School, holiday spirit encourages student contributions

Students at Hamilton and Menomonee Falls high schools are using holiday and school spirit to benefit causes for children. The two schools will compete against one another in a “Stuff the Bus” toy drive.

The Hamilton Student Council and Pep Club, in response to a challenge from the Menomonee Falls Student Council, will sponsor the competitive drive at their school that ends Dec. 3. The toys will be given to Toys for Tots and another program that provides toys to children whose parents are in the military.

The students welcome community donations of new toys and cash. Hamilton donations may be dropped off at the school office, W220 N6151 Town Line Road in Sussex.

Hamilton Student Council and Pep Club members will meet in the high school parking lot Dec. 3 at 10 a.m. to count the donations and “stuff a bus.”

Academic Decathlon team advances to regional competition

Hamilton High School’s Academic Decathlon team will advance to the regional round of the Wisconsin Academic Decathlon after participating Nov. 8 in the local competition. Some 114 teams made up of more than 1,000 students from public and private schools across the state competed at the local level and 72 teams were selected to move on to the next round.

Each team consists of nine students in grades 9 through 12 and is made up of three Honor students with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.75-4.00; three Scholastic students with a GPA of 3.00-3.74; and three Varsity students with a GPA of 2.99 and below.

Hamilton’s team is made up of Honor students Courtney Konyn, Elizabeth Doucette and Katherine Mess; Scholastic students Sara Willkomm, Melissa Gartmann and Adam Vanreenen; and Varsity students Dana Knoerr, Joseph Warner and Andrea Nelson.

The students will compete at the regional level on Jan. 13. The theme of this year’s Academic Decathlon is “The European Renaissance.”

Konyn to compete in national scholarship program

Hamilton High School senior Courtney Konyn was nominated to compete in the Principal’s Leadership Award (PLA) scholarship program. Hamilton Principal David Furrer announced the nomination, which places Konyn in the national competition. Some 150 national PLA winners will be chosen this spring to receive $1,000 college scholarships.

“Courtney Konyn possesses the strength of character to support any challenge she will meet,” Furrer said. “Courtney is a strong leader who exudes confidence. As a 4-year member of our Student Council, she served as class president during her ninth and tenth grade years and Student Council president in grade 12. Her performance in all of these areas of leadership, as well as her ability to excel in her academics, is exemplary.”

High school principals from across the country could nominate one of their student leaders. Nominees were selected based on leadership skills, participation in service organizations and clubs, achievements in the arts and sciences, employment experience and academic record. They also were required to write an essay.

The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), which administers the National Honor Society, the National Junior Honor Society, and the National Association of Student Councils, sponsors the program that is funded by Herff Jones, Inc.

Holiday concert slated for senior citizens

Two student choirs from Templeton Middle School and Hamilton High School will perform a holiday concert Dec. 16 beginning at 1:30 p.m. for senior citizens.

Featured will the Templeton Eighth Grade Choir, under the direction of Jaye Mier, and Hamilton Concert Choir, directed by Mary Ann Porwoll. They will perform a variety of seasonal songs as separate and combined choirs.

The event is free, but RSVPs are requested by calling the Templeton office at (262) 246-6477 ext. 4145.

This special community event will be in the Hamilton Little Theater, W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex.

Woodside students to sing at Sussex tree lighting

Members of Woodside Elementary School’s Fourth and Fifth Grade Chorus will sing at the Sussex Tree Lighting Ceremony Dec. 3 beginning at 6 p.m. The Woodside students will sing about winter, Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. The event includes a visit from Santa, lighting of the outdoor tree and refreshments of cookies and hot chocolate.

The festivities will take place in front of Sussex Village Hall, N64 W23760 Main Street, Sussex.

November 21, 2005

The single goal of Hamilton High School’s site plan is, “Students will demonstrate higher-level thinking skills across the curriculum.”

The simplicity of the statement belies the challenge of its attainment.

Hamilton Principal David Furrer reported on progress the school has made in its site plan. He provided a summary of department goals as the school has implemented three interventions that include applying a specific problem-solving model, incorporating reading strategies across the curriculum and using Bloom’s taxonomy to elevate the students’ level of thinking.

High school staff members have advanced the site plan through monthly staff development sessions, department meetings, curriculum half-dys and a summer workshop. Furrer said.

