Haas Automation, Inc. donates equipment to Hamilton

Hamilton High School students in pre-engineering and manufacturing classes will have use of a state-of-the-art simulator, thanks to the generosity of Haas Automation, Inc. The company donated a simulator that is used in mold-making and tool and die industries to the school’s Applied Engineering and Technology Department. The simulator and training that the company will provide is worth more than $2,000.

The simulator was presented by sales engineer Daniel W. Johnson who works at Haas-Brookfield, a division of Gosiger Wisconsin.

Milwaukee Public Television to tape Think Floyd show at Hamilton Fine Arts Center

The Hamilton Fine Arts Center welcomes Chicago-based and nationally known Think Floyd USA-The American Pink Floyd Show on Friday, February 27 at 8 p.m. Performing Pink Floyd’s classic hits from legendary albums “Dark Side of the Moon,” “Wish You Were Here,” “Animals,” and the Pink Floyd classic, “The Wall,” Think Floyd USA take you on a musical flight through the Pink Floyd galaxy. Featuring dynamic sound effects and a phenomenal light show, you’ll “think Floyd” was on the Hamilton Fine Arts Center stage.

Student Ops 2009, a joint venture between students and the instructional department at Milwaukee Area Technical College’s Television and Video Production Division and Milwaukee Public Television, will feature a live-to-tape remote from the Hamilton Fine Arts Center scheduled to air on Milwaukee Public Television.

For the first time ever, the Think Floyd USA concert will stream live from the Hamilton Fine Arts Center. Concert ticket holders can be part of the exciting musical performance of Think Floyd USA not only in the Milwaukee viewing area, but streamed live throughout the world via the Internet.

Reserved seating tickets may be purchased online at www.HamiltonFineArtsCenter.com or by visiting the HFAC box office on Wednesdays from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. The Hamilton Fine Arts Center is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex. The box office will also be open at 7:30 p.m. the night of the show. No phone orders accepted, please.

Coming Up: The Nylons – March 27
With seven gold and six platinum recordings, and over 3 million albums sold, this four-member vocal group have become a global institution and a legend in the world of a cappella music. The group’s first album, featuring big hits like “Up the Ladder to the Roof” and “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” went gold in only two months. Billboard Magazine wrote about their recording of “Kiss Him Goodbye” as “possibly the most intoxicating, power-packed harmony and percussion of any record of the ’80s.”

The Nylons are renowned for their vibrant live shows, featuring dazzling harmonies, smooth arrangements, tight choreography and fabulous showmanship. Their rapport with their audiences makes them perennial favorites for all age groups. The Nylons continue to perform worldwide to passionate audiences and critical acclaim. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors (55+) and $10 for students.

February 16, 2009

Board OKs new athletic training contract
Orthopaedic Associates of Wisconsin will provide athletic training services to the district. The School Board approved a three-year contract at a cost of $8,000 per year for on-site services after school, on Saturdays and at games. The contract with Community Memorial Hospital, which previously provided the services, is set to expire this year and it did not submit a bid to continue as a provider.

Hamilton Superintendent Kathleen M. Cooke, Ph.D., said she will write a letter of appreciation to Community Memorial for its years of service.

Next Steps Network created for job-seekers
An employment network to assist community members who are unemployed will begin March 4 thanks to the coordination of the Valuing Diversity Committee. Superintendent Kathleen Cooke, Ph.D., reported on the details of the network formed in response to the economic crisis that has resulted in many job losses.

The Next Steps Network, fashioned after one in Mequon, will meet Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Pauline Haass Public Library so that individuals can share information about their skills, talents and positions desired. Rather than providing counseling, the network is intended to share information about job opportunities.. Educational Service Director John Roubik will be one of the volunteers who will facilitate the meetings on a rotating basis.

“We know that there are many parents and other community members who have lost their jobs,” Cooke said. “This is a way to help give back to the community.”

The library will provide computers, resume template and other resources to assist individuals with job searches. Local employers and the chamber of commerce may use the network to find future employees.

Cooperating Churches of Sussex, Sussex Area Chamber of Commerce, Village of Sussex, Pauline Haass Public Library, Sussex Area Outreach Services, Hamilton School District and other community organizations comprise the Valuing Diversity Committee.

