1 DECEMBER Waukesha Street, Telephone: Hank Schmelz, Principal Angie Crawford, Assistant Principal To report school absences: Dear Families and Friends, Winter weather is upon us and, with the drop in temperature, we often experience an increase in families driving their students to school in the morning. We have had numerous parents express concern about the pedestrian and vehicle safety around our school during the mornings and at pick up time. We want to remind you all that we do not permit families to pick up nor drop off students in the Waukesha parking lot. Recently a small group of concerned parents met with me to discuss the near misses and driving habits around the school. We are strongly encouraging you to not make U-turns on Waukesha Street. This creates a dangerous condition for all concerned and tends to slow the traffic flow. We also urge you to consider dropping off your students a block or two away at the corner of LaCrosse and Waukesha, or Richland and Waukesha, and allow them to walk a little bit. Try to avoid driving on Waukesha to the best of your ability. You will avoid the morning rush and the bus traffic while providing a bit of exercise for your student. The end result is a safer, less congested school zone. Please consider ways you and your family can help mitigate this problem. Thank you for your help in keeping everyone safer. As we get ready to bid farewell to 2010, please keep in mind we are close to saying goodbye to the first semester as well. The final day of the first semester is January 21 and an early 11:30 AM release day. Please arrange for after school care/activities for your student on that day. Though we just had conferences, please contact teachers directly if you have any questions about progress, due dates or others concerns regarding your student. Since our last newsletter, your PTO has begun a fundraiser campaign. We truly appreciate the support of our families to augment what we do for students. I hope your student came home and shared the message of our motivational speaker, Carl Olson, who came in to Hamilton on November 1. Such speakers are made possible by your contributions. Soon you will also e receiving, from the PTO, a student directory that lists Hamilton students names and phone numbers so you may contact each other as needed. This is a great resource that your PTO provides to all Hamilton families. From purchasing class reading materials, to buying computers and other technological supplies, the PTO strives to fill the holes left in our annual budget. Please consider supporting your PTO. We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming music concerts in December and January. Make sure you check the performance dates in the back of the newsletter. As our concerts are well supported, those who have difficulty accessing the bleachers, should plan to arrive earlier to secure floor level seating. This month I leave you with a quote that I relate to my profession, my pastime, and my role as a parent. Be patient and calm- for no one can catch a fish in anger.- Herbert Hoover
2 The second quarter has come quickly and will leave us just as fast as it came! Here at Hamilton there will continue to be many new, exciting and challenging events occurring that are focused on student learning. As a community that supports students learning, growth and development, we continue to focus on lifelong skills that will foster success for all students. This month I will address adolescent development. This stage of development can become very strenuous for parents. Middle School and Early High School Years Parents are often worried or confused by changes in their teenagers. The following information should help parents understand this phase of development. Each teenager is an individual with a unique personality, special interests, likes and dislikes. However, there are also numerous developmental issues that everyone faces during the adolescent years. The normal feelings and behaviors of the middle school and early high school adolescent are described below. Movement Towards Independence Struggle with sense of identity Feeling awkward or strange about one's self and one's body Focus on self, alternating between high expectations and poor self-esteem Interests and clothing style influenced by peer group Moodiness Improved ability to use speech to express one's self Realization that parents are not perfect; identification of their faults Less overt affection shown to parents, with occasional rudeness Complaints that parents interfere with independence Tendency to return to childish behavior, particularly when stressed From Ms. Crawford s Desk Future Interests and Cognitive Changes Mostly interested in present, with limited thoughts of the future Intellectual interests expand and gain in importance Greater ability to do work (physical, mental, emotional) Sexuality Display shyness, blushing, and modesty Girls develop physically sooner than boys Increased interest in sex Concerns regarding physical and sexual attractiveness to others Frequently changing relationships Worries about being normal Morals, Values, and Self-Direction Rule and limit testing Capacity for abstract thought Development of ideals and selection of role models More consistent evidence of conscience Experimentation with sex and drugs (cigarettes, alcohol, and marijuana) Young teenagers do vary slightly from the above descriptions, but the feelings and behaviors are, in general, considered normal for each stage of adolescence. Remember to stay connected and involved with your child. Communication and open dialogue is the key to having a successful relationship with your adolescent child. If you have any questions or are concerned about changes that your child might be experiencing, don t hesitate to contact you student s counselor, Jim Schneider (A-K) , Diane Alsmo (M-Z) or Ms. Crawford HAMILTON PRIDE DIGNITY FOR ALL!!!
3 MEET THE NEW STAFF!!! Ms. Aschauer-Follmer 6 th Grade Teacher My name is Molly Aschauer-Follmer and I am very happy to be a part of the Hamilton Team. I began teaching sixth and seventh grades at Cooper Elementary in the Milwaukee Public School District in In 2005 my husband Chris, our dog Cassidy and I moved from Milwaukee and I took a position teaching third grade in Mount Horeb, WI. I joined the fifth grade team in Mount Horeb the following year and remained there until I took the sixth grade position here at Hamilton. Leaving Mount Horeb was a difficult decision that was driven by my desire to work in a more urban environment. My educational background is in urban education and I wanted to have the opportunity to fully use my skills. My husband and I have been married for 11 years and live in Madison. We enjoy hiking, camping, and listening to live music when we can. I like to spend time writing and cooking as well. I have five brothers and sisters and love to spend time with them on the weekends. I am thankful for being given the opportunity to teach at Hamilton and am looking forward to a wonderful year! Rachel Franco Bilingual Resource Teacher (for 6 th and 7 th graders) This is Rachel Franco's first year at Hamilton in the position of Bilingual Resource Teacher for 6th and 7th grade students. After teaching ESL (English as a Second Language) at Toki Middle School from , she took time off to volunteer at an orphanage in Baja California, Mexico for one year, which turned into almost three years. She returned to Madison last January and is happy to be back in her hometown. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, gardening, reading, and preparing for the birth of her first child (due December). We are so pleased to have Rachel Franco here at Hamilton.! She has been a wonderful addition to our Hamilton staff! Kevin Glanville 6 th Grade Teacher I am a new 6 th grade teacher of Social Studies, Language Arts, and Future Problem Solving at Hamilton. I am very excited to have the privilege of teaching at Hamilton Middle School with great colleagues. I will bring energy and creativity each and every day to the classroom. I was born in Fennimore, WI, about 70 miles west of Madison. I was graduated from high school from Highland, WI (about 50 miles west of Madison). In 2009, I received my bachelor s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in both elementary education and history. I have lived in Madison for the last seven years, and I just recently moved to Oregon, WI. I am so happy to say that I finally have my own classroom! This is my first year of teaching, and I know it will be one of my most memorable. Marilyn Goelzer EEN My name is Marilyn Goelzer and, yes, I am married to Mr. Eric Goelzer, the 8th grade History teacher. I am also a stepmother to John and Mathew Goelzer. At Hamilton I teach special education students. I feel it is a great honor to be trusted with the education of these students. I began teaching EEN (Exceptional Education Needs) students in 2003 at Bay View High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I earned my Master's Degree in Special Education and have continued to develop my skills by teaching English, Consumer Math and by creating a Vocational Awareness class for EEN students at my school. This is where I began to see the tremendous gap in services needed by all students, but especially with the population of students with which I worked. I came to Madison in 2006 and began working at Akira Toki Middle School. I transferred to West High School and worked with Autistic and Cognitively Disabled students at various job sites and soon realized that I wanted to prepare our students to become as independent as possible in society. Teaching strategies and basic life skills has become my passion as I work with middle school students in developing as many of these skills as possible. In closing, I just wanted to say how happy I am to be a Hamilton staff member and look forward to seeing the wonderful Hamilton Community each day. It really makes me appreciate wonderful and supportive families that care. Heather Jones - French Bilingual Resource Specialist (BRS) Hi I'm Heather Jones. I'm very excited to be the new French BRS. I'll be working mornings at Hamilton and afternoons at Shorewood. I am married, and we have two girls who are 7 and 4. When not working or chasing after my girls I love playing soccer. I've been playing since I was little and still play on Monday nights for an indoor women's league. I've been studying French for over 18 years. I started in middle school and continued all four years in high school. I went to UW Madison where I received my Bachelors degree in French. After that I worked for two years while going back to school at night for my Masters in Secondary Education. I finished my teaching degree two years ago and then subbed in the district for just over a year before being offered my current position. Again, I am so excited to be at Hamilton and can't wait to meet you all. If you see me in the hallways feel free to come and say "Hi." Christy Kilzer 8 th Grade Spanish My name is Christy Kilzer and I am the newest Spanish teacher here at Hamilton. I am originally from the Madison area, having attended Toki Middle School and Edgewood High School. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language and a certificate in Global Cultures. My certificate allowed me to study everything from Buddhism, Central Asian history, Swahili, Native American, Russian, and African literature/story telling, and linguistics. During my time at the UW, I was privileged to be able to study abroad in both Italy and Mexico. Last year, I attended Viterbo University in La Crosse, where I obtained my K-12 Spanish teaching license. I am currently teaching two sections of Spanish to 8 th grade students and very happy to be a part of the Hamilton community!
