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Jessie Cannizzaro started her business Milestone Plumbing in 2011. 

Photo Credit // Milestone Plumbing

Women in Work: She’s a Plumber

Jackie Beck and Myla Seabrook June 9, 2021

When Jessie Cannizzaro was a high school student, the last thing she wanted to do was to become a plumber. Not many plumbers are female, and to add onto that her father worked in the business, which allowed...

Wauwatosa West math teacher Jill Schmid stands in the hallway near her classroom. Schmid is retiring at the end of the 2020-2021 school year after teaching for 32 years.

Wauwatosa West Math Teacher Retires After Teaching 32 Years

Sara Stanislawski June 4, 2021

Wauwatosa West math teacher Jill Schmid attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison with the initial plan of becoming a judge. Schmid is now retiring at the end of the 2020-2021 school year after teaching...

Students from Wauwatosa West's AVID class put their heads together to solve a math problem during their second hour class. AVID has been running trial classes at the highschools for two years. The district has recently decided to expand the program and get more students involved.

AVID: Teaching Life Skills that Extend Beyond the Classroom

Annabelle Wooster June 3, 2021

With nearly two million participating students across 7,000 K-12 schools, Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID) is an instructional method aimed at students that have shown academic interest,...

From left: Ebony Grice, Scott Fitzgerald, Ellie Strand, Selena Marris.

Tosa West Senior Ellie Strand is Presented with the Congressional Art Award

Eve Lazarski May 21, 2021

Wauwatosa West Senior Ellie Strand was presented with the congressional art award from District 5 Congressman Scott Fitzgerald today. Ellie, who was previously featured in the Artist of the Month column,...

Artist Feature of the Month - May Q & A with Nai Chalhoub

Artist Feature of the Month – May Q & A with Nai Chalhoub

Eve Lazarski May 6, 2021

Nai Chalhoub, a junior at Wauwatosa West, uses bright colors and alcohol markers to make cartoon style art. Even though she likes drawing things stylized, she is also very proficient in realism. Nai hopes...

Solar panels are installed on top of the Wauwatosa City Hall and library buildings.

Solar Panels Installed on Wauwatosa City Hall and Library

Claire Guttormson and Allie Kratochvil May 6, 2021

The eleven members of the Wauwatosa Sustainability Committee meet at the fire station on the first Wednesday of every month with the goal of making the city a more environmentally friendly place. After...

Wauwatosa School District Superintendent Dr. Phillip Ertl will retire at the end of the 2020-2021 school year after serving as the superintendent of the district for the last 16 years.

Wauwatosa School District Superintendent to Retire After 16 Years in Position

Sara Stanislawski May 2, 2021

When Wauwatosa Superintendent Dr. Phillip Ertl started in his position, the community stood divided over the school board’s recent vote to close Wilson Elementary School. Now retiring after 16 years...


Black Student Union Aims to Recruit More Minority Teachers to Apply for District Positions

Taniya Dula April 30, 2021

Tosa West Junior Miles Coppage went to Eisenhower Elementary, Whitman Middle School and Wauwatosa West. In those 11 years, Coppage had just one minority teacher. “I think that it's been a real detriment...

Elizabeth Thompson

Community Remembers Life of Elizabeth Thompson

Energetic, strong, and impactful are the words often used to describe Wauwatosa West Junior Elizabeth Thompson, known to many as Lizzy. Lizzy unexpectedly passed on April 10, 2021. She was a member...

Tri-M Celebrates Music In Our Schools Month

Tri-M Celebrates Music In Our Schools Month

Ava Beisenstein April 13, 2021

Every March, schools across America celebrate Music In Our Schools Month, a program to promote student music by the National Association for Music Education. This year, Wauwatosa East’s new Tri-M Music...

Artist Feature of the Month – April Q & A with Anastazja Branski

Artist Feature of the Month – April Q & A with Anastazja Branski

Eve Lazarski April 9, 2021

Anastazja Branski, a senior at Wauwatosa West, enjoys making realistic paintings. While she makes many acrylic pieces, she likes other mediums as well. Anastazja mainly paints portraits because of the...

Spring Break Travel During a Pandemic

Spring Break Travel During a Pandemic

Annabelle Wooster March 25, 2021

When students have traveled for spring break in past years, they craved the crowded beaches, packed restaurants, and small souvenir shops. This year looks a little different. Instead, students are packing...

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