Hamilton mathematics teachers attend conference

Four Hamilton School District Early Mathematics Empowerment teachers joined other mathematics educators Sept. 20-22 at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Regional Conference and Exposition in Chicago.

The teachers were Charlotte Coe, Robyn Hassani, Nancy Lorenz and Donna Uselmann. They participated in the 3-day conference that featured nationally known speakers and attracted educators from all levels, preschool through university, to exchange ideas on how students learn mathematics and ways to support learning for all students.

NCTM is the world’s largest organization dedicated to improving mathematical teaching and learning for grades pre-K through12.

Willow Springs to donate more than 1,000 food items

They may be young, but they understand the importance of providing a community service. As the first service project of the school year, Willow Springs Learning Center’s 4-year-old kindergartners will donate more than 1,000 food items to the Sussex Food Pantry.

The food collection service project ran Sept. 11-28. Students worked to reach their goal of 1,000 food items so that they could take their principal up on her promise of spending a day working on the roof if they met the challenge. The students and staff met and surpassed the challenge which means that Principal Margee Tackes, Ed.D., will greet them from the school roof Oct. 3 when they arrive to school at 8:45 a.m. for the morning session and 12:45 p.m. for the afternoon session.

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

Hamilton student named Commended Student

Hamilton High School student Jennifer Posh learned recently that she was named a Commended Student in the 2007 National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) competition.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2007 competition for Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.4 million students who entered the 2007 competition. Eligibility for the distinction is based on results of the 2005 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Hamilton student NMSC semifinalist

Hamilton High School student Zachary Seppa learned recently that he was named a semifinalist in the 2007 National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) competition.

About 16,000 semifinalists throughout the nation are recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Seppa will continue in the 2007 competition for Merit Scholarship awards. Eligibility for the distinction is based on results of the 2005 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

The nationwide pool of semifinalists, which represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. To become a finalist, a semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by the school principal and earn SAT scores that confirm the students’ earlier test performance. 2007 Merit Scholarship winners will be announced next spring.

Hamilton announces Homecoming Court

Hamilton High School announced members of the 2006 Homecoming Court. They are:

  • Class of 2010 – Nicole Jurasovich, Theresa Selestow, Eric Moderski and Daniel Thompson;
  • Class of 2009 – Lauren Kelty and Cody Curtis;
  • Class of 2008 – Whitney Reimer, Sara Shaffer, Benjamin Helm and Nickolas Lewis; and
  • Class of 2007 – Alison Fero, Elizabeth Fischer, Alexander Flegner, Leah Jensen, Allyssa Knoebel, Samantha Luedtke, Brian Bialobrzeski, Bryan Ehnert, Casey Krieger, Robert Lyons, Benjamin Orvold and Frank Schweiger.

With a “Candyland” theme, Hamilton High School is gearing up for six days of fun, activities and athletic events during Homecoming Week Sept. 25-30. The Grand March will be Sept. 30 at 6:30 p.m. in the gym with the dance occurring from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

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

Templeton plans Scholastic Book Fair Oct. 3-6

All Hamilton School District residents are invited to attend Templeton Middle School’s Scholastic Book Fair Oct. 3-6. The Book Fair will be open each day while school is in session and from 3:45 p.m. to 7:45 a.m. during parent-teacher conferences on Oct. 5.

The Book Fair will feature a wide range of books for teens, including mystery and adventure novels, fantasy trilogies, sports guides and the latest bestseller from more than 150 publishers. Other items also will be available for purchase including posters, folders, pencils, pens, erasers, kits, journals, games, crafts and more. A parent table will feature various fiction, nonfiction and cookbooks.

Templeton Library-Media Specialist Anita Paque said the purpose of the event is to promote reading as an educational, fun and exciting activity. Research shows that there is a need for increased reading practice, according to Paque. A recent study of literature-based reading shows that overall students read only 7.1 minutes a day. The study also shows that reading practice helps to increase reading performance.

