Hamilton announces May students of the month

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

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  • Cassandra Leuty, applied engineering and technology;
  • McKenzie Tyriver, art;
  • Audrey Davies, business education;
  • Isabella Atkinson, communication arts;
  • Rachel Choroszy, family and consumer sciences;
  • Nina Luebke, fitness education;
  • Matthew Gerardo and Grace Kurucz, mathematics;
  • Sophia Schick, music;
  • Mackenzie Joranlien, science;
  • Ellyanna Ybarra, social studies; and
  • Justine Ackaouy, world languages.

Students received a certificate and a pin for their accomplishment.


Hamilton announces April students of the month

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

They are:

  • Christian Dockery, applied engineering and technology;
  • Emma Hartman, art;
  • Madelyn Gorgen, business education;
  • Sydney Lex, communication arts;
  • Sara Harder, family and consumer sciences;
  • Grace Stefaniak, fitness education;
  • Abby Hubbell, mathematics;
  • Madeline Ullrick, music;
  • Nathan Rose, science;
  • DavidMichael Diedrick and Tarejah Russell-Dean, social studies; and
  • Peyton Boelk, world languages.

Students received a certificate and a pin for their accomplishment.

Hamilton Band students shine in WSMA Virtual Solo Festival

Eleven Hamilton Band students received the highest rating of 1* on the most difficult Class A music in the Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) Virtual Solo Festival which replaced the in-person district festival this year. WSMA-Logo-Registered_SMALL_WEB

The following students qualified for state competition:

  • Ella Chevalier, horn;
  • Elisabeth Fischer, clarinet;
  • Will Hartman, trumpet;
  • Matthew Lehner, violin;
  • Spencer Margolis, horn;
  • Maja Pechanach, clarinet;
  • Nicholas Peterson, drum set;
  • Brooke Tlachac, flute and violin;
  • Mia Traverse, alto saxophone;
  • Ashley Velasquez, clarinet; and
  • Cynthia Yan, flute;

In addition, the following students participated and received a rating of:

  • 1 on Class A – Maya Bell, alto saxophone; Owen Davies, trombone; and Jack Musialowski, tenor saxophone;
  • 2 on Class A – Holly Bahr, bass clarinet; and
  • 1 on Class B: Katelyn Loveday, bass clarinet.

Students submitted performance videos of their solos. WSMA sent them to an adjudicator who returned important feedback for growth as well as a rating, if requested. The WSMA state festival was also conducted virtually. For more information, please visit https://wsmamusic.org/virtualfestival/.

Hamilton announces March students of the month

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

They are:

  • Jenna Withrow, applied engineering and technology;
  • Kai Warden, art;
  • John Pappas, business education;
  • Lucas Krzyston and Charles Phillips, communication arts;
  • Malena Herr, family and consumer sciences;
  • Isabelle Prochazka, fitness education;
  • Austin Eklund, mathematics;
  • Owen Davies, music;
  • Anika Rhude, science;
  • Sylvie Zgonc, social studies; and
  • Madison Stromberg, world languages.

Students received a certificate and a pin for their accomplishment.

Hamilton Dance Team tryouts May 18-21

Students interested in trying out for the 2020-21 Hamilton High School dance team are invited to participate in the four-day process May 18-21 that will involve a combination of virtual activities and live tryouts.H-for-web

Please see the flyer for details. Tryouts are open to all incoming eighth-graders and current high school students.

Hamilton students get perfect score on ACT

Hamilton High School juniors Ella Chevalier, Ellie DeCleene and Nikhita Nair did what few students have done – they earned a perfect score of 36 on the ACT college-entrance exam. The students learned in a letter from ACT Chief Executive Officer Marten Roorda about their accomplishment. Earlier in the year, Margaret Flynn was notified that she earned 36 on the ACT which brings the number of Hamilton students with a perfect ACT score to four.4HHS36ACT

“Your achievement on the ACT is significant and rare,” Roorda wrote. “Your exceptional scores will provide any college or university with ample evidence of your readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead.”

Fewer than half of one percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score. Among U.S. high school graduates from the class of 2019, only 4,879 of nearly 1.8 million students earned a top composite score of 36.

