State association recognizes Hamilton teacher

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The Wisconsin Association of Colleges for Teacher Education recognized Hamilton High School teacher Joseph Premo as an outstanding Early Career Educator at its recent awards ceremony in Madison.

Premo, an applied technology and engineering teacher in the Hamilton School District since August of 2012, was recognized for encouraging his students to be lifelong learners and making connections with community leaders in business, education and industry. He was one of 23 Early Career Educator Award winners chosen statewide based on the positive impact they have on schools or communities, innovative learning experiences and advocacy for students. The award is presented to outstanding educators within the first three years of their professional career.

Hamilton slates tryouts for Synergy Show Choir

Tryouts for the 2015-16 Hamilton High School Synergy Show Choir will be May 18 and 19 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the high school Choir Room. Students need only attend one of these auditions. Callbacks will be May 20 starting at 2:45 p.m. All audition music and choreography will be learned at the audition.

Please contact the Hamilton Choir Department at (262) 246-6471 x1370 with any questions.

Hamilton High School is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex.

Hamilton student winner of Kohl scholarship

Hamilton High School senior Tyler Gall was awarded the 2015 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Excellence Scholarship. Gall was recognized at a luncheon April 11 hosted by retired U.S. Senator Herb Kohl.

The Herb Kohl Excellence Scholarship recognizes students who have demonstrated academic potential, outstanding leadership, citizenship, community service, integrity and other special talents. Gall will receive a $3,000 scholarship to pursue post-secondary education.

Since 1990, the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation has awarded $9 million to Wisconsin students, teachers and schools. In celebration of the foundation’s 25th anniversary this year, Herb Kohl tripled the scholarship amount from $1,000 to $3,000 per recipient.

Woodside student published on worldwide website

The work of Woodside Elementary School student Austin DeCraene was chosen for publication on the worldwide website News-O-Matic. DeCraene, a student in Cate O’Connell’s fourth grade classroom, submitted writing for News-O-Matic’s “Search for Spring” contest. His piece, “The Wonderful Spring View of Austin,” was chosen winner in the category for students under age 10 years and was published on the website.

News-O-Matic, a subscription app by Press4Kids, delivers news and human interest stories five days a week to children. The app has been downloaded in classrooms, libraries and homes in 147 countries has earned high praise from Teachers with Apps, the American Association of School Librarians and other educational organizations.

Woodside Elementary School is located at W236N7465 Woodside Rd., Sussex.

Templeton bands to perform spring concerts

Templeton Middle School bands will perform two spring concerts in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center (HFAC). The sixth grade band and Jazz Band will perform May 5, and the seventh grade band will perform May 6. The concerts, which are free and open to the public, begin at 7 p.m.

“The concerts are a culmination of more than four months of rehearsals in which the bands have shown tremendous growth,” said Templeton Band Director David Neubauer. “All the bands are eager to share their spring concerts with the community.”

The concerts will include classical concert band repertoire, medleys of movie soundtracks and much more. The Jazz Band will showcase one of the two pieces that received top rating at the recent Wisconsin School Music Association Solo and Ensemble Musical Festival.

The HFAC is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Road in Sussex.

Hamilton cheerleading tryouts to be held May 21

Students interested in trying out for the 2015-16 Hamilton High School cheerleading squad are invited to attend tryouts May 21 at 4:30 p.m. Cheerleading clinics will be May 18-19 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and May 20 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Tryouts and clinics will be in the Hamilton Athletic Center indoor facility at Hamilton High School, W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex.

A parent-player informational meeting will be held May 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the Hamilton Little Theater. For more information about the cheerleading squad, please contact Coach Kristin Kendall at kkendall@waukesha.k12.wi.us .

Woodside plans Green and Healthy spring events

Woodside Elementary School students and families will have the opportunity to participate in the following spring events organized by the Woodside Green and Healthy Committee:

Wellness Night

Come and explore wellness at Woodside May 13 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Fun, hands-on activities about nutrition, the human body, healthy snacks, recipes, movement and more will be featured at Wellness Night.

