Willow Springs collects gifts for Sussex Food Pantry

Willow Springs Learning Center 4-year-old kindergartners and their families are participating in “Making Wishes Come True,” a school service project for the Sussex Food Pantry.

Students and families are donating clothing, food and educational toys for children age 5 years and younger. For each gift a child brings in, he or she puts a label that says “Making Wishes Come True” on a paper star that will be hung in the school.

Willow Springs will collect gifts until Dec. 15. The unwrapped gifts will be delivered to Sussex Bowl the following week where the Sussex Food Pantry will set up a distribution center for needy families.

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

Woodside chorus to perform at Sussex ceremony

The Woodside Elementary School Fourth and Fifth Grade Chorus will sing Dec. 2 at 5 p.m. at the Sussex Tree Lighting Ceremony. The ceremony will be held at Sussex Village Hall, N64 W23760 Main St., Sussex. The public is invited to listen to the students sing about the traditions associated with winter, Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. After Santa arrives on a fire truck, the audience is welcome to partake in a wintertime snack.

Watton named geography awareness coordinator

Templeton Middle School eighth grade social studies teacher Rhonda Watton was named state coordinator for the National Geographic’s Geography Awareness program. Watton created a teacher toolkit of activities ideas to use in the classroom.

Geography Awareness Week was celebrated in November. This year’s focus was on Africa, but Watton encouraged teachers to incorporate geography into their curriculum any way that they could. She is calling on teachers to help her identify the ways geography was promoted in the classroom. Watton can be contacted at wattrh@hamilton.k12.wi.us.

November 20, 2006

Land transfer, easements OK’d for roundabout
Residents approved the transfer of land and easements at Willow Springs Learning Center that will allow the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) to move ahead with plans to install a roundabout.

DOT identified traffic concerns near Highway 74 and Town Line Road due to heavy volume, traffic speed, unusual road configuration and multiple driveway entrances. The department planned to address the issues by constructing a roundabout, a round junction at which traffic streams around a central island.

Before the project could proceed, DOT needed easements and access along the northwest side of the Willow Springs property and offered the district fair market value of $55,700 for property transfers and easements. Because all school district land transfers must be approved by voters, a Special Annual Meeting was scheduled.

While the 15 residents who attended the meeting voted unanimously to approve the transfers and easements, DOT would have been able to gain access to the district property through condemnation. The district worked cooperatively with DOT to ensure that the design of the roundabout incorporates safety factors, such as a turning lane for busses and other traffic issues specific to the school.

DOT has indicated the roundabout will be constructed in 2007. There are no anticipated costs to the district for construction of the roundabout.

Templeton Bulldog football has successful year
The establishment of the Templeton Middle School Bulldog Football Program exceeded expectations of the planners. Templeton Associate Principal Brad Hoffmann gave a report that summarized the Bulldog’s first season.

Some 131 seventh and eighth grade boys participated in one of four teams, each of which had two paid coaches along with parent volunteers. Hoffmann noted that many of the players who participated had never played football before. He said football brought students together both on and off the field.

The program was designed to be self-funded with plans to repay the district subsidy for start-up costs within three years. The program was able pay all start-up and operational costs in the first year and ended with a profit of $4,787. Revenues came from the $160 participation fee each player was charged, fundraising and concession sales. Expenses included more than $12,000 for coaches’ salaries and $31,974 for uniform and equipment purchases.

Hoffman said the program focused on understanding the game of football, proper techniques, sportsmanship and teamwork, articulation between the Bulldog and high school Charger programs, hard work, discipline and winning games.

School Board Member Lynn Kristensen, whose son participated in the program, said Bulldogs Football was a great addition to Templeton athletics. She said the right people were hired to coach and they built character in the players.

School Board Member Michael Hyland said he was pleased that 131 students joined the Bulldog program because students will have the opportunity to gain skills and make progress as they continue on to the high school teams.

“That’s the philosophy of successful programs,” he said.

Bulldog coaches recognized
At the beginning of the meeting, Hoffmann presented the Bulldog coaches for recognition. They included Sean Gissal, Shannon Flaherty, Chuck Emons, Tom Blackwell, John Krenek, Josh Klimas, Dan Klein, Richard Brown, Ken Schiedemeyer, John Kinlen and George Papachristou.

