Wildcat Zone: 2014-15 School Year
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Celebrating the Last Day of School — 6/10/15
The last day of school was celebrated with a game of kickball between the teachers and middle school students, with younger kids cheering them on. Others played basketball. And everyone was treated with a bag lunch, to eat outside.
Kindergarten Graduation — 6/9/15
Family members and friends gathered as about 30 kindergarteners graduated in a festive ceremony that included songs and “diplomas.” The children all got flowers to present to someone special in attendance.
8th Grade Graduation — 6/5/15
Twenty-one students graduated from eighth grade in an evening that included student and staff speeches, a song from the graduating class, handing out of diplomas, and a celebration afterward. The students also presented a gift to each of the eighth grade teachers.
6th Annual Run/Walk — 5/22/15
CWA held its annual run/walk, Stride for Soldiers, with the help of members from the Mayfair Rotary Club of Wauwatosa. The event was a benefit for the Wounded Warrior Project, which helps armed forces members who have been injured. Raffle prizes were awarded, and the students also got freezies and water after the run.
A Day of Sharks — 5/21/15
SaintA President Teri Zywicki, who has adopted Lindsay McNamara’s second grade class, brought them cupcakes with a shark fin on them, gave them each a shark tooth from several she had found on a Florida beach, read them a book all about sharks, then helped the children create paper sharks.
Vocabulary Parade — 5/8/15
Students dressed up as words they had chosen in costumes their families helped to create. The event promotes literacy, and is always a lot of fun!
Father/Daughter Dance — 5/7/15
CWA girls dressed up and got together with their dads, brothers, grandfathers and other significant men in their lives for the annual Father/Daughter Dance. The event started out with a buffet dinner and ended with lots of dancing, and fun.
Brain Fair — 4/23/15
Parents and students got together at CWA’s Brain Fair to learn a bit about how the brain works and how that affects children’s learning. With CWA’s focus on tailoring instruction to each student’s individual learning style, the fair offered interesting and fun examples of seven different areas of the brain and their associated ways of functioning. The students put the fair on for parents and guests.
Scholastic Book Fair — 4/20-4/24/15
Students examined books in the library at CWA’s annual Scholastic Book Fair. Each child got to take home a wish list for books they would like to buy. With each purchase, students got a free book. The fair, which runs through noon Friday, April 24, included books running the gamut from picture books for the youngest kids to novels, historical tales and mysteries for older youth, as well as posters, pencils and erasers, bookmarks, journals and diaries.
Heartfelt Heroes Day — 3/26/15
Students honored their everyday heroes in a ceremony that included presenting them with centerpieces that answered questions about why someone would be a hero. The kids’ heroes ranged from moms and dads to grandparents, uncles and aunts and siblings. Reasons for the children’s choices ran the gamut from giving love, helping with homework, and making breakfast, to playing video games with the family. One boy chose his dad, he said, because he fixes things when they’re broken. Also as part of the celebration, the heroes went to classrooms and helped the kids make super hero capes, which will be presented to kids at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and to the Elmbrook Rotarians who tutor many CWA students.
Donuts With Dad — 3/13/15
Fathers and other male figures in students’ lives gathered for some yummy donuts and bonding with the children.
Read Across America — 3/2/15
Twenty-five individuals from across the community read to children in grades K4-5th at Capitol West Academy’s annual Read Across America Day, which celebrated Dr. Seuss and literacy. John Steinmiller, the Vice President of Social Responsibility and Community Affairs for the Milwaukee Bucks, was the keynote speaker for the event, which included second graders presenting a poem for everyone in attendance. The event was covered by Fox6 news.
100th Day Celebration — 2/6/15
Students in K4 and K5 classes celebrated the 100th school day by doing creative things to learn that number and how to count up to it by 10’s. Activities in Lisa Dresen’s K4 class included grouping objects such as cookies, cereal pieces or pretzels into groups of 10, sorted by either color or like objects. The exercise included a reward of fruit punch. Erika Braun’s K5 class counted and grouped things up to 100 in books.
Spelling Bee — 1/13/15
Students from Kindergarten through 8th grade participated in a spelling bee. The youngest kids answered by showing letters that represent certain sounds and spelled out some simple words. Older students competed by spelling from a list of words. The Elmbrook Rotary sponsored the event and presented the winners with gift certificates to a book store. The overall winner, sixth grader Deaveion O’Neil, will compete in a regional spelling bee in February.
Christmas Program — 12/23/14
Students in 4-year-old kindergarten through 2nd grade celebrated the season with a Christmas program that included singing and a visit from Santa Claus.
Muffins for Mom — 11/7/14
Moms and other females important to CWA students gathered for the annual Muffins for Moms. Everyone got to enjoy muffins, juice and each other’s company.
Camp Minikani — 10/17/14
As a team-building event, the middle school students took a field trip to Camp Minikani in Hubertus.
Prides: Anti-Bullying — 10/15/14
CWA students gathered in their multi-age-group prides to tackle the subject of bullying. Guidance counselor Abigail Reese-Kelley spoke to the students about how bullying can wound a person’s heart, and even though kind words can help mend it, often the pain remains. Students played “Simon Says,” with those who have a brother, for instance, standing on one leg. The series of questions in the game served to illustrate how the children are similar in many ways and different in others. Then the group made anti-bullying posters, which will be posted around the school on unity day, Oct. 22.
Diane’s Dictionaries — 10/14/14
Rotarian Barry James presented dictionaries to CWA first graders in an event that honors his late wife, who was an avid reader, and promotes literacy. The event was covered by Fox6 news. This is the fifth year Mr. James has presented dictionaries to CWA. Fourth graders will receive them later in the school year.
View the Fox6 news clip on their website.
Scholastic Book Fair — 10/7/14
CWA students looked through books in the library that they may want to buy. They filled out a “wish list” to take home to their parents.
First Day of School — 8/28/14
Students returned to CWA in high spirits, many starting their day with a good breakfast in the cafeteria. Lots of parents escorted their children to school, and those who drove them were greeted by CWA staff at their cars. Today was the day for getting to know new teachers, learning school rules such as lining up quietly in the halls, getting locker assignments, and just settling in. CWA welcomes all its new and returning students, thanks parents for supporting their children’s’ education and looks forward to a wonderful school year!
Back to School Picnic — 8/21/14
Parents and families of students and other guests gathered with CWA teachers and staff to celebrate the annual back to school picnic, which also celebrated the school’s 10th anniversary and its winning of a National School of Character award. In all, about 250 people attended. Donna Niccolai-Weber, CWA’s executive director, was presented with a plaque honoring her role in helping to create and sustain the school. CWA started with 33 students and currently has 303 enrolled.