Vogel, Alfano nominated for award

Hamilton High School seniors Kayla Vogel and Michael Alfano were selected as their school’s nomination for the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award.

Vogel earned a 3.98 grade point average and participated in golf, basketball and drama. She also is involved in the Sussex Leo Club.

Alfano earned a 4.0 grade point average and participated in football and soccer. He also is involved in the Distributive Education Club of America and Spanish Club.

Both students are members of the National Honor Society.

Hamilton students earn top awards in Business Olympics

Hamilton High School business education students recently competed in the 30th Annual ABC Business Skills Olympics at Waukesha County Technical College. Business education students from throughout Waukesha County competed in various business events and attended informational seminars and workshops.

Taking home trophies for their finishes in the top five were:

  • Emily Rindfleisch, first place in marketing and spelling;
  • Holly Rindfleisch, first place in international business;
  • Ryan Zahn, second place in public speaking and third place in international business;
  • Halley Greeneway, second place in international business;
  • Sonya Ruminski, third place in desktop publishing;
  • Emily Pride, third place in spelling; and
  • William Kerr, fourth place in computer theory.

Other business student participants were: Talisa Emberts, Meghan Spredemann, Justin Franzen, Kyle Ehley, Jaclyn Klafke, Joshua Jensen, Joseph Kehrin, and Allison Sorenson.

Luedtke earns excellence award

Hamilton High School senior Samantha Luedtke was selected to receive the 2007 Award of Excellence Honor from the Women’s Sports Advocates of Wisconsin (WSAW). Luedtke was nominated by Hamilton Athletic Director Mike Gosz who described her as a leader.

“Sam is the type of student-athlete that every coach wishes for and the type who will lead her community in the future,” said her basketball coach, Dan Heckman. “Her work ethic is outstanding and she has a great desire to be successful and help others achieve their goals.”

Luedtke competes in volleyball, basketball and softball while maintaining a 3.71 grade point average. She was recognized with other female student-athletes at WSAW’s Annual Awards Banquet at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in Milwaukee.

Every Wisconsin public and private high school is invited to select one student-athlete for the Award of Excellence. Recipients must meet the standard of 3.0 or higher grade point average and a varsity letter in at least one girls’ WIAA sport.

Founded in 1980, the WSAW is an internationally recognized nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing opportunities for girls and women who participate in sports. The organization sponsors statewide awards programs in honor of Wisconsin’s finest female athletes. The WSAW program is the only one of its type in Wisconsin, recognizing both public and private school-student athletes.

Robo Run has family activities

There will be plenty of activities for families May 5 at the first annual Robo Run sponsored by Hamilton High School Robotics Team 537 and the Robotics Booster Club. Participants can walk or run the 5.37 K event in the scenic Menomonee Park and stay for refreshments, robot demonstrations, kids’ activities and music.

The $15 event fee includes a free T-shirt, snack and beverage while quantities last. Not included is a $2.50 parking fee. Check-in and registration begins at 8 a.m. at Picnic Areas 1 and 2. The run-walk will start at 9 a.m. rain or shine.

Menomonee Park is located at W220 N7884 Town Line Road in Menomonee Falls. Visit the Robotics Web site at www.team537.com to register for the Robo Run and learn more about Hamilton’s Robotics team or call Laurie Cox at (262) 246-8491.

High school seeks nominees for Distinguished Alumnus

Community members are invited to nominate Hamilton High School graduates for the 2007 Distinguished Alumnus Award which will be presented at the June 16 high school graduation ceremony.

People are asked to include the nominee’s name, address and phone number, along with a 50- to 75-word description of why the nominee is worthy of the award. This information may be submitted through the district Web site at www.hamilton.k12.wi.us on the Hamilton High School alumni page or delivered to Candis Mongan, Hamilton High School, W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex, WI 53089.

High school faculty members will review nominations and recommend a finalist.

The nomination deadline is May 11. For further information, contact Mongan at (262) 246-6471 ext. 1104.

April 23, 2007

District gears up for staff development, summer workshops
Instructional Services Supervisor Dee Bauman, Ph.D., presented the district’s training initiatives and summer workshops.

The district’s Professional Development Advisory Council helped put together a plan that will help staff have even greater effectiveness in the classroom. The 2007-08 plan will focus on: closing the achievement gap related to poverty and status as a minority, English Language Learner or special education student; working on Advanced Placement vertical teaming; and continuing a grading initiative designed to clearly and accurate report student progress.

Summer workshops include curriculum projects at all grade levels. Bauman mentioned a few including: development of social studies research projects that integrate information and technology literacy standards in grades 5, 7 and 9; vertical team projects in secondary level science and communication arts; and numerous middle school and high school curriculum revisions projects.

District conducts self-assessment
Females in the Hamilton School District are twice as likely to apply for scholarships, and scholarship winners are twice as likely to be female. Educational Services Assistant Superintendent Dean Schultz reported those findings as part of the district’s pupil nondiscrimination self-evaluation. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction requires the self-evaluation which focuses on three areas:

  • methods, practices, curriculum and materials used in instruction, counseling and assessment;
  • participation patterns and district support of extracurricular and recreational activities; and
  • trends in scholarship awards and recognition.