4 Nathan Olsen 6 th grade teacher Nate Olsen has spent the majority of his life in Pacific Standard Time residing in he Bay Area of California. He transferred to the University of Wisconsin and now plans to stay in the wonderful city of Madison. At the UW, Nate was placed in a cohort with another new Hamilton teacher, Kevin Glanville. They now both teach at Hamilton, just sixty yards down the hallway from each other. Nate s interests lay firmly within the sporting realms of NBA and NCAA basketball, NFL and NCAA football, European soccer, and major league baseball. is childhood dream was to enter the NBA draft but, at age 11, he realized that a decent jump shot and mediocre athleticism only get you so far! When not watching sports, Nate also enjoys the outdoors and the loves to hike, bike, camp, play Frisbee, golf, and go rafting in Northern Wisconsin. This August Nate became engaged to Alicia May, a K-1 teacher at Frank Allis Elementary. The two are excitedly preparing for their wedding in August of Welcome to Hamilton, Nate! Attend Honk Jr. The eighth grade drama class at Hamilton is putting on a production or Honk Jr. Performances are January 12 and 13 at 7 PM in the Hamilton cafeteria. All members of the Hamilton community are invited to attend. Honk Jr. is the Broadway remake of the classic Ugly Duckling tale. The main character, Ugly, is not accepted by his peers and loses his way as a cat tries to help him into her home. Come to our performance and see if Ugly finds his way! MMSD Belay Training at Jefferson Middle School on December 1st and 8th from 2:00-4:30 P.M.(during PCT) This is a full training and participants should plan to attend both days. Participants should dress in comfortable clothes and shoes appropriate for the activity. Anyone with questions or interested in registering should send Carla Hacker an at December After School Mondays: Homework Club (except the 1st Monday of the month) Community Service Club (2nd and 4th Monday of the month) Sattellite Yearbook Club (2nd and 4th Monday of the month) Open Volleyball Club ( except 1st Monday of the month) National History Club (except 1st Monday of the month) Tuesdays: Ultimate Frisbee Club Jazz Band Future Problem Solving (FPS) Homework Club 7th/8th grade Dr. Dodge Club National History Club Yearbook Club (1st and 3rd Tuesday of Month) Chess Club Climbing Club (pre-registration required) Wednesdays: Early Release Days: Pre-Registration required Thursdays: Ultimate Frisbee Club Earth Club Student Council (8th grade) every other Thursday Babysitting Certification Class (through December 9) 6th grade Dr. Dodge Club Science Olympiad Fridays: Sci-Fi Club Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) Science Olympiad Break Dance Open Basketball Club -- Peg Guse Hamilton PE teacher/ MSCR Coordinator
5 Once again, Hamilton 8 th graders will get the chance to go on the optional Washington D.C. trip the week after school is out in June. We visit Gettysburg PA, Jamestown VA, Williamsburg VA, Mount Vernon, and all the sites in Washington DC. The trip is designed to support the 8 th grade History curriculum, help them understand our government, connect students with our national heritage, and allow them to be successful on their own during a fantastically fun trip. As one parent from the last trip stated, Thanks for making the DC trip not only possible,but a fantastic experience for my daughter [name omitted]. She had a great time and walked away with lots of good memories and connections to history. Seeing things first hand really makes history come alive! Your student had the trip presented to them in September. If you have any questions about the trip, look for the literature given at the meeting (a dark and light blue envelope), ask your child about the presentation, or contact Eric Goelzer or ). There is still time to sign up, although we have passed the official deposit due date (availability is subject to change). For the last two years we have taken over 110 Hamilton students and staff (roughly half of the 8 th grade class)! I am hoping that even more students can experience hands on history, civics, government, and a whole lot of fun this coming year. It is a trip they will never forget. If you missed the parents meeting I will be happy to speak to you. 8th Grade Washington D.C. Trip and the Holidays We have all gotten that great holiday or birthday gift of socks. Then again, we all love that winner gift of the umbrella! None of these are to be outdone by everyone s favorite gift...underwear! These all fit under the category of, Things I was going to get anyway and now they count as a special gift. My mother was the champion of giving this type of gift. My brother and I had to get these items, so why not save them for a time when they could be counted as a gift (and I still to this day believe that meant one fewer gift that I really wanted)? You, too, might want to get in on this idea if you have a student going on the Washington D.C. trip. Most students on the trip would like a little spending money. Unless you have a super spender, I suggest $25-$50 for most students. This lets them get a t-shirt or two and a few snacks. It works really well to put this money on a prepaid debit card. Most of the larger banks and credit unions (including UW) have these free of charge. Why not give one as a gift? I am sure that most of you were going to give your child a little spending money anyway so why not have it count as a gift? My mother would be so proud of this somewhat sneaky little plan. Whether you treat it as one less gift you want to give is up to you. We will be starting monthly meetings, for the students, in January. They will be right after school in the cafeteria. Please feel free to call me, Eric Goelzer, at or Go D.C.! HAMILTON STUDENT SERVICES Every MMSD School has a Student Services Team that supports the social, emotional, health and learning needs of students. Teams include social workers, psychologists, nurses, school counselors, learning coordinators and administration. This month will focus on the services of School Nurses: What do school nurses do? Assist with access to medical, mental health, dental, or eye care for students who need it, including sports physicals and well-child check-ups Help children with chronic illnesses (asthma, diabetes, seizure disorder) manage their conditions at school Communicate with the student s physician as needed regarding medications, procedures and health concerns that affect learning Screen for hearing, vision, or other health problems, including alcohol or drug concerns Teach students about healthy lifestyles and disease prevention Provide counseling to individuals and groups Train staff regarding student health needs and emergency health procedures Care for ill or injured students Administer medications or procedures during the school day Review student health and immunization records and make recommendations as needed Why might I need to call the school nurse? Concerns about an acute or chronic illness Need to find a health care provider, dentist or eye care specialist Need for a student to take medication during the school day For immediate care of an illness or injury To inform the health office of the diagnosis of a communicable illness To arrange for any needed treatments or procedures to be done at school To report any immunizations received or for help locating records For help obtaining a sports physical or well-child check-up For help with health-related barriers to learning and school attendance Who are the school nurse and nurse s assistant at my child s school and how do I reach them? School Nurse: Sara Parrell, RN, MS Nurse s Assistant: Diane Romary, NA (this is the Main Health Office number)
