January 22, 2017
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Westosha-Central High School students learned about emergency medicine equipment and techniques from members of the Salem Fire and Rescue Department. ( Submitted Photo )

Homeroom: Wilmot Academic Decathlon continues tradition of excellence

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For continuing Wilmot’s legacy of academic excellence by placing second at the Regional Academic Decathlon competition, the Panther’s 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, they outscored the team from Sun Prairie to take second. On the bus ride home, they learned their score was the second highest in the state.

“When we heard that news, the bus erupted with shouts of, ‘We’ve got a shot,’”said coach Don Serkowski.

Homeroom: High school math club creates opportunity for younger students

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Gold Star

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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’

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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

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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.

Share your school stories in Homeroom

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School is back in session, and so is the Kenosha News’ weekly Homeroom column showcasing the great work being done in Kenosha County schools.

And just as there are changes in the buildings, we’re introducing a few new things to Homeroom.

Homeroom: Fifth-grader earns perfect WordMasters Challenge score

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Payton Conti, a fifth-grader at Somers Elementary School, recently earned a perfect score of 20 in this year’s WordMasters Challenge, a national vocabulary competition annually involving nearly 150,000 students.

Payton competed in the blue division. Only 13 fifth-graders nationally achieved perfect scores.

Homeroom: Students honored in tourism essay contest

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Five Kenosha Unified School District students were honored in the Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau’s essay contest.

The students, all third-graders, wrote about their favorite places to spend time in Kenosha County. The contest was part of the bureau’s annual third-grade classroom presentations that highlight significant locals landmarks and attractions, past and present.

Homeroom: Reuther grads set example for Frank students

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Before they graduated Saturday, a group of Reuther High School seniors started a new tradition Friday morning, leading a procession through Frank Elementary School’s halls dressed in their caps and gowns to encourage the younger students to do well in school and set their goal now to graduate from high school.

Pleasant Prairie Elementary School pupils and staff lined the hallway Friday to give high fives to those who responded to ensure pupils’ safety two weeks ago before a phoned in bomb threat proved to be unfounded.

Homeroom: Seventh-graders showcase probability studies

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Seventh-graders at Lincoln Middle School hosted the Probability Fair last week, the culminating event of their probability and statistics problem-based learning unit.

It involved students having to solve a hypothetical problem: A new company, Gamepro, wants to become the leading U.S. game maker. The seventh-graders had to come up with games interesting to middle schoolers that would make a profit for the company.

Homeroom: Randall students send four vets to Washington

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Four veterans are headed to Washington, D.C., on an Honor Flight thanks to Randall Consolidated School students.

A yearlong project by the Randall School Council raised $1,857, which was supplemented by a $250 matching donation. That meant the council could send four veterans on the flight, instead of the original goal of two.

Homeroom: Harborside teacher honored for her work

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A Harborside Academy teacher is one of four 2016 winners of the Singer Family Prizes awarded annually by the University of Rochester (N.Y.).

Mary Bohning, who teaches Advanced Placement environmental science and ecology, received the honor after being nominated by former student Pablo Arroyo.

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