Thursday, May 2, 2013
Student-driven learning format draws the attention of state and regional education representatives
The personalized, project-based learning approach at Bay Lane and Lake Denoon middle schools, titled Project i, is gaining attention from regional and state-level representatives. Friday morning, Project i classrooms had visitors, as Special Assistant to the State Superintendent, Dr. Scott Jones, along with CESA 1 leaders, Dr. Jim Rickabaugh and Jean Garrity, joined Tammy Gibbons, Director of School Performance, and Superintendent Kelly Thompson for a tour classrooms at each middle school. The program became an option at the middle schools in the 2011-12 school year serving 7thgrade students. It was expanded this year to include approximately 100 students in both 7th and 8th grade. Teacher advisors at Lake Dennon, Peggy Moriarty and Amy…
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The fundraiser for schools awarded Bay Lane Middle School in Muskego $25,000 (or 250,000 Box Tops) for showing the most improvement; now just what to spend the money on?
If you've got kids or grandkids in school, you are likely aware that you shouldn't throw out a box of cereal, snacks or other products without first checking to see if there's a Box Tops for Education label on the item. After all, they're worth 10 cents a piece, and it can add up. Just ask Bay Lane Middle School, which has done so well in increasing its collection of the labels that they were awarded the "Sweetest School in America" designation last week. "We couldn't believe it when we heard the news last week! It was quite a shock," said PTO President Shelly Cullen. It's not just a nice name, it comes with a 250,000 label bonus, which if you're keeping score, translates into $25,000. "We have to thank our students and their families for…
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Bay Lane students were reminded again of the impact of brain injury as classmates' brother suffered concussions, and respond with a fundraiser to help Children's Hospital research
Often kids don't connect with serious illness or death....that's something for old people. However, Bay Lane Middle School students have known intimately that life is precious at any age, and you don't have to be old to encounter traumatic events. Evan Coubal was a 6th grader at the school when he died after a fall on the playground during recess in September 2010. His passing brought attention to the seriousness of children who receive concussions, either through sports or by just being kids. This year, twin sisters and eighth graders Kat and Lauren Wahlen experienced a similar struggle as their brother Webb, a 10-year-old who attends Tess Corners Elementary, experienced more than one concussion. The events sent him to Children's Hospital…
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Muskego middle school students sing, dance and charm their way through the Broadway musical "Annie Jr." at the Performing Arts Center
The musical "Annie Jr." will be performed at the Muskego High School's Performing Arts Center this weekend, and if the size of the cast and crew isn't impressive - about 100 Bay Lane students - perhaps the fact that the costumes were created by some hard-working parents at the middle school might be. The students proved during a dress rehearsal that talent on the stage doesn't just apply to the high school productions, belting out a heartfelt performance of "Hard Knock Life." The curtain will rise on the production at 7 p.m. Saturday, and again on Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased prior to each show, and response has been brisk, according to parent volunteers.
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Forget the old-school book reports — educators say technology is keeping kids involved and engaged in learning for an ever-evolving world.
Bay Lane and Lake Denoon Middle School students showcased recent projects using technology, and it was evident that geology, history and science are just more interesting when you add computer programs and applications. Hundreds of students took part in "Digital Learning Day," which is part of a nationwide initiative to show how technology is positively influencing learning. Everyone who presented had to show what technology targets they achieved in doing reports on everything from volcanoes to the Russian Revolution. In the meantime they had to also show their knowledge of the subject, which is a little like hiding the vegetables in your mashed potatoes to make them taste better. "It's really taking what they do every day — working on …
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Winners in the Peace Poster and essay contest with the Lions club have more than a vision in common.
With hundreds of entries in the annual Peace Poster contest sponsored by Lions Club International, odds are slim that local entries will win, but Muskego's Bay Lane Middle School produced two such winners, one each in the poster and essay categories. The school celebrated the achievements during a pep rally on Thursday, and there was an extra surprise to come along with it. Jonah Gibson, 12 years old, won regionally for his artwork, which depicted a globe being held up by joining hands. The mixed media work was an indication of Gibson's talent, something his parents said they've been aware of since Gibson was little. "He really has been self-taught, and we're starting to look into what we can do to foster his talent," said his mom Shelly…
Friday, September 28, 2012
Hours of work during a hot summer yields a renovated look for gardens at Bay Lane, and a Silver Award for three Girl Scouts
Ashley Mermolia, Amanda Ballbach and Kelsey Wigand won't likely go on to be professional gardeners or a landscape architects when they graduate from Muskego High School in about four years. However the three girls, who are freshmen from Girl Scout Troop 2655, worked together to beautify the Bay Lane Middle School garden, earning a Silver Award. The honor is the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn, but it requires a lot of planning, organization and commitment of time and materials. The award mandates a minimum of 50 hours of work and must be something that will benefit the community. However, the girls went above and beyond. "It was more like 110 hours of work that we all put in and I couldn't believe how difficult it was to get …
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Sara Stanley brings years of experience from West Allis West Milwaukee, and the West Coast.
The second in command position at Bay Lane Middle School was filled Monday evening as the Muskego-Norway School Board named Sara Stanley as Associate Principal. Stanley replaces Bryan Matera, who resigned in August, and as part of her contract, will receive $88,500 annually. Stanley taught in special education for nine years in the West Allis West Milwaukee School District, and prior to that taught in California. She received her master's degree in education and school administration at Concordia University. She told the board, "I am excited at the changes were are seeing in education, and to be a part of the integration of 21st century skills. The futures are very different for our students now, and it's a privilege to be a part of that."
Monday, August 13, 2012
Missed any of our school profiles? Here's a listing of public and private schools, with links to their pages, offering registration and calendar information.
We've given each of our 10 schools a little 'face time' as each has important information on the start of the school year. With registration days beginning for some on August 13th, here's a quick list to help you get caught up. Click on any of the following below to get contact, registration and parent resource information for your school: Bay Lane Middle School Country Meadows Elementary School Lake Denoon Middle School Lakeview Elementary School Mill Valley Elementary School Muskego Elementary School Muskego High School St. Leonard Catholic School St. Paul Lutheran School Tess Corners Elementary School
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Get back to school with the Bay Lane Bobcats; here's a handy list of links needed to get started.
School starts for Muskego public schools on Tuesday, September 4, and Patch is checking in with all of them to see what's coming in the new school year. Here's a quick profile of Bay Lane Middle School: Location/phone: S75 W16399 Hilltop Drive, 262-971-1810 Principal: Erik Olson, firstname.lastname@example.org Registration: register online here Staff Directory Supply Lists: School Calendar PTO President: Shelly Cullen, email@example.com PTO Meets: Teacher's lounge, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays; 2012-13 dates TBD What's new: