54 Hamilton graduates, students named AP Scholars

A record-breaking 54 Hamilton High School students – 46 who graduated in 2010 and eight current students – earned designation as an AP Scholar by the College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement (AP) Program Exams. The numbers are double the results from the previous school year.
The AP Program offers students the opportunity to take challenging college-level courses while still in high school, and to receive college credit, advanced placement or both for successful performance on the AP Exams. Hamilton High School currently offers AP courses in biology, chemistry, calculus AB/BC, English, government and politics, European history, statistics, U.S. history and studio art – drawing.
About 18 percent of the more than 1.7 million high school students worldwide who took AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to merit the recognition of AP Scholar. The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on student performance on AP exams that were taken in May 2010.
  • Eight students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.  These students are Shaye Adams, Katarina Braun, Kathryn Klein, Andrew Kristensen, Anthony Lee, Daniel Thompson, Rebecca Voss and Katelyn Youngblood.
  • Twelve students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.  These students are: Michael Asmussen, Lisa Balestrieri, Danielle Barbian (current senior), Beiquan Cao, Kristin Fidler, Kelsey Gratz, Bryan Jerde, Andrew Kerber, Lauren Kivimaki, Dylan Talerico, Sarah Vowels and Amanda Wagner.
  • Another 34 students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams, with grades of 3 or higher. The AP Scholars are Robert Albrecht, Daniel Badalamente, Jasmine Badreddine (current senior), Erica Dawley, Sarah Driscoll (current senior), Amanda Ezell, Tyler Friedrich, Paul Glaser, Christine Hart, Jenna Harvestine, Christopher Herman, Lindsay James, Hanna Jensen (current senior), Mitchell Keim, Stephanie Kirchner, Matthew Kline, Stacy Kurutz, Danielle Lehman, Megan Lemay, Daniel Ludwig (current senior), Darren Lussow, Gabrielle Lyons, Emily Noack , Matthew Oleszczak (current senior), Matthew Otto, Chelsi Reilly, Brandon Schroeder, Ryan Snelgrove (current senior), Corie Spankowski, William Steiner, Margaret Stollberg, Heidi Umhoefer (current senior), Robert Weidenfeld and Hannah Wiesneski.
Most of the nation’s colleges and universities award credit, advanced placement or both based on successful performance on the AP Exams. More than 1,400 institutions award a full year’s credit (sophomore standing) to students presenting a sufficient number of qualifying grades.

Kindergarten students join for Carole Peterson concert

Hamilton School District’s five-year-old kindergarten classes from Lannon, Marcy, Maple Avenue and Woodside elementary schools will join with Willow Springs Learning Center four-year-old kindergartners Sept. 30 to enjoy a concert. “Macaroni Soup! Active Music for Kids” by Carole Peterson will be presented twice – beginning at 9:30 a.m. and again at 1:15 p.m.
Willow Springs four-year-olds invited their older kindergarten counterparts from throughout the school district to enjoy a special concert with them.
Willow Springs Learning Center is located at W220 N6660 Town Line Road, Menomonee Falls.

Willow Springs students to donate 1,200+ items to Sussex Food Pantry, principal works from roof

They may be young, but they understand the importance of providing a community service. As the first service project of the school year, Willow Springs Learning Center 4-year-old kindergartners will donate more than 1,200 food items to the Sussex Food Pantry.
The food collection service project included a challenge from Willow Spring Principal Margee Tackes, Ed.D., who said she would surprise the students by working one day on the roof if they collected more than 1,200 items. Willow Springs students and families met and surpassed the challenge.
The food will be delivered to the Sussex Food Pantry the week of Oct. 4, and Tackes will work from  on the roof on Sept. 30.

September 20, 2010

Moody’s upgrade, restructured debt saves taxpayers $458,000

An upgrade in the district’s financial rating will mean that taxpayers will save $56,000 on top of more than $400,000 that had been anticipated through restructuring of $3.7 million in debt.

At a previous meeting, the School Board authorized administrators to refinance remaining debt incurred for facility projects in 2003. Financial advisors estimated in August that the district would be able drop its interest rate that ranged from 3.5 to 4.5 percent to a more favorable 2.25 percent. As part of the restructuring process, Moody’s Investors Service reviewed the district’s financial operations and upgraded its rating from Aa2 to Aa1. The upgraded rating resulted in the district being able to sell general obligations bonds for 1.73 percent – saving more than a half a percent from what had been anticipated.

Total savings from the restructured debt plan and lower interest rate due to the upgraded Moody’s rating is $458,000. In addition, the restructured plan will retire the district’s debt one year early and even out payments over the remaining decade.

Business services assistant superintendent recognized

For the role he played in helping the district achieve such a strong financial rating, School Board members recognized Business Services Assistant Superintendent Bryan Ruud. Superintendent Kathleen Cooke, Ph.D., credited Ruud for helping the district keep costs down , including lowering energy, healthcare, debt and workers’ compensation expenses.

