HABC offers Hamilton spirit wear online

The Hamilton Athletic Booster Club (HABC) will celebrate the grand opening its digital store March 10, offering special pricing for spirit wear online and allowing Charger fans to purchase gear directly from the club. HABC has teamed with the National Interscholastic Athletic Development (NIAD) to create a tool that helps the club fundraise while providing products that bear the logos of the high school and its sports teams.

“This is a great way for our organization to capitalize on the growing trend of online buying,” HBAC President Kelly Newman said. “This will allow the booster club to fundraise year round by having the online availability of the digital store anytime someone wants to show their support through purchase of spirit wear.”

To supplement fundraising efforts of its clients, NIAD offers 50 percent of profits back to the school on all items purchased through the digital store.

“We are providing the Hamilton Athletic Booster Club the opportunity to create a new revenue source that utilizes its logos and spirit wear,” said Joe Barbieri, owner and partner of NIAD. “The great concept of the digital store is that the community and fans of Hamilton High School will be able to purchase spirit wear 24/7/365. And, the club won’t have to worry about handling merchandise or money. All digital store purchases are delivered directly to the buyer.”

Go to http://hamilton.ilchq.com/ to access the site.


Hamilton decides to put prize money to use

As one of the winners of the U.S. Cellular Calling All Communities campaign in 2013, Hamilton High School Student Council was presented with $25,000 from the national cell phone company to enhance the educational experience for students.

A group of students and staff gathered to find the best use for funds and decided to put the money to use with the purchase of several classroom Smart Boards, funds for Student Council use and water stations that fill reusable bottles with filtered water.

Smart Boards would be added to business, German, Mandarin and Spanish classrooms along with technology to support the school’s graphics program. Student Council members are considering inviting a guest speaker to the school for a student presentation to be held next year . Purchase of water filtration stations with a bubbler and no-touch bottle filler would add to units that had been funded and installed previously by students groups. The filtered systems are popular with students not only their environmental-friendly appeal, but for its ability to produce clean water.

Hamilton was one of 20 schools in the country that earned the $25,000 prize money by garnering community votes for its school. The high school’s Student Council spearheaded the campaign which asked community members, age 18 and older, to vote.

Charger Bowling hosts fundraiser

Charger Bowling club members invite the community to join them April 13 at its first 9-Pin Tap Glow Bowl to be held at Sussex Bowl, N64 W24576 Main Street, Sussex.

Four-person teams will bowl three games starting at either 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. Bowlers of all ages are welcome. Individual bowlers will be assigned to a team. The team registration fee of $60 may be dropped off or mailed to: Hamilton High School, c/o Steven Brinkman, W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex. Please make checks payable to Hamilton High School. Registration will be available the day of the event but space is limited. Food and drink will be available for purchase.

For further information and the entry form, please visit the fundraiser link on the district website www.hamilton.k12.wi.us.

Hamilton places at GMC forensics tournament

Hamilton High School’s forensics team earned fourth place in its conference Feb. 15 at the Greater Metro Conference (GMC) Tournament.

The team award was determined by evaluating the average rank performance of individual team members. The following students were medal winners:

  • Erin Magoon, first place in Four-Minute Informative;
  • Ila Avinash, second place in Moments in History;
  • Samantha Moore, second place in Solo Humorous;
  • Allison Bitz, second place in Original Oratory;
  • Alexandra Detweiler, second place in Farrago;
  • Danielle Kallis, second place in Special Occasion;
  • Cassandra Zimdars, third place in Prose; and
  • Kavya Ayalasomayajula, third place in Special Occasion.

Focusing on developing students’ public speaking and communication skills, the high school forensics team helps students build confidence and community through extra-curricular competition.

Sign-up for Bulldog football slated April 9

Sign-up for the Templeton Middle School Bulldog Youth Football Program for next year’s seventh and eighth grade students will be held at 6 p.m. April 9 in the school’s Main Gym. Under the direction of Hamilton High School Charger Football Head Coach John Damato, the program is designed to benefit Hamilton’s upcoming young players while enhancing the overall football program.

Templeton Middle School is located at N59 W22490 Silver Spring Drive, Sussex.

Hamilton parents asked to complete assessment

Hamilton High School parents will have a chance to offer their thoughts, opinions and insights about the school through participation in an online assessment. Pride Factor will be available March 3-21 to parents who are interested in responding to statements that are designed to elicit information about the school’s strengths and opportunities for growth.

Pride Factor was created by Jostens Inc. after extensive examination of research from professional educational organizations including the U.S. Department of Education and the National PTA. It takes approximately 10-12 minutes to complete. Statements are presented and participants are asked to provide a response ranging from “strongly agree” to “strongly disagree” for each. Parents may also leave anonymous feedback about any part of school life.

The assessment may be completed wherever Internet access is available. For those who would like to complete the assessment at the high school, the computers in Lab 3 will be available during the March 5 and 7 parent-teacher conferences.

The assessment is available at pridefactor.jostens.com. The code for Hamilton parents is 498OX4XT (“O” is the letter). After the code is entered, click the “begin” button in the lower right of the page and the assessment will start.

Hamilton students chosen National Merit finalists

Hamilton High School seniors Victoria J. Schulze and Michael Y. Scott have been named finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Competition. High school students enter this competition by taking the Preliminary SAT (PSAT) /National Merit Scholarship qualifying test, which screens approximately 1.5 million entrants who are high school juniors.

Of the 1.5 million entrants, some 50,000 with the highest PSAT scores in critical reading, math and writing skills qualify for recognition. About 16,000 high-scorers are notified that they have qualified as semifinalists. They are the highest-scoring entrants in each state. About 15,000 of these students go on to become finalists. The selection of some 8,000 Merit Scholarship winners from the group of finalists is now in progress and will be announced in March.

February 17, 2014

Board ratifies contract with ULE

The Hamilton School Board ratified a contract with United Lakewood Educators (ULE) that will increase base salaries by 2.07 percent for the 2013-14 school year. The board also approved a 2.07 percent increase in non-base supplemental compensation.

The tentative agreement was reached Feb. 6 between the district and ULE representatives. ULE members ratified the agreement last week. The increases do not apply to applied engineering teachers whose salaries were previously adjusted and teachers on replacement contracts or plans of assistance.

Administrators have scheduled four meetings this week to explain details of the contract to teaching staff.

In other personnel news, the board appointed Erin Monroe as a Marcy special services paraprofessional.


Maple Avenue presents site plan update

Like the other elementary schools in the district, Maple Avenue developed a building plan that aligns with the new district strategic tactical plan. The overarching elementary goal is that the percentage of students who meet or exceed their projected growth MAP targets in reading will increase by five percent.

Principal Kristin Koeper-Hamblin wrote in a report to the board that Maple Avenue’s two tactics indicate:

  • Staff will implement Response to Intervention practices to address the differentiated learning needs of all students; and
  • Students will increase their knowledge and use of academic vocabulary.

Hamilton takes first at forensics tournament

Hamilton High School’s forensics team earned first place in its division Feb. 8 at the West Bend East Forensics Tournament.

The team award was determined by evaluating the average rank performance of individual team members. The following students were category winners:

  • Ila Avinash, first place in Moments in History;
  • Alex Magoon, first place in Solo Humorous;
  • Cassandra Zimdars, first place in Prose;
  • Erin Magoon, second place in Four-Minute Informative;
  • Danielle Kallis, third place in Special Occasion; and
  • Allison Bitz, finalist in Original Oratory.

Focusing on developing students’ public speaking and communication skills, the high school forensics team helps students build confidence and community through extra-curricular competition.






Hamilton wins regional “Spirit of Excellence Award”

Hamilton High School won the regional “Spirit of Excellence Award” from the Wisconsin Association of School Councils (WASC). Hamilton was chosen as one of six regional recipients. The award honors schools that achieve excellence in leadership, sportsmanship and service to their school and communities.

Schools across Wisconsin submitted a detailed portfolio highlighting their achievements which was then judged by a team of leaders from Wisconsin.

Other 2014 regional recipients were Webster, Lakeland Union, Neenah, Brodhead and Adams-Friendship high schools.