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Board meeting highlights
March 16, 2015

High school junior, local fire department recognized

PeggyWang

Hamilton High School junior Yuchun “Peggy” Wang was recognized for earning the 2015 Wisconsin NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing award, sponsored by the National Center for Women & Information Technology. It recognizes high school females for their computing-related achievements and interests in an effort to encourage more young women to choose careers in technology. Hamilton social studies teacher and Robotics advisor Lori Hinytz nominated Wang for the statewide award because of her natural curiosity in computers, programming and technology.

LisbonFireDepartment

Lisbon Fire Department Chief Douglas Brahm and a dozen other members of the department were on hand to accept an award in honor of the department’s support of Hamilton High School and the district. Three years ago, fire department personnel began teaching and certifying sophomores in CPR in their required health courses. In addition, Lisbon firefighters provided first aid assistance at Hamilton Education Foundation Charger Challenge events and at high school sporting events.

Lannon teacher describes personalized learning in classroom

SarahCromos

Lannon second grade teacher Sarah Cromos spoke about how learner profiles and student goal-setting helps her students take more responsibility for their learning. Her presentation was designed to show what personalized learning can look like in an elementary classroom.

At the previous March meeting, a middle school teacher and her students described personalized learning in their classroom that incorporates flipped instruction and project-based learning.

The School Board is learning directly from teaching staff how they are using personalized learning, which is a priority of the district’s Strategic Plan, in their classrooms.

 

Personnel business

In personnel matters, the School Board:

  • Accepted resignations of Templeton Gifted and Talented teacher Jacqueline English, Maple Avenue head cook Amy Langlois, Hamilton paraprofessional and student supervisor Kristine Kastory and Lannon first grade teacher Carla Whitehead; and
  • Appointed Grace Norton as Maple Avenue head cook.

Participation in programs continues

With School Board action, the district will continue to participate in several long-standing programs including North Central Association (NCA) accreditation and Cooperative Education Service Agency #1 (CESA) alternative schools.
Hamilton High School will continue to participate in the NCA accreditation process that aligns planning efforts with site planning. The cost will be $725 per school. Hamilton has been NCA accredited since 1966.
The district plans to continue using alternative placement programs offered through CESA including New Pathways, Turning Point, Project Success, Fresh Start and Distinguished Scholars Academy. In addition GPS Education Partners, a non-CESA program, offers an alternative model for credit-deficient students allowing them to complete their high school education while gaining real work. Seven high school students were enrolled in 2014-15, and eight will participate next year.

Requests for Youth Options Program approved

A total of 25 high school students requested admission to the Youth Options Program that will allow them potentially to take classes next fall at Waukesha County Technical College, the University of Wisconsin (UW) –Waukesha, UW- Milwaukee, Marquette University, Wisconsin Lutheran College, Alverno College and Carroll University. Youth Options is a program mandated by the state that allows students who have completed 10th grade, are in good academic standing and have no disciplinary problems to attend a technical college or university if they have exhausted their high school curriculum. Often, students who have been approved for Youth Options are not able to take the courses because of scheduling conflicts or full classes.

Textbooks approved

Textbooks for advanced algebra, K-5 writing, high school creative writing, middle school and grade 10 social studies and Advanced Placement environmental science courses were approved. The new textbooks will cost a total of $168,427 and will come from the Educational Services Department budget.

Lunch prices to increase 5 cents

To comply with state requirements, the price of school lunches in the 2015-16 school year will increase by 5 cents. Milk prices will be unchanged.

 
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