January 21, 2019

School Board decides intermediate school day, course offerings

Details about course offerings and the school day for Silver Spring Intermediate School were decided at the Jan. 21 School Board meeting.

The new school schedule will be a cross between what students experience in elementary and middle school. The school day will be from approximately 8:20 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – earlier than elementary schools, but later than the middle school. It will include a 33-minute advisement period when students can meet with teachers, access academic resources, receive interventions, complete homework and develop organizational skills.

Students will have two core 120-minute instructional blocks – one for English language arts and social studies, and the other for math and science. In addition, all students will take one allied arts course in the morning and one in the afternoon. Allied arts classes include fitness education, music, art, health and wellness, family and consumer science, and applied engineering and technology

Silver Spring students will begin registering for classes Feb. 25. Students in grade 5 will choose between choir and band; in grade 6, general music will also be an option.

New Educational Services, Information Technology position approved

School Board members approved a new position to assist with Educational Services and Information Technology functions. The position will be in the confidential support staff group slated to start at the end of February.

In a report to the School Board, Human Resources Director John Roubik wrote that “the amount of work associated with setting up students in our databases for testing and online classroom resources has put a significant strain on the Educational Services and Informational Technology departments.”

He said the position would support the departments with technical and budgeting activities related to student databases, curricular resources and classroom teacher assessment requirements.

Students get real-world science research experiences

Hamilton High School students are getting real-world experience in scientific research, thanks to the work of science teachers such as Alan Simays. School Board members learned about two such experiences when Simays’ students presented at the meeting. Juniors MacKenzie Joranlien and Kien Rea described the work they have been doing with this year with outside of the classroom.SimaysJoranlienRea500

Joranlien is part of Students Understanding Principles of Research Education through Medicine, Engineering and Science (SUPREMES), an academic yearlong program conducted by the Medical College of Wisconsin, Marquette University and the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Research Institute. She furthers her research understanding through state-of-the-art technology, scientific scholarly writing and laboratory techniques in laboratory investigations.

Rea has been doing research for the Pulsar Search Collaboratory involving research in astronomy, namely the measure of magnetization of dead stars. Started by West Virginia University, PSC allows high school students to volunteer and contribute toward scientific discovery. Rea’s goal is to develop an algorithm to detect the difference between pulsar and non-pulsar candidates.

Ritchie chosen for Silver Spring associate principal

Katie Ritchie was selected the new associate principal for Silver Spring Intermediate School, a position which begins July 1.KatieRitchie260

Ritchie is a familiar face in the Hamilton School District. She joined the district in 2007 as a third grade teacher at Marcy Elementary School. In 2016, she was named part-time associate principal there.

With grade 5 students moving to the intermediate school next fall, enrollment at Marcy Elementary School will drop below 600 students, the point when a part-time associate principal is recommended. Two part-time elementary school associate principal positions in the district were consolidated and reallocated to Silver Spring Intermediate School which will require a full-time principal and associate principal.

Private school transportation costs top $170,000

As in the past, the district provided transportation or a parent contract for families whose children attend private school. This year, 116 students were transported directly to St. John’s Lutheran School in Lannon and St. Dominic’s Catholic School in Brookfield at a cost of about $60,000 to the district. Families who send their children to other eligible private schools in a 5-8 mile radius of the district are issued parent contracts, and they transport their children themselves. The cost for these parent contracts was is $112,736 for 248 full contracts and eight half contracts. Contracts are issued per student, not per family.

Hamilton, Templeton course catalogs approved

The School Board approved the middle school and high school course catalogs. Many revisions reflected course name changes and updated curriculum. At the high school, business education’s “Advanced Applications and Web Page Design” was changed to “Digital Design and Web Development” with a focus on state-of-the-art software. A new math class, “Math and Logic,” is a WCTC transcripted course that delves into mathematical problem-solving techniques to various topics such as symbolic logic, set theory, Boolean algebra and number bases. Another WCTC transcripted-credit course, Culture of Healthcare,” will be offered for students interested in working in healthcare. It replaced “Introduction to Healthcare Professions.” No longer offered as part of the high school curriculum will be driver education.

