Intergenerational Folk Art Fair slated at Woodside

Generations will come together October 16 at Woodside Elementary School to share and learn from one another as the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Waukesha County presents an Intergenerational Folk Art Fair. Senior citizens will share our country’s cultural and ethnic heritage by revealing and reliving lost arts, crafts, hobbies, music and history. Nearly 600 students will observe demonstrations, ask questions and participate in hands-on activities throughout the school day with a break for lunch. Many of the more than two dozen
presentations offer projects that children will make and take home.

RSVP has drawn on the talents of 40 senior citizens to present this outstanding educational event that includes diverse topics and activities such as:

  • vintage tools;
  • Native American games;
  • mechanical banks;
  • leathercraft;
  • basketweaving;
  • kaleidoscopes;
  • old-fashioned puzzles;
  • woodworking;
  • the language of the fan;
  • thumbprint art;
  • storytelling;
  • old–time radio;
  • ventriloquism; and
  • musical instruments.

Woodside is located at W236 N7465 Woodside Rd., Sussex.

RSVP, a nonprofit organization, presents Folk Art Fairs as a service to the elementary schools of Waukesha County. Sponsorships and in–kind donations are most welcome. People who would like to be an exhibitor or support the Folk Art Fairs should contact Baryb Kawatski at RSVP, (262) 965-9382, babfaf@aol.com.

MPS hosts meetings for school applications

Hamilton School District parents of students interested in attending secondary schools in Milwaukee are invited to attend informational meetings to learn about the fall 2004 early admission application process.

Milwaukee Public Schools is hosting two citywide informational meetings on:

  • Oct. 7 in the Roosevelt School of the Arts Auditorium, 800 W. Walnut St., Milwaukee; and
  • Oct. 8 in the Walker International Middle School Auditorium, 1712 S. 32nd St., Milwaukee.
  • Both meetings will be from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

In addition to the citywide informational meetings, 33 MPS middle and high schools will hold their own open houses and registration sessions during October and November. Contact Hamilton Human Relations and Chapter 220 Coordinator Erica Bova-Brown at (262) 246-6471 ext. 1170 for more information about individual school open houses.

Earth Balloon to come to Templeton

Templeton Middle School students will learn the answers to intriguing questions about the world September 30 when the Earth Balloon is scheduled to take center stage at their school. Students will find out why seashells are found on Himalayan mountaintops, the Earth’s crust is cracked and Icelanders can swim outdoors in winter.

Earth Balloon is a 20-foot, hand-painted, inflatable globe in which whole classes will enter through a zippered doorway to see the world from the inside out. Sitting on Antarctica, Templeton explorers will view in a continuous panorama of the world’s parched desert browns, rainforest greens, cold tundra grays and sapphire oceans. Tour directors from WhereAbouts, Inc. — a Highland Park, Ill., company that provides geography enrichment programs – will facilitate the Earth Balloon experience.

Templeton Middle School is located at N59 W22490 Silver Spring Dr., Sussex.

2003 Hamilton Homecoming Week activities set

Monday, Sept 22:
Boys Football – Freshmen B @ Homestead—4:30 p.m.
Boys Soccer – Jr. varsity, Varsity vs Germantown—5/7 p.m.
Girls Golf – Junior varsity @ Divine Savior Holy Angels
Girls Golf – Varsity @ Brookfield Central
Promotion: Crazy Hair/Clash Day
Lunch Game: ABC Game

Tuesday, Sept. 23:
Boys Soccer – Jr. varsity, Varsity @ Brookfield Central—5/7 p.m.
Girls Volleyball – Jr. varsity, Freshman, Varsity @ Brookfield Central—5:30/7 p.m.
Bonfire/Fireworks @ Sussex Park— 9 p.m.
Promotion: School Rivals Day
Lunch Game: Bubble Gum Game

Wednesday, Sept. 24:
Puff Powder Football at HHS
Freshmen vs Juniors—5 p.m.
Sophomores vs Seniors—6 p.m.
Consolation Game—7 p.m.
Championship Game—8 p.m.
Girls Golf – Varsity, Jr. varsity @ Brookfield East — GMC Conference Meet
Promotion: Western Day
Lunch Game: Cheetos Darts

Thursday, Sept. 25:
Boys Football – Jr. varsity @ Marquette—4:15 p.m. (Wick Field)
Boys Football – Freshman vs Marquette— 6:45 p.m.
Girls Tennis vs Brookfield East— 4 p.m.
Girls Swimming vs Brookfield Central— 6 p.m.
Promotion: Mardi Gras
Lunch Game: Pudding Game

Friday, Sept. 26:
Pep Rally-1 p.m.
Boys Football – Varsity vs Marquette—7 pm.
Saturday, Sept. 27:
Girls Swimming—Milwaukee Diving Invite
Homecoming Dance at Hamilton High School
Grand March— 6:30 p.m., Dance—8-11p.m.
Promotion: Red and White Day

Free computer classes offered to senior citizens

Senior citizens interested in learning about basic computer operations and the Internet may sign up for free classes offered at Hamilton High School.

