Woodside spotlights paraprofessionals
Seven Woodside Elementary School students read tributes written about the school’s paraprofessionals at the April 2 Hamilton School Board meeting. Principal James Edmond, Jr., Ph.D., said the school would not be as successful without the contributions of the paraprofessional group who come to school with great attitudes and build strong relationships with children and families.
Woodside students explained in detail why their paraprofessionals were so important to the school. Those recognized were:
Board approves requests for college courses
Nine high school students requested admission to the Early College Credit Program (ECCP) that will allow them to take classes next semester at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha and Milwaukee, Wisconsin Lutheran College, Marquette University and Carroll University. In addition, 17 students’ requests to take Waukesha County Technical College courses through Start College Now were also approved. Both programs were formerly part of the Youth Options Program. Hamilton Principal Candis Mongan noted in a report to the School Board, as in the past, many students will not be able to take the courses because of scheduling conflicts or full classes. A total of 31 students requested admission to programs last year.
ECCP and Start College Now are programs mandated by the state that allow students who have completed tenth grade, are in good academic standing and have no disciplinary problems to attend a technical college or university if the high school does not offer comparable courses.
Battle of Books, National Merit finalists honored
School Board members recognized the accomplishments of two Hamilton High School groups.
Below, from left: Maja Pechanach, Ellie DeCleene and Nikhita Nair were honored for taking first place at the Wisconsin Education Media & Technology Association Battle of the Books. Members of the team who were not at the meeting were Sean LaVoy and Dorothy Palmer.
National Merit finalists Abigail Dowse, Ty Kozic, Jonathan Sciortino and Molly Hubred were recognized.
In personnel matters, the School Board:
- approved the resignations of Hamilton media center paraprofessional Rebecca Lloyd, effective at the end of the school year; and
- accepted the retirement requests of Maple Avenue special education teacher Weigel-Mary Smith, Templeton clerical paraprofessional Cathy Henk and Templeton custodian George Murillo.