December 20, 1999

Maple Avenue Elementary School students, under the direction of music teacher Terry Fojtik, played handchimes and sang holiday songs for the Hamilton School Board. The presentation was a demonstration of Spectrum gifted and talented programming offered at the school. Students meet with Fojtik during lunch, before and after school. School Board members complimented Fojtik and students for their outstanding performance.

In her introductory remarks, Fojtik said she was happy to bring children’s music to the School Board which has been so child-centered.

Annual Strategic Planning Meeting reported

Educational Services and Human Resources Director Dean Schultz updated the School Board on the district’s Dec. 3 Annual Strategic Plan Meeting. The team reviewed the plan, learned about accomplishments, analyzed internal and external factors affecting the plan, identified critical issues and assessed the adequacy of the existing plan.

Schultz presented some accomplishments from three of four strategies.

Strategy #1: Create a staff development plan to implement and support best practices in instructional strategies in every classroom:

  • Established Professional Development Advisory Council (PDAC), defined its parameters and membership
  • Established measures of effectiveness

Strategy #2: Implement assessment practices that ensure continuous progress of each student

  • Complete alignment to state standards
  • Develop, share and utilize models
  • Monitor implementation
  • Develop measures for student progress
  • Develop scoring guides
  • Staff straining using Reeves model
  • Determine goals and tasks for leadership team
  • Develop position description
  • Recruit teachers to serve on team
  • Conduct training

Strategy #3: Communicate the mission, beliefs and accomplishments of the district to our internal and external communities by implementing a publish information plan

  • Establish architecture of web site
  • Determine content criteria
  • Maintain web site
  • Create mission statement posters
  • Create map/brochures
  • Include mission statement in all print media
  • Establish community access cable studio

The Strategic Planning Team determined that each of the three strategies should continue with its existing action plans.

The fourth strategy of actively involving family and community members in the learning process of all students has a timeline to begin during the 2000-2001 school year.

The team concluded that an important strength of the district is the caring staff and an emphasis on increasing student expectations is timely.

Community Budget Advisory Committee to form

A Community Budget Advisory Committee will be established for the 2000-2001 school year with the School Board’s approval. The board charged the committee with reviewing the district budget process, discussing the revenue cap and its implications for the district, identifying community priorities for possible future budget consideration and analyzing ways to create efficiencies in identified budget areas.

Representatives of various communities, senior citizens, parents, staff and administration will comprise the committee. Members of last year’s committee will be invited to participate. The committee will complete and present its report to the board no later than March 20, 2000.

Polices, job descriptions clarified

The School Board revised a policy to clarify for parents and students that every credit must be completed before students may participate in commencement ceremonies. It also revised position descriptions for elementary writing resource teacher, library-media specialist, district technology coordinator and secretary to district technology coordinator that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Maple Avenue’s renovation continues

In facilities business, board members learned that the second phase of Maple Avenue’s construction project will begin with work completed based on resources available. Construction companies will submit bids to complete the second phase of renovation.

Auditing firm chosen

Virnig & Associates LLC was given a two-year contract for years ending 2000 and 2001 to provide auditing services. The district has used the firm for the past three years and saved money in doing so.

December 7, 1999

The Hamilton School Board ratified a contract with United Lakewood Educators that included total salary and benefit package increases that total 3.8 percent for the 1999-2000 school year and 3.9 percent for 2000-2001. ULE members overwhelmingly ratified the agreement Dec. 3, according to ULE co-chief negotiator Ann Meyers.

School Board President Gerald Schmitz thanked the teachers’ association and its members for cooperation and willingness to work out the contract.

“ULE-Hamilton teachers sought a respectful, fair and voluntary settlement,” Meyers said in a written statement. “We feel the settlement substantially addresses these goals.”

Volunteer program reports success

The district’s senior citizen volunteer program, Seniors & Students, has been successful in the past year. Public Information and Volunteer Program Coordinator Denise Dorn Lindberg and Seniors & Students Project Coordinator Carole Burzynski reported on the program’s progress.

The program is designed to recruit, train and place senior citizen volunteers, age 55 and older, in schools to support the elementary reading program. The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Waukesha County received a grant in 1998 and again in 1999 that enables one of its part-time employees to coordinate and place senior citizen volunteers. School district staff assist with training, recruitment and program administration.

Seniors & Students was implemented in the district’s four elementary schools with 24 volunteers. They provided 2,123 hours of service in 1998-99. A total of 34 volunteers signed on to volunteer this year with another seven volunteers who have indicated a desire to participate.

Lindberg credited the program’s success to Burzynski’s role in supporting volunteers. Volunteers enter the schools with valuable training and are supported through in-services and regular communication with RSVP volunteers, Lindberg said.

Burzynski said that volunteers and teachers responded positively last year when asked to evaluate the program.

Portfolio redesigned to broaden focus

Hamilton High School’s Career Portfolio is being redesigned. Educational Services and Human Resources Dean Schultz said assignments have been added at each high school grade level.

With a name change to Student Learner Portfolio, it will broaden its focus from merely career education and awareness to incorporate personal, professional and academic themes.
Ultimately, the portfolio will be used along with a senior exit interview to help students assess their growth. A portfolio team will work with district staff who are investigating ways to chart student progress over time.

Cooperative agreements in place

Schultz reported on cooperative arrangements that provide educational services to students. They include:

  • Goals 2000 ­ a technology training grant shared with the Menomonee Falls School District;
  • Community Education Recreation Program ­ providing intercommunity and school district support for the recreation program. Lannon, Lisbon and Sussex are partners with the district;
  • Apprenticeship expansion ­ high school staff members seek placements at workplaces in conjunction with other areas school districts; and
  • Cooperation graphics arts programming ­ providing high school classrooms space for Waukesha County Technical College graphic arts courses. The program involves shared space, equipment and articulated course agreements.

Contruction punchlists dwindling

In buildings and grounds matters, Committee Chairman James Long reported that the punch lists for construction at Maple Avenue and Woodside elementary schools and Templeton Middle School are dwindling. He said school officials hope the lists will be completed by the end of the year with the exception of additional landscaping items to be addressed in the spring.