Hamilton students score high in Financial Literacy Challenge

Hamilton High School students in Brenda Savic’s Personal Finance course participated in the National Financial Literacy Challenge, and three of them scored in the top 20th percentile among 76,892 students throughout the country who participated.

Hamilton students who received certificates from the U.S. Department of the Treasury in honor of their accomplishment are Dayton Hoell, Kevin Schroeder and Alexander Schultz.

The challenge was developed by the Department of the Treasury in consultation with economists and the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, Junior Achievement USA, the National Council on Economic Education and the National Endowment for Financial Education. It was created to help students learn about the nation’s financial system, including the need for saving and investing, using credit wisely, avoiding fraud and other financial topics.

Lannon students to deliver plants to community

Lannon Elementary School students will deliver plants to nearby households and businesses in the community on May 26. The rain date is May 28. Times that each grade will deliver are:

  • 1 p.m. -1:45 p.m. – kindergarten;
  • 12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. – grades 1,2,3;
  • 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – grade 4; and
  • 2:15 p.m. – 3:13 p.m. –  grade 5.

This is the second year that the school is conducting the community service project, organized by the Lannon Green Team. Plants for the project were donated by Lied’s Nursery.

Hamilton choir presents final concert

The Hamilton High School Concert Choir will conclude an exciting year by presenting its final concert May 27 at 7 p.m. in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center (HFAC).

The choir will perform a wide variety of music ranging from Tom Petty and Andrew Lloyd-Webber to the traditional music of Africa. This concert is the culmination of a year of hard work by dedicated high school choir members.

The choir’s graduating seniors, who will be honored during the concert, are Vanessa Balistrieri, Lina Blum, Constance Dunlap, Jake Ferguson, Katie Henderson, Tori Kufalk, Haley MacHutta, Megan Menzel, Alexandra Riska, Paige Schuenke, Nicholas Seeman, Alyssa Stabenaw and Kevin Zinke.

“The seniors, in particular, have shown great leadership and added immeasurable talent to the choir this year,” said Hamilton Choral Music Director Marilyn Spiess. “These dedicated individuals deserve to be recognized for their efforts and contributions to the group.”

Spiess encourages community members to bring their family and friends to enjoy this final performance of the school year. The HFAC is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex

Templeton team finishes first in stock market game

Three Templeton Middle School eighth-graders took first place in the Enrichment Game that is part of the statewide 2010 Stock Market Game spring competition. Under the guidance of Templeton social studies teacher Rhonda Watton, team members Casey Chopp, Carly Dassow and Mackenzie Lemon managed a hypothetical $100,000 investment portfolio in the 15-week game. The students ended the game with $120,326.72.

The Stock Market Game is sponsored by EconomicsWisconsin and introduces students to financial markets and institutions, how to choose and buy stocks, personal finance and budgeting skills and the value of investing for the future. Templeton Home and School provides funding that allows students the opportunity to participate in the Stock Market Game.

Hamilton students attend Badger State

Hamilton High School juniors will again attend Badger Girls and Badger Boys State.

Females who will attend Badger Girls State June 20-25 at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh campus are:

  • Danielle Barbian; and
  • Cassandra Chiao.

 Attending Badger Boys State June 12-19 at Ripon College will be:

  • Bradley Helm; and
  • Jacob Luedtke.

The Sussex Lions Club and the Hamilton High School Athletic Department sponsor the students’ participation in the program. The students were chosen based on their interest in government, class standing and qualities of leadership, character and fitness.

For more than 70 years, Wisconsin high school juniors have been chosen to participate in this unique program where they can meet other students and learn about Wisconsin’s system of government. Students attending will learn about city, county and state government by carrying out citizenship procedures such as campaigning, voting and holding offices.

May 17, 2010

Board gives preliminary approval to 2010-11 budget

Hamilton School Board members gave preliminary approval to the 2010-11 budget which will be presented to citizens June 21 at the district’s Annual Meeting. The budget totals $50.07 million, which is a 2.79 percent increase over the current budget.

The budget was created assuming that the district will educate 35 additional students and state aid will increase 5.75 percent. State aid contributes 44 percent of revenues to the Hamilton budget, with the local property taxes providing about 53 percent.

The local tax rate is projected to be $9.71 per $1,000 of equalized property value – a 1.8 percent increase over the current rate. For each $100,000 of property owned, citizens will pay $971 to support local school taxes which is $17 more over last year’s rate.

The Annual Meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center. It is preceded by the Annual Public Hearing which begins at 6:15 p.m. Citizens are able to vote on the tax levy at the Annual Meeting.

