Woodside hosts a celebration of science March 8-11

Woodside Elementary School students will celebrate science March 8-11 with their annual all-school Science Fair. Community members and families are invited to see the student projects from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on March 11.

Each grade level is involved.
• Kindergarteners will have displays on the four seasons.
• First-graders will display animal posters.
• Second-graders will show dinosaur models.
• Third-graders will have demonstrations or experiments.
• Fourth- and fifth-grade participants will display and tell about their recent investigations. In each of their investigations, the young scientists will use the “Scientific Method” of PHEOC – problem, hypothesis, experiment, observation and conclusion.

Woodside Elementary School is located at W236 N7465 Woodside Road, Sussex.

Hamilton schools celebrate Youth Art Month with art show at Pauline Haass Public Library

In celebration of Youth Art Month, the artwork of students from throughout the Hamilton School District will be on display during March at the Pauline Haass Public Library, N64 W23820 Main St., Sussex. The public is invited to view the artwork during regular library hours.

A reception honoring the artists and their teachers will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. March 4. During the reception a Hamilton High Jazz Band combo will perform and art activities will be offered in the Youth Services area. The Friends of the Pauline Haass Public Library will provide refreshments.

Youth Art Month is celebrated each year to emphasize the value of art education for all children and to encourage public support for quality school art programs. It began in 1961 as Children’s Art Month with support from the nonprofit Crayon, Water Color and Craft Institute and the National Art Education Association.

Willow Springs to host Scholastic Book Fair

Willow Springs Learning Center will hold its annual Scholastic Book Fair March 17-19. The book fair will be open:
– March 17 – 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.;
– March 18 – 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.;
– March 19 – 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Willow Springs invites community members to enjoy the book fair where they can share a book with a child or purchase a gift for someone special. Willow Springs is located at W220 N6660 Town Line Road, Menomonee Falls. For additional information, please call 255-6190.

Grade 8 Allied Arts Elective Courses

Supplement to the Parent Curriculum Guide

Art

The foundation of the art program is found in basic communication and problem solving skills. Eighth grade students will concentrate on relating art history to their projects. Students will create two- and three- dimensional works and work independently in their sketchbooks.

The curriculum includes five themes:

  • conceptual understanding (through structured experiences)
  • aesthetic valuing (involving aesthetic impression and expression)
  • creative behavior (through divergent problem solving)
  • craftsmanship (mastery of varied materials and techniques)
  • understanding the content of art (focusing on art history and art criticism)

Business Technology

Business Technology is a yearlong course elected by eighth grade students. Business technology students will complete real world business simulations using a variety of software packages. Units of study may include but are not limited to:

  • desktop publishing activities
  • numeric keypad
  • intra-building use of e-mail
  • documenting research sources
  • using the Internet as a research tool
  • introduction to basic accounting
  • spreadsheet development and usage
  • multimedia presentation software
  • web page development

At the end of the year, students will select their own personal final project which will encompass all phases of a business proposal.

Industrial Technology

Students will complete individual, small group and class projects in the areas of:

  • manufacturing, transportation, construction and communications
  • audio and visual graphics
  • wood and metal construction, production and manufacturing
  • product and project design
  • safety
  • organizations

Family and Consumer Education

Family and Consumer Education is a student centered, success driven, integrated program that encompasses the world of work and personal and social development. Establishing and managing a small business are the strands that drive the family and consumer education program. Your child will:

  • acquire and understanding of the qualities and roles of an employee and employer
  • enhance peer communication skills
  • practice effective leadership skills
  • work collaboratively in groups
  • set high, attainable goals for self

Spanish I, French I, German I

Your child will:

  • understand and produce basic, memorized expressions in oral and written form
  • develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills to be able to meet survival needs dealing with recurring events and functions
  • react, in a limited way in a social situation
  • understand and answer, in oral and written form, a structured question about personal experiences
  • show in oral and written form some spontaneity and creative language use in response to an oral or written question, a situation or a visual

Chorus

Eighth grade chorus is open to all students. No audition or previous experience is necessary. Chorus students will:

  • develop musical skills (expression, phrasing, dynamics, note reading, intonation)
  • sing in a large variety of vocal styles
  • have opportunities to participate in solo and small group performances
  • have the opportunity to participate in the District Solo and Ensemble Festival
  • perform at other schools or participate in a choral clinic

Instrumental Music

Your child will:

