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September 18, 2017

Board gets report about district strategic tactics

Human Resources and Organizational Development Director John Roubik gave an update to the School Board on the priorities of the 2017-2020 Strategic Plan. Following are the four priority areas, their goals and tactics.StrategicPlanJumpTopWithEEACroppedTightWeb

Systems of learning & assessment — All students will be challenged and supported to maximize their learning and achievement.


  • Analyze current assessment practices
  • Develop common language and understanding of assessment practices districtwide
  • Align standards, learning targets, learning tasks and success criteria
  • Develop balanced assessments (utilizing a variety of assessments) aligned to learning targets across grade levels

Social & emotional wellness — All students will be supported to develop social and emotional wellness related to academic, career and life experiences.


  • Create a system that aligns expectations across the district regarding social and emotional wellness
  • Create a system to support student behavioral needs, similar to what has been created, to support student academic needs
  • Broaden the district definition of student success by incorporating success factors other than test scores

Workforce & organizational wellness –All staff will engage in continuous professional learning and be provided opportunities to improve personal wellness.


  • Align and increase professional development opportunities related to the Strategic Plan
  • Create an alternative option to the teacher evaluation process that develops teacher expertise
  • Support employee wellness in various areas such as general health, nutrition and active lifestyle

Facilities &  technology — The district will enhance student learning by providing adequate classroom learning space while maintaining existing buildings and infrastructure and optimal student access to technology.


  • Monitor enrollment and facility needs
  • Provide optimal student access to technology to support learning
  • Develop a sustainable technology and facilities plan to support student learning
  • Potential referendum this spring to address increased enrollment

Summer Opportunities reports on successful year

Summer Opportunities Coordinator and Lannon Principal Brian Balfany shared information about the highly popular program with School Board members. A total of 2,035 students in grades 4K to 11 enrolled in classes. Combined, 132 teachers were employed and more than half of them were Hamilton School District staff. In all, 243 employees were employed including three administrative assistants, 35 paraprofessionals, 63 student teaching assistants, one coordinator and two assistant coordinators.

New this year was online registration and scheduling through Infinite Campus. In addition, all classes were consolidated from four to two schools — Hamilton High School and Maple Avenue Elementary School.

Recommendations for next year include:

  • scheduling the summer program to be in session June 20 – July 18 with days off on July 4, 5 and 6;
  • allowing parents to prioritize class choices when registering;
  • training math instructors in Everyday Math strategies and reading teachers in Reader’s Workshop, as was done this year; and
  • exploring recovery credit make-up and credit acquisition opportunities.

Lannon site plan approved

Lannon Elementary School Principal Brian Balfany presented his school’s site plan update. He reported on the progress of last year’s tactics which stated students will meet or exceed literacy growth targets and Lannon will maintain a highly supportive and respectful environment. Both tactics will remain in effect for 2017-18. Lannon was recognized as a school that “significantly exceeds expectations” on the State Report Card and student achievement increased on the state Forward Exam last year.

High school continues progress

Hamilton High School Principal Candis Mongan provided School Board members with an update on achievement initiatives in the past year. The school continues to reach high levels of achievement and is recognized for its accomplishments. Achievements include:

Advanced Placement — Hamilton High School’s Advanced Placement pass rate remains high while an increasing number of students are taking the exam. In 2014-15, 358 students took 605 exams; those numbers shot up to 411 students taking 664 exams in 2016-17. The pass rate remained above 80 percent.

Challenge Index — AP pass rates and percentage of students taking the exams affect the school’s Challenge Index, a ratio that 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 from 1.57 in 2015-16 to 1.90 in 2016-17. The 1.90 score represents the highest Challenge Index score in the school’s history.

ACT – Prior to 2015, students chose whether to take the exam. For the last two years, all juniors in Wisconsin are required to take it. Hamilton’s ACT composite score went from 24.5 in 2014-15 to 22.3 in 2015-16, but rose to 23 last year.

PISA – 67 Hamilton students were randomly chosen to participate in this international exam that measures applied knowledge and competencies in reading, mathematics and science of 15-year-olds. Hamilton’s mean score for 2016 was significantly above the mean scores of other U.S. schools and its performance was higher than in 2014, the last time Hamilton students took the exam.

Transcripted credit – Students are able to take classes in business, mathematics, applied engineering and technology, social studies and family and consumer education for which they can earn transcripted credits through Waukesha County Technical College. In 2015-16, students enrolled in 702 courses with a 90 percent successful completion rate. In the previous two years, nearly 100 fewer students were enrolled in transcripted-credit courses.

Mongan indicated that next steps for Hamilton include:

  • building an integrated and personalized staff development program that incorporates focused literacy, assessment and social emotional wellness support;
  • examining profile data, standardized test scores and survey data to measure progress and continue targeting underserved populations
  • requiring Student Learning Objectives link with disciplinary literacy;
  • gathering and analyzing department plan assessment data;
  • introducing academic and career planning through advisement curriculum
  • developing structures that meet the needs of all student by embedding personalized learning and assessment strategies in the classroom; and
  • assisting students transfer literacy and social-emotional skills independently beyond the classroom.

Board sets annual goals

The School Board established five 2017-18 goals for the superintendent and school board. They include:

  • developing resources and implement strategies and initiatives to enhance student achievement;
  • implementing strategic vision-tactical planning model;
  • implementing communication to promote understanding of district initiatives and accomplishments;
  • monitoring district enrollments and community growth; and
  • updating School Board policies and positions descriptions.