Get Connected offers talk on teen depression

The Get Connected Parent Network invites parents to hear from David Henderson, Ed.D., who will speak on “Teen Depression: Awareness, Support, Healing” Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. The presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be in the Templeton Middle School Large Group Area, N59 W22490 Silver Spring Drive, Sussex

One-fifth of American youth will experience depression related to illnesses by the time they are 20. Henderson will help his audience recognize depression, intervene effectively and assist teens who might be dealing with depression.

Henderson has been a psychotherapist, clinic owner and consultant for the past 25 years working with individuals, families, businesses, churches, schools and not-for-profits. In addition to his consulting practice, he is a program consultant for InHealth,WI and co-creator of the “It’s Time,” series of interactive video programs on depression.

Henderson’s presentation will focus on issues most relevant to parents of children in middle and high school, however all parents are welcome to attend — regardless of their children’s age or school district in which they reside. There is no need to register for this event.

The Get Connected Parent Network helps parents navigate children through their school years by providing:

  • age-appropriate information;
  • networking with other parents;
  • presentations from professionals; and
  • guidance and support.

Get Connected is sponsored by the Parent and Community Triangle, a partnership between the Hamilton School District, Sussex-area Outreach Services and community parents. Funding and support provided by United Way of Waukesha County “Helping Kids Succeed” initiative.

For more information, please contact Get Connected Coordinator Kristin Hasbrook at (262) 246-1973 x1128.

Kindergarten students gather for Jim Gill concert

The Hamilton School District’s five-year-old kindergarten classes from Lannon, Marcy, Maple Avenue and Woodside elementary schools will join with the Willow Springs Learning Center four-year-old kindergartners Oct. 30 to enjoy a Jim Gill concert. Two concerts will be presented – one beginning at 9:15 a.m. and the other at 1 p.m.

Each year, Willow Springs four-year-olds invite their older kindergarten counterparts from throughout the school district to enjoy a special concert with them. This year’s concert is “A Concert of Music and Play with Jim Gill.”

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

Templeton honors veterans at ceremony

Templeton Middle School will recognize the contributions of American veterans Nov. 9 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at its annual Veterans’ Day Program.

U.S. Army Major Matthew Larson will provide the Veterans’ Address.

A ceremonial color guard will post and retire the colors, and a member of the Horne-Mudlitz Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) will lay wreaths to honor soldiers who became prisoners of war or missing in action.

Students will honor the country’s veterans during the ceremony as well.

  • The Student Council will lead the “Pledge of Allegiance.”
  • The Eighth Grade Chorus and Eighth Grade Band will perform “The National Anthem” and “In Flanders Field.”
  • VFW Auxiliary Essay Contest winner will read the essay about “Why I Am an American Patriot.”
  • Eighth Grade Band members Preston Voss and Paul Mora will perform “Taps.”

Music teacher Jaye Mier is coordinating a video production that will feature photos of military personnel and veterans who are related to Templeton students. The video will play continuously in the school lobby and will be featured during the ceremony. Following the program, honored veterans will be invited to participate in a small reception. Area veterans and public officials are invited to attend. Please call the school at (262) 246-6477 by Nov. 5.

In addition to the Nov. 9 ceremony, Templeton students will participate in a Power Lunch Nov. 8 featuring veterans Alex Kolander and Larry Gonzalez.

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

Willow Springs shopping extravaganza raises

The Willow Springs Parent Group reminds community members to mark Nov. 7 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on their calendars. The school is holding its eighth annual “Shop ‘Til You Drop” night. In addition to shopping from nearly 40 vendors, people will be able to buy raffle tickets for merchandise, enjoy refreshments and be in the running for free door prizes.

A portion of sales will help fund various activities for the 4-year-old kindergarten program which is housed at the school.

The following home-based vendors will have products available for sale: PartyLite, The Body Shop at Home, Mary Kay, Creative Memories, Discovery Toys, Xango, Lil Bowtique, Designer Like Purses, Tea for Two Jewels, Longaberger, The Pampered Chef, Timeless Treasures, Noah’s Ark Animal Workshop, Usborne Books, What’s Poppin’, Tastefully Simple, The Wine Shop at Home, Home Interiors, Manes Images Photography, Lia Sophia, Krazy Korn, Premier Designs, Stampin’ Up, Cake ‘n Crumbs, Uppercase Living, Universal Transportation, Once Upon a Family, Jenda, Gold Canyon Candles, Balloon Surprise, Tupperware, At Home America, Marshmallow Bunny and Avon.