6 National Spanish Exam News Hamilton Student nominated to compete nationally for Scholarship Congratulations to Fiona Rambo! Her scores on last year s National Spanish Exam have earned her the spot as the Hamilton Middle School Nominee to compete nationally for a paid two-week trip to Concordia Language Camp in Minnesota. Bravo! Felicitaciones y buena suerte! 8 th Grade This spring, 8 th grade students of Spanish have the opportunity to participate in the National Spanish Exam offered by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP). The Hamilton test will take place before Spring Break. It is scheduled for Thursday, March 31, and Friday, April 1. Eighth graders will test during their Spanish class. We encourage parents and guardians to avoid making appointments during class time on those days. The test is administered online and assesses knowledge of First Year Spanish (7 th and 8 th grade years combined), vocabulary and grammar. New paragraph The test includes authentic reading assessments and listening comprehension as well. Review and preparation tips are provided in class as well as in optional after school sessions. All students receive access to online practice exams, activities and information for vocabulary and grammar review. Registration forms were sent home earlier this year in 8 th grade Spanish, but will be available again in class in December. The fee is $5.00 per student with scholarships available as needed. Hamilton s registration deadline is January 14, Late fees may apply after that date. Contact Mrs. Brown at or Ms. Kilzer at with questions. Thursday, March 31, and Friday, April 1,before Spring Break. Parents and guardians of students participating should avoid scheduling appointments on those days if possible. Students with a strong interest in Spanish, previous experience with Spanish such as elementary classes, language camp, Spanish-speaking relatives and those who have spent time in Spanish speaking countries or speak a similar language (Italian, French, Portuguese, or Romanian) are encouraged to sign up. The fee is $5.00 per student with scholarships available as needed. Registration forms will be available in Spanish classes in December. Hamilton s registration deadline is January 14, Late fees may apply after that date. Please see the 8 th grade information in this article for more details about the test itself. New paragraph Students who participate in 7 th grade and place in the 75 percentile or higher can be nominated to compete nationally for a free two-week stay at Concordia Language Camp in Minnesota the summer after their 8 th grade year. A travel stipend is included. Students must continue in Spanish in 8 th grade and agree to take the test again in 8 th grade to be eligible. Last year 11 students participated with many receiving honorable mention and one scoring at or above the 75 percentile. Mrs. Brown will offer optional after school review sessions specifically for 7 th graders signed up for the test. Those dates will be determined after students have signed up. All participating students will have access to online practice exams, activities and information for vocabulary and grammar review. Please contact Mrs. Brown at with questions. 7 th Grade For the third year now, we will be offering the opportunity to take the National Spanish Exam to 7 th grade students of Spanish. Our goal this year is to offer the test during 7 th grade Spanish class time on two consecutive days. Once we have the registration forms, we can look at the number of students participating and verify computer availability. If a student cannot be accommodated during their Spanish class period, we will look at availability during their Unified Arts time or after school. The Hamilton test dates are scheduled for
7 PBS- Positive Behavior Support Greetings from the LMC! Please mark your calendar for our Spring Book Fair on May 18 and 19 from 7:30 AM 4:00 PM. It s a great chance for your children to get books for summer reading. All students, in their Language Arts classes, have heard from me about the Battle of the Books reading lists and how to sign up. This is a voluntary reading activity that takes place from now until the end of February. Talk to your child to see if they re participating. Space Important dates to post on your refrigerator: 6 th grade school competition is February 28 from 11:25 AM-12:45 PM for the first round. 6 th grade playoff will be March 1 at the same time in the LMC 7 th grade school competition is March 1, 2:40-3:30 PM in the LMC 8 th grade school competition is February 28, from 2:40-3:30 PM in the LMC These dates will arrive faster than you and the students think! Parents and Guardians, I want you to know that there are three ways that your students can come to the LMC in addition to the times their teachers schedule their classes. They can come in before school, they can get a pass from the LMC staff to come in after they eat lunch instead of going outside (provided we have space), and they can come in after school. If they plan to stay after school and haven t made plans with you in the morning, they can use the phone in the LMC to ask if staying would be alright. Keep Warm, Julie Weis Librarian Soaring HAWKS Help to teach others by their actions Accept responsibility Work to resolve conflicts peacefully Keep showing respect for everyone, education and the environment Set high standards Congratulations to the following students who were nominated by staff members for a Soaring HAWK Award: 6 th Grade: Kendra Borcherding, Dineth Gunawardena, Michael Kanter and Geneva Saupe 7 th Grade: Leah Godchaux, Jacob May, Kate Scholz and Eli Wilson 8 th Grade: Ellie Bohm, Jack O Keefe, Haley Walker and Caleb Wilson Monday Morning Live Students now start each week in their homeroom watching Hamilton s first ever live news show called Monday Morning Live. Students from Mr. Ersig s Video Technology class are taking turns being the news anchors, delivering the daily announcements live that morning and reciting the pledge. A PBS announcement also occurs, usually focusing on a target behavior from Hamilton s behavior matrix that needs to be reviewed and reinforced. The Video Technology class occasionally shows Hamilton TV video clips that they have produced as well. Help If you are interested in helping our PBS efforts or donating prizes of any size (new or gently used), please contact Janet Pliner at or SEE OUR HIGH FLYIN HAWKS NEXT!
8 High Flyin Hawks Congratulations to the following 6 th grade students who had no behavior referrals or 0-1 tardies during the first quarter: Jason Allen Payden Allen William Altaweel Grace Anders Nona Anderson Victoria Angenent-Mari Emily Astfalk Henry Barford Frances Bartolutti Emma Boller Kendra Borcherding Ana Ahedo Bremer Roman Boswell Emily Botts Simone Caples Emma Brophy Sarah Brophy Jane Ellsworth Beatrice Browne Oliver Gerber Nicholas Halpin Katherine Buhman Ashraf Khan Stella Bush Joshua McLennan Thomas Butler Leyla Moy Connie Cai Jonathan Caples Kathryn Carda Oliver Carnal Sophia Caruccio Dennis Chan Sungjun Cho Rowan Conklin Emma Cortright Dane Crews-Hill Jeff Cui Evan Deacetis Kerry Dennis Aralee Derflinger Theo DeVries Emma DeWeese Kim-Dan Doan Tenzin Dolma Allison Douglas Seamus Doyle Eva Dunaway Eliana Durnbaugh Hannah Ehrlich Ronja-Marie Eriksson August Faye Henry Flogel Camille Ford James Ford Maxwell Frey Andrew Frohna Cole Fuhrmann Atticus Gamble Isabel Gehrig Lauren Godfrey Henry Goldenberg Spencer Guse Tenzin Gyaltsen Suleman Haneef Dylan Hanson Schuyler Hedican Chloe' Heiligenstein Gabriel Heinemann Thomas Hill Sean Horvath Camila Hueth Megan Huxtable Benedikt Ivarsson Talia Ivry Kathleen Jankovich William Jarrard Anna Jaye Daehee Jeong Samuel Jeschke Tobias Butcher Ezra Carre David Ji Edwin Jiang Pasan Gunawardena Alessandra Hayes Michael Kanter Gabriel Hill Celeste Kaspar Tameka Jones Unique Khuy Katherin Martinelli- Spoolman Kevin Kiefer Soohyun Kim Megumi Kita Hannah Krupp Anne Kull Bo Lan Elizabeth Lavine Alicia Lawson Soo Jeong Lee Katell Ane Loten Lhatsang Qinrou Li Margaret Little Henry Downey Michael Liu Pax Habimana Tou Lor Peter Luellen Charlie Mahr Jackson Mc Andrew Noah Melnick John Miller Victor Lien Nathan Millmann Emmerson Mirus Lucas Modahl Samuel Mohoney Giselle Monette Katrina Mork-Barrett Lydia Morrison Owen Stanley