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The students of St. Joan Antida High School (SJA) rely on supporters like you to build a stronger, more successful future for them and a better community for us all. Your gift makes it possible for our students to explore their dreams -- knowing that any career is possible. Your gift means our faculty will be given state-of-the-art tools to teach our future leaders. Your gift ensures our young women will enter the workforce better prepared and better educated.

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SJA students, staff and faculty had a ton of fun during this year's Spirit Week! Spirit Week is a chance for us to promote POSITIVE ENERGY throughout our building and school community.

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On Friday, September 29 the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) students volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House of Eastern Wisconsin and baked tasty snacks from scratch. The DP students organized this volunteer initiative as one of their Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) projects. Together the students collaborated in making something very special and quite a tasty treat for the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House.

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Mandella was born and raised in Milwaukee and attended St. Rita's grade school. Currently residing in Florida, Mandella is the proud mother of two, has three grandchildren and one great-grandson. Both of her parents were accomplished singers. Her Father was one of the lead opera singers with the Florentine Opera Company, and her mother sang in the Florentine Opera Chorus. Mandella credits her parents with her love of music.

As Mandella was preparing for high school, it didn't take long for all of her grade school friends at St. Rita's to decide that they were going to attend the new St. Joan Antida High School (SJA). Naturally, Mandella wanted the same for herself.

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Congratulations to this year's Homecoming Court! On Saturday, October 28, SJA celebrated HOCO 2017! Tiaras, poses, and smiles galore adorned the gym which transformed into a beautiful Red Carpet Themed Dance. Shout out to DJ Jose Veloz from MUHS for providing all the great dance music for our students to enjoy.

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The students of St. Joan Antida High School (SJA) rely on supporters like you to build a stronger, more successful future for them and a better community for us all. Your gift makes it possible for our students to explore their dreams -- knowing that any career is possible. Your gift means our faculty will be given state-of-the-art tools to teach our future leaders. Your gift ensures our young women will enter the workforce better prepared and better educated.

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The message Discovery World hopes to drive home with Girls & STEM event on November 11 is that any girl can thrive in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

The interactive event is designed to spark new interests, make real-life connections, and fight stereotypes and obstacles facing young girls and women in Milwaukee. Girls & STEM hopes to inspire young women to see themselves as future STEM leaders by connecting brilliant female professionals with girls while inspiring creativity and curiosity through engaging hands-on STEM activities. The event will feature more than 35 organizations dedicated to cultivating confidence and empowering girls.

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The Milwaukee Bucks hosted its last home opener at the BMO Harris Bradley Center last week. The future of the Bucks is bright, with a top-ranked NBA team, forward-thinking ownership, and a new state-of-the-art arena to move into less than a year from now.

The same week as its home opener, the Bucks also hosted a once-in-a-lifetime tour of its new facility for a dozen students from St. Joan Antida High School's robotics team.

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The Northwestern Mutual Foundation is giving $1.2 million in grants to support educational programs in Milwaukee.

The grants will support programs that display "measurable impact in the Milwaukee education system," with a focus on literacy programs that emphasize third-grade reading proficiency and mentoring programs, according to a news release

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Happy Mistakes Happen and Encouraged In St. Joan Antida High School Art Classes


It should have been a disaster — a ceramics project that exploded in the kiln, leaving one hardworking art student with a few shards of broken pottery instead of a completed piece fit for her portfolio.

But instead, it was a life lesson. "I kind of just rolled with it, and I made it into a piece that was way better than the original that I had," said Sarah Kopacz, a senior at St. Joan Antida High School and creator of the exploding dish. "Happy mistakes, I guess."

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Four College Possible grads on track to beat the odds

After living in a dorm freshman year, Peter Khanthavong, the youngest of nine children of Laotian immigrant parents, moved back home to the Merrill Park neighborhood.

He did so, he said, "to save money at first and then ... my brother (who was disabled and living at home) passed away and ... my mom needed the emotional support."

Khanthavong's widowed mother has since fallen ill and now requires kidney dialysis. He takes care of her and pays most of their living expenses.

College students such as Khanthavong, who comes from a low-income family, have to overcome so many obstacles to graduate that, nationally, only 11 percent do so in six years, according to Kelly Schaer, program director at College Possible, an organization that provides such students with coaching and support to get into college and earn a degree.

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St. Joan Antida High School is Positively Milwaukee!


Thank you to Carole Meekins and TMJ4 for featuring St. Joan Antida High School in a Positively Milwaukee segment. The piece highlights our visual arts program and how we have incorporated that curriculum into our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) focus to form STEAM. Visual arts is a part of the school's core subject areas within the International Baccalaureate (IB) program.

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