Two Hamilton students chosen Brady Academic All-Stars

Hamilton High School seniors Anthony Anderson and Andrea Salus were selected 2009 Brady Academic All-Stars and were honored April 26 at Cardinal Stritch University.

Brady All-Stars are nominated by their individual schools and must have demonstrated academic excellence, participated in sports and other school activities and demonstrated a commitment to serving their fellow students and communities. The program originated in 1990 as a means of recognizing all-around student achievement at secondary schools in the greater Milwaukee area. In its history, the program has honored more than 2,000 students and awarded more than $600,000 in college scholarships. Two All-Stars, one male and one female, are chosen at each school.

Anthony Anderson has a cumulative grade point average of 3.85 on a 4.0 scale and ranks in the top 10 percent of his graduating class. He is a member of DECA and an Eagle Scout. In his community, Anderson volunteered for highway and park clean-up and is part of the annual Boy Scout Food Drive. In sports, he competed in track, basketball and football. He was awarded the Charger Pride Award in football and received honorable mention all-conference in his junior year. Anderson enjoys hunting and competing in archery. He plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His career interest is business. He is the son of Michelle and Kevin Anderson of Sussex.

Andrea Salus has a cumulative grade point average of 4.05 on a 4.0 scale and ranks sixth in her graduating class. She is a member of the National Honor Society. Salus is Mini Council leader in Student Council, a School Board representative, Badger Girl State representative and a member of the Falls Sussex Youth Leadership Program. Through her church work-camp, she volunteers to tutor children with special needs. She is the section leader of her school marching band and is principal oboe in the Youth Wind Orchestra of Wisconsin. In sports, she competed in volleyball, basketball and track and was cross country captain in her senior year. She plans to attend Northwestern University. She is the daughter of Judith and Philip Salus of Menomonee Falls.

Brady Corporation is an international manufacturer of industrial identification, safety, graphics and tape products. The company is headquartered in Milwaukee.

Hamilton student recognized for peace essay

Hamilton High School senior Andrea Salus received honorable mention in the 2008-09 United States Institute of Peace (USIP) National Peace Essay Contest.

The topic for the essay contest was crimes against humanity. One first place and one honorable mention from each state were selected from more than 1,000 student applicants.

USIP is a nonprofit organization founded by the U.S. Congress that works to prevent and resolve violent international conflict and help societies regain stability after fighting has ended. For 21 of USIP’s 25 years, the National Peace Essay Contest has inspired American high school students around the country and those living abroad to analyze issues of war and peace.

Hamilton High School senior earns Kohl scholarship

Hamilton High School senior Jaclyn Michl was one of 200 Wisconsin students who were awarded the 2009 Kohl Excellence Scholarship, sponsored by the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation. The scholarship is given to high school seniors who have demonstrated excellence in academics with high motivation to achieve, displayed a broad range of activity and leadership outside the academic setting, and shown strong promise for succeeding in college and beyond. Michl will receive $1,000 to pursue postsecondary education.

Recipients are selected by a statewide committee composed of civic leaders and representatives of education-related associations and the program’s co-sponsors: The Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Wisconsin Council of Religious and Independent Schools and regional Cooperative Educational Service Agencies.

The Kohl Education Foundation was established in 1990 by U.S. Senator Herb Kohl. To date the foundation has awarded $6.8 million to Wisconsin educators, students and schools.

“Education is the key to the future of Wisconsin and our nation. I am very proud of the accomplishments of the students and teachers, and look forward to the great contributions they will make in the future ,” Kohl said.

Hamilton cheerleaders sponsor clinic

Hamilton High School varsity and junior varsity cheerleaders and their coaches will conduct a cheerleading clinic June 20 in the high school gymnasium. Students in kindergarten through eighth grade are invited to learn cheers, stunts and dance at this event which is slated from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Participants will appear with the high school cheerleaders in the July 11 Sussex Lions Daze Parade. Cost for the clinic is $50 and includes a T-shirt, snack and performance in the parade. Payments should be made out to Hamilton High School and sent by June 5 to W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex. T-shirts are not guaranteed for those whose payments are not received by June 5. Registration at the door is available, but will not include a T-shirt.

