Saturday, December 29, 2012
In 2012, Brookfield experienced a wave of school news including the hiring of Mark Hansen as district superintendent, a law suit that may end up in the Supreme Court and the closing of an elementary school.
For the next few days, we will be reviewing the top stories of 2012 by category. The first category is top school stories of 2012. If we missed one that you think should be on the list or you think the list is out of order, please discuss in the comments. Also, share with the Brookfield community your school memories of the year in the comment section. 5. Brookfield East Football team finishes regular season with perfect record; Central also makes the playoffs Both Brookfield East and Brookfield Central had a great season, making it to the playoffs. 4. School Board says "no" to 4K Despite the superintendent's pleas to craft an acceptable 4-year-old kindergarten program for the 2013-14 school year, the Elmbrook School Board in February …
Thursday, June 7, 2012
After Hillside Elementary's final all-school assembly, students surprised Mrs. Kremer with a flash mob dance which she joined. Check out Brookfield Patch's coverage from the big farewell.
Saying they wanted to help her "slide into retirement," Hillside Elementary School students and staff surprised Principal Julie Kremer with an "Electric Slide" flash mob dance in the closing school's final days. While voters were mobbing the polls Tuesday in the historic gubernatorial recall election, Hillside had a big event of its own: its final all-school assembly and farewell to Kremer and health assistant Nancy Kucharski, who are among those retiring. "Thank you for your sincere kindness," Kremer told everyone, wiping away tears and holding a bouquet of flowers. Hillside is closing this month after 43 years, due to declining enrollment and budget pressures. It held a closing celebration May 24. During the assembly awards were handed …
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Hundreds of Hillside students and staff — past and present — paid homage to the school at a celebration Thursday night.
Share your photos — past and present — of Hillside. And stay tuned for more on Brookfield Patch from Thursday night's Hillside celebration. It was a night of mixed emotions Thursday as parents, teachers, staff and students gathered to remember and say goodbye to Hillside Elementary, a school they called "a home away from home." Memorabilia and artwork were displayed throughout the halls and in the school's cozy library. The celebration ceremony opened with 4th and 5th graders singing "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Da" from the school's musical this year, "Alice in Wonderland." Former and current teachers, principals and students expressed their fond memories of teaching and attending Hillside. A Powerpoint presentation displayed pictures from when the …
Monday, May 14, 2012
With Hillside Elementary School closing in June, the popular 'Hillside Hawk Walk / Run' transformed to a new event that raised money Sunday for a Hillside scholarship and Wisconsin Hills Middle School needs.
Though the closing of their school building is imminent, the Hillside Elementary community is not willing to let go of everything they've built together there. On May 6, 431 walkers and runners took off at Mitchell Park to keep alive the tradition of the annual Hillside Hawk Walk/Run, this year re-dubbed as Run For the Hills and hosted by Wisconsin Hills Middle School. "It’s bittersweet because we have wonderful memories of doing it for Hillside," said Jenny Schweinert, a parent who organized the event. "But it’s great that we can continue the legacy of the event because so many families will go to the middle school, and we have all these new families that will benefit." Though the final numbers have not been tallied, Schweinert said she …
Saturday, March 31, 2012
A cast at Hillside performed a three-day run of 'Alice and Wonderland.'
Hillside Elementary had a fantastic three day run of Alice in Wonderland. The cast and crew did a great job. Thank you to Mrs. Hopfensperger, Mrs. Jakubowski, and Mrs. Misfeldt, who came out of retirement, for giving so much of your time and dedication to our kids! — at Hillside Elementary School.
Friday, March 2, 2012
A record number of students participated in Hillside's 2012 Science Fair, preparing exhibits after school and during their lunch hours, to be reviewed by celebrity judges.
A record number of Hillside Elementary School students participated in the 2012 Science Fair this week, showing creativity and scientific analysis in about 75 projects. About 120 students in kindergarten to 5th grade participated or nearly one-third of the school. They worked on projects during lunch and after school, preparing exhibits that were reviewed by "celebrity judges": The students chose topics ranging from geology to physics to the natural sciences. "They were all just truly well done," said Sara Silver-Traband, co-chair of the event dubbed "Science Fair 2012: Hillside Tests the Hypothesis." "The students were so creative and really showed their ingenuity. Our judges were amazed at the scientific questions posed and the quality …
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
District staff and school parents are working to make transition as seamless as possible and honor Hillside in its final year.
Monday, November 28, 2011
A Hillside Elementary School Brownie Troop and Brookfield Civic Chorus sang carols, and children made crafts and took photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
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Monday, November 28, 2011
It may have been chilly outside, but the crowd at Monday evening's tree-lighting ceremony at Brookfield City Hall was warmed by colorful lights, holiday carols and hot chocolate. Outside, the Hillside Elementary School Brownie Troop 4473 sang carols as the city's holiday tree was lit. Inside, residents enjoyed songs by the Brookfield Civic Chorus, children's crafts, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus (who arrived via fire engine with sirens and lights), and hot chocolate with cookies donated by Angelina's Deli and bagels from Panera Bread. Children could write and mail letters to Santa in a special North Pole mailbox in the City Hall clock tower. Santa promised he would answer those letters.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Planning the merger of Hillside and Brookfield elementary schools can continue in earnest after the board's adoption Tuesday of a redistricting plan.
The Elmbrook School Board on Tuesday approved a redistricting plan that keeps Hillside Elementary students together after their school closes in June and adopts other preferred moves sought by parents. One change in the approved plan: students in census tract 146 will stay at Dixon Elementary School, rather than moving to Swanson Elementary, before moving to Wisconsin Hills Middle School and Brookfield Central High School. Affected parents surveyed said they preferred to stay at Dixon. The board also supported allowing the eight existing non-resident fourth-graders at Hillside (students who attend Elmbrook through the state's open enrollment and Chapter 220 programs) to choose whether they want to go to middle and high school on the west …
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
The School Board favored a new plan urged by many parents at forums last week that eliminates Dixon as a swing school.
Redistricting changes that parents urged at a forum last week were backed Tuesday by a majority of the Elmbrook School Board, to the delight of parents in the audience. "Thank you, thank you, thank you!" one mother said. The board plans to vote at its Nov. 22 meeting. But Tuesday, the majority said they could support an alternative scenario dubbed 4B in the board's packet, which would: Dividing the five-schools into two west side, three east side could result in Dixon's enrollment declining to unacceptable levels. Some board members said Tuesday that if Elmbrook decided to add 4-year-old kindergarten, it is possible 4K classes could be consolidated at Dixon, rather than be held in all schools. The board will take a closer look before the …