Hamilton offers drivers’ education

Hamilton High School students interested in taking driver education classes this summer have until May 30 to register. Forms are available in the high school office during school hours.

Students will take 16 theory classes from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. June 16 to July 9 in Room 259 of the high school. No classes will be held July 3 or 4. If the 8 a.m. class fills up, another will be held from 10:10 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.

The simulation and behind-the-wheel portions of the class will be conducted July 10-25. Times are 8 a.m. – 10 a.m., 10 a.m. – noon, and 12:10 p.m. – 2:10 p.m. Students will complete six simulation classes and six behind-the-wheel lessons.

Fees are $150 for theory-simulation, $150 for behind-the-wheel and $300 for the full program.

Students who will be 16 years old by Dec. 31, 2008 are eligible to enroll in the theory-simulation and behind-the-wheel portions of the program. Temporary permit forms will be filled out in class and handed out after studying “The Motorist Manual.” Students must document 30 clock hours, 10 hours at night with their parents or guardians, and hold their permit six months without an accident or ticket before taking their road test.

For further information, please contact Hamilton Driver Education Coordinator Jackie Rottler at rottja@hamilton.k12.wi.us.

Hamilton High School is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Road.

Zeng named Presidential Scholar semi-finalist

Hamilton High School senior Angela Zeng was named as a semi-finalist in the 2008 Presidential Scholars Program. The United States Department of Education identified 560 semi-finalists among students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in 2008.

Students were selected for their exceptional performance on either the College Board SAT or ACT assessment. Further consideration is based on students’ essays, self-assessments, descriptions of activities, school recommendations and school transcripts.

From nearly 2.8 million graduating high school seniors, approximately 3,000 students were identified as candidates in the program, and only 560 semi-finalists were chosen from across the country.

In April, an independent, national review committee of educators chooses approximately 500 semi-finalists. The Commission on Presidential Scholars makes the final selection in April. The Commission selects up to 121 students to be named Presidential Scholars, one of the highest honors for graduating seniors.

Scholars are chosen based on superior academic and artistic achievement, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities. One young man and one young woman are chosen from each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and from families of U.S. citizens living abroad. In addition, 12 students at-large and up to 20 students from the creative and performing arts are selected.

April 21, 2008

District reduces energy usage
The Hamilton School District avoided more than $427,445 in increased costs by reducing energy usage over the past seven years. School Board members learned about the most recent energy savings April 21 from Business Services Director Bryan Ruud at its regular meeting.

The term “cost avoidance” is used to compare savings because the cost for utilities and energy has climbed. By lowering energy usage, budgets have remained stable. Without facility and policy changes, energy expenses would be dramatically higher.

Among the changes have been: establishing lower temperature set points during the heating season and higher set points in the cooling season so that equipment does not kick in as often; installing light sensors that turn off lights when a room is not in use; and replacing boilers, lighting and windows to increase efficiency.

School Board members were impressed with the results. Jim Long thanked Facilities Manager Jeff Grove and custodial staff for taking action.

“Most school districts go out and pay consultants and you did the leg work yourself and it has paid off,” Long said.

Gerald Schmitz said that because so many expenses in the budget are fixed, finding areas where efficiencies can be found is more important that ever. He encouraged Grove to continue the energy-saving measures.

School lunch costs to rise
One area where expenses are continuing to increase is in the lunch program. Costs for prepackaged food products and basic staples such as flour have increased between 10 and 40 percent in the past year and the trend is expected to continue in the coming year.

School Board members approved a 10-cent increase in elementary prices, and 25-cent increase for secondary students and adults. The new prices will be $2.10 for elementary students, $2.50 for middle and high school students, and $3.25 for adults.

Two principals appointed
The School Board filled two elementary school principal positions with professionals who have previous principal experience. The School Board appointed James Edmond, Jr. to Woodside Elementary School and Michele Trawicki to Marcy Elementary School. They begin their posts July 1.

Edmond is principal at J.E. Jones Elementary School in Cudahy. He was first hired in the Cudahy School District in 2001 as special programs coordinator and was promoted to principal in 2004. He taught eighth grade language arts and social studies at Shorewood Intermediate School from 1995 to 2001. He earned his bachelor’s degree in secondary education and English from the University of Wisconsin (UW) – Milwaukee in 1995 and his master’s degree in education from Marion College in Fond du Lac in 2001.

Trawicki has been principal at Tonawonda Elementary School in the Elmbrook School District since 2005. She worked at Tonawonda since 1993, first as a second grade teacher and then as an instructional resource teacher before becoming principal. She began her education career as a first grade teacher in the Wausau and Whitefish Bay school districts. She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from UW-Stevens Point in 1989 and her master’s degree in educational leadership from Cardinal Stritch University in 1995.

“We sought experienced educators with outstanding instructional leadership and exemplary interpersonal skills,” said Hamilton Superintendent Kathleen Cooke, Ph.D.

