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Van Hise Elementary School
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Van Hise Elementary School is a community of diverse learners within an inclusive atmosphere, to assure maximum educational growth of all students while:
- Cultivating a self-reliant and curious approach toward lifelong learning
- Providing a safe, healthful, and nurturing environment
- Building self-esteem
- Teaching respect for and an understanding of diversity
- Fostering rational and creative thinking and social skills
- Developing responsible, productive members of the global community
- Challenging, interactive curriculum that reflects the individualized needs of each student
- Problem-solving and responsible decision-making
- Shared responsibility by the Van Hise community
- Maintaining a continuity of involvement and open communication between family, school and the community at large
Van Hise Elementary is a quiet K-5 neighborhood school in the University Hill Farms area on the near west side of Madison. The campus is shared with Velma Hamilton Middle School.
Average class size is 24. There are 14 classrooms with inclusion of students with Exceptional Educational Needs and English as a Second Language.
Pick-up for students begins at 8:00 a.m. at the following locations: 1) Wedgewood and Sherwood, 2) Sherwood and Dearholt, 3) Odana Lane and 5321 Fairway, 4) Fairway and Dearholt. For more information contact the school office at 204-4800 or the District's transportation office at 663-5288.
Breakfast and Lunch Program
Monthly menus are sent home with each child. Monthly payments by checks payable to Van Hise Eatery or the exact amount of money are accepted any school day.
After School Care
On-site after school care for grades K-5 is available. Call After School at 276-9782 for more information.
Over recent years Van Hise Elementary Third Grade Reading Test scores have been between 97-100%.
Our computer lab was financed by our PTO. The computers are used to support and extend learning across the curriculum.
Talented and Gifted (TAG) Program
The goal of Talented and Gifted (TAG) programming is to make certain K-12 students consistently have learning opportunities that are challenging, systematic and continuous based on learning profile, readiness and student interest.
Student learning experiences include a broad range of opportunities that pushes a student to their next level of challenge and allows them to develop their talents. TAG programming may occur in the classroom, or on rare occasions in other settings. TAG programming is determined by ongoing evaluation and assessment of individual student needs. TAG consultation is available to school staff and families.
Teacher specialists in art, LMC, music, and physical education provide regular instruction. Reinforcing and Enriching Achievement for all CHildren (REACH) extends and supports classroom curriculum by teaching computer instruction.
We offer full-day kindergarten, special education services and English as a Second Language (ESL) programming. Support services are provided by the school nurse, psychologist, occupational/physical therapist, social worker, and speech and language clinician.
Safety Is Always A Priority
The playground has adult supervision 15 minutes before school and during all recesses. Student patrols learn leadership skills and help maintain a positive school environment. City crossing guards assist students at busy intersections. Students who live more than 1.5 miles from school are provided free transportation on school buses.
Peaceful Problem Solving and Conflict Resolution
Teachers and support staff develop and promote lifelong skills for successfully handling conflict. Verbal communication and problem solving, student to student, is the first course of action.
We have an active Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) which supports academic programming by planning special events and fundraisers, advocating for children, and soliciting volunteers. The Board and/or PTO meetings are held every month on Tuesday evenings.
Our school has been active with organizations such as the Golden Kiwanis and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). Students participate in community service projects by donating clothes, food, toys, and money to various Dane County organizations.
We promote and provide quality teacher education for future teachers and ongoing learning for our professional staff. We have been partners with Edgewood College, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
You Are Always Welcome At Van Hise Elementary School!
We invite parents and community members to share their talents and interests by assisting teachers with classroom projects and activities. This is the best way to become familiar with our school.
School tours of our building are available. We encourage anyone interested to call the school to set up a time.
We encourage you to talk with parents and guardians of our students to learn more about our school. Please see the Principal/Parent information on this web site for current names and phone numbers.
Questions can be answered and/or materials such as curriculum guides, handbooks, lunch menus, newsletters, etc. can be requested by contacting the school office at 204-4800; Fax your request to 204-0419.
"Van Hise Elementary School is great for learning!"
-- Van Hise Student
"The philosophy that every child will reach their full potential is pervasive within the Van Hise Elementary School environment. "
-- Van Hise Parent
"The coolest school in Madison!"
-- Van Hise Student
"Van Hise is a fun school. There are nice teachers and students, responsible patrols, a school store and many special classes."
-- Van Hise Student
"A great place to learn. There are always people trying to help. You should come and check out this great school."
-- Van Hise Student
Remember, you're "At Home At Van Hise Elementary School!"