May 23, 2017
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Members of the Wilmot Union High School's sophomore Geography Bee team took first place at a recent competition at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. ( SUBMITTED PHOTO )

Homeroom: Wilmot, Westosha Central take top honors in Geography Bee


Western Kenosha County is home to the top two high school sophomore teams to compete at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Geography Bowl — earning them Gold Stars in this week’s Homeroom.

A total of 17 teams from seven different schools competed in the event. Wilmot Union High School sophomore teammates Jacob Brockway, Samantha Christensen, Noah Coleman and Lizzy Lucik advanced to the finals with a 14-2 record for the day. They bested the Westosha-Central team in the finals, earning a globe-shaped trophy.

The Westosha-Central sophomore team consisted of: Ben Michelson, Chris Sdralis, Colton Schultz and Elizabeth VanKammen.

Homeroom: A Gold Star for the Kindness Crew


This week’s Gold Star goes to the Curtis Strange Kindness Crew.

The group of approximately 60 students in grades 2-5 meet every other week to spread acts of kindness throughout the school and community. They created a video, “Fill ‘Em With Kindness,” a spin-off of Selena Gomez’ popular song, “Kill ‘Em With Kindness.”

Homeroom: Congrats go to outstanding scholars


All students throughout Kenosha County who recently completed Advanced Placement exams are recognized as this week’s School Standouts. While they won’t know until July if they earned a passing score — which may or may not translate into college credit depending on credit policies — they challenged themselves with rigorous coursework.

Westosha-Central High School gets this week’s Gold Star for maintaining its ranking on the Washington Post list of Most Challenging High Schools based on the number of students who take Advanced Placement tests there.

Homeroom: Mahone Middle School has Earth Day mission


Mahone Middle School’s Eco Club has worked with Gateway Technical College the past four years, with this year making it their fifth appearance to help run youth activities for Gateway’s annual Earth Day celebration April 22.

 The Earth Day fair is an opportunity for people communitywide to learn how to promote sustainable living in our shared global environment.

Homeroom: Bristol students go ‘gaga’ over new game


There’s a new game on the Bristol School playground that school kids are going “gaga” over.

Played with a soft foam ball, gaga ball is a mix of dodgeball and four-square, played in an octagonal enclosure. The Bristol School PTA hired Scherrer Construction to make two of the pits, as they are officially called.

Homeroom: Harborside students to host fundraising walk on Saturday


Harborside Academy students Elliana Lopez, Faith Navarro, Adrian Sanchez, Karlie Nelson are hosting a walk-a-thon fundraiser Saturday for the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin cancer ward.

For their efforts, they are this week’s Homeroom Standout.

Homeroom:Peeps help unveil the scientific process


Peeps became guinea pigs at Riverview School this month as second graders used the popular marshmallow treat to learn about the scientific process.

Students made hypotheses about which liquid — diet soda, water, oil, or vinegar — would dissolve the Peep the fastest based upon their prior knowledge of these liquids. Over the last two weeks, students have worked in teams to collect data regarding how their Peeps changed in each of the liquids.

Homeroom: Kenosha Unified teachers get torque training at Gateway


Five Kenosha Unified School District technology and engineering teachers are this week’s Homeroom Standout for taking part in torque training last month at Gateway Technical College’s Horizon Center. Becoming familiar with the latest in torque wrench technology were Jon Adams, Indian Trail High School & Academy; Matt Schultz and Eric Sutkay, LakeView Technology Academy; AJ Mueller and Charlene Smith, Tremper High School.

Torque wrenches have long been used by engineers, technicians and mechanics to tighten nuts, bolts and fittings to proper force specifications. Students learned to use the tools properly in automotive, mechanical and engineering programs. Gateway provided the instructor training March 24 and donated two new electronic TechAngle torque wrenches to each participating school.

Celebrations lead into spring break for rural schools


Rural Kenosha County schools are on spring break this week. But, students were so busy in the week leading up to their well-deserved time off, that Homeroom has plenty to highlight.

Several celebrations of achievement took place throughout the county. Riverview held its first Curriculum Showcase, the Salem School Celebration included a “synchronized swimming” skit performed by male teachers, and Paris School celebrated the culmination of its annual Literacy Unit.

Homeroom: Students excel at competitions



Kenosha Unified School District teams are this week’s Standout for their collective success in the local and state 2017 Battle of the Books competitions.

