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Spring Market Set For Palm Sunday

The second indoor farmers’ market is almost here, and note the new date and time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Palm Sunday. See you there!

2016 Spring Market flyer

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Rocket Sports Update

From the South Milwaukee School District …

Good luck to all the student-athletes in action!


PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Caitlin Schwanke, South Milwaukee. The 5-foot-9 senior who plays in the post and on the perimeter has helped the Rockets win four of their last five games to climb into third place in the Woodland East.

Last Friday she finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds in a 70-63 victory over Greenfield. In two of the team’s previous three victories, Schwanke ranked second on the team in scoring while tying for the team lead in rebounds and assists.


GIRLS BASKETBALL – The Rockets host DSHA for the freshman at 4:15pm on Friday and Ronald Reagan HS at 5:45pm for the JV and 7:30pm for the Varsity. Good luck Rockets!

Coach Jim Grassl’s Rocket Varsity Girls’ Basketball Team will open up WIAA Playoffs next Tuesday at 7:00pm at Greendale High School. All tickets are $4. Hopefully we can get a good crowd out at Greendale to help cheer them on to victory!

SWIM & DIVE – Coach Kasia Brzezicka’s Rockets finished up a very successful season by taking 6th out of 11 teams at Carthage College at WIAA Sectionals. A number of swimmers had great times competing against some of the best swimmers in the area. Dennis Lazaj took 5th in the 100 butterfly, the 200 medley relay of 1) Colin Sodemann JR 2) Ryan Hagen JR 3) Denis Lazaj SR 4) Nicholas Calkins SR took 5th, and Adam Brzezicki took 4th and Spencer Czarnecki took 5th in the 500 free.

WRESTLING – Coach Joel Shilling’s Rockets hosted the WIAA Regionals last Saturday at the Teff Gymansium and took second place out of the 8 teams competing which was a really good showing. Junior Ted Swanson qualified for Sectionals with his Regional Championship at 145 lbs! Also qualifying for WIAA Sectionals on Saturday at Racine Case were Eli Heller (2nd – 106 lbs), Isaiah Jasso (4th – 113 lbs), Ben Wesela (2nd – 120 lbs). Conrad Shilling (2nd – 126 lbs), Jacob Johnson (3rd – 160 lbs), Dakota Scott (3rd – 170 lbs), Adam Jones (2nd – 182 lbs), Jordan Phillips (4th – 195 lbs), & Raul Benavides (2nd – 285 lbs).

Good luck on Saturday at Racine Case. Wrestling starts at 10:00am and the cost is $8 for the whole day, $6 if you get there for the 2nd round and $5 if you are there just for the finals.

BOYS BASKETBALL – Coach John Riggins’ Rockets travel to Pius XI HS on Friday and then host Whitnall next WEDNESDAY to close out their regular season. Regional brackets will be determined on Sunday morning.

POMS – Coach Lara Sokolowski’s Rockettes finished their competition season narrowly missing out on advancing to State but had a really solid performance at WACPC Regionals a few weeks ago. 

CHEER – Coach Michele Sodemann’s Rockets took 2nd at last week’s competition at Kettle Moraine Lutheran HS and compete this Saturday at Wilmot HS for WACPC Regionals and look to try and advance to State Competition in Madison the following weekend! Good luck Rockets!


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Austin Power: Stueck Stars At MSOE

We love our college basketball in the Brooks family … and we had a chance to check out one of the area’s top players on Saturday.

And he’s from South Milwaukee.

Austin Stueck is a senior at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, where he has scored 1,792 points after his 27 in Saturday’s loss to Aurora.

The 6-foot-3 forward is third on the all-time scoring list at MSOE and second all-time in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference. This year, Austin is averaging more than 20 points, seven rebounds and four assists per game.

Just as importantly, the 2012 South Milwaukee graduate is majoring in architectural engineering and construction management, according to his bio.

(In that bio, check out video of his two buzzer-beaters in five days from 2014.)

Go Rockets!

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Caterpillar Donates $40,000 To SMHS For New CNC Milling Machine

Cat milling machine

I just heard about this great example of local industry stepping up to support local kids.

From the South Milwaukee School District …

Through a generous $40,000 donation from Caterpillar, the Technology & Engineering department at South Milwaukee High School was able to purchase a new CNC milling machine.  The milling machine accepts computerized 3D modeled designs and machines them out of wood, plastic, or aluminum.  

