2019 Hamilton Homecoming Week activities set

Hamilton High School is getting ready for six days of fun, activities and athletic events Oct. 7-11 during Hamilton’s Homecoming Week. Spirit day themes are:

Monday, Oct. 7: Beach DayHHShomecoming2019
– Movie night, “Shrek” – 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 8: Decade Day

Wednesday, Oct. 9: Duo Day
– Powder Puff football
– Freshmen vs. seniors – 6 p.m.
– Sophomores vs. juniors – 7 p.m.
– Fireworks
– Championship game

Thursday, Oct. 10: Preppy Day

Friday, Oct. 11: Charger Pride – Red and White Day
– Pep rally
– Football – Hamilton vs. Brookfield East, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 12:
– Dance – 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Hamilton High School, W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex

Students may purchase dance tickets for $15 per person Oct. 7-11 during lunches and Oct. 11 after school in Room 18. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $20 the night of the dance until 8 p.m. Tickets are for Hamilton students with a school ID only.

Marcy named 2019 National Blue Ribbon School

Marcy Elementary School was one of select schools in the nation recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School for 2019. Less than one percent of schools nationwide receive the award, which is given in recognition of the school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.MarcyFrontCropped

Marcy Principal Michele Trawicki said the award celebrates the dedication and commitment of Marcy students, families and staff.

“Our success is a collective effort driven by our passion for education,” she said. “Our staff does not take lightly the responsibility of educating students to help them reach their full potential. We embrace our challenges as a family to support every student’s unique needs and learning style.”

Public and private schools at all levels – elementary, middle and high schools – are eligible for the award. Each school that is given the honor of a Blue Ribbon Award shares several key characteristics. They:
• have administrators and teachers who are dedicated to high standards of learning for all students;
• engage in data collection and analysis to determine the efficacy of instruction and assessment;
• have students who demonstrate academic excellence; and
• undertake professional development to stay at the forefront of best practices.

NationalBlueRibbonSchoolLogo300Hamilton School District Superintendent Paul Mielke, Ph.D., congratulated the Marcy community for the distinguished recognition.

“Marcy has been identified as one of the highest-achieving schools in the nation, thanks to the work of committed staff, students and families,” he said. “Families can take great satisfaction in knowing that Marcy educators and students exemplify excellence in education.”

Marcy will be among 362 schools honored Nov. 14 and 15 at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. where U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos will celebrate with honorees.

Marcy Elementary School is located at W180N4851 Marcy Rd., Menomonee Falls

Hamilton posts top scores on 2018-19 Forward Exam

Hamilton School District students again scored well on the 2018-19 Wisconsin Forward Exam, topping the statewide average by 21 – 29 percentage points and outperforming all Waukesha County K-12 school districts in nearly every subject areas.Forward-Web

  • Hamilton’s science score of 77.7% was 24.4 percentage points higher than the state average of 53.3%.
  • More than 67% of Hamilton students were proficient or advanced in English language arts compared to 40.9% at the state level, putting Hamilton 26.2 percentage points above the average in Wisconsin.
  • The social studies score was 70.7% for Hamilton and 49% statewide, topping the state average by 21.7 percentage points.
  • In mathematics, 71.2% of Hamilton students were proficient or advanced – 27.8 percentage points higher than the 43.4% state average.

Among Waukesha County’s 10 K-12 school districts, Hamilton was the top performer in science, English language arts and social studies. It was the second highest in mathematics.

Hamilton School District Superintendent Paul Mielke, Ph.D., applauded the impressive test results that he attributed to the hard work of students and staff and support of families and the community.

“What we are seeing in these results is the focus and hard work of students and educators who produce the educational outcomes our community has come to expect,” Mielke said.

“Test scores are one important measure to consider, but they are not our only success factor,” Mielke said. “Our teachers strive to inspire and challenge students, while parents and community members are partners who provide support and collaboration needed for students to thrive.”

The district has initiated programs and practices that help its high-performing schools boost the achievement of all students, according to Mielke. They include emphasis on literacy skills, research-based teaching and learning strategies and targeted, systematic interventions for students who need them.

