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 14 and 15 from 10:15 a.m. to 10:55 a.m. and again from 2:10 p.m. to 2:50 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, Deborah Blum, Kathryn Lohrey and Lynn Richmond will have their Music & Muffins event March 14. Students in the classes of Kristy Cravillion, Jenifer Hajdukiewicz and Kathryn Schulz will celebrate March 15.

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

Hamilton schools celebrate Youth Art Month with art show at Pauline Haass Public Library

In celebration of Youth Art Month, the artwork of students from throughout the Hamilton School District will be on display during March at the Pauline Haass Public Library, N64 W23820 Main St., Sussex. The public is invited to view the artwork during regular library hours.

A reception honoring the artists will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. March 22. Hamilton High School Jazz Band members and Marcy Elementary School music specialist Rod Loren, Ph.D., will provide musical performances during the reception. The Friends of the Pauline Haass Public Library will provide refreshments, and art activities will be offered during the reception.

Youth Art Month is celebrated each year to emphasize the value of art education for all children and to encourage public support for quality school art programs. It began in 1961 as Children’s Art Month with support from the nonprofit Crayon, Water Color and Craft Institute and the National Art Education Association.

Marcy to celebrate Read Across America

Marcy Elementary School students celebrate Read Across America March 2. The entire school will gather in the gym from 9 a.m. to 9:20 a.m. to read books with buddy classes. Many will be dressed in favorite book characters.

In conjunction with the celebration, the school is having a book drive of gently used books that will be donated to worthy cause.

Marcy Elementary School is located at W180 N4851 Marcy Rd., Menomonee Falls.

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 21.

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 April 25 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.

Hamilton hosts international chess master

Chess lovers should mark their calendars for March 10, when Hamilton High School hosts “Blitz to the Max 2007” in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center. The Hamilton Chess Club again will sponsor the event which will bring international chess master Dejan “Max” Maksimovic to Sussex.

The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a fast-action tournament among students chess players from area schools. The tournament features 10-minute, one-on-one games. Following the speed tournament, Maksimovic will take on dozens of students and interested community members in a simultaneous exhibition in which he plays all challengers at the same time.

Maksimovic will present the blitz tournament champion with a trophy and then take on the top player in a one-on-one game.

Born in Yugoslavia, Maksimovic now makes his home in Chicago. He is ranked 33rd in the world among speed chess players.

The tournament and exhibition will be in the lobby of the Hamilton Fine Arts Center, W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex. People are invited to bring chess clocks, sets and boards for use at the event.

The blitz tournament is open to students in elementary school through high school. Community members are welcome to participate in the simultaneous exhibition. The entry fee to participate is $3, with proceeds going to the Hamilton Chess Club. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Preregistration is encouraged. Contact Chess Club advisor Tim Moeller at (262) 246-6471 ext. 1368 or e-mail him at moelti@hamilton.k12.wi.us to preregister or for more information.

Nihoris presented with award at state conference

Hamilton School District Police Liaison Officer Mark Nihoris was recognized Feb. 1 at the Associate Principals/School Resource Officers Conference in Madison. Nihoris was honored for being a driving force behind the Wisconsin School Resource Officers Association (WSROA).

Nihoris has been involved with WSROA since its inception as a member of the planning committee and advisory board. He developed and continues to maintain an online discussion group for school resource officers throughout Wisconsin.

Tina Hogle, assistant director of the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators, which supports the WSROA, said Nihoris’ commitment to serving students, school and community is exemplary.

“He holds a deep belief in the importance of having officers present in schools to help administrators deal with attendance, behavior, truancy, drug and alcohol use and many other issues which confront young people and the educators with whom they work,” Hogle said.

Nihoris, a Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department officer, has received several commendations from his department as a member of the SWAT team, a field training officer and school resource office. He is active in the Make-a -Wish Foundation of Wisconsin, including spearheading the Deputy Sheriff Association’s involvement in it.

February 19, 2007

Woodside to get portable classrooms
Administrators got the OK from Hamilton School Board members to establish a 5-year lease for portable classrooms to house Woodside Elementary School students beginning next fall.

