A dozen IDEAS Academy writers attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater High School Creative Writing Festival November 20 to either share their writing or participate in workshops. One of them, Taylor Gebert, earned a third place award for her piece, “Untitled“, in the category of Fan Fiction/Sci-Fi/Fantasy.
IDEAS and Mosaic artists were featured alongside other literary professionals in a local 100 Thousand Poets for Change event at Mead Library on September 28.
Sam Priem and Autumn Willard presented their projects titled, “How will I be Treated Today?” at IDEAS Academy Exhibitions of Learning at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center on January 10.
When 100 Thousand Poets for Change presented at the Mead Public Library on Saturday, Sept. 29, the IDEAS Academy students were already prepared. Tad Phippen Wente’s poetry seminar spent the first weeks of school writing and perfecting poems for the event. To practice reading in front of an audience, students presented their poems at Town Hall on Wednesday. With a boost of confidence, they were ready to take on open mic at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Seven IDEAS Academy students attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater High School Creative Writing Festival Wednesday, November 16. Ali Chapman, junior, won the Drama/Screen Play Honorable Mention Award for her script, "Never Really Knew You".
“When I was in third grade at Wilson School, I'd hide the teacher's pens. Just looking for attention, I guess. She found them easily, and never punished me, maybe because I was a pretty good student, too. Well, one day when it was time to line up for recess, Miss Fluke said I had to stay behind. I remember feeling my mouth drop open and hearing the other kids snicker and seeing them shake their heads. But I also remember figuring that, whatever my punishment was, I certainly had it coming.”
The teacher said to the students:
19 April 2011—Today in the TimeSlips Seminar (this is a project we’re working on with JMKAC’s Connecting Communities) we enjoyed a visit from Tracy Cinealis, CSA, of Libby’s House. Such insight into memory loss! She shared facts about dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. She shared stories from her experiences with the elderly. Though the students had researched questions about dementia, Tracy brought to light a more personal side. The respect and caring she expressed truly moved us. She also used some activities to illustrate what it’s like to gradually lose what you love in life, without choice or rhyme or reason. The students seem more eager than ever to meet and work with people with memory loss. All said they are less afraid because they are more informed.