Saturday, May 18, 2013
The National Girls Rugby Championship is taking place through Sunday at the Franksville joint park on Northwestern Avenue.
Franksville Park is host this weekend to the 2013 National Girls Rugby Championship to 24 teams from across the country, including Oak Creek. The tourney has its own Facebook page where fans can check the status of their team. In the second round of play, Oak Creek came out on top over Armstrong, 27 to 15 in the Festival Division. The championship match at 12:30 p.m. Sunday will be streamed live online.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The School Board accepted a donation of $2,302 from the family of Tom Stevenson, who was the first Oak Creek High School Band director.
The family of the late Tom Stevenson Jr. is donating the money received from his memorial to an appropriate place: the Oak Creek High School band program. Stevenson, who passed Jan. 10 at the age of 85, was the original Oak Creek High School band director and wrote the school song. After he retired from the school district in 1988, he continued his musical involvement with the Wilson Knights Band, the Ray Nueman Band and the Shrine Band. The Oak Creek-Franklin School Board accepted the $2,302 donation in its meeting Monday.
Monday, May 13, 2013
Students at all grade levels got involved in creating a new mural for the front hallway of Edgewood Elementary.
That masterpiece of a mural greeting students and staff of Edgewood Elementary was a team effort—and environmentally-friendly to boot. Art teacher Wendy Bagatta said the school got all grade levels involved in the project: Second grade students painted the backgrounds on each of the design panel pieces; third graders contributed drawings for the final mural design; fourth grade students did the mosaic patterns and attached recycled caps to the design panels; and fifth grade students are developing a slogan for the mural. Kindergarten and first graders, meanwhile, sorted the caps that students brought into the art room throughout the year. Now, those caps are on display in a unique way in the front foyer of the school. The Oak Creek High …
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Patch's searchable database allows users to find the number of students suspended in 2011-12 at an individual school within districts in the Milwaukee area.
Schools across Wisconsin report statistics on suspensions and expulsions to the Department of Public Instruction, which in turn compiles them and publishes data by school and grade level. In 2011-12, 5.21 percent of students statewide were suspended at least once during the year. It’s the lowest percentage since data was kept beginning in 1998-99, and the figure has dropped five consecutive years. Patch’s searchable database includes suspensions by school and grade in 2011-12 for Cooperative Educational Service Agency (CESA) 1, which covers most of southeast Wisconsin, including Racine Unified School District.
Friday, May 10, 2013
Investigation finds that vast majority of students and faculty at University of Wisconsin campuses — including Milwaukee — are not signed up for program that provides public safety updates.
On March 5, University of Wisconsin-Madison junior Eric Cardinal was working the late shift at a Shell station near campus when he read a text alert from the university warning of a suspected shooter on the loose: “Police looking for Male/Black wearing red & black flannel shirt headed west out of University Houses.” Then Cardinal saw a man in his store duck, as a police car rolled through the parking lot. “That’s when I assumed he was one of the suspects they were looking for,” Cardinal said. In the wake of campus shootings the past five years, police throughout the nation are using text alerts to deliver warnings and advice to students in emergency situations. The concise messages from the Safety Awareness For Everyone system are …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Franklin High School students and staff were moved to the football field while We Energies officials investigated the cause of a mysterious odor, which is believed to be from a charging battery.
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Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Controversies over the $648 million reserve fund and the $600,000 Palermo's Pizza deal are bedeviling University of Wisconsin leaders.
It’s hard not to feel a bit sorry for Rebecca Blank, incoming chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Sure, the acting U.S. commerce secretary, set to start in July, will make $500,000 a year — plus benefits and perks, including a university residence and car, money for travel and entertainment, and an unpaid academic appointment for her husband. But she’ll be stepping into a host of controversies, drawing flak from all directions. As one UW-Madison student quipped, “Blank is not starting off with a blank slate.” There’ll be ongoing fallout from some legislators’ volcanic eruptions over revelations that the UW System has a $648 million reserve fund. Though this is in line with other state systems, Wisconsin politicians are “…
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Magazine's latest list of best schools in the U.S. lists Oak Creek High School as 1,660th, the 42nd-best ranking in Wisconsin.
On mobile? You can see interactive map here. Newsweek magazine has ranked Oak Creek High School as the 1,660th top high school in the country. Among the 55 Wisconsin high schools that made Newsweek's list, Oak Creek had the 42nd-highest ranking in the state. Nicolet High School was ranked 628th in the nation, while Whitefish Bay was ranked 417th. For its rankings, Newsweek sent out a survey to more than 5,000 high schools in the U.S., with about 2,500 schools responding in 2013. You can see the details about Oak Creek's ranking, and every other ranked high school in the Milwaukee area by clicking on the markers in the interactive map above. The survey scores were then weighted and calculated using several criteria including on-time …
Sunday, May 5, 2013
A garden planted in honor of Sikh temple shooting victims got bigger Saturday in an event that included police Lt. Brian Murphy.
A prairie garden in front of Oak Creek High School—constructed last year to honor Sikh temple shooting victims and promote unity and tolerance in the community—got a little bigger over the weekend. The school expanded the garden Saturday in an event that also honored police Lt. Brian Murphy, the first police officer at the scene of the Aug. 5 shooting who survived more than a dozen gunshots. The idea for the garden came from a meeting of school officials and Sikh temple members about how to promote tolerance and diversity in schools. Dave Timmer, a social worker in the school district who helped organize the plantings, said the many different flowers and grasses that make up a prairie garden symbolizes the diversity in the world. RELATED …
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Patch's searchable database allows users to find scores by school, by grade or by district for 2010 through 2012.
More than 430,000 public school students took the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examinations in November 2012. Drops in reading and math scores took place throughout the state this year as Wisconsin raised the benchmark scores needed for students to reach the proficient or advanced performance levels. The new college and career readiness proficiency levels are based on the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Use Patch’s searchable database to search scores for the last three years, and see how those higher standards impacted schools’ success.