Maple Avenue fifth-graders donate to hat fund

Hats off to the students in Christina Garley’s fifth grade classroom at Maple Avenue Elementary for donating $50 to the Heavenly Hats Foundation as part of their “Buck a Book” program.
The reading incentive program encourages students to read on their own time and raise money for a cause they deem important.

For each book students complete and record in their reading log, they bring in $1 from home. Once $50 is collected, the class decides where to donate the money. The class chose the Heavenly Hats Foundation because they wanted to support kids with cancer, which is part of the group’s mission. Heavenly Hats Foundation provides brand new hats for cancer patients and other medical patients who lose their hair due to a disease or the treatment of a disease. The national group has given more than 250,000 new hats to medical patients since it started in 2001.

This is the second donation the class has made this school year. Previously, they donated $50 to Pandas International, which supports panda nature reserves in their native China through medical research, breeding programs, veterinary care, medicine and medical equipment.

The program, which encourages Maple Avenue fifth-graders to read while helping others, runs throughout the school year. Maple Avenue Elementary School is located at W240 N6059 Maple Ave. in Sussex.

Hamilton High School honor roll announced

Hamilton High School announced its first semester honor roll for the 2007-08 school year. To be named to the Dean’s List, a student must have a grade point average between 4.00 and 5.00. High honors is 3.50 to 3.999, and honors is a 3.00 to 3.499.

Dean’s List

Grade 12: Bethany Canales, Lisa D’Alessio, Evan Flink, Daniel Fourness, Joshua Gratz, Kimberly Hassert, Lydia Hickey, Michael Jacklin, Sara Kamoske, Jennifer Kerhin, Katherine Koloske, Brian Konyn, Sarah Krohn, Nicole Lemanczyk, Heather Leskinen, Christian MacLeod, Aimee Macpherson, Kyle McClone, William Noelck, Kaylyn Olson, Michael Otto, David Radcliffe, Whitney Reimer, Emily Rindfleisch, Taylor Roth, Cassandra Rubenzer, Danielle Schoner, Emily Schultz, Alex Schwartz, Sara Shaffer, Emily Sheeks, Marissa Sheets, Meghan Spredemann, Sarah Tomke, Margaret Van Reenen, Erik Vowels, Sarah Warzon and Angela Zeng

Grade 11: Kristin Cox, Zachary Emberts, Arianne Foster, Katherine Gielow, Halley Greeneway, Patricia Horvath, Jaclyn Michl, Holly Rindfleisch, Andrea Salus, Yoana Taseva, Chinou Vang, Leanna Vannarom and Miles Whitt

Grade 10: Katarina Braun, Timothy Christman, Kristin Fidler, Michael Fischer, Courtney Gray, Jenna Harvestine, Stephanie Kirchner, Kathryn Klein, Andrew Kristensen, Gabrielle Lyons,, Katelyn Putz, Chelsi Reilly, Alexandra Riska, Joshua Sanders, Theresa Selestow, Lauren Speckin, Daniel Thompson, Elliot Toy, Erik Toy, Rebecca Voss, Amanda Wagner, Hannah Wiesneski and Katelyn Youngblood
Grade 9: Danielle Barbian, Cassandra Chiao, Jonelle Ludin, Julie Posh, Morgan Reimer, Brienne Schaefer, Ally Schmidt, Evan Thompson and Sheng Vang

