Hamilton drama to present “Thoroughly Modern Millie”

The Hamilton High School Drama Department is pleased to present its production of the musical “Thoroughly Modern Millie” Feb. 11-14 in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center.

“Thoroughly Modern Millie” is a high-spirited musical romp that has all of New York dancing the Charleston. Taking place in New York City in 1922, “Thoroughly Modern Millie” tells the story of young Millie Dillmount who has just moved to the city in search of a new life for herself. It’s a New York full of intrigue and jazz!

Come join the fun on Feb. 11, 12 and 13 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 14 at 2 p.m. in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center. Ticket prices are $8 adults and $5 students and senior citizens. Special promotions include “buy one get one free” for Hamilton High School students with ID on Thursday.

In addition, the high school is providing free bus transportation to and from the Sussex Community Center and discounted $3 tickets for the Feb. 14 matinee performance for senior citizens. Please contact Megan Sackett by Feb. 8 at (262) 246-6447 to reserve a spot and purchase a ticket. The bus will leave the Sussex Community Center at 1:15 p.m.

For more information, please call the Box Office at 246-6471 x1552. The Hamilton Fine Arts Center is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex.

Five finalists advance to Regional Spelling Bee

A total of 39 students in fifth through eighth grades competed Jan. 13 in the annual District Spelling Bee at Templeton Middle School. The “district” is a geographical area defined by CESA #1, which sponsors district and regional bees. Four Hamilton School District elementary schools, Templeton Middle School, St. Agnes in Butler St. John’s in Lannon and Peace Lutheran Academy in Sussex constituted a district for the purpose of the spelling bee. Students who won classroom spelling bees vied for the honor of participating in the district event.

Templeton eighth-grader Robert Little emerged as the champion speller at the district event. Finalists were Maple Avenue fifth-grader Cole Cohorst, St. Agnes students Austin Langford and Erica Nadolski, and Templeton eighth-grader Jacob Storm. These students will advance Feb. 18 to the Regional Spelling Bee in North Lake. In honor of their spelling achievement, the top five spellers received trophies and all students received certificates.

Regional winners continue to the Wisconsin Spelling Bee, in hopes of qualifying for the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee, held next June in Washington, D.C.

Templeton reading specialist Patty Sankey, who coordinated the event, expressed appreciation to the Templeton Home & School organization for its support of the event.

Hamilton Band Boosters hosts Italian dinner Feb. 18

An evening of great food and entertainment is in store for people Feb. 18 as the Hamilton High School Band Booster Club hosts its annual Jazzy Italian Dinner from 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the all-you-care-to-eat dinner are $8 for adults and $6 for senior citizens, students and children under 18 years.

The public is invited to enjoy a delicious spaghetti dinner catered by Mama Mia’s that includes spaghetti, garlic bread, salad, dessert and a beverage. The Hamilton Jazz Band will provide musical entertainment while diners eat in the high school cafeteria.

Additional entertainment includes a silent auction that will benefit the Hamilton Color Guard. Guests will be able to bid on numerous gift baskets that in the past have included themes of gardening, scrapbooking, chocolate, Valentines Day, date night, golf and Packers.

A free combined Templeton Middle School and Hamilton High School band concert follows at 7 p.m. in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center.

To reserve your spot for dinner, please call Leeann Verhaalen at (262) 253-1456 or e-mail her at mverhaalen@wi.rr.com. Hamilton High School and the Hamilton Fine Arts Center are located at W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex.

January 18, 2010

Board expands cable connection in lieu of fiber optic
After getting more precise costs from consultants, School Board members decided to expand current cable connections to provide greater service to the elementary schools.

Fiber optic connections already exist between the high school and middle school, but elementary schools and Willow Spring Learning Center have cable and T1 connections that are in need of upgrading. The School Board previously approved hiring a consultant to help the district investigate the pros and cons of leasing or installing a fiber optic solution that would provide 1 GB of capacity. The five-year cost to lease a fiber optic network would be $493,335 versus $722,602 to install the network.

Instead of going with fiber optic, the district will expand its cable connection network to the elementary schools and Willow Springs at a five-year cost of $22,800. Capacity at the schools will go from 1 MB to 10 MB.

While significantly less than a 1 GB connection, Business Services Assistant Superintendent Bryan Ruud wrote in a report to the board that expansion of the cable connection will be a good interim solution.

