Hamilton School Report Card: First in county, third in state

Wisconsin School Report Card data were released today, and the Hamilton School District’s performance once again was among the highest in the state. Hamilton was the highest rated school district in Waukesha County and third highest among Wisconsin’s 367 K-12 school districts.WiscAppleBooks

School Report Cards are based on four priority areas: student achievement in English language arts and mathematics; student growth; closing gaps between student populations; and measures of readiness for graduation and postsecondary success. In addition, they measure chronic absenteeism and dropout rates. Using all these measures, Hamilton ranked third among 367 Wisconsin school districts and was one of only 29 districts to earn the top designation of “significantly exceeds” expectations for performance.

Hamilton’s student achievement scores were most impressive. Among the 367 K-12 school districts in the state, Hamilton had the:

  • highest student achievement score;
  • second highest mathematics score; and
  • third highest reading and language arts results.

Hamilton’s district rankings increased in every category over the previous year. Hamilton’s state rank increased from sixth place to third place. Its achievement score went from third to first, mathematics went from fourth to second, and reading and language arts went from fourth to third place statewide.

In addition to the district earning the highest designation possible, Lannon, Maple Avenue, Marcy and Woodside elementary schools and Templeton Middle School also earned “significantly exceeds expectations” at the school level. Hamilton High School earned the second highest rating of “exceeds expectations.”

“Once again, the Hamilton School District performed quite well on the State Report Card,” said Hamilton Superintendent Paul Mielke, Ph.D. “This is one measure to assess the district’s performance, but it is an important one that illuminates the successes to build upon and areas to pinpoint for future focus.”

“This high level of performance is the result of the hard work of students and staff who put a priority on learning, as well as the support and high expectations of our parents and community,” Mielke said.

“These results along with the School Board’s recent tax rate approval show that Hamilton truly is a high-achieving, low-spending school district,” he said. “This does not happen by accident. It comes from the diligent efforts and proactive planning of many in the district.”

In October, the Hamilton School Board approved a $57.4 million budget that includes a mil rate of $8.92 – instead of $9.55 that was predicted at the July Annual Meeting. The latest school district mill rate comparisons show Hamilton has the third lowest tax rate in Waukesha County.

Wisconsin implemented a new educational accountability system six years ago with more rigorous benchmarks and a new way to report school progress. Each public school now has a School Report Card that lets people know how well it is preparing students for their futures. Because of strategic planning efforts and a track record of focusing on student achievement, schools in the Hamilton School District earned positive ratings under the new system.The overall accountability score rates schools on a scale of 0 to 100 and places them in one of five categories: significantly exceeds expectations (83-100), exceeds expectations (73-82.9), meets expectations (63-72.9), meets few expectations (53-62.9) and fails to meet expectations (52.9 and below).

Hamilton School District 2017-18 School Report Card data

School Overall score Student achievement Reading/lng arts

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Math achievement Overall

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Lannon 87.8 94.9 45.2 49.7 Signif. exceeds
Maple Ave. 86.9 95.7 46.1 49.6 Signif. exceeds
Marcy 94.3 99.1 49.1 50.0 Signif. exceeds
Woodside 90.5 94.9 45.4 49.5 Signif. exceeds
Templeton 86.1 88.6 46 42.6 Signif. exceeds
Hamilton High 79.8 83.3 40.9 42.4 Exceeds
District 89.3 92.2 45.6 46.6 Signif. exceeds

Among Waukesha County K-12 school districts, Hamilton was:

  • first for the overall accountability score;
  • first for overall student achievement;
  • first for reading and language arts achievement;
  • first for mathematics achievement.

November 6, 2018

Dargatz shares success of learning in nature

Woodside Elementary School kindergarten teacher Peter Dargatz gave School Board members a glimpse of the outdoor education programming started more than three years ago. Initially, Dargartz started with a Nature Kindergarten program that incorporated the Woodside Timberwolf Trail, a natural play area and several outdoor learning spaces. It was created in a previously unused parcel of oak savanna prairie land behind the school building.Dargatz-Web-600

Since then students from throughout Woodside have had opportunities to learn while outdoors on the trail and through a partnership with the Retzer Nature Center.

