Marcy to celebrate Read Across America

Marcy Elementary School students will join millions of children across the country March 2-5 in celebrating Read Across America, the nation’s largest reading event.

Marcy students will enjoy an all-school assembly honoring the beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss March 2 from 8:50 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. They will sing happy birthday to the famous author who was born Theodor Seuss Geisel on March 2, 1904. They also will sing Dr. Seuss songs and listen to professional narrator Jerry Bertram read a Dr. Seuss story.

Later on March 2, from 2:45 p.m. to 3:10 p.m., all students and staff will assemble to make a giant chain around the edges of the library and read to one another. Older and younger classes are paired to form book buddies, and the big buddies will read to the little buddies.

Students and staff will be dressed as imaginative and interesting characters with book in hand throughout the day March 5 as the school encourages them to dress as their favorite storybook character.

Marcy Elementary School is located at W180 N4851 Marcy Rd., Menomonee Falls.

Winners named in district spelling bee

One champion and four finalists emerged from the 2004 District Spelling Bee held Feb. 17 at Templeton Middle School. The District Spelling Bee draws qualifying students from Hamilton School District middle and elementary schools as well as area private schools.

Students from the following schools participated in the District Spelling Bee: Templeton, Lannon, Maple Avenue, Marcy, Woodside, St. Agnes, St. John’s Evangelical and Peace Lutheran Academy.

Emily Marggraf, a student at St. Johns, was named champion. Finalists included:

  • Christian Lewis, Templeton;
  • Megan McShane, Templeton;
  • Cassie Bridger, St. Agnes; and
  • Bryan Staedler, St. Agnes.

The five students will move on to the Regional Spelling Bee March 2 at Webster Transitional School in Cedarburg. One winner will qualify for the State Spelling Bee in April. The state champion will then go on to the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. in June.

Senegalese dancer, drummer to perform at Hamilton

Hamilton High School students will gain a new understanding of dance when Ndongo “Lucky” Diop, dancer and drummer from Senegal, Africa, performs for physical education, music and world languages classes. Diop will perform at various times from 7:20 a.m. to 2:25 p.m. on Feb. 20.

Diop will expose students to a new understanding of dance that is centered on the traditions of his native Senegal. Students will experience dance with movements that hold meanings, including connections to the earth and ancestors. Students will learn about the African continent with its vast size and population, 2,000 spoken languages and 55 countries including island nations near Madagascar.

The school’s Club Unique is sponsoring this event in celebration of African-American History month. The school is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex.

Hamilton students celebrate African-American contributions

Hamilton High School students will celebrate February as African-American History Month with an all-school assembly Feb. 24 from 9 a.m. to 9:40 a.m. in the school gymnasium.

The assembly, sponsored by the school’s Club Unique, will focus on the expressive contributions of African-Americans in American life through music, poetry and dance.

The assembly features:

  • Hamilton senior Katrina Gordon singing “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” an inspirational anthem that is considered the Black National Anthem. The song was written by James Weldon Johnson and was first sung on Abraham Lincoln’s birthday in 1900.
  • Published poets Kwabena Antoine Nixon and Muhibb Dyer who are seasoned presenters and poetry workshop leaders in schools and at educational conferences. They will highlight the transformative power of poetry. Both travel extensively throughout the state as part of “The Other America” tour, which explores First Amendment freedom of speech issues with high school students.
  • Milwaukee High School of the Arts hip-hop dance team, Ocean of Soul. This experienced team of dancers and drummers brings hip-hop music to life. Ocean of Soul performs and competes in various dance competitions and conducts high school workshops.

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

Hamilton students to hear “Living Voices”

Hamilton High School and Templeton Middle School students will see the 1950s and 1960s through the eyes of a young man who uses historical footage to show actual events of the time.

Living Voices, a professional theater company from Seattle, Wash., will perform three times Feb. 26, beginning at the middle school with a 40-minute performance at 8:20 a.m. in the Large Gymnasium and then traveling to the high school for two one-hour performances in the Little Theater that begin at 11:05 a.m. and 1:05 p.m.

The first two performance are of “The Right to Dream,” which deals with the civil rights movement. The final performance of “La Causa” focuses on the farm workers’ movement, led by Mexican-American civil rights activist Cesar Chavez.

Hamilton’s Club Unique is sponsoring these presentations in celebration of African-American History month.

The school is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex.

February 16, 2004

Woodside site plan approved

Woodside Elementary School’s site plan was accepted. Principal Linda Jorgensen reported on the progress of three new tactics that were developed last year. The tactics identify that

Woodside will:

  • emphasize ownership and shared responsibility among students and staff to enhance respect within the school community;
  • increase problem-solving abilities of students to strengthen critical thinking skills beginning in the area of mathematics; and
  • help students communicate effectively with an emphasis on writing skills and strategies applied to a variety of situations

To accomplish the first tactic, Woodside students and staff were surveyed to get their perspectives of respect and responsibility within the school community. Results were used to identify strengths and weaknesses. The school’s vocabulary program, WOW Words, builds on the concept of respect and responsibility.

The second tactic was reworded to specify that development of critical thinking skills would start with mathematics as opposed to all areas of the curriculum, as the original tactic stated. A committee is creating mathematics vocabulary charts for each classroom. It also is using information from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics to find ways to strengthen students’ ability to process challenging mathematics problems. Woodside teachers have volunteered to serve on the district’s mathematics curriculum committee.

Woodside teachers learned about and adopted the Six Traits Writing Program that had been used with success in other district elementary schools to achieve its third tactic. In addition, committee members from Tactics 1 and 3 collaborated in selecting WOW Words.

