In a League of Their Own

After the success of last year’s Upper School FIRST Robotics team, Lower School and Middle School students were inspired to follow suit and compete in their own FIRST Lego League regional competition in November. Members of USM’s Team Galactic Girls—one of the youngest teams at the competition—won an Innovation Award for their solution to making space food look more appealing to astronauts through the use … Continue reading In a League of Their Own

Our Common Bond Dedication Ceremony

The newest Our Common Bond facilities were dedicated on the afternoon of Aug. 27, 2018, following three years of generous contributions to the capital portion of the campaign from the community, and 15 months of extensive construction. The entire USM community was invited to celebrate the opening of the Jack Olson ’67 Commons, Palermo Hall, the performing arts center, and related spaces, all of which … Continue reading Our Common Bond Dedication Ceremony

An Illuminating Experience

A group of Upper School students recently visited ETC, a leading manufacturer of lighting equipment, where they learned that you don’t have to be on stage to have a career in the arts.   If you’ve ever been to a live theatre performance—including the ones held at University School—there’s a good chance you’ve seen a stage that was illuminated by lighting equipment designed and manufactured by … Continue reading An Illuminating Experience

A Wild(cat) Homecoming

The varsity football victory against Brookfield Academy (31–0) may have been the marquee event of Homecoming 2018, but there were plenty of other fun-filled happenings to build school spirit. From cross-divisional spirit-sign-making activities and a ComedySportz show to the Junior Wildcat Jamboree, Willie’s Fun Fest, and an all-school pep rally featuring some of Milwaukee’s most popular mascots, this year’s homecoming did not disappoint. The entire … Continue reading A Wild(cat) Homecoming

A Look Back

From Guardian to Guide By Francine Eppelsheimer When I started at University School in 1990, the Middle School library was all about books. The internet was not commonly used, and we still had the old card catalog. Things changed rapidly from that time forward. I remember in 1993 when Kip Jacobs ’74, who was an 8th-grade science teacher at the time, wanted his students to … Continue reading A Look Back

What is it like… To Run the World’s Largest Music Festival?

Vic Thomas ’74 is the associate entertainment director at Summerfest, where he started working in 1974 to earn money for college. Today, he’s responsible for booking acts, negotiating contracts, and coordinating entertainment staff. The annual music festival attracts roughly 800,000 people each year, with more than 800 acts and 1,000 performances on 12 stages. During the 11 days of Summerfest, I typically wake up between … Continue reading What is it like… To Run the World’s Largest Music Festival?