Skylight Music Theatre (www.skylightmusictheatre.org)
Skylight Music Theatre is an internationally recognized professional producer of music theatre and is located in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward where it owns and operates the Broadway Theatre Center, which is home to five other professional performing arts organizations.
Skylight prides itself in presenting the full spectrum of music theatre – from opera to Broadway musicals and everything in between. Skylight’s strength lies in the magical combination of music and song to tell a story in a way that words or music alone can’t reach.
Additionally, Skylight is committed to working with Milwaukee Public Schools in providing long term, in depth relationships with teachers and students at partner schools like Hawley, through touring shows, residencies and workshops.
Schlitz Audubon Nature Center (www.schlitzauduboncenter.com)
The Schlitz Audubon Nature Center (SANC) is a 185-acre stretch of untouched land along the shore of Lake Michigan. When students visit, they can hike through miles of trails, walk along the beach and enjoy the spectacular view from SANC’s 60-foot observation tower. Visitors can also attend programs and workshops, see nature exhibits, meet their resident raptors (eagles, owls and more) or participate in a variety of other outdoors activities. SANC teaches environmental education to over 35,000 children each year and has one of the only nature preschools in the nation. Students at Hawley head to SANC for field trips that reinforce classroom lessons.
- Empirical Education/West Ed– Four Hawley teachers are taking part in a research study; Making Sense of Science- an approach to teacher professional learning that focuses on connecting science, teaching, and literacy.
- Urban Ecology Center- Hawley has been part of the Neighborhood Environmental Education Project for over five years. Students in grades K4-5th grade engage in hands-on field experiences each season and are granted scholarships to the Young Scientist Programs at any UEC branch.
- USDA, Forest Service- part of the U.S. Dept of Agriculture, the U.S. Forest service protects and manages national forests and grasslands. They partner with Hawley to prepare 21st Century Stewards of the Land by: providing support and reinforcement of the environmental/conservation focus of Hawley, and introduce students to careers in the environmental and natural resources field through various programming to include hands-on demonstrations throughout the school year.
- Neighborhood House- Through a grant secured by the USDA partner, Hawley has been able to participate in $3000 of Environmental Education Programming from the Neighborhood House of Milwaukee, including; field trips to the Neighborhood House and their Nature Center, in school programming, and in school staff development.
- Department of Natural Resources- DNR scientists work with our school implementer to provide students outdoor lessons in Hawley’s neighboring parks to enhance the Next Generation Science Standards they are studying.
- Imagine Aquaponics- This company graciously donated time and secured materials to convert Hawley’s greenhouse to a one-of-a-kind, 4 system Aquaponics Lab. The scientists also worked with Hawley’s lead Aquaponics teacher to make him the expert on the system, and ways to have students work and learn from the systems included in the lab.
Community, Health-Service and Faith-based Partnerships
Sierra Club (www.sierraclub.org)
The Sierra Club is America’s oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization. Inspired by nature, members work together to protect communities and the planet. The Sierra Club teaches people how to take action to preserve nature and solve environmental issues. Hawley received a grant from the Sierra Club that was used to create an outdoor classroom/seating area and gardens. Members of the Sierra Club visit Hawley to speak with students, teachers and families. During one of Hawley’s Science Family Nights, the representatives did hair sampling to check for mercury levels. The Sierra Club also donated a Kid’s Guide to the Outdoors book to Hawley students in second through fifth grade. This guide is specific to Milwaukee County and helps families plan interesting trips for summer.
- Green Schools Consortium of Milwaukee- Three of Hawley’s teachers work with this Green and Healthy Schools Wisconsin Regional Network. This month we will begin meetings to create Green Infrastructure plans for Hawley’s playground. This is a large grant made possible by: Reflo, Milwaukee Metropolitian Sewerage District, and the Friends For Lake Michigan.
- Hawley was granted the Fresh Fruits and Vegetable Program- a federally assisted program providing free fresh fruits and vegetables to students.
- Keep America Beautiful- Hawley participates in programs such as America Recycles day and the annual Recycle Bowl Competition. In 2016 Hawley was the state champion of Wisconsin. Hawley works consistently with Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful, the Milwaukee branch of KAB.
- Better Earth Textile Recycling- Hawley families are able to recycle textiles right at school, and the school is paid for the collections the company takes away. The funds directly support the Environmental Education Program.
- Trex- Since 1996 Trex has invented, defined and perfected the composite deck category, becoming the world’s largest manufacturer of wood-alternative decking products. Hawley has been recycling plastic film since our first participation in the plastic recycling school contest in 2012. By winning the recycling competitions Hawley has earned these materials made of recycled plastic for our school grounds: two benches, two planters, a bird house.
- Interiorscapes- this company by The Plant Market, donates live plants to Hawley for indoor beautification and to improve indoor air quality.
- Milwaukee County Zoo –Hawley’s 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders participate in the MCZ’s Animal Ambassador Program each year.
- Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District- In working with MMSD Hawley students have participated in the Nip That Drip water education program for many years; multiple students have won the affiliated writing and art contests securing memberships to Discovery World, UEC, or SANC. Hawley teachers have participated in multiple professional development opportunities organized by MMSD. And students have had program related field studies at Violia Jones Island Water Treatment Facility and Emerald Park Landfill in conjunction with MMSD.
- WI Bike Federation– students in 2nd, 3rd,4th and 5th grades learn pedestrian safety and bicycle safety/rules of the road while actually on bicycles.
Higher Education Partnerships
- University of Minnesota Monarch Lab– Our Implementer and a second grade teacher had training through the North American Monarch Institute to use Monarchs and other pollinators to teach life science, social science, and citizen science to students. Due to their participation we were able to apply for, and were awarded a $1000 grant to create a Pollinator garden for student study on Hawley grounds.
- UW Extension’s Camp Upham Woods- 5th grade students participate in 3 day, 2 night camping trip as the culminating event of their years at an Environmental School. Besides the years of Environmental Science students get at Hawley, the fifth graders prepare for the camping trip by prelessons with: UW Extension- DOTS training (learning to use Digital Field Microscopes, a Kestrel Weather Station, Infrared Thermometers, Thermal Imagers and GPS), US Department of Fisheries and Learn2Fish angler educators, and Neighborhood House and US Department of Wildlife experts for birding education.
- Alverno Education Program- Our 4th grade teacher is hosting a student teacher who works at the Urban Ecology Center and has a passion for environmental education.