Hamilton presents “The Cinderella Complex”

For their first drama performance in the new Hamilton Fine Arts Center, Hamilton High School students will present “The Cinderella Complex.” Showtime is at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 4, 5 and 6. Ticket prices are $5 for students and senior citizens and $8 for adults.

The Cinderella in this comedy is a compulsive martyr who’d love to have the whole world weep and say “Poor Cinderella” as she spoils life for her family. Her stepmother buys her a Paris gown for the ball, her stepsisters line her up an intriguing date, but Cinderella prefers to suffer. A wise, witty performance, this show is a fun-filled evening for all ages.

For tickets, call (262) 246-6471 ext. 1152 and leave name, telephone number and number of tickets needed. The drama department will verify ticket orders with a return call. Tickets may be picked up at the window the night of the show and held 20 minutes before curtain.

The Hamilton Fine Arts Center is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Rd. Sussex. Voters approved the $6.75 million Hamilton Fine Arts Center addition in a November, 2002 referendum. The new auditorium is three times the size of the high school’s Little Theater that has served the school since its original construction in 1962. The 35,000-square-foot addition includes new music rooms, a full-fly stage, orchestra pit for live musical accompaniment, ticket booth, dressing rooms, restrooms and costume-prop storage. In addition, parking was extended and a new exterior canopy was built.

Lannon student winner in WASB book contest

Templeton Middle School student Ellen Ames was honored Oct. 26 at the Wisconsin Association of School Boards regional meeting for earning honors in a book-writing contest.

Ames, who was a fifth-grader at Lannon Elementary School last year, was one of more than 250 students in four age divisions who submitted an original entry for the Write and Illustrate Your Own Book Contest. Her book, “My Aunt,” earned third place in the statewide contest in the grade 3-5 division.

Now in its 11th year, the contest is open to all students from kindergarten through 12th grade. Students write an original story, draw the illustrations and bind the book into a finished product. Members of the Wolf River Reading Council judged this year’s contest.

As a winner, Ames received a cash prize, a certificate of commendation and recognition during the WASB Region 15 dinner meeting held at the Country Inn in Waukesha. Her book will be on display at WASB fall regional meeting throughout the state.

Woodside students earn honors in PP&K event

Several Woodside Elementary School students earned local honors in the National Football League’s (NFL) Pepsi Punt, Pass and Kick Competition this fall. They include:

  • Cassidy Schliz, first place in the girls age 8-9 category;
  • Alise Brown, first place girls 10-11;
  • Jacob Knueppel, first place boys 8-9;
  • Mackenzie Rink, first place boys 10-11;
  • Lauren Lehman, second place girls 8-9;
  • Stephanie Gouin, second place girls 10-11;
  • Sam Eckert, second place boys 8-9;
  • Stephen Sexton, second place boys 10-11;
  • Taylor Wirsbinski, third place girls 8-9;
  • Jessica Rupnow, third place girls 10-11;
  • Avery Jones, third place boys 8-9;
  • Cody King, third place boys 10-11;

Every year more than 3.5 million youngsters compete nationwide in the Punt Pass & Kick program to showcase their talents in punting, passing and kicking with scores based on distance and accuracy. Boys and girls compete in local, sectional, team and national finals. Each NFL city hosts a Team Championship in its stadium before the game or at halftime to determine those eligible for National Finals at an NFL playoff game in January.

4-year-old kindergartners participate in Harvest Fest

Students in the Hamilton School District’s 4-year-old Kindergarten Program will celebrate the season and have hands-on experiences with nature Oct. 22 as they participate in Harvest Fest.

School staff members and parents are working together to plan this event that will culminate the students’ study of the changing seasons. The event is sponsored by Willow Spring Learning Center and the Willow Spring 4K Parent Group. Many local businesses and families provided generous donations to make the event successful.

The students will experience fall at stations including:

  • hay riding;
  • gourd, pine cone and acorn collecting;
  • corn bowling;
  • creating a harvest vest to wear in the all-school parade;
  • learning about animals in fall; and
  • enjoying an apple sundae.

The activities will begin at 9 a.m. for the morning kindergarten group and at 1 p.m. for the afternoon session.

The school will have Harvest Parades Oct. 27 at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.. Students will parade through the school to special fall music wearing their harvest vests and making stops at special areas to collect treats.

The 4-year-old Kindergarten Program is housed at Willow Springs Learning Center, W220 N6660 Town Line Road, Menomonee Falls.

Willow Springs sponsors Nov. 10 shopping extravaganza

The Willow Springs Parent Group is pleased to present its fifth annual “Shop ‘Til You Drop” night. Community members will have the opportunity to shop from more than 30 vendors Nov. 10 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Willow Springs Learning Center gym. In addition, a raffle with many wonderful items, including a $250 scrapbooking weekend getaway, will be held at the end of the evening. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. Refreshments also will be available.

