District students learn about the stock market, take third place awards in economics contest

Two Hamilton School District students showed their stock market savvy in a statewide contest designed to promote financial literacy and economics.

Templeton Middle School eighth-grader Matthew Kline and Hamilton High School junior Amanda Albrecht each took third place in their age divisions in the statewide Stock Market Simulation Essay Contest sponsored by Economics Wisconsin.

Kline and Albrecht participated in a 10-week computer stock market simulation in which they used a hypothetical $100,000 to invest in companies of their choice. In the process of buying and selling stocks on-line, they learned about stocks, how to research them and the risks and rewards of investing. They then wrote about what they learned from the simulation.

Kline and students in Rhonda Watton’s “Content Reading and Application” class worked in teams to invest in the stock market. Albrecht participated as a student in Brenda Wangen’s “Personal Finance” class. Kline’s essay was among 203 and Albrecht’s was among 230 submitted statewide. They each received a certificate, T-shirt and $25 for their third place finishes.

Lannon students playing chess in March

Lannon Elementary School once again will host a Chess Club for its students in third, fourth and fifth grades. Students will meet in the school library from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays during March.

There are three levels of play to accommodate all types of chess learners:

  • beginners – students who want to learn the moves and some basic strategies;
  • players – those who know how to play and want some practice playing others; and
  • challengers – potential chess masters who would like to challenge a Hamilton High School chess player.

A chess tournament, open to all who sign up for Chess Club, will be held March 29 to determine Lannon School’s chess champions.

For more information, please contact Lannon third grade teacher and Chess Club Advisor Laureanna Raymond at (262) 255-6106. Lannon Elementary School is located at 7145 N. Lannon Road., Lannon.

Winners named in district spelling bee

One champion and four finalists emerged from the 2006 District Spelling Bee held Jan. 20 at Templeton Middle School. The District Spelling Bee draws qualifying students in grades 5-8 from Hamilton School District middle and elementary schools as well as area private schools.

Adam Pagenkopf, a Templeton eighth-grader, was named champion. Finalists who will advance with Pagenkopf to the regional bee are:

  • Michael Newman, Templeton seventh-grader;
  • Daniel Thompson, Templeton eighth-grader;
  • Andy Kerber, St. Agnes eighth-grader; and
  • Brandon Wirth, Templeton sixth-grader.

In recognition of their achievement, each student was awarded a trophy and will receive a certificate and spelling bee pin.

Students who won classroom spelling bees vied for the honor of participating in the district spelling bee. The five top spellers in the district event will compete Feb. 16 at the regional bee in Oconomowoc. Regional winners continue to the Wisconsin spelling bee in hopes of qualifying for the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. in June.

Templeton reading specialist Patricia Sankey coordinated the event.

Students take honors for catalog cover designs

Three Hamilton High School students were recognized for artwork they created for their school’s 2006-07 Course Catalog.

  • Steven Notari took first place. His design will be on the cover of the catalog.
  • Karolyn Braden’s entry received second place.
  • Amanda Holzem’s took third place.

Notari and Braden, respectively, will receive a $50 and $25 gift certificate to the school store, and Holzem will receive a Pepsi product 12-pack.

Templeton hosts cultural celebration March 3

Templeton Middle School eighth-graders will learn the significance of celebrations held in various world cultures as their school hosts its own Mardi Gras-Carnival-Karneval. The Templeton small gym will be the site March 3 from 12:45 p.m. to 1:37 p.m. for eighth grade students in French, German and Spanish classes to experience the excitement of these traditional holidays.

Students will change into traditional costumes and enter a contest with the winners crowned king and queen of the event. Each class will prepare a representative banner featuring its language of study. Students also will prepare small floats that will be paraded at the event and entered into a contest. Authentic food and music from various cultures that celebrate Mardi Gras, Carnival and Karneval will be highlighted at the school celebration.

The goal of the event is to give students an understanding of the history of Mardi Gras, Carnival and Karneval in a fun setting that motivates them to continue their language studies for the remainder of the school year.

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

Early admission to school deadline approaches

Parents who want their children considered for early admission into a Hamilton School District 5-year-old kindergarten or first grade class next fall should apply in writing by March 1 to their elementary school principal. Application forms are available at elementary school offices.

Children who turn five on or before Sept. 1, 2006 meet normal entrance age requirements for the 2006-07 5-year-old kindergarten class; those who turn six on or before Sept. 1, 2006 are eligible to enter first grade.

Parents making application will meet with the principal. During that time, a brief interview will take place and the application will be completed. The child should demonstrate superior intellectual development, superior language skills and advanced physical, social and emotional maturity. Parents will be contacted no later than mid-March 2006 about the next step in the process.

For more information about early admission, contact an elementary school principal or Special Services Supervisor Mardi Freeman at (262) 246-1973 ext. 1184.

Templeton to offer new football program

Templeton Middle School will offer a new football program next fall for seventh- and eighth-grade students. Under the direction of Hamilton High School Charger Football Head Coach John Damato, the Templeton Bulldog Youth Football Program will focus on the fundamentals of football while stressing the importance of education, hard work, self-discipline, teamwork, leadership and perseverance.

Damato said the program is designed to benefit Hamilton’s upcoming young players while enhancing the overall football program.

“The program will offer players the first phase of football development by teaching them the system, skills and game management philosophy of the Charger Football Program,” Damato said. “Coaches will help each player develop sound mind, body and character in an environment conducive for learning.”

