Hamilton DECA students move on to national competition

Two Hamilton High School students qualified for national competition at the Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) Annual Career Development Conference which will be April 28-March 2 in Dallas.

Anthony Joseph Kerhin finished first place overall in the Vehicles and Petroleum Marketing category and Brian Bialobrzeski qualified as an Outstanding Gold Chapter Officer. Bialobrzeski is the president of Hamilton’s DECA chapter. The Hamilton juniors earned the opportunity to compete at national competition by first earning high scores at district and state level contests.

Hamilton DECA was well represented at the 41st annual state DECA Career Development Conference at the Grand Geneva Resort and Conference Center in Lake Geneva. In addition to Kerhin and Bialobrzeski, those who qualified and competed at state were:

  • Allison Umhoefer;
  • Ashley Reimer;
  • Dave Paton;
  • Katherine Rodenkirk;
  • Nichol Flynn; and
  • Phillip Laper.

Business education teacher Skip Hay is the Hamilton DECA advisor. DECA is an association for students interested in marketing, management and entrepreneurship that provides opportunities to compete in more than 50 categories related to business career development.

Willow Spring kindergartners support the troops

Willow Springs Learning Center’s 4-year-old kindergartners, families and staff are conducting a service project March 27 through April 6 to support American troops in Iraq. Donations are being gathered for the school’s “Let’s Support Our Troops” collection that will be sent to the Task Force 26 Navy Provisional Detainee Battalion in Iraq. The brother of Willow Springs teacher Beth Murphy is in the battalion.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) in Sussex will help with the school’s service project by packing and mailing the collected items to the battalion. The collection will be delivered April 7 to the VFW Hall.

People who would like to contribute may obtain a list of requested items from the Willow Springs office by calling (262) 255-6190.

Hamilton hosts international chess master

Chess lovers should mark their calendars for April 15, when Hamilton High School hosts “Blitz to the Max 2006” in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center. The Hamilton Chess Club is sponsoring the event which will bring international chess master Dejan “Max” Maksimovic to Sussex.

The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a fast-action tournament among students chess players from area schools. The tournament features 10-minute, one-on-one games. Following the blitz tournament, Maksimovic will take on all students and interested community members in a simultaneous exhibition in which he plays all challengers at the same time.

Maksimovic will present the blitz tournament champions with their trophies and then take on the top player in a one-on-one game.

Born in Yugoslavia, Maksimovic now makes his home in Chicago. He is among the world’s highest-ranked blitz speed chess players.

The tournament and exhibition will be in the lobby of the Hamilton Fine Arts Center, W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex. People are invited to bring chess clocks, sets and boards for use at the event.

The blitz tournament is open to students in elementary school through high school. Community members are welcome to participate in the simultaneous exhibition. The entry fee to participate is $3, with proceeds going to the Hamilton Chess Club. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Contact Chess Club advisor Tim Moeller at (262) 246-6471 ext. 1368 or e-mail him at moelti@hamilton.k12.wi.us to preregister or for more information.

Woodside students take on

Woodside Elementary School fourth-graders are busy reading as they prepare for a reading incentive program called “Battle of the Books.” Fourth-graders divided into teams, created team names, logos and buttons, and for nine weeks are reading books from a selected list.

Teams participate in four battles earning points by answering questions about the books they read. The six top-scoring teams will compete April 7 beginning at 2:15 pm in the Championship Battle. The event will be held in the Large Group Area at the school located at W236 N7465 Woodside Road, Sussex.

Hamilton students have good showing at music festival

Hamilton High School choir students participated in the Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) District Solo and Ensemble Music Festival held March 18 at Nicolet High School in Glendale. Students entered as individual soloists, part of an ensemble or both. A WSMA judge rated them on a I-V system, with I being the highest. Only students who performed music from the Class A list were eligible to receive a I* rating denoting that they will move on to the state music festival April 29 at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

The following students earned the right to compete at the state festival by earning the I* excellent rating:

  • Kaitlin Klemencic, music theater;
  • Patricia Berge and Christie Wilhelm, vocal duet; and
  • Kaitlin Klemencic and Patricia Horvath, vocal duet.

