Hamilton schools to observe Veteran’s Day

Hamilton School District students, staff and families will observe Veteran’s Day with a variety of activities at school.American flag

Willow Springs Learning Center, W220 N6660 Town Line Road, Menomonee Falls
Willow Springs 4K students, staff and families will honor veterans Nov. 11 with programs beginning at 10:15 a.m. and 2 p.m. that include a “wall of bricks” highlighting the names of veterans who are part of the Willow Springs family. A program including stories, songs and presentation of flags to veterans by their 4K child will mark the occasion. Students are invited to wear red, white and blue for the program.

Lannon Elementary School, 7145 N. Lannon Road, Lannon
Lannon Elementary School will host a Veteran’s Day and “To Honor America” performance Nov. 11 at 9:30 a.m. for students and the community. The event will feature patriotic songs and a parade through school to celebrate veterans and those serving the Armed Forces. Lannon will continue its 20-year tradition of creating a thank you banner and writing thank you letters that will be delivered to the Veterans’ Administration Hospital in Milwaukee.

Maple Avenue Elementary School, W240 N6059 Maple Avenue, Sussex
Maple Avenue Elementary School students and staff have several activities planned to honor veterans.

  • All students and staff will wear red, white and blue for a program to honor veterans Nov. 11 at 9 a.m. in the gymnasium with students performing songs for honored guests and visitors. Coffee and treats will be served at a small reception following the program.
  • A Veteran’s Day themed display created from red, white and blue flag hearts decorated by students will be in the school lobby.
  • There will be a patriotic-theme concert Nov.10 for First grade students.

Students created patriotic posters during art class for a Kohl’s Corporate Veteran’s Day program as part of their community outreach. Veterans attending the program will have the opportunity to take one of the posters home.

Marcy Elementary School, W180 N4851 Marcy Road, Menomonee Falls
Marcy Elementary School will host its annual Veteran’s Day program Nov. 11 beginning at 9:15 a.m. Fifth grade Boy Scouts will present the colors. Fifth-graders will explain how respect is shown to veterans. Army veteran Erik Rusch will present at the assembly. Bob Pfeifer from the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight organization will share the importance of honoring our veterans through the Honor Flights.

Marcy’s honored guest this year is Joe Demler who was featured on the cover of Life Magazine in 1945 as a young prisoner of war. Marcy students will raise money to send veterans on future Honor Flights.

Woodside Elementary School, W236 N7465 Woodside Road, Sussex
Woodside is planning its annual Veteran’s Day music celebration beginning at 9 a.m. on Nov. 10. The event includes:

  • a flag ceremony by Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts;
  • an “Honor Wall” featuring photographs of veterans who are relatives of Woodside students;
  • several patriotic songs sung by first grade students; and
  • an “Armed Forces medley” in which veterans in the audience will stand to receive student applause.

Templeton Middle School, N59 W22490 Silver Spring Drive, Sussex
Templeton Middle School will recognize the contributions of American veterans Nov. 4 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at its 16th Annual Veteran’s Day Program. Visitors are asked to arrive at 8:15 a.m.

Sergeant First Class Rob Kubowski, who was stationed in Baghdad from 2006 to 2007, will give the Veteran’s Address. Kubowski now helps veterans with legal issues as a senior paralegal with the Army Reserves.

A ceremonial laying of the wreaths will honor soldiers who became prisoners of war or missing in action. Guest veterans who attend the program will be individually introduced and their military service recognized.

Students will honor the country’s veterans during the ceremony as well.

  • Student Council President will lead the “Pledge of Allegiance.”
  • Eighth Grade Chorus and Eighth Grade Band will perform patriotic songs.
  • The Patriotic Essay Contest winner will read his or her essay.

Music teacher Jaye Mier is coordinating a video production that will feature photos of military personnel and veterans who are related to Templeton students. The video will play continuously in the school lobby starting Oct. 31 and will be featured during the ceremony.

Following the program, honored veterans will be invited to participate in a small reception in the Large Group Area. All veterans and public officials are invited to attend. Please call the school at (262) 246-6477 x4145 or x4147 by Oct. 31 to RSVP.

