Falls Youth Initiative presents evening with Pat Quinn

The Falls Youth Initiative, in cooperation with the Hamilton School District, will present an evening of advice and support for parents featuring Pat Quinn. The event, “A Survival Guide for Parents,” will be March 9 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center, W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex.

The Falls Youth Initiative organized the presentation to help parents deal with the many bumps and roadblocks that can arise as children experience adolescence.

Quinn is a nationally recognized keynote speaker and author of nine books on helping children grow into productive, happy, responsible adults. He has been entertaining and inspiring audiences around the country for many years with his mix of storytelling and advice on dealing with kids. You won’t want to miss this chance to learn and share with one of the nation’s leading experts on managing the challenges that often occur while raising children.

Parents, grandparents, adult relatives of teens, teachers and others who work with children are encouraged to attend this event. A $3 donation will be asked at the door for each individual or family that attends. For more information, please contact Falls Youth Initiative Coordinator Kathy Shurilla at (262) 253-0343.

Hamilton students volunteer 200+ hours for survey

Hamilton High School students from six different school and community groups contributed more than 200 hours as volunteers to help the school district implement its community survey. The Hamilton School District conducted a random sample telephone survey last month to learn about the perceptions of community members. Students made the calls and interviewed community members about their opinions. Students completed a total 536 surveys, each last about 12 minutes long. Results of the survey are being analyzed and will be reported in March.

Groups that participated included the community-based LEO Club and Hamilton High School groups ranging from National Honor Society and the Boys Football Team, to Chargerettes, the Pep Club, Student Council and students in statistics and business education classes.

Individuals who volunteered were:

  • Alyssa Jacklin
  • Alyssa Knoebel
  • Amanda Asmondy
  • Amanda Braden
  • Amanda Franzen
  • Amanda Lutz
  • Amanda Lutz
  • Anna Bradford
  • Ashleigh McDade
  • Rebecca Olkowski
  • Brandon Miles
  • Brittany Michaels
  • Crystal Wieder
  • Danielle Behling
  • Emily Ladd
  • Eva Enumerato
  • Flora Zeng
  • Frank Schweiger
  • Holly Reckin
  • Jaclyn Selestow
  • Jamie Burns
  • Jamie Sylvester
  • James Pietrzak
  • Jodi Gilles
  • Joseph Bartolone
  • Joseph Schroeder
  • Joshua Schirpke
  • Karl Schultz
  • Katie Koshick
  • Kaitlin Librizzi
  • Kayla Chambers
  • Kayla Vogel
  • Kelly Schweiss
  • Ken Norby
  • Kevin LeStarge
  • Lisa Dardich
  • Amanda Dummer
  • Marissa Gross
  • Meghan Tjaden
  • Melanie Coburn
  • Melissa Tetzlaff
  • Michael Kopp
  • Nicholas Calverley
  • Nicholas Heppe
  • Nicole Guenther
  • Nicole Jakubowski
  • Olivia Weis
  • Paxia Vang
  • Rachel Ziegler
  • Robert Pothier
  • Sara Michalski
  • Sarah Eslyn
  • Sarah Sorenson
  • September Mueller
  • Shane Kelly
  • Shawn Kopacz
  • Stephanie Smith
  • Stephen Siejkowski
  • Steven Notari
  • Valerie Cawley
  • Whitney Hagstrom

Hamilton Education Foundation plans March 18 dinner, auction

“Lights! Camera! AUCTION!” is this year’s theme for the Hamilton Education Foundation’s (HEF) 12th annual dinner and auction. THe HEF fundraiser is set for March 18 beginnin at 5 p.m. at Davian’s Banquet and Conference Center, 16300 W. Silver Spring Dr., Menomonee Falls. Dinner, silent and live auctions, games of chance and a Grand Raffle will again be part of this fun-filled evening.

This year, the first prize winner of the Grand Raffle will be awarded either $2,500 cash or the choice of a one-week trip to Cancun, Mexico for two or a three-day Caribbean cruise for two. Second and third place cash prizes are $500 and $250. Ticket prices are one for $5, three for $10, or 10 for $20.

In addition to being available at all Hamilton School District offices and from HEF trustees, the following area businesses are selling raffle tickets:

  • Associated Bank – Sussex, Lannon, Silver Spring and Pewaukee branches;
  • M & I Bank, US Bank, Matt’s PIggly Wiggly, Schroeder Implement, Sussex Inn and Killarney’s Corner in Sussex;
  • Majdecki’s Sentry and Abler’s Whiskey Corners in Menomonee Falls.

Templeton plans Scholastic Book Fair Feb 1-3; Accelerated Reader Family night slated Feb. 2

Templeton Middle School will host its annual Scholastic Book Fair Feb. 1-3 with the Accelerated Reader (AR) Family Night planned for Feb. 2. The book fair is open to students during the school day and to community members and families Feb. 2 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. during the Accelerated Reading Family Night.

AR Family Night is designed to promote reading as educational, fun and exciting. Parents, grandparents and siblings gather informally to select books, discuss what they’ve read, give book recommendations, read together and take computerized AR reading practice quizzes. Participants are free to drop in for a few minutes or stay as long as they’d like. The Scholastic Book Fair will be open for browsing and purchases throughout the evening.

A recent study of literature-based reading shows that U.S. students in general read only 7.1 minutes a day. The study also shows that reading practice helps to increase reading performance.

