Fall Parent-Player Meeting slated Aug. 17

All Hamilton High School students who intend to go out for fall athletics should save the evening of Aug. 17 in their calendars. The high school will hold its Fall Parent-Player Meeting beginning at 6 p.m. in the high school gymnasium.

The meeting is mandatory for fall season participants, but students who plan to participate in winter or spring athletics also are invited to attend. While only one parent or guardian is required to attend with each student, families are welcome.

Special guest speaker is Waukesha County District Attorney Paul Bucher who will talk about the responsibility parents have if their children use alcohol or other drugs. A video that highlights WIAA events will be shown as well.

Because fall sports are scheduled to begin before the Fall Parent-Player meeting, students who plan to participate must pick up forms and submit them before the following beginning practice dates:

  • Aug. 8 – girls’ golf;
  • Aug. 9 – girls’ tennis and swimming, boys’ football; and
  • Aug. 15 – girls’ volleyball, boys’ soccer and cross country.

Necessary forms and fees include:

  • physical card – green card signed by physician that is good for two years;
  • alternate year physical card – tan card used in the alternate year of physical card;
  • emergency card – one yellow card for each sport student plays;
  • parent consent form – required for first sport played; and
  • $30 user fee – for each sport up to $90 family maximum.

All athletic forms are available in Office C during office hours including registration on Aug. 9-10.

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.

Crafters needed for 2005 CEC Craft Fair

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 2005 CEC Craft Fair set for Oct. 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hamilton High School, W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex. A candy raffle 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.

Vaccines required before fall

All students in prekindergarten through 12th grade are required to have the Hepatitis B vaccination before the start of the 2005-06 school year.

In addition, the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services requires the chicken pox vaccine for kindergarten through 12th 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.

Screening slated for preschoolers not in district programs

The Hamilton School District will offer preschool screening Sept. 8 and 9 from 8 a.m. to 2 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.

Fall coaches required to attend two August meetings

Hamilton High School reminds all community members who coach fall sports at the high school that their attendance at two meetings in August is required.

The Fall Coaches Meeting will be at 4 p.m. Aug. 8 in the high school library. Coaches will learn about revised co-curricular handbooks and updated policy changes at this 30-minute meeting. Handbooks, rules books and schedules will be handed out.

Coaches also are expected to attend the Fall Parent-Player Meeting at 6 p.m. Aug. 17 in the high school gymnasium. Because this meeting occurs after fall sports have begun, coaches must notify their athletes to get all paperwork in prior to the start of the season. In the past when the meeting was held earlier, students were reminded about their paperwork at the meeting.

Following the Parent-Player Meeting, coaches will meet with their players and parents. Coaches are expected to hand out practice schedules and expectations for their program. The practice schedules should be turned in to the Athletics-Activities Department as soon as possible.

All head and assistant coaches are reminded that they must be certified in CPR and first aid. The district provides training for all coaches. Contact the Athletic-Activities Department at (262) 246-6471 ext. 1121 if training is needed.

July 18, 2005

Hamilton School Board approves employee contracts

The Hamilton School Board approved contracts for several employee groups at its regular meeting July 18. Following ratification from United Lakewood Educators – Hamilton, the School Board approved a two-year contact that will provide a 4.1 percent increase in salaries and benefits for each of the next two years. The teachers’ group that represents licensed teachers and staff members agreed to health insurance concessions that allowed for salary increases among its ranks. The concessions included doubling of health insurance deductibles and employee-paid emergency room co-payments. Changes in the teacher salary schedule capped salaries for those who have not attained a master’s degree — providing incentives for teachers to obtain advanced degrees.

Confidential support staff members also saw a 4.1 percent increase in salary and benefits while the administrators’ package increased 4 percent. Confidential staff members include various technical and managerial positions. The School Board approves contracts for both groups on a yearly basis, and the health insurance concessions were accepted last year. The concessions remain in place for them.

Furrer recognizes parent

Hamilton High School Principal David Furrer recognized parent Pam Mehring for her leadership role in Project Graduation, a fun and drug-free party for Hamilton graduates. Mehring has been on the committee that coordinates the event for six years and was chair for the past three years. She will serve one more year as chair.