Departments are using a rubric known as SMART, which stands for a Specific goal that is Measurable, Attainable, Result-oriented and Time-bound.

Furrer said the staff members are deeply committed to improving student achievement and see the planning process as essential in doing so.

Superintendent Kathleen Cooke agreed. She said it would be difficult to find a high school site plan that is as deep in driving instructional change

Gosz gives athletic, activities report

Hamilton High School students participate in 48 different sports teams and 36 student activities, according to the Co-Curricular Activities Report submitted by Hamilton Athletic and Activities Director Mike Gosz.

Among improvements made in the past year, Gosz noted that the tennis courts were resurfaced, a new baseball fence was installed and the weight room was upgraded.

He recommended that the district:

  • ask the new Facilities Advisory Committee to develop a plan to address athletic facilities needs by the school and community;
  • explore the structure for coaches and advisors when their teams move on to advanced competition;
  • consider implication of random drug testing for students in athletics and activities; and
  • review the pay for event workers who are increasingly difficult to hire.
    Auditor reports district financial statements in good order
    After an audit of financial statements, Virnig & Associates, LLC, concluded that the district conforms with accounting principles generally accepted in the U.S. The report of the independent auditor was presented to the School Board.

Personnel matters

In personnel matters, the School Board:

  • approved the resignation of Hamilton administrative assistant Cynthia LeBlanc; and
  • appointed Maria Schuerman as a Marcy Special Services paraprofessional and Beth Murphy as a Willow Springs replacement teacher in the 4-year-old kindergarten program.

Maple Avenue Home & School hosts craft fair

The Maple Avenue Elementary School Home & School will host its 18th Annual Holiday Craft Affair Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Lunch will be available along with a bake sale featuring delicious, homemade items. A Secret Santa Shop will allow children to purchase low-cost gifts for their parents and others on their list.

There are still some prime spots available for crafters. Please call Debbie LeDonne at (262) 246-0608 for an application, but hurry because spaces are limited.

Maple Avenue Elementary School is located at W240 N6059 Maple Avenue in Sussex.

Hamilton Education Foundation announces award-winners

Sixteen Hamilton School District students have been selected for the Academic Excellence Awards by the Hamilton Education Foundation for the 2004-05 school year. The recipients are:

  • Danielle Barbian, Templeton Middle School;
  • Alison Crane, Hamilton High School;
  • Elizabeth Cychosz, Templeton Middle School;
  • Michael Guzman, Templeton Middle School;
  • Seth Leinbach, Templeton Middle School;
  • Cody Neverman, Lannon Elementary School;
  • Julie Posh, Templeton Middle School;
  • Radoslav Radinov, Templeton Middle School;
  • Alyssa Reetz, Templeton Middle School;
  • Stephanie Rossman Templeton Middle School;
  • Kristen Serchen, Lannon Elementary School;
  • Kristin Souvigny, Templeton Middle School;
  • Chelsea Spangenberg, Templeton Middle School;
  • Daniel Thompson, Templeton Middle School; and
  • Heidi Umhoefer, Templeton Middle School.

Students are nominated by their teachers for academic achievement and performance. Hamilton School District students in kindergarten through grade 12 are eligible for the annual award. The schools listed represent the students’ schools for the 2004-05 year.

The Hamilton Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to generating financial support and other resources to enhance and enrich the educational opportunities of Hamilton School District students and teachers. The Foundation is committed to achieving creative and academic excellence for the 21st century.

Hamilton’s Cultural Exchange Club sponsors “Mix It Up Day”

The Cultural Exchange Club will sponsor “Mix It Up Day” Nov. 15 at Hamilton High School. Hamilton students will join with millions across the nation to combat peer social labels and prejudice by making the simple choice of where to sit at lunch.

They will abandon their regular seats in the cafeteria to sit with someone new who they otherwise would not meet and to reflect on what it feels like to be an outsider.

The school is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Road in Sussex.

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:

  • Krista Zuba, music;
  • Kayla Butterfield, family & consumer education;
  • Zachary Seppa and Christopher Schamerhorn, communication arts;
  • Travis Schirpke, social studies;
  • Leanna Vannarom, mathematics;
  • Jonathon Tran, fitness education;
  • Brandon Bolgrin, applied engineering and technology;
  • Kelly Gest, art;
  • Chinou Vang, science;
  • Eva Ennamorato, world languages; and
  • Michelle Harrer, business education.