Lannon offer students lunchtime entertainment

Lannon Elementary School students will have a new dining experience Oct. 29 as their normal school cafeteria is transformed into the Cardinal Café.

In addition to a calm, inviting dining atmosphere — complete with tablecloths, dimmed lights and battery-operated candles on each table — students will have the opportunity to go outside for recess as usual or enjoy entertainment. Fourth and fifth grade students will entertain younger patrons of the café, showcasing their musical, dramatic, comical and assorted other talents on stage.

The idea for Cardinal Café is an offshoot of the school’s site planning in which the phrase “Make ‘em never want to miss a day,” characterized the atmosphere that the staff wanted to maintain for students. Lannon music teacher Sara Hockerman and library media specialist Jane Rintelman coordinated the event with help from library aide June Preston, custodian Greg Hart and even Hockerman’s father.

Entertainment in the Cardinal Café is from 11:40 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. If the inaugural event is a success, staff members plan to open the café once a month.

Lannon Elementary School is located at 7145 N. Lannon Rd., Lannon.

Marcy student earns third place in anti-drug poster contest

Marcy Elementary School fifth-grader Josh Bembenek earned the third place award in the 14th Annual Waukesha County District Attorney’s Office Anti-Drug Abuse Poster Contest. The contest is open to all 5th- through 8th-grade students throughout Waukesha County.

Bembenek will receive a $50 savings bond and a certificate as a result of his winning entry which will be featured in the 2004 full-color, anti-drug calendar sponsored by the Waukesha County District Attorney’s Office. The savings bond and printing of the calendar were made possible through the donations of Waukesha County businesses including the Waukesha State Bank, Delzer Lithograph and Quad/Graphics.

Bembenek will be honored at an awards ceremony Nov. 20 beginning at 7 p.m. in the County Board Room of the Waukesha County Courthouse, 515 W. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha.

Marcy art teacher is Suzan Markham, who has submitted at least one winning entry of her students’ work in each of the past four years. Markham has students create a poster with an antidrug message in art class and submits the pieces for the contest.

Hamilton taxpayers to see smaller increase

When Hamilton School District voters went to the polls last November, they expected to be voting themselves a $50 increase for each $100,000 of property they owned to pay for new facilities at Hamilton High School and Marcy Elementary School. Instead, taxes will increase $36 for each $100,000 of property and that amount includes all spending for 2003-04 along with the referendum projects.

The news for taxpayers came Oct. 20 as Hamilton School Board members approved a $36.79 million budget that includes a mil rate of $11.40 per $1,000 of property. The owner of a $100,000 home would pay $1,140 in school taxes. The mil rate is a welcome surprise for Hamilton taxpayers because school officials had predicted that their mil rate would increase 50 cents to cover the cost of the new facilities in addition to regular cost-of-living increases for the 2003-04 budget. At the district’s Annual Meeting in July, voters approved a mil rate that was expected to be $11.67 per $1,000 of property.

The total budget increased 4.55 percent — due in part to the cost of educating more students. The district is responsible to educate an additional 77 students in 2003-04 compared to 2002-03. Even though enrollment increased significantly, state aid increased by less than one percent. The lower-than-expected mil rate is attributable to community growth and higher property values that spread school costs over more and higher-valued properties. The district’s equalized valuation increased by 9.1 percent in the past year.

The new net tax levy — the portion of the budget paid by local taxpayers — increased to $22.25 million from $19.75 million in 2002-03. Debt service increased from $2.35 million in 2002-03 to $3.32 million in 2003-04.

Each October, the School Board must adopt the budget, certify the tax levy and establish the tax rate after the Department of Revenue determines property values in the district. Tax bills are sent to property owners in December.

Questions answered at financial aid session

People who have questions about postsecondary financial aid are encouraged to attend the annual financial aid information session Dec. 9 hosted by the Hamilton High School Guidance Department. The workshop, which begins at 7 p.m., will be held in the Little Theater. Many aspects of financial aid including application procedures, forms, eligibility, aid packages and deadlines will be covered.

A financial aid counselor from Carroll College will be the guest speaker. For more information, contact the high school Guidance Department at (262) 246-6471, ext. 1134.

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

Speakers explain real life statistics to Hamilton students

Hamilton High School students in Penny Komatz’s statistics class learned about the importance data plays in guiding institutions to make policy decisions, how it can be collected and the difficulty involved with ensuring it is reliable. Komatz invited three guest speakers to present real life experiences involving statistics to her class.

