Hamilton’s ACT, AP scores at highest level ever

Hamilton High School students reached a significant milestone. ACT and Advanced Placement (AP) results released this summer show that Hamilton students performed at the highest level in the school’s history.

With a composite score of 23.4, Hamilton students scored well above the statewide composite average of 22.2 on the ACT, a test that indicates the extent of preparation for college-level work. The national ACT composite score was 21.1.

It is the second consecutive year that Hamilton students have posted the school’s highest ACT score; last year Hamilton’s score was 23.1.

Another indicator of the school’s performance came with the results of AP tests. Some 80 percent of Hamilton students received a score of 3 or higher on AP exams, which earn them credits that are recognized by many colleges and universities. A total of 77 students took a combined 105 exams in biology, calculus, English, studio art drawing and U.S. history.

Hamilton’s AP exam pass rate has experienced an upward trend in the past decade. In 1995-96, only 26.7 percent of Hamilton students who took AP exams scored 3 or higher.

Hamilton Principal Candis Mongan credited a long-range commitment to increasing rigor and expectations for the impressive accomplishment.

“While we celebrate our success, we realize that the groundwork for this significant accomplishment was laid years ago,” Mongan said.

Mongan pointed to the school’s site plan that focuses initiatives on higher-level thinking skills such as reading and writing in the content areas.

“Hamilton High School has seen incremental improvement in learning and achievement over the past decade,” Mongan said “We will continue to seek ways to better serve students and keep our focus on higher-level skills.”

Hamilton Girls Volleyball earns team academic award for third consecutive year

The Hamilton High School 2005-06 Varsity Girls Volleyball Team earned the Game Plan/Team Academic Award from the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) for the third consecutive year. Hamilton was one of only nine Wisconsin high school teams to receive the award issued to any high school, junior college, college or university whose varsity team members averaged at least a 3.3 on a 4.0 grade point average (GPA) scale for the academic year.

Hamilton Girls Volleyball Coach Bill Serb is a AVCA member and nominated his team for its effort to be successful on the court and in the classroom. His 15-member team had an impressive 3.5 team GPA. The team average factors in individual GPAs of any girl who played at the varsity level last year.

Members of the 2005-06 Hamilton team included Kayla Johnson, Ann Seward, Heather Schilter, Brittany Jasinski, Danielle Behling, Talisa Emberts, Elizabeth Fischer, Korina Zarzynski, Sarah Krohn, Lisa D’Alessio, Kelley Sperb, Katherine Mess, Lindsey Burleson, Samantha Luedtke and Nora Kudronowicz. In addition to the team award, Jasinski, Mess, Schilter, Zarzynski, Luedtke, Behling, Burleson, D’Alessio, Emberts and Johnson each earned individual awards for being chosen to the Wisconsin All-Academic Team for having a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA.

“The Game Plan/AVCA Team Academic Award is what being a student-athlete is all about,” AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer said. “We congratulate the student-athletes, coaches and school personnel for achieving this honor and upholding the delicate balance between academics and athletics.”

Woodside plans ribbon-cutting for entrance landscaping

Woodside Elementary School Home and School will celebrate the addition of an attractive new planter and landscaping in the entranceway Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The Home and School invites parents and students for ice cream at the event which will be followed by the school’s first Home and School meeting of the school year.

Woodside Home and School provided the border, Metropolitan Maintenance and Landscaping constructed it, and the Hamilton School District provided the plants and planted them. Woodside funded the project through proceeds of Family Fun Night and the capital fund.

Woodside is located at W236 N7465 Woodside Road, Sussex.

Tackes appointed as Willow Springs principal

The Hamilton School Board approved the appointment Aug.21 of Margaret “Margee” Tackes, Ed.D., as the Willow Springs Learning Center principal.

Tackes, a former teacher and administrator, is the administrative leadership director at Alverno College. She began her educational career teaching elementary school children in Milwaukee Public Schools. She was assistant principal at Custer High School and then at Shorewood High School before becoming principal at Shorewood Intermediate School. She retired two years ago after serving for 10 years as principal at Benjamin Franklin Elementary School in Menomonee Falls.

Tackes received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She earned her doctorate in leadership, learning and service from Cardinal Stritch University where she later taught..

“I believe parents and community members will find Dr. Tackes’ welcoming nature as well as her knowledge and understanding of young children to be an asset to an already exemplary staff of educators,” Hamilton Superintendent Kathleen Cooke said.

Tackes fills the half-time position that is vacant with the resignation John Vitale, who had been Willow Spring principal and special education administrative support. Vitale accepted a teaching position in Pewaukee where he also will coach football.

Willow Spring Learning Center, located at W220 N6660 Town Line Road in Menomonee Falls, serves 274 students who participate in the district’s optional half-day kindergarten program for 4-year-olds.