The Forward Exam tests Wisconsin students in English language arts and mathematics in grades three to eight; science in grades four and eight; and social studies in grades four, eight and 10.

Waukesha County K-12 school districts

English language arts

Hamilton 67.1
Muskego-Norway 61.0
Elmbrook 59.1
Mukwonago 58.5
New Berlin 58.5
Kettle Moraine 58.2
Pewaukee 55.5
Oconomowoc 48.2
Menomonee Falls 46.9
State 40.9
Waukesha 40.6



Hamilton 77.7
Mukwonago 71.6
Elmbrook 69.5
New Berlin 68.7
Kettle Moraine 67.8
Muskego-Norway 67.3
Pewaukee 63.9
Menomonee Falls 58.4
Oconomowoc 57.5
State 53.3
Waukesha 51.4

Social studies

Hamilton 70.7
Elmbrook 69.9
New Berlin 64.1
Muskego-Norway 63.7
Mukwonago 60.5
Pewaukee 60.2
Kettle Moraine 59.6
Menomonee Falls 59.5
Oconomowoc 52.4
State 49.0
Waukesha 45.0


Muskego-Norway 72.9
Hamilton 71.2
Elmbrook 68.2
Mukwonago 67.6
New Berlin 67.2
Kettle Moraine 61.4
Pewaukee 60.8
Menomonee Falls 58.7
Oconomowoc 57.0
Waukesha 45.4
State 43.4

Bring items to free recycling event Sept. 21

Cimco Recycling Milwaukee will set up Sept. 21 from 8 a.m. to noon in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center parking lot to accept recyclable metals and other items from community members. The event is hosted by Hamilton High School Robotics Team 537.recycle

It’s a great time to clean out your home and garage and dispose of items, free of charge. Bring your aluminum, stainless steel, brass, cast iron, sheet iron, copper items and more. Please check out the Cimco Recycling list of items that can be recycled

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

Hamilton welcomes exchange students

Three cultural exchange students were among those who started the 2019-20 school year at Hamilton High School. The students are from Spain, Italy and Germany.


For more information, contact Andrea Green, Hamilton High School Spanish teacher and Cultural Exchange Club advisor, at (262) 246-6471 voicemail 1315 or Mike Tennessen, Hamilton High School French teacher and Cultural Exchange Club advisor at (262) 246-6471 voicemail 1536.


Hamilton’s AP rate increases

Hamilton High School’s Advanced Placement (AP) pass rate jumped 9% from 2018 to 2019 putting the school at a 92% pass rate. This compares to a pass rate of 69.67% for Wisconsin and 63.15% globally.APpassrate

Hamilton students earned college credits in calculus, chemistry, comparative government and politics, English language and composition, English literature and composition, environmental science, European history, German language and culture, macroeconomics, microeconomics, music theory, physics 1 and 2, statistics, studio art 2-D design portfolio, studio art drawing portfolio, U.S. government and politics and U.S. history.

Down this year were the number of test-takers and exams they took. In 2017, 440 students took 722 exams compared to 392 students who took 655 exams in 2019. Despite the total number of tests going down, the ratio of test to test-taker was similar.

Hamilton Principal Rebecca Newcomer said this year’s results are a celebration for everyone in our community.

“I commend our dedicated faculty, our motivated students, and our supportive families,” Newcomer said. “It takes a committed team to achieve at such high levels and I am proud of their accomplishments.”

AP curriculum exposes students to a high level of rigor that challenges student thinking and prepares them for a variety of experiences and opportunities after high school.

“AP courses should not be viewed as courses for only those students who intend on pursuing a 4-year degree,” Newcomer noted. “Hamilton’s pass rate is absolutely noteworthy and something we will need to work to maintain. Raising our participation rate and creating more access for all students is another goal for the upcoming years.”