Receiving excellent I ratings were:
Class A:

  • Kaitlin Klemencic, soprano solo;
  • Aja Zarling and Kirsten Kozik, vocal duet;
  • Amanda Allen, Deanna Mirr, Krista Overgaard, Aja Zarling, Kirsten Kozik, Melissa Brook, Patricia Horvath, Krista Zuba and Kaitlin Klemencic, triple trio;
  • Amanda Allen, Deanna Mirr, Krista Overgaard, Jennifer Becker, Amanda Frievalt, Patricia Berge, Anisha Kuhl, Ashley Pomeroy, Bobbie Jo Singshiem, Shawna Martzahl, Stephanie Klees, Christie Wilhelm, Melissa Brook, Kirsten Kozik, Jessica Henzig, Julia Metz, Jessica Buschke, Holly Hainer, Aja Zarling, Patricia Horvath, Krista Zuba, Kaitlin Klemencic, Sarah Wilkerson and Charlotte Schiemann, show choir open class;
  • Alison Bacon, Robin Gluth, Kayla Vogel, Jenny Kehrin, Julie McDonald, Amanda Strobel and Kathleen Beitzel, show choir.

Class B:

  • Sarah Wilkerson, alto solo;
  • Holly Hainer and Anisha Kuhl, vocal duet; and
  • Ashley Rupert and Stephanie Klees, vocal duet.

Earning II ratings were:
Class A:

  • Kayla Vogel, solo; and
  • Charlotte Schiemann, solo.

Class B:

  • Julia Metz, solo;
  • Melissa Brook and Jessica Buschke, duet;
  • Charlotte Schiemann, Ashley Pomeroy, Bobbie Jo Singshiem, Shawna Martzahl, Jessica Henzig and Julia Metz, double trio; and
  • Alison Bacon, Robin Gluth, Kayla Vogel, Jenny Kehrin, Julie McDonald, Amanda Strobel, Krista Zuba and Kathleen Beitzel, miscellaneous vocal ensemble.

Loren chosen Music Teacher of the Year

Marcy Elementary School music teacher Rodney Loren, Ph.D., was named “Music Teacher of the Year” by the Milwaukee Civic Music Association. Loren will be honored May 3 for his outstanding work in the field of music education at an awards banquet. The recognition ceremonies will be at the Humphrey Scottish Rite Masonic Center in Milwaukee.

Loren has been instrumental in writing and monitoring the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s Arts in Community Education (ACE) curriculum. He teaches classes on elementary music methods and how to implement the ACE Program and in elementary schools. In addition to his teaching role, he is an accomplished organist.

The Civic Music Association has promoted music performance and education in the Milwaukee area since 1918.

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 portraying immigrants in a program on display for other museum visitors to observe and learn from.

The students in Katie Bernard’s and Nancy Collopy’s classes are participating in the “Museum Class Research Project.” The students chose immigrants as their research topic, and worked at school researching information, writing presentations, constructing display materials and practicing their speaking parts.

They will present their material March 23 from 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. The students and teachers invite community members to attend and see their work, which includes a wax museum with the students depicting immigrants from 16 different countries. They will present their program in the European Village.

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

March 20, 2006

No change in lunch prices next fall

The price of hot lunch will not increase next fall for students and adults. The School Board voted to keep the price for elementary lunches at $1.75, middle and high school lunches at $2 and adult lunches at $2.65. The price of milk will remain at 30 cents.

Lawn maintenance contract goes to Sabercor

With bids for the 2006 lawn maintenance contract ranging from $16,250 to $112,500, the district chose the low bid among six companies that competed for the business. Sabercor’s bid of $16,250 was accepted for the district’s mowing, spring and fall clean-up, pruning and planting bed maintenance. Sabercor will be awarded the 2006 lawn maintenance contract, with an option to expand to three years upon successful completion of the first year. A three-year contract will reduce the contract to $15,600 per year for the work.

