Hamilton DECA members compete at International Career Development Conference

Thirteen Hamilton High School students competed April 27-30 at the DECA International Career Development Conference in Orlando. Two Hamilton students received awards on stage. They are Jason Gahr in the Entrepreneurship Series and Maxwell Unger in the Business Services Marketing Series. Unger qualified for a second round of finals competition and placed in the top ten in his category.HHS-sign-Home-Of-Chargers

The following students are also recognized for their participation:

  • Eric Doese – accounting applications;
  • Shiva Senthil – Emerging Leaders Academy;
  • Maanya Kashyap – marketing communications;
  • James Richter – financial consulting;
  • Rashmi Majjigapu – integrated marketing campaign – product;
  • Arushi Ranasaria – integrated marketing campaign – product;
  • Aayush Iyengar – principles of finance;
  • Sophia Detweiler – retail merchandising;
  • John Weber – sports and entertainment marketing;
  • Peyton Feudner – School-Based Enterprise – retail; and
  • Gavin Kuhlenbeck – School-Based Enterprise – retail.

As a chapter, Hamilton was also recognized for having a Gold Certified School-Based Enterprise.

School Board appoints Newcomer as high school principal

The Hamilton School Board appointed Rebecca Newcomer Hamilton High School principal at its May 7 meeting. Newcomer, who has been a high school administrator in the Waukesha School District for the past seven years, will begin her new post effective July 1. She replaces Candis Mongan, Hamilton principal since 2006 who will become principal at Oak Creek High School.BeckyNewcomer

Newcomer has spent her 21-year career in the Waukesha School District, the first 13 years as an English teacher at South High School and then as an instructional coach for two years before moving into administration. She was an assistant principal for nearly two years, then principal for five years at North High School and is currently South High School principal.

Newcomer earned her bachelor’s degree in English literature in 1997 from Loras College in Dubuque and two master’s degrees – one in education in 2005 from Carroll College and the other in school administration in 2011 from Marian University.

“Rebecca Newcomer is a talented school leader who has proven skills to support a collaborative high school environment for students, staff and families,” Superintendent Paul Mielke, Ph.D., said.

“She is an energetic, knowledgeable professional known for building relationships and establishing a positive, student-centered culture,” Mielke said. “We are fortunate to have a person of Ms. Newcomer’s caliber join our team at Hamilton to carry on a tradition of high expectations and achievement in a caring, supportive environment.”

Hamilton High School serves 1,473 students in grades 9-12 and is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Road., Sussex.

Bring items to free recycling event May 11

Cimco Recycling Milwaukee will set up May 11 from 8 a.m. to noon to accept recyclable metals and other items from community members.recycle

The Cimco dumpster will be located in the Templeton Middle School parking lot at the end of the service drive between Hamilton High School and Templeton. The event is hosted by Hamilton High School Robotics Team 537.

It’s a great time to clean out your home and garage and dispose of items, free of charge. Bring your aluminum, stainless steel, iron, and copper items to the dumpster at Templeton. This includes crutches, walkers, faucets, Christmas lights, screws, nuts, bolts, pipe, lawn mowers (no fluids), bikes, grills, appliance cords, soda cans and more. Please note television sets will not be accepted. Check out the Cimco Recycling list of accepted and prohibited items.

Templeton Middle School is located at N59 W22490 Silver Spring Dr., Sussex.

May 7, 2019

Board appoints Newcomer Hamilton principal

The Hamilton School Board appointed Rebecca Newcomer Hamilton High School principal at its May 7 meeting. Newcomer, who has been a high school administrator in the Waukesha School District for the past seven years, will begin her new post effective July 1. She replaces Candis Mongan, Hamilton principal since 2006 who will become principal at Oak Creek High School.

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Newcomer has spent her 21-year career in the Waukesha School District, the first 13 years as an English teacher at South High School and then as an instructional coach for two years before moving into administration. She was an assistant principal for nearly two years, then principal for five years at North High School and is currently South High School principal.

Willow staff honor custodian

Willow Springs Learning Center staff members honored their head custodian before the Hamilton School Board. Principal Renae MacCudden and staff planned the surprise recognition for Dewayne Jackson because he takes every opportunity to go above and beyond for Willow Springs students and staff. A dozen staff members shared their favorite moments when Jackson took care of things for them and their students.

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District extends contract with Teachers On Call

The Hamilton School Board approved a 2-year contract extension with Teachers On Call (TOC) to provide substitute staffing services through June 30, 2021. The School Board accepted the recommendation from Human Resources and Organizational Development Director John Roubik to renew a contract with the company that offers an automated process to secure substitute teachers and paraprofessionals. The district has used TOC for six years.

Because TOC provides services to more than 100 school districts in Wisconsin and Minnesota, it provides a larger pool of substitutes and its economy-of-scale allows for greater operational efficiencies than a single school district could produce. Consequently, substitutes are eligible for an enhanced compensation packet that school districts did not typically offer including paid holidays, bonuses, insurance and more.

The hourly rate is set by the district, and a 27 percent mark-up to TOC covers payroll, benefits, retirement, taxes, liability, unemployment, workers’ compensation, background checks, physicals and other indirect personnel functions such as recruitment, monitoring compliance with state and federal mandates, time sheets, hiring and communication.

