Families can apply for free, reduced lunches

The Hamilton School District announced its policy for children unable to pay the full price of meals served under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program, or milk served under the Special Milk Program. Each school office and the district office have copies of the policy for those who are interested.

Household size and income criteria determine eligibility. Children from families whose annual income is at or below the established levels are eligible for free and reduced price meals or free milk if a split-session student does not have access to the school lunch or breakfast service.

Annual income maximum for free lunch or milk
Household size — income maximum

1 — $14,079
2 — $18,941
3 — $23,803
4 — $28,665
5 — $33,527
6 — $38,389
7 — $43,251
8 — $48,113
For each additional household member, add $4,862.

Annual income range for reduced lunch or milk
Household size — income range

1 — $14,079.01 and $20,036
2 — $18,941.01 and $26,955
3 — $23,803.01 and $33,874
4 — $28,665.01 and $40,793
5 — $33,527.01 and $47,712
6 — $38,389.01 and $54,631
7 — $43,251.01 and $61,550
8 — $48,113.01 and $68,469
For each additional household member, add $4,862 to $6,919 to range.

Monthly income maximum for free lunch or milk
Household size — income maximum

1 — $1,174
2 — $1,579
3 — $1,984
4 — $2,389
5 — $2,794
6 — $3,200
7 — $3,605
8 — $4,010
For each additional household member, add $406.

Monthly income range for reduced lunch or milk
Household size — income range

1 — $1,174.01 and $1,670
2 — $1,579.01 and $2,247
3 — $1,984.01 and $2,823
4 — $2,389.01 and $3,400
5 — $2,794.01 and $3,976
6 — $3,200.01 and $4,553
7 — $3,605.01 and $5,130
8 — $4,010.01 and $5,706
For each additional household member, add $406 to $577 to range.

Application forms are being sent to all homes with a notice to parents or guardians. To apply for free or reduced price meals or free milk, households must fill out the application and return it to the school. Additional copies are available in the principal’s office in each school. Applications may be submitted at any time during the year.

If a household member becomes unemployed or if the household size changes and the household income falls at or below the levels shown above, the family should contact the school. Such changes may make households eligible for reduced price meals or free meals or milk, and they may reapply at that time.

In certain cases, foster children are also eligible for these benefits. If a household has foster children and wishes to apply for free or reduced price meals, the household should complete an application for a family of one or contact the school for more information.

The information provided by the household on the application is confidential. Under this program, no child will be discriminated against because of race, color, sex, national origin, age or disability.

For more information, contact Judy Pinter, Hamilton School District food service manager, at (262) 246-1973 x1142.

Hamilton schools plan for start of classes

Hamilton School District students will begin classes Sept. 1. The district has compiled information to assist parents and students in preparation for the big day.

Registration — People who are new to the district may register their children at the school they will attend. Call the individual schools to learn their office hours. School phone numbers are:
• Willow Springs Learning Center (4-year-old kindergarten), (262) 255-6190;
• Lannon Elementary, (262) 255-6106;
• Maple Avenue Elementary, (262) 246-4220;
• Marcy Elementary, (262) 781-8283;
• Woodside Elementary, (262) 820-1530;
• Templeton Middle, (262) 246-6477; and
• Hamilton High, (262) 246-6471.

If you are unsure of your school attendance area, call the district’s Public Information Office at (262) 246-1973 x1100.

Kindergarten — The district offers kindergarten programs for students who are four and five years old. The program for 4-year-olds is at Willow Spring Learning Center, and the program for 5-year-olds is at neighborhood elementary schools.

To be eligible for the optional 4-year-old kindergarten program, a child must be four years old by Sept. 1. The program runs a half day — an 8:45 -11:15 a.m. morning session and 12:45 – 3:15 p.m. afternoon session. Willow Springs Learning Center will have a brief K-4 orientation Aug. 26 at 5:30 p.m. for morning kindergartners and at 6:15 p.m. for afternoon kindergartners to familiarize them with riding the bus. School buses will pick up kindergartners at their home schools and travel to Willow Springs. The school will mail letters with specific times to K-4 parents. Classes at Willow Springs begin Sept. 4. The school will be holding Transition to Success conferences with students and parents Sept. 1-3.

Each elementary school offers a kindergarten program for children who turn five years old by Sept. 1. Most 5-year-olds participate in the full-day program that follows the same schedule as elementary grade school students. Some parents choose to enroll their 5-year-old in kindergarten for only the morning half of the school day.

Transportation — The bus company sends yellow postcards notifying bus riders of their routes. Postcards will be mailed the week of Aug. 24.