“We looked for individuals who had proven track records of success as collaborative leaders who placed achievement of all children at the highest priority,” Cooke said. “We are confident that James Edmond and Michele Trawicki will support the tradition of excellence that has been paved at Woodside and Marcy elementary schools.”

Both Edmond and Trawicki will replace principals who will retire at the end of the current school year – Linda Jorgensen at Woodside and Don Behrens, Ph.D., at Marcy.

First draft of budget presented
School Board members got their first look at the 2008-09 budget. Based on an estimated increase of 26 students, Ruud projected the budget will be $47.13 million – a 4.36 percent increase.

Using conservative estimates for anticipated state aid and property valuation, the mill rate is expected to increase two cents to $8.53 per $1,000 of value. Ruud said he used “worse case scenario” planning to project that the district will not see additional state aid and property value throughout the district will go up by five percent. Typically, state aid increases and property values increase by eight or nine percent. If either of these occurs, the mil rate will go down.

School Board members are expected to approve a budget in May that will be presented at the June 16 Annual Meeting where citizen are able to adopt the tax levy.

Parents happy with additional band position
More than a dozen parents appeared before School Board members thanking them for adding a part-time high school band teacher. Hamilton Band Booster Vice-President Darlene Barbian read a statement on behalf of band students and their parents in appreciation for the support School Board members and administrators have provided to the band program.

“As you know the band program at the high school has come a long way in the last six years,” Barbian read. “It has grown significantly in numbers of students involved in the program, grown in the number of events and activities the band is involved in, and grown in the number of parents supporting the program.”

Oaths of office administered
School Board members James Long and Michael Hyland took oaths of office for another three-year term after they ran unopposed in the April 1 election.

Other personnel news
In other personnel business, the School Board:

  • accepted the retirement of Maple Avenue library-media specialist Grace Sensat;
  • accepted the resignation of Hamilton social studies teacher Matthew Reischauer;
  • appointed Julie Pettit as a Woodside fifth grade teacher, Brian Steingraber as a Hamilton and Templeton technology education teacher, Mindy Pilecky as a Woodside first grade teacher, Karen Ludin as a Willow Springs early childhood paraprofessional, Deborah Mattson as a temporay Lannon special services paraprofessional, David Neubauer as a Templeton instrumental music teacher, and Rachel Hermann as a Hamilton communication arts teacher; and
  • modified the contract of speech-language specialist Angela Poulsen from 40 percent to full-time.

Templeton students honored for WMSA performances

Templeton Middle School recognized the following students for their achievement at the Wisconsin School Music Association’s (WSMA) District Solo & Ensemble Festival April 4 and 5 at Mukwonago High School. Music students were entered in adjudicated evaluation by either performing as a soloist or as part of an ensemble. Each entry was judged with regard to tone quality, intonation development, balance and blend, performance skills, articulation and diction proficiency, and musical interpretation.

Receiving a 1-star rating of EXCELLENT and qualifying for the State Solo & Ensemble Festival at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee was:
Class A:

  • violin solo – Stephanie Petersen

Receiving a 1 rating of EXCELLENT were:
Class B:

  • flute solos – Leah Stapelman, Lauren Dawley, Madeline Oskey and Elizabeth Dorsey
  • clarinet solos – Kirsten Fischer, Amy Zoulek, Mathew Olkowski and Miranda Brown
  • French horn solo – Lydia Salus
  • alto saxophone solo – Nicholas Ritter
  • trumpet solo – Paul Mora
  • piano solos – Mathew Olkowski and Dan Smith
  • concert snare drum solos – Nathan Gray, Dan Smith, Ryan Denninger, Chris Flink and Jordan Kind
  • flute duet – Madeline Oskey and Lauren Dawley
  • flute trio – Taylor Yops, Holly Papenthien, and Kelly Saeger
  • trumpet trio – Paul Mora, Matt Coe, and Cody Neverman

Class C:

  • flute solos – Kelsey James, Samantha Lehman, Hannah Jasinski, Miranda Simes, Nicole Zeman, Shannan Brown, Alex Kavanaugh and Erin Pagenkopf
  • clarinet solos – Alissa Krenke, Brooke Schultz, Elizabeth Spektor, Tyler Wischnefski and Rachel Weiss
  • alto saxophone solos – Harrison Yu, Jessica Singer and Magan Weber
  • tenor saxophone solo – Brooke Schounard
  • baritone saxophone solo – Rusty Swanson
  • oboe solos – Courtney Lehmann and Amanda Cibulka
  • trumpet solos – Caroline Hope and Alyssa Kobs
  • xylophone solo – A.J. Mamerow
  • piano solos – Rachel Schamerhorn, Samantha Lehman, Jacob Anderson, Miranda Brown and Jared Bazile
  • alto/tenor saxophone duet – Natalie Semrad and Kelly Olson
  • trumpet duet – Tim Smith and Joe Ammel
  • flute duet – Shannan Brown and Hannah Jasinski
  • saxophone trio – Jessica Singer, Jennifer Shernell, and Kate Wehrman
  • drum set solo – Jordan Kind
  • trumpet choir – Caroline Hope, Alyssa Kobs, Frances Weiss, Alex Dowlding, Jackie Walkowiak, Connor Last, Sarah Thompson, Eric Arndt, Bryan Ritter, Anna Sendelbach and Kevin Wright
  • flute choir – Miranda Simes, Samantha Lehman, Hannah Jasinski, Alex Kavanaugh, Shannan Brown, Kelsey James, Nicole Zeman, Brittany Polk, Constance Dowden, Alyssa Rebensburg, Cassandra Bolz, Megan Beardsley, Tristen Hayes, Ashley LeBlanc and Moli Nelson

Receiving a 2 rating of VERY GOOD were:
Class B:

  • trumpet solos – Preston Voss and Chris Kopacz
  • clarinet solo – Ellen Buckley
  • flute solo – Hana Cochran
  • alto saxophone solos – Korissa Branton and Sarah Geier
  • tuba solo – Riley Feldmann
  • French horn solo – Aaron Davis
  • euphonium solo – Derek Stone
  • piano solos – Madeline Oskey, Kristin Jerde and Amy Zoulek
  • concert snare drum solos – Sean Fox and Sam Burns
  • drum set solo – Chris Flink
  • clarinet duets – Kristyn Wondolkowski and Elizabeth Melsheimer; Jennie Scholl and Erika Jakubic

Class C:

  • clarinet solos – Elizabeth Eichsteadt, Amy Neve and Kelly Verhaalen
  • French horn solo – Jaclyn Weiss
  • bass clarinet solo – Taylor McCarthy
  • oboe solo – Allison Kline
  • tenor saxophone solo – Andrew Johnson
  • trombone solo – Kurt Nejedlo
  • four mallet xylophone solo – Dan Smith
  • drum set solo – Ryan Denninger
  • clarinet duet – Corinne Olson and Sarah Durica
  • trumpet duet – Jared Bazile and Alex Birk
  • trombone/saxophone duet – Robert Stinolis and Aaron Zagorski
  • flute duet – Alyssa Rebensburg and Constance Dowden
  • flute/clarinet duet – Cassandra Bolz and Breanne Gartmann
  • snare drum duet – Sam Leinon and Jason Prink
  • flute trio – Kelsey James, Miranda Simes and Samantha Lehman

Receiving a 3 rating of GOOD were:
Class B:

  • flute/clarinet duet – Jasmine Williams and Ashley Sullivan
  • concert snare drum duet – Jason Wisniewski and Mark Cortez
  • clarinet trio – Brenda Rosman, Anthony Beaverson and Sarah Germer

Receiving a critic-only rating were:
Class C:

  • French horn solo – Robert Little
  • piano solos – Rachel Perreault and Robert Little

Templeton is pleased to give special recognition to all of the students who participated and received honors at this festival.

Woodside celebrates Environmental Awareness Day

Woodside Elementary School students will celebrate Environmental Awareness Day April 25 with a program called “I Can Make a Difference with My Own Two Hands.” The event recognizes two significant environmental celebrations – Earth Day on April 22 and Arbor Day on April 25.

Students will hear from Bob Kann at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. as he presents “Earth Care: Every Day is Earth Day.” Kann will help students understand that they can be a part of preserving the planet by taking care of the land, not polluting, protecting endangered species, recycling, and believing that they can make a difference. Kann’s program will help students to think about ways in which their personal behaviors can positively affect the environment, and how one person can make the world a better place to live.

Waukesha County’s recycling mascot, Recycle Raccoon, will visit the school in the afternoon. Teachers will present environmental science lessons that focus on the things that students can do to make a difference for the environment. At the end of the day, each family will be given a tree to plant.

Funding for Woodside’s Environmental Awareness Day activities were provided by the Hamilton Education Foundation. Supplies were provided by the Woodside Home & School organization and the Woodside science department.

Community invited to Hamilton’s production of “The Nerd”

The Hamilton High School Drama Department invites community members to attend its production of “The Nerd” on May 1, 2, 3 at 7 p.m. and May 4 at 2 p.m. The performances will be in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center at W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens.

“The Nerd” is an extraordinarily inventive, side-splitting comedy about an aspiring young architect who has often told his friends about the debt he owes a fellow ex-GI whom he has never met but who saved his life. He is delighted when his hero unexpectedly arrives, but his delight soon fades as it becomes apparent that his hero is a hopeless “nerd.” The nerd’s continued presence leads to one uproarious incident after another until a dire development occurs leading up to the surprising twist ending of the play.

