Hamilton students win awards in regional art contest

Three Hamilton High School students earned awards Jan. 27 in the 2007 Scholastic Art Awards – Wisconsin Regional Competition and Exhibit. Students who earned awards were:

  • Matthew Baron, freshman, a Gold Key for photography;
  • Elizabeth Fischer, senior, a Silver Key for stained glass;
  • Sarah Tomke, junior, a Silver Key for stained glass.

Baron is in Ellen Acuff’s photography class, and Fischer and Tomke are in Kelly Golyzniak’s stained glass class.

The works of these Hamilton students are among 334 award-winning pieces on display until Feb. 24 at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Students from 87 Wisconsin schools submitted 1,467 entries into the competition, which is juried by 23 artists, educators and other art professionals.

The Scholastic Art Award program is the regional section of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards National Program conducted by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. The Gold Key-winning photography of Baron will advance to the National Scholastic Art Awards competition, with the national awards ceremony to be held at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

The Milwaukee Art Museum, Marc Flesch Memorial Fund, Avis and Jim Heller, and Raymond and Susan Kehm sponsor the state competition and exhibit with matching grants from AT&T, Milwaukee Art Museum Docents, James and Carol Wiensch and an anonymous donor. For Milwaukee Art Museum hours, admission and location, please call (414) 224-3220.

Woodside students do well in hoop shoot

Four Woodside Elementary School students were winners in the Milwaukee Elks Lodge #46 Basketball Hoop Shoot. Third-grader Michael Rajchel and fifth-grader Michael Banda each took first place in their age groups. In the girls division, third-grader Olivia Godlewski and fifth-grader Katricia Kastner each took third place in their respective age groups.

Rajchel and Banda will move on to the southeast district competition Jan. 27 at John Marshall High School in Milwaukee. Competition begins at 9 a.m. First place winners from the Milwaukee event will compete Feb. 17 at the state meet in Wausau.

Woodside third through fifth grade students in Christopher Botsford and Jackie Rottler’s physical education classes tried out in December for the free throw contest.

Hamilton Band Booster Club hosts Italian dinner

The Hamilton High School Band Booster Club will host its second annual “A Jazzy Italian Dinner” Feb. 14 from 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. Tickets for the all-you-care-to-eat dinner are $7 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and children under 10 years.

The public is invited to enjoy a luscious Mama Mia’s spaghetti dinner while listening to the Hamilton jazz bands.

A free combined Templeton Middle School and Hamilton High School band concert follows at 7 p.m. in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center. The Hamilton Concert Band, Hamilton Symphonic Band and Templeton Eighth Grade Band will be featured in the concert that includes traditional and contemporary music selections. The concert will close with all Hamilton and Templeton musicians on stage for a combined number.

To reserve your spot for dinner, please call Karen Giese at (262) 246-9325 or e-mail Pat Kudronowicz at cjpjrnl@sbcglobal.net. Hamilton High School and the Hamilton Fine Arts Center are located at W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex.

Get Connected offers talks about parenting issues

The Get Connected Program offers parents two free opportunities to hear from Peter Graskamp, Ph.D., a counselor with Cornerstone Counseling Services. Free childcare will be available at both events.

  • Graskamp will speak Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. about “Effective Discipline and Communication.” The event will be at Lannon Elementary School, 7145 Lannon Road, Lannon.
  • Graskamp will speak again Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. about “Adolescents: What is Normal What is Not?” The presentation will be in the Large Group Area at Templeton Middle School, N59 W22490 Silver Spring Drive, Sussex.

The Get Connected Parent Network is supported by United Way of Waukesha County and is designed to help parents navigate children through their school years by providing:

  • age-appropriate information;
  • networking with other parents;
  • presentations from professionals; and
  • guidance and support.

For more information about the Get Connected Program or the parent presentations slated in February, please contact Kristin Hasbrook at (246) 1973 ext. 1128.

Hamilton Orientation, Open House slated for Feb. 15

Hamilton High School will offer its Orientation and Open House Feb. 15 beginning at 7 p.m. at the high school, W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex.

The Orientation, a 45-minute introduction to the high school and course selection process, will start at 7 p.m. in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center. It is designed for incoming ninth-graders and their parents, but anyone may attend.

The Open House is from 7:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Administrators, guidance counselors and representatives from departments, clubs and activities will be available to answer questions. Anyone who has a child registering at any grade may attend this portion. School tours and refreshments are offered.

Parents of private school students are asked to contact the high school guidance office at (262) 246-6476, ext. 1130 if their children’s school has not been notified of this opportunity.

Hamilton announces December students of the month

Hamilton High School students representing 11 curriculum areas were selected students of the month for December. They are:

  • Melissa Brook, mathematics;
  • Sarah Buck, music;
  • Angela Christman, science;
  • Robin Figarino, family and consumer education;
  • Halley Greeneway, fitness education;
  • Christopher Jaskolski and Radoslav Radinov, social studies;
  • Ellen Kudronowicz, world languages;
  • Alexander Piper, applied engineering and technology;
  • Christopher Schultz, communication arts;
  • Vanessa Torweihe, art; and
  • Michael Weinand, business education.

