Hamilton schools to observe Veterans’ Day

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

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Willow Springs Learning Center, W220 N6660 Town Line Road, Menomonee Falls

Willow Springs 4K students, staff and families will honor veterans Nov. 9 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 Veterans’ Day and “To Honor America” performance Nov. 9 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 more than 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. 13 at 9:15 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 paper links decorated by students will be in the school lobby.
  • There will be a patriotic-themed concert Nov.14 performed by first grade students at 6 p.m. in the Maple Avenue gym.

Marcy Elementary School, W180 N4851 Marcy Road, Menomonee Falls

Marcy Elementary School will host its annual Veteran’s Day program Nov. 3 beginning at 9:00 a.m. Fifth grade Boy Scouts will present the colors. Fifth-graders will explain how respect is shown to veterans. Air Force Academy student, Ashlyn  Paulson, will be featured at the assembly. Paulson will talk about her experience with the Air Force. Debbie Kliese from the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight organization will share the importance of honoring our veterans through the Honor Flights. 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. 7. 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. 9 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at its 17th Annual Veterans’ Day Program. Visitors are asked to arrive at 8:15 a.m.
Air Force Sergeant First Class Ken Prieur, an active member of the Wisconsin Army National Guard, will give the Veteran’s Address. Prieur is currently assigned to the 54th Civil Support Team based in Madison. He has been in the Army for 23 years – 19 years on active duty. His overseas deployments include Bosnia, Nicaragua, Iraq and Egypt.

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 Nov. 6 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 Nov. 3 to RSVP.

Hamilton High School, W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex 

“Taps” will be performed by a Hamilton High School trumpet player Nov. 9 before the daily announcements. Athletic-Activities Director Michael Gosz will read a commemorative passage about the historical significance of Veterans’ Day which will honor the brave service men and women. A moment of silence will be observed.

Lannon students to see The NED Show

Lannon Elementary School will see The NED Show, an innovative character education assembly that uses humor, storytelling, audience participation and lessons including yo-yo and magic tricks, Nov. 3 at 1 p.m.LannonCardinalsWeb

Students learn through the adventures of a loveable cartoon character, NED, whose name is an acronym for Never give up, Encourage others, and Do your best. Children are encouraged to become “champions at school and in life.”

The assembly is a pay-it-forward program. NED merchandise will be available five days after the show and the profits from the sale are used to fund the performance at another school.

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

Templeton to honor veterans at ceremony

Templeton Middle School will recognize the contributions of American veterans Nov. 9 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at its 17th Annual Veterans’ Day Program. Visitors are asked to arrive at 8:15 a.m.Flag

Air Force Sergeant First Class Ken Prieur, an active member of the Wisconsin Army National Guard, will give the Veteran’s Address.  Prieur is currently assigned to the 54th Civil Support Team based in Madison. He has been in the Army for 23 years – 19 years on active duty.  His overseas deployments include Bosnia, Nicaragua, Iraq and Egypt.

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 Nov. 6 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 Nov. 3 to RSVP.
Templeton Middle School is located at N59 W22490 Silver Spring Drive, Sussex.

Hamilton National Honor Society to sponsor blood drive

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

Students, families and community members are encouraged to participate. Pre-registered appointments and walk-ins will be accepted. Parental consent is required for 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.

Appointments can be made online at bcw.edu/HamiltonHS. Please contact Jacque Gorski or Misti Swanson, Hamilton NHS advisors at (262) 246-6471 x1123 with questions.

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

Hamilton schools to observe Red Ribbon Week

Hamilton School District students, staff and families will observe Red Ribbon Week that will occur Oct. 23 – 27 with a variety of activities at school. Activities highlight the fight against drugs, good choices and healthy habits.Red-Ribbon-Week -logo

Lannon Elementary School, 7145 N. Lannon Road, Lannon
Lannon staff and students will participate in healthy activities and games throughout Red Ribbon Week.

Tuesday, Oct. 24 –

  • Students and staff are invited to wear red in recognition of Red Ribbon Week.

Maple Avenue Elementary School, W240 N6059 Maple Avenue, Sussex
Maple Avenue encourages all students to participate in “Be a Maple Avenue Champion” during Red Ribbon Week with the following themes and activities.

Monday, Oct. 23 –

  • Daily theme – “Be a Champion sleeper!”
  • Students are invited to wear pajamas.

Tuesday, Oct. 24 –

  • Daily theme – “Be a Champion athlete!”
  • Students are invited to wear their favorite sporting, activity or team clothing.

Wednesday, Oct. 25 –

  • Daily theme – “Be a team Champion and wear your class color!”
  • Students are invited to wear color chosen by individual class.

Thursday, Oct. 26 –

  • Daily theme – “Be a wild and wacky Champion and show your crazy side!”
  • Students are invited to dress up with wacky socks, mismatch outfit or crazy hair.

Friday, Oct. 27 –

  • Daily theme – “Be a Maple Avenue Champion!”
  • Students are invited to wear Maple Avenue spirit wear.

