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News & Notes: June 13

June 13, 2012

Brown Deer school district breaks ground for field house

Brown Deer - The Brown Deer School District hosts a groundbreaking ceremony at 6 p.m. Wednesday at to kick off construction of its new field house and addition to the high school.

There will be music, an official groundbreaking, commemorative flower planting, and a walk (or jog) around the area designated for the indoor track, led by Superintendent Deb Kerr and school mascot Freddy Falcon.

Guests are to meet in front of the Administrative Services Center at 8200 N. 60th St.

Port Washington properties to be assessed for road work

Mequon - The Common Council Tuesday night voted to charge property owners along Port Washington Road for construction work. The special assessment will be used to reclaim up to $600,000 of the cost of reconstructing North Port Washington Road from Mequon Road north to Glen Oaks Lane.

All properties along Port Washington Road from Mequon Road through Glen Oaks Lane will be assessed, as well as properties on Glen Oaks Lane east to Interstate 43 and west to Portland Road, on Homestead Trail from Port Washington west 500 feet, North Eastbrook Drive from Port Washington Road to its terminations east and west, South Eastbrook Drive from Port Washington Road west to its termination, and Venture Court from Port Washington Road east to its termination.

The resolution passed, 5-3, with Aldermen John Wirth, John Hawkins and Dan Abendroth dissenting.

"You have to support the businesses you have," Abendroth said. "Assessing them for work they didn't ask for sends the wrong message."

City officials may hold an open house and are required to hold a public meeting on the subject before they can approve the special assessment.

Capital improvement projects planned for 2012-13 school year

Shorewood - The Shorewood School District will spend approximately $73,800 on capital improvement projects for the 2012-13 school year.

The School Board on Tuesday approved the list of proposed projects, as recommended by the district's Physical Plant and Land Use Committee.

Requests submitted by all schools totaled $99,300. Approved projects include improvements amounting to $30,200 at Lake Bluff, $27,800 at Atwater, $12,800 at the intermediate school and $3,000 at the high school.

Some of the larger-ticket items include replacing carpet in three rooms at Atwater, at a cost of $17,800, and in two rooms at Lake Bluff, at a cost of $8,000.

Projects not approved for capital budget funding include requests for the installation of exterior lighting at Atwater and the high school, which likely will be completed as part of a contract with Honeywell.

The 2012-13 capital budget is $80,000. The costs for approved projects are estimates, and could vary slightly.

District adopts new world language textbooks

Shorewood - Shorewood School District's World Language Department will begin using new textbooks for Spanish students in grades four through 12 and French students in grades seven through 12.

The School Board on Tuesday approved spending about $120,000 on hard copy and virtual textbooks, including online student access.

The texts include Vistas Higher Learning at Spanish levels I, II and III and French grades seven through 12, as well as Imagina for Spanish IV and AP Spanish, Revista for Spanish film class and Santillana for Spanish grades four through eight.

High school French teacher Christine Jacquart explained that in piloting the new materials, teachers appreciated their offering of blended learning, 21st Century tools, technology and skill expansion activities. Interactive online components give students the opportunity to learn similar concepts in new ways, she added.

There is currently $111,000 available for the purchase in the 2012-13 budget, Superintendent Blane McCann said, and the district would be seeking a $10,000 donation through SEED to cover the remainder of the cost.

Branding committee given go ahead in Mequon

Mequon - The Mequon Common Council passed a resolution Tuesday night to form a community wide branding committee, which will serve to create a brand, brand package and program to promote Mequon and Thiensville.

The committee will be comprised of officials from Mequon, Thiensville, the Mequon-Thiensville Chamber of Commerce, and the Mequon-Thiensville School District.

"We're likely to have a diverse set of interests represented by the committee," Director of Community Development Kim Tollefson told the council before the vote.

Thiensville and the school district will need to approve of the branding committee in order for it to take form.

New guidance counselor hired at Lake Bluff

Shorewood - Meghan Cook will join Lake Bluff Elementary as a guidance counselor beginning next school year.

The School Board on Tuesday approved hiring Cook, who will fill the position vacated by former guidance counselor Brenda Dell.