Future students to be part of study
Future Hamilton School District students who have yet to be born will be part of the largest long-term study of children’s health ever conducted in the U.S. School Board members Deborah Briggs and Lynn Kristensen reported on the National Children’s Study (NCS) which will look into the effects of the environment on the health and development of more than 100,000 children across the country.

Waukesha was the single county in Wisconsin chosen to participate, and Menomonee Falls and Sussex are among the 17 neighborhoods where recruiting will occur beginning in the summer. Women who are pregnant or become pregnant in the next five years will be asked to enroll in the study.

NCS Community Liaison Katie Miller will speak to parents at the March district Parent Officers’ Meeting about the study.

Hamilton announces January students of the month

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

  • Matthew Anderson, fitness education;
  • Kara Bednarek, mathematics;
  • Kyle Benvenuto, applied engineering and technology;
  • Amanda Bernarde, social studies;
  • Michael Fischer, communication arts;
  • Krislyn Follman, family and consumer education;
  • Joshua Guarisco, world languages;
  • Lauren Little, music;
  • Julie Posh, art;
  • Brianne Snow, fitness education;
  • Kyle Vogt, business education; and
  • Sarah Werner, science.

Students received a certificate and a pin for their accomplishment.

Kindergartners to celebrate literacy through bedtime stories

Willow Springs Learning Center students in the 4-year-old kindergarten program will celebrate the ninth annual Bedtime Story Time – Literacy Night at their school on Feb. 26. Morning students and their families were invited to come at 6 p.m., and afternoon students and their families were invited at 7 p.m.

Bedtime Story Time is a fun-filled, interactive family night where students and families come back to school in their pajamas and listen to read-aloud stories and nursery rhymes performed by special guests. Students will receive a special keepsake and also create a take-home project as a remembrance.

Willow Springs is located at W220 N6660 Town Line Rd., Menomonee Falls.

Chess Club open to Lannon students

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 gymnasium from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays from March 4 until April 1.

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 – students who believe they are 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 1 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 receives ACT’s Red Quill Award

Hamilton High School was one of three Wisconsin high school awarded the ACT’s Red Quill Award for the 2008-09 school year. The award recognizes high levels of dedication and focus in providing all students with exceptional opportunities to succeed.

ACT Red Quill Committee Chairman Phillip Daniel presented Principal Candis Mongan with the award at the Feb. 3 Hamilton School Board meeting. He said the school showed considerable growth in the four core content areas that the ACT measures. Mongan thanked guidance counselor Patricia Mitchell who was instrumental in obtaining the award.

Hamilton is one of only six Wisconsin schools ever presented with the award which recognizes educational professionals who diligently analyze data and develop and enhance curriculum and instruction based on learning community needs.

Templeton hosts cultural celebration Feb. 13

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-Carnival-Karneval. The Templeton small gym will be the site Feb. 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.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. 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 while listening to traditional Karneval music.

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

Hamilton students win awards in regional art contest

Three Hamilton High School students earned awards in the 2009 Scholastic Art Awards – Wisconsin Regional Competition and Exhibit. Students who earned awards were:

  • Erin Welytok, sophomore, Gold Key for stained glass;
  • Rhiannon Berres, senior, Gold Key for flame-worked glass; and
  • Hue Yang, sophomore, Gold Key for pencil drawing.

Welytok and Berres are students of Kelly Belot, and Yang is a student of Lorene Lisheron.

The Wisconsin Scholastic Art Awards program, which features outstanding works by students in grades 7–12, is the regional section of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards National Program conducted by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers.

Wisconsin winners were recognized at an awards ceremony at the Milwaukee Art Museum. The winning selections were chosen from more than 1,407 entries in 18 media categories. Student artists were awarded 253 Gold Keys and 128 Silver Keys. The Silver Key award denotes statewide recognition; Gold Key artwork continues on to the national competition, along with those from other regional art competitions throughout the country.

The works of the winning artists are on view until March 8 at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Gold and Silver Key winning artworks are exhibited in the Pieper Gallery and West Galleria.