Willow Springs Learning is located at W220 N6660 Town Line Road, Menomonee Falls. For more information about this event, please contact Diane Villanueva at (262) 820-9645.

Maple Avenue dads treated to donuts

Dads and other significant male figures in the lives of Maple Avenue Elementary School students will meet for a morning treat Nov. 2 as the school hosts “Donuts With Dad.”

This popular program brings children together with their fathers and other adult males – offering the adults an informal opportunity to visit the school, have a little breakfast and socialize with their children’s friends and fathers. After breakfast, the dads escort their children to their classrooms.

The school is expecting more than 500 students and dads to attend the event that begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 8:35 a.m. with the start of school.

The school is located at W240 N6059 Maple Ave., Sussex.

Hamilton presents “You Can’t Take It With You”

Hamilton High School drama students ask community members to mark their calendars for the fall production of “You Can’t Take It With You.” Performances will be at 7 p.m. on Nov. 8, 9 and 10 and a 2 p.m. matinee on Nov. 11 in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center.

The plot revolves around the Kirby and Sycamore families. Tony, the attractive young son of the Kirbys, falls in love with Alice Sycamore. Bringing his parents to dine with the Sycamores on the wrong evening results in numerous exchanges between the families. Members of the household add to the mayhem. Come join the fun with “You Can’t Take It With You.”

Ticket prices are $8 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. For advance ticket purchases and additional information, please call (262) 246-6471 x1152.

The Hamilton Fine Arts Center is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex.

Students inducted into National Honor Society

The Hamilton High School Chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) inducted 40 juniors and seniors Oct. 22 at a ceremony in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center.

NHS membership is based on scholarship, leadership, service and character. Students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 and meet standards of co-curricular activities, community activities, community service and leadership requirements. In addition, inductees must provide four letters of recommendation from teachers and community members, attesting to their outstanding character and demonstrated leadership. Students inducted were:

  • Olukemi Ajibola
  • Mary Biron
  • Miranda Buschke
  • Angela Christman
  • John Decker
  • Shannon Duenow
  • Abby Eimermann
  • Zachary Emberts
  • Danielle Emmer
  • Stephanie Englert
  • Bess Farley
  • Arianne Foster
  • Katie Gielow
  • Alyssa Gray
  • Halley Greeneway
  • Kaitlyn Jacobi
  • Kim Jobke
  • Lauren Kelty
  • Shantelle Kind
  • Alexandra Koelbl
  • Jessica Koepnick
  • David Kuehn
  • Betty Liang
  • Rebekah Melsheimer
  • Allison Michalek
  • Jaclyn Michl
  • Ashley Mueller
  • William Noelck
  • Jennifer Potratz
  • Liane Rakow
  • Holly Rindfleisch
  • Stephanie Rossman
  • Rachel Saeger
  • Andrea Salus
  • Kristin Souvigny
  • Chelsea Spangenberg
  • Katie Speckin
  • Yoana Taseva
  • Chinou Vang
  • Stephen Wright

Members of the 2007-08 Hamilton NHS Executive Board are Danielle Schoner, president; Angela Zeng, vice president; Bethany Canales, secretary; Samantha Runingen, treasurer; Michelle Zapf, historian; Lindsey Burleson, parliamentarian; and Katie Doyle, public relations officer. World languages teacher Robin Tessereau is the faculty advisor.

Hamilton announces September students of the month

Hamilton High School students representing 11 curriculum areas were selected students of the month for September. They are:

  • Kathryn Doyle, world languages;
  • Jonathan Goodwin and Kayla Riley, social studies;
  • Benjamin Helm, music;
  • Christopher Jaskolski, applied engineering and technology;
  • Shane Kelly, business education;
  • Katherine Koloske, art;
  • Nicole Kopish, mathematics;
  • Jonelle Ludin, communication arts;
  • Megan Menzel, family and consumer education;
  • Jared Omick, fitness education; and
  • Eric Reimer, science.

Students received a certificate and a pin for their accomplishment.

Hamilton sophomores take WKCE Nov. 5-9

Hamilton High School sophomores will take the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examination (WKCE) the week of Nov. 5. School attendance is especially encouraged and all out-of-school appointments should be avoided during the test week.