The 5-session course is offered to senior citizens who would consider volunteering to be a part of the Seniors and Students Program – a partnership between the Hamilton School District and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Waukesha County. The classes will run from 2:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Oct. 20-24 in a high school computer lab. Sussex community member Tom Hill will provide hands-on training for the course.

“Introduction to Computers and the Internet” is for people who want to learn about basic computer operations and getting started on the web. The class will cover use of:

  • a mouse and keyboard,
  • terminology,
  • drop down menus,
  • the task bar,
  • word processing,
  • search engines,
  • links,
  • e-mail,
  • attachments and
  • digital cameras.

The class also covers security over the web. People who take the course should have a computer and on-line access. Those with typing skills will have an advantage, but it is not required.

Participants will be offered volunteer opportunities that include flexible time frames, various school locations or working from home. Enrollment in each course is limited. Please call (262) 246-1973 ext. 1100 to reserve a seat.

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

Hamilton sophomores take WKCE week of Nov. 3

Hamilton High School sophomores will take the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examination (WKCE) the week of Nov. 3. School attendance is especially encouraged, and all out-of-school appointments should be avoided during the test week.

A Student-Parent Pre-Test Guide will be mailed to the homes of sophomores in the weeks preceding the test. The guide includes sample questions and provides important information about the test’s purpose, format, and skills and concepts assessed.

Test results will allow students to better understand academic strengths and weaknesses and plan their academic courses to strengthen these areas. In addition, the WKCE provides the district with valuable information regarding curricular adjustments and alignment with state standards.

For further information about the test, contact the Hamilton High School Guidance Department at (262) 246-6476.

September 15, 2003

New federal legislation means more testing and data analysis

Hamilton School Board members learned from district staff about the impact of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education (ESEA) reauthorization on the district — including how a coding error could designate the district in need of improvement.

Instructional Services Supervisor Dee Bauman, Ph.D., reviewed the legislation that regulates federal funding for K-12 education programs. ESEA mandates new testing and accountability. As a result, Wisconsin will implement the following:

  • Starting in 2005-06, annual testing is required in math and reading in grades 3-8 and in grades 10, 11 or 12. Wisconsin currently tests in grades 3, 4, 8 and 10.
  • Beginning with the 2007-08 school year, DPI will administer a science assessment annually in at least one grade in each of the following grade spans: 3-5, 6-9, and 10-12.
  • States must administer National Assessment of Educational Progress tests at least once every other year. Schools are no longer able to opt out of participation in NAEP.

ESEA also requires that all students taking state-required tests score at the proficient or advanced proficient levels in reading and mathematics by 2014. The 2002-04 baseline goals start at 61 percent proficient or advanced in reading and 37 percent in mathematics. At regular intervals, the goals increase until students meet 100 percent proficiency in 2014. These goals are known as Adequate Yearly Progress. In reading, they are 67.5 percent in 2005, 74 percent in 2008, 80.5 percent in 2011, 87 percent in 2012, 93.5 percent in 2013 and 100 percent in 2014. In math, they are 47.5 percent in 2005, 58 percent in 2008, 68.5 percent in 2011, 79 percent in 2012, 89.5 percent in 2013 and 100 percent in 2014.

Adequate Yearly Progress must be met not only by a school district and each of its individual schools, but also in the following disaggregations:

  • economically disadvantaged students;
  • students from major racial and ethnic minority groups;
  • students with disabilities; and
  • limited English proficient students.

In addition, at least 95 percent of all students in each category must take the assessment and meet attendance and graduation rate standards. If a school or district fails to meet any one of the requirements for two years, the school or district will be indentified in need of improvement and will face sanctions that increase in severity the longer they remain on the list.

Because of a coding error on some tests for special education students, the district may be identified as a school in need of improvement, according to Bauman. Students who took the test were coded as having parent-opt out waivers.

“We may be on the (schools in need of improvement) this year because of a coding error if (the Department of Public Instruction) does not allow us to correct a clerical error,” said Hamilton Superintendent Kathleen Cooke, Ph.D.

Each Wisconsin school district will receive an “Annual Review of School Performance” of for 2002-03 later this month. It will indicate if a school district has met the Annual Yearly Progress for all disaggregated groups.

Oct. 7 meeting canceled

The School Board will not meet Oct. 7 because the date conflicts with the Wisconsin Association of School Board’s regional meeting that several board members plan to attend. Items from the Oct. 7 meeting were redistributed to the Sept. 15 and Oct. 20 agendas.

