Hamilton High School student Sara Kamoske received the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) Outstanding High School Senior in German Award. As a recipient of the award, Kamoske was presented with a medal and special certificate acknowledging her achievement, a congratulatory letter sent to Hamilton High School Principal Candis Mongan, and her name will be placed on the AATG Outstanding Senior Honor Roll on the AATG Web site.
Only one student per school is nominated for this award. German teacher Robin Tessereau selected Kamoske for the award using the following criteria: she maintained a strong overall academic record, is a graduating senior, demonstrated exceptional commitment to the study of German by participation in German-related extracurricular activities, completed at least three years of formal German study and is a non-native speaker of German.
Kamoske is the daughter of Jack and Eleonore Kamoske of the Town of Lisbon.
Hamilton High School students representing 11 curriculum areas were selected students of the month for May. They are:
- Katarina Braun, world languages;
- Michael Fischer, fitness education;
- Arianne Foster, family and consumer education;
- Kimberly Jobke, communication arts;
- Kathryn Klein, social studies;
- Ellen Kudronowicz, music;
- Morgan Reimer, science;
- Jakob Simonsen, business education;
- Kayla Sylvester, mathematics;
- Kathryn Weinand, applied engineering and technology;
- Alex Woodington, communication arts; and
- Phoua Xiong, art.
Students received a certificate and a pin for their accomplishment.
The Public Policy Forum, a nonpartisan research organization focusing on regional issues, announced that the Hamilton School District is one of its 2008 “Salute to Local Government” award winners. Hamilton was selected in the category of “Managing for Results.”
The district was recognized for implementing a long-term strategic plan that improved academic achievement, addressed the issue of aging facilities and increased community satisfaction. The plan included research-based instruction and assessment practices, collection and utilization of data in decision-making, promotion of community engagement and prioritization of financial resources.
“What has set our district apart is a sustained focus on learning and achievement,” Superintendent Kathleen Cooke, Ph.D., said. “This award is validation of the hard work and remarkable success that has been achieved with the school and community working together on behalf of children.”
The district was one of nine award winners in the Milwaukee region. This year’s group of award winners comes from a list of entries that is significantly larger than the Forum has ever had before.
“This is the highest award that the Public Policy Forum gives to government officials and projects that demonstrate through leadership and innovation that ‘government works’ for its citizens and taxpayers,” Forum President Rob Henken wrote to the district. “We are proud to honor the Hamilton School District for its accomplishments.”
The award will be presented June 19 at the Salute to Local Government breakfast in Milwaukee. The Milwaukee-based Public Policy Forum was established in 1913 as a government watchdog and is dedicated to enhancing government effectiveness and development of southeastern Wisconsin through objective research of regional public policy issues.
The Milwaukee Chapter of the Society of Plastics Engineers Education Foundation recently presented $3,596 to the Hamilton School District for its Project Lead the Way (PLTW) program at Templeton Middle School. The funds will allow the school to purchase injection molding and vacuum thermoforming machines. The addition of the machines will allow students to learn about different fabrication processes in their PLTW classes.
The Hamilton School District implemented PLTW in 2006 with the introduction of the first class at Templeton. Today, a total of 17 sections of courses are offered to middle and high school students, with more courses to be offered in the future.
Launched in New York in 1996 as a springboard for enhanced technology education, PLTW is a national, not-for-profit educational program that gives middle and high school students the rigorous ground-level education they need to develop strong backgrounds in science, mathematics and engineering.
Teachers interested in peer coaching
Results from a teacher survey administered by the Supervision-Evaluation Committee show that teachers are interested in peer coaching. Educational Services Assistant Superintendent Dean Schultz told School Board members that those results will be shared with the Professional Development Advisory Council which will decide whether peer coaching should be an in-service activity in 2008-09.
Schultz also reported that the survey showed a strong connection between teacher collaboration and positive feedback regarding the supervision-evaluation process.
School Board Member Lynn Kristensen said she was glad teachers were asking about peer coaching because it reflected confidence in their own abilities.
Spectrum update presented
High school honors and Advanced Placement (AP) course participation are up. Instructional Services Supervisor Margaret Bauman told School Board members that compared to last year, 86 more high school students took honors classes and 16 more students took AP classes. Bauman shared that information as she provided an update about Spectrum, the district’s gifted and talented program.
Upcoming goals for the Spectrum resource teachers include:
- increasing resource time for elementary students with very high abilities;
- strengthen communication with classroom teacher and offer professional development; and
- increase participation of minority and students from low socio-economic backgrounds in gifted and talented opportunities including honors and AP courses.
Various handbooks, plans approved
In other business the School Board approved a variety of handbooks and plans. Approved as recommended were Templeton and Hamilton student handbooks, the National Honor Society Handbook, WIAA membership, Waukesha County School-to-Work Consortium participation, emergency nursing services plan, bloodborne pathogens plan and Wisconsin Association of School Boards delegate and alternate delegate appointments.
In personnel business, the School Board:
- accepted the retirement request of Lannon custodian Greg Hart;
- approved the resignations of Maple Avenue paraprofessional Robert Groth and Marcy second grade teacher Nancy Buss;
- appointed Kristin Netzel-Muehlenbach as a part-time Templeton speech-language specialst;
- modified the contracts of Hamilton and Templeton music teacher Marilyn Spiess from 83 percent to full-time;
- approved rate increases between .5 and 4.5 percent for non-group employees. The group includes casual custodians, diagnosticians, driver education staff, fitness center assistant, hall monitors, hearing interpreters, Hamilton Fine Arts Center coordinator, program support, summer school substitute secretary, seasonal staff and substitute teachers; and
- upgraded the Business Services director position to assistant superintendent. The assistant superintendent position has shifted from Educational Services to Business Services depending on the tenure of the individual in office. With the retirement of Dean Shultz in Educational Services, Business Services Director Bryan Ruud will have more administrative experience in the district.
Volunteer, students recognized
The School Board presented recognition awards to:
- senior citizen volunteer Pat Ehnert for the many quilts she has sewn for students, including weighted quilts for students with autism;
- seniors Angela Zeng, Calley Galarowicz and Josh Gratz for achievement in the National Merit competion. Zeng was also recognized for being chosen one of only 139 Presidential Scholars in the U.S; and
- senior Amy Umhoefer, a resident student who attends Waukesha West High School for its hearing impaired program. Umhoefer was recognized for receiving the “Yes, I Can” award.