News & Notes: Feb. 5

Feb. 5, 2013

Superintendent gets

good word out

West Allis - West Allis-West Milwaukee Superintendent Kurt Wachholz, speaking before the West Allis-West Milwaukee Woman's Club last week, related a number of achievements the schools have scored.

One of them - a positive behavior initiative the district developed to build character building and leadership - was praised by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, which asked for permission to market it nationally and even internationally.

That has now happened and Wachholz said, "The first school to buy our curriculum is right next door in Wauwatosa," bringing a laugh from the audience. Not only that, but West Allis-West Milwaukee gets to keep 60 percent of the royalties, he added.

Another program, the schools' new Next Generation Learning program - focusing on inquiry, students collaborating with each other and students setting educational goals and being responsible for their learning - has attracted wide attention, he said. Educators from the state Department of Public Instruction have made numerous visits, as have educators from neighboring districts, and local school officials have been invited to present the program to educators in southeastern Wisconsin at two conventions.

The district's personalized learning program has attracted visits from the Hewlett Foundation and the Follett Foundation, and local officials will present the program at the International Society of Technology in Education conference in June, he said.

Top business, citizen,

young professional sought

West Allis - The West Allis/West Milwaukee Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations until Feb. 15 for the annual Citizen and Business of the Year awards for West Allis and for West Milwaukee.

The Young Professional of the Year award was added this year for West Allis/West Milwaukee.

The awards will be presented at the chamber's annual dinner to be held April 12 at Crowne Plaza Milwaukee West in Wauwatosa.

Nominations can be completed online.

Teacher achieves

rare professional honor

Greenfield - Greenfield High School special education teacher Christy Timms is one of only 80 Wisconsin teachers to have attained National Board Certification this year from the U.S. Department of Education.

Timms joins Elm Dale teacher Debbie Mitchell and Edgewood teacher Cathy Schulz, both of whom have previously earned National Board Certification.

The certification is voluntary and so rigorous it generally takes between one to three years to achieve. Hundreds of hours of additional time beyond regular teaching duties are required.

Timms has 15 years of teaching experience - 12 of them in Greenfield. She has a master's degree in exceptional education, with an emphasis on urban education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Timms said qualifying for certification was an intense professional development that will benefit her students.

Shoe store holding

shoe drive for needy

Greenfield - Stan's Fit For Your Feet, 7411 W. Layton Ave., Greenfield, is hosting its seventh annual "Share-A-Pair" shoe drive through Feb. 28.

People can drop off new or gently used shoes from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturdays, or 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.

Some shoes will go to Milwaukee's Repairers of the Breach homeless day shelter and to Father Gene's Help Center locally, which distributes shoes to the needy. The rest of the donated shoes will be given to Soles4Souls.

As a thank-you, anyone donating adult shoes will receive a $10 gift card to be used toward a footwear purchase during February at any Stan's Fit For Your Feet or New Balance locations. Children's shoe donations will receive a $5 gift certificate to be used toward a future pair of kids' shoes.

Students create

Indian toran

Greenfield - A fascinating sight now welcomes those who enter the Greenfield Middle School .

A 15-foot toran stands at the school's reception area. The traditional door garland, used in India to welcome guests into homes, is typically placed at the top of a door to bring prosperity and hospitality to those who enter.

The Greenfield Middle School comes from the combined efforts of art studio students who each created a part of the work. Art studio is an after-school enrichment class.

Said teacher Mary Bolyard: "As students expand their awareness and appreciation of other cultures, it can only make the world a better place."

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