Charles Mullen Helen Murphy Kendra Nealey Giabao Nguyen Noah Nicol Maximilian Ohnesorge Liam Olds Evan Oriel Danealle Parchment Elan Pelegri Greta Pohlman Noah Pollack Camden Powell Carmen Prater-Bellver Sofia Pricer Benjamin Pruski Spencer Beach Emma Ranheim Harper Crowe Caroline Rasmusen Nina Raymo Justin Reames Raphael Reiss Olivia Guzman Darien Rodriguez- Beuerman Benjamin Ryan Arwen Sadler Jorge Saiz Avery Salerno Stephen Sarff Shaina Nijhawan Tyler Sato Kyrah Scheidemann Geneva Saupe Georgia Watts Pheng Yang Eliza Scholl Joseph Schreiber-Poznik Tamaya Schreiber-Poznik Jens Shager Saroj Sharma Filipp Shelobolin Brielle Shnowske Mekha Shrestha Jack Smith Shino Someya Kalista Stanger Andrew Statz Claire Sun Maryam Thomas Alexander Thomson Sean Topel Isabel Amos-Landgraf Haley Anderson Ilana Vargas Keyla Vasquez Sommer Vorpahl Wilhelmina Hoyt Kangyu Hua Cecelia Walsh Ellyn Webb Natalie Whitehead Leonie Wieben Bryan Jin Sophie Marie Jung Eileen Wilke Norma Williamson Shaffer Phoebe Woolson Hancheng Wu Lea Wuethrich Ethan Root Ethan Seidenberg Dan Spiegelman Abigail Steinberger Grace Wyngaard Beining Xie Tub Ger Xiong Yim Laj Yang Ethan Yeck Brian Yin Emily Jean Zerger Jane Zheng Reina Achan Josef Awadalla Hazel Brown Bennett Gabriel Serena Holland Michele Rodriguez Ray Walker Sebastian Wells Charles Baker Gannon Hooper Lofton Mohammad Khan Chaya Miller Jacklyn Varney Sandra Alba Jimenez Ahmet Aykut Isaac Beltran Bolivar Margarita Granada Jenny Juarez Reyes Jack O'Donnell-Mache Carolina Simental Maiyer Xiong Hezhong Zhang Mason Georgeson Samuel Johnson Khirul Imran Khirularziman Jordan Mondry Ramyasree Pentakota Eleanor Wesenberg Bobbie Egeston Adam Hafizi Hamidon Jakob Wiest
9 High Flyin Hawks Congratulations to the following 7 th grade students who had no behavior referrals or 0-1 tardies during the first quarter: Avery Anson Lukas Bieneman Chloe Malmgren Zoe Munson Quincy Walker Pascal Chiang Samuel Hoffman Abigail Holgerson Sarah Ahrens-Balwit Noe Alba Jimenez Ximena Linares-Rodriguez Lillian MacAlister Corey Alban Mark Alesia Aislin Miranda Magnus Arney Jacob Astfalk Maeve Ryan Rogelio Avina Dongfang Bai Kalen Balas Maile Varian Simona Bambi Peyton Yang Manuel Barham Oliver Batzli Vincent Bensch Keziah Bester Ethan Bielby Tanner Bilstad Olivia Bodway Ilhan Bok Bennett Brazelton Nana Kwesi Brewoo Kristen Brown Sofia Budinich Claudia Bustillo Nanceny Fanny Brianna Carlson Cameron Carlson Kassandra Carlson-Dakes Ruth Cesar-Heymann Jordan Jerry Davis Chan Tenzin Choenyi Veda Lee Matthew Chotlos Anya Christensen Isabel Coff Ethan Coon Perry Cooper Owen Craven Sadie Crews-Nelson Erik Dahl Matthew Daley Kim Delisle Helen Deng Mirina Thompson Javier Vang Helen Dillman Madeleine Douglas Ronan Driscoll Taiga Drucker-Boisvert Samara Eltahir Max Ermakoff Abigail Felstehausen Lena Figlear Benjamin Fordyce Louisa Forrest Noah Friedlander Harper Friedrichs Ellie Froelich Christopher Gaus Leah Godchaux Max Golden Henry Gore Cameron Gorman Alexander Greenberg Isabella Rivera Jamie Gruder Frankel Thea Valmadrid Kaelan Guetschow Harun Gurel Emma Hanson Boyuan He Laurel Heingartner Violet Hendrickson Clara Henkes Vimala Hile Oliver Hitchcock Patricia Ho Weijin Huang Chae Lynn Hwang Irem Ibrisim Samuel Imboden Grace Ingham Narkgyun Jeoung David Jin Gabriella Johansson Dystinie Jones Margo Keevil Muhammad Khan Laura Kiernan Min Kim Adaeze Ekezie Vincent Knauss Abby Kuehni Molly Kuhn Katherine Lambert Benett Holgerson Essence Johnson Lubov Laska Alan Lau-Brown Samara Lauffer Natasha Ninete Nathaniel Lavine Quin Peterson Reed Lawrence Nicholas Lawson Emma Lederer Corinne Statz Alison Lee Min-Woo Lee Mun Ho Lee Lydia Youssef Peter Leung Manlu Liu Praser Lor Melissa Losby Maxwell Lytle Anne Maguire Alexander Manville Nicole Martinez Jonah Matthew Quentin Mattsson Jacob May Sarah McClain Thu Mckenzie Aidan Meara Madeline Moon Tony Nagin Russell O'Brien Patrick O'Connell Robleh Omar Suzanne O'Meara Melody Pathak Nicholas Paulson Jarrett Peeler Antonio Perez-Wilson Lily Perkel Canyon Perry Isabelle Peterson Clark Piper Katherine Plasterer Sydney Popovich Cameron Porter Luc Primozic Connor Psyck Heidi Putnam Grace Quinlan Arianna Ranabhat Jack Reddan Micah Robinson Nora Cahill Norjudith Rodriguez Graham Roethe Tyler Romain Audrey Rudolph Mathilda Harris Samuel Rumbelow Gabriel Saiz Taisei Sano Mikaela Schmit Kathryn Scholz Grace Sella Marie-Louise Sidelle Lucia Nieto Aaron Siordia Megan Stellmach Malakai Stern Swasti Singh Kathleen Storck Anna Stuiber Zaynab Abdullah Jimin Sung Elias Barrett-Wilt Tabito Suzuki Rachel Syring Linnea Taglia Daniel Brown Aesasbi Chhetri Annelise Tucker Isabel Turner Symonia Donaldson Allison Umhoefer Silke Van Der Weide Georgia Vila Cruz Tabea Vohmann Delyla Vue Seth Weaver Elliott Weld Roy Weng Daniel Whipple William Whiting Jayson Wielgus Eli Wilson Johannes Wolter Michael Wolter Cha Kai Yang Tenzin Yeshi Stanford Zhou Jonathan Zhu Michael Zimmerman John Zukowski Alonso Del Rio Daniel Feder-Johnson Jeremias Parana Siyi Zhang Isabel Garcia Dianey Gastelum Aaron LaMaskin Andrea Olson-Avina Claire Read Thomas Vassallo Simon Vila Cruz
10 High Flyin Hawks Congratulations to the following 8 th grade students who had no behavior referrals or 0-1 tardies during the first quarter: Jack Becker Kendra Benedict Peter Bradley Maame Brewoo Madelaine Graham Synovia Knox Naiya Morris Unmesha Pentakota Michael Reynolds Margo Tucker Benjamin Weinfurter Caroline Wortham Anna Ahrens Jenna Sandy Charles Butler Maxwell Graue-Landis Jariah James Qing yang Liu Morgan Sparks Remington Vorpahl Alexander Young Elliott Anderson Ryan Blythe William Brown Clara De Pablo Rose Heneghan Alexander Kaiser Antonia Rohlfing Pearl Terbobri Jared Wilson Christopher Gitcho Yael Katz Anastasia Knight Elisheva Pront Mackenzie Richard Maureen Butler Dina Carpenter-Graffy Grant Mc Andrew Katherine Oen Peter Scott Mariya Vodyanyk Katerina Fanara Mason Flanagan Matthew Klug Bonny Manne Dontay Pom Benjamin Allen Ryan Altaweel Kristjana Andrason-Hrovat Reid Annin Gracie Armstrong Erin Appleton Nithya Atapattu Spencer Bauer Chelsea Clark Edmiston Alexander Cooper Robin Bazan Ellie Bohm Edgar Garcia-Rivas Ethan Boynton Andrew Brettin Andree' Caamano Mendoza Zach Callies Declan Callisto Alexander Campbell Oliver Cardona Anthony Catino Jackson Wellenstein Itzel Arvizu Elizabeth Chen Bogeun Choi Jazmin Diaz Anguiano Malcolm Clark Kuann Fawkes Moziah Clark Lorraine Collins Isabel Conner Alta Connors Carl Cortright Sofia Cranley Claire Curley Henry Cutting Isabella Dally-Steele Natasya Binti Muhammad Asyrhf Sadasivan Eleanor Degen Rachel Dembski-Sullivan Christina Dennis Audrey Dunaway Eleanor Duren Nathan Ehrlich Tevan Einstein Samuel Wambold Hana El-Omari Kalia Yang Chloe Ericson Nora Faye Grace Ferencek Oliver Fisher Emily Flogel Henry Freyberg Andrew Gaard Montserrat Gamble Jacob Garvey Antonia Gascoyne Maria Queralt Ginebra Sophie Giroux Selin Gok Elena Gratton Jacob Gretzlock Ashan Gunawardena Tristan Gunther Maya Gurung Kaelly Guse Olin Hacker Amirhossein Haghi Katrina Hetico Yuki Hirai Samantha Hofer Wilson Hoppe Cora Imes Julia Jacobs Maxwell Jankovich Peter Ji Eli Judge Sritejasvini Karimikonda John Keating William Kenneally Emma Kinscherf Hallie Kircher-Henning Maxine Knetter Michael Krupp Eileen Kull Nickolas Lackney Anne Laube Julia Laube Nicole Lawson Alex Lee Sukyung Lee Maxwell Lentz Shreya Dahal Derek Li Kyle Gasiorowicz Matthew Goelzer Eric Li Tad Ishikawa Kevin Li See Lor Yulang Luo Vinoth Manoharan Melia Markham Sven Marnauzs Eleanor Mayerfeld Alina Mc Intyre Andrew Mc Neel Edward McClain Mira McCoy Jackson Middleton Salome Miller Natalie Miskelly Mika Miyamoto Kelly Mork Vandhana Murali Amelia Murray Magdalena Murray Livianna Myklebust Jack Niewold Aman Nihal Jack O'Keefe Trina Olsen Izak Oltman Emilee Oyamada Annalise Parker-Aldin Cole Paskus Kiley Penn Elena Perez Josephine Person Erin Plummer Nathaniel Poland James Pretto Fiona Rambo Benjamin Richardson Samantha Rickner Jesse Claire Robinson Ian Rollo Isaac Rudin Maxwell Rumble Sarah Schlough Joseph Shaffer Patrick Sheehan-Klenk William Simonson Alexandra Slater David Spiegelman Owen Starck Jennifer Strugnell John Tan Isabelle Tigges-Green Hung Tran Margaret Treiber Lun Hung Tung Lillian Turner Eleanor Vander Ark Gao Lee Vang Brooke Varian Petra Wakker Haley Walker Alyssa Washington Daniel Webb Arabela Wiley David Wilke Jordan Willauer Caleb Wilson Parker Wisdom Lucy Woolson Mae Wyler Xiangfei Xie Sophia Yackel Samantha Yaeger Evan Yao Melit Gjinolli Anisa Yudawanti Kira Zimmerman Alexis Solache
