Templeton students honored for WMSA performances

Templeton Middle School recognized the following students for their achievement at the Wisconsin School Music Association’s (WSMA) District Solo & Ensemble Festival March 31 and April 1 at Mukwonago High School. Music students were entered in adjudicated evaluation by either performing as a soloist or as part of an ensemble. Each entry was judged with regard to tone quality, intonation development, balance and blend, performance skills, articulation and diction proficiency, and musical interpretation.

Receiving a 1* rating of EXCELLENT and qualifying for the state music festival at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee was:

Class A: clarinet solo – Sarah Vowels.

Receiving a 1 rating of EXCELLENT were:
Class B:
trumpet solo – Krislyn Follmann, Jessica Gemoll;
french horn solo – Kristin Fidler, Michael Swartzendruber;
euphonium horn solo – Lauren Little, Erin Stone ;
flute solo – Kimberly Hillmer, Gabrielle Lyons;
clarinet solo – Caryn Knight, Daniel Chartrand;
bass clarinet solo – Briana Botros;
alto sax solo – Lindsay James, Erich Maas;
tenor sax solo – Robert Matthias, Alex Crane;
baritone sax solo – Jake Ferguson;
piano solo – Kristin Fidler, Sarah Vowels;
oboe solo – Matthew Kline;
alto voice solo – Constance Dunlap;
flute duet – Chelsi Reilly, Kimberly Hillmer;
trumpet trio – Jessica Gemoll, Krislyn Follmann, Dylan Talerico;
clarinet duet – Kelsey Konkol, Caryn Knight;
euphonium duet – Erin Stone, Lauren Little;
french horn duet – Kristin Fidler, Michael Swartzendruber;
saxophone choir – Jenna Harvestine, Lauren Speckin, Lindsay James, Daniel Barch, Kelsey Rajchel, Robert Matthias, Jake Ferguson;
brass ensemble – Krislyn Follmann, Hannah Wiesneski, Bradley Helm, Mitchell Keim, Mercedez Hernandez, William Steiner, Kristin Fidler, Michael Swartzendruber, Aaron Fiss, Daniel Thompson, Bryan Jerde, Erin Stone, Lauren Little, Michael Asmussen, Jeremy Becker, Robert Jaeger;

Class C:
trumpet solo – Joseph Durica, Bradley Helm, Elizabeth Cychosz;
flute solo – Jennifer Potts, Paula Myatt;
clarinet solo – Zachary Hintz, Olivia Offenbacher, Adrianne Bartolini;
oboe solo – Courtney Meidenbauer, Michael Yu;
alto sax solo – Nicholas Hermberg, Jarrett Taivalkoski, Jacob Fourness;
trombone solo – Zachary Dowlding;
concert snare drum solo – Brendan Miracle;
alto voice solo – Megan Menzel, Jolena Eigner, Alaina DiGiorgio-Verdin;
tenor voice solo – Andrew Sears ;
boy’s unchanged voice solo – Tyler Dekarske;
piano solo – Lauren Kivimaki, Stephanie Keller;
clarinet duet – Michelle Woloszyk, Kelsey Jasinski; Daniel Chartrand, Michael Newman;
flute duet – Sara Slavik, Brianna Leinon;
trumpet duet – Rebecca Steiner, Elizabeth Cychosz;
flute trio – Jennifer Potts, Paula Myatt, Kathryn Weinand;
single voice trio – Alexandra Riska, Constance Dunlap, Brittany Pavloski;
sax quartet – Jacob Fourness, Nicholas Hermberg, Alex Crane, Erin Swierczek;
clarinet choir – Zachary Hintz, Michelle Woloszyk, Kelly Spaller, Danielle Barbian, Lauren Schrubbe, Ryan Hintz, Kelsey Jasinski, Adrianne Bartolini, Olivia Offenbacher, Alexandra Schneider;
trumpet choir – Lindsey Dary, Bradley Helm, Elizabeth Cychosz, Taylor Frane, Joseph Durica, Trenton Bonfiglio, David Ritter, Stephanie Keller, Timothy Groth, Ryan Hendrickson, AJ Paquette, Scott McGinnis, Chelsea Lewis; and
saxophone choir – Erich Maas, Jacob Fourness, Janessa Patterson, Anton Cortez, Daniel Spangenberg, Matthew Oleszczak, Elliott Schultz, Corey Lozano, Alessandro Aita, Sean McGiverin, Mitchell August, Alex Crane, Nicholas Hermberg, Erin Swierczek, Michael McGinnis.

