Hamilton sophomores take WKCE week of Nov. 1-5

Hamilton High School sophomores will take the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examination (WKCE) the week of Nov.1. 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 home of sophomores in the weeks preceding the test. This 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 remaining 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.

Willow Springs to enjoy naturalist’s stories, songs

Kindergarten students from throughout the Hamilton School District will enjoy the nature stories and songs of David Stokes on Oct. 1. Two concerts will be presented to 4- and 5-year-old kindergartners beginning at 9:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Willow Springs Learning Center, W220 N6660 Town Line Rd., Menomonee Falls.

Stokes is a Wisconsin naturalist and master interpreter who shares his stories and songs with children to inspire their enthusiasm and appreciation for nature and common animals. His songs contain practical natural science information

The concert is made possible because of a grant from the Hamilton Education Foundation.

Schoner, Koll chosen in Wendy’s program

Seniors Robert Schoner and Sara Koll are Hamilton High School’s nominees for Wendy’s High School Heisman Program. They were chosen for their academic aptitude, athletic talent and tremendous display of commitment in and out of school.

“These two promising young leaders represent the very best Hamilton has to offer, as both are recognized for their achievements and outstanding levels of commitment to their teachers, classmates and communities,” Hamilton Principal David Furrer said.

The Wendy’s program recognizes high school seniors nationwide who have learned to collaborate and appreciate the interrelation of academics, athletics and community service.

“Robert and Sara have enhanced the quality of life, inspired others and embody the ideal characteristics of today’s leading youth,” Furrer said.

Schoner and Koll each will receive a recognition certificate at the Hamilton Senior Awards Banquet in May. The Wendy’s High School Heisman program was created through a partnership between Wendy’s, the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the Heisman Memorial Torphy.

Get Connected offered to parents of middle school students

Parents of middle school students will have an opportunity to better understand how to support their adolescent children as the Hamilton School District offers a new class. Get Connected is a 3-night class offered to Templeton Middle School parents interested in connecting with other parents and professionals who will help guide them through the often rocky road of parenting an adolescent.

The classes will be Nov. 3, 10 and 17 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Templeton Middle School, N59 W22490 Silver Spring Rd., Sussex. There is no charge to participate.

As children reach their adolescent years parenting takes a new twist. This interactive, informative class will provide parents with tools to use with their children to create a stronger, more effective parenting style.

The class is geared toward parents who:

  • are concerned about changes in their adolescent’s attitude or behavior;
  • have questions as to what is “normal” behavior;
  • see changes in their children due to changing peer groups;
  • question if their children may be turning to drugs or alcohol; or
  • would like to network with other parents so that a stronger community can be built.

To reserve a spot in the class or learn more about it, please contact the district’s Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse specialist, Kristin Hasbrook, at (262) 246-1978 ext. 1128.

2004 Hamilton Homecoming Week activities set

Monday, Sept 27:
Promotion – Crazy Day
Lunch Game – ABC Game
Football – Freshmen “B” vs Marquette—6:45 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 28:
Promotion – Decade Day
Lunch Game – Javelin Throw
Soccer- Junior Varsity, Varsity at Men. Falls – 4:30 p.m.
Volleyball – Varsity, Junior Varsity, Freshman at Men. Falls – 5:30, 7 p.m.
Cross Country at Ken Krause Invite—Lisbon Park
Tennis at GMC Tournament at Brookfield–8:30 a.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 29:
Promotion – Under the Sea/Hawaii Day
Lunch Game – Marshmallow Toss
Puff Powder Football at Hamilton
5 p.m. Freshmen vs. Juniors
6 p.m. Sophomores vs Seniors
7 p.m. Consolation Game
8 p.m. Championship Game
Bonfire/Fireworks at Hamilton High School—Approx. 9 p.m.
Girls Golf at WIAA Regional—9 a.m.

Thursday, Sept. 30:
Promotion – Costume Day
Lunch Game – Bubble Gum Game
Football – Junior Varsity at Wauwatosa East-6:45 p.m. (Hart Park)
Freshmen Football vs Wauwatosa East-6:45 p.m.
Cross Country at Crimson Star Invite
Swimming at GMC Relays at Menomonee Falls-4:45 p.m.
Soccer vs Milton—5 p.m., 7 p.m.

Friday, October 1:
Promotion – Red and White Day
Varsity Football vs Wauwatosa East–7
Pep Rally 1 p.m. in Hamilton gymnasium

Saturday, October 2:
Cross Country at Loyola Academy Invite, Illinois
Homecoming Dance—Hamilton High School
Grand March 6:30 p.m.. Dance 8-11 p.m.

