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 April 24 and 25 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 spring-themed music for their guests and enjoy a muffin snack with them. Students in the 4-year-old kindergarten classes of Jessica Hoffa, Rita Forrester, Kathryn Schulz, Deborah Blum and Jamie Leton will have their Music & Muffins event on April 24. Students in the classes of Kristy Cravillion, Lori Konshak, Kathryn Lohrey and Lynn Richmond will celebrate on April 25.

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

UW Varsity Band brings Fifth Quarter to HFAC

Join the University of Wisconsin Varsity Band at 7 p.m. on April 8 as it gives a high-energy, crowd-pleasing performance at the Hamilton Fine Arts Center in Sussex. The band, under the leadership of its famous director, Michael Leckrone, will perform many Badger fan favorites including “On Wisconsin” and “Varsity.” It will also entertain the audience tributes to the Rolling Stones, “West Side Story,” one-hit wonders and the box office and Broadway smash hit “Hairspray.”

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors (55+) and $8 for students. They may be purchased online at www.HamiltonFineArtsCenter.com or by visiting the HFAC box office, located at W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex, beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the night of the show. No phone orders accepted.

The Hamilton Education Foundation provided funding to support some programming of the HFAC’s 2007-08 performing arts season.

Lannon students, families to help with park clean-up

In celebration of Earth Day 2008, Lannon Elementary School Green Kids members will partner with the Waukesha County Parks Department the weekend before to clean up Menomonee Park. The students in grades 3-5 will help park staff members from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on April 19 pull garlic mustard plants, an invasive species that crowds out native plants. After clean-up, participants will enjoy picnic lunches at the park.

The students chose to give back to the community by helping clean up Menomonee Park because it is the site of their end-of-the-year school picnic. Lannon family members of all ages are encouraged to participate in this eco-friendly work day. Volunteers first will meet at the Quarry Pool Pavilion inside the park on April 19. They are asked to bring gardening gloves for their family, work clothes and picnic lunches. Beverages will be provided for the picnic.

Lannon families who plan to volunteer in the work day should contact third grade teacher Laureanna Raymond at (262) 255-6106 by April 16. The rain date is April 26.

Menomonee Park is located at W220 N7884 Townline Road, Menomonee Falls. Earth day 2008 is April 22.

Get Connected offers talk on risks of Internet

The Get Connected Parent Network invites parents to hear from Eric Szatkowski who will speak on “Internet: What to Know for the Summer Ahead” April 23 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be at Templeton Middle School, N59 W22490 Silver Spring Drive, Sussex.

While the Internet offers a world of educational and entertainment options for young people, it also has a dark and dangerous side. This presentation on the online exploitation of children includes real-life examples and practical advice for anyone interested in the safety and well-being of children. Topics include techniques used by predators, kids who are most vulnerable, the importance of filters and monitoring software, the risks of online journals like My Space and an eye-opening live demonstration of chat rooms.

Szatkowski has been a special agent with the Wisconsin Department of Justice/Division of Criminal Investigation since 1991. He is assigned to the state’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in Milwaukee and is one of the nation’s leading officers in apprehending sexual predators who use the Internet to seduce or exploit children. Before his law enforcement career, Eric spent seven years in broadcast journalism. He was a news reporter, anchor and producer, working at TV stations in Milwaukee, Oklahoma City and Madison.

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.

Get Connected offers talk on bullyproofing children

The Get Connected Parent Network invites parents to hear from Kristin Hasbrook who will speak on “Bullyproof your Child” April 15 at 7 p.m. The presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be at Maple Avenue Elementary School, W240 N6059 Maple Avenue, Sussex.

Parents will learn why bullies bully, why some kids are targets for bullies and what to do if your child is being bullied. They will gain a better understanding of the dynamics between the bully and the bullied child

An educator for 20 years — 13 with the Hamilton School District and seven with Milwaukee Public Schools — Kristin Hasbrook is currently coordinator of Hamilton’s Get Connected Program. She is a guidance counselor, consultant and the district’s alcohol and other drug coordinator. In addition, she is the parent of four children. She serves as vice-president of the Porcupine Foundation, a nonprofit organization that benefits children’s causes.

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.

High school seeks nominees for Distinguished Alumnus

Community members are invited to nominate Hamilton High School graduates for the 2008 Distinguished Alumnus Award which will be presented at the June 14 high school graduation ceremony.

People are asked to include the nominee’s name, address and phone number, along with a 50- to 75-word description of why the nominee is worthy of the award. This information may be submitted through the district Web site at www.hamilton.k12.wi.us on the Hamilton High School alumni page or delivered to Candis Mongan, Hamilton High School, W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex, WI 53089.

High school faculty members will review nominations and recommend a finalist.

The nomination deadline is May 1. For further information, contact Mongan at (262) 246-6471 x1104.

Bonecrushers visit Woodside students

A friendship that developed last July at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, recently brought special guests to Woodside Elementary School. Members of the Milwaukee Bonecrushers, a Continental Indoor Football League team, came to see fifth-grader Katie Godlewski at her school. Godlewski was hospitalized for 49 days last summer.

Owner and player John Burns, player Dan Morjal and three cheerleaders talked to Godlewski and the school’s fourth- and fifth-graders. They discussed the topics of fair play, good sportsmanship and teamwork and answered questions from students. The players and cheerleaders signed autographs for the fifth-graders, and stayed to sign 130 cards for the fourth-graders.

The Milwaukee Bonecrushers, coached by former Green Bay Packer Gilbert Brown, is in its inaugural season at the U.S. Cellular Area.

