Hamilton Education Foundation plans May 11 Auction Dinner

Join the Hamilton Education Foundation for an evening of fun May 11 beginning at 5 p.m. as it celebrates its 2019 Auction Dinner. The fundraiser will be held at the Milwaukee Marriott West, W231N1600 Corporate Ct., Waukesha.2019AuctionDinner430x300

The evening features raffles, games, silent auction, dinner, live auction and Grand Raffle Drawing. This year, Grand Raffle prizes will be $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place, $250 for third place and $100 for fourth place. Ticket prices are one for $5, three for $10 or 10 for $20.

Proceeds from the dinner auction will benefit educational opportunities for students in the Hamilton School District. This event is sponsored in part by Neumann Developments, Inc.  There is still time to become a sponsor or donate items for our auction. Contact the Hamilton Education Foundation at hef@hamiltoneducationfoundation.org for more information.

For more details, please visit www.hamiltoneducationfoundation.org.

April 15, 2019

Board gets first look at budget

Hamilton School Board members took a look at the 2019-20 budget which is the first one that includes facilities and operational expenses that voters approved in the February 2018 referendum. The budget totals $61.1 million, a $3.6 million increase over the current budget with $1.5 million of the increase going toward operational costs of the new Silver Spring Intermediate School.

The tax rate is expected to increase 18 cents from $8.92 to $9.10. Last year, voters approved a referendum authorizing a $1.37 increase in the tax rate that would be phased in over two years. The mil rate increased 37 cents last year, for a total two-year tax rate increase of 55 cents — 60 percent lower than what was projected during the referendum.

The budget assumes conservatively that property value will increase 2.5 percent and resident enrollment will increase by 50 students. State aid to Hamilton is expected to increase 4.07 percent from $24.4 million to $25.4 million. If these assumptions are actually higher, the tax rate will be lower than $9.10.

The budget also includes $600,000 for Lannon Elementary School hook-up to municipal water this summer.

The Annual Meeting, when citizens are able to vote on the local levy, is set for July 15 in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center.

Three board members sworn in

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From left, Rebecca Zingsheim, Gabe Kolesari and Jennifer Waltz being sworn in.

Three board members were sworn into office following their successful election April 2. Gabe Kolesari will serve in the Sussex seat, Jennifer Waltz in the at-large seat and Rebecca Zingsheim in the Butler seat. Kolesari and Waltz will serve a three-year term. Zingsheim, who was appointed to board when the Butler seat was vacant last year, was re-elected to serve the remaining two years of the term.

School Board recognizes students, staff

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Scholastic Art Award winners Hamilton High School students Lexi Neels and Madelyn Mascotti

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2019 Herb Kohl Foundation Awards student winner Hamilton High School senior Maxwell Unger

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2019 Herb Kohl Foundation Awards winner Marcy teacher Callie Lauer

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2019 Herb Kohl Foundation Awards winner Marcy Principal Michele Trawicki

District to complete 1:1 initiative in grades 5-12

With the completion of the new intermediate school this summer, the district will complete its 1:1 initiative for students in grades 5-8 at Silver Spring Intermediate, Templeton Middle and Hamilton High schools.

As part of that plan, the School Board approved the purchase of 1,200 Chromebooks, 300 HP desktops, 120 HP laptops and 2000 cases among other items. In addition, new networking switches and access points were purchased. Cost for the technology, which is in the bidding process, will come from the Information Technology Department budget and referendum funds.  About $86,000 of expense will be refunded through a state technology grant and E-rate, a federal program that makes information services more affordable for schools.

For the past three years, the district has been able to purchase more devices by going with the less costly Chromebooks that meet student needs in the classroom and support the mandatory testing.

Fees, lunch prices remain the same for most students

Student fees and lunch prices for 2019-20 will remain unchanged for most students in the district. Lunch prices are: $2.60 for elementary and $2.95 for intermediate, middle and high school students. Intermediate students’ meals will include a salad bar, and bistro box meals will be $2.60. The cost for a carton of milk for all students will remain at 35 cents.

