Tosa DI triumphs at Globals!
Wauwatosa sent 34 students to DI Globals in 2017--the biggest group EVER to represent our district. And they took Knoxville by storm!
* Still Thinking from Longfellow took first place in the improv challenge.
* Oopsoctaink from Longfellow placed second in the fine arts challenge.
They were the ONLY Wisconsin teams to finish in the top three.
The other Tosa teams made us proud, too:
The [Not Quite So] Golden Spoons from Longfellow, 10th place in service learning
The 7 STEMipedes from Longfellow, 18th place in scientific
The Tail Tellers from Tosa East, 19th place in service learning.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!
Thanks to all our supporters!
2016-17 was an amazing season for Wauwatosa DI! We had:
* 283 students participating (grades K-12)
* 43 teams
* 7 schools (including a new school, McKinley!)
* 50+ adult volunteers
* 16 teams qualifying for DI State
* 6 teams qualifying for DI Globals
The Friends of Tosa DI had a very successful year, thanks to many fundraisers and numerous generous gifts from individuals and businesses. We were able to:
* provide significant financial support to teams advancing to DI Globals;
* offer a scholarship to a local high-school senior;
* pay for Instant Challenge supplies for every Tosa team;
* organize an Instant Challenge workshop;
* order custom DI pins for all Tosa teams headed to Globals; and
*spearhead several special events and projects, including the annual Duct Tape Fashion Show and an entry in the Tosa 4th of July parade.
A HUGE THANK-YOU TO ALL OF OUR VOLUNTEERS AND SUPPORTERS!
Tosa East DI'ers address lead contamination
As part of their service-learning challenge, the Tosa East team "The Tail Tellers" wrote, illustrated, published, and sold a children's book to draw attention to the problem of lead contamination in drinking water, which affects an estimated 70,000 homes in Milwaukee. The students raised $400, which they donated to the City of Milwaukee Health Department to purchase water filters for families with lead service lines. In June, the students met with the city's Health Commissioner Bevan Baker, who commended them for their work on the project and encouraged them to continue finding ways to serve their community. The students also participated in a "changemaker session" sponsored by XQ Institute, a national education-reform organization. Hear the team members talk about their project in this short video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPJRDPNr81U
Scholarship winner announced
Congratulations to Sinjin Kimball-Biersach, a 2017 graduate of Tosa East, and the first-ever recipient of the Friends of Tosa DI scholarship. Funded by contributions to the Friends group, the scholarship will be awarded each spring to a graduating senior who has participated in DI for at least two years. Sinjin has been part of six DI teams, beginning in the sixth grade at Longfellow, and he finished his high-school career as a member of the 2016-17 Tosa East improv team, "Keeping Up with the ProKrastinators." In applying for the scholarship, he wrote, "DI has taught me that it is important to expand my lines of thinking and always be open to new ideas.... DI has given me something to strive for, to achieve." Sinjin is continuing his education at UW-Milwaukee. We will miss him in Tosa DI, and we wish him all the best in the future!
Tosa DI on parade
For the first time ever, Tosa DI was represented in the Wauwatosa Independence Day parade! Thanks to everyone who worked on the float, donated candy and water, and/or marched in the parade. We can't wait till next year!
Tosa pins at Globals
This beautiful series of pins, depicting a firefly and the footbridge at Hoyt Park, were designed by Grace Ryun, a student at Longfellow. Thank you, Grace! Our Tosa DI'ers had a great time trading them at Globals.