Hamilton students to attend World Affairs Seminar

Hamilton High School juniors Chelsea Brocker and Kyle Giese were selected to attend the 30th Annual World Affairs Seminar at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. The students will participate in the seminar June 17-23 and explore the theme of “Global Leadership Rising Powers: Who Counts?”

Hamilton Social Studies Department faculty members chose Brocker and Giese based on their interest and enthusiasm to learn about global issues. The Sussex Lions and Menomonee Falls Rotary clubs provided their registration fees for the weeklong seminar that includes all lodging, meals and seminar materials.

The World Affairs Seminar is a unique, high energy educational program for high school students from around the world to study global issues and problems. Participants also learn about each others’ customs, traditions, opinions and aspirations. Each participant is a member of a small study group that develops a position paper during the seminar. The daily schedule includes lectures, films, small group discussion sessions and opportunities to participate in social and recreational activities across the campus.

Experts speak on topics related to the seminar theme. This year’s keynote speaker is futurist David Zach, who will provide an entertaining, futuristic tour of technology, economics, business, education and society.

Academic search shines light on students

Dozens of Hamilton School District students participated in the Midwest Academic Talent Search (MATS) by taking above-grade level tests to measure their intellectual abilities. Seven students who took the EXPLORE, ACT or SAT tests were recognized for exceptional performance among Wisconsin students, and two students were noted for their exceptional performance in the Midwest.

Students qualified for MATS based on their scores on the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exam. Qualifying seventh and eighth grade students took the ACT or SAT, which are college entrance exams normally given to high school students. Fifth- and sixth-graders who qualified for MATS took EXPLORE, a test normally given to eighth grade students.

Templeton Middle School seventh-grader Julie Posh and Marcy Elementary School fifth-grader Marlee Williams earned outstanding scores in MATS and were invited to the June 3 awards ceremony at Northwestern University. They were among only 650 students from eight Midwestern states invited to the event, which will be on the Evanston, Ill. campus.

In addition, the following students were recognized as top performers in Wisconsin: Michael Newman, Templeton seventh grade; Nathan Goecks, Lannon fifth grade; Kurt Nejedlo, Maple Avenue fifth grade; and Caroline Hope and Allison Kline, Marcy fifth grade.

Other Templeton students who participated in MATS were: Shaye Adams, Robert Albrecht, Jasmine Badreddine, Melanie Beaudry, Morgan Burns, Justin Buschke, Aaron Davis, Erica Dawley, Steven Deau, Allison Ehlert, Kirsten Fischer, Krislyn Follmann, Sarah Geier, Sara Glomski, Kelsey Gratz, Jenna Harvestine, Kimberly Hillmer, Tyler Hoell, Lindsay James, Jennifer Janusz, Kelsey Jasinski, Sarah Kirsch, Matthew Kline, Andrew Kristensen, Corey Last, McKenzie LaValle, Anthony Lee, Melinda Marquardt, Paula Myatt, Kelsey Rajchel, Brian Richards, Kathleen Richards, Eric Sutton, Benjamin Todd, Amanda Wagner, Kathryn Weinand, Lauren Willoughby, Michael Yu, Talon Zarling and Zachary Zarling.

Other elementary students who participated were: Miranda Brown and Brandon Josi from Lannon; Emily Jansen, Conner Roozen, Miranda Simes, Marissa Weiman, Samantha Williams and Annamarie Zuzick from Maple Avenue; Megan Klein, Andrew McClone, Cameron Pothier, Emily Tighe, Kyle Youngblood and Harrison Yu from Marcy; and Katherine Bitz, Alexander Dowlding, Hannah Jasinski, A.J. Mamerow, Corinne Olson and Tyler Wischnefski from Woodside.

MATS is a program of Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development that offers testing for academically talented students in grades 3-9. MATS has been serving students in the Midwest and beyond since 1981. Nearly 31,000 students use MATS each year to help them understand their abilities and plan for their future. It is a well-researched and respected program model in gifted education.

Hamilton announces April students of the month

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

  • Michael Alfano, science;
  • Carl Benn and Joseph Schroeder, social studies;
  • Kathryn Doyle, world languages;
  • Kelly Held, family and consumer education;
  • Shantelle Kind, communication arts;
  • Kaitlin Klemencic, music;
  • Kimberly Knoebel, art;
  • Taylor Roehr, applied engineering and technology;
  • Stephanie Rossman, business education;
  • Justin Rupnow, mathematics; and
  • Ashley Schultz, fitness education.