Student fees will remain the same except for a $15 technology fee increase for students in grades 5-8, from $25 to $40, to accommodate the 1:1 initiative. All other fees — including athletic, activity, club and parking — will remain the same.

Changes approved in 2019-20 board meeting schedule

Board members approved a 2019-20 School Board meeting schedule that includes changes. Instead of beginning at 7:30 p.m., meetings will start at 6:30 p.m., and six meetings have been eliminated. The board will only meet once instead of twice in September, November, December, January, February and March. It will continue to have two meetings in October, April, May and June. It traditionally has had only one meeting each in July and August. Currently, meetings are designated as curriculum & instruction or regular meetings. In the future, they will all be regular meetings.

Personnel action

In personnel business, the School Board accepted the resignation of Hamilton clerical and student supervision paraprofessional Kathleen Krolczyk and appointed her to serve as Hamilton media center paraprofessional, effective Sept. 3.

 

Hamilton announces March students of the month

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

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They are:

  • Isaac Kahlscheuer, applied engineering and technology;
  • Victoria Favela, art;
  • Prathmesh Konda Gopinath, business education;
  • Abigail Dowse, communication arts;
  • Kevin Phalphouvong, family and consumer sciences;
  • Weston Sprinkel, fitness education;
  • Oluwatodimu Afolayan, mathematics;
  • Quentin Thomas, music;
  • India Lock, science;
  • Brandon Lucas, social studies; and
  • Mia Rogers, world languages.

Students received a certificate and a pin for their accomplishment.

Hamilton presents “Mary Poppins” May 3-5

Hamilton High School Drama Society presents “Mary Poppins – The Broadway Musical” May 3-5 at the Hamilton Fine Arts Center (HFAC). Shows begin at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. for the Sunday performance.Mary-Poppins477

Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, join the chimney sweep Bert and young Jane and Michael Banks on magical and memorable adventures with Mary Poppins. Using a combination of magic and common sense, Mary Poppins teaches the family to value each other. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson from the nanny who advises that “anything can happen if you let it.”

The musical is an ambitious production that features a cast of 39 students supported by a crew of 20 students and many adults along with an orchestra of 25 student musicians. With special wire harness rigging, the characters of Mary Poppins and Bert will actually fly on stage.

General seating tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students under 18 years of age and senior citizens over age 60. Tickets are now available at Office C in the high school and through the HFAC website at www.hamiltonfineartscenter.com. They also may be purchased 30 minutes prior to the show at the HFAC box office where only cash and checks can be accepted.

The Hamilton Fine Arts Center is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex.

Marcy leader chosen 2019 Wisconsin Elementary Principal of the Year

Marcy Elementary School Principal Michele Trawicki was selected the 2019 Wisconsin Elementary School Principal of the Year by Association of Wisconsin School Administrators (AWSA).


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AWSA President and Superior Middle School Principal Rick Flaherty (left) made a surprise announcement to Marcy Elementary staff that their principal, Michele Trawicki, was selected Wisconsin’s 2019 Elementary Principal of the Year.

Trawicki, who has been Marcy principal since 2008, was presented with the award April 5 at a surprise presentation in front of her staff, Hamilton School Board members and family. In a written statement, AWSA Executive Director Jim Lynch characterized her as an effective school leader who is known for her ability to form strong teams of teacher-leaders who relentlessly work to raise student achievement and engage parents and families in the learning process.

Hamilton Superintendent Paul Mielke, Ph.D., credited Trawicki with empowering her staff to play an active role in selecting effective professional development and working to ensure parents are closely involved in the learning process.

Every year the state asks parents, teachers and others to nominate excellent leaders for state and national Principal of the Year Programs. Trawicki was among the twelve leaders who were selected in February for the Herb Kohl Foundation Principal Leadership Awards. From the Kohl principal recipients, one is selected as Wisconsin’s Elementary Principal of the Year.

“We would like to congratulate Ms. Trawicki and thank her for her outstanding leadership and service to the Marcy Elementary School community,” Lynch said. “Her effectiveness in fostering challenging instruction and meeting the social and emotional needs of Marcy’s students has led to considerable success at the school. This award is well deserved.”

