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News & Notes: Feb. 25

Feb. 25, 2014

Forum to be held

for Whitnall candidates

Greenfield — A candidate forum will be held for all four candidates for the Whitnall School Board from 7 to 8:30 p.m. March 11 in the School Board meeting room, 5000 S. 116th St.

The Edgerton Elementary School PTO is facilitating the forum to which candidates Jonathan Cagle, Michael Clarizio, Jon Jones and incumbent Nancy Zaborowski have been invited.

Each candidate will give an introduction and share why they are running. After that, candidates will respond to written questions from the audience. If time allows, questions submitted via email to edgertonpto@gmail.com will be addressed.

The four candidates are vying for three seats in the April 1 spring election.

More information is available from David Cotey, communications coordinator, at dcotey@whitnall.com or (414) 458-0592.

Seven late ballots

don't change outcome

West Allis — Seven late-arriving absentee ballots have been counted, but the outcome remained the same in the Feb. 18 primary race for West Allis 5th District alderman, in which Kevin Haass and Gerald Matter advanced to April's general election.

Haass was still the top vote-getter — not surprising, given his 29-vote margin before the last of the absentee ballots were counted Friday.

But of more interest was the result between the second- and third-place finishers, Matter and Wayne Clark, who were only separated, coincidentally, by seven votes when unofficial vote totals were announced late on Feb. 18.

However, in the end, each of those two candidates gained three votes in the final seven absentee ballots counted. (Roy Beaudry gained one vote.)

The final tally was 146 votes for Haass, 120 for Matter, 113 for Clark, 66 for Jim Blask, 41 for Diane Brandt and 32 for Beaudry.

A total of 102 absentee ballots were cast in the Feb. 18 primary. All but seven arrived in time to be counted on the day of the primary.

Project Fair one

of school's biggest

For the seventh consecutive year, Edgerton and Hales Corners elementary schools students will get to show off their educational interests outside of the classroom with Project Fairs.

The Edgerton fair will be from 6 to 8 p.m. March 4 at 5145 S. 116th St. The Hales Corners fair will be from 6 to 8 p.m. May 1 at 11319 W. Godsell Ave.

The voluntary projects will include a display and a written log explaining processes and details about what the students have learned.

On March 4, the projects will be judged by Whitnall High School students. Ribbon-winners will revealed that evening. There will also be musical performances from Edgerton students during the public viewing.

As many as 400 people are expected to attend the Edgerton fair. Nearly 100 Edgerton students, or approximately one-third of the student body, have voluntarily signed up to participate.

Preschool screenings

offered for ages 3 and 4

Greenfield — The Greenfield School District is offering a free preschool screening for all children aged 3 and 4 who live in the district and have not yet attended kindergarten for 4-year-olds.

The Beginning Education Evaluation, also known as the B.E.E. Ready program, will be from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Elm Dale Elementary School, 5300 S. Honey Creek Drive.

The district early childhood professionals will work with parents and children for 90 minutes to evaluate development in language, fine and gross motor skills and academic concepts. They will identify areas of strength and weakness, discuss further steps and observe social development and play skills.

Registrations are being accepted at (414) 281-7100 and by email at jpaluszka@admin.greenfield.k12.wi.us.

For information, call Elm Dale School at (414) 281-7100.

Kindergarten registration

starts for ages 4 and 5

Greenfield — Registration for the 2014-15 school year the kindergartens for 4- and 5-year-olds has already started in the Greenfield School District.

The K4 program is a half-day program (morning or afternoon) and K5 is a full day. They will be open to children who will be 4 or 5 on or before Sept. 1.

Registration materials may be obtained online on the district website or at the Educational Administration Center, 4850 S. 60 St.

Children can be registered between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays at the center. Parents must bring an official birth certificate with them, as well as their child's immunization record, and proof of residency (current electric bill and a lease or property tax bill).

Early registration will maximize chances that children will attend the school closest to their homes, district officials stressed.

For information, call (414) 855-2043 or email schairez@admin.greenfield.k12.wi.us.

Cupcake contest

raises $522 for charity

West Allis — The Flashback Challenge held by Cupcakes for a Cause on Feb. 23 raised $522 for West Central Interfaith, which helps older people stay in their homes.

Team Frost Yourself took home the People's Choice Award with its Jurassic Park cupcakes, and Judie Hoppe was awarded the Cause's Choice Prize with her Malted Milk Ball Cupcakes.

Cupcakes for a Cause is always in desperate need of bakers for its events. The next one will be July 27 when proceeds will go to the State Fair Park Foundation. The theme of the challenge will be the State Fair.

Young artists' works

exhibited at museum

A number of young area artists have work in the Milwaukee Art Museum's annual exhibition of works by Wisconsin students grades seven through 12.

More than 2,300 individual artworks from 112 schools across the state were entered in the awards program.

Gold and Silver Key winning artists are on display in Schroeder Galleria and Pieper Gallery through March.

From Greenfield High School the winners are Emily Jasinski, Sarah Jasinski and Andy Sabinash.

From Whitnall Middle School the winner is Leena Myers.

From West Allis Frank Lloyd Wright Intermediate School, the winner is Cameron Christenson.

From West Allis Central High School the winner is Serena Stuart.

Those with Gold Keys will go on to the National Scholastic Art Awards Competition.

Trust accepting

scholarship applications

West Allis — The Richard A. Pilak Memorial Scholarship Trust is accepting applications for a $250 scholarship to be awarded this spring to a graduating West Allis Central or Nathan Hale high school senior going on in school.

The deadline is April 12. Applications are available from guidance counselors. The trust can be reached at (414) 288-7475, or evenings at (414) 423-8548.

Richard Pilak was a longtime teacher and administrator in the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District who died in 1996.

Rotary reaches out

for new members

West Allis — The Rotary Club of West Allis is seeking more members who will help with its mission to support local, national and international causes.

At home, the Rotarians have contributed $20,000 in food and food certificates to the West Allis community since 2009. Households are selected in partnership with the West Allis-West Milwaukee Health Department.

Internationally, the Rotary Club supports efforts to eliminate polio and to bring fresh water to parts of the world where safe water can't be taken for granted.

More information is available from John Ash at (414) 807-3811.

Scout commended

for beautification project

West Allis — West Allis Mayor Dan Devine has issued a proclamation commending Boy Scout Samuel Skogstad for his Eagle Scout service project of restoring and expanding landscaping planters to help beautify the property of St. Aloysius Catholic Church in the city.

Samuel recruited, organized and lead his fellow Scouts to do the project.

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