Participants should wear a T-shirt, shorts and athletic shoes to the clinic. For more information about the clinic, please contact Kris at ksprtel@care-age.com or call (262) 894-2080.

Marcy plans intergenerational party

Generations will come together May 22 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Marcy Elementary School’s annual Pen Pal Party. Fourth-graders from the classes of Beth Schaefer, Barb Gogan and Pam Biron will meet their senior citizen pen pals. The seniors and students have been corresponding since the fall and are excited to finally meet in person.

The pen pal project is a collaborative effort between the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Waukesha County and the Hamilton School District. The goal of the project is to provide students letter-writing experience while learning about life in the past through stories shared with their pen pals.

The celebration will include a sing-along of old-fashioned American songs, a photo of the student and senior, a keepsake craft project, refreshments and a tour of the school. Fourth-graders are responsible for each aspect of the party. To cover the cost of the event, fourth grade students held an ice cream sale as part of an economics unit.

Marcy is located at W180 N4851 Marcy Road in Menomonee Falls. The event will be in the school gymnasium.

Milwaukee Ballet to present to Woodside students

Members of the Milwaukee Ballet will give an interactive presentation to Woodside Elementary School second-graders May 27 at 2:15 p.m. in the school gym. Highlights of this presentation, which has been given in previous years, included all second grade students trying the five basic positions of ballet, students watching a clown from “The Nutcracker” perform tumbling acts and student volunteers creating a dance.

Arts in Community Education (ACE) brings professional musicians, dancers and artists into participating schools. ACE is a component of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s education department.

Woodside Elementary School is located at W236 N7465 Woodside Road, Sussex.

District students recognized in academic search

Dozens of Hamilton School District students participated in the Northwestern University Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS) by taking above-grade level tests to measure their intellectual abilities.

Students qualified for NUMATS based on their scores on the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exam. Qualifying seventh and eighth grade students took the ACT or SAT, which are college entrance exams normally given to high school students. Fifth- and sixth-graders who qualified for MATS took EXPLORE, a test normally given to eighth grade students.

Templeton Middle School seventh-grader Alex Magoon will be honored at Northwestern University for his high ACT scores among eight Midwestern states.

Other Templeton students who participated in NUMATS were: Lauren Anthony, Allie Bitz, Joyce Chen, Allison Croft, Connor Davidson, Brandon Fedie, Sam Kivimaki, Akshayaa Lakshmanan, Ciera Lampshire, Claire Olejnik, Kelsey Schroeder, Benjamin Scott, Ethan Beaudry, Logan Bobb, Bailee Bobert, Craig Bumgardner, Taylor Burns, Matthew Ciolkosz, Thomas Diel, Danielle Draggoo, Alexandra Egan, Connor Ladwig, Mackenzie Latt, Emily Lehner, Alex Magoon, Grace Modl, Kelsey Mulholland, Rachel Perreault, Katlyn Pollari, Bradley Schissel, Brendan Schlaman, Andrea Wall, Justin Whorral, Katherine Bitz, Miranda Brown, Nathan Goecks, Caroline Hope, Hannah Jasinski, Allison Kline, Queue Kufalk, Ashley LeBlanc, Haleigh Mulholland, Kurt Nejedlo, Michael Pellechia, Connor Roozen, Brooke Schounard, Maxwel Schwid, Mariyam Siddique, Shane Taylor, Kyle Youngblood and Harrison Yu.

In recognition of their achievement, the Templeton Home and School invited each student to a May 8 breakfast buffet at school. Templeton Principal Patricia Polczynski handed out the certificates and spoke to the group.

Fifth-graders from elementary schools who were invited to take the EXPLORE test were:
Luke Johnson from Lannon; Ryan Adrian, Claire Birk, Olivia Boucher, Emily Fassbender, Jarrett Keen, Robert Modl, Bridget Nejedlo and Cassandra Zimdars from Maple Avenue; Keeley Hayden, Alec Schley and Benjamin Sciortino from Marcy; Hayden Barth, Michael Bruch, Austin Dalzin, Jenna Ehlert, Marie Geier, Jacob Hartung, Zachary Jasinski, Benjamin Krolczyk, Alexander Lang, John Myatt, Andrew O’Neill, Maya Peske, Jacob Rueden and Trevor Wittman from Woodside.