The Hamilton Education Foundation has supported the outdoor education initiatives. This year Dargatz was encouraged to apply for additional funding through the Waukesha County Community Foundation which provided a grant that will make it possible for students from throughout the district to experience Woodside’s nature trail.

The Timberwolf Trail and outdoor classroom were featured this summer at the World of Wonder, an international nature-based early learning conference held in Chicago. Some 50 educators from throughout the country including 11 states and four countries visited Woodside as part of the conference’s Wisconsin Field Trip option. Former Woodside kindergartners led guests around the trail.

 

No space to take Open Enrollment students

School administrators calculated that the district will not have enough classroom space to take additional Open Enrollment students for the 2019-20 school year due to projected resident enrollment. Open Enrollment is a statewide program that allows students to attend public schools outside of their districts if space is available.

School Board election calendar released

The schedule for the 2019 spring election was released. Terms are up for School Board members Gabe Kolesari, who holds the Sussex seat, Jennifer Waltz, who is in the at-large seat, and Rebecca Zingsheim, who holds the Butler seat.

The election schedule includes:

  • Jan. 2 – deadline for candidacy declaration and nominations papers;
  • Feb. 19 – primary election if needed;
  • April 2 – spring election; and
  • April 22 – taking of office.

Personnel action from Nov. 6

In personnel action, the School Board:

  • approved hiring of a 69 percent special education paraprofessional at Lannon for the current school year;
  • accepted the resignations of Hamilton cook Jessica Samz, effective Oct. 25 and Hamilton administrative assistant Elizabeth Aho, effective Oct. 26;
  • appointed Patricia Messina as Maple Avenue special service paraprofessional, Julie Karnthaler, as Marcy special service paraprofessional, Aida Kozic as Woodside media center paraprofessional, Carrie Goodman as Woodside special service paraprofessional, and JaKoby Morrell as Hamilton custodian.

Hamilton alumni group donates to HEF

For the second year, the Hamilton High School Alumni Reunion Committee donated $1,500 to the Hamilton Education Foundation. Alumni-gift-to-HEF-webThe donations were possible because of the committee’s successful reunions held at Sussex Village Park each year.

The Hamilton Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization that generates financial support for programs and projects that enhance, extend and enrich educational opportunities offered to the students in the Hamilton School District community.

Tax rate increase far below estimate

When Hamilton School District voters went to the polls in February, they expected to be voting themselves a 98 cent increase in their tax rate to pay for a new intermediate school and Hamilton High School renovation and expansion projects. Instead, the tax rate will increase only 37 cents.Tax-rate-board-web420

The good news for taxpayers came Oct. 15 as Hamilton School Board members approved a $57.4 million budget that includes a mil rate of $8.92 – instead of $9.55 that was predicted at the July Annual Meeting.

The owner of a $300,000 home will pay $2,676 in school taxes – an increase of $111 over last year’s taxes, but less than the approximately $300 increase that was projected.

The lower-than-expected mil rate is attributable to community growth and higher property values that spread school costs over more and higher-valued properties and increased state aid. During the referendum, school officials conservatively estimated that property value would increase by 2 percent. The district’s equalized valuation actually increased by 4.67 percent in the past year.

“During the referendum, we wanted to be sure that the tax impact would be no greater than what we projected, which is why we used conservative estimates,” said Hamilton Superintendent Paul Mielke, Ph.D.

“Property values and the growth within our communities were far greater than our projections and additional state aid further helped to minimize the tax impact on residents,” he said.

When the intermediate school opens in the 2019-20 school year, additional operational costs will be on tax bills. The operational costs were expected to increase the tax rate by an additional 39 cents per $1,000 of property value, but if property valuation exceeds projections as it did this year, that amount will be less as well.

The 2018-19 budget is up 3.92 percent increase over the current budget. The increase reflects expenses due to increased cost-of-living as determined by the state.

The new net tax levy — the portion of the budget paid by local taxpayers — increased to $31.5 million from $28.8 million in 2017-18. Debt service increased from $668,450 in 2017-18 to $4.2 million in 2018-19.

