School Notes: April 14

April 11, 2011

Janesville principal to take on role at Swanson Elementary

The Elmbrook School Board on Wednesday approved a two-year contract for Janesville educator Kori Hartman to replace Anne Kreul as principal at Swanson Elementary School.

Kreul, who has been principal at Swanson since 1997, plans to retire at the end of the school year.

Hartman has worked for the Janesville School District since 1986, serving as a first-grade teacher, a reading teacher and a learning support teacher before becoming principal at Van Buren Elementary School in Janesville in 2007.

Hartman's contract starts July 1. Her salary for 2011-12 will be $96,500.

Wisconsin Hills named middle school of year

Wisconsin Hills Middle School has been named the 2011 large middle school of the year by the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators.

It is the second time Wisconsin Hills has won the award, which was established by the state Department of Public Instruction and the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators in 2007.

Schools are selected in small, middle, large and high poverty categories based on several factors, including rapid improvement in reading and math scores in the past school year or finishing in the top 10 percent in reading and math scores in the past year.

Foundation starts campaign for document cameras

The Elmbrook Education Foundation last month kicked off a new campaign to equip every kindergarten through fifth-grade classroom in the Elmbrook School District with a Smart document camera within the next three years.

This campaign is the next cycle of the foundation's Super Grant Program, which funded technology projects at the high schools in 2008 and the implementation of Smart Response assessment technology in every math classroom across both middle schools in 2009-10.

For information, refer to the Smart document camera video on the foundation's blog, "Investing in Community Education," at or The video has a short introduction composed by a student and then continues to explain how Smart cameras are being used in select Elmbrook classrooms today.

Anyone interested in supporting this campaign can send a donation to the Elmbrook Education Foundation, P.O. Box 206, Brookfield, WI 53008. All donations are tax deductible and will be acknowledged upon receipt.

A donation form can be found on the foundation's website,


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