High school holds Parent-Teacher Conferences Oct. 23

Hamilton High School parents are invited to attend Parent-Teacher Conferences on Thursday, October 23 from 3:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. For this round of conferences, teachers will be assigned alphabetically in the main gym and cafeteria. A map of the layout is at this link and it will be available the evening of conferences near the main entrance.

Parents are asked to bring a copy of their child’s schedule printed out from Infinite Campus. Conferences are on a first-come, first-served basis, and discussion should be limited to five minutes. If more time is needed, arrangements can be made with the teacher. Contact Office A at (262) 246-6471 x1101 with any questions. Hamilton High School staff members look forward to meeting with parents on October 23.

Maple Avenue to celebrate Red Ribbon Week

With the help of its Uniting Kids and Community (UKC) Program, Maple Avenue Elementary School will celebrate Red Ribbon Week and launch its community service project Oct. 20-31. Red Ribbon Week is a national celebration to support the fight to keep children, schools and communities safe and healthy.

The Maple Avenue fifth grade UKC will launch “Champions Challenge! Change for Charity!” as its first school service project during Red Ribbon Week. Fifth-graders will hold a fundraiser beginning Oct. 20 by collecting change in the school’s front lobby to donate to the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association.

The drive will conclude Oct. 31 at 2:30 p.m. with the annual schoolwide Harvest Stomp in the school gymnasium followed by the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. A Maple Avenue staff member will participate in the challenge for every $25 collected. Principal Kristin Koeper-Hamblin will participate in the challenge if the $500 schoolwide goal is achieved.

The Red Ribbon Week, with a theme of “Be a Champion! Make Healthy Choices,” will be celebrated at Maple Avenue with the following daily themes and activities:

  • Monday, Oct. 20 – “Think like a Champion!” – wear red and read day.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 21 – “Dream like a Champion!” – pajamas day.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 22 – “Work out like a Champion!” – fitness clothing day.
  • Thursday, Oct. 23 – “Dress like a Champion!” – dress up day.

Maple Avenue’s UKC is designed to engage and empower fifth-graders to make connections with their school as well as the local and global communities through service projects. Students play an active role in planning, coordinating, promoting and carrying out service projects that support their school, community and world. The goal is to help students learn the value of civic responsibility and problem solving as they work towards completing diverse service projects.

Maple Avenue Elementary School is located at W240 N6059 Maple Ave., Sussex.

Woodside celebrates Red Ribbon Week

Woodside Elementary School students will celebrate Red Ribbon Week with several activities that occur Oct. 20-23. The week is a nationally recognized event that highlights the fight against drugs.

School counselor Pamela Bilodeau will discuss Red Ribbon Week and the importance of being drug free with classes throughout the week.

In connection with the Fitness Department’s Mileage Club, physical education teachers will be watching for students who show positive behavior. Students who are observed making smart choices will receive a plastic tag to be put on their shoelaces.

The Red Ribbon Week, with a theme of “Too Smart to Start,” will be celebrated at Woodside with the following daily themes and activities:

  • Monday, Oct. 20 – “Be RED-y to be drug free” – wear as much red as possible .
  • Tuesday, Oct. 21 – “Let’s be a Woodside team” – wear Woodside colors navy blue and silver or spirit wear.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 22 – “Let’s be healthy” – bring a healthy snack and invite a friend to join the Fitness Department’s Mileage Club.
  • Thursday, Oct. 23 – “The future is bright being drug free” – wear neon colors, bright clothing or spirit wear.

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

Hamilton drama presents “And Then There Were None”

Hamilton High School Drama invites community members to attend “And Then There Were None” a murder mystery by Agatha Christie Oct. 16-19 at the Hamilton Fine Arts Center (HFAC). Shows are at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Ten guilty strangers are lured to an old beach resort on a remote private island. In the main house, the strangers discover a mantelpiece lined with 10 little soldier statuettes and topped with a familiar nursery rhyme that tells how each of the 10 soldiers met his death. As the strangers contemplate the rhyme, a mysterious voice accuses each of having gotten away with murder. Soon, one stranger drops dead – poisoned. And, one statuette drops and smashes on the floor. One down, nine to go. One by one the strangers meet the same end as the soldiers in the rhyme. Will they find the murderer before the last soldier falls, and then there are none?

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. They may be purchased 30 minutes prior to the show at the HFAC box office. Please note only cash and checks can be accepted at the ticket window. Tickets may also be purchased online at the HFAC website www.hamiltonfineartscenter.com. The Hamilton Fine Arts Center is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex.

October 7, 2014

Part-time positions added to address student needs

Three part-time paraprofessional positions were approved to respond to increased student needs at Marcy Elementary School and Willow Springs Learning Center. At Marcy, additional special education students enrolled since summer and the school’s staffing level was not sufficient to meet their Individual Education Plans. Two paraprofessionals – one 70 percent and the other half-time – will provide 48 additional hours each week to provide special education services to students. Willow Springs will hire a paraprofessional for 15 hours each week to support students whose medical and behavior plans requires more assistance than expected at the beginning of the school year.

