FAQs for Quarantined Students: Emergency Remote Learning

Accessing Emergency Remote Learning

The Hamilton School District is committed to supporting students in a consistent way across the district so that learning is not interrupted. If children are absent from school due to extended illness or a need to quarantine, they will have the opportunity to stay connected to their learning via Daily Learning Expectations. These Daily Learning Expectations will include the taped mini lessons for the day along with assignments that support the lesson learning goals. Please note that daily learning tasks from the day of absence will not be posted until the following morning (Example: Monday’s lessons will be posted Tuesday morning).

Our goal is to provide your children with access to the key lesson components and allow for concept practice. By viewing the recorded mini lessons and completing the learning tasks contained in the Daily Learning Expectations, your children will be ready to re-enter their classroom in line with their peers.

How does my child access emergency remote learning?  

Willow Springs:

  • Families will access daily learning tasks and directions through the Seesaw Family App.
  • Students will complete work via the Seesaw Class App. Please download the class app if you have not done so already. You will receive a home learning code from your child’s teacher to access the student journal.

Elementary

  • Families will access daily learning tasks and directions through the Seesaw Family App.
  • Students can also access daily learning tasks via the Seesaw Class App. Please download the class app if you have not done so already. Students will log into the Seesaw Class app and other apps using their Clever badge or login at com.
  • Students will complete work via the Seesaw Class App or Google Classroom.

Silver Spring Intermediate

  • Families will access daily learning tasks(example) and directions through the Seesaw Family App.
  • Students can also access daily learning tasks via the Seesaw Class App. Students will log in to the Seesaw Class app and other apps using their Clever login at clever.com.
  • Students will complete work via the Seesaw Class App or Google Classroom.

Templeton Middle

  • All teachers are uploading lessons and posting their daily work on their website. Students can log onto the teachers’ websites through google classroom. Families can go to our school web page, on the right hand side of the page under the heading “Find it Fast”, click on classroom websites, click on the teacher’s name or house, then click on daily learning tasks. All lessons, daily learning tasks, and work can be found here.

Hamilton High

  • All teachers are uploading lessons and posting their daily work on their website.  Please use this link to reach the website that houses all teacher website addresses.

Attendance

Students will be assigned to Emergency Remote Learning by their school for the duration of their quarantine period. 

Do I need to call the attendance office?

  • Only call the school attendance office if your child is unable to complete school work on that day.  Students who can participate in learning activities for the day do not need to be called in.

Will my student be marked absent?

  •  If students are completing work, they will not be marked absent.

How is attendance taken?

  • Students in grades 4K-6 – attendance will be completed by the teacher based on their participation. Students do not need to check themselves in.
  • Students in grades 7-12  – those engaging in Emergency Remote Learning will be responsible for checking themselves into their classes through Infinite Campus. Check-in may be completed after 5 a.m. Virtual learning teachers have the ability to override attendance check-ins if they do not see participation or engagement from students.

Checking in once daily will mark students as “present” for the entire day of Emergency Remote Learning. Students do not need to check in to each individual class. Virtual learning teachers have the ability to override attendance check-ins if they do not see participation or engagement from students.

How does a student check-in for attendance during the school day?

  • Students should follow these steps to complete their daily check-in:
    • Go to Infinite Campus icon in upper right hand corner
    • Log in with your username and password
    • Click “Today” then “Check-Ins → Attendance”

Attendance questions?

Special education

Do children in special education still receive accommodations?

  • At the beginning of the year, the special education teacher and the family communicated to finalize the “Special Education Instructional Plan for COVID” for each of the student’s annual goals. Within the plan, accommodations were covered and reviewed, along with what specially designed instruction looks like for the student.
  • Sample form Hamilton School District Special Education Student Instructional Plan for COVID

Student locker contents

How will my student access items from their locker for use during quarantine?

In all cases, materials must be picked only by someone who is not in quarantine.

  • Willow Springs – materials will be placed in our outside drop box after arrangements have been made with the classroom teacher.
  • Elementary schools – materials needed for remote learning may be picked up in the office between 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Materials may also be placed on a cart outside the front doors of the school during normal school hours.
  • Silver Spring – items can be picked up between 3:30-4:30 p.m. during the week.
  • Templeton – items can be picked up from 3 -5 p.m. during the week.
  • Hamilton High – lockers can be accessed from 3 – 5 p.m. during the week. With advanced notice, materials may also be collected by a high school staff member and placed on a cart in the vestibule of the school during normal school hours.