Retirees honored for service

Eight employees whose service to the school district totaled more than 180 years were recognized by the School Board in honor of their retirements. Superintendent Kathleen Cooke, Ph.D., provided comments about each retiree that were collected from their supervisors and colleagues. Those attending the recognition were Templeton Middle School special services paraprofessional Jane Gutmann, Maple Avenue Elementary School Title I kindergarten paraprofessional Pamela Jajtner, Marcy Elementary School fifth grade teacher Richard L. Petersohn, Jr., Templeton eighth grade social studies William T. Steiner and Lannon Elementary School speech-language pathologist Kathleen Voss-Schwartz. Those unable to attend were Maple Avenue music teacher Mary Ann Porwoll, Superintendent’s Office executive assistant Marilynn Schumann and Hamilton High School night foreman custodian Joel Worden.

Board signs on for Race to Top application

The School Board approved signing a memorandum of understanding that allows the district to participate in the second round of the federal Race to the Top funding. Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle and State Superintendent Tony Evers wrote to school districts asking them to sign on with the state’s application for competitive grant funding that moves innovation and educational reform forward.

Wisconsin’s application asks for $250 million, half of which will be distributed based on the federal Title I formula designed to support communities that have greater levels of poverty. The state application focuses on tying staff evaluations to student achievement, turning around struggling schools and implementing a data system to better understand individual student progress.

As in the first application process, if federal funding is provided, school districts will have 90 days to finalize and submit their work plans to the state or they may withdraw from the agreement and forgo local award.

The School Board voted 5-2 to participating in the application process, with Gerald Schmitz and Michael Hyland voting again it.

Personnel business

In personnel business, the School Board:

  • approved the retirement of Maple Avenue music teacher Mary Ann Porwoll;
  • accepted the resignation of Hamilton part-time physical education teacher John Hervert;
  • recalled Woodside music teacher Rose Frohna and Lannon art teacher Lorene Lisheron from partial layoffs;
  • appointed Kim Schmitt as a part-time Marcy Early Reading Empowerment teacher; and
  • approved partial layoff for Hamilton teachers Stephanie Shoemaker, Lindsey Klein and Rachel Herman due to student registration for particular courses.

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.

Marcy student chosen for John Weaver award

Marcy Elementary School student Alexandra Stephens was presented with the John Weaver Do-The-Right Thing Award 2010. The award is given by the Menomonee Falls Optimist Club in recognition of students who through their actions show courage, bravery, kindness, volunteerism, charity, leadership, humanity, honesty, responsibility, respect, trustworthiness, compassion or looking beyond disabilities.


Marcy Principal Michele Trawicki nominated Stephens and described the fifth-grader as a strong student academically and leader in her class who has been a pivotal force in organizing charitable activities for the school and wider community.  For example, she helped coordinate a supply drive for soldiers stationed overseas, initiated car wash for the school and organized a writing club for Marcy fifth-graders to create a book called “Chicken Soup for the Soul of Marcy Students.”


“She is never short on excitement when it comes to organizing an activity to help others,” Trawicki said of Stephens.


Stephens was recognized at the Community Center in Menomonee Falls as a John Weaver Do-The-Right Thing Award winner. She received an award and $25.

Hamilton senior among first place explorer’s post

A Hamilton High School senior was part of the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department Explorer Post 6700 that took first place among explorer posts from throughout southeast Wisconsin. The competition, held at Muskego’s Bay Lane Middle School, challenged explorers to real life scenario-based situations.


David Schroeder was among the members of Post 6700 which, in addition to taking first place overall, came in first for crime scene investigation, second place for tactical response, conflict resolution and courtroom testimony, and third place in physical agility.


 “These fine young men and women are a great example for their generation,” said Waukesha County Sheriff Dan Trawicki.


The sheriff department’s explorer program focuses on character building, leadership development and appreciation for community service and good citizenship. The program helps prepare the explorers for their roles as citizens, community members, leaders and in future law enforcement careers.


While they did not participate in the competition, Hamilton juniors Jake Ehley and Joseph Riojas also are explorers in the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department Post 6700.

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:

  • Taylor Bednarek, applied engineering and technology;
  • Mandes Stoner, social studies;
  • Nicholas Verhaalen, business education;
  • Paula Myatt, communication arts;
  • Chelsey Sprtel, art;
  • Lydia Salus, mathematics;
  • David Schroeder, applied engineering and technology;
  • Alan Mamerow, fitness education;
  • Abbie Repinski, family and consumer education;
  • Gabrielle Lyons, world languages;
  • Megan Menzel, music; and
  • Mariyam Siddique, science.


Students received a certificate and a pin for their accomplishment.