November 15, 2004

Extra, co-curricular report, recommendations given

Hamilton High School offered 23 interscholastic sports and 36 separate student activities during the 2003-04 school year. Athletic-Activities Director Mike Gosz summarized accomplishments and presented recommendations in his co-curricular report to the School Board.

Gosz highlighted the accomplishments of athletes in girls’ swimming, wrestling, cross country, boys and girls track and poms who qualified for state competitions. He noted that the Drama Department earned a Critics’ Choice Award for “Candid,” musicians and actors performed for record crowds, the Robotics team won at regionals, and various athletic invitational tournaments were held at Hamilton High School.

Facility and equipment needs that were addressed in the past year include completion of the soccer stadium, relining of the track, new uniforms for girls’ soccer, cross country and wrestling, and reconditioning of the old wrestling mats.

Among recommendations in the report were:

  • study the need for additional gym space for school programs and community use;
  • update the weight room with new equipment;
  • resurface the entire tennis court;
  • consider additional pay for coaches whose teams advance in WIAA tournaments;
  • replace the baseball fence; and
  • explore ways to increase fall sports participation.

Budget schedule given

Business Services Director Bryan Ruud presented a written report outlining the 2005-04 budget timeline. Among the dates are:

  • Dec. 8 — open forum for employees at 3:45 p.m. in the high school library;
  • Feb. 11 — budgets due in final form with administrative signatures;
  • March 21 — community input at 7:15 p.m. at Hamilton;
  • April 18 — community input at 7:15 p.m. at Hamilton;
  • May 3 — community input at 7:15 p.m. at Hamilton;
  • May 16, — School Board approves final budget to present at citizens at 7:30 p.m. at Hamilton; and
  • June 20 — Annual Public Hearing at 6:15 p.m. with Annual Meeting to follow in Hamilton Fine Arts Center.

Board allows administration to negotiate tower agreement

School Board members gave administrators approval to negotiate final details of a cell tower lease agreement. A Cingular Wireless tower will be placed on the Willow Springs Learning Center property. Placement of the tower on district property will generate about $12,000 each year. Cingular also will provide lighting for the play surface and parking area. Details regarding the tower style and the lighting have yet to be ironed out.

Auditor reports district financial statements in good order

Virnig and Associates, LLC, reported that the district’s basic financial statements conform with generally accepted accounting principles based on Government Auditing Standards. The report of the independent auditor was presented to the School Board.

Children collect eyeglasses for Lions Club

Maple Avenue Elementary School kindergartners are seeing the results of their first service project of the year – a project that will allow others to see more clearly.

With coordination from their teacher Kristin LaPlante and volunteer Linda Hubble, students participated in the sixth annual Sight Night, sponsored by LensCrafters Foundation in conjunction with Lions Club International and other charities. The kindergartners collected 110 used eyeglasses and sunglasses that will be recycled and hand-delivered to people in developing countries who desperately need them but cannot afford them.

During their Harvest Party Oct. 27, students made special collection containers for the glasses that were used as they trick-or-treated for eyeglasses. Students cheered Nov. 9 when the entire collection was counted.

Following are comments from students who described their project:
— “We had to trick-or-treat for eyeglasses.” – Tommy
— “We made a bucket for the glasses to go in on Friday during our Halloween party.” – Ryan
— “We had to collect them so we can help people that don’t see really good, that need glasses.” – Ben
— “If I couldn’t see I couldn’t look at a library book.” – Noah
— “This is why they need glasses: They are really poor and don’t have money.” – Jeremy
— “If someone doesn’t have glasses they could run into things.” – Veronica

Hamilton celebrates American Education Week

Hamilton School District students, staff members and parents will celebrate American Education Week Nov. 14-20. This year’s theme, “Celebrating the American Dream,” is intended to remind people that teaching and learning is a home and classroom team effort. The goal of American Education Week since its establishment in 1921 has been to increase public understanding and appreciation of the nation’s schools, to encourage parents and nonparents to visit schools, to build civic and community pride and support for education.

To make our schools the best they can be requires a commitment from every member of the community, from retired citizens as well as parents, from business leaders as well as school board members.

Following are among the activities in the Hamilton School District.

Lannon Elementary School
7145 N. Lannon Road, Lannon
(262) 255-6106

Principal: Richard Ladd

Students and staff will celebrate with individual classroom activities throughout the week.

