Hamilton schools to celebrate Read Across America

Hamilton School District students, staff and families will celebrate Read Across America slated for March 2 – 6 with a variety of activities at school. Activities include celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday March 2, reading initiatives and book-themed dress-up fun. The purpose of Read Across America is to get students excited about reading and build school community.

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Lannon Elementary School, 7145 N. Lannon Road, Lannon
The theme at Lannon is “Be the ‘I’ in Kind” encouraging random ideas of kindness among students and staff.

  • Monday – Wear Seuss colors of red and white or black and white stripes
  • Tuesday – Wear pajamas or comfy clothes
  • Wednesday – Wear Lannon spirit wear to show your love for your school
  • Thursday – Wear a shirt or jersey with your family’s name on i
  •  Friday – Wear the rainbow in your grade level color: K – red, grade 1 – orange or yellow, grade 2 – green, grade 3 – blue, grade 4 – purple

Maple Elementary School, W249 N6059 Maple Ave., Sussex
There will be mystery reading rooms to celebrate the conclusion of Read Across America week.

  • Monday – Wear your favorite socks in honor of “Fox in Socks”
  • Tuesday – Wear green for “Green Eggs and Ham”
  • Wednesday – Wear yellow, red or blue for “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish”
  • Thursday – Wear Hamilton School District or Maple Ave. spirit wear, college clothing or shirt from vacation to celebrate “Oh, the Places You’ll Go”

Marcy Elementary School, W180 N4851 Marcy Road, Menomonee Falls
Special Marcy events include an author’s visit and an all-school reading assembly.

  • Monday – Wear your favorite socks in honor of “Fox in Socks”
  • Tuesday – Wear green for “Green Eggs and Ham”
  • Wednesday – Wear red and blue for “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish”
  • Thursday – Wear Marcy, Hamilton, college shirts or shirt from vacation to celebrate “Oh, the Places You’ll Go”
  • Friday – Wear school-appropriate pajama or comfy clothes to honor “The Sleep Book”

Woodside Elementary School, W236 N7465 Woodside Road, Sussex
There will be reading or book-themed classroom door decorations in addition to daily spirit and reading activities.

  • Monday – Mismatch day for “Mystery Monday”
  • Tuesday – Dress up with a twin to honor “Thing 1 & Thing 2”
  • Wednesday – Wacky hair day for “Wacky Wednesday”
  • Thursday – “Read my shirt!” day; Wear a school-appropriate shirt that others can read
  • Friday – Wear pajamas for “Cozy up with a good book!”

Silver Spring Intermediate School, N58 W22350 Silver Spring Drive, Sussex
Silver Spring will have a book display featuring books that take place in the 50 states. Daily video book talks conducted by students and staff members will be shared during humanities blocks.

Templeton Middle School, N59 W22490 Silver Spring Drive, Sussex
Templeton will conduct a book drive from Feb. 24-March 6 to help spread literacy. The drive for children’s books will benefit Next Door Milwaukee. Donations of new or gently-used children’s books appropriate for age levels birth-5 years old are requested. Collection boxes are located in critical literacy teachers’ rooms.

Read Across America is a national initiative on reading created by the National Education Association that began in 1997.

Community invited to day of free fun March 14 at Spring Fest

Community members are invited to a day of free fun that emphasizes healthy living March 14 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Spring Fest–Better Together at Hamilton High School.CardFront2020Web

Entertainment includes Trinity Irish Dancers, Jim Winard Polka Party, Mariachi Band, Bernie Brewer and other mascots, a magician, a balloon-twisting clown, Sparklers dance performance and the Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit. Hands-on children’s activities include a Hall of Games, bulb planting, indoor inflatable soccer foot darts, henna tattoos and professional face-painting.

Exhibitors are offering free health screenings including blood pressure, body composition, spine and posture, alcohol and drug abuse, flexibility and more. The Strollin’ Colon, a room-sized pink inflatable presented by Froedtert Health, allows visitors walk through to learn about the signs of colon cancer, the third most common cancer in the U.S. Hamilton’s Robotics team will demonstrate their robot.

Spring Fest participants can also help others by attending the event. Versiti will have a community blood drive. Make appointments online at www.versiti.org, email donate.wi@versiti.org or call 1-877-BE-A-HERO. Hamilton High School’s Club Action and Science Club will have bins available for community members to recycle their hand-held devices to benefit gorilla habitat in Africa.

Exhibits in the gym open at 9 a.m. where vendors will have booths with information and specialty items to share. Hamilton High School student groups will sell food and refreshments and volunteer at the event.

