Hamilton forensics team wins conference championship

Hamilton High School’s forensics team earned its second conference championship in as many years by taking first place Feb. 18 at the Greater Metro Conference (GMC) tournament held at Divine Savior Holy Angels High School. The forensics team set a team record at the tournament with 20 of its 25 entries placing in the top three of their respective categories.

In addition to earning the team championship title, five Hamilton students were conference champions. Following are the individual awards:

  • Erin Magoon, conference champion in Informative Speaking;
  • Emma Stokman, conference champion in Demonstration Speaking;
  • Matthew Gnanadass, conference champion in Extemporaneous Speaking;
  • Ritika Patel and Mallory Remm, conference champion in Play Acting;
  • Rashelle Pershman, conference champion in Prose;
  • Rachel Seraphine and Sean Seraphine, second place in Play Acting;
  • Emily Keith, second place in Special Occasion Speaking;
  • Emily Berger and Maanya Kashyap, second place in Duo Interpretation;
  • Jack Larsen, second place in Extemporaneous Speaking;
  • Jordan Koeller, second place in Informative Speaking;
  • Kavya Ayalasomayajula, second place in Solo Serious Speaking;
  • Ciara Cronin, second place in Storytelling;
  • Manola Inthavong, third place in Poetry;
  • Mia Leukert, third place in Demonstration Speaking;
  • Amanjot Yadev, third place in Informative Speaking;
  • Abigail Meihsner, third place in Moments in History;
  • Harper Rhoades, third place in Oratory;
  • Victoria Graf, Mehak Oberoi and Swathi Prasad, third place in Play Acting;
  • Elise Rades, third place in Solo Serious Speaking; and
  • Molly Hubred, third 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.

Hamilton Connects invites community to “SCREENAGERS”

Please join Hamilton Connects March 14 for the exclusive screening of the award-winning film, “SCREENAGERS.” This 90-minute documentary probes into the vulnerable corners of family life — including the director’s own — and depicts messy struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction.

The film will be shown beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center, W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex. This event is free to the public, but RSVPs are required. Please contact Kristin Hasbrook, Hamilton Connects coordinator and licensed school counselor, at (262) 246-1973 x1128 or hasbkr@hamilton.k12.wi.us. Children are welcome to attend with their parents.

Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists, solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world. While there is no turning back on the digital age, this film can serve as a jumping off point for a much-needed conversation. Please plan to stay for the discussion after the screening.

Delaney Ruston, a Seattle filmmaker and Stanford-trained physician, began making documentaries many years ago for one reason: to share powerful stories that bring people together people to find solutions to key social issues. Using her own experience with her children as the central storyline, “Screenagers” is a personal look at how families are coping with kids and screen time and how being connected to devices is affecting relationships and even child development.

Since launching the film late January 2016, “Screenagers” has received national media attention, including PBS NewsHour, Dr. Oz Show, New York Times, Forbes, Good Morning America and Education Week. For more information about the film, please visit:

Hamilton Connects is a Hamilton School District parent network that promotes children’s success through information, support, presentations and guidance.

Woodside teacher to receive Civic Music award

Woodside Elementary School music teacher Heather Cheslock will be presented March 11 with Civic Music’s Certificate of Excellence in General Music Instruction.

Cheslock will be honored along with five other Milwaukee area teachers at the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s “Salute to Educators” concert at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.

Civic Music has presented its music educator recognition program since 1991, and has collaborated with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s “Salute to Educators” night for more than 15 years. For more than 98 years, Civic Music has supported young musicians in the greater Milwaukee area and honored their teachers. Through coaching, scholarships, performances and award programs, Civic Music helps creative young people realize their dreams.

For “Salute to Educators” concert tickets, contact the Civic Music Association at (414) 483-3223 or info@civicmusicmilwaukee.org.

Hamilton wins conference forensics tournament

Hamilton High School’s forensics team earned its second conference championship in as many years by taking first place Feb. 18 at the Greater Metro Conference (GMC) tournament held at Divine Savior Holy Angels High School. The forensics team set a team record at the tournament with 20 of its 25 entries placing in the top three of their respective categories.

