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 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. July 12-16 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.

TMS Math and Science Fair “Wow’s” Judges

Good news for the future is right under our noses!

On Thursday, May 27, 2004, 7th grade students in the advanced math class and the enriched science class nervously waited to present their math and science fair research projects to teams of judges. The kids chose their own topics and spent months researching, experimenting, collecting and analyzing data, and drawing conclusions. While completing a project was a requirement of both of these classes, one student who was not in either class chose to participate in the fair on his own!

Choosing only three finalists in each category was a difficult task for the judges. The student’s ability to discuss both the current research and the scientific process involved in their projects, as well as information contained in their lab journals and research papers were evaluated. Congratulations to all of these students on a job well done! Special congratulations are in order for the following top three finishers in each category:

1st — Jackie Michl — “The Best White Balance Setting on a Digital Camera”
2nd — Andrea Salus — “The Force is with You”
3rd — Allie Koelbl — “To Mold or Not to Mold”

1st — Halley Greeneway — “Identifying speed & perception of Ambiguous Figures by Gender and Hand Preference”
2nd — Marc Lundquist — “The Angle of Golf”
3rd — Marvin Saccucci — “Soccer Reflexes”

All students participating in fair include:
Anderson, Tony — Christofferson, Andrew — Cornejo, Jose III — Cox, Kristin — Decker, John — Englert, Stephanie — Farley, Bessie — Foster, Arianne — Fricke, Jacob — Geiger, Jake — Greeneway, Halley — Gustafson, Kyle — Guzman, Mike — Heckendorf, Will — Horvath, Tricia — Jose, Breanna — Johnson, Kayla — Koelbl, Allie — Koepnick, Jessica — Kudronowicz, Ellen — Kwiatkowski, Thomas — Larson, Eric — Liang, Betty — Lundquist, Marc — Michl, Jackie — Perego, Billy — Philippi, Gina — Rakow, Liane — Rindfleisch, Holly — Rossman, Stephanie — Ruh, Katie — Runkel, Matt — Saccucci, Marvin — Salus, Andrea — Schaffer, Joe — Schmidt, Ryan — Smaglik, Katie — Storm, Molly — Strait, Alana — Stuth, Alex — Dalzin, Taylor — Taavola, Andrew — Welcenbach, Erin — Zarzynski, Kylee

Haasch chosen for alumnus award

Graduate Richard Haasch, Ph.D. was chosen to receive the 2004 Hamilton High School Distinguished Alumnus Award that will be presented at the school’s June 12 graduation ceremonies. A 1978 graduate, Haasch is an electron spectroscopist in the Center for Microanalysis Materials at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign where he teaches and assists those conducting research.

After high school, Haasch majored in general sciences, earning a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Marquette University in 1982. He earned his doctorate as an analytical chemist in 1989 from the University of Minnesota.

Hamilton student chosen president of state group

Hamilton High School sophomore Courtney Konyn was elected president of the Wisconsin Association of School Councils (WASC). Konyn was eligible to run for the statewide position after first being elected president for Region IV in southeastern Wisconsin.

As the WASC president, Konyn will attend the 2004 National Association of School Councils in Las Vegas this summer. She also will attend the WASC Leadership Workshop in Green Bay and serve as a junior counselor at another WASC workshop.

She attended national conferences for the past two years and moderated sectional workshops at the state level.

In addition to her statewide responsibilities, Konyn is president of her class and on the Student Council executive board. She is a member of the Academic Decathlon Team, Cultural Exchange Club, German Club, Amnesty International, Leo Club – Hamilton Chapter and Hamilton Chargers Softball Team.

Her community involvement includes serving on the Sussex Teen Advisory Board, Pauline Haass Public Library Teen Board and Sussex Saints Fast Pitch Softball League.

Hamilton announces May students of the month

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

  • Elizabeth Doucette, art;
  • Megan Frith, family & consumer education;
  • Julian Geppert, business education;
  • David Golner and Joseph Jurasovich, mathematics;
  • Melanie Kowalchuk, science;
  • Katherine Mess, physical education;
  • Cody Miles, communication arts;
  • Laura Murray, world languages;
  • Kenneth Norby, social studies;
  • Ashley Reimer, technology education; and
  • Jessica Schwitz, music.

June 1, 2004

Information, technology literacy standards approved

The goal of the district’s K-12 information and technology literacy curriculum is to provide tools for students as they are learning rather than learning about information and technology. School Board member approved the curriculum for this area after discussion about technology’s importance for young students.

Instructional Services Supervisor Margaret Bauman, Ph.D., said because the standards apply to all content areas, each district curriculum will identify specific standards and suggested activities for addressing the curriculum. Media specialists, writing-technology resource teachers and business eduation teachers will collaborate with teachers to implement the standards.

