Hamilton one-act play awarded All State

Hamilton High School’s one-act play came away with several prestigious awards at the 2007 State High School Theater Festival in Stevens Point. The cast and crew of “Lepers” received an All State Award. In addition, the entire cast received an Ensemble Acting Award.

“You and your school should be extremely proud of your drama program and the accomplishment of this entire cast and crew who represented Hamilton High School in such an outstanding manner,” wrote Wisconsin High School Forensic Association Executive Director Chuck Malone.

“Lepers,” written by Robert G. Barone, is about a group of women living on the fringes of society. The women, wrapped in bandages and loneliness, deal with denial and acceptance of being the unwanted. They embody the alienated – the homeless, the poor, the diseased, the unpopular. This is the story of their struggle, persevering with the never ceasing ability to dream and to love.

Members of the production were Sarah Buck, Jaclyn Michl, Kristin Souvigny, Stephanie Keller, Joshua Greiveldinger, Erin Swierczek, Gabrielle Mears, Nicholas Sawatzki and Kyle Florence.

Hamilton communication arts teachers Erin Brigham and Addie Starrett advised the student production.

Walkers invited to Hamilton High School

Residents wanting to walk in an indoor facility are welcome to use Hamilton High School halls during the winter months. The halls are open for use from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

To ensure safety and enjoyment among those who use the halls to exercise, the following rules have been established. Walkers are asked to:

  • walk, not jog;
  • travel in a counter-clockwise direction so that all are going one way; and
  • avoid entering the area south of the gates when activities are occurring in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center, Little Theater or gymnasium.

In addition to the evening hours, senior citizens are invited to walk during the school day. Walking is open to senior citizens from 7:20 a.m. to 8:50 a.m., 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 1:10 p.m. to 2:25 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The schedule for Tuesdays and Thursdays is 7:20 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., 8:45 a.m. to 9:40 a.m., 9:50 a.m. to 11:05 a.m. and 1:10 p.m. to 2:25 p.m.

Anyone with questions or suggestions related to community use of the halls should contact Hamilton Principal Candis Mongan at (262) 246-6471 x1104.

Hamilton High School is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex.

Hamilton announces October students of the month

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

  • Alessandro Aita, science;
  • Kelly Boyd, communication arts;
  • Cassandra Chiao, world languages;
  • Melanie Farra, family and consumer education;
  • Halley Greeneway, business education;
  • Lydia Hickey, music;
  • Alexandra Koelbl, art;
  • Michael Otto and Jessica Peters, mathematics;
  • Chelsi Reilly, social studies;
  • Michael Ruminski, fitness education; and
  • Travis Schirpke, applied engineering and technology

Students received a certificate and a pin for their accomplishment.

Student newspaper invites candidates to Hamilton

The 2008 Presidential Election may be a year away, but Hamilton High School students involved with the student newspaper are doing their part to encourage citizens to be informed. Editors of The Troubadour have invited the candidates from the two major political parties to stop at their school to enlighten students and community members about their positions. They hope at least one of the candidates will take them up on their offer to speak some time in January, 2008 in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center.

Troubadour Co-Editor-in-Chief Sara Kamoske and Editorial Section Editor Eva Ennamorato sent letters to the candidates inviting them to give their views and answer questions from the audience. In anticipation of Wisconsin’s February primary, the newspaper plans to cover the presidential candidates in the January issue. The students said they are willing to open the doors to any mainline Republican and Democratic candidate who is willing to speak to students, parents and community members after school.

For Ennamorato, a senior who was a representative to Badger Girls State, the opportunity to hear a presidential candidate speak at her school would be a “memorial experience.”

What does she think about the likelihood that a major presidential candidate will take the student newspaper up on its offer?

“A lot of people doubt us, but you never know,” Ennamorato said.