Homeroom: Lincoln students collect jeans for local homeless


Students at Lincoln Middle School are this week’s Standout after participating in their fourth annual Teens for Jeans campaign.

This year, they collected 328 pairs of gently used jeans for donation to local homeless youths, with Trista Nelson as the top donating student for her donation of 47 pairs of jeans.

Homeroom: Bristol School students learn about careers


Parents and local business owners who volunteered to share their expertise in a variety of professions with Bristol School fourth- and fifth-graders during Enrichment Day earn this week’s Homeroom Standout status.

Students rotated between 15 classrooms to learn about careers including emergency services and fire science, nutrition and health, experimental science, aviation and law.

Homeroom: Students looking out for others


Pleasant Prairie Elementary School’s four fifth-grade classes earn this week’s School Standout for collecting items and filling free “treatment bags” for cancer patients being treated locally.

Pupils in classes led by Diane Epping, Bonnie Lesperance, Dana Bott and Brad Potts kicked off the service learning project Jan. 16, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, in honor of Kindness Week. The students at Pleasant Prairie Elementary — a National School of Character — picked the project after learning of the need at Aurora Medical Center in Kenosha and St. Catherine’s Medical Center in Pleasant Prairie.

Students sell art to help Sharing Center


For using their talent to help fight childhood hunger, Salem School kindergarten through sixth-grade students are this week’s Homeroom Standouts.

By selling their artwork, the students raised $998.37 for the Sharing Center. As part of an annual community service project, the artwork is posted by Square 1 Art for purchase in a variety of mediums. Families shop a catalog of products that contain the image of the art, including coffee mugs, phone cases, jewelry boxes, pillow cases and magnets.

Homeroom: Helping where they can


Second-graders at The Brompton School, 8518 22nd Ave., recently learned about endangered animals.

When they started researching the conservation status of animals on the World Wildlife Federation, the pupils quickly recognized the list of animals at risk of dying off not only was very extensive, but that it included most of their favorite creatures.

Homeroom: Wheatland students take home trophy in city design competition


A concept for city that uses mountain snow harvesting and hydroponic gardens earned Wheatland Center students the Rookie of the Year award from the StemForward organization at the Future City Competition held at the Milwaukee School of Engineering last week.

The Wheatland students who took part in the contest are part of a new personalized learning program at the school called PATHS (Pursuing Greatness through Choice and Personalization) Academy.

Homeroom: Using skills to help others


Students in Tremper High School’s family and consumer science class repurposed pillowcases and T-shirts collected from staff and students to make dresses for the Little Dresses for Africa project.

For their efforts, the students are being recognized with this week’s Gold Star.

Homeroom: Wilmot Academic Decathlon continues tradition of excellence


For continuing Wilmot High School’s legacy of academic excellence by placing second at the regional Academic Decathlon competition, the Panthers’ Academic Decathlon team earns this week’s School Standout.

The team entered the regional round ranked fourth in the state and was slotted to place third. But Wilmot outscored the team from Sun Prairie to take second. On the bus ride home, team members learned their score was the second highest in the state.

They’re on a roll!


Lincoln Middle School teacher Kathleen Vincent and her class earned this week’s Gold Star, for their efforts collecting toilet paper for the Kenosha Feed 100 Families Toilet Paper Drive.

The class set a lofty goal of 1,049 rolls to collect, and surpassed that. All told, the class collected more rolls of toilet paper than the rest of the participating classes combined.

Homeroom: High school math club creates opportunity for younger students


Area middle school students recently competed at a math meet hosted by members of Central High School’s chapter of Mu Alpha Theta, a national mathematics honor society for high school students.

For helping younger students showcase their abilities and for meeting the requirements for inclusion in Mu Alpha Theta, these Central students have earned this week’s Homeroom “School Standout” distinction.

Homeroom: Students’ generosity a great thing to see


This week’s School Standout goes to Roosevelt Elementary School, where students worked to create fleece tie-blankets, scarves, hats and encouraging cards to distribute around the community.

Roosevelt is in the process of becoming the first International Baccalaureate school in Kenosha Unified, and one focus of the program is teaching students to think beyond their school’s walls. This month, fourth-graders have been working on conflict resolution, learning how to solve problems peacefully and to make a difference in their community, said Donna Chike-Rover, the fourth grade enrichment teacher.

GO Kenosha

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