Hamilton employee named paraprofessional of the year

Hamilton High School employee Dawn Braun was named the Wisconsin Council of Administrators of Special Services (WCASS) Special Education Paraprofessional of the Year award, given to an individual who provides outstanding services to students with disabilities.

Braun has been a special education paraprofessional at Hamilton for the past 13 years. Her colleagues and students she serves nominated her for the award. They noted that she makes numerous contributions and a positive impact on the lives of Hamilton students and staff. She has gone above and beyond expectations, often extending her hours to assist students.

“Dawn has given up many lunch hours to eat with students who for a variety of reasons didn’t want to go into the lunchroom,” wrote one of her nominators.

Others noted that she is  visible throughout the school supporting students. She was described as consistently kind, respectful and patient with an approach that allows her to be a role model for others.

One of her students credited Braun for helping her find success in school.

“Not only did she teach me math and other studies, but she taught me a few things about life, too,” the student wrote.  “I can thank her for not only graduating but for also helping me be ready for life after school. I truly believe I would not have received my diploma if not for her encouragement, kindness and loving way.”

The Wisconsin Council of Administrators of Special Services is a statewide organization devoted to improving services to children with special needs by promoting professional leadership, providing opportunities for study of issues pertaining to special services, and facilitating communication and collaboration on behalf of special needs students.



Hamilton NHS to host American Red Cross blood drive

Hamilton High School National Honor Society will host an American Red Cross blood drive June 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Templeton Middle School, N59 W22490 Silver Spring Drive, Sussex.

For an appointment please contact Ian Kloehn, NHS member who is organizing the event at (262) 751-4921 or ikloehn@yahoo.com, or contact the American Red Cross at (800)733-2767or redcrossblood.org.

There will be a raffle for a chance to win a $25 gas gift card, six Summerfest tickets and two Hamilton family athletic passes. Childcare will be provided.


June 18, 2013

District chosen to pilot evaluation model

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) chose Hamilton as one of the school districts to pilot the new state Teacher Effectiveness Model in the upcoming school year. Superintendent Kathleen Cooke, Ph.D., reported to the School Board that the district had volunteered to participate in the pilot as a way to gain training and prepare staff to implement the new model.

The district will provide feedback to the DPI regarding the educator evaluation initiative, part of federal education reform intended to improve student learning.

DPI will fund the pilot in up to three district schools that have yet to be determined.

2013 Summer Opportunities dates set

The School Board accepted the recommended 2013 summer school dates as presented by Summer Opportunities Coordinator and Lannon Elementary School Principal Dick Ladd. The 2013 session will be June 19 – July 17. Next year’s summer school will start on a Wednesday instead of the typical Monday first day because the last teacher work day for the regular school year is June 12, with high school graduation on June 15. The later end dates are typical of other area school districts. The start date was moved to a Wednesday to allow for scheduling of summer school staff meetings, training and preparation. Pushing the schedule later in the summer would create problems for the cleaning and maintenance of school buildings in preparation for the start of school in fall.

One other change in the schedule is giving students two days off for the July 4th holiday. Normally, summer school is not in session on just July 4, but school attendance drops significantly when the holiday falls on a Thursday as it does in 2013.

Personnel news

In personnel news, the School Board:

  • Accepted the resignations of Woodside physical education teacher Grace Kassander and Templeton seventh grade teacher Laura Jennaro;
  • Appointed Shannon Stouthamer as a Marcy first grade replacement teacher, Rebecca Ribar, Ph.D., as a school psychologist, Theresa Craig as a Hamilton special education teacher, Renee Waldow as a Maple second grade teacher and Kathleen Kluck as a Marcy second grade teacher;
  • Modified the contract of Hamilton communication arts teacher Misty Draeger from 83 to 100 percent.

Hamilton teacher chosen to be AP Reader

The College Board chose Hamilton High School social studies teacher Eric Ebert to serve as an Advanced Placement (AP) Reader at the 2012 AP Comparative Government Exam Reading. He is one of 11,500 college faculty and AP teachers from around the world who will gather in three U.S. cities to evaluate and score about 14.5 million free-response answers on AP exams given this spring. Ebert was scheduled to be a reader June 9-17 in Kansas City, Mo.

More than 1.9 million exceptional students from around the globe took approximately 3.7 million AP Exams that contain multiple-choice and free-response questions, providing students with the opportunity to demonstrate their mastery of rigorous, college-level coursework.

The annual AP Reading offers selected faculty a rare and enriching professional development experience with opportunities to develop teaching approaches and ideas through close interactions with a diverse group of professional colleagues. AP Readers receive training in consistent application of the scoring standards and use those standards to score student responses.

They will interact with members of the AP Development Committee responsible for revising AP course descriptions and developing exams, giving and receiving information about the current state of teaching and learning in their discipline. In addition, they will be able to discuss achievement, assessment and teaching strategies with college faculty and AP teachers while developing a network of professionals in their discipline.

“This is a real honor to be chosen to read, as the application process is long and intense,” said Ebert, who works with  more than 70 students AP government classes each year.

“I will receive invaluable information at the reading to better help serve future AP government students, not only through exam preparation, but through learning new and innovative ways to teach Hamilton students at a high level from teachers throughout the country,” Ebert said.

“This experience will unquestionably help me become a better teacher at Hamilton,” he said

Templeton students earn State Honors

The Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) Middle Level State Honors Music Project invited two Templeton Middle School students to participate in the band and orchestra:

  • Kathleen Meagher – clarinet; and
  • Chloe Simchick – french horn.

This is the first time Templeton students have earned this honor, and it reflects the students’ dedication and strong desire to excel at playing their instrument. Students went through a rigorous audition process held in April and were notified of their acceptance early June.

In addition to the two students who were invited, four Templeton students were selected as “prioritized alternates” and are the first to be called should an invited student decline. They are:

  • Jacob Merkel – baritone saxophone;
  • John Myatt IV – alto saxophone;
  • Jonah Brown – trumpet; and
  • Erin Magoon – baritone.

The Wisconsin State Honors Music Project offers talented youth the opportunity to rehearse and perform with nationally-known conductors in choir, orchestra and band. All Honors groups will perform in October at the Wisconsin State Music Conference.



Guest speakers share with AP class

Hamilton High School’s Advanced Placement (AP) Statistics class met alumni Dana Eimermann and Kyle McClone to discuss careers that utilize data collection and analysis.

Eimermann is an assistant buyer at Kohl’s Corporate Headquarters and McClone has been hired as an actuarial assistant at Milliman.

Both recent graduates shared experiences from high school, University of Wisconsin – Madison, internships and career opportunities.










Hamilton announces May students of the month

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

  • Mitchell Hudson, applied engineering and technology;
  • Collin Schulz, art;
  • Elizabeth Hinkley and David Conrad, business education;
  • Cassidy Pilo, communication arts;
  • Brianne Snow, family and consumer sciences;
  • Matthew Young, fitness education;
  • Alaina Eckert, mathematics;
  • Blaine Rakowski, music;
  • Taylor Mears, science;
  • Katlyn Pollari, social studies; and
  • Sarah Miskowski, world languages.

Students received a certificate and a pin for their accomplishment.




Duchrow chosen for alumnus award

Graduate David Duchrow was chosen to receive the 2012 Hamilton High School Distinguished Alumnus Award that will be presented at the school’s June 9 graduation ceremonies. A 1975 graduate, Duchrow is an advisor to the California State Bar Labor & Employment Law Section Executive Committee.

While attending Hamilton, he was president of student council and a student representative to the Hamilton School Board. After high school, Duchrow majored in psychology and sociology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. In 1982, he earned his law degree from the University of California – Los Angeles Law School.

His accomplishments include selection as Southern California’s “200 Super Lawyers” in 2007, 2008, 2009 and Chairperson of the California Employment Lawyer Association. Duchrow has twice represented clients in the California Supreme Court.

Hamilton student named Academic All-Star

Hamilton High School senior Nathan Goecks was named an Academic All-State honoree by the Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin (GCAW) for the boys’ golf season that just concluded.

Students are nominated by GCAW member coaches if they meet the following criteria:

  • a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average,
  • participation in at least 75 percent of the team’s varsity matches, and
  • at least sophomore standing.

Goecks is a student-athlete who serves as a great example to others, proving that academic and athletic successes are not mutually exclusive.

The coaches association believes it is noteworthy that a record 218 Wisconsin male golfers have been honored this year for maintaining high academic standards in the classroom while competing in varsity golf.  In fact, the average cumulative GPA of this year’s honorees is an exceptional 3.840. 

The GCAW was formed by high school golf coaches in 1986 to help build Wisconsin’s reputation for developing quality junior players by promoting golf in our schools and communities. Besides honoring both boys and girls who succeed as student athletes, the association also selects an annual All-State team for boys and girls based on their playing ability.