Lannon students to present at Milwaukee Public Museum

Most students go to the Milwaukee Public Museum to see displays and learn about life from days gone by. Lannon Elementary School fourth-graders will do it a bit differently. They will be the Native Americans, immigrants, traders and explorers on display for other museum visitors to observe and learn from.

The students in Christopher Hunkins, Katie Bernard and Nancy Collopy’s classes are participating in the “Museum Class Research Project.” A museum educator visited their school in April to discuss the role of the museum. Each class chose a research topic that included “Fur Traders and Explorers,” “Immigrants” and “Native Americans.” They visited the museum to begin their research and see the European Village where they will present their program.

The Lannon students worked at school researching information, writing presentations, constructing display materials and practicing their speaking parts. They will present their material May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a half-hour lunch break at noon. The students and teachers invite community members to attend and see their work which includes a wax museum, Native American dancing demonstration and a beaver dam replica.

The Milwaukee Public Museum is located at 800 West Wells St., Milwaukee.

Maple students to meet their senior pen pals

Maple Avenue Elementary School fourth-graders have invited their senior citizen pen pals to a morning of activities, music and friendship June 3 as they host their Age-to-Age Pen Pal Party.

Students and senior citizens have exchanged letters during the school year as part of the Age-to-Age Pen Pal Project. The party gives them an opportunity to meet face to face. The project is part of the Seniors & Students Volunteer Program, a cooperative effort of the Hamilton School District and Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Waukesha that involves senior citizen volunteers in the schools.

The schedule for the event includes:

  • 9:15 a.m. — arrival, greetings, refreshments;
  • 9:40 a.m. — arts and crafts activity;
  • 10:10 a.m. – sing-along; and
  • 10:30 a.m. — goodbyes.

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

Templeton students winner in state bookmark contest

Templeton Middle School student Elizabeth Cychosz was one of three Wisconsin sixth-graders recognized in the 2005 K-12 Energy Education Program (KEEP) and Focus on Energy bookmark contest. Cychosz’s winning bookmark earned her a $50 savings bond and an invitation to an awards ceremony at the State Capitol in Madison. Her bookmark is also posted on the KEEP website at Copies of her bookmark will be duplicated and distributed to Wisconsin schools and libraries. The contest was sponsored by the Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program.

This year’s energy theme focused on energy use in school buildings. Students designed eye-catching bookmarks with the theme “Saving Energy: My School First” and asked students to show how they affect energy usage in their school.

Templeton Future Problem Solvers earn state awards

Templeton Middle School’s sixth grade Future Problem Solving (FPS) team earned first and second place awards at state competition April 21-23 in Oconomowoc. Paula Myatt, Julie Posh, Michael Yu and Zachary Dowlding took first place for creation of a banner that represented their team and highlighted the problem of “Depletion of Ocean Species.” The team also took second place for the 2-hour academic competition portion of the event.

Future Problem Solving, is a year-long educational program in which students learn a six-step problem solving process and apply it to future situations. Goals of the program are to encourage students to become more creative in their thinking, develop richer images of the future, increase their research skills, learn cooperative teamwork skills and increase their written and verbal communication skills.

Templeton FPS advisor Sherry Malmon said the students did a terrific job in the state competition among more than 50 other teams. Their creative banner included a coral reef and scuba divers playing “Go Fish” with a deck of cards of endangered ocean species. Divers and fish in the banner are shown with messages encouraging people to protect ocean species.

In the academic competition, students brainstormed 16 solutions, chose the 10 strongest and wrote five criteria questions to help them rank their solutions. They then wrote an action plan for what they decided was their best solution.

Because students knew in advance that the topic of the state competition would be “Depletion of Ocean Species,” they were able to research the topic. They attended the IMAX movie “Coral Reef” and had an expert from the Sea Grant Institute talk to them.

“It’s great to see that their hard work paid off,” Malmon said.

The team also had a strong performance of their skit which was a take-off of a “Dr. Phil” show.

FPS involves more than 200,000 students in 47 states, two Canadian provinces and three foreign countries. In Wisconsin, 140 teams from 40 school districts participated during the school year.

Hamilton elementary students participate in Young Authors’ Conference

The Hamilton School District hosted the fifth annual Young Authors Conference April 28 at St. James Catholic Church. Elementary reading teachers organized the event that brought together 140 fourth- and fifth-grades from the district’s four elementary schools.

Four professional writers gave presentations and talked with the young authors in the morning. After the sessions with the writers, students applied techniques they learned to write and revise paragraphs. In a large group setting, they shared their writing with others. An anthology of children’s writing was published and distributed at the conference.

Hamilton students to learn about impact of drunk driving

Hamilton High School students will see and hear about the consequences of bad decisions and driving May 10 and 11, thanks to the efforts of the school’s Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) chapter.

An assembly is planned May 10 when students will hear from several speakers who know first-hand the consequences of drunk driving. Students will hear from members of the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh Football Team who lost their assistant coach in an accident caused by a drunk driver. The football players will discuss decisions needed to be successful in college as an athlete and a student. A man who caused an accident because he drove a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol also will talk to students about the consequences of his decision. Hamilton forensics students will conclude the presentation by performing a reading about the loss of a young life due to drunk driving. The assembly will be repeated with one half of the student body seeing the presentation beginning at 8:40 a.m. and the other at 10 a.m. The presentations will be in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center.

The Sussex, Lannon and Lisbon Fire Departments will show the results of real-life car crashes and techniques to extricate patients from vehicles when doors won’t open. The demonstrations will occur May 11 during each of three lunch hours beginning at 10:30 a.m., 11:20 a.m. and 12:10 p.m.

