Walkers invited to Hamilton High School

Residents wanting to walk in an indoor facility are welcome to use Hamilton High School halls from Oct. 17 to March 23. The halls are open for use from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

To ensure safety and enjoyment among those who use the halls to exercise, the following rules have been established. Walkers are asked to:

  • refrain from using walkmans or headsets;
  • walk, not jog;
  • travel in a counter-clockwise direction so that all are going one way; and
  • avoid entering the area south of the gates when activities are occurring in the Little Theater or gymnasium.

In addition to the evening hours, senior citizens are invited to walk during the school day. Walking is open to senior citizens from 7:20 a.m. to 8:50 a.m., 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 1:10 p.m. to 2:25 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The schedule for Tuesdays and Thursdays is 7:20 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., 8:45 a.m. to 9:40 a.m., 9:50 a.m. to 11:05 a.m. and 1:10 p.m. to 2:25 p.m.

Anyone with questions or suggestions related to community use of the halls should contact Hamilton Principal David Furrer at 262-246-6471 ext. 1104.

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

Woodside celebrates national anthem anniversary

Woodside Elementary School fifth-graders celebrated the anniversary of the national anthem by singing the “Star-Spangled Banner” simultaneously with students across the nation. The nationwide celebration took place Sept. 14 at 9 a.m. Students who were in Heather Cheslock’s music class sang a rousing rendition of the anthem accompanied by guitar.

Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle proclaimed Sept. 14 National Anthem Project Day and urged Wisconsin residents to celebrate the history of our national anthem. The proclamation also recognized the importance of maintaining Wisconsin’s school music programs.

Woodside students annually study the history of the national anthem as they prepare to sing it for their school’s annual Veteran’s Day Program, which will be celebrated Nov. 11. All students in kindergarten through fifth grade practice singing the anthem and hear the story behind the lyrics in their music classes. The entire school then sings the anthem at the opening of the Veteran’s Day Program, which local veterans are invited to attend.

This year’s program will feature first grade students singing patriotic songs. Any veterans who are in attendance will be asked to stand so the students can applaud for them. The program will be repeated Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. for families of the first grade students.

2005 CEC Craft Fair set for Oct. 8

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 handcrafted 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. Admission and parking are free.

New this year is a candy raffle with opportunities to win donated crafts. Booths will have special make-it-and-take-it activities for children including cultural masks and scrapbook pages. The senior class will sell painted and decorated pumpkins. Breakfast and lunch will be available.

A limited number of booths are still available. 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 cross-cultural education and appreciation for diversity. Through the annual craft fair fundraiser, the club is able to support study abroad for students, provide scholarships and subsidize cultural outings for club members.

Hamilton student named Commended Student

Hamilton High School student Alison Crane learned recently that she was named a Commended Student in the 2006 National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) competition.

About 34.000 Commended Students throughout the nation are recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2006 competition for Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1 million students who entered the 2006 competition. Eligibility for the distinction is based on results of the 2004 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Templeton Student Council kicks off year

Templeton Middle School Student Council kicked off the 2005-06 school year by hosting several meetings. The Executive Committee met at the Brookfield Best Western Hotel Sept. 19 to plan, discuss, participate in boundary breaking activities and rekindle past friendships. Seventh and eighth grade representatives joined them the next day. Sixth grade representatives held their training Sept. 22 and elected Bryan Kristensen as president, Amy Walsh as vice president and Nicole Carrillo and Matthew Judson to the board.

Get Connected parent sessions offered in October

Parents are invited to attend the Oct. 12 Get Connected parent session where they can network with other parents while learning about how to build success in their children.

The session for parents of students in grades 4K-5 is 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Willow Springs Learning Center. The topic is “Creating Routines and Expectations.” Willow Springs is located at W220 N6660 Town Line Road, Menomonee Falls.

Parents whose children are in grades 6-12 are invited to learn about “The Ever Changing Adolescent” from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Large Group Area at Templeton Middle School, N59 W22490 Silver Spring Road, Sussex.

The Get Connected Parent Network is designed to help parents navigate children through their school years by providing:

  • age-appropriate information;
  • networking with other parents;
  • presentations from professionals; and
  • guidance and support.

For more information about the Get Connected Program, please contact Kristin Hasbrook at (246) 1973 ext. 1128.

Willow Springs to donate 1,200-plus food items

They may be young, but they understand the importance of providing a community service. As the first service project of the school year, Willow Springs Learning Center’s 4-year-old kindergartners will donate more than 1,200 food items to the Sussex Food Pantry.

The food collection service project was scheduled September 9-29. Principal John Vitale challenged the school to collect more 1,000 food items with an incentive of having a student put a pie in his face. The students and staff met and surpassed the challenge.

The pie-in-your-face event will be Sept. 29 at 10:45 a.m. for the morning class and at 2:45 p.m. for the afternoon class.