Each October, the School Board must adopt the budget, certify the tax levy and establish the tax rate after the Department of Revenue determines property values in the district. Tax bills are sent to property owners in December.

October 15, 2018

School tax increase less than half of what was projected

When Hamilton School District voters went to the polls in February, they expected to be voting themselves a 98 cent increase in their tax rate to pay for a new intermediate school and Hamilton High School renovation and expansion projects. Instead, the tax rate will increase only 37 cents.Tax-Impact-Less

The good news for taxpayers came Oct. 15 as Hamilton School Board members approved a $57.4 million budget that includes a mil rate of $8.92 – instead of $9.55 that was predicted at the July Annual Meeting. The owner of a $300,000 home will pay $2,676 in school taxes – an increase of $111 over last year’s taxes, but less than the $300 increase that was projected.

The lower-than-expected mil rate is attributable to community growth and higher property values that spread school costs over more and higher-valued properties and increased state aid. During the referendum, school officials conservatively estimated that property value would increase by only 2 percent. The district’s equalized valuation actually increased by 4.67 percent in the past year.

When the intermediate school opens in the 2019-20 school year, additional operational costs will be on tax bills. The operational costs were expected to increase the tax rate by an additional 39 cents per $1,000 of property value, but if property valuation exceeds projections, that amount will be less as well.

The 2018-19 budget is up 3.92 percent increase over the current budget. The increase reflects expenses due to increased cost-of-living as determined by the state.

The new net tax levy — the portion of the budget paid by local taxpayers — increased to $31.5 million from $28.8 million in 2017-18. Debt service increased from $668,450 in 2017-18 to $4.2 million in 2018-19.

Each October, the School Board must adopt the budget, certify the tax levy and establish the tax rate after the Department of Revenue determines property values in the district. Tax bills are sent to property owners in December.

Dual Enrollment Academy gives students jumpstart on future

For the fifth year, Hamilton High School seniors will continue to be able to enroll in the Dual Enrollment Academy that allows them to get a jumpstart on high-demand fields while earning college credit at Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC). Hamilton Principal Candis Mongan gave the School Board a status report and requested approval to continue participation in the program.

Participating seniors spend the majority of their school day at WCTC participating in the Dual Enrollment Academy which offers programs in robotics, hospitality, information technology, tool and die, protective services, building construction and welding. Upon completion, students earn a WCTC diploma along with high school credits.

Seven Hamilton students completed the program last May — three in hospitality, two in information technology and one each in automation systems and tool and die.

10 students apply for Early College Credit Program

Ten high school students requested admission to the Early College Credit Program (ECCP), formerly known as the Youth Options Program, that will allow them to take classes next semester at University of Wisconsin-Waukesha, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, Wisconsin Lutheran and Carroll University. Hamilton Principal Candis Mongan noted, as in the past, many students will not be able to take the courses because of scheduling conflicts or full classes. A total of 18 students requested admission to Youth Options last year.

ECCP is mandated by the state and allows students who have completed 10th grade, are in good academic standing and have no disciplinary problems to attend a technical college or university if they have exhausted their high school curriculum.

The program is funded 75 percent from Hamilton High School and 25 percent from the state.

Start College Now has 25 applicants

Another program, Start College Now, had its start as Youth Options. Start College Now allows students with good academic standing and no disciplinary problems to take course at Waukesha County Technical College. A total of 25 students requested admission for the next semester. The program is funded by the high school, but if a student fails the course, the family is responsible for the cost.

Willow Springs site plan approved

Willow Springs Learning Center Principal Renae MacCudden, Ph.D, presented her school’s site plan identifies an over-arching target that states that “students will be enriched in a unique, well-defined and articulated four-year-old kindergarten program.”

In 2017-18, Willow Springs staff implemented surveys to give stakeholders an opportunity to provide honest, anonymous feedback.

In the coming year the school’s two tactics will:

  • address students’ social-emotional skills and understanding of their individual role as a learner; and
  • develop pre-academic literacy and mathematics skills.

