News and Notes - December

News and Notes December
Posted on 12/10/2018
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Central High School:  

  • Central staff members collected food donations and raised money to make Thanksgiving Baskets so that 22 students and their families could enjoy a thanksgiving meal.

  • Teacher, Angela Gerlowski and Deeper Learning Coach, Kent Kleinowski helped organize the incoming 9th Grade Academic Preview Night with over 120 people in attendance.

  • The musical “Shrek” was a hit and the cast, crew, and pit orchestra did an outstanding job.  The musical was directed by Jordan Pollard with musical direction by Ryan Zettlemoyer, and choreography by Kristin Pagenkopf.

  • Student Services Counselor, Nate Rice, took several students to participate in the "Brothers United for Change" Young Men of Color Leadership Summit which was held at Marquette University.  

  • Teacher, Julie Nicholds, organized a trip to Chicago with her students to visit the International Museum of Surgical Science.  Students were able to see ancient medical artifacts, historical prosthetic devices and take part in a civil war era "amputation."  

Nathan Hale High School:

  • Department Chairs helped organize the incoming 9th Grade Academic Preview Night with over 350 people in attendance.   

  • Students in “Peers with Purpose” organized Red Ribbon Week with their advisers, Nikki Levine and Karen Zigman.  Special events helped promote the importance of making drug free choices with over 400 students participating in "Red Out" day.

  • School Counselor, Brandi Anthony, took 25 male students of color to a College Readiness Summit at Concordia University.

  • Teacher, Mike Ellery, worked with the Wisconsin Historical Society and Wisconsin Black Historical Society to bring the traveling exhibit, Crossing the Line, which focuses on the 1967 Fair Housing marches in Milwaukee and the resulting Civil Rights Act of 1968 to Hale’s LMC.

Shared Journeys Charter School:

  • Shared Journeys received a $5,000 grant from Associated Bank and $20,000 from the Kaztex Foundation.  

  • Students volunteered at a local food pantry to help organize Thanksgiving Baskets.

  • Childcare Provider, Jenny Szalacinski, completed her coursework in Skills and Strategies for the Child Care Teacher Tier 3.

  • Student teacher, Niki Klimowicz, is graduating from Alverno with honors.

James E. Dottke High School:  

  • Education Assistant, Meg Holzhauer's leadership on creating and then improving the school's Community Closet was recognized during a site visit from representatives from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

  • Science teacher, Jenny Olechowski, received a $100 Memic Grant that will be used for the purchase of scholastic science magazines. This will allow students to stay current with scientific advancements as well as work to improve their literacy skills.  

Lane Intermediate School:   

  • Teacher, Emily Rhode-Terrien, received a $500 grant from the Milwaukee Masonic Temple for Franklin’s music department.  This grant money will help subsidize the cost for ukuleles for students.

  • Teacher, Jamie Crotteau's husband, Dave Crotteau, shared his carpentry expertise with four 5th grade students to help them prepare an accordion display for the Franklin Student Showcase.

  • Students, Mackenzie Layton and Daniel Kirchner, represented Franklin at the Young Author's Conference.  

West Milwaukee Intermediate School:  

  • Teacher, Janise Janikowski, received funding from Donor’s Choose for two additional 3-D printers.  

  • Future Business Leaders of America members hung bags and fliers on 100 doorknobs in the neighborhood to support the West Milwaukee Lions Club’s drive to recycle new and used eyeglasses.  

Franklin Elementary School:

  • Katie Czaplewski and her fourth grade students worked with the City of West Allis and Mayor Dan Devine to decorate the Christmas tree at the West Allis Historical Society.  

  • Teacher, Emily Peterson (Bielinski), helped her students decorate a Christmas tree at Cathedral Square in downtown Milwaukee.

  • Franklin Elementary School partnered with The Hunger Task Force to collect food for their pantry.

Hoover Elementary School:

  • Linkin Eger (3rd grade) and Naudia Greenwalt (4th Grade) were nominated for an Emmy Award for the PBS documentary on the book Naudia wrote entitled, "My Friend Linkin".  They got to walk on the Red Carpet in Chicago at the Midwest Emmy Awards.

  • Teachers, Tom Luedke, Kay Caron and intern, Karimah Asad, took their 2nd and 3rd graders to "Kids to Kids" Christmas at the Village at Manor Park and their students donated over 60 toys to the toy drive.

  • Teacher, Nancy Sossong, secured a grant from the Milwaukee Public Museum that allows students to visit the museum at a reduced rate.

Horace Mann Elementary School:  Music teacher, Shannon Shimoyama and the chorus sang the National Anthem at a Milwaukee Admirals game.  Physical Education teacher, Brian Marx, coordinated the partnership. Team members came to the school to talk about literacy and meet students prior to the hockey game.

General Mitchell Elementary School:  
The Lego Robotics Team participated for the first time in the Oak Creek Regional Lego Robotics Competition.  While the team did not move on to the next round, the students did an excellent job at their first appearance in a high level competition.

Madison Elementary School:  
Student council, led by teacher, Jane Fetchko, organized an all school experience  for students to create “dairy farm” themed ornaments to be displayed at the Milwaukee County Zoo for their Trim a Tree Event.  The tree is located at the U.S. Bank gathering place.

Pershing Elementary School:  
Students, Prisca Armenta, Maya Garcia, Layla Alexander, and Yinzi Hernandez-Nieves, represented Pershing at the Young Author's Conference.

Walker Elementary School:

  • Student Council and Team Persistence collected over 800 canned items for a local food pantry.

  • Deeper Learning Coach, Stacey Lange, received a Kohl’s Cares grant to send every child on a field trip to Betty Brinn Children’s Museum, the Milwaukee Public Museum or Discovery World on January 4, 2019.

Wilson Elementary School:  

  • Student, Hope Mariscal, was featured on WISN Channel 12 Tuesday's Child.    


  • Students, Meli Mercado, Lizzy Walter, Lilly Schloss, and Citlalhy Martinez-Nunez, represented Wilson at the Young Author's Conference.  

  • Students, Jade House, Meli Mercado, Eli Pavlik, Sienna Peters, Isabella Ramczyk, Sam Zirnhelt, Marrissa Becker, Nora Sanderson, and Lucas Perenich had their artwork featured in a Holiday Exhibit at West Allis City Hall.


Central High School: The following student-athletes were recognized on the Woodland All-Conference Teams for the Fall:

  • In Football as the Scholar Athlete: Riley Whitted.

  • In Football on the Offensive Honorable Mention Team: Darius Grice, Brandon Niedo and Gunther Johnson.

  • In Football on the Defensive Honorable Mention Team: Savon Norrington, Gunther Johnson, Tim Symour and Vincent Conroy-Munoz.

  • In Soccer as the Scholar Athlete: Sam Jorgensen.

  • In Soccer on the Second Team: Sam Jorgensen.

  • In Soccer on the Honorable Mention Team: Daniel Becerra, Jose Prado and Sam Schaer.

  • In Girls' Volleyball on the Honorable Mention Team: MacKenzie Gordon.

Communication and Community Relations: Special thanks to Marcus Theatres for providing two-for-one passes with two complimentary size soft drinks per ticket to our schools as part of their Student Motivation Program.  Students receive the tickets through random drawings and as incentives for attendance at part of PBIS.