With an enrollment of 656 students, Woodside has seen steady growth since it opened in 1999. By moving a computer lab into the library, claiming the Large Group Area for instructional space and using a music room for kindergarten classes, the school has accommodated growing enrollments for the past few years.

The portable classroom structure will have four 900-square-foot classrooms, two restrooms and handicapped accessibility. The cost is expected to be about $99,000 to lease the structure for five years and $120,000 for utility hook-ups including water, sewer, electricity, fire protection and data cabling.

School officials will monitor enrollments and decide which classes will use the portable structure.

The Facility Advisory Committee studied growth and space needs in the district last year and recommended holding off on a referendum for new school. The committee reviewed data that showed that while Woodside will continue to grow, the rate has slowed and will not likely justify a new school within the next five years.

Administrators met with Woodside parents earlier this year to learn what their preferences would be in accommodating the growing student body. Parents overwhelmingly stated a desire for portable classrooms over busing students to other schools.

The portable structure will give Woodside more room and provide planners with time to determine long-term enrollment trends.

Woodside Site Plan approved
Woodside Elementary School Principal Linda Jorgensen presented her school’s site plan. The school will continue to work 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.

A staff book study on “Parents and Teachers Working Together” is emerging to address the first tactic. Much of the building in-service will be dedicated to creation of math unit pre-assessments and reading-writing extensions.

Personnel news
In personnel business, the School Board:

  • accepted the resignation request of Marcy kindergarten teacher April Showalter at the end of the school year;
  • approved one-fifth of a full-time equivalency (FTE) position for speech-language staff to meet the requirements of new IDEIA requirements that stipulate 3- through 5-year-olds must receive an additional evaluation upon entrance to Special Education; and
  • approved one-quarter of a custodial FTE so that lunch times can be staggered at Woodside to meet current and future enrollments.

Templeton students win energy bookmark contest

Two of the three sixth grade winners in the Wisconsin Energy Bookmark Contest were from Templeton Middle School. The bookmarks of Austin Delaney and Andy McClone were chosen winners in the statewide contest which drew more than 100 entries.

“Career Connections: Energy at Work” was the topic for this year’s contest that focused on careers in the fields of energy including research and development, generation, installation, maintenance, sellers, buyers, equipment manufacturers and fuel production.

The bookmark contest is coordinated by the K-12 Energy Education Program and was open to Wisconsin fifth, sixth and seventh grade students. Three bookmarks are chosen at each grade level and each winner receives a $50 savings bond that will be presented at an awards ceremony in April. The winning set of bookmarks will be distributed to more than 3,000 libraries in Wisconsin.

Winners named in District Spelling Bee

One champion and four finalists emerged from the 2007 District Spelling Bee held Feb. 15 at Templeton Middle School. The District Spelling Bee drew 36 qualifying students in grades 5-8 from Hamilton School District middle and elementary schools as well as area private schools.

Ashley Herrmann, an eighth-grader from St. Agnes in Butler, was named champion. Finalists who will advance with Herrmann to the regional level are:

  • Blake Antoniewski, Templeton eighth-grader;
  • Amanda Cibulka, Templeton sixth-grader;
  • Mary Kirk, Peace Lutheran sixth-grader; and
  • Angela Greschner, Peace Lutheran seventh-grader.

Students were awarded trophies, certificates and spelling bee pins for their achievements.

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 at the regional bee in Northern Ozaukee. 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.

The Cooperative Educational Service Agency (CESA) #1 sponsors the district and regional spelling bees. For these events, CESA determines “district” as a geographical area that typically includes several school districts and private schools.

Templeton reading specialist Patricia Sankey coordinated the event.

Bauman presented with reading award

The Wisconsin State Reading Association (WSRA) presented Hamilton School District Instructional Supervisor Margaret Bauman, Ph.D., with its Outstanding Administrator Award. The award was given Feb. 8 at the WSRA convention at the Midwest Airlines Center in Milwaukee.

Bauman, chosen from the Waukesha Council, was identified as possessing the leadership qualities that promote excellence in reading among students, parents, community members and others in the education profession.

Hamilton staff members, a parent and school board member nominated Bauman for the award noting her knowledge about current research and practices in the field of reading. Her nominators indicated that she is an outstanding role model for other administrators, parents, students and teachers. They also said her leadership has supported reading in the home, school and community.