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October 4, 2005

Hasbrook describes partnership

A community partnership that will support the district’s Get Connected Program was described to School Board members. Parent and Community Triangle (PACT) is a new partnership between Sussex-area Outreach Services, the Hamilton School District and community parents.

District Student Assistance Program and Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) specialist Kristin Hasbrook reported that United Way of Waukesha County provided a $12,500 grant so that community groups could help promote Get Connected activities.

PACT is advised by a10-member parent board with representatives from each school, business, churches and Sussex-area Outreach Services, Hasbrook said. The parent board provides input on Get Connected activities and marketing ideas.

Started last year through the district’s AODA Program, Get Connected used a variety of approaches to help district families raise productive successful children. Activities focused on prevention and included a parent focus group, parent support groups, guest speakers presentations, parenting classes, staff in-services and parent advice columns in school newsletters.

With financial support from United Way and assistance from the community, Get Connected has been able to expand this year. Hasbrook described the monthly topics that are scheduled for parents throughout the year.

United Way of Waukesha provided funding for the community-owned partnership through its Helping Kids Succeed Initiative. The agency cites research studies that consistently reveal high student achievement and personal development are closely related to positive parental participation in children’s education and social development.

Many district volunteers contribute to Dozer Day success

While the financial results are still being tallied, Superintendent Kathleen Cooke, Ph.D., reported that the volunteer count was final for the successful Dozer Day fund raiser Sept. 10 at Halquist Quarry. The district provided more than 622 volunteers including students, parents, staff members, School Board members and their families. Cooke said the next Dozer Day is likely to be held in 2007, although there is “a remote possibility ” it could be held next year.

Bauman reports on curriculum alignment, articulation

Instructional Services Supervisor Dee Bauman, Ph.D., reported on how the district aligns and articulates its curriculum across grade levels so that students progress seamlessly through the grades. She explained that the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) established academic standards in 1998 and most school districts — including Hamilton — aligned their curriculum to them.

DPI then added frameworks in reading and mathematics that align with the standards and identify concepts and skills that the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concept Exams (WKCE) assess. The frameworks provide specific content for each grade tested (grades 3-8 and 10).

Because of high stakes testing that is part of the federal No Child Left Behind act, Bauman said it is imperative that there is alignment between the district’s curriculum, state standards and WKCE content.

She said district committees reviewed mathematics and reading frameworks and made minor curriculum changes to ensure that curriculum aligned because those content areas must be tested as part of No Child Left Behind. District science teachers will review curriculum to ensure alignment with science frameworks because science will be part of No Child Left Behind test mandates in 2007.

Board approves interagency agreements with police departments

School Board members approved interagency agreements with police departments in Pewaukee, Lannon and Lisbon identifying that student information will be shared only as permitted by law. Previously an agreement was signed between the school district and the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department. Cooke said that agreements with Butler and Menomonee Falls are expected soon.

The agreements are required by state law to ensure that school districts and police departments acknowledge their responsibility in upholding student confidentiality rights.

Board election calendar presented

School Board President Gabe Kolesari presented the 2005-06 election schedule. Among the dates are:

  • Jan. 3 – deadline for candidacy declaration and nominations papers,
  • Feb. 21 – primary election if needed,
  • April 4 – spring election and
  • April 24 – taking of office.

The terms of Lisbon representative Dawn Van Aacken, Butler representative Deborah Briggs and Menomonee Falls representative Jennifer Rude Klett are up for election this year.

Personnel changes OK’d

In personnel business, the School Board:

  • approved the resignation of Hamilton physical education teacher and student supervisor Jessica Brueggemann and assessed the $1,000 breach of contract penalty;
  • appointed three paraprofessionals including Debbie Bauer, who works at Marcy in Special Services, Sherry Bublitz, who is in the high school Guidance Office, and Pam Schoechert, who is at Maple Avenue in Special Services.