Maple Avenue students conduct “One For Books” campaign

Maple Avenue Elementary School fourth-graders raised more than $420 and were able to purchase approximately 175 books that were donated to the Sussex Food Pantry. In addition providing books for local Sussex area families, the students’ efforts provided books for a national charity.

Students participated in the “One For Books” campaign that was part of their Scholastic Book Fair. For each dollar they raised for their local charity, Scholastic donated a book to a nonprofit organization devoted to improving reading skills among children including Kids in Distressed Situations, Inc., National Center for Family Literacy and Toys for Tots.

Student to celebrate at Lannon Poetry Cafe

Lannon Elementary School students will celebrate poetry April 3 from 2:20 p.m. to 3:20 p.m. as they participate in the Lannon Poetry Café. Second-graders in Andrea Tarantino’s class have immersed themselves in poetry for a monthlong unit of study. They have read poems by different authors and published their own.

The Lannon poets will perform their favorite poems for their audience, which includes their parents. Following their performances, treats will be served at the café, and students will share their published poems.

Lannon Elementary School is located at 7145 N. Lannon Road, Lannon.

Tryouts slated for Chargerette Dance Team

All interested students planning to try out for the 2007-08 Hamilton High School Chargerette Dance Team are invited to attend tryouts April 23-25 from 6:45 p.m. to 9 p.m. The tryouts will be in the cafeteria at Hamilton High School, W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex.

For more information about the Chargerette Dance Team, please contact coaches Jessica Ronk at (262) 246-6471 ext. 1450 or, or Lindsey Wehr at (262) 246-6471 ext. 1153 or

Choir members do well at WSMA festival

Hamilton High School Choir members did well in the Wisconsin State Music Association (WSMA) District Solo & Ensemble held March 17 at Shorewood High School and Intermediate School.

Kaitlin Klemencic and Michael Guzman qualified as soloists to participate at the State Festival to be held April 28 at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Klemencic qualified for her soprano solo and musical theater, and Guzman qualified for his piano solo.

The following groups and individuals earned gold medal ratings in Class A competition:

  • Kayla Vogel, soprano solo and musical theater;
  • Stephanie Klees, alto solo;
  • Patricia Horvath, soprano solo;
  • Aja Zarling and Kirsten Kozik, vocal duet; and
  • Alison Bacon, Krista Overgaard, Jennifer Becker, Amanda Frievalt, Patricia Berge, Anisha Kuhl, Stephanie Klees, Kirsten Kozik, Jessica Henzig, Jessica Buschke, Aja Zarling, Patricia Horvath, Kaitlin Klemencic, Michael Guzman, James Dunlap, Andrew Rupert, Ashley Rupert, Kathleen Beitzel, Lori Noto, Raquel Wnuk, Amanda Rockwell, Alexandra Riska, Skye Christian, Heather Hulman, Kayla Vogel and Chaya Nayak, vocal jazz choir open class.

Those who earned gold medals in Class B competition were:

  • Anisha Kuhl, soprano solo;
  • Ashley Rupert, soprano solo; and
  • Jessica Henzig, alto solo.

Silver medals went to:

  • Patricia Berge, Chaya Nayak, Aja Zarling and Kirstin Kozik – Class A soloists;
  • Constance Dunlap, Raquel Wnuk and Skye Christian – Class B soloists;
  • Aja Zarling and Michael Guzman, Kathleen Beitzel and James Dunlap, Kaitlin Klemencic and Patricia Horvath – Class A duets; and
  • Alison Bacon, Kaitlin Klemencic and Kayla Vogel – Class B trio.

In addition, Jessica Buschke earned a bronze medal for a Class B solo.

Mary Ann Porwoll is the Hamilton choir director.

March 19, 2007

District moves to integrated digital library catalog
Hamilton students from throughout the district will have the opportunity to look up materials in all six school libraries, regardless of which school they attend. The School Board approved implementation of the Follett Destiny library catalog system that will provide students and staff with access to library resources through Web-based technology. School administrators say the upgrade will improve access to materials, increase efficiency and promote student learning.

Destiny maintains a central database for all district holdings as well as a filter to individual sites. The current library system, Circulation+-/Catalog+, holds only individual library holdings.

