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Waukesha Co. State Test Scores 2007

State Test Scores MFSD and Suxxex-Hamilton

This Waukesha County State Test Scores Graph shows the results of last years test scores for the State Test taken last year. It takes at least 6 months to get the results back.

 

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ADOPTED! Blue-eyed Beauty

Sarah's sea blue eyes are absolutely captivating, especially against her snow white fur.  This 2-year-old Siberian Husky mix doesn't just depend on her good looks, though!  She is a very intelligent, curious and social girl.  Sarah is thrilled to get visitors and loves to walk in the spring sunshine.  Sarah came to us as a stray and she's hoping to start a new life with an active family or guardian interested in training, exercising and bonding with their new pal! Siberian Huskies often do well with other dogs because they are so social and friendly, so Sarah might be a great dog to have your own pup meet!  Bring him or her down to WHS for a doggie intro on neutral ground.  See www.wihumane.org for more details.

Mitchell Park Conservatory to undergo renovation

 

 

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Running Season Has Begun (with beer)

running

My summer running season has begun and the first run on my list this year is the 32nd Annual Riverwest Beer Run (or Walk). Now don't get me wrong, I'm not the fastest runner out there, nor do I have any experience running while drinking beer. However, my husband loves this run, so this year I've added it to my summer schedule. The run is this Sunday, June 8th, 11:30 a.m., and starts at the intersection of the Booth and Locust in Milwaukee. Last year my husband ran it with my brother, which you can read about here, but the synopsis is that a guy in flip flops finished ahead of him. FLIP FLOPS! AND BEER! Are you interested yet?

Next up is the 2008 Superun 5K Run, which is probably the most challenging run I put myself through. Are you familiar with Lake Park down on Milwaukee's east side and the big hill that goes through the park? The route takes the runners straight up that hill. It's intense.

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Final Construction Means Interuptions

On Wednesday the 11th, the high school will be turned over to the construction crews for a mad 10 week dash to complete all of the remaining renovation projects. The CG Schmidt crews have done a great job working around the over 2, 000 daily occupants of the building.

The Cable studio had been operating with a temporary wall since February which is making everything a little tight.  Soon the cement floor will be in and the wall will come down.  Then the major cleanup starts.  A lot of delicate equipment is going to need some tender, loving dusting.

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Yes, I Still Ran

neighborhood, running

You are probably wondering if I still ran the Riverwest Beer Run considering the weather conditions at 11:30 a.m. today. The answer is yes.

Yes, I ran in the rain.

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Dream a little dream of Dreamer!

Dreamer is a sweet 11-year-old Brown and White Tabby cat who greets all visitors with lots of chin rubs. This striking feline has the most unusually-shaped green eyes that have amazing flecks of color. You simply must see this unique cat in person!

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Our Personal Freedoms Are Disappearing Fast

Your Tax Dollars At Play

 I can't remember the last time I felt that I was able to choose for myself how to enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  Perhaps it was when I graduated from primary school in the 6th grade.  It was about that time that I first read 1984.  Ever since then I have noticed our Big-Brother Government adding ever-increasing restrictions on to my diminishing abilities and freedoms.

 The largest all-at-once loss was shortly after the 9/11 attacks when Congress passed the Anti-Terrorism legislation. We, as citizens, gleefully gave up many rights to the government with the assurance that these "few" restrictions would make everything right again.  Baloney!  Those laws must have been written well earlier because they are very complex and could not have been knocked out in such a short time following the attack.

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Washingon Island Experience

family, vacation

I am vacationing in Door County with my family, which includes my husband, seven year old daughter, parents, and two 14 year old nephews. We are staying in Fish Creek, but yesterday we decided to make a day of it on Washington Island. I've been to Door County many times in the last 12 years, it's become a yearly excursion, and somehow we've never been to Washington Island. What would it be like? What would we do there? What adventure awaited us on the other side of the ferry?

