Maple Avenue to host Book Fair

The community is encouraged to shop for books at Maple Avenue Elementary School as its Home & School organization hosts the annual Scholastic Book Fair. The sale is in the school’s Large Group Area and features bestsellers, Newbery and Caldecott Medal winning books, chapter books, picture books and hundreds of other items from Scholastic.

Opportunities for shopping include:

  • Feb. 10 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. during Family Fun Night;
  • Feb. 13 and Feb. 14 from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.; and
  • Feb. 15 and Feb. 16 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Book fair purchases can be made using cash, check or credit card. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Maple Avenue Home & School. The Book Fair also is available on-line Feb 6 – 24 at http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/mapleave. All sales from the on-line fair will be included in the profits the school receives.  Books will be delivered by March 2 to the school, which is located at W240 N6059 Maple Avenue , Sussex.

 

Templeton students advance in National History Bee competition

Templeton Middle School seventh-graders Sean Durian and Dominic Pino advanced to regional competition of the National History Bee.

New this year, the National History Bee is a competition open to middle and high school students. All Templeton students participated in the Intramural Bee by taking a 80-question, multiple-choice written test that covered U.S., world and modern history topics. Because Durian and Pino had the top two highest school scores, they completed an online competition and qualified to advance to the National History Regional Bee March 15 at Marshall Middle School. From there, the top student advances April 21-22 to national championships in Washington, D.C.

Beimborn wins Templeton Geographic Bee

After nail-biting competition, Templeton Middle School produced its school champion from the top eight finalists in its Geographic Bee. Eighth-grader Taylor Beimborn emerged as the 2012 school champion after rounds of intense questions, up against seven other school finalists. The other finalists were Jonathon Liedtke, Dominic Pino, Ryan Adrian, Connor Engel, Alex Menzia, Andrew O’Neill and Kaitlyn Pilo. Liedtke took second place, and Pino took third place.

All Templeton students participated in a preliminary round by taking a 25-question written test. Students who scored highest on that test advanced to the semi-final round which was held Jan. 9. The eight finalists took part in the Jan. 11 final round.

As the school champion, Beimborn took a written test to qualify for state level competition. Up to 100 of the top scorers in each state will be eligible to compete March 30 in state level National Geographic Bee events. The winner of each state bee will travel to Washington, D.C., in May to participate in the national event.

 

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Current grade 8 students, parents invited to Hamilton Orientation, Open House Feb. 16

Hamilton High School will welcome incoming ninth-graders and their parents to its Parent Orientation and Open House Feb. 16 beginning at 7 p.m. in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center, W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex.

At the Orientation, a brief introduction to the high school and an overview of the registration process will be presented. Course catalogs and other registration materials will be distributed. Students and parents will receive further information about high school requirements and four-year planning.

The Open House, which is open to families registering a student in any grade, will be from 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Administrators, guidance counselors and representatives from departments, clubs and extracurricular activities will be on hand to answer questions. Tours will be conducted by the Hamilton National Honor Society.

Prior to the Orientation and Open House, informational meetings for students interested in Honors courses and band and choir will be held. The meeting to learn about Honors courses will begin at 6 p.m. in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center, and the band and choir meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Band Room.

Those unable to attend the Orientation and Open House or parents of private school students whose school was not notified about this event should contact the Guidance Department at (262) 246-6476 x1130. Parents with specific questions are encouraged to contact the appropriate high school counselor at (262) 246-6476.

Last names                            Counselor                       Extension #

A-B                                        Kristin Hasbrook                1128
C-J                                        James Flegel                      1135

K-P                                       David Johnson                    1133

Q-Z                                       Tricia Rigg                            1134

Kindergartners to celebrate literacy through bedtime stories

Willow Springs Learning Center students in the 4-year-old kindergarten program will celebrate Feb.16 the 12th annual Bedtime Story Time – Literacy Night at their school. Morning students and their families are invited to come at 6 p.m., and afternoon students and their families are invited at 7:10 p.m. 

Bedtime Story Time is a fun-filled, interactive family night where students and families come back to school in their pajamas and listen to read-aloud stories and nursery rhymes as well as watch a special performance. Students will receive a special keepsake and create a take-home project as a remembrance.

Willow Springs is located at W220 N6660 Town Line Rd., Menomonee Falls.

Five finalists advance to Regional Spelling Bee

Five students emerged as winners as they competed Jan. 17 in the annual District Spelling Bee at Templeton Middle School. Students who were top spellers were:

  • Kayleigh Winston, champion, a Templeton grade 6 student;
  • Samantha Moore, finalist, Templeton grade 8;
  • Erica Nadolski, finalist, St. Agnes;
  • Andrew O’Neill, finalist, Templeton grade 8; and
  • Rashelle Pershman, finalist, Templeton grade 6.