Students received a certificate and a pin for their accomplishment.

Early admission deadline approaches

Parents who want their children considered for early admission into a Hamilton School District 5-year-old kindergarten or first grade class next fall should apply in writing by March 1 to their elementary school principal. Application forms are available at elementary school offices.

Children who turn five on or before Sept. 1, 2007 meet normal entrance age requirements for the 2007-08 5-year-old kindergarten class; those who turn six on or before Sept. 1, 2007 are eligible to enter first grade.

Parents making application will meet with the principal. During that time, a brief interview will take place and the application will be completed. The child should demonstrate superior intellectual development, superior language skills and advanced physical, social and emotional maturity. Parents will be contacted no later than mid-March 2007 about the next step in the process.

For more information about early admission, contact an elementary school principal or Special Services Supervisor Mardi Freeman at (262) 246-1973 ext. 1184.

Templeton hosts District Spelling Bee

Templeton Middle School will be the site Feb. 6 for the District Spelling Bee that draws qualifying students from Hamilton School District middle and elementary schools as well as area private schools. Qualifying students from the following schools will participate in the District Spelling Bee: Templeton, Lannon, Maple Avenue, Marcy, Woodside, St. Agnes, St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran, Peace Lutheran Academy and Zion Lutheran.

The District Spelling Bee begins at 8 a.m. in the Large Group Area at Templeton, located at N59 W22490 Silver Spring Dr., Sussex.

The top five students from the district-level bee will advance to the Regional Spelling Bee, which will be Feb. 19 in the Northern Ozaukee School District. One winner from the regional level will qualify for the State Spelling Bee. The state champion then moves on to the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

Hamilton DECA students earn record number of medals

Hamilton High School students broke school records Jan. 6 at the Southeastern Wisconsin Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) Career Development Conference held at Kettle Morraine High School in Wales. A record 41 Hamilton students competed at the event bringing home another record 54 medals. Other impressive highlights of Hamilton’s performance include the facts that:

  • a record number of 20 students qualified for state competition;
  • one team took first place overall, two took third place and two took fifth place;
  • a total of 13 individuals or teams were finalists in the top ten of their competition series;
  • the chapter was awarded the Acts of Kindness Award for its Adopt-A-Classroom service project;
  • the chapter placed for the first time ever in the Chapter of the Year Contest coming in at ninth place; and
  • students competed in 14 of 15 possible categories against 32 other schools.

The following students qualified for state competition:

  • Ashley Reimer and Patrick McCaffery in travel and tourism, three medals, first place overall;
  • Megan Ropiak and Claire Greenway in hospitality services, three medals, third place overall;
  • Halley Greenway and Holly Rindfleisch in travel and tourism, two medals, third place overall;
  • Brian Bialobrzeski in business services, two medals, fifth place overall;
  • Mark Ray and Joseph Jurasovich in financial analysis, two medals, fifth place overall;
  • Frank Schweiger and Joseph Bartolone in sports and entertainment, three medals, top 10 overall;
  • Katherine Rodenkirk and Allison Umhoefer in hospitality services, two medals, top 10 overall;
  • Clinton Loker in restaurant management, two medals, top 10 overall;
  • Ryan Zahn in food marketing, one medal, top 10 overall;
  • Kate Jackson in apparel and accessories, one medal, top 10 overall; and
  • Anthony Gaglione in retail marketing, one medal.

The following students earned medals at the event:

  • Philip Koerner in accounting applications, three medals, top 10 overall;
  • Taylor Brown and Shane Kelly in financial services, two medals, top 10 overall;
  • William Kerr and Benjamin Vertal in E-commerce marketing, two medals, top 10 overall;
  • Holly Abel and Ashley Meinzer in E-commerce marketing, one medal ;
  • Christopher Caplan and Tony D’Alessio in sports and entertainment, one medal; and
  • Aimee Macpherson and Jaclyn Klafke in hospitality services, one medal.

Students qualifying for state and nationals through portfolio projects outside of district competition include Allison Umhoefer, Katherine Rodenkirk, Jasmine Dockery and Sonya Ruminski. Others who completed portfolios include Brian Bialobrzeski, Ashley Reimer, Mark Ray and Patrick McCaffrey.

While not earning any medals, Kyle Ehley in automotive services and Loralee Hall in marketing management broke the 300 score which in any previous year would have met qualifications for state competition:

State qualifiers will compete in March at the DECA State Career Development Conference in Lake Geneva. DECA is an association of marketing and management students that provides opportunities to compete in more than 50 categories related to marketing and management career development. Hamilton business education teacher Skip Hay is the DECA advisor.

January 15, 2007

Hamilton works on increased honors, AP enrollment
Hamilton High School is getting closer to its goal of increasing honors and Advanced Placement (AP) enrollment through a number of initiatives. Principal Candis Mongan updated School Board members on how the school plans to achieve that goal by:

  • increasing AP offerings;
  • meeting with eighth grade parents;
  • modifying the criteria for honors placement;
  • conducting parent and student meetings;
  • closing the achievement gap so that more students are targeted, prepared and supported to take AP courses;
  • offering AP course to students in grade 10 and 11;
  • monitoring criteria that surrounding school districts use for enrollment;
  • continuing discussions with postsecondary admission representatives; and
  • using vertical teaming so that students are exposed to the concepts in AP courses beginning in grade 6.

