March 6, 2018

Curriculum comes alive for Woodside students

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Woodside Elementary School was in the spotlight at the March 6 Hamilton School Board meeting with the presentation of a pilot involving the Seniors & Students Pen Pal Project. Grade 4 teacher Kelly Flanagan expanded the project to strengthen personal connections and make the curriculum come alive for students.

Woodside Principal James Edmond joined Flanagan along with three of her students and two senior volunteers who described the value of the project. A two-minute video described the basics of the pilot.

School board OKs referendum next steps

After residents voted in favor of a referendum to build a new intermediate school and renovate and expand classrooms at the high school, the School Board took the next step by authorizing the administration to begin the bidding process and negotiate construction contracts.

Contract with Dominiczak extended

The School Board approved continuing services with Dominiczak Therapy Associates until 2020. The district switched to Dominiczak for occupational and physical therapy (OT, PT) services in the 2015-16 school year.

Cooperative agreement with Elmbrook approved

The School Board authorized district staff to once again contract with the Elmbrook School District special education services in the 2018-19 school year. The contract will provide low-incidence disabilities services for students who have autism, intellectual, hearing and vision disabilities and for the placement of one student at Fairview South, a school that serves students with cognitive disabilities. Hamilton is one of 26 school districts that contracts with Elmbrook for services. Districts reimburse Elmbrook based on usage of services.

Personnel news

In personnel business, the School Board:

  • approved the resignations of Hamilton library paraprofessional Sherry Bublitz, effective March 7 and Marcy special services paraprofessional Crystal Klein, effective March 9 and Woodside associate kitchen employee Beatrice Bell, effective March 6.
  • accepted the retirement request of Willow Springs 4K teacher Kathryn Parkhurst-Schulz, effective at the end of the school year;
  • appointed Amanda Desmarais Lannon paraprofessional, Andrea Citowitz Hamilton educational interpreter, Katherine Bitz Templeton special education replacement teacher and Beth Lassiter Woodside special services paraprofessional; and
  • named Murrene Payton, Elizabeth Lodl and Nick Roth summer school assistant coordinators.