The following consultants, representatives and businesses will have products available for sale: Mary Kay, Creative Memories, Book Beads, Tupperware, The Pampered Chef, Avon, Longaberger, Stampin’ Up, Tastefully Simple, Home Interiors, Cake ‘n Crumbs, PartyLite, Silpada Designs, Hair Bows, Bellezza by Tracy, DoReMe and You, Usborne Books, A Helping Hand, Bellus Vita Sassy Stationery, The Body Shop at Home, Fabulous Fleece, Home and Garden, International 3rd World, L & L Bead Works, Southern Living at Home, At Home America, Jewelry by Rupa, Weekenders and Discovery Toys.

The Willow Springs Parent Group will receive a portion of the proceeds to help fund various 4-year-old kindergarten program activities. The school encourages community members to join in for an evening of shopping fun while benefiting children’s kindergarten experiences.

Willow Springs is located at W220 N6660 Town Line Rd., Menomonee Falls. If you have questions, please contact Diane Villanueva at (262) 820-9645.

Hamilton announces September students of the month

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

  • Amanda Franzen, music;
  • Amanda Frith, family & consumer education;
  • Alicia Johanning, communication arts;
  • Heather Jondle and Sonya Ruminski, social studies;
  • Joseph Jurasovich, mathematics;
  • David Kuehn, physical education;
  • Amy Olson, technology education;
  • Max Pascale, art;
  • Kelly Schweiss, science;
  • Allison Umhoefer, world languages; and
  • Dana Williams, business education.

Walkers invited to Hamilton High School

Residents wanting to walk in an indoor facility are welcome to use Hamilton High School halls from Oct. 18 to March 24. The halls are open for use from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

To ensure safety and enjoyment among those who use the halls to exercise, the following rules have been established. Walkers are asked to:

  • refrain from using walkmans or headsets;
  • walk, not jog;
  • travel in a counter-clockwise direction so that all are going one way; and
  • avoid entering the area south of the gates when activities are occurring in the Little Theater or gymnasium.

In addition to the evening hours, senior citizens are invited to walk during the school day. Walking is open to senior citizens from 7:20 a.m. to 8:50 a.m., 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 12:55 p.m. to 2:25 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The schedule for Tuesdays and Thursdays is 7:20 a.m. to 8:35 a.m., 9:50 a.m. to 11:05 a.m. and 1:10 p.m. to 2:25 p.m.

Anyone with questions or suggestions related to community use of the halls should contact Hamilton Principal David Furrer at 262-246-6471 ext. 1104.

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

Questions answered at financial aid session

People who have questions about postsecondary financial aid are encouraged to attend the annual financial aid information session Dec. 9 hosted by the Hamilton High School Guidance Department. The workshop, which begins at 7 p.m., will be held in the Little Theater. Many aspects of financial aid — including application procedures, forms, eligibility, aid packages and deadlines — will be covered.

Carroll College Financial Aid Director Dawn Thomas will be the guest speaker. For more information, contact the high school Guidance Department at (262) 246-6471, ext. 1134.

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

October 18, 2004

Fine arts programming on upswing

The vision for fine arts programming that school staff and leaders had for the Hamilton School District a few short years ago is being realized to a great extent. Still more is expected to come.

Instructional Services Supervisor Dee Bauman, Ph.D., and Educational Services and Human Resources Assistant Superintendent Dean Schultz provided the School Board with an update on fine arts programming.

Compared to the number of students enrolled in the elementary band program in the spring of 2002, enrollment has increased 60 percent — from 119 to 190 students. At the high school, the band program increased from 71 members three years ago to the current 121.

The future appears just as promising as Schultz described opportunities that are being explored with the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. Parents of Willow Springs students in the half-day kindergarten program for 4-year-olds will be offered the opportunity to sign their children up for parent-paid Suzuki lessons — a method favored for young students who do not yet know how to read. Letters will be sent to parents in January to assess interest.

The partnership with the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music could expand for older students to include teaching performances, specialists working with middle and high school band students, creation of an elementary strings program, workshops, musical theater, residencies, theory and composition offerings. Schultz and Bauman will discuss opportunities with music staff at the Nov. 5 early release day.

Opening of the Hamilton Fine Arts Center brings a wider range of fine arts opportunities for students. The significantly bigger and better-equipped facility will allow students more acting, set-building and production capabilities than existed in the Little Theater. Already the summer school drama programs have drawn in greater numbers of students each year. Templeton is exploring the addition of a co-curricular drama program to complement its powerful forensics program.

The Hamilton Fine Arts Center also provides a rotating display of exemplary student artwork from throughout the school district. A committee will be established to develop a permanent collection of students pieces to be displayed in the center.

Bauman noted that two part-time coordinators were hired to handle the house administration and technical support responsibilities for the Hamilton Fine Arts Center. The calendar for the facility’s use is filling quickly. She said the facility will be in use for 20 days in June alone.
WIAA keeps Hamilton in Greater Metro Conference

Superintendent Kathleen Cooke, Ph.D., reported that the board efforts to lobby the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) were successful. The WIAA informed district officials that Hamilton would remain in the Greater Metro Conference as they requested.

