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'Tradition and innovation' hallmarks of Hadfield

Opened in 1888, Hadfield changes with the times

May 26, 2009

Address: 733 Linden St., Waukesha

Phone: (262) 970-1505

Principal: Stacy McCoy

School Mascot: The Hadfield Husky

School Colors: Black, Silver & Red

School Motto: Proud to be your school of choice since 1888!

Number of Students: 368 (preK – 6th grade)

When Opened: Jan. 15, 1888

Brief History: One of the first schools in Waukesha, Hadfield Elementary School opened in 1888, and was named in honor of Joseph Hadfield, owner of several local quarries and the land upon which the original Hadfield School was built. The building was at the corner of Linden and Bell Streets, constructed in the Queen Anne style of architecture. The present Hadfield School, at the corner of Linden Street and Oakland Avenue, was constructed on the same site in 1952, replacing the original Bell Street School. In the mid-1980s and again in the 1990s, the school underwent major additions and renovations making it one of the largest elementary schools in square footage. Well-known Hadfield graduates include Judge Ralph Ramirez, Alderman Charles Betker, Lieutenant William Graham, and Waukesha School Board member Patricia Madden.

What We Do Best: Whatever it takes, Hadfield's staff does an incredible job of meeting kids' and families' individual needs. They are relentless... in a good way! Hadfield has a wide variety of interventions to help students who are struggling in reading and math, as well as differentiation for students who excel academically. Student progress is monitored carefully and instruction adjusted to ensure that student potential is maximized.

Hadfield is a remarkable blend of history and diversity, of tradition and innovation. Some families have lived in the neighborhood and attended Hadfield for four generations. Mr. Blackwood, known to many families as the principal of Hadfield from 1959 – 1982, comes back and volunteers today. Hadfield also is home to many families who are new to the country. As a magnet site providing services for English Language Learners, Hadfield takes pride in welcoming families from countries such as Myanmar/Burma, Afghanistan, Thailand, Puerto Rico, Russia, China, Mexico, Algeria, France and Iran. At a recent school board presentation, Board member Ellen Langill summarized by saying, "Hadfield is the story of modern immigration!"

Our diverse families also are very involved and connected at Hadfield. PTO is very supportive of school activities. The SPARKS Alliance, Schools & Parents Achieving Results for Kids' Success, also plans a number of free educational and recreational programs for families every month throughout the year, including child care for younger siblings.

What's New? After extensive training, Hadfield teachers, support staff, and parents began implementing the Tribes community-building process in 2007-08. Community Agreements of mutual respect, attentive listening, appreciations (no put-downs), the right to pass and responsibility to participate are reinforced in all grade levels and areas of school life.

Hadfield is the only Waukesha site of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee which provides quality after-school care and a summer leadership camp at minimal cost to families. Their Boys & Girls Club has recently been approved as a licensed day care through the state so that families may participate for free if they qualify for the Wisconsin Shares program.

Recent Accomplishments:

• Hadfield has implemented a variety of interventions in reading and math that are having a very positive impact on student achievement.

• At a time of increasing diversity, Hadfield's recent standardized test scores in math have increased significantly to meet or exceed state and district averages.

• Hadfield's volunteer ranks have swelled recently, with community, business, and church partnerships. Volunteers regularly work with students on reading and math goals.

• Hadfield has one of the highest library circulations of all the Waukesha elementary schools. Kids love to read, and read a lot!

Upcoming Events:

• Hadfield's Salute to Summer Picnic & Carnival: Friday, June 5, 4:30-7:30 p.m.

• Boys & Girls Club Summer Leadership Camp: June 22 – July 31

• Academic Summer School: June 22 – July 17

• Forms & Fees Day: Aug. 18, 12:30-6 p.m

What's More:

• Through the support of local businesses, PTO, and parent volunteers, Hadfield is the only Waukesha school with the RIF/Reading is Fundamental program, distributing at least three new books to each child every year.

• The Readers' Cafe program matches community volunteers with second- and third-graders as reading buddies during lunch time once a week.

• Special services are provided for children with identified needs in Early Childhood, Kindergarten Readiness, and ESL. Hadfield is a magnet site for these district programs.

• Hadfield children continue the May Day tradition of making and delivering May Baskets, spreading good cheer and spring greetings throughout the neighborhood.

Information submitted by Stacy McCoy, principal of Hadfield Elementary School.

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