Hamilton School District Superintendent spoke Sept. 4 about the use of data in district decisionmaking including developing a Strategic Plan, expanding programs and hiring staff. She described how federal legislation known as “No Child Left Behind” will require school districts to collect more standardized test data. She also explained various ways the district collects data including test scores, focus groups and several types of surveys.

The district’s public information and volunteer program coordinator, Denise Dorn Lindberg, spoke on Sept. 29 about the logistics of conducting surveys with students, parents and community members. She specifically addressed the way the district ensures a stratified random sample in its community telephone survey and the potential obstacle greater use of cell phones and unlisted phone numbers could present in obtaining samples in the future. She also discussed how data helped committee members decide items to include in a recent referendum.

Tom Erickson, a business development and information technology consultant from Klein Internet Marketing Group, spoke Oct. 7 to the class about market segmentation and how companies are able to cluster people based on such factors such as geodemographics, collect individual data without people knowing it and gather data in a scientific manner. Erickson also described how Keith Klein & Associates, Inc. uses the internet to market services and collect data. He showed students how graphic displays can mislead, provided information about response rates and explained how the success of various marketing strategies are reported.

Templeton plans Veterans’ Day ceremony

A formal ceremony recognizing the contributions of American veterans will occur Nov. 7 at Templeton Middle School. The program begins at 8:30 a.m. This year’s program focuses on the contributions of Vietnam veterans along with recognizing those involved in other wars.

Vietnam War veteran Bruce Greer will provide the Veterans’ Address. A ceremonial color guard will post and retire the colors, and a member of the Horne-Mudlitz VFW will lay wreaths to honor soldiers who became prisoners of war or missing in action.

Students will honor the country’s veterans during the ceremony as well.

  • The Student Council will lead the “Pledge of Allegiance.”
  • The Eighth Grade Chorus and Eighth Grade Band will perform “The National Anthem” and “God Bless America.” Choir members also will recognize veterans with an Armed Forces Salute and a musical tribute called “Blowing in the wind/America.”
  • VFW Auxiliary Essay Contest winners will read their essays of “My Dream for America.”
  • Selected members of the Eighth Grade Band will perform “Taps.”

Music teacher Jaye Mier is coordinating a video production that will feature photos of military personnel and veterans who are related to Templeton students. The video will play continuously in the school lobby. Following the program, honored veterans will be invited to participate in a small reception.

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

October 20, 2003

School tax impact lower than expected

When Hamilton School District voters went to the polls last November, they expected to be voting themselves a $50 increase for each $100,000 of property they owned to pay for new facilities at Hamilton High School and Marcy Elementary School. Instead, taxes will increase $36 for each $100,000 of property and that amount includes all spending for 2003-04 along with the referendum projects.

The good news for taxpayers came Oct. 20 as Hamilton School Board members approved a $36.79 million budget that includes a mil rate of $11.40 per $1,000 of property. The owner of a $100,000 home would pay $1,140 in school taxes. The mil rate is a welcome surprise for Hamilton taxpayers because school officials had predicted that their mil rate would increase 50 cents to cover the cost of the new facilities in addition to regular cost-of-living increases for the 2003-04 budget. At the district’s Annual Meeting in July, voters approved a mil rate that was expected to be $11.67 per $1,000 of property.

The total budget increased 4.55 percent — due in part to the cost of educating more students. The district is responsible to educate an additional 77 students in 2003-04 compared to 2002-03. Even though enrollment increased significantly, state aid increased by less than one percent.

The lower-than-expected mil rate is attributable to community growth and higher property values that spread school costs over more and higher-valued properties. The district’s equalized valuation increased by 9.1 percent in the past year.

The new net tax levy — the portion of the budget paid by local taxpayers — increased to $22.25 million from $19.75 million in 2002-03. Debt service increased from $2.35 million in 2002-03 to $3.32 million in 2003-04.

Each October, the School Board must adopt the budget, certify the tax levy and establish the tax rate after the Department of Revenue determines property values in the district. Tax bills are sent to property owners in December.

Parent transportation request denied

Citing the impact it would have on the entire district, School Board members voted unanimously to deny a parent’s request to make an exception to the district transportation policy. Lisa Carlton, 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 Carlton’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 could be in a supervised setting.

The School Board first heard the request at the Oct. 7 meeting and asked the administration to see if a solution could be found for the family. A district social worker found two daycares that provide transportation to school, but the family decided not to use them.