Winter teams recognized

Teams that were conference champs or competed at state were recognized. School Board President Gabe Kolesari and Superintendent Paul Mielke, Ph.D., presented each team with a certificate. Those recognized were:

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Cheer – State champions

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Boys Soccer – State finalist

Girls-Bowling

Girls Bowling – State qualifier

Wrestling

Wrestling – Individual state qualifiers

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Boys Swim and Dive – Individual state qualifiers

Poms

Poms – State qualifier

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Boys Basketball – Conference champions and sectional finalist

School career opportunities highlighted

Hamilton High School Associate Principal and Extended Learning Opportunities Coordinator Mark Otto presented four items to the School Board.

  • The School Board approved continued participation in the Carl Perkins grant consortium offered through CESA #1 which provides the district with $15,121 in grant funding this year, an increase from $13,934 the previous year. The purpose of the grant is to provide students with academic and technical skills to succeed in a knowledge- and skills-based economy. It supports career and technical education that prepares students for postsecondary education and careers. The consortium provides grant-writing management, interaction with professionals from other districts, exposure to what is occurring at state and national levels and consultation services.
  • The district’s Extended Learning Opportunities Program annual report was accepted. The program grew out of the school-to-work initiative that aimed to connect education and employment where 4-year college degrees were not required. Experiences in the program include apprenticeships, mentorships, internships and job shadowing. The program strengthens partnerships with the business community to prepare students for the world of work, regardless of the education or career track they choose. While some career development opportunities occur at the elementary and middle school level, a majority of activities are for high school students. They include career speakers, Youth Apprenticeship, work experience, academic assistants, Robotics, Earl College Credit Program, DECA, Healthcare Career Academy, Manufacturing Career Expo, Reality Check and Schools2Skills.
  • Participation in the Waukesha County School-to-Work consortium for 2019-20 was approved. The School-to-Work Consortium provides grant funding that supports co-op, youth apprenticeship, work experience programs and K-12 career-related initiatives. Participation in the consortium is voluntary and provided at no cost to the district.
  • The district’s Education for Employment (E4E) was accepted. The plan identifies, coordinates and assists in preparing students to be college and career ready. It identifies work that has been done, identifies gaps, coordinates and aligns services in the district. Hamilton, like most districts, is adjusting its E4E plan to coordinate implementation of students’ Academic and Career Plans.

New intermediate school causes staffing shifts in 2019-20

The district will have the full-time equivalency (FTE) of 3.62 more certified staff members next year. Significant shifts will occur as elementary and middle schools lose one full grade when grades 5 and 6 attend Silver Spring Intermediate School. Staff will drop by nearly 24 FTEs at the elementary level and 22 FTEs at Templeton. Nearly 49 FTEs will work at Silver Spring. Hamilton High School will see an increase of .43 FTEs as a result of a psychologist and social worker reassignment.

Board officers elected

School Board members elected Gabe Kolesari as their president, Jennifer Waltz as vice president, Dawn Van Aacken as clerk and Jay Jones as treasurer.

CESA contract approved

A $299,583 contract for 2019-20 with the Cooperative Educational Services Agency was approved. The contract provides services such as occupational and physical therapy, alternative and charter at-risk schools at lower costs than if the district purchased them independently.

Personnel action

In personnel action, the School Board:

  • accepted the resignations of Special Services administrative assistant Elizabeth Rose, effective June 30;
  • appointed Elizabeth Rose as Silver Spring Intermediate School administrative assistant, effective July 1; Karen Figarino, Woodside associate kitchen employee, effective May 13; Zachary Beckman, Templeton special education teacher, effective Aug. 21; Tyler Schoemann, Lannon and Marcy music teacher, effective Aug. 21 ; Roberta Semrow, Silver Spring administrative assistant, effective July 1; Rebecca Newcomer, Hamilton principal, effective July 1 ; John Schaeffler, Hamilton pm custodian, effective May 23 ; Jessica Landergott, Woodside fitness education teacher, effective Aug. 21 ; Pawel Skrzypek, Hamilton pm custodian, effective May 28 ; and Celina Pauly, Maple guidance counselor, effective Aug. 21.

Schools raise funds for heart association through activities

Students, staff and families in the Hamilton School District made significant contributions to support the American Heart Association (AHA) this year through fitness activities that emphasize healthy living. Combined, schools raised more than $33,000 through Kids Heart Challenge and Red Out activities.Marcy students Heart

Fitness education teachers at Lannon, Maple Avenue and Marcy Elementary Schools coordinated student participation in Kids Heart Challenge, a fundraising and physical activity program that teaches school-aged children how to keep fit and healthy while having fun and raising funds for heart disease research and education.

Hamilton High School and Templeton Middle School fitness education teachers held a Red Out game night during a boys volleyball game and a lightning tournament, respectively. Red Out t-shirts were sold at the game to promote awareness and raise funds for fighting heart disease and strokes.

AHA celebrated 40 years of school events this year. Kids Heart Challenge combines the past Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart events with an online challenge for students to develop heart-healthy habits while being physically active.