“The Pink Panther Strikes Again” at Hamilton

For their first drama performance of the season, Hamilton High School students will present “The Pink Panther Strikes Again” at 7 p.m. on Nov. 3-5 and at 2 p.m. on Nov. 6. Ticket prices are $5 for students and senior citizens and $8 for adults. They may be purchased 30 minutes before the performances.

The play was written by William Gleason and is based on the film by Blake Edwards and Frank Waldman. The comic essence of the film with all its verbal and visual humor has been captured in the play in which the world’s most unusual criminologist, Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau fights for his life and for the future of all mankind in the most bizarre and dangerous caper of his brilliantly successful and utterly clumsy career.

His long-suffering boss, now turned into a raving lunatic, holds the world at bay with the ultimate weapon — the Doomsday Machine – and is out to get Clouseau. Blissfully unaware that the army of deadly assassins is gunning for him, or that the beautiful girl who seeks him out is a Russian agent, Clouseau incredibly stumbles and slips by every attack. Join Hamilton High School students as they perform on this hilarious play.

The Hamilton Fine Arts Center is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Rd. Sussex.

Hamilton tax levy drops

Hamilton School Board members adopted a budget and certified a tax levy Oct. 19 that will drop the mill rate for school purposes by nearly 12 percent. The tax levy for 2005-06 is $22,425,229 — $467,961 less than the 2004-05 levy. The mill rate is $9.50, which equates to $950 in school taxes for each $100,000 of property value a resident owns. The owner of $100,000 of property last year paid $1,078 in taxes for school purposes.

School officials at the September Annual Meeting predicted the tax rate would drop 59 cents from last year’s rate, but increased state aid and community growth brought down the mill rate $1.28 for each $1,000 of property value. State aid increased nearly 15 percent – from $16.63 million to $19.12 million – and property value increased 11.21 percent rather than the 5.3 percent that had been projected in September.

The expenditure budget increased 4.96 percent — due in part to the cost of educating 42 more students this year.

Each October, the School Board must adopt the budget, certify the tax levy and establish the tax rate after the Department of Revenue determines property values in the district. Tax bills are sent to property owners in December.

Hamilton community invited to dance performance

The Hamilton Education Foundation will sponsor a performance of the Ko-Thi Dance Company Nov. 11 beginning at 7 p.m. in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center. There is no admission to attend, but donations will be accepted at the door.

Ko-Thi Dance Company is committed to preserving and performing the dance and music rooted in African, African-American and Caribbean cultures. Its performers are cultural ambassadors for art forms of African descent. Founded in 1969, Ko-Thi uses traditional instruments, authentic costumes, exhilarating music and awe-inspiring dance to educate and bridge the gap between cultures.

The Hamilton Fine Arts Center is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex.

Maple Avenue dads treated to donuts

Dads and other significant male figures in the lives of Maple Avenue Elementary School students will meet for a morning treat Nov. 11 as the school hosts “Donuts With Dad.”

This popular program brings children together with their fathers and other adult males – offering the adults an informal opportunity to visit the school, have a little breakfast and socialize with their children’s friends and fathers. After breakfast, the dads escort their children to their classrooms.

The school is expecting more than 500 students and dads to attend the event that begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 8:35 a.m. with the start of school.

The school is located at W240 N6059 Maple Ave., Sussex.

Get Connected parent sessions offered in November

Parents are invited to attend Get Connected parent sessions in November where they can network with other parents while learning about positive parenting.

The sessions for parents whose students are in grades 4K-5 are Nov. 9 and 16. Karin Beal, a behavior management specialist at Roger’s Memorial Hospital and Child-Adolescent Intake Center, will talk about various ways to effectively discipline children.

Topic: “Discipline: A Bag Full of Tricks”
Level: K-4 through 5
Place: Willow Springs Learning Center
W220 N6660 Town Line Road, Menomonee Falls
Time: 11:45 a.m. -12:30 p.m. on Nov. 9
7 p.m.-8 p.m. on Nov. 16

Parents whose children are in grades 6-12 are invited to learn about normal adolescent behaviors and how to recognize those that signify children may be in trouble on Nov. 9. Stephany Albert, a licensed clinical social worker from Roger’s Memorial Hospital and Child-Adolescent In-Patient Unit, will present.

Topic: “Adolescent Changes and Warning Signs”
Level: 6-12
Place: Templeton Middle School Large Group Area
W22490 Silver Spring Road, Sussex
Time: 7-8:30 p.m. on Nov. 9

The programs are free and open to the public. 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 (262) 246-1973 ext. 1128.

Hamilton announces September students of the month

Hamilton High School students representing 11 curriculum areas were selected students of the month for September. They are:

  • Desiree Brown, music;
  • Megan Wagner, family & consumer education;
  • Nicole Mikolajczak, communication arts;
  • Michael Cochrane and Marita Peterson, social studies;
  • Michael Alfano, mathematics;
  • Lindsay Kossow, fitness education;
  • Daniel Gellendin, applied engineering and technology;
  • Bouafue Thao, art;
  • Joshua Monroe, science;
  • Phillip Laper, world languages; and
  • Benjamin Orvold, business education.

Questions answered at financial aid session

People who have questions about postsecondary financial aid are encouraged to attend the annual financial aid information session Dec. 8 hosted by the Hamilton High School Guidance Department. The workshop, which begins at 7 p.m., will be held in the high school Little Theater. Many aspects of financial aid — including application procedures, forms, eligibility, aid packages and deadlines — will be covered.