“We feel the solution has very little downside and could be a very cost-effective solution for the short- to medium-term,” Ruud wrote. “If we wanted to expand the network into one of these other more robust solutions in the future, little work would be required to rebid this project.”

Marcy site plan approved
Principal Michele Trawicki reported on Marcy Elementary School’s Site Plan. In reviewing the school’s data, she noted that Marcy’s enrollment increased by 100 students in the past five years, with the enrollment going from 446 at the end of last year to 500 students as of Jan. 18.

She said Marcy students perform well academically in comparison to district and state data, but there has been a fluctuation in scores from year to year. Trawicki said that staff will look more closely at students entering Marcy in later years whose performance is not as high as students who have been at Marcy since kindergarten. The school will use a New Student Input Forum and have resource teachers assess students earlier so that staff will know what students need to catch up on to bring them up to Marcy standards for achievement more quickly. She said Marcy is seeing the enrollment of quite a few former parochial school students. In addition, the planning team recommended focusing on enrichment opportunities for students.

Marcy staff members will continue to work on the site plan’s tactics which state that:
• Students, staff and parents will attain the highest possible levels of achievement through the use of effective and innovative practices;
• The Marcy community will actively embrace its vision statement through implementation of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports; and
• Students will receive the academic support they need through the creative and efficient allocation of time and resources by all members of the Marcy community.

Drivers’ education fee to increase
The cost for each component of drivers’ education will increase from $150 to $175, bringing the full cost of theory and behind-the-wheel instruction to $350 for students. Hamilton is one of a few high schools that still offers the course at the high school with a district instructor. At many high schools, students’ only option is to get drivers’ education from a private company. The fee will increase to cover rising costs.

Course catalogs approved
The School Board approved high school and middle school course catalog changes that reflected revised course descriptions, changes to course prerequisites, terminology adjustments, course deletions and textbook and material changes.

Templeton students present projects
Templeton students in Patricia Sankey’s reading classes and Kristy Laurich’s seventh grade mathematics classes presented projects they worked on before the winter break.

Sankey’s students described the process they used to interview seniors citizens about their Christmas memories and then write vignettes about them. They then showed the presentations they created using photos and their narration. (The presentations are posted on the district Web site.)

Laurich’s students explained their Holiday Shopping project in which they were given an imaginary $500 to shop for family members. Students needed to bargain shop by finding each item they wanted to purchase from three different vendors, including online retailers. They needed to factor in shipping charges and taxes and stay within their budget. They wrote checks and created their checkbook in which they entered amounts into the registry. Laurich showed students how to balance their checkbooks. Students concluded the project by writing reflections about the experience.

Personnel business
In personnel business, the School Board:
• Accepted the retirement request of Templeton eighth grade social studies and reading teacher William Steiner;
• Accepted the resignations of Willow Springs administrative assistant Claudia Guditus effective Feb. 5, district administrative assistant Heather Krisman effective Feb. 26 and Maple Avenue paraprofessional Jenny Inwood effective March 24; and
• Appointed Angela Kolesari as a Templeton special education paraprofessional. School Board President Gabe Kolesari abstained from the vote.

Early admission deadline approaches

Parents who want their children considered for early admission into a Hamilton School District 5-year-old kindergarten or first grade class next fall should apply in writing by March 1 to their elementary school principal. Application forms are available at elementary school offices.

Children who turn five on or before Sept. 1, 2010 meet normal entrance age requirements for the 2010-11 5-year-old kindergarten class; those who turn six on or before Sept. 1, 2010 are eligible to enter first grade.

Parents making application will meet with the principal. During that time, a brief interview will take place and the application will be completed. The child should demonstrate superior intellectual development, superior language skills and advanced physical, social and emotional maturity. Parents will be contacted no later than mid-March about the next step in the process.

For more information about early admission, contact an elementary school principal or Special Services Supervisor Mardi Freeman at (262) 246-1973 x1184.

Maple Avenue students give to Full and Fuzzy Drive

Maple Avenue Elementary School fifth-graders sponsored a schoolwide Full and Fuzzy Drive. The drive was implemented Jan. 6-15 in conjunction with a countywide food drive that celebrates the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Maple Avenue students collected nonperishable food items and new or gently used outdoor winterwear for children and adults such as coats, hats, scarves, gloves, boots and snowpants. The collected items will be donated to the Sussex Food Pantry to help the needy in the local community.

