Hamilton Robotics hosts second annual “Robo Run”

Hamilton High School Charger Robotics Team 537 and the Charger Robotics Boosters are hosting their Second Annual Robo Run May 31 at Menomonee Park. The 5K fun run-walk is held to promote Charger Robotics and FIRST Robotics in the community.

Registration starts at 9 a.m. and the fun run-walk starts at 10 a.m. Cost is $15 for adults for those who register online at www.roborunonline.com by midnight May 30. Cost for registration the day of the event is $20 per adult. Children 13 and under are always $10. Cost includes: remote control Vex robots, an inflatable bungee run, demonstrations of Team 537 competition robot, face painting, children’s activities, music and free snacks and t-shirts while quantities last.

Community members and families are encouraged to participate. Medals will be awarded to winners.

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

Project Graduation gives seniors safe celebration

Hamilton High School 2008 seniors will have one last opportunity to celebrate their accomplishments as they participate in Project Graduation, an alcohol and drug free lock-in held at school. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. on June 7 and runs until 1 a.m. the following day.

This year’s theme is “2008 The Great Escape.” Students will enjoy music by DJ Express, karaoke, casino games, basketball, volleyball, ComedySportz, inflatable jousting, Fantasy Photos, Dance Dance Revolution and contests. Great food and prizes are highlights as well.

Project Graduation began in 1989 when parents first organized the event. Seniors pay $25 for a ticket to attend. Area businesses provide donations to offset the cost of the celebration. Seniors may purchase tickets May 28, 29 and 30 during lunch hours or in Office B.

The party is traditionally organized by parents of underclassmen, giving parents of seniors an opportunity to plan for a busy graduation weekend.

Adult volunteers are needed to help make Project Graduation a success. For more information contact Project Graduation Chairperson Candy Leskinen at (262) 253-6701.

Services available for students with disabilities

The Hamilton School District is committed to providing students with disabilities a free, appropriate public education. Special education and related services for students with disabilities are provided in each school in accordance with state and federal law.

If you have or know of a child between the ages of three and 21 whom you believe may have a cognitive disability, hearing impairment, speech or language impairment, visual impairment, emotional disturbance, orthopedic impairment, autism, traumatic brain injury, other health impairment or learning disability that requires special education and related services, please contact the district’s Special Services Office at (262) 246-1973 x1184 to obtain the necessary evaluation referral form or to receive additional information about the process.

If the child attends a school in the Hamilton School District, referral information is available from the school principal or guidance office.

Any resident interested in receiving a copy of the district’s special education plan should contact the Special Services Office at (262) 246-1973 x1183.

Hamilton to present spring choir concert May 29

Community members are invited to enjoy an evening of great music as the Hamilton High School Concert Choir and its a cappella group, Music Over Matter, present their spring concert. The performance begins at 7 p.m. May 29 in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center, W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex.

Coming to the end of a stellar year, the choir will perform a variety of music from classical to jazz and Broadway. Pieces include “Laudamus Te” from Vivaldi’s Gloria, “Omnia Sol (Let Your Heart Be Staid)” by Z. Randall Stroope, “Respect” by Aretha Franklin, “You Can’t Stop the Beat” from Hairspray, and much more. This isn’t your typical choir concert so get ready for something different.

Music Over Matter is an all-female a cappella ensemble that was formed this year. It will perform arrangements of music by Carole King, Abba, Billy Joel and Manhattan Transfer.

Both groups are under the direction of Hamilton High School choral music teacher Marilyn Spiess.

Huge Asia map to come to Templeton

A huge map of Asia will be at Templeton Middle School May 27 and 28. The 31-by-40-foot map is a project of the Wisconsin Geographic Alliance, which promotes geography in classrooms and across the curriculum.

Darwin Gregorson, a retired teacher from Wausau, will accompany the map and provide lessons to students about Asia. Students will participate in lessons involving the map from 7:30 a.m. to 2:25 p.m. on May 27, and from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

The school is able to participate in the map project at no cost. The Wisconsin Geographic Alliance covers the cost of transporting the map to Wisconsin schools and provides funding for Gregorson’s lessons.

The map will be located in the old gymnasium at Templeton, N59 W22490 Silver Spring Drive, Sussex.

May 19, 2008

Board approves $47.13 million budget
The Hamilton School Board approved a $47.13 million budget that is up 4.36 percent over the current budget. The 2008-09 school year budget projects that the district’s student enrollment will increase by 26 students. The local levy – the portion of the budget funded through local property taxes – is expected to be $25.87 million. The mill rate is expected to be $8.53 per $1,000 of property value, which is 2 cents higher than the current rate. For each $100,000 of property value residents own, they will pay $853 in property taxes for school purposes.

The budget was built using conservative assumptions that there will be no additional state aid and the property growth rate will increase 5 percent. If state aid or property values within the district actually increase beyond those estimates, the mill rate will drop below $8.53.

Among the expenses are additional teaching positions for elementary classrooms, high school mathematics, Project Lead the Way, high school band, early childhood education, speech, guidance and Early Mathematics Empowerment. In addition, the School Board budgeted for contingency positions to cover potential needs.

The 2008-09 budget will be presented at the district’s Annual Hearing June 17 beginning at 6:15 p.m. in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center. Residents will have the opportunity to vote on the local levy at the Annual Meeting, which begins at the conclusion of the Annual Hearing.

Two high school projects OK’d
The School Board approved two additional high school projects as part of the district’s capital improvement plan. Acoustic band shells will be added to the Hamilton Fine Arts Center stage at a cost of $51,250. The Hamilton Education Foundation and other community groups have agreed to help fund the project. In addition, the women’s restroom near the high school library will be remodeled during the summer at a cost of $42,000.

