Halquist to pay for new fields at Hamilton

The Halquist Stone Company gave the Hamilton School Board some good news at its May 7 meeting. Fourth generation owners of the company, Bill and Tom Halquist, announced that they would donate the construction and equipment for youth soccer and softball fields adjacent to Hamilton High School. When open in summer of 2014, the fields will be christened the Halquist Youth Complex.

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Halquist Vice President Tom Halquist told the board he and his brother wanted to find a way to continue contributing to the community after Dozer Day ended in 2009. The company created the one-day fundraising event, but discontinued it due to increased insurance and stricter mining safety regulations. Dozer Day raised nearly $1 million over the course of 10 years.

The company owners wanted to invest in the community’s youth and determined that addressing the shortage of ball fields in the area would support students and the community.

Located south of Hamilton High School off of Town Line and Silver Spring roads in Lisbon, the new Halquist Youth Complex will provide access to six 50-yard long soccer fields, two 40-yard long soccer fields and one NCAA regulation size-soccer field. In addition, two Little League-sized fastpitch softball fields will be created. The land is owned by the district.

“Halquist Stone has a long history of partnering with the Hamilton School District to enrich the lives of families in our community,” said Hamilton Superintendent Kathleen Cooke, Ph.D. “This donation, which will develop much needed athletic space for our community, is another generous act from the Halquist family. We greatly appreciate their incredible generosity and commitment to our community.”

According to Halquist, the donation will exceed $200,000 towards material, equipment and labor expenses. The Halquist Stone Company was founded in 1929 by Swedish immigrant John Halquist. In addition to the Wisconsin quarries, operations include an 8,000 square foot designer showroom in Sussex and a retail yard in Franklin.

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3M provides grant to Hamilton High School

The 3M Foundation recently donated $250 to Hamilton High School Charger Robotics in recognition of Steve Michalski’s commitment to the community.

“3M employees and retirees give generously give their time and skills to help improve lives,” said Kimberly Price, vice-president, 3M Community Affairs. “We are pleased to recognize their commitment to their communities.”

As part of the 3M Volunteer Match, the 3M Foundation will donate $250 to eligible non-profit organizations for which a 3M employee volunteers 20 hours or a 3M retiree volunteers 25 hours or more per calendar year.

Woodside to celebrate Family Fun Night May 17

Mark May 17 as an evening of great fun for the family at Woodside Elementary School. The school will celebrate its annual Family Fun Night from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Family Fun Night is a fundraiser that supports Woodside Home and School’s enriching learning programs for students and teachers. Inflatable rides, games and concessions are planned. In addition, a raffle and silent auction with more than $5,000 worth of items provided by area businesses will surely have something for everyone.

The event will include a special appearance by the Milwaukee Brewers Racing Sausages. Families will have an opportunity to interact with the five Racing Sausages from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The event is open to the public, and Woodside Home and School encourages community members to attend. Tickets for rides, games and food will be available at the door. For more information, please contact Jessi Wrench at (262) 820-1826.

Woodside Elementary School is located at W236 N7465 Woodside Road, Sussex. The event will be held indoors if it is rainy or windy.

May 7, 2013

Halquist to provide donation for athletic complex

The Halquist Stone Company gave the Hamilton School Board some good news. Fourth generation owners of the company, Bill and Tom Halquist, announced that they would donate construction and equipment for youth soccer and softball fields adjacent to Hamilton High School. When open in summer of 2014, the fields will be christened the Halquist Youth Complex.

HalquistPresentation

Halquist Vice President Tom Halquist told the board he and his brother wanted to find a way to continue contributing to the community after Dozer Day ended in 2009. The company created the one-day fundraising event, but discontinued it due to increased insurance and stricter mining safety regulations. Dozer Day raised nearly $1 million over the course of 10 years.

The company owners wanted to invest in the community’s youth and determined that addressing the shortage of ball fields in the area would support students and the community.

