Hamilton students named Financial Literacy Scholars

Hamilton High School is among the top 100 high schools in the country that teach personal finance based on results from the Financial Literacy Certification test. The national ranking was created by Working In Support of Education (w!se), which sponsors the test to empower students to take control of their financial futures.

To be named a Financial Literacy Certification Scholar, students scored 95 percent or higher on the test. The following Hamilton students were named 2016 w!se Financial Literacy Certification Scholars:

  • Veronica Anderson;
  • Kyle Blaedow;
  • Samuel Kallis;
  • Timothy Parry;
  • Kyle Swanson; and
  • Brianna Zsakovics.

W!se is an educational nonprofit that provides education support services nationwide to build financial literacy, foster business and social entrepreneurship and prepare students for college and the global workplace.

Templeton students earn State Honors

The Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) Middle Level State Honors Music Project invited Templeton Middle School eighth-grader Megan Nielsen, alto saxophone, to participate in the state honors band.

This is the fifth consecutive year that Templeton students have been invited. Students went through a rigorous audition process held in April and were recently notified of their acceptance. Only 300 students were chosen to participate from more than 1,100 auditions throughout the state.

When a selected student is unable to attend, students chosen to be high alternate have the opportunity to perform. Templeton eighth-grader Samantha Meiller, tenor saxophone, was selected high alternate.

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 October 29 at the Wisconsin State Music Conference.

Hamilton girls basketball earns Team All-Academic

Hamilton High School girls basketball earned second place Division 1 Team All-Academic from the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) for the 2015-16 season. The team grade point average is 3.77.

Taylor Klug was named to the individual Academic All-State Team which recognizes academic and basketball success of senior players. Klug led the Chargers to a sectional semifinal appearance.

These accomplishments conclude a successful season on and off the court for the girls basketball team. Bill Scasny is the Hamilton girls basketball coach.

Templeton teacher attends colloquium

Templeton Middle School social studies teacher Alan Schneider recently attended the “America in WWI Colloquium” in Kansas City. The weekend class brought together 20 secondary level history and social studies teachers from across the country to examine primary source documents, with the focus on how American participation in World War I transformed society.

Teaching American History, a privately funded national program that educates teachers in American history topics and teaching methods, chose Schneider to participate in the expense-paid colloquium. He was selected after completing an application and essay describing how content connections from the institute will be implemented in his classroom.

At the colloquium, educators analyzed the debates over entering the war, expanding the role of the United States in the world, mobilizing the economy and public opinion to support the war, and granting new civil rights to women and African Americans. Part of the program was held at the National WWI Museum, including a special behind the scenes tour of the museum archives.

Willow Springs students branching out

Willow Springs Learning Center will hold its annual Branching Out Ceremony June 7 at 9:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center. The ceremony is the culminating activity of the year for students who will attend 5-year-old kindergarten at their neighborhood school next year. The ceremony recognizes their growth as 4-year-old kindergartners during the year and symbolizes how they will branch out to another school.

The children will sing songs, place a leaf on a tree to mark their new school and be introduced as the future class of 2029.

Parents and families will help students celebrate their accomplishment. The Hamilton Fine Arts Center is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex.

Hamilton named to two prestigious national high school lists

Hamilton High School again was named to two prestigious national lists that rank schools based on academic achievement. Among the state’s 511 public high schools, Hamilton was ranked No. 17 in Wisconsin on the 2016 U.S. News Best High Schools list. Hamilton was also one of only 33 Wisconsin high schools named to the Washington Post America’s Most Challenging High Schools list.

After reviewing data from more than 29,000 public high schools in the country, U.S. News recognizes those that prepare students for college across a range of performance indicators on state-required tests. Hamilton High was No. 17 among 164 Wisconsin high schools that made the list.

America’s Most Challenging High Schools ranks schools through an Challenge Index formula that’s a simple ratio: the number of college-level tests given at a school in the previous calendar year divided by the number of graduates that year. A ratio of 1.000 means a school has as many tests as graduates. Also noted are the percentage of students who come from families that qualify for lunch subsidies and the percentage of graduates who passed at least one college-level test during their high school career. The AP® participation rate at Hamilton High in 2015 was 51 percent and the school’s Challenge Index was 1.885. Hamilton’s ranking on the state list was No. 23.

Principal Candis Mongan said Hamilton staff encourage students to take the most rigorous coursework they are capable of taking because they know it will have an impact on their success after high school.

“It’s uplifting to be named to a national list of high-performing high schools because it validates the work that our staff members do and reflects the high expectations and support of our community,” Mongan said. “But encouraging our students to stretch to their highest level of learning and reach their full potential is the real motivation for the work we do at Hamilton High School.”

Hamilton High School, W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex, has an enrollment of 1,477 students. It is regularly ranked as one of the country’s top high schools for academic rigor and performance by U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek and the Washington Post, and generally, position on the lists has gone up over time.

Hamilton students named GMC Scholar Athletes

The Greater Metro Conference has named the following Hamilton High School students Winter 2015-16 Scholar Athletes:

  • Benjamin Sciortino and Trevor Wittman – wrestling;
  • Taylor Klug – girls basketball; and
  • Travis Janus, Michael Bruch, Zachary Jasinski, Jacob Hartung and Hayden Barth – boys basketball.

Student-athletes have earned a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average and have senior standing.

Halquist Youth Complex to be dedicated May 23

The Hamilton School District will dedicate Halquist Youth Complex May 23 before the start of the Hamilton High School girls’ softball game. The complex became a reality thanks to the generosity of the Halquist Stone Company which provided more than $200,000 toward material, equipment and labor expenses.

Company owners Bill and Tom Halquist will cut the ribbon on the softball field at 4 p.m. before the start of the Hamilton vs. Brookfield Central softball game. Those in attendance will be Hamilton Superintendent Kathleen Cooke, Ph.D., School Board President Gabe Kolesari, Principal Candis Mongan, Athletic-Activities Director Michael Gosz, Softball Head Coach Tom Schlueter, District Groundskeeper Kevin Schein and Pewaukee Sussex United Soccer Club President Chris Beverung.

Located on school grounds south of the high school, Halquist Youth Complex was designed with flexible field space to accommodate two fast-pitch softball and Little League-sized fields and configuration of numerous soccer fields that could include two NCAA regulation size fields as well as other smaller fields. The land is owned by the district.

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

Geography Bee

Just a reminder to the following students that tonight after school is the Geography Bee semi-final and final rounds of the Bee! Be sure to have arranged for a ride home, either by a parent or for the activity bus. We will meet in Mr. Schneider’s room, room S-1, right after school today. Come ready to get your Geography on today!! The winner of this bee has a chance to advance to the state competition on April 1, and that’s no foolin’!