February 3, 2009

Board approves new Strategic Plan draft

These are the words that summarize the district’s “beliefs in action.” They are the key concepts that members of the Strategic Plan team created in addition to the vision statement, strategies and objectives that will guide the district for the next five years or so. Strategic planners also validated the mission statement and belief statements that were written by previous teams.

School Board members approved the draft of the plan and will be asked to give formal approval when action steps are presented later in the spring.

Strategies of the plans indicate that the district will:

  • Ensure rigorous, relevant curriculum and innovative instruction to support maximum achievement for each child;
  • Engage and empower students, differentiate instruction and ensure continuous progress for each child by implementing quality assessment practices;
  • Focus professional development on the knowledge and skills staff need as they educate students to thrive in an inter-connected, global community;
  • Utilize effective communication practices to promote understanding, support and involvement of our families, community and staff;
  • Create learning environments that nurture social and emotional development and respect for our diverse world; and
  • Integrate and assess 21st Century skills in the areas of financial literacy, employability skills and technological literacy.

Action plans will be created for each of the strategies. Employees who are interested in joining action teams that will write specific steps to attain each strategy should contact Educational Services Director John Roubik.

Certified staff members will learn more about the new strategic plan at the March 27 staff in-service meeting.

High school receives Red Quill award from ACT
Hamilton High School was awarded the ACT’s Red Quill Award for the 2008-09 school year. The award recognizes high levels of dedication and focus in providing all students with exceptional opportunities to succeed.

ACT Red Quill Committee Chairman Phillip Daniel presented Principal Candis Mongan with the award. He said the school showed considerable growth in the four core content areas that the ACT measures. Mongan thanked guidance counselor Patricia Mitchell was instrumental in obtaining the award.

Hamilton is only one of only six Wisconsin schools that have been presented with the award which recognizes educational professionals who diligently analyze data and develop and enhance curriculum and instruction based on learning community needs.

Summer school plans approved
Planning for summer school is underway. Lannon Elementary School Principal and Summer Opportunities Program Director Richard Ladd gave details about its operation.

Classes for students in enrichment courses will begin June 22 and end July 17 Monday through Friday. Credit make-up courses for Templeton students will run from June 22 to July 31. The high school will have two sessions – June 15 – June 26 and July 6 – July17. No classes will be held on July 4.

New this year will be online registration. Families will receive postcards informing them about the new process along with information in the summer school brochure. Families who do not have computers and internet access in their homes will be able to use district computers to complete registration or fill out hard copies of a registration form.

Fees will range from $4 to $12 per class. Nonresident students will have an additional $50 tuition fee in addition to the course fees to offset the absence of state reimbursement for nondistrict students.

Curriculum revision in process
Instructional Services Supervisor Dee Bauman, Ph.D., updated the School Board on the curriculum process. The three curricular areas that were completed this year were reading, business education and marketing, and applied engineering and technology. Art and music are being revised, and fitness education and science will be revised next year.

School Board Member Dawn Van Aacken thanked Bauman for her leadership in curriculum revision throughout the years of her career. Van Aacken said the district has a solid curriculum because of the 5-year planning process that Bauman helped guide.

Students recognized
Templeton Middle School eighth grade social studies teacher Rhonda Watton and her students Aaron Konop and Maxwel Schwid were recognized for their success in the Wisconsin Stock Market Game. The two took third place in the statewide 2008 Stock Market Game fall competition. They 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.

Hamilton students in Brenda Savic’s Personal Finance course were recognized for scoring in the top 25th percentile in the National Financial Literacy Challenge. The students who were awarded certificates from the U.S. Department of the Treasury in honor of their accomplishment were 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

Four approved for early graduation
Four students met stated requirements and conditions and were approved for early graduation in January, 2009. They are Alane Boyle, Tyler Golimowski, Rachael Kolbeck and PaZong Lee.

Personnel news
In personnel business, the School Board:

  • Approved the retirement requests of Dee Bauman, Ph.D., instructional services supervisor, and Thomas Daley, Lannon fifth grade teacher;
  • Accepted the resignations of Lannon special services teacher Lori Obrenovich and Hamilton instrumental teacher Kathryn Tollefson; and
  • Appointed Nancy Mason as a Marcy special services paraprofessional.