Strategic planning in second year of new process

The Hamilton School District is entering its second year of using a more nimble strategic planning process. The Hamilton School Board approved seven new or revised tactical plans that will be the priorities for the 2014-15 school year.
Human Resources and Organizational Development Director John Roubik provided an update on the planning process. For more than 20 years, the district used a three to five-year strategic planning process. As the pace of change increased, the planning process did not meet the needs of the district. Last year the School Board adjusted the process to include quarterly, rather than annual, progress updates. Instead of establishing 3-5 year strategies, tactical plans will change each year. For 2014-15, the tactical plans will focus on:

  • Personalized-differentiated instructional practices;
  • Response to Intervention (RtI) readiness;
  • A student information system to manage student data and inform instructional practice;
  • Athletic classroom-training-practice space to support fitness education, athletics and activities;
  • Effective two-way communication practices to promote understanding, support and involvement of families, community and staff in strategic priorities;
  • Professional development to engage and empower students, differentiate instruction and ensure continuous progress to promote increased achievement; and
  • Training to implement the Educator Effectiveness Model.

ERE update given

Instructional Services Supervisor Katherine Little, Ph. D., provided a status report on Early Reading Empowerment (ERE), the district’s intervention program designed to meet needs of children who experience difficulty as they learn to read. Little explained that teachers assess their students at the beginning of the school year to identify those who need reading support. Instructional teams meet to match student needs with an appropriate intervention. First grade students identified for an ERE intervention meet with an ERE-trained teacher for individual or small group instruction four days a week. ERE is also part of the invitational summer school program and 47 students worked with eight ERE-trained teachers this summer.

Curriculum alignment, articulation support seamless education

Little gave an update on K-12 curriculum alignment and articulation activities that are key to ensure that curriculum and instruction are sequenced across grades so that learning can progress in a seamless manner as students move from grade to grade and course to course. This is done through curriculum and related professional development, vertical teaming, Response to Intervention, teacher collaboration time and the curriculum revision process. For 2014-15, music, information and technology literacy, world languages and elementary writing are on the curriculum revision schedule.

District employs various RtI activities

Human Resources and Organizational Development Director John Roubik updated the School Board on interventions for students who are not reaching proficiency on standardized assessments. He explained the many Response to Intervention (RtI) initiatives that have been addressed during the year. He described the systematic process school staff members deploy to improve performance of students who do not reach proficiency on standardized assessment.

Interventions are classified as Tier 1, 2 and 3. Tier 1 interventions are largely delivered by classroom teachers as part of regular instruction. Tier 2, for approximately 5-20 percent of students, is designed for students who fail to attain benchmarks despite getting differentiated instruction in a Tier 1 setting. For about 3-5 percent of students who show inadequate progress with Tier 2 interventions, Tier 3 provides intensification or different, more specialized approaches.
In contrast to Tier 1 interventions, Tier 2 and 3 interventions typically are not implemented in the regular classroom. Tier 2 interventions commonly occur in small groups. Tier 3 involves even smaller teacher-student ratios and may involve collaboration with other agencies or professional staff.

Board recognizes Ruud

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School Board members recognized Business Services Assistant Superintendent Bryan Ruud for effectively managing district resources in difficult financial times. Describing his key accomplishments, Superintendent Kathleen Cooke, Ph.D, recognized Ruud for outstanding management of costs related to health care, retirement, energy, workers’ compensation, natural gas procurement and district debt. His work has resulted in savings that support the district’s educational program and facilities needs.

Maple Avenue reports on site plan

Maple Avenue Elementary School Principal Kristin Koeper-Hamblin reported on her school’s site planning process. Like last year, all four of the district’s elementary schools gathered Aug. 15 to share updates on their current plan, new data and ideas to design their own unique plan. Elementary staff from throughout the district reviewed the district’s new tactical plan and then looked at their own building data to craft site plans for the rest of the year.

Maple Avenue’s tactics for the new year indicate that staff will:

  • implement RtI practices with fidelity to address the differentiated learning needs of all learners; and
  • research and implement strategies to close the achievement gap in literacy.

Koeper-Hamblin said her school was honored to be recognized by the Department of Instruction as a high progress school and thanked the board for resources that made the school’s success possible.

Personnel news

In personnel business, the School Board:

  • accepted resignation of Hamilton health room paraprofessional Stacie Lee Clark, effective Oct. 17; and
  • appointed Ruby Westmoreland-Pate and Crystal Klein as Marcy special services paraprofessionals and Lori Konshak as Willow Springs special services paraprofessional.

Hamilton marching band offers free performance

Community members are invited to a free outdoor performance Oct. 14 at 12:15 p.m of Hamilton High School Charger Marching Band’s “Witch and Famous” at Grove Field. This show is enjoyable for all ages.

Enjoyable for all ages, the band’s 2014 field show is inspired by the plot of the hit Broadway musical “Wicked.” Templeton Middle School band students will attend this performance.