Receiving a 2 rating of VERY GOOD were:
Class A:
flute solo – Kelsey Steinmetz,
alto sax solo – Corie Spankowski,

Class B:
piano solo – Kimberly Hillmer, Monica Saccucci, Margaret Stollberg;
clarinet solo – Michael Newman, Kyle Klett;
trumpet solo – Dylan Talerico;
flute solo – Chelsi Reilly;
alto sax solo – Lauren Speckin;
alto voice solo – Alexandra Riska, Brittany Pavloski;
flute duet – Kelsey Steinmetz, Gabrielle Lyons;
trumpet/alto sax duet – Jessica Gemoll, Kelsey Rajchel;
trumpet quartet – Krislyn Follmann, Jesscia Gemoll, Hannah Wiesneski, Mercedez Hernandez; and
sax duet – Robert Matthias, Jake Ferguson.

Class C:
trumpet solo – Lindsey Dary;
trombone solo – Megan Zavadsky;
flute solo – Samantha Vinkavich;
baritone horn solo – Ricardo Sparrow;
piano solo – Lauren Little;
oboe duet – Courtney Meidenbauer, Jennette Stein;
flute duet – Vila Thommavong, Casie Behringer;
trumpet duet – Stephanie Keller, Amanda Gentle; and
woodwind trio – Jesscia Schulz, Jennifer Jobke, Danielle Barbian.

Receiving a 3 rating of GOOD were:
Class B:
drum set solo – Steven Deau;
clarinet solo – Allisa Klobukowski;
clarinet duet – Anna Mills, Morgan Burns;
concert snare drum solo – Adam Pagenkopf; and
trumpet/alto sax duet – Robert Jaeger, Daniel Barch.

Receiving a Critique Only evaluation was:
Class B: drum trio – Alex Gratz, Anthony Lee, Taylor Woods.

School Board appoints Mongan as high school principal

The Hamilton School Board appointed Candis Mongan the new Hamilton High School principal at its April 24 meeting. Mongan, who as been associate principal and extended learning opportunities coordinator at Hamilton for the past three years, will begin her new post effective July 1. She replaces David Furrer, who announced his retirement this spring after 15 years at the high school – 12 as its principal and two as associate principal.

Mongan was hired in the district in 2001 as a transitions counselor for the high school and Templeton Middle School. In that role, she coordinated middle to high school transition activities was responsible for remedial and honor student identification and programming as well as the implementation of standardized tests. Her more recent high school responsibilities included coordination of extended learning opportunities and the accreditation planning process, supervision of several departments, applied engineering curriculum improvements, standardized testing and student attendance and disciplinary matters.

Before joining the Hamilton School District, Mongan was a school counselor and middle school teacher in Wauwatosa.. She began her career as a sixth grade teacher at a private school. She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary and middle education in 1992, master’s degree in counseling in 1998 and administrative license in 2003 – all from Concordia University in Mequon.

“Ms. Mongan is a strong instructional leader who will honor the accomplishments that the high school has realized while continuing to move it forward,” Superintendent Kathleen Cooke, Ph.D., said.

“She is a child advocate and a collaborative leader who will help set goals and challenge students and staff to reach higher levels,” Cooke said. “We are pleased to appoint a person of Ms. Mongan’s caliber who is an excellent problem-solver and communicator.”

Hamilton High School serves 1,214 students in grades 9-12 and is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Road., Sussex.

April 24, 2006

School Board appoints Mongan as high school principal
The Hamilton School Board appointed Candis Mongan the new Hamilton High School principal at its April 24 meeting. Mongan, who as been associate principal and extended learning opportunities coordinator at Hamilton for the past three years, will begin her new post effective July 1. She replaces David Furrer, who announced his retirement this spring after 15 years at the high school – 12 as its principal and two as associate principal.

Mongan was hired in the district in 2001 as a transitions counselor for the high school and Templeton Middle School. In that role, she coordinated middle to high school transition activities was responsible for remedial and honor student identification and programming as well as the implementation of standardized tests. Her more recent high school responsibilities included coordination of extended learning opportunities and the accreditation planning process, supervision of several departments, applied engineering curriculum improvements, standardized testing and student attendance and disciplinary matters.

Before joining the Hamilton School District, Mongan was a school counselor and middle school teacher in Wauwatosa. She began her career as a sixth grade teacher at a private school. She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary and middle education in 1992, master’s degree in counseling in 1998 and administrative license in 2003 – all from Concordia University in Mequon.

