Hamilton presents “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown”

Hamilton High School students will present the timeless characters of Charles Schultz’s “Peanuts” in the classic musical that shows an average day in the life of Charlie Brown. “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” will be performed May 5, 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m. and May 8 at 2 p.m. in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center (HFAC), W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex.

“You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown” is a light, warm-hearted musical that takes its audience back to remember young innocence and the fond memories of childhood. It is a musical that all ages will enjoy.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens, and $3 for children under 5 years. They may be purchased at the door or during lunch periods. The HFAC box office will open one hour prior to performance. Reservations for tickets can be made by contacting Erin Brigham by May 4 at (262) 246-6471 ext. 1152.

Woodside students take on

Woodside Elementary School fourth-graders are busy reading as they prepare for a reading incentive program called “Battle of the Books.”

Fourth-graders divided into teams, created team names, logos and buttons, and for nine weeks are reading books from a selected list. Teams participate in four battles earning points by answering questions about the books they read. The six top-scoring teams will compete April 20 beginning at 2:15 pm in the Championship Battle. The event will be held in the Large Group Area at the school located at W236 N7465 Woodside Road, Sussex.

Lannon Chess Club Tournament results announced

Lannon Elementary School fifth-grader Jordan Kind emerged as the champion of the 2005 Chess Tournament. The winner was determined in the final tournament April 6 after six rounds of play. Third-grader Brian Dennis took second place, with strong performances by third-grader Molly Lucas and fifth-grader Daniel Baker.

Lannon’s Chess Club drew in 50 students this year who met after school on Wednesdays in March to learn and play chess. Templeton Middle and Hamilton High School students assisted the Lannon Chess Club. Lannon third grade teacher Laureanna Raymond again was the club advisor.

School evacuated due to small fire

No injuries or damage resulted from a small contained fire in the Metals Lab at Hamilton High School, but students and staff members were evacuated from the building for about 20 minutes today. Students in the combination class of Introduction to Technology and Metals detected smoke at about noon and immediately shut off all the equipment. The fire alarm in the hall was pulled, and in a matter of a few minutes, the school was evacuated.

Lisbon Fire Department officials determined that the fire was caused when sparks from an abrasive saw ignited dirt and debris that was lodged behind a 25-year-old transformer box. The fire was extinguished with one dry-chemical fire extinguisher. The transformer, housed in an enclosed metal box that is about four feet tall and three feet wide, transforms 240 voltage electricity into 120/280 voltage that is used for the metals equipment in the lab..

In addition to the Lisbon Fire Department, the Sussex Fire Department arrived on the scene along with Waukesha County Sheriff’s officers and the Lisbon Police Department.

Some 43 students were in the Metals Lab area along with two Technology Education teachers. There were no reports of smoke inhalation, injuries or damage. The Lisbon Fire Department ventilated the area to eliminate any lingering odor. An electrician checked the electrical system in the area and the room was cleared for use later in the day.

Hamilton Principal David Furrer commended students and staff for the orderly and prompt evacuation.

April 5, 2005

Early mathematics program on track

Providing timely intervention for elementary school students who struggle with mathematics has been the goal of the Early Mathematics Empowerment (EME) program that was implemented at Lannon Elementary School this year. Nancy Lorenz, a newly hired teacher who works 40 percent of the day, intervenes with 14 second- and third-graders. Modeled after the district’s successful Early Reading Empowerment (ERE) program to help struggling readers, EME provides students with an additional half hour of mathematics instruction four days a week. Lorenz also works with classroom teachers to provide group lessons and coordinates with teachers whose students are in the program.

School officials who like what they see plan to expand the EME program in 2005-06. Assistant Superintendent Dean Schultz reported that additional mathematics assistance will be offered to 36 elementary students in summer school. Classroom teachers in grades 2-5 will use a checklist to identify potential students who Lorenz will test to determine mathematics need. With parental approval, these students will be placed in an intensive, small-group summer program, Schultz said.

Administrators plan to present a proposal to the School Board that will extend EME to all elementary schools in 2005-06. According to Schultz’s report, the program will include:

  • ongoing teacher training in the delivery of mathematics for struggling students;
  • classroom collaboration and support
  • well-defined selection process for students who need intervention
  • parent communication; and
  • ongoing program evaluation.

Money may come from federal funds, grants, reallocated district resources and funding available if there is increased enrollment.

2005-06 budget presented

School administrators presented a $39.6 million balanced budget for 2005-06 that increases spending by 2.92 percent. It is the first draft that School Board members have seen. Based on property values increasing a conservative 5.3 percent, Business Services Director Bryan Ruud said the tax rate will be $10.78 per $1,000 of equalized property value — unchanged from 2004-05. If property values increase at a higher rate, the tax rate will be less.

The proposed budget will have a net tax levy of $24 million which is 5.23 percent above the current levy. State aid is expected to be the same $16.6 million that it is this school year. Nearly 54 percent of the budget is for employee salaries and another 26 percent goes toward fringe benefits. Purchased services accounts for 14 percent. School Board members will vote in May on the final budget that will be presented at June’s Annual meeting.

Summer workshops approved

Summer curriculum projects and professional development initiatives got the OK from School Board members who agreed to spend about $26,500 to develop curriculum and assessments, and train staff members. This year’s budget increased $8,000 over last year’s due to district initiatives involving implementation of the new elementary mathematics program, middle school restructuring and use of a new student database.

Instructional Services Supervisor Dee Bauman, Ph.D., presented the lists of summer curriculum projects and professional development activities.

School Board appoints Business Office staff

The School Board appointed Business Services administrative assistant Kim Krimmer to be payroll supervisor when Virginia Olson retires effective July 1.