Hamilton students compete at JA Business Challenge

Hamilton High School business education students Amy Horne, Dan Waddell and Brandon Schroeder recently attended the Junior Achievement Business Challenge, which was held at Briggs & Stratton Corporation and sponsored by Kohl’s Department Store.

Business and community leaders in the area mentor a team of high school students as they compete on a business computerized simulation program to make decisions to produce a profit and sales and market share for a fictional product.

The Hamilton team placed 13th among 37 teams. The students were accompanied by business education teacher Toni Hillmann.

Host families needed for 2010-11

The Hamilton High School Cultural Exchange Club (CEC) is looking for families that may be interested in hosting an exchange student for the 2010-11 school year. 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.

Hamilton student qualifies for state FPS competition

Hamilton High School junior Paula Myatt qualified for Wisconsin Future Problem Solvers State Bowl. At the competition, which will be April 15-17 at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells, Myatt will compete against other Wisconsin students in the senior level individual category who are attempting to qualify for international competition.

To make it to the state competition, Myatt completed two practice problems and one qualifying problem throughout the school year. With the guidance of her coach, Hamilton High School communication arts teacher Misty Draeger, Myatt examined topics such as sensory overload and invasive species. During the two-hour booklet writing session for the state bowl, Myatt examined a futuristic scenario pertaining to orphaned children.

Future Problem Solving engages students in creative problem solving. Founded in 1974 by creativity pioneer, Dr. E. Paul Torrance, Future Problem Solving stimulates critical and creative thinking skills and encourages students to develop a vision for the future. Students experience the excitement of creative thinking and the thrill of resolving complex problems with unique solutions when they participate in Future Problem Solving.

Each year more than 2,000 students attend the FPS International Conference which features four days of stimulating competitive problem solving, cooperative educational seminars and social activities.

Tryouts slated for Chargerette Poms and Dance Team

All interested students planning to try out for the 2010-11 Hamilton High School Chargerette Poms and Dance Team are invited to attend tryouts April 19-21 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The tryouts will be in the Small Gymnasium at Hamilton High School, W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex.

For more information about the Chargerette Poms and Dance Team, please contact coaches Jessica Ronk at (262) 246-6471 ext. 1450 or ronkje@hamilton.k12.wi.us.

Committee seeks memories, memorabilia as it plans Maple Avenue’s 50th anniversary

Maple Avenue Elementary School will commemorate its 50th anniversary Nov. 16 with a special celebration that community members and current and former students and staff will be invited to attend.

The committee planning the festivities is looking for photos and memorabilia that can be displayed at the event. Please contact Nancy or Eileen in the Maple Avenue office at (262) 246-4220. Former students and staff members who want to share memories of their years spent at Maple Avenue are invited to send a message to Maple50th@hamilton.k12.wi.us, an e-mail address set up just for the celebration. People may share their memories, comments and good wishes.

Please pass this information along to any individuals who would be interested in the Maple Avenue 50th anniversary celebration.

Maple Avenue Elementary School is located at W240 N6059 Maple Ave., Sussex.

March 2, 2010

EME provides additional math support to young students
The Hamilton School District implemented the Early Mathematics Empowerment (EME) Program in 2004-05 to provide additional mathematics instruction to the elementary school’s youngest students. The latest data from the 2008-09 school year show that nearly 90 percent of students served by the program make significant gains.

EME targets first- and second-graders throughout the year and kindergartners during the second semester. The program provides students with additional mathematics instruction, and EME teachers work with classroom teachers to provide additional instructional strategies for all students. They also provide professional development to other teachers.

Educational Services and Human Resources Director John Roubik reported on the program’s sixth year of operation. Initiated with less than a half-time teacher at one school, the program now has four staff members – one who has an 80 percent contract, two who have 90 percent positions and one who is full-time.

The district tracked the performance of students who received EME services and learned that, depending on the school, 85 to 100 percent scored proficient or advanced in subsequent Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exams.

School Board member Michael Hyland said he believes helping students get up to speed at an early age is the right approach.

“I think this is a great program,” Hyland said. “We are seeing results and we should maintain the things that we know are working.”

Last year, 21 percent of district first-graders and 12 percent of second-graders were served. Some 88 percent of those students made significant gains during the time they received EME services. The gains refer to the student’s ability to move from one stage to another on a scale ranging from 0-100.

Roubik recommended in his report that the district continue the EME Program and extend services to more grades, if additional funding is available.

Year-end projects OK’d
A list of projects totaling $1.4 million was approved that may be addressed during the summer, depending on funds available at the end of the year. The list includes 63 items with building maintenance projects among the most costly. They include replacement of roof sections and flashing at the high school and Templeton, bringing municipal water to Templeton, asphalt repair and upgrades of computer servers and switches.

Bulldog football fees to increase
School Board members approved a $40 fee increase to participate in the Bulldog Football Program at Templeton Middle School. The increase was requested to cover the costs of operating the program. In addition, parents will have the option to pay $25 in lieu of volunteering time to the program.

In a report to the board, Business Services Assistant Superintendent Bryan Ruud wrote that the increased fees will keep the football program self-sufficient for the 2010-11 school year. Several surrounding districts have programs that charge from $225 to $300 to students. Bulldog coaches took a reduction in compensation to keep the cost of the program low for families.

All new Open Enrollment applicants put on waiting list
All 131 nonresidents who applied to the Hamilton School District as a new Open Enrollment students were placed on a waiting list until the district has more information about resident enrollment for next year. The district will analyze expected enrollments this summer to determine if students could be accepted at certain schools. A total of 89 resident students applied to attend schools outside the district, however, many include students who have never enrolled in the district and have been homeschooled or attended private schools.

Personnel news
In personnel business, the School Board:
• Approved the resignation of Templeton Title I paraprofessional Sara Doyle, effective Feb. 20;
• Appointed Jennifer Luszak as a District Office administrative assistant effective March 3, Ann Myrold as Marcy special education paraprofessional effective March 3, and Keith Griebler as Hamilton night foreman custodian effective March 1.