News & Notes: Oct. 9

Oct. 9, 2013

Lumen Christi students create Red Ribbon Week

Mequon — Starting Point of Ozaukee, a county drug and alcohol resource center, encourages the community to take a stand against drugs by celebrating Red Ribbon Week from Oct. 13-20.

Red Ribbon Week raises awareness of drug abuse and encourages community members to promote drug-free lifestyles. Red Ribbon Week 2013's special theme, "RESPECT — This is How I Will Treat Me" was submitted by Anna Dreschler, Betsy Bowen and Chelesea Rowe of Lumen Christi Parish School in Mequon.

Red Ribbon Week is in its 27th year.

Volunteers sought

for yard clean up day

Shorewood — Volunteers are needed for the sixth annual Shorewood Connects yard Clean-Up Day, which connects volunteers with older and disabled adults who need help preparing their yards for winter.

The event takes place from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 2. Volunteers are asked to rake leaves, clean out garden beds, trim hedges and empty homes.

Older and disabled adults looking for help can contact Elizabeth Price at (414) 847-2727 or src@villageof

Volunteers are asked to register by Oct. 25 by contacting Michelle Boehm at (414) 698-4369 or michelle.boehm

Brown Deer plans

to increase parking

Brown Deer — The Brown Deer School District may expand the elementary school parking lot by eight or nine spaces once the Dean Elementary demolition is complete, Director of Business Services Emily Koczela said Tuesday after a resident asked what the district is doing to solve parking limitations.

Since parking is restricted to one side of Dean Road and police have asked that School District staff do not park in residential areas, the district has to find a way to increase the number of spaces.

Shorewood students earn Tommy Award for musical

Shorewood — Theater students earned the 2013 Tommy Award for "Outstanding Musical" for their performance of "Spring Awakening."

A news release from Milwaukee Public Television, which will air the Tommy Awards on MPTV 36.1 on 3 p.m. Oct. 27, specifically mentions a performance of "The Dark I Know Well," which features senior Julia Wilkinson and sophomore Marissa Noe.

Best Buy gets all-day

hours on Black Friday

Fox Point — The Fox Point Best Buy, located in the shopping center at Port Washington and Brown Deer roads, will have be open 24 hours on Black Friday, the hectic shopping day after Thanksgiving.

The Village Board on Tuesday approved a conditional use amendment which allows for the extended hours.

Black Friday falls on Nov. 29 this year.

Dance school

expanding parking lot

Brown Deer — The Brown Deer Village Board on Monday approved a plan to expand the parking lot at the Academy of Dance Arts, 9036 North 51st St.

The decision comes after a lengthy series of exchanges between dance academy owners, the village Traffic and Public Safety Committee, and Village Board members. A representative of the academy said construction is planned to begin this week on the parking lot expansion, which will bridge the two driveways off West Green Brook Drive.

Village officials will re-examine the area after the parking lot is completed to see if parking restrictions on Green Brook Drive and 51st Street are still necessary.

Church hosting

flu shot clinic

Fox Point — North Shore Congregational Church is hosting a flu shot clinic from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 13.

Shots are available for those 6 years of age and older. Due to support from NSCC's health committee and ShopKo Pharmacy the shots are discounted to $25 per injection. Those interested are advised to bring insurance cards.

Advance reservations can be made at (414) 352-6123. NSCC is located at 7330 N. Santa Monica Blvd.

Leaf collection begins Monday in Bayside

Bayside — Loose leaf collections begin Oct. 14 and runs through Dec. 5 in the village of Bayside. A collection calendar on the village website shows the schedule of when village workers will be collecting leaves from each quadrant of the village.

Village officials remind residents to set leaves curbside, out of the ditch and off the road. Leaves do not need to be bagged, but bagging does speed up collection. Leaves should be put in one pile per property. Open burning is prohibited.

Board member salaries

remain unchanged

Brown Deer — Brown Deer residents during the annual meeting Tuesday voted to keep School Board member salaries the same.

Board members are paid $3,100 annually.

