Get Connected offers talk on turning kids around

National speaker Ron Glodoski will present Nov. 14 beginning at 7 p.m. on “The Real Deal on Turning Kids Around.” His presentation — sponsored by the Get Connected Parent Network — will be in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center, W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex.

Glodoski is a national expert on bullying, resiliency and substance abuse. He is author of “How to be a Successful Criminal: The Real Deal on Crime, Drugs and Easy Money.” Powerful and hard-hitting, Glodoski’s compelling presentations provide his audience a unique opportunity to see the world through the eyes of youth. In addition to parents and community members, middle and high school students are invited to attend. Free childcare is available for younger children.

The Get Connected Parent Network is supported by United Way of Waukesha County and is designed to help parents navigate children through their school years by providing:

  • age-appropriate information;
  • networking with other parents;
  • presentations from professionals; and
  • guidance and support.

For more information about the Get Connected Program, please contact Kristin Hasbrook at (246) 1973 ext. 1128.

Hamilton presents

Hamilton High School drama students ask community members to mark their calendars for the fall production of “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.” Performances will be at 7 p.m. on Nov. 9, 10 and 11 and a 2 p.m. matinee on Nov. 12 in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center.

The Thursday evening performance Nov. 9 is Family Night. Purchase two adult tickets and up to four student tickets – a $36 value – for only $20. Regular ticket prices are $8 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. For advance ticket purchases, please call (262) 246-6471 ext. 1152.

The Hamilton Fine Arts Center is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex.

Willow Springs sponsors Nov. 8 shopping extravaganza

The Willow Springs Parent Group is pleased to present its seventh annual “Shop ‘Til You Drop” night. Community members will have the opportunity to shop from nearly 40 vendors Nov. 8 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Willow Springs Learning Center gym. In addition, a raffle with many items donated by vendors and community members — including a $150 scrapbooking weekend getaway. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. Free parking, no entrance fee, free door prizes, and refreshments will be available.

The following home-based businesses will have products available for sale: Avon, Bella Bee Workshop, Bellezza by Tracy, Big Yellow Box, Cake N’ Crumbs, Cards in Bloom, Creative Memories, Designer like Purses, Discovery Toys, Funkie Junque, Home Interiors, It’s A Wrap, Jockey Person to Person, L&L Bead Works, L’Bri Pure & Natural, Lil Bowtique, Longaberger, Machine Embroidery, Mane Images Photography, Market Day Gourmet, Mary Kay, Mommy Time, Noah’s Ark Workshop, Pampered Chef, PartyLite, Silpada Design, Sprecher Brewery Gifts, Stampin’ Up, Taste of Home Entertaining, Tastefully Simple, Tea for Two Jewels, The Body Shop at Home, Timeless Treasures, Tupperware, Usborne Books, What’s Poppin’ , Wildtree, Wine Shop at Home, and Xango.

The Willow Springs Parent Group will receive a portion of the proceeds to help fund various 4-year-old kindergarten program activities. The school encourages community members to join in for an evening of shopping fun while benefiting children’s kindergarten experiences. The parents urge community members to get an early start on holiday shopping.
Willow Springs Learning is located at W220 N6660 Town Line Road, Menomonee Falls. If you have questions, please contact Lisa Slavic at (262) 820-2498.

Hamilton students chosen for diversity program

Hamilton High School student LaSalle Body was accepted into “The Other America Tour,” a program that promotes diversity and equity in the education system. The Tour was created in 2001 to increase socio-cultural awareness, responsibility and action among Wisconsin youth.

Upon completion of a 70-hour training program, Body will travel to high schools across the state to educate peers. “The Other America Tour” takes participants through a three-part program that helps them to understand issues through awareness, responsibility and action. The highly interactive program features the “Tunnel of Oppression,” live poetry, spoken word performances, activities and guided small-group discussions. It is intended to build skills among youth to increase confidence in taking positive action in their schools and communities.

Students inducted into National Honor Society

The Hamilton High School Chapter of the National Honor Society inducted 44 juniors and seniors Oct. 17 for membership. Hamilton teacher Jill Matarrese was the guest speaker at the event.

Students were selected on the basis of academic excellence, outstanding service, character and leadership at school and in the greater community. To be considered for the honor, students must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.5, submit a written composition, complete an activity form and provide four letters of recommendation. Students inducted were:

  • Elizabeth Bertucci,
  • Elizabeth Blewett,
  • Melissa Brook,
  • Lindsey Burleson,
  • Jessica Buschke,
  • Bethany Canales,
  • Paul Coburn,
  • Jeffery Denninger,
  • Jasmine Dockery,
  • Kathryn Doyle,
  • Eva Ennamorato,
  • Evan Flink,
  • Daniel Fourness,
  • Kristin Gatzow,
  • Joshua Gratz,
  • Claire Greeneway,
  • Benjamin Helm,
  • Lydia Hickey,
  • Alexander Hintz,
  • Sara Kamoske,
  • Joshua Kapelke,
  • Anthony Kerhin,
  • Jennifer Kerhin,
  • Brian Konyn,
  • Kyle McClone,
  • Kelly McGinnis,
  • Nicole Mikolajczak,
  • Carissa Mindt,
  • Elizabeth Peters,
  • Mark Ray,
  • Whitney Reimer,
  • Taylor Roth,
  • Samantha Runingen,
  • Heather Schilter,
  • Danielle Schoner,
  • Alex Schwartz,
  • Amanda Sonnemann,
  • Karley Sprtel,
  • Eric Swierczek,
  • Allison Umhoefer,
  • Margaret Van Reenen,
  • Michelle Zapf,
  • Aja Zarling and
  • Angela Zeng.

