Families can apply for free, reduced lunches

The Hamilton School District announced its policy for children unable to pay the full price of meals served under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program, or milk served under the Special Milk Program. Household size and income criteria determine eligibility.                                                                                   FBcube

To apply for free or reduced price meals or free milk, households must fill out the application available through the Infinite Campus portal. Families who do not have access to the Internet, may contact the district’s Food and Nutrition Services Department at (262) 246-1973 x1142. Applications may be submitted at any time during the year.

If a household member becomes unemployed or if the household size changes and the household income falls at or below the levels shown above, the family should contact the school. Such changes may make households eligible for reduced price meals or free meals or milk, and they may reapply at that time.

In certain cases, foster children are also eligible for these benefits. If a household has foster children and wishes to apply for free or reduced price meals, the household should complete an application for a family of one or contact the school for more information.

The information provided by the household on the application is confidential. Under this program, no child will be discriminated against because of race, color, sex, national origin, age or disability.

The Hamilton School District is an equal opportunity provider. For more information, contact Kira Cerroni King, district food service manager, at (262) 246-1973 x1142.

 

Summer Opportunities food drive benefits SOS

Students and staff from the Hamilton School District Summer Opportunities Program collected more than 550 food items in the annual the program’s Fantastic Food Drive.

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Maple Avenue Elementary School fifth-grader Baden Chic, Hamilton High School juniors Jessica Mysliwski and Olivia Neils, and Templeton Middle School sixth-grader Brandon Hust helped coordinate the drive.

Families of students were encouraged to contribute non-perishable food items to benefit Sussex Outreach Services (SOS) Food Pantry. The food drive was conducted June 19-July 14 and when the collection was delivered to SOS, it weighed in at 544 pounds.

Hamilton district plans for start of school

Hamilton School District students will begin classes Sept. 5. The district has compiled information to assist parents and students in preparation for the big day.

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Registration – Parents are able to log in Aug. 1-11 with their Infinite Campus portals to verify and update information, pay school fees online and sign off on school forms. If you do not have an Infinite Campus parent portal, contact campushelp@hamilton.k12.wi.us.

School phone numbers are:

  • Willow Springs Learning Center (4-year-old kindergarten), (262) 255-6190;
  • Lannon Elementary, (262) 255-6106;
  • Maple Avenue Elementary, (262) 246-4220;
  • Marcy Elementary, (262) 781-8283;
  • Woodside Elementary, (262) 820-1530;
  • Templeton Middle, (262) 246-6477; and
  • Hamilton High, (262) 246-6471.

If you are unsure of your school attendance area, call the district’s Public Information Office at (262) 246-1973 x1100.

Kindergarten — The district offers kindergarten programs for students who are four and five years old. The program for 4-year-olds is at Willow Spring Learning Center, and the program for 5-year-olds is at neighborhood elementary schools.To be eligible for the optional 4-year-old kindergarten (4K) program, a child must be four years old by Sept. 1. The program runs a half day — an 8:45 – 11:15 a.m. morning session and 12:30 –  3:00 p.m. afternoon session. Classes at Willow Springs begin Sept. 8.

Transportation — The bus company sends yellow postcards notifying bus riders of their routes. Postcards will be mailed the week of Aug. 21.

Breaks and last school day — Students will not have classes: teacher in-service – Oct. 13, Nov. 10; Thanksgiving break – Nov. 22-24; winter break – Dec. 25-Jan. 1; teacher in-service – Jan. 22, Mar. 2, Mar. 29; spring break – Mar. 30 – April 6; break – May 25 and Memorial Day – May 28. Their last day of school is June 8.

School hours — Elementary school students in grades 1-5 and full-day kindergarten begin school at 8:35 a.m. and end at 3:25 p.m.; Templeton hours are 7:25 a.m. to 2:35 p.m.; and the high school runs from 7:20 a.m. to 2:25 p.m.