11 PTO President Message Thank you to the 286 parents who have completed volunteer forms. We plan to get you all involved this year. If you have not yet completed a form, extras are available in the school office. There are a few big projects we are currently working on: 1. Traffic Safety - Karin Clark is heading up this committee and will be sharing more in the next issue 2. Parent Informational Programs - we have brainstormed issues we believe are most important to get information on and will be presenting speakers in the coming months. Jule Stroick is in charge of this. 3. School Directory - Ann Shaffer is putting this together and we hope to have out in the next month. Alison Rice is communicating with parents to see if they would like to advertise in the Directory to help offset the cost. 4. Communication - Alison Rice has set up a list serve for parents who would like to get information this way and be able to share information with other parents. The list the school uses is for school approved communication and goes one way only. The list serve allows us as the PTO to get information out to you and to get your feedback. If you are currently not on this, please contact Alison at Hamilton Fundraising Campaign This year the Fall Fundraising Campaign is off to a great start. Over 50 families have contributed. Please consider making a donation large or small to help fund PTO sponsored events, classroom equipment purchases, educational speakers, class trips, books, dance tickets, the directory and more! Five dollars or $50 any amount helps make our great school even better! Send checks made out to Hamilton PTO, 4801 Waukesha St, Madison, WI Thanks to all those who have donated! The campaign ends in the middle of December! Dr. Jean Peterson Social and Emotional Challenges of Being Gifted This workshop will explore: The social and emotional challenges of being a gifted student The challenges of parenting a gifted student Underachievement in gifted students Bullying and gifted students Who Should Attend: Parents, guardians or anyone interested in learning more about supporting the unique social and emotional needs of gifted and talented students Thursday, December 16 6:30-8:30 PM McDaniels Auditorium, Doyle Administration Building 545 West Dayton Street. Madison, WI This is a FREE workshop that is co-sponsored by The Greater Dane County Talented and Gifted Network (GDCTGN) and Madison Metropolitan School District TAG (MMSD) Dr. Jean Peterson is professor and director of school-counselor preparation at Purdue University. A former classroom and gifted education teacher and now a licensed mental-health counselor, she has done considerable clinical work with gifted youth and their families. The author of over 80 publications, Dr. Peterson has focused her research focused largely on the social and emotional development of high-ability adolescents and the asset-burden paradox of giftedness. The most recent of her seven books are Gifted at Risk: Poetic Portraits and The Essential Guide to Talking with Gifted Teens. SAVE THE DATE January 24, 2011: This is an 8th Grade Parent Meeting. This is the meeting wherein counselors give presentations regarding course selection, course offerings and graduation requirements. February 7, 2011: 8th Grade Orientation. Principals give an overview of the Smaller Learning Community structure and teachers discuss electives. May 2, 2011: Movin' West. Answers to questions about the West High Experience, extracurricular activities and the social scene.
12 When is school closed due to weather? November, 2010 Dear Families of MMSD Students, When the weather is bad, the Madison Metropolitan School District follows a set of guidelines for deciding if school will be open or closed. With winter weather here, I d like to review these guidelines with you. The district must make a decision that is the best for all students. We realize, at times, our decisions may not fit with your individual circumstances. Therefore, we encourage and strongly support you in making the decision that is best for your child(ren). You are always the best judge of your child s health and safety. The process for deciding when schools are open or closed due to snow and/or ice District staff members review the weather conditions beginning early in the morning. They talk with weather forecasters, the City Streets Department, Madison Police and Dane County Sheriff s Departments, and school district staff to see if all buildings are accessible for students and staff. We also consult with bus companies to see if buses will be able to travel safely to and from school. We make the decision whether to close schools by 6:30 a.m. or earlier, and then communicate this decision to all local news outlets. How you can find out if schools are closed On days when the weather is bad, listen to any local radio or television station for information about school closing. You can also check our Web site (www.mmsd.org) or MMSD-TV (Cable Channel 96 or 993). When schools are closed because of extreme cold When the National Weather Service has a wind chill WARNING for Dane County in effect for the time just before the school day begins, we will make a decision if our schools should close. It is quite likely we will make this type of closing decision on the morning of the day in question. If there is a wind chill ADVISORY (and not a WARNING) for the county, schools will likely be open. When schools are closed, all activities are canceled When Madison schools are closed for the day, it also means that all activities scheduled in school buildings for that day are canceled. This includes all MSCR programs and all after school programs. Why schools are generally not dismissed early on days when the weather is bad In many of our families, adults work outside the home and they have no child care arrangements available before the end of the school day. However, if your schedule allows and if you feel your child(ren) will be safer at home, you can pick your child(ren) up before the end of the school day. If you do, go to the school office and request that your child(ren) be dismissed to you. Noviembre del 2010 Estimadas familias de los estudiantes del Distrito Escolar Metropolitano de Madison: Cuando el estado del tiempo es inclemente, el Distrito Escolar Metropolitano de Madison (MMSD por su sigla en inglés) sigue una serie de normas para decidir si se abren o no sus escuelas. Ante la llegada del clima invernal, quisiera repasar estas normas con ustedes. El distrito debe tomar una decisión que sea la mejor para todos los estudiantes. Entendemos que, en ocasiones, puede ser que nuestras decisiones no sean las más convenientes para sus circunstancias individuales. Por lo tanto, les animamos y respaldamos para que tomen la decisión más apropiada para sus hijos; ustedes son siempre los mejores jueces en cuanto a la salud y seguridad de sus hijos. El proceso para decidir cuando se abren o no las escuelas debido a la nieve y/o el hielo: Los miembros del personal del distrito evalúan las condiciones meteorológicas muy temprano en la mañana. Ellos consultan con los meteorólogos, el departamento vial del municipio, el departamento de policía de Madison, el departamento del Sheriff del Condado Dane, así como con el personal de las escuelas del distrito para determinar si todas las instalaciones son accesibles para los estudiantes y los empleados. También consultamos con las compañías de autobuses para determinar si podrán viajar con seguridad hacia la escuela y de regreso a