The curriculum, which is based on the state’s model academic standards and was written to comply with state requirements, include:

  • media and technology to access, organize, create and communicate information for solving problems and constructing new knowledge, products and systems;
  • information and inquiry to access, evaluate and apply information efficiently and effectively for a variety of sources;
  • independent learning to apply information and technology skills to issues of personal and academic interest; and
  • the learning community to work collaboratively to use information and technology in a responsible manner, respect intellectual property rights and recognize the importaance of intellectual freedom and access to information in a democratic society.

School Board member Jennifer Rude Klett said she was troubled with the use and teaching of technology at the early grades. She said every minute spent teaching technology skills takes away from instruction in basic skills. She also argued that incorporating technology is extremely expensive.

While she said she agreed with some of Klett’s points, School Board Member Deborah Briggs said that teaching technology and basic skills is not a matter of choosing one or the other. She said it was integrated in many cases. She pointed to the positive impact of teaching keyboarding skills to children at a younger age. She said taking away this instruction would be a disservice to children who will be competing with students from other districts where technology is used.

Fitness education curriculum approved

Bauman also presented recommendations from the district’s K-12 Fitness Education Curriculum Committee. This curriculum, too, was revised to reflect Wisconsin academic standards. The committee changed the name of the program from “physicial” to “fitness” education to emphasize the importance of helping students develop and maintain physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle during school and for a lifetime.

The following state content standards provide the framework for what students will know and do as a result of the fitness education program:

  • lead an active lifestyle;
  • learn and develop physical skills;
  • understand physical activity and well-being;
  • acheive and maintain health-enhancing physical fitness level;
  • demonstrate responsible personal and social behavior, and respect for differences in physical activity settings.

Original middle and high school equipment replaced

The original dishwasher at Hamilton and boilers at Templeton will be replaced. The district accepted the low bids of $19,685 for the dishwasher and $116,800 for the Templeton boilers. School Board Member Gerald Schmitz noted that the boiler replacement will increase Templeton’s heating efficiency, and the district will recieve a $2,300 rebate from the FOCUS on Energy Program. Annual gas savings from the more efficient system are expected to be about $8,000 per year.

District agrees to affiliations

The district will pay $4,000 to participate in the Southeastern Wisconsin Schools Alliance and the Chapter 220 Program for the 2004-05 school year. The School Board authorized the payment of the fees which are the same as in 2003-04.

Insurance plans approved

Approval of insurance coverage from the following firms was approved:

  • property and auto from Local Government Property Insurance Fund;
  • boiler and machinery – Snyder Insurance;
  • casualty coverage with EMC – through Mortensen, Matzelle & Meldrum; and
  • excess liability – Fireman’s Fund.

Compensation for food service staff approved

School Board members approved salary and benefit compensation for food service staff that includes:

  • a 39-cent increase in the beginning hourly rate for assistant cooks to $9.89 and a 68-cent increase for associate kitchen employees to $9.63;
  • adjustment of the uniform allowance from $140 to $145;
  • increased premium for certification from 40 cents per hour to 45 cents in 2005-06 and 50 cents in 2006-07; and
  • decreasing the tenure needed to access paid holidays by two to three years. Labor Day would be a paid holiday after two years of service, Christmas Day after five years, Thanksgiving after eight years and New Year’s Day after 10 years.

Volunteer, Templeton students recognized

Seniors & Students Program volunteer Gladys Rolston was recognized for being a dedicated and loyal volunteer. Public Information and Volunteer Program Coordinator Denise Dorn Lindberg and Woodside Writing-Technology teacher Julie Smith said Rolston presented the reasons for Rolston’s nomination. Smith estimated that Rolston volunteered more than 500 hours in the five years that she has been volunteering at Woodside. Lindberg noted that Rolston began volunteering at Maple Avenue Elementary School two years before the Seniors & Students Program began.

Templeton Associate Principal Dale Kuntz highlighted and recognized the accomplishments of the school’s Mathematics and Science Fair. Seventh grade students in the advanced math class and the enriched science class presented their math and science fair research projects May 27 to teams of judges.

The science winners were: Jackie Michl, first place for “The Best White Balance Setting on a Digital Camera”; Andrea Salus second place for “The Force is with You”; and Allie Koelbl, third place for “To Mold or Not to Mold.”

The math winners were: Halley Greeneway, first place for “Identifying Speed and Perception of Ambiguous Figures by Gender and Hand Preference”; Marc Lundquist, second place for “The Angle of Golf”; and Marvin Saccucci, third place for “Soccer Reflexes.”

Personnel matter approved

In personnel matters, the School Board appointed two men to fill openings at Hamilton High School beginning in the 2004-05 school year. Daniel Krill was hired as a mathematics teacher and Alan Simays will teach science.