The Milwaukee Jazz Experience uses interactive storytelling and song to explore the cultural origins of jazz.
Performers are vocalist Adekola Adedapo, pianist Richard Crabtree and bassist Harold Miller.
Performers from the American Indian Center present music and dancing.
The presentation includes explanations of the purpose, meaning and style of Indian regalia, drumming and dance forms.
Third grade students tell the story of “The Nutcracker” through singing, dancing and acting.
This program is directed by Rose Frohna, Woodside music teacher.
Four musicians from the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra introduce students to the string family of the orchestra.
The performers are violinist Mary Terranova, violist Sara Harmelink, cellist Kathleen Collisson and bassist Laura Snyder.
The Brass Quartet from the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra explores the elements of music and the spatial-acoustic characteristics of sound.
The performers are trumpeter Dennis Najoom, trumpeter Donald Sipe, trombonist Richard Kimball and French horn player Kristof Pipal.
Hamilton High School students representing 11 curriculum areas were selected as students of the month for October They are:
- Nicholas Beauvais, applied engineering and technology;
- Julia Birch, social studies;
- Austin Delaney, business education;
- Brian Dennis, communication arts;
- Elisabeth Rogers, art;
- Hana Cochran and Brandon Raasch, mathematics;
- Nicole Zeman, fitness education;
- Samantha Williams, family and consumer education;
- Jennifer Potts, world languages;
- Zachary Weis, music; and
- Cassandra Chiao, science.
Students received a certificate and a pin for their accomplishment.
School Board learns more about classroom web pages
School Board members learned how Moodle technology is helping students and staff learn and teach in more interactive and efficient ways. Hamilton High School communication arts teacher John Washbush gave an overview of ways that teachers and advisors use Student Resources web pages to communicate, organize, present, gather information and manage courses. In addition to the web pages that were created for students, Washbush highlighted ways that teachers used Moodle technology to share professional resources among colleagues.
But one of the most engaging aspects of Moodle technology, according to Washbush, is the forum feature. Washbush showed various types of forums that allow students to interact with one another as they complete assignments, provide peer review of material and collaborate in research projects. He said the use of online forums often results in students comments that highly detailed.
Templeton’s site plan approved
Progress on Templeton Middle School’s site plan was presented with a recommendation to change one of the tactics. Principal Patricia Polczynski described the school’s numerous strengths and concerns in a few areas where achievement appears to have plateaued. The school was named a Wisconsin Exemplary Middle School for the fourth year in a row because its reading and math achievement was in the state’s top 10 percent. In addition, an AdvancEd accreditation team noted four exemplary commendations during its professional audit of the school.
Templeton has three tactics that indicates students will:
- increase literary skills and competencies across all content areas;
- develop critical thinking and problem solving skills to become productive citizens in our global society; and
- increase their emotional intelligence and individual resiliency skills to be increasingly successful young adults.
The second tactic was changed. Originally, it included creativity along with critical thinking and problem solving skills, but the site plan committee recommended its elimination because the tactic was too broad. Creativity skills will be addressed through district initiatives.
Co-curricular report given
Hamilton Athletic and Activities Director Michael Gosz gave a comprehensive report about co-curricular activities that highlighted both sport s and other activities at Hamilton High School. During the 2009-10 school year, the high school sponsored 11 male and 12 female interscholastic sports and 40 student activities. Total cost for all sports and activities was $430,594 with 2,852 student participants.
Gate receipts were $40,013, a 25 percent increase over last year, according to Gosz. A total of $16,200 family passes also were sold.
Gosz noted the accomplishments of various athletes including those who gained All Greater Metro Conference and scholar-athlete recognitions. He also pointed out the success of students in activities such as drama and forensics.
A total of six students had alcohol, tobacco and other drug related suspensions. Gosz reported that the department educates student-athletes regarding drugs and alcohol and spends significant time implementing district guidelines.
ELL enrollment shows decline
The number of students who are considered English Language Learners (ELL) continues to decline in the Hamilton School District. At its peak with 115 students in 2007-08, ELL enrollment has dropped in the district in each of the past three years. Educational Service and Human Resources Director John Roubik reported that ELL enrollment is at 89 for the 2010-11 school year.
Students are assessed on a scale from 1 to 6 to determine the services they need. Along with the overall drop in ELL enrollment, the percentage of students at the lowest English proficiency levels is down. This year, 12 students are at proficiency levels 1 and 2, compared to 23 students last year.
While 14 different languages are spoken, the most common languages spoken in the homes of ELL students are Hmong and Spanish.
The goal of the ELL Program is to support students as they become proficient in English and successfully complete the district’s educational program. Two part-time teachers work with classroom teachers across the district to deliver services to ELL students. Costs for the teachers are covered through district funds, and federal funding provides $27,589 for professional development, interpreter services, afterschool programming and materials.
Ladd gives update on Lannon’s site plan
Principal Richard Ladd reported on the status of Lannon Elementary School’s newly developed site plan and provided School Board members with an overview of how the needs of students are being met. As the smallest of the district’s elementary schools, Ladd noted that a few students can have a significant impact on the school’s test results. While the school has solid scores in most areas, Ladd outlined steps staff members are taking to address the needs of a few students who were not proficient in reading. Interventions for students include additional reading instruction with the reading specialist, sessions with the English Language Learning teacher, general test preparation materials for second-graders and implementation of Leveled Literacy Intervention for identified kindergartners.
School Board members expressed appreciation to Lannon staff for keeping a close eye on students who have needs. Deborah Briggs noted that reading proficiency increased for students from one year to the next – from 87 percent proficiency in third grade to 95 percent proficiency the following year when they were tested as fourth-graders.
“Your staff is using data correctly to catch kids every step of the way and give them what they need,” Briggs said.
Tactics of the Lannon site plan identify that students will:
- Be engaged in meaningful and active learning to support maximum achievement for every child in reading; and
- Develop positive social skills through meaningful collaboration with their peers and staff.
School Board election calendar released
The schedule for the 2011 spring election was released. Terms of School Board members James Long and Michael Hyland are up, and both have indicated that they will seek re-election. Long represents the Village of Lannon and Hyland is an at-large representative.
The election schedule includes:
- Jan. 4 – deadline for candidacy declaration and nominations papers;
- Feb. 15 – primary election if needed;
- April 5 – spring election; and
- April 25 – taking of office.
A half-time instructional paraprofessional position was approved for the second grade at Marcy Elementary School for the remainder of the school year due to academic, ELL and Special Education needs of students.