‘The King’s Musique’ plays Woodside Elementary

Woodside Elementary School families were entertained April 21 with Family Night as part of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s Arts in Community Education (ACE) program. “The King’s Musique” was presented, which featured music and dance from the Baroque era. ACE is an education program that enhances students’ education through integrating music and art throughout school curriculum, in partnership with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

Maple Avenue students plant tree with custodian

In honor of Arbor Day, students in Jean Jackson’s first grade classroom teamed up with school custodian Ed Giese April 24 to plant a tree on school grounds. It is the third year that Giese has helped first-graders plant a tree. This year, Lied’s Nursery donated a beautiful flowering crab, which all the Maple Avenue children will be able to watch grow and change with the seasons.

The tree was planted it in a courtyard area right off the playground. Maple Avenue Elementary School is located at W240 N6059 Maple Ave., Sussex.

Maple Avenue to host wellness night

Maple Avenue Elementary School will host “Welcome to Wellness Night” from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on April 30. The night will be filled with ways to explore wellness through fun hands-on activities about nutrition, the human body and more.

School staff are grateful to Shopko, Natural Ovens, Piggly Wiggly and Hamilton High School for donating their items and time to make the event a success.

Maple Avenue Elementary School is located at W240 N6059 Maple Ave., Sussex.

Tessereau named Ripon College’s Educator of the Year

Hamilton High School German teacher Robin Tessereau was named Ripon College’s Educator of the Year for 2008-09, and will be honored at its 143rd Commencement ceremony May 16.

She has taught at Hamilton since 1998 and was nominated for the award by former students Kelly Schweiss and Lizzie Stoudt. Tessereau was chosen for the honor because she was instrumental in starting the school’s German club and has been a strong advocate for Hamilton’s German-American Partnership Program, an exchange program that connects German students with host families in the Sussex area and allows Hamilton students to visit their corresponding German families.

“‘Frau,’ as she is more commonly known, was an integral part of my high school experience,” said Stoudt. “From German class to German club and her involvement with the National Honor Society, her leadership and guidance helped me grow as a student in the classroom and as an individual in the community. Above all, her infectious warmth and charisma created a lasting impression on my memories of high school.”

Said Schweiss, “Frau Tessereau didn’t just teach me the German language. A lot of teachers could have done that. It seemed like in those four years she taught me a little bit about all things German – the language, the people, and the culture – enough to get me fired up about learning more as a German minor here at Ripon.”

Maple Avenue to study Japanese culture

Maple Avenue Elementary School’s Multicultural Committee has planned a variety of activities and events to immerse students and staff into the Japanese culture. During a weeklong celebration May 4-8, students will learn about Japanese people, customs, culture and way of life through participation in:

  • classroom curricular activities;
  • traditional Japanese games;
  • song and dance;
  • calligraphy;
  • origami and fish kite;
  • food sampling; and
  • discussions with Hamilton High School students who traveled to Japan over spring break.

A traditional tea ceremony will be demonstrated May 6 in the gymnasium at 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Maple Avenue hosts “Muffins for Mom”

Maple Avenue Elementary School will host “Muffins With Mom,” an event that allows students to spend time with their mothers or other special female guests in a festive, school environment. The event will begin at 8 a.m. on May 8 in the school gymnasium.

More than 500 mothers and students are expected to attend.

The school is located at W240 N6059 Maple Ave., Sussex.

Hamilton students earn top awards in Business Olympics

Hamilton High School business education students competed April 24 in the 32nd 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.

Receiving recognition and trophies were:

  • Clinton Lampshire, first place international business;
  • Robert Wiedenfeld, second place international business, 3rd place marketing;
  • Rachel Saeger, fourth place international business;
  • Tyler Friedrich, sixth place desktop publishing, seventh place computer theory;
  • Nathan Mundt, eighth place international business;
  • Amanda Holzem, eighth place desktop publishing; and
  • Brooke Ihlefeld, 10th place keyboarding speed test.
  • Other business student participants were Sarah Bregant, Lauren Wirsbinski and Daniel Waddell. The Hamilton students were accompanied by business education teacher Toni Hillmann.

Hamilton Prom set for May 9

With a theme of “Courtyard of Dreams,” Hamilton High School will celebrate Prom May 9. The public is invited to see the grand march that will begin at 5 p.m. in the high school Gymnasium. The entrance fee for spectators is a canned good or $1 donation per person.

Following the grand march, students will travel via bus to Western Lakes Golf Club in Pewaukee to attend the dinner and dance.

Students who were selected for Prom court are Matthew Blackwell, Tracy Young, Chad Brown, Alane Boyle, Matthew Brown, Theresa Selestow, Shaun Heitman, Danielle Markowiak, Andrew Kristensen, Jenna Harvestine, Rett Schenauer, Nicole Jurasovich, David Schroeder, Lauren Eliades, Daniel Thompson, Briana Botros, Benjamin Todd, Brittany Pavloski, Talon Zarling and Constance Dunlap. The king and queen will be named at the grand march.

Hamilton High School is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex.

Willow Springs students branching out

Willow Springs Learning Center will hold its annual Branching Out Ceremony June 10 at 10 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center. The ceremony is the culminating activity of the year for students who will attend 5-year-old kindergarten at their neighborhood school next year. The ceremony recognizes their growth as Willow Springs’ 4-year-old kindergartners during the year and symbolizes how they will branch out to another school.

The children will sing songs, place a leaf on a tree to mark their new school and be introduced as the future class of 2022.

Parents and families will help students celebrate their accomplishment. The Hamilton Fine Arts Center is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex.

Lannon Chess Club Tournament results announced

Lannon Elementary School fifth-grader Luke Johnson emerged as the champion of the 2009 Chess Tournament. The winner was determined in the final tournament that was held April 1. Fifth-grader Anthony Moore took second place, and fourth-grader Alexis Gaatz took home the bronze. All Chess Club members received a participation ribbon.

Lannon’s Chess Club challenged the minds of more than 40 students this year who met after school to learn and play chess. In addition, Hamilton High School chess team members, Templeton Middle School students, parent volunteers, teachers and an international chess master assisted Lannon teacher Laureanna Raymond-Duvernell with the club. Raymond-Duvernell expressed appreciation to all the students and families who helped make the club and tournament possible.