Hamilton wins first in Junior Achievement Challenge

A three-student team from Hamilton High School Business Department competed Feb. 12 in the Junior Achievement (JA) Business Challenge sponsored by Kohl’s Cares and held at Briggs & Stratton. Juniors Natalie Hagenow, Morgan Hillmann and Bridget Fahey won first place in their industry competition among nine teams in the Milwaukee Metro division.

“Networking with business professionals in the area and making real-life decisions are impossible to do within classroom walls. I’m thrilled the students did so well and made some great connections for their futures,“ said Toni Hillmann, business education teacher. In addition to qualifying for future scholarship opportunities, students received tickets to an Admirals hockey game.

The JA Business Challenge is a business strategy tournament for young entrepreneurs. Students are teamed with a local business professional and participate in a hands-on computer simulated business making decisions on price, production, marketing, capital investment and research and development. The purpose of JA is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.



Homeless children and youth enrollment and placement

Children of homeless individuals and unaccompanied homeless youth (youth not in the physical custody of a parent/guardian) who either reside in the District or for whom the District is the school of origin shall have equal access to the same free, appropriate public education as provided to other children and youths who reside in the District. They shall be provided services comparable to services offered other children attending district schools, including transportation services, educational services for which the children/youths meet eligibility criteria (e.g., special education, Title I programming, gifted and talented programming), vocational and technical education programs and school nutrition programs. No homeless child or youth shall be required to attend a separate school or program for homeless children and shall not be segregated or stigmatized by the District or school personnel.

For the purposes of this Policy, a child or youth is “homeless” if he/she lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. “Homeless” includes the following:

    1. Children/youths sharing housing with other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason, and children/youths who are living in motels and trailer parks due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations;
    2. Children/youths living in emergency or transitional shelters, abandoned in hospitals, or awaiting foster care placement;
    3. Children/youths who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings;
    4. Children/youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, substandard housing, etc.; and
    5. Migratory children who live in any of the above circumstances.

“School of origin” means the school that the child or youth attended when he/she was not homeless, or the last school in which the child or youth was enrolled.

  1. District Liaison for Homeless Children and Youths
    The Director of Special Services has been designated as the district’s liaison for homeless children and youths and will ensure that:
    1. Homeless children and youths residing in the District, or for whom the District is their school of origin, are identified by school personnel and through coordination activities with other entities and agencies.
    2. Homeless children and youths enroll in, and have a full and equal opportunity to succeed in schools in the District.
    3. Homeless families, children and youths receive educational services for which they are eligible and referrals to other appropriate services (e.g., health care services).
    4. The parent/guardian of a homeless child and any unaccompanied homeless youth is informed of the educational and related opportunities available to them and are provided with meaningful opportunities to participate in the education of the child/youth.
    5. Public notice of the educational rights of homeless children and youths is disseminated where such children and youths receive services such as the schools and family shelters.
    6. Enrollment disputes are mediated in accordance with legal requirements.
    7. The parent/guardian of a homeless child and any unaccompanied homeless youth is fully informed of transportation services that may be available to them under the law and assist them in accessing such transportation services.
  2. Admission and Placement of Homeless Child or Youth
    When a homeless child or youth seeks enrollment in the District, these procedures shall be followed:
    1. The homeless child’s parent/guardian or any unaccompanied homeless youth shall be advised of their choice of schools. The homeless child/youth shall be allowed to either:
      1. continue his/her education in the school of origin for the duration of the homelessness, or
      2. be placed in the school that nonhomeless children/youths who live in the attendance areas in which the child/youth is actually living are eligible to attend.

