Concert to benefit Hamilton Fine Arts Center

A concert to benefit the Hamilton Fine Arts Center is planned for Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. at Redeemer United Church of Christ. Featured will be multi-award winning American concert pianist Jason Paul Peterson, who has captivated audiences around the globe and is a great inspiration to young musicians everywhere. A Chocolate Dessert Reception will follow the concert.

Tickets are available via the Hamilton Fine Arts Center Web site at www.HamiltonFineArtsCenter.com or by calling (262) 246-6710. Advance tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets at the door are $12 for adults and $7 for students. Children age 7 years and younger are free. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Hamilton Fine Arts Center. For more information about the artist, please visit www.jasonpaulpeterson.com.

Redeemer United Church of Christ is located at W180 N4915 Town Line Road, Sussex.

Templeton teams do well at Lego League contest

Four Templeton Middle School teams fared well Nov. 21 as they competed for the first time at the Wisconsin FIRST LEGO League Regional Competition. The regional tournament was held at Marquette University High School in Milwaukee. FIRST LEGO is a competition that introduces elementary and middle school students to science and technology.

With the help of Hamilton High School Robotics team members Zackery Kollmann, Timothy Jansen, Sean Mason, Kory Sonnemann, Matthew Coe and Joseph Durica, the Templeton teams designed, built and programmed their own robots to perform a series of tasks. In a field with many experienced teams who have worked together for years, all four Templeton rookie teams – Supersonic Systems, Pie-Fi, Lego Landslide and Gear Dragons – performed and placed well.

The Gear Dragons team of August Hermberg, Brian Smith, Carlton Swartzendruber, Victoria Speckin, Maximillian Geis and Tanner Brandt was a finalist for the “Teamwork Award” and was chosen as an alternate for the State Lego League Competition. In addition, the following students were part of Templeton’s 2009 LEGO League season: Samuel Wishart, Carl Gust, Adam Rosman, Joseph Walkowiak, Christopher Cozzuli, Ryan Adrian, Conner Carel, Cole Smiltneek, Matthew Kioski, Benjamin Meinzer, Christopher Weinand, Maxwell Zarling, Nathan Bruss, Taylor Beimborn, Alex Zibell, Benjamin Zarling, Andrea Wall, Nicholas Wishart, Andrew Coe, Jakob Polzer, Kyle Higgins and Kyle Herda.

Templeton teachers Kristy Laurich and Christina Schwechel coached the FIRST LEGO League teams.

Quad/Graphics supports Hamilton Graphic Arts Program

Hamilton High School Graphic Arts Program provides students with experiences using state-of-the-art technology and equipment. Quad/Graphics has been a generous partner to Hamilton by providing financial support that allows the school to purchase equipment that is standard in the industry. Two recent purchases that were made possible because of Quad/Graphics include a programmable paper cutter and desktop direct-to-plate system. Quad/Graphics provided nearly $20,000 for the equipment purchases. (Pictured from front) Hamilton juniors Brooke Patterson and Sara Glomski use the Kimoto 410 Desktop Direct-to-Plate system while graphic arts instructor Tom Schlueter oversees their operation. The technology allows for improvements to the production workflow process in the classroom.

Templeton Bulldogs win championship

The Templeton Middle School eighth grade Bulldog Football teams recently combined their efforts to win the Midwest Youth Championship in Wisconsin Dells. In game one, the Bulldogs showed their guts and determination rallying back from a 12-0 halftime deficit against Allouez to win 22-18. A punishing offensive line led Drew Patterson to the end zone three times in the second half. Ryan Warzon and John Phillips also ran the ball well behind Zach Gaatz, Tommy Diehl, Garrett Minor, Brian Dennis, Bryce Figueroa and Austin Mitzel. The defense also clamped down the second half with Patterson leading the charge. Andrew Dauer and Nick Pupp both sacked the Allouez quarterback while Dan Lunowa had an interception.

In the championship game, the defense held a highly explosive Ashwaubenon offense to only three touchdowns, two of which came late in the game. Gino Senymanola, Garrett Minor, Sean Coady and Chris Diaz-Carini each recorded a sack making it a long day for the Jaguars quarterback. Brett Buehler, Dan Lunowa, Brady Ellingson, Alec McShane, Chris Woodall, Nick Creech, Brett Neverman, Tyler Surma and Evan Rentmeester did an outstanding job shutting down the spread offense. The Bulldog offense capitalized on three Jaguar turnovers creating an early 32-6 lead. Scoring for the Bulldogs were Patterson (twice), Gino Senymanola and John Phillips. Tommy Diehl was perfect with four extra points kicked.

Templeton named Exemplary Middle School for third time

Templeton Middle School was one of 83 Wisconsin schools named Exemplary Middle School based on student academic achievement. Templeton is among a select few Wisconsin middle schools that have earned the prestigious honor for three consecutive years.

“Middle school is a pivotal time for our students. They need a school environment that nourishes their phenomenal intellectual capacity while supporting their emotional growth and increasing independence,” State Superintendent Tony Evers said. “Recognizing schools that have demonstrated success with students helps build strong academic expectations at the middle level.”