Federal funds available to district

In other financial matters, the School Board learned that the district will receive $1.3 million in federal funding as part of the U.S. Department of Education’s Jobs Fund. Wisconsin’s share of the federal funding is $179 million.

Administrators will present a plan to the School Board recommending how the funds could be used after clarifying with the state officials implications of the funding. Cooke reported that initially school districts were told that the state Department of Public Instruction would administer the funding, but later that was changed to the Department of Revenue. Because the funding will be distributed through the state’s equalization aid formula, the district stands to lose 30 cents of state aid for each federal dollar it receives.

Possible ways to mitigate loss of state aid would be to spread out use of the funds over three years and underspend the budget. The funds must be used for salaries, benefits and support services of school-level employees including teachers, principals, counselors, custodians and nurses. They may not be used for district-level employees or contracted employees.

High school sees strong achievement

After years of concentrating on a goal of higher-level thinking for students, Hamilton High School created a new goal that states “Students will apply 21st century learning to maximize their potential in the global community.” Principal Candis Mongan provided School Board members with an overview of work that has occurred and the promising results that have been attained at the school, including support measures for students and staff development.

Results of the school’s focus are seen in the school’s Advanced Placement (AP) and ACT scores. For the first time ever, Hamilton achieved above a 1.0 rating on the AP Challenge Index. Its score was 1.18 based on 366 AP exams taken by the 309 students in the class of 2010.

Hamilton AP and ACT scores are at all-time highs. AP results from 2006 to 2010 went from 108 to 366 exams taken, nine to 28 sections offered and 79.6 to 89.9 percent passed. In that same time period, ACT achievement shows that the average composite score went from 23.1 to 24.1 and the number of students taking the exam increased from 171 to 229.

School Board members expressed appreciation to Mongan and the high school staff for the outstanding progress that the school is making.

Summer Opportunities reports success

School Board members also complimented Summer Opportunities Director and Lannon Elementary School Principal Dick Ladd for overseeing an excellent summer school program.

Ladd reported that the program increased the number of student participants, improved academic support, incorporated new “Transition to First Grade” curriculum, trained “Soar to Reading Success” teachers in Readers’ Workshop strategies and “Making Sense of Math” teachers in Everyday Math strategies and secured three police officer to help ensure safe traffic flow before and after school.

Ladd recommended that next year’s program run from June 20 to July 15 with a day off for the July 4 holiday. He said the district is contracting an outside consultant to help load test online registration which has presented difficulties in the past two years.

Ladd recognized the office staff members, coordinators and teaching staff who provided services to nearly 2,000 students who participated in the four-week program.

Mitchell honored for quick action

Hamilton guidance counselor Patricia Mitchell was recognized for demonstrating quick action and concern for a fellow employee that may have saved his life. When high school custodian Mike Oswald was choking on a piece of food in the employee lunch room, Mitchell performed the Heimlich maneuver and dislodged the food from his throat. Oswald, who was at the meeting to recognize Mitchell, called her his “angel” for coming to his aid.

Personnel news

In personnel news, the School Board:

  • learned that the district’s unofficial student count for the 2010-11 school year is 4,555, which is a 52-student increase over last year;
  • appointed Jennifer Callan as a part-time Templeton Title I paraprofessional, and Lisa Dardich as a Maple paraprofessional.

PSAT offered Oct. 13 at Hamilton

The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) will be given Oct. 13 from 7:20 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Hamilton High School. This voluntary test provides an opportunity for college-bound sophomores and juniors to experience and practice taking a shortened version of the SAT Reasoning Test. (The SAT may be used for the University of Wisconsin System admission although the ACT is preferred.)

For juniors, the PSAT is the only route of entry into the National Merit Scholarship Competition (NMSC) and may be required for some other scholarships.  Sophomores who are interested in entering the NMSC next year are encouraged to take the PSAT this year as practice.

Interested students must register in the high school guidance office by Sept. 27.  The $14 test fee is payable at the time of registration. Juniors enrolled in the free or reduced lunch program are eligible for a fee-waiver. Please contact the school Guidance Department for more information.

September 7, 2010

Five goals set for district

The School Board approved five broad goals that it and the superintendent will focus on in the 2010-11 school year. They are:

  • Develop resources and implement strategies and initiatives to enhance student achievement;
  • Update the district’s Strategic Plan;
  • Monitor status of Wisconsin’s public education funding and prepare 2011-12 district budget;
  • Monitor district enrollments and community growth; and
  • Update School Board policies and position descriptions.

