Hamilton students qualify for international competition

Eight Hamilton High School students will advance to international competition after qualifying March 11-13 at the annual state Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) Career Development Conference in Lake Geneva. The following students qualified for international competition in Atlanta in late April:

  • Emily Rindfleisch and Sonya Ruminski, first place, buying and merchandising;
  • Cody Ellis, second place, public speaking;
  • Halley Greeneway and Holly Rindfleisch, fourth place, travel and tourism marketing;
  • Kyle McClone and Chris McCormick, fourth place, financial analysis; and
  • Ryan Zahn, sixth place, restaurant management.

This was the third straight year the chapter brought home at least one first place award. In addition, Alex Woodington received first place in state for the virtual business retailing competition.

Hamilton also was honored for earning several chapter awards including::

  • Outstanding Gold Chapter;
  • Diamond Level Membership;
  • School Based Enterprise Gold Re-Certification;
  • Top Five Award for Muscular Dystrophy Association contributions; and
  • Coins for Campers .

In addition to international qualifiers, DECA members Shane Kelly, Jared Omick, Sam Mulkey, Shawn Lena, Chris Ebsen and Mitch Meuller also competed at the state competition.

Business education teacher Skip Hay is the Hamilton DECA advisor. DECA is an association for students interested in marketing, management and entrepreneurship that provides opportunities to compete in more than 50 categories related to business career development.

Kindergartners to celebrate literacy through bedtime stories

Willow Springs Learning Center students in the 4-year-old kindergarten program will celebrate the eighth annual Bedtime Story Time – Literacy Night at their school on April 16. Morning students and their families were invited to come at 6 p.m., and afternoon students and their families were invited at 7 p.m.

Bedtime Story Time is a fun-filled, interactive family night where students and families come back to school in their pajamas and listen to read-aloud stories and nursery rhymes performed by special guests. Students will receive a special keepsake and also create a take-home project as a remembrance.

Willow Springs is located at W220 N6660 Town Line Rd., Menomonee Falls.

Tryouts slated for Chargerette Dance Team

All interested students planning to try out for the 2008-09 Hamilton High School Chargerette Dance Team are invited to attend tryouts April 21-23 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. The tryouts will be in the cafeteria at Hamilton High School, W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex.

For more information about the Chargerette Dance Team, please contact coaches Jessica Ronk at (262) 246-6471 x1450 or ronkje@hamilton.k12.wi.us, or Lindsey Wehr at (262) 246-6471 x1153 or wehrli@hamilton.k12.wi.us .

Donkey basketball comes to Hamilton

Donkey basketball, a delightfully humiliating game with a twist, will come to Hamilton High School April 28 as the Cultural Exchange Club plans an exciting evening of spirit and camaraderie.

Doors open at 6 p.m. The cafeteria will be filled with children’s activities such as face painting, mask making, cookie decorating and concessions. The basketball games will be played from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Teams include Hamilton High School students, Hamilton staff members, Templeton Middle School staff members and Cultural Exchange Club members.

Various raffles will be held including 50/50 and one in which the winners get a free iPod or springtime activity baskets. One raffle will be conducted to benefit a local animal shelter in which people are entered by donating items such as a bone, bag of food, blanket or toy.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $5 or $7 at the door. Please contact a Cultural Exchange Club member or call advisor Lindsey Wehr at (262) 246-6471 x1153 to order tickets.

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

Hamilton students attend Badger State

Hamilton High School juniors will again attend Badger Girls and Badger Boys State.

The young women who will attend Badger Girls State June 15-20 at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh campus are:

  • Kristin Cox; and
  • Abby Eimermann.

Attending Badger Boys State June 14-21 at Ripon College will be:

  • Jose Cornejo; and
  • Mitch Muehler.

The Sussex Lions Club and the Hamilton High School Athletic Department sponsor the students’ participation in the program. The students were chosen based on their interest in government, class standing and qualities of leadership, character and fitness.

For more than 50 years, Wisconsin high school juniors have been chosen to participate in this unique program where they can meet other students and learn about Wisconsin’s system of government. Students attending will learn about city, county and state government by carrying out citizenship procedures such as campaigning, voting and holding offices.

Roubik appointed new Ed Services director

The Hamilton School Board appointed John Roubik the new Educational Services and Human Resources Director at its March 17 meeting. Roubik, who has been principal of Bayside Middle School since 2002, will begin his new post effective July 1. He replaces Dean Schultz, who announced his retirement last October after serving as head of Educational Services and Human Resources since 1996.

Roubik, 38, began his career in education in 1994 by teaching special education students at Kosiuszko Middle School in Milwaukee. Later, he taught special education at Bayside Middle School for six years before taking on the role as principal there.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in special education and master’s degree in administrative leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and his district administrator’s license from Cardinal Stritch.

The district conducted an extensive interview process that included gaining the perspectives of employee groups and parents.

“We believe Mr. Roubik’s background, experience, education and qualifications are an excellent match to carry on our tradition of academic excellence and collaborative problem solving,” said Hamilton Superintendent Kathleen Cooke, Ph.D.

Hamilton announces February students of the month

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

  • Elizabeth Blewett, communication arts;
  • Julia Borowski, applied engineering and technology;
  • Melissa Brook, music;
  • Angela Christman, world languages
  • Mindy Grabko, fitness education;
  • Craig Laufenberg, social studies;
  • Eric Reimer, mathematics;
  • Emily Rindfleisch, business education;
  • Sarah Tomke and Tammy Wolf, science;
  • See Xiong, art; and
  • Vicky Yang, family and consumer education.

Students received a certificate and a pin for their accomplishment.