  • develop advanced ensemble performance skills
  • expand dynamic usage and instrument range
  • learn intermediate solo and ensemble literature
  • increase his or her ability to incorporate phrasing techniques during performance
  • develop a more acute awareness for intonation and ear training
  • establish a higher level of instrumental tone production
  • learn to apply expressive and interpretive concepts to musical phrases

Grade 8 Parent Curriculum Guide

One-Year Courses

Critical Literacy

Your child will:

  • practice disciplinary literacy skills to strengthen reading, writing, listening, speaking and critical thinking skills
  • purposefully write, read, discuss and react to multiple mediums of communication
  • read, interpret and critically analyze informational and literary text to question, examine or dispute the author’s claims or message
  • develop and support arguments with evidence supported by multiple sources and mediums
  • read and discuss literary and informational text to understand human experience
  • read to acquire information

Communication Arts

The focus of instruction for these skills occurs within the communication arts classroom. Students further develop and apply their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in all of their classes. Your child will:

Reading:

  • check understanding of fiction and nonfiction materials through self-monitoring
  • use knowledge of word structure and word origins to understand unfamiliar words in context
  • retell main point to demonstrate interpretation and comprehension
  • summarize, analyze and paraphrase written materials
  • identify and explain implied ideas (inferences) in text
  • develop and defend conclusions and reasoning based on informative reading
  • compare, contrast the accuracy and usefulness of information from different sources
  • read a variety of literary forms from a variety of cultures and time periods
  • compare and contrast common themes across a variety of literature and authors
  • use literature to develop context for historical events and issues
  • develop a habit of reading for pleasure and information

Your child will further develop reading skills and strategies in his/her Reading Application or Reading course.

Writing:

  • write for a variety of purposes and audiences
  • show connections between ideas with improving clarity
  • revise by adding and/or replacing words, sentences and paragraphs
  • use literary devices to clarify and enhance ideas
  • edit with increasing accuracy; consult resources as needed
  • produce an organized written report that presents and reflects on research, draws sound conclusions, adheres to the conventions for preparing a manuscript, and gives proper credit to sources
  • use computer to compose, revise, edit, and publish

Speaking and Listening:

  • present oral reports in a variety of content areas for a variety of purposes
  • express and justify opinions on various topics in a variety of contexts
  • evaluate effectiveness of oral presentations of self and others
  • use technology to enhance oral presentations
  • practice effective listening skills

Mathematics

Your child will:

  • evaluate mathematical information, identify relationships and test reasonableness of answers
  • communicate logical arguments clearly to show why a result makes sense
  • explain, verbally and in writing, mathematical concepts, procedures and ideas
  • understand irrational numbers and approximate them with rational numbers
  • understand and use radicals and integer exponents
  • understand the connections between proportional relationships, lines and linear equations
  • analyze and solve linear equations and pairs of simultaneous linear equations
  • define, evaluate and compare functions
  • use functions to model relationships between quantities
  • understand congruence and similarity using physical models, transparencies or geometry software
  • apply the Pythagorean Theorem
  • solve real-world and mathematical problems involving volume of cylinders, cones, and spheres
  • Investigate patterns of association in bivariate data

Science

The eighth grade science curriculum is an activity and inquiry based program which integrates life, earth and physical science. Your child will use the scientific process to:

  • understand and use the scientific method
  • explain, classify and measure the properties of matter
  • use the periodic table to identify patterns of atomic structure and how it relates to chemical bonding
  • incorporate concepts of simple machines and the Laws of Motion to construct a Rube Goldberg machine
  • understand how weathering, erosion and deposition work in a cycle to change the Earth’s surface
  • understand how wave energy is related to sound, light and electromagnetic spectrum

Social Studies

Focus: United States history to the 20th century.
Your child will:

  • acquire factual knowledge of the history of the United States by studying ideas, events, persons, values and beliefs
  • understand the United States had a multi-cultural beginning and that Native Americans and many ethnic groups have made unique and significant contributions to its development
  • describe the major economic, military and diplomatic events of the American Revolution and identify the key people and places associated with the Revolutionary War
  • communicate the social, economic and political causes and effects of the Civil War
  • identify major economic factors in the development of the United States and economic changes throughout the time period
  • research topics related to American history
  • identify and explain democracy’s basic principles as defined by the Constitution and other political documents

Fitness Education

Meets every-other day
Your child will:

