School Board choses Zingsheim for Butler seat

Hamilton School Board members chose Rebecca Zingsheim to fill the Butler seat on the School Board at its July 25 special meeting. Zingsheim will take the oath of office at the Aug. 20 School Board meeting.Rebecca-Zingsheim-Web

Zingsheim has been a resident of Butler since 2005 and has two children attending Hamilton High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Cardinal Stritch University and her master’s degree in literacy from Concordia University. She has been an elementary special education teacher for the last eight years, currently teaching in the Mequon-Thiensville School District.

“I am passionate about education and believe in giving back to my community,” Zingsheim said. “Being a member of the Hamilton School Board will allow me to bring my passion and knowledge of education, along with a teacher’s perspective, to the School Board.”

Deborah Briggs, who served as the Butler representative to the School Board for 24 years, chose not to seek re-election this spring and no Butler resident filed to run for the seat. When a vacancy on the School Board occurs, the remaining members are responsible to appoint a qualified citizen to fill the position. Zingsheim will serve until spring of 2019 when she can run to fill out the remainder of the three-year term which ends in April, 2021.

The Hamilton School Board has seven seats representing five municipalities and two at-large posts. While district voters cast ballots for all the positions, candidates must live in the communities they represent. Candidates can live anywhere in the district to qualify for the at-large positions.

Hamilton district plans for start of school

Hamilton School District students will begin classes Sept. 4. 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. 1-10 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 p.m. afternoon session. Willow Springs Learning Center will have a brief 4K bus orientation Aug. 23 to familiarize students with riding the bus. School buses will pick up 4K students and parents at their elementary school (Lannon, Maple Avenue, Marcy or Woodside) and travel to Willow Springs. Classes at Willow Springs begin Sept. 7. The school will hold Jump Start to 4K family conferences Sept. 4, 5 and 6 with students and parents. There will be no classes for Willow Springs students on Nov. 16 and March 15.

Each elementary school offers a kindergarten program for children who turn five years old by Sept. 1. Most 5-year-olds participate in the full-day program that follows the same schedule as elementary grade school students.

Transportation — The bus company sends yellow postcards notifying bus riders of their routes. Postcards will be mailed the week of Aug. 20.

Breaks and last school day — Students will not have classes: teacher in-services – Oct. 5, Nov. 9; Thanksgiving break – Nov. 21-23; winter break – Dec. 24-Jan. 1; teacher in-services – Jan. 21, March 1; spring break – March 25-29; teacher in-service – April 5; breaks – April 19, 22, May 24 and Memorial Day – May 27. Their last day of school is June 11.

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 — protein, whole grain, fruit, vegetable and milk. To reduce waste, children are offered an entire lunch but are only required to take three, one of which must be a fruit or vegetable. 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 2018-19 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.

Summer Opportunities food drive benefits SOS

Students and staff from the Hamilton School District Summer Opportunities Program collected more than 450 food items in the annual program’s Fantastic Food Drive.

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Marcy Elementary School third-grader Jack Garrison and Hamilton High School senior Jessica Mysliwski 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 18-July 18.

Hamilton teacher receives patriotic award

The Wisconsin Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Auxiliary selected Hamilton High School special education teacher Mary O’Neil as recipient of its 2018 Patriotic Leadership Award. She was presented with the award June 14 at the state convention in Green Bay.

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The award is presented to teachers who develop and teach outstanding patriotic programs. The Pewaukee VFW Auxiliary nominated O’Neil for her work with summer school students and children in an afterschool daycare program that demonstrated exemplary teaching of citizenship, patriotism and American history and values. O’Neil’s students led a Fourth of July parade and distributed thank you notes to local veterans on Veterans’ Day.

The Pewaukee VFW Auxiliary to Post 9537 nominated O’Neil for her commitment to partnering patriotism with education.

Hamilton’s AP scores strong, participation high

Hamilton High School Advanced Placement (AP) results released in July show that Hamilton students performed well while dramatically increasing the number of students and exams taken.College-Board-AP-web

Some 83 percent of Hamilton students received a score of 3 or higher on AP exams, which earn them credits that are recognized by many colleges and universities. Hamilton students earned college credits in biology, calculus, chemistry, Chinese, English literature and language, environmental science, macroeconomics, physics, statistics, studio art 2-D and drawing, European history and U.S. government and politics. In contrast, only 69 percent of Wisconsin students and 61 percent of students globally had scores of 3 or higher.

Not only is the AP pass rate fifth highest in the school’s history, but the number of students and AP exams taken is at an all-time high. In 2018, 440 students took a combined 722 exams. This compares to 322 students who took 528 exams five years ago and 157 students took 225 exams in 2008.

Hamilton Principal Candis Mongan credited a long-range commitment to increasing rigor and expectations for the impressive accomplishment.

“While we celebrate our success, we understand the work that lies ahead of us,” Mongan said. “We will continue to develop initiatives that further support student achievement.”

Mongan pointed to the school’s site plan that focuses initiatives on literacy and assessment practices.

“Hamilton High School has seen incremental improvement in learning and achievement over the past decade,” Mongan said “We will continue to seek ways to better serve students and remain focused on initiatives that prepare students to be college and career ready.”