Hamilton 9th, 10th grades to take standardized tests Dec. 4

In an effort to assist Hamilton High School students with educational and career planning, the EXPLORE test will be administered to all freshman and the PLAN test will be administered to all sophomores on Dec. 4. The test begins promptly at 7:20 a.m. and ends at approximately 10:45 a.m. Parents are reminded that attendance on this day is important and are asked to schedule all out-of-school appointments at another time.

The EXPLORE test assesses academic progress, helps students investigate the full range of career options, assists in developing a high school coursework plan, and provides practice on a test that is similar to college entrance exams. The EXPLORE is designed to measure educational development in four curricular areas: English, math, reading, and science. In addition, it serves as the entry point into ACT’s Educational Planning and Assessment System (EPAS). The other primary EPAS components are PLAN (mandatory in grade 10) and the ACT Assessment (college admissions).

The PLAN is a shortened version of the ACT and is designed to measure educational development in four curricular areas: English, math, reading, and science. It also includes an interest inventory that facilitates career and educational planning along with information about the core courses students have taken and plan to take. Students who take the PLAN test score an average of one to two points higher on the ACT and nearly all universities use ACT scores as one of the measures to determine admission.

Watch for the planning guide that will be distributed to students in late November. Please take time to read through the instructional booklet and discuss it with your child. If you have any questions, please contact the guidance department at (262) 246-6476.

Questions answered at financial aid session

People who have questions about postsecondary financial aid are encouraged to attend the annual financial aid information session Dec. 13 hosted by the Hamilton High School Guidance Department. The workshop, which begins at 7 p.m., will be held in the high school Little Theater. Many aspects of financial aid – including application procedures, forms, eligibility, aid packages and deadlines – will be covered.

A representative from Carroll College’s Financial Aid Office will be the guest speaker. For more information, contact the high school Guidance Department at (262) 246-6471 x1134.

Hamilton High School is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex.

HFAC announces performing arts season

The Hamilton Fine Arts Center is pleased to announce its 2007-08 performing arts season, designed to appeal to all audiences.

Wisconsin Singers – Nov. 30
The season will open Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. with Celebrate!, the Wisconsin Singers newest song and dance revue. Celebrate! is guaranteed to entertain with a big band sound and the best collegiate singers and dancers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Celebrate! highlights popular American music from the Jukebox era through a list of unforgettable Top 40 hits. Broadway classics along with songs from contemporary musicals will take you on a journey through the past 40 years of theatre on the American stage. Humor is a staple of every Wisconsin Singers show and the tribute to one-hit-wonders will have you laughing out loud. Wisconsin Singers’ band is featured throughout the evening with its own special blend of big band, jazz and pop-rock sound. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors (55+) and $8 for students.

Bel Canto Chorus – Dec. 8
Guitars, charangos, castanets and Andean flutes will accompany the Bel Canto Chorus Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. for a festive holiday experience. Twentieth-century composer Ariel Ramirez inspires a
concert filled with light, color and irresistible South American energy. Ramirez’s Misa Criolla, a folk Mass of Argentinean flavors, was composed for tenor, chorus, native percussion and Andean flute. Misa Criolla is paired with Ramirez’s Navidad Nuestra, filling this concert with the obsessive rhythms of Latin America. The evening will also include assorted carols and a sing-along. Bring your whole family and jump-start your holiday season. This concert is sponsored in part by Shully’s Cuisine, Thiensville. Please call (414) 481-8801 to purchase tickets for the Bel Canto Chorus.

Sinatra Tradition – Jan. 24
The Sinatra Tradition, starring Ed Franks, will bring the songs of Frank Sinatra alive, complete with a 17-piece band. The Sinatra Tradition is a tribute not only to the legendary singer’s voice, but something else that sets Sinatra apart – class. Celebrate the legend Jan. 24, 2008 beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors (55+) and $8 for students.