The event is hosted by the Hamilton School District and organized by the Sussex Area Chamber of Commerce and local community groups. Froedtert Health and the Medical College of Wisconsin is a gold-level sponsor and JT Chiropractic is the activity sponsor. Friends of Spring Fest are Kwik Trip, Schmidt & Bartelt and nature’s Path.

Check out the Spring Fest website for more information.

Hamilton counselor selected Kohl teacher fellow

Hamilton High School counselor Kristin Hasbrook was selected as a 2020 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Teacher Fellow. She was one of 100 teachers chosen statewide for the award because of her “skill as a leader and agent for positive change and superior ability to inspire love of learning,” according to the letter announcing her selection.Hasbrook

Both Hasbrook and Hamilton High School will each receive a $6,000 grant. The award will be presented May 9 in Milwaukee.

Recipients were selected by a statewide committee of civic leaders and representatives of the program’s co-sponsors: Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Wisconsin Council of Religious and Independent Schools (WCRIS), regional Cooperative Educational Service Agencies (CESA), Association of Wisconsin School Administrators and Wisconsin Parents Association.

The Kohl Foundation Scholarship and Fellowship program was established by Herb Kohl, philanthropist and businessman, in 1990. To date the foundation has awarded $20.9 million to Wisconsin educators, principals, students, and schools.

“Education is the key to the future of Wisconsin and our nation. I am very proud of the accomplishments of these students, teachers and principals and look forward to the great contributions they will make in the future,” Kohl said.

Charger Robotics – FLL wins state; advances to FIRST world competition

Hamilton School District had its best year ever in FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) state competition with Charger Robotics Team 31589 – Cyber Turtles winning the Wisconsin FLL State Championship and advancing to the FIRST Championship World Festival.TMS-SSI-FLL-Cyber-Turtles-WEB

The team was awarded the prestigious First Place Champions Award. The Champions Award is presented to the team that demonstrates superior knowledge in all aspects of FIRST which include project, core values, robot programming and the robot games. Cyber Turtles chose to address the No. 1 cause of water pollution in fresh water bodies – – cigarette butts. Their solution involved a pocket-size shredder where shavings would be recycled then turned in for money.

Members of Cyber Turtles were among 36 teams statewide that competed Feb. 8 in the Wisconsin FLL Championship. The team was also nominated for the Robot Mechanical Design Award and Core Values Teamwork Award. The team consists of seven students who attend Silver Spring Intermediate and Templeton Middle Schools, two Hamilton High School student mentors, three head coaches and two parent mentors.

FIRST Championship World Festival will be held April 29 in Detroit. A t-shirt fundraiser to help support the Wisconsin State Champion Cyber Turtles is underway. For more information about FLL, please visit http://firstlegoleague.org/

Hamilton students chosen National Merit finalists

Three Hamilton High School seniors have been named finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Competition.ShivaSenthilAbhijeetPuriMiaLeukertWEB

The students are Mia Leukert, Abhijeet Puri and Shiva Senthil. High school students enter this competition by taking the Preliminary SAT (PSAT)/National Merit Scholarship qualifying test, which screens approximately 3.5 million entrants who are high school juniors.

Of the 3.5 million entrants, some 50,000 with the highest PSAT scores in critical reading, math and writing skills qualify for recognition. About 16,000 high-scorers are notified that they have qualified as semifinalists. They are the highest-scoring entrants in each state. About 15,000 of these students go on to become finalists. The selection of some 7,500 Merit Scholarship winners from the group of finalists is now in progress and will be announced in March.

Templeton students to compete in regional National History Day

More than two dozen Templeton Middle School eighth-graders will compete Feb. 29 at the regional level of National History Day. Finalists were selected previously at the school level and will go on to compete at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.nhdlogo

National History Day is an academic enrichment program for students in grades 6-12. Students select topics connected to an annual theme and complete their own in-depth research on the topic. This year the annual theme is “Breaking Barriers in History.” Students present their conclusions in a written paper, a performance, an exhibit board, a documentary or a website.

The school event is the first step in a competition cycle that can take students from the school level to regional, state and national competitions. At each level of competition, students share their work with peers, historians, educators and professionals in related fields as they compete for special awards and the opportunity to advance to the next level of competition.

