Hamilton announces April students of the month

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

  • Erin Beauvais, applied engineering and technology;
  • Taylor Bednarek, family and consumer education;
  • Miranda Buschke, art;
  • Cassandra Chiao, mathematics;
  • Arianne Foster, science;
  • Joseph Kotlan, business education;
  • Ellen Kudronowicz, communication arts;
  • Betty Liang, world languages;
  • Rebekah Melsheimer, fitness education
  • Megan Menzel, music;
  • Corie Spankowski, social studies; and
  • Choua Yang, communication arts.

Students received a certificate and a pin for their accomplishment.

Host families needed for 2009-10

The Hamilton High School Cultural Exchange Club (CEC) is looking for families that may be interested in hosting an exchange student for the 2009-10 school year. A female student from Portugal, and male students from France, China, Italy and Brazil are in need of host families.

Families who commit to hosting a student early receive profiles of students and are able to choose the one who might be the best match. Those who wait until late summer may have limited opportunity for choice.

“Hamilton High School has been fortunate to have great families step forward to show a student from another country what life is like here in the United States,” said Lindsey Klein, CEC advisor and teacher. “It is a chance of a lifetime and one you are sure to never forget.”

Community members who want more information about being a host family or Hamilton’s exchange program are encouraged to contact Klein at (262) 246-6471 x1153.

Services available for students with disabilities

The Hamilton School District is committed to providing students with disabilities a free, appropriate public education. Special education and related services for students with disabilities are provided in each school in accordance with state and federal law.

If you have or know of a child between the ages of three and 21 whom you believe may have a cognitive disability, hearing impairment, speech or language impairment, visual impairment, emotional disturbance, orthopedic impairment, autism, traumatic brain injury, other health impairment or learning disability that requires special education and related services, please contact the district’s Special Services Office at (262) 246-1973 x1184 to obtain the necessary evaluation referral form or to receive additional information about the process.

If the child attends a school in the Hamilton School District, referral information is available from the school principal or guidance office.

Any resident interested in receiving a copy of the district’s special education plan should contact the Special Services Office at (262) 246-1973 x1183.

Templeton teacher honored with FPS award

Templeton Middle School teacher Sherry Malmon received the Marian Carr Award April 19 at the Future Problem Solving State Bowl in Green Lake. Marian Carr was an early supporter of Wisconsin Future Problem Solving and put in countless hours to help it succeed. An award was established in her name to honor adults who have shown exceptional service and dedication to the Future Problem Solving Program. The award was presented to Malmon for her distinguished coaching, enthusiasm and support for the program.

May 5, 2009

Board approves employee agreements
School Board members approved salary-and-benefit package agreements with three employee groups. The teacher contract was approved with United Lakewood Educators that provides a 3.55 percent increase for the 2009-10 school year and 3.46 percent increase in 2010-2011. One-year contract adjustments for 2009-10 were approved for administrators and confidential support staff. The total aggregate salary-and-benefit increase for administrators is 3.55 percent and 3.8 percent for confidential support staff.

School Board member Deborah Briggs praised the work of employee and district representatives who negotiated the agreement. State law requires school districts to offer a minimum of a 3.8 percent increase to avoid going to arbitration unless a voluntary settlement can be reached.

“The fact that we have finalized a contract at this point in the year is amazing,” Briggs said.

Lions Club support new press box
The Sussex Lions Club is providing $55,000 to support the Hamilton Athletic Booster Club’s initiative to build a new press box in the high school stadium. The press box is expected to be completed by the fall football season and will be located on the east side of the stadium near the visitors’ section.

The booster club plans to provide funds as well as volunteer labor for the project. The Lions Club has helped make several Hamilton athletic facilities possible through its contributions including construction of the soccer stadium and lights.

High school sees more students taking honors, AP courses
High school students took an additional 130 honors courses compared to last year. A total of 590 honors classes were taken by students. Instructional Services Supervisor Dee Bauman, Ph.D., updated the board on the district’s Spectrum Programming for gifted and talented students. Bauman attributed more than half of the increase to students who are taking new honors courses in physics and chemistry. Bauman predicted that the students taking honors courses will lead to an enrollment increase in Advanced Placement courses in those subject areas. More students also are taking AP courses which are offered in chemistry, biology, calculus, statistics, English language/literature, U.S. history, European history, comparative government and studio art.

Bauman reported that Spectrum goals at the elementary level are to offer professional development on specific enrichment and thinking strategies, increase resource time for very high-ability students and provide appropriate programming for students who are accelerated in mathematics. At the middle school level, a new Spectrum teacher will be hired and transition into his or her role as resource teacher. The high school will continue to expand AP enrollments and increase the percentage of students scoring 3 or higher on the exams, and increase participation of minority and students from low socio-economic backgrounds in honors and AP courses.

Peer coaching teachers want it to continue
Ten teachers who participated in a pilot of peer coaching recommended that the district offer the opportunity to other teachers who could benefit from the collaborative, non-evaluative coaching model that provides feedback about classroom practices.

Five middle and high school coaching pairs attended an afterschool training session in September that introduced them to the concept of peer coaching and strategies for being an effective coach. They also participated in a two-day workshop and met throughout the school year to share their experiences and sharpen their coaching skills.

The peer coaches evaluated their pilot recently and recommended that the voluntary peer coaching experience be made available to more teachers next year. They shared information about the pilot with their respective staffs, and plans are underway to provide information to elementary teachers. The concept will be presented to the Supervision-Evaluation Committee this month.

Personnel news
In personnel business, the School Board:

  • appointed Emily Farley as a Hamilton special education teacher for the 2009-10 school year; and
  • increased the contracts of Hamilton Spanish teacher Kaila Feudner from 67 to 100 percent and Templeton physical education teacher John Hervert from 20 to 33 percent.