Grade 8 parents, students invited to Hamilton Orientation, Open House on Feb. 12

Hamilton High School will welcome incoming ninth-graders and their parents to Parent Orientation and Open House Feb. 12 beginning at 7 p.m. in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center, W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex.

At the Orientation, a brief introduction to the high school and an overview of the registration process will be presented. Course catalogs and other registration materials will be distributed. Students and parents will receive further information about high school requirements and four-year planning.

Immediately following the Orientation will be the Open House. Representatives from various clubs and extracurricular activities will be on hand to answer questions, and tours will be conducted by the Hamilton High School National Honor Society.

Prior to the Orientation and Open House, there will be an informational meeting about Honors courses beginning at 6 p.m. in the Little Theater and a meeting for students participating in band at 6:30 p.m. in the Band Room.

Those unable to attend the Orientation and Open House or wanting more information about registration and opportunities available at Hamilton should contact the Guidance Department at (262) 246-6476 x1130. If you have questions regarding registration or opportunities available at Hamilton, please contact the appropriate high school counselor at (262) 246-6476.

Last Names Counselor Extension #
A, X-Z Tricia Rigg x1124
B-He William Drogemuller x1135
Hi-O Patricia Mitchell x1134
P-W David Johnson x1133

Templeton hosts cultural celebration Feb. 29

Templeton Middle School eighth-graders in French, German and Spanish classes will learn the significance of celebrations held in various world cultures as their school hosts its own Mardi Gras-Karneval-Carnaval. The Templeton small gym will be the site Feb. 29 from 12:45 p.m. to 1:37 p.m. where world languages classes will experience the excitement of these traditional holidays.

Students will change into traditional costumes and enter a contest with the winners crowned king and queen of the event. Each class will prepare a banner, representing its language of study. Students also will prepare small floats that will be paraded at the event and entered into a contest. Students will have a chance to make and sample authentic food items from France, Spain and Germany. Live music will be provided by Dick Strauss on his accordion.

The goal of the event is to give students an understanding of the history of Mardi Gras, Karneval and Carnaval in a fun setting that motivates them to continue their language studies for the remainder of the school year.

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

Get Connected speaker to cover talking to kids about sex

The Get Connected Parent Network invites parents to hear from Mary Kost, coordinator of Sexual, Health and Relationship Education (SHARE) for Pregnancy Support Connection, Inc. Kost will speak Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. on “How to Talk to Your Kids About Sex.” The presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be at Maple Avenue Elementary School, W240 N6059 Maple Avenue, Sussex

This presentation will include information on:
– character-building, life skills;
– education and family values;
– friend, family awareness and communication;
– language and terminology;
– media influence, effects and impact; and
– realized and missed opportunities.

Kost’s presentation will focus on issues most relevant to parents of children in elementary school, however all parents are welcome to attend – regardless of their children’s age or school district in which they reside. Free babysitting is available at this session.

Kost, RDH, BSED, has been a hygienist, educator and speaker who has resided in Waukesha County for the past 19 years. She has experiences in both public and private schools for the Lifesavers and Lifesavers Plus Program. Pregnancy Support Connection, formerly known as UP Connection, Inc., is a nonprofit organization that provides pregnancy prevention programs and education, information, referral and support services. It serves pregnant, young women in Waukesha and Milwaukee Counties.

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.

January 21, 2008

Elementary boundaries shifted
School Board members approved an elementary school boundary change that will help slow future enrollment growth at Woodside Elementary School. The most southwestern section of Woodside’s attendance area – roughly bounded by Hwy. J to the west, Plainview Road to the north, Hillside Road to the east and the school’s most southern boundary – will be part of the Maple Avenue attendance area effective July 1.

While the area is mostly undeveloped now, municipal officials have projected that as many as 150 homes could be built in the coming years. Ultimately, the school district could see 35 to 38 students coming from the area when it is fully developed.

