Physical offered July 29 for Hamilton athletes

Hamilton High School students participating in sports in the 2009-10 school year are able to obtain a sports physical exam from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on July 29. Orthopaedic Associates of Wisconsin doctors, surgeons, physical therapists, nurses and certified athletic trainers will participate in the event.

Each athlete will pay $15 for the physical, and Orthopaedic Associates of Wisconsin will donate all collected funds back to the high school athletic program. A medical history form, which is available from the high school athletic office, must be completed prior to the physical. The physical will include orthopedic, general physical and flexibility exams along with a blood pressure reading, vision testing and height and weight measurements. Students with a known medical condition must see their own physician.

The physicals will be offered at Hamilton High School, W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex. For more information about the exams, please contact Orthopaedic Associates of Wisconsin’s Tracy Konopacky at (262) 521-9762.

Press Box planned for football stadium

People attending events at the Grove Athletic Stadium at Hamilton High School will soon notice a new facility on the grounds. Thanks to generous contributions from the Sussex Lions Club and the Hamilton Athletic Booster Club (HABC), a new press box will be erected behind the visitors’ bleachers on the north side of the stadium. The Lions Club has committed $55,000 to the project and HABC will donate at least $20,000. In addition, the Hamilton Chargers football team will fundraise for the project, and the school district will contribute the remainder of the cost estimated to be $40,000.

The facility will have 500 square feet of occupied space for staff and coaches who are filming and scouting games. The new facility will allow the existing press box to be used for news media and game management officials such as scorers, announcers and game clock operators.

Work on the project is expected to begin in the spring and is projected to be ready for the fall football season. School staff members have gotten some cost estimates, but hope to finalized construction contracts when they are able to confirm if local parents are able to donate their labor for masonry and interior work.

The facility will have a split-face decorative block exterior with metal panels and a rubber-covered wooden roof. Storage for track and field equipment will be accommodated on the ground level.

Hamilton teacher receives We Energies first renewable energy education grant

Hamilton High School science teacher Alan Simays wanted to provide his students with hands-on experiences related to wind turbines. We Energies wanted to build awareness among students about renewable energy and was willing to support teachers who could demonstrate it with real examples.

As a result of their mutual interests, Simays secured the first $1,500 grant from the We Energies Renewable Energy Education Program. At the June 2 Hamilton School Board meeting, Jacquelyn Haas from We Energies expressed gratitude to Simays for his work by extending the grant.
“I have enjoyed partnering with Hamilton and working with such a professional teacher who works so hard with his students to increase energy awareness,” Haas said as she handed a $1,000 check to Simays. Haas, a scientist responsible for We Energies Education Outreach Program, has been in Simays science classroom to present programs that promote in-depth knowledge of energy and how renewable energy electricity works.

Before receiving the original grant, Simays told School Board members that his initial lessons about wind turbines involved “raiding kitchen cabinets” to create small-scale turbines. The grant allowed him to purchase standard material and build additional turbines so students could experience the physics behind turbines. He set up an engineering competition in which students tested the apparatus.

“The kids loved it,” Simays said. “It was a win-win for everyone.”
Simays said the additional funding may allow him to explore solar energy concepts with students.

Hamilton announces May students of the month

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

  • Robert Albrecht, world languages;
  • Matthew Blackwell, science;
  • Stacy Bonesho, family and consumer education;
  • Shannon Desorcy, social studies;
  • Bradley Helm, fitness education;
  • Bryan Jerde, communication arts;
  • Justine Rosenthal, business education;
  • Joseph Rusch, communication arts;
  • Katherine Smaglik, art;
  • Daniel Spangenberg, applied engineering and technology;
  • Markie Tank, mathematics; and
  • Kelson Zarling, music.

Students received a certificate and a pin for their accomplishment.

June 2, 2009

Wind turbine project highlighted
Hamilton High School science teacher Alan Simays wanted to provide his students with hands-on experiences related to wind turbines. WE Energies wanted to build awareness among students about renewal energy and was willing to support teachers who could demonstrate it with real examples.

As a result of their mutual interests, Simays secured the first $1,500 grant from the WE Energies Renewal Energy Education Program. At the School Board meeting, WE Energies’ Jacquelyn Haas expressed gratitude to Simays for his work by extending the grant.

“I have enjoyed working with such a professional teacher who works so hard with his students,” Haas said as she handed a $1,000 check to Simays. Haas, a scientist by profession, has been in Simays science classroom to support lessons that promote in-depth knowledge of how renewal energy works.

Before receiving the original grant, Simays told School Board members that his initial lessons about wind turbines involved “raiding kitchen cabinets” to create small-scale turbines. The grant allowed him to purchase standard material and build additional turbines so students could experience the physics behind turbines. He set up an engineering competition in which students tested the apparatus.

“The kids loved it,” Simays said. “It was a win-win for everyone.”

Simays said the additional funding may allow him to explore solar energy concepts with students.

Maple Avenue completes final year of site plan
Maple Avenue Principal Kristin Koeper-Hamblin reported on the final year of her school’s five-year site plan. In attempting to maximize the academic achievement of all Maple Avenue students, the plan included three tactics.

The plan indicates that Maple Avenue will:

  • adopt and implement a schoolwide writing program that provides a set of common expectations to ensure students reach their maximum capabilities as writers;
  • implement the K-5 reading scope and sequence of instructional strategies and assessments and develop common expectations within and across grade levels; and
  • develop and implement intervention programming for students at risk of academic failure.

“I am so proud of the progress that has been made at our building,” Koeper-Hamblin said. “The main reason we have been so successful is because of staff commitment and ownership of our plan. They are always looking for ways to improve our tactics.”

Koeper-Hamblin said she looks forward to developing a new five-year plan that will align with the district Strategic Plan as her staff continues to address the 21st century needs of Maple Avenue learners.

Behavioral expectations defined in Co-Curricular Handbook
Language was added to Hamilton High School’s Co-Curricular Handbook that more clearly defines behavioral expectations for student who participate in co-curricular activities including sports, clubs and organizations.

Under the topic of “conduct,” the following statement was added: “The Hamilton School District encourages each student to pursue excellence not only in academic and activity areas, but also in the areas of conduct and behavior.”

In addition to 10 specific items listed as unacceptable behaviors, “behaviors that result in misdemeanor/felony convictions” was added. The section was further augmented to say, “In addition to the penalties indicated below, if an athlete/participant engages in behavior that is so severe to likely result in expulsion or incarceration, including a single severe act, the issue may result in suspension from athletic/activity participation.”

In addition to changes in the Co-Curricular Handbook, minor revisions were approved for high school, middle school and elementary student handbooks along with the National Honor Society Handbook.

DECA students honored
Hamilton DECA students who competed at state and beyond were recognized for their success. Those who were presented with School Board certificates at the meeting were Lukas Ballo, Supriya Talway, Carson Leet and Halley Greeneway.

Personnel news
In personnel business, the School Board:

  • reduced the contracts of five teachers due to enrollment shifts;
  • appointed Kerry Wagner as a Templeton special education teacher, Stacy Corso as a Templeton replacement special education teacher, Kristine Gielow as a Hamilton mathematics teacher, Susan Moll as District Office executive assistant and assistant board clerk, and Sarah Theune as a Lannon second grade replacement teacher; and
  • recognized Marilynn Schumann, who attended her last School Board meeting as District Office executive assistant and assistant board clerk, with a standing ovation for her dedication to the district. School Board members accepted her retirement request at the last meeting with regret. Her last day on the job is June 5.