Join student drum majors Jake Myatt, Samantha Doperalski and Erin Magoon; and soloists Rebecca Baker and Michelle Bader at this 45-minute performance. Directors include Jon Waite, band; Jill Casper and Roi Evans, percussion; David Schliewe, color guard; and Dale Bigus, brass.

Hamilton High School Grove Field is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Road in Sussex.

2014 Hamilton Homecoming Week activities set

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Homecoming court: From left, Gabriel Kolesari, Ciara Cronin, Lauren Ullmann, Andrew Ullmann, Erin Russell, Timothy Russell, Emily Kobs, Eric Downs, Will Watkins, Nicolette Pridavka. Not in photo are Alexandria Calmes, Keeley Hayden, Janelle Davies and Elizabeth Newman.

Hamilton High School is in the midst of six days of fun, activities and athletic events Oct. 6-11 during Hamilton’s Galactic Gala Homecoming Week.

Monday, Oct. 6: Theme – Celestial Comfy Day, lunch game – Hula Hoop

Tuesday, Oct. 7: Theme – Denim Dimension Day, lunch game – Space Race

Wednesday, Oct. 8: Theme – Jersey/Powder Puff Day, lunch game – Alien Dress Up

 Powder puff football:

  • Freshmen vs. seniors – 6 p.m.
  • Sophomores vs. juniors – 7 p.m.
  • Championship game – 8 p.m.

 Fireworks – 9 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 9: Theme – Out of this World Crazy Day, lunch game – Bubble Gum Pie

Friday, Oct. 10: Theme – Charger Pride Day, lunch game – Most Spirited

  • Pep Rally – 1:05 p.m.
  • Student Council and court members will decorate for the dance beginning at 3 p.m.
  • Football – Hamilton vs. Brookfield Central, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 11:

  • Grand March line up – 6:05 p.m., gym; Grand March – 6:15 p.m., gym
  • Dance – 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Hamilton High School, W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex.

Students may purchase tickets for the dance Oct. 6 – 10 during lunches for $15 per person. The first 500 people to purchase their tickets will receive a free T-shirt. Parents are invited to watch the announcement of Homecoming court at the Grand March. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $1 or two non-perishable food items to be donated to Sussex Outreach Services.

Lannon celebrates Red Ribbon Week

Lannon Elementary School students will celebrate Red Ribbon Week with several activities that occur Oct. 20-23. Activities highlight the fight against drugs, good choices and healthy habits.

Monday, Oct. 20 –

  • Students are invited to wear red clothing and will receive a pencil, bracelet or sticker.

Tuesday, Oct. 21 –

  • Daily theme – “Be on our team, bring a healthy snack”
  • Students are invited to wear team apparel and bring a healthy snack.

Wednesday, Oct. 22 –

  • Daily theme – “Exercise is no sweat”
  • Students are invited to wear sweatshirts and sweatpants.

Thursday, Oct. 23 –

  • Daily theme – “Sock it to junk food”
  • Students are invited to wear crazy socks.

Lannon Home & School is providing an opportunity for K-5 students to attend four afterschool sessions from 3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. in the gym conducted by Karate America. The sessions will focus on good choices, healthy habits and respect for each other. A $20 donation to Lannon Home & School is requested. To register or for additional information, please contact Lynda Pesch at (262) 255-6106.

Lannon Elementary School is located at 7145 N. Lannon Road in Lannon.

HEF to host Charger Challenge: Santa Edition Dec. 6

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The Hamilton Education Foundation (HEF) is excited to announce Charger Challenge: Santa Edition, a family-fun fundraiser to be held Saturday, Dec. 6 at 9 a.m.

Promising to be an outstanding community fitness event, this magical 5K run will feature theme stations including Candy Cane Lane, Mistletoe Mile and the Gingerbread House on the grounds at Hamilton High School. Following the run, participants will get a chance to see the new Hamilton Athletic Center, which will be finished just in time for the community event.
Charger Challenge: Santa Edition is open to all athletic abilities, and families are welcome. Please go to www.hamiltoneducationfoundation.org to register. Fees are $25 for children ages 4-12 years and $35 for 13 and older. All paid participants will receive a long sleeve Dri-FIT T-shirt.

Questions about donating, volunteering or supporting the event? Email event organizers at Hefchargerchallenge@yahoo.com.
Charger Challenge: Santa Edition is one of only two major HEF fundraisers this year. Established in 1991 by friends of the Hamilton school community, the Foundation and its supporters generate funding and other resources to enhance, extend and enrich the educational opportunities of Hamilton School District students. It is governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees and operates independently from the Hamilton School Board.

HEF takes great pride in providing Hamilton students and educators with tools needed in a fast-paced, ever-changing world. It has provided funding for SMART boards, digital cameras, e-readers and many educational programs and workshops. To learn more about how HEF has made a difference in the Hamilton School District, visit the HEF on the web at www.hamiltoneducationfoundation.org.