Hamilton students meet requirements to enter 2005 National Merit Scholarship Program

Hamilton High School juniors Erik Burger and Flora Zeng learned recently that they met requirements to enter the 2005 National Merit Scholarship Program. They were among 50,000 students nationwide whose score on the PSAT/NMSQT was 201 or above. Because these highperforming students have shown outstanding academic potential, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation will invite them to be referred to colleges and universities of interest to them.

Of the 50,000 student who are offered the referral service, about 16,000 will be named National Merit Program semifinalists who will have the opportunity to continue in the competition for about 8,000 Merit Scholarship awards offered in 2005. Students will learn of their standing as semifinalists in September.

The National Merit Scholarship Program honors students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

April 19, 2004

2004-05 budget presented

Cautioning School Board members that future budgets will involve major district realignments and painful staffing decisions, Hamilton Business Services Director Bryan Ruud presented the 2004-05 budget that included a reduction of $450,000 in expenses to come in under state-mandated revenue caps. Ruud said the district has been reducing expenses every year for the past decade to meet revenue-cap legislation.

“There is no place where money is sitting to be had,” Ruud said. “This will make for painful decisions in the future.”

Ruud presented a $38.4 million budget which is up 4.38 percent over the existing budget. While the district expects an additional 56 students next year, it reduced Special Education staffing, cut district office budgets by 3 percent, reduced maintenance and realigned elementary specialists to bring in the budget under the allowed revenue limits. Schools were asked to come in with minimal increases. The budget maintained 3 contingency positions for high enrollment classes and one contingency Special Education teacher.

The budget was built assuming current law would remain in place allowing for per pupil increases in the state funding formula. A Legislative proposal known as the Taxpayer Bill of Rights would require the district to cut an additional $450,000 to $480,000 if it were passed, Ruud said.

Despite the overall budget increasing by 4.38 percent, the local tax levy is expected to increase by 5.25 percent because a smaller percentage of revenues will come from state aid. Still, Ruud projected that the mill rate would increase only 2 cents for a total of $11.42 per $1,000 of equalized property value. This is because property value within the district continues to grow. The district conservatively estimated that property value will increase by 5 percent — topping $2 trillion next year.

The School Board will approve a final budget May 17 to present to citizens at the June 21 Annual Meeting.

Student, teacher recognized for Kohl awards

Hamilton High School senior Abbey Paton and Templeton Middle School social studies teacher Alan Schneider were recognized for winning statewide awards from the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation.

Paton was chosen a recipient of the 2004 Kohl Excellence Scholarship Program, which recognizes student leadership, citizenship, school-community involvement and academic achievement. Hamilton Principal David Furrer noted that Paton was involved in dance, including teaching it to young children, and was president of the National Honor Society

Schneider was among 100 Wisconsin teachers chosen for the 2004 Kohl Teacher Fellowship Program, which recognizes educators who have a superior ability to motivate people, inspire a love of learning and provide leadership and service within and outside the classroom. Templeton Principal Patricia Polczynski said Schneider motivates students through his passion for history and teaching. School Board member Deborah Briggs agreed with the characterization and thanked Schneider for instilling a love of history and social studies in her own child.

Textbooks approved

School Board members approved four new math and science textbooks. The books align with course curriculum, have appropriate readability for the grade level, contain accurate and unbiased content, have accompanying instructional materials that meet various student needs and represent religious, ethnic and cultural groups in a fair manner.

Newly elected board members sworn in

Gabe Kolesari and Gerald Schmitz, who were re-elected in the April 6 School Board election, were certified as board members by School Board Clerk Dawn Van Aacken.

Personnel matter approved

In personnel matters, the School Board:

  • accepted the resignation of Woodside Elementary School music teacher Beth Kauffeld, Maple Avenue first grade teacher Nicole Farrar and Templeton Middle School eighth grade science teacher Carey Celske; and
  • approved partial lay-offs for Hamilton High School art teacher Ellen Acuff who will go from 1.0 to .33 full-time equivalancy position (FTE), and Maple Avenue physical education teacher Jennifer Reuter who will go from .6 to .5 FTE. The lay-offs are the result of a schedule reconfiguration for elementary specialists who will have more student contact time. Two other specialists had been on the lay-off list, but one was offered a full-time classroom teaching position to fill an opening and the other resigned from the district.

Hamilton announces March students of the month

Hamilton High School students representing 11 curriculum areas were selected March students of the month. They are:

  • Michael Alfano, science
  • Stephanie Barch, business education;
  • Patrick Blend, art;
  • Paul Gibelev, world languages;
  • Tim Louderback, music;
  • Thomas Modl, technology education;
  • Xa Moua, family & consumer education;
  • Samantha Neary and Holly Simmons, social studies;
  • Cory Peterson, communication arts;
  • Angela Starz, physical education; and
  • Rachel Ziegler, mathematics.

