Get Connected parent sessions offered in January

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

Internet safety
Parents of children of any age are invited to learn about the dangers of the Internet and how to protect their children. Eric Szatkowski, a special agent with the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation, will present a parents-only program Jan. 11 to help parents keep up with what their children have access to on the Web and provide advice on how to keep them safe. Szatkowski is assigned to the state’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in Milwaukee. He is one of the nation’s leading undercover officers in apprehending sexual predators who use the Internet to seduce or exploit children.

While children should not attend the Jan. 11 parent session, Szatkowski will return to the district Jan. 18 to speak to all Templeton eighth grade students as part of their Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse unit on safe behaviors and to provide an in-service for staff.

Topic: “Safe Internet Use”
Level: Parents of children in all grade levels
Place: Templeton Middle School Large Group Area, W22490 Silver Spring Road, Sussex
Time: 7-8:30 p.m. on Jan. 11.

Building success
Sessions for parents whose students are in grades 4K-5 are Jan. 11 and 18. Ed Cohen, a licensed social worker who practices at Cornerstone Counseling Services in Waukesha and Oconomowoc, will talk about various ways to build assets in children to help them succeed. Parents will be given tools and techniques to use.

Topic: “How to Build Success in Your Child”
Level: Parents of children in grades 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 Jan. 11
7 p.m.-8 p.m. on Jan. 18

Get Connected 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.

Maple Avenue students visit Jessica Doyle

Maple Avenue Elementary School third-graders traveled to Madison Dec. 12 to meet with Wisconsin First Lady Jessica Doyle at the Governor’s Mansion as part of “Reading Day at the Residence.” The students discussed books with Doyle, met a published author and took a tour of the house.

Doyle talked about selections from her book club, Read On Wisconsin. Students met Steve Kihm, Madison native and author of a December pick for the book club, “The Lost Candy Bar.” Doyle provided cookies and juice, and gave each student a Scholastic book of his or her choice. Students visited the Capitol Building later that afternoon as part of their study of government.

Read On Wisconsin is an online book club for students and educators across the state. Each month throughout the school year, Doyle recommends books for age groups ranging from preschool to high school.

Hamilton’s kindergarten registration begins in January

Kindergarten registration for children in the Hamilton School District is set to begin in January.

There are several kindergarten options for 4- and 5-year-olds. An optional half-day program for 4-year-olds is available to parents whose children are four years old on or before Sept. 1, 2006. The district offers parents the option of choosing full- or half-day programming for children who will be five years old on or before Sept. 1, 2006.

Following are three ways to register children for kindergarten in the Hamilton School District.

  • 4K program – Registration is at Willow Springs Learning Center where the program is offered. Willow Springs registration hours are 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Jan. 30-Feb. 3, with extended hours until 7 p.m. on Feb. 1.
  • 5K program for children who are not enrolled in the Willow Springs 4K program – Registration is at the school the child will attend in 2006-07. Registration at Lannon, Maple Avenue, Marcy and Woodside elementary schools will be 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Jan. 23-27 with extended hours from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Jan. 25.

    Required at registration are the child’s birth certificate and immunization record. Proof of residency is required when the first child in a family registers in the district. Also suggested is a list of emergency phone numbers and information if a child will be picked up or dropped off at a location other than home. Children are welcome to attend, but the child’s attendance is not necessary.

  • 5K program for children currently enrolled in the Willow Springs 4K program – Registration forms containing child’s current information will be sent home the week of Jan. 23. Parents will update information on the forms and choose half- or full-day kindergarten for 2006-07. Parents of current Willow Springs 4-year-old kindergartners are not required to complete registration at their home school.

Following are locations and phone numbers for each school.

  • Willow Springs, W220 N6660 Town Line Rd., Menomonee Falls (262) 255-6190;
  • Lannon, 7145 N. Lannon Rd., Lannon (262) 255-6106;
  • Maple Avenue, W240 N6049 Maple Ave., Sussex (262) 246-4220;
  • Marcy, W180 N4851 Marcy Rd., Menomonee Falls (262) 781-8283; and
  • Woodside, W236 N7465 Woodside Rd., Sussex (262) 820-1530.

Winners of Woodside bridge-building challenge announced

Winners of the Woodside Elementary School spaghetti bridge challenge were announced.

Chris Parrinello’s class:

  • Rebecca Leibiger – first place;
  • Samantha Besler – second place;
  • Thomas Kirsch – third place; and
  • Kelton Corcoran and Michael Demler – creative design.