High Honors

Grade 12: Michael Bernarde, Elizabeth Blewett, Melissa Brook, Lindsey Burleson, Sarah Christiaansen, Angela Christman, Jasmine Dockery, Kathryn Doyle, Talisa Emberts, Amanda Emmer, Eva Ennamorato, Justin Franzen, Kristen Gatzow, Katherine Goodfellow, Paul Graves, Joshua Greiveldinger, Chelsea Gustafson, Benjamin Helm, Stacey Henk, Jessica Henzig, Jesse Hintz, Andrew Jost, Varinder Kaur, Christina King, Theresa Klees, Kirsten Kozik, Amber Kucharski, David Kuehn, Craig Laufenberg, Timothy McCardle, Chris McCormick, Nicole Mikolajczak, Carissa Mindt, Kathleen Murphy, Kathrine Ollenburg, Jared Omick, Thomas Paris, Matthew Pfrang, Alexander Piper, Joshua Pothier, Kyle Riesen, Kayla Riley, Nicholas Romagna, Emily Rosenbecker, Samantha Runingen, Nick Schaefer, Jessica Schiedemeyer, Chris Sendelbach, Heidi Silbernagel, Karley Sprtel, Jacob Stabenaw, Eric Swierczek, Jacob Tanel, Aaron Vergiels, Jacob Wanner, Kirsten Wiesneski, Alexander Wissing, Phoua Xiong, Michelle Zapf and Aja Zarling

Grade 11: Anthony Anderson, Ashley Bembenek, Mary Biron, Melanie Blend, Callie Budzisz Autumn Cassel, Chloe Cole, Amy Davis, John Decker, Rebecca Durica, Abby Eimermann, Danielle Emmer, Stephanie Englert, Daniel Ferrell, Alyssa Gray, Kaitlyn Jacobi, Madeline Jans, Tyler Janus, Kimberly Jobke, Lauren Kelty, Shantelle Kind, Alexandra Koelbl, Jessica Koepnick, Ellen Kudronowicz, Eric Larson, Betty Liang, Jacob Lloyd, Allison Michalek, Andra Mudlitz, Ashley Mueller, Radoslav Radinov, Nicholas Rashid, Stephanie Rossman, Justin Rupnow, Samantha Rupnow, Joseph Schaffer, Chelsea Spangenberg, Katie Speckin, Alana Strait, Hmong Vang, Sue Vang and Marcia Vrabel

Grade 10: Shaye Adams, Callie Andlar, Michael Asmussen, Daniel Badalamente, Lisa Balestrieri, Matthew Blackwell, Briana Botros, Kelly Boyd, Rylie Brandt, Matthew Brown, Lauren Burleson, Heather Cassel, Erica Dawley, Dana Devine, Jessica Doyle, Stefanie Droese, Brad Falvey, Alec Fotsch, Tyler Friedrich, Mindy Grabko, Melissa Graves, Brian Gryszkiewicz, Christine Hart, Taylor Hillmann, Kimberly Hillmer, Amber Holland, Lindsay James, Nicole Jurasovich, Mitchell Keim, Andrew Kerber, Lauren Kivimaki, Matthew Kline, Jennifer Koloske, Stacy Kurutz, Anthony Lee, Danielle Lehman, Megan Lemay, Lauren Little, Darren Lussow, Sean Mason, Emily Noack, Adam Pagenkopf, Marcus Paulson, Brittany Pavloski, Andrew Perego, Steven Radcliffe, Kelsey Rajchel, Katherine Rashid, Eric Reimer, Abbie Repinski, Alyssa Riesen, Andrea Rosenbecker, Dylan Rutta, Katelyn Sasse, Rett Schenauer, Brandon Schroeder, Tara Selestow, Alec Smiltneek, Corie Spankowski, Kelsey Steinmetz, Margaret Stollberg, Erin Stone, Kayla Sylvester, Dylan Talerico, Meghan Taylor, Benjamin Todd, Sarah Vowels, Daniel Waddell, Kevin Wahlen, Robert Wiedenfeld Jr., Lauren Willoughby, Maren Wisner, Tammy Wolf, Tracy Young and Talon Zarling