Members of the 2006-07 Hamilton NHS Executive Board are: Rachel Ziegler, president; Alyssa Knoebel, vice president; Sam Luedtke, secretary; Nicole Emmer, treasurer; Leah Jensen, historian; Phil Laper, parliamentarian; and Kayla Vogel, public relations officer. Hamilton German teacher Robin Tessereau is the faculty advisor.

Hamilton teacher chosen for Holocaust trip

Hamilton High School German teacher Robin Tessereau participated recently in the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum trip and educational seminar sponsored by the Milwaukee Jewish Council for Community Relations and the Coalition for Jewish Learning Holocaust Education and Resource Center. Tessereau was one of 70 Wisconsin middle and high school educators chosen for the program, which included a pre-trip orientation and visit to the museum on Oct. 15 and 16. A post-trip seminar is scheduled for Nov. 10 in Milwaukee.

The seminar is designed to provide public and private middle and high school teachers with accessibility to educational resource materials related to the Holocaust as well as the opportunity to visit the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. The goal is to enhance Wisconsin educators’ knowledge and ability to effectively teach students about the Holocaust. All participants will be required to develop an action plan focused on integrating newly acquired knowledge and resources into their curriculum.

The Milwaukee Jewish Council for Community Relations represents 27 constituent member organizations formed to safeguard equal rights and opportunities for the Jewish community. The program is made possible through a generous grant from the Helen Bader Foundation, Inc.

Local Petro Pantry helps Willow Springs secure grant

The Sussex Petro Pantry Mobil Station helped secure a grant for Willow Springs Learning Center from the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program. The national foundation provided a $500 grant that will allow the school to expand on the Everyday Math Centers that Willow Springs teachers Jessica Hoffa and Lynn Richmond created during the summer for each classroom.

Willow Springs staff members expressed appreciation to Petro Pantry and the ExxonMobil Foundation for their generous grant.

Willow Springs Learning Center is located in the Hamilton School District at W220 N6660 Town Line Rd., Menomonee Falls.

Hamilton student group sells cookbooks

Hamilton High School members of RAY Club have collected the best recipes from high school staff members and compiled them into an attractive keepsake cookbook. The cookbooks may be purchased for $10 from club members or advisors. All proceeds will go to RAY Club, whose purpose is to encourage mutual respect between all students regardless of sexual orientation, create a welcoming and accepting school environment for all youth and promote the district’s nondiscrimination policies.

The cookbook contains more than 200 well-loved recipes including appetizers, main dishes, desserts and more. For information or to obtain the cookbook, please contact Patti Mitchell at (262) 246-6476, ext. 1134.

Woodside celebrates Red Ribbon Week

Woodside Elementary School students will celebrate Red Ribbon Week Oct. 23-25 through activities that promote a drug-free lifestyle. The school’s theme is “100% Me! Drug Free!”

Activities include:

  • Oct. 23 – “100% Me! Drug Free!” Day – Students and staff will wear red and white, and students will receive stickers, certificates, “Cool Guy” poster sheets or bracelets;
  • Oct. 24 – Students will sign “I Pledge to be 100% Drug Free!” certificates or “Cool Guy” posters and place them on lockers;
  • Oct. 25 – Students will wear falls colors on “Fall into a Drug Free Life” day.

In addition, Juggler Dan Kirk will present his entertaining, anti-drug performance for all students.

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

Crafters needed for 19th Annual Holiday Craft Affair

The Maple Avenue Home and School is gearing up for its ever popular fundraising event that draws people from throughout the region. More than 100 crafters will sell arts and crafts Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Maple Avenue Elementary School, W240 N6059 Maple Avenue in Sussex.. A draw this year will be a raffle featuring exhibitors’ donated handmade items. Admission and parking are free. Breakfast and lunch will be available.

Exhibitors are still needed for the great booths remaining for this much-anticipated event. People interested in reserving space should contact craft fair coordinators Cheryl Johnson at (262) 246-4780 or or Jill Bazile at (262) 691-7695 or

Crafters will benefit from an extensive advertising campaign reaching local and surrounding counties. Crafters are encouraged to obtain flyers about the Maple Avenue event to distribute at other shows.

Proceeds from the event directly benefit children at Maple Avenue Elementary School. The Home and School extends appreciation to participants who help contribute to what they are predicting will be a “fabulous craft affair.”