“This achievement is so rare, that the fact that we have four perfect scores in our class of 2021, is almost unbelievable,” Hamilton Principal Rebecca Newcomer said. “However, knowing these young women and the internal motivation they have, it should not be surprising.”

“Along with their academic achievement, they are very involved in school activities and make positive leadership contributions to our entire community. It is exciting to think about the impact they will have on our future world and we couldn’t be more proud of what they have already accomplished,” Newcomer said.

The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1-36, and a student’s composite score is the average of the four test scores.

Hamilton named to America’s best high school list

For the sixth consecutive year, Hamilton High School was named to U.S. News & World Report “America’s Best High Schools” list The ranking highlights the best public high schools in the nation after reviewing data from more than 18,000 high schools to identify how well public schools serve all of their students in preparing them in basic skills and readiness for college-level work.

H-for-webSchools were rated on reading and math proficiency and performance (40%), college readiness (30%), college curriculum breadth (10%), underserved student performance (10%) and graduation rate (10%).

Hamilton is ranked 16th among 453 Wisconsin public high schools and 763rd among more than 18,000 U.S. public high schools – placing it in the top 5 percent of high schools in the state and country. Its state rank is the highest in the school’s history.

Hamilton Principal Becky Newcomer said Hamilton’s consistent improved ranking on the prestigious list is not only an achievement of high school students and educators, but of the entire district and community.

“We are fortunate to educate children in a community that has supportive families and a tradition of excellence from 4K through 12th grade,” Newcomer said. “All of those parents and educators have contributed to the accolades the high school receives.“

“We have students who are driven and motivated by achieving academic success, so this recognition shines a spotlight not only on the educators, but on many years of our students’ hard work,” Newcomer said.

Hamilton drama student wins Jerry Award

Hamilton High School senior Jadyn Grana was awarded the Jerry Spirit Award for this year’s musical “Tuck Everlasting” in a vote by her peers. Jerry Awards are the high school equivalent of Broadway’s Tony Awards.musicaltheater

Although performances of Hamilton’s “Tuck Everlasting” were suspended due to the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual performances will be eligible for all other traditional Jerry Award categories next year. The 2020 Jerry Awards show will be held virtually June 7 at 7 p.m. For more information, please visit https://www.overture.org/

Sarah Plamann, Maple Avenue and Silver Spring music teacher is the Hamilton theater and choir director.

Baldwin named state basketball player of the year

Hamilton student-athlete Patrick Baldwin, Jr. was named Wisconsin Boys Basketball Player of the Year by the Gatorade Company. Baldwin is the first Hamilton boys basketball player to earn this recognition. The junior guard led the Chargers to a 21-3 record and the Division 1 sectional semifinals at the time of his selection.H-for-web

The award recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character both on and off the court. Baldwin has maintained a 3.62 GPA and has volunteered on behalf of a local elementary school reading initiative and with youth basketball programs.

Baldwin in now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade® National Boys Basketball Player of the Year award. For more information, visit http://playeroftheyear.gatorade.com/

Marcy earns state recognition for achievement

Marcy Elementary School is among 11 high-achieving schools in the state recognized through the Wisconsin Title I Schools of Recognition awards program. In addition to recognizing high-achieving schools, the state program honors schools for high-progress and beating the odds. Combined, a total of 107 Wisconsin schools were recognized in one of the three categories.Marcy staff

As a high-achieving school, Marcy demonstrated high achievement at the school level and had achievement gaps less than three points between student groups or showed evidence of reducing gap. Data used to determine the awards are from the 2018-19 school year.

Principal Michele Trawicki credited a dedicated staff and the school community for Marcy’s success.

“Marcy educators are committed to creating a nurturing sense of belonging for each student, and our families stand with us,” Trawicki said. “Together we do whatever it takes to help students succeed.”

DPI cancelled the 2019-20 Schools of Recognition Ceremony which had been set for May. Awards will be mailed directly to recipients.

Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition awards highlight schools that have demonstrated success in educating students from low-income families. To be eligible, schools must receive federal Title I funding to provide services for economically disadvantaged children.2019-2020 School of Recognition logo 477