Grade 9: Jose Aguirre, Kirsten Anderson, Mitchell August, Katie Axlen, Jasmine Badreddine, Melanie Beaudry, Chris Beckett, Joshua Bembenek, Trenton Bonfiglio, Sarah Bregant, David Brown, Cassandra Carus, Anton Cortez, Natalie Croft, Lindsey Dary, Jamie Destache, Zachary Dowlding, Sarah Driscoll, Chelsea Fischer, Daniel Friedrich, Danielle Geach, Sara Glomski, Rebecca Goetzel, Alyssa Gohr, Aubrey Greene, William Hahn, Bradley Helm, Ashley Herrmann, Zachary Hintz, Amy Horne, Brooke Ihlefeld, Ilian Iliev, Kelsey Jasinski, Daniel Jaskolski, Hanna Jensen, Jennifer Jobke, Ian Johnson-Escudero, Stephanie Keller, Alexandra Klann, Tyler Kloehn, Joseph Kotlan, Jamie Kronberger, Corey Last, Carson Leet, Seth Leinbach, Corey Lozano, Daniel Ludwig, Jacob Luedtke, Michael McGinnis, Courtney Meidenbauer, Brendan Miracle, Paula Myatt, Alissa Nagel, Michael Newman, Daniel Noelck, Matthew Oleszczak
Nicole Olson, Jenessa Patterson, Brooke Patterson, Megan Perry, Zachary Riley, William Robinson, Elisabeth Rogers, Jaclyn Rosenthal, Michael Ruminski, Kimberly Sasse, Leah Schaumberg, Derek Staffaroni, Timotheos Stavros, Mandes Stoner, Erin Swierczek, Jarrett Taivalkoski, Georgi Tasev, Sarah Tighe, Heidi Umhoefer, Frances Van Eyck, Kathryn Weinand, Lauren Wirsbinski and Michael Yu

Honors

Grade 12: Brent Aaron, Trevor Allen, Hannah Aultman, Samantha Barbian, Mitchell Beaudry, Valerie Becker, Danielle Behling, Ethan Bergner, Jordan Berres, Jessica Bley, Taylor Brown, Emily Chambers, Travis Dahl, Garrett Dittrich, Andrew Doucette, Michael Duncan, Alyssa Galovich, Natalia Garcia, Selema Hamouda, Jamie Hansen, John Hartman, Daniel Hausman, Colin Henschen, Matthew Hernke, Alexander Hintz, Danielle Holicek, Michelle Jackson, Samantha Jansen, Amanda Kachnowski, Ellie Kahle, Manjinder Kaur, Shane Kelly, William Kerr, Kristi Kimball, Jaclyn Klafke, Alexander Klett, Joseph Knueppel, Michael Kopp, Matthew Korek, Kayla Kovnesky, Zachary Kozlowski, Ashley LaFond, Erica Lemmermann, Aude Lereec, Stephanie Maletz, Kelly McGinnis, Jacob Metz, Derrick Mickler, Sara Padovano, Justin Patterson, Tyler Peil, Elizabeth Peters, Joshua Rahn, Nicholas Regall, Sonya Ruminski, Travis Schirpke, Coty Schmidt, Amanda Simon, Jakob Simonsen, Amanda Sonnemann, Nicholas Talerico, Virginia Thern, Amber Turriff, Pa Kou Soua Vang, Brittany Voeks, Johanna Ward and Raquel Wnuk

Grade 11: Darcie Adams, Olukemi Ajibola, Matthew Anderson, Alexandra Bathke, Erin Beauvais, Lisa Becker, Stacy Bonesho, Lisa Boskamp, Alexander Buckley, Miranda Buschke, Gurleen Cheema, Andrew Christofferson, Jose Cornejo III, Sarah Daniel, Shannon Duenow, Nichole Ebert, Christopher Ebsen, Kyle Ehley, Emmanuel Eliades, Cody Ellis, Bess Farley, David Ferrell, Kyle Florence, Nicole Gaglione, Kaitlin Gauthier, Jake Geiger, Philip Giuffre, Jennifer Grennier, Joshua Guarisco, Kyle Gustafson, Julie Hansen, Cassandra Harris, Zachary Howard, Christopher Jacklin, Kayla Johnson, Zachery Knoebel, Shaun Lena, Sonnee Lozano, Chad McLaughlin, Andrew Michalski, Erin Monroe, Mitchell Muehler, Madeline Mueller, Samuel Mulkey, Carlton Nolen Jr., William Perego, Grant Poenitsch, Jennifer Potratz, Jordan Rademacher, Ian Read, Paul Reagles, Shelby Reuss, RaeLee Rogers, Katie Ruh, Rachel Saeger, Mark Slinde, Katherine Smaglik, Kristin Souvigny, Rebecca Torweihe, Catherine Traub, Kathryn Willkomm, Stephen Wright, Ryan Zahn, Kenneth Zarske and Meghan Zielinski

