Hamilton schools plan for start of classes
Thursday, July 22, 2004 6:00 pm
Hamilton School District students will begin classes Sept. 1. The district has compiled information to assist parents and students in preparation for the big day.
Registration — People who are new to the district may register their children at the school they will attend. Call the individual schools to learn their office hours. School phone numbers are:
- Willow Springs Learning Center (4-year-old kindergarten), (262) 255-6190;
- Lannon Elementary, (262) 255-6106;
- Maple Avenue Elementary, (262) 246-4220;
- Marcy Elementary, (262) 781-8283;
- Woodside Elementary, (262) 820-1530;
- Templeton Middle, (262) 246-6477; and
- Hamilton High, (262) 246-6471.
If you are unsure of your school attendance area, call the district’s Public Information Office at (262) 246-1973 ext. 1100.
Kindergarten — The district offers kindergarten programs for students who are four and five years old. The program for 4-year-olds is at Willow Spring Learning Center and the program for 5-year-olds is at neighborhood elementary schools.
To be eligible for the optional 4-year-old kindergarten program a child must be four years old by Sept. 1. The program runs a half day — an 8:45 -11:15 a.m. morning session and 12:45 - 3:15 p.m. afternoon session. Willow Springs Learning Center will have a brief K-4 orientation Aug. 30 at 5:30 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. to familiarize children with their bus route. School buses will pick up kindergartners at their home school and travel to Willow Springs. The school is mailing letters with specific times to K-4 parents.
Each elementary school offers a kindergarten program for children who turn five years old by Sept. 1. Most 5-year-olds participate in the full-day program that follows the same schedule as elementary grade school students. Some parents choose to enroll their 5-year-old in kindergarten for only the morning half of the school day.
Transportation — The bus company sends yellow postcards notifying bus riders of their routes. Postcards will be mailed the week of Aug. 23.
Breaks and last school day — Students will not have classes during Labor Day Sept. 6, Teachers’ Convention Oct. 28 and 29, Thanksgiving Break Nov. 24-29, Winter Break Dec. 24-Jan. 2, Staff In-service Jan. 24-25, Spring Break March 25 – April 3, Staff In-service April 22 and Memorial Day May 30. Their last day of school is June 9.
School hours — Students in grades 1-5 and full-day kindergarten begin school at 8:35 a.m. and end at 3:25 p.m.; Templeton hours are 7:25 a.m. to 2:35 p.m.; and the high school runs from 7:20 a.m. to 2:25 p.m.
Immunization — Wisconsin law requires that parents provide updated records on their children’s immunizations including DTP, MMR and polio. The Hepatitis B (Hep B) vaccine is required for all students prekindergarten through 12th grades. The chicken pox vaccine is required for kindergarten through eighth grade students.
School lunch program — The Hamilton food service staff is committed to producing quality meals that are nutritious and appealing to children. Lunches consist of five food items — meat, bread, two or more servings of fruit or vegetables, and milk. To reduce waste, children are offered an entire lunch but may refuse one or two items. The price for lunch remains the same whether a child takes the entire lunch or refuses an item.
Lunch menus will be listed in school newsletters, local newspapers, on the district web site and district cable television channel. Parents are asked to go over the lunch menu with their children to help them decide what to eat each day. Children should be encouraged to take at least a portion of an unfamiliar or unpopular food item.
Lunch prices for 2004-05 are: $1.60 for elementary students; $1.85 - middle school and high school students; $2.50 - adults; and 30 cents for milk.
The following are fees for the 2004-05 school year:
Pre-kindergarten and half-day kindergarten — $19*;
Elementary grades, full-day kindergarten and ungraded — $30*;
Middle school — $40*;
High school — $55*;
High school padlock and ID for new students — $5.50*
(*Maximum of $150 per family for these student fees.)
Drivers’ education behind-the-wheel training and theory-simulation — $150 each;
Templeton sports — $20 per sport ($60 family maximum);
Hamilton sports — $30 per sport ($90 maximum);
Templeton extra- and co-curriculars — $10 and $20;
Hamilton extra- and co-curriculars — $15 and $30;
Retake ID — $3.00;
Technology Fee — $20 per student ($40 family maximum); and
Parking — $80.
Cable television announcements — Residents who receive Time Warner Cable service in Sussex, Lisbon, Lannon and Menomonee Falls may tune into channel 13 for up-to-date information. School lunch menus, reminders about district events and local videos are broadcast.
District web site — The district web site is at www.hamilton.k12.wi.us. The site is updated regularly with school supply lists, newsletters, calendar, lunch menus and current information.
For more information about the Hamilton School District, contact the individual schools or the district’s Public Information Office at 246-1973 ext. 1100.