“Ms. Mongan is a strong instructional leader who will honor the accomplishments that the high school has realized while continuing to move it forward,” Superintendent Kathleen Cooke, Ph.D., said.

“She is a child advocate and a collaborative leader who will help set goals and challenge students and staff to reach higher levels,” Cooke said. “We are pleased to appoint a person of Ms. Mongan’s caliber who is an excellent problem-solver and communicator.”

Positions added to address specific student needs
Another 1.8 full-time equivalency (FTE) positions will be added to address intervention needs among students in the district.

One FTE will be added to support students who speak languages other than English in their homes. Among the 176 English Language Learners (ELL) in the district, at least 30 different languages are spoken, and the number of ELL students rises steadily each year. School Board members approved adding two half-time positions – one based at Marcy that will also serve the high school and the other housed at Templeton and serving that school along with the other three elementary schools and Willow Springs Learning Center.

The School Board also approved adding .8 FTE to increase the number of teachers providing Early Mathematics Empowerment services from 1.8 to 2.6 FTEs. The current positions are split among the four elementary schools with Lannon getting .6 FTE and the others getting .4 FTE each. The additional staffing will increase Maple’s FTE to .6 and Woodside’s to 1.0. The staffing is assigned based on number of students who are not reaching mathematics proficiency on state standardized tests.

Staffing plan
The number of full-time equivalency (FTE) teaching positions in 2006-07 will stay the same if student projections are accurate. Human Resources Assistant Superintendent Dean Schultz reported that preliminary data show the high school will have the same number of FTEs, the middle school will be up two positions and the elementary schools will drop two positions. The changes reflect a large fifth grade class that will enter sixth grade at Templeton next year.

In addition, Schultz recommended that the School Board include:

  • 1.34 FTE for increased Advanced Placement offerings at the high school;
  • 1.0 FTE for Special Education contingencies;
  • 1.0 FTE for increased enrollment expected at the middle school; and
  • .83 FTE for increased enrollment at the high school..

First draft of budget presented
Business Services Director Bryan Ruud presented the first draft of the $42.3 million budget that includes a 4.75 percent increase in expenses and keeps the mil rate at 9.5 percent. The proposed mil rate is expected to be $9.50 per $1,000 of property value. The budget was built using conservative assumptions that there will no additional state aid and the property growth rate will increase 7.6 percent. Ruud noted that because of those conservative assumptions, the mil rate may be less than the current year’s.

The School Board will approve a final budget in May to present to citizens at the June 19 Annual Meeting.

Students and staff recognized
Hamilton Principal David Furrer and business education teacher Skip Hay presented students who qualified for state competition at the Distributive Education Clubs of America conference. They made special note of two students, Anthony Joseph Kerhin and Brian Bialobrzeski, who qualified to compete at the national event. Students who were honored were Allison Umhoefer, Ashley Reimer, Dave Paton, Katherine Rodenkirk, Nichol Flynn and Phillip Laper.

Furrer credited Hay with developing a successful DECA Club that has grown from 17 to more than 100 members in the last four years.

Marcy music teacher Rodney Loren, Ph.D., was recognized for outstanding work in the field of music education. The School Board honored him for being named “Music Teacher of the Year” by the Milwaukee Civic Music Association.

Newly elected board members sworn in
Three School Board members were sworn in following their election on April 4. Lynn Kristensen, a first-time candidate attended her first meeting as a School Board member. Her seat represents Menomonee Falls. Incumbents Deborah Briggs, who ran for the Butler position, and Dawn VanAacken, whose holds the Lisbon position, also took their oaths of office.

Personnel business
In personnel business, the School Board:

  • Accepted the resignation of Woodside second grade teacher Joanne Kubisch;
  • Appointed Shannon Flaherty as a Templeton technology education teacher, Rebecca Tomsovic as a Templeton family and consumer education teacher, and Daniel Carey as a Templeton fitness education and health teacher; and
  • Increased the half-time contracts of Templeton fitness education and health teacher John Plese and Hamilton mathematics teacher Dan Krill to full time. Each had been teaching this year under a half-time regular contract and half-time replacement contract.

Young women receive math, science awards

Hamilton High School senior Angela Zapf and junior Stephanie Smith are recipients of the Society of Women Engineers’ Certificate of Merit. The students were selected as nominees from Hamilton and chosen because of their exceptional performance in science and mathematics.