Woodside parent honored for health room help
Woodside Elementary School Principal Linda Jorgensen recognized parent Terri Schiedemeyer for coordinating volunteers in the school’s health room.

Multicultural activities, Chapter 220 report given
Chapter 220 Coordinator Erica Bova-Brown updated the School Board on the status of the Chapter 220 Integration Program and multicultural activities within the district.

Chapter 220 is a voluntary integration program between Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) and suburban school districts. A total of 104 Milwaukee students attend in the district: 49 at Hamilton, 33 at Templeton, 14 at Lannon and eight at Woodside. Five resident students attend MPS schools.

Bova-Brown highlighted numerous activities that are offered to students. She said her focus would shift in the coming year to ensure that minority students have equal access to Advanced Placement courses and college preparation. She said she will begin discussions with students in middle school so that they understand what they need to do to prepare for rigorous college-prep courses.

She noted that other suburban districts were examining the achievement gap between white and minority students.

“We’re all on the same page in closing the gap,” she said.

Server purchase OK’d for data backup
School Board members approved spending $52,300 to purchase hardware and software from Tech Upgrades. The purchases will allow the district to effectively back up information for data recovery, increase network resiliency and decrease hardware replacement costs, according to a memo from Instructional Technology and Assessment Coordinator Katherine Little.

Vogel to compete in national scholarship program

Hamilton High School senior Kayla Vogel was nominated to compete in the Principal’s Leadership Award (PLA) scholarship program. Hamilton Principal Candis Mongan announced the nomination, which places Vogel in the national competition. Some 150 national PLA winners will be chosen this spring to receive $1,000 college scholarships.

“Kayla Vogel regularly demonstrates strength of commitment,” Mongan said. “This is evidenced in her leadership, follow-through and communication with peers and staff members.”

Vogel is student newspaper editor, Sussex Leo Club vice-president and National Honor Society public relations officer. Mongan noted that Vogel leads by example.

“She takes a respectful stance on issues and is thoughtful and thorough in all of her communications,” Mongan said. “Kayla Vogel continues to positively impact those around her at Hamilton High School and in the community.”

High school principals from across the country could nominate one of their student leaders. Nominees were selected based on leadership skills, participation in service organizations and clubs, achievements in the arts and sciences, employment experience and academic record. They also were required to write an essay.

The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), which administers the National Honor Society, the National Junior Honor Society, and the National Association of Student Councils, sponsors the program that is funded by Herff Jones, Inc.

Maple Avenue students take on service projects

With a theme of “Uniting Kids With Community,” Maple Avenue Elementary School fifth-graders have taken on three community service projects as part of their Project Bridge Program.

The school guidance counselor and fifth grade teachers supported the students in their first project recently as they conducted a food drive that culminated Nov. 10. Students advertised the campaign and collected and counted all items. The school raised more than 2,200 food items that will be donated to the Sussex Food Pantry for the holiday season.

“We are extremely proud that they were able to work together in order to achieve so much success,” said Maple Avenue guidance counselor Colleen Casper.

Get Connected sessions offered to parents

The Get Connected Parent Network has planned two events for parents.

  • “Parenting Children to Prevent Substance Abuse” will be the topic Dec. 13 when Paul Zenisek presents. Zenisek is a senior psychotherapist who works for Aurora Psychiatric Hospital’s Adolescent Substance Abuse Program.
  • FBI Special Agent Eric Szatkowski returns Jan. 9 to present his popular program “Internet Safety: The Dark Side of the Internet -Sexual Predators of Our Children.” Szatkowski will talk about the dangers of the Web and how to protect your children. Free child care will be available at the January parent session.

Both programs will be from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Large Group Area at Templeton Middle School, N59 W22490 Silver Spring Drive, Sussex.

The Get Connected Parent Network is supported by United Way of Waukesha County and 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 (246) 1973 ext. 1128.

Senior citizens invited to holiday concert

The Hamilton High School Concert Choir, under the direction of Mary Ann Porwoll, and the Templeton Middle School Show Choir, under the direction of Jaye Mier, will present an afternoon choral concert Dec. 15 in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center, W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex.

The 1:15 p.m. concert will feature holiday selections both familiar and new. This free concert is open to all members of the community especially senior citizens. For more information or to RSVP for this event please contact Porwoll at (262) 246-6471 ext 1372.