Mongan noted that compared to last year’s enrollments, honors courses increased by 32 students and AP courses doubled. While increasing enrollment in courses, the high school also wants to ensure that students will be successful. More than 80 percent of Hamilton students who took AP courses last year passed the exam with scores of 3 or higher.

Students taking AP courses this year have weighted grades for the first time in which students are graded on a 5.0 instead of 4.0 scale. Mongan said school staff members are considering whether honors courses should be weighted as well.

“While it may serve as an incentive for some students, weighted grades at the honors level can create another potential set of problems,” Mongan noted in her report.

Among the potential drawbacks, Mongan was concerned about developing a false sense of accomplishment among students who earn higher grades, the difficulty in determining what qualifies for honors status and the complications involved with communicating a weighted system to postsecondary admission offices.

Mongan recommended that the high school continue to monitor the impact of AP weighted grades on class rank and move cautiously in considering weighted grades for another segment of courses.

School Board member Lynn Kristensen challenged high school staff to come up with an incentive to keep students in honors courses.

“Find something to differentiate the classes or we are going to start losing them,” she said.

Students’ busy lives and the recent change to a more rigorous grade scale could mean fewer students find the extra work of honors curriculum worthwhile.

“We need to show them it’s an investment,” Kristensen said.

School Board member Gerald Schmitz said he agreed with taking a cautious approach to more weighted grades until the impact of weighted AP courses are understood.

“Personally, I think the way we are going is the right direction,” he said.

Hamilton course catalog approved
Mongan presented changes in the high school course catalog that School Board members approved. “Introduction to Engineering Design” will be offered as the first sequence to Project Lead the Way, and standards from mechanical drawing and computer aided drafting will be integrated into its curriculum. Other courses that will be added are “Entrepreneurship,” “Honors Chemistry,” “Honors Physics,” “Environmental Science” and “AP European History.” Mongan also described various course modifications and fee increases.

Cooke complimented Mongan for her first presentation of the high school course catalog and noted that the changes reflect a new direction for the school.

ELL Program continues to grow
With 117 students needing help in acquiring English, the district has seen English Language Learner (ELL) enrollments more than triple in the last five years. Assistant Superintendent Dean Schultz and Instructional Supervisor Dee Bauman, Ph.D., gave an update on the program.

For the first time, the district hired two half-time ELL teachers this year who monitor all ELL students and provide direct service to some. Teachers Jaclyn Mauer and Jeanna Tinus spoke to School Board members about their work with students and their role as a resource to classroom teachers.

While some students get direct support in small groups, most ELL students receive support within the classroom from their regular teacher. In addition to help from Mauer and Tinus, the district offered a staff workshop taught by a ELL professor, and ELL sessions are offered on district in-service days.

Marcy Site Plan OK’d
Principal Donald Behrens, Ph.D., reported on Marcy Elementary School’s Site Plan. He discussed changes at the school which include increased enrollment and greater mobility and diversity among students. The site planning team revised wording of the third tactic to provide better direction to the tactic team.

Three tactics of the plan that staff members continue to address indicate that Marcy students, staff and parents will:

  • become a strong and cohesive community through enriching and memorable experiences,
  • attain the highest possible levels of achievement through the use of effective and innovative practices; and
  • welcome the responsibility to create and maintain a physically attractive, emotionally safe, caring, inviting and supportive school environment.

GradeCheck ready for rollout
Templeton and Hamilton students and parents will soon be able to check grades online when GradeCheck is unveiled in the next two months. Superintendent Kathleen Cooke, Ph.D. provided a written report about GradeCheck, which will allow students and parents to see attendance and grade information.

Staff from both schools previewed the new system. An introductory meeting for parents is slated Jan. 31 at Templeton and March 14 at Hamilton after which GradeCheck will be operational. Student user IDs and passwords will be distributed at the parent meetings and later through the mail for those not able to attend the parent meeting.

Students recognized
Mongan presented Hamilton Band drum majors Kyle Giese, Sarah Buck and Lydia Hickey for School Board recognition because of their outstanding efforts in facilitating marching band performances. This year, the band took its highest honors ever in marching band competition taking first places in Greendale and Cudahy. The band finished fourth out of nine at state.

“These students led by example and are well-respected by their peers,” Mongan said.

Personnel news
In personnel business, the School Board:

  • accepted the retirement requests of Hamilton alternative programs teacher Jill Matarrese and Marcy library-media specialist Nancy Boeck;
  • accepted the resignations of Templeton sixth grade science and social studies teacher Jessica Cernoch and Marcy special education teacher Janet Brueggeman; and
  • appointed Lorene Lisheron as the Hamilton replacement art teacher, Annette Herbert as a Templeton clerical and instruction paraprofessional, William Hahn as a Hamilton night cleaner and Murrene Payton and Bob Blessington as summer school assistant coordinators.