Cook has a bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and a master's degree in educational psychology from UW-Milwaukee. She previously served as a guidance counselor at Park Lawn School in Oconomowoc.

In the recommendation to hire, staff noted the hiring committee was impressed with Cook's "spark and rapport with students," and expressed confidence in her ability to fill the role.

Baseball cards back in Bay

Whitefish Bay - Whitefish Bay police will again be giving out complete sets of Brewers baseball cards this summer. The cards will be available at the police station at 5300 N. Marlborough Drive and from police officers out on duty.

The department extends its thanks to BMO Harris Bank for making the program possible.

Board approves contract for new superintendent

Shorewood - Martin Lexmond will officially take on the role of superintendent for the Shorewood School District on July 1.

The School Board on Tuesday approved a 2-year superintendent contract for Lexmond. He is replacing retiring Superintendent Blane McCann.

Lexmond has served as superintendent of the Kohler School District and principal of Kohler High School for the past two years. Before that, he also held director roles in curriculum and instruction and the Department of School Innovation for Milwaukee Public Schools.

He will be paid a salary of $150,000 for the 2012-13 school year, and will be eligible for an annual salary increase of at least 1.5 percent for the 2013-14 school year.

Glendale couple fights back against invasive species

Glendale - Glendale residents John and Martha Lunz were recently awarded an eighth annual Invader Crusader Award by the Wisconsin Council on Invasive Species for their efforts toward staving off invasive plant species.

"Native plants are the foundation of our human food web," Martha Lunz said. "People need to realize that everything we have comes from natural resources and the food web is fed through native plants - not alien plants."

The award was presented by the WCIS in Madison on June 6.

Oakland and Lake Bluff bus stop to change location

Shorewood - The Village Board voted June 4 to relocate the southbound bus stop at Oakland and Lake Bluff from the south side of the intersection to the north.

The change came about as a result of complaints from residents, whose apartment building is currently in front of the southbound bus stop.

"Parking, noise and other issues related to the bus being in front of them (were problems)," Trustee Jeff Hanewall said. "We couldn't find a single solution that would satisfy everyone, so what we settled upon is using safety as the deciding factor."

The bus stop should be moved to its new location sometime in the next 30 to 60 days, Village Manager Chris Swartz said, depending on how quickly the Milwaukee County Transit System implements the change.

Informational signs being installed at Atwater Park

Shorewood - Two new signs will be installed at Atwater Park, courtesy of the Environmental Protection Agency.

The EPA awarded $240,000 to the village in 2010 as part of its Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a portion of which was designated to fund an education and outreach program called the Shorewood Waters Project.

The two signs, one on the upper level of the park and the other on the midlevel concrete landing, will present a mixture of facts regarding the Great Lakes and tips on how to keep stormwater from carrying pollutants into Lake Michigan.

Lake Bluff gets state, national recognition

Shorewood - Lake Bluff Elementary is one of 20 public schools in the nation to be named a National School of Character by the Character Education Partnership, a recognition that signifies that Lake Bluff's focus on character development had a positive impact on the school and its students.

"These schools have built strong communities that bring people together around shared goals," NSOC director Lara Maupin said in a news release. "Nobody feels alone or unwelcome in these schools. Adults are all on the same page about what's important and, as a result, kids thrive."

Lake Bluff will be recognized as a Wisconsin School of Character at a June 12 luncheon, and again at the National Forum on Character Education in November in Washington, D.C.

Concordia online learning expands in Mequon

Mequon - Concordia University-Wisconsin's online learning office has moved into a larger space just off Port Washington Road, at 1009 Glen Oaks, suite 202.

The aim of the new facility is to increase access to online higher education and collaboration.

"CUW is deeply committed to providing higher education that is high quality, Christ-centered, rigorous, flexibleand accessible anywhere in the world," said Bernard Bull, assistant vice president of academics and continuing and distance education in a news release.

Study reveals continued decline in MQ-TH enrollment

Mequon - Recently released data from an outside firm reveals the Mequon-Thiensville School District will likely have continued enrollment declines.