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

PSAT offered Oct. 21 at Hamilton

The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) will be given on Oct. 21 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Hamilton High School. This test provides an opportunity for college-bound sophomores and juniors to experience and practice taking a shortened version of the SAT Reasoning Test. (The SAT may be used for the University of Wisconsin System admission although the ACT is preferred.)

For juniors, the PSAT is the only route of entry into the National Merit Scholarship Competition (NMSC) and may be required for some other scholarships. Sophomores who are interested in entering the NMSC next year are encouraged to take the PSAT this year as practice.

Interested students must register in the high school guidance office by Oct.13. The $13 test fee is payable at the time of registration. Juniors enrolled in the free or reduced lunch program are eligible for a fee-waiver. Please contact the school Guidance Department at (262) 246-6476 for more information.

September 18, 2006

Committee recommends no new building
An advisory committee charged with studying community growth and enrollment projections recommended that the School Board hold off from holding a referendum for new buildings or additions.

School Board members accepted the final report from the 25-member Facilities Advisory Committee (FAC) which had issued a preliminary report in February. In the initial report, the committee concluded that additional classroom space was not needed for the next four years, but identified a need for an athletic facility at the high school. At that time, the committee urged the School Board to conduct a telephone survey to seek community sentiment regarding the construction of a $14.8 million four-station gym with an indoor track and fitness center.

The School Board authorized the survey, which was conducted in June.

FAC member Eric Olsen presented the board with the final committee report which included results of the survey. Key findings regarding the proposed athletic center and its operational costs included:

  • 34 percent were likely to support it;
  • 46 percent were unlikely to support it; and
  • 20 percent were unsure of their support.

Olsen noted that even though community members did not favor building a new athletic center, 75 percent of those responding indicated that the quality of athletic programs and facilities are important to the community’s reputation.
The committee recommended that the School Board:

  • respect the sentiments of the community and not hold a referendum for athletic space at this time;
  • track enrollment trends and reconvene the FAC to address classroom space issues when appropriate;
  • monitor the status of the state budget and its impact on schools and community support for athletic space; and
  • ensure existing athletic space is maintained..

An advisory committee studied the possibility several years ago of an addition and renovation plan that would transform the current high school gymnasium into a new library. That idea was not acted on, and the district updated the library this summer. With a commitment to keep the high school gymnasium in use for athletic space, the committee encouraged the district to look at ways to update the gym using existing maintenance funds. Superintendent Kathleen Cooke, Ph.D, said the district will develop plans to maintain and update the gymnasium.

Summer Opportunities has successful year
With the largest student enrollment on the books, the 2006 Summer Opportunities program was a hit for students, parents and staff, according to a report from Summer Opportunities Coordinator Dick Ladd.

Enrollment in the program hit 1,730, an increase of 95 students compared to 2005 numbers. A total of 249 sections were scheduled, up 19 sections from the previous year. A breakdown reveals that:

  • 1,543 were student in grades 4K through eight;
  • 187 were high school students;
  • 42 nonresident students;
  • 7 Chapter 220 students; and
  • 11 were Open Enrollment students..

Ladd said staff looked closely at impact the invitational program had on students who needed an extra boost during the summer. Even though the program lasts only 20 days, he said there were significant gains for students who participated in Early Reading Empowerment and Everyday Mathematics classes.

In all, 152 staff members worked in the program including 76 district teachers – both regular and substitute – 30 teachers from outside the district, 24 paraprofessionals, one secretary, 18 student teaching assistants, one coordinator and three assistant coordinators.

Ladd reported that 99 percent of respondents said their children had a good experience in the program and they would recommend it to other families.

State wants district land for roundabout
Residents will have an opportunity to vote Nov. 20 at a Special Annual Meeting on whether the district should sell land to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) for a proposed roundabout on Highway 74. The state wants to acquire two small strips of land around the curve in front of Willow Springs Learning Center, W220 N6660 Town Line Road, Menomonee Falls, for a total cost of $55,700.