Overall, the district fared well in nondiscrimination and equality of educational opportunity. Minority and special education students receive awards and scholarships, however, the rate is less than that of their white, non-special education student counterparts, the report stated. Schultz said the most notable recommendation from the self-evaluation is to monitor award applicants and recipients based on gender, race, special education and English Language Learner status and communicate award possibilities more aggressively.

Summer school fees adjusted
School Board members adjusted fees for the 2007 Summer Opportunities program to a two-tiered system. In previous years the district charged one average fee for summer school courses. School officials learned this year that the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction now requires a different way of assessing fees. Some class fees will be $4 and others will be $8. The summer school fee schedule will be included with information materials distributed to families.

Students and staff recognized
Two district teachers and two students were recognized. Templeton eighth grade social studies teacher Rhonda Watton and Maple Avenue fifth grade teacher Christina Garley were honored for being selected as state winners in the 2007 Kohl Teacher Fellowship Program.

Templeton students Makayla Imrie and Miranda Brown were honored for success in the 2007 Wisconsin Letters About Literature competition. Imrie took first place and Brown took second place. Imrie read the letter she wrote to Markus Zusak about his historical novel, “The Book Thief,” a moving story of a girl during the Holocaust.

Oaths of office administered
School Board members Gabe Kolesari and Gerald Schmitz took oaths of office for another three-year term after they ran unopposed in the April 3 election.

Annual Meeting agenda OK’d
The 2007 Annual Meeting will be held in the high school cafeteria June 18. School Board members approved the date, time and place for the meeting. The meeting follows the Annual Public Hearing, which begins at 6:15 p.m. in the Little Theater. The events were originally slated to be in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center, but a community dance group has requested to use the facility for a dance performance and rehearsals.

Personnel business
In personnel business, the School Board:

  • approved the retirement request of Lannon custodian Wayne Niederdorfer;
  • accepted the resignation of Maple Avenue clerical paraprofessional Janet Garbe and Woodside third grade teacher Jennifer Thomas; and
  • appointed Brian Siegel as a Woodside second grade teacher, Margaret Supa as a Woodside first grade teacher, Christina Frey as a Templeton seventh grade teacher, Stephanie Shoemaker as Hamilton biology teacher and Daniel Diedrick as a district cleaner.

Hamilton band has successful showing in Boston

The Hamilton High School Symphonic Band recently returned from a successful trip to the Heritage Music Festival in Boston. The band performed for nationally renowned adjudicators and had the second highest score among seven bands attending the festival.

In addition to performing, the students furthered their musical experience by attending a concert by the world famous Boston Symphony Orchestra as well as other activities highlighting the history of our country.

Hamilton bands will perform for the final time this year May 10 in a spring concert that begins at 7 p.m. Admission is free. The performance will be in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center, W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex.

Jon Waite is the Hamilton band director.

Hamilton puts on “The Music Man” May 3-6

The Hamilton High School Drama Department will perform the musical “The Music Man” May 3-5 at 7 p.m. and May 6 at 2 p.m.

“The Music Man” tells the story of traveling salesman, Harold Hill, and his visit to a small Iowa town where he meets and falls in love with the willful librarian, Marian Paroo. With his fast-talking style, “Professor” Harold Hill convinces the town that unless they adopt his revolutionary music program, the youngsters of River City will be forever doomed. He gets the parents to buy instruments and expensive uniforms to form a band, but chaos ensues when his credentials are questioned and he is called upon to prove himself to the citizens of River City.

Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. Charger Activity Passes are suspended for this production. The Sunday matinee performance offers a special family promotion in which two adults and up to four children will be admitted for $20. Please call the Drama Department voicemail at (262) 246-6471 extension 1552 to leave an order for tickets that may be picked up the day of the performance. The box office opens 30 minute prior to each show.

The performance will be in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center, W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex.

Robotics hosts first Robo Run

Hamilton High School Robotics Team 537 and the Robotics Booster Club will hold its first annual Robo Run May 5 at Menomonee Park. Community members and families are encouraged to participate in the 5.37 K fun run or walk that will benefit the Robotics team.

Cost to participate is $12 for those who preregister by April 22 and $15 for those who register the day of the event. Fees include a free T-shirt while quantities last, a snack and beverage. The event begins with check-in and registration at 8 a.m. The run-walk will kick off at 9 a.m.

Menomonee Park is located at W220 N7884 Town Line Road in Menomonee Falls. Visit the Robotics Web site at www.team537.com to register for the Robo Run and learn more about Hamilton’s Robotics team.

Lannon lunch group shows its heart

The Lannon Elementary School Fourth Grade Lunch Club showed its heart recently through two meaningful donations. The Lunch Club meets each Wednesday to discuss ways to promote random acts of kindness at school, home and in the community.

With $271.25 in profits from its Have a Heart – Give a Heart valentine and sucker sale, Lunch Club members decided to make donations to two charities. One-half of the profit will go to the Waukesha County Humane Society, where it will be presented after a school field trip this spring.

The remaining proceeds were donated to the American Heart Association in recognition of the school’s popular paraprofessional and Lunch Club advisor, Jean Fero, who had a pacemaker installed in February. The check was presented to an American Heart Association representative March 30 at the school’s Jump Rope for Heart event.

Club members sold 1,085 valentines and suckers during the sale. The Lannon Home & School covered expenses of the sale which allowed the students to make their generous donations to the charities.