Grade 10: Robert Albrecht, Anthony Babits, Chad Brown, Morgan Burns, John Delfosse, Lauren Eliades, Amanda Ezell, Krislyn Follmann, Kevin Gellendin, Jessica Gemoll, Paul Glaser, Alexander Gratz, Kelsey Gratz, Christopher Herman, Dayton Hoell, Bryan Jerde, Kyle Klett, Alissa Klobukowski, Kyle Kluender, Elliot Knapp, Zackery Kollmann, Shane Kuntzsch, Taylor Ladd, Jamie Lupo, Danielle Markowiak, Marissa Meloy, Megan Menzel, Taylor Meyer, Alizibeth Mikolajczak, Nathan Mundt, Scott Olson, Matthew Otto, Amber Plowman, Steven Pratt, Gaochia Sayaovang, Steven Smith, Kory Sonnemann, Chelsey Sprtel, William Steiner, Ashley Stevens, Michael Swartzendruber, Mitchell Swirth and Lindsey Woida

Grade 9: Alessandro Aita, Elizabeth Alland, Adrianne Bartolini, Nicholas Beauvais, Tanner Brown, Mai Chang, Daniel Chartrand, Aaron Clinton-Earl, Robert Collett, Alex Crane, Tyler Davis, Joseph Durica, Evan DuVall, Joshua Eggert, Nicholas Ferschl, Alyssa Figueroa, Jacob Fourness, Derrick Gramoll, Stephanie Gratz, Collin Hanley, Ryan Hendrickson, Zachary Herriges, Ryan Hintz, Amanda Hutchison, Michelle Jahnke, Nicole Kopish, Kollin Kozik, Madeleine Kuenn, Jessica Landergott, Brianna Leinon, Natalie Lindner, Matthew Link, Erich Maas, Justin Marten, John McCormick, Alison Mercer, Tanner Mickler, Drue Morris, Olivia Neal, Ashley Oelhafen, Ariane Olsen, Austin Omick, Sanne Overgaard, Luke Pagel, Aidan Paquette, Daniel Peters, Ian Peterson, Elliot Poenitsch, Taylor Pohlman, Jennifer Potts, Tyler Rudzinski, Max Schaumberg, Justin Schiedemeyer, Alexandra Schneider, Lauren Schrubbe, Emily Schuch, Jessica Schulz, Melissa Simes, Daniel Spangenberg, Jeremy Swearingen, Dylan Tepp, David Tran, Kaitlin Traverse, Robert Truppe, Emily Vento, Nicholas Verhaalen, Sarah Waddell, Ashley Wille, Erika Winner, Michelle Woloszyk, YuPheng Xiong, Vong Yang and Megan Zavadsky.

Templeton students dismissed early due to school fire

A small electrical fire in the mechanical room at Templeton Middle School caused school to be dismissed early Feb. 20 for some 980 students. A 200-amp fuse melted, causing smoldering and sparks in an electrical cabinet.

Students were immediately evacuated, and the fire department was called. Because of the low temperatures, school staff quickly sent students to the nearby Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church and Hamilton High School as outlined in the district’s emergency plan rather than have them wait outside while fire department officials responded. Within a few minutes all students were in heated environments.