Marcy Elementary School, W180 N4851 Marcy Road, Menomonee Falls
Banners will be displayed in the hallways to reinforce the living healthy message during Red Ribbon Week. Making healthy choices for our bodies is a theme that continues throughout the year.

Tuesday, Oct. 24 –

  • Students and staff are invited to wear red clothing in support of creating a drug-free community

Wednesday, Oct. 25 –

  • Special video announcement on Marcy Eagle News will focus on healthy lifestyle choices including exercise, food and water, and sleep.

Woodside Elementary School, W236 N7465 Woodside Road, Sussex
“Your Future is Key, So Stay Healthy!” is the Red Ribbon Week theme at Woodside. The focus of the week will be KEYS to living a healthy life.

Monday, Oct. 23 –

  • Daily theme – “Keep Moving”
  • Students are invited to wear athletic or team apparel and will discuss the importance of exercise for good health.

Tuesday, Oct. 24 –

  • Daily theme – “Eat Healthy Foods”
  • Students are invited to bring a healthy snack and will discuss healthy eating habits.

Wednesday, Oct. 25 –

  • Daily theme – “You Matter”
  • There will be a discussion about how emotional health, feeling good about ourselves, is part of overall wellness.

Thursday, Oct. 26 –

  • Daily theme – “Sleep”
  • Students are invited to wear their pajamas and will discuss the importance of sleep to keep healthy and do their best in school.

Friday, Oct. 27 –

  • Students are invited to wear red in recognition of Red Ribbon Week.

Templeton Middle School, N59 W22490 Silver Spring Drive, Sussex
Templeton Middle School’s Red Ribbon Week theme is “Your Future is Key, So Stay Drug Free.” Morning announcements will relate to how drugs negatively impact future goals.

Monday, Oct. 23

  • Grade 6 students will be randomly selected to reinforce the theme by stating it and will receive a red lollipop with a correct response.

Tuesday, Oct. 24

  • Grade 7 students will participate in the same routine.

Wednesday, Oct. 25

  • Grade 8 students will participate in the same routine.

Thursday, Oct. 26 and Friday, Oct. 27

  • Remaining treats will be distributed by staff at their discretion to reinforce the theme and related messages.

 

 

October 16, 2017

Tax rate drops for sixth consecutive year

The Hamilton School Board approved the 2017-18 budget that marks the sixth consecutive year that the school district mil rate has dropped. The $55.3 million budget includes a mil rate of $8.55 per $1,000 of property, which is 37 cents less than last year’s rate and $1.85 less than what it was in 2012. In December, residents will pay $855 for each $100,000 of property they own, compared to $892 in 2016 and $1,040 in 2012.Tax-rate-since-2012

“The mil rate is down and it’s not a one-year flash in the pan,” said Business Services Assistant Superintendent Bryan Ruud. “Since the ’12-13 school year our mil rate is down $1.85.”

The budget increased 2.52 percent, but an increase in student enrollment, state aid and property values all factored into the mil rate drop — providing lower school property taxes. The draft budget presented this summer assumed enrollment would increase by 25 students. Instead it was up 144 students. In addition, the district’s equalized valuation increased by 4.33 percent and state aid increased 7.3 percent, both more than predicted in the draft budget.

In addition, district debt decreased by $280,050 as school construction bonds from the 1990s and early 2000s are paid off.

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.

District hits all-time high enrollment

Enrollment for the 2017-18 school year is 4,860, an all-time high for the Hamilton School District. A total of 144 additional students enrolled in the district, according to a report that lists official third Friday in September enrollment counts shared with the state Department of Public Instruction.

All schools except for Willow Springs Learning Center, which had 27 fewer students than last year, saw an enrollment bump. Templeton Middle School had the largest gain with 47 additional students, then Woodside Elementary with 35, Marcy Elementary with 29, Maple Avenue Elementary with 27, Lannon Elementary with 19 and Hamilton High with 14.

Hamilton enters fourth year of Dual Enrollment Academy

Hamilton High School seniors will continue to be able to enroll in the Dual Enrollment Academy that allows them to get a jumpstart on high-demand fields while earning college credit at Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC). Hamilton Principal Candis Mongan gave the School Board a status report and requested approval to continue participation in the program.

Participating seniors spend the majority of their school day at WCTC participating in the Dual Enrollment Academy which offers programs in robotics, hospitality, information technology, tool and die, protective services, building construction and welding. Upon completion, students earn a WCTC diploma along with high school credits.

2017-18 will be the fourth year Hamilton has participated in the academy. Seven Hamilton students completed the program last May — three in robotics and one each in hospitality, information technology, tool and die, and welding. Another seven students are enrolled in the academy this year.

Board approves Youth Options requests

A total of 18 high school students requested admission to the Youth Options Program that will allow them to take classes next semester at Waukesha County Technical College, University of Wisconsin-Waukesha and Carroll University. 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 28 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.

MacCudden presents first site plan report as principal

Willow Springs Learning Center Principal Renae MacCudden, Ph.D, gave her first site plan report since becoming principal this summer. The site plan identifies an over-arching target that states that “students will be enriched in a unique, well-defined and articulated four-year-old kindergarten program.”

