Cultural Exchange Club Craft Fair

More than 100 crafters will display arts and crafts from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 11 at Hamilton High School, W220 N6151 Townline Rd., Sussex. Admission and parking are free. Breakfast and lunch will be available. A silent auction featuring donated handmade items from our exhibitors will be held. This event is sponsored by the Hamilton High School Adult and Student Cultural Exchange Clubs.

EXHIBITORS ARE STILL NEEDED. For additional information, call Penny at (262)628-8859 or email a message to hhscraftfair@yahoo.com.

The Hamilton High School Cultural Exchange Club was formed to promote global awareness, help students experience cultural differences firsthand and support community members in their hosting experiences. Through the annual craft fair fundraiser, the club is able to provide support for international students that stay within Hamilton High School communities, their host families and provide scholarships to American students traveling abroad.

Woodside teacher elected to state science board

Woodside Elementary School fourth grade teacher Chris Parrinello was elected to a statewide science teachers’ organization. Parrinello will serve a 3-year term as recording secretary on Wisconsin Elementary and Middle Level Science Teachers (WEST), Inc.

WEST President Joel Anderson expressed appreciation for Parrinello’s service to the voluntary teachers’ board.

“Chris is committed to the improvement of science in the state of Wisconsin,” Anderson said. “The board looks forward to working with Chris.”

Hamilton graduate earns national scholarship

Hamilton High School graduate Renee Klein was selected one of 10 students nationwide to receive the Mike Hylton and Ron Niederman Memorial Scholarship. She earned the $1,000 scholarship based on academic achievement, community service, volunteer work, school activities and other pertinent experiences and achievements.

While attending Hamilton, Klein was active in the National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, Spanish Club and Students Against Destructive Decisions.

She is the daughter of Joseph and Margie Klein, Lisbon. She will attend St. Norbert College in DePere this fall.

Hamilton activities meeting slated for Oct. 1

Hamilton High School will hold a mandatory meeting for all students planning to participate in activities — except sports — beginning at 6 p.m. Oct. 1 in the high school gymnasium. Families are welcome, however the student and one parent or guardian are required to attend. Attendance for both student and parent will be taken.

Students who attended the mandatory parent-player meeting in July are not required to attend this meeting.

Contact Athletic & Activities Director Mike Gosz at (262) 246-1805 ext. 1125 for further information.

Hamilton High School is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex.

Seniors & Students need volunteers

The Retired and Seniors Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Hamilton School District are looking for senior citizens willing to volunteer their time and talents in schools. Activities include tutoring children in reading and math, helping with classroom activities or doing clerical work. Even those who are not able to come to school could help out by being a pen pal to elementary school students, cutting items for bulletin boards or reading books on tape.

If you have extra time during the week and are interested in helping children, please call Seniors & Students Program Coordinator Beth McFadzen at (262) 246-1973 ext. 1524 or the RSVP office at (262) 544-9559.

August 18, 2003

Lannon parents concerned about class sizes

More than a dozen Lannon Elementary School parents spoke out at the Hamilton School Board meeting about class size concerns. Parents were worried about kindergarten class sizes of 25 and 26 and fourth grade classrooms at 28 and 29 students. They urged board members to add more staff so that students would get the attention they need during their important developmental years. Parents handed out research about the importance of class size on student achievement and behavior.

Among the suggestions was to hire more teachers for the kindergarten and fourth grade classrooms, add teachers before school starts so that classes are not disrupted and provide additional assistance to teachers with high class sizes if more teachers cannot be hired.

Board members heard from Educational Services and Human Resources Assistant Superintendent Dean Schultz that even though the district expects to have about 39 more students than last year, total full-time equivalency (FTE) teaching positions are down by seven throughout the district. Two contingency positions are still available, but likely will be used to address kindergarten classes at Woodside and Maple Avenue elementary schools, which have even higher class sizes than Lannon.

Superintendent Kathleen Cooke said there are eight classrooms across the district — kindergarten at Woodside, Maple and Lannon, fourth grade at Lannon, Maple and Woodside, and fifth grade at Marcy and Woodside — that concern school administrators.
Earlier this year, the School Board trimmed more than $551,000 from the 2003-04 budget to comply with state-imposed revenue caps. Along with other cuts, the board reduced five teaching and 4.5 support staff positions. The number of elementary full-time equivalency (FTE) positions will drop from 140.28 in 2002-03 to 136.78 in 2003-04. Middle school FTEs will go from 68.18 to 67.18, and high school staffing drops from 75.52 to 73.02.