Hamilton activities meeting slated for Oct. 6

Hamilton High School will hold a mandatory meeting for all students planning to participate in activities — except sports — beginning at 6 p.m. Oct. 6 in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center. Families are welcome, however the student and one parent or guardian are required to attend. Attendance for both student and parent will be taken.

Students who attended the mandatory parent-player meeting in July are not required to attend this meeting.

Contact Athletic & Activities Director Mike Gosz at (262) 246-1805 ext. 1125 for further information.

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

September 20, 2004

Board members want salaries adjusted
It’s not uncommon to hear people arguing for adjustments in their pay, but usually they aren’t hoping for a pay decrease. Some Hamilton School Board members — uncomfortable with a generous increase that voters approved at the Annual Meeting in June — decided on Monday to give residents another shot at establishing their salaries.

Each year voters decide on School Board member salaries along with other financial matters at the Annual Meeting. Salaries went from $3,670 for the 2003-04 school year to $4,670 for 2004-05. At a meeting in July, School Board members expressed their surprise and discomfort with the 27 percent increase they were given.

They asked administrators to seek legal counsel on their options and learned that they could reopen the matter at a Special Annual Meeting. The first chance for such a meeting will be Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. when the district asks voters to approve two land issues.

School Board members Michael Hyland and Jennifer Rude Klett objected to revisiting the issue citing concern about overturning a decision that voters made.

“I think the electorate made the decision and we would be setting a precedent of reopening the issue,” Hyland said.

Referring to the age of the district, Hyland said: “This (reopening a matter decided at an Annual Meeting) is not something that has ever been done in more than 40 years.”

Klett said she did not want to second-guess the electorate’s vote.

Other School Board members said voters may not have intended to give such a generous salary increase.

“There was a miscommunication along the line and I don’t think anyone expected what happened,” Gerald Schmitz said.

School Member Deborah Briggs noted that issue was determined based on a voice vote. Depending where a person sat in the audience, the results sounded different, she said.

School Board Member James Long said he felt the increase was too big and he favored letting voters revisit the issue.

“This is a chance to make it right,” he said.

Special Annual Meeting also addresses land issues

Along with School Board salaries, voters will be able to decide whether the district will grant the Town of Lisbon a 17-foot easement along Plainview Road and allow the installation of two gravel driveway spurs. In addition, they will decide whether to allow Tomich Investments to purchase one-fifth of an acre from the district for road access and improvements for Spencer’s Pass Subdivision. Tomich Investments has offered to pay $9,500 for the property along Silver Spring Road.

Early mathematics support position approved

School Board members approved a pilot program to provide additional support for mathematics at the early elementary level. Title One federal funds will be used for a 40-percent position at Lannon Elementary School for a cost of $21,000. District training expenses will add another $3,000 to the total.

A teacher will be hired in October to provide math assistance to second- through fourth-graders who are struggling and provide staff training. The pilot will be evaluated at the end of the school year.

Resolution opposes WIAA realignment

School Board members will use several methods to let the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) know that a proposal to place Hamilton into a difference athletic conference is not a good idea.

The School Board approved a resolution outlining the negative impact that the change will have on Hamilton. School Board President Gabe Kolesari, Superintendent Kathleen Cooke, Ph.D., and Athletics-Activiities Director Michael Gosz are scheduled to meet Oct. 6 with WIAA officials and they have requested another meeting with the Board of Control.

The WIAA plan calls for Hamilton to be moved from the Greater Metro to the Wisconsin Little Ten conference. The Greater Metro is a 9-member conference that also includes Brookfield Central and East, Divine Savior, Marquette, Menomonee Falls, Wauwatosa East and West Allis Central and Hale. Little Ten schools include Hartford Union, Beaver Dam, Oconomowoc, Watertown, West Bend East and West, and Wisconsin Lutheran.

Because Little Ten school have smaller enrollments, the advantage of being in that conference would being more evenly matched competition.

The School Board’s resolution to the WIAA, however, points out more disadvantages. They include increased travel times and costs, negative impact on students’ instructional time due to earlier dismissals and later home arrivals and interference with cooperative swim and hockey teams within the Greater Metro Conference.

Summer school has success

Hamilton Summer Opportunities Coordinator presented information pointing to the success of the 2004 program. While overall enrollment went from 1,379 in 2003 to 1,369 in 2004, more students enrolled in enrichment classes. A drop in number of high school students signing up for weight lifting was seen.

Some 45 of the 47 middle school students enrolled in the promotional program were promoted to the next grade level, a nd high school students in the PASS Program earned a total of 14 credits as a result of summer work. One high school student was able to graduate because of credits earned in summer school.

Ladd noted that course fees for the 2005 program may drop from $10 to $8 per course.