Judith Wroblewski’s class:

  • Jacob Rink – first place;
  • Megan Mueller – second place;
  • Ella Morris and Lindsey Gabel – third place; and
  • Marissa Meyer and Amanda Phillips – creative design.

Kathy Theis’ class:

  • Tyler August – first place;
  • Laciane Van Der Linden – second place;
  • Rachel Branton – third place; and
  • Brittany Larson – creative design.

Aaron Greenwald’s class:

  • John Kremer – first place;
  • Sarah Cross and Matthew Lussow – second place;
  • John Phillips – third place; and
  • Katrina Kastner and Kimberley Schoof – creative design.

Culminating a unit on span, support, stress point and strongest shape, Woodside fourth-graders were challenged to use three pounds of thin spaghetti and glue to build a bridge that would support a 16-ounce can of Bush’s Baked Beans for three minutes. They were further challenged to build a bridge with the longest span.

Orientation for Youth Apprenticeship slated Jan. 25

An orientation meeting for Hamilton High School students interested in the Youth Apprenticeship Program and their parents will be held beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 25. The meeting will be in the Little Theater at the high school which is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex.

Students entering their junior or senior year in 2006-07 and interested in becoming a Youth Apprentice in manufacturing, auto, health, finance or printing should plan to attend with their parents or guardians. Please RSVP to Ms. Curtis at ( 262) 246-6471 ext. 1145.

Templeton reaches Math-a-Thon milestone

Templeton Middle School has a winning formula for charitable contributions. Caring teachers + great students with strong math skills + generous parents, relatives and community members = the most successful Templeton Math-A-Thon ever.

Templeton students raised $7,366.88 – topping last year’s total by more than $2,000. Students completed more than 200 math problems and collected pledges. The money raised is sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to help children with cancer, leukemia and other life-threatening illnesses.

The sixth grade had an impressive showing this year contributing more than $5,000 to the effort. In fact, all the top fund-raisers were sixth-graders including Kyle Vogt – $405, Daniel Smith – $395, Makenzie Muehler – $325 and Matthew Coe – $320. Three sixth grade math classes raised more than $1,000. They were the classes of Sherry Malmon at $1,579.86, Trenette Fowler at $1,261.28 and Jeannette Smith at $1,118.25. Raising $768.10, Brenda Peterson’s students had the highest-earning seventh grade math class, and Karen Zielinski’s students raised $528.66 for the top eighth grade class.

St. Jude Children’s Hospital is a non-sectarian hospital that treats children without regard to race, religion, creed or ability to pay. Located in Memphis, Tenn., the hospital treats about 4,500 patients who are in “active status,” returning for treatment as needed. All medical treatment costs not covered by insurance are paid by fund-raising. The facility holds special meaning for two Templeton families whose children were treated at St. Jude’s.

December 19, 2005

Enrollment up since September

School district enrollments this December are up 24 students over the September count. Human Resources Assistant Superintendent Dean Schultz presented a report showing student enrollment going from 4,217 in September to 4,241 in December.

Changes in school enrollment show that:

  • Willow Springs is at 270, down 4;
  • Lannon – 286, up 2;
  • Maple – 498, up 3;
  • Marcy – 419, up 8;
  • Woodside – 640, up 3;
  • Templeton – 894, up 4; and
  • Hamilton – 1,222, up 8.

Schultz noted that the December enrollment counts are the basis for next year’s staff planning. A large fifth grade class appears to be headed to sixth grade at Templeton next year. Schultz said it may mean that there will be a shift of a teacher from elementary to middle school.

Projections shared with FAC

Schultz also reported on more long-term enrollment projections that have been provided to the Facilities Advisory Committee (FAC). Using three different methodologies, the district is projecting that there will be at least 4,400 students by the 2009-10 school year. The projections are based on historical enrollment trends, expected increases at certain grade levels and anticipated subdivision growth based on municipal permits granted to developers.

The FAC, a committee with broad representation from within the district and community, began meeting in November to look at growth, building capacity and facility needs. It is expected to present its findings and a recommendation to the School Board in February.

District student fees lower than most

Student fees in the Hamilton School District are on the lower end compared to many in southeastern Wisconsin , according to a chart compiled by the Business Office. Many expenses were reported including grade level and technology fees assessed for all students and others that are based on participation such as drivers’ education, athletics and activities, parking, summer school and activities passes.