Students get approval for Youth Options Program

The applications of seven Hamilton students were approved for enrollment in the Youth Options Program for the first semester of 2006-07. The students qualify by completing their sophomore year, having good academic standing and no record of disciplinary problems. The students are able to take technical college or university courses at district expense if they have exhausted the curriculum offered in the district.

Principal David Furrer noted that while students applied for a variety of classes, scheduling at postsecondary schools may present some difficulties.

“The possibility is great that not all these classes will be taken,” Furrer said.

School Board member Gerald Schmitz said even though the Youth Options Program may cost the district in tuition fees, it is a good opportunity for students when the district is not able to offer the advanced-level course.

Maple Avenue presents site plan

Principal Kristin Koeper-Hamblin presented Maple Avenue’s School Profile and gave a written report on the school’s annual site plan review. She provided an overview of demographic and test score data.

Koeper-Hamblin’s written report included a summary of the tactics and the interventions the school will take in the next five years. The tactics include:

  • implementing a schoolwide writing program with common expectations;
  • implementing an elementary reading scope and sequence of instructional strategies and assessments and developing common expectations within and across grade levels; and
  • developing and implementing intervention programming for students at risk of academic failure.

Students, staff, parents, board member recognized

School Board members recognized a number of people at their meeting.

The board presented outgoing School Board member Jennifer Rude Klett with an inscribed brass bell for her six years of service to the district. Superintendent Kathleen Cooke calculated conservatively that Rude Klett attended at least 500 meetings during her tenure on the board. Cooke noted the many accomplishments of the district while Rude Klett served including higher achievement and rigorous courses, expanded music and band opportunities and realization of the Hamilton Fine Arts Center and programming.

Woodside Principal Linda Jorgensen recognized students Dan Demler, Tyler Wischnefski, Jacob Menzel, Kelly Putz and Amanda Heisdorf, parents Michele Frane and Cheryl Kau and second grade teacher Joanne Kubisch for their contributions to the success of the fifth grade Science Fair.

Templeton Middle School eighth grade social studies teacher Rhonda Watton and her student Matthew Kline and Hamilton business education teacher Brenda Wangen and her student Amanda Albrecht were recognized for the students’ success in the Wisconsin Stock Market Simulation Essay Contest. Each student took third place in his or her grade level in the contest sponsored by Economics Wisconsin.

Personnel business

In personnel matters, the School Board:

  • appointed Elizabeth Berry as a Woodside third grade teacher and Angela Kolesari as a Templeton Special Education paraprofessional;
  • approved the retirement requests of Hamilton custodian Lawrence Krueger effective July 1 and Maple Avenue custodian John Janes effective May 1; and
  • approved a leave of absence for Woodside second grade teacher Kim Weber.

Eimermann honored for volunteer work

Hamilton High School senior Dana Eimermann will receive a President’s Volunteer Service Award for her dedicated service to the community. Eimermann organized “Dance for a New Day,” a dance-a-thon that raised more than $10,000 for the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin last year. She spent more than 175 hours working on the project from October 2004 to March 2005.

“Dana is an excellent student who is focused on and committed to making a positive difference in her community,” said Hamilton High School Principal David Furrer.

The award was presented by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. Sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the program recognizes young people across the country for outstanding community service activities. Eimermann participated in the Spirit of the Community program as a representative of Hamilton High School.

Hamilton Chess Team has strong finish to season

Hamilton High School Chess Team members finished their season with a strong performance March 11 and 12 at the Wisconsin Scholastic Chess Championship in Oshkosh.

In competition with 15 teams, the varsity team finished in third place in Division I. After a loss in the first round, the team made it though the next four rounds with no losses. Varsity players earning medals for their performances were Samuel Fischer, Alex Schwartz, Robert Pothier and Gary Peterson. Benjamin Helm won a trophy for “Best 5th Board in the State” in Division I. The divisions are based on ability, not school size.

The varsity B team finished fourth in the state in Division III. Medal winners were Sherri Albrecht and Kyle Fischer. Christopher Schamerhorn won a trophy for “Best 1st Board in the State.” Other team members were David Murdock and Alana Strait.

Junior varsity players who participated in the tournament were Gina Philippi, Dana Knoerr and Thomas Sokol.