Date posted:  August 15,2014

Dear Parents and Community Members:

We are pleased to present you with the Annual Education Report (AER) which provides key information on the 2013-2014 educational progress for the Hamilton High School.  The AER addresses the complex reporting information required by federal and state laws.  The school’s report contains information about student assessment, accountability and teacher quality.  If you have any questions about the AER, please contact Doug Braschler or Mat Rehkopf for assistance.

The AER is available for you to review electronically by visiting the following web site

www.hamiltonschools.us

The state has identified some schools with the status of Reward, Focus or Priority. A Reward school is one that is outperforming other schools in achievement, growth, or is performing better than other schools with a similar student population. A Focus school is one that has a large achievement gap in 30% of it’s student achievement scores. A Priority school is one whose achievement and growth is in the lowest 5% of all schools in the state.

2 years ago our school was identified as a Focus School. We began working hard as a staff to identify the gap between the top 30% and bottom 30% of students in regards to the MME. During the spring and summer the staff committed to creating a plan to address the gap.  Our plan included creating RTI classes for those 9th and 10th graders who need assistance in Reading and Math, weekly summit classes that allow students to talk with their teachers about their grades and any areas they are struggling with, parent meetings for those parents who student(s) are in the bottom 30%, early identification for teachers to support these students in their individual classes, and a book study of the book entitled Focus. all students with a quality education.  All of these interventions, as well as a recommitment to our relationships with our students, turned the trend around.  We are proud to announce that we are no longer a focus school, and increased our top to bottom ranking by 24%.

All students have access to Hamilton’s core curriculum. Support is provided, as needed, through a variety of supportive services including special education, Title I (in Title I schools), after school tutoring, summer school and individually planned accommodations.

Information about the core curriculum is available in each school office and on the district website: www.hamiltonschools.us

During the 2013-2014 school year, the high school fully implemented the common core in English and Math.  Social studies, business and the arts focused on implementing common core literacy standards into their curriculum.  Science classes had an increased focus on extending the students learning and increasing inquiry within the science classroom.  

Status of the 3-5 Year School Improvement Plan: Hamilton High School’s school improvement process is coordinated with the district process; goals for improvement reflect the needs of the students in our building and support the Hamilton Community Schools’ District School Improvement Plan. The staff and parent representatives study student data, establish goals and monitor progress. Goals for improvement in 2013/14 include:

·    Increased student achievement and engagement in all classes through continued use of balanced assessment strategies to provide clear targets and feedback.

·    Increased achievement as measured by the ACT College Readiness Benchmark scores.

·    Reduction of student course failures through early identification and interventions for struggling students.

Parent-Teacher Conference Attendance

Attending parent/teacher conferences is one of many ways parents continually support and enhance the learning of Hamilton High School students. The following table shows a comparison of students represented at Parent Teacher Conferences for the last two school years. Additionally, parents and students both access the PowerSchool online system for current information about assignments and student achievement.

 

Parent-Teacher Conference Attendance

Attending parent/teacher conferences is one of many ways parents continually support and enhance the learning of Hamilton High School students. The following table shows a comparison of students represented at Parent Teacher Conferences for the last two school years. Additionally, parents and students both access the PowerSchool online system for current information about assignments and student achievement.

Year

# Attending

% Attending

Tri 1

Tri 2

Tri 3

Tri 1

Tri 2

Tri 3

2013-2014

539

370

290

66.0%

46.6%

36.9%

Year

# Attending

% Attending

Tri 1

Tri 2

Tri 3

Tri 1

Tri 2

Tri 3

2012-2013

488

340

261

59.2%

42.7%

32.2%

 Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate/College Equivalent Courses

School Year

# of Courses

Course Title(s)

Brief Description

2012-13

 

 

4

AP English Literature and Composition

The AP course in English Literature and Composition engages students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature. Students study intensively (reading and writing about) several representative works of literature from various genres and time periods. This class demands the work of a college-level course and will culminate in students taking the AP exam in May.

1

Spanish 4

This course will finish the study of major grammatical structure with review of all the grammar introduced in the first three years of study. Students write, speak, and understand Spanish on unlimited topics and from a variety of sources. Students practice test-taking techniques for the advanced placement test. Spanish is the only language spoken in class.

2

AP Calculus

This course is intended for students who have a thorough knowledge of college preparatory mathematics. It introduces Calculus with elementary functions. This class goes much more in-depth than general Calculus. 

1

AP Chemistry

This course is designed to give students a solid first-year college chemistry experience, both conceptually and in the laboratory. Students must have successfully completed Chemistry to enroll in this class. Students will be prepared to take the AP Chemistry exam in the spring.

1

AP Physics

AP Physics is a calculus-based course principally taught to students who plan to major in physics, computer science, mathematics, or any type of engineering, but it also applies to anyone needing to fulfill a physics requirement in college. It is taught as a second-year course covering mechanics in the first term and electricity and magnetism in the second term. The AP Physics C Exam is actually two separate exams, with one covering only mechanics and the other covering electricity and magnetism. The two exam scores are reported separately, and the student can earn credit for one or both.

2

AP U.S. History

AP U.S. History is a challenging course that is meant to be the equivalent of a freshman college course and can earn students college credit. It is a full year survey of American history from the age of exploration and discovery to the present. Solid reading and writing skills, along with a willingness to devote considerable time to homework and study, are necessary to succeed. Emphasis is placed on critical and evaluative thinking skills, essay writing, interpretation of original documents, and historiography.

 

1

AP U.S. Government and Politics

This course will give the student an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States. The course will examine the constitutional underpinnings of our government, political beliefs and behaviors, political parties and interest groups, institutions and policy processes of the national government, civil rights, and civil liberties. The course requires extensive readings in college level texts and interpretative materials.

 

2

AP Online Courses

AP on-line courses are web-based complete curriculum courses that include interactive tutorials, assignments, activities, exams, quizzes, and grading, with an experienced AP distance teacher. Through these on-line courses, students can work at school and at home with unlimited flexibility. Each course provides a wealth of on-line resources and more than 150 hours of challenging coursework per semester that is designed to meet the College Board course requirements and prepare students for the AP exam. 

Enrollment/Passing Rate

Hamilton High School provided students with the opportunity to take college level equivalent courses. 

College Equivalent Courses by Grade Level

# of Enrolled Students

2013-14

% of Enrolled Students

2013-14

Passing Rate %

2013-14

 9th Grade

0

0%

0%

10th Grade

0

0%

0%

11thGrade

15

7.5%

100%

12th Grade

88

48.8%

100%

College Credit/Dual Enrollment

Hamilton High School provides serious college-bound high school students with the opportunity to enroll part-time at a degree granting accredited college or university. 11th and 12th graders who have exhausted Hamilton High School's curricular offerings in a particular field of study, and who have taken all areas on the MME and have passed the area, in which they would like to enroll, are eligible to apply. 

 

2013-14

# Students

% of Students

Students Receiving College Credit through Dual Enrollment

14

1.8%

Students Who Enrolled in College Courses and Took Exam

14

1.8%

Students Who Achieved a Score to Receive College Credit

14

1.8%

 Hamilton High School students continue to demonstrate strong academic achievement, which is guided by our dedicated teachers, support staff, and parents. Thank you for all you do to continue to support the achievement of our students!

Sincerely,

Doug Braschler, Hamilton High School Principal

Mat Rehkopf, Hamilton High School Co-Principal