Schultz said that federal Title One funds could be used at Lannon to provide additional support at Lannon, but would not provide enough money to hire full-time teachers. He said additional aide time was a likely solution.

Goals developed

School Board members approved goals for themselves and the superintendent which include:

  • develop resources and implement strategies to enhance student achievement;
  • implement district strategic plan;
  • promote positive school image;
  • promote and expand relationships with the community;
  • monitor district enrollments and community growth and implement plans to address facilities needs; and
  • update board policies.

Elementary gifted and talented program proceeds

Instructional Supervisor Margaret Bauman, Ph.D., described the work of the district’s elementary gifted and talented resource teacher. Covering the four elementary schools, the resource teacher:

  • works with gifted and talented students individually and in small groups;
  • collaborates with teachers to extend, enrich and compact curriculum and instruction;
  • teaches critical thinking lessons in classrooms;
  • creates and implements teacher workshops on critical thinking;
  • coordinates an elementary forensics program for all students;
  • is a resource for parents; and
  • meets with middle and high school Spectrum resource teachers to discuss program and student needs.

Hamilton parents recognized

Hamilton Principal David Furrer presented three high school parents for recognition. Lia Bulkes, Debbie Coon and Margie Klein were honored for their participation in the Parent Advisory Group, Parent Press newsletter and various volunteer activities throughout the school year.

“The Hamilton School District is fortunate to have a parent base that is strongly involved in the schools,” Furrer said. “These three parents are examples.”

Construction decisions finalized

School Board members decided several matters related to construction of the high school’s fine arts-learning center. Reallocation of building and grounds funds will allow the project to include a walkable catwalk, burnished interior brick and exterior lannon stone trim. The catwalk for maintenance work was suggested to avoid having to purchase a 60-foot lift that posed safety concerns and the burnished brick requires less maintenance. The high school and Marcy construction projects are proceeding on schedule and within budget.

Personnel matters approved

In personnel matters, the School Board:

  • approved the retirement of Maple Avenue teacher aide Patricia Manyo, effective July 21;
  • accepted the resignation of Hamilton science teacher Yvette Losielle-Casper; and
  • appointed John Vitale as summer school assistance coordinator; Bridget Martin as Willow Spring part-time early childhood teacher; Melissa Elftman as Woodside cognitive disabilities teacher; Kristy Laurich as Templeton seventh grade teacher; Wendy Otto as Hamilton reading teacher; Lori Hinytz as Hamilton social studies teacher; Rachel Anderson as Woodside part-time writing resource teacher; Thomas Hoffman as Hamilton part-time replacement science teacher; Rosanna Hanson as Marcy part-time cognitive disabilities teacher; and Caitlin Gatterman as Marcy special service teacher aide.

Hamilton prepares for traffic changes

As Hamilton High School anticipates its new fine arts-learning center, school officials are asking parents, students and community members to be prepared for traffic flow changes in the upcoming school year. Workers began building the fine arts-learning center which is scheduled to be completed in fall of 2004. During the construction, high school administrators established procedures to ensure a safe traffic flow throughout the year. Among them are:

Student drivers:

  • Students with a parking permit will use the service drive east of Christ Our Savior Church on Silver Spring Road to enter and exit the regular student parking lot.
  • Students should leave for school 10 minutes earlier than normal to arrive on time
    for class.

Parents:

  • Parents dropping off students will use the north high school entrance on Town Line Road to enter and exit school.
  • A turn-around area will be in front of school.

Buses:

  • Buses also will use the north entrance off Town Line Road and will drop off students behind the building in the science and technology education areas.
  • Buses will exit the west service road by Templeton Middle School.

Evening events:

  • Drivers should enter off Silver Spring Road east of Christ Our Savior Church and continue to the service road between Templeton and Hamilton for evening events.

“It’s an exciting time at Hamilton High School with construction of our new fine arts learning center underway.” said Hamilton Principal David Furrer. “If we all approach the start of school with patience and understanding, we believe the new traffic procedures will be a workable solution during construction at Hamilton.”