Fire department officials completed an on-site investigation. While there was no fire or smoke risk to students or staff, school needed to be dismissed because the fuse provided the electrical feed for air handling equipment.

The district’s automated calling system was activated notifying Templeton parents that their children would be dismissed early from school.

By late afternoon, electricians had fixed the problem. There was no damage to equipment or the facility. Costs for the repair include $30 for a new fuse and approximately $1,000 for labor.

“Ensuring the safety and well-being of nearly 1,000 students takes effective problem-solving and flexibility,” said Templeton Principal Patricia Polczynski. “We appreciate the quick-thinking of our staff and their support for students. The cooperation from students was also outstanding.”

February 18, 2008

New textbooks approved
School Board members approved new textbooks at their regular meeting. Instructional Services Director Margaret Bauman, Ph.D., who worked with staff to review and recommend textbooks that best correspond with the district’s curriculum, presented the books.

Following are the new textbooks and the courses for which they will be used in the 2008-09 school year:

  • “Welcome to Hospitality, an Introduction” – Introduction to Hospitality and Food Service;
  • “The Language of Composition” – College Reading and Writing;
  • “Force, Motion and Energy” and “Introductory Physical Science” – new physical science course;
  • “Sociology and You” – Sociology;
  • “International Business” – International Business;
  • “Food for Today” – Food Choices;
  • “Avancemos Levels 1 & 2” – Spanish I & II; and
  • “Carpentry” – Light Building Construction.

District receives honors, donation
In the Superintendent’s Report, Kathleen Cooke, Ph.D, informed the School Board about several honors and a donation.

  • Wisconsin State Superintendent Elizabeth Burmaster will visit Templeton Middle School Feb. 20 to observe the school’s character education program.
  • Templeton was presented with the award from the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators Feb. 14 that designates it as a “middle school of excellence.”
  • The district was presented with the Connect-Ed Communication for Leadership award Feb. 14 at the American Association of School Administrators national conference in Tampa. For the honor, the district was presented with a $5,000 check for its student scholarship fund.
  • The family of Kelly Gosse, a former teacher in the district who died of cancer this fall, gave a generous donation of books to the district. Gosse’s children are students in the district.

Personnel news
In personnel business, the School Board:

  • accepted the resignation of Maple Avenue second grade teacher Alicia Ide at the end of the school year; and
  • appointed Amy Hunter as a Maple Avenue special services paraprofessional.

Lannon Home & School sells light bulbs

Are you interested in saving money and the environment at the same time? Consider purchasing Compact Flurorescent Light bulbs (CFL) from the Lannon Home & School during March.

CFLs use 75 percent less energy than regular bulbs and can last up to 10 times longer. This translates to a potential $30 saving in energy costs for each regular light bulb replaced with a CFL. That’s in addition to not replacing burned-out light bulbs as often and saving the environmental energy costs.

The CFLs cost $3 each, and $2 from each bulb goes directly to support programs at Lannon Elementary School, 7145 N. Lannon Road, Lannon.

Contact Susan Bembenek, Lannon Home & School president, at (262) 253-1093 or e-mail her at rsbembenek@yahoo.com if you have questions.

ComedySportz tickles the funny bone at HFAC on March 5

Milwaukee’s longest running show is ready to laugh you out of your seats March 5 beginning at 7 p.m. in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center, W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex.

ComedySportz is competitive improv – two teams battle for laughs and points as they make up scenes, games and songs on the spot. The audience votes for the winners, and a referee calls the fouls. Even “The National Anthem,” performed by Hamilton High School Band members, will be played before the match. Volunteers are encouraged to join the players in the fun, fast-paced comedy for an evening to remember – or live down – for years to come. It is entertainment perfect for the whole family. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors age 55 and older, and $8 for students. Students are free with a paid adult.