The donation will also fund the future purchase of a 3D printer, design laptops, field trips, engineering kits, and professional development opportunities for teachers.  The equipment will be used to create a new rapid prototype lab for students to manufacture their design projects.

A big thank you goes out to Caterpillar and their support for our technology & engineering program.  Caterpillar sponsors and their engineers lead South Milwaukee High School’s FIRST Robotics Team.  Also, each year engineering students are invited to take a field trip to visit the plant and engineers then visit the school as guest speakers and engineering project judges.

Pictured is the Roland MDX-540 Bench Top CNC Milling Machine.

This is really cool. Thanks, Caterpillar. And good luck to our next generation of engineers and skilled workers.

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Regatta In The School Pool? Why Not?


From South Milwaukee technology and engineering teacher Erik Wolbach …

The 2nd Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta on December 17th at South Milwaukee High School was a big success.  Thank you to everyone who came out to cheer on our young engineers of the Technology & Engineering Academy. The competition highlights and interviews will be televised on Fox 6 News on December 27th at 10:30PM.  The following are champions and award recipients:

  • 1st place: Jon Yang, Tim Bralick, Doug Montoya
  • 2nd place: Hannah Dziedzic, Mark O’Connor, Jake Hochschild
  • 3rd place: Kari Olson, Eddie Behren
  • Best Design Award: Jon Yan, Tim Bralick, Doug Montoya
  • Toilet Bowl Award: Colton Woyskochil, Herald Oemig, Sean Povlich
  • Submarine Award: Matt Major, Cody Ross, James Konkel
  • Titanic Award: Zach Georgakakis, Danny Rolefson, Isaiah Johnson
  • Team Spirit Award: Hannah Dziedzic, Mark O’Connor, Jake Hoschild

Pictured:  Jon Yang and Tim Bralick preparing to row their championship boat.

Congratulations to everyone who took part in this latest example of innovation in South Milwaukee schools. Go Rockets!



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Shopping With A Cop, And Shopping Local

Just a quick shout out to organizers and supporters of two great events on Saturday that showed how our community steps up around the holidays.

First, thanks to Walmart for making Christmas a little merrier for eight local families through the Shop with a Cop program. And thanks to the South Milwaukee Police Department for stepping up to bring this program to our city. Our city workers give back to the community they serve, and that’s inspiring to see.

Also, thanks to everyone who helped put on the South Milwaukee Christmas Market on Saturday, for South Milwaukee High School for serving as welcome hosts. With more than 80 vendors, this was the biggest and best indoor market yet.

Check out more photos from both events on my mayoral Facebook page.

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The Joes: Meet The Students Behind Painting The Rock

The painting of the rock near the entrance to South Milwaukee High School is a really cool tradition. What two Rocket seniors did with it last week is inspiring.

Meet Joey Kontowski and Joey Chojnacki, aka “The Joes.”

“They are best friends,” write Erik Wolbach, engineering teacher at the high school.

He continued:

“They are both students in our Technology & Engineering Academy. Joey Kontowski just enlisted in the Army Reserve as an engineer. He also works for the city during the summer doing road repairs. Both students serve as mentors to younger students in our machine tools program.

“They are also members of our Veterans Day student volunteers. This year we manufactured freedom pens in the Academy to give as gifts to our Veterans during the celebration on November 11th. Both students spent many extra hours after school to work on making the pens. As a reward for their hard work we were able to tour USS Milwaukee last week down at Veterans Park.”

 (In the picture below, Joey Chojnacki is at the far left, and Joey Kontowski is on the far right.)

 Congratulations to both of these young men, and thank you!

USS Milwaukee Student Picture

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School District Offers Summer Lunch Program

The South Milwaukee School District will be offering free lunches for children 18 and under Mondays through Fridays from June 22 through August 7.

Lunches will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the High School Commons. Enter at door 29, the field house entrance.

Adults can eat for $3.25, which includes a milk.

Check out the full menu here.

Thanks to the schools for offering this!

These lunches are available to all kids and families, regardless of income level. That said, there are plenty of struggling families in South Milwaukee — and this program is a way to ensure kids are getting a healthy meal throughout the week even when school is out.

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Think Spring: Indoor Farmers’ Market Set For Saturday

Spring market posterThe seventh summer season of the South Milwaukee Downtown Market opens on Thursday, May 28.