Templeton teachers honored

School Board members recognized Templeton art teacher Jay Bergemann and social studies teacher Bill Steiner for their work on an integrated art and social studies unit. The teachers have worked with a new group of eighth-graders each year for the past eight years.

Board and superintendent goals approved

School Board members approved 2004-05 goals for the superintendent and themselves that include:

  • developing resources and implementing strategies to enhance student achievement;
  • implementing the district Strategic Plan;
  • promoting a positive school image;
  • promoting and expanding community relationships;
  • monitoring district enrollments and community growth and communicating about district long-range planning to address facility nees; and
  • updating School Board policies.

Personnel matter approved

In personnel matters, the School Board appointed three paraprofessionals including Tanya Selestow and April Showalter, who will work in Special Services at Marcy Elementary School, and Cynthia Rossman, who will do bookkeeping at Templeton Middle School.

PSAT offered Oct. 16 at Hamilton

The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) will be given on Oct. 16 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Hamilton High School. This test provides an opportunity for college-bound sophomores and juniors to experience and practice taking a shortened version of the SAT Reasoning Test. (The SAT may be used for the University of Wisconsin System admission although the ACT is preferred.)

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

Interested students must register in the high school guidance office by Oct. 8. The $12 test fee is payable at the time of registration. Juniors enrolled in the free or reduced lunch program are eligible for a fee-waiver. Please contact the school Guidance Department for more information.

Mathematician Greg Tang visits Woodside

Making mathematics engaging and enlightening for children is the goal of mathematician, educator, children’s author and businessman Greg Tang. He will meet with Woodside Elementary School students, staff members and parents in September and October to introduce and reinforce methods of teaching math that focus on intuition and understanding.

The visits are possible because of grants from the Hamilton Education Foundation and the Woodside Home and School.

Teachers will have a bright-and-early session with Tang before school begins on Sept. 20. Tang will then work with groups of students from 9 a.m. until 3:10 p.m. as they investigate ways of looking at mathematical processes that combine problem-solving and arithmetic. During the lunch hour, he will be available to consult with teachers.

An evening session will be held from 6:15 p.m. to 7 p.m. for parents to help them understand ways they can support math skills development at home with their children. While their parents are listening to the presentation, approximately 250 Woodside students will participate in a Math Fair Sept. 20 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and engage in hands-on math activities designed for primary and intermediate elementary students. The games and activities include Number BINGO, Kitty NIM, Lots of Dots, Pattern, Graphtastic Snacks, Bunch and Munch, Skeetball, Sort and Count, Mystery Puzzles, Terrific Tessellations, Monster Math, Tantalizing Tangrams, SNAP!, Snails Pace, Marshmallows from Head to Toe, Shooting Stars, Ultra Skeetball, Spinners, Time-O, 2-D or Not 2-D, Cross the River, Attribute Difference, PIG, Hide & Seek, Leap Frog, Pentominoes, Donut Dilemma, Paper Ornaments, Geometry Sculptures and Cool Calculators.

Tang will work with students and teachers Sept. 21 in the morning and early afternoon. He is planning a follow-up visit to the school on Oct. 20 and 21, and again in the spring. At the district’s Nov. 29 staff in-service, Tang will present a session on “Engaging Students Mathematically” to district elementary teachers.

The son of parents who teach electrical engineering at Cornell University and mathematics at Ithaca College, Tang earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics form Harvard. He later earned a master’s degree in math education from New York University and is certified as a middle school and high school math teacher.

Tang has written numerous books that give students a better understanding of math — from counting all the way through calculus. The books combine Tang’s love of math, words, games, graphic design and teaching. His books have been distinguished as a New York Times bestseller and winners of the IRA Teachers Choice Award, Oppenheim Gold Award, Parent’s Guide Award and Best Math Book.

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

2004 CEC Craft Fair set for Oct. 9

It’s fall and that means that the Hamilton High School Adult and Student Cultural Exchange Clubs (CEC) are gearing up for their ever popular fundraising event that draws people from throughout the region. More than 100 crafters will sell arts and crafts at the 2004 CEC Craft Fair set for Oct. 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hamilton High School, W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex. A silent auction will feature exhibitors’ donated handmade items. Admission and parking are free. Breakfast and lunch will be available.

Exhibitors are still needed. For additional information, call Penny at (262) 628-8859 or email a message to hhscraftfair@yahoo.com.

The Hamilton High School Cultural Exchange Club was formed to promote global awareness, help students experience cultural differences firsthand and support community members in their hosting experiences. Through the annual craft fair fundraiser, the club is able to support international students and their host families within Hamilton communities and provide scholarships to American students traveling abroad.