11 March 2012
March 16, 2012 | Posted by Steve Lodes
Good Afternoon, Greendale High School Families:
I wish I could say that it was business as usual at Greendale High School this week, but what I can say is that we had really good days on Thursday and Friday this week, with productive classrooms and engaged students. Kids are resilient and are relieved that we are back to normal.
I cannot overstate my gratitude to the overwhelming supportive reactions and kind words concerning this week’s scare. My goal through the entire week was to be open and transparent with the information we had, and then trust our parents and students to make good decisions. Contrary to what you might have seen in the media, the absence rate on Wednesday was 6%. We usually are at 3-4%, but it was a far cry from the 25% absence rate reported on TV. I want to thank everyone, our parents who kept level heads, our students who displayed maturity and cooperation during what was a trying day, the Greendale High School staff who kept learning and students’ well-being at the center of their work and the Greendale Police Department, who immediately took action and worked with us to ensure the safety of our students.
Let’s move on. We have a GREAT weekend ahead of us. Our Empty Bowls event is Saturday. The picture above shows a few of our students preparing veggies for one of the soups for the event. You don’t want to miss this great community experience. More details are below.
Also, this is the last weekend to see the Spring Musical “Beauty and the Beast.” If you have not seen this great production with your family, read on for more information.
Please remember that the high school has an additional night of Spring Conferences on April 4 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. More information will be given in next week’s Weekly.
Now, in no particular order of importance...
A Call for Volunteers on March 28
We are looking for volunteers who can help us in our first Greendale High School Reality Store on Wednesday, March 28 from approximately 8 a.m. until noon. The event will be held in Greendale High School's upper gym. The Reality Store is a chance for students to participate in real world financial decisions, such as purchasing a house, insurance and investments. In this simulation, students receive a salary and a life situation (married, single, with or without children), and a checkbook/debit card/credit card. They are then asked to go from booth to booth (this is where you come in!) to purchase items and make decisions. No special training is needed, just the willingness to help our students with their decisions if they need it and to be in charge of a booth that is already set up for you. Send an email to email@example.com if you can help.
Project Prom – RESCHEDULED
The Third Annual Project Prom Fashion Show is rescheduled for Tuesday, March 20 at 6:00 p.m. in the GHS Cafeteria. The show will feature Greendale High School students modeling fashions, flowers and hairstyles by local vendors in preparation for this year's Prom. Almost 60 students are participating, and they are also rehearsing various dance numbers to keep the crowd entertained. The event will also reveal the location of this year's Prom! Tickets will be on sale at the door for $5, and 100% of the ticket sales will go directly to Prom.
”Beauty and the Beast” Final Performances
This is the final weekend for Greendale High School Theatre’s 2012 Spring Musical, Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” Performances will be Friday and Saturday, March 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 for students 18 and under and $10 for adults. They are available online through www.seatyourself.biz/ghstheatre, but may also be purchased in person.
11th Annual Empty Bowls TOMORROW
The eleventh annual Empty Bowls fundraiser will be held at Greendale High School on Saturday, March 17 from 4:00 to 7:30 p.m. For a donation of $10, guests will enjoy a meal of homemade soup and fresh bread served in a handmade ceramic bowl, which may be taken home as a reminder of hunger in the community. Proceeds of the event will benefit the Hunger Task Force of Milwaukee. Tickets are available at the main office of each school and the Greendale Park & Recreation office. For a ticket form and more information, please click here.
We have had an unusually low number of seniors applying for scholarships this year. This is concerning because we have many great organizations that are supporting the students of Greendale High School and we have many very deserving students. If you are the parent of a senior, please encourage them to look at the GHS Scholarship page and see if there are any scholarships they qualify for. A few hours of work can certainly pay off in the end. Visit http://www.greendale.k12.wi.us/GHS/guidance/scholarships.html for a comprehensive listing of the local and national scholarships that are available. Contact Mrs. Matlock with any questions you may have.
Looking for Post Prom Committee Members
The parent-run Post Prom Committee is looking for additional members to help coordinate this year's event. Please contact Kitty Goyette at firstname.lastname@example.org or (414) 916-1631 to offer your help. Post Prom is held following Prom on May 18 at Marcus Showtime Theater in Franklin.
EchoCardiogram Screening Opportunity
After successful sessions the last two school years, the Champion Hearts group will be returning to Greendale High School to do echocardiogram screenings (which are heart ultrasounds) on Thursday, April 5 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Greendale High School Nurse's Office. The leading cause of heart-related problems while participating in sports is due to HCM (Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy), which is a genetic thickening of the heart muscle. One out of every 500 individuals is born with this condition. The heart screenings, which are done by Certified Echocardiographic Technologists and are read by a Cardiologist, are a proactive approach to assure your son or daughter does not have HCM. The screening also evaluates the heart valves and any valve abnormality will be documented so that you can follow-up with your own family physician. A written report of the screening will be mailed to your home as well. If you are interested in signing up your son or daughter please call Champion Hearts at (414) 721-8195 for available appointment times. The screening is $35 and will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Additional questions can be addressed on the Champion Hearts website at www.championhearts.com.
Cheerleaders and Poms
The 2012-13 Greendale High School Cheer & Poms information meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 18, at 5:45 p.m. in room 103-105 at Greendale High School. This meeting is for all girls who are interested in taking part in Cheer or Poms for the 2012-13 school year. Parents and participants should both attend. There will be a general session with discussion regarding academic requirements, required participation forms and other important information for the season. After the general session, there will be breakout sessions for those interested in either Cheer or Poms. Coaches will discuss expectations for the season, provide information on try-outs, hand out information forms and answer any questions parents may have. For more information, please contact Greendale High School Athletic Director Shane Hansen at 423-0110 x4333 or at email@example.com.
Time to Mark Your Calendars for March and April Events
You can peruse ALL school events on our online calendar. Please click here to view.
GPABC Casino Night
Join other parents and coaches on March 31 for the sixth annual GPABC Casino Night at Tuckaway Country Club. Don’t dismiss this fun event if you aren’t into the gaming part of it. The food is great, the atmosphere lively and the dealers will teach you any game you need help with. For more information, call Melissa Bychinski at 414-807-8653 or visit http://www.greendaleboosterclub.org. To download the Casino Night Ticket Order Form, please click here.
Greendale Winter Market
The Greendale Park and Recreation Department will host the next Greendale Winter Market on Saturday, March 17 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Greendale Village Education Center, 5680 Board Street. Vendors will be offering homegrown produce, artesian cheese, flowers, ethnic food and more. For additional information, please click here.
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