Get an early taste of this terrific community event with the South Milwaukee Spring Market this Saturday at South Milwaukee High School! More than 60 vendors selling organics, arts, crafts, baked goods, prepared foods and more are expected, with live music throughout the day.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enter through the east side fieldhouse doors or via Door 9.

These indoor markets have been a big success, with hundreds of people attending each one. Be sure stop by and see some top local artisans in action!

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REAL Academy Makes A Real Difference


South Milwaukee High School’s REAL Academy — an alternative school within a school serving high-need, at-risk, special education youth — is a terrific example of education innovation, a sign of the district’s commitment to do everything in its power to educate all students and engage all students in the community.

Here is a recent example provided by academy teacher Joanna Rizzotto …

On Friday, May 9th, students from the South Milwaukee High School REAL Academy participated in rain garden planting and water quality testing at Grant Park in partnership with Milwaukee County Parks and the Great Lakes Alliance.  Students surveyed the natural areas, planted a rain garden in a parking lot median near picnic area 3&4, and evaluated the health of water on the beach and in creek beds.  This was the third event the students have participated in partnership with Milwaukee County Parks to prevent erosion and work toward coastal restoration at Grant Park.  Earlier in the year the students planted trees and removed invasive species.  Grant Park is a South Milwaukee community treasure.  The REAL Academy students will continue the partnership with Milwaukee County Parks into next school year and are proud to contribute to the stewardship of a park they use often and know so well.  

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Indoor Farmers’ Market Set For Saturday @ South Milwaukee High School

I’m proud to see the South Milwaukee Downtown Market become established as more than just a summer event.

The latest example: the indoor market set for this Saturday, March 1, at South Milwaukee High School. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. More than 50 vendors are expected, as well as live music.

Check out more from South Milwaukee NOW … and more details on the music lineup from Sweet Music, the Oak Creek music shop booking all market music this spring and beyond.

And mark your calendars for Saturday, April 26 — our next indoor market. And be sure to join us Thursday, June 5, as we open our sixth summer season.

Learn more at our website, and like the market Facebook page for regular updates.

And thanks to the continued hard work of the Downtown Market Committee for making the market a reality throughout the year.

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Water Main Break Sends South Milwaukee High School Students Home

Update: Check out coverage from Fox 6 and WISN. And from the South Milwaukee Schools Twitter page: “The high school will not have to make up the lost time for today as we are still within the required number of minutes.”

The break happened this morning.

The district website has a notice posted. It says the high school closed at 9:45 a.m. The middle school remains open.

WTMJ has more.

I’ll keep you posted.

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South Milwaukee Quintuplets Turn 16

WISN has the story. Very cool.

From it …

At South Milwaukee High School, you don’t have to go too far to run into an Arnold quint.

“They’re all different and unique. They each have different personalities. I think they add a lot to our building,” Kaminiski said.

The quints that captured Milwaukee’s heart 16 years ago are growing up.

Alyssa, Daniel, Natalie, Emily and Devin are high school sophomores who still like to hang out together and who can now appreciate their parents.

“I give them props for handling things the way they did,” Emily said.

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Lionsfest Features All-Class Reunion Friday

South Milwaukee’s Heritage Days culminates with Lionsfest, the three-day celebration featuring a wide range of events and activities.

Check out the full schedule here, and I hope to see you around this weekend.

Of note Friday night, it’s an all-class reunion for South Milwaukee High School. Here is information from Leslie Henry …

Friday, July 26, the South Milwaukee Alumni Association Steering Committee will host an all class reunion beginning at 6 p.m. at the South Milwaukee Lions fest Heritage Days.  The celebration will be an informal event for individuals to casually run into classmates from all graduating years.  Individuals attending can check in at the welcome table in the food tent, look at memorabilia, look at rocket wear, and obtain a name tag and coupons for use at Lion’s fest for Friday.  Please come out and join the event, visit with classmates and have a great time reminiscing about your favorite Rocket town memories.

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Reminder: Christmas Market Is Saturday!

More than 70 vendors selling arts, crafts, organics, baked goods and much, much more. Live, local entertainment, including two hours of performances by student musicians. And Gypsy Geoff.

That’s just some of what you can find at Saturday’s South Milwaukee Christmas Market at South Milwaukee High School. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enter off Oak Creek Parkway, door nine.

Learn more here, and see you there!

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