Hamilton to host LEGO League state tournament

Hamilton High School will play host Dec. 11 to the FIRST Lego League State Tournament. This event features 48 teams of middle school students and their mentors from throughout the state who qualified at regional tournaments. Teams that move on from this tournament compete next April at the national competition in Atlanta.

The daylong event, which begins at 10 a.m., is free and will feature activities for varied age groups. Individuals interested in volunteering should contact Hamilton FIRST Robotics Advisor John Budish at budijo@hamilton.k12.wi.us or visit the Hamilton Robotics website at www.team537.com.

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

Students learn about actuary career

Hamilton High School students in Penny Komatz’s statistics class heard from another individual who uses statistics in her profession. Jennie Docea, an actuary for Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, described what an actuary does. She discussed factors company consider in determining insurance rates and the types of companies that hire actuaries.

She also provided information about how a person becomes an actuary including educational background, necessary skills, universities that offer actuarial degrees, required exams, employment opportunities in the field and salary ranges.

Students then designed a cell-phone insurance policy that considered factors such as initial costs of the phone, probability malfunctions, amount of reimbursement, profit goal, employee salaries, product development expenses and inflation rates.

Templeton students travel to Washington, D.C.

While many of their peers used a break from school to take things easy this fall, 15 Templeton Middle School students and four teachers were busy on an extended field trip seeing the many historic and educational sites of Washington D.C.

The students and staff used a 4-day weekend to visit several Smithsonian Institute museums, Ford’s Theater, Mount Vernon, the Holocaust Museum, National Archives, Navy Museum, the White House and war memorials – including the new World War II Memorial.

A highlight of the trip was a visit to Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. While there, Templeton students witnessed the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Following the guard changing, Templeton students Chase Wandel, Andrea Rosenbecker, Danielle Lehman and Brittany Pavloski participated in the wreath-laying ceremony. The wreath was purchased by the Templeton Student Council and was placed at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The gesture was an expression of respect and honor for the many men and women who contributed to U.S. freedom and democracy.

The seventh and eighth grade students participating in this field trip included: Matthew Blackwell, Ashley Douglas, Jacob Jablonski, Lauren Kivimaki, Andrew Kristensen, Danielle Lehman, Chad McLaughlin, Nathan Mundt, Brittany Pavloski, Andrea Rosenbecker, Douglas Roska, Daniel Thompson, Catherine Traub, Chase Wandel and Robert Wiedenfeld. The Templeton teachers accompanying the students were Rhonda Watton, Alan Schneider, Arlyn Clarksen and Beth Gruetzmacher.

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.

Maple Avenue gets visit from Jessica Doyle

Wisconsin First Lady Jessica Doyle will visit Maple Avenue Elementary School Nov. 30 at 10:30 a.m. to present an award to fourth-grader Tristen Hayes. Hayes, a student in Rita Petchel’s class, was chosen as winner of last week’s online contest, “Where In Wisconsin Is Jessica Doyle?” During her visit Doyle will meet with all Maple Avenue fourth-graders to learn about the school and answer student questions.

“Where In Wisconsin Is Jessica Doyle?” is a weekly online game for students to follow the travels of Wisconsin’s first lady. All Maple Avenue fourth-graders participate weekly in the game. As the winner, Hayes and her family will receive passes to a Wisconsin family attraction.

The first lady and the Department of Tourism are working together to assist students in learning about travel opportunities throughout the state. Students go online to examine clues before answering each week’s question. After studying the clues, Hayes correctly identified Two Rivers as the birthplace of the ice cream sundae, home of the only Great Lakes octagonal skeletal lighthouse and the Rogers Street Fishing Village commercial fishing exhibit.

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

Robotics serves food, mystery December 2-4

Hamilton High School Robotics team members will serve up a dinner with great food and a intriguing mystery as they host the murder mystery dinner, “The Folly of the Felony at the Fiasco.” The death of Darin Lee Bold is a shock to everyone, and foul play is suspected. There are six suspects, any of whom have evidence pointing their way — however, only one did it. The audience will help determine whom. This mystery will be solved on Dec. 2, 3 and 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the Hamilton High School Library.

Between three acts of the play, dinner guests will be served food and review clues, discuss the mystery and ask characters question. Olde Templeton Inn in Sussex graciously agreed to provide the chicken on Dec. 2 and 4 and fish on Dec. 3. The dinner will be topped off with homemade desserts from team members and their family and friends.

“The Folly of the Felony at the Fiasco” is an original play written by Michael Hayes, a General Electric Transportation employee in Pennsylvania. Hayes has written other scripts for Hamilton’s mystery dinners.

At the end of the play, audience members are asked to compile clues and solve the mystery by identifying the killer, motive and how he or she committed the murder. Prizes will be awarded.

Tickets are $15 each for dinner and $8 for dessert only. They must be reserved. Contact Robotics Advisor John Budish at (262) 246-6471 voicemail 1467 for tickets. Hamilton High School is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Rd, Sussex.

Speakers explain real-life statistics; Hamilton students take on research of their own

Hamilton High School students in Penny Komatz’s statistics class learned about the importance data plays in guiding institutions to make policy decisions, how it can be collected and the difficulty involved with ensuring it is reliable. Komatz invited three guest speakers to present real life experiences involving statistics to her class.

