Students take honors for catalog cover designs

Three Hamilton High School students were recognized for artwork they created for their school’s 2009-10 Course Catalog.

  • Erica Becker took first place. Her design will be on the cover of the catalog.
  • Alexander Malotky’s entry received second place.
  • Timothy Lowery’s took third place.

Becker, Malotky and Lowery, respectively, will receive a $50, $25 and $5 gift certificate to the Charger Corner school store.

Six finalists advance to Regional Spelling Bee

A total of 37 students in fifth through eighth grades competed Jan. 20 in the annual District Spelling Bee at Templeton Middle School. The “district” is a geographical area defined by CESA #1, which sponsors district and regional bees. Four Hamilton School District elementary schools, Templeton Middle School, St. Agnes in Butler and Peace Lutheran Academy in Sussex constituted a district for the purpose of the spelling bee. Students who won classroom spelling bees vied for the honor of participating in the district event.

Erica Nadolski from St. Agnes emerged as the champion speller at the district event. Finalists were Maple Avenue fifth-grader Ryan Adrian, Templeton eighth-grader Amanda Cibulka, Woodside fifth-grader Ashley DeJaco, Templeton sixth-grader Hannah Hubbell and Woodside fifth-grader Chad Schultz. These students will advanced Feb. 12 to the Regional Spelling Bee in Glendale-River Hills. In honor of their spelling achievement, the top six spellers received trophies and all students received certificates.

Regional winners continue to the Wisconsin Spelling Bee, in hopes of qualifying for the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee, held next June in Washington, D.C.

Hamilton’s Get Connected offers talk on prep for college

The Hamilton School District’s Get Connected Parent Network invites parents to hear from Patti Mitchell, who will speak on “Helping Your Collegebound Child” Feb. 17 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be in the library at Hamilton High School, W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex.

This presentation is intended for middle school parents who want to help their children prepare for success in college. It will cover preparation, study habits, what colleges are looking for, how applicants are evaluated and tips for success in college.

Patti Mitchell, M.S., has been a school counselor in the Hamilton School District for the past 25 years and has guided thousands of students and families through the process of career decision-making and planning for post high school education.

An experienced parent educator and a certified teacher, Mitchell is a member of the Wisconsin Association for College Admission Counseling and the Wisconsin School Counselor Association and has served on its governing board. She serves on the WCTC External Diploma Advisory Committee and on the Selective Service Board for Waukesha County.

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.

Hamilton students score in top quarter in Financial Literacy Challenge

Hamilton High School students in Brenda Savic’s Personal Finance course participated in the National Financial Literacy Challenge, and many of them scored in the top 25th percentile among students throughout the country who participated.

Hamilton students who will receive certificates from the U.S. Department of the Treasury in honor of their accomplishment are Michael Beaulieu, Emily Gabel, Erin Geszvain, Tyler Gilmore, Kaitlyn Gramz, Bryan Kristensen, Cameron Lange, Alexander Lutze, Steven Radcliffe, Alana Strait, Clayton Van Der Linden, Natasha Veal and Daniel Westbrook.

The challenge was developed by the Department of the Treasury in consultation with economists and the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, Junior Achievement USA, the National Council on Economic Education and the National Endowment for Financial Education. It was created to help students learn about the nation’s financial system, including the need for saving and investing, using credit wisely, avoiding fraud and other financial topics.

Hamilton’s Get Connected offers talk on healthy marriage

The Hamilton School District’s Get Connected Parent Network invites parents to hear from Jackie Landers and Tammy Groszczyk, who will speak on “Stay Connected: A Healthy Marriage” Feb. 18 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be at Woodside Elementary School, W236 N7465 Woodside Road, Sussex.

Work, dinnertime, homework, family responsibilities. Parents are pulled in so many different directions. How does a couple find ways to stay connected? A healthy marriage is the critical foundation of a healthy family. This presentation will help you find ways to re-connect, be a strong team and put your marriage first.

Jackie Landers, LCSW, CADCIII, is a licensed clinical social worker and certified alcohol and drug counselor who specializes in mood disorders, depression, anxiety, chemical dependency, trauma, marital-family-relationship concerns, domestic violence and sexual abuse. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. She is married with one child.

Tammy Groszczyk, MS, LPC, is a psychotherapist whose areas of expertise include grief and loss issues, mood and anxiety disorders, marital and post-divorce conflict, family relational and communication problems and young adult issues, among others. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from UW-Stevens Point and her master’s degree in counseling psychology from Illinois State University. She is married with one child.

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.

Hamilton Band Boosters host Jazzy Italian Dinner

The Hamilton High School Band Booster Club will host its annual Jazzy Italian Dinner Feb. 18 from 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. in the high school cafeteria.

Tickets for the dinner are $8 for adults and $6 for senior citizens over 60, students and children under 18. To reserve your spot for dinner, please call Nanette Kern at (262) 820-1531 or e-mail her at nkern@wi.rr.com.

A combined Templeton Middle School and Hamilton High School band concert follows at 7 p.m. in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center.

Hamilton High School and the Hamilton Fine Arts Center are located at W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex.

