh-grade boys, as well as Mercy Academy Headmaster James Simpson and two School Board members, attended the annual Wauwatosa Public Library Luncheon recently. The featured speaker was James Bradley, author of "Flags of Our Fathers." The best-selling book, which also inspired a Clint Eastwood movie of the same name, highlighted the lives of a group of young military men who raised the flag on Iwo Jima during World War II. Last week on Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, a Mercy Academy grandmother, who works at Robert W. Baird & Co., introduced three of her granddaughters to a variety of careers in finance when the Mercy students visited the downtown Milwaukee office.

Our Redeemer Lutheran

Students continue to enjoy after-school enrichment classes. They have been or will be engaged in topics offered by First Stage Milwaukee, Mad Science and Checkmates, as well as soccer camp and craft and art classes.

Roosevelt Elementary

The fifth-graders have been practicing in the Danceworks Mad Hot Ballroom and Tap program for the past 12 weeks in preparation for the May 12 competition at the Bradley Center with 43 area schools. Danceworks is an educational dance program modeled after the New York City School's program featured in the 2005 documentary "Mad Hot Ballroom," created by Amy Sewall. All following student performances are free and open to the public:

2:45 p.m. - school assembly

3:30 p.m. - Lutheran Home program

4 p.m. - Wauwatosa Public Library

5:30 p.m. - Parents and Friends Thursday

St. Jude the Apostle

Competing in DSHA's Excel-a-Thon last week, fifth-grader Nora Bauer placed third overall, winning a $150 scholarship, as well as placing second in current events, second in English and third in social studies among fifth-graders. Also on the fifth-grade team: Sophia Brouwer, Elizabeth Organ and Mackenzie Youngblood, each of whom placed individually in varying subjects. They won first in the team contest for English. The sixth-grade team of Margot Dunn, Stephanie Franczak, Claire Hubley and Natalie Sanchez placed third as a team. The seventh-grade team of Camila Hernandez, Sarah Jung, Erin Kleber and Genevieve Ruesch placed first in English; individually, Ruesch took first in English and Jung, second.

Washington Elementary

The following events are happening at Washington School in the coming days. On May 3, the kindergartners will go to the Betty Brinn Children's Museum. The next day, the fourth-grade will take a walking field trip to the Wauwatosa Public Library. Friday also is EFW T-shirt Day in preparation for Saturday's EFW Walk/Run at the zoo. Next week, a PTA meeting will be held May 8, the junior kindergartners will go to Green Meadow Farm on May 9, the fifth-grade will go to Camp Whitcomb Mason on May 11 and the school talent show will be held in the evening May 11.

Wauwatosa Catholic

Students in grades four through eight celebrated Earth Day by picking up litter at Hart Park. Teachers incorporated activities to include many areas of the curriculum. In social studies, the students became futuristic thinkers, putting themselves in the future, determining what found items were in the past. Measuring and comparing the weight of objects was the science focus. The math component was to record and report measurement, and in Language Arts poems were written about found objects.

Wauwatosa East High

The Quill & Scroll Journalism Honor Society initiation was held Wednesday. Quill & Scroll is an international high school journalism honor society that recognizes and encourages individual and group achievements in scholastic journalism.

Wauwatosa STEM

Senior kindergarten through second-grade students will see a performance of "Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly" at First Stage Children's Theater on May 3.

Wauwatosa West High

West and Whitman combined talents for the jazz band concert on Tuesday. Warren Wiegratz, nationally known composer and director of Street Life, the Milwaukee Bucks band, was the guest director.

Whitman Middle

West and Whitman combined talents for the jazz band concert on Tuesday. Warren Wiegratz, nationally known composer and director of Street Life, the Milwaukee Bucks band, was the guest director.

Wilson Elementary

Fifth-graders will camp overnight at Camp Whitcomb Mason on May 3. The camp program highlights environmental concerns, introduces children to various outdoor camping skills and includes a variety of recreational activities as well as educational games. Also that day, the second-graders will take a walking field trip to the Kneeland-Walker House. The students will learn about pioneer life in an old-fashioned schoolhouse created by the Wauwatosa Historical Society

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