        The choice regarding school placement shall be made regardless of whether the child or youth lives with his/her parent(s)/guardian or has been temporarily placed elsewhere. School selection decisions shall be made based on the best interest of the homeless child/youth. When determining the best interest of the child/youth, the child/youth should be kept in the school of origin to the extent feasible, except when doing so is contrary to the wishes of the child/youth’s parent or guardian. If the District assigns a homeless child to a school other than the school of origin or a school requested, the district shall provide the child’s parent/guardian with a written explanation, including a statement regarding the right to appeal the school selection decision. An unaccompanied homeless youth shall also be provided notice of his/her right to appeal the school selection decision. School selection disputes shall be handled as outlined in Section C below.

    2. The homeless child/youth shall be immediately enrolled in the assigned school. This must be done even if the child/youth is unable to produce records normally required for enrollment, such as previous academic records, medical records, proof of residency or other documentation. The enrolling school shall immediately contact the school last attended by the child/youth to obtain relevant academic and other records. If the child/youth needs to obtain immunizations, or immunization or medial records, the enrolling school shall immediately refer the parent/guardian or the unaccompanied homeless youth to the district’s liaison for homeless children and youths, who is expected to assist in obtaining the necessary immunization or medical records.
    3. The homeless child/youth shall be placed in an appropriate grade level by the building principal or designee, using the same procedures that are used for placing non-homeless children and youth attending that school. Educational programming and services shall be provided for the child/youth consistent with legal requirements and established District policies and procedures.
    4. Once enrolled, homeless children/youths shall have all the rights and privileges of non-homeless children attending school in the District and shall be subject to the same school rules and regulations.
  3. School Selection or Enrollment Disputes

    If a dispute arises over school selection or enrollment in a school:

    1. The homeless child, youth, parent/guardian shall be referred to the district’s liaison for homeless children and youths, who shall attempt to resolve the dispute as expeditiously as possible after receiving notice of the dispute. The parent(s)/guardian or homeless youth shall be provided with a written explanation of the district’s decision on the dispute and a notice of the right to appeal to the State Superintendent of Pubic Instruction.
    2. The homeless child or youth shall be immediately enrolled in the school in which the enrollment is sought, pending resolution of the dispute.

In administering this policy, the District shall not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, color, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, mental, physical, emotional, or learning disability, or any other factor prohibited by state or federal laws or regulations.

Hamilton students chosen National Merit finalists

Hamilton High School seniors Brandon Fedie, Adam Klager and Sean Thompson 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.



Lannon plans 75th anniversary, seeks memories, memorabilia

Were you a Lannon Elementary School student, employee, family or have another special connection to the school? If so, the Lannon 75th Anniversary Planning Committee would like to hear from you.

Lannon will commemorate its 75th anniversary May 12 with a special celebration that current and former students, staff and community members are invited to attend. The committee planning the festivities is looking for photos, memorabilia and memories that can be shared at the event. Please contact Andrea Tarantino at (262) 255-6106 or taraan@hamilton.k12.wi.us to share memories of years spent at Lannon.

Please pass this information along to other individuals who would be interested in the Lannon 75th anniversary celebration.

Lannon Elementary School is located at 7145 N. Lannon Road, Lannon.

Hamilton forensics places at West Bend invite

Hamilton High School’s forensics team earned fourth place in its division Feb. 14 at the West Bend East High School Forensics Invitational.

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

  • Danielle Kallis, first place in Special Occasion Speaking;
  • Erin Magoon, first place in Four-Minute Speaking;
  • Ciara Cronin, fourth place in Story Telling; and
  • Emily Bader, fifth place in Special Occasion Speaking.

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

February 16, 2015

District adds Chromebooks to 5-year technology replacement cycle

School Board members approved the purchase of $237,939 of computer equipment to maintain the district’s five-year replacement cycle. The approval will fund purchase of 222 desktop and 34 laptop computers, six tablets, 310 Chromebooks and 10 mobile carts.

Typically the district replaces 200-300 computers as they become obsolete. Information Technology staff members evaluated different devices this year that met student needs and supported required state testing. They found that Chromebooks, at $271 per unit, were significantly less expensive than laptops that cost $597 and desktops at $489. This year’s replacement purchase includes regular computer lab replacements and expands the number of devices available to students with the purchase of 310 Chromebooks.