District makes Forbes list of 'best bang for buck'

Whitefish Bay — According to a Sept. 26 article on, the Whitefish Bay School District is the 17th best "school for your housing buck" in the nation.

The article ranks top-performing districts nationwide where the median home price was less than double the national median.

The Forbes article mentions a Milwaukee Magazine feature which last year ranked Whitefish Bay High School as the best school in southeastern Wisconsin.

Board discusses facility

rentals to outside groups

Mequon — The Mequon-Thiensville School Board during a working session on Monday discussed what objectives the district should use if they rent school buildings to outside groups during the day when students are present.

No decisions were made Monday. Administration will work with the city of Mequon to determine options in using school buildings as election sites, which will be measured against the objectives of the board.

"We tried to take a very general, 50,000-foot approach to the issue instead of focusing on the narrow issue of voting at Donges Bay," said Superintendent Demond Means.

Administration is anticipating that the issue will be brought back to the board in December.

Administration is anticipating that the issue will be brought back to the board in December.

Glen Hills teacher receives

OfficeMax award

Glendale — Michelle Kornitz, teacher at Glen Hills Middle School, was one of nine teachers from the Milwaukee area to receive a surprise visit from OfficeMax and their school principals on Monday.

Kornitz was awarded $1,000 of classroom supplies as part of the annual OfficeMax A Day Made Better advocacy program to help erase teacher-funded classrooms. Local winners are among 1,000 teachers nationally who have been nominated by their principals for their extraordinary efforts in the classroom.

Goodall makes appearance in Mequon

Mequon — Mequon Nature Preserve Director Kristin Gies had the honor of escorting world-renowned primatologist Jane Goodall through her media engagements on Saturday before she spoke at an International Crane Foundation fundraiser.

According to a news release, Goodall, who is known for her groundbreaking research on chimpanzee behavior and later advocacy for nonhuman rights, gave Gies a rousing bit of advice after the two shared professional missions and worldviews.

"Never give up," Goodall told Gies. "Together we can change the world. We MUST!"

Nicolet approves borrowing for capital projects

Glendale — The Nicolet School Board on Monday borrowed approximately $2 million to pay for a parking lot reconstruction, stormwater infrastructure overhaul and expansion of the cognitively disabled student center.

Work on all three projects was completed before school began in September.

The board rejected bids last week when lenders had not followed bid documents and included a nonallowed premium. The premium was not included in the bid approved Monday, Business Manager Jeff Dellutri said.

Glen Hills lauded for energy efficiency

Glendale — Glen Hills Middle School, originally built in 1971, was recently recognized for the many changes that have dramatically increased the energy efficiency of the building over the years.

An award will be presented at the Wisconsin Green Building Alliance's 10th annual Sustainable Energy Efficiency Conference, on Friday at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Features of the school recognized are: extensive commissioning performed over the years; a 26-point increase in its ENERGY STAR rating to its present value of 92; student-geared waste reduction and recycling programs; maintenance of landscaping and grass turf fields without the use of irrigation; and a LEED Gold award issued in April 2013.

Mequon-Thiensville among best bang for buck

Mequon — A Sept. 26 article on ranks the Mequon-Thiensville School District as third in the nation on its "best schools for your housing buck" list.

The article ranks top-performing districts nationwide where the median home price was less than double the national median.

"We are so proud of our teachers, students and community members," Superintendent Demond Means said in a district news release. "They are the reason Mequon-Thiensville School District is recognized as the best in the state and nation."

District selects company for interim services

Shorewood — The Shorewood School Board last week selected Springsted, an independent adviser, to provide interim business manager services to help the district plan for its annual meeting and any short-term borrowing that might be necessary for the current school year.

After Mark Boehlke resigned from his position as the district's business manager, the School Board contracted with K-12 Solutions to provide interim services. They appointed Erik Kass to serve as the temporary business manager. He has since accepted a position with the Elmbrook School District and is no longer available to help Shorewood.