Officials from Applied Populations Lab, an initiative spearheaded by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, revealed its findings at a School Board meeting. (5/21)

APL looked at historical statistical data before releasing its projection. Data included population patterns in Mequon and Thiensville, recent birthrates, enrollment trends and the number of students entered into the district's 5-year-old kindergarten program each year.

Mequon-Thiensville has a history of steadily declining enrollment. In 2002-03, there were 4,203 students enrolled in the district; this year, there were 3,603 students.

APL officials project Mequon-Thiensville enrollment will dip to 3,327 students in 2016-17 and 3,024 students in 2021-22.

Homestead counselor named to state ACT group council

Mequon - Kris Besler, a counselor at Homestead High School, was recently elected to the Wisconsin ACT State Organization Council.

The council is a volunteer organization comprised of secondary and postsecondary educators, agency personnel and leaders of statewide organizations. Professionals involved in the organization provide advice to the ACT test makers.

Fox Point-Bayside Foundation awards $1,645 in grants

Fox Point - The Fox Point-Bayside Educational Foundation is awarding $1,645 to the district as part of its mini-grant initiative that offers district teachers an opportunity to apply for individual grants up to $750 each in value.

Foundation officials recently approved four mini-grants to purchase two iPads, a document camera and music stands.

The foundation's action was finalized Monday when the School Board approved the plans.

Fifty juniors inducted into Nicolet's honor society

Glendale - Fifty members of the junior class at Nicolet High School were inducted into the National Honor Society last week. The students are Parnian Abunasr-Shiraz, Mitchell Bass, Michaela Bear, Katelyn Bieser, Jordan Borneman, Brianna Cardinale, Elizabeth Carlton, Chloe Choice, Tristan Cook-Ziegler, Lauren Cunningham, Lauren Deuser, Mary Donohue, Nicole Dunn, Rachel Halstrom, Erik Hansen, Benjamin Henken, Gregory Horstmeier, Allen Hung, Annie Jen, William Jen, Mallory Kane, Andrew Keene, Gabriel Kinzer, Matthew Kinzer, Martha Leplae-Arthur, Benjamin Levey and Jessica Luecke.

Also, Nick Martin, Winn Alana May, Jared Mazin, Spencer McAfee-Gundrum, Katherine McManus, Margaret O'Dell, Aislinn O'Dwyer, Anna Olla, Zachary Pagel, Devon Peck, Steven Richards, Katherine Richter, Christa Rumbaugh, Amelia Scott, Jane Scott, Sam Streeck, Elizabeth Tavolier, Michelle Tong, Nolan Wagner, Connor Wahrman, Emma Wathen, Michael Yarmulnik and Emily Zausch.

The keynote speaker for the program was Robert Ricigliano, director of Institute of World Affairs where he teaches international mediation and negotiation through the Department of Communication. The adviser for Nicolet Chapter of the National Honor Society is English Teacher Nicole Mueller.

Shorewood to fill Public Works position created by retirement

Shorewood - With the retirement of Public Works Director of Operations Jim Swenson looming in late July, the Village Board [May 21] approved hiring a replacement. Swenson's salary is $72,535 yearly. Village staff is investigating salaries for similar positions in the area and will include a compensation range for the position. A change in title to perhaps Operations Manager is anticipated.

Beaver Dam educator tapped for Homestead position

Mequon - School officials in the Mequon-Thiensville district are recommending Lori Keiser for the position of assistant principal at Homestead High School. Her appointment will be made official Monday when the School Board votes on it.

Keiser currently serves as a science teacher at Beaver Dam High School - a position she has held for seven years.

Bayside students attending San Diego conference

Fox Point - Two Bayside Middle School students have been given permission to represent the Fox Point-Bayside School District at an upcoming International Society for Technology in Education conference in San Diego.

The 2012 ISTE conference, held from June 24-27, focuses on female computer programmers. Two Bayside eighth-graders will demonstrate an interactive software application at the event. The students will attend the conference with their parents, and the arrangement is being made with no direct cost to the district.

This is the second consecutive year Bayside students are attending an ISTE conference. Last year, participants demonstrated how computer programming skills could be intertwined with curriculum.

