DPI: State Superintendent Tony Evers nominated eight public elementary schools for the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, which recognizes overall academic excellence or progress in improving student achievement.
The 2017 nominees are:
Mountain Bay Elementary School, D. C. Everest Area School District, Weston;
Robinson Elementary School, Laona School District;
Shorewood Hills Elementary School, Madison Metropolitan School District;
Oriole Lane Elementary School, Mequon-Thiensville School District;
Elmwood Elementary School, New Berlin School District;
Phillips Elementary School, Phillips School District;
West Salem Elementary School, West Salem School District; and
Washington Elementary School, Whitewater Unified School District.
“The Blue Ribbon Schools program recognizes the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in striving for solid student academic achievement,” Evers said. “Our public school nominees provide a safe and supportive learning environment where young people can build a foundation for future academic and life success. I wish our nominees well in the next phase of the Blue Ribbon School process.”
Wausau Daily Herald: Eighth-grader Zoë Anderson just got a $120 investment to take her babysitting enterprise to the next level. She plans to use the cash to buy a first-aid kit and take an experienced babysitting class through the Red Cross as she dives head-first into the world of entrepreneurialism.
Zoë is among 15 students who pitched their businesses to a “Shark Tank” of local investors Wednesday. Each business received a donation of between $50 and $230.
The “sharks” on the investor panel came from local businesses and the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce, and they divided $1,500 among the participating D.C. Everest Jr. High School students. The name references the ABC reality show “Shark Tank,” on which entrepreneurs present fledgling businesses to industry leaders. The funding for the D.C. Everest event came from outside donors, and the students don’t have to pay it back.
Zoë wants to expand her business, Z.A. Sitting, to include pet-sitting as well as child care. And she has her sights set much higher: the money she raises will go into a college fund and help her become a nurse, she told investors.
D.C. Everest Senior High School students enrolled in the Engineering Design course are working on four distinct projects that challenge them to develop and use their design, engineering, problem-solving and teamwork skills. The projects are model rocketry, a remote-control boat, Vex Robotics and construction of a Rube Goldberg device.
The model rocketry group is participating in the Team America Rocketry Challenge competition. The team must custom-design and create a rocket that contains two eggs — one must be placed within the rocket horizontally; the other must be placed vertically. The rocket must launch as close to 500 feet as possible and be recovered with both eggs intact. The students must launch and recover the rocket three times within a specified time frame.