Hamilton School District to host Camp Invention

Hamilton School District will host Camp Invention, a national summer day camp that encourages children to develop their innate creative abilities. The camp will be held July 24-28 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Maple Avenue Elementary School for children entering first through sixth grade in the 2006-07 school year.

Camp Invention is designed to help children enhance their understanding of science, math, history and the arts while having lots of fun. Throughout the day, children will participate in hands-on, interactive activities that encourage creativity and inventive solutions.

Camp Invention is a project of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, a nationally recognized, non-profit resource center for creativity in Akron, Ohio. It is presented in partnership with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. It was introduced to Hamilton School District six years ago.

Jodi Rupnow, Maple Avenue Elementary School second grade teacher, is camp director and will head a staff of local instructors and counselors. The camp features a low staff-camper ratio of one staff member for every eight campers.

The $199 registration fee lasts through May 31, with a cost of $179 if you sign up with a buddy. The price then goes to $209 after May 31. The fee includes instruction by licensed teachers, daily snacks and a Camp Invention t-shirt. For further information or to register, call 1-800-968-4332 or visit www.campinvention.org.

Willow Springs plans Music & Muffins

Grandparents and relatives of Willow Springs Learning Center students, along with friends from the Sussex Senior Center, have been invited to join the 4-year-old kindergartners for Music & Muffins March 15 and 16 from 10:15 a.m. to 10:55 a.m. and again from 2:10 p.m. to 2:55 p.m.

Students will perform St. Patrick’s Day music for their guests and enjoy a muffin snack with them. Students in the 4-year-old kindergarten classes of Jessica Hoffa, Rita Forrester, Bridget Martin, Kathryn Lohrey and Lynn Richmond will have their Music & Muffins event March 15. Students in the classes of Kristy Cravillion, Beth Murphy, Kathryn Schulz and Deborah Blum will celebrate March 16.

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

Tryouts slated for cheerleading-stunt teams

The tryout and practice schedule for Hamilton High School students interested in trying out for the 2006-07 Hamilton High School cheerleading-stunt squads will begin Feb. 27.

Cheerleading practice and tryouts are:

  • Feb. 27 — 3-5:30 p.m. with parent meeting to follow at 5:30 p.m.;
  • March 1 — 3-6 p.m.;
  • March 2 — 6-8:30 p.m.; and
  • March 3 — 7-8 p.m. meeting for 2006-07 team members and parents.

Practices, tryouts and meetings will be held at Hamilton High School, W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex.

For more information about cheerleading, contact coach Karen Welch at (262) 628-9012.

Tryouts slated for cheerleading-stunt teams

The tryout and practice schedule for Hamilton High School students interested in trying out for the 2006-07 Hamilton High School cheerleading-stunt squads will begin Feb. 27.

Cheerleading practice and tryouts are:

  • Feb. 27 — 3-5:30 p.m. with parent meeting to follow at 5:30 p.m.;
  • March 1 — 3-6 p.m.;
  • March 2 — 6-8:30 p.m.; and
  • March 3 — 7-8 p.m. meeting for 2006-07 team members and parents.

Practices, tryouts and meetings will be held at Hamilton High School, W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex.

For more information about cheerleading, contact coach Karen Welch at (262) 628-9012.

“The Sky’s the Limit” for Hamilton Education Foundation’s March 24 dinner, auction

The Hamilton Education Foundation (HEF) will celebrate its 13th annual Dinner-Auction fundraiser on March 24 beginning at 5 p.m. at Davian’s Banquet and Conference Center, 16300 W. Silver Spring Dr., Menomonee Falls.

Besides live and silent auctions, the evening will feature The Wheel of Cards, Around the World Packages, Seasons Baskets, Body Bingo, 50/50 Raffle, Splish/Splash, Table of the Evening, Treasure Chest Chances, a Guys’ Corner and the Grand Raffle.

In keeping with the theme “The Sky’s the Limit”, bids for auction items and events include flying lessons, a handcrafted china cabinet, an autographed Brett Favre “Then and Now” picture, a Hamilton Chargers tailgate party, a Silver Spring Country Club Golf and Champagne Brunch package and, once again, the ever-popular dinner at the home of Hamilton Superintendent Kathleen Cooke.

