Newsweek names Hamilton one of top high schools in America

For the fourth time since 2012, Hamilton High School was named to Newsweek Magazine’s prestigious “America’s Top High Schools” list. Hamilton was one of only 500 American high schools recognized for proven effectiveness in turning out college-ready graduates. New for Hamilton in 2016 was being ranked a “Beating the Odds” high school for attaining high student achievement while overcoming the challenges presented by poverty and economic disadvantage.

Hamilton was among only 21 of Wisconsin’s 511 public high schools on “America’s Top High Schools” list and one of 14 on the “Beating the Odds” list. Newsweek created the list by first identifying schools that perform at or above the 80th percentile within each state and then calculating a college-readiness score for each school based on measures including Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate credits, ACT or SAT exam scores, counselor-to-student ratio, graduation rate and college enrollment rate.HHS-sign-Home-Of-Chargers

Hamilton’s overall rank in the past two years improved from 434 in 2014 to 337 in 2016. Last spring Hamilton also earned other national accolades. Hamilton was ranked No. 17 in Wisconsin on the 2016 U.S. News “Best High Schools” list and was also one of only 33 Wisconsin high schools named to the Washington Post America’s “Most Challenging High Schools list.”

Hamilton Principal Candis Mongan said being named again to Newsweek’s best high schools list is an honor because it reaffirms the commitment of Hamilton teachers who continually work to advance their teaching skills.

“We appreciate that the work of our staff in reaching students is being recognized through this award,” Mongan said. “Teachers at Hamilton are personalizing learning so that students are being challenged and meeting their academic and personal goals. That is the most rewarding aspect of our work.”

Superintendent Paul Mielke, Ph.D., said the high ranking is a great honor for the district.

“Being named one of America’s Top High Schools reflects the support and commitment from our community, parents, students and staff for a rigorous program that meets the needs of all students.”

He noted that the district’s Strategic Plan and the high school site plan have success indicators that include the factors that Newsweek used to rank America’s top high schools.

Hamilton rated one of America’s top high schools

For the fourth time since 2012, Hamilton High School was named to Newsweek Magazine’s prestigious “America’s Top High Schools” list. Hamilton was one of only 500 American high schools recognized for proven effectiveness in turning out college-ready graduates. New for Hamilton in 2016 was being ranked a “Beating the Odds” high school for attaining high student achievement while overcoming the challenges presented by poverty and economic disadvantage.

Hamilton was among only 21 of Wisconsin’s 511 public high schools on “America’s Top High Schools” list and one of 14 on the “Beating the Odds” list. Newsweek created the list by first identifying schools that perform at or above the 80th percentile within each state and then calculating a college-readiness score for each school based on measures including Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate credits, ACT or SAT exam scores, counselor-to-student ratio, graduation rate and college enrollment rate.HHS-sign-Home-Of-Chargers

Hamilton’s overall rank in the past two years improved from 434 in 2014 to 337 in 2016. Last spring Hamilton also earned other national accolades. Hamilton was ranked No. 17 in Wisconsin on the 2016 U.S. News “Best High Schools” list and was also one of only 33 Wisconsin high schools named to the Washington Post America’s “Most Challenging High Schools list.”

Hamilton Principal Candis Mongan said being named again to Newsweek’s best high schools list is an honor because it reaffirms the commitment of Hamilton teachers who continually work to advance their teaching skills.

“We appreciate that the work of our staff in reaching students is being recognized through this award,” Mongan said. “Teachers at Hamilton are personalizing learning so that students are being challenged and meeting their academic and personal goals. That is the most rewarding aspect of our work.”

Superintendent Paul Mielke, Ph.D., said the high ranking is a great honor for the district.

“Being named one of America’s Top High Schools reflects the support and commitment from our community, parents, students and staff for a rigorous program that meets the needs of all students.”

He noted that the district’s Strategic Plan and the high school site plan have success indicators that include the factors that Newsweek used to rank America’s top high schools.

School Board appoints Jay Jones to Lannon seat

Hamilton School Board members appointed Jay Jones to serve out the term of Jim Long as Lannon representative at its Aug. 3 special meeting. Jones will take his oath of office at the Aug. 15 School Board meeting with the term ending in April 2017.

Jay JonesJones has been a resident of Lannon for 10 years and is a parent of two Lannon Elementary School students. He has worked in the Information Technology Department for Joy Global for the past eight years. He was employed in the district from 2006 to 2008 as network engineer and computer support technician. He said he looks forward to contributing as a board member.

“Serving as a School Board member is an opportunity to give back to the Hamilton community to which I belong,” Jones said.

Long, who has served as the Lannon representative to the School Board member since 1990, resigned his seat effective July 19 because he resides a portion of the year in Florida. He said serving the district on behalf of children was an honor and privilege.

The Hamilton School Board has seven seats representing five municipalities and two at-large posts. While district voters cast ballots for all the positions, candidates must live in the communities they represent. Candidates can live anywhere in the district to qualify for the at-large positions. When a vacancy on the School Board occurs, the remaining members are responsible to appoint a qualified citizen to fill the position.

Online registration verification open to all district families

Online registration verification in the Hamilton School District is open Aug. 1-11. All families are encouraged to log into their Infinite Campus parent portal account by Aug. 11 to verify or update information about their children. Please follow these steps:

  1. Log into your Infinite Campus parent portal account.
  2. Click on “2017 Online Registration” under the left side menu.
  3. Review the registration verification information that displays.
  4. Click “Begin Registration” and follow the directions on each page.
  5. After you complete the registration verification, log back into your parent portal account and pay school fees.

Reminders:

  • Please see the instructional video for detailed steps about the registration verification process.
  • Willow Springs Learning Center – Parent packet pick-up is Aug. 2, 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Elementary schools – Complete registration verification by Aug. 11 in order to see classroom assignments Aug. 25 on Infinite Campus.
  • Middle and high schools – Student schedules and locker assignments will be available Aug. 8 on Infinite Campus.
  • School-specific registration forms and information are available on each school’s webpage.

Tips about payments:

  • There is no convenience fee for online payment.
  • Families are encouraged to use Infinite Campus to pay school fees, lunch and other fees or fines online.
  • When paying fees, an “Optional Items” dropdown lets families pay for yearbooks, locks, gym clothes and activities fees.
  • If necessary, payment may be mailed or dropped off at school. Please check individual school office hours. Checks should be payable to Hamilton School District.

If you have questions, please call your school office or email campushelp@hamilton.k12.wi.us.