Templeton students attend state conference

Three Templeton Middle School students and an adult advisor attended the Wisconsin Association of School Councils (WASC) Level 1 Student Leadership Workshop. The workshop was held July 11-16 at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay campus.

Students Katelynn Walters, Jeannine Hall and B.J. Steiner attended along with Templeton teacher and Student Council Advisor Arlyn Clarksen. They were among 175 Wisconsin middle and junior high school student leaders who participated.

The workshop was designed to develop leadership skills and increase students’ self-understanding and confidence. The middle school students were able to share many ideas with new friends they made from throughout the state. Activities emphasized skills necessary to conduct effective meetings, communication, organization, group processes, goal-setting, project planning and evaluation.

“The experience at the workshop provided exciting and mind-opening opportunities for all who attended,” Clarksen said. “Everyone will be going back to their councils with information and ideas to carry through the entire year.”

WASC is a statewide organization of public, private and parochial middle, junior and senior high school student councils. In addition to sponsoring seven levels of leadership training at summer workshops, WASC provides year-round support and programs for student responsibilities and leadership development.

Screening slated for preschoolers not in district programs

The Hamilton School District will offer preschool screening Sept. 1 and 2 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for 3- and 4-year-olds who are not already enrolled in a district program and whose parents are concerned about their development.

The screening will occur at Willow Springs Learning Center, W220 N6660 Town Line Rd., Menomonee Falls. Call Claudia Guditus to arrange a screening at (262) 255-6190.

The screening process includes evaluation of language, hearing and articulation development. Parents should park in the west parking lot at Willow Springs when they arrive for their appointments.

Families can apply for free, reduced lunches

The Hamilton School District announced its policy for children unable to pay the full price of meals served under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program, or milk served under the Special Milk Program. Each school office and the district office have copies of the policy for those who are interested.

Household size and income criteria determine eligibility. Children from families whose annual income is at or below the established levels are eligible for free and reduced price meals, or free milk if a split-session student does not have access to the school lunch or breakfast service.

Annual income maximum for free lunch or milk
Household size — income maximum
1 — $12,103
2 — $16,237
3 — $20,371
4 — $24,505
5 — $28,639
6 — $32,773
7 — $36,907
8 — $41,041
For each additional household member, add $4,134

Annual income range for reduced lunch or milk
Household size — income range
1 — $12,103.01 and $17,224
2 — $16,237.01 and $23,107
3 — $20,371.01 and $28,990
4 — $24,505.01 and $34,873
5 — $28,639.01 and $40,756
6 — $32,773.01 and $46,639
7 — $36,907.01 and $52,522
8 — $41,041.01 and $58,405
For each additional household member, add $4,134 to $5,883 to range

Monthly income maximum for free lunch or milk
Household size — income maximum
1 — $1,009
2 — $1,354
3 — $1,698
4 — $2,043
5 — $2,387
6 — $2,732
7 — $3,076
8 — $3,421
For each additional household member, add $345

Monthly income range for reduced lunch or milk
Household size — income range
$1,009.01 and $1,436
$1,354.01 and $1,926
$1,698.01 and $2,416
$2,043.01 and $2,907
$2,387.01 and $3,397
$2,732.01 and $3,887
$3,076.01 and $4,377
$3,421.01 and $4,868
For each additional household member, add $345 to $491 to range

Application forms are being sent to all homes with a notice to parents or guardians. To apply for free or reduced price meals or free milk, households must fill out the application and return it to the school. Additional copies are available in the principal’s office in each school. Applications may be submitted at any time during the year.

If a household member becomes unemployed or if the household size changes and the household income falls at or below the levels shown above, the family should contact the school. Such changes may make households eligible for reduced price meals or free meals or milk, and they may reapply at that time.

In certain cases, foster children are also eligible for these benefits. If a household has foster children and wishes to apply for free or reduced price meals, the household should complete an application for a family of one or contact the school for more information.

The information provided by the household on the application is confidential. Under this program, no child will be discriminated against because of race, color, sex, national origin, age or disability.

Hamilton schools plan for start of classes

Hamilton School District students will begin classes Sept. 1. The district has compiled information to assist parents and students in preparation for the big day.

Registration — People who are new to the district may register their children at the school they will attend. Call the individual schools to learn their office hours. School phone numbers are:

  • Willow Springs Learning Center (4-year-old kindergarten), (262) 255-6190;
  • Lannon Elementary, (262) 255-6106;
  • Maple Avenue Elementary, (262) 246-4220;
  • Marcy Elementary, (262) 781-8283;
  • Woodside Elementary, (262) 820-1530;
  • Templeton Middle, (262) 246-6477; and
  • Hamilton High, (262) 246-6471.