Hamilton High School, W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex
“Taps” will be performed by a Hamilton High School trumpet player Nov. 11 before the daily announcements. Athletic-Activities Director Michael Gosz will read a commemorative passage about the historical significance of Veteran’s Day which will honor the brave service men and women. A moment of silence will be observed.

Hamilton drama presents “Harvey”

Hamilton High School Drama invites community members to attend “Harvey” Nov. 10 – 13 at the Hamilton Fine Arts Center (HFAC). Shows are at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. “Harvey,” written by Mary Chase, is a family-friendly comedy that tells the story of a man who befriends an invisible six-foot rabbit.Harvey Final poster

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.

Willow Springs to hold Celebration of Fall Learning

Willow Springs Learning Center 4-year-old kindergartners will celebrate the changing of seasons Nov. 3 at their Celebration of Fall Learning event.Willow Springs

Activities include storytime presented by Willow Springs staff, enjoying pumpkin-shaped cookies and the Harvest Parade showcasing examples of their learning and achievements. The celebration begins at 9 a.m. for the morning kindergarten session and at 1 p.m. for the afternoon session.

This event is sponsored by Willow Springs Learning Center and Willow Springs 4K Parent Group with generous donations from local businesses and families.

The 4-year-old kindergarten program is housed at Willow Springs Learning Center, W220 N6660 Town Line Road, Menomonee Falls.

Hamilton National Honor Society to sponsor blood drive

Hamilton High School National Honor Society (NHS) will sponsor a Blood Drive Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the school’s Auxiliary Gymnasium.

Students, families and community members are encouraged to participate. Pre-registered appointments and walk-ins will be accepted. Parental consent is required HHS-sign-Home-Of-Chargersfor 16-year-olds to donate. Community members are asked to enter through Hamilton’s front doors.

Blood donors will need to provide photo identification that includes birth date and answer basic health history questions. The entire process takes about an hour, and snacks and drinks will be served to donors.

If you would like to make an appointment, please visit www.bcw.edu/hamiltonhs. Please contact Jacque Gorski or Misti Swanson, Hamilton NHS advisors at (262) 246-6471 x1123 with any questions.

The high school is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex.

Hamilton posts top scores on new Forward Exam

Hamilton School District students scored well on the new Wisconsin Forward Exam, topping the statewide average by 19 – 27 percentage points and outperforming most Waukesha County school districts in all subject areas.Forward-Web

  • More than 69 percent of Hamilton students were proficient or advanced in English language arts compared to 42.5 percent at the state level, putting Hamilton 27 percentage points above the average in Wisconsin.
  • In mathematics 67.6 percent of Hamilton students were proficient or advanced — 25.3 percentage points higher than the state average.
  • Hamilton’s science score of 70.1 percent was 20 percentage points higher than the state average of 50.1 percent.
  • The social studies score was 68.9 percent for Hamilton and 49.7 percent statewide, topping the state average by 19.2 percentage points.

Among Waukesha County’s10 K-12 school districts, Hamilton was the top performer in mathematics, science and English language arts. It was the third highest for social studies.

“These outstanding results reflect the values of our community for excellence and the hard work of students and staff,” said Hamilton Superintendent Paul Mielke, Ph.D. “Student achievement results do not happen overnight. They are the cumulative effects of sound decisions to increase the rigor of our curriculum and enhance instructional strategies.”

Mielke pointed to initiatives across the district that emphasize literacy skills, high quality instruction and targeted, systematic interventions for students who need them. The district is focused on ensuring the needs of all students are being met, he said.

The Forward Exam, administered for the first time in the spring of 2016, tested about 370,000 Wisconsin students in English language arts and mathematics in grades three to eight; science in grades four and eight; and social studies in grades four, eight and 10.

The Forward Exam replaced the Badger and WKCE exams previously administered in Wisconsin. Because the Forward Exam is more rigorous than previous statewide tests, comparisons to previous years cannot be made. Educators note that the Forward Exam is one data point in a comprehensive assessment program that includes state, district and classroom assessments.