Personnel changes OK’d

In personnel business, the School Board:

  • approved a leave of absence for Maple Avenue third grade teacher Diana Ruiz;
  • accepted the resignations of Hamilton student supervisor Ellen Acuff, Marcy second grade teacher Sara Hackbarth, Lannon reading specialist Lettye Bertram;
  • appointed Megan Woodkey as a Marcy cognitive disabilities teacher, Erin Everson as a Templeton sixth grade math and science teacher, Cynthia Rossman as the accounts payable administrative assistant, and Katherine Krzys as the Public Information Office executive assistant;
  • recalled from lay-off Willow Springs kindergarten teacher Lynn Richmond, Woodside first grade teacher Rebecca McGinley and Marcy fourth grade teacher Pam Biron.

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. 31 at 5:30 p.m. for morning kindergartners and at 6:15 p.m. for afternoon kindergartners to familiarize them with their bus route. School buses will pick up kindergartners at their home schools 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 by Aug. 26.

Breaks and last school day — Students will not have classes during Labor Day Sept. 5, teachers’ convention Oct. 27 and 28, Thanksgiving break Nov. 24 and 25, winter break Dec. 23-Jan. 2, staff in-service Jan. 23 and 24, spring break April 14-21 and Memorial Day May 29. Their last day of school is June 8.

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 12th 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 2005-06 are: $1.75 for elementary students; $2 – middle school and high school students; $2.65 – adults; and 30 cents for milk.

Fees —
The following are fees for the 2005-06 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*
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.
*Maximum of $150 per family for these student fees.

Parent may pay all their children’s school and lunch fees through E-Funds for Schools over the internet. A link to the E-Funds for School site is located on the district web site.

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.

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.

For more information about the Hamilton School District, contact the individual schools or the district’s Public Information Office at (262) 246-1973 ext. 1100.

Hamilton welcomes new families at ice cream social

Hamilton High School welcomes new students Aug. 9 with an ice cream social and student-parent orientation. The event will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the cafeteria of the high school located at W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex.

New students will pair up with current Hamilton students and participate in activities that will acquaint them with the high school. Parents will be given the opportunity to have their questions about the high school answered. The evening culminates with school staff, new students and parents exchanging ideas and information over ice cream sundaes.

Invitations will be sent to new-to-the-district high school students and their parents with an RSVP request. For more information, please call the high school at (262) 246-6471 ext. 1101.

Summer Opportunities students plan food drive

Summer Opportunities students in Ric Ballin’s photography classes are learning how to truly see the world – both with and without their cameras. In addition to becoming skilled at taking pictures, students are hoping to bring a new perspective to their fellow Summer Opportunities students about the need to keep the local food pantry stocked during the summer.

“The food pantry has little problem receiving food donations during holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas, but during the summer months, donations drop off even though the need is still there,” Ballin said.

With Ballin’s leadership, photography students in his Summer Opportunities photography classes are organizing a food drive July 7-13 to benefit the Sussex Food Pantry. Students have been asked to contribute nonperishable food items so that people within the community will not go hungry during the summer.

As Ballin helps students capture the beauty within the community, his goal is to help them become aware of its needs.

“The consequence of being observant is to ultimately care about what you see,” he said, quoting the master photographer Dorthea Lang. According to Ballin, she also said, “The camera is an instrument to help us see without the camera.”

Hamilton students take honors at workshop

Six Hamilton High School Lance yearbook staff members and their advisor came home with top awards from the 2005 Walsworth National Yearbook Workshop in Itasca, Ill. Seniors Christina Zimmerman and Kayla Miller and juniors Candace Greupink, Morgan Elmore, Brittany Henninger and Kathryn Cook participated June 28-30 in the workshop. Advisor Pam Mierow accompanied the students.

Greupink, Elmore, Henninger and Cook tied for first place and earned a $100 credit from the Walsworth Publishing Company for work they completed in the workshop’s yearbook class. Workshop organizers said it was the first time four students tied for the first place award.

Zimmerman and Miller took second place in the Editorial Leadership category and earned a $50 credit to spend on theme development for the 2005-06 yearbook.

The students participated in the camp to learn yearbook skills and develop next year’s yearbook theme. Students learned about design, desktop publishing, theme development and editorial content.

The entire 23-member Lance staff will attend a workshop at Carroll College at the end of July.