Templeton chorus to perform for veterans

The Templeton Middle School Eighth Grade Show Choir will travel to Milwaukee Nov. 24 to perform a concert for the residents of the Clement J. Zablocki Veterans Affairs Medical Center extended care facility.

The concert, which begins at 9 a.m., will include a selection of patriotic songs, including such standards as “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “God Bless America” and “Armed Forces Salute” as well as several more contemporary tunes.

This is the fourth year in which the chorus has been invited to perform. Following the concert, students will have the opportunity to socialize with the veterans and their families.

Hamilton Drama Department to present “Bone-Chiller”

The Hamilton High School Drama Department is pleased to present its production of “Bone-Chiller!” Nov. 12-15 in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center.

Thirteen people gather on Friday the 13th at the Travers mansion in New York for the reading of Josiah’s will. The will is a wall chart rendered in the form of a rebus – part word, part drawing puzzle – that almost defies solution. Instead of designating an heir, it offers the estate to anyone who can solve the will.

Plan to attend this comedic-murder-thriller on Nov. 12, 13 and 14 at 7 p.m.. and Nov. 15 at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $8 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. A special senior citizen “buy one get one free” promotion will be offered at the Sunday matinee. For advance ticket purchases and additional information, please call the Drama Department Box Office at (262) 246-6471 x1552.

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

Charger band concludes its most successful season

The Hamilton High School Charger Marching Band finished its competitive season in style Oct. 17 at the Wisconsin State Marching Band Championships. The state competition was held at Perkins Stadium on the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater campus.

The band completed its best competitive season by placing fourth in class AAAA and eighth place overall among 33 performing bands from Wisconsin. It also received its best score to date, an 82.5, and received a first division award.

The Wisconsin School Music Association divides bands into four entry classes determined by total school enrollment. An eight-judge panel evaluates bands in five areas: music performance, visual performance, general effect, percussion and color guard.

“The band and band staff would like to thank parents and the community for all the support we have received this year,” Charger Band Director Jon Waite said.

“It was an exciting year in which students far exceeded expectations that were set at the beginning of the season,” he said.

The band now looks forward to the concert band season which it will kick off Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m. with its annual holiday concert in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center. Further details can be found at www.chargerband.org or by calling the band office at (262) 246-6471 x1717.

Hamilton student takes first place in essay contest

Hamilton High School senior Daniel Thompson received the Best Creative Work award in the 2009 Mount Mary College Essay Contest.

Three Hamilton Advanced Placement English students submitted to the contest Oct. 17. In addition to Thompson, Christine Hart and Andy Kerber were approved by a panel of English majors to attend a read aloud. Only 11 student-authors were chosen to attend the conference.

In addition to his award, Thompson was presented with a monetary first prize.

Maple Avenue to learn from Japanese educator

Maple Avenue Elementary School will learn about the schools, culture and daily life in contemporary Japan, thanks to its involvement in the Japanese Wisconsin Education Connection.

Fukumi “Kumi” Inudo, who comes from the Nara prefecture in Japan, will give classroom presentations about life in Japan, her school and home, as well as teach Japanese songs, games, arts and crafts, and basic language expressions during November.

Two Maple Avenue teachers will host Kumi during her time in the district so that she will experience much of American culture and further develop her English skills. Kumi also will write a report on the Hamilton School District’s world language curriculum to present to the Japanese Board of Education upon her return.

The Japanese Wisconsin Education Connection gives a select number of K-12 Wisconsin school districts the opportunity to host a talented elementary, junior or senior high school teacher from Japan. Wisconsin schools have hosted more than 150 teachers through this program since 1997.

Kumi will be welcomed by Maple Avenue students and staff Nov. 2 with a brief all-school assembly beginning at 9 a.m. that will include singing of a friendship song and presentation of gifts.

Maple Avenue is located at W240 N6059 Maple Avenue, Sussex.

October 19, 2009

Hamilton School Board certifies tax levy
Hamilton School Board members adopted a budget and certified a tax levy Oct. 19 that lessened some of the blow of losing $528,310 in state aid.

The tax levy – revenue generated through local property taxes – increased 5.99 percent, but the mill rate increased by only 2.7 percent because area property values increased 3.19 percent and the School Board used $400,000 from its fund balance to keep the tax rate down. The mill rate will go from $9.29 to $9.54 per $1,000 of property value.

Despite gaining an additional 82 students in 2009-10, Hamilton’s state aid dropped from $19.47 million to $18.94 million. The overall budget increased 3.27 percent to $48.71 million.

Each October, the School Board must adopt the budget, certify the tax levy and establish the tax rate after the Department of Revenue determines property values in the district. Tax bills are sent to property owners in December.