Maple Avenue Elementary School
W240 N6059 Maple Avenue, Sussex
(262) 246-4220

Principal: Kristin Koeper

Maple Avenue will have an all-school activity in which students, parents and staff will be invited to participate in an “Apple for the Teacher.” Al will be asked to share favorite school memories on “apples” which will be hung on a large tree in the front lobby. The goal will be to have each child and at least one parent participate leading to possibly over 1,000 apples. Random apples will be pulled from the tree daily and shared on the morning announcements. The school will also celebrate by providing tokes of appreciation to bus drivers, displaying a banner in the front entrance and having a other staff appreciation activities.

Marcy Elementary School
W180 N4851 Marcy Road, Menomonee Falls
(262) 781-8283

Principal: Donald Behrens, Ph.D.

Students and staff will celebrate with individual classroom activities throughout the week.

Woodside Elementary School
W236 N7465 Woodside Road, Sussex
(262) 820-1530

Principal: Linda Jorgensen

Woodside morning announcements will have a special focus on American Education Week and its significance. Students and staff will support their favorite college Nov. 17 on “College Wear” Day. In addition to a variety of classroom activities, teachers will have a writing prompt related to education that they use with students.

Templeton Middle School
N59 W22490 Silver Spring Dr., Sussex
(262) 246-6477

Principal: Patricia Polczynski

House-level activities will take place throughout the week at Templeton. Examples of activities include acrostic poetry, letters to the administration about things that have made a difference for them at Templeton, letters to teachers that have made a specific difference, intergenerational interviews with older family members about what school was like for them, interviews with family members about immigrant experiences and growing-up experiences in past generations. In the library, there will be a staff member favorite book bulletin board. The display will include pictures of participating staff members, their favorite children’s book or novel and a specific comment about the book. Finally, the Student Council will express appreciation to staff through cards and a treat.

Hamilton High School
W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex
(262) 246-6471

Principal: David Furrer

Senior citizens who walk the halls for exercise are invited to have a treat in celebration of American Education Week on Thursday, Nov. 18. Morning announcements will feature the importance of a good education in our society. Students will be invited to submit writing for essay contest that responds to the following: “Democracy is built on a dream. If this is true, then define the system of education that best support democracy in terms of students, parents, community and government.”

Willow Springs Learning Center
W220 N6660 Town Line Rd., Menomonee Falls
(262) 255-6190

Principal: John Vitale

Willow 4K students will make bookmarks for the library. A saying on the wall will state “Small People, Big Dreams, Bright Futures.” A picture of each student will go up by the words “big dreams.” Later in the year, a handprint rainbow will be created above their photos with a statement from each student about what they want to be when they grow up.

Drivers’ education offered second semester

Registration for Hamilton High School second semester drivers’ education will be from Jan. 3-21. Completed forms without fees will be accepted at the high school office during school hours or by mail. Forms will be available from the high school office beginning in December.

Fees are $150 for theory-simulation, $150 for behind-the-wheel and $300 for the full program. Theory classes begin Jan. 26 and meet for 16 sessions. Simulation classes meet six times, and behind-the-wheel is six classes.

Students who will be 16 years old by Aug. 31, 2005 are eligible to enroll in all three phases of the program.

More specific information about the program is available in the Hamilton Parent Press newsletter, which is sent to parents and posted on the district web site at If you have questions, please contact Hamilton Drivers’ Education Coordinator Jackie Rottler at

Hamilton High School is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex, WI 53189.

Hamilton announces October students of the month

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

  • Jasmine Dockery, world languages;
  • Mathew Frittitta, technology education;
  • Nicole Glaser, communication arts;
  • Janelle Nehs, art;
  • Amy Olson, family & consumer education;
  • Christopher Ostby and Andrew Schilter, business education;
  • Robert Pothier, mathematics;
  • Danielle Schiemann, music;
  • Danielle Schoner, social studies;
  • Michael Schwister, physical education; and
  • Michelle Zeirke, science.

Accompany of Kids to present holiday performances Dec. 10-12

Accompany of Kids will present its holiday musical review, “The Best Time of the Year,” in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center on Dec. 10 at 7 p.m., Dec. 11 at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Dec. 12 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Presented by the Hamilton Education Foundation, this show promises to celebrate the joy of the holiday season with the entire family through diverse musical styles, rich vocals and original choreography.

Accompany of Kids, affectionately known as AOK, is a professional performance troupe based in Menomonee Falls with 115 members ranging in age from 8 to 19 who reside in 16 surrounding communities. Special guest performers will be “An Exceptional Chorus” of cognitively disabled, physically challenged and autistic young men and women. Their dream is to show their abilities, not their disabilities.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and senior citizens. Reserved seat ticket sales begin Nov. 16 at the Hamilton Fine Arts Center Ticketing Office located at W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex. Individuals may call the Ticketing Office at (262) 246-1973 ext. 1718 for further information.

