2020 summer school program will have different look
It may not look like Summer Opportunities of years past, but the Hamilton School District will offer summer school this year. The district’s normal program was canceled due to the pandemic, but seven weeks of live virtual instruction is planned for students needing intervention and all students who want continued engagement. Classes will be held three days a week between 8:30-11:30 a.m. In addition, other high school credit-recovery and transition courses will be offered.
Students will be mailed hard-copy packets and their teachers will engage with them through email and virtual Zoom or Google meetings. The K-8 program will be June 23 – August 7 and will include invitational literature and mathematics camps, general literature and mathematics K-8 camps, visual arts, theater-drama and karate. In addition, 4K and 5K in-person transition offerings may be considered for late July and early August dependent on state guidelines for gatherings.
The high school program will be June 22 – July 17 in morning and afternoon sessions and will include a ninth grade transition course encouraged for all graduating eighth-graders, health, history, biology, algebra, communication arts and civics and economics.
There will be no cost to families, but the district may incur up to $50,000 of expenses that may be reimbursed by the state.
Registration will be May 26-29.
Board OKs budget that will be presented at postponed Annual Meeting
The Hamilton School Board gave its approval for the 2020-21 budget that will be presented to voters at a postponed Aug. 17 Annual Meeting.
The budget totals $63.4 million, which is 2.61 percent more than the current budget. The tax rate is projected to be $9.38 per $1,000 of equalized property value – a 2.74% increase. For each $100,000 of property owned, citizens will pay $938 to support local school taxes.
The budget was created with the assumption that property values in the district will increase by 2.5 percent and enrollment will increase by 70 students. The tax rate could be affected if the projections do not match up in October with actual numbers. Increased property values and student enrollment would result in a lower tax rate, and less-than-expected property valuation and enrollment will cause an increase.
The School Board moved the Annual Meeting from July 20 to Aug. 17 due to economic uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic. More reliable budget information will be available from the state which will allow the district to have the most current and accurate data to share with the community in advance of the Annual Meeting.
Seniors & Students continues success
Public Information and Volunteer Program Coordinator Denise Dorn Lindberg updated the School Board on the Seniors & Students Program. She credited Jen Galang, Seniors & Students Program support, with the continued success of the program through outstanding recruitment, training and support of volunteers. A total of 268 volunteers participate in the program providing in-person assistance or as pen pals.
New this year was the addition of Time to Learn and Connect (TLC) at Marcy Elementary School where volunteers meeting with students during lunch to read books or play games. Maple Avenue and Lannon elementary schools have similar programs. In addition, five senior volunteers are at the new Silver Spring Intermediate School, with volunteers at all schools in the district except the high school.
The COVID-19 pandemic cut program participation short this year, but volunteer still contributed nearly 6,000 hours to the program. In the 22 years since the program has been in place, senior volunteers contributed more than 135,000 hours to the district at a value of nearly $2.9 million.
Staffing plan for 2020-21 presented
The district is planning to have a nearly status-quo staffing plan for 2020-21 because of uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All schools will have the same staffing levels as 2019-20 except the high school which will add an 83% part-time fitness education position.
Chapter 220 enrollment dwindling
For the first time since the district has been involved in the program, no elementary students are involved in the Chapter 220 voluntary integration program. The program began being phased out about five years ago when the state Legislature cut funding and restructured the program. This year 29 continuing students from Silver Spring, Templeton and Hamilton High are participating. State law does not allow any new seats to be opened for students.
Chapter 220 is a state-funded voluntary integration program that brings Milwaukee Public Schools students to suburban districts. Before Legislators phased out the program, as many 110 Milwaukee students attended the district.
CESA contract approved
The district will contract in 2020-21 with the regional CESA #1 cooperative for nearly $283,000 and grant allocations to provide programming, training, lending libraries and networks related to areas such as college and career readiness, early childhood, district administration, federal funding, personalized learning, occupational and speech & language, alternative education.
In personnel business the School Board:
- appointed Catherine Drago as Instructional Services supervisor and Meghan Goldner as Hamilton High School administrative assistant, both effective July 1; and
- accepted the retirement request of Templeton Special Service paraprofessional Kelly Jurasovich, effective at the end of the school year.
School Board lifts policies that pertain to state assessments, high school final exams Because the state is not requiring annual student assessments this year due to the pandemic, the Hamilton School Board voted to suspend its policies that pertain to student performance on state tests. Results of state tests normally are considered when deciding whether […]
Changes to grades K4-6 student progress reporting approved The Hamilton School Board accepted the recommendation of a staff and parent committee to adjust how elementary and intermediate schools will report and communicate student progress. Beginning in the 2020-21 school year, teachers will: continue Great Start Conferences with improvements suggested by parents and staff; have fall […]
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 […]
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 […]