The recommendation to deny the request came from the Buildings & Grounds and Finance Committee. School Board Member and Committee Chairman Michael Hyland said the committee felt there was no way to make an exception for Carlton’s son without making it for numerous other children in the district. The committee heard from administrators who advised that it should consider the financial implications for increased supervision to monitor children who are assigned to multiple buses and the additional buses needed if children were to be assigned to more than one bus, thereby increase ridership counts.

School Board President Gabe Kolesari expressed safety concerns if the policy changed and the district were responsible to know the locations of students whose pick-up or drop off locations change weekly.

Board gives conceptual OK for expanded Willow play space

School Board members gave conceptual approval to a plan that would have the district construct additional asphalt play space at Willow Spring Learning Center and then lease it to St. James Church for church-function parking when not being used for school. The church would pay the district $10,000 a year and eventually cover the full cost of extending the asphalt play area.

School Board member Gerald Schmitz described the partnership as a win-win situation.

“We will have more playground space for the children at Willow Springs and more parking for St. James,” he said.

Schumann recognized

The School Board recognized the Superintendent’s executive assistant, Marilynn Schumann. In a surprise presentation, Superintendent Kathleen Cooke, Ph.D., described the essential role Schumann plays in the district and her kind, gracious manner in dealing with people. After explaining why Schumann was worthy of receiving the School Board’s recognition, Cooke told Schumann that others would cover her normal task of taking minutes at the meeting and gave her the evening off.

Drivers education fees increase

Beginning in January, the cost for drivers education classes at the high school will increase to $300 for classroom and behind-the-wheel instruction. The district learned from the Department of Public Instruction that state aid for the program would drop by $100 per student. Previously, the cost for both components of the program was $185. The increase covers the loss of state aid, plus an additional $15 increase.

Youth Option Program requests approved

The requests of 10 Hamilton High School students to participate in the Youth Options Program next semester were approved at a cost of approximately $5,000. The program allows students in good academic and disciplinary standing who have completed 10th grade to take technical college or university courses at district expense. The Youth Options Program is available to students throughout the state.

Hamilton Principal David Furrer said that even though the students had applied to take 28 courses for the second semester, experience indicates that not all of them will actually take the courses they list on the application. He said students sometimes list several alternatives in case they are not able to get into their first-choice course.

Personnel matters approved

In personnel matters, the School Board:

  • appointed Jeri Rodriguez as a Hamilton associate kitchen employees, effective Sept. 22;
  • accepted the resignations of Hamilton custodian Ralph Rudolph, effective Oct. 9, and Marcy teacher Suzette Sass, effective Nov. 14;
  • modified the contract of Hamilton Associate Principal and Extended Learning Opportunities Coordinator Candis Mongan from .85 to 1.0 full-time equivalency. During budget discussions last spring, the School Board reduced the position as a precaution against possible budget reductions if a third level of cuts needed to be made. The third level cuts were not necessary.

Crafters needed for Maple Avenue craft fair

Crafters are needed for Maple Avenue Home and School’s 16th Annual Holiday Craft Fair to be held Dec. 6. This event is free and open to the public, and it is well advertised and attended. There are still some prime spots available for crafters to showcase their work. Call Debbie Sonnemann at (262) 246-8342 for an application before spaces are gone.

Maple Avenue Elementary School is located at W240 N6059 Maple Avenue, Sussex.

Hamilton announces September students of the month

Hamilton High School students representing 11 curriculum areas were selected students of the month for March. They are:

  • Jeralee Briggs, family & consumer education;
  • Stephanie Bronikowski, world languages;
  • Jennifer Doyle, communication arts;
  • Alexander Dzian and Michael McConeghy, social studies;
  • Kelly Gest, art;
  • Tyler Howard, technology education,
  • Kelly Kornel, mathematics;
  • Russ Nelson, business education:
  • Kristin Schmidtke, music;
  • Stacey Strebel, physical education; and
  • Flora Zeng, science.

Walkers invited to Hamilton High School

Residents wanting to walk in an indoor facility are welcome to use Hamilton High School halls from Oct. 16 to March 26. The halls are open for use from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

To ensure safety and enjoyment among those who use the halls to exercise, the following rules have been established. Walkers are asked to:

  • refrain from using walkmans or headsets;
  • walk, not jog;
  • travel in a counter-clockwise direction so that all are going one way; and
  • avoid entering the area south of the gates when activities are occurring in the Little Theater or gymnasium.

Anyone with questions or suggestions related to community use of the halls should contact Hamilton Principal David Furrer at 262-246-6471 ext. 1104.

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