Other class switches are “Entrepreneurship” instead of “Sports & Events Marketing,” “Film Production” in place of “Media Production-Podcasting” and “Individual-Dual Sports and Lifetime Fitness” in place of “Team Sports” and “Fitness Fusion.”

Templeton Middle School’s course catalog was revised to remove grade 5 registration information and courses. In academic support classes, “Star Math” is now “Flex Math.” In grade 7, “Health” was removed and “Exploring World Cultures” was added.

No space to take Open Enrollment students

School administrators calculated that the district will not have enough classroom space to take additional Open Enrollment students for the 2019-20 school year due to projected resident enrollment. Open Enrollment is a statewide program that allows students to attend public schools outside of their districts if space is available.

Hamilton Band Boosters hosts Italian dinner Feb. 12

An evening of great food and entertainment is in store for the community Feb. 12 as the Hamilton School District Band Boosters hosts its annual Jazzy Italian Dinner from 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. in the Hamilton High School Cafeteria.hhs-band-boosters-spaghetti-dinner

Tickets for the all-you-can-eat dinner are $10 for adults, $9 for senior citizens over age 60 and students ages 6-12, and $6 for children ages 2-5. Add $1 for tickets purchased at the door.

The public is invited to enjoy a delicious spaghetti dinner while listening to musical entertainment provided by the Hamilton High School Jazz Band. A 50/50 raffle will be offered. A free combined Templeton Middle School and Hamilton High School band concert follows at 7 p.m. in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center.

The meal of spaghetti with meat or meatless sauce, salad, garlic bread, beverage and dessert will be catered by Quarry Coffee. To guarantee a seat, please make a reservation online at https://chargerband.weebly.com/jazzy-italian-night-2019.html, call Karen Spence at (262) 617-6828 or email HSDBBJazzyItalian@gmail.com.

Hamilton High School and the Hamilton Fine Arts Center are located at W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex.

Templeton seeks support for literacy project

Templeton Middle School is looking for community support for its entry in a national education contest that could land it between $8,000 to $60,000 in education products and services.TMS-Rock-the-Vote-Folett

Templeton teachers Mary Caucutt and Ashley Pfiefer submitted a Follett Challenge application to support its Intergenerational Literacy Program in which senior citizens join Templeton students to read and discuss books. The teachers created and submitted a short video describing the program that encourages device-free, face-to-face communication and creates intergenerational connections. Participants discuss assigned books — adding their own life experiences and perspectives to the discussion.

Follett Challenge judges will choose programs that best illustrate critical thinking, communication, creativity and collaboration between students and others.

A total of $200,000 in Follett products and services will be given out including a $60,000 grand prize and three $30,000 semi-finalist awards.

In addition, 10 People’s Choice awards valued at $8,000 will be based solely on how many votes applicants have received for their videos. Templeton’s video is posted on the Follett Challenge website and can be found at http://follettchallenge.com/videos/1203.

Video voting begins Jan. 21 and ends Jan. 25. Users can cast one vote per day. Not only are the public’s votes significant in the video-voting portion of the contest, but they also will play a role in the overall rubric as 20 percent of each school’s final score is based on the number of votes generated for its video. Winners will be announced Feb. 27.

Hamilton drama to present “The Royal Family”

Hamilton High School Drama Society invites the community to its rendition of “The Royal Family” Feb. 8-10 in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center (HFAC). Shows begin at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. for the Sunday performance.RoyalFamily(002Web)

A “Royal Family of Broadway,” the Cavendish clan includes three generations of legendary American actors. Fanny, who at seventy is the widow of the premier actor of his day and is planning an upcoming tour. Brother Herbert is a histrionic player now in his decline. Fanny’s daughter, Julie, is at the height of her Broadway fame and son, Tony, has forsaken the stage for Hollywood. Heralding the third generation of actors, Julie’s daughter, Gwen, is just beginning a promising ingénue career.

The Cavendish name and reputation is threatened when Tony rushes home only to flee to Europe, escaping the attentions of a Polish movie star and Gwen shocks the family by marrying a “non-professional.” Through it all, Fanny rules with a combination of strength, wit, courage and a sharp tongue, proving that the show indeed must and will go on.