Retirees recognized
Ten employees, with combined service of nearly 200 years to Hamilton School District students and community, will retiree at the end of the 2007-08 school year. Those attending the School Board’s retirement recognition were presented with a clock, citation from the state Legislature and a certificate from the Department of Public Instruction. Supervisors and colleagues provided comments that Superintendent Kathleen Cooke, Ph.D., read about the retirees’ outstanding contributions to the district and the field of education. This year’s retirees include:

  • Lannon: Jane Rintelman – library-media specialist;
  • Maple Avenue: Judy Heft – paraprofessional, and Trudy Sensat – library-media specialist;
  • Marcy: Donald Behrens, Ph.D. – principal, and Pamela Thompson – paraprofessional;
  • Woodside: Linda Jorgensen – principal, and Deb Van Driel – administrative assistant;
  • Templeton: Bart Fojtik – instrumental music teacher;
  • Hamilton High School: Jim Penn – communication arts teacher; and
  • District: Dean Schultz – educational services and human resources assistant superintendent.

Community member, students recognized
In addition to recognition of retirees, the School Board presented its annual Community Service Award to parent and community leader Penny Kundert. Cooke said that Kundert was deserving of the district’s highest award because she is a “truly extraordinary person” who has forever changed the vision of those around her.

The board also recognized student Amber Turriff for being student board representatives in 2007-08. The other student representative who was not able to attend the meeting was Danielle Barbian.

Personnel business
In personnel business, the School Board:

  • accepted the retirement request of Marcy paraprofessional Pamela Thompson;
  • approved the resignations of Templeton teacher Robert Blessington and Hamilton paraprofessional Patricia Chapman;
  • appointed Kathryn Tollefson as a Hamilton instrumental music teacher, Leah Zelazny as a part-time Hamilton instrumental music teacher, Thomas Dorgan as a Hamilton social studies teacher and Steven Wunschel as a Hamilton mathematics teacher; and
  • modified the contracts of Willow Springs early childhood teacher Jamie Leton from half- to full-time, Marcy guidance counselor Lori Schlapman from 40 to 70 percent, Marcy EME teacher Charlotte Coe from 40 to 70 percent and Marcy and Hamilton speech-language specialist Jennifer Knapp from 60 to 70 percent.

Zeng named Presidential Scholar

Hamilton High School senior Angela Zeng was named one of 139 students from throughout the U.S. who was named a 2008 Presidential Scholar, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school seniors.

Zeng and Jim Penn, the teacher she named in her application as her most inspiring and challenging, will travel to Washington, D.C., June 21-24 for National Recognition Week. The highlight of the week, which includes meetings with government officials, educators, authors, musicians, scientists and other dignitaries, will be the presentation of the Presidential Scholars Medallion at a ceremony sponsored by the White House.

Students chosen as Presidential Scholars were among 3,000 candidates who qualified based on ACT or SAT college admissions tests or nomination through the nationwide young ARTS competition, conducted annually by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. The Presidential Scholars Commission selected this year’s scholars from a pool of about 500 semifinalists, choosing one male and one female from each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and from families of U.S. citizens living abroad. In addition, 15 students were chosen at large; and 20 were chosen as Presidential Scholars in the Arts.
The Presidential Scholars program was established in 1964 to honor academic achievement. In 1997, the program expanded to include students with exceptional talent in the visual, literary, and performing arts.

Outstanding seniors to be recognized

Hamilton High School will recognize outstanding seniors May 28 at the Senior Awards Ceremony. This is a special night to recognize seniors for their accomplishments as outstanding scholars, athletes, actors and musicians. Students who will be recognized for earning scholarships or National Honor Society stoles will be notified they should attend. Parents or students should inform the Guidance Office of outside scholarships received. Parents and other interested students also are welcome to attend.

The ceremony will be held in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center, W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex. The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. and conclude with refreshments in the HFAC Lobby.

Any business or individuals interested in supporting the Hamilton High School Scholarship Program with a scholarship may contact Patricia Mitchell at (262) 246-6476 ext. 1134.

Intergenerational parties slated for May 30

Generations will come together May 30 as Lannon, Maple Avenue and Woodside elementary schools host annual Pen Pal Parties. At the parties, fourth-graders will meet their senior citizen pen pals with whom they have corresponded since fall.

The Pen Pal Project is part of the district’s Seniors and Students Program, a collaboration between the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Waukesha County and the Hamilton School District. The goal of the project is to give students letter-writing experiences while they learn about life in the past through stories shared with their pen pals.

  • Maple Avenue fourth-graders will meet their pen pals and enjoy dessert and crafts from 9:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the school, W240 N6059 Maple Ave. in Sussex.
  • Lannon’s party is from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the school, 7145 N. Lannon Road in Lannon. The party will feature a variety of Wisconsin-themed food, opportunity for conversation and a school tour.
  • Woodside’s party is from 2 to 3 p.m. Students will share writing projects and work on one with their pen pals. Students also will perform songs from their spring concert, “The Jungle Book.” Snacks will be served. Woodside Elementary School is located at W236 N7465 Woodside Road in Sussex.

Hamilton announces April students of the month

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

  • Kelly Boyd, world languages;
  • Angela Christman, science;
  • Sarah Driscoll, fitness education;
  • Joylena Eigner, music;
  • Kaila Klein and Heather Leskinen, communication arts;
  • William Noelck, art;
  • Carlton Nolen, social studies;
  • Alyssa Olson, family and consumer education;
  • Holly Rindfleisch, business education;
  • Nicholas Schulz, applied engineering and technology; and
  • Margaret Van Reenen, mathematics.

Students received a certificate and a pin for their accomplishment.