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Hamilton celebrates American Education Week

Hamilton School District students, staff members and parents will celebrate American Education Week Nov. 14-20. This year’s theme, “Celebrating the American Dream,” is intended to remind people that teaching and learning is a home and classroom team effort. The goal of American Education Week since its establishment in 1921 has been to increase public understanding and appreciation of the nation’s schools, to encourage parents and nonparents to visit schools, to build civic and community pride and support for education.

To make our schools the best they can be requires a commitment from every member of the community, from retired citizens as well as parents, from business leaders as well as school board members.

Following are among the activities in the Hamilton School District.

Lannon Elementary School
7145 N. Lannon Road, Lannon
(262) 255-6106

Principal: Richard Ladd

Students and staff will celebrate with individual classroom activities throughout the week.

Maple Avenue Elementary School
W240 N6059 Maple Avenue, Sussex
(262) 246-4220

Principal: Kristin Koeper

Maple Avenue will have an all-school activity in which students, parents and staff will be invited to participate in an “Apple for the Teacher.” Al will be asked to share favorite school memories on “apples” which will be hung on a large tree in the front lobby. The goal will be to have each child and at least one parent participate leading to possibly over 1,000 apples. Random apples will be pulled from the tree daily and shared on the morning announcements. The school will also celebrate by providing tokes of appreciation to bus drivers, displaying a banner in the front entrance and having a other staff appreciation activities.

Marcy Elementary School
W180 N4851 Marcy Road, Menomonee Falls
(262) 781-8283

Principal: Donald Behrens, Ph.D.

Students and staff will celebrate with individual classroom activities throughout the week.

Woodside Elementary School
W236 N7465 Woodside Road, Sussex
(262) 820-1530

Principal: Linda Jorgensen

Woodside morning announcements will have a special focus on American Education Week and its significance. Students and staff will support their favorite college Nov. 17 on “College Wear” Day. In addition to a variety of classroom activities, teachers will have a writing prompt related to education that they use with students.

Templeton Middle School
N59 W22490 Silver Spring Dr., Sussex
(262) 246-6477

Principal: Patricia Polczynski

House-level activities will take place throughout the week at Templeton. Examples of activities include acrostic poetry, letters to the administration about things that have made a difference for them at Templeton, letters to teachers that have made a specific difference, intergenerational interviews with older family members about what school was like for them, interviews with family members about immigrant experiences and growing-up experiences in past generations. In the library, there will be a staff member favorite book bulletin board. The display will include pictures of participating staff members, their favorite children’s book or novel and a specific comment about the book. Finally, the Student Council will express appreciation to staff through cards and a treat.

Hamilton High School
W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex
(262) 246-6471

Principal: David Furrer

Senior citizens who walk the halls for exercise are invited to have a treat in celebration of American Education Week on Thursday, Nov. 18. Morning announcements will feature the importance of a good education in our society. Students will be invited to submit writing for essay contest that responds to the following: “Democracy is built on a dream. If this is true, then define the system of education that best support democracy in terms of students, parents, community and government.”

Willow Springs Learning Center
W220 N6660 Town Line Rd., Menomonee Falls
(262) 255-6190

Principal: John Vitale

Willow 4K students will make bookmarks for the library. A saying on the wall will state “Small People, Big Dreams, Bright Futures.” A picture of each student will go up by the words “big dreams.” Later in the year, a handprint rainbow will be created above their photos with a statement from each student about what they want to be when they grow up.