4K program – Registration is at Willow Springs Learning Center where the program is offered. Willow Springs registration hours are 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Jan. 24 – Jan. 28, with extended hours until 7 p.m. on Jan. 26.
5K program for children currently enrolled in the Willow Springs 4K program – Registration forms containing child’s current information will be sent home the week of Jan. 31. Parents will update information on the forms and choose half- or full-day kindergarten for 2011-12. Parents of current Willow Springs 4-year-old kindergartners are not required to complete registration at their home school.
5K program for children who are not enrolled in the Willow Springs 4K program – Registration is at the school the child will attend in 2011-12. Registration at Lannon, Maple Avenue, Marcy and Woodside elementary schools will be Jan. 31 – Feb. 4.
Willow Springs, W220 N6660 Town Line Rd., Menomonee Falls (262) 255-6190;
Lannon, 7145 N. Lannon Rd., Lannon (262) 255-6106;
Maple Avenue, W240 N6049 Maple Ave., Sussex (262) 246-4220;
Marcy, W180 N4851 Marcy Rd., Menomonee Falls (262) 781-8283; and
Woodside, W236 N7465 Woodside Rd., Sussex (262) 820-1530.
High school celebrates successes
Hamilton High School reached two significant milestones in academic achievement in the 2009-10 school year.
- The graduating class of 2010 earn a composite score of 24.1 on the ACT, the highest recorded in the history of the school.
- The percentage of students passing the Advanced Placement exam with a score of three or better reached 89.9 percent while the number of students taking the college-equivalent exams was at its all time highest. The school scored a 1.0 on the “challenge index,” a ratio determined by dividing the total number of AP exams taken in one year by the number of students graduating that same year.
Principal Candis Mongan updated the School Board on Hamilton’s site plan which identifies that “students will apply 21st century learning to maximize their potential in the global community.”
Action teams met during the summer and composed interventions and implementation steps related to the themes of communication and social responsibility. The interventions state that students will:
- take an active role in their learning to develop personal and social responsibility skills essential to contribute to their communities; and
- demonstrate effective communication for a range of purposes in diverse environments.
To continue making progress toward meeting its site plan goal, the school will continue to build an integrated staff development program, modify curriculum and instruction practices based on analysis of standardized test results, examine school data to measure progress and align department plans with site plan interventions.
School Board members expressed appreciation to Mongan and the staff at Hamilton for the school’s achievements.
“The past year was a bang-up year for us as far as achievement,” Deborah Briggs said. “The challenge is to continue to improve.”
Superintendent Kathleen Cooke, Ph.D., said the focus on academic rigor is obvious. She extended appreciation to teachers and leaders at the school who have worked on accelerating academic achievement.
School Board member Lynn Kristensen commented that Hamilton is not just focused on rigor, but also ensuring that students have support when they need it.
UV cleaning system approved for air handling units
An ultra-violet light system that kills mold and bacteria will be installed on all major air-handling units in the district. School Board members approved investing $115,000 to install UV coil bathing units similar to ones installed at the high school with success. While the units have been shown to reduce infection rates in clinical studies, the main benefit of the installing the system is to reduce maintenance and energy costs. The units kill mold and bacteria that grow in coil drain pans in air-handling units. They also destroy biofilm that forms on cooling coils and break down dirt and other growth on the coils. The bioflim and dirt tend to plug the coils over time, requiring more energy to operate them. With UV lights installed, coils stay cleaner and more energy-efficient.
Energy savings from the unit installed at the high school have shown a seven-month payback on the unit, according to Buildings and Grounds Manager Jeff Grove. He estimated that the addition of UV units throughout the district will have a 2-year payback in maintenance and energy savings. Hamilton was selected by UltraViolet Devices, Inc., to participate in a case study and was offered UV components at a reduced cost.
Science curriculum adopted
The School Board adopted a revised science curriculum for students in grades 6-12. The curriculum document format is similar to other recently revised curriculum, and includes overarching learning targets that were established based on the Wisconsin Model Academic Standards, National Science Teachers’ Association Standards and Benchmarks for Science Literacy and Project 2061. The science curriculum committee worked collaboratively last year, with final editing during the summer, to create the learning targets that include:
- systems, order and organization –all things are part of an orderly interactive system;
- constancy, change and measurement –scientific measurement can describe constancy and change in nature;
- form and function – characteristics help an object function and changing these characteristics influence an object’s function;
- evidence, models and explanations – use of appropriate models explain science themes; and
- equilibrium and evolution – all living and nonliving things have interdependence and balance that can change over time.
The committee sought to promote a deeper understanding of scientific processes and concepts and relate their knowledge of details and facts with larger scientific principles.
Several programs are being piloted this year at the elementary level. A K-5 science curriculum will be presented for School Board adoption in the spring of 2012.
LaPerriere recognized for performance
Three qualities characterize district maintenance employee David LaPerriere – professionalism, work ethic and dedication to the school district. Buildings and Grounds Manager Jeff Grove said LaPerriere exemplified those qualities recently when the high school lost its hot water supply. The problem was detected in the afternoon, and LaPerriere essentially needed to re-pipe the entire boiler room to get hot water in time for school the next day. Grove said that when he asked about the likelihood that it could be completed, LaPerriere responded: “Don’t worry about it. If I have to be here all night it will be done.”