Templeton site plan presented

Templeton Principal Brad Hoffmann and Associate Principal Cody Leland presented their school’s site plan. The process used to create the plan was highly reflective and collaborative in nature. Longitudinal and current data was reviewed and analyzed to create a plan that focuses on literacy, math and social-emotional wellness throughout the building.

The Site Plan committee developed the following two tactics:

  • Templeton Middle School staff will research best practice in assessment and developing instructional strategies to increase achievement for all students.
  • Templeton Middle School will research and develop building-wide and classroom-specific strategies to improve student social-emotional wellness.

Maintenance staff address summer projects

Over the summer, maintenance and custodial staff completed the annual task of preparing school facilities for the upcoming school year. This work included maintenance on mechanical systems, the cleaning of classrooms, restrooms, locker and shower areas, stripping and refinishing of floors, refinishing wood gymnasium floors, carpet cleaning and the maintenance of the grounds and athletic fields throughout the district. In addition to these annually scheduled tasks, the School Board was presented with a list summarizing special projects completed at each school.

Personnel matters

In personnel matters, the School Board:

  • accepted the resignation of Marcy special services paraprofessional Veronica Seher, effective Oct. 19;
  • approved the retirement of Woodside media center paraprofessional Sally Thompson, effective Nov. 2, 2018; and
  • appointed Jessica Samz as Hamilton cook, Amy Olsen as Woodside associate kitchen employee, Michelle Basler as Lannon special services paraprofessional and Zackary Buschke as Hamilton custodian.

September 17, 2018

Board considers removing graduation ceremony details from policy

School Board members are considering a policy change to eliminate the time, date and location of Hamilton High School graduation ceremonies. Currently, the policy states that graduation ceremonies will be held the first Saturday following the completion of the school year, at 1 p.m. in the high school gym.

By eliminating the language, the School Board will be able to consider other options for graduation ceremonies, including having it outdoors as was done in the past. The change was presented to the School Board for the first time. The policy change proposal will come before the board again before it takes action.

High school rigor evident in results

Because Hamilton High School rewrote its main goal and tactics last year, this year’s site team chose to reaffirm its current framework and goal that states, “Students will increase their literacy skills and social-emotional wellness to be prepared to meet the demands of college, career and global competition.”

Hamilton High School Principal Candis Mongan reported on the school’s progress. Hamilton saw greater participation in Advanced Placement courses with continued high achievement in the last three years. The number of exams taken, sections offered, students taking exams and pass rate of 3 or higher all went up in the past year. The participation rate compared to three years ago was up markedly. Typically as more students take rigorous exams, test scores drop. This was not the case at Hamilton.

Year Exams taken Sections offered Students Score 3+
2015-16 573 40 358 85.9%
2016-17 664 46 411 81.5%
2017-18 722 48 440 83.0%

In another measure of school rigor, the Challenge Index increased to +1.95 in 2017-18, up from +1.90 in 2016-17 and +1.57 in 2015-16. Challenge Index represents the availability of advanced coursework in the school’s curriculum. Because many more students are taking AP exams, the school’s Challenge Index score increased to its highest level in school history.

Throughout the state, ACT scores dropped for the class of 2016 because as juniors in 2015, they were the first class in which all juniors in Wisconsin public high schools were required to take the test. The ACT composite score for Hamilton’s class of 2015 was 24.5, and dropped to 22.3 for the class of 2016. It rebounded to 23.0 for the class of 2017.

In addition to test results, Hamilton was named to U.S. News and World Report’s “Best High Schools” list five of the last six years, Advanced Placement Honor Roll four of the last five years and Washington Post’s “Most Challenging High Schools” list three of the last four years.

Lannon site focuses on literacy, social-emotional goals

Lannon Elementary School Principal Brian Balfany presented his school’s site plan update. He reported on the progress of last year’s tactics which focused primarily on literacy and social-emotional goals while embedding practices that will promote students’ positive well-being. Again, Lannon was recognized as a school that “significantly exceeds expectations” on the State Report Card. The site team identified that early intervention in kindergarten and grade 1 has had a positive impact on state Forward Exam results.