District technology plan moves ahead

The district’s Information Technology & Literacy plan is moving ahead.  Instructional Technology and Assessment Coordinator Katherine Little provided School Board members with an update on actions taken which included:

  • The first phase of the network infrastructure upgrade that saw upgrades and replacements of switches, server connectivity and a reconfigured link between Templeton and Hamilton;
  • Other network initiatives such as wireless installation that reaches more than two-thirds of the high school, Woodside wireless access for computers-on-wheels stations, new storage area network, upgraded bandwidth between the high schools and elementary schools and updated operating system of all VMWare servers;
  • Software deployment of Microsoft Office 2007 to all district machines, utilization of Web-based FitnessGram throughout district fitness education classes, Adobe CS5 upgrade at the high school, Scholastic Keys 2007 upgrade at elementaries, AutoDesk 2011 upgrade for Project Lead the Way curriculum, SMART Notebook 10.0 upgrade throughout district, Destiny library management upgrade districtwide and various special education software upgrades;
  • Installation of an additional 65 SMART board projection systems and four document camera projection systems leaving the district with a total of 99 SMART boards and six document camera systems;
  • All teachers trained in Moodle technology in preparation for the fall of 2011 deadline when all teachers must maintain a basic Web page;
  • Placement of the HelpDesk technology trouble ticketing system on Hamilton Matters, the employee intranet; and
  • Enrollment of 262 staff members in the 2010 Technology & Learning Academy, a cooperative training effort between the Hamilton and Menomonee Falls school districts.

Mentor program supports new employees
The district’s Mentor-New Teacher Program helped 11 new-to-the-district teachers with support and guidance from veteran teachers of the district. Research shows that students of a new teacher who has had two years of quality mentoring demonstrate comparable growth as teachers with four years experience without an induction program. In addition, teachers involved in a quality induction program remain in the profession significantly longer than those who are not involved, and new teachers and mentors in such programs frequently evolve into leadership roles.

Educational Services and Human Resources Director John Roubik reported that evaluations from last year’s program prompted changes this year that provided specific activities to help new teachers understand district curriculum, instruction and assessment expectations and acclimated them to the district’s strategic and school site plans.

The district will continue to participate in the Southeastern Wisconsin New Teacher Project (SEWNTP), which will hold its five afterschool seminars. The cost of the stipends for mentors and SEWNTP fees and registrations was $15,956 in 2009-10.

Revised art curriculum approved

Revisions to the art curriculum were approved that ensure alignment with state and national art education standards and addresses Advanced Placement student outcomes. The curriculum has three overarching learning targets that provide a focus at each grade level or course including:

  • understanding of art and design elements and principles;
  • production of original artwork and design to develop problem-solving skills, creative thinking and visual intelligence; and
  • production of quality images and objects that communicate ideas using varied media, techniques and processes.

Two students admitted into kindergarten early

Two students were admitted early into kindergarten for 5-year-olds last year, according to a report presented by Special Services Supervisor Mardi Freeman. Initially, four parents requested information, but a change to early admission procedures allows principals to evaluate if a student should be screened. Only two of the children participated in screening, and both were granted early admission. There were no requests for early admission into first grade.

District policy indicates children must be four, five or six years old by Sept. 1 to enter four-year-old kindergarten, regular kindergarten or first grade, respectively. While procedures exist for early admission to regular kindergarten and first grade, no early admission is granted for four-year-old kindergarten.

Freeman noted that a new state law now stipulates that completion of a 5-year-old kindergarten program is the prerequisite for enrollment into first grade at a public school.

 Personnel business

In personnel matters, the School Board:

  • accepted the resignations Marcy special education paraprofessional Dewan Grant, Woodside paraprofessional Jane Lang, Templeton Title I paraprofessional Kimberli Bretzel, Maple Title I paraprofessional Holly Luczak and Maple part-time Early Reading Empowerment teacher Allison Serceki, who was assessed a fee for breaking her contract with the district;
  • appointed Whitney Newman as a Marcy grade five replacement teacher, Lynn Friske as a Hamilton learning disabilities replacement teacher, Khaimook Guidinger as a Lannon special education paraprofessional, Amanda Schiller as a Maple Title I paraprofessional, Lisa Boucher as a Marcy special service paraprofessional, Caryn Deeken as a Maple grade four replacement teacher, Margaret Cleary as a Maple part-time ERE replacement teacher, Angela Nolan as a Marcy special education paraprofessional and Lisa Polaske as a Woodside paraprofessional;
  • approved a total aggregate salary and benefit compensation package of 3.35 percent for 2010-11 and 3.54 for 2011-12 for administrative assistants.