Project Graduation gives seniors safe celebration

Hamilton High School 2006 seniors will have one last opportunity to celebrate their accomplishments as they participate in Project Graduation, an alcohol and drug free lock-in held at the school. The party begins at 7:30 p.m. on June 3, and runs until 3:30 a.m. the following day.

Students will enjoy music by DJ Express, karaoke, casino games, basketball, volleyball, comedy and the Hamilton Jazz Combo. Great food and prizes are highlights as well.

Project Graduation began in 1989 when parents first organized the event. Seniors pay $25 for tickets to attend. Area businesses provide donations to offset the cost of the celebration. Seniors may purchase tickets May 22-24 during lunch hours.

The party is traditionally organized by parents of underclassmen, giving parents of seniors an opportunity to plan for a busy graduation weekend.

Parent volunteers are needed to help make Project Graduation a success. For more information contact Pam Mehring at (262) 246-6827.

May 15, 2006

2006-07 budget approved for June 19 Annual Meeting
Community members will have an opportunity to vote on the district levy June 19 at 7:30 p.m. at Hamilton High School. The School Board approved a $42.3 million budget that is up 4.75 percent over the current budget. The local levy is expected to remain at $9.50 per $1,000 of property value. The budget was built using conservative assumptions that there will be no additional state aid and the property growth rate will increase 7.6 percent.

Eighteen employees, with combined service of more than 500 years to Hamilton School District students and community, will retiree at the end of the 2005-06 school year. School Board members recognized their outstanding contributions to the district and the field of education at the May 15 regular meeting by presenting them with a clock, citation from the state Legislature and a certificate from the Department of Public Instruction. Those who were recognized were:
Lannon: Judy Gurath – kindergarten teacher;
Maple Avenue: John Hoeppner – third grade teacher; John Janes – custodian; Rita Petchel – fourth grade teacher; Karen Steinman – learning disabilities teacher;
Marcy: Juliana Seboth – learning disabilities teacher;
Woodside: Christine C. Parrinello-Peterson – fourth grade teacher; Cynthia Piotrowski – fifth grade teacher; Judy Wroblewski – fourth grade teacher;
Templeton: Fran Birschbach – family & consumer education teacher; Arlyn Clarksen – technology education teacher; Randy Howard fitness education teacher;
Hamilton High School: David Furrer – principal; Caryl Klug – Spanish teacher; Larry Krueger – custodian; Jane Kyle – family & consumer education teacher; Mary Penn –learning disabilities teacher; and Alan Skell – art teacher.

Community Service Award given, students recognized
In addition to recognition of retirees, the School Board presented its annual Community Service Award to Pauline Haass Public Library Director Kathy Klager. Superintendent Kathleen Cooke, Ph.D., said that Klager was deserving of the award because of the outstanding support the library provides to the district including providing a facility for student testing and tutoring, making the library collections available to students and staff for school projects and aligning library materials to the district curriculum. Cooke also thanked Klager for her membership on the various district and community committees.

The board also recognized students Stephanie Smith and Michael Alfano for being student board representatives in 2005-06.

Personnel business
In personnel business the School Board approved the hiring of Jay Jones as the district network engineer and computer support technician. The position description had been approved at the May 2 meeting.

In other personnel business, the School Board:

  • appointed Shannon Schlink as Hamilton learning disabilities teacher, Daniel Howard as Lannon fitness education teacher, Trisha Hanrahan as Woodside first grade teacher, Michelle Schultz as Maple Avenue fifth grade teacher, Jessica Cernoch as Templeton sixth grade teacher, Kathleen Dwyer as Templeton seventh grade teacher, Robert Heider as Woodside fifth grade teacher, Elizabeth Lodl as Woodside second grade teacher, Jessica Ronk as Hamilton science teacher, Jennifer THomas as Woodside third grade teacher; and
  • increased the contract of Woodside Early Mathematics Empowerment teacher Robyn Hassani from 40 percent to full time.

14 from Hamilton named AP Scholars

More than a dozen 2005 Hamilton High School graduates and one Hamilton senior earned designation as AP Scholars by the College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on college-level Advanced Placement (AP) exams. About 18 percent of the more than one million high school students in almost 15,000 secondary schools worldwide who took AP exams performed at a sufficiently high level to merit recognition as AP Scholars.

Students took AP exams in May 2005 after completing challenging college-level courses at their high schools. The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on student’s performance on AP exams.