Summer Opportunities reports on successful year

Summer Opportunities Coordinator and Lannon Principal Brian Balfany gave the School Board an update on the 2018 program. A total of 2,004 students in grades 4K to 11 enrolled in classes, 31 fewer students than in 2017. Combined, 121 teachers were employed, a majority of whom were Hamilton School District staff. In all, 219 employees were employed including three administrative assistants, 32 paraprofessionals, 58 student teaching assistants, one coordinator and four assistant coordinators. The staff count represents a 10 percent reduction from last year and 35 percent over the past two years.

Recommendations for next year include:

  • scheduling the summer program to be in session June 19 – July 17 with days off on July 4 and 5;
  • enhancing course offerings;
  • continue training math instructors in Everyday Math strategies and reading teachers in Reader’s Workshop, as was done this year;
  • exploring recovery credit make-up and credit acquisition opportunities; and
  • increasing enrollment of students invited to take mathematics or reading.

List of TSA vendors narrows to 4

Hamilton School District employees will have one less vendor to choose from if they participate in payroll deductions for tax sheltered annuities. The list is now Axa Equitable, VOYA Financial Advisors, Oppenheimer Funds and WEA. Annuity Premium Account – Kemper, which previously was on the list, was omitted because there is no longer a local presence for employees to access.

Paraprofessional position added

A part-time special education paraprofessional position was added at Lannon Elementary School due to increased needs. The position will be the equivalent of a 94 percent position.

Personnel news

In personnel action, the School Board:

  • approved the retirement of Lannon music teacher Eileen Casper, effective at the end of the 2018-19 school year;
  • appointed Carol Hamilton as a Lannon associate kitchen employee, Jennifer Adams as a Maple Avenue paraprofessional and Cynthia Dow as a Templeton paraprofessional; and
  • modified the contract of Templeton speech-language pathologist Kristin Muehlenbach due to increase caseload.

Bring items to free recycling event Sept. 15

Cimco Recycling Milwaukee will set up Sept. 15 from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Templeton Middle School 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.

September 4, 2018

No students admitted into kindergarten, grade 1 early

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.

Training, curriculum work ramps up in summer

Instructional Services Supervisor Katie Little, Ph.D., reported on summer professional development.  Grades K-8 science teachers received training in the Next Generational Science Standards and cross-cutting concepts, grades 6 and 8 science teachers were trained in Lab-Aids science resources. Other professional development focused on grades 4-8 math training, Assessment Team members in lesson design and application of assessment concepts, EduClimber navigation training, new teacher orientation and ALICE safety training.

Summer curriculum projects included grades K-8 science practices and rubrics, grades 4-8 mathematics articulation between elementary and middle schools, English language arts curriculum review, creation of Comprehensive Intervention Model website for lesson plans and resources, ERE online learning modules, consistent instruction planning for elementary technology integrators and review of district assessments to avoid redundancy between district and state required assessments.

Curriculum cycle to align with assessment

As staff worked on the assessment tactics of the Strategic Plan, they recommended greater alignment of the curriculum development cycle and assessment work to better clarify what high quality learning looks like in each content area. As the district moves to a five-year curriculum review cycle, it will dive deeply into the standards for each content area.

The five-year cycle involves research and review, curriculum review, implementation, revision and maintenance and monitory. The schedule for the curriculum cycle is:

  • 2017-18 – technology & applied engineering, business education and science (new curriculum format)
  • 2018-19 – English language arts
  • 2019-20 – English language arts, Silver Spring Intermediate School opening
  • 2020-21 – mathematics, fitness education & health, social studies
  • 2021-22 – art, music, world languages, information technology literacy
  • 2022-23 – technology & applied engineering, business education, science
  • 2023-24 – family and consumer education, guidance, English language arts
  • 2024-25 – mathematics, fitness education & health, social studies

Classroom instructional practices in content areas not involved in formal curriculum review will continue to be evaluated using Understanding By Design (UbD), also known as backward design through assessment.

Testing schedule, coaching reports given

Little presented the district’s 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.

Woodside, Marcy jointly presented site plans

Woodside and Marcy elementary schools presented their site plans to the School Board describing many ways in which staff are collaborating to enrich learning experiences for students and staff. Both stressed the relationship of their site plans to the district’s Strategic Plan, especially tactics regarding assessment and social and emotional wellness.