The Business Office determined an “average fee” that included grade level fees, participation fees for one sport and one club, and parking for high school students and band participation for middle school students. Hamilton ’s average high school fee was $215 compared to the area average of $268, and the average for Templeton students was $95 compared to $169 for other area middle schools.

The School Board has not increased student fees for four years. It is expected to take up the issue next spring.

Marcy Site Plan report given

Principal Donald Behrens, Ph.D., reported on Marcy Elementary School ’s Site Plan. He discussed changes at the school which include increasing mobility and diversity among the school population.

Three new site tactics of the site plan indicate that Marcy students, staff and parents will:

  • become a strong and cohesive community through enriching and memorable experiences,
  • attain the highest possible levels of achievement through the use of effective and innovative practices; and
  • embrace the responsibility for ensuring a quality education and a school environment of which they can be proud.

Awards and recognition

School Board members recognized long-time district residents Joe and Marilynn Marchese for donation of two American and one Wisconsin flag to the Hamilton Fine Arts Center. The flags will be set in a base with a plaque inscribed “In deep appreciation to Joe and Marilynn Marchese.”

In the Superintendent’s Reporter, Kathleen M. Cooke, Ph.D., reported that the Hamilton Fine Arts Center building was featured in the architectural magazine “American School and University” for its award-winning design.

Personnel matters

In personnel business, the School Board: accepted the resignation of Templeton cleaner John Lindstrom; and appointed William Hahn as a part-time cleaner for the district.

Willow Springs donates 250-plus gifts to Sussex Food Pantry

Willow Springs Learning Center 4-year-old kindergartners and their families have participated in “Making Wishes Come True,” a school service project that will conclude Dec. 15.

Students and families donated more than 250 holiday gifts that will be distributed to local families through the Sussex Food Pantry. The gifts will loaded and hauled by 9 a.m. Dec. 16 to Sussex Bowl where the Sussex Food Pantry is storing them until they can be distributed.

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

Templeton students selected for Honors Band

Eight Templeton Middle School eighth grade band members participated Dec. 2, 3 and 4 in the 39th Annual Honors Band Festival at the University of Wisconsin (UW) – Milwaukee. Students participating in the festival were:

  • Robert Matthias – tenor saxophone;
  • Gabrielle Lyons – flute;
  • Kelsey Steinmetz – flute;
  • Alex Gratz – percussion;
  • Jessica Gemoll – trumpet;
  • Briana Botros – bass clarinet;
  • Kristin Fidler – French horn; and
  • Erin Stone – euphonium

Students were selected from approximately 700 nominations from across Wisconsin and Illinois. They participated in all-day rehearsals and instrument master classes on Dec. 2 and 3. The festival concluded the following day with a concert at the Helene Zelazo Center For The Performing Arts on the UW-Milwaukee campus.

Students in the festival were divided into three performance bands: the North Carolina Band, directed by Dr. Scott Tobias from Appalachian State University; the Michigan Honors Band, directed by Michael Kaufman from Grand Ledge High School in Michigan; and the Illinois Honors Band, directed by Chip De Stefano from McCraken Middle School in Skokie, Ill.

Hamilton earns national Kagy award

Hamilton High School earned the 2005 Frederick D. Kagy Education Award of Excellence given by the Printing Industries of America/Graphic Arts Technical Foundation. The Kagy Award — presented to the nation’s outstanding middle school, high school or community college graphics arts program — recognizes exemplary qualities of strong instructional leadership, a high degree of professionalism, innovational technique and promotion of the graphic communications industries.

Hamilton graphic arts teacher Byron Olson was identified as providing leadership for the program’s success in preparing students for careers in commercial printing. In his 31 years at Hamilton, Olson taught more than 200 students who went on to work in the graphic arts industry.

Because of the high quality reputation of its graphic arts program, Hamilton High School was the site chosen for the historic signing of the 2 + 2 + 2 program between high schools, technical colleges and the University of Wisconsin-Stout. The program transitions students smoothly from high school into 2- and 4-year college programs or directly into the workplace.

Nominators identified that Hamilton’s program provides students with a solid foundation of printing basics while continually exposing them to the industry’s latest technology.

The Frederick D. Kagy Education Award of Excellence was established in 1992 and honors the distinguished career of a Illinois State University professor emeritus who was influential in the field of graphic communications and technology education.

Olson was presented with a 26-pound lithoprint stone that was inscribed with information about the award. The Hamilton School Board recognized Olson for the honor at its Dec. 7 meeting.