Current Woodside students who live in the area will have a “grandfather option” so that they may finish elementary school at Woodside. To assure that families do not have children attending two different elementary schools, current students’ younger brothers and sisters who have yet to enter elementary school also will be grandfathered as long as an older sibling is still attending Woodside. A total of 17 children who live in the area attend now attend Woodside including four fifth-graders who will attend Templeton Middle School next year. Parents may voluntarily choose to send their children to Maple Avenue.

The move was made to alleviate future growth at Woodside, which opened in 1999. With an enrollment of 678 students, the school is beyond its initial design capacity of 600. A relocatable structure was set up to house four sections of fifth-graders this fall as a temporary measure. The school had previously accommodated its growing enrollment by reconfiguring space within the school. Along with the new space, the school has an additional half-time administrator to help oversee the school.

A community Facility Advisory Committee studied growth and space needs in the district in 2006 and recommended holding off on a referendum for a new school. The committee reviewed data that showed that while Woodside will continue to grow, the rate has slowed and overall district elementary enrollment has been stable. The committee reconvened in October to review the most recent enrollment reports and concluded that shifting elementary attendance boundaries could alleviate future growth at Woodside.

Marcy site plan approved
Principal Donald Behrens, Ph.D., reported on Marcy Elementary School’s Site Plan. He noted that many Marcy students perform well academically, but significant numbers of students need additional support in particular grades and subject areas. The warm and welcoming school environment was identified as a strength. Challenges include serving children who struggle academically, enriching instruction of academically talented learners and explicitly identifying and promoting positive school culture.

Three tactics of the plan that staff members continue to address indicate that Marcy students, staff and parents will:

  • become a strong and cohesive community through enriching and memorable experiences,
  • attain the highest possible levels of achievement through the use of effective and innovative practices; and
  • actively embrace the Marcy School vision.

A fourth tactic was added that states “Students will receive the academic support they need through the creative and efficient allocation of time and resources by all members of the Marcy community.” The tactic was added to create a group that would continue previously informal efforts to find more creative ways to assist children who need academic support for remedial or enrichment purposes.

Business recognized
The School Board recognized Jerry’s Automotive Service, Inc. for its partnership with the district especially in the Youth Apprentice and Co-op programs. Hamilton Associate Principal and Extended Learning Opportunities Coordinator Peter Ferge said owners John and Pat Haunfelder have worked closely with the high school to make the partnership strong and successful.

“John has been very willing to take students and give them incredible learning experiences in the automotive industry,” Ferge said. “This desire to train and to teach is noteworthy, since many auto shops have become reluctant to hire students under the age of 18.”

Ferge also noted that Pat has provided valuable opportunities for students through the Business Co-op Program. She has actively recruited students to work in the office, and her standards are very high, Ferge said.

Personnel news
In personnel business, the School Board:

  • approved the retirement requests of Lannon library-media specialist Jane Rintelman and Templeton band director Bart Fojtik; and
  • accepted the resignations of Maple Avenue Special Services paraprofessional Nicole Winkelmann and Hamilton physical education-health teacher Laura DeStefanis.

Stone wins Templeton Geographic Bee

Templeton Middle School eighth-grader Derek Stone won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee on Jan. 11. Runner-up in second place was eighth-grader Jacob Mueller and finishing in third place was seventh-grader Brendan Smith. The school-level Bee, at which students answered oral questions on geography, was the first round in the 20th National Geographic Bee. The Bee is sponsored by the National Geographic Society.

All students at Templeton participated in the preliminary round by taking a 25-question written test. The students who scored the highest on that test advanced to the semi-final round held on Jan. 7. As the school finalist, Stone will take a written test. Up to 100 of the top scorers in each state will be eligible to compete in the state Geographic Bee on April 4.

The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for state champions and teacher-escorts to participate in the National Geographic Bee national championship on May 20 and 21. The first-place national winner will receive a $25,000 college scholarship and a lifetime membership in the Society.

Anyone can brush up on geography with GeoBee Challenge, an online geography quiz at www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee, which poses five new questions a day from previous National Geographic Bees.