The School Board approved a resolution in September outlining the negative impact that a change in conference realignment would have on Hamilton. The WIAA plan called for Hamilton to be moved from the Greater Metro to the Wisconsin Little Ten conference. The Greater Metro conference schools are geographically closer, but larger than Hamilton and other schools in the Wisconsin Little Ten.

School Board President Gabe Kolesari, Superintendent Kathleen Cooke, Ph.D., and Athletics-Activiities Director Michael Gosz met with WIAA administrators and the board of control to urge not moving Hamilton. WIAA officials informed the district last week that the district would remain in the Greater Metro Conference.

Youth Option requests approved with reimbursement option

The requests of nine Hamilton High School students to participate in the Youth Options Program next semester were approved with the expectation that students will complete their courses. The statewide program allows students in good academic and disciplinary standing who have completed 10th grade to take technical college or university courses at district expense. A proposed district policy concerning postsecondary enrollment options specifies that the district will seek tuition and fee reimbursement from students who do not complete district-paid courses.

Hamilton Principal David Furrer said that even though the students had applied to take a total of more than 25 courses for the second semester, experience indicates that not all of them will actually take the courses they list on the application. He said students sometimes list several alternatives in case they are not able to get into their first-choice course

Tax rate less than projected at Annual Meeting

School Board members approved a $38.5 million budget that includes a mil rate of $10.78 per $1,000 of property. The owner of a $200,000 home will pay $2,156 in school taxes. The mil rate is 42 cents less than school officials projected at the Annual Meeting in June and 62 cents less than the rate from last year.

The total budget increased 4.63 percent — due in part to the cost of educating 80 more students.

The lower-than-expected mil rate is attributable to community growth and higher property values that spread school costs over more and higher-valued properties. The district’s equalized valuation increased by 8.7 percent in the past year. State aid also increased by 6.19 percent.

The net tax levy — the portion of the budget paid by local taxpayers — increased to $22.89 million from $22.25 million in 2003-04. Debt service dropped from $3.32 million in 2003-04 to $3.21 million in 2004-05, a 3.16 percent decrease.

Each October, the School Board must adopt the budget, certify the tax levy and establish the tax rate after the Department of Revenue determines property values in the district. Tax bills are sent to property owners in December.

Chapter 220, Open Enrollment programs stable

The number of students participating in the Chapter 220 Voluntary Integration Program will remain at 105 students for the 2005-06 school year. The School Board approved keeping 95 Chapter 220 seats with 10 additional for students displaced because of Milwaukee Public Schools’ attendance realignment.

This year 57 students enrolled in the district through the Open Enrollment Program, while another 89 resident students used the program to enroll in schools outside of the district. Schultz reported that the district carefully controls the number of incoming seats because the district’s rising enrollment is concern for space availability. Because more aid is allotted for incoming students than the revenue lost for outgoing students, the program provides the district with $108,000 of income. The School Board approved limiting additional incoming seats to 32 students in 2005-06.

Willow staff recognize Palmer

Willow Springs Principal John Vitale and kindergarten teacher Rita Forrester spoke about why they nominated Barb Palmer for recognition. Palmer has volunteered two days a week since 1999 in the Seniors and Students Program. Vitale said Palmer is so reliable that she is like having another teacher at the school.

Personnel matter approved

In personnel matters, the School Board appointed Joelle Quimby as the Maple Avenue Special Services paraprofessional and Ellen Acuff to provide student supervision at Hamilton four hours each day.

Performance centers on life of Vince Lombardi

In the second of its community entertainment series in the new Hamilton Fine Arts Center, the Hamilton Education Foundation is pleased to present “Vince” by John Pinero. The one-man show about the life of legendary Green Bay Packers’ coach Vince Lombardi will be Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m.

The production is described by one critic as a “glorious guided tour of Lombardi’s life with stops along the way to meet a bevy of characters integral to his legend.”

With his ever-evolving script, Pinero builds upon facts, figures, quotes and anecdotes to capture the unique persona of the sometimes controversial glory-years coach of the Green Bay Packers. A Lombardi look-alike, he generates the same intensity as the man he portrays.

With the simple addition of a coat or another prop, Pinero introduces us to other influential people in Vince’s life — his father, mother, priest, brother, son, wife, Bart Starr, Paul Hornung, Max McGee. Throughout his 90-minute performance, Pinero deftly moves his audience from laughter to chilling reflection. Woven into the performance are Lombardi’s keys to success, among them, courage, integrity, a sense of humor and doing the job right.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens. The Hamilton Fine Arts Center Ticketing Office, located at W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex, is open from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and from 6:30 p.m. to 7:20 p.m. on the evening of the performance. Individuals may call the Ticketing Office at (262) 246-1973 ext. 1718 for ticket information and for reservations.

“Vince” is a fund raising event for the Hamilton Education Foundation.