  • understand and apply the components of health related fitness to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle
  • develop and maintain appropriate levels of skill related fitness
  • develop understandings so that they can adopt healthy and physically active lifestyles
  • develop positive attitudes about physical activity so that they engage in healthy and physically active lifestyles

Allied Arts Electives

Your child will select one of the following allied arts electives which will alternate with his or her fitness education course:

Art
Band
Business Technology
Career Pathways
Chorus
Drama
Family and Consumer Education
Study Center

Your child will also enroll in one of the following daily allied arts electives:
Art
Band
Family and Consumer Education
French
German
Show Choir
Spanish
Study Center
Technology Education

Grade 7 Parent Curriculum Guide

One-Year Courses

Critical Literacy

Your child will:

  • practice disciplinary literacy skills to strengthen reading, writing, listening, speaking and critical thinking skills
  • purposefully write, read, discuss and react to multiple mediums of communication
  • read, interpret and critically analyze informational and literary text to question, examine or dispute the author’s claims or message
  • develop and support arguments with evidence supported by multiple sources and mediums
  • read and discuss literary informational text to understand human experience
  • read to acquire information

Communication Arts

Your child will:

Reading

  • apply reading strategies to a variety of written works

Writing

  • write for a variety of purposes including to persuade, inform and describe
  • establish clear purpose for a definite audience
  • use transitional words and phrases to logically sequence ideas
  • continue to expand ideas through more elaborate supportive material
  • produce a written report that presents and reflects on research and credits sources
  • use technology to compose, revise, edit and publish

Speaking and Listening

  • prepare and present oral presentations for a variety of audiences and purposes
  • practice effective listening skills
  • recognize the importance of nonverbal communication

Mathematics

Your child will:

  • evaluate mathematical information, identify relationships and test reasonableness of answers
  • communicate logical arguments clearly to show why a result makes sense
  • explain, verbally and in writing, mathematical concepts, procedures and ideas
  • apply and extend understanding of addition and subtraction to add and subtract rational numbers
  • represent addition and subtraction on a horizontal or vertical number line diagram
  • solve real-world and mathematical problems involving the four operations with rational numbers
  • analyze proportional relationships and use them to solve real-world and mathematical problems
  • recognize and represent proportional relationships between quantities
  • use properties of operations to generate equivalent expressions
  • solve real-world and mathematical problems using numerical and algebraic expressions and equations
  • draw, construct, and describe geometric figures and describe their relationships
  • solve real-life and mathematical problems involving angle measure, area, surface area, and volume
  • select, organize, compare and analyze data in problem solving situations

Science

The seventh grade science curriculum is an activity and inquiry based program which integrates life, earth and physical science.

Your child will use the scientific method to:

  • understand and use the scientific process
  • explore and explain the relationships between celestial bodies
  • understand and explain the past and present theories of astronomy
  • explore and explain ecosystems and biodiversity
  • investigate, interpret and assess current environmental issues
  • understand the organization of the human body
  • understand the interactions of the body systems

Social Studies

Focus: Western Hemisphere Europe – Middle Ages to 1945
Your child will:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the five themes of geography and their application: location, place, interaction, movement and regions
  • study the history of selected European nations to illustrate change over time
  • identify major events and trends that have shaped the common elements of culture
  • explain the ways people shape their culture and the way cultures shape people
  • understand that various people see the world from different frames of reference
  • identify common problems, needs and behaviors of people from similar and different environments, traditions and cultures

Fitness Education

(Meets every-other day all year)
Your child will:

  • understand and apply the components of health related fitness to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle
  • develop and maintain appropriate levels of skill related fitness
  • develop understandings so that they can adopt healthy and physically active lifestyles
  • develop positive attitudes about physical activity so that they engage in healthy and physically active lifestyles

Allied Arts Elective

(Meets every-other day all year)
Your child will select one of the following allied arts electives:

Art

Band

Chorus

Family and Consumer Education

General Music

Nine-Week Courses

Your child will participate in the following nine-week courses:

German

Your child will experience the German language and culture through activities that promote basic oral communication in the language.

Spanish

Your child will experience the Spanish language and culture through activities that promote basic oral communication in the language.

Health

Your child will examine health issues including physical and mental health, drugs and health, and human growth and development.

Gateway to Technology

This course will offer your child an overview of engineering based technology.  Students will evaluate types of technology, their impacts, and the resources that go into technological development.  Students will study the engineering design process, 3D design and modeling, and fabrication including computer numerical control, plastics and woods processes.