Four graduates qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken and grades of 3 or higher on four or more exams. They are:

  • Anna Bradford;
  • Jamie Burns;
  • Morgan Lyons; and
  • Flora Zeng.

Ten students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP exams with grades of 3 or higher. They are:

  • Nicholas Blaubach;
  • Lisa Block;
  • Michelle Brown;
  • Michael Deau;
  • Kelly Kurutz;
  • Sara Mikolajczak;
  • Kelly Noack;
  • Alicia Olsen;
  • Robert Pothier; and
  • Laura Zoulek.

They are 2005 graduates except Pothier who is a senior this year.

The College Board’s AP program offers students the opportunity to take challenging college-level courses while still in high school and receive college credit, advanced placement or both for successful performance on the AP exams.

Hamilton High School offers AP courses in biology, calculus, chemistry, computer science, English, government and politics, physics, statistics, studio art and U.S. history.

Most of the nation’s colleges and universities award credit, advanced placement or both based on successful performance on the AP Exams. More than 1,400 institutions award a full year’s credit — sophomore standing — to students presenting a sufficient number of qualifying grades.

Choir members do well at state music festival

Hamilton High School Choir members did well in the Wisconsin State Music Association (WSMA) State Solo & Ensemble Festival April 29 at University of Wisconsin (UW)-Milwaukee and May 5 at Cardinal Stritch University.

Participating at UW-Milwaukee were:

  • Kaitlin Klemencic, who received a first place gold medal for her solo in musical theater;
  • Patricia Berge and Christie Wilhelm, who received a second place silver medal for their vocal duet.

Participating at Cardinal Stritch were:

  • Kaitlin Klemencic and Patricia Horvath, who received a gold medal for their vocal duet.

Mary Ann Porwoll is the Hamilton choir director.

Templeton students win Energy Bookmark contest

Two of the three sixth grade winners in the Wisconsin Energy Bookmark Contest were from Templeton Middle School. The bookmarks of Rachel Klima and Allison Ehlert were chosen winners. “Grass, Gas, Biomass: How Does Biomass Work for Wisconsin?” was the topic for this year’s contest. Visit www.uwsp.edu/keep to see their bookmarks. The Templeton library provided copies of the winning bookmarks to students at school.

Intergenerational party slated at Marcy

Generations will come together May 19 at Marcy Elementary School when fourth-graders in the classes of Beth Schaefer, Barb Gogan and Pam Biron meet their senior citizen pen pals. The students and seniors have been corresponding since November and are excited to meet their new friends.

The Pen Pal project is an off-shoot of the district’s Seniors and Students Program, a collaborative effort between the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Waukesha County and the Hamilton School District. The intent of the Pen Pal project is to give students letter-writing practice, both typed and hand-written, learn about life in the past through true stories and to make intergenerational connections and new friends. The seniors have many wonderful experiences to share, and the students enjoy their firsthand accounts.

The celebration will include a sing-a-long of old-fashioned American songs, a photo session with student and pen pal, a keepsake craft to make as a souvenir of the day, refreshments and a tour of Marcy Elementary School. To help cover the cost of the event, the students recently held an ice cream sale as part of their economics unit.

The celebration will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the school gymnasium. Marcy Elementary School is located at W180 N4851 Marcy Road in Menomonee Falls.

Templeton Future Problem Solvers earn state awards

Templeton Middle School’s sixth grade Future Problem Solving (FPS) team and a seventh grade student earned awards April 20-22 at state competition. Tara Garbe, Jennifer Janusz, McKenzie LaValle and Stephanie Petersen tied for third place for creation of a banner that represented their team and highlighted the topic of the State Bowl, “Health Care Access.”

The team also took second place for its skit, which was an outgrowth of the academic competition. Students were given an unfamiliar future scenario involving a health care issue. The students had two hours to identify 16 problems, brainstorm 16 solutions, choose the 10 strongest and write five criteria questions to help them rank their solutions. They then wrote an action plan for what they decided was their best solution. The students later put together a 4-minute skit to present their action plan to evaluators, coaches, parents and other teams.

Seventh-grader Paula Myatt took fourth place in the individual competition, where she completed a booklet with the same requirements, except she had to identify 10 problems and come up with 10 solutions.

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.

FPS involves more than 250,000 students in the United States and six foreign countries. In Wisconsin, 140 teams participated during the school year and 56 qualified for the State Bowl.