Hamilton students qualify for state music festival

Hamilton High School music students participated March 20 in the Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) North Shore District Solo and Ensemble Music Festival held at Brown Deer High School. The following students qualified for state competition:

– Daniel Barch

– Briana Botros

– Korissa Branton

– Miranda Brown

– Shannan Brown

– Morgan  Burns

– Amanda Cibulka

– Alex Crane

– Andrew Cronin

– Lauren Dawley

– Constance Dowden

– Elizabeth Eichsteadt

– Kristin Fidler

– Aaron Fiss

– Christopher Flink

– Sean Fox

– Sarah Germer

– Melissa Graves

– Courtney Gray

– Rachael Gutierrez

– Bradley Helm

– Zachary Herriges

– Kimberly Hillmer

– Mitchell Keim

– Andrew Kerber

– Kyle Klett

– Allison Kline

– Alissa Klobukowski

– Melanie Kuntz

– Kathryn Le Claire

– Anthony Lee

– Samuel Leinon

– Lauren Little

– Jonelle Ludin

– Gabrielle Lyons

– Erich Maas

– Daniel McKee

– Brendan Miracle

– Phanpanas Mora

– Paula Myatt

– Michael Newman

– Mathew Olkowski

– Kelly Olson

– Madeline Oskey

– Adam Pagenkopf

– Erin Pagenkopf

– Stephanie Petersen

– Jennifer Potts

– Alyssa Rebensburg

– Nicholas Ritter

– Lydia Salus

– Alexandra Schneider

– Sara Slavik

– Ryan Smilanich

– Daniel Smith

– Leah Stapelman

– Kelsey Steinmetz

– Erin Stone

– Michael Swartzendruber

– Kelly Verhaalen

– Sarah Vowels

– Rachel Weiss

– Hannah Wiesneski

– Michael Yu

– Harrison Yu

– Megan Zavadsky

– Nicole Zeman


The WSMA state competition will be held April 24 at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Woodside students jump for heart health

Woodside Elementary School students raised $6,169.50 March 19 for the American Heart Association through a “Jump Rope for Heart” event.

Third-, fourth- and fifth-graders collected donations and worked on nine levels of jump-roping skills in their physical education classes. The unit concluded with “Jump Rope for Heart,” an after-school event. Students participated in various jump-rope competitions.

Prizes were also awarded to students for collecting donations. The top collector was Brenna Kelbel. Joe Hoffman of the American Heart Association was at the event to thank students for their support of the American Heart Association.

Woodside students surpass goal for Haiti relief

Woodside Elementary School students more than doubled what they anticipated to collect in their efforts to provide relief to the victims of the Haiti earthquake.

Student Council representatives established a goal of $500 as they collected coins from classmates during a two-week period. The campaign included morning announcements, coin collections, recess reminders and a poster that displayed their collective progress in the front lobby.

When the donations were finally collected, the school raised $1,124.84 that was donated to the American Red Cross for disaster relief in Haiti.

“Woodside Student Council has worked hard to promote leadership, sacrifice and responsibility to the students in both the school setting and in the community,” said Peter Dargatz, fourth grade teacher and Student Council advisor. “So, when our representatives learned about the tragedy in Haiti, it was no surprise they wanted to help.”

“These representatives taught their fellow students about generosity and social responsibility by not only promoting the logistics of the drive, but in some cases, issuing personal challenges to their own class and buddy class,” Dargatz said.

Hamilton DECA advances to international conference

Eight Hamilton DECA members competed March 9-11 at the Wisconsin DECA Career Development Conference in Lake Geneva. Supriya Talwar finished in second place overall in business services, Sarah Bregant finished in second place overall in food marketing, and Andrew Perego finished in fourth place overall in food marketing. These three students will compete again at the international conference in April.

The chapter also was recognized with Gold Level Certification for its school based enterprise, The Charger Corner school store. As a result, three members will compete at the School Based Enterprise Academy at the International Career Develop Conference. They are Robert Wiedenfeld, Daniel Waddell and Lauren Wirsbinski.

Hamilton’s DECA chapter also received the Diamond Membership Award, Gold Chapter Award, Acts of Kindness Award and Top 5 MDA Award. The chapter raised and contributed $3,200 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the second highest amount of any chapter in the state.

Also competing at state were Vy Nguyen and Brooke Ihlefeld. Nguyen will advance to the international conference as Hamilton’s Gold Chapter representative. Ihlefeld will attend the Leadership Development Academy offered at the conference.

The DECA International Career Development Conference will be April 24 – 28 in Louisville, Ky. Representatives from all 50 states and several Canadian provinces will compete in more than 50 different categories of marketing, management and entrepreneurship.

Skip Hay is a Hamilton business education teacher and the DECA advisor.

Hamilton announces February students of the month

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

  • Vanessa Balistrieri, music;
  • Gabriela Bezerra, family and consumer education;
  • Lauren Burleson, science;
  • Amber Holland, social studies;
  • Joshua Kirchner, fitness education;
  • Sara Mindt, mathematics;
  • Jacob Mudlitz, applied engineering and technology;
  • Vy Nguyen, communication arts;
  • Jessica Peters, family and consumer education;
  • Margaret Stollberg, art;
  • Amanda Wagner, business education; and
  • Hannah Wiesneski, world languages.

Students received a certificate and a pin for their accomplishment.

March 15, 2010

Student parking fee to increase, but lunch prices remain

Most student fees in the district will be unchanged for the 2010-11 school year. The exceptions both relate to student driving. Earlier in the year the School Board increased drivers’ education fees from $300 to $350 to cover higher costs. At its meeting on Monday, the School Board OK’d a $10 increase in student parking fees from $90 to $100 a year.