Located south of Hamilton High School off of Town Line and Silver Spring roads in Lisbon, the new Halquist Youth Complex will provide access to six 50-yard long soccer fields, two 40-yard long soccer fields and one NCAA regulation size-soccer field. In addition, two Little League-sized fastpitch softball fields will be created. The land is owned by the district.

“Halquist Stone has a long history of partnering with the Hamilton School District to enrich the lives of families in our community,” said Hamilton Superintendent Kathleen Cooke, Ph.D. “This donation, which will develop much needed athletic space for our community, is another generous act from the Halquist family. We greatly appreciate their incredible generosity and commitment to our community.”

According to Halquist, the donation will exceed $200,000 towards material, equipment and labor expenses. The Halquist Stone Company was founded in 1929 by Swedish immigrant John Halquist. In addition to the Wisconsin quarries, operations include an 8,000 square foot designer showroom in Sussex and a retail yard in Franklin.

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Woodside teachers earn national certification

Add two more Hamilton School District teachers to the esteemed list of educators who are National Board Certified Teachers. Woodside fourth grade teacher Kelly Flanagan and kindergarten teacher Peter Dargatz were among 79 Wisconsin teachers who earned the profession’s top honor this year through National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).

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The two were recognized at the School Board meeting.

The national board certification process requires intense self-reflection and measures a teacher’s practice against high and rigorous standards. Offered on a voluntary basis and valid for 10 years, the advanced system of national board certification complements, but does not replace, state licensing.

The process is unique because it assesses teachers’ knowledge and their ability to apply skills and professional judgment in the classroom. Candidates must critically analyze their practice and demonstrate how effectively they act on their insights.

Human Resources Director John Roubik said evidence shows that those who complete the process become better teachers and have a positive impact on student achievement.

 

Annual Meeting postponed until state provides more financial details

The district Annual Meeting, originally slated for June 17, will be postponed because the state had not finalized its budget and provided information needed to determine local district finances. The meeting will be July 15 in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center with the public hearing portion beginning at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting beginning upon its completion, but no earlier than 7:30 p.m.

 

DECA students recognized

Three DECA students who competed at state were recognized at the meeting. Sophomores Jessica Neumann and Jarrett Keen were honored along with senior Alan Mamerow who advanced in competition and became the first Hamilton student to take first place overall at the international level. DECA advisor and marketing education teacher Skip Hay was credited for establishing DECA at Hamilton and encouraging students to find success through the competitions.

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Title funds continue to drop

Federal Title funds continue to drop. Human Resources Director John Roubik predicted that next year’s allocation will decrease another five percent. Funding for two of the five Title allocations that the district had received six years ago were eliminated. The three remaining allocations are for reading and math support, reading and mathematics teacher training and supplies to support English Language Learners. Roubik estimated that the district will have to cut about 20 hours each week of paraprofessional support across the district due to loss of the federal funds. The district expects to receive $188,541 in 2013-14 compared to $477,548 in 2007-08.

 

Board ratifies contract

The board ratified a contact with United Lakewood Educators for the 2012-13 school year. Teachers will see a 2.332 percent increase in their regular non-base supplemental compensation for 2012-13, retroactive to the beginning of the school year.

In other personnel business, the School Board:

  • approved adding a reading specialist position to the instructional leader team;
  • approved continuation of the Employee Assistance Program through the National Insurances Services at no cost to the district;
  • accepted the retirement requests of maintenance employee Terry Hanney and Marcy special services paraprofessional Susan Schritz, effective at the end of the school year;
  • accepted the resignations of part-time Public Information Office administrative assistant Jennifer Lloyd and Marcy Early Reading Empowerment teacher Kimberly Schmitt;
  • appointed Brooke Umnus to serve as a Marcy first grade teacher and Kelly Rouse as Marcy administrative assistant; and
  • modified the contract of Marcy guidance counselor Lori Schlapman from 80 to 100 percent.

Hamilton Prom set for May 11

With a theme of “A Starry Night,” Hamilton High School will celebrate Prom May 11. The grand march will begin at 5:15 p.m. in the high school Gymnasium. Following the grand march, students will travel via bus to the Milwaukee Public Museum to attend the dinner and dance.