Students from Templeton and their projects advancing to the regional level are:

Individual website:

  • Devdharshan Masanam – ”Salem Witch Trials: The Hysteria That Affected Many”

Group exhibit boards:

  • Maggie DeCleene and Sriya Gannapureddy – “The Battle of Sexes: The Match That Changed History”
  • Isabelle Nagai and Emily Karls – “The Miracle Drug Called Penicillin”
  • Tejaswini Lebaka and Abigail Mushrush – “Title IX”
  • Brian Kabara, Mason Pronath and Ethan Huber – “Bulging Through the Barriers”
  • Kyle Mrotek and Joseph Bongard – “Jackie’s Journey”
  • Alternates: Madison Reischel, Maya Desai, Emily Adams and Ben Sauceda Pulvermacher, Tyler Hatcher

Individual exhibit boards:

  • Alexandra Turner – “Breaking the Color Barrier”
  • Cash Campbell – “Jackie Robinson: Barrier Shattering Homerun”
  • Jenavieve Mendoza – “Emmitt Till: Paving the Way for Civil Rights”
  • Kayden Vandermolen – “D-Day: The Beginning of the End for the Nazi Reign”
  • Theresa Kissack – “Ellis Island: The Island of Hopes and Fears”
  • Alternates: Danica Joyner and Isabella Gruber

Papers:

  • Margaret Watson – “Roe v. Wade: The Fights for Women’s Rights”
  • Sage Osesek – “The Theory of Evolution Evolving”
  • Charlie Klawitter – “Rosa Parks: How a Seat on the Bus Changed the United States”

Individual documentaries:

  • Tarunpreet Kailey – “Breaking the Sound Barrier”
  • Zachary Neuman – “Pepsi: Soft Drink of the Soviet Union”

February 17, 2020

Spotlight on Silver Spring culture

Silver Spring Intermediate School Principal Deanna Wellens and Associate Principal Katie Ritchie presented a School Spotlight video that focused on the school’s intentional efforts to build a culture of belonging.

Enrollment up by 14 since September

School districts in Wisconsin are required to take pupil counts the third Friday of September and the second Friday of January. The district’s enrollment went from 4,886 to 4,900 in the nearly four-month span this school year.

School enrollment:

  • increased by 11 at Willow Springs, 9 at Maple Avenue, 5 at Marcy and 1 at Woodside;
  • dropped by 10 at the high school and 2 at Templeton; and
  • remained the same at Lannon and Silver Spring.

Students recognized for drama, perfect ACT score

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Two Hamilton High School students were recognized for outstanding performance. Maggie Flynn and Nick Mitchell qualified for national competition at the Wisconsin Theater Festival. In addition, Flynn earned a perfect score of 36 on the ACT college-entrance exam.

Personnel action

In personnel action, the School Board

  • accepted the resignations of Hamilton world language French teacher Amanda Hunt, effective Jan. 20; Lannon paraprofessional Betsy Molinski, effective Jan. 31; Lannon technology integration resource teacher Julie Kleist, effective June 12; and Lannon special services paraprofessional Anita Hilleman, effective Feb. 17;
  • approved the retirement request of Hamilton High School administrative assistant Nancy Schulz, effective June 30; and
  • appointed Lisa Totsky as Business Office accounts payable administrative assistant, effective Feb. 17; Roberta VonAsten as Silver Spring special services paraprofessional, effective Feb. 17; Susan Bruns as high school guidance administrative assistant, effective Feb. 24, Shelby Froberg as Marcy special services papaprofessional, effective March 2; and Theresa Aron, Marcy associate kitchen employee, effective Feb. 18.

12 students approved for early graduation

Hamilton High School Principal Rebecca Newcomer presented the applications of 12 juniors – Jimmy Baisden, Michael Domino, Mia Garbarek, Madelyn Gilmore, Megan Gilmore, Zackary Jauquet, Jaspreet Kaur, Kaden Lauer, Lillie Stadfeld, Akuma Thao, Toua Thao, Justin Vang – who requested to graduate early. The students met School Board policy requirements and will be eligible to graduate in January 2021.

Cooperative agreement with Elmbrook approved

The School Board authorized district staff to once again contract with the Elmbrook School District special education services in the 2020-21 school year. The contract will provide low-incidence disabilities services for students who have autism, intellectual, hearing and vision disabilities and for the placement of one student at Fairview South, a school that serves students with cognitive disabilities. Hamilton is one of 26 school districts that contracts with Elmbrook for services. Districts reimburse Elmbrook based on usage of services.

Contract with Dominiczak extended

The School Board approved continuing services with Dominiczak Therapy Associates until 2022. The district switched to Dominiczak for occupational and physical therapy (OT, PT) services in the 2015-16 school year and has continued with the company since then.