This year, the first prize winner of the Grand Raffle will be awarded a 42” Sony Plasma TV. Second prize is a pair of one-carat diamond earrings, and third prize, a $500 gift certificate for the Wilderness Water Park and Resort in Wisconsin Dells. Ticket prices are one for $5, three for $10 or 10 for $20. Ticket holders need not be present to win.

In addition to being available at all Hamilton district school offices and from HEF trustees, the following area businesses are selling raffle tickets:

  • Associated Bank – Sussex, Lannon, Silver Spring, Pewaukee branches;
  • M & I Bank, US Bank, Matt’s Piggly Wiggly – in Sussex;
  • Majdecki’s Sentry – in Menomonee Falls.

To donate an item or service to the auction, please contact Donna Goetsch (262) 246-3419.

For dinner reservations, call (262) 798-9042 by March 17, 2006. Dinner tickets are $50 per person.

Woodside ready to read with Book Fair

It’s “Ready, Set, Read!” at Woodside Elementary School where students, parents and staff are getting ready for the Scholastic Book Fair March 27 – 31. The book fair is a fun-filled book sale and literacy event geared to excite children about reading and learning. The Scholastic Book Fair will offer the most popular books and educational products for all ages, including the newest titles, award-winners, classics and interactive products from more than 150 publishers.

The Scholastic Book Fair will kick off with a family event March 27 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with door prizes and a visit from a famous book character. The book fair also will be open March 28-30 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and March 31 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

One of the book fair’s primary goals is to help teachers build classroom libraries. Visitors to the fair can check each teacher’s classroom wish list, then purchase and donate a requested book — helping teachers develop a rich array of learning resources for community children. In addition, Woodside will use funds raised at the book fair to purchase essential classroom resources and support school projects.

Woodside Elementary School is located at W236 N7465 Woodside Road, Sussex.

Templeton leader chosen middle school principal of the year

Templeton Middle School Principal Patricia Polczynski was selected the “2006 Middle School Principal of the Year” by the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators (AWSA).

Polczynski, who has been the Templeton principal since 1996, was characterized in the AWSA announcement of her selection as having “great instructional leadership skills.”

“Ms. Polczynski fostered a shared vision of middle level education which has resulted in Templeton Middle School becoming a child-centered organization that nurtures children to the highest standards of academic achievement,” Hamilton Superintendent Kathleen Cooke said.

Polczynski was one of four principals chosen as 2006 Wisconsin Principals of the Year. Distinguished leaders were chosen to represent elementary school, assistant, middle school and high school principals. To be selected Principal of the Year, principals must be nominated by their colleagues for achievements above and beyond the usual school program. They must maintain high expectations of staff, show evidence of outstanding contributions to their school and their profession, and be an established and respected member of the community.

In announcing the recipients, State Superintendent Elizabeth Burmaster said the honored principals represent the many fine administrators who lead public education in Wisconsin.

”Principals are the standard bearers for their schools,” Burmaster said, “setting the climate and expectations for academic success for both staff and students. Their enthusiasm for educating all children, coupled with high standards for academic achievement, help our efforts to close the achievement gap.”

Cooke credited Polczynski with placing critical focus on student achievement.

“Achievement data illustrate the outstanding accomplishments that have been realized under her watch,” Cooke noted. “In the truest sense, Templeton Middle School is a learning community due to Ms. Polczynski’s vision, leadership and collaboration.”

Polczynski will be honored by MetLife, an insurance company, and the National Association of Secondary School Principals at its annual Principal’s Institute and Awards Banquet in Washington

McBride named Presidential Scholar candidate

Hamilton High School senior Michael McBride was named as candidate for the 2006 Presidential Scholars Program. The United States Department of Education identified 2,600 candidates among students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in 2006.

Students were selected for their exceptional performance on either the College Board SAT or ACT assessment. Further consideration is based on students’ essays, self-assessments, descriptions of activities, school recommendations and school transcripts.

In late March, an independent, national review committee of educators chooses approximately 500 semi-finalists. The Commission on Presidential Scholars makes the final selection in April. The Commission selects up to 141 students to be named Presidential Scholars, one of the highest honors for graduating seniors.

Scholars are chosen based on superior academic and artistic achievement, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities. One young man and one young woman are chosen from each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and from families of U.S. citizens living abroad. In addition, 12 students at-large and up to 20 students from the creative and performing arts are selected.