Budget timeline approved
The same evening board members finalized the 2009-10 budget, they approved a timeline that set in motion the process for 2010-11. Among the significant dates of the budget timeline are:

  • Open Faculty and Staff Forum – Dec. 9 at 3:45 p.m. in the high school library;
  • Opportunity for community input to the budget – March 15, April 19 and May 4 at 7:15 p.m. prior to School Board meeting;
  • School Board approval of final budget draft – May 17 at 7:30 p.m. at School Board meeting; and
  • Annual Meeting – June 21 at approximately 7:30 p.m. – immediately following Annual Public Hearing.

Consultant to investigate fiber optic cable lines
A consultant will be hired to analyze costs and logistics associated with replacing the district’s T1 lines with fiber optic cable between the high school and elementary schools. According to a report from Business Services Assistant Superintendent Bryan Ruud, limited band width capacity has degraded the performance of the network to school sites as demand for internet access and software applications grow.

The School Board authorized spending up to $4,880 for a consultant to help the district investigate the pros and cons of leasing fiber optic cable versus district installation. Costs are expected to range from more than $500,000 to $1.1 million over a five-year span. A report on the findings will be reported to the board in November or early December.

District holds Chapter 220, Open Enrollment numbers
The number of seats available for students to enroll in the district though the Chapter 220 and Open Enrollment programs will be the same in 2010-11 as current levels.

Chapter 220 is a voluntary integration program that brings Milwaukee Public Schools students to suburban districts. The Open Enrollment Program allows students to attend school in other districts if space allows. The School Board voted to maintain 110 seats for Chapter 220 and 80 seats for Open Enrollment. The number of incoming seats has been limited in the past several years because of space availability.

Parents will be invited to apply to a waiting list that will be reviewed in early spring.

Youth Options requests approved
A total of 14 high school students requested admission to the Youth Options Program that will allow them to take classes next semester at Waukesha County Technical College and the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha. Often, students who have been approved for Youth Options are not able to take the courses because of scheduling conflicts or full classes.

Youth Options is a program mandated by the state that allows students who have completed 10th grade, are in good academic standing and have no disciplinary problems to attend a technical college or university if they have exhausted their high school curriculum.

Personnel actions
In personnel matters, the School Board:

  • accepted the resignations of Woodside cleaner Randall Stumpf and Lannon music teacher Sara Ford; and
  • appointed Lisa Totsky as a Templeton administrative assistant; and Amanda Hunter as Marcy special education paraprofessional.

Hamilton School Board certifies tax levy

Hamilton School Board members adopted a budget and certified a tax levy Oct. 19 that lessened some of the blow of losing $528,310 in state aid.

The tax levy – revenue generated through local property taxes – increased 5.99 percent, but the mill rate increased by only 2.7 percent because area property values increased 3.19 percent and the School Board used $400,000 from its fund balance to keep the tax rate down. The mill rate will go from $9.29 to $9.54 per $1,000 of property value.

Despite gaining an additional 82 students in 2009-10, Hamilton’s state aid dropped from $19.47 million to $18.94 million. The overall budget increased 3.27 percent to $48.71 million.

Each October, the School Board must adopt the budget, certify the tax levy and establish the tax rate after the Department of Revenue determines property values in the district. Tax bills are sent to property owners in December.

Hamilton School Board certifies tax levy

Hamilton School Board members adopted a budget and certified a tax levy Oct. 19 that lessened some of the blow of losing $528,310 in state aid.

The tax levy – revenue generated through local property taxes – increased 5.99 percent, but the mill rate increased by only 2.7 percent because area property values increased 3.19 percent and the School Board used $400,000 from its fund balance to keep the tax rate down. The mill rate will go from $9.29 to $9.54 per $1,000 of property value.

Despite gaining an additional 82 students in 2009-10, Hamilton’s state aid dropped from $19.47 million to $18.94 million. The overall budget increased 3.27 percent to $48.71 million.

Each October, the School Board must adopt the budget, certify the tax levy and establish the tax rate after the Department of Revenue determines property values in the district. Tax bills are sent to property owners in December.

Lannon celebrates Red Ribbon Week with speaker

Lannon Elementary School students will celebrate Red Ribbon Week Oct. 26 with a presentation by Jay Elliot of JK Lee Tae Kwon Do, who will speak about discipline, respect and confidence.

The instructor will speak from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in the school gym. Parents are invited to attend the all-school show. Elliot, who works at the Germantown location, will speak about the verbal judo three-step plan for conflict resolution, including deep breathing, asking politely and giving options.

Red Ribbon Week is national campaign to raise awareness of alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention.

Lannon Elementary School is located at 7145 N. Lannon Road in Lannon.

Hamilton announces September students of the month

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

  • Michael Anderson, business education;
  • Candice Block, communication arts;
  • Alane Boyle, science;
  • Chad Brown, applied engineering and technology;
  • Grace Devine, family and consumer education;
  • Aaron Fiss, music;
  • Kathryn Klein, world languages;
  • Aaron Konop, mathematics;
  • Katherine Rashid, social studies;
  • Eric Reimer, fitness education; and
  • Kendall Taivalkoski, art.

Students received a certificate and a pin for their accomplishment.