Woodside honors veterans with school assembly

Woodside Elementary School students and staff will recognize the contributions of the nation’s veterans Nov. 11 beginning at 9 a.m. with an all-school assembly.

The fifth grade chorus will lead the entire school in singing several patriotic songs. A Veteran’s Administration documentary about the meaning of Veteran’s Day, narrated by popular young actress Jennifer Love Hewitt, will be shown.

Fifth-grader Nicole Carrillo will read a poem about her father, who is currently serving in Iraq. The program will end with a multi-media presentation giving tribute to all the veterans of Woodside families. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will take part in the opening and closing ceremonies.

Woodside Elementary School is located at W236 N7465 Woodside Rd., Sussex.

Deadline approaching for Chapter 220 applications

The deadline for suburban students wishing to apply for enrollment in Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) through the Chapter 220 Program is Nov. 24.

The sign-up procedure has changed this year. Parents must apply and meet the criteria of the specific school and then apply to participate in the Chapter 220 Program by the Nov. 24 deadline. In the past, the application deadline for the Chapter 220 Program was later.

Most MPS schools with specialized curricula — such as Milwaukee School of the Arts, Rufus King, Golda Meier Elementary, Elm Creative Arts School and language immersion schools — require specific tests or auditions.

Chapter 220 and Human Relations Coordinator Erica Bova-Brown has additional information about the application process for individual MPS schools and the Chapter 220 Program. She can be reached at (262) 246-6471 ext. 1170 or Applications can be mailed or people may pick them up at Hamilton High School, W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex.

Hamilton music department sells citrus

Hamilton High School band and choir members have refreshing holiday gift ideas — and their purchase will also benefit students. They are selling fresh Florida navel oranges, tangerines, Indian River ruby red grapefruit, red delicious apples and pears.

Fruit will be packed in two box sizes — large holding approximately 40 pounds and small containing approximately 20 pounds. Available again this year is a gift trio that consists of a dozen each of delicious apples, oranges and grapefruit and the variety pack that contains a dozen each of tangerines, oranges and grapefruit. New this year is the fresh fruit sampler that contains a variety of grapefruit, navel oranges, tangerines, red delicious apples and pears weighing a total of 25 pounds.

Students are selling the fruit from Nov. 9 to Nov. 23. It will arrive on Dec. 18 and will be delivered to customers’ homes. Costs are:

  • $15 for a small box of juice oranges;
  • $21 for a large box of juice oranges;
  • $18 for a small box of grapefruit;
  • $25 for a large box of grapefruit;
  • $19 for a small box of navel oranges;
  • $25 for a large box of navel oranges;
  • $20 for a box of tangerines;
  • $21 for a small mixed box of grapefruit and oranges;
  • $24 for the gift trio of apples, oranges and grapefruit;
  • $24 for the variety pack of tangerines, oranges and grapefruit; and
  • $25 for the fresh fruit sampler of grapefruit, navel oranges, tangerines, apples and pears.

The tree-ripened fruit is selected from the top 15 percent of the crop and has passed inspection by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Florida Department of Citrus. It is suitable for gift-giving. If stored in a refrigerator or cool, dry basement, the fruit should keep well for about six weeks.

To place an order, contact a Hamilton band or choir member, or call music teachers Mary Ann Porwoll or Jon Waite in the Hamilton Music Department at (262) 246-6471 ext. 1116 or 1717.

Willow Springs students celebrate Thanksgiving

Willow Springs Learning Center students will celebrate the Thanksgiving season Nov. 15-19 with a special fine arts program that will culminate with four student performances.

Students in the half-day 4-year-old kindergarten program will engage in activities based on the Gail Gibbons’ Thanksgiving story. Music educator, composer and consultant Sylvia Wallach will work with students in their classrooms throughout the week incorporating history, literature, movement and music into the fine arts experience for children. The program is designed to provide students with kinesthetic, visual and auditory learning experiences that help them understand the abstract concept of the first Thanksgiving. Wallach created an event tailored to the 4-year-olds.

Culminating performances are scheduled Nov. 19 at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. for students and their families. Families of Willow Springs students will be invited to share a festive snack after each performance.

Wallach’s residency at Willow Springs and the special events were made possible through a Hamilton Education Foundation fine arts grant.

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