NUMATS is a program of Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development that offers testing for academically talented students in grades 3-9. NUMATS has been serving students in the Midwest and beyond since 1981. It is a well-researched and respected program model in gifted education.

School Board appoints two associate principals

The Hamilton School Board approved the appointments of two open associate principal positions – one at elementary and the other at the secondary level – at its May 18 regular meeting.

Keith Nerby was appointed to serve at Hamilton High School, and Tara Villalobos was chosen for Woodside Elementary School. Both will begin their positions effective at the beginning of the 2009-10 school year.

Nerby replaces Craig Brimacombe who will become principal at Jefferson High School. Villalobos fills a half-time position at Woodside. She replaces Cynthia Stemper who will return to full-time teaching in another district.

“We are pleased to be able to hire two experienced associate principals,” Hamilton Superintendent Kathleen Cooke said. “Their child advocacy, instructional leadership abilities and human relations skills set them apart from other candidates.”

For the past year, Nerby was the dean of students and activities director at Beloit Memorial High School. In that position, he was responsible for the Freshmen Academy structure in which he supervised 25 regular education and five special education teachers He was also responsible for the freshman-senior mentor program, discipline, class scheduling, school career fair, schoolwide activities, facility-use scheduling and hiring and evaluation of activity advisors. Before becoming an administrator, he had been business teacher and department chairperson for five years at Kenosha’s Tremper High School.

Nerby earned his bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2003. He earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from National Louis University – Chicago in 2007.

Villalobos has been the associate principal at Nicolet Union High School since 2005. She was responsible for coordinating or supervising back-to-school activities for staff, the New Teacher Induction Program, National Honor Society and Gifted and Talented programs, science and fine arts departments, student attendance and discipline and master scheduling. She began her education at Nicolet in 2000 as a mathematics teacher. Villalobos is also an adjunct professor and coach at Concordia University where she has instructed aspiring administrators, taught a health course, assisted a mathematics course and coached football cheerleading.

Villalobos earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2000. She earned her master’s degree in education administration from Concordia University.

May 18, 2009

Details on federal stimulus funds still coming
The Hamilton School Board has some general information about how federal stimulus money can be used, but there are still many unanswered questions as to how it will help the district.

Wisconsin has received $208 million to be used for special education support through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Based on special education enrollment, Hamilton is expected to receive $900, 048 in special education allocations and $42,554 in preschool allocation, according to a report submitted by Special Services Supervisor Mardi Freeman.

The funds, which are to be used by Sept. 30, 2011, and come with multiple levels of accountability and requirements. For example, if the district uses 35-50 percent of the allocation to reduce special education costs, it must ensure that the same level of services continues after the federal funds are gone. In additional approximately $50,000 must be allocated to serve children whose parents placed them in private schools.

School officials are looking at ways to spend the money on one-time expenditures that will have a long-term impact. For example, items that are being considered are supplies, materials, training and technology that will support special education students. A specific list of items to be included in the grant application will be provided to the School Board at a later date.

State deficit affects Hamilton budget
The School Board did what it normally does at its second meeting in May – approved a budget – but this time it did so with a major string attached. The board approved a $48.8 million budget for the 2009-10 school year based on state aid projections made in the spring, but the approval is subject to change because of concern that the state will be unable afford that level of aid.

Wisconsin is facing a nearly $7 billion deficit – far greater than original projections. Because 40 percent of the state budget goes to support K-12 education throughout Wisconsin, many believe the state aid projections provided this spring will be significantly reduced. The School Board also voted to postpone its Annual Meeting from its original date of June 15 until the district has more reliable information.

“We don’t have near enough information to go forward with an annual meeting at this point,” Superintendent Kathleen Cooke said.

Despite the lack of information, the board needed to pass a budget so that the district could operate summer school and purchase time-sensitive material during the summer.

Two assistant principals hired
The Hamilton School Board approved the appointments of two open associate principal positions – one at elementary and the other at the secondary level – at its May 18 regular meeting.

