Wildcat Zone: 2012-13 School Year
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Summer Olympic Winners — 7/18/13
On the last day of Summer School, students, teachers and instructors from Cardinal Stritch University’s graduate school of education gathered outside for a lively medal ceremony. Students in each class were awarded bronze, silver and gold medals for the number of books read, good behavior in class, perfect attendance and the fund raising they conducted to support the United Negro College Fund. As each class’ winners were introduced, they got a big “Yoo-hoo!” cowboy cheer from all in attendance.
Super Readers — 7/17/13
Summer school students were rewarded for their participation in the Milwaukee Public Library’s summer reading program, Be a Super Reader. The program encourages reading and preventing a learning lag over the summer. It included weekly readings by a library staff member and student participation in readers theater. Students who read four books – almost all of them — got a certificate acknowledging their achievement and a sheet of coupons for area fun activities. Each child also got a book of his or her choice and a bag of popcorn.
Summer School — through 7/20/13
Children enrolled in CWA’s summer school receive one-on-one academic instruction in the mornings from Cardinal Stritch University graduate students in education, and in the afternoon a variety of enrichment activities. Afternoon classes offer dancing, cooking, drama, learning about other cultures, arts and crafts and outdoor activities. The students learn that it’s fun to learn!
Run/Walk for Wounded Warriors — 6/11/13
On the students’ last day of school, CWA held its Run/Walk for Wounded Warriors. In honor of 4-year-old kindergarten teacher Lisa Dresen’s brother-in-law, Daniel Dresen, the event raised almost $1000. It was a beautiful day, and the festivities included a visit from Bucks mascot, Bango, and two Brewers racing sausages. The event drew TV crews from TMJ 4 and Fox 6. You can view the Fox 6 story on their website.
Kindergarten Graduation — 6/10/13
Donning mortarboards, Capitol West Academy’s kindergarten class graduated onto 1st grade. Family members helped celebrate the occasion, which included having cupcakes after the ceremony.
8th Grade Graduation — 6/7/13
Thirteen eighth graders proudly graduated from Capitol West Academy, with family members cheering them on. The next step? High school, where they will bring lots of memories of CWA.
ASQ Book Drive — 6/4/13
A book drive conducted by ASQ, an organization that helps companies improve themselves, brought 130 books and $130 in gift cards to CWA. Board Chair Laurel Nelson-Rowe, one of the managing directors of ASQ, organized the drive. Books, on a variety of subjects for kids of different ages, were purchased from a list provided by librarian Annie Turim. Students from Lindsay McNamara’s second grade class helped unload the books.
Fun and Learning with Ronald McDonald — 5/30/13
Ronald McDonald met with CWA kindergarteners, first and second graders to tout being a good person, and having fun!
Science Fair Winners — 5/29/13
Judges concluded the following were the winning entries for the May 28 Science Fair:
Sixth grade, from left: 1st place, Hot Air Balloon, Kyra Gray; 2nd place, Electricity and Shock, Kyle Zetting and Antonio Endres (not in photo); 3rd place, Ping Pong Experiment, Gregory Goodman and Amari Porter
Seventh grade, from left: 1st place, Sunny Skies, Jamier Ruffin and George Akpojisheri; 2nd place, Rainbow Flowers, Tarji Thomas and Kai Vance; 3rd place, Pattern of Rain, Ayanna Hale and Hailey Alexander
Eighth grade, from left, 1st place, Turning Salt Water into Drinking Water, Mary Ornelas and Chammond McCoy; 2nd place, The Stuck Ocean Rubber Duck, Dante Williams and Roy Harden; 3RD PLACE, Paper Gliders, Nathan Rothe and Avery Luckett
Science Fair — 5/28/13
Sixth, seventh and eighth graders competed in a science fair. The students created a hypothesis, tested it and came to a conclusion on its success. The project took six weeks to complete. Sixth grade focused on physical science, seventh on life science and eighth on earth science. Parents were invited to visit and see the project descriptions.
Pancake/Pajama Party — 5/24/13
Students in Lisa Dresen’s K4 class celebrated author Laura Numeroff with a pancake/pajama party. The class has studied the author of “Give a Pig a Pancake,” and” Give a Pig a Party,” among other books, integrating characters into what they are learning. Board Chair Jon Anderson read to the pajama-clad class as Mrs. Dresen and instructional assistant Frank Dragotta whipped up the pancakes.
Father/Daughter Dance — 5/16/13
CWA girls dressed in their finest for the Father/Daughter dance, which started with a dinner and included dancing and rollicking fun! Dads, grandpas, other male family members and friends had a good time and supported the important role a male role model has in a girl’s life.
