March 19, 2018

Maple music project in spotlight

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Maple Avenue music teacher Sarah Plamann and her students showcased “Stepping Aside: Creating a Student-Centered Music Classroom” initiative that she implemented to shift her classroom from teacher- to student-centered and provide opportunities that bridge elementary, middle and high school curriculum and drama experiences.

She collaborated with other staff members to offer experiences that were grounded in music, reading and writing standards. Maple Avenue and Hamilton High School students described how the project affected them and their interest in music and drama.

DECA state competitors honored

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In other recognition, School Board members congratulated members of Hamilton High School’s DECA team for their performance at state competition where 23 Hamilton students competed March 5-7 at the Wisconsin DECA Career Development Conference in Lake Geneva. Hamilton earned 40 awards and qualified 14 members to advance to the international conference. DECA advisor Amanda Fields introduced the state competitors and described their accomplishments.

Hockey co-ops renewed

Hamilton High School girls and boys will have the opportunity to again compete on hockey teams, thanks to the School Board’s one-year renewal of cooperative agreements with area school districts.
The girls’ hockey team is a cooperative with Arrowhead, Oconomowoc and Kettle Moraine.The boys’ team includes Brookfield East and Central, Menomonee Falls, Wauwatosa East and West and Brookfield Academy. The programs are self-funded and costs for team expenses are split among participants.

Participation in programs continues

The district will continue to participate in AdvancEd/North Central Association accreditation at a cost of $1,750. The accreditation process aligns with district site planning. Hamilton has been NCA accredited since 1966.

The district plans to continue using CESA services and programs to assist students who are at-risk, not succeeding in a traditional school environment or have specialized educational needs. Alternative placement programs offered through CESA include New Pathways, Turning Point, Project Success, Fresh Start and Distinguished Scholars Academy. In addition GPS Education Partners, a non-CESA program, offers an alternative model for credit-deficient students allowing them to complete their high school education while gaining real work experience. Currently, 12 Hamilton students participate in New Pathways, two in Turning Point, one in Project Success, one in Fresh Start and four in GPS Education Partners. Services for 2018-19 will be contracted as needs arise.

Boys Scouts thank district

Two Boy Scouts representatives, Mike Urbanek and Bill Gainer, thanked the School Board for allowing the organization to host its Winter Blast Adventure at Hamilton High School.

Personnel matters

In personnel matters, the School Board:

  • approved the resignations of Maple Avenue paraprofessional Kristin Norman and Lannon kitchen employee Susan Casper; and
  • appointed Elizabeth Lass as Special Service administrative assistant, Carol Rabideau as Templeton associate kitchen employee and Rebecca Lloyd as Hamilton library paraprofessional; and
  • increased the contract of Marcy psychologist Kristin Mandella from 20 to 100 percent.