Friday, May 17, 2013
If set-up accident scene doesn't resonate with all students, followup film and testimonials do, as pre-Prom documentary of alcohol-related deaths hits home.
An eleborate mock crash scene set up Thursday morning at Wauwatosa East High School was only the beginning of an intensive two-day course of events designed to drive home the danger of mixing alcohol and automobiles. For some students, Thursday's mockup didn't quite live up to its billing in shock value: It was a little too staged, they thought. They were kept at a distance while firefighters and police officers swarmed around two smashed-up cars that supposedly contained friends of theirs – but they were barely visible. And then, too, the scene was crawling with camera operators intruding on every scene, poking lenses between paramedics and victims, police and perpetrators. It was a little shocking just knowing that was your friend out …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Wauwatosa West had lost 11 in a row but didn't quit when it fell behind its city rival, and came back for a one-run softball victory.
Megan O’Rourke’s two-run double was the big hit as Wauwatosa West rallied from a 4-1 deficit to defeat crosstown rival Wauwatosa East 5-4 in softball on Wednesday. The Trojans (3-11) had lost 11 in a row and looked to be in deep trouble again in the sixth. East foiled a squeeze bunt with runners at second and third, throwing the runner out at home for the second out. But O’Rourke pulled one just inside the third base line to make the score 4-3. Moments later, a bases-loaded walk sent home the tying run. Dani Savignac scored the winning run in the seventh from second base. She took third on a wild pitch and came home when the throw from the catcher sailed into left field. Ashley Lindstrom was the winning pitcher, tossing all seven innings. …
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Boys admitted to police wide discussions of bomb plots before they were overheard and reported, news reports says.
- POLICE & FIRE
Saturday, May 11
Two Wauwatosa East High students discussed a variety of plans to plant bombs in the school before being overheard and reported, according to a story on Today's TMJ4 based on police reports released Friday. Wauwatosa Patch reported on April 29, a Monday, when parents were first notified by the School District, that a bomb scare had been uncovered late the previous Friday and that police were investigating more than one student's involvement. At the time, the School District announced, "Last Friday, after the conclusion of the school day, the District was made aware of a rumored bomb threat against East High School." The now-released police reports detail in more than 50 pages the two boys' admissions of discussing four different bombing …
Monday, May 6, 2013
Fifty-five Wisconsin high schools made The Daily Beast and Newsweek's ranking of America's Best High Schools, which include Wauwatosa East and West.
Wauwatosa East and West have ranked in Newsweek's list of America's Best High Schools. In the national ranking of 2,000 high schools, Wauwatosa East ranked 1065 and Wauwatosa West ranked 1220. All the data analyzed was self-reported by each school for the 2011–12 school year. Over 5,000 high schools were invited to participate in the survey this year, and nearly 2,500 responded. Newsweek and The Daily Beast have compiled this list for the past two years and each year the methodlogy is tweaked. This year the methodology weighed the percentages of four-year, on-time graduation rate (25 percent); 2011 graduates who were accepted to college (25 percent); AP/IB/AICE tests per student (25 percent); average SAT and/or ACT score (10 percent); …
Monday, April 29, 2013
Three days after direct bomb threat at West High, a rumored bomb plan at East is uncovered, but classes resumed Monday with assurances of safety, and the School District says a joint investigation with police has identified suspect students.
Days after a bomb threat was made at Wauwatosa West High School, another was made Friday at East High, according to the School District, but this time students believed to be involved were identified quickly. While the threat at West was made in the form of a written statement left late Tuesday in a bathroom, the one at East came as a tip from what must have been some loose talk. A letter to parents or guardians of East students sent at 4:14 p.m. Monday begins: "Last Friday, after the conclusion of the school day, the District was made aware of a rumored bomb threat against East High School." The Wauwatosa police were called and a joint investigation ensued. While the district letter does not say how, and no approved police report was …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
McKenna Nerone's rape survivors awareness project draws wide public attention, but it also spurs individual victims to speak up for themselves, knowing someone who cares is listening.
Wauwatosa Mayor Kathy Ehley wore jeans to work Wednesday. So did Tosa East High Principal Nick Hughes. And Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. And Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen. They encouraged their employees to do the same – in Tosa, all those not in uniform, Ehley said. All because Tosa East High itself also wore jeans – 1,050 pairs of them, covering the campus fence to call startling attention to Denim Day, a day to remember and support survivors of rape. McKenna Nerone promised that her senior community service project would draw attention, and it did. Drivers on Wauwatosa Avenue slowed and stared. Those who were expecting something – perhaps not sure what – honked in appreciation of McKenna's work. For weeks, McKenna has been …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
On April 24, McKenna Nerone will make a powerful statement in denim on a brutal subject – the rape of more than 1,000 women in just the hours she spends each week in school.
Wauwatosa East senior McKenna Nerone's home is filling rapidly with blue jeans – nearly 500 pairs and counting. She's planning on having 1,050 pairs by April 24. McKenna is making a fashion statement of sorts, because this, to some extent, is about what girls and women choose to wear. It is about girls' and women's right not to be raped – and further, to not be stigmatized when they have been, in some cases because of their clothes. In casting about for a school community service project, McKenna came upon Denim Day, a worldwide date for advocacy for rape victims. After doing some research and applying some statistical thought of her own, McKenna forged a concept that has brought her to the attention of community leaders far beyond East …
Monday, March 18, 2013
Jake Barnett and St. Louis play Thursday vs. New Mexico State. Wisconsin and Marquette also play in March Madness this week.
Wauwatosa East graduate Jake Barnett is a member of the St. Louis University team that plays Thursday in the first round of the 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. St. Louis is a No. 4 seed in the Midwest region and plays New Mexico State, a No. 13 seed, at 1:10 p.m. Central time. The game will be broadcast on TNT. Barnett, a 6-foot-5 junior, played his freshman year at Toldeo before transferring. This season he has appeared in all 33 games for the Billikens (27-6), averaging 3.7 points and 2.8 rebounds. He is 24 of 70 from 3-point range this year. Other games of interest to local fans: Also:
Monday, January 14, 2013
All conference games on Jan. 25 will be dedicated to overcoming the scourge of child abuse and will push for funds to aid programs at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.
The Greater Metro Conference will hold its 1st Annual Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Night on Jan. 25 to support Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s Child Abuse Prevention Programs. Sixteen GMC teams will be competing that night in boys and girls basketball at eight GMC locations. Boys games will be at Brookfield Central, Brookfield East, Marquette University High School and West Allis Central. Girls games are at Menomonee Falls, Wauwatosa East, Sussex Hamilton and West Allis Nathan Hale. All eight host sites will distribute literature, and all athletes will be wearing “blue ribbons for kids” temporary tattoos to create awareness and combat the national and local epidemic of child abuse. The Wauwatosa East High baseball team will also …
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Tosa saxophonist Lenard Simpson is among 30 students from across the nation selected for prestigious Grammy Camp, a week leading up to the red-carpet night, Feb. 7 in Los Angeles.
Sunday, December 23, 2012
By Grace Teofilo – Reprinted with permission from the East High Cardinal News It’s not every day that a high school student from Wauwatosa East gets the opportunity to walk the red carpet. Senior Lenard Simpson will not only do that but he will be one of 30 talented high school jazz musicians from across the country who will receive a once in a lifetime opportunity come together to create the Grammy Camp–Jazz Session, a jazz band that gets to perform at Grammy events. “It’s a good feeling,” Simpson said, on making the band. “It’s kind of that feeling where you can’t describe it, because it’s so big. You can’t even fathom it. [I] get the opportunity to play with the best kids in the country.” Simpson will fly out to Los Angeles for a …