General seating tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens. Tickets may be purchased 30 minutes before the show at the HFAC Box Office, Office C in the high school or online at www.HamiltonFineArtsCenter.com.

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

Hamilton announces December students of the month

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

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They are:

  • Sarah Kidd, applied engineering and technology;
  • Hope Swearingen, art;
  • Ian Turley, business education;
  • Aaron Phalphouvong, communication arts;
  • Malinda Gammon, family and consumer sciences;
  • Yohana Lopez Segura, fitness education;
  • Connor Gordon, mathematics;
  • Morgan Waldenberger, music;
  • Robin Driscoll and Selin Kurucay, science;
  • Harper Rhoades, social studies; and
  • Ritika Patel, world languages.

Students received a certificate and a pin for their accomplishment.

Templeton seeks support for literacy project

Templeton Middle School is looking for community support for its entry in a national education contest that could land it between $8,000 to $60,000 in education products and services.TMS-Rock-the-Vote-Folett

Templeton teachers Mary Caucutt and Ashley Pfiefer submitted a Follett Challenge application to support its Intergenerational Literacy Program in which senior citizens join Templeton students to read and discuss books. The teachers created and submitted a short video describing the program that encourages device-free, face-to-face communication and creates intergenerational connections. Participants discuss assigned books — adding their own life experiences and perspectives to the discussion.

Follett Challenge judges will choose programs that best illustrate critical thinking, communication, creativity and collaboration between students and others.

A total of $200,000 in Follett products and services will be given out including a $60,000 grand prize and three $30,000 semi-finalist awards.

In addition, 10 People’s Choice awards valued at $8,000 will be based solely on how many votes applicants have received for their videos. Templeton’s video is posted on the Follett Challenge website and can be found at http://follettchallenge.com/videos/1203.

Video voting begins Jan. 21 and ends Jan. 25. Users can cast one vote per day. Not only are the public’s votes significant in the video-voting portion of the contest, but they also will play a role in the overall rubric as 20 percent of each school’s final score is based on the number of votes generated for its video. Winners will be announced Feb. 27.

Early admission to school deadline approaches

Parents who want their children considered for early admission into a Hamilton School District 5-year-old kindergarten or first grade class next fall should apply in writing by March 1 to their elementary school principal. Application forms are available at elementary school offices.Early-Admission430

Children who turn five on or before Sept. 1, 2019 meet normal entrance age requirements for the 2019-20 5-year-old kindergarten class; those who turn six on or before Sept. 1, 2019 are eligible to enter first grade.

Parents making application will meet with the principal. During that time, a brief interview will take place and the application will be completed. The child should demonstrate superior intellectual development, superior language skills and advanced physical, social and emotional maturity. Parents will be contacted no later than mid-March, 2019 about the next step in the process.

For more information about early admission, contact an elementary school principal or Special Services Supervisor John Peterson (262) 246-1973 x1184.

Heyn wins Templeton Geographic Bee

After nail-biting competition, Templeton Middle School produced its school champion from the top nine finalists in its Geographic Bee.HeynGeoBee

Eighth-grader Sophia Heyn emerged as the 2019 school champion after rounds of intense questions, up against eight other school finalists. The other finalists were Jarrett Borkowski, Andrew Dahlgren, Mason Desai, Riya Mathews, Samuel Maurer, Hailey Stubler, William Tennyson and Logan Wambach. Mathews took second place.

All Templeton students participated in a preliminary round by taking a 25-question written test. Students who scored highest on that test advanced to the semi-final round and the nine finalists took part in the final championship round Jan. 8.

As the school champion, Heyn will take a written test to qualify for state level competition. Up to 100 of the top scorers in each state will be eligible to compete March 29 in state level National Geographic Bee events. The winner of each state bee will travel to Washington, D.C., in May to participate in the national event.

The annual National Geographic GeoBee is a geography competition designed to inspire and reward students’ curiosity about the world. Questions cover not only geography, but also cultures, physical features, history and earth science.

