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:

  • Calvin Dassow and Colin Mergenthaler, applied engineering and technology;
  • Shyanne Savage, art;
  • Jade Wallner, business education;
  • Mary Kremer, communication arts;
  • Benjamin Krolczyk, family and consumer sciences;
  • Ryan Hubbell, fitness education;
  • Bailey Smith, mathematics;
  • Ariel Pershman, music;
  • Jacqueline Campbell, science;
  • Abigail Brumley, social studies; and
  • Elizabeth Sumiec, world languages.

Students received a certificate and a pin for their accomplishment.

 

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Plastics society gives Templeton grants for program

For the third time since 2008, the Milwaukee Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Education Foundation awarded Templeton Middle School Technology and Engineering Department a sizable grant to update machines used in the classroom.

This year’s $4,270 grant will replace three injection molding machines that the SPE Foundation originally purchased for the school in 2008. The machines became a key component in the technology and engineering curriculum with thousands of middle school students using them since then.

The SPE Foundation provided a total of $12,034 in grants over the years which – in addition to the three injection molding machines – resulted in the acquisition of a vacuum thermoformer and benchtop CNC mill.

All Templeton seventh-graders take a quarterlong technology and engineering course, and eighth-graders have the option of taking a yearlong class. In seventh grade, students study the design process, drafting, 3D modeling and printing, and wood and plastic fabrication processes. Students in the eighth grade elective course continue to study concepts covered in the required course and advance to electricity, robotics, transportation, software coding, material properties and structures.

Templeton Technology and Engineering Department has received a number of quality recognition awards. Templeton was named a School of STEM Excellence in 2011by Project Lead The Way, the Wisconsin Middle School Program of the Year in 2012 by the Wisconsin Technology Education Association, and a Program of Excellence in 2013 by the International Technology and Engineering Education Association

 

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Current grade 8 students, parents invited to Hamilton Orientation, Open House Feb. 4

Hamilton High School will welcome incoming ninth-graders and their parents to its Eighth Grade Orientation and Open House Feb. 4 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, school 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 Little Theater.

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

Inclement weather considerations

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The Hamilton School District considers multiple factors when determining whether to operate during inclement weather. Student safety is the utmost concern. Road conditions, temperature and wind chill factors are considered. Input is sought from department of public works, Waukesha Sheriff’s Department, our bus company and the National Weather Service.

In making decisions about school closings due to cold weather, the district uses the threshold of approximately -35 degrees F established by the National Weather Service. This is the standard used by all Waukesha County school districts.

When schools close, the district will communicate to families and staff using Infinite Campus tools (automated phone calls, texts and emails), district website, district Facebook page, employee intranet and announcements to television and radio stations.

Phone calls are made between 5:15 a.m. and 6:15 a.m. when school is canceled or delayed. Information using other methods of communication is posted when the decision is made.

When schools are open, all students are expected to attend. However, individual circumstances vary and parents make the ultimate decision for the welfare of their children during inclement weather.

Families should prepare for those possibilities by:
• having a plan that ensures children have a safe place to be if school closes;
• going over the plan with children in advance; and
• keeping Infinite Campus contact information and communication preferences up to date.

Hamilton’s kindergarten registration begins in January

Kindergarten registration for children who will attend the Hamilton School District in the 2015-16 school year is set to begin in January. There are several kindergarten options for 4- and 5-year-olds. An optional half-day program for 4-year-olds is available to children who turn four years old on or before Sept. 1, 2015. The district offers parents the option of choosing full- or half-day programming for children who will be five years old on or before Sept. 1, 2015.

Required at registration are the child’s original birth certificate and immunization record. Proof of residency is required when the first child in a family registers in the district. Forms may be downloaded from the district website at www.hamilton.k12.wi.us/district/enrollment.

Also suggested is a list of emergency phone numbers and information if a child will be picked up or dropped off at a location other than home. Children are welcome to attend, but the child’s attendance is not necessary.

Following are three ways to register children for kindergarten in the Hamilton School District.

  • 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. 26 – 30, with extended hours until 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 28.
  • 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 Feb. 2. Parents will update information on the forms and choose half- or full-day kindergarten for 2015-16. 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 2015-16. Registration at Lannon, Maple Avenue, Marcy and Woodside elementary schools will be Feb. 2 – 6.