The Chromebooks don’t do everything that regular desktops or laptops, but they suffice for state testing purposes, writing and doing research on the web.

Board ratifies contract with ULE

The Hamilton School Board ratified a contract with United Lakewood Educators (ULE) which represents district teachers. Under the contract, base salaries will increase by 1.46 percent for the 2014-15, retroactive to the beginning of the school year.

The tentative agreement was reached Feb. 12 between the district and ULE representatives and was presented to ULE members Feb. 13 for a ratification vote. The increases do not apply to teachers on replacement contracts or plans of assistance.

Other personnel matters

In other personnel matters, the School Board:

  • accepted the resignation request of Special Services program support Emilie O’Connor, effective Feb. 27; and
  • modified the contract of Templeton replacement social worker Christopher Keadle from 50 to 60 percent.

Hamilton takes third at forensics invitational

Hamilton High School’s forensics team earned third place in its division Feb. 7 at the Wauwatosa East High School Forensics Invitational.

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

  • Allison Bitz, first place in Extemporaneous Speaking;
  • Ila Avinash, first place in Moments in History;
  • Ciara Cronin, third place in Story Telling;
  • Katherine Sabol, third place in Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Erin Magoon, third place in Four-Minute Speaking; and
  • Matthew Gnanadass, fourth place in Extemporaneous Speaking.

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 DECA fights MD with free cheer clinic

Hamilton High School’s DECA Chapter is fighting a terrible disease by sponsoring a fun event for children in the community. Children ages 3-11 years are invited to attend a free cheer clinic Feb. 20 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Heat Athletics in Sussex. While there is no charge for the clinic, donations for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) will be collected at the door.

Titled “Be a Hero Cheer Clinic,” the event encourages children to dress up as their favorite hero. Hamilton DECA members Peggy Wang, Rohan Washikar and Caitlin Bolz are working with Heat Athletics in Sussex to raise awareness and funds for MDA. Heat Athletics All-Star Cheerleading staff will conduct the clinic in their gym at W248 N5250 Executive Drive, Suite, 100, Sussex. In addition, Heat Athletics has pledged to match donations for MDA collected at the door.

“We are fortunate to have a local business like Heat Athletics to help us raise awareness and funds for this important cause,” said Washikar. “We hope the community will get fired up and help us contribute to MDA while joining us in a wonderful experience for children.”

Preregistration for this event is required. Go to www.heatathletics.com to sign up.

Hamilton announces January students of the month

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

  • Tanner Brandt, applied engineering and technology;
  • Isabel Kelly, art;
  • Brenna Kempen, business education;
  • Danielle Kallis, communication arts;
  • Alexandra Williams, family and consumer sciences;
  • Alyssa Prodoehl, fitness education;
  • Rhea Last, mathematics;
  • Haley Rapisarda, music;
  • Fabrizio Coccaro, science;
  • Nicole Utecht and Dominick Weiman, social studies; and
  • Alexander Gwinn, world languages.

Students received a certificate and a pin for their accomplishment.



Hamilton schools celebrate Youth Art Month with art show at Pauline Haass Public Library

In celebration of Youth Art Month, the artwork of students from throughout the Hamilton School District will be on display during March at the Pauline Haass Public Library, N64 W23820 Main St., Sussex. The public is invited to view the artwork during regular library hours.

A reception honoring the artists and their teachers, held in the library, will be open to the public from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. March 5. During the reception art activities will be offered in the Youth Services area. The Friends of the Pauline Haass Public Library will provide refreshments.

Youth Art Month is celebrated each year to emphasize the value of art education for all children and to encourage public support for quality school art programs. It began in 1961 as Children’s Art Month with support from the nonprofit Crayon, Water Color and Craft Institute and the National Art Education Association.