Because of the success of the school’s previous book fairs, Scholastic selected Templeton as a Host Fair. Principals and librarians from 12 other school districts were invited to observe Templeton’s successful middle school book fair.

Templeton Middle School is located at N59 W22490 Silver Spring Dr., Sussex.

High School Orientation, Open House slated Feb. 17

Hamilton High School proudly offers an Orientation and Open House Feb. 17 beginning at 7 p.m. at the high school, W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex.

The Orientation, a 45-minute introduction to the high school and course selection process, will start at 7 p.m. in the gymnasium. It is designed for incoming ninth-graders and their parents, but anyone may attend.

The Open House is from 7:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Administrators, guidance counselors and representatives from departments, clubs and activities will be available to answer questions. Anyone who has a child registering at any grade may attend this portion. School tours and refreshments are offered.

Parents of private school students are asked to contact the high school guidance office at (262) 246-6476, ext. 1130 if their children’s school has not been notified of this opportunity.

Students take honors for catalog cover designs

Three Hamilton High School students were recognized for artwork they created for their school’s 2005-06 Course Catalog.

  • Patrick Blend took first place. His design will be on the cover of the catalog.
  • Clinton Loker’s entry received second place.
  • Travis Bacon’s took third place.

Blend and Loker, respectively, will receive a $50 and $25 gift certificate to the school store, and Bacon will receive a Pepsi product 12-pack.

Woodside hosts a celebration of science Feb. 10

Woodside Elementary School students will celebrate science Feb. 10 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. with their annual all-school Science Fair.

Each grade level is involved.

  • Kindergarteners and first-graders will display posters on the seasons and animals.
  • Second-graders will exhibit their models of the planets.
  • Third-graders will share an investigation, invention or a demonstration.
  • Fourth- and fifth-grade participants will display and tell about their recent investigations. Among the topics are: “How much salt does it take to float an egg in water?” “Which hot wheel car will travel the furthest?” and “Which brand of popcorn pops the most kernels?”

In each of their investigations, the young scientists will use the “Scientific Method” of PHEOC — problem, hypothesis, experiment, observation and conclusion.

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

Templeton hosts District Spelling Bee

Templeton Middle School will be the site Feb. 15 for the District Spelling Bee that draws qualifying students from Hamilton School District middle and elementary schools as well as area private schools. Qualifying students from the following schools will participate in the District Spelling Bee: Templeton, Lannon, Maple Avenue, Marcy, Woodside, St. Agnes, St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran, Peace Lutheran Academy and Zion Lutheran.

The District Spelling Bee begins at 8 a.m. in the Large Group Area. Five students will advance in March to the Regional Spelling Bee in Cedarburg. One winner will qualify for the State Spelling Bee in April. The state champion will then move on to the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. in June.

Templeton Middle School is located at N59 W22490 Silver Spring Dr., Sussex.

Maple Avenue kicks off Native American study

Community members are invited to join Maple Avenue Elementary School Jan. 28 as it kicks off its Native American study with an all-school assembly in the gymnasium from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

In its ongoing celebration of cultures, the school will focus this year on the Great Lakes and Wisconsin native nations. Each grade will represent a different tribe with: kindergartners as Ho-Chunk – formerly Winnebago; first grade as Menominee; second grade as Oneida; third grade as Potawatomi; fourth grade as Ojibwe – formerly Chippewa; and fifth grade as Mohican, Stockbridge – Munsee Band.

Native American author Karen Hartman will present her book “Dream Catcher – The Legend, The Lady, The Woman” to each grade. The schedule for Hartman’s presentations, which will be in the school’s Large Group Area, is:

  • 10-10:30 a.m. – second grade;
  • 10:45-11:15 a.m. – first grade;
  • 12:30-1 p.m. – kindergarten;
  • 1-1:45 p.m. – fifth grade;
  • 2-2:45 p.m. – fourth grade; and
  • 2:45-3:15 p.m. – third grade.

In addition, all students will be creating dream catchers in their classrooms at various times throughout the day. Parents and community members are welcome to view the artwork that will be displayed throughout the school during the year.

Native American topics and activities for the coming months include storytelling in February, clothing and tools in March, games in April, music and dance in May and powwow and food in June.

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

Welcenbach wins Templeton Geographic Bee

Templeton Middle School eighth-grader Erin Welcenbach won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee. Seventh-grader Sean Rice was the second place runner-up and seventh-grader Andrew Kristensen finished in third place. Students answered oral questions about geography Jan. 12 at the school-level bee, which is the first round in the 17th National Geographic Bee sponsored by the National Geographic Society.

All Templeton students participated in the preliminary round by taking a 25-question written test. Students who scored the highest on that test advanced Jan. 6 to the semi-final round. As the school finalist, Welcenbach will take a written test. Up to 100 of the top scorers in Wisconsin will be eligible to compete April 1 in the state Geographic Bee.

The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for state champions and teacher-escorts to participate in the May 24 and 25 National Geographic Bee national championship. The first-place national winner will receive a $25,000 college scholarship and a lifetime membership in the Society.

“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek will moderate the national finals. The program will air on the National Geographic Channel, and afterward on PBS stations.

The National Geographic Society is the world’s largest nonprofit, scientific and educational organization. The 116-year-old Society reflects the world through magazines, books, maps, television and interactive media. The Society has funded more than 7,500 scientific research projects and supports an education program combating geographic illiteracy.