Students approved for early graduation

Ten juniors will be able to graduate after the first semester of their senior year in accordance with district policy. The students who were approved for early graduation are Bonnie Anderson, Elaine Carsky, Clark Herbst, Jaqualynne Herrmann, Katie Kijowski, Jamie Kornel, Katie Koshick, Jacob Umhoefer, Michelle Whipple and Michelle Zeirke. Students who wish to graduate early must meet credit requirements and apply by January of their junior year. Hamilton Principal David Furrer noted that most of the students were planning to go directly to postsecondary education.

Geography Bee winners honors

Templeton Middle School’s 2004 Geography Bee winners were honored. Templeton Principal Patricia Polczynski and teachers Alan Schneider and Rhonda Watton described the schoolwide participation in the contest sponsored by the National Geographic Society. School winners were Zachary Kozlowski, Alyssa Olson and Michael Bernarde. Kozlowski was unable to attend the presentation because of illness, but Olson and Bernarde were presented with framed certificates. As the school champion, Kozlowski will take a written test to determine the top 100 students who will advance April 2 to the State Geography Bee.

Personnel matters approved

In personnel matters, the School Board:

  • approved the retirement request of district assessment and technology executive assistant Midge Anton, effective June 30;
  • appointed 1993 Hamilton graduate John Damato as a physical education teacher beginning next school year;
  • accepted the resignations of Hamilton communication arts teacher Lisa Plichta and Woodside first grade teacher Shareen Cartwright, both effective at the end of the school year;
  • appointed Hope Gaestel-Piper as a Marcy cognitive disabilities replacement teacher until the end of the school year and Tanya Selestow as a Marcy Special Services teacher aide for two hours each day beginning Feb. 16; and
  • granted a leave of absence to Hamilton physical education teacher Kathryn Felker for the 2004-05 school year.

Students take honors for catalog cover designs

Three Hamilton High School students were recognized for artwork they created for their school’s 2004-05 Course Catalog.

  • Jake Wagner took first place. His design will be on the cover of the catalog.
  • Patrick Blend’s entry received second place.
  • Evan Vogel’s took third place.

Wagner and Blend, respectively, will receive a $50 and $25 gift certificate to the school store, and Vogel will receive a Pepsi product 12-pack.

Hamilton Charger Robotics hosts Open House Feb. 22

The Hamilton High School Charger Robotics team will host an Open House Feb. 22 from noon to 4 p.m. at the school. The event is free and open to those interested in viewing the Charger Robotics’ robot as well as the machines of several Wisconsin teams.

The teams will present mock competitions and demonstrations every 15 minutes in the large gymnasium. Visitors will be able watch the demonstrations from the bleachers and ask team members questions. They also may view teams working on their robots in the pit, located in the small gymnasium.

Concessions and a child center will be available in the cafeteria. Children will be able to color pictures of robots and learn about the robotics program. Lego League teams from several schools will also be present for demonstrations.

Drawings for the WI-FIRST raffle will be held at 3:45 p.m. in the main gym. Top prizes include a Dell 2.66 GHz laptop computer, Dell 17-inch LCD television/monitor, one-night accommodation at the Olympia Resort in Oconomowoc, two $100 cash prizes and many smaller prizes.

Teams expected to attend and demonstrate include:

  • Team 269 – Oconomowoc High School;
  • Team 537 – Hamilton High School;
  • Team 1064 – South Milwaukee High School;
  • Team 1091 – Hartford Union High School;
  • Team 1103 – Delavan Darien High School;
  • Team 1259 – Pewaukee High School; and
  • Team 1306 – Madison High School.

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

Maple Avenue students say “hola” to Mexico

Maple Avenue Elementary School first-graders said “adios” to Wisconsin’s cold weather and “hola” to the warm sun recently as they celebrated their weeklong study of Mexico.

Students in Nicole Farrar’s classroom eagerly traded their turtlenecks and pants for tank tops, shorts and sunglasses as they traveled to various centers throughout the room. They enjoyed making and eating quesadillas, playing the BINGO-like game of Lotería, making a Mexican craft and viewing money and artifacts from the country.

The celebration also involved a lesson by a former Spanish teacher, Tonya Sumiec, who taught the students the song “La Lechuza” and many other hands-on games that helped the vacationers learn their colors and basic commands.

Student teacher Sylvia Hoem also taught the students the Spanish alphabet, numbers 1-10, and a variation on the Hot Potato game using a sombrero instead of a potato.

Finally, what would a celebration of Mexico be without the tradition of breaking the piñata? Students were excited to learn that the piñata originated in Italy and was later adopted by the Mexicans who have made it part of their customs. After fun in the sun, it was back to Wisconsin where their boots and snow pants awaited them. The activity helped students to learn the language, customs and history of the Mexican culture.

Templeton hosts cultural celebration Feb. 24

Approximately 200 Templeton Middle School eighth-graders will learn the significance of celebrations held in various world cultures as their school hosts its own Mardis Gras and Carnaval. The Templeton cafeteria will be the site Feb. 24 from 1:45 p.m. to 2:35 p.m. for eighth grade students in French, German and Spanish classes to experience the excitement of these traditional holidays.

Students will change into traditional costumes and enter a costume contest with the winners crowned king and queen. Each class will prepare a representative banner featuring its language of study. Students also will prepare small “floats” that will be paraded at the event and entered into a contest. Authentic food and music from various cultures that celebrate Mardis Gras and Carnaval will be highlighted at the school celebration.

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