Grove said that because LaPerriere is so skilled and able to tackle many projects, he has saved the district hundreds of thousands of dollars because outside contractors were not needed.
In accepting an award for his outstanding contributions to the school district, LaPerriere said, “I never expected anything like this, but I am happy to get it.”
Multicultural activities, Chapter 220 report presented
School Social Worker and Chapter 220 Program Coordinator Erica Bova-Brown provided a report on multicultural initiatives. She noted in her report that multicultural initiatives are designed to foster respect and understanding of multiple ethnic heritages and prepare students for a global economy through educational opportunities. Chapter 220 students are encouraged to overcome academic obstacles, identify and meet personal goals and use creativity to solve problems.
Joshua Kirchner, applied engineering and technology;
Lucas Runingen, social studies;
Adam Hastings, business education;
Emily Poenitsch, communication arts;
Salome Guibreteau, art;
Nicholas Block and John Phillips, mathematics;
Daniel Jaskolski, fitness education;
Amanda Rector, family and consumer education;
Emmorie Jossie, world languages;
Jonelle Ludin, music; and
Joshua Chamberlain, science.
Willow Spring retires one, redefines two tactics
Willow Springs Learning Center celebrated the accomplishment of one tactic and redefined two others as representative staff, parents and volunteers reviewed the site plan at its Nov. 16 annual update. Principal Margaret Tackes, Ed.D, described the year’s accomplishments for School Board members. She noted that staff:
- addressed the new Wisconsin Model of Early Learning standards through professional development activities that included an invitation to area daycare providers in an effort to develop continuity, programming and transitioning for students. These actions were part of the retired strategy dealing with social-emotional components of the 4K curriculum that was deemed to be fully embedded in school operations;
- started implementation of a 4K-to-5K transition program in which Willow teachers observed 4K “graduates” in their new 5K setting during first semester, and invited 5K teachers to Willow Springs during the second semester to watch their future students. Willow students will visit their new neighborhood elementary school in May to meet staff, tour their future school and participate in a school story and snack in the cafeteria;
- developed 21st century skills by focusing on problem solving skills. Students participated in a series of all-school assemblies in which key content areas were presented. All students participate in expectations regarding greetings, problem solving and conflict resolution.
Tackes said the school will focus on two new tactics as the staff seeks to enrich students in a unique, well-defined and articulated four-year-old kindergarten program. The tactics indicate students completing their 4K experience at Willow Springs will:
- enter their neighborhood 5K school experiences with developmentally social-emotional, pre-academic, fine and gross motor and communication skills; and
- demonstrate readiness attributes regarding the knowledge skills and dispositions for 21st century skills in the areas of communication, conflict resolution, creativity, collaboration and technology skills.
To address these tactics, staff members will investigate early interventions, continue transitioning evening and opportunities with receiving schools, include 4K and 5K teachers in vertical teaming, investigate Positive Behavior and Intervention Systems program, enhance all-school assemblies to develop social skills development and problem solving and develop learning skills through the use of technology.
School Board member Deborah Briggs praised the school for its development of report cards that place an emphasis on building up students. She also said that staff commitment to serving the four-year-olds at the school is apparent.
District strategic plan progresses
Four strategic plans have provided direction for the school district since 1991. Educational Services and Human Resource Director John Roubik gave an update of the progress made in the third year of the latest plan. Strategies indicate that the district will:
- ensure rigorous, relevant curriculum and innovative instruction to support maximum achievement for each child;
- engage and empower students, differentiate instruction and ensure continuous progress for each child by implementing quality assessment practices;
- focus professional development on the knowledge and skills staff need as they educate student to thrive in an inter-connected, global community;
- utilize effective communication practices to promote understanding, support and involvement of our families, community and staff;
- create learning environments that nurture social and emotional development an respect for our diverse world; and
- integrate and assess 21st century skills in the areas of financial literacy, employability skills and technological literacy.
Senior volunteer recognized
The School Board recognized Willow Springs Seniors and Students volunteer Gayrene Chambers for her work at Willow Springs. Principal Margee Tackes said Chambers, who began volunteering at Willow Springs seven years ago when her grandson was a student there, is a part of the school’s climate and culture.
“Gayrene has a love of children and a very special way about her that endears children and staff,” Tackes said.
In addition to volunteering in three classrooms each week and logging many hours at special events, Chamber created the Tucker Turtle costume, worn by school staff members to reinforces ideas for positive behavior. Tackes noted that when the school could not find a ready-made costume, Chambers shopped for material, created a pattern and sewed the costume so that the character could be a part of school assemblies.
In personnel action, the School Board:
- appointed Gerald Herman, a high school cleaner who wanted part-time hours, to work four hours a day at Maple Avenue; and
- hired Kristyn Brandt as a part-time Marcy instructional and supervision paraprofessional.