Summer Opportunities students plan food drive

Summer Opportunities students in Ric Ballin’s photography classes are learning how to truly see the world – both with and without their cameras. In addition to becoming skilled at making photographs, students are hoping to bring a new perspective to their fellow Summer Opportunities students about the need to keep the local food pantry stocked during the summer.

“The food pantry has little problem receiving food donations during holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas, but during the summer months, donations drop off even though the need is still there,” Ballin said.

With Ballin’s leadership, photography students in his Summer Opportunities photography classes organized a food drive to benefit the Sussex Food Pantry. Students were asked to contribute nonperishable food items so that people within the community will not go hungry during the summer. Ballin’s class was joined by Megan Rauter and Kelly Jurasovich’s “Summer Skills” students. Kevin Fleischmann, Tony Greiveldinger, Kyle Kluender and De’Jun Watson have worked diligently to collect the food items from each classroom and deliver them to the photography students for sorting and packaging.

“It has been a total team effort,” Ballin said.

As Ballin helps students capture the beauty within the community, his goal is to help them become aware of its needs.

“The consequence of being observant is to ultimately care about what you see,” he said, quoting the master photographer Dorthea Lang. According to Ballin, she also said, “The camera is an instrument to help us see without the camera.”

Hamilton schools plan for start of classes

Hamilton School District students will begin classes Sept. 5. The district has compiled information to assist parents and students in preparation for the big day.

Registration — People who are new to the district may register their children at the school they will attend. Call the individual schools to learn their office hours. School phone numbers are:

  • Willow Springs Learning Center (4-year-old kindergarten), (262) 255-6190;
  • Lannon Elementary, (262) 255-6106;
  • Maple Avenue Elementary, (262) 246-4220;
  • Marcy Elementary, (262) 781-8283;
  • Woodside Elementary, (262) 820-1530;
  • Templeton Middle, (262) 246-6477; and
  • Hamilton High, (262) 246-6471.

If you are unsure of your school attendance area, call the district’s Public Information Office at (262) 246-1973 ext. 1100.

Kindergarten — The district offers kindergarten programs for students who are four and five years old. The program for 4-year-olds is at Willow Spring Learning Center, and the program for 5-year-olds is at neighborhood elementary schools.

To be eligible for the optional 4-year-old kindergarten program a child must be four years old by Sept. 1. The program runs a half day — an 8:45 -11:15 a.m. morning session and 12:45 – 3:15 p.m. afternoon session. Willow Springs Learning Center will have a brief K-4 orientation Aug. 30 at 5:30 p.m. for morning kindergartners and at 6:15 p.m. for afternoon kindergartners to familiarize them with their bus route. School buses will pick up kindergartners at their home schools and travel to Willow Springs. The school is mailing letters with specific times to K-4 parents. Classes at Willow Springs begin Sept. 8. The school will be holding Transition to Success conferences with students and parents Sept. 5-7.

Each elementary school offers a kindergarten program for children who turn five years old by Sept. 1. Most 5-year-olds participate in the full-day program that follows the same schedule as elementary grade school students. Some parents choose to enroll their 5-year-old in kindergarten for only the morning half of the school day.

Transportation — The bus company sends yellow postcards notifying bus riders of their routes. Postcards will be mailed the week of Aug. 28.

Breaks and last school day — Students will not have classes during Labor Day Sept. 4, teachers’ convention Oct. 26 and 27, Thanksgiving break Nov. 23 and 24, staff in-service Nov. 27, winter break Dec. 22-Jan. 1, staff in-service Jan. 25 and 26, spring break April 6-13 and Memorial Day May 28. Their last day of school is June 13.

School hours — Students in grades 1-5 and full-day kindergarten begin school at 8:35 a.m. and end at 3:25 p.m.; Templeton hours are 7:25 a.m. to 2:35 p.m.; and the high school runs from 7:20 a.m. to 2:25 p.m.

Immunization — Wisconsin law requires that parents provide updated records on their children’s immunizations including DTP, MMR and polio. The Hepatitis B (Hep B) and chicken pox vaccines are required for all students prekindergarten through 12th grades.

School lunch program — The Hamilton food service staff is committed to producing quality meals that are nutritious and appealing to children. Lunches consist of five food items — meat, bread, two or more servings of fruit or vegetables, and milk. To reduce waste, children are offered an entire lunch but may refuse one or two items. The price for lunch remains the same whether a child takes the entire lunch or refuses an item.

Lunch menus will be listed in school newsletters, local newspapers, on the district web site and district cable television channel. Parents are asked to go over the lunch menu with their children to help them decide what to eat each day. Children should be encouraged to take at least a portion of an unfamiliar or unpopular food item.

Lunch prices for 2006-07 are: $1.75 for elementary students; $2 – middle school and high school students; $2.65 – adults; and 30 cents for milk.

The following are fees for the 2006-07 school year:
Pre-kindergarten and half-day kindergarten — $19*;
Elementary grades, full-day kindergarten and ungraded — $30*;
Middle school — $40*;
High school — $55*;
High school padlock and ID for new students — $5.50*
Drivers’ education behind-the-wheel training and theory-simulation — $150 each;
Templeton sports — $20 per sport ($60 family maximum);
Hamilton sports — $30 per sport ($90 maximum);
Templeton extra- and co-curriculars — $10 and $20;
Hamilton extra- and co-curriculars — $15 and $30;
Retake ID — $3.00;
Technology Fee — $20 per student ($40 family maximum); and
Parking — $80.
*Maximum of $150 per family for these student fees.

