Hamilton wins conference forensics tournament

Hamilton High School’s forensics team earned its first conference championship in more than 20 years by taking first place March 19 at the Greater Metro Conference (GMC) tournament held at Hamilton. With 234 points, Hamilton set an all-time high score for itself at a GMC tournament and scored more than 200 points for the fifth consecutive meet. Hamilton’s 2016 GMC tournament score is more than 100 points higher than in the previous two years.

In addition to earning the team championship title, Hamilton students earned six individual conference champions. The following students were medal winners:

  • Megan Ehlert, co-first place in Demonstration;
  • Sara Hubbell, co-first place in Demonstration;
  • Emily Bader, first place in Special Occasion Speaking;
  • Ciara Cronin, first place in Storytelling;
  • Amanjot Yadev, first place in Four Minute Speaking
  • Hang Yin, first place in Oratory;
  • Danielle Kallis, second place in Special Occasion Speaking;
  • Tessa Jaskolski, third place in Moments in History;
  • Matthew Gnanadass, third place in Extemporaneous Speaking;
  • Rachel Seraphine and Emily Smith, third place in Duo Interpretation;
  • Samantha Moore, third place in Prose;
  • Jordan Koeller, third place in Four Minute Speaking;
  • Tessa Jaskolski, third place in Moments in History;
  • Kylie Earing, third place in Oral Interpretation;
  • James Long, third place in Oratory; and
  • Kavya Ayalasomayajula and Emily Keith, third place in Play Acting. 

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

Lannon earns state recognition for achievement


Lannon Elementary School was recognized at the State Capitol in Madison for being among 11 high-achieving and high-progress schools in the state. The recognition was part of the Wisconsin Title I Schools of Recognition awards ceremony in which four categories of awards were presented to 169 schools. Schools were recognized for being high-achieving, high-progress, beating the odds or earning school recognition in the program for five consecutive years.

As a high-achieving and high-progress school, Lannon met all annual measurable objectives for achievement, demonstrated high achievement, fell within the top 10 percent of schools experiencing growth in reading and mathematics, and had achievement gaps less than three points between student groups or showed evidence of reducing gap,.

State Superintendent Tony Evers welcomed Lannon third grade teacher Jodi Bowe and principal Richard Ladd to the recognition event.

“These awards recognize the work of students and their parents along with teachers, school administrators, and school staff members to break the link between poverty and low academic achievement. These efforts will help us ensure that every student graduates college and career ready,” Evers said.

The Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition awards highlight schools that have demonstrated success in educating students from low-income families. To be eligible, schools must receive federal Title I funding to provide services for economically disadvantaged children.

March 21, 2016

Teachers report benefits of instructional coaching


Teachers spoke to School Board members about the impact of a pilot to use instructional coaching to help teachers in the classroom. Members of the Coaching Research Team – Templeton teachers Cathy Drago and Patty Sankey, Lannon teacher Sarah Cromos and Hamilton teacher Addie Starrett – described how instructional coaching is designed to help focus on higher-quality teaching by working collaboratively with colleagues in a non-evaluative manner. The instructional coaches research the best scientifically proven instructional practices and help teachers in areas they want to improve.  Continue reading

Hamilton seeks nominees for Distinguished Alumnus

Community members are invited to nominate Hamilton High School graduates for the 2016

Distinguished Alumnus Award which will be presented at the June 11 high school graduation ceremony.

People are asked to include the nominee’s name, address and phone number, along with a 50- to 75-word description of why the nominee is worthy of the award. This information may be submitted through the district website at www.hamilton.k12.wi.us on the Hamilton High School alumni page or delivered to Candis Mongan, Hamilton High School, W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex, WI 53089.

High school faculty members will review nominations and recommend a finalist.

The nomination deadline is April 22. For further information, contact Mongan at (262) 246-6471 x1104.

Hamilton places sixth at forensics invite

Hamilton High School’s forensics team earned sixth place among 36 competing teams March 12 at the West Bend West Invite.

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

  • Tessa Jaskolski, first place in Moments in History;
  • Erin Magoon, first place in Four Minute Speaking;
  • Matthew Gnanadass, second place in Extemporaneous Speaking;
  • Emily Bader, third place in Special Occasion Speaking;
  • Erin Magoon and Samantha Moore, finalist in Duo Interpretation;
  • Ciara Cronin, finalist in Storytelling;
  • Amanjot Yadev, finalist in Four Minute Speaking; and
  • Kavya Ayalasomayajula and Emily Keith, finalist in Play Acting.