Hamilton named Government of Year

The Hamilton School District was recently named Government of the Year in the 15th Annual Waukesha County Executive Award program for contributing to the success of Waukesha County and its citizens. Waukesha County Executive Daniel P. Vrakas announced that Hamilton was chosen among many outstanding nominees because of the excellence it demonstrates as a successful organization in the community.
“We are honored to have been chosen for this award because it recognizes the efforts of the school district to be wise stewards of the community’s resources,” Superintendent Kathleen M. Cooke, Ph.D., said.
“Taxpayers are interested in how resources are expended and the results that are achieved with their investments,” Cooke said. “Hamilton is one of the highest-achieving, yet lowest-spending districts in Waukesha County. This award affirms the work of the School Board and staff to operate with efficiency and achieve cost-savings while delivering high quality education.”
The panel of judges assessed nominees based how they meet the needs of taxpayers, customers, investors, employees and the community at large. Specifically, the panel chose Hamilton as the Government of the Year based on its:
–          ability to leverage resources to improve service delivery,
–          implementation of innovative strategies to better serve constituents,
–          participation in collaborative efforts to improve service and reduce costs, and
–          consolidation of resources and services.
“Throughout its history, our County has been blessed with countless organizations that have demonstrated a keen sense of responsibility toward its stakeholders,” Vrakas wrote in a letter to nominees. “This balanced definition of success has contributed greatly to the quality of life here, which will help to ensure that Waukesha County continues to thrive for years to come.”
Others who were named 2010 Waukesha County Executive Award-winners were: Fox Bros. Piggly Wiggly, business of the year; Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County, large nonprofit of the year; St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy, honorable mention for large nonprofit; Interfaith Senior Programs, honorable mention for large nonprofit; ARCh, small nonprofit of the year.
Winners will be honored at the 15th Annual County Executive Awards Luncheon Oct. 14 at Country Springs in Waukesha.

Families can apply for free, reduced lunches

The Hamilton School District announced its policy for children unable to pay the full price of meals served under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program, or milk served under the Special Milk Program. Each school office and the district office have copies of the policy for those who are interested.

Household size and income criteria determine eligibility. Children from families whose annual income is at or below the established levels are eligible for free and reduced price meals or free milk if a split-session student does not have access to the school lunch or breakfast service.

Annual income maximum for free lunch or milk
Household size — income maximum
1 — $14,079
2 — $18,941
3 — $23,803
4 — $28,665
5 — $33,527
6 — $38,389
7 — $43,251
8 — $48,113
For each additional household member, add $4,862.
Annual income range for reduced lunch or milk
Household size — income range
1 — $14,079.01 and $20,036
2 — $18,941.01 and $26,955
3 — $23,803.01 and $33,874
4 — $28,665.01 and $40,793
5 — $33,527.01 and $47,712
6 — $38,389.01 and $54,631
7 — $43,251.01 and $61,550
8 — $48,113.01 and $68,469
For each additional household member, add $4,862 to $6,919 to range.
Monthly income maximum for free lunch or milk
Household size — income maximum
1 — $1,174
2 — $1,579
3 — $1,984
4 — $2,389
5 — $2,794
6 — $3,200
7 — $3,605
8 — $4,010
For each additional household member, add $406.
Monthly income range for reduced lunch or milk
Household size — income range
1 — $1,174.01 and $1,670
2 — $1,579.01 and $2,247
3 — $1,984.01 and $2,823
4 — $2,389.01 and $3,400
5 — $2,794.01 and $3,976
6 — $3,200.01 and $4,553
7 — $3,605.01 and $5,130
8 — $4,010.01 and $5,706
For each additional household member, add $406 to $577 to range.
Application forms are being sent to all homes with a notice to parents or guardians. To apply for free or reduced price meals or free milk, households must fill out the application and return it to the school. Additional copies are available in the principal’s office in each school. Applications may be submitted at any time during the year.
If a household member becomes unemployed or if the household size changes and the household income falls at or below the levels shown above, the family should contact the school. Such changes may make households eligible for reduced price meals or free meals or milk, and they may reapply at that time.
In certain cases, foster children are also eligible for these benefits. If a household has foster children and wishes to apply for free or reduced price meals, the household should complete an application for a family of one or contact the school for more information.
The information provided by the household on the application is confidential. Under this program, no child will be discriminated against because of race, color, sex, national origin, age or disability.
For more information, contact Judy Pinter, Hamilton School District food service manager, at (262) 246-1973 x1142.

Clubs and activities

Clubs and activities

Printer-friendly version of clubs and activities booklet

Club advisors

Academic Decathlon – Mr. Pechanach

The Academic Decathlon is a team competition wherein students match their intellects with students from other schools. Students are tested in ten categories: Art, Economics, Essay, Interview, Language and Literature, Mathematics, Music, Science, Social Science, and Speech.

Academic Decathlon is a ten-event scholastic competition for teams of high school students. Like the decathlon athletic contest, the Academic Decathlon does not permit participants to specialize, but rather encourages academic versatility by requiring students to prepare for all ten events. Each high school enters a team of nine students: 3 “A” or Honor students, 3 “B” or Scholastic students, and 3 “C” or Varsity students.  Winning teams advance through the local, regional, and state levels of competition. The state champions compete at the national finals. $45 fee.