Breaks and last school day — Students will not have classes: Labor Day – Sept. 7; teachers’ convention – Oct. 29 and 30; Thanksgiving break – Nov. 26-27; winter break – Dec. 24-Jan. 1; staff in-service – Jan. 21-22; break – Feb. 15; staff in-service – March 26; spring break – April 2-9; and Memorial Day – May 31. Their last day of school is June 10.

School hours — Elementary school students in grades 1-5 and full-day kindergarten begin school at 8:35 a.m. and end at 3:25 p.m.; Templeton hours are 7:25 a.m. to 2:35 p.m.; and the high school runs from 7:20 a.m. to 2:25 p.m.

Immunization — Two different vaccine requirements were recently added to the Wisconsin Student Immunization law. These changes, which began in 2008-09, will be phased in for all students over the next several years. For the 2009-10 school year, students entering grades 6, 9 and 12 are required to have one dose of the tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertusis (Tdap) vaccine. Students entering 5-year-old kindergarten and grades 6 and 12 are required to have two doses of the varicella (chickenpox) vaccine.

Wisconsin law requires parents to provide updated records on their children’s immunizations including DTP, MMR and polio. The Hepatitis B (Hep B) and varicella vaccines are required for all students pre-kindergarten through grade 12.

School lunch program — Hamilton food service staff members are committed to producing quality meals that are nutritious and appealing to children. Lunches consist of five food items — meat, bread, two or more servings of fruit or vegetables, and milk. To reduce waste, children are offered an entire lunch but may refuse one or two items. The price for lunch remains the same whether a child takes the entire lunch or refuses an item.

Lunch menus will be listed in school newsletters, local newspapers and on the district Web site. Parents are asked to go over the lunch menu with their children to help them decide what to eat each day. Children should be encouraged to take at least a portion of an unfamiliar or unpopular food item.

Lunch prices for 2009-10 are: $2.10 for elementary students; $2.50 – middle school and high school students; $3.25 – adults; and 30 cents for milk.

The following are fees for the 2009-10 school year:
Pre-kindergarten and half-day kindergarten — $19*;
Elementary grades, full-day kindergarten and ungraded — $35*;
Middle school — $45*;
High school — $60*;
High school padlock — $5;
Drivers’ education behind-the-wheel training and theory-simulation — $150 each;
Templeton sports — $20 per sport ($60 family maximum);
Hamilton sports — $30 per sport ($90 maximum);
Templeton extra- and co-curriculars — $10 and $20;
Hamilton extra- and co-curriculars — $15 and $30;
Retake ID (during the school year) — $3;
Technology fee — $20 per student ($40 family maximum); and
Parking — $90.
*Maximum of $150 per family for these student fees.

Parents may pay all their children’s school and lunch fees through the E-Funds for Schools Web site and LunchBox. Links to E-Funds for School and LunchBox are on the district Web site.

District Web site — The district Web site is at www.hamilton.k12.wi.us and is updated often with supply lists, newsletters, calendar, lunch menus, news releases and other information.

For more information about the Hamilton School District, contact the individual schools or the district’s Public Information Office at (262) 246-1973 x1100.

Recruiting Realities open to athletes, parents

Nationally recognized recruiting expert Jack Renkens will speak Sept. 1 with student-athletes and their parents at 7 p.m. in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center. Renkens’ organization, Recruiting Realities, is dedicated to exploding the myths and presenting the realities of athletic recruiting including NCAA rules and how to get matched with the best college.

From his days as a high school coach, administrator and teacher through his time as a coach and athletic director at a NCAA Division II school, Renkens has witnessed the recruiting game from all sides.

“The Realities of College Recruiting” is a 60-minute presentation that is free and open to the public.

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

Hamilton offers drivers’ education

Registration for Hamilton High School fall drivers’ education – including theory, simulation and behind-the-wheel – is open until Sept. 10. Completed forms without fees will be accepted at the high school office during school hours or by mail. Students who will be 16 years old by April 30, 2010 are eligible to enroll in all three phases of the program.

The theory phase begins on Sept. 14 and includes 16 two-hour classes from 3:40 p.m. to 5:40 p.m. The simulation, which starts the week of Oct. 1 or Oct. 8, is six two-hour classes. Behind-the-wheel includes six two-hour lessons and is held from 3:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. or 3:40 to 5:40 on weekdays or Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Fees are $150 for theory-simulation, $150 for behind-the-wheel and $300 for the full program.

If you have questions, please contact Hamilton Drivers’ Education Coordinator Jackie Rottler at rottja@hamilton.k12.wi.us.

Hamilton High School is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Road.