The Food Service Department requested no increase in lunch prices for the coming school year, and so prices will remain at the level they have been at since 2008-09, which are:

  • $2.10 for elementary students;
  • $2.50 for middle and high school students;
  • $3.25 for adults; and
  • 30 cents for milk.

Board approves participation in CESA programs

The district continued using services provided by the Cooperative Education Services Agency (CESA) #1 to help students who are at risk, not succeeding in a traditional school environment or have specialized needs. CESA services which have been used during the 2009-10 school year were:

  • Empower Academy – a program for high school students at risk or not succeeding in high school, (seven students served);
  • Turning Point – an alternative school for elementary-age children with emotional behavioral disabilities (one student served);
  • Passages Charter Middle School – for middle school students who are at risk (one student served);
  • SOAR – an alternative high school program that offers a comprehensive program to meet students’ academic and behavioral needs while offering them an opportunity to graduate (two students served); and
  • Fresh Start – provides an option to expulsion or services for students who have committed an expellable act and need to continue to receive services (four students served).

The School Board approved participation in CESA alternative programs for 2010-11.

Secondary schools given OK to continue accreditation

The School Board authorized participation in the North Central Accreditation (NCA) process for Templeton Middle School and Hamilton High School, but the district may consider other accreditations, including the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence, in the future.

At a cost of $650 for the middle school and $775 for the high school, the accreditation process helps schools focus on school improvements related to student outcomes. It aligns with the district’s site planning process and responds to the public’s demand for greater accountability. Hamilton has been a part of the NCA accreditation process since 1966 and Templeton since 1997. Two years ago, NCA changed the name of the evaluation component of its services to AdvancED.

Students get approval for Youth Options Program

The applications of 18 Hamilton students were approved for enrollment in the Youth Options Program for the first semester of 2010-11. The students qualify by completing their sophomore year, having good academic standing and no record of disciplinary problems. The students are able to take technical college or university courses at district expense if they have exhausted the curriculum offered in the district. Principal Candis Mongan reported that some students who apply to take Youth Option Program courses are not able to follow through on their intentions because of scheduling conflicts or full classes at the colleges they wish to attend. Students often list several courses on their application in case classes are full.

Summer workshops set for staff

Summer curriculum projects, professional development and technology course offerings will be available to staff during the summer. School Board members approved a wide range of curriculum projects and professional development opportunities presented by Instructional Services Supervisor Robert Scott, Ph.D. The budget for the summer work is $26,854, which is about $7,000 less than last year.

Curriculum projects involve 21st century skills and academic standards at Willow Springs; pre-algebra, advanced math and science at Templeton; and AP studio art, fitness, health, leadership, advanced algebra and German at Hamilton.

Professional development includes literacy curriculum training for elementary staff at the new teacher training, data analysis and 21st century learning for middle school staff, data analysis workshop at the high school, and SMART Board train-the-trainer and new teacher-mentor workshop districtwide.

Technology professional development will include sessions on integrating technology, Moodle, Teacher Pages SchoolFusion, PhotoShop, UDL Cool Tools, Inspiration, Podcasting, SMART Board, Boardmaker Plus, CoWriter/Write Out Loud, Pixie, PhotoStory, Word, Excel and Web 2.0 tools.

Personnel news

In personnel business, the School Board:

  • appointed Christina White as a Marcy instructional paraprofessional for three hours a day, and Dewan Grant as a Marcy special services paraprofessional for hour hours a day; and
  • accepted the leave of absence request of Willow Springs kindergarten teacher Kathryn Gengler during the 2010-11 school year.

Charger cheerleaders take 5th at national competition

The Hamilton High School Varsity Cheerleading team placed fifth among 42 of the country’s best teams in its division at the National High School Cheerleading Championship. The competition, organized by the Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) and considered the most prestigious cheerleading championship in the U.S., was held Feb. 13 and 14 at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando. It will be televised on ESPN and ESPN2 this spring to more than 100 million homes and in 32 countries. The Hamilton Charger Cheerleaders competed in the Medium Varsity Division I category.

The team is coached by Karen Welch and Courtney Joers.


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To ensure your files are compatible with Microsoft Office, you will need to make a setting change after installation. In Open Office, go to Tools > Options > Load/Save > General.

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Access to school network drives. A school username and password is required.


Access to all school library catalogs to browse book and reference collections.  A school username and password is required.


A school library digital subscription that provides students in grades 6-12 and staff with access to eBook, audiobook, music and video content. A school library card is required. 


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Student information system for employees.

Maple Avenue fifth-graders donate to Haiti relief

Christina Garley’s fifth-grade classroom at Maple Avenue Elementary donated $50 to the American Red Cross International Response Fund as part of its “Buck a Book” program. The reading incentive program encourages students to read on their own time and raise money for a cause they deem important.

For each book students complete and record in their reading log, they bring in $1 or whatever they can from home. Once $50 is collected, the class decides where to donate the money. The class chose the American Red Cross because its International Response Fund helps the victims of countless crises, like the recent earthquakes in Chile and Haiti. The funds will provide immediate relief and long-term support through supplies, technical assistance and other support to help those in need.

The program, which runs throughout the school year, encourages Maple Avenue fifth-graders to read while helping others. Since the start of the “Buck a Book” Program in 2006-07, fifth-graders in Garley’s classes have donated $250 to various organizations. Parent feedback regarding the program indicates that it has been successful in motivating students to read.

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