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March 18, 2013

Summer workshops set for staff

Staff members will be busy during the summer participating in various curriculum projects, professional development and technology courses. Curriculum projects districtwide include work on Response to Intervention and specific writing, physics and mathematics projects at the high school. Professional development will focus on communication arts at the high school, the computer-based assessment program of aimsweb for elementary and middle school staff, writing training for elementary schools and districtwide intervention and new teacher-mentor workshop training.

Technology courses include “Personalized Learning Strategies for the Classroom, “The Flipped Classroom,” “Blended Learning Strategies,” “Literacy A, B & C” and a variety of classes about Google resources for the classroom.

The budget for the summer work is $41,496 and includes the curriculum pay rate and trainer fees associated with the sessions.

Girls’ hockey goes from Elmbrook to Arrowhead co-op

Hamilton will participate in a girls’ hockey co-op team that includes Slinger and Arrowhead high schools rather than being part of the Elmbrook team. The co-op team will play in the Eastern Shores Hockey Conference. The program will be family-paid, the same as the boys’ program. Being part of the Arrowhead co-op will be less expensive for the families.

Participation in NCA, CESA programs continues

With School Board action, the district will continue to participate in several long-standing programs including North Central Association (NCA) accreditation and Cooperative Education Service Agency (CESA) #1 alternative schools.

Hamilton High School and Templeton Middle School are accredited through NCA’s AdvancEd component. The process aligns with each school’s site planning process and focuses on student learning methods and professional development. Hamilton has had continuous NCA accreditation since 1966 and Templeton since 1997.

CESA programs used this year include Empower Academy, Turning Point, SOAR, Project Success, Fresh Start and Distinguished Scholars Academy. The programs serve students who are at-risk, not succeeding in the traditional school environment or need specialized educational services.

14 apply for Youth Options

A total of 14 high school students requested and were granted permission to participate in the Youth Options Program that will give them the chance to take classes next fall at Waukesha County Technical College, University of Wisconsin (UW)-Waukesha, UW-Milwaukee, Marquette University or Carroll University.

Youth Options is a program mandated by the state that allows students who have completed 10th grade, are in good academic standing and have no disciplinary problems to attend a technical college or university if they have exhausted their high school curriculum. Often, students who have been approved for Youth Options are not able to take the courses because of scheduling conflicts or full classes.

Year-end projects OK’d

The School Board gave approval to a prioritized list of buildings and grounds projects that will be completed if designated year-end budgets allow. Among the highest priority are asphalt patching and the fifth of a six-phase locker replacement project at the high school, acquisition of school emergency communication systems for all schools and roofing projects at Willow Springs, Marcy and Maple Avenue.

Board decides on personnel matters

The district will hire a half-time paraprofessional to provide additional special education support at Maple Avenue.

“The additional support was unanticipated and is necessary due to the significant needs of new students who have enrolled at Maple Avenue,” wrote Human Resources Director John Roubik in a memo to the School Board.

The position will cost $2,700 for the rest of the 2012-13 school year.

In other personnel business, the School Board approved Marcy second grade teacher Amanda Lindstedt’s leave of absence request for the 2013-14 school year.