News and Notes - March 2019

News and Notes - March 2019
Posted on 03/11/2019
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Madison Elementary School: After 4 years of hard work and research, Deeper Learning Coach, Rebecah Gries has successfully defended her dissertation and will graduate in May with a PhD in language and literacy. Congratulations to Dr. Gries!

Irving Elementary School:  On Saturday, March 30, 2019, West Allis-West Milwaukee School District music teacher, Scott Greger, will be recognized with a Certificate of Excellence in General Music from the Civic Music Association of Milwaukee. The recognition event will take place prior to the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Brahms’ A German Requiem.  The event is held in March to coincide with “Music in Our Schools” Month.

Wilson Elementary School:  A group of first graders were featured on CBS Channel 58 Thursday, March 7, 2019 during  a morning news in a segment called “Feelings and Fruit Snacks!”

James E. Dottke High School: Teachers, Jeanine Daugherty and Bernie McCarthy were selected to speak at the National At-Risk Educators Network state conference on February 20, 2019.   

Shared Journeys Charter School:

  • On March 4, 2019, representatives from Elkhorn and Janesville visited Shared Journeys to learn about our school and infant lab.

  • Lisa Colla was selected to speak at the National At-Risk Educators Network state conference on February 20, 2019. 

  • Shared Journeys received $1,000 from Jessica Summerfield, a woman who has volunteered at many school events. Summerfield was born to a teen mother and today is a successful mother of three. Her mother recently passed away and the donation will be used for a post-secondary school scholarship in her name.

Leadership for Learning:

  • Music Education: Joseph Elliott, junior at Nathan Hale High School, was named MYSO John Downey Creation Project Fellow for his music composition: Tango for Strings. The piece had its world premier when it was performed by MYSO’s Sinfonia on February 24, 2019 in the Shattuck Auditorium at Carroll University.

  • Student Services: For three days in February, Greg Goelz, Kellen Lynch, Dave Stanley, Andrea Arciszewski, Matt Napoli, Rebecca Schwall, Alyssa Johnson, Jen Kempka, Sadie Boss, Hailey Schwindt, and Liz Gold attended teacher training provided by the International Institute for Restorative Practices. Now these staff members can formally train their colleagues on the use of Restorative Practices and Community Circles.

Sodexo:  Congratulations to the six Future Chef Competition finalists; Mark McShane (Hoover), Daisy Yang (Franklin), Emme Kuether and Olivia Szalewski (Jefferson), Alexis DeVore (Horace Mann) and Aniyla Tibbetts (Mitchell).  These junior chefs will compete for the District Championship at Nathan Hale High School’s cafeteria on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Communication and Community Relations: The Wisconsin Department of Instruction proclaims March 4 through March 9, 2019 National School Breakfast Week. For over 30 years, the school breakfast program has contributed to the health and educational development of our children.