Immunization — Wisconsin law requires parents to provide updated records on their children’s immunizations including:  Polio, Hepatitis B, MMR and Varicella. Students entering grade 6 are also required to have had one dose of Tdap. Students must be in compliance with the required immunizations as of the first day of school. Parents should make their child’s school aware of any recently received immunizations. The schedule for required immunizations can be found at: http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/publications/p44021.pdf.  Questions about the immunization schedule should be directed to the child’s physician or the Waukesha County Public Health Department.

School lunch program — Hamilton food service staff members are committed to producing quality meals that are nutritious and appealing to children. Lunches consist of five food items — meat, bread, two or more servings of fruit or vegetables, and milk. To reduce waste, children are offered an entire lunch but may refuse one or two items. The price for lunch remains the same whether a child takes the entire lunch or refuses an item.

Lunch menus will be listed on the district website. Parents are asked to go over the lunch menu with their children to help them decide what to eat each day. Children should be encouraged to take at least a portion of an unfamiliar or unpopular food item. Lunch prices for 2017-18 are: $2.60 for elementary students; $2.95 – middle school and high school students; $3.60 – adults; and 35 cents for milk.

District website — The district website is at www.hamilton.k12.wi.us and is updated often with supply lists, newsletters, calendar, lunch menus, news releases and other information.

For more information about the Hamilton School District, contact the individual schools or the district’s Public Information Office at (262) 246-1973 x1100.

Hamilton students named GMC Scholar Athletes

The Greater Metro Conference has named the following Hamilton High School students Spring and Summer 2016-17 Scholar Athletes:

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  • Cooper Vance, Robert Weber and Dominic Pino – boys golf;
  • Alex Menzia, Connor Rhodes, Samuel Smith and Luke Walters – boys tennis;
  • Melina Murtos and Alexandra Banda – girls soccer;
  • Morgan Fenninger and Kayla Sullivan – softball;
  • Destiny Lutzen, Chelsea Parker, Bianca Stubler and Jaclyn Zeman – girls track;
  • Joseph Bolda, Brandon Christianson, Samuel Golding and Nicholas Mirasola – boys track and
  • Ryan Hubbell, Evan Laskowski, Cole Roepke, Samuel Bjorklund and Alex Saunders – baseball.

Student-athletes have earned a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average and have senior standing.

Hamilton students join Yellowstone field science program

Hamilton High School science teacher Alan Simays organized a group of 14 students to participate July 19-27 in the Wildlife Ecology Program in Yellowstone. The program is offered through Ecology Project International (EPI), a field science and conservation organization that partners scientists with local and international students and educators in ecologically critical environments in the Galapagos, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Baja, Hawaii, Belize and Yellowstone.Yellowstone bison

Hamilton students will work directly with National Park Service researchers and scientists to better understand the wildlife that shape the park. Students will focus on Yellowstone’s ungulate populations, like bison, collecting data for a groundbreaking grazing survey that aims to understand how and why ungulate herds move through the park. They’ll spend time observing wolves on the remarkable Yellowstone landscape and learn about their history in the park, while also traveling to Yellowstone’s iconic geothermal features and investigating their own research projects.

EPI’s mission is to improve and inspire science education and conservation efforts worldwide through field-based student-scientist partnerships. For more information on EPI’s programs, visit www.ecologyproject.org.

Watton receives History Teacher of the Year award

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History named Templeton Middle School eighth grade social studies teacher Rhonda Watton its 2017 Wisconsin History Teacher of the Year.Rhonda-Watton-Web

The award highlights the crucial importance of history education by honoring exceptional American history teachers from each state, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense schools and U.S. territories. The National History Teacher of the Year will be selected in the fall and presented Nov. 8 in New York City.

Watton will be presented with a $1,000 honorarium at a state award ceremony, and Templeton will receive a core archive of American history books and educational materials. Watton will also receive an invitation to a 2018 Gilder Lehrman weeklong seminar that offers teachers daily discussions with eminent historians, visits to historic sites and hands-on work with primary sources.

Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is the nation’s leading organization dedicated to K-12 American history education. The Institute’s mission is to promote the knowledge and understanding of American history through educational programs and resources.