Saturday, April 20, 2013
See Wauwatosa's most recent graduation and drop-out rates, and how they compare to the rest of the state and surrounding districts.
Graduation rates in Wauwatosa are above the state average, with most 12th grade students enrolled in 2011-12 receiving a diploma, according to data from the state Department of Public Instruction. Statewide in 2011-12, 88.6 percent of enrolled high school seniors received diplomas, and 5.5 percent of students dropped out of school. That year in Wauwatosa, 90.48 percent of students received diplomas, according to DPI data, and 3.35 percent dropped out. Search above to see information about graduation rates in Wauwatosa and other districts throughout the state. The search function is not available on mobile devices. See the DPI data on graduation rates and dropouts.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
A community service project takes off at Roosevelt Elementary in a way that might well serve as a model for every other school in Wauwatosa and beyond.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. A Journey to win a Girl Scout Juniors Bronze Award is the same, but harder and longer – a two-year trek. Eight girls of Troop 1185 set out together this year to win the highest award Juniors can win, which involves planning and carrying out a Journey. That implies exploration and discovery, both of which are fundamental purposes of the challenge. But to get there also involves critical thinking, decision-making, skill in planning and communication, teamwork, sacrifice of personal time, plain hard work, and practical, measurable, sustainable outcomes. "It's an award that Juniors can get for community service," said Ana Michaelson, 10. "But it has to go on after we've finished it." …
Friday, April 5, 2013
School, that's where. And in one mother's case, she's certainly aware her son doesn't go to school even close to half the time.
Police issued five citations on March 25 for habitual truancy to students and one parent at Wauwatosa West High School. Those at West cited for missed and unexcused absence for all or parts of school days since the current semester began Jan. 25: In other Wauwatosa police incident reports: Last Friday A resident of the 2300 block of North 65th Street reported that some time overnight someone had smashed the driver’s window of her car while it was parked in her driveway. A large chunk of Lannon stone was found on the passenger seat; nothing appeared to be missing from the car and there was no firm evidence that it was entered. Wauwatosa police believed this and the following two incidents the same night were related: March 28 At 6:57 p.m., …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Challenger and newcomer Carmela Rios falls by more than 1,000 votes in low-turnout election.
Incumbent School Board candidate Phil Kroner kept his seat by more than 1,000 votes in a citywide election featuring other statewide races that drew only a 27.49 percent turnout in Wauwatosa. Kroner polled 4,186 votes against challenger Carmela Rios, who gained 2,963 votes for School Board Seat No. 1. School Board seats are not districted but are elected citywide. Rios' showing wasn't bad considering she'd never run for elective office before, but Kroner bested her by at least a slight margin in every one of the city's 24 voting wards. In the end, it added up to a loss by 1,223 votes overall. The low turnout was expected – Wauwatosa traditionally turns out to vote at nationally notable levels in national-level contests, but state and local…
Monday, April 1, 2013
If you've ever felt the anxiety of 'voter confusion' – not knowing exactly what you're supposed to do on a particular ballot – take a minute to get to know Tuesday's.
In every election, the City Clerk and poll workers report some mismarked ballots as a result of "voter confusion." Wauwatosa has only one contested local race on Tuesday's ballot, but there are two state and one Milwaukee County contests as well. The sample ballot posted here and on the city website shows you those and the several uncontested races. At top left on the ballot is the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, a contest between incumbent Tony Evers and challenger Don Pridemore. Below that is the race for a 10-year term on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, with Ed Fallone challenging incumbent Justice Pat Roggensack. Next are two uncontested races for Milwaukee County Circuit Court and then the race pitting Janet Claire …
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 …
Phil Kroner: I ask hard and challenging questions and demand excellence and rigor, and that may make some colleagues uncomfortable.
Wednesday, March 27
Recently, three of my colleagues on the Wauwatosa School Board endorsed my opponent for School Board Seat No. 1. I want to briefly respond to their action. School Board members approach their work in different ways. For me, the primary goal is to provide the very best education for every student in Wauwatosa. Our goals are set high, and they are not easy to reach. With my background as a Ph.D.-level research scientist and post-secondary educator, I understand the rigor needed to successfully reach these goals. I carefully study the issues that come before the board, I prepare questions that probe the quality and effectiveness of programs and initiatives, I listen to what other people have to say, and I then make reasoned decisions in the …
These residents are rallied around the incumbent candidate for Seat No. 1 on school district's policy-setting board in Tuesday's only contested election in Wauwatosa.
Wednesday, March 27
To the Editor: We enthusiastically support Phil Kroner for re-election to Wauwatosa School Board Seat No. 1. As a school board member, he gives thoughtful consideration to the short and long-term ramifications of board decisions. He asks the tough questions of administration, educates himself in the relevant underlying research and evidence, and listens to parent concerns about equity for all segments of our student population. Phil Kroner's depth of knowledge comes from active involvement as a parent in the district for 15 years and his open-minded, intellectual approach to problem solving and innovation. From his position in post-secondary education, he has an added insight into what "college and career ready" really means. This is …
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Carmela Rios has what it takes to help build on the strengths of Wauwatosa schools and deal with new challenges, three sitting board members say.
Tuesday, March 26
By Wauwatosa School Board members Michael Meier, Mary Jo Randall and Tom Jarocz: Our opinions in this letter are our personal opinions as citizens of Wauwatosa, and not positions taken by us as members of the Wauwatosa School Board. School Board candidate Carmela Rios has an impressive background of educational experience in teaching, curriculum implementation and staff development. She understands the unprecedented changes affecting public education, and the need to engage everyone – students, parents, teachers, taxpayers and administrators in a positive and constructive manner. She can provide leadership by example to build an atmosphere of collaboration and shared leadership in finding solutions and producing successful outcomes for …
Sunday, March 24, 2013
What you need to know to vote on April 2.
We want to make sure you've got all the information you need before hitting the voting booth on Tuesday, April 2. See below for information on the upcoming election and a breakdown of every race, with links to individual candidate profiles. Sample ballot: You can download the sample ballot from the City of Wauwatosa web site. Registering to vote: If you have not yet registered, you can do so at at City Hall through Friday, March 29. You can also register on Election Day at the polls. Early voting: You may vote in person at City Hall now through close of business on Friday, March 29. You may also cast an absentee ballot by mail, but it must be postmarked no later than Election Day, Tuesday, April 2. Absentee ballots also are available at …