Maple Avenue students invite guests to see writing

Maple Avenue Elementary School fifth-graders have invited their Seniors & Students Pen Pals and members of the Hamilton Education Foundation to their school to share stories they have written throughout the school year.

The special gathering will be from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. May 28 in the Large Group Area and in fifth grade classrooms at Maple Avenue Elementary School, W240 N6059 Maple Ave., Sussex.

Throughout the year, students have corresponded with senior citizen pen pals through the Seniors and Students Pen Pal Program, a partnership between the Hamilton School District and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Waukesha County. In addition, the Hamilton Education Foundation provided Maple Avenue with a Horizons Grant called “Developing Young Authors through Motivation and Goal Setting” that allowed them to publish a book of personal stories. The book contains stories from the start of the school year to the end that shows their improved growth in ideas and content, word choice, fluency, voice, organization, conventions and presentation.

The fifth-graders will show guests their books and the different types of stories they have written while enjoying an afternoon snack.

Templeton young entrepreneurs present at conference

Meet three Templeton Middle School students who understand the world of business – Amanda Sonnemann, Sarah Tomke and Kirsten Wiesneski. These eighth-graders presented their awardwinning business plan and oral review of their company, Silver Shack, at the seventh annual Young Entrepreneur Conference and Business Competition March 25 and 26 at the Milwaukee Sheraton.

The students were among more than 600 people from throughout the U.S. who attended the conference. They presented their school-based business that was developed in their family and consumer education class, under the direction of teacher Fran Birschbach.

Silver Shack Company started with a connection to a jewelry broker who wanted to lower his silver jewelry inventory. The students started by setting up departments, formulating individual bar codes for inventory, cleaning and polishing the jewelry, setting up displays and advertising their product. After a lot of hard work, their company was quite profitable.

All students in Birschbach’s family and consumer education classes have been studying small business set-ups and management skills. Students run their own companies using many business skills when producing and providing a service for their clients. Their company continually promotes their services, uses marking techniques, publishes financial reports and, most importantly, reflects on their future.

Birschbach teaches the progressive small business program — integrating academic skills into the work world.

“The event is a wonderful learning experience for eighth grade students who share the information with their fellow classmates,” Birschbach said.

Marcy hosts Family Fitness Night for scholarships

Marcy Elementary School invites community members to enjoy a family evening of fitness May 19 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. while contributing to the education of former Marcy students who graduate from Hamilton High School.

A walking route and fun fitness stations will be set up around the school field and building for participants who pay an entrance fee to enjoy a fun-filled walk with family and friends. The entrance fee is $5 per person with a maximum of $25 per family. All proceeds will go to the Marcy Scholarship Fund that supports the future education of two or more Hamilton High School graduating seniors who are former Marcy students.

Concerned about dinner? The school encourages people to stop by McDonalds Restaurant on Silver Spring Road between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. to support the Marcy Parent-Teacher Association McDonalds Night fundraiser the same evening.

Marcy Elementary School is located at W180 N4851 Marcy Rd., Menomonee Falls.

Lannon class reaches 100,000-minute reading goal

They set their sights high, and the third-graders in Tracy Eccles’ class met their goal by reading 100,000 minutes this year. By mid-March the class had achieved what they dreamed about doing at the beginning of the school year when they challenged themselves to read more at-home minutes than any of Eccles’ classes before them.

Students saw that last year’s class had read 98,000 minutes and they decided that 100,000 minutes was an attainable goal to read collectively. The class met and discussed how to meet the goal. They knew they had to read 12,000 minutes each month as a class, which broke down to about 33 minutes for each student every school night. Students surpassed their own projections – reading between 14,707 and 18,233 minutes each month.

Eccles, who has been teaching Lannon elementary students for seven years, expects that each of her students will read at least 15 minutes each night. She is proud of the challenging goal the students set for themselves.

“Because of this goal, most children are reading between 20 to 60 minutes each school night and their reading skills have improved significantly,” Eccles said.

“Students’ love of reading has increased,” she said. “They talk about books and now exchange book titles and give book suggestions to one another.”

Lannon Elementary School is located at 7145 N. Lannon Rd. in Lannon.

Maple Avenue seeks intergenerational choir members

Senior citizens and other adults are encouraged to join Maple Avenue Elementary School fourthand fifth-graders as they form the third annual Maple Avenue Connection. The intergenerational choir first formed two years ago when Retired and Senior Volunteer Program volunteers, Maple Avenue grandparents and parents, and other citizens sang with students at their spring concert.