          Hours are:

Lannon Elementary: Monday through Friday, 9:30 – 11 a.m. and 1:30 – 3 p.m. Extended hours on Wednesday from 4 – 6 p.m.

Maple Avenue Elementary: Monday through Friday, 9 – 11 a.m. and 1 – 3 p.m. Extended hours on Wednesday, 4 – 6 p.m.

Marcy Elementary: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with extended hours on Wednesday from 4 – 6 p.m.

Woodside Elementary: Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. with extended hours on Wednesday from 4 – 6 p.m.

 

Following are locations and phone numbers for each school.

  • Willow Springs, W220 N6660 Town Line Rd., Menomonee Falls (262) 255-6190;
  • Lannon, 7145 N. Lannon Rd., Lannon (262) 255-6106;
  • Maple Avenue, W240 N6059 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.

January 6, 2015

Templeton to change schedule, structure

The schedule and structure for Templeton Middle School will change next year in an effort to improve achievement for all students. Principal Paul Mielke, Ph.D., presented a report and recommendations from a school committee that studied changes to benefit students.

Among the committee’s objectives were to provide: flexibility for interventions, student access to staff and resources during the school day, opportunities to receive academic interventions and take allied classes, consistency in how reading is taught and RTI services are delivered, a potential structure for personalized learning, support for student connection to school through teachers and club participation, and minimized classroom instruction distractions.

The recommended changes include:

  • Curriculum – changing Grade 7 and 8 reading classes to “Critical Literacy” and adding the class to Grade 6 to allow for curriculum and staff flexibility by integrating reading, writing and critical thinking skills.
  • Advisement – A 33-minute advisement period will be added after third hour by shortening class periods from 53 to 49 minutes. During advisement, students have access to teachers during the school day if they need help, can make up or finish tests, quizzes and homework without missing new content in class, have access to writing and math labs to complete assignments, will have an advisement teacher who will regularly check on their grades, attendance and behavior, and will receive differentiated curriculum on Mondays related to character education, study and organizational skills.
  • Class periods – A seventh period was added to grade 6, creating a consistent schedule for all three grades that allows students to meet with teachers more easily and alleviates staffing issues.
  • Common period for academic interventions – Response to Intervention (RtI) services will be delivered during advisement, allowing students to be grouped by skills need instead of grade level. It provides flexibility for students to move easily from different interventions without disrupting their schedules. The move also reduces the number of staff delivering interventions from 45-50 to 15-18, for better consistency and effectiveness. Interventionists will have a common meeting time for training, collaboration and data analysis.
  • House size – Houses will have a team of four or five teachers instead of two to four. The larger houses allow for more advanced classes and flexibility for scheduling to maximize student opportunities. Teachers will be able to specialize within a content area.

Achievement analyzed through disaggregated data

Erica Bova-Brown, school social worker who coordinates Chapter 220 and Title I services, wrote a disaggregated achievement report for the School Board. The report outlined initiatives to ensure high achievement for all students, specifically related to race, socioeconomic status and English Language Learners.
The number of students taking Advanced Placement tests who are minorities or economically disadvantaged increased since 2012, and the number of students who scored 3 or higher increased as well. While the average ACT composite score for minorities and economically disadvantaged students remained the same, the percentages of students in those categories taking the ACT have increased.

Bova-Brown also included descriptions of numerous cultural learning experiences offered for students in the past year.

Personnel action

In personnel business, the School Board:

  • approved a 1.46 percent total aggregate salary increase for custodial I and II, grounds keeper and maintenance staff, and position adjustments for identified custodial I staff.
  • approved the retirement request of Woodside school counselor Pamela Bilodeau and Hamilton High School Guidance Office administrative assistant Mary Weber at the end of the school year;
  • accepted the resignations of Woodside instructional and supervision paraprofessional Holly Carini, effective Jan. 1, and Marcy special services paraprofessional Ruby Westmoreland-Pate, effective Dec. 23;
  • appointed Melissa Pungarcher as a Templeton special services paraprofessional, effective Jan. 5, and Jeff Jones as the Marcy head custodian, effective Jan. 19.