Hamilton Homecoming Week activities set

Hamilton High School is getting ready for six days of fun, activities Eventsand athletic events Oct. 3-Oct. 8 during Hamilton’s Haunted Homecoming Week.

  • Monday, Oct. 3:
    Theme – Throwback/Tie dye, lunch game – Elephant Pantyhose
  • Tuesday, Oct. 4:
    Theme – Safari, lunch game – Pumpkin Bowling
  • Wednesday, Oct. 5:
    Theme – Jersey/Powder Puff Day, lunch game – Wrap a Mummy

    • Powder puff football:
      • Freshmen vs. seniors – 6 p.m., sophomores vs. juniors – 7 p.m.
      •  Championship game – 8 p.m.
    • Fireworks – 9 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 6:
    Theme – Costume Day, lunch game – Karaoke
  • Friday, Oct. 7:
    Theme – Charger Pride Day, No lunch game due to early release

    • Pep Rally – 10:40 a.m.
    • Decorating for the dance will begin at noon.
    • Football – Hamilton vs. West Allis Central, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 8:
    • Grand March line up – 6:05 p.m., gym; Grand March – 6:15 p.m., gym
    • Dance – 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Hamilton High School, W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex.

Students may purchase tickets for the dance Oct. 3-6 during lunches and after the pep rally in Room 28 for $15 per person. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $20 the night of the dance until 8pm. Parents are invited to watch the announcement of Homecoming court at the Grand March with a donation of $2 or two non-perishable food items to be donated to Sussex Outreach Services.

Foundation presents grants to staff

The Hamilton Education Foundation (HEF) recognized Hamilton School District staff members who received grants at the Back-to-School Breakfast.

HEF granted more than $71,000 throughout the district to support technology at several schools, a middle school program teaching and modeling communication, coping and decision-making skills, fine arts experiences for high school band students, educational and leadership trips for students, materials for an outdoor classroom, along with summer school busing and training for summer training for middle school teachers.

Previously known as New Horizon grants, the grants were renamed in 2016 to recognize former Superintendent Kathleen Cooke, Ph.D. who retired June 2016 after serving the district for 23 years.

Staff members who applied for and received grants are below.


From left (front row) Nick Roth, Misti Swanson, Patty Sankey, Cathy Drago (back row) Kameron Cerroni, Alan Schneider, Tim Cunningham, David Neubauer and Robert Pechanach


From left (front row) Nick Roth, Amy Wilde, Tina Hill, Katie Bernard, (back row) Robert Pechanach, Chris Beck, Mary Caucutt, Beth Giesler and Jeni Maier (not pictured Jon Waite, Alan Simays)


From left (front row) Amy Hilgenberg, Courtney Klein, Elizabeth Lodl, Kim Zabel, Lynda Pesch, Christine Sapa, Jen Emory (back row) Ann Tamblingson, Brian Siegel, Peter Dargatz, Jen Reuter, Beth Schaefer, Brooke Boettecher (not pictured Melissa Remmel)

PSAT offered Oct. 19 at Hamilton

The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) will be given Oct. 19 from 7:20 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Hamilton High School.Announcement

This voluntary test provides an opportunity for college-bound sophomores and juniors to experience and practice taking a shortened version of the SAT Reasoning Test. (The SAT may be used for the University of Wisconsin System admission although the ACT is preferred.)

For juniors, the PSAT is the only route of entry into the National Merit Scholarship Competition (NMSC) and may be required for some other scholarships.

Interested junior students must register in the high school guidance office by Sept. 23. The $15 test fee is payable at the time of registration. A limited number of spots are available. Students will be signed up on a first come, first serve basis. Juniors enrolled in the free or reduced lunch program are eligible for a fee-waiver.

Registration for sophomore students will begin Sept. 26 if spots are available. Sophomores who are interested in entering the NMSC next year are encouraged to take the PSAT this year as practice. Please contact Hamilton’s Guidance Department for more information.