The Exemplary Middle School program, sponsored by the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators (AWSA) and Department of Public Instruction, is in its third year. The program recognizes middle schools with high growth in reading or math scores in the past school year; reading or math scores in the top 10 percent in the past year; or high growth in reading or math scores in reading for schools with a high poverty population.

“The Exemplary Middle School recognition program spotlights schools that are doing an exceptional job of preparing our students for the future,” said Jim Lynch, AWSA executive director. “The exemplary middle schools recognized by this award have set and met high standards. We will be looking to these schools for their ‘best practices’ in providing both a rigorous curriculum and the learning culture in which students thrive academically, socially, and emotionally during the middle school years.”

Instituted through AWSA’s Middle Level Commission, the Exemplary Middle School recognition program reviewed academic achievement records for 306 eligible schools based on grade-level configuration. Of those schools, 83 received certificates indicating their status as Exemplary Middle Schools. These schools are eligible for the 2009-10 Wisconsin Middle School of Excellence Awards, which will be presented at the Middle Level Commission Conference in Appleton on February 18, 2010. Applications for the award will be judged on collaborative leadership and professional learning communities; personalization and the school environment; and curriculum, instruction, and assessment in the schools.

Hamilton High School gets Project Lead the Way certified

The Hamilton School District earned national certification for its Project Lead the Way (PLTW) program – making students eligible to receive college credits for coursework they have taken in high school.

Milwaukee School of Engineering Professor and PLTW Associate Affiliate Director Marvin Bollman presented a banner to the School Board Nov. 3 in recognition of Hamilton being named a “school of excellence.”

PLTW, the nation’s leading provider of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, offers a rigorous curriculum that allows students to apply what they are learning in mathematics and science classes to real-life engineering and technology projects. The certification program recognizes schools that have successfully demonstrated a commitment to the quality national standards of the Pathway To Engineering program. Students may apply for college credit at more than 35 PLTW affiliate colleges and universities for completing certain courses in high school.

Technology education teachers Brian Steingraber and Steve Campeau attended the School Board meeting and helped present the banner. They are among six teachers in the district who have completed an intensive two-week professional development course during the summer for each course they teach during the school year.

PLTW courses offered at the high school are “Introduction to Engineering Design,” “Principles of Engineering” and “Digital Electronics.” At Templeton, traditional technology education courses were updated with the quarterlong “Gateway to Technology and Engineering” class and the full-year “Technology and Engineering Education.” In addition eighth-graders receive PLTW’s “The Science of Technology” unit in their science courses.

Hamilton Principal Candis Mongan said she was pleased Hamilton students will be able to begin receiving college credit for certain PLTW classes.

“We’ve seen how the PLTW program draws more students to engineering and technology courses and gets them thinking about college and their career,” Mongan said. “We are extremely proud to be PLTW certified.”

Mongan and a team composed of teachers, staff, students and members of the community completed a self-assessment of the school’s implementation of the Pathway to Engineering program that culminated in a site visit by a national PLTW certification specialist. The certification team met with teachers, administration, counselors, students, community representatives and reviewed student work.

“Hamilton High School has demonstrated its commitment to PLTW’s quality standards and the real winners are the Hamilton High School students,” said PLTW President and CEO John Locke.

“Students are benefitting from an innovative curriculum that encourages creativity and critical thinking,” Locke said. “We congratulate the entire Hamilton High School community and look forward to many more years of working together to prepare Hamilton High School students to become the most innovative and productive in the world.”

A National Business Roundtable report states that to remain competitive in the global marketplace, America needs to graduate 400,000 science, engineering, mathematics and technical four-year degrees annually, yet we are currently graduating only 265,000. PLTW is providing students with a foundation and proven path to college and career success in these areas.

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

Hamilton press box dedicated at football game

The Hamilton High School press box was dedicated at a football game this fall prior to a Charger varsity football game. Recognized were the individuals and organizations who made it possible.

The Sussex Lions Club, Hamilton Athletic Booster Club “Charging Forward” campaign and the Charger Football Program provided generous financial support for the facility. In addition, numerous local individuals provided labor and materials for the project at a reduced rate. They include: Bill Bernarde, B&M Enterprises of Sussex, carpentry; Dennis Reimer, Reimer Trucking and Trenching Inc. of Menomonee Falls, excavation; Brian Jaeger, Performance Roofing Systems Inc. of Richfield, roof; Larry Hillman, Hillman Masonry, Inc of Sussex, masonry block; Joe Giuffre, Phil Giuffre & Sons of Menomonee Falls, concrete flatwork; and Jim Dawson, Lannon Stone Products of Lannon, stone backfill.

The facility, located behind the visitors’ bleachers at Grove Athletic Stadium, has 500 square feet of occupied space for staff and coaches to film and scout games. It allows the existing press box to be used for news media and game management officials such as scorers, announcers and game clock operators. It has a split-face decorative block exterior with metal panels and a rubber-covered wooden roof. Storage for track and field equipment will be accommodated on the ground level.