Art Club – Ms. Acuff

Art Club offers students a chance to experience the visual venues available within driving distance.  The club takes once a month field trips to art museums and galleries.  On the schedule regularly are the Milwaukee Art Museum, John Michael Kohler Art Center and the Chicago Art Institute. Other galleries and small museums are selected based on the exhibition calendars. The club is open to art and non art students in the hopes to build cultural literacy and an appreciation for the visual arts in all students. Art club members are of assistance to district art teachers when it comes to handling and set up of student art for the district art show.

Band – Mr. Waite

Band offers the following groups: Jazz Band performs at school events; Marching Band performs for the home football games and community parades; Pep Band performs for various winter sporting events held at home.

Book Group (A Novel Idea) – Ms. Gorski/Ms. Otto

The Book Group is open to all students who love to read and would like to discuss books that they have read with other students. We will meet once a month during advisement to read and discuss books selected by the members. We read all genres – realistic, historical, fantasy, science fiction, mysteries, short stories, and nonfiction.

If you like to read, and talk about books with your friends, come join the Hamilton Book Group and share ideas on what you would like to read for the upcoming months.

Bowling Club – Mr. Brinkman

Our bowling club is part of the Wisconsin High School Bowling Club (District 1) and at this time is not sanctioned by the WIAA. The bowlers compete weekly against other area high schools. Students bowl Baker format and the winner is determined by the best of 9 games. Tryouts are held at the end of October and practices begin in November.  All season practice sessions are held on Mondays and Wednesdays at Sussex Bowl. Matches take place on Thursdays and Saturdays in the Milwaukee area. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from practices and matches.  Regular competition ends mid-February and High School State is the first weekend in March. High school state team and individual bids come from season standings and the conference tournament. Scholarship money is available through tournaments. No prior knowledge of bowling is needed but it is helpful. Having your own equipment is helpful but not necessary; most students end up purchasing their own ball, however. We also fundraise to help with the costs of competition, practice, uniforms, and banquet. $45 fee.

Charger Robotics Team 537 – Ms. Hinytz

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is an international organization with a goal to build science and technology skills in today’s students. Regional competitions are held all over the United States. Annually, there is a Championship event that hosts qualifying teams from regional competitions. Currently there are over 2000 teams from the U.S., Canada, South America, Europe and Israel.

Charger Robotics Team 537 is a group of Hamilton High School students working to build a robot in a six week time frame. Students and faculty work with mentoring representatives from local companies and businesses including GE Healthcare, Rockwell Automation, QuadTech, JCPenney and other professionals from the community. These students involved are responsible for designing, fabricating, wiring, programming and integrating additional components to create a fully functional robot. This robot will be used in a competitive environment to accomplish a specific set of challenges. Every year our game challenge changes and we have to start from scratch. In addition to robot fabrication tasks, the team is treated as a business and involves several non-mechanical positions. These positions include animation, video, web design and marketing. Students will be using professional animating software, and fundraise to promote and market the team. Please note – this is a year-round commitment. $45 fee.

Chargerettes (Poms) – Ms. Ronk

The Poms/Dance Team performs at all home basketball and football games, as well as competes at numerous competitions across the state. This is a rigorous athletic and competitive program, with a regular practice schedule. Tryouts are held in the spring for the following year. $45 fee.

CTV (Charger Television)  – Mr. Washbush

Students in CTV – Charger Television explore their interest in film making, video production, audio production, animation, and broadcast journalism.  CTV members assist the video and audio needs of the school district by shooting and editing projects, producing DVDs, providing tech support for drama productions, and broadcasting graduation ceremonies.  Members also can explore and create their own productions of animations, short films, music videos, etc.  CTV sponsors a student film contest and is developing a community wide talent telethon.

Cheerleading – Ms. Kendall

Our highly competitive cheerleading squads perform during home games for football, basketball and wrestling, as well as at several competitions throughout the year.  All students interested in competitive cheerleading are encouraged to try out.  Tryouts are held in spring for the following fall and winter seasons. $45 fee.

Chess Club – Mr. Moeller

Chess Club was started in 2001. Club members will learn the love of the game through the eyes of a creative and energetic advisor, who is an avid player.  Club members will play on tournament boards, with and without clocks, during meetings. Members will compete and learn strategies, with hopes of competing with other area high schools in tournaments. Both girls and boys are welcome to participate!  Remember, chess is not just a game – it is a way of life! $15 fee.

Club Action – Mr. Krill/Ms. Belot

Club Action’s motto is “be aware, take action, create change.”  Club Action explores issues of interest within the broader themes of human rights, animal rights, and environmental concerns.  Once issues are thoroughly discussed, the club attempts to create positive change both locally and globally through respectful and considerate methods of activism.

We typically meet twice per month during advisement for planning meetings and after school for events or fieldtrips.  There are no specific requirements other than to come with an open mind and be prepared to follow through with Club initiatives.  The only payment involved is for club t-shirts and a few field trips.