Four rehearsals are scheduled this year to prepare the group for its performance at the Maple Avenue Spring Concert beginning at 7 p.m. on May 13. The rehearsals will be in the school music room from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on May 3 and 10, and in the gymnasium from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on May 12 and from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on May 13. Refreshments will be served after each rehearsal.

The school’s spring concert, “Feelin’ Good,” will celebrate the importance of humor and laughter in our lives. It will be filled with wonderful music that has been cleverly written to bring a smile to the faces of all who hear it. Adults will sing the concert finale with students.

People interested in joining the choir and able to attend the four rehearsals and the concert performance should contact Maple Avenue music teacher Terry L. Fojtik by April 30. Fojtik can be reached at (262) 246-4220.

Maple Avenue Elementary School is located at W240 N6059 Maple Ave., Sussex.

Maple Avenue hosts “Muffins for Mom”

Maple Avenue Elementary School will host “Muffins for Moms,” an event that allows students to spend time with their mothers or other special female guests in a festive, school environment. The event will begin at 8 a.m. on April 30 in the school gymnasium.

People planning on attending must RSVP to the school at (262) 246-4220 so that appropriate arrangements can be made for a fun, successful event. More than 500 people are expected to attend.

The school is located at W240 N6059 Maple Ave., Sussex.

Templeton students have good showing at music festival

Templeton Middle School recognized students for their achievement in the March 27 Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) District Solo and Ensemble Festival at Mukwonago High School.

Students entered as individual soloists or part of an ensemble. Each entry was judged with regard to tone quality, intonation development, balance and blend, performance skills, articulation and diction proficiency, and musical interpretation.

Alexandra Koelbl received an excellent rating and qualified for the state music festival with a Class A flute solo.

Receiving “excellent” ratings were:

Class A

  • clarinet solo – Lindsey Burleson and Ellen Kudronowicz;

Class B

  • trumpet solo – Leslie Crane, Alexander Klett and Benjamin Helm;
  • euphonium solo – Kirsten Wiesneski;
  • flute solo – Chelsea Gustafson, Stephanie Maletz and Kaitlyn Jacobi;
  • clarinet solo – Alex Schwartz and Elizabeth Meinert;
  • alto sax solo – Joshua Gratz, Emily Rindfleisch, Nicholas Talerico, Chris Sendelbach, Shane Kelly-Eversum and Michael Jacklin;
  • tenor sax solo – Valerie Becker;
  • piano solo – Ellen Kudronowicz and Angela Zeng;
  • trumpet duet – Eric Swierczek and William Noelck;
  • trumpet quartet – Benjamin Helm, Alexander Klett, Leslie Crane and Stacey Henk;
  • flute/clarinet duet – Chelsea Gustafson and Lindsey Burleson;
  • flute trio – Lydia Hickey, Emily Sheeks and Stephanie Wright;
  • clarinet trio – Lindsey Burleson, Angela Zeng and Elizabeth Meinert;
  • sax quartet – Emily Rindfleisch, Evan Flink, Valerie Becker and Andrew Doucette;
  • clarinet choir – Lindsey Burleson, Angela Zeng, Elizabeth Meinert, Sarah Warzon, Shelly Lasica, John Liedtke, Alex Schwartz and Stephanie Babits;
  • alto voice solo – Sarah Wilkerson, Amanda Rockwell, Nichole Ebert, Stephanie Klees,
    Amber Turriff, Patricia Horvath, Aja Zarling and Elizabeth Peters;
  • voice duet – Elizabeth Peters and Danica Wasser;