Templeton student qualifies for State Geographic Bee

Templeton eighth-grader Derek Stone qualified for the state competition in the National Geographic Bee based on the results of the written test he submitted.

All Templeton students participated in the preliminary round of the annual National Geographic Bee this year by taking a 25-question written test. The school’s top-scoring students competed in the semi-final round in which they answered oral questions. Stone was Templeton’s winner and completed another written test to determine if he would qualify for state competition. The top 100 scores in the state qualify for the state level competition.

The state Geographic Bee will be April 4 at St. Norbert College in DePere.

The National Geographic Society provides an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for state champions who advance in May to the National Geographic Bee championship. The final round of the 2008 Geographic Bee, featuring Alex Trebek, will air on the National Geographic Channel and public television stations.

Hamilton offers Summer Opportunities for students

The Hamilton School District will again offer its Summer Opportunities Program designed to provide enrichment, enjoyment, skill maintenance and development for students entering 4K through grade 8. It also provides middle school and high school enrichment opportunities, credit make-up courses, strength and agility training, and driver’s education.

Brochures will be available April 11 at all public and parochial schools in the district, the Pauline Haass Public Library and the Summer Opportunities office. In addition, brochures and registration forms will be available on the district’s Web site at www.hamilton.k12.wi.us.

The deadline for completed registration forms is May 2. Registration by mail will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students requesting popular courses should return completed registration forms with payment as early as possible. Student schedules will be mailed to homes the week of May 26.

Summer school for students will begin June 23 and end July 18 for enrichment courses. Some middle and high school classes have different schedules. Classes will run Monday through Friday with a vacation day on July 4. Transportation will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

If you have questions, please contact the Summer Opportunities Office at (262) 255-3653. The mailing address is: Hamilton School District Summer Opportunities Office, Lannon Elementary School, 7145 N. Lannon Road, Lannon, WI 53046-0376.

April 1, 2008

New high school staff approved
Two secondary-level teaching positions were approved for the 2008-09 school year. Educational Services Assistant Superintendent Dean Schultz outlined the need for a Project Lead the Way (PLTW) teacher and half-time band instructor in a written report to the board.

With the addition of “Principles of Engineering” at the high school and more sections of PLTW courses at Templeton, an additional applied engineering position is needed between the two schools. Increased enrollment in band and a large incoming freshman class will require a half-time high school band instructor.

The new positions were requested before the budget process was completed because of immediate needs and timing. A part-time band instructor could be identified as the district interviews candidates for the middle school band director due to the retirement of Bart Fojtik. Also, getting an early start in the PLTW hiring will provide an advantage to the district. Later this spring, a more complete staffing request will come before the School Board.

District gears up for staff development, summer workshops
The district will continue to address the theme of “Excellence and Equity for All” in its in-services for the 2008-09 school year. The theme was introduced this year to focus staff efforts on supporting achievement gains for all students regardless of factors such as income, race, language and special education backgrounds. Instructional Services Supervisor Dee Bauman, Ph.D., reported on the district’s training initiatives and summer workshops.

In addition to the excellence and equity theme, professional development for 2008-09 will include: Advanced Placement vertical team workshops in communication arts, social studies and science; continued work on assessment and grading; and instructional strategies to implement a revised reading curriculum. Bauman said work will continue in elementary reading and writing, PLTW, and literacy training for new teachers.

The district’s Professional Development Advisory Council has played a key role in the development and evaluation of training initiatives for the past 12 years, according to Bauman. The committee plans district in-service days that provide professional development.

“It gives teachers a voice and commitment to professional development for them and their colleagues,” Bauman said.

School Board member Deborah Briggs said she was impressed with how the district’s professional development has evolved over time. She commended the district for involving teachers and using student data to determine offerings.

“It struck me how far we’ve come,” Briggs said.

Summer workshops include curriculum projects at all grade levels. Bauman presented a list of summer curriculum and professional development workshops including:
revision of business education, applied engineering and technology, and reading curriculums; articulation of the elementary writing-technology and middle school technology programs; elementary software review; planning for implementation of assistive technology; reading strategies update at Woodside; curriculum planning of fine, gross motor and social emotional skill development at Willow Springs; examination of student work and Project Lead the Way curriculum review at Templeton; high school curriculum revision and updates in communication arts, special education, reading and writing, physical science and PASS mathematics programs; and personal finance and web design courses.

Professional development opportunities over the summer include data interpretation workshops at Templeton, Hamilton and Woodside; secondary-level grammar workshop; Einstein train-the-trainer workshop; literacy curriculum for new teachers; mentor-new teacher workshop; and Project Lead the Way training. In addition, the district will host Viterbo College graduate courses in Microsoft Office applications, technology integration into curriculum and spelling instruction best practices.

The budget for the summer curriculum projects and professional development initiatives is $30,150 which includes the curriculum rate pay for staff and trainer fees.

Hockey co-op gets OK
School Board members gave approval to continue a cooperative hockey team with five other high schools for the next two school years. Hamilton Athletic and Activities Director Michael Gosz said that four Hamilton students plan to participate in the program which offers varsity and junior varsity co-ed hockey teams. The other high schools involved in the co-op are Germantown, Menomonee Falls, Slinger, West Bend East and West Bend West. The program is funded by participant fundraising. No district funds are contributed, according to Gosz.

Personnel business
In personnel business, the School Board:

  • approved the retirement request of Woodside administrative assistant Deb Van Driel; and
  • appointed Barbara Larson as a Maple Avenue special services paraprofessional.