Hamilton students participate in Hoops For Heart

Hamilton High School students will take shots at the nation’s No. 1 killers – heart disease and stroke — April 8 from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. as they participate in Hoops for Heart.

Approximately 250 Hamilton students will display their basketball skills and support cardiovascular research as they participate in a fundraiser sponsored by the American Heart Association and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

Participating in Hamilton’s third annual Hoops For Heart event, students will not only learn about the importance of exercise for maintaining good health, but also fund potentially lifesaving research into heart and blood vessel diseases and educational programs.

Jerry Cilbulka, Hamilton High School physical education teacher and Hoops for Heart coordinator, said the experience benefits students by involving them in community service and volunteerism.

“It shows kids that volunteering can be fun as well as beneficial to the community,” Cibulka said.

Youngsters who participate in Hoops For Heart obtain flat donations for their involvement in the event. In addition, they can win prizes based on how much money they raise on Hot Shot Blitz.

Community members interested in supporting the students’ efforts can contact Cibulka at (262) 246-6471 ext. 1117 or call the American Heart Association at 1-800-AHA-USA1.

Willow Springs students to celebrate Literacy Day

Willow Springs Learning Center students in the 4-year-old kindergarten program will celebrate Literacy Day the morning and evening of April 1.

Ronald McDonald will educate and entertain students at 10 a.m. with “It’s Book Time with Ronald McDonald.” The students will present him with the pull-tabs they have been collecting to benefit the Ronald McDonald House.

A Bedtime Story for students and Literacy Night for parents will be held in the evening. The school will kick off a book donation drive that evening. Families with used children’s books may bring them to school. They will be donated to several area agencies.

Willow Springs is located at W220 N6660 Town Line Rd., Menomonee Falls.

Vaccines required before next fall

All students in prekindergarten through 12th grade are required to have the Hepatitis B vaccination before the start of the 2004-05 school year.

In addition, the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services requires the chicken pox vaccine for incoming prekindergarten, kindergarten and first grade students.

These are in addition to the typical vaccinations required for entrance in preschool programs and schools. Parents who have questions regarding required vaccinations should contact their physician or the Waukesha County Health Department at (262) 896-8430.

WI FIRST teams dominate Midwest and St. Louis Regionals

Robotics teams from WI have done well in regional competition and will move on to the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) championship event in Atlanta, GA April 15-18.

FIRST Robotics is the worlds largest high school robotics competition , and now has over 800 teams in the US, Canada and South America. There are 26 regional competitions which help determine which teams compete in the championship event.

Some of the teams participating from WI in regional competition to date are Appleton Area School District, Sussex Hamilton, Hartford Union, Mukwonago, Oconomowoc and Washington Milwaukee high schools.

Teams receiving awards during competition include:

  • Team 93- Appleton Area School District – Woodie Flowers Award, St. Louis Regional
  • Team 269 – Oconomowoc High School – Regional Winner, Midwest Regional
  • Team 537 – Sussex Hamilton High School – Regional Winners and Auto Desk Award for
    Visualization, St. Louis Regional; Woodie Flowers Award and Judges Award, Midwest
  • Team 930 – Mukwonago High School – Regional Winner, Midwest Regional

FIRST Robotics partners professionals and young people to solve an engineering design problem through intense competition. The program was established by inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen to encourage students to explore careers in science and technology. Each year teams of high school students work closely with engineers, programmers, machinists and other professionals to meet the challenge of a new game put out by FIRST.

The robots are built from a specific “Kit of Parts” and a detailed set of suppliers. To ensure that teams are on equal footing, all teams simultaneously receive the rules at the start of the competition season and have the same deadline to ship their robots for competition.

Hamilton Student Council sponsors Food Drive

Hamilton High School Student Council will sponsor a Food Drive April 1-8 with lively competition to encourage greater giving. Competition between classes and faculty is planned with specific food items requested. Freshman are to bring flavored rice packages; sophomores will bring baked beans; juniors have tomato products; seniors are responsible for soup; and faculty have boxed dinners.

Students and faculty will deposit their contributions in boxes set up in advisements. The Food Drive will benefit the Sussex Food Pantry.