There were seven of us, so we had to take two cars. Round trip tickets for a car is $24 (JUST the car), adults are $5.50 and children are $3.75. When we got off the ferry we immediately headed towards the Lookout Tower in Mountain Park where the view from the top of the tower was amazing! After that we split up for lunch, with my husband, daughter and I going to a restaurant on Main Street that promised breakfast all day, soup, sandwiches, wi-fi, and a baby grand piano in the dining room, oh and let's not forget the kayak tours. Close your eyes and imagine it with me, do you see a fireplace? Someone playing the piano? Customers lounging around, laptops open, blogging away? Coffee bar perhaps?

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Sweet Senior: Meet Alfie

Alfie has a lot going for him: charm, charisma, good looks and warm brown eyes that will melt your heart. He doesn't have a family to call his own, though, so this 8 1/2 year old Shetland Sheepdog/Terrier mix waits patiently for someone who will cherish all he has to offer.  When you visit Alfie, he's apt to roll over on your lap, inviting a belly rub.  Extremely affectionate, Alfie will keep you company on the couch and will likely bond quickly with his new family.

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Share Your Creative Talents

Celebrate National Recreation and Parks Month by painting and drawing your own sidewalk chalk art at North Jr. High School.  Participants can work individually or in teams of two or three.  Drawings will begin at 1:15 p.m. and must be completed by 2:00 p.m. with judging to follow immediately.  All materials will be provided.  Categories for judging will be:  Best Design, Best Use of Color, Most Patriotic, Sportiest, Best Under the Sea Scene, and Super Use of Super Heroes.  All participants will receive free admission to open swim at the North Junior High Pool during the week of July 14 - 18. 

The Menomonee Falls Community Education & Recreation Department is holding its annual Chalk it Up Contest on Wednesday, July 2 from 1:15 to 2:15 PM at North Junior High School on Garfield Drive across from Village Park.  The contest is free and open to all children ages 2 to 17.  Pre-registration is required.  Rain date is Wednesday, July 9.

Happy Birthday to Me!

holiday, Special

Today is my birthday. I’m not sure what my entire day will bring, but it’s starting out at the eye doctor with my daughter, Zoe, then we are going out for coffee. Well, she’ll most likely have chocolate milk and I’ll have coffee. The rest of the day is up in the air. Perhaps we’ll bum around at the Lakefront Art Festival, it begins today and we’ve never gone, but Zoe is way way WAY into art. And, I am too, but she’s at least got a shot at being an artist, I’ll have to wait until retirement to pursue it. And now, since it’s my birthday, I am a year closer to it. Right?

I already got my birthday present two weeks ago, an iPod Touch. It’s, in a single word, AWESOME! I love it!! It’s probably the coolest gadget I’ve ever had. It has wifi on it and I can connect anywhere there is a hot spot. We were driving home from Door County on Tuesday and I needed to get an email from one of my classmates, did you know that Two Rivers has hot spots in the city? It does. All of a sudden I had connection and I’m telling my husband: “Stop the car! Pull over!”

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The Forty-Yard Rule

Aging

Now that the weather is finally getting warm, it is time to prepare for the seasonal unpleasant site of men over 40 walking around places like State Fair, Summerfest, Falls Fest, and yes, even the Smithsonian Sculpture Gardens in D.C. without a shirt. Many of these guys are in their 60s with tattoos as faded as the south side of my house.

 

Do they ever get lucky? I don’t know, or care, but they scare my kids, and me too, a little bit. Anyone with that much poor judgment is likely to do worse things.

 

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ADOPTED Got Room for Roxie?

Roxie will have your neighbors all inquiring about your stunning new family member.  This Labrador Retriever/German Shepherd mix has a gorgeous, shiny black coat with beautiful beige and brown markings.  Her chocolate brown eyes will melt your heart, especially if accompanied by her ears perking up!  Roxie knows cues such as "sit" and "down"; she will likely learn new skills very fast.