The self-funded, full-contact program will be affiliated with the Classic Youth Football League. All coaches will be selected by Templeton Middle School administration and Charger Football staff.

Weekday practices will be on Hamilton High School practice fields, and Saturday morning games will be at various conference locations. All participants will have an opportunity to play. Information about the program will be sent home with Templeton students in the Jan. 20 school newsletter, and a parent information and sign-up meeting will be Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. in the Templeton Cafeteria.

What: Templeton Bulldog Youth Football Program
Who: Seventh and eighth grade students
When: Fall of 2006
Where: Hamilton High School practice fields
Why: Develop players as individuals, students and athletes
Cost: $160
Sign-up: Begins Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. at parent information meeting, Templeton Cafeteria

Templeton hosts District Spelling Bee

Templeton Middle School will be the site Jan. 20 for the District Spelling Bee that draws qualifying students from Hamilton School District middle and elementary schools as well as area private schools. Qualifying students from the following schools will participate in the District Spelling Bee: Templeton, Lannon, Maple Avenue, Marcy, Woodside, St. Agnes, St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran, Peace Lutheran Academy and Zion Lutheran.

The District Spelling Bee begins at 8 a.m. in the Large Group Area. Five students will advance to the Regional Spelling Bee. One winner will qualify for the State Spelling Bee. The state champion will then move on to the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C..

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

January 16, 2006

Course catalogs approved

Hamilton School Board members approved changes Jan. 16 to course catalogs for Templeton Middle School and Hamilton High School.

Templeton Principal Patricia Polczynski described changes for the Templeton course catalog that include:

  • listing Content Mastery as a support intervention for students who perform below proficiency;
  • aligning course descriptions and content strands and standards information with what is published in parent curriculum guides;
  • including summary of allied arts options in that are offered opposite fitness education; and
  • providing full descriptions for all elective choices.

Polczynski said Allied Arts teachers will create a video that will include descriptions, content strands and standards and photos of the classroom room environment for each elective course.

Hamilton Principal David Furrer presented changes in the high school course catalog. The most significant will be information about Advanced Placement courses using a weighted grade scale of 5.0 instead of 4.0. Other high school course catalog changes include

  • modifying various course title changes;
  • rotating course offerings in fitness education;
  • adjusting honors eligibility due to elimination of Terra Nova testing in middle school;
  • transferring computer programming courses from mathematics to business education; and
  • placing the Academic Teaching Assistant program under the direction of the Learning Center.

Lannon Site Plan approved

Lannon Elementary School Principal Richard Ladd presented his school’s site plan. Ladd said the school plans to continue working on the existing strategies which indicate that the school will:

  • maintain and enhance a positive, nurturing culture so that students strive for excellence;
  • improve the building referral process to meet the needs of all students; and
  • enhance the schoolwide writing program, allowing each student to develop the skills necessary to express themselves effectively through written communication.

Future work will include:

  • refining the procedure to select students for the “Notice ME!” program;
  • exploring methods of evaluating the impact of Cardinal Café;
  • creating list of classroom strategies and resources to help address student needs before referral to the Child Assistance Team;
  • administering and scoring writing prompts and marking writing portfolios;
  • continuing to showcase student writing through publication in the school newsletter and Writers of the Month program; and
  • organizing monthly Six Trait Writing teacher make-and-take sessions to create new writing lessons for students.

School Board member Gerald Schmitz raised concerns about drops in test results. Ladd said school staff, too, shared the concerns which he said could be a reflection of a few students who did not do well.

Personnel business

In personnel business, the School Board approved the retirement requests of Lannon kindergarten teacher Judy Gurath, Hamilton art teacher Alan Skell, Marcy learning disabilities teacher Juliana Seboth, Hamilton learning disabilities teacher Mary Penn and Hamilton Spanish teacher Caryl Klug.

Board member Deborah Briggs said the five employees had 159 years of accumulated service to the district. She said it would be sad to see them go, but she wished them luck in their future pursuits.

The School Board also approved preliminary notification for nonrenewal for 13 teachers who were hired under replacement contracts. Briggs said the action is required because some were hired to replace teachers who will return to their positions, and others were hired after the school year began. She said she hoped many of the individuals on the list would be back on a future personnel list for rehiring.

Feb. 7 meeting canceled

Finally, the School Board voted to cancel its Feb. 7 meeting because several members had conflicts with the date. All agenda items from that meeting were moved to other meetings.

Open Enrollment deadline Feb. 24

Parents have until Feb. 24 at 4 p.m. to apply for the state’s open enrollment program that allows parents to choose the public school district their children will attend next school year.

Under the Public School Open Enrollment Program, parents must apply between Feb. 6 and Feb. 24 to attend a district in which they do not reside. Applications are for the 2006-07 school year. Parents may request that a child be enrolled in a specific program or school.

Applications must be submitted to the nonresident district to which the student is applying. Parents will be notified by the end of the first week in April if their child’s application to attend school in the nonresident district has been approved.

Application forms may be obtained from the Hamilton School District’s Public Information Office located at Hamilton High School, W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex. For more information about the Open Enrollment Program, please contact coordinator Erica Bova-Brown at (262) 246-1973 ext. 1170. Information about the Open Enrollment Program is also available on the district’s web site at www.hamilton.k12.wi.us.