las casas. La decisión de si se cierran las escuelas se toma a más tardar para las 6:30 a.m. y entonces se les comunica a todos los medios de comunicación y noticieros locales. Cómo pueden averiguar si hay cierre de escuelas? En los días cuando hay mal tiempo, sintonicen cualquier estación local de radio o televisión para recibir información sobre el cierre de las escuelas. Pueden también informarse en nuestra página de la red: o en MMSD-TV (canal de cable 96 o 993.) Cuándo se cierran las escuelas por frío extremo? Cuando el Servicio Nacional del Estado del Tiempo ha emitido una ADVERTENCIA INMINENTE de viento extremadamente frío para el Condado Dane, en efecto antes del comienzo del día escolar, consideraremos si las escuelas de Madison deberán cerrarse. Es muy posible que tomemos la decisión de cierre en la mañana del día en cuestión. Si se ha emitido un AVISO (no una ADVERTENCIA) de viento muy frío para el condado, es muy posible que las escuelas se abran. Cuando están cerradas las escuelas, todas las actividades quedan canceladas Cuando las escuelas de Madison cierran por el día, quiere decir que todas las actividades programadas para llevarse a cabo ese día en los edificios escolares también quedan canceladas. Esto incluye todos los programas de recreación (MSCR) y todos los programas después del día escolar. Por qué generalmente no se les da salida temprano a los alumnos cuando hay mal tiempo? En la mayoría de nuestras familias los adultos trabajan fuera del hogar y no tienen cuidado infantil disponible antes del final del día escolar. Sin embargo, si el horario de trabajo se los permite y creen que sus hijos se encontrarán más seguros en su hogar, pueden pasar a recogerlos antes que termine el día escolar. En tal caso, les pedimos que acudan a la oficina de la escuela y soliciten que les entreguen a sus hijos. Tratamos de mantener las escuelas abiertas Cuando se cierran las escuelas, muchas familias tienen problemas con el cuidado de sus hijos. Por lo tanto, hacemos todo lo posible para mantener las escuelas abiertas siempre y cuando se pueda hacer en una forma segura. Sin embargo, tal como lo mencionamos al principio de esta carta, cuando hay mal tiempo los padres siempre pueden tomar la decisión de mantener a sus hijos en la casa. Por qué no se retrasa el comienzo del día escolar cuando hay mal tiempo pero se pronostica que mejorará durante el día? En muchas de nuestras familias, los adultos que trabajan fuera del hogar no pueden ajustar sus horarios de trabajo o encontrar cuidado de niños para acomodar la entrada más tarde. Si ustedes transportan a sus hijos a la escuela, les agradecemos el esfuerzo extra que hacen en los días de mal tiempo y entendemos que podría haber retrasos en la llegada. Cierre de las escuelas por otras razones Si se preguntan si las escuelas del distrito o una en particular estarán cerradas por una razón no relacionada al mal tiempo, nos comunicaremos vía correo electrónico con aquellos padres o tutores legales que nos dieron su dirección del correo electrónico a través del Infinite Campus, el sistema de información estudiantil en línea. También pueden escuchar la radio o mirar un canal de televisión local, ir a la página de la escuela en la red o mirar el canal MMSD-TV. Les agradecemos su comprensión y cooperación Por cada familia que está contenta porque las escuelas están en sesión durante los días en que hay mal tiempo, hay otra familia que opina que deberían haberse cerrado. La decisión de abrir o cerrar las escuelas cuando hay tiempo inclemente produce algunas de las reacciones más fuertes en la comunidad, no importa que dirección tomemos en cuanto a nuestras decisiones relacionadas con el estado del tiempo. Les agradecemos su comprensión con respecto a las dificultades que se presentan para tomar esta decisión y su apoyo en ayudar a que sus hijos lleguen seguros a la escuela durante los días de invierno. Por favor sepan que consideraremos el factor de la seguridad cuando tomemos cualquier decisión relacionada con el estado del tiempo.
13 MMSD Board of Education Quarterly Progress Report The school year is in full swing. A surprise visit by President Barack Obama to La Follette High School was one of the notable events of the first quarter. The Board has been active on a variety of issues. The following highlights some of the key recent actions by the Board. MMSD budget gets final approval The Board gave final approval to the budget in late- October. The $378.9 million budget has a total tax levy of $245.1 million, increasing the property taxes on a $250,000 home by $220. The Board under-levied (taxing less than allowed by the state) by $10.1 million, saving local property tax payers $ on a $250,000 home. 4-year-old kindergarten A final decision as to 4K implementation is scheduled for the November 29 Board meeting, when the early childhood care center sites 28 have preliminarily approved - will also be finalized. The 4K program will be offered in both MMSD elementary schools and child care centers. Administration is working to determine which MMSD schools will have 4K programs; key determining factors are the projected 4K enrollment and school space. Professional Collaboration Time (PCT) Professional Collaboration Time was instituted in Madison s middle and high schools beginning this year. Twenty-nine professional collaboration sessions will be held this school year. Each middle and high school has had a different approach. For example, Memorial High has formed twenty-six collaborative groups focusing on topics such as technology in the classroom, department action planning, and analysis of student work. In order to allocate this important learning time for educators, the school day is shortened for students on most Wednesdays during the year. MSCR - Madison School and Community Recreation - as well as MMSD s after-school partners, have stepped up to provide enriching opportunities for middle school students. Federal jobs bill Congress passage of the federal jobs bill this summer authorized $8.4 million for Madison Schools. On November 29 the Board will consider an administrative recommendation to use $4.2 million Of Federal Jobs Fund monies to pay for 4K in the first year of the program (the state does not fully reimburse school districts until the third year of a newly created 4K program). The Board was careful to not authorize recurring expenditures using the federal funds. Other uses of the remaining $4.2 million include: hiring an individual for two years to help in the recruitment/retention of bilingual staff, adding six positions in the trades area to catch up on work orders, and two micro techs to assist in the implementation of new technology in our schools. New ad hoc committees Earlier this year, the Board approved the creation of three, focused ad hoc committees which have been meeting since the summer. The three ad hoc committees are: Equity and Decision Making, identify how to use the MMSD Equity Report to make decisions as a district and how to prioritize within the Equity Report; Five-year budget plan, improve the overall budget process and develop a five-year budget plan with annual timelines that identify specific parameters for decision-making; and, Hiring & Diversity, develop a plan to enhance the recruitment, selection, and retention of a diverse workforce. The goal is to wrap-up these committees work by early next year. K-12 literacy evaluation In December of 2009, the Board directed the administration to evaluate reading programs, which could include the development of additional interventions for students below proficiency in elementary schools. The evaluation is intended to clearly define the objectives and questions the Board will need to consider if improvements are needed. As part of the process, a literacy advisory committee was created comprised of educators and administrators representing all instructional levels, along with family, student and higher education representation, meeting twice a month. A final report will come to the Board in February.
