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February 5, 2002

Two school site plans and recommendations for the Summer School Program were approved at the Feb. 5 Hamilton School Board meeting.

Hamilton site plan updated

Hamilton High School Principal David Furrer highlighted the high school plan. Three goals state that students will:

  • maximize their knowledge and comprehension skills through content alignment with state standards;
  • effectively communicate knowledge and concepts resulting from applied writing across the curriculum strategies; and
  • use a variety of learning strategies to exhibit their understanding and application of key curricular concepts.

Among the accomplishments are: administration of the PLAN test to all sophomores this year; the latest ACT results rose from 21.5 to 22.3; state standardized test results increased in math, science and reading, but language arts and social studies declined; a change in 10th grade communication arts curriculum from literature survey to an exclusive writing and composition emphasis; a greater percentage of graduates report feeling prepared or very well prepared as reported in the Graduate Follow-Up Survey; and staff are identifying the link between staff development and student learning and achievement.

Furrer said the site team will look at the needs of at-risk students and those who will not pursue post secondary education.

Templeton retires one tactic

The Templeton Middle School site plan includes two tactics that will continue to be developed and one that is considered operational. Meeting state standards and maximizing student achievement through active, innovative, creative and rigorous learning experiences will stay a priority for Templeton staff. Developing and implementing alternative programming options that increase academic and behavioral success for students who are disengaged or facing academic difficulty will remain as well.

The tactic that is considered operational and a part of the Templeton culture is “We will develop avenues of collaboration to a) ensure that standards are implemented across all curricular boundaries, b) share resources, activities and learning opportunities and c) facilitate communication among parents, student and teachers.”

Principal Patricia Polczynski said she was proud to report that the entire staff is involved in action planning. She said she expects the site plan to conclude at the end of the 2002-03 school year.

School Board members congratulated Polczynski and Associate Principal Dale Kuntz for the school’s success in recent state standardized tests that put Templeton among the top performing middle schools in Waukesha County.

Summer Opportunities Program on schedule

Summer school 2002 will be similar to what it was in 2001, according to Summer Opportunities Program Coordinator Richard Ladd. Parents can expect two minor changes ­ one additional day of school and an increase in class fees from $8 to $10.

Summer school enrichment courses will operate Monday through Friday from June 20 through July 19 with vacation days on July 4 and 5. Promotional and credit make-up classes will end two weeks later on Aug. 2.

Ladd introduced John Vitale, the new elementary level coordinator, and Marlene Helinski, who has been Summer Opportunities administrative assistant for years. He also reported that Hamilton Associate Principal Catherine Tillman is working on an expanded high school program.

District picks up 15 students since September

Educational Services and Human Resources Assistant Superintendent Dean Schultz reported that district enrollment increased from 4,019 to 4,034 from September to January. The numbers reflect actual number of students and not full-time equivalencies. Schultz said the increases occurred primarily among 3- and 4-year-olds who receive speech services, Woodside students and Willow Springs 4-year-old kindergartners.

Lannon students recognized

Lannon Elementary School students who participated in the “Do Something” Citizenship Project talked to School Board members about their work as leaders and volunteers. Lannon Early Reading Empowerment teacher Nancy Collopy, who headed up the project, said the project helps students get involved in their community.

Personnel matters approved

In personnel matters, the School Board:

  • accepted the resignations of Woodside emotional disabilities teacher Frederick Luft and Hamilton physical education teacher Aaron Erickson at the end of the 2001-02 school year, and Maple Avenue aide Susan Leffler in February;
  • appointed Phyllis Frittitta as Marcy special services aide; and
  • approved a .25 FTE increase in teacher aide time for the Willow Springs Learning Center Early Childhood Special Education Program.