Former teacher requests waiver of contract provision

Former Hamilton High School science teacher Yvette Loiselle-Casper asked School Board members to waive the $1,000 fee for breaking her contract. The United Lakewood Educators and Hamilton School District master agreement identifies that certified staff members who sign a contract and resign after Aug. 1 are subject to a $1,000 fine for breach of contract. Loiselle-Casper argued that extenuating circumstances existed because she was only offered a 67 percent position and she sought full-time status that she found in another district.

After discussion, School Board members voted 6-1 to deny the waiver, with Deborah Briggs casting the nay vote. Human Resources Assistant Superintendent Dean Schultz said if the school district broke the contract with a teacher in the same way, it would be liable for far more than the $1,000 that a teacher is required to pay.

School Board Member Gerald Schmitz said he was sorry the fine had to be imposed.

“I think it’s a shame that it has to happen, but it happens every day when a person walks away from a contract,” he said referring to the fee.

Students, volunteers, staff and School Board member recognized

It was a night for recognition including the honoring of:

  • Hamilton High School students Kelsie Trip, Stephanie Barch, Sean Herman, Kailyn Curtis, Justin Hall and Christopher Gaza, who volunteered to help senior citizens participating in the Seniors & Student computer classes this summer;
  • Seniors & Students Volunteer Tom Hill who taught the computer classes with the assistance from the high school students;
  • new district staff members who were treated to a cake-and-punch reception and introductions to the board; and
  • Gerald Schmitz who was recognized for serving as School Board president for 15 years. He recently chose to step down as president, but said he plans to remain on the board.

Parents ask board to make exception on school bus policy

Lisa Carlson, a parent of a Lannon fourth-grader, asked the School Board to make an exception to a bus transportation policy that requires one pick-up location and one drop-off point. Because Carlson’s son is in shared custody between her and her former husband, she would like the pick-up point to alternate so that her son is in a supervised setting. The School Board did not take action on the matter.

Personnel matters approved

In personnel matters, the School Board:

  • approved a leave of absence for Hamilton communication arts teacher Lisa Plichta until the end of the 2003-04 school year; and
  • increased contracted hours for Maple Avenue teacher aide Tanina Lea from 3.5 to 7 hours per day.

PSAT offered at Hamilton Oct. 18

The PSAT (Practice SAT I) will be given Oct. 18 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Hamilton High School, W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex. The test provides collegebound juniors an opportunity to experience and practice taking a shortened version of the SAT I. The SAT I can be used for admission to the University of Wisconsin System, although the ACT is preferred.

For juniors, the PSAT is the only route of entry to the National Merit Scholarship Competition (NMSC) and may be required for other scholarships. Sophomores interested in entering the NMSC next year may want to take the PSAT for practice.

Students have until Oct. 10 to register in the Guidance Office. The $11.50 test fee is payable at registration.

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

First Lady Jessica Doyle visits Templeton

Wisconsin’s First Lady Jessica Doyle visited Templeton Middle School Sept. 8 to learn about the initiatives the school has implemented to support student achievement.

The governor’s wife, a middle school teacher from Madison, expressed admiration to the staff and students at Templeton after dropping in on two classes and meeting students in the school library. Principal Patricia Polczynski provided information about how the school’s sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders are supported through intervention and enrichment programs. She described school services and programs including Reading Resource, STAR Math, Content Mastery, Study Center, Spectrum Math and Reading, Enriched Communication Arts and Science, High School Math Acceleration, the afterschool Success Club and summer support programs.

Doyle was provided with encouraging Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exam achievement data that shows:

  • 90 percent of Templeton students scored proficient and advanced in reading and 88 percent in
    mathematics on the 2002-03 exam;
  • Templeton’s distance above the state average is increasing each year; and
  • Templeton’s reading and mathematics results are in the upper half among Waukesha County
    middle schools.

Doyle discussed teaching strategies with reading teacher Ann Meyers and mathematics teacher Nicole Strachota after observing and interacting with students in their classes.

Hamilton teacher attends summer sessions

Hamilton High School teacher Jane Kyle attended two summer conferences related to the family and consumer education classes she teaches.

Kyle attended the Wisconsin Family and Consumer Educators Annual Conference July 22 and 23 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The conference, “Blazing New Pathways,” included sessions that focused on resources, strategies and curriculum ideas for family and consumer educators. Dr. Zorba Paster gave the keynote address on “The Longevity Code” and Dr. John Whitcombe presented “Fiscal Fitness: Growing Money Smart.”

In preparation for a parenting component in her Teen Issues class, Kyle attended a Realityworks training session July 28 and 29 in Eau Claire. At the training session, Kyle toured the Realityworks Company and learned about its hands-on teaching tools designed to engage students in the learning process. Realityworks has developed programs that help students feel the reality of life’s decisions including Baby Think it Over, NICoteen and The Juggling Act.