General quarantine questions

Once my child has completed the required quarantine period, do I need to provide a note when returning to school?

  • If you are in quarantine as determined by the Waukesha County Health Department, a case worker will be in touch with you to provide you with a date that you can resume normal activities.

Can you tell me who the person was that tested positive?

  • Due to privacy laws, the school district is unable to share that information with families.

Does my child have to have a COVID test to return to school?

  • No, a COVID test is not necessary to return to school.
  • The Waukesha County Health Department recommends that you have your children tested approximately five days after they have been identified as a close contact even if your children do not have symptoms.

If my child receives a negative COVID test during their quarantine, can they return to school?

  • No.  Testing does not remove an individual from quarantine.  The full 14-day quarantine period must be completed before returning to in-person learning or school-related activities.

Can my other children still attend school if one family member is identified by the health department as a close contact and must self-quarantine? 

  • Siblings may attend school as long as they are not showing any signs of illness however they should stay home if:
    • they are showing signs of illness
    • the close contact develops symptoms or has a positive COVID test

10 Hamilton students recognized in NMSC competition

Ten Hamilton High School students learned recently that they were named in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. Eligibility for the distinction is based on results of the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test which was taken by more than 1.5 million students nationwide.national-merit-semifinalists

Ella Chevalier, Ella DeCleene, Margaret Flynn, Nikhita Nair, Mia Traverse and Cynthia Yan were named semifinalists. They are among approximately 16,000 semifinalists nationwide and will continue in the competition for Merit Scholarship awards. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, which represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. To become a finalist, a semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by the school principal and earn SAT scores that confirm the students’ earlier test performance.

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Connor Gordon, Arushi Ranasaria, James Waldenberger and Athena Wenger were named commended students and are among 34,000 students recognized for exceptional academic promise. Although commended students do not continue in the competition, they were recognized on the basis of a national selection index score.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), established in 1955, is a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 410 business organizations and higher education institutions to honor the nation’s scholastic champions and encourage the pursuit of academic excellence.

September 21, 2020

Blackwell, Ubert honored with Community Service Award

IMG_2003Hamilton Education Foundation officers Sandi Blackwell and Ann Ubert were honored as the district’s 2020 Community Service Award recipients at the Sept. 21 School Board meeting. Superintendent Paul Mielke, Ph.D., said both long-time officers were responsible for this year’s decision to move HEF’s dinner-auction fundraiser to a virtual event because of the pandemic. The online auction raised a record-breaking amount of almost $70,000 — the most ever for that event.

Ubert has been HEF executive director for 14 years, and Blackwell has been on the board for 10 years, currently serving as secretary. 

“Your hard work and dedication has allowed students and staff to experience opportunities that never would have existed without the generosity of the Hamilton Education Foundation,” Mielke said. “You have made a significant difference in the lives of our students and staff.”

Offering in-person, virtual options requires staff increase

The district added the equivalent of more than 15 staff members, mostly due to schedule changes required to offer in-person and virtual instruction during the pandemic. Most staff were allocated at the elementary level where the equivalent of 7.1 staff were hired. The high school increased by 4.67 full-time equivalencies (FTE), middle school increased 3.95 FTEs, and intermediate school by .9 FTEs. Because of the restructuring of coaching staff positions, district staff dropped by 1 position. Total FTE in the district went from 321.22 to 336.84.

Curriculum review cycle adjusted due to COVID-19

The Hamilton School District uses a 5-year curriculum review process to analyze the standards for each content area. Instructional Supervisor Catherine Drago presented a report on the cycle in place designed to create a more cohesive, united system that provides clarity around what high quality learning looks like in each content area. 

Work on English-language arts, which was reviewed last year, will continue this year. Future areas in the curriculum cycle will be:

  • 2021-22 – information technology literacy, world languages and social studies (7-12) and continuation of science;
  • 2022-23 – fitness education-health, mathematics (5-12) and social studies (K5-6);
  • 2023-24 – art, music, mathematics (K4-4) and science (K4-6); and
  • 2024-25 – family and consumer science, applied engineering and technology, business education, guidance and science (7-12).