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Maverick

On my birthday I decided to make a flowerbed in my backyard. It was something that we had been meaning to do since we moved in two years ago, but no one really wanted to dig up the grass. Not because we liked the grass, but because it would be really hard work due to the fact that the ground is mostly clay. I started out with plans to dig a space where I could plant a clematis by the arbor, but ended up with a garden that extended to the corner of my yard along the fence, about 6′x6′x8′ in a triangular shape. It looked huge up close, but when I turned to look at the rest of my yard in comparison — it’s really small. Let’s call it ‘quaint’. From the sidewalk you can’t even see my quaint birthday garden actually.

I really wanted to go straight to the nursery to pick out a few plants to put in the flowerbed, but waited so we could go together on Saturday. We picked out some tall grass, catmint, a small juniper, and a burgandy sedum type plant. Once you get close enough to see, it’s really pretty.

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Back by Popular Demand...Little League Weekend

A couple of years ago, we were going through the archive of video tape, cleaning them up and putting them in new protective cases, when we came upon a large box of tapes labeled Little League.  Inside were over 100 tapes from 1991 to 1993 during the Menomonee Falls Little Leagues infancy.  Some were coaching tapes, others were of special events like Opening Day and the Gala's.  But most of them were the games taped during those first few seasons.  72 in all.  Seemed a shame that they were sitting there with no useful purpose.  The idea to tape the games came in the very first year.  We thought it would be fun for every player in the league to be able to see him or herself on cable TV, just like the pro's.  With over 300 players it worked out that we could tape all the teams in the league in just 12 games.

It was important to put the scores on the screen, and as long as your doing that, you may as well put the players names in, music, graphics, sponsors credits, and music videos.  The games were a big hit and were played several times at the end of the season, usually 2 games each night.  All were taped with two cameras and edited, except for T-ball (could have use 9 cameras for those games).  The following year the league had doubled to over 600 players and of course that doubled the amount of games that needed to be taped.  Couldn't leave anyone out.  So in 1992 there were 24 games taped for playing on channel 7 (later moved to channel 14).  In 1993... you guessed it, another 500 players and a total of 36 games.  The schedule became overwhelming and camera operators were scarce.  So before it turned into 50 games, we quietly retired the idea, leaving the preservation of those unforgettable plays to the parents.

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Congratulations Mr. Kelm!

Congratulations to Mr. Kelm, one of our 5th grade teachers, on his recent marriage. Mr. Kelm found his "Miss Right" by marrying Ms. Wright who is a 5th grade teacher at Holy Apostles in New Berlin.

Congratulations to both.

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I Superan

family, running

Last night my husband and I ran the Superun 5K. It’s through Lake Park, and this run is challenging, but we love it anyways. Our times? Well let’s just say that we finished, and our times sucked. I hadn’t run in over two weeks, and my husband (who finished around 22 minutes last year) ran at my pace (which is no where NEAR 22 minutes).

It did not rain, and there was no beer on this race. It’s was all sunshine and hills.

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Qat

family

Here’s the background: We’ve been listening a lot to Snacktime, by the Barenaked Ladies. It’s a children’s CD, but it’s fun enough for parents to enjoy too. There is this one song, Crazy ABC’s, where they go through the alphabet and list a crazy word for each of the letters and a definition of it.

Here’s the scenario: We were at dinner with my parents and my nephews. My mom was playing hangman with the kids when all of a sudden my husband comes up THE WORD to END ALL WORDS! The MOST FANTASTIC HANGMAN WORD EVER! He’s positive that they’ll NEVER EVER EVER guess it before their hangman is hung.

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Purrfect Kittens!

Billy, Rocky and Tom aren't all brothers, but they sure do play hard and nap harder!  These adorable kittens, who range in age from 10-12 weeks, are just a few of the many young cats available for adoption right now at WHS.  Summer is always a very busy time for cats and kittens and this year is no exception.  Every day, new kittens arrive at the shelter, seeking a second chance. Thankfully, there are many adopters in the community looking to open their hearts and homes to sweet kitties like Billy, Rocky and Tom.  Would you like to meet this terrific trio?  Stop in at WHS today or visit www.wihumane.org to view all the animals up for adoption.

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