Wildcat Zone: 2013-14 School Year
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8th Grade Graduation — 6/11/14
CWA graduated 23 eighth graders in a ceremony that was big on inspiration and even included some tears. Former teacher Sarah Castleberry was the featured speaker as well as several students, who thanked their teachers and families for helping them.
K5 Graduation — 6/10/14
CWA kindergarteners took part in a festive ceremony that was attended by many family members. The kids processed into the Franciscan Center wearing white cardboard mortarboards, sang an animated song and received “diplomas.” Many of the parents eagerly snapped photos of their graduates, who each presented a flower to their mothers. After the ceremony, everyone shared in snacks.
5th Annual Run/Walk — 5/23/14
CWA’s run/walk, Stride for Soldiers, drew students, neighbors and several veterans. The event was a benefit for the Wounded Warrior Project, which helps armed forces members who have been injured, and was sponsored by Baird and the Mayfair Rotary Club of Wauwatosa. Students presented veterans with signs saying “Thanks for your service.” Raffle prizes were awarded to students, who also got pastries and water after the run. TMJ4 television covered the event.
Father/Daughter Dance — 5/15/14
Fathers and daughters gathered for a meal then an evening of dancing at CWA’s annual Father/Daughter Dance. The evening provided an opportunity for father/daughter bonding – and a lot of fun!
Book Fair — 4/8-4/10/14
CWA’s annual Book Fair drew students to the Library to pick out books, posters and novelty items they would like. The students fill out a wish list, which goes home to parents to approve and provide payment. The fair is also open to staff and features buy one, get one free.
Third Quarter Assembly — 4/4/14
Students gathered to receive awards for attendance, academic achievement and good character.
Donuts With Dad — 3/14/14
CWA dads, uncles and grandfathers shared donuts with students at the school’s annual Donuts With Dad. The event helps underscore the importance of males in the life of students – and the food is good!
Prides: Creating Peace Packs — 3/12/14
“Character kids,” those identified in each class as exhibiting good character, and members of CWA’s peer mediation group gathered to create “peace packs.” The students decorated canvas bags, then stuffed them with a variety of items promoting good character and not bullying. The bags will be distributed to other schools.
Read Across America — 2/28/14
Wisconsin’s Superintendent of Schools, Tony Evers, and about 25 individuals from across our community read to CWA children today as part of Read Across America. The event, which honors the birthday of whimsical children’s author Dr. Seuss, promotes reading and literacy. CBS58 TV news filmed Dr. Evers reading to the children. The event ended with a school assembly at which second graders read a poem and performed a lively song.
Biographies Presentation — 2/19/14
Third graders presented posters they created about the famous people they have studied in recent weeks. The students learned about biographies as a way into reading, writing and social studies. Each focused on one famous person, read about him or her, recorded facts about the person and created a big poster. They then presented what they had learned in a small assembly. Some of the students dressed as their biography subject.
Celebrating Character — 1/31/14 & 2/12/14
CWA students have been celebrating the school’s 2014 State School of Character award in different ways. On Jan. 31, students received awards for character achievement, and on 2/12, they had a 212 Challenge assembly – based on the 212-degree theme of this year (What does it take to go that “extra degree” needed?) Students posted cards on a bulletin board lauding others who went the extra degree for them and attended an assembly celebrating character. Each class was assigned a letter spelling out CWA CHARACTER and presented attributes starting with that letter. Each student also was presented with a lanyard that says “2014 State School of Character.”
Black History Jeopardy — 2/7/14
Students in grades six, seven and eight played a game of Jeopardy centered on black history. Just as on TV, students viewed categories for different numbers of points, then picked individual questions. They held up their answers on boards, and winners were rewarded with treats.
No Name Calling Week — 2/7/14
No Name Calling Week concluded on Friday with “Our School is More Comfortable Without Name Calling,” where students got to wear comfortable clothes like pajamas or sweats.
No Name Calling Week — 2/6/14
No Name Calling Week continued with “We are Crazy for No Name Calling” on Thursday, where students wore mismatched clothes and crazy hair.
No Name Calling Week — 2/4-2/5/14
No Name Calling Week started with an assembly that included rapping, dancing and a video by Kid President called “20 Things You Should Say More Often.” The week, which will run through Friday, 2/7 includes daily activities. Tuesday’s was Take Out the Trash day, where students wrote down bad names they have been called and put them on a bulletin board with a big trash can. Wednesday was “We Are Fans of No Name Calling,” where students were allowed to wear their favorite sports team’s clothes. The assembly was put together by Jessica Lieberman’s 5th grade class.