Cooke explained to School Board members that regardless of the meeting’s outcome, DOT is able to acquire the land because it has the ability to condemn for road improvement. She said district voters will not decide whether a roundabout should be built. The only decisions the district can negotiate is purchase price and location of Willow Springs’ highway entrances.

“Even if the School Board voted no, the state could take the property through condemnation,” Cooke said.

The Special Annual Meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the high school. The parcels include a .335-acre strip at a proposed cost of $52,800 and a .065-acre strip at $2,900.

Long-time summer school staff recognized
Before the Summer Opportunities report, three long-time Summer Opportunities employees were recognized for their years of service and dedication to the program. Coordinator Dick Ladd and assistants Marlene Helinski and Phyllis Akins were presented with plaques for their personal attention to the needs of individual students and operation of a smooth-running program.

Personnel issues decided at regular meeting
In personnel business, the School Board:

  • appointed Nicole Winkelmann as a Maple Avenue Special Services paraprofessional, Amanda Rector as a Marcy Special Services paraprofessional, Kathleen Mesick as the district half-time Special Service program support, and Amy Helgeson as a Templeton Special Services paraprofessional; and
  • modified the contract for Lannon and Woodside art teacher Melania Bauer from 50 to 60 percent, and speech and language specialist Laura Kasper from 60 to 80 percent.

2006 Hamilton Homecoming Week activities set

With a “Candyland” theme, Hamilton High School is gearing up for six days of fun, activities and athletic events during Homecoming Week Sept. 25-30.

Athletic events are at home until otherwise noted.

Monday, Sept. 25
Golf – Girls’ Varsity at Germantown – 3:15 p.m.
Football – Boys’ Freshmen B vs. Homestead – 6:45 p.m.
Theme of Day: Now and Later (Decade Day)
Lunch Game: Candyland Alphabet

Tuesday, Sept. 26
Soccer – Boys’ JV, Varsity vs. Wauwatosa East – 5, 7 p.m.
Volleyball – Girls’ JV, Varsity vs. Wauwatosa East – 5:30, 7 p.m
Tennis – Girls’ Varsity Conference Meet at Brookfield East – Time to be determined
Theme of Day: Bubble Gum Day
Lunch Game: Cotton Candy Costume

Friday, Sept. 29
Football – Varsity vs. Wauwatosa East – 7 p.m.
Pep Rally – 10:45 a.m.
Tailgate Party near football field 4:30 – 6 p.m.
Theme of Day: Candy Cane (red and white)
Friday is a half-day early release for students. Pep Club, Student Council and Court members will decorate for the dance beginning at noon.

Saturday, Sept. 30
Cross County – Girls’, Boys JV, Varsity at Racine Case – 9 a.m.
Grand March – 6:30 p.m. in the gym, admission for adult spectators is $1; Dance – 8-11 p.m. at Hamilton High School, W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex.

2006 CEC Craft Fair set for Oct. 14

It’s fall and that means that the Hamilton High School Adult and Student Cultural Exchange Clubs (CEC) are gearing up for their ever popular fundraising event that draws people from throughout the region. More than 100 crafters will sell handcrafted arts and crafts at the 2006 CEC Craft Fair set for Oct. 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hamilton High School, W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex. Admission and parking are free.

A candy raffle with opportunities to win donated crafts will be offered and booths will once again have special make-it-and-take-it activities for children. Breakfast, lunch and an assortment of snacks will be available.

A limited number of booths are still available. For additional information, call Penny at (262) 628-8859 or email a message to hhscraftfair@yahoo.com.

The Hamilton High School Cultural Exchange Club was formed to promote cross-cultural education and appreciation for diversity. Through the annual craft fair fundraiser, the club is able to support study abroad for students, provide scholarships and subsidize cultural outings for club members.