Various public and private schools participated in the event, with “district” referring to a geographical area for the purpose of the spelling bee. Schools that participated were Lannon, Maple Avenue, Marcy and Woodside elementary schools and Templeton Middle School in the Hamilton School District, and St. Agnes in Butler and Peace Lutheran Academy in Sussex.

In all, 38 students in grades 5-8 participated in the bee. Students who won classroom or school spelling bees vied for the honor of participating in the District Spelling Bee. Top spellers of the district level bee advance to the Feb. 8 regional bee at CESA #1 in Pewaukee.  Regional winners continue to the Wisconsin Spelling Bee, in hopes of qualifying for the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee, to be held next June in Washington, D.C.

The following students competed in the District Spelling Bee:

  • Templeton – Madison Adams, Ryan Badalamente, Logan Cleary, Skylar Cranfield, Dylan Gissal, Dustin Hartwig, Brian Heling, Samantha Moore, Andrew O’Neill, Rashelle Pershman, Anthony Ross, Allyson Schultz, Shashank Venkataramani and Kayleigh Winston; 
  • St. Agnes – Charlie Brockman, Tom Endries, Erica Nadolski and Alaina Valuch;
  • Marcy – Molly Hubred, Lauren Power, Laura Steiner and John Weber;
  • Maple – Mabel Jankowski, Allison Meunier, Paige Nettesheim and Jessica Wishart;
  • Woodside – Hanna Anderegg , Tyler Kebis, Cole Kruk , Olivia Neils , Cole Peske and Holly Venkitaswaran;
  • Lannon – Ty Kozic and Lindsey Sinks; and
  • Peace Lutheran – Robert Frerking, Grace Kirk, Julia Perry and Anders Rhode.

Jacque English, Templeton Middle School Spectrum resource teacher, coordinated the Spelling Bee.

 

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January 16, 2012

Board approves work with architects to start bid process for school additions

Hamilton School Board members gave administrators approval to work with outside firms to help the district determine design-build services needed for two construction projects. The action authorized work with architectural firm Plunkett Raysich and development of a contract with construction management company J.P. Cullen in preparation for bidding Woodside and Marcy elementary schools’ additions. The School Board will take final action on the project when the bids come in this spring.

At its Jan. 3 meeting, the School Board reviewed administrators’ recommendation to ease crowding. Woodside – built to house 600 students and currently with an enrollment of 674 – will lose its temporary four-classroom unit in 2014 when its municipal permit expires. At 525 students, Marcy is beyond its 500-student capacity and is the fastest-growing attendance area in the district. Both elementary schools have reconfigured space, using rooms for purposes not originally intended.

The Woodside project includes a five-classroom addition to replace the portable unit and a multi-purpose room to meet gym and band needs for the growing school. Marcy would see a six-classroom addition and expansion of an area that currently houses two classrooms to create a multi-purpose room for conference areas and individual and small-group services. Both schools would provide additional restrooms to meet municipal codes.

Each project is expected to cost about $2 million. School leaders believe the current economy could produce favorable bids because construction companies may be hungry for work. To get the process started, the board authorized spending $232,000 for the architectural work and development of a construction management contract.

Prior to its action Monday, the School Board sought input from the community Facilities Advisory Committee (FAC) which met Jan. 11 and endorsed the plan. A variety of community members including parents, retirees, local business owners, staff and municipal representatives comprise FAC. Members voiced support for the plan that addresses immediate space needs without going to referendum and impacting the community with the associated taxes.

Under the two-year plan, one portion of funding will come from the maintenance budget, which typically funds year-end capital improvements such as roofing and asphalt projects or HVAC equipment replacement. In addition, funds will be taken from the district’s fund balance each year. Because municipalities collect property taxes and disburse payments to the school district two times during the year, having sufficient funds in the Fund Balance allows the district to have a positive cash flow throughout the year and avoid short-term borrowing. This saves the district significant money each year avoiding interest costs and attorneys’ fees that would be needed to take out loans. In the two years that money from the Fund Balance will be used for the school additions, the district will carefully time when payments are made from the account so that it does not draw down too far

Parameters set for 2012-13 calendar

School Board members approved parameters for administrators to use in developing the 2012-13 school calendar.  In the past, calendars were negotiated between the School Board and teachers’ association. With implementation of Wisconsin Act 10 last year, establishing the calendar can no longer be negotiated. Instead, using parameters established by the board, administrators will develop a draft calendar and gather input from parent groups and instructional leaders. The School Board is expected to take final action on a calendar in March.

The parameters include having 180 student contact days, 192 teacher contract days, traditional break periods, early release days for professional development, days for teachers to prepare and close out their classrooms and parent-teacher conferences. School districts are prohibited from starting classes before Sept. 1, which falls on a Saturday in 2012, putting Labor Day on Sept. 3. With the start of classes on Sept. 4, the potential for school extending into the second week of June is likely.