The Michigan Technological University Student Section of the Society of Women Engineers has been participating in the Certificate of Merit Program since 1973. The program seeks to recognize young women for their accomplishments and introduce them to the field of engineering. Some 542 students across Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota have been recognized this year.

Templeton students attend meeting at Capitol

Eight Templeton Middle School Student Council members attended the Wisconsin Association of Student Councils (WASC) State Delegates meeting April 10 in Madison. The event, held in the State Assembly Chambers of the Wisconsin Capitol, provides the unique opportunity for WASC members to sit on the floor of the State Assembly Chambers.

Attending from Templeton were:

  • Jessica Doyle, WASC JAM state president;
  • Daniel Thompson, WASC JAM secretary;
  • Andrew Kristensen, Templeton Student Council president;
  • Benjamin Todd, Templeton Student Council eighth-grader;
  • Danielle Barbian, Templeton Student Council seventh grade president;
  • Nicholas Hermberg, Templeton Student Council seventh-grader; and
  • Amy Walsh and Bryan Kristensen, Templeton Student Council sixth-graders.

Chaperones were Templeton Student Council co-advisor Arlyn Clarksen and parents Lynn Kristensen and Darlene Barbian.

Danielle Barbian was elected WASC Region IV vice president on April 7.

Woodside program to celebrate first year of ACE

Woodside Elementary School kindergartners will have a wonderful celebration April 26 from 11:10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. with a program that features animals that hatch out of eggs. The event culminates Woodside’s first year in the Arts in Community Education (ACE), an educational partnership with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Students will share with parents and buddy classes a multifaceted project that includes their own creations of books, masks and computer illustrations along with movement, song melodies and percussion music. The project required creative and critical thinking in several subject areas.

ACE integrates arts throughout the curriculum and features in-school presentations from symphony musicians and a field trip to a Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concert. The Woodside Home & School sponsors participation in the program.

“Involvement in ACE is an exciting and enriching experience for Woodside students,” Woodside Principal Linda Jorgensen said. “A smooth integration of ACE has taken place this year because of the professional, collaborative efforts of kindergarten teachers and specialists.”

Jorgensen credited Woodside music teacher Heather Cheslock’s effective support for the school’s first-year success in the program.

Hamilton announces March students of the month

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

  • Bethany Canales, science;
  • Sarah Goodfellow, art;
  • Leah Jensen and Alison Vento, communication arts;
  • Sara Kamoske, social studies;
  • Anthony Kerhin, business education;
  • Keyaunna McKennedy, fitness education;
  • Kenneth Norby, world languages;
  • Katherine Smaglik, applied engineering and technology;
  • Dana Studee, family and consumer education;
  • Adam Swierczek, music; and
  • Aja Zarling, mathematics.

Summer Opportunities sign-up deadline is April 28

The registration deadline for the Hamilton School District’s Summer Opportunities Program is April 28. Information about the program and forms are available under the “District” section on the district web site at www.hamilton.k12.wi.us.

Registration by mail will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Students requesting popular courses should return completed registration forms with payment as early as possible. For more information, call the Summer Opportunities Office at (262) 255-3653.

Lannon Chess Club Tournament results announced

Lannon Elementary School fourth-grader Brian Dennis emerged as the champion of the 2006 Chess Tournament. The winner was determined in the final tournament March 29 after six rounds of play. Fifth-grader Ryan Golner took second place, and third-grader Lyle Hendrickson took home the bronze.

Lannon’s Chess Club challenged the minds of more than 40 students this year who met after school to learn and play chess. In addition, parent volunteers and chess teachers from Templeton Middle School and Hamilton High School assisted Lannon teacher Laureanna Raymond with the club. Raymond expressed appreciation to all the students and families who helped make the club and tournament possible.

Outstanding seniors to be recognized

Hamilton High School will recognize outstanding seniors May 24 at the Senior Awards Ceremony. This is a special night to recognize seniors for their accomplishments as outstanding scholars, athletes, actors and musicians. Students who win scholarships or other awards will be notified they should attend. Parents or students should inform the Guidance Office of outside scholarships received. Parents and other interested students also are encouraged to attend.

The ceremony will be held in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center, W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex. The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. and conclude with refreshments in the Hamilton High School cafeteria.

Any business or individuals interested in supporting the Hamilton High School Scholarship Program with a scholarship may contact Patti Mitchell at (262) 246-6476 ext. 1134.