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Hamilton schools to observe Red Ribbon Week

Hamilton School District students, staff and families will observe Red Ribbon Week that will occur Oct. 24 – 28 with a variety of activities at school. Activities highlight the fight against drugs, good choices and healthy habits.Red-Ribbon-Week

Lannon Elementary School, 7145 N. Lannon Road, Lannon
Monday, Oct. 24 –
• Daily theme – “Red Ribbon Week”
• Students are invited to wear red clothing and will receive a sticker.

Tuesday, Oct. 25 –
• Daily theme – “You are what you eat”
• Students are invited to bring a healthy snack.

Wednesday, Oct. 26 –
• Daily theme – “Work Out Wednesday”
• Students are invited to wear workout clothes and participate in exercise at the start of the school day.

Thursday, Oct. 27 –
• Daily theme – “Believe it…Achieve it”
• Students are invited to wear red, white and blue clothing. There will be an Olympic assembly.

Friday, Oct. 28 –
• Daily theme – “Jump to it!”
• Students are invited to wear Lannon spirit wear and will receive a jump rope.

Maple Avenue Elementary School, W240 N6059 Maple Avenue, Sussex
Maple Avenue will continue its welcome back theme of “The Energy Bus” into Red Ribbon Week with the following themes and activities.

Monday, Oct. 24 –
• Daily theme – “Fuel your brain with lots of sleep”
• Students are invited to wear pajamas.

Tuesday, Oct. 25 –
• Daily theme – “Fuel your passion”
• Students are invited to wear their favorite sporting, activity or team clothing.

Wednesday, Oct. 26 –
• Daily theme – “Fuel your heart”
• Students are invited to wear red.

Thursday, Oct. 27 –
• Daily theme – “Fuel your future”
• Students are invited to dress up to represent their future career goal.

Friday, Oct. 28 –
• Daily theme – “Fuel your body with exercise”
• Students are invited to wear harvest clothing and be ready for the Harvest Stomp.

Marcy Elementary School, W180 N4851 Marcy Road, Menomonee Falls
The Marcy Red Ribbon Week theme is “YOLO! You Only Live Once – Be Drug Free!” Banners will be displayed in the front lobby. Making healthy choices for our bodies is the message throughout the year.

Monday, Oct. 24 –
• Students and staff are invited to wear red clothing in support of creating a drug-free community

Wednesday, Oct. 26 –
• Daily theme – “I elect to be healthy”
• Students and staff are invited to wear red, white and blue clothing in honor of the election year

Woodside Elementary School, W236 N7465 Woodside Road, Sussex
“YOLO You Only Live Once – Live Well!” is the Red Ribbon Week theme at Woodside. All Woodside students will receive a silicone PAWS bracelet with a healthy, drug-free message. The PAWS acronym stands for Practice respect, Act responsibly, Woodside friends, Safety always. Students will also have an opportunity to earn a red ribbon token by completing a Healthy Habits at Home chart.

Monday, Oct. 24 –
• Daily theme – “Mindfulness Monday!”
• Students are invited to wear red and will learn how focusing their attention can help at school.

Tuesday, Oct. 25 –
• Daily theme – “Healthy sleep habits”
• Students will learn how many hours of sleep are needed and what they should do to have a good night’s sleep.

Wednesday, Oct. 26 –
• Daily theme – “Healthy eating”
• There will be a discussion about healthy foods and how to have a balanced diet.

Thursday, Oct. 27 –
• Daily theme – “Exercise”
• The role of exercise in emotional and physical health will be reviewed.

Friday, Oct. 28 –
• Daily theme – “Healthy friendships”
• Students will discuss how friendships help us live well and how Woodside’s “WE B4 Me “ slogan relates to friendship.

Templeton Middle School, N59 W22490 Silver Spring Drive, Sussex
Templeton Middle School students will learn about REAL (Refuse, Explain, Avoid/Alternative, Leave) drug refusal skills. Discussions will take place Oct. 24 -27 in advisement followed by a student skit to be performed on Oct. 28. A bulletin board has been decorated communicating effective refusal skills.