If you are unsure of your school attendance area, call the district’s Public Information Office at (262) 246-1973 ext. 1100.

Kindergarten — The district offers kindergarten programs for students who are four and five years old. The program for 4-year-olds is at Willow Spring Learning Center and the program for 5-year-olds is at neighborhood elementary schools.

To be eligible for the optional 4-year-old kindergarten program a child must be four years old by Sept. 1. The program runs a half day — an 8:45 -11:15 a.m. morning session and 12:45 – 3:15 p.m. afternoon session. Willow Springs Learning Center will have a brief K-4 orientation Aug. 30 at 5:30 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. to familiarize children with their bus route. School buses will pick up kindergartners at their home school and travel to Willow Springs. The school is mailing letters with specific times to K-4 parents.

Each elementary school offers a kindergarten program for children who turn five years old by Sept. 1. Most 5-year-olds participate in the full-day program that follows the same schedule as elementary grade school students. Some parents choose to enroll their 5-year-old in kindergarten for only the morning half of the school day.

Transportation — The bus company sends yellow postcards notifying bus riders of their routes. Postcards will be mailed the week of Aug. 23.

Breaks and last school day — Students will not have classes during Labor Day Sept. 6, Teachers’ Convention Oct. 28 and 29, Thanksgiving Break Nov. 24-29, Winter Break Dec. 24-Jan. 2, Staff In-service Jan. 24-25, Spring Break March 25 – April 3, Staff In-service April 22 and Memorial Day May 30. Their last day of school is June 9.

School hours — Students in grades 1-5 and full-day kindergarten begin school at 8:35 a.m. and end at 3:25 p.m.; Templeton hours are 7:25 a.m. to 2:35 p.m.; and the high school runs from 7:20 a.m. to 2:25 p.m.

Immunization — Wisconsin law requires that parents provide updated records on their children’s immunizations including DTP, MMR and polio. The Hepatitis B (Hep B) vaccine is required for all students prekindergarten through 12th grades. The chicken pox vaccine is required for kindergarten through eighth grade students.

School lunch program — The Hamilton food service staff is committed to producing quality meals that are nutritious and appealing to children. Lunches consist of five food items — meat, bread, two or more servings of fruit or vegetables, and milk. To reduce waste, children are offered an entire lunch but may refuse one or two items. The price for lunch remains the same whether a child takes the entire lunch or refuses an item.

Lunch menus will be listed in school newsletters, local newspapers, on the district web site and district cable television channel. Parents are asked to go over the lunch menu with their children to help them decide what to eat each day. Children should be encouraged to take at least a portion of an unfamiliar or unpopular food item.

Lunch prices for 2004-05 are: $1.60 for elementary students; $1.85 – middle school and high school students; $2.50 – adults; and 30 cents for milk.

Fees —
The following are fees for the 2004-05 school year:
Pre-kindergarten and half-day kindergarten — $19*;
Elementary grades, full-day kindergarten and ungraded — $30*;
Middle school — $40*;
High school — $55*;
High school padlock and ID for new students — $5.50*
(*Maximum of $150 per family for these student fees.)
Drivers’ education behind-the-wheel training and theory-simulation — $150 each;
Templeton sports — $20 per sport ($60 family maximum);
Hamilton sports — $30 per sport ($90 maximum);
Templeton extra- and co-curriculars — $10 and $20;
Hamilton extra- and co-curriculars — $15 and $30;
Retake ID — $3.00;
Technology Fee — $20 per student ($40 family maximum); and
Parking — $80.

Cable television announcements — Residents who receive Time Warner Cable service in Sussex, Lisbon, Lannon and Menomonee Falls may tune into channel 13 for up-to-date information. School lunch menus, reminders about district events and local videos are broadcast.

District web site — The district web site is at www.hamilton.k12.wi.us. The site is updated regularly with school supply lists, newsletters, calendar, lunch menus and current information.

For more information about the Hamilton School District, contact the individual schools or the district’s Public Information Office at 246-1973 ext. 1100.

Vaccines required before next fall

All students in prekindergarten through 12th grade are required to have the Hepatitis B vaccination before the start of the 2004-05 school year.

In addition, the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services requires the chicken pox vaccine for kindergarten through eighth grade students.

These are in addition to the typical vaccinations required for entrance in preschool programs and schools. Parents who have questions regarding required vaccinations should contact their physician or the Waukesha County Health Department at (262) 896-8430.