14 Another look at open enrollment law The Board has joined with other school districts across the state to ask the Wisconsin Association of School Boards (WASB) to discuss the state s open enrollment law at its convention in January. In the fall, school districts can offer resolutions to a WASB committee comprised of board members from across the state, which in turn proposes resolutions for consideration by the delegate assembly representing all 424 school districts. One resolution from Madison proposes to limit the number of students leaving the school district under the open enrollment program, if the school board believes the fiscal stability of the school district is threatened. Another recommends, The WASB supports a fiscally neutral exchange of state dollars in open enrollment transfers. The WASB committee will decide which resolutions will be offered at the convention before the end of the year. Welcome! There are a number of new hires this school year. Dylan Pauly, the district s general legal counsel, practiced school law for a private firm in Buffalo, NY. Brad Kose is the district s new director of professional development. New principals are: Steve Guziewski, Crestwood El.; Christina Harris, Gompers El; Kathy Costello, Thoreau El. Principals in new places are: Liz Fritz, Lindbergh El.; Pam Wilson, Marquette El.; Carlettra Standford, Mendota El.; Andrea Kreft, Muir El.; Sean Storch, Black Hawk MS. Informe trimestral de las actividades de la Junta de Educación del Distrito Escolar Metropolitano de Madison (MMSD sigla en inglés) El año escolar está en todo su apogeo. Uno de los acontecimientos más notables del primer trimestre fue la sorpresiva visita del Presidente Barack Obama a la Escuela Preparatoria La Follette [surprise visit by President Barack Obama to La Follette High School *.] La Junta de Educación ha estado activa en relación a varios asuntos. A continuación vamos a resaltar algunas de las acciones más importantes recientemente tomadas por la Junta de Educación. El presupuesto del MMSD para el año obtiene la aprobación final: la Junta dio su aprobación final al presupuesto a finales de octubre [ budget.] El presupuesto de $378.9 millones tiene una exacción fiscal total de $245.1 millones, lo cual incrementó por $220 la tasa de impuesto a la propiedad en una casa avaluada en $ La Junta ejerció su autoridad por $10.1 millones menos de lo permitido por el estado, ahorrándole a los propietarios $112,50 en impuestos por una casa avaluada en $ Kindergarten para niños de 4 años: la decisión final sobre si se implementa el Kindergarten para niños de 4 años esta programada para la reunión de la Junta de Educación el 29 de noviembre, fecha en la cual también se terminarán de elegir los centros de cuidado infantil, 28 de los cuales han sido preliminarmente aprobados. El programa de Kindergarten para niños de 4 años se ofrecerá tanto en las escuelas primarias del MMSD como en guarderías. La administración está esforzándose para determinar qué escuelas del MMSD ofrecerán programas de Kindergarten para niños de 4 años; la proyección de matrícula para 4K y el espacio disponible en las escuelas son los factores determinantes. La hora de colaboración profesional [Professional Collaboration Time] se instituyó en las escuelas intermedias y preparatorias de Madison a comienzos de este año escolar y se han planificado veintinueve sesiones de colaboración profesional durante este año. Cada escuela intermedia y preparatoria ha optado por un enfoque diferente; por ejemplo, la Escuela Preparatoria Memorial ha formado veintiséis grupos de colaboración enfocándose en temas tales como la tecnología en los salones de clases, la planificación de acción en los departamentos y el análisis del trabajo de los estudiantes. El horario escolar para los estudiantes se ha acortado en la mayoría de los miércoles de este año para poder adjudicar esta hora tan importante para los educadores. Recreación para las escuelas y la comunidad de Madison (MSCR por su sigla en inglés) lo mismo que los colaboradores del distrito en los programas después de la escuela han aumentado sus esfuerzos para ofrecer oportunidades enriquecedoras para los estudiantes de las escuelas intermedias.
15 Ley federal de empleos: el paso de la ley federal de empleos por el congreso este verano autorizó $8.4 millones de dólares para las escuelas de Madison. El 29 de noviembre, la Junta de Educación considerará una recomendación por parte de la administración para utilizar $4.2 millones del fondo federal de empleos para pagar por el primer año del programa 4K (el estado no reembolsa por completo a los distritos escolares hasta el tercer año de programa de 4K creado recientemente.) * Si está leyendo el informe en línea, haga clic en el enlace para leer, en inglés, información relacionada con el tema. La Junta de Educación tuvo cuidado de no autorizar gastos recurrentes utilizando fondos federales. Otros usos de los $4.2 millones restantes incluyen: contratar a una persona por dos años para que ayude en el reclutamiento y la retención de personal bilingüe, agregar seis posiciones en el área de oficios especializados para ponerse al día en las órdenes de trabajo y dos micro-técnicos para ayudar en la implementación de la nueva tecnología en nuestras escuelas. Nuevos comités con enfoques específicos: a comienzos de este año, la Junta de Educación aprobó la creación de tres comités con un enfoque específico, los cuales se han estado reuniendo desde el verano. Los tres comités específicos son: Equidad y toma de decisiones identifica como se va a utilizar el informe de equidad del MMSD y cómo priorizarlo; Planificación del presupuesto por cinco años mejora el proceso general del presupuesto y desarrolla un plan de presupuesto para cinco años con fechas de vencimiento que identifican los parámetros específicos para la toma de decisiones; y Contratación y diversidad que desarrolla un plan para mejorar el reclutamiento, la selección y la retención de un grupo de trabajo diverso; la meta es finalizar el trabajo de estos comités a comienzos del año entrante. Otra perspectiva a la ley de matrícula abierta: La Junta se ha unido a otros distritos escolares a lo largo y ancho del estado para pedirle a la Asociación de Juntas de Educación de Wisconsin (WASB por su sigla en inglés) discutir la ley de matrícula abierta del estado durante su convención en enero. En el otoño, los distritos escolares pueden ofrecer resoluciones al comité WASB conformado por miembros de las mesas directivas de todo el estado, el cual en su lugar propone resoluciones para ser consideradas por los delegados de la asamblea con representantes de todos los 424 distritos escolares. Una resolución de Madison propone limitar el número de estudiantes que pueden salir del distrito escolar bajo el programa de matrícula abierta, si la mesa directiva escolar cree que la estabilidad fiscal del distrito escolar está en riesgo. Otra recomienda que: WASB apoye un intercambio de dinero del estado fiscalmente neutral en las transferencias de matrícula abierta. El comité de WASB decidirá antes del fin de año cuáles de esas resoluciones se presentarán en la convención. Bienvenidos! Hay nuevas contrataciones en este año escolar: Dylan Pauly, el consejero legal general del distrito quien practicó ley escolar en una firma privada en Buffalo, NY. Brad Kose es el nuevo director de capacitación profesional del distrito. Los nuevos directores son: Steve Guziewski, Primaria Crestwood.; Christina Harris, Primaria Gompers; Kathy Costello, Primaria Thoreau. Directores que se transfirieron a estas escuelas: Liz Fritz, Primaria Lindbergh; Pam Wilson, Primaria Marquette; Carlettra Standford, Primaria Mendota; Andrea Kreft, Primaria Muir; Sean Storch, Escuela Intermedia Black Hawk. Evaluación de la lectura y la escritura de K a 12. o grados: en diciembre del 2009, la Junta de Educación instruyó a la administración acerca de evaluar los programas de lectura, lo cual podría incluir el desarrollo de nuevas intervenciones para los estudiantes que se estén desempeñando a por debajo de un nivel competente en las escuelas primarias. La intención de la evaluación es definir claramente los objetivos y las preguntas que la Junta tendría que considerar si es que es necesario hacer mejoras. Como parte del proceso, se creó un comité asesor conformado por educadores y administradores representantes de todos los niveles educativos, junto con representación de la familia, los estudiantes y unos miembros de la educación superior; este comité se reúne dos veces por mes y le presentará a la Junta de Educación un informe final en febrero.