 

Templeton to honor veterans at ceremony

Templeton Middle School will recognize the contributions of American veterans Nov. 4 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at its 16th Annual Veterans’ Day Program. Visitors are asked to arrive at 8:15 a.m.American flag

Sergeant First Class Rob Kubowski, who was stationed in Baghdad from 2006 to 2007, will give the Veteran’s Address. Kubowski now helps veterans with legal issues as a senior paralegal with the Army Reserves.

A ceremonial laying of the wreaths will honor soldiers who became prisoners of war or missing in action. Guest veterans who attend the program will be individually introduced and their military service recognized.

  • Students will honor the country’s veterans during the ceremony as well.
  • The Student Council President will lead the “Pledge of Allegiance.”
  • The Eighth Grade Chorus and Eighth Grade Band will perform patriotic songs.
  • The Patriotic Essay Contest winner will read his or her essay.

Music teacher Jaye Mier is coordinating a video production that will feature photos of military personnel and veterans who are related to Templeton students. The video will play continuously in the school lobby starting Oct. 31 and will be featured during the ceremony.

Following the program, honored veterans will be invited to participate in a small reception in the Large Group Area. All veterans and public officials are invited to attend. Please call the school at (262) 246-6477 x4145 or x4147 by Oct. 31 to RSVP.

Templeton Middle School is located at N59 W22490 Silver Spring Drive, Sussex.

October 17, 2016

Tax rate drops 7.18 percent

School Board members approved a $53.9 million 2016-17 budget that includes a mil rate of $8.92 per $1,000 of property. For each $100,000 of property citizens own, they will pay $892 in property taxes to support the school district. The mil rate is 69 cents less than the rate from last year.

The total budget decreased 3.59 percent — due in part because the budget does not include spending for construction projects as it has in past years. Budgets in the past four years have included expenses for Marcy, Woodside and Hamilton classroom additions and the Hamilton Athletic Center.

The draft budget presented this summer assumed enrollment would drop. Instead it was up 30 students. In addition, the district’s equalized valuation increased by 4.86 percent and state aid increased 7.56 percent, both more than predicted in the draft budget.

As a result, the gross tax levy — the portion of the budget paid by local taxpayers — decreased to $28.8 million from $29.6 million in 2015-16.

“This is all good news,” said Business Services Assistant Superintendent Bryan Ruud. “There is nothing here that is a negative story to tell.”

Each October, the School Board must adopt the budget, certify the tax levy and establish the tax rate after the Department of Revenue determines property values in the district. Tax bills are sent to property owners in December.

Board approves Youth Options requests

A total of 28 high school students requested admission to the Youth Options Program that will allow them to take classes next semester at Waukesha County Technical College, Wisconsin Lutheran College, Mount Mary, Carroll University and the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha, Milwaukee and Washington County. Hamilton Principal Candis Mongan noted, as in the past, many students will not be able to take the courses because of scheduling conflicts or full classes. A total of 27 students requested admission to Youth Options last year.

Youth Options is a program mandated by the state that allows students who have completed tenth grade, are in good academic standing and have no disciplinary problems to attend a technical college or university if they have exhausted their high school curriculum.

Maple Avenue site plan reported

Maple Avenue Elementary School Principal Kristin Koeper-Hamblin reported on the school’s site planning process. As they have for the past three years, the district’s four elementary school principals convened with leadership teams in August to develop building plans that align with the district’s strategic tactical plans. All schools developed a literacy goal and one other tactic. Maple Avenue’s team acknowledged accomplishments in the past year which include:

  • 100 percent of kindergartners exceeded PALS end-of-year benchmarks;
  • Grades 3 and 5 English language arts and grade 4 social studies Forward Exam scores were highest in the district;
  • An increase in the percentage of K-5 students at all levels who met core grade level reading expectations;
  • All classrooms showed positive growth in comprehension measured by the Benchmark Literacy Comprehension Strategy Assessment; and
  • Disaggregated groups met or exceeded the district Measures of Academic Progress average for reading and mathematics for all sub-groups except students with disabilities.