Woodside Walk in the Woods

The first Woodside Walk in the Woods will take place May 16 at Lapham Peak State Park. Explore nature on the 1.5 mile paved, stroller-friendly trail or 3-4 mile wooded section on Wisconsin’s Ice Age Trail. A sign-up sheet will be sent home with students.

The Woodside Green and Healthy Committee of staff and parents provides activities to show the benefits of green and healthy life choices to students. Woodside Elementary School is located at W236 N7465 Woodside Rd. in Sussex.

Tryouts scheduled for Hamilton pom, dance team

Tryouts for the 2015-16 Hamilton High School Chargerette Pom and Dance Team will be May 6 at 5 p.m. Practice dates will be May 4 and 5 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tryouts and practices will be in the high school large gymnasium.

There will be a parent-player informational meeting April 30 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Little Theater to review tryout requirements.

Please contact the athletic & activities office at (262) 246-6471 x1121 with any questions. Hamilton High School is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex.

Outstanding Hamilton seniors to be recognized

Hamilton High School will recognize outstanding seniors May 20 at the Senior Scholarship Ceremony. This is a special night to recognize seniors for their accomplishments as outstanding scholars, athletes, actors and musicians. Students who win scholarships or other awards will be notified they should attend. Parents or students should inform the Guidance Office of outside scholarships received. Parents and other interested students also are encouraged to attend.

The ceremony, which will be held in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center, W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex, begins at 7 p.m. and concludes with refreshments in the lobby.

Business or individuals interested in supporting the Hamilton High School Scholarship Program with a scholarship may contact David Johnson at (262) 246-6476 x1133.

April 20, 2015

Budget matters addressed

Every year the Hamilton School Board reviews a first draft of the district’s budget in spring and by the end of May approves a final budget to present at its Annual Meeting in June. Because of the state biennial budget uncertainty, the budget planning process in Hamilton will not be as straightforward this year. The district must wait for state Legislators to finalize their budget which provides critical information regarding revenue caps and state aid.

In the meantime, School Board business involved several items related to the budget. The School Board:

  • voted to postpone the district’s Annual Meeting from June 17 until Aug. 17 in hopes that more reliable information is available by then;
  • reviewed the first draft of the budget that is not based on the governor’s proposed budget, but one based on no increases in the revenue cap and no cut in categorical aid;
  • heard from several staff members and parents urging the School Board to avoid increasing class sizes and eliminating staff who work with students;
  • took action to give part- and full-time staff members first notice of nonrenewal in case the governor’s budget is approved; and
  • accepted bids for construction of a high school classroom addition to deal with increased enrollments.

Board members noted that while they hoped to avoid cutting positions, state statute requires that certified staff members be notified in April and again in May if they potentially will not be offered a contract for the next school year.

The classroom addition project will add 10 classrooms, two smaller class spaces, restrooms, lockers and a large group area. With furniture costs included, the School Board approved construction of the facility not to exceed $4.37 million. The project will be a one-time expense taken from the district’s maintenance budget and fund balance without increasing taxes. Construction will begin in May and is expected to be ready for student use in January, 2016 to deal with increased enrollment at the high school.

The proposed district budget comes in at $53.1 million, which is up by 1.98 percent over last year because an additional 25 students are anticipated. With property value in the district projected to increase by 2 percent, the mill rate is expected to drop from $9.76 to $9.56 per $1,000 of property – a 2.12 percent decrease.

More information about the state budget and its impact on the Hamilton School District is available here.ClickHere2

 

Teacher, students recognized for Band Buddies

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Music teacher Jill Casper and high school students Jonah Brown and Kate Meagher were recognized for their work on Lannon’s Band Buddies Program that was started in 2011 by Miranda Brown. The program links high school and elementary band students to create a cross-generational learning experience..

Personnel business

In personnel business, the School Board:

  • approved the retirement request of Marcy grade 5 teacher Virginia Felde; and
  • accepted the resignations of Willow Springs part-time custodian Ronald Bard, Hamilton science teacher Kimberly Leannais and Templeton grade 8 teacher of Kristin Higgins.