Woodside Principal James Edmond, Jr., Ph.D, and Associate Principal Linda Hake and Marcy Principal Michele Trawicki and Associate Principal Katie Ritchie described progress at their schools.

They emphasized the work of staff members in developing and presenting professional development for their colleagues throughout the district. They also described a move to student-led conferences in which students have greater responsibility to define what they are learning to their parents.

Both schools have two tactics stating that students will meet or exceed their own individual projected growth targets in literacy and mathematics.

Personnel action

In personnel matters, the School Board:

  • approved the resignation of Templeton special services paraprofessional Diane Jakubowski and Maple Avenue paraprofessional Paula Joecks; and
  • appointed Lisa Minue as Maple Avenue cook, Tiffany Wolf as Maple Avenue special services paraprofessional, Julie Taylor as Lannon replacement guidance counselor, Mary Chetney as Lannon paraprofessional, Laura Watson Maple Avenue paraprofessional, Elaine Meissner as Templeton associate kitchen employee and Carina Esparza as Lannon paraprofessional.

Summer School Board meeting summary

Following are summaries of action taken at School Board meetings during the summer of 2018

June 18, 2018

A Teacher Expertise (TE) option within educator effectiveness evaluation system was introduced, and 43 teachers participated in it. The TE option shifts the focus from a checklist of artifacts to a process that is directly focused on teaching and learning growth and driven by the teacher’s self-assessment of practice. Teachers grow by targeting specific skills that are analyzed through video recordings, peer observation and peer discussion within a comprehensive teaching framework. The district will expand the option in 2018-19 to educational specialists and administrators. Some 107 educators have indicated that they will participate in the option as a way to individualize and personalized professional growth.

In curriculum business, the School Board approved: revised curriculum documents for grades K-8 science, grades 8-12 business education, grades 6-12 applied engineering and technology; new curriculum documents for oral and interpersonal communication, drama in literature and production, performance conditioning 1 & 2; and curriculum resources purchases for grades 6-7 science.

Several reports and requests were approved including those regarding district interventions, membership in the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association, Hamilton High School co-curricular and Hamilton and Templeton student handbooks.

After meeting School Board policy requirements, early graduation requests of John Enneking in June 2019 and Isabella den Hond in June 2020 were approved.

Personnel business

  • Resignations: Templeton paraprofessional Jennifer Collins, Maple Avenue paraprofessional Molly Zajac and Marcy paraprofessional Sarah Kahlcheuer
  • Appointments: Hamilton – Templeton physical education Joshua Neary and Marcy grade 4 replacement teacher Erica Carlson

June 28, 2018

Personnel business

  • Resignations: Woodside teachers Elizabeth Berry, grade 4, and Brian Siegel, grade 3
  • Appointments: Templeton building & grounds assistant manager Eduardo Navarro, district maintenance Brian Wissbeck, Hamilton special service paraprofessional Adam Maciejewski, Hamilton world languages – French teacher Rachel Wenndt  as of January 21, 2019, Maple special education teacher Amy Kelly and Hamilton entrance monitor paraprofessional Nancy Holzem.
  • The School Board approved following total aggregate salary compensation adjustments for the 2018-19 school year to: administrators, 2.39 percent; confidential support staff, 2.45 percent; administrative assistants, cooks, associate kitchen employees, custodial and maintenance staff, and paraprofessionals, 2.5 percent.
  • A contract for 2018-20 for the district administrator was approved.
  • 2018-19 Non-Group salary recommendations were approved.

July 16, 2018

Approved were 2018-19 academic standards and management plan for students with life-threatening allergies.

Personnel business

  • Resignations: Lannon literacy interventionist Susan Klawans, Templeton special service paraprofessional April Elsesser and Hamilton custodian Steve Pelzman
  • Retirements: Maple Avenue cook Betty Baatz, effective July 2, 2018 and Business Office payroll executive assistant Kim Krimmer, effective Jan. 2, 2019
  • Appointments: Woodside grade 1 teacher Amanda Desmarais, and Templeton special service paraprofessional Michelle Mattheis

August 20, 2018

After taking the oath of office at a special meeting on July 16, Rebecca Zingsheim was welcomed at the Aug. 20 School Board meeting. School Board president Gabe Kolesari congratulates her after she was officially sworn in.