Some content areas originally were scheduled for review earlier, but because of school shutdowns and added responsibilities due to the pandemic, they were postponed in the cycle.

No students accepted into early admission

No students were admitted early into kindergarten for 5-year-olds or grade 1, according to a report presented by Special Services Supervisor John Peterson. Two students participated in the early admission 5K screening process but were not recommended for placement. No parents requested early admissions for first grade.

District policy indicates children must be four, five or six years old by Sept. 1 to enter four-year-old kindergarten, regular kindergarten or first grade, respectively. While procedures exist for early admission to regular kindergarten and first grade, no early admission is granted for four-year-old kindergarten. Peterson’s report provided 19 years of data about early admissions requests and approvals.

Assessment schedule interrupted in 2019-20

School closures due to COVID-19 last spring led to significant changes in teaching and learning expectations for both last year and this. Testing windows were adjusted for many tests and ACT offered an online option. Drago presented a summary of 2020-21 state and local assessment windows which includes assessments such as FASTBridge reading and math, PALS, MAP, ACCESS, Dynamic Learning Maps, Forward Exam and National Assessment of Educational Progress. 

ESEA report given

Human Resources Director John Roubik presented a report 2020-21 initiatives of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Programs that comprise ESEA are: Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged; Preparing Training and Recruiting Licensed Teachers, Principals and Other School Leaders Grants; Language Instruction for English Learners and Immigrant Students; and Support and Academic Enrichment Grant.

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction estimates that the district will receive about $177,000 of federal funds for these programs, but the final amount will not be known until later. 

Personnel matters

In personnel business, the School Board:

  • accepted the resignations of Woodside paraprofessional Danielle Strong, Silver Spring associate kitchen employee Jamie Brzezinski, Woodside speech pathologist Sarah Clement, Woodside literacy interventionist Elizabeth Berry and Silver Spring special services paraprofessional Roberta VonAsten;
  • accepted the retirement request of high school art teacher Lorene Lisherone; and
  • approved the appointments of Jessica Montiho as Marcy K5 replacement teacher, Kayla Petrie as Woodside special services paraprofessional, Stephanie Dillemuth as Woodside paraprofessional, Summer McEvoy as Maple Avenue special services paraprofessional, Megan Henning, high school social studies replacement teacher, Catherine Seifert as Willow Spring paraprofessional, Rebecca Leibiger as Templeton paraprofessional, Dana Marklund as high school communication arts replacement teacher, Nicole Piette as Maple Avenue grade 2 replacement teacher, Carrie Grossman as Templeton grade 7 replacement teacher, Sarah Pichler as Templeton special education replacement teacher, Sophia Piotrowski as high school special services paraprofessional, Annette Busalacchi as Templeton special services paraprofessional, Dawn Knollenberg as Woodside paraprofessional, Sally Schmeling as Templeton grade 8 replacement teacher, Rebecca Schlieder as Templeton grade 8 replacement teacher, Rebecca Hirsch as Silver Spring special services paraprofessional, Georgette Dermody as Marcy associate kitchen employee and Brianne Strelow as high school art replacement teacher.
  • modified the contracts of high school math teacher Andrew Fagan from 50 to 100%, Willow Spring speech-pathologist Angela Poulsen from 80 to 100%, Willow Spring special education teacher Melanie Vonachen from 80 to 100%, Woodside literacy interventionists Greg Winston and Nicole Tiutczenko each from 40 to 60%.

 

Hamilton graduate named Academic All-State

Hamilton High School 2020 graduate Nicholas Klemm was named Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin (GCAW) Academic All-State honoree. Klemm was one of 620 students in 86 high schools to be recognized. The average grade point average of these students was an exceptional 3.717.H-for-web

“We are pleased to announce that Nick Klemm of Hamilton High School is a 2020 Academic All-State honoree, a proven student-athlete who has served as a great example to others, proving that athletic and academic success are not mutually exclusive,” said GCAW Academic All-State Chairman Bob Sullivan.

GCAW was formed by high school golf coaches in 1986 to build and enhance the state’s reputation for developing quality junior players by promoting golf in schools and communities.