Club Success – Ms. Otto

Club Success is Hamilton’s free after-school homework program.  Held in Lab 54 from 2:45-4:15, Club Success is a guided study hall where students can work in a quiet environment with access to classroom teachers and computers.  Students can sign up for one or two days a week; applications are due before students attend.

Club Unique – Ms. Bova Brown

The aim of Club Unique is to foster and promote improved relations among the many racial, social, and cultural groups in the school. The club plans activities which raise awareness of multi-cultural and human relations issues among students and staff; recognize unique and shared beliefs; and promote respect for all people in the school and in the community. Some of the activities include viewing and discussing appropriate films, planning and giving presentations in other schools, and sponsoring other school-wide informational programs. The club was established in December 1992.

Cultural Exchange Club – TBD

CEC promotes awareness and understanding of other people and cultures in our global society by providing support to our exchange students and opportunities for club members to get to know one another, cooperate on projects and have fun. Members enjoy field trips and activities such as working at our annual craft fair, sponsoring a school dance, traveling to Great America, seeing a play, and other joint ventures with Cultural Exchange Clubs in our area, such as trips to Chicago, the Folk Fair, Milwaukee Week and more.

All Hamilton students are welcome to participate. There are no special requirements other than to meet the general eligibility guidelines that are in effect for all co-curricular activities. There is no requirement to become an exchange student or speak a foreign language.

The club has organizational meetings once per month with several activities planned, ranging from a field trip, pot luck supper, helping out with a meal program or playing Bingo with residents of a local nursing home. Club members have considerable input into the year’s activities and benefit from the active support of the Cultural Exchange Club.

HHS has hosted students from various countries all over the world. The Cultural Exchange Club has provided financial and social support to all of the exchange students who attend Hamilton, regardless of their program affiliation, as well as to Hamilton students who wish to become exchange students.  Members of the Cultural Exchange Club have the satisfaction of contributing to a better understanding between people of the world and ultimately to world peace. They learn to value diversity and appreciate a larger world view.

DECA – Mr. Hay

DECA is a marketing and business organization made up of students. It is a basic component of a Marketing Education program that supports and enhances related school based and work based learning. DECA provides students with skills and knowledge to succeed in the new global economy.  It is a local, state and national organization of goal-oriented youth with career interests in marketing, hospitality, finance, and business administration.

DECA holds monthly meetings during advisement to plan outings, prepare for competitions, and learn more about the business world. DECA members plan local events and also have the opportunity to compete at district, state, and national competitions.

Drama – Ms. Brigham

Participation in drama activities is open to all students no matter what grade level. Students can be involved in four major productions throughout the year:  a one-act play in the fall, two plays (Fall and Spring), and a musical in the winter. Students should not only try for a part in a production, but also involve themselves backstage (on crew), lights, sound, student directors, stage managers, costume assistants, or working in the front of house.  $45 fee.

Drama Club – Ms. Brigham

The club generally meets every two weeks to organize group outings to plays, to support drama activities at the school, and to have fun doing improvisational games (such as theater sports.)  Students also participate in workshops like stage combat, stage make-up, and improvisational theater. Drama club’s main function, however, is the support of drama activities at the school through fundraising, workshops and the year-end awards ceremony.  Drama club participation is independent of play participation; students may join one or both.  $45 fee.

Executive Board (Student Government) – Ms. Draeger

Members consist of the Executive members of the Student Council. Board members organize mini-council groups who plan monthly events for the student body and pass the information on to each of the elected class representatives from freshman through seniors. Each class has their own President and Vice-President on the Executive Board. Executive Board members are elected positions and meet once a month to discuss ideas and upcoming events.

FIRST – See Charger Robotics

Forensics – TBD

Our forensics team competes in interpretive and public speaking events and students travel to approximately ten tournaments during the season. Team members can participate in one of 19 categories, ranging from acting out a cutting from a play to reading prose or poetry to presenting an informative or persuasive speech.

The Forensic team meets after school, beginning practice in early December, with competitions from January through April. Tournaments are held Saturday mornings with three preliminary rounds followed by a power round in each category.  Students can also qualify to attend state and national tournaments. $45 fee.

French Club – Mr. Tennessen

The ability to speak another language brings us closer to people around the world. French Club seeks to promote understanding of the French language and increase knowledge of the vast francophone world.  French Club activities will include parties and cultural events to celebrate francophone culture. Members will share ownership of activities, fundraisers, and field trips.  

German Club   (Deutsch Club) – Ms. Klein

This club works to promote interest in the German language and culture through various activities throughout the year. Activities include service projects such as the annual sweater drive and school-wide holiday celebrations.  German Club members are offered various field trips for cultural events and social outings like the trip to Chicago for the German Christmas Market and our annual Maifest. A couple of our favorite fundraisers are the Talent Show, Brat Fry and the annual Mai Fest for all members. German Club also supports the bi-annual German American Partnership Program (GAPP) exchange with the Johannes-Kepler Prep-School in Reutlingen, Germany.