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No students on the Open Enrollment waiting list will be accepted into the district for the 2018-19 school year due to space availability.

School Board members toured the construction progress of the newly renovated applied engineering and technology area.

Updates on the new teacher induction and coaching program and district facilities safety were provided to the School Board.

School Board committee assignments were made and they are:

  • Personnel Committee – Dawn Van Aacken, chair, Jennifer Waltz, Rebecca Zingsheim with Brian Schneider, alternate;
  • Buildings and Grounds & Finance Committee – Jay Jones, chair, Mike Hyland, Brian Schneider with Rebecca Zingsheim, alternate;
  • Legislative Liaison – Rebecca Zingsheim;
  • CESA #1 liaison – Gabe Kolesari with Rebecca Zingsheim, alternate;
  • Facilities Committee – Mike Hyland, Brian Schneider, Dawn Van Aacken and Jennifer Waltz;
  • Strategic Planning Team – Dawn Van Aacken, Jennifer Waltz;
  • SWSA – Michael Hyland with Rebecca Zingsheim, alternate.

Personnel business

  • Resignations: Templeton special services paraprofessional Kerry Wagner, Woodside special services paraprofessional Beth Lassiter, Maple Avenue special services paraprofessional Bethany Walker, Marcy special services paraprofessional Kimberley Mittelstaedt, Maple Avenue special services paraprofessional Jennifer Weisgerber, Lannon guidance counselor Lynda Pesch, Woodside associate kitchen employee Sarah Akin and Templeton associate kitchen employee Laura Anders.
  • Appointments: Templeton technology integration resource teacher Laura Busch, Templeton special services paraprofessional Casey Chopp, Woodside grade 4 teacher Barbara Leach, Maple Avenue reading specialist Tamera Harpster, Lannon literacy interventionist Elizabeth Berry, Marcy special services paraprofessional Stacy See, Lannon grade 3 replacement teacher Jaclyn Weiss, Marcy paraprofessional Ireland Andrews, Woodside grade 2 teacher Nicole Welter, Lannon grade 5 replacement teacher Michael Schramek, Lannon physical education teacher Molly Wirnsberger, Maple Avenue paraprofessional Susan McMahon, Woodside special services paraprofessional Michella Morgan, Marcy special services paraprofessional Sara Viloria, and Templeton special education teacher Jessica Foderaro
  • Contract modifications: Templeton choral teacher Megan Menzel, Lanon technology integration resource teacher Julie Kleist, Woodside physical education teacher Benjamin Lena and Marcy art teacher Katie Cormican.
  • Revised Employee Handbooks for 2018-19 were approved.

School Board choses Zingsheim for Butler seat

Hamilton School Board members chose Rebecca Zingsheim to fill the Butler seat on the School Board at its July 25 special meeting. Zingsheim will take the oath of office at the Aug. 20 School Board meeting.Rebecca-Zingsheim-Web

Zingsheim has been a resident of Butler since 2005 and has two children attending Hamilton High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Cardinal Stritch University and her master’s degree in literacy from Concordia University. She has been an elementary special education teacher for the last eight years, currently teaching in the Mequon-Thiensville School District.

“I am passionate about education and believe in giving back to my community,” Zingsheim said. “Being a member of the Hamilton School Board will allow me to bring my passion and knowledge of education, along with a teacher’s perspective, to the School Board.”

Deborah Briggs, who served as the Butler representative to the School Board for 24 years, chose not to seek re-election this spring and no Butler resident filed to run for the seat. When a vacancy on the School Board occurs, the remaining members are responsible to appoint a qualified citizen to fill the position. Zingsheim will serve until spring of 2019 when she can run to fill out the remainder of the three-year term which ends in April, 2021.

The Hamilton School Board has seven seats representing five municipalities and two at-large posts. While district voters cast ballots for all the positions, candidates must live in the communities they represent. Candidates can live anywhere in the district to qualify for the at-large positions.