News & Notes: May 30

May 29, 2012

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 last week.

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 last week 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

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 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

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. 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 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.

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