Please join Hamilton drama students for the fun as they perform “The Nerd.” For additional information or reservations, please call 246-6471 x1552.

Hamilton announces March students of the month

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

  • Trevor Allen, world languages;
  • Callie Andlar, family and consumer education;
  • Amy Davis, communication arts;
  • Zachary Emberts and Daniel Flannery, science;
  • Halley Greeneway, social studies;
  • Nathan Kuhlman, applied engineering and technology;
  • Andra Mudlitz, business education;
  • Holly Rindfleisch, mathematics;
  • Emily Schultz, music;
  • Daniel Thompson, fitness education; and
  • Sue Vang, art.

Students received a certificate and a pin for their accomplishment.

“Forever Changed” offered to students, parents

For the final Get Connected event of the 2007-08 school year, an outstanding program about underage drinking and driving under the influence has been planned. “Forever Changed” is a powerful program slated for May 6 at Hamilton High School which includes the following components:

  • a mock accident on the Hamilton football field – 2:45 p.m. to 4 p.m.;
  • free meal of hotdogs & soda at the school – 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.;
  • debriefing of the accident experience – 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.; and
  • a panel presentation about underage drinking and drug offenses – 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Hamilton is working in partnership with the Get Connected Program, Community Memorial Hospital, Froedtert Hospital, Waukesha County Drug Free Communities Support Program and the Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Club to make the program meaningful and help students understand the seriousness of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The mock accident and debriefing are intended to be powerful and emotional events as they recreate vivid, traumatic, real-life scenarios that effectively show the life-changing consequences of an accident. Parents who are not able to attend the afternoon portion of the program are encouraged to talk to their children who have attended it. The panel presentation, titled “Don’t Be the Missing Piece of the Puzzle,” includes a law enforcement officer, assistant district attorney, public defender, private attorney, Department of Health and Social Services caseworker, municipal judge and insurance agent. They will help parents and students understand the legal and financial impact of the accident.

Community members are invited to participate in any portion of the “Forever Changed” program. Hamilton High School is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex.

The rain date for the mock accident, hotdog meal and accident debriefing is May 7. The panel presentation will be May 6, rain or shine.

The Get Connected Parent Network helps parents navigate children through their school years by providing:

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

Get Connected is sponsored by the Parent and Community Triangle, a partnership between the Hamilton School District, Sussex-area Outreach Services and community parents. Funding and support provided by United Way of Waukesha County “Helping Kids Succeed” initiative.

For more information, please contact Get Connected Coordinator Kristin Hasbrook at (262) 246-1973 x1128.

Get Connected offers talk on risks of Internet

The Get Connected Parent Network invites parents to hear from Eric Szatkowski who will speak on “Internet: What to Know for the Summer Ahead” April 23 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be at Templeton Middle School, N59 W22490 Silver Spring Drive, Sussex.

While the Internet offers a world of educational and entertainment options for young people, it also has a dark and dangerous side. This presentation on the online exploitation of children includes real-life examples and practical advice for anyone interested in the safety and well-being of children. Topics include techniques used by predators, kids who are most vulnerable, the importance of filters and monitoring software, the risks of online journals like My Space and an eye-opening live demonstration of chat rooms.

Szatkowski has been a special agent with the Wisconsin Department of Justice/Division of Criminal Investigation since 1991. He is assigned to the state’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in Milwaukee and is one of the nation’s leading officers in apprehending sexual predators who use the Internet to seduce or exploit children. Before his law enforcement career, Eric spent seven years in broadcast journalism. He was a news reporter, anchor and producer, working at TV stations in Milwaukee, Oklahoma City and Madison.

The Get Connected Parent Network helps parents navigate children through their school years by providing:

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

Get Connected is sponsored by the Parent and Community Triangle, a partnership between the Hamilton School District, Sussex-area Outreach Services and community parents. Funding and support provided by United Way of Waukesha County “Helping Kids Succeed” initiative.

For more information, please contact Get Connected Coordinator Kristin Hasbrook at (262) 246-1973 x1128.

Willow Springs plans Music & Muffins

Grandparents and relatives of Willow Springs Learning Center students, along with friends from the Sussex Senior Center, have been invited to join the 4-year-old kindergartners for Music & Muffins April 24 and 25 from 10:15 a.m. to 10:55 a.m. and again from 2:10 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.

Students will perform spring-themed music for their guests and enjoy a muffin snack with them. Students in the 4-year-old kindergarten classes of Jessica Hoffa, Rita Forrester, Kathryn Schulz, Deborah Blum and Jamie Leton will have their Music & Muffins event on April 24. Students in the classes of Kristy Cravillion, Lori Konshak, Kathryn Lohrey and Lynn Richmond will celebrate on April 25.

Willow Springs Learning Center is located at W220 N6660 Town Line Road, Menomonee Falls.