February 20, 2006

Committee recommends community survey

The Community Facilities Advisory Committee that has been studying the need for classroom space and other facilities needs since November advised the School Board that while additional classroom space is not needed now, the district should survey residents to gauge support for new high school gym space.

Committee members David Schroeder and Eric Olsen presented an interim report to the board. While committee members saw a need for additional gym space, they did not reach consensus about whether the community would support it.

The proposed gym would add about 77,000 square feet and cost approximately $14.8 million. Taxpayers would pay an additional $65 for each $100,000 of property they owned for construction and operational costs.

The School Board approved the committee’s recommendation to conduct a community survey in late spring or early summer. The committee will reconvene after the results are available to present a final recommendation to the School Board.

The committee reviewed subdivision growth within the district based on information provided by municipalities. Municipal officials predicted an additional 1,400 units or lots will be developed through 2010. Using previous data, district officials project that less than one student will come from each unit for a annual average enrollment increase of 35 to 50 students per year through 2010.

With an enrollment of 639, Woodside Elementary School is beyond its designed capacity of 575 to 600 students, but the school has reconfigured space to create additional classrooms. While Woodside continues to grow, the rate has slowed and will not likely justify building of a new school in the next five years. The committee recommended monitoring Woodside’s enrollment each year to determine if steps such as moving 5-year-old kindergartners to Willow Spring Learning Center or obtaining a relocatable classroom is needed.

Woodside Site Plan approved

Woodside Elementary School Principal Linda Jorgensen presented her school’s site plan. Jorgensen said the school plans to continue working on the existing strategies which indicate that the school will:

  • emphasize ownership and shared responsibility among students and staff to enhance respect within the school community;
  • increase the problem-solving abilities of students to strengthen critical thinking skills beginning with mathematics; and
  • help student communicate effectively with an emphasis on writing skills and strategies.
    School Board member Gerald Schmitz said he thought more emphasis should be on the last two strategies because he is concerned about test score results.

Students, teacher recognized

Four Hamilton students and one Templeton teacher were recognized for outstanding accomplishments.

Seniors Courtney Konyn, Katherine Mess and David Paton were recognized for being nominated to represent Hamilton in the 2006 Kohl Student Scholarship Program.

Senior Kimberly Knoebel was honored for creating a canvas on a wood quilt square to represent the district for a display at the Wisconsin Association of School Board Convention in January.

Templeton eighth grade social studies teacher Rhonda Watton was recognized for earning her National Board Teacher Certification.

Personnel business

In personnel business, the School Board:

  • approved the retirement requests of Templeton family and consumer education teacher Fran Birschbach, Maple Avenue third grade teacher John Hoeppner, Templeton fitness education teacher Randy Howard, Maple Avenue learning disabilities teacher Karen Steinman, Woodside fourth grade teacher Judy Wroblewski, Woodside fifth grade teacher Cynthia Piotrowski, Maple Avenue fourth grade teacher Rita Petchel, Templeton technology education teacher Arlyn Clarksen, Woodside fourth grade teacher Christine Parrinello-Peterson and Hamilton principal David Furrer;
  • appointed Dennis Schaefer as Templeton cleaner and Nancy Ruiz as Marcy Special Services paraprofessional;
  • increased Marcy Special Services paraprofessional Sharon Reske’s contract from 6.6 to 7.5 hours per day; and
  • accepted the resignations of Hamilton learning disabilities teacher Hilda Dombeck and Lannon second grade teacher Lisa Lawson.

Woodside hosts a celebration of science March 9

Woodside Elementary School students will celebrate science March 9 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with their annual all-school Science Fair.

Each grade level is involved.

  • Kindergarteners will exhibit posters on the four seasons.
  • First-graders will display animal posters.
  • Second-graders will show their projects on planets.
  • Third, fourth- and fifth-grade participants will display and tell about their recent investigations. Among the topics are: “Which liquid cleans dirty pennies the best?” “Which battery lasts the longest?” and “Which cereal has the most iron?”

In each of their investigations, the young scientists will use the “Scientific Method” of PHEOC — problem, hypothesis, experiment, observation and conclusion. In addition to students projects, there will be two guest scientists, Tom Kavanaugh and Andy Schifler, conducting continual, hands-on session on electricity and magnetism for the whole family to participate.

Woodside Elementary School is located at W236 N7465 Woodside Road, Sussex.