Award Year: 2021

Hatley Elementary School

417 Emmonsville Road
Hatley, WI, 54440-9769

(715) 446-3336

Mrs. Lisa Braun, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

D C Everest Area School District

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D.C. Everest Area School District, in partnership with the community, is committed to being an innovative educational leader in developing knowledgeable, productive, caring, creative, responsible individuals prepared to meet the challenges of an ever-changing global society.

Student Demographics
  • White: 87%
  • Hispanic: 5%
  • Asian: 3%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 4%
Hatley Staff and Students: An Aerial View

Hatley Staff and Students: An Aerial View

Hatley Elementary is home to about 125 students and staff members, serving a growing community filled with an increasing number of young professionals who work in advanced manufacturing, public administration, education, and healthcare. We have an exceptionally strong Hatley Hawks culture and trusted support network where every teacher knows every student and provides respectful and consistent direction and care.

We provide innovative instructional opportunities, celebrate our cherished traditions, and encourage "mistakes" as a process of discovery by which students can take ownership of challenges and utilize their problem-solving skills to overcome them. We offer hands-on, personalized learning opportunities within our curriculum and weave SEL lessons into daily instruction to help students develop into engaged, respectful, and responsible members of society. Cross-curricular Career and Technical Education provides students with career skills such as critical thinking, creativity, problem-solving, perseverance, collaboration, technological competence, and design. Our District-wide 1:1 initiative provides every student with access to thousands of digital texts, videos, art/design/engineering tools and instructional aids that help them develop creative, research, critical-thinking, and technological skills and allow them to collaborate virtually with others. Technology also provides students with voice and choice - offering tools that help them demonstrate what they've learned in a format best suited to their needs.

Building respectful, empathetic relationships is a critical step in responding to unique student needs and celebrating our differences. These lessons are built into our curriculum with hands-on independent activities that help students discover their talents and interests, and collaborative projects that encourage students to pool their abilities, share ideas, evaluate various suggested approaches, and then unite around a common strategy to achieve their end goal.