The board has now decided to contract with Springsted. In the contract, Michael Garty has been identified as the interim business manager. He started Sept. 15 and will work with the district in preparation for the annual meeting and until a new business manager is hired.

Glendale nursing facility taking part in new initiative

Glendale — Seven Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation in Glendale has been selected to participate in the Music and Memory Initiative, a program formed by the Department of Health Services to provide 100 Wisconsin skilled-nursing facilities tools to bring enjoyment to their residents with Alzheimer's and other related dementia.

Wisconsin has 397 skilled nursing facilities, serving approximately 29,000 residents. With nearly 230 facilities that applied for this program, Seven Oaks was one of out of 100 facilities awarded and certified as a Music and Memory facility. The staff at Seven Oaks will attend training sessions beginning in October. Once training is complete, Seven Oaks will launch their personalized music program and receive $2,000 worth of training and equipment including iPod shuffles, headphones, external speakers and an iTunes gift card.

The goal is to reduce residents' reliance on medications through personalized music, as well as help to alleviate some of their anxiety and loneliness.

Glendale favors east design alternative for I-43

Glendale — As the Wisconsin Department of Transportation finalizes its environmental impact report for the proposed reconstruction of Interstate 43 from Bender Road to Highway 60, it is asking surrounding communities to indicate their preference of the two proposed design alternatives.

The Glendale Common Council last week voted to support the alternative proposing to shift the existing interstate east, as opposed to west, based on staff input, including that of the police and fire departments.

Both alternatives include the expansion of I-43 to six lanes, with a four-lane Port Washington Road. Jean Nicolet Road also would be maintained between Bender and Green Tree roads under both options, although its exact location would depend upon which alternative is implemented, according to a memo from City Administrator Richard Maslowski.

The two design alternatives were presented for public consideration in August. The preferences of impacted communities will be incorporated into the DOT's final environmental impact report for the project, which will be submitted to the Federal Highway Administration in the near future.

During 2014 and 2015, the DOT will focus on a single design for the I-43 reconstruction, during which time additional public informational meetings will be held. Construction is planned for 2020 or beyond, depending on federal and state funding.

Board OKs agreement

with UWM for second year

Brown Deer — The Brown Deer School Board last week approved a memorandum of understanding between the School District and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's School of Education that allows the two entities to share resources.

This is the second year UWM and Brown Deer have collaborated for research and professional development. The memorandum does not come with any associated costs to the district. Last year, the two entities helped each other with in-kind payments. For example, UWM staff would work with Brown Deer staff on professional development. In exchange, UWM held an event at district facilities that some Brown Deer teachers were able to attend.

The agreement is good until 2015.

Brown Deer pens second

letter to legislators

Brown Deer — The Brown Deer School Board is sending a second letter to state Rep. Dan Knodl and Sen. Alberta Darling thanking them for the work they did during the formation of the state budget that provided school districts a higher per pupil allocation than was originally thought.

The letter also expresses the School Board's support for a potential bill that would allow school districts the ability to set a start date for the school year before Sept. 1. It also shows support for the common core curriculum.

Nicolet prepares to implement assessment tools

Glendale — The Nicolet School Board last week discussed the implementation and results of different national testing metrics, including: Measures of Academic Progress, Rausch Interval Testing, and Common Core aligned strategies. This testing focuses primarily on math, reading and other language arts.

About 8 million students across the nation participate in this form of standardized testing. Nicolet High School, specifically, measures fall to spring progress of the students as well as compiles year-over-year statistics, hoping to track improvement. The school breaks down the testing into different demographics, including: grade-levels; boys vs. girls; and black vs. white students.

Principal Greg Kabara said that they can integrate the statistics with those of the high school's three feeder school districts in order to better track academic performance throughout students' careers.

Family Night fundraiser

a success at Maple Dale

Fox Point — More than 100 people participated on Sept. 21 in a Family Camp Out at Maple Dale School to help raise funds for the student council.

Tents were set up outside and inside the school. The Student Council is using the money raised to buy a cabinet and counter top to use at the school store. They are planning to host another camp-out in winter to be located inside the school.


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