Hamilton child guidance classes seek preschoolers for play groups

Hamilton High School’s child guidance classes are seeking 3- to 5-year-olds to participate in play groups where preschoolers will build relationships with peers and prepare for kindergarten.playgroup

Hamilton students will plan and implement fun activities and offer a snack under the direction of their teacher, Janine Farrell. The session runs Oct. 31 – Jan. 12, Monday through Thursday. Two time periods will be offered: 11:10 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. and 1:05 – 2:10 p.m. Cost is $20.

If interested, email Farrell at farrja@hamilton.k12.wi.us.

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

September 19, 2016

New website presentedalt

Public Information Coordinator Denise Dorn Lindberg gave School Board members a tour of the district’s new website that was launched this summer. She said a new website was in order for the district after operating the previous one for nearly nine years. Pressing the decision to update the website was a need for better security, functionality and web presence.

Created as a responsive website, information displays correctly regardless of users’ web browser and whether they are on a computer, tablet or smartphone. Information is organized so that visitors can easily navigate the site and find information they need.

Importantly, the new site better reflects the nature and quality of the school district by using many photos of students and staff engaged in learning. Lindberg said the goal was to create a site that was unique to Hamilton – one that was like no other.

Among the highlights of the site are:

  • lunch menus that feature a special diets filter and a carbohydrate count page;
  • staff directory that filters by various categories;
  • Find it Fast section on each school page with links to most commonly requested information;
  • icons on the top of each page that link to search, Facebook, Infinite Campus, resources and lunch; and
  • greater emphasis on news content and images.

Board hears about 2016-17 district strategic tactics

Human Resources and Organizational Development Director John Roubik reported on the strategic priorities and tactical planning areas that will be addressed in the coming year. Tactics include:

  • implementing personalized learning and differentiated instructional practices to promote engaged, persevering, responsible learners;
  • using universal screeners and specific progress monitoring tools to assess students’ response to selected and intensive interventions and close achievement gaps;
  • analyzing district enrollment and housing growth trends in relation to existing building capacity and developing a plan for addressing future space needs; and
  • investigating and analyzing student access to technology and developing a plan to enhance student learning by using technology to support the instructional practice of the district.

Use of federal funds detailed

The district expects to receive approximately $195,315 in federal funds through the Elementary and Secondary Education Act Initiative for 2016-17. This is an increase from $185,696 in 2015-16. The funds will be used for paraprofessional support in reading and mathematics at Lannon, Maple Avenue and Templeton; literacy software, translation services for families, English Learner teacher training; professional development in technology and reading and writing for high school staff members; training for teachers to integrate technology into instruction; and afterschool tutorials and coordination of services for minority and limited English proficient students.

Balfany reports on summer school, Lannon site plan

In his first appearance before the School Board as Lannon Elementary School principal, Brian Balfany presented two reports – one for the Summer Opportunities Program and the other was Lannon’s site plan.

A total of 2,066 students in grades 4K to 11 enrolled in classes, an increase of 73 over 2015. Combined, 137 teachers were employed and 57 of them were Hamilton School District staff. In all, 267 employees were employed including four administrative assistants, 37 paraprofessionals, 83 student teaching assistants, one coordinator and five assistant coordinators.

Recommendations for the 2017 program are to:

  • be in session June 19 – July 14 with Monday and Tuesday, July 3 and 4, off for the holiday;
  • continue to enhance course offerings for enrichment and academic support;
  • continue to train invitational math instructors in Everyday Math strategies and Soar to Reading Success teachers in Reader’s Workshop strategies;
  • further explore recovery credit make-up and credit acquisition opportunities;
  • increase enrollment numbers for students invited to take math and reading; and
  • balance revenue and expenditures to make the program self-sustainable through class size and staffing adjustments.

School Board President Gabe Kolesari encouraged Balfany to continue the good work of the program.

