January District Recognitions

January District Recognitions
Posted on 01/14/2021
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Each month, District Recognitions are read at our Board of Education Meetings. We are proud and thankful for the many contributions made by the members of our learning community. Together or apart, we are united in our dedication to education!
West Allis Central High School:  In December, Trishena Brown was named as the Journal Sentinel girls' basketball player of the week. The 5-foot-7 sophomore guard averaged 27.5 points and 16.5 rebounds in home-court victories over St. Francis and Catholic Central.  On December 21, 2020, she posted 24 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks in a 63-19 victory over St. Francis. The next day, she finished with 30 points, 19 rebounds, seven blocks and five steals in a 71-45 victory over Catholic Central.

Shared Journeys:  A huge thank you to all who supported Shared Journeys to help make the holidays bright in lieu of our annual Santa Saturday.  Our staff made front porch drop-offs with gifts for our students and their child. 

James E. Dottke:  
Thank you to Social Worker, MaryPat O'Hara, and Head Secretary, Nancy Tarango, for getting donations from multiple community partners to make 21 Thanksgiving food baskets and 16 Holiday food baskets for District families. 

Thank you to Erin Hanson-Baisley for her continued efforts to move our school's Deeper Learning work forward by developing high interest seminars around a variety of topics (e.g., Healthy Cooking, Poetry, Photography & Art, Election 2020 and the History of West Allis).  She has also written and received multiple grants so students can take part in new and powerful learning experiences.

Frank Lloyd Wright Intermediate School:  Congratulations to teacher, Carrie Clark, for organizing a virtual test drive event with Ford in order to earn $6,000 for our school. The money donated by Ford will be used to fund teacher grant requests for their classrooms and to off-set student activities, field-trips, etc.

West Milwaukee Intermediate School:  Ashley Duley, an eighth grade Balanced Literacy teacher at West Milwaukee Intermediate School, was interviewed by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Education Reporter, Emily Files.  Ms. Duley gave a positive and insightful interview about the lessons she’s learned while teaching virtually.  

Recreation and Community Services Department:  
Thank you to all who helped to make the 2020 Annual Children's Holiday "Virtual" Shopping Event a great success; the Student Services Staff at each elementary school, Deidre and the Leadership and Learning Team, Steve Kosnar and the Sodexo Team, Cassie Stanton, Linda Gritzmacher and Amanda Schwichtenberg.

We would like to recognize and thank Larry, a Sodexo Team member, for going above and beyond. Larry has built and nurtured a relationship with a student that attends Camp Virtualistic at Frank Lloyd Wright Intermediate School. This particular student has struggled both academically and behaviorally. With simple fist bumps, asking "What's Up?", attentive conversations, and coming in early to play catch with the student, Larry has motivated him to complete his school work and redirect his behaviors to be more positive. The world would be a better place with more Larrys in it.  We are proud to have him working in our buildings and doing much more than his job description requires of him.