Saturday, December 1, 2012
Business leaders, teachers, community leaders band together to help kids learn to read.
A pilot of a tutoring program called Schools of Hope is being expanded to North Park and Fratt Elementary. The goal of the program is simple: to improve children’s reading scores by pairing tutors with children. The program is a partnership between the United Way of Racine County, the Racine Unified School District and the business community. The tutors, members of the business community and community at-large, work with students in the first, second and third grades for one hour a week. The tutors will be trained to help children with their reading and fluency in a non-threatening way. The program already operates at Olympia Brown and Wadewitz elementary schools. To volunteer, click here.
Monday, September 10, 2012
As some students in Racine Unified Schools continue to struggle with reading, a program called Schools of Hope aims to help. Here's how you can get involved.
For years, some schools in the Racine Unified School District have struggled to improve their students' reading scores. Students without adequate reading skills are less likely to graduate from high school, and when children don’t graduate, that impacts the community. Jim Beere, owner of Pioneer Products, is the chairman of tutoring program called Schools of Hope. The program is a partnership between the United Way of Racine County, the Racine Unified School District and the business community. He got involved with the program because he recognized that when students don’t graduate, the community's workforce suffers, which often prevents companies from coming into the community, which in turn limits the number of available jobs. The …
Friday, June 29, 2012
Lewis Givens served as an educational assistant at Olympia Brown Elementary and worked with students with cognitive disabilities. He allegedly sexually assaulted a 9-year-old student and the statements his co-workers made during an internal investigation
Statements Olympia Brown Elementary Staff members made against the educational assistant accused of molesting a girl at the school may not be admissible in court. Racine County Circuit Court Judge Allan “Pat” Torhorst decided Thursday that he would review the staff members' comments. The people are material witnesses in the cases involving their co-worker Lewis Givens Jr. After reviewing the statements, he will decide whether or not the statements can be used at trial. The teachers' and educational assistants' statements were made to officials with the Racine Unified School District during the course of their investigation. Givens’ attorney, Christy Marie Hall, wanted the statements to be admissible, but attorneys representing Racine …
Monday, November 21, 2011
Students make clay pots, add in combustible material and watch the science unfold during the firing of the pots.
Art never fired so many students up about science. Marna Glover Krueger's art students from the REAL School and Olympia Brown Elementary gathered to watch the firing of their clay pots. The project had several purposes, get the school talking about art and science, bring the children and their families together, and make it fun.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Students now back in class after spending part of the afternoon in the field house.
Caledonia Fire Department personnel were at Olympia Brown Elementary School Wednesday, Sept. 28, investigating a reported smell of smoke. Racine Unified School District spokeswoman Stacy Tapp said after people in the school smelled smoke they evacuated children from classrooms and took them into the field house. When fire personnel didn't find anything, Tapp said, the students went back to class.
Friday, September 2, 2011
Joan Kuehl, principal at Olympia Brown sent the following letter home.
UPDATE: Sgt. Gary Larsen, of the Caledonia Police Department said: "This a juvenile matter and no action is going to be taken on our part." An educational assistant at Olympia Brown allegedly used excessive force against a student on Thursday, Sept. 1. Joan Kuehl, the school principal, sent home a letter Friday telling parents that the alleged incident was reported to the Caledonia Police Department and an internal investigation is being done by the school district. Stacy Tapp, director of communications and public information for the Racine Unified School District, would not comment on the incident because it is a personnel matter. Check back for updates.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Need to know the principal's name? What extra curricular activities they offer? Or their web address? We've got you covered.
Name: JI Case High School Address: 7345 Washington Ave., Racine WI. 53406 Phone number: 262-619-4200 Website: http://www.racine.k12.wi.us/?do=schools.content&pageID=67 Type of School: Public Grades taught: 9-12 Enrollment: Open to those who live within schools boundary. Contact person: Jeff Eben Extracurricular clubs: Chorus, Band, Community Action, Art, Swimming, Football, Soccer, Baseball, Track, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Golf, Cheerleading, Tennis Academic activities: Yearbook, Automotive, Debate, Student Council, Science, Technology Outstanding faculty recognition: Focused and committed staff. Parent organization: PTSA What makes your school unique: Case believes that the school exists in a changing world and a dynamic society and …
Friday, January 28, 2011
Police are expected to refer the case to the Racine County District Attorney's office.
A substitute teacher is accused of choking a 9-year-old boy at Olympia Brown Elementary School on Jan. 7. Police are referring the case to the Racine County District Attorney's Office for charges, according to police reports. The Racine County District Attorney's Office had not received the case as of Friday afternoon. The woman had been a teacher in the school district for 40 years and is now substitute teacher. No charges have been filed against the woman. A spokesperson from the Racine Unified School District could not immediately comment on the case. The incident is the second abuse-related incident at the school this month. On Jan. 11, a teaching assistant was accused of fondling a 9-year-old girl. According to a report from the …
In the doom and gloom of winter, sometimes you just need to get a little crazy.
Friday, January 28, 2011
As the winter months go by we tend to get restless, irritable, and forgetful. For the families at Olympia Brown Elementary, the cure was an evening out at Cabin Fever Night, which was held Jan. 21. This free evening event has been going on now for three years and was sponsored by the PTA at Olympia Brown Elementary. The gym was set up with fun activities for children and parents. Volleyball, a parachute, scooters, and basketballs filled the gym. The kids pulled the parachute up and down as they ran around the gym. Some parents helped their children learn to ride a scooter. And to top off the evening we had juice and frosted cookies. That's what you get to do when you are a kid.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Officials with the Caledonia Police said the man is in police custody.
An educational assistant at Olympia Brown Elementary, 5915 Erie St., allegedly sexually assaulted a student on three different occasions. Lewis Givens Jr., 35, served as an educational assistant at Olympia Brown Elementary for students with cognitive disabilities and was taken into custody Tuesday for allegedly sexually assaulting a nine-year-old student, who he was not assigned to care for, said Sgt. Gary Larsen, of the Caledonia Police Department. According to the criminal complaint, a substitute teacher saw Givens fondling a female student on two occasions, on Jan. 6 and on Tuesday. On Jan. 6, the substitute teacher told the police there were other children in the room. A second teacher's assistant saw Givens inappropriately touching …