Hamilton Fine Arts Center new home to MFSO

Making its new rehearsal and performance home in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center, the Menomonee Falls Symphony Orchestra dedicates its first concert Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. to the students of the Hamilton School District. The Menomonee Falls Symphony Orchestra has made a commitment to collaborate with Hamilton students to provide musical guidance and performance opportunities. This first orchestra concert includes light classical works with explanations, attempting to engage students in the sounds of the orchestra, the stories of the composers and the styles of various eras and countries. Repertoire will include some movie favorites such as “Star Wars” and “Harry Potter.” Tickets are for general seating and are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors (55+) and $6 for students.

Don’t miss out on the other exciting shows of the performing arts season:

Glenn Miller Orchestra presents “In the Christmas Mood” – Dec. 22 at 7 p.m.
The Glenn Miller Orchestra is the most popular and sought-after big band in the world today for both concert and swing dance engagements. With its unique jazz sound, the Glenn Miller Orchestra is considered to be one of the greatest bands of all time. The present Glenn Miller Orchestra was formed in 1956, includes 19 band members and continues to play many of the original Glenn Miller arrangements. Join us as we tap our toes to the great songs of yesteryear, including “In the Mood,” “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “Pennsylvania 6-5000” and “The White Cliffs of Dover” as well as some Christmas favorites in the big-band style that made the Glenn Miller Orchestra famous. This show is sponsored by the HFAC and supported by the Milwaukee Marriott West Hotel. Tickets are for reserved seating. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors (55+) and $15 for students.

Daryl Stuermer – Genesis Rewired – Jan. 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Since 1978 lead guitarist Daryl Stuermer has been a touring member of the super-group Genesis, performing for sold-out audiences all over the world. In between tours Stuermer has recorded eight solo albums of original music and covered his favorite Genesis tunes along the way. His new band, “Daryl Stuermer-Genesis Rewired,” is an exciting fusion of Stuermer’s unique Genesis renditions and the soulful Collins-like voice of French-Canadian Martin Levac. Together they create an unforgettable evening that reinvents the Genesis experience. Destined to become this year’s most requested concert, this five-piece band with a sensational light show, presents the music of Genesis with pure abundant authenticity. Sponsored by the Hamilton Fine Arts Center. Tickets are for reserved seating. For more information, visit the Web site at www.urbanisland.com/genesis_rewired. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors (55+) and $15 for students.

UW-Madison Varsity Band Show – Feb. 28 at 2 p.m.
Under the direction of legendary Michael Leckrone, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Varsity Band returns to the HFAC. Badger fans are treated to the familiar strains of “Varsity,” “On Wisconsin,” “Songs to Thee Wisconsin” and “You’ve Said it All” during their traditional Fifth Quarter, as well as this year’s themes “Sounds of the Beach Boys,” “The Musical Legacy of Michael Jackson,” “The Legend of Benny Goodman” and “Miss Saigon.” The performance is sponsored by the HFAC and supported by the Hamilton High School Band Booster Club. Tickets are for reserved seating. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors (55+) and $10 for students.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.HamiltonFineArtsCenter.com or by visiting the HFAC box office on Wednesdays from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. The Hamilton Fine Arts Center is located at W220 N6151 Townline Road, Sussex. No phone orders accepted, please.

Templeton students travel to Washington, D.C.

A trip to the nation’s capitol Oct. 29- Nov.1 left 33 Templeton Middle School students and three teachers with unforgettable experiences.

The school group traveled to Washington, D.C. and Williamsburg, Va., visiting Yorktown, Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg, Mount Vernon, U.S. Capitol, National Archives building, Washington Monument, Ford’s Theater, Holocaust Museum, several Smithsonian museums, the White House, U. S. Supreme Court and many of the memorials, including the Lincoln, Roosevelt, Korean, Vietnam, Iwo Jima and Jefferson.

For many, a highlight of the trip was the visit to Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. While there, Templeton students witnessed the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Following the guard-changing, Templeton students Samantha Groth, Brandon Joel, Nicole Spence and Mitchell Swanson had the honor and privilege of participating in the wreath-laying ceremony, honoring the men and women of the armed forces.

The seventh and eighth grade students participating in the field trip included: Mariah Bazile, Alexandra Egan, Erin Fardy, Jordan Farrell, Lindsey Gabel, Mackenzie Gierach, Samantha Groth, Kaitlyn Hart, Elizabeth Hinkley, Isabella Jaegersberg, Sophia Jaegersberg, Hannah Jeffers, Brandon Joel, Kayla Judson, Katrina Kastner, Annalise Kluender, Emily Lehner, Michael Leibham, Molly Lucas, Molly Matthiesen, Taylor Mears, Addie Morris, Ella Morris, Samuel Olson, Ashlyn Paulson, Amanda Phillips, Dalton Schmitz, Nicole Spence, Mitchell Swanson, Mckenzie Thomas, Andrew Ullmann, Lauren Ullmann and Caitlyn Weiner. Teacher chaperones who attended were Karen Zielinski, Alan Schneider and Rhonda Watton.