Cheering Up Care Home Residents — 5/13/13
CWA’s character representatives brought flowers and cards made in the May 10 prides to residents of St. Ann’s nursing home, on the second day of National Nursing Home Week. These “character students” are chosen from each class to help determine character activities at the school.
Prides — 5/10/13
Kids got together in their multi-grade Wildcat prides to decorate empty flower pots, then plant them with flowers to be distributed at a nearby nursing home and around the neighborhood. The students also created cards to go along with the flowers. Prides remain intact year to year and meet monthly to do a project related to the character trait of the month.
Teacher Appreciation Lunch — 5/9/13
May 6-10 is Teacher Appreciation Week. To thank the teachers of CWA for all of their great work, the Parent Advisory Committee brought them a lunch of sandwiches, soup, salad and cookies.
Below, from left, are: John Douglass, physical education and health teacher; kindergarten teachers Lisa Dresen and Erika Braun; and Amy Bryan, head of the PAC; John Douglass; Amy Bryan and Erika Braun; Karen Maass, kindergarten teacher, and Annie Turim, librarian; Brian Staus, language arts and social studies teacher; Elaine Mazza, resource teacher, and Jensy Engle, instructional assistant; Leon Johnson, instructional assistant, and Andrea Ervin, math and science teacher; and Leon Johnson, Andrea Ervin, Amy Bryan and Greg St. Arnold, resource teacher.
Earth Day — 4/22/13
To celebrate Earth Day, the Student Council organized a school-wide competition to see which classes could generate the least amount of waste in a week. Student Council members weighed the waste from each class at the end of each day and posted the results in the cafeteria. Mrs. Dresen’s, Mrs. Korpela’s, and Mrs. Aurelius’s classes all had the lowest amount of waste per student, with a winning ration of 0.25 pounds per student. Each of these classes earned a day out of uniform and got to hold on to the Recycled Goods Trophy for a day.
Poet Lenard D. Moore — 4/9/13
Mount Mary College presented nationally renowned poet Lenard D. Moore who read his poetry with the accompaniment of local musician James Dallas. Milwaukee Public Television was also there recording a segment for Black Nouveau, which will air on Wednesday, April 17, at 6:30 p.m. on channel 10 and 36, and again on Sunday, April 21, at 4 p.m. on channel 36. After it has aired it will also be available on their website.
After the event, Mr. Moore had this to say about CWA: “You have a wonderful school. I hope the students will continue to read and write poetry. Thank you very much for such great hospitality.”
Donuts with Dad — 3/15/13
Students shared donuts and a special morning with men who are special in their lives.
Below, from left are: Jhadan Gayle, 2nd grade, and his brother, Ian Bent; Khalil McNeal, 1st grade, with his dad, George; Jasmine Turman, 2nd grade, and her dad, Charles; Billy Paul, 2nd grade, with his uncle, Joshua; Jania Jones, 1st grade, with her dad, Nate Smith; Anthony Allen with his daughters, Molly, 2nd grade, and Mia, 4th grade; and Jesse Ward with his son, Nicolas, 4th grade.
Prides — 3/8/13
Kids got together in their multi-grade Wildcat prides to create bowls for the hungry. Prides remain intact year to year and meet monthly to do a project related to the character trait of the month.
Read Across America — 3/1/13
Read Across America was celebrated in honor of Dr. Suess’ birthday – and of reading! About 30 guests entertained CWA children by reading to them in small groups all around the school. And Tony Clark from Fox 6’s Real Milwaukee Now broadcast live from CWA.
Black History Month Program — 2/28/13
Fourth and fifth graders squared off against sixth and seventh graders in Black History Feud, a game show created by eighth graders. Hosts Avery Luckett and Roy Harden called students up to answer questions about black history, entertainment and other categories. Questions appeared on a large screen, with students working the controls and keeping score.
Pictured below are technician Maliek Billips, scorekeepers Chammond McCoy and Mary Ornelas and dancer Jamyha Curtis.
Heartfelt Heroes Day — 2/15/13
At this Feb. 15 event, students brought their personal heroes and told everyone, in a ceremony, why they are important. They also brought in canned goods and money for needy families and, along with their heroes, created boxes and bags to hold the food donations. The event drew TV crews from Fox 6 and CBS-58. Click on the station names to see the archived broadcasts.
Bagels with Beauties — 2/14/13
At this breakfast event for moms and other special family members on Feb. 14, Ranetta Battle attended with her daughter, Nevaeh Richardson, K-5, and Unique Handford came with her son, Christopher, 2nd grade.