In 2016-17, Willow Springs staff worked collaboratively to investigate new curricula, create meaningful activities for students that help foster social-emotional development, utilize iPad technology, and analyze PALS and other pre-academic data to influence teaching decisions.

In the coming year the school’s two tactics will:

  • address students’ social-emotional skills and understanding of their individual role as a learner; and
  • develop pre-academic literacy and mathematics skills.

Maple Avenue site plan reported

Maple Avenue Elementary School Principal Kristin Koeper-Hamblin reported on the school’s site plan. The site team analyzed progress of the previous year that included earning the “significantly exceeds expectations” on the State Report Card and making measurable progress on a variety of assessments.

Because Maple Avenue has made greater progress in mathematics compared to reading, staff plan to build on previous years’ success and adjust its over-arching goal to focus on student reading skills.

Staff will work on two tactics in which they will research and implement:

  • literacy instruction and assessment best practices; and
  • strategies to support social and emotional development to close the achievement gap.

Maintenance staff address summer projects

Over the summer, maintenance and custodial staff completed the annual task of preparing school facilities for the upcoming school year. This work included maintenance on mechanical systems, the cleaning of classrooms, restrooms, locker and shower areas, stripping and refinishing of floors, refinishing wood gymnasium floors, carpet cleaning and the maintenance of the grounds and athletic fields throughout the district. In addition to these annually scheduled tasks, the School Board was presented with a list summarizing special projects completed at each school.

Personnel matters

In personnel matters, the School Board:

  • approved the appointment of Zackary Buschke as a part-time custodian at Marcy Elementary School;
  • granted the retirement of Templeton associate kitchen employee Mary Jo Liermann; and
  • accepted the resignation of Templeton associate kitchen employee Barbara Black.

Hamilton announces September students of the month

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

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They are:

  • Thomas Kreuser, applied engineering and technology;
  • Kinnan Lassiter, art;
  • Megan Gauthier, business education;
  • Eric Doese, communication arts;
  • Tess Kreutzmann, family and consumer sciences;
  • Ryan Gildemeister, fitness education;
  • Lauren Bratzke, mathematics;
  • Lesa Povletich, music;
  • Emmett Peters, science;
  • Jacob Gielow, social studies;
  • Rachel Slavic, teaching assistant; and
  • Brian Wiedenfeld, world languages.

Students received a certificate and a pin for their accomplishment.

 

Gierach earns third place in Microsoft certification

Hamilton High School 2017 graduate Noah Gierach recently learned that his score was the third highest in Wisconsin for the Excel 2016 Microsoft Office Specialist Certification exam. Gierach took the exam last year when he was a student in Toni Hillmann’s Computer Application class.Noah-Gierach-Award-square

Hamilton began participating last year in Microsoft Imagine Academy, a nationwide program that allows schools to offer fundamental technology skills training and rigorous technical courses for students who are interested in pursuing a career in information technology after graduation. Microsoft provided a grant that allowed Hamilton to participate in the program.

Imagine Academy is a complete technology education solution connecting staff, teachers, students, employers and local communities through leading-edge technology skills development that leads to industry-standard certifications.

Willow Springs 4K students to celebrate fall

Willow Springs Learning Center 4-year-old kindergartners (4K) will celebrate fall Oct. 27 at the Celebration of Fall Learning.CelebrationOfFallLearning

School staff members and families have planned this event together that will culminate the students’ study of the changing seasons. The event is sponsored by Willow Springs Learning Center and Willow Springs 4K Parent Group with generous donations from local businesses and families.

As part of the celebrations, students will:

  • listen to the retelling of “The Little Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything”;
  • enjoy a special pumpkin cookie for snack; and
  • participate in a parade through the school while showcasing artifacts representing their learning so far this fall.

The activities will begin at 9 a.m. for the morning kindergarten session and at 1 p.m. for the afternoon session.

Willow Springs Learning Center houses the Hamilton School District’s 4K program. It is located at W220 N6660 Town Line Road, Menomonee Falls.

Hamilton drama presents “The Giver” Nov. 3-5

Hamilton High School Drama invites community members to attend “The Giver” Nov. 3 – 5 at the Hamilton Fine Arts Center (HFAC). Shows are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.The-Giver-graphicWeb

“The Giver” is the story of Jonas, a young man, who discovers what it means to grow up, grow wise and take control of your own destiny. Jonas lives in a seemingly idyllic world of conformity and contentment. When he begins to spend time with The Giver, an old man who is the sole keeper of the community’s memories, Jonas discovers the dangerous truths of his community’s secret past. Armed with the power of knowledge, Jonas realizes that he must escape from their world to protect himself and those he loves — a challenge no one has ever completed successfully.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. They may be purchased at Hamilton High School’s office C, online at the HFAC website www.hamiltonfineartscenter.com or at the HFAC box office 30 minutes before each show. Only cash or checks can be accepted at the ticket window.

The Hamilton Fine Arts Center is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex.