September 16, 2002

Educational Services presents accomplishments, priorities

Three administrators who head up Educational Services reported on the past year’s accomplishments and presented priorities for 2002-03. Educational Services and Human Resources Assistant Superintendent Dean Schultz, Instructional Services Supervisor Dee Bauman, Ph.D., and Special Services Supervisor Charlene DeGroot presented the report.

Educational Services accomplishments in 2001-2002 included:

  • articulation activities for smooth transition from 4K to 5K, fifth to sixth grade and eighth to ninth grade;
  • facilities committee recommendations;
  • special education support services;
  • a wide range of professional development activities from differentiated instruction, Professional Development Advisory Committee work, Assessment Leadership Team, low incidence program changes, Limited English Proficiency reporting and in-servicing, the special education audit and administration of the 4K program

Priorities in the coming year are:

  • assessment work which involves new WSAS requirements, implementation of the Academic Progress Profile with eSchool, data utilization in eSchool and DataPoint and creation of an Information Management Team;
  • use of technology through eSchool implementation, reporting of progress on IEP goals, on-line employment applications and grade level information and technology literacy standards;
  • professional development using results-based staff development at the building level, reviewing and changing the supervision-evaluation process as needed, extending the mentor program and preparing for federal instructional aide certification requirements.
  • curriculum items that include monitoring regarding special and regular education developments, implementing the new K-8 Einstein Project science program and revising the learning strategies curriculum to align with best instructional practices; and
  • planning initiatives that include ESEA mandates and funding, the district’s Strategic Plan initiatives and establishing proactive responses to trends in education.

Limited English Proficiency needs grow in district

DeGroot reported that the district’s Limited English Proficiency (LEP) population grew from just eight students in 2000-01 to 36 students last year. She said school staff members are meeting the needs of students whose use of English is limited because a language other than English is used at home. As many of 29 diffierent languages are spoken in the homes of some Hamilton students, DeGroot said.

An active LEP Committee meets regularly to organize services. Traning has been provided for teachers who work with identified students. In addition, direct services are provided to eligible students. Board members complimented school staff for providing greatly expanded LEP services on a shoestring budget.

Board, superintendent goals approved

School Board members approved the 2002-03 goals for the board and superintendent. They include:

  • developing resources and implementing strategies to enhance student achievement;
    implementing the district Strategic Plan;
  • promoting a positive school image;
  • promoting and expanding relationships with the community;
  • monitoring district enrollments and community growth, and implementing plans to address facilities needs; and
  • updating School Board policies.

Lannon tile mural contributors recognized

Lannon Principal Richard Ladd described the efforts of those who made the school’s artist-in-residence tile mural a success last year. School Board President Gerald Schmitz presented certificates of appreciation to Lannon art teacher Guy Holling, Ellison Bay artist-in-residents David and Jean Aurelius and Lannon grandparents, parents and family members Alice and Dan Bednarek, Chuck and Jula Gall, David and Barb Link, Chuck Link and Steve and Judy Flegner.

Personnel matters approved

In personnel matters, the School Board:

  • ratified a 2-year contract with United Lakewood Educators for 2001 to 2003;
  • appointed Cynthia LeBlanc as Hamilton High School administrative assistant, Jeanne Brusseau as Marcy teacher aide, Jerad Perlberg as Templeton cleaner; and
  • changed contracts of physical education teacher Jennifer Reuter from .70 to .80 full-time equivalency (FTE), Hamilton physical education teacher Kathleen Block from .67 to .33 FTE, and Hamilton social studies teacher Lori Hinytz from .83 to 1.0 FTE.

September 3, 2002

School Board learns about technology assessment initiatives

Many technology and assessment initiatives are underway in the district, according to a report presented by Instructional Technology and Assessment Coordinator Katherine Little. Little highlighted progress being made including:

  • purchase of 254 computers to keep on track with a 5-year replacement schedule;
  • installation of terminal services for the deployment of eSchool and DataPoint, the district’s student database system and data warehousing and analysis programs; Elementary staff will be trained at each building during September and October on how to use terminal services.
  • 1-year operation of eSchool which has incorporated the elementary progress report, state report generation, student Academic Progress Profiles, export of student academic and demographic information into DataPoint and training and support;
  • selection and installation of DataPoint to support data-drive decision making for school improvement;
  • the Academic Progress Profile switch from paper to electronic form, allowing teachers direct access for editing and viewing;
  • creation of a 3-year technology plan using enGauge, a process that helps staff think about education in a digital age; Presentations about the process, on-line employee and community surveys and focus groups are among the activities occuring during the first semester. A plan will be written in December with an action plan expected in January.
  • implementation of an internet filter to block chat and pornography;
  • introductory training for secondary-level teachers in the Marco Polo web site, which provides standards-based K-12 content for the classroom; and
  • elementary teacher training in Plato, a computer-based curriculum that will support and extend the mathematics curriculum.

Summer is busy time for workshops, professional development

While students may be on vacation during the summer, many Hamilton staff members participate in professional development activities and update curriculum. Instructional Services Supervisor Margaret Bauman reported on the activties of the summer.

Curriclum projects included development of:

  • world language and art curriculum revision;
  • lessons and units that integrate multi-cultural activities into the elementary social studies curriculum;
  • kindergarten and first grade science resource binders;
  • elementary enrichment and extension activities;
  • middle school writing program support activities;
  • new courses including middle school enriched communication arts and science, “20th Century U.S. History” and “Communication Arts 10” honors courses, “Global History” and “Advanced Placement Physics.”

Professional development activities included:

  • technology workshops;
  • Marco Polo internet research;
  • achievement data and test analysis;
  • PLATO mathematics software training;
  • strategies to assist difficult students;
  • instructional leader training;
  • CPR and first aid training;
  • mentor-new teacher workshops;
  • Lannon writing project;
  • Willow Springs curriculum planning; and
  • instructional aides reading and writing strategies training.

Bauman reported that 13 teachers also attended the Sally Ride Academy, a weeklong institute that promotes improved instruction in mathematics, science, technology, reading and writing. The district also sponsored the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee course, “Balanced Literacy in the Kindergarten Classroom.”

Bauman noted that all but two of the workshops were taught by district staff members.

Special Services Supervisor Charlene DeGroot reported that 11 parents requested early admission for their children — 10 for kindergarten and 1 for first grade. After screenings were performed, two students were granted early admission into kindergarten.

Personnel matters approved

In personnel matters, the School Board:

  • accepted the resignation of Hamilton Associate Principal Catherine Tillman who was hired to be principal at Madison East High School;
  • also accepted resignations of Maple Avenue teacher aide Michael Dahm and Templeton teacher aide Barbara Huckstep;
  • appointed June Prestin as Lannon teacher aide, Cheryl Schroeder as Hamilton teacher aide, Steven Brooks as Marcy first grade replacement teacher, Margaret Bauer as Hamilton business education part-time teacher, Jesse Monte as Woodside kindergarten replacement teacher; Melanie Moody as Woodside first grade replacement teacher; Melissa Mortl as Maple Avenue part-time kindergarten teacher; and Michael Sturino as Templeton part-time music teacher.