Spotlight on Silver Spring culture
Silver Spring Intermediate School Principal Deanna Wellens and Associate Principal Katie Ritchie presented a School Spotlight video that focused on the school’s intentional efforts to build a culture of belonging.
Enrollment up by 14 since September
School districts in Wisconsin are required to take pupil counts the third Friday of September and the second Friday of January. The district’s enrollment went from 4,886 to 4,900 in the nearly four-month span this school year.
- increased by 11 at Willow Springs, 9 at Maple Avenue, 5 at Marcy and 1 at Woodside;
- dropped by 10 at the high school and 2 at Templeton; and
- remained the same at Lannon and Silver Spring.
Students recognized for drama, perfect ACT score
Two Hamilton High School students were recognized for outstanding performance. Maggie Flynn and Nick Mitchell qualified for national competition at the Wisconsin Theater Festival. In addition, Flynn earned a perfect score of 36 on the ACT college-entrance exam.
In personnel action, the School Board
- accepted the resignations of Hamilton world language French teacher Amanda Hunt, effective Jan. 20; Lannon paraprofessional Betsy Molinski, effective Jan. 31; Lannon technology integration resource teacher Julie Kleist, effective June 12; and Lannon special services paraprofessional Anita Hilleman, effective Feb. 17;
- approved the retirement request of Hamilton High School administrative assistant Nancy Schulz, effective June 30; and
- appointed Lisa Totsky as Business Office accounts payable administrative assistant, effective Feb. 17; Roberta VonAsten as Silver Spring special services paraprofessional, effective Feb. 17; Susan Bruns as high school guidance administrative assistant, effective Feb. 24, Shelby Froberg as Marcy special services papaprofessional, effective March 2; and Theresa Aron, Marcy associate kitchen employee, effective Feb. 18.
12 students approved for early graduation
Hamilton High School Principal Rebecca Newcomer presented the applications of 12 juniors – Jimmy Baisden, Michael Domino, Mia Garbarek, Madelyn Gilmore, Megan Gilmore, Zackary Jauquet, Jaspreet Kaur, Kaden Lauer, Lillie Stadfeld, Akuma Thao, Toua Thao, Justin Vang – who requested to graduate early. The students met School Board policy requirements and will be eligible to graduate in January 2021.
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 2020-21 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.
Contract with Dominiczak extended
The School Board approved continuing services with Dominiczak Therapy Associates until 2022. The district switched to Dominiczak for occupational and physical therapy (OT, PT) services in the 2015-16 school year and has continued with the company since then.
Instructional Services reports on curriculum, assessments
Instructional Services Supervisor Katherine Little, Ph.D., gave two reports in which she updated the School Board on curriculum committee processes and standardized assessments.
Curricular areas under review or being developed are: K-12 science; K-12 English language arts; and high school courses of music theory, digital electronics and automation, and certain course content in applied engineering and technology.
In her assessment report, Little said a balanced assessment program provides multiple measures of a student’s learning. The Hamilton School District assessment program includes three levels of assessment: classroom assessments, district benchmarks and standardized tests.
Classroom and district benchmark assessments define learning targets for students, evaluate student learning, document student progress, identify the next step in instruction, provide teachers with information to tailor instruction and help develop a student’s ability to self-assess and set learning goals. They are regularly reviewed.
Little noted that establishment of Great Start Conferences this year afforded classroom teachers time to administer early literacy screeners for more accurate instructional planning earlier in the school year. Teachers of grades K-5 successfully used the Fountas and Pinnell literacy assessment program for a few years. This year grade 6 was added. This assessment program determines reading accuracy and fidelity across the district.
Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) data identify students who may be struggling or excelling in a given area or strand and inform individual, small group and whole group instruction. A team of teachers and administrators are investigating FastBridge which could replace AimsWeb Plus for progress monitoring and MAP or PALS for literacy and math screening.
