Congratulations to three MPSD schools honored as Wisconsin Title 1 Schools of Recognition for their efforts in educating low-income students.
Representatives from Franklin and Madison Elementary Schools and Washington Jr. High School received the award in the state Capitol on May 1. It was Madison's sixth consecutive year earning the recognition from the state Department of Public Instruction.
Manitowoc Lincoln alum and Broadway performer Emily Kosloski will sing "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Miserables at a May 6 Lakeshore Wind Ensemble concert at the Capital Civic Centre.
Kosloski, a 1992 LHS graduate, also will be hosting a free and open to the public Vocal Master Class at UW-Manitowoc University Theatre, on Friday, May 5, from noon to 1:30 pm.
She is an actress and vocalist who lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children. Read more about Kosloski and the May 6 "France and the Revolution" concert in this HTR story.
Because Ships sail together.
The Lincoln High Marching Band immediately agreed when asked to perform for '97 grad Challise Rosinsky at her 38th birthday party.
Her friends fear she will not see her 39th.
Challise, who played percussion in the band when she was in high school, is in hospice care in the advanced stages of Huntington's disease, a progressive, neurodegenerative disease with no cure. The disease breaks down a person's physical and mental abilities.
Patti Zarling of the Herald Times Reporter wrote a moving story about Challise and her April 18 birthday party organized by childhood friend, fellow LHS alum Nicole Meissner. The party was at Jenn's Java, where the women often hung out until Challise was no longer able. The coffee shop is owned by another LHS alum, Jennifer Backus.
Jenn wrote: "The friends you make in school, after school and during the rest of your life will help to mold you into the person you are. I met Challise in high school band and got to know her even better as a fun, sassy customer at Jenn's. I also got to know Katie who is largely responsible for pulling together an awesome little birthday party for her.
"I can't say enough about the awesome group of students from Lincoln High School band who willingly performed after school for Challise! Proud to be an alumni, lucky to be a part of something wonderful."
The Ron Rubick Municipal Field, built in 1955, has had a long rich history for MPSD Alumni.
A community group is raising private funds to transform Rubick Field into a first-class venue for everything from football and soccer to track and field, marching band, cheer, dance and more.
Ships Alumni, please check out the group's Facebook page - Rubick Field Community Fundraising Project - and consider getting involved. As Alumni, we understand the traditions of Lincoln High School, and as community members or "kids" who grew up here, please consider this opportunity for the young people of all our schools, to create a facility that will provide our city and the Lakeshore a first-class venue. Thanks for your time and reflection.