The National Geographic Society is the world’s largest nonprofit, scientific and educational organization. The 116-year-old Society reflects the world through magazines, books, maps, television and interactive media. The Society has funded more than 7,500 scientific research projects and supports an education program combating geographic illiteracy.

Early admission deadline approaches

Parents who want their children considered for early admission into a Hamilton School District 5-year-old kindergarten or first grade class next fall should apply in writing by March 1 to their elementary school principal. Application forms are available at elementary school offices.

Children who turn five on or before Sept. 1, 2008 meet normal entrance age requirements for the 2008-09 5-year-old kindergarten class; those who turn six on or before Sept. 1, 2008 are eligible to enter first grade.

Parents making application will meet with the principal. During that time, a brief interview will take place and the application will be completed. The child should demonstrate superior intellectual development, superior language skills and advanced physical, social and emotional maturity. Parents will be contacted no later than mid-March 2008 about the next step in the process.

For more information about early admission, contact an elementary school principal or Special Services Supervisor Mardi Freeman at (262) 246-1973 x1184.

Hamilton presents “Anything Goes”

Please join Hamilton High School drama students as they present the hilarious musical “Anything Goes.” Performances will be at 7 p.m. on Feb. 7, 8 and 9 and a 2 p.m. matinee on Feb. 10 in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center.

The story takes place on the S.S. America going from New York to England. On the ship, there are numerous noteworthy passengers, romantic encounters and comedic happenings. It’s a show all will enjoy – complete with music and tap dancing.

Ticket prices are $8 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. For more information, please call the Hamilton High School drama production voicemail at 246-6471 x1552.

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

Get Connected offers talk on ADD

The Get Connected Parent Network invites parents to hear from child psychologist Sean LaRoque, Ph.D., who will speak Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. on “ADD/ADHD: What’s Behind The Letters?” The presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be at Woodside Elementary School, W236 N7465 Woodside Road, Sussex

This presentation will include information on:

  • how ADD is diagnosed and problems with current diagnostic criteria,
  • myths and facts,
  • causes and progression of the disorder,
  • treatment options, and
  • tools for use home and school.

LaRoque’s presentation will focus on issues most relevant to parents of children in elementary school, however all parents are welcome to attend — regardless of their children’s age or school district in which they reside. Free babysitting is available at this session.

A school psychologist in the Kettle Moraine School District for the last 10 years along with having a practice at Family Care Psychological Services in Hartland, LaRoque specializes in working with children and adolescents with ADHD, learning disabilities and other psycho-educationally related disorders. He has been a research associate in the Campus Health Center at the University of Arizona, an adjunct professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater and a secondary education English teacher. He and his wife live in Oconomowoc with their three sons ages 7, 3 and 1.

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.

Light Up postpones concert at HFAC

Light Up, the Milwaukee-based Styx tribute band, has postponed its concert originally scheduled for Feb. 15 in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center (HFAC). Tickets purchased by credit card automatically will be credited. Patrons who purchased tickets by cash or check will receive a credit toward any HFAC show or a refund. Refunds can be arranged by visiting the HFAC Box Office on Wednesdays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. or contacting the Hamilton Fine Arts Center Coordinator Lyn Hulgan. She may be reached by e-mail at hulgly@hamilton.k12.wi.us or by leaving a voice mail message at (262) 246-1973 x1550.

Tickets for the Jan. 24 Ed Franks’ Sinatra Tradition show are still available online at www.HamiltonFineArtsCenter.com or by visiting the Box Office on Wednesdays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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

Templeton recognized as exemplary middle school

Templeton Middle School was designated an Exemplary Middle School by the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators. Criteria for the recognition is based on:

  • high growth in reading or math scores in the past school year;
  • reading or math scores in the top 10 percent in the past year; and
  • high growth in scores in reading or math for schools with a high poverty population.

Because of the recognition, Templeton is eligible for the Middle School of Excellence Award, which will be announced later in January.