Prides on Team Building and Cooperation — 11/13/13
Students learned how to work together and encourage others to do well through fun activities. They started by passing a hula hoop through a big, hand-held circle without letting go of each others’ hands. Then individual students used a straw to blow empty cups off a desk, tried to get a cookie placed on their forehead into their mouth without using their hands, and stacked dice on a popsicle stick in their mouths without allowing the dice to touch their noses or any other parts of their faces. Other students cheered on the eager participants.
Vocabulary Day — 11/8/13
Students from Mount Mary University in art, art education and fashion design helped CWA students over seven weeks make hats and T-shirts with vocabulary words. The work culminated in students parading down a white carpet in this festive annual event that highlights literacy.
Muffins with Mom — 11/8/13
Attendance was strong early in the morning as moms, grandmas and other family members joined with their CWA students for a yummy breakfast of muffins and juice.
Diane’s Dictionaries — 11/4/13
Elmbrook Rotarian Barry James returned to CWA again this year to distribute dictionaries and Pictionaries as a memorial to his wife, who died suddenly five years ago. Diane James had been an avid reader, so Mr. James decided to begin Diane’s Dictionaries in her honor. He handed out dictionaries to fourth graders and Pictionaries to first graders. CWA was the first school in this program, which to date has distributed 1, 113 books. CBS-58 and Fox 6 TV covered the event. Kathy Becker of the Elmbrook Rotary encouraged the children to pick up a book some time this week and read to a friend, as part of Diane’s Dictionaries’ focus on reading and literacy. Students presented Mr. James with a painting of him that was done by CWA art teacher Jason Szymanski.
View the Fox 6 story on their website.
Red Ribbon Week — 10/21-10/25/13
This anti-drug campaign is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation. At CWA, it kicked off with assemblies at which teachers shared anti-drug messages, a pledge and a video. Then students went outside and tied red ribbons on the fence to show the community the school’s stance against drugs. Each day this week, students will be able to wear something different as part of the campaign. For instance, Tuesday’s theme is “Team up against drugs,” and students can wear team jerseys. Thursday’s is “Give drugs the boot,” so they can wear boots. To participate, students have to pay $1 each day, with the money funding school activities.
Girl Scouts Make Pancakes — 10/16/13
Girl Scouts in grades 3rd-6th, with the help of troupe leader Liza Sandy, whipped up several batches of pancakes. The girls made them from scratch, measuring and blending various ingredients, to learn about making simple meals. The exercise goes toward earning a badge. The best part was getting to eat them when they were done!
Prides on Connections — 10/9/13
Prides, groups of students from different grades who get together all year long to work on projects, tackled activities about connections. First they got in a big circle and tossed yarn across the circle to create a giant spider web. With each toss, students shared something about themselves, such as “I like to play basketball,” or “I like dogs.” Then they made links in a paper chain, each one bearing their name and character traits of students on green passports, such as honesty, responsibility, etc. The older students helped the younger ones. At the end, students brought all the chains together to show how the whole school is connected.
Looking Good, Orange-ya? — 10/9/13
Many CWA students wore orange for Unity day, which celebrates bullying prevention.
Perfect Attendance Brings Pizza — 10/2/13
Students who had perfect attendance in September were treated to a pizza party.
Soccer Practice — 10/1/13
Soccer players, coached by Am “Mindy” Bongxay, got some tips on the game, ran around and had fun in the sunshine. The two CWA co-ed teams, grades 1st-3rd and 4th-5th, practice Tuesdays and Thursdays, and play every Saturday until Nov. 2 at Vincent High School.
Elmbrook Rotarians — 10/1/13
Elmbrook Rotarians started tutoring CWA children. The Rotarians, who have been involved with CWA for several years, come twice a week to lend a hand.
First Day of School — 8/29/13
On the first day of school, CWA staff and administrators greeted children as they arrived after summer break. Many parents came with their children, escorting them to their classes, making sure they had their lockers, and lending encouragement.
Parents’ Orientation — 8/26/13
Parents visited CWA this evening, bringing school supplies, meeting their children’s teachers and learning about what to expect in the new school year.