Thursday, May 2, 2013
Two middle school teachers are featured this week in the Elmbrook Spotlight.
What’s the best part of teaching in the Elmbrook School District: Why I wanted to be a teacher: I grew up always wanting to make people smile and feel good about who they are. I get pure joy from seeing people find their strengths, feel confident, and believe in themselves. It took me a while to decide to become a teacher, but now I cannot imagine my life without teaching. I look forward to meeting and shaping the lives of new students every year. I love seeing them grow throughout the year and I believe with all my heart that each of them will make a positive difference in our world – my goal is that they believe this as well. If I wasn’t a teacher, I’d be: While I wish I could boast that I would be a cage fighter, or an astronaut, a …
Friday, April 26, 2013
Tonawanda teacher and Wisconsin Hills teacher share about working in the Elmbrook School District.
What’s the best part of teaching in the Elmbrook School Distict: Support from parents and working with professionals who love what they do. Why I wanted to be a teacher: I was all set to enter grad school and specialize in cleft lip/palate in a hospital setting, yet I was fortunate as an undergrad to have to student teach at Kegonsa Elementary School in Stoughton, WI. During student teaching, I finally understood “language” and the impact of “language disorders” on academic and social development in students. I was hooked, loved every moment of student teaching, and changed my focus to apeech/language services in the schools. If I wasn’t a teacher, I’d be: Some type of mental health professional working with children and social skills…
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Wisconsin Hills in Brookfield makes an artistic statement, with many students placing in the Wisconsin State Fair Young People's Art Exhibit, and one receiving a best in show.
State Fair officials announced the winners the 2013 Young People’s Art Exhibit, which showcases extraordinary art created by Wisconsin’s talented youth in grades 6 - 12, and Wisconsin Hills Middle School in Brookfield is well represented among them. Kudos to: The winning pieces were among 467 submissions for the Young People's Art Exhibit at the fair. More than 85 awards and $3,300 in prize money was awarded, according to a release from Wisconsin State Fair. Winning artwork will be on display in the lobby of the Wisconsin Exposition Center during the 2013 Wisconsin State Fair, Thursday, Aug. 1 through Sunday, Aug. 11.
Monday, March 11, 2013
Jean Woolridge, an 8th grade special educator, was chosen for her efforts in organizing her students to volunteer for Food for the Hungry, Inc.
A Wisconsin Hills Middle School teacher has been selected as the 2013 Brookfield Jaycees Outstanding Educator. Jean Woolridge, 8th grade special educator and Co-department Chair for the Special Education Department, was nominated as a result of her commitment to the community for her work with the Food for the Hungry partnership between Brownberry Ovens and the school's students, according to the school website. Across a three-state area, Food for the Hungry, Inc. serves over 1500 senior centers, food pantries, schools, abuse centers, veterans, church food pantries, low income child centers, rescue missions and much more. Every Tuesday Woolridge takes her students over to Brownberry Ovens to assist in loading bread that goes to families …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Before there was Grease and High School Musical, there was Bye Bye Birdie. Wisconsin Hills Middle School presents Bye Bye Birdie at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts on Jan. 31 - Feb. 1, and Feb. 2.
Thursday, January 3, 2013
The musical will be performed at 7 p.m. on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 and 4 p.m. on Feb. 2. at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts.
The Wisconsin Hills Middle School will present Bye Bye Birdie, one of the most endearing musicals of all time, at the end of the month. The musical will be performed at 7 p.m. on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 and 4 p.m. on Feb. 2. at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts. The musical's plot revolves around Conrad Birdie, a young Rock n' Roll singer, who has been drafted into the Army. "Generally what makes a show a BIG Broadway success is timelessness!" said Matthew Lucas, director. "This story is absolutely still relevant today, and you can hear it just walking down the halls of WHMS. Rock star Condrad Birdie is the 1950's equivalent of Justin Bieber, One Direction or any other teen heartthrob of today." Tickets are on sale at the Sharon …
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
The Wisconsin Hills Middle School PTO hosted an Ice Cream Social for the incoming 6th graders on the first day of school to celebrate their exciting year ahead.
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 …
Friday, April 20, 2012
Diagnosed with sarcoma in November, Emily Oberst stays positive with help from her friends and neighbors. Classmates are raising money for the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative at the Run for the Hills 5K run/walk on May 6.
Every week a member of the Oberst family places an empty yellow bucket outside their door in Brookfield. Like clockwork, the bucket disappears and reappears full of games, movies, snacks and other small gifts. The routine is just one initiative of "Team Emily" intended to keep up the family's spirits. Emily Oberst, 13, is in her fifth month battling Ewing's sarcoma, a bone cancer that doctors found in her tibia after she complained of pain in her shins while playing basketball. Emily has had surgery on the area and must undergo chemotherapy for about another five months, hoping to kill any abnormal cells that could bring the cancer back. There is about a 70 to 75 percent survival rate for patients like Emily, who have undergone …
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Common Council moves forward with Trader Joe’s hearing and firefighter contract without debate, but the right turn only sign brought up a slight discussion at last night’s meeting.
Parents and guardians will see a change as they drop off and pick up at Wisconsin Hills Middle School, 18700 W. Wisconsin Ave., after the Common Council approved a right-turn-only sign installation at the outgoing west driveway. The approved resolution will add the sign to the official control map for the city, meaning the sign will be legally enforced. But Ald. Christopher Blackburn said the sign would not be a solution for traffic problems and the time restrictions were too long. He added the lettering detailing the restricted hours was small and hard to read. The right turn only restrictions will be in place from Monday through Friday 6:45 a.m. to 7:45 am and 1 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Common Council unanimously approved a labor agreement with…