The team developed two tactics for the new year that indicates staff will research and implement literacy strategies for all targeted groups to ensure closing the achievement gap and align with the district’s literacy beliefs and allow for student monitoring through personalized learning initiatives.

AODA measures in place to help families

Student Assistance Program and AODA Coordinator Kristin Hasbrook presented an annual report to School Board members about efforts to keep students from getting involved in alcohol and other drugs. Providing initial screening and AODA referral services, helping families find appropriate community services and conducting activities in the schools were among the activities in the past year.

Middle and high school activities include facilitation of a support group for high school girls dealing with anxiety, individual student support, training of peer trainers for health presentations, guidance lessons about drugs and alcohol, and presentations to students about depression, harassment, bullying and internet safety. Districtwide activities include coordination of Hamilton Connects, a program that features presentations for parents throughout the year. In addition, Hasbrook completed a suicide intervention program and shared information with school counselors. The district is also involved with the REDgen program that offers training and support to help reduce suicide and student mental health issues.

Curriculum alignment, articulation, vertical teaming report given

Instructional Services Supervisor Katie Little, Ph.D., reported on curriculum alignment, articulation and vertical teaming initiatives in the district. She noted that alignment and articulation are keys to ensuring 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. Alignment and articulation activities occur in a variety of models and formats.

The following areas, which continue the emphasis begun with the strategic plan, will be addressed during the 2016-17 school year:

  • Curriculum and related professional learning
    • The curriculum process will continue to include identifying essential (overall) learning targets and associated student “I can…” statements for each unit of instruction. Guidance, family & consumer education, K-5 science, and middle school mathematics, will be reviewed. In addition, applied engineering will begin to outline a proposal to strengthen curriculum relevance and articulation. That work is scheduled for completion during the 2017-18 school year.
    • The Personalizing Learning Team will lead the implementation of strategies for conferring with students. In addition, the team is participating in four concurrent book studies to help shape the next steps for instruction.
      The district requires teachers of grades K-2 and special education teachers to receive Early Reading Recovery certification and maintain their skills through professional learning opportunities to support core and interventional literacy instruction. In an effort to provide flexibility for teacher professional development, ERE training is being offered in an online learning environment. Teachers will participate in three learning modules during the first semester.
    • The upgrade to Everyday Math 4 is in its first year of implementation. Teachers are being provided collaboration time to investigate and apply the extensive online resources. Grades 6-8 is pilot testing mathematics resources designed to increase engagement with a focus on authentic application of math practices.
    • Access to technology is a strategic priority across all grade levels. Educational Services is holding feedback sessions with representative teachers to develop a deep understanding of the technology needs for each grade band. Professional learning opportunities will be developed to match teacher needs and support appropriate integration into classroom instruction.
  • Instructional leaders meet on a monthly basis to plan for vertical teaming and strengthen leadership skills. Instructional leaders are growing their skills by participating in a book study on “Thanks for the Feedback.” In addition, they act as a conduit between district administration and teachers to discuss and disseminate information about current matters within the district and state public education. Standing agenda items include building updates, district updates and an open forum to discuss other areas of teachers’ interest or need.
    • Each vertical team will develop a goal and action plan Feb. 10 that is specific to strengthening content instructional practices. Action plan focus tends to fit in the categories of strategy identification and development, common assessments, common procedural practices, resource study and effective use.
    • Vertical teaming is designed to build rigorous curricula; introduce skills, concepts, and assessment methods to prepare students for success in challenging courses; strengthen curriculum and increase the academic challenge for all students; increase cross-school curricular and instructional communication.
  • Response to Intervention-the district continues to use the RtI model to meet the needs of individual students.
    • Comprehensive Intervention Model-an intervention consisting of five components for the various aspects of literacy development. Teachers will receive training for Comprehensive Focus Groups for students in grades 3-8, Interactive Writing for students in early childhood through grade 2, and Writing Aloud for students in grades 2-8.
    • The district is continuing to work with the developer of the Ion software to track student progress in an efficient manner and use the data to inform instruction.

