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News & Notes: Jan. 29

Jan. 29, 2013

High school holds

Empty Bowls fundraiser

Menomonee Falls - Menomonee Falls High School holds its second annual Empty Bowls fundraiser this week.

The event is from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday in the high school cafeteria, N8101 Merrimac Drive.

The cost is $10, which includes soup, bread and water and a keepsake ceramic bowl made by an art student. The event is sponsored by the National Art Honor Society, with proceeds benefiting the Menomonee Falls Area Food Pantry.

Middle school registration

fee increases in Germantown

Germantown - The registration fee for Kennedy Middle School will increase $5 for the 2013-14 school year, bringing the cost to $65.

The cost has been $60 since the 2008-09 school year and is being increased to be in line with the average cost at schools in the area, according to Germantown School District documents.

Registration fees for elementary school and high school will remain the same at $55 and $75, respectively. The Germantown High School transportation fee is increasing from $8 to $10.

School Board sets

Open Enrollment seats

Menomonee Falls - Menomonee Falls School District will offer 42 new Open Enrollment seats in the 2013-14 school year, targeting the levels of K4 through grade three.

The School Board approved the recommendation on Monday, following a brief presentation from Pupil Services Director Kathy Zarling.

Open Enrollment is an inter-district state public school program that allows parents to apply for their children to attend districts that they are not residents of, Zarling explained. In determining the number of seats to be opened, the district takes into consideration factors such as class size recommendations, class demographics and enrollment projections.

Superintendent Patricia Greco said that between the levels of 4-year-old kindergarten to grade three, the district has about 60 sections, so the addition of 42 Open Enrollment students would result in a gain of less than one student per section.

In order for a student to apply and be accepted to the district's K4 program as an Open Enrollment student, Zarling noted, a similar program must already be offered in the student's home district.

The Open Enrollment application period for next school year begins on Feb. 4 and extends until April 30. Last year the district received about 900 applications for 32 Open Enrollment seats, Greco said. Seats are filled by random lottery, with notification to occur in June.

Germantown music

teacher retires

Germantown - The Germantown School Board on Monday approved the resignation of Judith Michals, music teacher at Kennedy Middle School and thanked her for her years of service.

Michals has worked in the district for 19 years. The School Board also recognized and thanked longtime employees Virginia Forsythe and David Lippert for their years working in the district. Both are retiring at the end of the year. Lippert, who served as custodian, has worked in the district for 16 years and Forsythe for 27 years as a secretary in the library.

High School honored

with ACT Red Quill award

Menomonee Falls - Menomonee Falls High School is being honored as a recipient of the ACT's Red Quill Award.

Superintendent Patricia Greco said the high school was just notified of the award on Monday. Only four high schools in the state are being recognized this year with the Red Quill Award, she said.

The award recognizes schools that are taking steps to implement the ACT Explore program in grades eight through 10, and demonstrating improvement in a broader range of students, Greco said.

Greco said an ACT representative will be coming to a future School Board meeting to present the award.

Board approves eight

professional staff contracts

Germantown - The Germantown School Board on Monday approved the contracts for eight technical/professional employees.

The contracts are for employees who cannot legally hold administrative contracts and are not part of the union, such as the director of technology and the school nurse positions. These contracts were approved for two years, through June 30, 2015.

Discover ice fishing

at annual clinic

Milwaukee - Kids 15-years-old and younger can discover ice fishing at the free 22nd annual Kids' Ice Fishing Clinic from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 9, at Menomonee Park/Lannon Quarry, Townline Road, ( 1/2 mile north of Good Hope Road, Menomonee Falls); hosted by Badger Fishermen's League.

Participants receive instruction on the proper use of equipment and techniques, knot tying and safety. The clinics last 45 minutes and begins every hour on the hour starting at 9 a.m., with the last one starting at 2 p.m. If weather and ice conditions allow, children will be able to fish after receiving the classroom instruction.

The clinics represent a cooperative effort by the Wisconsin Council of Sport Fishing Organizations, Hunger Task Force Fish Hatchery, Waukesha and Milwaukee County Parks, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

No preregistration necessary. Equipment and snacks will be provided free; just dress warm. As in past years, the classroom instruction will occur regardless of weather and ice conditions on Feb. 9, with the actual ice fishing portion of the clinics dependent on the day's conditions.

For information call the DNR Urban Fishing Hotline, (414) 263-8494, or DNR Urban Fish Biologist Matt Coffaro, (414) 263-8614.

Kohl's accepts nominations

for scholarships

Menomonee Falls - Kohl's Department Stores is accepting nominations for outstanding young volunteers beginning Feb. 1 for the 2013 Kohl's Cares Scholarship Program.

Nominations for children ages 6 to 18 will be accepted through March 15 at kohlskids.com, and nominators must be 21 years or older. Through the program, Kohl's will award more than 2,300 young volunteers more than $425,000 in scholarships and prizes to reward children who have made a positive impact on their communities.

Two nominees from each of the more than 1,100 Kohl's stores nationwide will win a $50 Kohl's gift card.

More than 200 of the store winners will win regional scholarships worth $1,000 toward postsecondary education. National winners will be awarded a total of $10,000 in scholarships for postsecondary education, and Kohl's will donate $1,000 to a nonprofit organization on each national winner's behalf.

Falls native participates

in Inaugural Parade

Menomonee Falls - U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Craig Fraedrich, a member of the United States Army Band "Pershing's Own," was selected to participate in the 57th presidential inaugural parade, which took place Jan. 21.

Fraedrich, a Menomonee Falls native, is a trumpet player with the band.

The United States Army Band "Pershing's Own" was founded in 1922 by Army Chief of Staff General John J. "Black Jack" Pershing. Its mission is to provide music for official ceremonies and special events throughout the National Capital Region.

District's 2013-14 calendar

to be reviewed in February

Germantown - The Germantown School Board could act on the district's 2013-14 calendar next month.

Board member Lester Spies, who chairs the Calendar Committee, said he and other members have been reviewing components of the calendar for the upcoming school year.

Tentatively, Spies said the start and end dates would be similar to the 2012-13 school year. Throughout the year, Spies said efforts are under way to reduce the number of half-days.

Falls clinic welcomes

new physician

Menomonee Falls - Froedtert Health Medical Group is welcoming Dr. Daniel Kopesky at the Menomonee Falls Clinic.

Kopesky is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology and received his medical degree from Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his internship and residency at the Chicago Osteopathic Hospital and Medical Center.

Kopesky provides general women's health care through all stages of life, treats uncomplicated to high-risk pregnancies, provides treatment of perimenopausal/menopausal symptoms and specializes in minimally invasive surgeries.

For information or to schedule an appointment, call (262) 532-3600 or visit froedterthealth.org.

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