News and Notes January

News and Notes January
Posted on 01/14/2019
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Shared Journeys Charter School:

  • Over 40 current and former Shared Journeys families received holiday gifts from the generous donations of Old National Bank, Aurora WA, Apostle Presbyterian Church and other community donors which were given out at our annual Cookies with Santa Saturday Morning.

  • Shared Journeys was selected as the recipient of a holiday meal prepared and served by Capri Di Nuovo on 8340 W Beloit Rd, West Allis.

  • Students designed breast cancer awareness t-shirts to support academic tutor, Jessie Hogan, who just completed 16 weeks of chemotherapy.

West Milwaukee Intermediate School: 6th grade social studies and science teacher, Jane Theune-Baillargeon received a donation of $129.09 to fund her classroom project "Wisconsin Native Plants." The donations were coordinated through Donors Choose.

Franklin Elementary School:

  • Melissa Gierach's 4th grade students won the Achieve 3000 Read to Succeed contest.  She was awarded a gift card to use for a class celebration.

  • Katie Czapleski's class created a Native American Museum in their classroom. Visitors from other schools toured the museum to see the projects her students completed.

  • Christie Kleinowski received a donation from Chick-Fil-A awarding each of her students with a large chocolate chip cookie (over $400.00) and milk for an incentive as Franklin students read 250,000 minutes!

Hoover Elementary School: Horace Mann Elementary School:  Reading Specialist, Jessica Dotson, won the Ahrens Education Group Holiday Giveaway receiving 1,000 books for the school.

General Mitchell Elementary School:
The PTA has been awarded Google's $1,000 PTA Connected Be Internet Awesome grant. The grant is designed to help get more families digitally involved with their PTAs and provides funding for hosting family workshops and digital materials.

Longfellow Elementary School:
Ann Gerencir's 4th graders won Achieve 3000's Read to Succeed contest! She was awarded a gift card to use for a class celebration.

Pershing Elementary School:
The entire Pershing student body was adopted by DECA students from Oconomowoc High School during the holiday season. Members of this student organization delivered gifts, played games, sang carols, and visited with Pershing students on December 19, 2018. All Pershing students received items such as books, toys, socks, hats, gloves, snow pants, snow boots, coats, etc. Students were extremely gracious and thankful to be part of this experience. This story was featured in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Southwest Now section on Dec. 26, 2018.

Walker Elementary School: T
eam Diversity, along with Student Council and Kids Matter collected over 100 pairs of new pajamas and donated them with new books to area homeless shelters.

Wilson Elementary School:
Vicki Dubnicka's class of 4th and 5th graders won Achieve 3000's Read to Succeed contest. She was awarded a gift card to use for a class celebration.

Recreation and Community Services Department:
Over 500 high school students and district personnel volunteered to help make the 2018 Annual Children's Holiday Target Shopping Experience a huge success. Over 700 students and their families attended this event. Additionally, Target West Allis Management, commented on the professionalism and helpful nature of the student volunteers. Special thanks to Mr. Greg Zeman and the Zeman Family Foundation for providing $60,000 to fund the 2018 Annual Children's Holiday Target Shopping Experience.

State of Wisconsin Proclamation:
It is proclaimed that January 14, 2019 through January 18, 2019 is Adult School Crossing Guard Recognition Week in the State of Wisconsin. Adult School Crossing Guards provide an invaluable service in helping ensure safe passage of our youngest, most vulnerable pedestrians. We are thankful for their service.