16 December 1, 2010 Wednesday Professional Collaboration Time ~ Early Release 1:37 p.m. (no after school clubs) December 1, 2010 Wednesday Hamilton Mtg. 6:00 7:30 p.m. LMC December 1, 2010 Wednesday 6 th 8 th Grade Strings Concert 7 p.m.van Hise Gym December 8, 2010 Wednesday Professional Collaboration Time ~ Early Release 1:37 p.m. (no after school clubs) December 8, 2010 Wednesday 7 th & 8 th Grade Band Concert 7:00 p.m. VHE Gym December 10, 2010 Friday Spelling Bee 7:45 a.m. ~ LMC December 14, 2010 Tuesday 6 th Grade Band Concert 7:00 p.m. VHE Gym December 15, 2010 Wednesday Professional Collaboration Time ~ Early Release 1:37 p.m. (no after school clubs) December 15, 2010 Wednesday Geography Bee 7:45 a.m. ~ LMC December 15, 2010 Wednesday 6 th Grade Choral Concert 7:00 p.m. VHE Gym December 15, 2010 Wednesday PTO Meeting 7:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. LMC Dec. 20 Dec. 31, 2010 Winter Break Schools Closed SECOND SEMESTER January 3, 2011 Monday Schools Reopen January 5, 2011 Wednesday Professional Collaboration Time ~ Early Release 1:37 p.m. (no after school clubs) January 5, 2011 Wednesday Hamilton Mtg. 6:00 7:30 p.m. LMC January 6, 2011 Thursday Washington D.C. Meeting 2:37 3:30 p.m. ~ Cafeteria January 10, 2011 Monday Musical Dress Rehearsal 11:30 a.m. January 12, 2011 Wednesday Professional Collaboration Time ~ Early Release 1:37 p.m. (no after school clubs) January 12 th & 13 th Wed. & Thurs. 8 th Grade Musical 7:00 p.m. Cafeteria January 17, 2011 Monday Martin Luther King Day ~ No School January 19, 2011 Wednesday PTO Board Meeting 6:00 7:00 p.m. ~ LMC January 19, 2011 Wednesday PTO Meeting 7:00 9:00 p.m. LMC January 19, 2011 Wednesday 7 th & 8 th Grade Choral Concert 7:00 p.m. Van Hise Gym. January 21, 2011 Friday Early Release 11:30 a.m. End of 2 nd Quarter & 1 st Semester January 24, 2011 Monday Beginning of 3 rd Quarter & 2 nd Semester January 26, 2011 Wednesday Professional Collaboration Time ~ Early Release 1:37 p.m. (no after school clubs) January 27, 2011 Thursday Winter Dance, 2:37-4:37 PM February 2, 2011 Wednesday Professional Collaboration Time ~ Early Release 1:37 p.m. (no after school clubs) February 2, 2011 Wednesday Hamilton Mtg. 6:00 7:30 p.m. LMC February 3, 2011 Thursday Washington, D.C. Meeting 2:37 3:30 p.m. ~ Cafeteria February 4, 2011 Friday Parent/Teacher Conferences ~ No School (Middle Schools Only) February 9, 2011 Wednesday Professional Collaboration Time ~ Early Release 1:37 p.m. (no after school clubs) February 16, 2011 Wednesday Professional Collaboration Time ~ Early Release 1:37 p.m. (no after school clubs) February 16, 2011 Wednesday PTO Board Meeting 6:00 7:00 p.m. LMC February 16, 2011 Wednesday PTO Gen. Meeting 7:00 9:00 p.m. LMC February 19, 2011 Saturday Solo & Ensemble East High School (All Day) February 23, 2011 Wednesday PTO Chili Cook-Off 5:30 7:30 p.m. February 25, 2011 Friday SWEIO Convention ~ No School February 28, 2011 Monday 6 th Grade Battle of the Books (during 6 th grade lunch) ~ LMC February 28, 2011 Monday 8 th Grade Battle of the Books ~ LMC March 1, 2011 Tuesday 6 th Grade Battle of the Books Final Round (during 6 th grade lunch )~ LMC March 1, 2011 Tuesday 7 th Grade Battle of the Books ~ LMC March 2, 2011 Wednesday Professional Collaboration Time ~ Early Release 1:37 p.m. (no after school clubs) March 2, 2011 Wednesday Hamilton Mtg. 6:00 7:30 p.m. LMC March 2, 2011 Wednesday 7 th Grade Battle of the Books 2:40 3:30 p.m. ~ LMC March 2, 2011 Wednesday 8 th Grade Band, Strings & Choral Concert -7:00 p.m.van Hise Gym March 3, 2011 Thursday 8 th Grade Battle of the Books 2:40 3:30 p.m. ~ LMC March 9, 2011 Wednesday Professional Collaboration Time ~ Early Release 1:37 p.m. (no after school clubs) March 10, 2011 Thursday 6 th & 7 th Grade Band Concert 7:00 p.m.van Hise Gym March 11 April 15, 2011 Hamilton Gymnastics Rotation ~ Gym B March 18 May 4, 2011 Van Hise Gym. Rotation ~ Gym A (including weekends) March 16, 2011 Wednesday Professional Collaboration Time ~ Early Release 1:37 p.m. (no after school clubs) March 16, 2011 Wednesday PTO Meeting 7:00 9:00 p.m. LMC March 21, 2011 Monday Follies Rehearsal 2:37 5:30 p.m. ~ Cafeteria March 22, 2011 Tuesday Follies Rehearsal 2:37 5:30 p.m. ~ Cafeteria March 23, 2011 Wednesday Professional Collaboration Time ~ Early Release 1:37 p.m. (no after school clubs) March 23, 2011 Wednesday Hamilton Follies 7:00 p.m. Cafeteria March 24, 2011 Thursday 8 th Grade Kalahari Band Festival (All Day) MARCH 26, 2011 SATURDAY WEST AREA STRINGS FESTIVAL ~ 4:00 WEST H.S. TENTATIVE March 29, 2011 Tuesday End or 3 rd Quarter March 30, 2011 Wednesday Professional Collaboration Time ~ Early Release 1:37 p.m. (no after school clubs) April 4, 2011 Monday International Night Rehearsal 2:37 5:30 p.m. Caféteria April 5, 2011 Tuesday International Night Rehearsal 2:37 5:30 p.m. Caféteria April 6, 2011 Wednesday Professional Collaboration Time ~ Early Release 1:37 p.m. (no after school clubs) April 6, 2011 Wednesday Hamilton Mtg. 6:00 7:30 p.m. LMC April 6, 2011 Wednesday International Night, 5:30 8:00 p.m. Cafeteria April 7, 2011 Thursday Washington, D.C. Meeting 2:37 3:30 p.m.~ Cafeteria April 13, 2011 Wednesday Professional Collaboration Time ~ Early Release 1:37 p.m. (no after school clubs) April 13, 2010 Wednesday PTO Meeting 7:00 9:00 p.m. LMC
17 April 18 22, 2011 Spring Break April 25, 2011 Monday School Reopens April 27, 2011 Wednesday Professional Collaboration Time ~ Early Release 1:37 p.m. (no after school clubs) April 27, 2011 Wednesday 5 th Grade Parent/Guardian Orientation 6:30 8:00 p.m. (for parens & 5 th gradersonly) May 4, 2011 Wednesday Professional Collaboration Time ~ Early Release 1:37 p.m. (no after school clubs) May 4, 2011 Wednesday Hamilton Mtg. 6:00 7:30 p.m. LMC May 4, 2011 Wednesday 6 th, 7 th & 8 th Grade Strings Concert 7:00 p.m. Van Hise Gym May 5, 2011 Thursday Washington, D.C. Parent Meeting 6:00 p.m. ~ Cafeteria May 11, 2011 Wednesday Professional Collaboration Time ~ Early Release 1:37 p.m. (no after school clubs) May 11, 2011 Wednesday 7 th Grade Choral & Band Concert 7:00 p.m.van Hise Gym May 17, 2011 Tuesday PTO Board Meeting 6:00 p.m. (location T.B.D.) May17, 2011 Tuesday Spring Book Fair 7:15 a.m. 4:00 p.m. LMC May 18, 2011 Wednesday Professional Collaboration Time ~ Early Release 1:37 p.m. (no after school clubs) May 18, 2011 Wednesday Spring Book Fair 7:15 a.m. 4:00 p.m. LMC May 18, 2011 Wednesday 6 th & 8 th Grade Choir Concert 7:00 p.m.- Van Hise Gym May 18, 2011 Wednesday PTO in LMC 5:00 p.m. May 19, 2011 Thursday 6 th & 8 th Grade Band Concert 7:00 p.m Van Hise Gym May 23, 2011 Monday 8 th Grade Musical Rehearsal 2:37 3:30 p.m. Caféteria. May 24, 2011 Tuesday 8 th Grade Musical dress rehearsal 6:00 8:30p.m.Cafeteria May 25, 2011 Wednesday Professional Collaboration Time ~ Early Release 1:37 p.m. (no after school clubs) May 25 & 26 Weds. & Thurs. 8 th Grade Musical 7:00 p.m.- Cafeteria May 27, 2011 Friday Castle Museum 7:30 9:30 a.m. ~ Cafeteria May 30, 2011 Monday Memorial Day ~ Schools Closed June 1, 2011 Wednesday Hamilton Mtg. 6:00 7:30 p.m. LMC June 1, 2011 Wednesday International Student Picnic 5:30 7:00 p.m. Vilas June 1, 2011 Wednesday 8 th. Grade Awards Assembly 8:00 9:30 a.m. ~ Cafeteria June 3, 2011 Friday 6 th. Grade Medieval Faire 8:45 11:30 a.m June 8, 2011 Wednesday Eighth Grade Movin -On Ceremony 7:00 p.m.west H.S. Auditorium June 9, 2011 Thursday End of the Year Field Trips ~ Grades 6-8 June 10, 2011 Friday Last Day of School ~ Early Morning Release 9:15 a.m. June 20, 2011 Monday First Day of Summer School Revised 11/12/2010
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