Because of its Web capabilities, Destiny allows students to search juried Web sites appropriate for student use. It also includes a feature that provides users with a picture and summary of each book.

Instructional Services Supervisor Dee Bauman, Ph.D., in her report said library-media specialists and administrators researched the vendors who offer the integrated, districtwide catalog systems. The cost for Destiny will be a one-time set-up fee of $19,341 payable over two years and annual ongoing costs of $9,488. Funds will come from Educational Services and school budgets.

Growing Woodside gets support
As enrollment at Woodside Elementary School has moved higher, school officials are taking steps to provide breathing room for students and staff. The School Board gave administrators the OK in February to negotiate a 5-year lease for portable classrooms. Along with the new space in next fall, the school will have an additional half-time administrator to help oversee the school. With an increase of 25 additional students this year, the school reached its highest enrollment of 658 students, which is substantially greater than other elementary schools in the district. The cost of the half-time position, including salary and benefits, is expected to be $65,000.

Low bidder get job for high school projects
J.H. Hassinger will be working on high school project this summer if all goes well. The company submitted the low bid of $729,766 for several project at the high school including work Project Lead the Way renovations, installation of an elevator, school store remodeling and restroom update. School Board members authorized administrators to develop contracts with the company based on it low bids for the projects.

More computers to be purchased
The district will purchase 238 new PCs, 10 laptops and 10 Macintosh replacement computers using 2006-07 computer technology funds. The total cost for the hardware is $241,708. In her written report, Instructional Technology and Assessment Coordinator Katherine Little said the district strives to maintain a 5-year replacement cycle for PCs and a 7-year cycle for Macintoshes. She noted that district and building-level technology committees provide input to the decisions about technology replacement. The PC machines will be purchased through Dell Direct, and the Macintoshes through Apple.

Board recognizes achievements
The accomplishments of a dozen individuals were recognized by the School Board.
Hamilton Police Liaison Officer Mark Nihoris was congratulated for being honored at the Associate Principal/School Resource Officers Conference this year. He was recognized for the being the driving force behind the Wisconsin School Resource Officers Association.
Hamilton Principal Candis Mongan said Nihoris is a “great school resource officer and he is great for Hamilton High School” because of his good rapport with students and staff.

Three high school artists were honored for outstanding performance at the 2007 Scholastic Art Awards Regional Competition and Exhibit. Matthew Baron, a freshman, earned a Gold Key for photography; Elizabeth Fischer, a senior, and Sarah Tomke, a junior each earned a Silver Key for stained glass.

Hamilton’s Bowling Team was recognized for their performance at state competition and taking the District 1 Conference Championship. Students on the team were Alexander Baier, Marcus Carus, Samuel Figarino, Joseph Knueppel, Matthew Korek, Joshua Sanders, Benjamin Todd and Nicholas Revolinski.

Maple Avenue presents site plan
Principal Kristin Koeper-Hamblin presented Maple Avenue’s School Profile and reported on the school’s third year of its site plan. She provided an overview of demographic and test score data. 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.

Templeton site plan update approved
Templeton Principal Patricia Polczynski reported on her school’s site plan that identifies tactics that indicate students will:

  • increase writing proficiency demonstrating understanding of curricular concepts; and
  • experience social and emotional growth through relevant, focused and developmental opportunities ensuring maximum achievement for all students..

Polczynski said that because the site plan tactics are operational, the school will create a new site plan next fall. School Board members commented on the strong achievement Templeton students have achieved since the plan was first implemented.

Technology plan approved
The School Board approved updates to the 2006-09 Informational Technology Plan after learning about progress achieved in the district. Items that were completed or recently addressed include 5-year computer replacement reorganization, HelpDesk technology troubleshooting, School Messenger automated emergency calling, LunchBox lunch ticketing, GradeCheck on-line grading, TechLiteracy assessment, technology in-service opportunities, integration of information and technology literacy standards into curriculum, Destiny library catalog system, automated computer shutdown and Store Area Network data recovery solution.

Secondary schools given OK to continue accreditation
The School Board authorized participation in the North Central Accreditation (NCA) process at Templeton Middle School for a cost of $600 and at Hamilton for a cost of $700. The accreditation process helps schools focus on school improvements related to student outcomes. It aligns with the district’s site planning process and responds to the public’s demand for greater accountability. Hamilton has been a part of the NCA accreditation process since 1966 and Templeton since 1997.