A Student/Parent Pre-Test Guide will be mailed to the homes of sophomores in the weeks preceding the test. This guide includes sample questions and provides important information about the test’s purpose, format, and skills and concepts assessed.

Test results will allow students to better understand academic strengths and weaknesses and plan their remaining academic courses to strengthen these areas. In addition, the WKCE provides the district with valuable information regarding curricular adjustments and alignment with state standards.

For further information about the test, contact the Hamilton High School Guidance Department at (262) 246-6476.

October 15, 2007

District AODA efforts boosted
The district’s effort to prevent Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) among students is seeing encouraging trends. Student Assistance Program and AODA Coordinator Kristin Hasbrook presented an annual report to School Board members about district activities and efforts.

Hasbrook noted increases in three areas: networking, students served and funding.

  • Networking among staff members to help students is on the rise. Hasbrook described, for example, working with the police liaison officer and social worker to help a student in trouble. Hasbrook said she also continued relationships with community agencies and other school districts.
  • More students are being served after counselors, the athletic-activities directory, staff and administrators refer them to work with Hasbrook. She provides support to 45 secondary school students on a regular basis, and conducted classes and sessions on topics such as grief, stress, peer mediation, resiliency training and refusal skills.
  • Funding also increased with the help of an additional grant from United Way of Waukesha County which contributed another $7,000 for the Get Connected Program. Get Connected is a network that helps parents as they raise their school-age children. The program provides parents with age-appropriate information, networking with other parents, presentations from professionals, and guidance and support. The additional funding will provide more services for families. Already, Hasbrook conducted seven parent networking sessions.

Two other school districts – Oconomowoc and Mukwonago – have started Get Connected programs using the model developed in Hamilton, according to Hasbrook.

School Board member Mike Hyland, who attended Get Connected parent sessions last year, encouraged other School Board members to attend.

“There is so much to learn,” Hyland said. “You will be really amazed at the sessions.”

Lynn Kristensen, School Board and Get Connected Parent Advisory Committee member, said the program is successfully reaching parents.

“Our numbers are growing, and people really appreciate the programs,” she said.

District holds Chapter 220, Open Enrollment numbers
With an eye on the district’s increasing enrollment and potential space needs, School Board members chose to keep the Chapter 220 and Open Enrollment numbers at current levels.

Chapter 220 is a voluntary integration program that brings Milwaukee Public Schools students to suburban districts. The Open Enrollment Program allows students to attend school in other districts if space allows. The School Board voted to maintain 110 seats for Chapter 220 and 54 seats for Open Enrollment at schools that can handle additional students.

While increasing the numbers could bring additional revenue, the district is cautious about increasing enrollment because some schools are nearing or past intended capacity. An Enrollment Review Committee will meet Oct. 29 to study recent trends and consider options that could alleviate growth in certain areas.

Assistant Superintendent Dean Schultz reported that the district’s enrollment increase by 41 students from last year. Templeton saw an increase of 30 students, Woodside 22 and Willow and Maple each 3. The high school dropped by 13 students and Lannon by 4. Marcy stayed the same.

Schultz noted that while Templeton was up, its enrollment may not be as high in the future because lower grade levels coming up are not as big as those now at Templeton. He said it appears that the district is not growing as fast as it has in the past.

Youth Options requests approved
A total of 28 high school students requested admission to the Youth Options Program that will allow them to take classes at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha and Milwaukee, Waukesha County and Milwaukee area technical colleges and UW Online College. Hamilton Principal Candis Mongan noted, as in the past, many students will not be able to take the courses because of scheduling conflicts or full classes, but the cost is expected to be $10,000 for tuition.

Youth Options is a program mandated by the state that allows students who have completed 10th grade, are in good academic standing and have no disciplinary problems to attend a technical college or university if they have exhausted their high school curriculum.

School Board member Gerald Schmitz said he is concerned that the program has gone too far by requiring school districts to pay for the postsecondary school classes.

“Five years ago we would not have seen some of these classes,” he said. “Some of these classes are important, but should a school district have to pay for it?”

Board election calendar presented
School Board President Gabe Kolesari presented the 2007-08 election schedule. Among the dates are:

  • Jan. 2 – deadline for candidacy declaration and nominations papers;
  • Feb. 19 – primary election if needed;
  • April 1 – spring election; and
  • April 28 – taking of office.

The terms of Lannon representative James Long and at-large member Michael Hyland are up for this year.