Light Up – Feb. 15
Styx was one of the biggest album-rock bands of the late ‘70s, producing monster hits with “Babe,” “Lady,” “Come Sail Away,” “Too Much Time on My Hands” and “Don’t Let It End.” Light Up is a Milwaukee-based group of musicians faithfully recreating the Styx catalogue from the 1970s through the ‘80s. Lead singer Bobby Rouse’s uncanny similarity to Dennis DeYoung’s signature voice provides a foundation for the band to build on. Light Up’s incredible sound and phenomenal light show create the “Grand Illusion” of a live Styx concert experience on Feb. 15, 2008 at 7:30 p.m.. Reserved seating is $18. General seating is $12.

ComedySportz – March 5
ComedySportz is competitive improv – two teams doing fast-paced improvisational comedy games and scenes based on audience participation. The audience provides the suggestions and the referee keeps everyone in line. This show is appropriate for all ages, and the games begin at 7 p.m. on March 5, 2008. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. Children 5-11 years are only $5.

Tickets for Wisconsin Singers, Sinatra Tradition, Light Up and ComedySportz may be purchased online at www.HamiltonFineArtsCenter.com or by visiting the HFAC box office, located at W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex on Wednesdays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.. No phone orders accepted, please. Bel Canto Chorus tickets may be purchased by calling (414) 481-8801.

The Hamilton Education Foundation provided funding to support some programming of the HFAC’s 2007-08 performing arts season.

November 19, 2007

Lannon celebrates successes
Lannon Elementary School has cause for celebration with the results of recent standardized test results. Principal Richard Ladd reported on the school’s site plan.

Compared to Waukesha County school districts in the percentage of students who were proficient and advanced on the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exam, Lannon was at the top in third grade reading and math, fourth grade reading, math, science and social studies and fifth grade math. One area that the school will look into is fourth grade language arts results where it was 10th among 12 districts.

The site plan’s three strategies focused on developing communication and social skills and high-level thinking strategies in math and reading.

Ladd said the next steps for Lannon will be to:

  • analyze WKCE language arts results and other indicators to make adjustments in instructional practices;
  • explore the posting of student writing on the district Web site and in the school newsletter;
  • create opportunities for Lannon students, staff and parents to practice good communication skills;
  • maintain high expectations for good behavior; and
  • teach strategic thinking.

School Board members congratulated Ladd and the staff at Lannon for the outstanding achievement.

“These are great results,” School Board members Jim Long said.

Superintendent Kathleen Cooke said “these truly outstanding results did not happen by chance,” and she credited Lannon staff members with the accomplishment.

English learners get support
The goal of the English Language Learner (ELL) Program is to support students as they become proficient in English and successfully complete the district’s educational program.

ELL teachers Jeanna Tinus and Jackie Mauer provided an update of the program that is serving 115 students this year. Components of the program include:

  • assessment of potential ELL students;
  • instructional support;
  • student progress monitoring in academics and English proficiency;
  • sharing of ELL progress records;
  • staff development and teacher resources;
  • advocacy for ELL students;
  • communication with ELL parents;
  • professional development for ELL teachers; and
  • program progress monitoring.

The degree of ELL support provided to students is determined by their English proficiency level. Those who have low English language proficiency receive frequent instruction and support from the ELL teacher. Classroom teachers make modification and accommodations for them. As the student’s proficiency increases, the degree of support from the ELL teacher eases.

Tinus and Mauer work part-time as ELL teachers. Combined, their ELL hours would be the equivalent of 1.17 full-time positions. The district funds the cost of the teachers, and Title III federal funding provides $13,006 for professional development, interpreter services, after-school programming and materials to support ELL students.

District’s ethnicity diversifies
While the majority of district students are white, the student population is becoming more diverse. Nearly 90 percent of students are white while 4.4 percent are Asian or Pacific Islander, 3.2 percent are Black, 2.6 percent are Hispanic and .3 percent are American Indian or Alaskan. While the numbers may seem small, minority student enrollment has more than doubled since 1996.