Instructional Services reports on curriculum, assessments

Instructional Services Supervisor Katherine Little, Ph.D., gave two reports in which she updated the School Board on curriculum committee processes and standardized assessments.

Curricular areas under review or being developed are: K-12 science; K-12 English language arts; and high school courses of music theory, digital electronics and automation, and certain course content in applied engineering and technology.

In her assessment report, Little said a balanced assessment program provides multiple measures of a student’s learning. The Hamilton School District assessment program includes three levels of assessment: classroom assessments, district benchmarks and standardized tests.

Classroom and district benchmark assessments define learning targets for students, evaluate student learning, document student progress, identify the next step in instruction, provide teachers with information to tailor instruction and help develop a student’s ability to self-assess and set learning goals. They are regularly reviewed.

Little noted that establishment of Great Start Conferences this year afforded classroom teachers time to administer early literacy screeners for more accurate instructional planning earlier in the school year. Teachers of grades K-5 successfully used the Fountas and Pinnell literacy assessment program for a few years. This year grade 6 was added. This assessment program determines reading accuracy and fidelity across the district.

Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) data identify students who may be struggling or excelling in a given area or strand and inform individual, small group and whole group instruction. A team of teachers and administrators are investigating FastBridge which could replace AimsWeb Plus for progress monitoring and MAP or PALS for literacy and math screening.

Potential actions are to:

  • continue using AimsWeb Plus for progress monitoring and MAP or PALS for screening purposes;
  • use FastBridge for progress monitoring and continue to use MAP or PALS for screening purposes;
  • use FastBridge for progress monitoring, pilot the FastBridge screener at one or more schools and evaluate results for the potential use of the screener at all schools; or
  • adopt FastBridge for progress monitoring and screening at all schools.

The Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS) is a comprehensive statewide program designed to provide information about what students know in core academic areas and whether they can apply what they know. Standardized assessments are required by state and federal law. Administration occurs each spring and include:

  • The Wisconsin Forward Exam includes English language arts and mathematics for grades 3-8; science for grades 4 and 8; and social studies for grades 4, 8 and 10. It is administered in an online format.
  • The ACT Aspire Early High School is a summative assessment that measures what students have learned in the areas of English, reading, math, science and writing. The ACT Aspire scores predict how a student will perform on both the ACT and when they reach grade 11. It is administered to students in grades 9 and 10 in an online format.
  • The ACT tests include reading, math, English, science and writing. The ACT with writing is a paper and pencil test.
  • The Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) assessment is administered to no more than 1% of students with significant cognitive disabilities.
  • ACCESS for ELLs® is designed to measure English language proficiency.
  • The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is conducted in a range of subjects in grades 4, 8 and 12 across the country. Assessments are given most frequently in mathematics, reading, science and writing. Other subjects such as the arts, civics, economics, geography, technology and engineering literacy, and U.S. history are assessed periodically. Hamilton was not selected for NAEP testing during the 2019-20 school year.

Peterson selected special services administrator of the year

The Wisconsin Council of Administrators of Special Services (WCASS) recently recognized Hamilton School District Special Services Supervisor John Peterson as the Outstanding Special Services Administrator of the Year at the 2020 State Education Convention in Milwaukee.Peterson-state-convention-web

WCASS is a professional organization responsible for supervising the delivery of pupil services and special education.

Peterson was recognized for his long-time role on the WCASS Board of Directors. He first served as a regional representative, was elected president-elect and then served as president for six years. Besides his leadership at the state level, he served at regional and local levels including being a longstanding member of CESA #1 special education Regional Service Network.

Peterson’s nominators identified qualities of respectfulness, collaboration and professionalism as reasons he is deserving of the award. They also noted his positive attitude.

“John is always upbeat and has not ever met a challenge he cannot handle,” his nominators wrote. “No matter what the issue, John always sees the bright light at the end of the tunnel and knows how to lead the organization toward that light.”

Hamilton schools celebrate Youth Art Month with art show at Pauline Haass Public Library

In celebration of Youth Art Month, the artwork of students from throughout the Hamilton School District will be on display during March at the Pauline Haass Public Library, N64 W23820 Main St., Sussex. The public is invited to view the artwork during regular library hours.Youth-Art-Month

A reception honoring the artists and their teachers, held in the library, will be open to the public from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. March 5. The Friends of the Pauline Haass Public Library will provide refreshments.

Youth Art Month is celebrated each year to emphasize the value of art education for all children and to encourage public support for quality school art programs. It began in 1961 as Children’s Art Month with support from the nonprofit Crayon, Water Color and Craft Institute and the National Art Education Association.