Tuesday, April 23, 2013
A Brookfield attorney raises questions about company using high school football schedules to sell advertising without any money going to schools, but the company says it's simply a business model and makes no claims to fundraising.
A local lawyer has raised concerns about a sales pitch he thought implied a fundraising partnership with Brookfield's high schools that turned out not to be. But the Colorado company selling advertising space on high school football posters to Brookfield area businesses is apparently on the up-and-up, legally, although no money goes to the schools, the company acknowledges. High School Posters Inc., based in Denver, promises only that posters displaying Brookfield Central and East high school football schedules and local business ads will be delivered to community members willing to put them up, a company representative said. It has no contracts with the individual schools or with Elmbrook School District and is not a school fundraising …
Friday, April 19, 2013
Tonawanda Elementary School teachers share about teaching in the Elmbrook School District.
Best part of teaching in Elmbrook Schools: Quality of families, students and staff Why I wanted to be a teacher: I grew up in a family of teachers and as far back as I can remember, it is what I wanted to do! If I wasn't a teacher I would be: Traveling more to far away places. My least favorite subject in high school was: Science My favorite school lunch menu item: I am a cold luncher. The best thing about teaching in the Elmbrook District is: the joy of spending my whole day with kindergartners and their unending excitement for learning! Our district's dedication to our children is evident. Why I wanted to be a teacher: I wanted to be a teacher because my own teachers were my superheroes. Growing up, I easily discovered that working …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Brookfield Patch and the Elmbrook School District is highlighting teachers each week. This week, we catch up with two Tonawanda Elementary School teachers.
What’s the best part of teaching in the Elmbrook School District: New and interesting challenges and rewards daily with each group of eager students / connection with students and parents Why I wanted to be a teacher: I love learning. I love working together to share/learn information. I thrive on connecting with kids and problem solving in various situations. I think that teachers make a difference, and I have always wanted to be a part of making a difference. If I wasn’t a teacher, I’d be: A naturalist - I love being outside and would enjoy spending my time outside, gardening, creating... My least favorite subject in high school was: Economics My favorite school lunch menu item was: As a student: pizza. As a teacher: chocolate …
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Brookfield East and Brookfield Central students fighting for special privileges for seniors in good standing.
Student representatives at Brookfield East and Brookfield Central high schools continue to push for incentives for seniors to leave campus during the day or to have a late start or early release. The students will bring forward a proposal to the Elmbrook School Board on March 26 for an incentive plan that would require seniors to be in good standing throughout their high school years with no unexcused absences and a limited number of tardy violations. The students’ proposal also would require seniors to maintain passing grades in order to keep the incentives. “There would be a little bit of a consequence,” said Jessica Schmeling, a student representative at Brookfield Central during Tuesday's Elmbrook School Board meeting. “You would have …
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Along with school district and city matters, tournament basketball gets under way and two fundraisers aim to aid against hearing loss and cancer.
Looking for interesting events coming up this week in Brookfield, or want to keep up with the public's business on schools and civic matters? Here are some highlights on the calendar. The Elmbrook School Board will discuss the impacts to the district from Gov. Scott Walker's proposed budget during its meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday. A meeting of the Community Development Committee scheduled for Tuesday has been cancelled. There will be a neighborhood informational meeting on the Sutter Creek development from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Common Council Chambers at City Hall. The Girls Basketball Sectional begins and East plays Central in the first round at 7 p.m. Friday at Central. Check here for the brackets. You can visit the Central team page …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
The spike coincided with the start of block scheduling. District officials want to compile more information about why it's happening and could make recommendations for any changes this fall.
Increased requests for early graduation from the Elmbrook School District concern school officials, who want to ensure students are prepared for their next steps in life. The Elmbrook School Board Curriculum Committee discussed the trend during a Tuesday meeting and will compile more data in the next few months. During the 2009-10 and 2010-11 school years, Brookfield East had a total of eight early graduation requests while Brookfield Central had four. But with the beginning of block scheduling in 2011-12, those numbers have soared: 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 Brookfield East juniors 1 1 0 4 Brookfield East seniors 3 3 8 13 Brookfield Central juniors 0 0 1 1 Brookfield Central seniors 0 4 13 14 Total 4 8 22 32 *Data provided by the …
Monday, February 11, 2013
More than $20,000 in donations will be used for iPads in the Elmbrook School District.
The Elmbrook School District is receiving more than $37,000 in donations for items ranging from iPads to pencil sharpeners. The groups, businesses and individuals who have donated to the Elmbrook School District will be commended during the board meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Large donations include: A complete list of donations are attached to this article.
Monday, February 4, 2013
Elmbrook Superintendent Mark Hansen shares what parent volunteers mean to the district.
Parent volunteers are a vital part of the Elmbrook School District community. Superintendent Mark Hansen shares how important those volunteers in his above column. Can't see the above column? You can read the column here.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
The Elmbrook School Board was given a presentation in which a teacher said her students were benefitting from the implementation of iPads in the elementary levels.
The implementation of 320 iPads in Elmbrook’s elementary levels have shown to motivate and engage students in learning, according to a presentation given to the school board. The iPads were placed in the kindergarten, first- and second-grade classrooms to assist in personalized learning and innovation. Chris Thompson, chief information officer for Elmbrook Schools, told the board last week the teachers are expected to challenge the students using iPads for “higher-order thinking” three times a week. Higher-order thinking includes developing skills in creativity, evaluation and research, critical thinking and problem solving. “We are really getting students to extend their thinking and to demonstrate their creative and innovative thinking …
Monday, January 28, 2013
Promoting Empathy and Compassion Everywhere teaching young students positive behaviors and how to handle conflict among their peers.
Swanson Elementary School is seeing the number of behavioral referrals from bus and on-school conduct decrease significantly — and the school staff is attributing it to the implementation of its P.E.A.C.E. program. P.E.A.C.E stands for Promoting Empathy and Compassion Everywhere. The school is using the approach to cut down on bullying and other destructive behaviors among the young children. The program is in its sixth year. “I firmly believe it is the fabric of who we are at the school,” said Wendy Ruhland, a Swanson teacher who helped implement the program. The P.E.A.C.E. program was “birthed out of tragedy,” Ruhland said. The program started in another school district after a high school student took his own life after never fitting in…