Human Relations Specialist Erica Bova-Brown reported on multicultural activities and status of the Chapter 220 Program. In giving the multicultural report, she provided numerous examples of awareness activities, community connections and support for academic achievement.

Legislative and court activity this summer threatened the Chapter 220 Voluntary Integration Program between Milwaukee and suburban communities. State Legislators proposed phasing out the program, but the proposal was defeated after school officials and parents advocated for the program. The U.S. Supreme Court in June struck down voluntary school desegregation programs in two other cities stating that initiatives that take a student’s race into school-assignment plans are unconstitutional. While the decision is case-specific, it may set precedence for a challenge to the Chapter 220 Program in the future, according to the report.

Cocurricular activities report given
High school students participated in 23 interscholastic sports and 39 student activities in 2006-07. New during the year was implementation of random drug testing for students who violated the athletic-activities code.

Monitoring use of athletic space will continue at the high school which experiences high demand for facilities for school and community use. The high school main gym is recommended for major renovation including addressing the basketball hoops, backboards, wall padding, divider curtain, tile, paint, bleachers, locker rooms and floor. The report also recommends repairing the track on Grove Field.

Three high school coaches recognized
The School Board presented certificates of recognition to three high school coaches who experiences successful seasons. Girls Varsity Volleyball coach Alison Miller was recognized in her first year at Hamilton for turning the program around. Principal Candis Mongan noted that Miller motivated her team which drew crowds of support to its games.

Varsity Football Head Coach John Damato and Assistant Coach Chris Botsford were recognized for being named Head Coach and Assistant Coach of the Year by the Greater Metro Conference. Mongan said the two are known for “doing a great job of teaching students on the field.” She credited them for providing motivation to their players and teaching them life skills.

Maple Avenue kindergartners to celebrate Thanksgiving

Maple Avenue Elementary School kindergarteners will get a practice run at Thanksgiving Nov. 20 when they celebrate the holiday at school. As part of their social studies curriculum, the students will have a Thanksgiving feast from 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the school’s Large Group Area. In addition to being served food, students will prepare seasonal decorations to add to the festive atmosphere.

The kindergarten Thanksgiving unit includes study of the first Thanksgiving and family Thanksgiving traditions. At the event, students will identify holidays on a calendar, describe how families and individuals are alike and different, describe how basic needs are met and identify class, school and family rules. Students will be encouraged to use positive manner and make healthy choices while sharing food and friendship in the traditional Thanksgiving fashion.

Food for the feast will be donated by Maple Avenue families. Maple Avenue Elementary School is located at W240 N6059 Maple Ave., Sussex.

Get Connected offers talk on parenting with Love & Logic

The Get Connected Parent Network invites parents to hear from Kristin Hasbrook who will speak on “Discipline with Love and Logic” Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. The presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be at Lannon Elementary School, 7145 N. Lannon Road, Lannon.

Take a crash course in “Discipline with Love and Logic,” a parent program developed by Jim Fay that has been in practice for over 20 years. Learn ways to better discipline, communicate and motivate your child. This 90-minute presentation condenses eight weeks of love and logic into one evening. Time will be allowed for brainstorming and questions. Parents will take away practical ideas to use at home and insight into their parenting style.

An educator for 20 years — 13 with the Hamilton School District and seven with Milwaukee Public Schools — Kristin Hasbrook is currently coordinator of Hamilton’s Get Connected Program. She is a guidance counselor, consultant and the district’s alcohol and other drug coordinator. In addition, she is the parent of four children. She serves as vice-president of the Porcupine Foundation, a nonprofit organization that benefits children’s causes.

The Get Connected Parent Network helps parents navigate children through their school years by providing:

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

Get Connected is sponsored by the Parent and Community Triangle, a partnership between the Hamilton School District, Sussex-area Outreach Services and community parents. Funding and support provided by United Way of Waukesha County “Helping Kids Succeed” initiative.

For more information, please contact Get Connected Coordinator Kristin Hasbrook at (262) 246-1973 x1128.