Carroll College Financial Aid Director Dawn Scott will be the guest speaker. For more information, contact the high school Guidance Department at (262) 246-6471, ext. 1134.

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

October 17, 2005

District’s diversity continues to expand

The diversity of students served in the Hamilton School District continues to grow, and staff members have taken many steps to ready themselves for their roles in helping students find success.

The district’s Chapter 220 coordinator and human relations specialist, Erica Bova-Brown, provided School Board members with a detailed multi-cultural report that covered activities including English Language Learners (ELL), multi-cultural celebrations, staff in-services, classroom presentations, staff recruitment and student club experiences.
Bova-Brown said the ELL Program increased from 110 students in 2003-04, to 153 in 2004-05. Preliminary counts this year indicate there are 176 bilingual students and as many as 35 different languages spoken, up from 22 last year.

Ensuring that staff members have adequate information and background to serve these students is an on-going task that the ELL Committee addresses. The 16-member committee reviews ELL issues and facilitates staff training. In addition, Bova-Brown has developed a cultural collection of materials that teachers may use in their classes including posters, audio programs, books and displays.

Bova-Brown said future plans include providing links to information about students’ home countries on the district’s intranet

Chapter 220, Open Enrollment seats to remain at current level

The school district will hold steady the number of nonresident students who are allowed to enroll through the Chapter 220 and Open Enrollment programs. Because schools are “reaching capacity very quickly in our buildings,” Assistant Superintendent Dean Schultz said no additional seats would be open for out-of-district students.

Some 108 students attend through the Chapter 220 Program, and Schultz said the number will be limited to 105 students next year.

The district has 53 Open Enrollments students who are attending district schools. No new seats were open. People who would like to attend in the district will be put on a waiting list. Administrators will continue to monitor enrollment and may recommend opening some seats if enrollments shift.

Summer Opportunities hits highest enrollment in decades

Enrollment for the 2005 Summer Opportunities Program hit 1,635 students — the highest in at least 20 years. Coordinator Dick Ladd updated the School Board on key facts and figures.
Some 230 sections were scheduled — up 52 from 2004.

The program served students in kindergarten through high school. Enrichment, promotional support, for-credit high school classes, invitational classes to bolster academics, band and athletic offerings were available.

All its goals were met and the program operated with a $73,543 surplus.

Programs help struggling students

A variety of programs and interventions serve students who are struggling. Schultz reported on the 36 programs at the elementary, middle and high school levels. All students who are not proficient in the mathematics or reading portions of the state standardized Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exam are offered services.

Budget timeline presented

A timeline for development of the 2006-07 budget was developed by Business Services Director Bryan Ruud. Among the dates are:

  • Dec. 7 at 3:45 p.m. – open faculty and staff forum in the high school library;
  • Feb. 13 – budgets due with administrative signatures;
  • March 20, April 24 and May 2 – opportunity for community input at 7:15 p.m. – prior to School Board meetings in high school library;
  • May 15 – School Board approves final budget; and
  • June 19 – voters approve levy at Annual Meeting.

Youth Option requests approved

The requests of six Hamilton High School students to participate in the Youth Options Program next semester were approved. The statewide program allows students in good academic and disciplinary standing who have completed 10th grade to take technical college or university courses at district expense.

Hamilton Principal David Furrer said that even though the students had applied to take a total of more than 16 courses for the second semester, experience indicates that not all of them will actually take the courses they list on the application. He said students sometimes list several alternatives in case they are not able to get into their first-choice course

Personnel changes OK’d

In personnel business, the School Board:

  • approved the resignation of Maple Avenue special services paraprofessional Melissa Mansfield and Woodside third grade teacher Rachel Ausenhus;
  • appointed Lindsey Wehr as the Hamilton student supervisor for four hours each day, Jean Freund as the Templeton and Hamilton transitions counselor, and Laura DeStefanis as the Hamilton physical education half-time teacher.

Willow Springs sponsors Nov. 9 shopping extravaganza

The Willow Springs Parent Group is pleased to present its sixth annual “Shop ‘Til You Drop” night. Community members will have the opportunity to shop from more than 30 vendors Nov. 9 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Willow Springs Learning Center gym. In addition, a raffle with many items donated by vendors and community members — including a $250 scrapbooking weekend getaway — will be held at the end of the evening. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. Refreshments and daycare will be available.

The following consultants, representatives and businesses will have products available for sale:
Arbonne International, At Home America, Avon, Bath & Body Style, Big Yellow Box, Body Shop at Home, Creative Memories, Cookie Lee, Designer-Like Purses Inc., Jodiâ–ªzines, Discovery Toys, Jockey Person to Person, L&L Beadworks, Lia Sophia, Lil Bowtique, Longaberger, Mary Kay, Market Day Gourmet, Noah’s Ark Workshop, Pampered Chef, Party Lite, Safe in My Home, Silpada Design, Southern Living, Stampin’ Up, Tastefully Simple, Timberland Candles Co., Timeless Treasures, Top Line Creations, Tupperware, Usborne Books, Whats’ Poppin and Wonderful Socks.

The Willow Springs Parent Group will receive a portion of the proceeds to help fund various 4-year-old kindergarten program activities. The school encourages community members to join in for an evening of shopping fun while benefiting children’s kindergarten experiences. The parents urge community members to get an early start on holiday shopping.

Willow Springs is located at W220 N6660 Town Line Road, Menomonee Falls. If you have questions, please contact Cheryl Remm at (262) 820-2688.