March 17, 2008

Roubik appointed new Educational Services director
The Hamilton School Board appointed John Roubik the new Educational Services and Human Resources Director at its March 17 meeting. Roubik, who has been principal of Bayside Middle School since 2002, will begin his new post effective July 1, pending release from his contract in Bayside. He replaces Dean Schultz, who announced his retirement last October after serving as head of Educational Services and Human Resources since 1996.

Roubik, 38, began his career in education in 1994 by teaching special education students at Kosiuszko Middle School in Milwaukee. Later, he taught special education at Bayside Middle School for six years before taking on the role as principal there.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in special education and master’s degree in administrative leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and his district administrator’s license from Cardinal Stritch.

The district conducted an extensive interview process that included gaining the perspectives of employee groups and parents.

“We believe Mr. Roubik’s background, experience, education and qualifications are an excellent match to carry on our tradition of academic excellence and collaborative problem solving,” said Hamilton Superintendent Kathleen Cooke, Ph.D.

Maple Avenue presents site plan
Principal Kristin Koeper-Hamblin presented Maple Avenue’s School Profile and reported on the school’s site plan which was developed in 2003. She provided an overview of demographic data.

The student population has been steady, going from 466 last year to 469 this year. The mobility rate of students increased from 8 to 13 percent in the past year, indicating that the number of families enrolling in and moving out of the school attendance area has gone up. Half the children who came to the school were in need of interventions such as Early Reading Empowerment, Early Mathematics Empowerment and Title I services. In addition, the number of students who qualify for free and reduced lunch increased from 14.4 to 16 percent in the past year.

The site plan tactics include:

  • implementing a schoolwide writing program with common expectations;
  • implementing an elementary reading scope and sequence of instructional strategies and assessments and developing common expectations within and across grade levels; and
  • developing and implementing intervention programming for students at risk of academic failure.

Koeper-Hamblin said a strength of the school has been how well staff members know children, and there are no surprises when test scores come in. She reported numerous gains on the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concept Exam.

School Board member Deborah Briggs complimented the Maple Avenue staff for longitudinal test score results.

“It looks like a lot of good work has occurred at Maple,” Briggs said.

Board approve participation in CESA programs
The district’s participation in alternative school services offered through the Cooperative Education Services Agency (CESA) #1 will continue. The School Board gave authorization for administrators to continue contracting services for:

  • Empower Academy – a program for high school students at risk school failure;
  • Turning Point – an alternative school that serves elementary-age children with emotional behavioral disabilities;
  • Passages Charter Middle School – serving middle school students who are at risk; and
  • SOAR – an alternative program designed for severaly emotionally disturbed children in grades 4-8.

Approximately 18 students from the district are served through these CESA #1 programs and schools.

School fee increases OK’d
Elementary, middle and high school fees will increase by $5 and parking fees will go up by $10 next year. The School Board approved the increases after reviewing student fee comparisons with other school districts. With elementary at $30, middle school at $40, high school at $55 and parking at $90, Hamilton’s fees were on the low end compared to many other school districts. The new fees will be $35 for elementary, $45 for middle school, $60 for high school, and $90 for parking.

Secondary schools given OK to continue accreditation
The School Board authorized participation in the North Central Accreditation (NCA) process at Templeton Middle School and Hamilton High School for a cost of $625 for each school. The accreditation process helps schools focus on school improvements related to student outcomes. It aligns with the district’s site planning process and responds to the public’s demand for greater accountability. Hamilton has been a part of the NCA accreditation process since 1966 and Templeton since 1997. Last year, NCA changed the name of the evaluation component of its services to AdvancED.

Students get approval for Youth Options Program
The applications of 16 Hamilton students were approved for enrollment in the Youth Options Program for the first semester of 2008-09. The students qualify by completing their sophomore year, having good academic standing and no record of disciplinary problems. The students are able to take technical college or university courses at district expense if they have exhausted the curriculum offered in the district. Mongan reported that some students who apply to take Youth Option Program courses are not able to follow through on their intentions because of scheduling conflicts or full classes at the colleges they wish to attend. Students often list several courses on their application in case classes are full.

Board recognizes student art achievement
The accomplishments of five Hamilton High School students were recognized by the School Board. Hamilton Principal Candis Mongan and art teacher Kelly Golyzniak described the talents of Staci Simmons, Katherine Koloske, Andra Mudlitz, Chelsea Gustafson and Melanie Blend, who earned awards in the 2008 Scholastic Art Awards Wisconsin regional competition. Koloske and Simmons were on hand to receive their certificates from School Board President Gabe Kolesari.

Personnel news
In personnel business, the School Board accepted the resignation of Lannon reading specialist Dianna Kresovic who accepted a position as principal in the Oconomowoc School District.

Templeton students to visit UW-Waukesha

All Templeton Middle School eighth-graders will visit the University of Wisconsin – Waukesha to learn about college. Groups of students will visit the university April 4, April 11 and May 2 to tour the campus and obtain information about academic planning and career choices beyond high school.

The day will consist of three 30-minute components – a campus tour, student panel session and lunch in the student union.

Templeton chorus to perform “Seussical, Jr.”

The Templeton Middle School Eighth Grade Chorus is excited to present a production of the musical, “Seussical, Jr.,” April 17 at the Hamilton Fine Arts Center. A matinee performance begins at 1 p.m. for Templeton seventh and eighth grade students, and a 7 p.m. evening performance is open to the general public. There is no admission charge.

With music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, “Seussical, Jr.” brings to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, the Cat in the Hat and all of the Whos of Whoville. The musical styles range from Latin to pop, swing to gospel, so let your imagination soar with “All the thinks you can think when you think about Seuss!”

The Hamilton Fine Arts Center is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex.