Special Education referral and evaluation procedures

Upon request, the Hamilton School District is required to evaluate a child for eligibility for special education services.  A request for evaluation is known as a referral.  When the district receives a referral, the district will appoint an Individualized Education Program (IEP) team to determine if the child has a disability, and if the child needs special education services. The district locates, identifies, and evaluates all children with disabilities who are enrolled by their parents in private (including religious) schools, elementary schools and secondary schools located in the school district.

A physician, nurse, psychologist, social worker, or administrator of a social agency who reasonably believes a child brought to him or her for services is a child with a disability has a legal duty to refer the child, including a homeless child, to the school district in which the child resides.  Before referring the child, the person making the referral must inform the child’s parent that the referral will be made.

Others, including parents, who reasonably believe a child is a child with a disability may also refer the child, including a homeless child, to the school district in which the child resides.

Referrals must be in writing and include the reason why the person believes the child is a child with a disability.  A referral may be made by contacting John Peterson, Supervisor of Special Services, Hamilton School District, at (262) 246-1973 x1184, or by writing him at W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex, WI 53089.






Hamilton High School profile

A hallmark of Hamilton High School staff members is their commitment to consistently seek ways to increase student learning and achievement. This outstanding dedication prompted the school community in 1996 to restructure to a four-period day, which allows implementation of the most effective teaching strategies. Classes meet for 83 minutes with one shortened hour allotted to an advisement and resource hour that replaces study halls and the old home room concept. By nearly doubling the class period, students finish a yearlong course in one semester.

In addition to a rigorous core curriculum of mathematics, language arts and science, the school offers an array of classes designed to prepare students for whatever they wish to pursue after high school, whether continuing their education at a university, technical school or entering the world of work or armed services. Highlights of the school’s offerings include an Honors Program, Advanced Placement courses and their equivalent high-level capstone courses and world languages classes.

Opportunities exist that allow students to apply their knowledge outside the classroom. Apprenticeships, work experience opportunities and co-op programs are available. Hamilton High School partners with GE Healthcare and Rockwell Automation in an international robotics competition. Project Lead the Way — a national science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education program — prepares students in rigorous hands-on curriculum. In addition, the Charger Corner, the school store, provides marketing students the chance to practice marketing and accounting concepts learned in business education coursework.

The school’s guidance counselors offer individual support groups, scholarship information, testing resources, career counseling, college information and job opportunities to all students.

The Learning Center provides alternatives for students who are credit-deficient through P.A.S.S. and G.A.P., individualized course programs and summer school credit courses. The Academic Assistant Program is offered through the Learning Center, allowing responsible, interested students the opportunity to shadow and work with district teachers. In addition, students have the option of attending an after-school study program, Club Success, designed to assist students in improving overall study skills, habits and strategies.

The doors of Hamilton High School opened in 1962 to freshman and sophomores assigned to the new high school who had previously attended Pewaukee, Arrowhead, Germantown, Menomonee Falls, Brookfield, Wauwatosa and Waukesha. Each consecutive year, a class was added until the first senior class graduated in the spring of 1965. The school’s name is in honor of Alexander Hamilton, a signer of the Constitution who fought for freedom, one of the rights being the freedom of education. The name was chosen in a “Name the School Contest” held in 1959 submitted by Butler resident Linda Wicklund.

Significant additions to the original building include new classrooms in 1970, a science wing with eight state-of-the-art science classrooms in 1996 and the Hamilton Fine Arts Center in 2004. This 35,000-square-foot addition includes a 750-seat theater, full-fly stage, orchestra pit for live musical accompaniment, ticket booth, dressing rooms, new music rooms, costume-prop storage, control booth area and art display area. During the summer of 2008, the school’s main gymnasium underwent a major facelift, including updated bleachers, floor and overall appearance followed by upgrades to internal and external scoreboards in 2012. The Hamilton Athletic Center, a multipurpose facility with space for fitness education classes during the day and athletic training after school, was completed November 2014.


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July 18, 2011

Some from Open Enrollment waiting list accepted

Hamilton School Board members accepted another 14 students who had been on the waiting list for the Open Enrollment Program. Human Resources and Organizational Development Director John Roubik said space was available for an additional 11 4-year-old kindergartners and three fourth-graders who applied to participate in the state Open Enrollment Program which allows students to attend school in other districts if space allows.

Roubik noted that the district would continue to monitor enrollments, but students in other grade levels who were on the waiting list likely would not be accepted because enrollments were near tipping points.

In addition to the 14 seats made available at the July 18 meeting, School Board members previously agreed to offer 10 seats to siblings of Open Enrollment students who attend district schools.

Summer school dates set

Dates for the 2012 Summer Opportunities Program were set for June 18 – July 13 with a day off for the July 4 holiday. Classes will be held Monday through Friday for the four-week session.

Second Chance agreement approved

The district will continue to participate in the Second Chance Partners for Education Program. School Board members approved an agreement that will allow credit-deficient students to participate in the program that provides them with workplace readiness skills in a learning environment that connects real-world applications with academic standards. All Hamilton students who previously participated in the program have earned their high school diplomas. Students must be recommended for the program and go through a rigorous selection process to participate.

Assistive technology position continues another year

The special education assistive technology-transition teacher position, first implemented in the district during the 2010-11 school year, will continue in 2011-12. The position will continue to be funded through federal ARRA and flow-through grants. Hamilton learning disabilities teacher James Nelson will remain in the post for the next school year.

Personnel matters

In personnel business, the School Board:

  • approved the retirement request of part-time Willow Springs custodian Guilio Tanel;
  • accepted the resignations of part-time Woodside associate principal Tara Villalobos and Templeton German teacher Angela Stueve;
  • appointed Jacob DeJarlais as Hamilton mathematics teacher, Cori Aronow as Hamilton administrative assistant, James Jacobsen as Hamilton physical education teacher, Susan Posh as part-time Public Information Office administrative assistant, Lynne Friske as Hamilton special education teacher, Justin Seely as Hamilton physical education teacher, Whitney Newman as Marcy fifth grade teacher, James Flegel as Hamilton guidance counselor, Christopher Jones as Hamilton special education teacher, Bridget Matthiesen as Marcy fourth grade teacher, Kimberly Power as Marcy third grade teacher, Katherine Little, Ph.D., as Instructional Services supervisor, Caryn Deeken as Marcy fourth grade teacher, Mark Busalacchi as Hamilton special education teacher and Rheann Fegley as Willow Springs 4-year-old kindergarten teacher.