September 16, 2019

Elementary schools share joint site plan

Principals from the district’s four elementary schools – Lannon, Maple Avenue, Marcy and Woodside – presented a joint site plan to the Hamilton School Board. Elementary administrators met during the summer and devised a common elementary site plan that focused on literacy and social-emotional goals. Each school will build on the overview to reflect its own unique culture.4ElementaryPrincipals

The site plan was created by reviewing district Strategic Plan initiatives and building data including Wisconsin Forward and MAP assessment results and parent survey responses. Initiatives that will be central to practices in the school are assessment, including best practices and outcome alignment, and social-emotional wellness.

2019-20 priorities include collaborative professional development to enhance the strong academic and social-emotional school setting, personalized professional learning and additional tools for schoolwide success.

They presented data describing the elementary schools’ alignment with the four priority areas of the district Strategic Plan, know as the Core 4, which are:

  • Facilities and technology
  • Workforce and organizational wellness
  • Social-emotional wellness
  • Systems of learning and assessment – academic curriculum area

Examples of the schools’ success were: all four elementary schools were rated as significantly exceeding expectations on the State Report Card, implementation of social-emotional learning, creation of Great Start Conferences, Board Breakfast conversations and successful transition of students, staff and families to Silver Spring Intermediate School.

Challenges they face are the loss of staff members to transferred to Silver Spring, increased teacher student contact time that limits staff meeting and prep time, limited pool of employee applicants, additional needs of special student populations and ensuring students receive differentiated instruction to meet their needs.

Summer Opportunities results given

Another successful Summer Opportunities session was realized in 2019. Summer Opportunities Director and Lannon Elementary School Principal Brian Balfany reported on accomplishments of the highly popular four-week summer school program that drew 2,143 students to the district for a range of enrichment and invitational classes.

Most Summer Opportunities students, 1,888 of them, were in grades 4K-8. Another 255 students were from the high school, 31 were non-resident students, 19 were Open Enrollment students and two were Chapter 220 students.

A total of 223 staff members were hired: 78 district teachers, 54 teachers from outside the district, 34 paraprofessionals, 62 student teaching assistants, four assistant coordinators and one coordinator.

Balfany noted highlights of the program in a written report. He recommended that the 2020 Summer Opportunities program:

  • be slated for June 22-July 17 with a day off on July 3 to celebrate the July 4 holiday;
  • introduce before and after school Y-Care at Silver Spring Intermediate School;
  • enhance course offerings
  • train invitational math instructors in Everyday Math strategies and invitational reading instructors in Readers’ Workshop strategies;
  • explore recovery credit make-up and acquisition opportunities;
  • increase the number of students invited to take math or reading;
  • adjust transportation deadline signup for adequate route preparation; and
  • reassess use of high school space.

Curriculum, assessment systems united

The need to form a more cohesive, united system of curriculum development and assessments prompted the district to move to a 5-year review cycle, according to a report written by Instructional Services Supervisor Katherine Little, Ph.D. The first year of the process includes research and renew, the second year will be curriculum review, the third implementation, the fourth revision and the fifth maintenance and monitoring.

Areas being reviewed are:

  • 2019-20 – English language arts;
  • 2020-21 – information technology literacy, world languages and social studies (7-12);
  • 2021-22 – fitness education-health, mathematics (5-12) and social studies (K5-6);
  • 2022-23 – art, music, mathematics (K4-4); and
  • 2023-24 – family and consumer science, applied engineering and technology, business education, guidance and science (7-12).

No students accepted into early admission

No students were admitted early into kindergarten for 5-year-olds or grade 1, according to a report presented by Special Services Supervisor John Peterson. Two students participated in the early admission 5K screening process but were not recommended for placement. No parents requested early admissions for first grade.

District policy indicates children must be four, five or six years old by Sept. 1 to enter four-year-old kindergarten, regular kindergarten or first grade, respectively. While procedures exist for early admission to regular kindergarten and first grade, no early admission is granted for four-year-old kindergarten. Peterson’s report provided 18 years of data about early admissions requests and approvals.