Other HFAC upcoming events include:

University of Wisconsin Varsity Band – April 8
The famous Badger band will perform April 8 at 7 p.m. From their Fifth Quarter performances at Camp Randall Stadium after a Badger football game to the Hamilton Fine Arts Center stage, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Varsity Band is well-known for pleasing fans with its high-energy performance of favorites like “On Wisconsin” and “Varsity.” Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors age 55 and older, and $8 for students.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.HamiltonFineArtsCenter.com or by visiting the HFAC Box Office, located at W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex on Wednesdays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. No phone orders accepted, please.

The Hamilton Education Foundation provided funding to support some programming of the HFAC’s 2007-08 performing arts season.

Hamilton School District to host Camp Invention

Hamilton School District will host Camp Invention, a national summer day camp that encourages children to develop their innate creative abilities. The camp will be held July 28-Aug. 1 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Maple Avenue Elementary School for children entering first through sixth grade in the 2008-09 school year.

Camp Invention is designed to help children enhance their understanding of science, math, history and the arts while having lots of fun. During the camp, children will plan and participate in a mock Mars exploration, help renovate a fictional art museum’s gardens and will brainstorm ideas to help save a polluted town.

“Camp Invention’s creators continue to surprise and delight us with their innovative approach to education,” says Kristin Leaman, Maple Avenue kindergarten teacher who serves as camp director and will head a staff of local instructors and counselors. “Children who attend Camp Invention learn skills that enhance their abilities to brainstorm, solve problems and work in teams. As educators and parents, we know that children of all ages should continue sharpening these skills as we enter an era in which critical thinking will be extremely important to their future.”

Camp Invention is a project of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, a nationally recognized, non-profit resource center for creativity in Akron, Ohio. It is presented in partnership with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. It was introduced to Hamilton School District seven years ago.

The camp, which is limited to 110 children, features a low staff-camper ratio of one staff member for every eight campers.

The $205 registration fee, due on or before May 31, includes daily snacks and a t-shirt. A discount of $20 per child is offered with early registration by March 31 and the bring-a-friend program after that date. There is also an additional $5 discount for on-line registrants. Registrations received after May 31 require a $20 late processing fee. For further information or to register, call (800) 968-4332 or visit www.campinvention.org.

Chargerettes take fourth at state

The Hamilton High School Chargerette Dance Team placed fourth for its jazz routine at the state dance competition Feb. 2 in La Crosse.

To qualify for state competition, the Chargerettes advanced through regionals where they were selected as one of the top four teams in their area. Approximately 50 jazz routines were performed at the four regional competitions throughout the state. Only the top four routines from each regional qualified for state competition.

Hamilton seniors named scholarship winners

Hamilton High School seniors Angela Zeng, Bethany Canales and Emily Sheeks are recipients of the Wisconsin Academic Excellence Scholarship. The four-year scholarship is worth $2,250 annually for tuition at a Wisconsin public or private college, university or technical school.

The scholarships are administered through the Wisconsin Academic Educational Aids Board and funded through matching state and college contributions. They are given annually to recognize the state’s highest achieving students and to provide an incentive for them to continue their education in Wisconsin. Students are chosen based on cumulative grade point averages after the first semester of their senior year.

Hamilton’s recipients will be recognized May 28 at the Senior Awards Ceremony in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center.

Maple Avenue to host Book Fair

The community is encouraged to shop for books at Maple Avenue Elementary School, W240 N6059 Maple Avenue in Sussex, as its Home & School organization hosts an annual Scholastic Book Fair. The sale is in the school’s Large Group Area and features best sellers, Newbery and Caldecott Medal winning books, chapter books, picture books and hundreds of other items from Scholastic.

Opportunities for shopping include:

  • Feb. 8 from 5-8 p.m. during Family Fun Night
  • Feb. 11 through Feb. 13 from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. with special extended hours from 6 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 12 during the Get Connected Program.
  • Feb. 14 from 8:30 a.m. – noon.

Book fair purchases can be made using cash, check or credit card. A portion of the proceeds benefit’s the Maple Avenue Home & School.