Graphic Arts Club – Mr. Schleuter

The Hamilton Graphics Arts Club exists to provide opportunities for students to develop and improve skills related to desktop publishing, multi-color screen printing and multi-color press work which cannot reasonably be accomplished during the school day. The Graphic Arts Club also offers former photography students and yearbook staff members a chance to print photos of school activities which may be in the school yearbook.

Membership is open to current graphic arts students or those who have completed a graphic arts/photography course with a grade of “B” or better. Students who can demonstrate a basic understanding of photography and darkroom work may be accepted for membership. Individual and group refresher help will be provided as necessary.

Intramural Basketball – Mr. Gosz

Intramurals enables boys and girls who are not members of interscholastic basketball teams to participate in basketball games on a recreational level.  Teams are co-ed.  Games usually held in the afternoon and early evening, from December through late February. Fee varies.

NHS (National Honor Society) – Ms. Swanson

The Hamilton Chapter of the National Honor Society is an organization to which members are selected to join based on scholarship, leadership, service and character. The main thrust of the chapter is service, to the school, to the community. All chapter members become involved in a variety of activities to earn a service award each year. Monthly meetings bring all the committee work to focus as well as set the pace for new projects. The chapter has a busy calendar of money-making, receptions, food for the needy, toys for tots, breakfasts, and a myriad of other projects.

Photo Club –  Ms. Acuff

Student photographers are trained for work on the school yearbook, capturing events such as the homecoming pep rally. Photo Club members practice the basic rules of good photography in a photojournalism process. They plan, organize, and take club activity ID pictures, as well as daily events at HHS.

RAY (Rainbow Alliance for Youth) – Ms. Bova Brown

Our purposes are to encourage mutual respect between all students, and, regardless of sexual orientation; to encourage understanding and implementation of school policy with respect to nondiscrimination; to improve the climate and safety of Hamilton High School.

RAY is a student-led and student-organized school club that aims to create a welcoming and accepting school environment for all youth. We cooperatively address issues that affect all students, including harassment, discrimination and bias based on sexual orientation.  We focus on social activities, and education to improve tolerance.

Robotics  (see FIRST)

Show Choir – Ms. Mascitti

Show Choir is an extra-curricular co-ed vocal group that meets twice a week after school in the fall to learn vocal music and choreography for performance, and hopefully soon, for competition!  Music selections include pop, rock and Broadway pieces.  There are many opportunities for solos – both dancing and singing.  Auditions for 2013-2014 will be held in May or at the beginning of September.

Ski & Snowboard Club – Mr. Roth

Open to any student who wants to ski or snowboard at area hills.Approzimately four trips take place in December, January and February. Parents are encouraged to chaperone, either officially or by meeting the group at the hill. Beginners are required to take a lesson during the first trip. Additional lessons for beginners to advanced skiers and snowboarders are available with prior notice per trip. Cost of trip includeslift ticket and round trip bus transportation from HHS. Students who don’t have their own ski or snowboard equipment can rent for an additional fee. The application packet with information, prices and sign-up forms on outings will be available through daily class announcements. Ticket/rental/bus fees vary.

Spanish Club –Ms. Green

The purpose of the club is the enjoyment of the Spanish language and the cultures related to the Spanish-speaking countries of the world.  We sponsor a needy Hispanic family for Christmas, go to Mexican restaurants, and look for events which pertain to the Hispanic culture.  We also do a holiday outing to a show downtown. The students are encouraged to come up with ideas for activities. Spanish Club is open to all students, whether or not they are taking Spanish.

Student Council – Ms. Draeger

This organization is the student governing body in the high school. The purpose is to represent the student views and concerns regarding their rights and responsibilities, to establish good communication between the administration and the students, to promote and develop more school spirit and loyalty, to keep the pupil-faculty relationship at its best, to stimulate the American ideals of self-government and democratic citizenship, and to strive to ensure the welfare of the school.

Hamilton currently has an open council and strongly encourages any interested student to join.  Elections for officer positions are held in the spring for the sophomore, junior, and senior classes. Activities include homecoming activities, Spirit Week plans, food drives, charitable fund-raisers, blood drives, teacher and student morale boosters, dances and other activities, Greater Metro Conference Student Council activities and other school and community activities, as ideas are presented. Student Council will also support other clubs and organizations that need help in planning and financing an activity. A member of Student Council will attend School Board meetings and promote communication between the two groups. Student Council has official meetings once a month for the distribution of information and gathering of ideas. Additional meetings are required during the summer and planning stages for major events such as Homecoming.