Parent may pay all their children’s school and lunch fees through E-Funds for Schools over the internet. A link to the E-Funds for School site is located on the district web site.

District web site — The district web site is at The site is updated regularly with school supply lists, newsletters, calendar, lunch menus and current information.

Cable television announcements — Residents who receive Time Warner Cable service in Sussex, Lisbon, Lannon and Menomonee Falls may tune into channel 13 for up-to-date information. School lunch menus, reminders about district events and local videos are broadcast.

For more information about the Hamilton School District, contact the individual schools or the district’s Public Information Office at (262) 246-1973 ext. 1100.

July 17, 2006

Higlights from July, August meetings

The Hamilton School Board met several times over the summer. Following are highlights of action it took.

High school student supervisor position approved
A new high school student supervisor position was approved in July. School Board members approved the position that will monitor students from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. who are involved in afterschool activities. Funding for the position will come from the high school building budget.

Additional Open Enrollment seats opened
An additional 18 Open Enrollment positions were opened up for out-of-district students wanting to attend Hamilton schools. The district will accept as many as four additional Open Enrollment students in 4-year-old kindergarten, two in 5-year-old kindergarten, two in first grade, five iin second grade, two in third grade, two in fourth grade and one in fifth grade. Even though there were still students on the secondary grade level waiting list, no additional secondary student positions were made available because of class size limits. The district already had 53 seats available.

Employee contracts approved
The School Board approved salary and benefit packages for several employee groups. Paraprofessionals received a 3-year package that will in increase their salaries 5.72 percent in 2006-07, 4.9 percent in 2007-08 and 3.92 percent in 2008-09. The superintendent’s contract was extended two years with a 2.3 percent salary increase. Other administrators’ contracts were approved with an average 3.99 percent salary and benefit increase. Confidential support staff members saw an average 4.06 percent salary and benefit increase with the approval of their contracts.

Funding provided for police liaison
The school district will provide $10,000 toward funding of Waukesha County police liaison services for the 2006-07 school year. The Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department contributes the remaining funding.

Screening slated for preschoolers not in district programs

The Hamilton School District will offer preschool screening Sept. 8 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for 3- and 4-year-olds who are not already enrolled in a district program and whose parents are concerned about their development.

The screening will occur at Willow Springs Learning Center, W220 N6660 Town Line Rd., Menomonee Falls. Call Claudia Guditus to arrange a screening at (262) 255-6190.

The screening process includes evaluation of language, hearing and articulation development. Parents should park in the west parking lot at Willow Springs when they arrive for their appointments.

Fall Parent-Player Meeting slated Aug. 16

Hamilton High School students who intend to go out for fall athletics should save the evening of Aug. 16. The high school will hold its Fall Parent-Player Meeting beginning at 6 p.m. in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center.

The meeting is mandatory for fall season participants, but students who plan to participate in winter or spring athletics also are invited to attend. While only one parent or guardian is required to attend with each student, families are welcome. Students and parents will learn about co-curricular handbook changes, athlete expectations and required forms. Coaches will be introduced with opportunities to have questions answered. Sports apparel, schedules, forms, family passes and other material will be available in the lobby.

Special guest speaker Bill Collar will present “Attitudes are Contagious” which will emphasize the themes of sportsmanship, teamwork, choices, beliefs and positive parenting. Collar, who taught high school social studies and coached football for 35 years, was recognized as Wisconsin Social Studies Teacher of the Year, Wisconsin Teacher of the year and Wisconsin Football Coach of the Year. He coached state champions in football and track.

Because fall sports are scheduled to begin before the Fall Parent-Player meeting, students should pick up forms and submit them before the following beginning practice dates:

  • Aug. 7 – girls’ golf and boys’ football;
  • Aug. 8 – girls’ tennis and swimming; and
  • Aug. 15 – girls’ and boys’ cross country, girls’ volleyball and boys’soccer.

Necessary forms and fees include:

  • physical card – green card signed by physician that is good for two years;
  • alternate year physical card – tan card used in the alternate year of physical card;
  • emergency card – one yellow card for each sport student plays;
  • parent consent form – required for first sport played; and
  • $30 user fee – for each sport up to $90 family maximum.

Athletic forms are available in Office C during office hours including registration on Aug. 8-9. Contact Athletic-Activities Director Mike Gosz at (262) 246-1805 ext. 1125 for further information. Hamilton High School is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex.

Hamilton welcomes new families at ice cream social

Hamilton High School welcomes new students Aug. 8 with an ice cream social and student-parent orientation. The event will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the cafeteria of the high school located at W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex.

New students will pair up with current Hamilton students and participate in activities that will acquaint them with the high school. Parents will be given the opportunity to have their questions about the high school answered. The evening culminates with school staff, new students and parents exchanging ideas and information over ice cream sundaes.

Invitations will be sent to new-to-the-district high school students and their parents with an RSVP request. For more information, please call the high school at (262) 246-6471 ext. 1101.