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

Chargers football players volunteer for hunger relief

Hamilton High School Chargers football players did their part to relieve hunger for others. The players volunteered for six hours at the World Wide Hunger Relief Warehouse in Waukesha. They packed 24 pallets of pizza provided by Palermo’s which were sent to Feeding America, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota and other inner-city hunger relief organizations and ministries.

The players have opportunities to volunteer as part of the football team. They are expected to accumulate volunteer hours throughout the year to develop personal growth and leadership skills.

“We feel strongly about our volunteer opportunities as team-bonding activities that will leave a lasting impact on others,” said Hamilton Football Head Coach John Damato.

“This particular event is an annual event that we typically have done in the past but we have never done this sheer volume,” Damato said. “The boys set the goal to get it done under six hours and they were successful. I couldn’t be more proud of them.”



Hamilton DECA experiences success at state

Ten Hamilton High School DECA members competed March 8-10 at the Wisconsin DECA Career Development Conference in Lake Geneva.

The following students were recognized and will represent Hamilton at the DECA International Career Conference April 23-26 in Nashville:

  • Mackenzie Jene, fourth place overall, quick serve restaurant management and three medals;
  • Carolyn Troutman overall finalist, apparel and accessories marketing and two medals;
  • Andrew Tai, sixth place overall, economic excellence and one medal, hotel management; and
  • Kayla Muckerheide and Miranda Gammon, Gold certification of Charger Corner Store, School Based Enterprise.

Bobby Mae Cranfield and Janelle Davies  medaled in hospitality services.

Business education teacher and DECA advisor Skip Hay will accompany qualifying students and future Charger Corner manager, Julia Gahr, to the international conference.

Hamilton announces February students of the month

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

  • Garrett Czarnik, applied engineering and technology;
  • Rachel Walther, art;
  • Ashlyn Adams, business education;
  • Gabrielle Grzona, communication arts;
  • Mariah Simes, family and consumer sciences;
  • Aaron Thompson, fitness education;
  • Katie Prescott, mathematics;
  • Lindsey Paquette, music;
  • Kennedy Evans and Anna Gast, science;
  • Marie Ammel, social studies; and
  • Olivia Boucher, world languages.

Students received a certificate and a pin for their accomplishment.   



Hamilton’s Synergy Show Choirs celebrates successful season with April 6 concert

The Hamilton High School Synergy Show Choir will celebrate its successful season with a final home concert April 6 for family, friends and community members. The concert, which will cost $5 in advance and $6 at the door, begins at 7 p.m. in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center (HFAC). Children under age five are free. Advance tickets can be purchased at the HFAC box office, HFAC online or from choir members.

The “Pop Show” will also feature the Hamilton A Cappella Choir and many talented students in solo and small group acts, performing rock, indie, Broadway show tunes and other pop music. The theme of this year’s show is “You Can’t Steal My Rock and Roll.” It will showcase more than 60 of the high school’s best singers.

This has been a year of great accomplishment for the Hamilton Synergy Show Choir, according to Hamilton Choir Director Marilyn Mascitti. Results for the 2015-16 season were:

  • Jan. 16 – Chocolate City Showcase  – 10th overall in open class division, best female soloist – Lindsey Paquette;
  • Jan. 23 – Choralation Invitational – grand champion in class A division, spirit award and best performer in a group – Jewell Gorges;
  • Feb. 20 – Silver Stage Invitational – 9th overall in open class division, best female soloist–  Lindsey Paquette; and
  • Feb. 27 – In the Spotlight Competition – first runner-up in class A division.

The HFAC is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex.



Hamilton seniors named scholarship winners

Hamilton High School seniors Yuchun Wang, Matthew Smith and Kate Meagher are recipients of the Wisconsin Academic Excellence Scholarship. The four-year scholarship is worth $2,250 annually for tuition at a Wisconsin public or private college, university or technical college.

The scholarships are administered through the Wisconsin Academic Educational Aids Board and funded through matching state and college contributions. They are given annually to recognize the state’s highest achieving students and to provide an incentive for them to continue their education in Wisconsin. Students are chosen based on cumulative grade point averages after the first semester of their senior year. In the event of a tie, ACT or SAT scores, the number of Advanced Placement (AP) courses taken, AP grade point average and involvement in curricular and co-curricular leadership activities are taken into consideration.

Hamilton’s recipients will be recognized May 25 at the Senior Scholarship Ceremony in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center.