Hamilton teacher wins Woodie Flowers Award in Evanston

John Budish, Hamilton High School science teacher and Robotics Team advisor, was awarded the prestigious Woodie Flowers Award March 26 in Evanston. The award is presented to an inspiring adult leader who communicates the art and science of engineering and design as part of the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics Program.

Budish received the award at the closing ceremony of the Midwest Robotics Regional Competition in Evanston. The award was created by a FIRST founder in honor of Professor Woodie Flowers.

Each team may nominate one candidate for the honor by submitting an essay that answers the question: “How did the candidate inspire your team?” By winning the regional Woodie Flowers Award, Budish is eligible to compete for the national award presented in Atlanta in April.

The Hamilton Charger Robotics team also earned one of two Judges’ Awards for effectively spreading the word about the FIRST program throughout the community and developing a student-based team.

FIRST Robotics partners professionals and young people to solve an engineering design problem through intense competition. The program was established by inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen to encourage students to explore careers in science and technology. Each year teams of high school students work closely with engineers, programmers, machinists and other professionals to meet the challenge of a new game put out by FIRST. Hamilton’s team receives funding and engineering support from GE Healthcare, Rockwell Automation, Pentair Water and other donors.

People interesting in learning more about the Robotics Program or supporting the Hamilton Chargers team may contact Budish by calling Hamilton High School at (262) 246-6471 voicemail 1467 or e-mailing him at fyrehawk@hotmail.com.

Hamilton Chess Team has strong finish to season

Hamilton High School Chess Team members finished off their season with impressive results at the Scenic Moraine Chess Association Conference Tournament and State Chess Championships.

In competition with nine teams, the varsity team tied for first place with Brookfield Academy at the conference tournament. Varsity team member Robert Pothier was the tournament champion. The team took second place with six wins and two losses in overall conference play for the season.

The junior varsity team took third place at the conference event. With five wins and three losses in conference events, the team took third place for the season.

At the State Championships in Oskkosh, the junior varsity team placed third among 20 teams. Medal winners were John Kirner who had five wins and one loss, and David Nimmer with four wins and two losses. Other junior varsity team members were Matthew Dlobik and Gary Peterson.

Varsity players who earned medallions at the State Championships were John Franco and Michael Deau, who each had three wins and two losses. Other members of the varsity team were Lisa Regall and Michael Xiong.

The Hamilton All-School Chess Tournament to determine the school champion is underway. The tournament includes 24 students and four staff members and will conclude in May.

Hamilton High School is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex.

Voters approve items at Special Annual Meeting

Hamilton School District residents unanimously approved two measures March 23 affecting district financing and property. Some 15 district residents attended the Special Annual Meeting to take up matters of refinancing the district’s Wisconsin Retirement System unfunded pension liability and granting an easement on Maple Avenue Elementary School property.

Like other school districts and municipalities, Hamilton was assessed the unfunded retirement liability in 1982 when three retirement systems merged. In January, the School Board approved paying off the $4.2 million debt to the state with an interim short-term loan, intending to refinance it into a 20-year loan. Voter approval was required at a Special Annual Meeting to authorize refinancing of the debt through the State Trust Fund. Ultimately, school officials hope to save $8.9 million over 20 years by reducing the interest rate on the debt from 8 percent that it was paying the state to a more competitive rate. Initial estimates that district officials received indicated the district would be able to refinance it at a rate of 5.25 percent or better.

In the easement matter, the district sought approval to allow the Village of Sussex to provide permanent, temporary and tree-lined easements to allow municipal storm sewer improvements. Approval at a Special Annual Meeting is required to grant an easement.

Hamilton slates session on postsecondary planning

Helping parents and students understand educational options after high school is the goal of a free session offered April 27 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Hamilton High School in Sussex. Admissions officials from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Cardinal Stritch University and Waukesha County Technical College will present valuable information on how to successfully navigate through the educational planning process.

Families with students in grades 8-11 are especially encouraged to attend to learn about labor trends, employer expectations, organizing a college search, applying to a college, considerations when looking into a college, admission counselors’ perspectives on applications, and necessary academic, personal and social skills for college survival.

Hamilton High School is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex.