Woodside to hold Recycling Rummage

Woodside Elementary School’s Students of Service (SOS) group will hold its 2010 Recycling Rummage sale Dec. 11 from 8 a.m. to noon to support the Sussex Food Pantry and Wisconsin Special Olympics.
In addition to raising money for the charities, the Woodside SOS is offering the event as a means for families to donate  items they no longer need and purchase low-cost holiday gifts. The student group is taking donations of gently used toys, books, games, puzzles and sports equipment (but no clothing, please) from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Dec. 10 at the school. All items that do not sell will be donated to local charities.
For more information, please contact Woodside Student Council Advisor Peter Dargatz at Woodside Elementary School is located at W236 N7465 Woodside Rd., Sussex.

Hamilton offers drivers’ education

Registration for Hamilton High School spring drivers’ education – including theory, simulation and behind-the-wheel – begins Jan. 3. Completed forms with fees will be accepted at the high school office during school hours or by mail before Jan. 19. Students who will be 16 years old by Sept. 30, 2011 are eligible to enroll in all three phases of the program.
The theory phase begins on Jan. 24  and includes 16 two-hour classes from 3:40 p.m. to 5:40 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The theory phase covers the Motorist Manual, rules of the road, seat belts, insurance, car ownership and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
The simulation, which starts the week of March 7, is six two-hour classes from 3:40 p.m. to 5:40 p.m. The simulated experiences include turning, expressway driving, rural roads, winter and snow, hazards and collision traps and split-second decisions.
 Behind-the-wheel includes six two-hour lessons that are held weekdays or Saturday mornings.  Behind-the-wheel starts after the students have gone to the Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles and each passed the written, vision and sign tests.
Fees are $350 for the full program.
Seating is limited, and priority is given to the oldest students.
If you have questions, please contact Hamilton Drivers’ Education Coordinator Jackie Rottler at
Hamilton High School is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex.

Woodside plans November, December music events

Woodside Elementary School students will be involved in numerous musical activities during November and December as part of its involvement in the Arts in Community Education (ACE) program with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.
ACE performance for first-graders – Nov. 23 at 1:30 p.m. in the Large Group Area
  • 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.
ACE performance for fourth-graders – Dec. 1 at 2:45 p.m.  in the Gym
  • 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.
“The Nutcracker” music program – Dec. 9 at 2:30 p.m.  in the Gym
  • Third grade students tell the story of “The Nutcracker” through singing, dancing and acting.
  • This program is directed by Rose Frohna, Woodside music teacher.
ACE performance for kindergartners – Dec. 16 at 12:15 p.m. in the Large Group Area
  • 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.
ACE performance for third-graders – Dec. 17 at 10 a.m. in the Large Group Area
  • 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.
Woodside is one of 21 schools in the area participating in ACE, which is nationally recognized as an exemplary model for arts education. Heather Cheslock and Rose Frohna are the music teachers at Woodside, located at W236 N7465 Woodside Road, Sussex.

Hamilton announces October students of the month

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.



November 15, 2010

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.

Maple Avenue students sponsor food drive

Maple Avenue Elementary School fifth-graders are sponsoring a schoolwide Food for Families food drive as part of the school’s Uniting Kids and Community (UKC) Program. Students are collecting non-perishable food items Nov. 3-12  to benefit the Sussex Food Pantry.
The food drive is one of several service projects of the UKC Program, which is co-led by school guidance counselor Colleen Casper and fifth-grade teachers Michelle Schultz, Stephanie Obermyer and Christina Garley. Fifth-graders will play an active role throughout the year in planning, advertising and conducting service projects that support their school, community and world. The goal of the program is to help students learn the value of civic responsibility and problem-solving as they make connections within their school and in the local and global communities.
Maple Avenue Elementary School is located at W240 N6059 Maple Ave., Sussex.

Hamilton drama to present “Calamityville Terror”

Come join the fun at the Hamilton Fine Arts Center Nov. 11-14 as the Hamilton High School Drama Department presents the murder-mystery-comedy, “The Calamityville Terror” by William Gleason. Shows are at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday,  and at 2 p.m. for the Sunday performance.
All the ingredients for a chiller-thriller are here and this time they are handled with an unusual amount of comedy. A high school administrator and some of her students are moving their school into a huge, old manor house that has been made available to them at an incredible bargain. As the high school girls, with help from some local boys, begin setting up their school, strange things start happening. Some of them are funny while others begin to be a little frightening
Tickets 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.

Maple Avenue celebrates 50 years

Did you attend Maple Avenue Elementary School between 1960-1999? If so, the school wants to hear from you. Maple Avenue will celebrate its 50th anniversary throughout the school year. A special rededication event will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 16 in the school gymnasium. School tours will be given from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. prior to the ceremony.
For more information about the celebration, please contact Nancy or Eileen in the school office. Maple Avenue Elementary School is located at W240 N6059 Maple Ave., Sussex.

Questions answered at financial aid session

People who have questions about postsecondary financial aid are encouraged to attend the annual financial aid information session Dec. 9 hosted by the Hamilton High School Guidance Department. The workshop begins at 7 p.m. in the high school Little Theater.
Many aspects of financial aid – including application procedures, forms, eligibility, aid packages and deadlines – will be covered. Dawn Scott, a representative from Carroll University’s Financial Aid Office will be the guest speaker.
In case of inclement weather, the session will be postponed to Jan. 6, 2011. For more information, contact the high school Guidance Department at (262) 246-6471 x1134.
Hamilton High School is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex.

November 2, 2010

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.

Personnel business

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.