Audit contract approved
Business auditing services will be provided by Reilly, Penner & Benton, LLP for the next three years. The firm first performed an audit for the district this year, and school officials were happy with its performance and price. The costs of the audit will be $11,875 for 2006-07, $12,400 for 2007-08 and $12,950 for 2008-09.

Students get approval for Youth Options Program
The applications of 14 Hamilton students were approved for enrollment in the Youth Options Program for the first semester of 2007-08. 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.

Personnel news
In personnel business, the School Board:

  • appointed Margaret Tackes to a two-year term as half-time principal at Willow Springs Learning Center; and
  • approved a leave of absence during the 2007-08 school year for Maple Avenue second grade teacher Alicia Ide.

Hamilton students qualify for international competition

Among the 17 Hamilton High School students who competed, 14 of them qualified for international competition after successful performance at the annual state Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) Career Development Conference in Lake Geneva. In all, 16 Hamilton students were recognized on stage at the state event for their accomplishments and received medals, certificates or trophies.

Students who qualified for international competition, which will be held in Orlando, Flor., include:

  • Brian Bialobrzeski, Ashley Reimer, and Mark Ray – gold certification for Student-Based Enterprise;
  • Sonya Ruminski, Patrick McCaffery, Allison Umhoefer, and Katie Rodenkirk – Outstanding Gold Students;
  • Claire Greeneway and Megan Ropiak – third place overall for Hospitality Marketing;
  • Ashley Reimer and Patrick McCaffery – third place overall for Travel and Tourism;
  • Halley Greeneway and Holly Rindfleisch – third place overall for International Business Plan;
  • Mark Ray and Joe Jurasovich – sixth place overall for Financial Analysis; and
  • Joseph Bartolone and Frank Schweiger – seventh place overall for Sports and Entertainment Marketing.

In addition to international qualifiers, Anthony Gaglione Clinton Loker and Ryan Zahn also competed at the state competition.

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.

Lannon students to present at Milwaukee Public Museum

Fourth grade students in Nancy Collopy and Katie Bernard’s classes will present a Wax Museum of Immigrants at the Milwaukee Public Museum on March 26 from 10 a.m. until 1:45 p.m.

The students chose immigrants as their research topic, and worked at school researching information, writing presentations and creating display boards. They learned why people wanted to come to America and what the journey and passing through Ellis Island was like. They uncovered old passports, citizenship papers and photos of the great immigration period.

The students and teachers invite community members to attend and see their work in the museum’s European Village. They will read letters in costume that they wrote to fictitious friends or family they left behind in their home countries.

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

Charger Robotics takes first at Wisconsin regional

Hamilton High School’s Charger Robotics Team took first place with two alliance partners March 10 at the Wisconsin regional competition at the U.S. Cellular Arena. The Chargers partnered with the Techno Knights from Savage, Minn., and the Fondy Fire from Fond du Lac.

In addition to picking up the regional championship, the team earned two prestigious awards. They were honored with the Engineering Inspiration Award for their efforts to recruit students to engineering and community outreach. The award is the second highest team award that FIRST bestows. In addition, the team earned the Rockwell Automation Innovation in Control Award, which celebrates the most unique control system or application of control components to provide innovative machine functions for a team robot.

These accomplishments earn Charger Robotics entrance into the championship event in Atlanta in April. FIRST — For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology — was founded in 1992 by Inventor Dean Kamen to encourage students to consider careers in science and technology. The FIRST Robotics competition now features more than 1,125 teams from around the world, 33 regional events and a 330-team championship in Atlanta.

Willow Springs to host Scholastic Book Fair

Willow Springs Learning Center will hold its annual Scholastic Book Fair March 22-30. The fair will be open on the following dates and times: March 22 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.; March 23, 26, 27 and 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.; March 29 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.; and March 30 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Please come and enjoy the Willow Springs Scholastic Book Fair. Share a book with a child or give the gift of a book to someone special. Everyone is welcome. Willow Springs is located at W220 N6660 Town Line Road, Menomonee Falls. For additional information, please call (262) 255-6190.