Junior Woman's Club announces scholarships

Brown Deer - The GFWC Brown Deer Junior Woman's Club awarded its annual $1,000 Scholarship for Continuing Education on May 8 to Darlene Shea who is working toward a bachelor's in psychology. Joan Drezdon was awarded $500 for her continuing education toward an associate degree in business management. The scholarship is awarded annually in May.

For more information about the scholarship and our organization, visit browndeerjuniorwomansclub.com.

JCC, Growing Power running farm stand at Bayshore

Glendale - Beginning June 14, the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, Bayshore Town Center and Growing Power will be working together to bring a farm stand to Bayshore Town Center.

Growing Power is a national nonprofit organization and land trust supporting people from diverse backgrounds and the environments in which they live. Growing Power helps provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food for people in all communities. The farm stand will also offer educational mini-workshops throughout the year.

The stand will be open all year, rain or shine. During the summer months it will be outside in the town square, and from October through May it will be inside J-Shore, as well as during inclement weather. The stand will be open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays. J-Shore is the JCC's outreach storefront located near the food court.

For more information, contact Dana Emold, the JCC's Bayshore Project Manager at demold@jccmilwaukee.org or (414) 967-8174.

River Run Computers announces recycle services

Glendale - Due to the success and demand from the local community for electronic equipment donations at River Run Computers' Electronic Recycling Day held April 21, River Run Computers announced its computer recycle services as a standard offering.

River Run collected more than 6,500 pounds of electronics. Donations help aid in the protection of the local environment with responsible recycling and help Independence First collect more than 100 computers, monitors and printers for people with disabilities.

River Run will offer recycle services from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can request a pickup, or drop off your electronic equipment at River Run Computers' headquarters at 2320 W. Camden Road, Glendale. River Run and its partners follow the Department of Defense guidelines for data security.

Two types of data destruction that are offered include wiping of the hard drive or destroying the hard drive. For more information on River Run electronic recycle services, visit river-run.com/services/recycle-services.

Cancer survivors invited to celebrate with humor

Whitefish Bay - Gilda's Club Southeastern Wisconsin celebrates cancer survivorship with the presentation of Humor, Health & Hope … feel better with laughter, a free, family-friendly comedy event for cancer survivors and their families from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 9 at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center. This National Cancer Survivors Day event is presented with support from Cancer Treatment Centers of America and Stan Kass, president of Skylark Vending, in memory of his wife, Lee.

The event includes a Laughter Club workshop and a light hors d'oeuvres reception that will be followed by special entertainment.

World-class juggler and cancer survivor Scott Burton will be first to take the stage with his own brand of "humor therapy."

Actor/comedian/impressionist Dave Coulier takes the stage following Burton. Coulier is best known for his role as the lovable Joey Gladstone on the long-running hit ABC television series "Full House" and as the popular host of ABC's prime-time hit series "The World's Funniest Videos" and "America's Funniest People."

Reservations for the event may be made online at gildasclubsewi.org or by calling (414) 962.8201, ext. 103.

Nicolet freshman medals in international competition

Glendale - Aaron Zetley, a freshman at Nicolet High School was presented with a bronze medal in the Engineering division at the International Sustainable World Energy, Engineering, Environment Project Olympiad Awards ceremony for his project entitled Harnessing Energy Using Hydroelectric Turbines in Man-Made Water Systems on May 6 in Houston.

The contest creates a platform for young researchers to present their innovative projects to take on today's challenges in energy, engineering, and environment. More than 1,000 students from 68 countries were represented.

New wellness center opens in Mequon

Mequon - Well Body, a wellness center that offers products and services such as beauty and skin care, massage, acupuncture, Chinese herbs, life coaching, and professional listening, opened June 1 at 10040 N. Port Washington Road.

"Well Body will be a one-stop shop for recharging and re-energizing the body, mind and spirit," said practitioner Susie Raymond in a news release.

Appointments for all services are currently available, and Well Body staff invites members of the public to stop in and see the new facility. The center's phone is (414) 573-9549.

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