Class C

  • trumpet solo – Mark Slinde, Alexander Stuth and Christopher Jacklin;
  • ephonium solo – Ryan Zahn;
  • flute solo – Arianne Foster, Alana Strait and Kristin Souvigny;
  • clarinet solo – Kimberly Jobke, Olukemi Ajibola, Bethany Buchholz, Shannon Duenow, Lisa Becker and Erica Becker;
  • bass clarinet solo – Alex Schwartz;
  • oboe solo – Andrea Salus;
    • alto sax solo – Doug Roska, Darcie Adams, Michael Nguyen, Marvin Saccucci, Kelson Zarling and Ryan Schmidt;
  • snare drum solo – Jacob Ahlmann and Jose Cornejo;
  • drum set solo – Nicholas Rashid and Jordan Knight;
  • trumpet duet – Alexander Stuth and Marc Lundquist;
  • trumpet trio – Stephen Wright, Kyle Gustafson and Christopher Jacklin;
  • flute duet – Nicole Sleva, Keri Sterle, Arianne Foster, Rebecca Durica, Allison Michalek and Erin Monroe;
  • clarinet duet – Betty Liang, Stephanie Englert, Shannon Duenow and Ashley Mueller;
  • alto sax duet – Erin Rither, Michael Nguyen, Jennifer Dardich and Darcie Adams;
  • flute-clarinet duet – Chelsea Spangenberg and Alyssa Reetz;
  • clarinet trio – Erin Welcenbach, Molly Storm, Kathryn Willkomm, Alyssa Olroyd, Kimberly Mews and Jenna Walther;
  • clarinet quartet – Betty Liang, Stephanie Englert, Rachel Saeger and Kimberly Jobke;
  • flute-clarinet trio – Kimberly Hassert, Stephanie Maletz and Lindsey Burleson;
  • flute choir – Kaitlyn Jacobi, Alexandra Koelbl, Alana Strait, Shantelle Kind, Kristin Souvigny, Allison Michalek, Erin Monroe, Rebecca Durica and Arianne Foster;
  • snare drum solo – Alex Minue;
  • tenor voice solo – Kyle Florence, Colin Henschen, Michael Guzman and Ryan Strzalko;
  • double voice duet – Ryan Strzalko, Colin Henschen, Joline Reyes and Nicole Mikolajczak; and
  • double voice trio – Aja Zarling, Melissa Brook, Jessica Bley, Jessica Thao, Amber Turriff and Nicole Mikolajczak.

Receiving “very good” ratings were:

Class B

  • flute solo – Lydia Hickey, Samantha Barbian, Brittney Ellis and Jennifer Potratz;
  • clarinet solo – Ashley Mueller;
  • alto sax solo – Evan Flink and Jacob Konkol;
  • trombone duet – Daniel Fourness and David Kuehn;
  • flute duet – Kaitlyn Jacobi and Alexandra Koelbl;
  • alto sax duet – Shane Kelly-Eversum, Michael Jacklin, Matthew Minue, Jacob Konkol, Chris MacLeod and Andrew Doucette;
  • flute-clarinet duet – Stephanie Maletz and Elizabeth Meinert;
  • flute quartet – Lydia Hickey, Chelsea Gustafson, Kim Hassert and Kristi Kimball;
  • snare drum solo – Erik Vowels, Mitchell Beaudry and Emily Schultz;
  • alto voice solo – Joline Reyes, Keri Schroeder, Anisha Kuhl and Danica Wasser;

Class C

  • flute solo – Shantelle Kind;
  • bass clarinet solo – Jennifer Persch;
  • snare drum solo – Kylee Zarzynski, Stephanie Rossman, Kayla Johnson and Zachary Dumke;
  • drum duet – Stephanie Rossman and Kayla Johnson;
  • trumpet duet – Tyler Lance and Eric Larson;
  • trumpet trio – Kevin Schweiss, Mark Slinde and Scott Gartmann;
  • flute duet – Rachel Caplan and Amanda Holzem;
  • alto sax-trombone duet – Marvin Saccucci and Emmanuel Eliades;
  • snare drum duet – Alex Minue and Tyler Dahl;
  • alto sax trio – Thomas Kwiatkowski, Bryan Bronikowski and Cody Ellis; and
  • jazz ensemble – Evan Flink, Nicholas Talerico, Darcie Adams, Jennifer Dardich, Ryan Schmidt, Kelson Zarling, Matthew Minue, Shane Kelly-Eversum, Valerie Becker, Joshua Gratz, David Kuehn, Kirsten Wiesneski, Ian Read, Ryan Zahn, Leslie Crane, Alexander Klett, Alexander Stuth, Stacey Henk, Matthew Jacewicz, Daniel Fourness, Andy Doucette, Aaron Vergiels, Erik Vowels, Nicholas Rashid, Jordan Knight, Tyler Lance, Ellen Kudronowicz, Jordan Rademacher, Kevin Schweiss and Scott Gartmann.

Receiving “good” ratings were:

Class B

  • flute duet – Amanda Simon and Amy Schmidt;

Class C

  • alto sax solo – Jacob Fricke;
  • trumpet solo – Blake Welytok;
  • drum set solo – Aaron Vergiels; and
  • flute-clarinet duet – Kristin Souvigny, Olukemi Ajibola, Rebecca Durica and Danielle Emmer.

Receiving “critique only” ratings were:

Class C

  • piano solo – Lauren Little;
  • euphonium solo – Lauren Little;
  • bassoon solo – Christopher Kern;
  • baritone horn trio – Ian Read, Andrew Taavola and Ryan Zahn; and
  • voice trio – Elizabeth Peters, Danica Wasser and Katelyn Kaupp.