The king and queen will be named at the grand march.

Hamilton High School is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex.

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(From left, front) Therese Merkel, Cecilia Cortez, Amanda Phillips, Molly Matthiesen, Grace Modl, (back, seated) Alex Bartolini, Bret Harvestine, Garett Minor, John Phillips and Tyler Surma

Goecks signs with University of Illinois Springfield

Hamilton High School senior Nathan Goecks recently signed a letter of intent to attend University of Illinois Springfield on a golf scholarship. Goecks, from Lannon, earned letters in golf all four years and played all-conference sophomore and junior years. He played on the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel all-area team junior year and was named to the Wisconsin Coaches Association all-state academic team. He has earned a 4.09 GPA and plans to major in biology-chemistry with a pre-medical emphasis.

 

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Hamilton student takes top award at international DECA conference

Hamilton High School senior Alan Mamerow came home with a first place trophy from the 67th Annual DECA International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, Calif. It is a first in Hamilton’s 11-year history of DECA competitions. He competed in the category of automotive services against 160 other students. He earned a berth at the international competition by taking first place at district and state level events earlier in the year.

Mamerow and Hamilton DECA advisor and business education and marketing educator Skip Hay were among 16,000 DECA members from 50 states and Canada who attended the conference. During the school year, approximately 120,000 of DECA’s 200,000 student members take part in regional and state competitions designed to simulate real-life business scenarios and test students’ academic understanding and skills development. The top state winners put their talents to the test during the program’s final round of competition in Anaheim.

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. DECA enhances the preparation for college and careers by providing co-curricular programs that integrate into classroom instruction, apply learning, connect to business and promote competition.

Hamilton High School is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex.

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Charger Robotics wraps up successful season

Charger Robotics Team 537 returned from international competition in St. Louis April 28 where it wrapped up a successful season marked with accolades and awards. The team represents Hamilton High School in Sussex in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) international high school robotics competition.

Its most significant accomplishment of the season came in March at the Lake Superior Regional in Duluth, Minn., where the team earned the regional Chairman’s Award for the third time in four years. The Chairman’s Award is FIRST’s most prestigious team award and supersedes winning the competition itself. As regional Chairman’s Award recipient, Charger Robotics had a reserved spot at the St. Louis championship event, giving it the chance to compete for the national Chairman’s Award. The award was created to recognize teams that demonstrate the greatest commitment to spreading passion about science and technology in their communities and schools. Team members submitted an essay, a three-minute video and gave a presentation in front of a panel of judges.

The team placed in the top 25 percent among competitors March 21-23 at the Wisconsin Regional Competition at the U.S. Cellular Arena in Milwaukee. The team was honored with the Gracious Professionalism Award which recognizes the ethos of FIRST — encouraging high-quality work, emphasizing the value of others and respecting individuals and the community. The team earned the award for helping with event set-up and take-down, and its commitment to assisting all teams.

A total of 70 Hamilton students are involved in Charger Robotics, which is supported by QuadTech, Rockwell Automation, GE Healthcare and Centare through financial donations and employee mentors. The team is advised by Hamilton teacher Lori Hinytz and co-advised by Kari Woods. To learn more about the Charger Robotics team, visit http://team537.org/.

Hamilton High School is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex.

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Hamilton cheerleading tryouts to be held May 28-30

Students interested in trying out for the 2013-14 Hamilton High School cheerleading squad are invited to attend tryouts May 28, 29 and 30 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The team is looking for solid dancers, strong cheer energy and voice, tumbling skills and stunting experience.

An informational meeting will be held May 7 at 6 p.m. in the Hamilton Little Theater. Tryout packets are available in Office C. Tryouts will be in the Auxiliary Gymnasium at Hamilton High School, W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex.

For more information about the cheerleading squad, please contact Coach Kristin Kendall at kkendall@waukesha.k12.wi.us.