Trawicki has been principal at Marcy since 2008. Before then she had been principal for three years at Tonawonda Elementary School in the Elmbrook School District where she started in 1993 as a second grade teacher and was then an instructional resource teacher before becoming principal. She began her education career as a first grade teacher in the Wausau and Whitefish Bay school districts. She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from UW-Stevens Point in 1989 and her master’s degree in educational leadership from Cardinal Stritch University in 1995.

Trawicki will represent Wisconsin this fall when she attends a ceremony in Washington, D.C. that will include the other 49 state principals of the year. She was presented with a $500 check to offset travel costs, and $1,000 for a project at Marcy.

Supported by the Meemic Foundation, the Principal of the Year award recognizes school leaders who have helped drive student learning, foster instructional collaboration and create safe and positive school environments. Recipients are selected based on their dedication to professional excellence, leadership skills and service to their communities.

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Marcy Elementary School staff members gave their principal a standing ovation.
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Hamilton School Board President Gabe Kolesari (right) congratulates Marcy Principal Michele Trawicki who was chosen 2019 Wisconsin Elementary School Principal of the Year.
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AWSA Executive Director Jim Lynch, AWSA President Rick Flaherty, Hamilton Superintendent Paul Mielke, Ph.,D., Marcy Principal Michele Trawicki, Hamilton School Board President Gabe Kolesari and MEEMIC Insurance Company Agent Dan Stefanovich.

Outstanding Hamilton seniors to be recognized

Hamilton High School will recognize outstanding seniors May 22 at the Senior Scholarship Ceremony. This is a special night to recognize seniors for their accomplishments as outstanding scholars, athletes, actors and musicians.

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Students who win scholarships or other awards will be notified they should attend. Parents or students should inform the Guidance Office of outside scholarships received. Parents and other interested students also are encouraged to attend.

The ceremony, which will be held in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center, W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex, begins at 7 p.m. and concludes with refreshments in the lobby.

Any business or individuals interested in supporting the Hamilton High School Scholarship Program with a scholarship may contact David Johnson at (262) 246-6476 x1133.

April 2, 2019

Woodside spotlights paraprofessionals

Seven Woodside Elementary School students read tributes written about the school’s paraprofessionals at the April 2 Hamilton School Board meeting. Principal James Edmond, Jr., Ph.D., said the school would not be as successful without the contributions of the paraprofessional group who come to school with great attitudes and build strong relationships with children and families.

Woodside students explained in detail why their paraprofessionals were so important to the school. Those recognized were:

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Aida Kozik

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Penny Monroe

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Board approves requests for college courses

Nine high school students requested admission to the Early College Credit Program (ECCP) that will allow them to take classes next semester at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha and Milwaukee, Wisconsin Lutheran College, Marquette University and Carroll University. In addition, 17 students’ requests to take Waukesha County Technical College courses through Start College Now were also approved. Both programs were formerly part of the Youth Options Program. Hamilton Principal Candis Mongan noted in a report to the School Board, as in the past, many students will not be able to take the courses because of scheduling conflicts or full classes. A total of 31 students requested admission to programs last year.

ECCP and Start College Now are programs mandated by the state that allow students who have completed tenth grade, are in good academic standing and have no disciplinary problems to attend a technical college or university if the high school does not offer comparable courses.

Battle of Books, National Merit finalists honored

School Board members recognized the accomplishments of two Hamilton High School groups.

Below, from left: Maja Pechanach, Ellie DeCleene and Nikhita Nair were honored for taking first place at the Wisconsin Education Media & Technology Association Battle of the Books. Members of the team who were not at the meeting were Sean LaVoy and Dorothy Palmer.

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National Merit finalists Abigail Dowse, Ty Kozic, Jonathan Sciortino and Molly Hubred were recognized.

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Personnel business

In personnel matters, the School Board:

  • approved the resignations of Hamilton media center paraprofessional Rebecca Lloyd, effective at the end of the school year; and
  • accepted the retirement requests of Maple Avenue special education teacher Weigel-Mary Smith, Templeton clerical paraprofessional Cathy Henk and Templeton custodian George Murillo.