School Board member Michael Hyland asked if the district was considering extending the number of student contact days as some other school districts have.  Human Resources and Organizational Development Director John Roubik said adding student-contact days was not under serious consideration because the district values having professional development for staff members. In the current calendar, only nine days are devoted to professional development.

School Board President Gabe Kolesari said he favored keeping staff development time in place. He said as long as the district was meeting state statutes for days of instruction, he did not want to make drastic changes. Roubik said the district meets state requirements for number of days and exceeds minutes of instruction.

Woodside presents site plan progress

Woodside Principal James Edmond, Jr., and Associate Principal Linda Hake presented the final update of their school’s site plan. Two tactics indicated that students will:

  • experience social and emotional growth leading to academic success through the strong and nurturing relationship established among all students, staff and families; and
  • demonstrate confidence and academic success when they engage in classroom instruction based on best practice; students who continue to struggle will achieve success through differentiated instruction and intervention to meet their individual needs in mathematics and literacy.

Edmond described progress made through intervention strategies and social programs stemming from each of the tactics. Hake provided student achievement data.

After retiring the existing site plan tactics, the school’s site planning team identified two new tactics that indicate the school will:

  • use data to plan, implement and evaluate the effective use of Response to Intervention (RtI) tools and practices to meet the needs of all students; and
  • integrate collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity into daily instruction and monitor growth using rubrics.

Teams will form this spring to address each tactic.

Personnel news

In personnel business, the School Board:

  • appointed Kira Cerroni as food service manager effective March 1 and Lisa Boucher as Marcy special services paraprofessional effective Jan. 16; and
  • accepted the resignation of Woodside second grade teacher Lisa Dittbrenner-Kolz effective June 8.

Booster clubs

Hamilton Athletic Booster Club

Charger Robotics

Hamilton Band Booster Club

Hamilton Choir Booster Club
The Choir Booster Club is a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging and maintaining enthusiastic interest in the Hamilton High School choral music program. We provide visibility, communication, moral and financial support to the choirs and the choir director. We volunteer our time, donate money and items and organize fundraisers and events in the community to provide our students the best music education possible and also to bring the enjoyment of music and choirs to our students and the community. By having a student in the Hamilton High School choir program you are automatically a member of the booster club. We encourage all parents or guardians of our choir students to get involved in big ways or in small, to support and help build up the Hamilton choral music program.

Hamilton announces December students of the month

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

  • Elizabeth Spektor, applied engineering and technology;
  • Ty-Asia Love, social studies;
  • Kristin Pilo and Timothy Rebensburg, business education;
  • Rachel Merkel, communication arts;
  • Constance Dowden, art;
  • Shannon Desorcy, mathematics;
  • Katlyn Pollari, fitness education;
  • Sydney Wisner, family and consumer sciences;
  • Kelsey DePue, world languages;
  • Sean Fox, music; and
  • Leah Stapelman, science.

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UW Varsity Band returns March 3 to HFAC

The Hamilton Fine Arts Center (HFAC) celebrates the return of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Varsity Band Show at 2 p.m. on March 3. From its Fifth Quarter performances at Camp Randall Stadium after a Badger football game to the HFAC stage, the UW Varsity Band is well-known for pleasing fans with its high-energy performance of favorites like “On Wisconsin” and “Varsity.” The band program will delight fans of all ages with songs from “Viva Elvis!” “An American In Paris,” “Jersey Boys,” “Porgy and Bess” and numerous Kohl Center classics.

Director Michael Leckrone, in his 42nd year as Wisconsin band director, has composed or arranged music for numerous high school and university bands. More than 200 of his band arrangements and compositions have been published. Leckrone has been cited as a “Badger Legend” by a Wisconsin governor and was presented with a “Lifetime Achievement Award” by the Wisconsin Foundation for School Music.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors (55 years and older) and $10 for students (18 years and younger). The show is supported in part by Hamilton High School Band Boosters.

Special guest performances

The HFAC is pleased to announce special guest performances by the Menomonee Falls Symphony Orchestra (MFSO) throughout the 2011-12 performing arts season.

MFSO presents “Vaughn Williams: Symphony No.5 in D Major” – May 12, 7:30 p.m.
Written by one of England’s most revered composers, Ralph Vaughn Williams, the epic Symphony No.5 in D Major leads us through the story of Pilgrim’s Progress. Also featured will be 2011 MFSO Young Artist Competition winners, pianist Elorine Klochow and violinist Shannon O’Leary. Join us for the moving, lush and powerful sounds of Vaughn Williams. General seating tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors (55 years and older) and $6 for students (17 years and younger).

Tickets may be purchased online at www.HamiltonFineArtsCenter.com or by visiting the HFAC box office on Wednesdays from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. The Hamilton Fine Arts Center is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex. No phone orders accepted, please.