K-9 Officer Sonny and his handler came to visit Walker Team Integrity 1 & 2 students! He demonstrated how he searches for illegal drugs in West Allis Schools and homes, in order to keep our community safe!
We would like to thank all Walker students, staff, families, and PTA for helping make Night of the Arts and the Scholastic Book Fair a huge success!
Click here to see the amazing talents of Walker students!
Team Persistence is creating their very own version of the Decorah Eagles. They have decided to hatch chickens in honor of their latest inquiry unit. Feel free to watch and take part in their research by clicking on the link below, and see if you can witness the hatching of their baby chicks live!
All information will be sent home with your child, and please feel free to stop by the book fair during this time as well! We hope to see you there!
Preview the fair below!
eBooks in Education!
Students and staff at Walker Elementary are busy using eBooks in the classroom! These books are highly engaging and promote personalized learning. Check out how Walker students and staff have been recognized at a national level for using cutting edge technology in the classroom!
Digital learning day is a day for everyone to reflect on how technology improves student learning. This week Walker students were fortunate enough to take a virtual tour of Miller Park, in addition to Skyping with
Katina Shaw, Senior Director of Community Relations and Family Liaison for the Milwaukee Brewers, to discuss the different career opportunities available with the Brewer Corporation. Check out how Walker students and staff promoted the use of technology in education, in order to promote Digital Learning Day!
Do you have questions regarding how to use an iPad or how iPads are used in the classroom? Stop by the Walker IMC to find out more or to see some of the great technology related projects your child has been working on! We hope to see you then!
The Foundation has launched its first annual HONOR AN EDUCATOR program. Parents/Guardians and students can use this program to show their appreciation to a great teacher, coach, music director, or staff person in the West Allis/West Milwaukee School District as the school year comes to a close. All donations through the HONOR AN EDUCATOR program will help the Foundation provide grants to district schools and teachers in 2012-2013. Last year, more than $18,000 was awarded in Foundation grants for innovative learning programs and initiatives.
HOW IT WORKS:
For every $10 donation to the Education Foundation, honorees receive a beautiful certificate of at the end of the school year.
Please send completed forms and payment no later than May 15th. Or send them to:
WAWM SD Education Foundation
Attn: Susan Stuckert
1205 South 70th Street
West Allis, WI 53214
WALKER'S FIRST ALL-SCHOOL BOOK CLUB!
We are at the beginning of a very exciting journey that will incorporate a valuable reading experience, parent/child/peer discussions, and an all school common theme.
At any age, being in a book club teaches kids valuable skills such as reading for understanding, relating reading to personal experience, and how to participate in a discussion. Parents, who take the time to read, listen and respond to their child as a reader, will send a powerful message that their child’s thoughts and experiences are important. Parents will also get an extra-special glimpse of how and what their child is really thinking while they read.
Every family and staff member will receive a copy of the chapter book, Julian, Dream Doctor to read and share together. This should be a read aloud either by a parent, family member or student. We will celebrate this book at school through daily questioning and contests, an artist in residence, and classroom run projects. Around March 1st you will receive a copy of the book with the instructions attached. Happy reading and enjoy this story together with your family.
On Tuesday, December 20th, Walker's 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders went to the U.S. Cellular Arena and helped to break a WORLD RECORD! The Walker students, along with many other students from the greater Milwaukee area (for a total of 4,586 students), read for more than 30 minutes along with Ryan Grant, Craig Counsell, Mayor Tom Barrett and others. They broke the previous world record (for most students reading with an adult) of 4,222 students established in Nigeria on September 8, 2011. Click on the link below to view the news coverage from Fox 6.
Team Respect just completed their first service learning project this past month. The students from the K-2 Team were very concerned about the recent earthquakes in Turkey. After much collaboration, they decided to host a bake sale to raise money to help the earthquake victims. Due to a generous Walker community and the hard work of Team Respect, they were able to raise $284 from their bake sale. Please click on the play button below to view a glimpse of this wonderful service learning project.
By Chris Mann
Physical Education Teacher
West Allis – It took nearly 4 years of fundraising, but Walker School finally has their rock wall. In all, the students, parents, teachers and school community raised $9218 through sweat, tears, and a couple of jump-a-thons.
Measuring 8 feet high by 48 feet wide, the new horizontal traverse wall at Walker School is truly remarkable. Made from 4 x 8 panels of heavy wood, each panel consists of multiple cement hand holds that create difficult climbing challenges for all who try it.
The beauty of this structure is that we can all relate to it. As children, we all were climbers... first by one-stepping furniture, then progressing to stairways, and eventually graduating to the backyard oak trees. The climbing wall invites students to revisit their childhood and "climb" the new challenges presented in the "new curriculum" of the 21st Century.
The objective of this project is to provide students with the opportunity to reap tremendous benefits associated with rock climbing. Climbing is a legitimate educational activity that encourages the physical, mental, social, and emotional growth of each participant. Students will climb horizontally across a rock wall that has features similar to actual rock climbing.
Physically fit children do perform better academically! Students who meet minimum fitness levels in three or more physical fitness areas show the great gains in academic achievement at all grade levels. The goal of this program will be to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to participate in health enhancing physical activity throughout their lives. A healthy population of students leads to a health-oriented community.