February 27, 2017
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Olivia Knautz, a first-grader at The Brompton School, buys a bottle of water during her lunch break. Pupils in the school's Interact club, are selling the water to support Canned Water 4 Kids, a global social service project supported by the Rotary Club of Kenosha West to bring clean running water to Guatemalan villages. ( KEVIN POIRIER )

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.

A St. Catherine’s oncology nurse spoke to the classes about what patients encounter during treatment. The students read about different types of cancer, while classmate Avery Garrison, 11, and Epping spoke of their personal experiences as cancer survivors.

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.

Homeroom: Central High School continues to fly


For sharing their love of aviation with students from another school the Central High School STEM Aviation Club earns School Standout status this week.

The club recently invited students from Shoreland Lutheran School to help them with the aircraft members are building. The four students who visited are part of a STEM program at Shoreland Lutheran. They learned about the preparation and process and even got to do some hands-on work on the aircraft.

Homeroom: Schools show appreciation for civil service


This week’s School Standout is Grant Elementary, where students showed their appreciation to the community’s civil service workers with a special assembly last week.

On Wednesday, representatives from police, fire, public works, post office and transportation departments took part in a school tour and recognition ceremony.

Homeroom: Students take close look at legislative process


A group of eighth-graders from Riverview School recently met with Sen. Van Wanggaard, R-Racine, to propose legislation aimed at infant vision test awareness. For their active civic participation, they are this week’s Homeroom School Standout.

The effort is a follow-up to last year’s participation in Project Citizen, for which Riverview students took first place in the state. Wanggaard contacted the students to see if they would like to proceed with their action plan and go through the process of proposing new state legislation.

Homeroom: Roosevelt singers belt out patriotic tunes


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Roosevelt Elementary School’s choir entertained military veterans and other senior residents at Meadowmere Southport Assisted Living Community with patriotic songs last Wednesday.

Homeroom: Students vote in mock elections


Schools throughout the county are bringing Election Day into the classroom.

Teachers used the 2016 presidential election as a chance to teach students about the candidates, the voting process, and how to cast a ballot, in activities at every grade level.

Homeroom: Service projects, special performances


Shoreland Lutheran High School students recently participated in a schoolwide, adoption-focused service project in connection with the Jockey Being Family Foundation.

The foundation “believes that even one failed adoption is too many, and therefore helps adoptive families remain strong and stay together,” said Peter Gumm, Shoreland’s mission advancement director.

Homeroom: Riverview students get the immigration experience


Wilmot Union High School German and Spanish students helped Riverview School seventh-graders understand the immigration experience during the elementary school's annual Immigration Day.

Specifically, the high schoolers helped the middle schoolers experience the language barrier immigrants faced as they tried to entered the United States through Ellis Island.

Homeroom: Leading Ladies mentor Little Ladies at Bain


Members of Bradford High School’s Leading Ladies are mentoring Edward Bain School of Language Arts-Creative Arts elementary pupils every other Monday at the end of the school day.

The EBSOLA pupils have been dubbed the “Little Ladies.”

Homeroom: Randall students learn from nature during three-day outing


Nature served as the classroom for 59 Randall School seventh-graders during the school's annual three-day outdoor education adventure at Camp Upham Woods near Wisconsin Dells.

The fall field trip is a longstanding tradition at the school and is this week's Homeroom Standout program for its hands-on approach to learning.

Homeroom: Business Challenge at Central mimics ‘The Apprentice’


Some of the Central High School students competing in a business and marketing contest inspired by the television show, “The Apprentice,” were “fired” after the first challenge.

But, they did not fail to learn valuable lessons about how to lead or be a good teammate in stressful business situations, which makes them all this week’s School Standouts.

Homeroom: Scouts pack packs for students in need


Schools have been back in session for just over a week but there is already an abundance of activity, good deeds and successes to report. Keep up the good work and don’t forget to let us know about it at homeroom@kenoshanews.com.

One group — or should I say troop — of girls from Bristol School filled backpacks with school supplies this week for students at Curtis Strange Elementary School in Kenosha after hearing about a class there that had several students show up without the tools they needed to succeed.

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