Educational Services reports on priorities

Educational Services administrators John Roubik and Katie Little, Ph.D. updated the School Board on work of the department. They noted that district performance continues to significantly exceed expectations on statewide benchmarks. Many Educational Services initiatives have helped drive the district’s success. Accomplishments in 2015-16 include:

  • developed, implemented and monitored the district’s strategic tactics in personalizing and differentiated instruction, data analysis and progress monitoring, and research and professional development;
  • developed 6-12 communication arts, information technology literacy and K-5 and 9-12 mathematics;
  • monitored and assessed the implementation of the Benchmark Literacy curriculum;
  • monitored and assessed the implementation of the “Being a Writer” curriculum;
  • conducted training for the Comprehensive Intervention Model (Guided Reading Plus, Comprehension Focus Groups);
  • investigated and developed recommendations for closing the achievement gap, including aligning special and regular education resources to best meet the needs of students;
  • designed and monitored recommendations for employee compensation;
  • designed a proposal and gained School Board approval for an instructional coaching model to support instructional practices;
  • designed a proposal and gained School Board approval to increase the staffing levels of literacy interventionists at the elementary and middle schools; and
  • implemented ION software districtwide to progress monitor student interventions.

Educational Services’ priorities for 2016-17 will be to:

  • develop, implement and monitor the district’s strategic tactics in personalizing and differentiated instruction, data analysis and progress monitoring, access to technology and enrollment and space capacity analysis;
  • develop curriculum in 6-12 family and consumer services, K-12 guidance, K-5 science, 6-8 mathematics and applied engineering and technology initial planning;
  • implement instructional coaching;
  • implement literacy interventionist model;
  • facilitate vertical teaming initiative;
  • facilitate new teacher orientation and coaching model;
  • provide PREPaRE training and districtwide implementation for responding to student crises;
  • monitor and assess Everyday Math 4 curriculum implementation;
  • develop and monitor Academic and Career Planning and Career Cruising plan implementation;
  • increase staff preparation to further integrate technology in the classroom;
  • conduct training for additional components of the Comprehensive Intervention Model (Writing Interventions);
  • align literacy training and interventionist professional development;
  • investigate social-emotional learning and behavioral practices under the RtI framework;
  • investigate and plan for 18-21 year old community-based programming for our students with intellectual, daily living, and vocational needs;
  • design and implement the process of using the OASYS technology platform for our student 504 Plans;
  • integrate our assessment data into the Infinite Campus system; and
  • ivestigate and plan for the integration of the Human Resources and Business Department databases.

Hamilton announces September students of the month

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

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  • Lauretta Wedell, applied engineering and technology;
  • Kayla Vega, art;
  • Julia Gahr, business education;
  • Victoria Houle and Gabriel Kolesari, communication arts;
  • Theresa Stokke, family and consumer sciences;
  • Brandon Edwards, fitness education;
  • Rhea Last, mathematics;
  • Daniel Markano, music;
  • Mia Leukert, science;
  • Ty Kozic, social studies; and
  • Charles Houghtaling, world languages.

Students received a certificate and a pin for their accomplishment.

Hamilton recognized in NMSC competition

Four Hamilton High School students learned recently that they were named in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. Eligibility for the distinction is based on results of the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test which was taken by more than 1.6 million students nationwide.

Alex Menzia and Dominic Pino were named Semifinalists. They are among approximately 16,000 Semifinalists nationwide and will continue in the competition for Merit Scholarship awards. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, which represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. To become a finalist, a Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by the school principal and earn SAT scores that confirm the students’ earlier test performance.

Samuel Golding and Tora Kozic were named Commended Students and are among 34,000 students recognized for exceptional academic promise. Although Golding and Kozic will not continue in the competition, they were recognized for placing among the top five percent of U.S. students who took the qualifying exam.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), established in 1955, is a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 440 business organizations and higher education institutions to honor the nation’s scholastic champions and encourage the pursuit of academic excellence.

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