Keith Nerby was appointed to serve at Hamilton High School, and Tara Villalobos was chosen for Woodside Elementary School. Both will begin their positions effective at the beginning of the 2009-10 school year.

Nerby replaces Craig Brimacombe who will become principal at Jefferson High School. Villalobos fills a half-time position at Woodside. She replaces Cynthia Stemper who will return to full-time teaching.

“We are pleased to be able to hire two experienced associate principals,” Hamilton Superintendent Kathleen Cooke said. “Their child advocacy, instructional leadership abilities and human relations skills set them apart from other candidates.”

For the past year, Nerby was the dean of students and activities director at Beloit Memorial High School. In that position, he was responsible for the Freshmen Academy structure in which he supervised 25 regular education and five special education teachers He was also responsible for the freshman-senior mentor program, discipline, class scheduling, school career fair, schoolwide activities, facility-use scheduling and hiring and evaluation of activity advisors. Before becoming an administrator, he had been business teacher and department chairperson for five years at Kenosha’s Tremper High School.

Nerby earned his bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2003. He earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from National Louis University – Chicago in 2007.

Villalobos has been the associate principal at Nicolet Union High School since 2005. She was responsible for coordinating or supervising back-to-school activities for staff, the New Teacher Induction Program, National Honor Society and Gifted and Talented programs, science and fine arts departments, student attendance and discipline and master scheduling. She began her education at Nicolet in 2000 as a mathematics teacher. Villalobos is also an adjunct professor and coach at Concordia University where she has instructed aspiring administrators, taught a health course, assisted a mathematics course and coached football cheerleading.

Villalobos earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2000. She earned her master’s degree in education administration from Concordia University.

Retirees recognized
Six employees will retire at the end of the 2008-09 school year. Those attending the School Board’s retirement recognition were presented with a clock, citation from the state Legislature and a certificate from the Department of Public Instruction. Supervisors and colleagues provided comments that Superintendent Kathleen Cooke, Ph.D., read about the retirees’ outstanding contributions to the district and the field of education. This year’s retirees include:

  • Margaret Bauman, Ph.D., Instructional Services supervisor;
  • Tom Daley, Lannon Elementary School fifth grade teacher;
  • Gregory E. Hart, Lannon Elementary School head custodian;
  • Sherry Malmon, Templeton Middle School Spectrum resource teacher for gifted and talented;
  • Louise Pokorny, Maple Avenue Elementary School paraprofessional; and
  • Barbara A. Sadler, Marcy Elementary School learning disabilities teacher.

Community member, students recognized
In addition to recognition of retirees, the School Board presented its annual Community Service Award to the Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Waukesha County. Seniors and Students Coordinator Becky Hubred, RSVP Coordinator Sue Galkowski and Interfaith Senior Programs Executive Director Kathy Gale were presented with the award. Public Information Coordinator Denise Dorn Lindberg said RSVP was deserving of the district’s highest award because it has brought in hundreds of volunteers into the district who have supported students and staff. She noted that in the 10 years Seniors and Students has existed, senior volunteers have provided more than 25,000 hours of service with a monetary value of more than $500,000.

The board also recognized student Andrea Salus for being student board representatives in 2008-09.

Other personnel news
In other personnel news, the School Board:

  • Accepted the retirement request, effective July 31, of Marilynn Schumann, the superintendent’s executive assistant and assistant board clerk, who has served the district for 19 years;
  • Approved a leave of absence for Templeton special education teacher Melissa Neuharth for the 2009-10 school year; and
  • Approved the appointments of Jacqueline English as the Templeton gifted and talented teacher, and Justine Olson as a half-time instrumental music teacher at Hamilton School District.

Hamilton students place at international conference

Five students represented Hamilton High School April 28-May 3 at the DECA International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, Calif. DECA is an association of marketing students.

Competing in Travel and Tourism Management, the team of Halley Greeneway and Holly Rindfleish placed in the top 10 overall out of 150 teams from around the world.

Other Hamilton students who competed in the event were Mitchell Muehler, Christopher Ebsen and Supriya Talwar.

Hamilton DECA was also recognized at the international competition with the School Based Enterprise – Gold Level Recertification Award and the Diamond Level Membership Award.