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 …
After three years as principal of Stormonth Elementary, Dan Westfahl is stepping down for "personal and professional reasons."
After three years as principal of Stormonth Elementary, Dan Westfahl is stepping down for "personal and professional reasons." The Fox Point-Bayside School Board officially accepted Westfahl's resignation Thursday night, after Superintendent Rachel Boechler was notified about it last week via a letter. "I think Dan is the best principal I’ve worked with," Boechler told Patch Friday. "He is especially talented in literacy development and he will be a significant loss for the district." Westfahl, who began his career in education as a first-grade teacher at Marcy Elementary School in the Hamilton School District in 1993, couldn't be reached for comment Friday. He will serve through the end of the school year. He has also served as an …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
The University School of Milwaukee claims a nonprofit group plans to open a new charter school in the area with a similar name, and has filed a lawsuit in federal court.
The University School of Milwaukee has filed a lawsuit in federal court against one of its own board members and a nonprofit company that plans to open a charter school in the area with a similar name. The suit claims The Universal Companies and, Ronn Johnson, the companies' executive vice president of education for the Mid-West Region, are infringing on University School's trademarked names, including USM, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Universal plans to open a charter school named Universal School of Milwaukee, using the shorthand name for the University School of Milwaukee, USM. The abbreviation is also on the school's logo. University School is seeking an injunction banning Universal's use of its chosen name and of USM…
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
After weeks of voicing opposition to proposed changes to district programs and school officials not reversing course , parent David Braeger says he will move forward with a recall effort targeting members of the School Board.
David Braeger says he is out of options. Alongside teachers and parents, he has attended packed Fox Point-Bayside School District meetings to voice his opposition to cuts in arts, general music, physical education and technology programs. And, he has asked for a conference with district officials with no response. The School Board has forced his hand. Braeger, a Milwaukee-area financial sector CEO who has two children in the district, filed paperwork Wednesday morning to launch recall efforts against board President Debbie Friberg, Vice President Tim Melchert and member Alice Lawton. "We have a District Administrator who is leaving, and we have three remaining members of the School Board who were not recently elected that are nothing more…
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 “…
Chris Cooper of University School of Milwaukee, was named as the Most Valuable Player overall and Most Valuable Player as wide receiver at the Brookfield House of Speed Combine Saturday.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Magazine's latest list of best schools in the U.S. lists Nicolet as 628th, the ninth-best ranking in Wisconsin.
On mobile? You can see interactive map here. Newsweek magazine has ranked Nicolet High School as the 628th top high school in the country. Among the 55 Wisconsin high schools that made Newsweek's list, Nicolet had the ninth-highest ranking in the state. Shorewood High School was ranked 710th 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 Nicolet High School'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 …
Monday, May 6, 2013
The 75-minute upbeat rock musical based on Yvonne Adrian's true story about her daughter's 5-year battle with anorexia opens May 10 at Nicolet High School.
Nicolet High School drama will tackle the heavy-handed themes of Normal The Musical May 10 through 12, discussing eating disorders, body image, mental health along with the importance of stress management. The 75-minute upbeat rock musical based on Yvonne Adrian's true story about her daughter's 5-year battle with anorexia, was produced in 2005 in New York City where it won the Jonathan Larson Award. Nicolet will produce a high school version of the play. The performances are free and will wrap-up with discussion facilitated by Sandy Blaies, clinical director of the Eating Disorders Unit at Aurora Psychiatric Hospital, her staff, and people in recovery. Show times are May 10 and 11 at 7:30 p.m., and May 12 at 2 p.m. in the community …
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Parent David Braeger is giving the Fox Point-Bayside School Board one week to reverse course on proposed reductions in music, art and other programs. If they don't, he's vowing to launch a recall effort against three board members.
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.