Project Caring – Ms. Gorski/Ms. Rankin

Project Caring will inspire students to create quilts, hats, scarves and other items for those in need. All skill levels welcome – based on their interests, students will learn and/or strengthen their skills in sewing, knitting and crocheting. Items will be donated to community organizations. Some equipment and materials are available for student use. Donations are welcome. Meetings are held after school twice a month on Tuesdays or Wednesdays depending on student and advisor availability.

Trap Shooting Club – Mr. Johnson

Season:  March through early June. The newly formed co-ed Hamilton Charger Trap team is part of the Scholastic Clays Target Program (SCTP). Trap shooting is a shotgun activity in which the trap shooter stands 16 yards from the “trap house” and shoots targets that fly out front at various angles. Each shooter will use five stations during each round. This provides a variety of shooting angles and 25 shots per round. We will compete against other high schools in a number of matches and tournaments, including the state tournament in June. Athletic letters will be awarded based on a point system. Members will learn and follow the safe gun handling Code of Conduct and proper shooting techniques. Participants supply their own 12 gauge shotgun, shell safety glasses and hearing protection for each practice and competition. Practices will take place at a local Gun Club in the evenings. No firearms are allowed at school.

Troubadour – Mr. Deshotels

The Troubadour is Hamilton High School’s student newspaper. We meet twice a week after school and/or during advisement all year to tell the stories of our students. Our reporters, editors and photographers give a voice and a face to our student body. We interview students and staff, and share their noteworthy experiences in a real-world product with the whole community. Participation in Troubadour will help develop writing, editing, photography and graphic design skills, and it demonstrates to others that our students are concerned about our community.

Varsity Club – Mr. Grove/Mr. Cibulka

The Varsity Club is an organization composed of Hamilton High School athletes who have won a Varsity letter in any authorized sport sponsored by the school. A letter winner is automatically a member and can choose to be active or inactive.

Our goals are to be service-oriented toward school and community needs. Our primary fundraiser is selling concessions at football and basketball games. We have sponsored two to four scholarships per year for club members. We also provide financial assistance to other clubs for improvement of Hamilton building facilities or activities, and to the community as needed.

Weightlifting – Mr. Damato

The Weightlifting/Conditioning Club is designed to provide an opportunity for Hamilton High School students/athletes to utilize the weight room facility for body building and/or physical training and conditioning. All students/athletes using the facility receive proper instruction in weight-lifting and conditioning with an individualized program. High School staff/coaches supervise the weight room during all hours of operation.

Hours: Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri from 2:30-4:30 pm.

Yearly fee of $45.

Yearbook (LANCE) – Ms. Hammer

We are known by several names, but have one main goal; to produce a top notch yearbook for Hamilton High School students. Some call us yearbook; some refer to us as Lance, the name of our annual publication. Active members contribute the following skills:

  • layout and design
  • desktop publishing
  • interviewing
  • writing
  • photography

 The staff room (20A) is open after school Monday-Thursday and is also available during advisement. Student editors have the opportunity for summer training on college campuses.  In the fall, editors and staff are invited to attend a journalism conference.

The editors look for regular participation from staff; when students make the commitment, the rewards are tremendous to both the individual and the larger school community.

* * *

The Hamilton School District does not discriminate against pupils on the basis of sex, race, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, or physical, mental, emotional, or learning disability or handicap in its education programs or activities.   Federal law prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, sex, or handicap.

Athletic trainer

Physician, athletic trainer




     Dr. Timothy Morton, MD

 Tracy Friedle, MEd, LAT

Froedtert Health Medical Group is proud to be the official sports medicine provider for Hamilton High School.  We look forward to beginning our relationship with both the school and the community, and providing quality health care services for the upcoming season and for years to come.

It is with great pleasure that we introduce Tracy Friedle, MEd, LAT as Athletic Trainer for the Chargers and Timothy Morton, MD as the team physician. Tracy earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point in 2005 and her Masters in Health Education from Carroll University in 2008.  She has been working in the clinical and outreach setting for the past five years. Dr. Morton received his Medical Degree at Rush University, Chicago, IL and completed his internship and residency at Rush Presbyterian – St. Luke’s Medical Center. Dr. Morton is board certified in Orthopaedic Surgery. His patient care focus includes: total and partial joint replacement, arthroscopic surgery, sports medicine, and fracture care. Dr. Morton sees patients at Froedtert Health Community Memorial Hospital, Hartford Clinic, and Menomonee Falls Clinic.

In addition to coverage of home games and contests, Tracy will be on-site at the school each Monday through Friday from 2:15-6:00 PM. Athletes and/or parents with questions are urged to stop in and see her in the athletic training room after school or contact by phone to arrange a visit outside of normal hours.  Please note the contact information listed at the bottom of this page.


Tracy Friedle, MEd, LAT 

Email: Tracy.friedle@froedterthealth.org

Cell:       (715) 347-3311

Clinic:    (262) 257-5860