News & Notes: Feb. 2

Feb. 2, 2011

School District asks community to take survey

Whitefish Bay - In an effort to build on the excellent tradition of the Whitefish Bay School District, members of the public are invited to take an online survey regarding the district's communications efforts.

The survey, available at, is part of the Communications Advisory Committee's efforts to receive feedback regarding the district's current communications activities. Community members may also stop in at any district school office to complete a paper version of the survey.

"We ask community members and district staff to complete this survey in order to give us valuable insight into the district's communications efforts," Mary Gavigan, district administrator, said. "With many methods of communication available today, the district is committed to using the most effective ways possible to strengthen the engagement of our community and build upon the great tradition of our schools."

The Communications Advisory Committee is made up of school district staff, administrators, School Board members and community members. The group has been charged with creating a comprehensive communications plan that will consider the needs of all of the district's stakeholders.

The survey takes just minutes to fill out and requires no personal information to complete. It will be available through Feb. 22. For information, visit, or contact Gavigan at (414) 963-3901 or

Shorewood, Bay students participate in mock trial

Milwaukee - Students at Shorewood and Whitefish Bay high schools are among the several dozen participating schools competing in the 28th annual Wisconsin High School Mock Trial Tournament on Feb. 12.

Mock trials, which follow the rules and structure of a real court trial, offer teams of six to 12 high-school students the opportunity to argue a case before a three-person panel of judges, composed of volunteer attorneys and jurists. The event is sponsored by the State Bar of Wisconsin.

The top 12 teams will move on to a statewide competition in Madison on March 13 and 14. The team that finishes first in that competition will represent Wisconsin at the National Mock Trial Championship in Phoenix on May 7 to 9.

The Shorewood and Whitefish Bay students will face off against students attending Brookfield Academy, Brookfield East, Messmer, Mukwonago, Pewaukee, Pius XI and Wauwatosa high schools. Their tournament will be held at Marquette Law School.

School Board sets 2011-2012 budget goals

Brown Deer - With the school year halfway done, School Board officials are already planning goals for next year's district budget. There is some uncertainty due to anticipated, but unknown, changes happening at the state level.

The board plans to implement three major, key goals.

The district hopes to align resources with its instructional goals, including eliminating the educational gaps. In addition, the district wants to retain flexibility to deal with legislative changes. Much is up-in-the-air with the state, and the board wants to make sure a financial back-up plan is established.

And finally, district officials want to work proactively with the community, with an emphasis on on-going communication.

Junior woman's club scholarship available

Brown Deer - The GFWC Brown Deer Junior Woman's Club has established a scholarship fund to help women in Brown Deer who wish to continue their education. Scholarships up to $1,000 will be awarded annually in May to eligible women. All applications must be postmarked no later than April 1. Visit for more information, eligibility requirements or to download an application. Call (414) 651-9453 if you have questions.

Nicolet student art work featured at art exhibition

Earning a Scholastic Art Award is very prestigious, similar to earning a National Merit Scholar Award. This year, Nicolet students earned the most number of Gold and Silver Keys combined (12 Gold, 3 Silver and 3 Gold Key Winning Portfolios) in the history of Nicolet's more than 25 years of participation in this competition.

The Scholastic competition and exhibition is the regional section of The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards National Program conducted nationally by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, Inc., and is the major competition for student in grades 7-12. This exhibition includes works in 17 media categories selected from 1304 entries by a jury of 23 artists, educators and other art professionals.

A total of 338 works were selected and student artists were awarded 270 Gold Key (sent on to national competition) and 68 Silver Key (special state recognition) awards. Five American Vision Award Nominees and the prestigious Bronze Medallion Award of Excellence were also chosen.

The regional Gold Key-winning artworks advance to the Scholastic Art Awards National competition along with those from other regional competitions across the country. From 125 art and photography senior portfolios, 55 were awarded Gold Keys and also advance to national competition for possible scholarship awards. The National Awards Ceremony will be held at Carnegie Hall in New York City in late May.

The students who have earned Silver Keys are Darya Dobrinina and Maggie Dykstra, painting; Taylor Buraczewski, photography.

The students who have earned Gold Keys are: Rachel Arnow, one for drawing and two for jewelry; Dobrinina, painting; Kindia du Plessis and Laura Shires, drawing; Antonia Garner and Leo Purman, photography; Purman, digital; Olivia Garniss, Hannah Sandcock and Megan Simon, sculpture.

Arnow is the first student at Nicolet to earn three Gold Keys for individual pieces, as well as a Gold Key for her portfolio.

Purman is an American Vison Award nominee - only five of the awards are given in the state.

Three senior students, Arnow, Dobrinina and Sadie Teper have earned Gold Keys for their art portfolios. They will be competing nationally for up to $10,000 in scholarships.

The students work will be on display at the Milwaukee Art Museum through March 6.

Diliberti releases unclaimed funds list

Milwaukee County Treasurer Dan Diliberti has released the 2011 Unclaimed Funds listing online and is providing printed copies for reference at local libraries. Unclaimed funds are local government funds held by the County Treasurer and other agencies for anyone who has failed to claim ownership. Examples include unclaimed county or municipal service payments, jury duty checks or bail money. There is approximately $2.15 million in funds.

The 2011 Unclaimed Funds listing is available on the Milwaukee County Web site at Enter "unclaimed funds" in the site search field and follow the instructions for viewing the list and downloading and filing a claim form.

Printed copies should also be available at the Ready Reference section of all public libraries in Milwaukee County and at the Treasurer's Office, Room 102 of the Courthouse, 901 N. Ninth St., where claim forms are available and submitted.


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