“It’s a beautiful program and it’s a good thing that we can do that for so many kids,” Kolesari said.

In Lannon’s Site Plan report, Balfany gave an overview of data from standardized tests and other assessments. Although Lannon students perform well on all testing measures in reading and mathematics, site planners determined that the school should continue its literacy goal.

Lannon tactics for 2016-17 follow:

  • Lannon students will meet or exceed their projected growth targets in literacy based on the 2015 NWEA normative standards as measured from fall to spring using 2016-17 MAP.
  • Lannon staff and learners will maintain a highly supportive and respectful environment as measured by the 2016-17 Lannon fall and spring culture and climate surveys.

Willow Springs’ site plan covered

Willow Springs Learning Center Principal Erin Steiner gave a report on progress of the program for 4-year-old kindergartners. Steiner reported that the Willow Springs’ team thoroughly examined past practices, strategies and initiatives. She noted that in the past year the school investigated new curricula, created activities to foster social-emotional development, utilized iPad technology and analyzed PALS and other pre-academic data to influence teaching decisions.

She also stated that to her dismay, many people in the community are not aware that Willow Springs is part of the Hamilton School District and offers a 4-year-old kindergarten program.

The tactics for 2016-17 state that students completing Willow Springs 4-year-old kindergarten program will continue to:

  • develop social-emotional skills and an understanding of their individual role as a learner in the Willow Springs community; and
  • develop pre-academic skills in literacy and mathematics.

Board takes personnel action

In personnel matters, the School Board:

  • accepted the resignation of Templeton associate kitchen employee Mary Johnson; and
  • appointed Jodi Zillmer and Marie Shoemaker as Templeton associate kitchen employees, Jenny Galbavy as Templeton paraprofessional and Sarah DeCraene as Lannon special services paraprofessional.

Hamilton welcomes exchange students

Six cultural exchange students are among those who started the 2016-17 school year at Hamilton High School. The students are from Norway, Spain, Germany and Saudi Arabia. Three of the six are from Germany.Announcement

For more information, contact Andrea Green, Hamilton Spanish teacher and Cultural Exchange Club advisor, at (262) 246-6471 vm1315.

September 6, 2016

Board hears update on teacher coaching initiative

School Board members heard an update on the teacher coaching initiative approved last spring. The board took action in May and June to implement instructional coaching for teaching staff. They approved hiring one full-time instructional coach and aligned reading specialists’ schedules to include time for literacy coaching in the building. Direct literacy support reading specialists had provided in the past is now the responsibility of part-time interventionists who were hired through special education and Title I and II funds. Continue reading

Sussex Lioness, Lions, Leo Clubs “Stuff the Bus” for kids

Sussex Lioness, Lions and Leo Clubs teamed up to “Stuff the Bus” with school supplies and books for students in need in the local community. Items were donated to Superintendent Paul Mielke, Ph.D., for distribution to students in the Hamilton School District.

Almost $2,100 in school supplies were donated in the third year of the campaign through donations made by community members at Lions Daze and financial donations from the Sussex Lions and Leo Clubs. Community members were encouraged to drop off school supplies at various community events, North Shore Bank and Associated Bank in Sussex.

Sussex Lioness Stuff the Bus Chair JoAnne Swanson organized the successful campaign.


(From left) Sussex Lions Vice-President Bob Swanson, Hamilton Superintendent Paul Mielke, Ph.D. and Sussex Lioness President Cookie Helman with collection of school supplies donated to Hamilton School District students in need.

July – August, 2016

School Board members held several meetings during the summer. Significant action includes:

James Long, who served on the School Board since 1990, resigned his position effective July 19 to spend more time in Florida. The School Board appointed Jay Jones to serve out Long’s term as Lannon representative at its Aug. 3 special meeting. Jones took his oath of office at the Aug. 15 School Board meeting. His term ends in April 2017. Continue reading