Potential actions are to:
- continue using AimsWeb Plus for progress monitoring and MAP or PALS for screening purposes;
- use FastBridge for progress monitoring and continue to use MAP or PALS for screening purposes;
- use FastBridge for progress monitoring, pilot the FastBridge screener at one or more schools and evaluate results for the potential use of the screener at all schools; or
- adopt FastBridge for progress monitoring and screening at all schools.
The Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS) is a comprehensive statewide program designed to provide information about what students know in core academic areas and whether they can apply what they know. Standardized assessments are required by state and federal law. Administration occurs each spring and include:
- The Wisconsin Forward Exam includes English language arts and mathematics for grades 3-8; science for grades 4 and 8; and social studies for grades 4, 8 and 10. It is administered in an online format.
- The ACT Aspire Early High School is a summative assessment that measures what students have learned in the areas of English, reading, math, science and writing. The ACT Aspire scores predict how a student will perform on both the ACT and when they reach grade 11. It is administered to students in grades 9 and 10 in an online format.
- The ACT tests include reading, math, English, science and writing. The ACT with writing is a paper and pencil test.
- The Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) assessment is administered to no more than 1% of students with significant cognitive disabilities.
- ACCESS for ELLs® is designed to measure English language proficiency.
- The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is conducted in a range of subjects in grades 4, 8 and 12 across the country. Assessments are given most frequently in mathematics, reading, science and writing. Other subjects such as the arts, civics, economics, geography, technology and engineering literacy, and U.S. history are assessed periodically. Hamilton was not selected for NAEP testing during the 2019-20 school year.
New IT manager delivers first update District Information Technology Manager Ryan Miller presented his first report on recently completed information technology updates, upgrades and implementation. Focus of IT staff has included: surveying district network equipment and topology; replacement of fiber network; replacement and upgrade of legacy storage and server environment; development of an equitable elementary […]
Key dates announced for 2020-21 calendar A few dates in the 2020-21 calendar have still to be ironed out, but in the interest of letting families and staff know key dates for advanced planning, the School Board accepted the administration’s recommendation to hold: The first day of school will be Sept. 1 for grades 7-12, […]
Hamilton’s overall achievement higher, but gaps exist Achievement discrepancy between majority and minority students, students of low economic status, special education and English learners exists in education. While the Hamilton School District sees this to a lesser extent than state and national averages, gaps among the various student groups exist. Human Resources Director John Roubik […]
JP Cullen, Milwaukee Tool recognized for support of AET Hamilton High School teacher Alan Mamerow thanked JP Cullen Construction Company and Milwaukee Tool for their support of the district’s applied engineering and technology classes. Mamerow thanked Bryan Sanchez, from Milwaukee Tool, for donation of thousands of dollars of tools and equipment last year. JP Cullen’s […]
First two snow days will not be made up The Hamilton School Board voted that the first two snow days will not be made up this year. In the past, Hamilton students and employees made up all days missed due to inclement weather. Recent winters brought more snow and frigid conditions than usual. In 2018-19, […]
Elementary schools share joint site plan Principals from the district’s four elementary schools – Lannon, Maple Avenue, Marcy and Woodside – presented a joint site plan to the Hamilton School Board. Elementary administrators met during the summer and devised a common elementary site plan that focused on literacy and social-emotional goals. Each school will build […]
Board looks at plans for long-term athletic facilities Representatives from Rettler Corporation, a landscape architecture firm that specializes in sports facilities, presented the School Board with two concepts to expand outdoor athletic facilities including the options of a multi-sport stadium, baseball and softball fields, outdoor band practice space, synthetic turf and concession stands. School Board […]
Capital improvement plan, fund gets approval The district will set up a long-term capital improvement plan to segregate funds for long-term capital improvements. The School Board approved a plan and trust fund that will help the district plan for future improvements such as replacement and repairs of roofs, heating, venting and cooling systems, asphalt, carpet, […]
Kelly presented with district’s Community Service Award The Hamilton School District presented the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Deputy and School Resource Officer Gary Kelly with its 2019 Community Service Award at the May 20 School Board meeting. Public Information Coordinator Denise Dorn Lindberg said Kelly was most deserving of the award because of his tireless efforts […]