In addition to earning the team championship title, five Hamilton students were conference champions. Following are the individual awards:

  • Erin Magoon, conference champion in Informative Speaking;
  • Emma Stokman, conference champion in Demonstration Speaking;
  • Matthew Gnanadass, conference champion in Extemporaneous Speaking;
  • Ritika Patel and Mallory Remm, conference champion in Play Acting;
  • Rashelle Pershman, conference champion in Prose;
  • Rachel Seraphine and Sean Seraphine, second place in Play Acting;
  • Emily Keith, second place in Special Occasion Speaking;
  • Emily Berger and Maanya Kashyap, second place in Duo Interpretation;
  • Jack Larsen, second place in Extemporaneous Speaking;
  • Jordan Koeller, second place in Informative Speaking;
  • Kavya Ayalasomayajula, second place in Solo Serious Speaking;
  • Ciara Cronin, second place in Storytelling;
  • Manola Inthavong, third place in Poetry;
  • Mia Leukert, third place in Demonstration Speaking;
  • Amanjot Yadev, third place in Informative Speaking;
  • Abigail Meihsner, third place in Moments in History;
  • Harper Rhoades, third place in Oratory;
  • Victoria Graf, Mehak Oberoi and Swathi Prasad, third place in Play Acting;
  • Elise Rades, third place in Solo Serious Speaking; and
  • Molly Hubred, third 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.

Coady, Leiden recognized for taking on video news program

Marcy Elementary School Principal Michele Trawicki and Associate Principal Katie Ritchie took advantage of the school’s video news program to pay tribute to two paraprofessionals. A special edition of the Marcy Eagle News, which students normally see in their classrooms on Tuesdays and Fridays, was created to honor paraprofessionals Mary Coady and Cheryl Leiden. The two stepped in this year to supervise the student-produced show after previous adviser, former library-media specialist Wendy Horsens, took a different teaching position at school.

In their on-air performance, Trawicki and Ritchie described the roles and responsibilities Coady and Leiden assumed. The program contained numerous testimonials and expressions of appreciation from fifth-grade students who worked with the pair to write and produce the show.

In addition to honoring Coady and Leiden, the School Board learned about the impact of adding a half-time administrative position at Marcy. After teaching for 10 years at Marcy, Ritchie became the associate principal at the start of the school year. She described her varied roles at school, notably as a staff member who can take over a classroom giving teachers the opportunity to observe effective instructional techniques of their colleagues.

Cooperative agreement with Elmbrook approved

In special education business, the School Board authorized district staff to once again contract with the Elmbrook School District special education services in the 2017-18 school year. The contract will provide low-incidence disabilities services for students who have autism, intellectual, hearing and vision disabilities and for the placement of one student at Fairview South, a school that serves students with cognitive disabilities. Hamilton is one of 26 school districts that contracts with Elmbrook for services. Districts reimburse Elmbrook based on usage of services.

Enrollment up 31 students since start of school

Student enrollment since the beginning of the school year has increased by 31 students districtwide, according to a report from Human Resources and Organizational Development Director John Roubik. The additional students are dispersed throughout schools and grade levels districtwide.

Curriculum review process reported

Five curricular areas being reviewed in the 2016-17 school year are K-12 guidance, family and consumer science, grades 6-8 mathematics, applied engineering and grades K-5 science. Instructional Services Supervisor Katie Little, Ph.D., updated the School Board on the curriculum review process in a written report.

Personnel matters

In personnel matters, the School Board:

  • accepted the resignation of Hamilton associate kitchen employee Lindy Mueller; and
  • appointed Kathleen Peterson at Hamilton and Amber Atlee at Templeton as part-time associate kitchen employees, Bethany Walker as Maple Avenue part-time special education paraprofessional and Megan Demman as Maple Avenue part-time Title I paraprofessional.

 

Hamilton students chosen National Merit finalists

Hamilton High School seniors Alex Menzia and Dominic Pino 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 7,500 Merit Scholarship winners from the group of finalists is now in progress and will be announced in March.

January students of the month

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

They are:

  • Taylor Sohre, applied engineering and technology;
  • Madison Wells, art;
  • Kien Rea, business education;
  • Rachel Klibowitz, communication arts;
  • Isabella Schultz and Kayla Sullivan, family and consumer sciences;
  • Nicholas Mirasola, fitness education;
  • Abby DePue, mathematics;
  • Borna Riazi, music;
  • Manpreet Yadev, science;
  • Destiny Lutzen, social studies; and
  • Dayne Lassiter, world languages.

Students received a certificate and a pin for their accomplishment.

Hamilton takes first place at forensics invitational

Hamilton High School’s forensics team earned first place in its division Feb. 11 at the West Bend East High School Invitational. It is the second time in three meets that the team has won the tournament.

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

  • Erin Magoon, tournament champion, Informative Speaking;
  • Mia Leukert, tournament champion, Demonstration Speaking;
  • Emily Keith, tournament champion, Special Occasion Speaking;
  • Rachel Seraphine and Sean Seraphine, second place, Play Acting;
  • Rachel Betters, second place, Special Occasion Speaking and
  • Manola Inthavong, third place, Poetry.

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 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 8. 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.