Hamilton cheerleaders perform at Citrus Bowl

Three Hamilton High School cheerleaders performed Jan. 1 in the 73rd Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. Laura Steiner, Kaitlyn Slaats and Mackenzie Irene were among more than 800 cheerleaders from across the United States to participate.Citrus-Bowl-2019-wide-477

Cheerleaders invited to perform in the pre-game performance were nominated by summer camp leaders from the National Cheerleaders Association, a part of the Varsity Spirit brand.

The students traveled to Orlando for a week of rehearsals in preparation for the Citrus Bowl pre-game performance. The cheerleaders performed in front of nearly 60,000 fans at this popular college football game, the seventh oldest collegiate bowl in the country.

January 8, 2019

Position for intermediate school principal approved

School Board members approved a position description for an intermediate school principal which will have a 260-day contract.

While a new position was created, the district will not have more administrative positions because two part-time elementary associate principal positions will be cut in the 2019-20 school year. With students in grade 5 moving to the intermediate school, all elementary school enrollments will drop below 600, the point when an associate principal is considered. Silver Spring Intermediate School will have an associate principal because its enrollment will be more than 600 students.

Drama students recognized for advancing to nationals

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(From left) Hamilton Principal Candis Mongan introduced students Joe Davila and Maggie Flynn and Drama Director Sarah Plamann.

Hamilton High School sophomores Joe Davila and Maggie Flynn were recognized for advancing to national competition after qualifying at the Wisconsin High School Theatre Festival. They were introduced by elementary school music teacher Sarah Plamann who is also the high school theatre director.

The students competed in the Thespian Individual category with Davila performing a monologue from the shows “Harvey” and “My Fair Lady,” and Flynn performing the solo “Journey to the Past” from the musical “Anastasia.”

Davila and Flynn are the first Hamilton students to qualify for national competition in the One-Act Contest. They will compete in June at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.

Y-Care to be offered with Summer Opportunities

In a written report, Lannon Principal and Summer Opportunities Coordinator Brian Balfany informed the School Board on plans for the upcoming summer school session which will operate June 19 to July 17 with days off on July 4 and 5. The program will be offered at two sites – Hamilton High School and Maple Avenue Elementary School.

New for parents who enroll their children in Summer Opportunities will be the option to use Y-Care services after summer school classes are done for the day, according to Superintendent Paul Mielke, Ph.D. YMCA childcare, provided independently of the Summer Opportunities program, will be at Woodside Elementary School on days when summer school is in session. Only students enrolled in Summer Opportunities, who will be bussed to Woodside as part of the shuttle bus service, will be able to participate. Families will contract with YMCA directly to participate.

Mielke said additional opportunities for popular STEM classes will be available this year, and an ACT prep course is being investigated for high school students.

Fees that cover the consumable materials used in class will remain at the same $4-$20 level they have been in the past. The bus service that shuttles students to and from elementary schools and the high school will remain at a cost of $20 per rider.

Three incumbents, one challenger in School Board election

In his report to the School Board, Superintendent Paul Mielke, Ph.D., reported that three incumbents whose positions are up for re-election this spring and one challenger have filed papers to run for School Board. Rebecca Zingsheim, who was appointed to fill the Village of Butler seat last year, will run to complete the final two years of the term. Gabe Kolesari, whose position is designated from the Village of Sussex, and Jennifer Waltz, who serves an at-large position, filed papers to run again. Waltz will be challenged by Lori Schnitzka for the at-large seat. A primary election will not be necessary. The general election will be April 2, and successful candidates will take office April 22.

Personnel business

In other personnel business, the School Board:

  • approved the resignation of Marcy grade 4 teacher Patricia Mayer effective Dec. 30, 2018 and Templeton special education teacher Kim Bruessel effective Jan. 18;
  • accepted retirement requests of Maple Avenue technology integration teacher Terese Manske and Marcy literacy interventionist Susan Ladd, both effective at the end of the 2018-19 school year; and
  • appointed Gail Greve as a Maple Avenue literacy interventionist replacement effective Jan. 2, Justine Klug as Templeton associate kitchen employee effective Jan. 7, Elisabeth Leach as Marcy special services paraprofessional effective. Jan. 22 and Amy Jung Templeton special services paraprofessional effective Jan. 22.