Thursday, May 16, 2013
Maple Grove Elementary students got to check out the police and fire stations, the DPW garage and the library Thursday, May 16.
For many years, second-grade students from the city's elementary schools have received a first-hand look at what may of the city's employees do on a daily basis. On Thursday, it was the Maple Grove Elementary students' turn. Dozens of students toured the Greenfield police and fire stations on Layton Avenue, popped into the library and got to take a seat in a plow truck in the Division of Public Works garage. Check out the video of a group of students and parents learning about DPW equipment thanks to Dave Brown and Renee Roehl.
SCORE Complex in Racine hosts the 2013 National High School Rugby Girls Championships, and DHSA and Catholic Memorial are among the eight finalists.
Yamilett Lopez of Greenfield is participating this Saturday and Sunday in the 2013 National High School Rugby Girls Championships at the SCORE Complex in Franksville, WI. She is a senior at Divine Savior Holy Angels, a six-time national champion. DSHA is seeded second in the eight-team Division 1 tournament and faces Amazons of California at 10:15 Saturday in an opening-round match. Also representing Wisconsin in the tournament is Waukesha Catholic Memorial. Catholic Memorial is seeded No. 4 in the Division 1 tournament and opens against Summit, CO, also at 10:15 a.m. Saturday. The championship match at 12:30 p.m. Sunday will be streamed live online.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The annual Whitnall Falcon Booster Club fundraiser will be at Finn McGuire's Irish Pub and Grill in Hales Corners from 4-10 p.m. Saturday, May 18.
Not interested in doing yard work this fall but still in need of someone to come over and rake your leaves? Saturday’s Falcon Fest 2013, a Whitnall Falcon Booster Club fundraiser, could offer a solution. In an effort to get high school athletes and club members more involved in the fundraiser, each team and club was asked to pull together baskets to raffle or for the silent auction. The football team, for example, decided its silent auction baskets would include four players donating two hours of their time to come do yard work or similar chore at the winner’s home. A cash prize will be rewarded to the group’s basket that pulls in the most money. The 15th annual Falcon Fest will be from 4-10 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Finn McGuire’s Irish …
Monday, May 13, 2013
The board's clerk and treasurer are also different.
Monday's special Whitnall School Board workshop marks just the second time its new officers are in place in their new roles. Bernard Shaw was voted in as the board’s president April 29, beating Elieen Valaitis, 5-2, in a secret ballot. Shaw replaced Nancy Zaborowski, who declined Shaw’s nomination to return to that role. Shaw has been on the board since 2008 and was most recently its vice president. Valaitis, who has been on the board since last April, won a 4-3 vote over Zaborowski to serve as vice president. T.J. Anderson was the unanimous choice for treasurer and Stephanie Richter, who was reelected to the board in April, was the unanimous choice for clerk. The newly shaped board will tackle a handful of discussion items Monday, …
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Patch's searchable database allows users to find the number of students suspended in 2011-12 at an individual school within districts in the Milwaukee area.
Schools across Wisconsin report statistics on suspensions and expulsions to the Department of Public Instruction, which in turn compiles them and publishes data by school and grade level. In 2011-12, 5.21 percent of students statewide were suspended at least once during the year. It’s the lowest percentage since data was kept beginning in 1998-99, and the figure has dropped five consecutive years. Patch’s searchable database includes suspensions by school and grade in 2011-12 for Cooperative Educational Service Agency (CESA) 1, which covers most of southeast Wisconsin, including Racine Unified School District.
Friday, May 10, 2013
Investigation finds that vast majority of students and faculty at University of Wisconsin campuses — including Milwaukee — are not signed up for program that provides public safety updates.
On March 5, University of Wisconsin-Madison junior Eric Cardinal was working the late shift at a Shell station near campus when he read a text alert from the university warning of a suspected shooter on the loose: “Police looking for Male/Black wearing red & black flannel shirt headed west out of University Houses.” Then Cardinal saw a man in his store duck, as a police car rolled through the parking lot. “That’s when I assumed he was one of the suspects they were looking for,” Cardinal said. In the wake of campus shootings the past five years, police throughout the nation are using text alerts to deliver warnings and advice to students in emergency situations. The concise messages from the Safety Awareness For Everyone system are …
Principal Paul Thusius took an unusual step to curb the school's first-hour tardy problem in late March.
Principal Paul Thusius raised quite a few eyebrows in late March when he decided to take an unorthodox approach to Greenfield High School’s massive first-hour tardy problem. The results so far may raise a few more. It’s been nearly six weeks since Thusius determined any student tardy for his or her first-hour class would spend the entire hour in the school’s Performing Arts Center rather than be allowed to go to that class late. Through the end of April, since the new policy was put in place March 21, an average of 24.7 students have had an unexcused first-hour tardy. That’s down 285 percent from the average of 70.3 unexcused first tardies according to data compiled for approximately one month just prior to the new policy’s implementation…
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Elertson was a high school associate principal and handled the school's athletics for nearly two years. He and his family are moving to Colorado.
In his two years as the Whitnall High School athletic director and associate principal, Rick Elertson has seen the opening of state-of-the-art Falcon Field and helped the school launch seven new clubs, all while Whitnall has remained near the top of the heap academically. And while he’s quick to point out he’s not necessarily directly responsible for any of those things, he’s happy to have been a part of them. “There’s a sense of pride at Whitnall,” Elertson said. “There’s a stadium we can be proud of, the community has rallied around athletics and the district’s academics. Things tend to snowball from there in a positive way. “It’s a big deal for me to feel like I’ve been a part of that renewal.” To see what happens next, however, …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Controversies over the $648 million reserve fund and the $600,000 Palermo's Pizza deal are bedeviling University of Wisconsin leaders.
It’s hard not to feel a bit sorry for Rebecca Blank, incoming chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Sure, the acting U.S. commerce secretary, set to start in July, will make $500,000 a year — plus benefits and perks, including a university residence and car, money for travel and entertainment, and an unpaid academic appointment for her husband. But she’ll be stepping into a host of controversies, drawing flak from all directions. As one UW-Madison student quipped, “Blank is not starting off with a blank slate.” There’ll be ongoing fallout from some legislators’ volcanic eruptions over revelations that the UW System has a $648 million reserve fund. Though this is in line with other state systems, Wisconsin politicians are “…
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
If convicted, it would be the man's third offense for driving while under the influence.
A Milwaukee man whose driving privileges had been suspended is accused of driving while under the influence of drugs and passing out just a few blocks away from Glenwood Elementary School over the weekend. Police say they found the man passed out with his car running in the 3500 block of South 53rd Street – two blocks away from the school – at 11:15 a.m. Saturday, according to the Greenfield Police Department report. After an officer woke the man, the man told the officer he had gotten into a fight with his girlfriend over the couple’s child. He told the officer he had taken two Excedrin for a headache and was tired. While speaking with the officer, the man turned the engine off. The man failed two field sobriety tests – the walk-and-turn …