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December 18, 2017

Hamilton Show Choir performs holiday song


The Hamilton School Board enjoyed a holiday treat at its Dec. 18 meeting as the Hamilton High School Show Choir performed a rendition of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” made famous by the a capella group Straight No Chaser.

Female athletes recognized

Two female athletes were recognized for state competition.


Junior Kirsten Leonardi qualified as an individual for state golf competition.


Madeline Paar, a freshman, competed on a state swimming relay team.

Alternate teacher evaluation model gets good marks from staff

Elementary teachers and administrators described their experience in the district’s Alternate Teacher Evaluation Model that they participated in beginning this fall. The model allows teachers to use a different process than the Educator Effectiveness evaluation system that includes being videotaped, visiting other classrooms and meeting as a group to share what they have learned in the process.



Marcy teachers Kathy Mueller and Julie Greenwald, Woodside teachers Mindy Pilecky and Aaron Greenwald, and Marcy principal and associate principal Michele Trawicki and Katie Ritchie and Woodside associate principal Linda Hake had positive things to say about their experiences.

All agreed that the alternative model provides more meaningful feedback for teachers. Rather than being focused on a checklist, teachers have greater ability to choose the skills they want to develop. Several teachers appreciated being able to visit other classrooms for ideas on how to implement new strategies. They said reviewing the videos of themselves in the classroom revealed things they would have not noticed otherwise.

Per-pupil allocations similar to last year’s

Schools begin their annual budget process for the 2018-19 school year using similar parameters as they did last year. The exception is that library allocation will drop $1 per student to align with anticipated funds. The district is expecting an increase of 70 full-time equivalency students. The parameters schools have been given as they budget for next year are:

  • General school allocation will remain at $108 per student for elementary students, $138 for the middle school and $168 per student at the high school.
  • The library allocation will decrease to $33 per student at all levels.
  • Capital outlay per-pupil allocations will remain at $18 per elementary student, $20 per middle school student and $25 per high school student.

Personnel matters

In personnel matters, the School Board:

  • accepted resignations of Templeton grade 8 teacher Kerri Warsh, effective June 11, Lannon special services paraprofessional Sara Doubek, effective Jan. 19, and Lannon literacy interventionist Kirstin Seizer, effective Dec. 18
  • approved retirement request of Templeton special education teacher Lisa Sorenson, effective June 11; and
  • appointed Michelle Sinks as Hamilton guidance clerical paraprofessional effective Dec. 13, Abigail Kesler as Hamilton special education replacement teacher effective Jan. 22, Kirstin Seizer as Marcy and Maple special education replacement teacher effective Dec. 19, and Keith Murphy as district network and client support technician, effective Jan. 2.