Willow Springs is located at W220 N6660 Town Line Road, Menomonee Falls.

Hamilton sophomores take WKCE week of Nov. 7

Hamilton High School sophomores will take the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examination (WKCE) the week of Nov.7. 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 homes 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 ext. 1135.

Templeton plans Scholastic Book Fair Oct. 4-7

All Hamilton School District residents are invited to attend Templeton Middle School’s Scholastic Book Fair Oct. 4-7. The Book Fair will be open each day while school is in session and from 3:45 p.m. to 7:45 a.m. during parent-teacher conferences on Oct. 6.

Templeton Library-Media Specialist Anita Paque said the purpose of the event is to promote reading as an educational, fun and exciting activity. Research shows that there is a need for increased reading practice, according to Paque. A recent study of literature-based reading shows that overall students read only 7.1 minutes a day. The study also shows that reading practice helps to increase reading performance.

Templeton Middle School is located at N59 W22490 Silver Spring Dr., Sussex.

September 19, 2005

Tax levy passed at Annual Meeting

About 18 Hamilton School District residents approved a tax levy of $22.77 million for the 2005-06 school year at the district Annual Meeting. The tax levy — the portion of the budget that is paid by district property taxpayers — represents about one-half of a percent decrease over last year’s levy. The equalized mill rate for school purposes will drop 59 cents to $10.19 per $1,000 of property value — a 5.5 percent decrease over last year’s rate.

The $40.29 million budget represents an 4.64 percent increase in spending that is offset by 12.12 percent increase in state aid. School officials anticipate serving approximately 50 more students in 2005-06 compared to the previous year.

The only comments about the budget came from resident and Waukesha County Board Supervisor Joe Marchese, a familiar face at the district’s annual meetings.

“We all have to pay taxes, but at the same time they should be controlled,” he said. “I think we are getting a bargain. We should be proud of what we’re paying for this fabulous school district.”

For the 13th consecutive year, Wisconsin school district will operate under revenue caps. The state Legislature determines the amount of state aid districts will receive and caps the per-pupil expenditure increase. To meet 2005-06 state revenue caps, the following restructuring and adjustments in programs and services were made:

Middle school schedule converted from 8-period to 7-period day resulting in

  • increased time students spend in core academics;
  • flexible sixth grade schedule similar to elementary level;
  • reduced time in electives.

High school staff reduced and class sizes increased.

Special education staff was added to serve increasing special education student needs.

District and grant funds will focus on new elementary-level mathematics instruction.

The high school build-a-house program was eliminated.

The budget anticipates community growth will be at 5.3 percent — a conservative estimate based on previous experience. If community property growth is higher than 5.3 percent, taxpayers can expect to see a lower mill rate.

The state Department of Public Instruction will verify revenue amount in October when the district expects to make final adjustments.

In addition to approving the tax levy, voters agreed to raise School Board member annual salaries to $3,770 — a $100 increase. Marchese encouraged voters to approve the increase.

“I appreciate the time these people spend away from their families,” he said. “I think it is justified for the time they put in.”

Board, superintendent goals OK’d

After interviewing School Board members Superintendent Kathleen Cooke, Ph.D., submitted the following goals for 2005-06 that were approved:

  • Develop resources and implement strategies to enhance student achievement.
  • Implement district Strategic Plan.
  • Promote positive school image.
  • Promote and expand relationships with the community.
  • Monitor district enrollments and community growth and convene Facilities Advisory Committee to develop long-range plans to address facility needs.
  • Update School Board policies.

Regular meeting business approved

Instructional Services Supervisor Dee Bauman, Ph.D., reported on the summer workshops which included curriculum projects and professional development.

Curriculum work included work related to writing revision, site plans and Templeton restructuring. Professional development focused on data interpretation of student achievement at Templeton and Hamilton, training for the new elementary mathematics program and new student database training.

Special Services Supervisor Mardi Freeman reported that of the four children whose parents requested early admission to kindergarten, one request was withdrawn and two were granted. No students applied for early admission for first grade. The numbers are typical of what the district has seen in the last few years.
Of eight children whose parents requested early admission to the K5 program, seven were screened and two were granted admission based on their readiness for school. No requests were made for early admission to first grade.

The district’s policy states that no child may be admitted to 4K, 5K or first grade unless he or she is four, five or six years old, respectively, on or before Sept. 1 of the year they attend school. The early admission policy allows parents to request early admission to 5K and first grade. School staff base their approval or denial of an early admission request on results from academic, social, physical and emotional development screening.

Personnel changes OK’d

In personnel business, the School Board:

  • increased contracts from 50 to 60 percent of speech and language specialists Kathy Voss-Schwartz at Lannon, Christine Raabe at Willow, and Jennifer Kryscio at Hamilton and Templeton;
  • appointed paraprofessionals Jill Johnson and Anna Rauter for Marcy special services, and Cheryl Schroeder for Hamilton publications.