Hamilton School District Superintendent spoke about how the district uses data to make curricular and facilities decisions, the importance of understanding whether data is statistically significant, questions administrators ask when given data and the impact that “No Child Left Behind” legislation will have on school data collections.

The district’s public information and volunteer program coordinator, Denise Dorn Lindberg, spoke about the history of conducting a community survey, the importance of selecting a representative, scientifically-selected sample, the pros an cons of involving students in collecting data and how survey data helped determine which facility projects were on the 2002 building referendum.

Scott Segrin, Advantage Research vice president of operations, spoke about the marketing research that his Germantown company conducts and the design process involved. He described the types of businesses his company serves, various sampling methods, the difference between censusing and sampling, trade-offs with sampling methods, sources of samples, the sampling design process and reasons political polls yield different results. He also discussed careers that exist in a marketing research company and the educational background required to pursue them.

Think you know about Hamilton High School students and staff? Komatz’s students are required to apply principles of sound methodology as they sample their fellow students and teachers. Below are some of the finding of the first-semester class:

  • Junior girls do not have a preference concerning the gender of their teachers.
  • A majority of Hamilton teachers were born in Wisconsin, received their undergraduate teaching degrees from a University of Wisconsin System college and prefer to spend their free time reading rather than watching television or surfing.
  • Favorites among Hamilton students are the color blue, Mountain Dew soda, football as a spectator sport and the season of summer.
  • Students rate Costume Day as their favorite spirit day during Homecoming Week;
  • About half of Hamilton students are dog owners.
  • More than 70 percent of Hamilton teachers participated in a sport when they were in high school.
  • Hamilton students prefer peanut butter M&Ms to plain, almond, peanut or crunch varieties.
  • Most Hamilton students do not have brown eyes.
  • As high school students themselves, most Hamilton teachers had career aspirations in science-related fields besides teaching.
  • Hamilton teachers prefer to watch football as compared to basketball.

Board invites community input on 2005-06 budget

Hamilton School District citizens will have several opportunities in the coming year to give the School Board input on the 2005-06 budget.

Public input is scheduled for March 21, April 18 and May 3 at 7:15 p.m. at Hamilton High School, W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex. It will precede the regular School Board meeting.

Those unable to attend the public hearings may mail comments at any time to the Hamilton School District, W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex, WI 53089. The School Board will review written comments during the budget preparation process.

The School Board is expected to approve the final 2005-06 budget at its May 16 meeting. The Annual Public Hearing and Annual Meeting where residents vote on the tax levy will be held June 20.

Templeton students selected for Honors Band

Four Templeton Middle School eighth grade band members participated Nov. 12, 13 and 14 in the 38th Annual Honors Band Festival at the University of Wisconsin (UW) – Milwaukee. Students participating in the festival were:

  • Darcie Adams – tenor saxophone;
  • Alexandra Koelbl – flute;
  • Ellen Kudronowicz – clarinet; and
  • Mark Slinde – trumpet.

Students were selected from approximately 700 nominations from across Wisconsin and Illinois. The students participated in all-day rehearsals and instrument master classes on Nov. 12 and 13. The festival concluded the following day with a concert at the Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts on the UW-Milwaukee campus. Students in the festival were divided into three performance bands: the Nebraska Honors Band, directed by Christopher Werner from the University of Nebraska; the Minnesota Honors Band, directed by Elizabeth Jackson-Kirchhoff from the University of Minnesota; and the Louisiana Honors Band, directed by Rudy Gilbert from Mandeville, La.

Strebel nominated for sports award

Hamilton High School senior Stacy Strebel was nominated for the 2005 Award of Excellence Honor sponsored by the Women’s Sports Advocates of Wisconsin (WSAW). Strebel was nominated by Hamilton Athletic Director Mike Gosz who described her as a leader.

“Stacy Strebel is the perfect example of a true student-athlete,” said Gosz. “She is a great leader both on and off the court and track.”

Strebel participated in volleyball, basketball and track while maintaining a 3.96 grade point average.

“When she competes in volleyball, basketball and track, she leads by example and the underclassmen look up to her. As a result of her leadership, her coaches have elected her captain in volleyball and track,” said Gosz.

In an essay about “What Sports Participation Has Meant to Me,” Strebel said she learned much from athletic participation.

“It has taught me time management, dedication and commitment; however, the most important thing I have gained through sports is the great relationships formed with my teammates and coaches,” Strebel wrote.

Every Wisconsin public and private high school is invited to select one student-athlete for the Award of Excellence. Criteria for selection is based on senior standing as a student-athlete, varsity lettering in at least one WIAA sport, 3.0 or higher grade point average and outstanding athletic and academic achievement.

Award recipients will be honored Feb. 5 at WSAW’s Annual Awards Banquet at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in Milwaukee.

Founded in 1980, the WSAW is an internationally recognized nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing opportunities for girls and women who participate in sports. The organization sponsors statewide awards programs in honor of Wisconsin’s finest female athletes. The WSAW program is the only one of its type in Wisconsin, recognizing both public and private school student athletes.