Grade 6 Parent Curriculum Guide

One-Year Courses

Critical Literacy

Your child will:

  • practice disciplinary literacy skills to strengthen reading, writing, listening, speaking and critical thinking skills
  • purposefully write, read, discuss and react to multiple mediums of communication
  • read, interpret and critically analyze informational and literary text to question, examine or dispute the author’s claims or message
  • develop and support arguments with evidence supported by multiple sources and mediums
  • read and discuss literary and informational text to understand human experience
  • read to acquire information

Communication Arts
Your child will:

Reading

  • set a purpose for reading and apply prior knowledge about the reading topic
  • adjust speed to suit the purpose, text structure and difficulty of material
  • paraphrase and summarize material orally and in writing
  • read non-fiction and literary works from a variety of cultures and time periods
  • interpret an author’s meaning and relate literary themes to self
  • judge the accuracy and usefulness of written information
  • select comprehension strategies appropriate to task and individual need
  • use strategies such as note-taking and graphic organizers to access, remember and use information
  • identify and explain implied ideas in text
  • apply reading strategies to a variety of written works

Writing

  • establish clear focus that considers purpose and audience
  • group ideas into paragraphs in logical order
  • use a variety of supportive detail
  • edit with increasing accuracy; consult resources as needed
  • use technology to compose, revise, edit and publish
  • produce written report based on research from several sources

Speaking and Listening

  • prepare and present oral presentations for a variety of audiences and purposes
  • practice effective listening skills in a variety of classroom situations and activities
  • evaluate effectiveness of oral presentations of self and others
  • express and justify opinions on various topics in a variety of contexts

Mathematics

Your child will:

  • evaluate mathematical information, identify relationships, and test reasonableness of answers
  • explain, verbally and in writing, mathematical concepts, procedures and ideas
  • understand ratio concepts and use ratio reasoning to solve problems
  • compute addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of fractions
  • divide fractions by fractions
  • perform computation with multi-digit numbers and find common factors and multiples
  • understand and apply the use of the rational number system
  • extend prior knowledge of algebraic expressions
  • reason and solve one variable equation and inequality
  • represent and analyze quantitative relationship between dependent and independent variables
  • solve real-world and mathematical problems involving area, surface area and volume
  • develop an understanding of statistical variability

Science

The sixth grade science curriculum is an activity and inquiry based program which integrates life, earth and physical science. Your child will use the scientific method to:

  • understand and use the scientific process
  • understand the dynamic forces that change Earth’s geosphere
  • understand the structures and functions of cells
  • investigate the nature of microorganisms and differentiate their characteristics
  • classify and recognize the properties of matter
  • understand the dynamics related to matter changing

Social Studies

Focus: Ancient cultures of Africa, Europe and Asia
Your child will:

  • examine needs, institutions and experiences common to people of the modern and ancient world
  • identify contributions that early civilizations have made to the modern world
  • explore the impact of land forms, climate and natural resources on cultures
  • examine the political systems of the cultures studied
  • compare and contrast the modern culture in which we live with ancient cultures
  • identify causes of cultural changes
  • develop an awareness of and appreciation for the diversity of people and cultures
  • refine research skills and apply to topics studied

Fitness Education

(Meets every-other day all year)
Your child will:

  • understand and apply the components of health related fitness to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle
  • develop and maintain appropriate levels of skill related fitness
  • develop understandings so that they can adopt healthy and physically active lifestyles
  • develop positive attitudes about physical activity so that they engage in healthy and physically active lifestyles

Music

(Meets every-other day all year)
Your child will select one of the following courses as his or her sixth-grade music experience. Students in chorus and instrumental music will participate in scheduled evening performances.

  • Chorus – be exposed to many styles of music and development of two-part harmony
  • General music – explore elements of music including rhythm, harmony, melody, movement, timbre, musical style and composition
  • Instrumental music – learn music by performing on a traditional band instrument through group lessons and full instrument band

Nine-Week Courses

Your child will participate in the following nine-week courses:

Art

Your child will:

  • develop an understanding and appreciation of the elements and principles of design
  • test the natural characteristics of materials and their possibilities and limitations
  • develop personal responsibility for their learning and creative processes
  • express and communicate basic ideas by producing artwork
  • develop and utilize their knowledge, intuition, and personal experiences to develop ideas for artwork

Computers

Your child will:

  • increase touch-typing ability to become proficient users of application programs
  • become independent users of word processing software
  • apply keyboarding skills and software knowledge to a variety of personal and school-related projects

Family and Consumer Education

Your child will look at himself or herself as a member of a family and a school community. This course is integrated with academic classes. Course content includes child care, foods, basic sewing and environmental issues.