Assessment schedule, coaching report given

In other business, Little presented the district’s 2019-20 testing schedule which includes assessments such as PALS, ACCESS, various ACT exams, Dynamic Learning Maps, Forward Exam and National Assessment of Educational Progress. She also presented a status report on instructional and literacy coaching.

Personnel matters

In personnel business, the School Board:

  • Accepted the resignations of Templeton Paraprofessional Cheri Lang, effective Sept. 18, and Woodside special services paraprofessional Ashley Katz Effective Sept. 6;
  • Appointed Jami Binder as Woodside special services paraprofessional, effective Sept. 3; Darrell Brown as Hamilton instrumental music teacher, effective August 26; Jessica Aschenbrenner as Maple Avenue special service paraprofessional, effective Sept. 3; Amand Frievalt as Willow Springs special service paraprofessional, effective Sept. 3; Maria Albrecht as Marcy paraprofessional, effective Sept. 3;Ariane Fischer as Templeton special services paraprofessional, effective Sept. 3; Beth Lueck as Woodside paraprofessional, effective Sept. 3; Michel Lee as Hamilton custodian I, p.m., Sept. 23; Gayle Ruplinger as Lannon paraprofessional, effective Sept. 10; Justin Derksen as Hamilton p.m. custodian, effective Sept. 23; Lisette Martin as Templeton associate kitchen employee, effective Sept. 9; Kathryn Gengler as Willow Springs replacement literacy interventionist, effective August 26; and Kimberly Zabel as district comptroller, effective Jan. 1, 2020.

Foundation presents grants to Hamilton staff

The Hamilton Education Foundation (HEF) recognized Hamilton School District staff members who received grants at the Aug. 29 employee back-to-school program.

HEF granted more than $98,000 throughout the district to support technology, learning labs, classroom equipment, growing music and the arts in the district and professional development for teachers.


The following staff members were grant recipients:

  • Peter Dargatz, Karen Deshong, Cate O’Connell and Gretchen Sciortino – Woodside Outdoor Learning Fun (WOLF);
  • Addie Starrett – Engaging, Encouraging and Relevant Texts for All Readers;
  • David Neubauer and Jim Gornick – Hamilton Band Festival and Commission Project;
  • Marquea Goike – Rockin’ Robots iPads and DASH Robots;
  • Callie Lauer and Whitney Roth – Teacher’s College of Reading and Writing at Columbia University;
  • Misty Draeger – “It Was Just” high school distracted driver program;
  • Jay Orlowski and Katie Gleisner – Cardinal Pride, Mindful Inside;
  • Julie Greenwald and all elementary fourth grade teachers – Project YETT: Youth Empowered Through Technology;
  • Julie Greenwald and Aaron Greenwald – Teaching the Writer Like We Teach the Mathematician: Energizing the Workshop;
  • Bronwyn Phillips – Bring Coding to Life;
  • Kirsten Schlaman, Rosin Jones, Kris Truelove, Sarah Clement, Rhea Fiorita, Katie Schmanski and Corey Schoonover – The RESET Room: A Regulation Station;
  • Ann Marie Pilo, Charlotte Coe and Brooke Boettcher – Summer Institute – UW Oshkosh;
  • Beth Buschmann, Colleen Casper, Cheryl Johnson, Amber Schroeder – Coping Strategies for Student Wellness and Academic Success;
  • Peter Dargatz – WOLF Part 2; and
  • Lori Schlapman, Jana Julka, Kirsten Schlaman, Margy Supa, Colleen Casper, Debbie Grove, Julie Taylor, Katie Gleisner, Beth Buschmann and Terry Krause – Teaching & Practicing Social Emotional Learning Skills and Competencies in Grades K-8.

Hamilton’s “Play Group” enrolling preschoolers

Hamilton High School is enrolling 3- to 5 year-olds during September for its child development class, “Play Group.” Under the direction of their teacher, Janine Farrell, high school students participate in activities with children to promote growth and development.HHSplaygroup4330

The 9-week program runs from 9:35 – 10:50 a.m. Monday through Thursday beginning in October. Cost is $25. More details about Play Group is online.

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

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