The Full and Fuzzy Drive is a community service project of Maple Avenue’s Uniting Kids and Community Program, which encourages students to make connections within their school along with local and global communities through a variety of projects. Students learn the value of civic responsibility and problem solving as they work through solutions to community issues.

In preparation for the drive, fifth-graders worked in small teams to make posters, create a school donation location and raise awareness through announcements to the student body.

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

Hamilton DECA brings home 24 medals

Hamilton High School DECA members brought home 24 medals Jan. 9 from competition at the Southeastern Wisconsin Career Development Conference at Kettle Moraine High School in Wales. A dozen students earned medals and eight of them qualified for state-level competition in March. State qualifiers are Riya Talwar, Sarah Bregant, Andrew Perego, Vy Nguyen, Brooke Ihlefeld, Lauren Wirsbinski, Daniel Waddell and Robert Wiedenfeld.

The following were recognized in their respective categories:
• Kelly Rodenkirk and Tracy Young, hospitality services team, economics case study;
• Kartik Ayalasomayajula, retail merchandising, math-economics test;
• Marcus Paulson – retail merchandising – math-economics test and comprehensive exam;
• Daniel Waddell and Robert Wiedenfeld – buying and merchandising team – distribution case study;
• Brooke Ihlefeld and Lauren Wirsbinsky – business law and ethics – case study;
• Vy Nguyen – apparel and accessories marketing – management and entrepreneurship role play and comprehensive exam;
• Andrew Perego – food marketing – math-economics test and comprehensive exam, overall finalist;
• Sarah Bregant – food marketing – both tests, both role plays,second place overall; and
• Supriya Talwar – business services – both tests, both role plays, first place overall.

The Hamilton chapter also was one of five schools that earned the “Acts of Kindness” award for its annual Adopt-A-Classroom holiday activities at LaFollette Elementary School in Milwaukee.

Hamilton Winter Choir Concert scheduled for Jan. 14

The Hamilton High School Winter Choir Concert will be held Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center. The Hamilton Choir and A Cappella group, Music Over Matter, will perform music prepared during the fall semester. All community members are welcome to attend this concert featuring a wide variety of music. Admission is free.

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

Hamilton’s Get Connected offers talk on good parenting

The Hamilton School District’s Get Connected Parent Network invites parents to hear from Kristin Hasbrook, who will speak on “What Makes a Good Parent” Jan. 18 from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. The presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be at Templeton Middle School, N59 W22490 Silver Spring, Sussex

Good parenting comes in many forms, but there are some common techniques that work well for most people. Come learn about different parenting styles and how they impact your child.

Love and Logic is a philosophy that provides simple and practical techniques to help parents have less stress and more fun while raising responsible kids. Kristin will present a brief overview of a topic from the Love & Logic parenting program. Then there will be an opportunity for questions and parents to share and learn from one another.

An educator for 20 years, Kristin Hasbrook is currently coordinator of Hamilton’s Get Connected Program. She is a guidance counselor, consultant and the district’s alcohol and other drug coordinator. In addition, she is the parent of four children. She serves as vice-president of the Porcupine Foundation, a nonprofit organization that benefits children’s causes.

Waukesha State Bank is underwriting the cost of this Get Connected parent session.

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.

Schmudlach wins Templeton Geographic Bee

Templeton Middle School seventh-grader Nicolas Schmudlach won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee on Jan. 12. Second place went to seventh-grader Zackary Buschke, and eighth-grader Robert Little took third place. The school-level bee, at which students answered oral questions on geography, was part of the 2010 National Geographic Bee. The bee is sponsored by the National Geographic Society.

All Templeton students participated in a preliminary round by taking a 25-question written test. Students who scored highest on that test advanced to the semi-final round and included Schmudlach, Buschke, Little, Ryan Adrian, Nicholas Fricano, Adam Klager, Justin Whorral, and Samuel Wishart.

As the school finalist, Schmudlach took a written test to qualify to compete at the state level. Up to 100 of the top scorers in each state will be eligible to compete April 9 in the state Geographic Bee. The winner of the state bee will travel to Washington, D.C., to complete in national competition.