Templeton team places third in state

Two Templeton Middle School eighth-graders took third place in the statewide 2008 Stock Market Game fall competition. Under the guidance of Templeton social studies teacher Rhonda Watton, team members Aaron Konop and Maxwel Schwid managed a hypothetical $100,000 investment portfolio in the 15-week game. The pair ended the game with $108,200.71.

The Stock Market Game is sponsored by EconomicsWisconsin and introduces students to financial markets and institutions, how to choose and buy stocks, personal finance and budgeting skills and the value of investing for the future.

The Templeton team will be recognized Feb. 11 at the Stock Market Game awards banquet at the Delafield Brewhaus.

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

January 19, 2009

District hires technicians
After years of obtaining technology support through a contract with MPC, the district will no longer use outside sources to maintain its network infrastructure, 1,400 computers, peripherals and software.

School Board members approved hiring two full-time technicians who will provide technology support services. MPC ceased providing services in December after filing for Chapter 11 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court last November – six months before its contract was to expire on June 30.

For more than 10 years, the district contracted with outside technology firms for services. It contracted with OmniTech Corporation, which later became MPC, beginning in 2000 for a network engineer and two technicians. The School Board hired its first in-house network engineer in 2006 to oversee MPC staff. The move saved money for the district and provided cohesive network services.

In her proposal to the School Board, Instructional Technology and Assessment Coordinator Katherine Little reported that the district would “incur a substantial monetary increase to maintain the same level of support” if it were to outsource technology personnel through another company.

The contract, which had provided 1.9 full-time equivalent positions in the district, cost $157,000 for the 2008-09 school year. The cost to hire two full-time technicians, including salary and benefits, will not exceed that amount. Little reported that estimates to outsource the technician positions through other technology firms would cost more than $218,880.

School Board members approved the new position description for client technology support technicians. They also modified the network engineer’s position to include providing supervisory feedback regarding the technicians’ job performance.

The School Board approved hiring Scott Singer and Benjamin Hawley as district support technicians.

Marcy site plan approved
Principal Michele Trawicki., reported on Marcy Elementary School’s Site Plan. She noted that Marcy students perform well academically in comparison to district and state data, but there have been some slight decreases in some areas. The most significant was in fourth grade, which had been identified in previous School Board reports. Trawicki wrote in her report that the fourth grade has a significant number of students who require additional support from special education and resource teachers. School staff put plans in place to intervene with students throughout the year and consider possible accommodations for testing.

In addition, Trawicki said that staff will look more closely at students entering Marcy in later years because analysis of test results showed that students who performed minimal or basic on tests likely did not begin their education in the district.

Marcy staff members continue to work on the site plan’s tactics which state that:

  • Students, staff and parents will attain the highest possible levels of achievement through the use of effective and innovative practices;
  • The Marcy community will actively embrace its vision statement; and
  • 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.

Maple students show off research, technology skills
School Board members were treated to animal research projects of Maple Avenue fourth-graders. Students were accompanied by their parents and teachers Patricia Coburn, Kim Mechenich, Terri Manske, Brian Latus and Principal Kristin Koeper-Hamblin. The project was an integrated research project in which students created narrated presentations that highlighted their findings.

Unpaid school fees at its lowest level in 10 years
Only one student from Hamilton’s class of 2008 had unpaid school fees – the lowest level in the past 10 years. Beginning with the class of 2005, the district changed procedures to reduce outstanding school fees among Hamilton students. Six invoices are sent each year to students with unpaid fees. In addition, balances greater than $50 are turned over to a collection agency in July.

Prior to the changes, between eight and 17 students from the graduating classes had unpaid school fees for combined debts of $497 to $1,891. In contrast, the class of 2008 had one student who had $37.50 in unpaid fees.

Next year, students who have unpaid fees or fine balances will not be able to get a parking permit until they are paid up.

Administrators are bracing for the impact that difficult economic conditions may have on students and their families. The school will remain flexible as it works with families to minimize the impact on families when possible.

School nurse recognized for service
School nurse Lynn McClone was recognized for the work she performs in the district. Special Services Supervisor Mardi Freeman commended McClone for “quietly working behind the scenes” to supervise the district’s health and nursing services. Under a part-time contract, McClone oversees student health plans, vision and hearing screening, summer school healthcare concerns, staff training and various other duties.

Personnel news
In other personnel business, the School Board approved the retirement requests of Templeton gifted and talented teacher Sherry Malmon and Marcy special education teacher Barbara Sadler effective at the end of the school year.

‘Pinocchio’ comes to Woodside

The Florentine Opera Company will bring its performance of “Pinocchio” to Woodside Elementary School fourth-graders. The performance will be Jan. 21 from 2:20 p.m. to 3:05 p.m., and will take place in the school’s Large Group Area.

This humorous opera is performed in English and uses famous melodies from various operas. The performance will help students overcome preconceived notions about opera while reinforcing concepts they are learning in music class. Students also will observe expressive performing skills they will use in March when they sing, act and dance in their own production.

This performance was brought to Woodside by its Home and School. Woodside is located at W236 N7465 Woodside Road, Sussex.