French

Your child will experience the French language and culture through activities that promote basic oral communication in the language.

Elementary Math Resources

On this page, you will find the following resources that will help support your child’s learning of mathematics:

Learning Goals

These grade-level learning goals indentify the major content and skills of the Everyday Mathematics units.

Glossary

This glossary defines the mathematics terms used in the Everyday Mathematics program. The glossary can also be found in the back of your child’s Student Reference Book, a hardcovered resource book for grades 3, 4 and 5.

Everyday Mathematics web site

This Web site includes mathematics resources for both parents and students.

Grade 5 Parent Curriculum Guide

Reading

Your child will:

  • utilize a variety of strategies to enhance reading comprehension and vocabulary growth
  • read to acquire, remember and apply information
    • summarize materials orally and in writing
    • compare three or more sources of information about the same topic
    • use a variety of media to access and express information
  • extend understanding by making inferences from printed materials
    • analyze and critique materials using an evaluation criteria
    • use information to support opinions and ideas
  • read and discuss a variety of materials
    • relate new and more complex ideas to prior knowledge and experience
    • investigate issues and interests

Writing

Using the writing process, your child will:

  • consider audience and purpose of the writing
  • clearly focus on main idea throughout
  • organize ideas into paragraphs
  • begin to organize paragraphs into a logical order
  • elaborate ideas with supporting details
  • begin to use relevant dialogue
  • made effective word choices  
  • grab attention with lead and bring closure with ending
  • consistently vary length and complexity of sentences
  • demonstrate consistent voice
  • use grammar, punctuation and capitalization correctly
  • use standard spelling in published pieces
  • complete a research project

Speaking and Listening

Your child will:

  • contribute to group discussions
  • present compositions and reports
  • be an active listener

Mathematics

Your child will:

  • show academic progress
  • display effort
  • understand and apply unit concepts from current quarter
  • demonstrate problem solving strategies
  • explain mathematical reasoning

Science

Your child will learn about science by asking questions about the world, designing and conducting experiments and recording and reflecting on findings. Your fifth grader will:

  • discover the key processes of weathering, erosion, and deposition
  • learn about the layers of the earth and explore how plate movements form mountains and volcanos
  • collect and graph temperature to discover how heat energy transfers
  • compare light and heat output to understand the concept of energy efficiency
  • investigate the progressive decomposition of several organisms
  • analyze experiment results and draw conclusions
  • plan, illustrate, and build simple machines

Social Studies

Focus: World Geography – East Asia, Africa and Latin America
Your child will:

  • understand and apply the themes of geography (location, physical features and man-made features, human and environmental interaction) to the continents studied
  • consider major historical events and people of the areas studied
  • demonstrate an understanding of the way individuals, groups, societies and cultures address human needs and concerns
  • explain how components of culture can further global understanding or cause misunderstandings
  • further develop map/globe skills and research skills

Fitness Education

Your child will:

  • understand and apply the components of health related fitness to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle
  • develop and maintain appropriate levels of skill related fitness
  • develop understandings so that they can adopt healthy and physically active lifestyles
  • develop positive attitudes about physical activity so that they engage in healthy and physically active lifestyles

Music

Your child will:

  • sing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
  • play, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
  • read and notate music
  • listen, analyze, describe and evaluate music

Art

Your child will:

  • identify, describe and effectively use Elements of Art in their projects
  • demonstrate a basic understanding of the Design Principles
  • know a variety of artists, art styles and art movements throughout history
  • know that art is created by all cultures
  • create art that expresses their feelings and communicates their personal ideas
  • demonstrate their understanding of skills and techniques necessary to produce specific projects
  • know specific art vocabulary and demonstrate their understanding of it

Classroom Guidance

Students participate in classroom guidance activities facilitated by a school counselor. Each school provides a developmental guidance curriculum that encompasses dealing with feelings, peer relationship, decision making, protective behaviors, careers, and transitioning to the middle school. Skills taught will assist each child in his/her academic, emotional and social development. This, in turn, will help ensure success in school, at home and in the community.