SADD is sponsoring several other schoolwide activities to help students understand how their decisions can affect themselves and the lives of others. The events are intentionally scheduled before prom and graduation to encourage students to stay healthy and be safe.

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

Woodside plans Family Fun Night May 13

An evening of rides, games, music, food, and fun awaits those attending the May 13 Family Fun Night and Silent Auction at Woodside Elementary School. The event, which runs from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., is a fundraiser for the Woodside Home & School Capital Fund.

Among the attractions at the event are:

  • silent auction and basket drawings;
  • inflatable rides including moonwalks, giant slide, bungee run, obstacle course and laser maze;
  • 14 new carnival games;
  • music DJ with hula, dance and limbo contests;
  • power shower to drench a favorite teacher;
  • concessions featuring hot dogs, brats, hamburgers, chips, ice cream, popcorn, cotton candy, pretzels, nachos and drinks; and
  • car and fire truck show.

The event is open to the public. Tickets for rides, games and food will be available at the event. For more information, contact parent Mary Jo Menzel at (262) 246-9913.

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

Services available for students with disabilities

The Hamilton School District is committed to providing students with disabilities a free, appropriate public education. Special education and related services for students with disabilities are provided in each school in accordance with state and federal law.

If you have or know of a child between the ages of three and 21 whom you believe may have a cognitive disability, hearing impairment, speech or language impairment, visual impairment, emotional disturbance, orthopedic impairment, autism, traumatic brain injury, other health impairment or learning disability that requires special education and related services, please contact the district’s Special Services Office at (262) 246-1973 ext. 1184 to obtain the necessary evaluation referral form or to receive additional information about the process.

If the child attends a school in the Hamilton School District, referral information is available from the school principal or guidance office.

Any resident interested in receiving a copy of the district’s special education plan should contact the Special Services Office at (262) 246-1973 ext. 1183.

Hamilton students qualify for state music festival

Hamilton High School music students participated April 30 in the Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) State Solo and Ensemble Music Festival held at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Students entered as individual soloists, part of an ensemble or both. A WSMA judge rated them on a 1-5 system, with 1 being the best rating.

Those who earned a 1 rating were:

  • Amanda Franzen, Daniel Turkal – trumpet solos;
  • Nicholas Zoulek – jazz improvisation;
  • Nicholas Zoulek, Kyle Giese, Patrick Callen, Jennifer Fidler, Ryan Miracle, Kyle Zylka, Joseph Kramer, Ryan Murray, Hailey Wisner, Sam Link, Amanda Franzen, Daniel Turkal, Kelsey Raffel, Alexander Klett, Desiree Brown, Matthew Dlobik, Alexander Becker – Jazz Ensemble One;
  • Laurie Schmidt and Stephanie Lundquist – clarinet solos;
  • Katherine Mess – sax solo;
  • Amanda Lutz and Matthew Dlobik – duet;
  • Alison Crane and Hannah Johnson – clarinet duet;
  • Jennifer Fidler, Kelsey Raffel – piano solos;
  • Kaitlin Klemencic – musical theatre;
  • Kayla Vogel – soprano solo; and
  • Sarah Buck – flute solo.

Students receiving a 2 rating were:

  • Brenna Pratt, Kara Wisniewski, Chelsea Gustafson, Stephanie Maletz – flute solos;
  • Alison Crane – clarinet solo;
  • Jennifer Fidler – sax solo;
  • Hannah Johnson, Alison Crane, Matthew Dlobik, Stephanie Lundquist, Carrie Swick, Lindsey Burleson, Elizabeth Bertucci, Stephanie Thiede, Alex Schwartz, Andrew Jost, Joshua Schwitz, Amy Ringenoldus, Andrea Wenzel, Sarah Warzon – clarinet choir;
  • Amanda Lutz, Erin McLaughlin, Dana Studee, Cailin Iwen, Chelsea Gustafson, Sarah Buck, Kara Wisniewski, Hannah Johnson, Alison Crane, Carrie Swick, Matthew Dlobik, Alex Schwartz, Elizabeth Bertucci, Stephanie Thiede, Joshua Schwitz, Christopher Kern, Nicholas Zoulek, Kyle Giese, Patrick Callen, Valerie Becker, Katherine Mess, Ann Seward – woodwind choir; and
  • Gail Druschke – piano solo

Students receiving a 3 rating were:

  • Desiree Brown, Kelsey Raffel, Jake Minor, Ashley Berens – French horn quartet.

School Board appoints Templeton associate principal

The Hamilton School Board approved the hiring of Brad Hoffmann May 3 as the Templeton Middle School associate principal. Hoffmann will begin his position in the district July 1.

Hoffmann has been the assistant principal and athletic director for the past year at Palmyra Eagle High School. His previous experience was at Scott Highlands Middle School in Apple Valley, Minn., where he was the administrative associate, teacher and athletic director for three years and a physical education and health teacher for four years.

He earned his master’s degree in education from St. Mary’s University in Winona in 2000 and his bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Wisconsin – LaCrosse in 1996.

“We are pleased to hire an individual who has the middle school leadership experience and child advocacy necessary to be a successful school leader in our community,” Hamilton Superintendent Kathleen Cooke said. ““We look forward to the addition of Mr. Hoffmann who is an energetic and innovative educator focused on student achievement. I believe Templeton Middle School will be served well by its new associate principal.”

Hoffmann fills the position that will be vacant with the retirement of long-time Templeton associate principal and former teacher Dale Kuntz.

Templeton Middle School serves 852 sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders, and is located at N59 W22490 Silver Spring Dr., Sussex.