Five finalists advance to Regional Spelling Bee

A total of 40 students in fifth through eighth grades competed Jan. 12 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.
The champion speller was Emily Wedell, an eighth-grader from St. John’s. Finalists who will also advance to the regional bee, which will be Feb. 15 at Templeton, were: Alex Leitner from St. Agnes, Mitch Ortlieb from Templeton, Rushil Patel from Marcy, and Alex Saunders from Templeton. 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.
Students who competed in the District Spelling Bee were:
  • Templeton – Logan Cleary, Emily Erato, Brodey Hunt, Zach Jasinski, Sarah Mikhail, Miranda Milbrath, Mitch Ortlieb, Brandon Pupp, Connor Rhodes, Alex Saunders, Lucas Semb, Charanpreet Singh, Sami Spinks, Ashley Toledo;
  • St. Agnes – Gabrielle Grzona, Alex Leitner, Torie Tagliavia, Cameron Valuch;
  • Marcy – Alan Chen, Adam Menting, Rushil Patel, A.J. Ross;
  • Maple – Alissa Buckley, Zoe Hermberg, Sara Hubbell;
  • Woodside – Patrick Foldy, Adam Hartung, Danielle Rhodes, Gabriella Swearingen, Kayleigh Winston;
  • Lannon – Rachel Betters, Grace Fobes;
  • Peace Lutheran – James Kirk, Sarah May, Christian McMiller, Matthias Woods; and
  • St. John’s – Jesse Fryda, Bryce Marohn, Mandy Schneider, Emily Wedell.
 Templeton reading specialist Patty Sankey, who coordinated the Spelling Bee, expressed appreciation to the Templeton Home & School organization for its support of the event.

Hamilton DECA earns 28 awards at district competition, qualifies 14 for state

Members of Hamilton High School DECA earned 28 awards and qualified 14 students for state competition recently. A total of 46 students represented Hamilton at the Jan. 8 Southeastern Wisconsin Career Development Conference at Kettle Moraine High School. The event drew more than 800 students from southeastern Wisconsin who competed in 15 different categories of business and marketing management.
The following Hamilton students earned medals and qualified for state competition in their respective series:
  • Sarah Bregant, first place overall trophy and five medals, food marketing;
  • Brooke Ihlefeld and Lauren Wirsbinski, second place overall trophy and three medals, business law-ethics team;
  • Vy Nguyen, finalist and three medals, apparel and accessories marketing;
  • Kartik Ayalasomayajula, three medals, retail merchandising;
  • Cody Neverman, one medal, apparel and accessories marketing;
  • Clayton VanDerLinden, one medal, food marketing;
  • Elizabeth Fricke, two medals, hotel and lodging management;
  • Tyler Rudzinski, two medals, quick service restaurant management;
  • Nicole Kopish and Tyler Gilmore, one medal, hospitality services marketing team;
  • Pajying Moua, one medal, principles of marketing;
  • Sree Karri, one medal, food marketing management; and
  • Brittany Paa, one medal, quick service restaurant management;
Also earning a medal was the team of Mandes Stoner and Sean McGiverin in the travel and tourism team series
The chapter received the “Acts of Kindness” award for its Adopt-A-Classroom activity where chapter members take holiday gifts to inner city children.
The State DECA Career Development Conference will be held March 8-10 at the Grand Geneva Resort and Conference Center in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

Current grade 8 parents, students invited to Hamilton Orientation, Open House on Feb. 15

Hamilton High School will welcome incoming ninth-graders and their parents to Parent Orientation and Open House Feb. 15 beginning at 7 p.m. in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center, W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex.
At the Orientation, a brief introduction to the high school and an overview of the registration process will be presented. Course catalogs and other registration materials will be distributed. Students and parents will receive further information about high school requirements and four-year planning.
Immediately following the Orientation will be the Open House. Representatives from various clubs and extracurricular activities will be on hand to answer questions, and tours will be conducted by the Hamilton High School National Honor Society.
Prior to the Orientation and Open House, there will be an informational meeting about Honors courses beginning at 6 p.m. in the Little Theater and a meeting for students participating in band at 6:30 p.m. in the Band Room. 
Those unable to attend the Orientation and Open House or wanting more information about registration and opportunities available at Hamilton should contact the Guidance Department at (262) 246-6476 x1130. If you have questions regarding registration or opportunities available at Hamilton, please contact the appropriate high school counselor at  (262) 246-6476.
Last names       Counselor                          Extension #
A-Go               William Drogemuller           1135
Gr-Me              Patricia Mitchell                 1134
Mi-S                 David Johnson                   1133
T-Z                  Tricia Rigg                          1124

Hamilton announces December students of the month

Hamilton High School students representing 11 curriculum areas were selected as students of the month for December They are:
  • Tanner Mickler and Brandon Josi, applied engineering and technology;
  • Jasmine Badreddine, social studies;
  • Sarah Bregant, business education;
  • Nathan Goecks, communication arts;
  • Natalie Lindner, art;
  • Alan Mamerow, mathematics;
  • Kate Wehrman, fitness education;
  • Courtney Lemon, family and consumer education;
  • Shannon Downs, world languages;
  • Jonathon Joll, music; and
  • Sarah Miskowski, science.
Students received a certificate and a pin for their accomplishment.

Jump jive an’ wail Jan.14 at HFAC Swing Dance Soiree

Onstage Swing Dance Soiree – Jan. 14 at 7 p.m.
It does not matter if you’ve danced for years or never touched a toe to the floor, you’ll have a jumpin’ jive of a good time learning to swing dance with Milwaukee’s most loved Jumpin’ Jive Club instructors Maureen Majeski and Stephanie Wise. The Hamilton Fine Arts Center (HFAC) stage will be converted into a dance lounge, complete with dance floor, mood lighting and your favorite swing dance music. Lesson at 7 p.m.; dancing at 8 p.m. Beverages and concessions available throughout the evening.   Advance tickets are $10. Add $5 at the door.
Don’t miss other upcoming events at the Hamilton Fine Arts Center
UPROOTED Theatre presents, “I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given to Me By A Young Lady From Rwanda” – Feb. 17 at 7 p.m.
Set in London in 1999, five years after the horrors of the Rwandan genocide, this touching piece crafted through a series of conversations offers the audience a glimpse of the atrocities that occurred in Rwanda. The play charts the bittersweet relationship between the two characters, Simon and Juliette. Simon is a struggling poet struggling with insecurities stemming from his faltering career. Juliette, a descendant of the Tutsi tribe, attempts to help the people of the world by writing a book addressing the terrible events of the Civil War in her home country, Rwanda.
The two meet while Juliette is living in a hostel in London. Juliette finds through her friendship with Simon – though limited to their writing project – a pathway to spiritual healing. Simon finds in Juliette a stunning example of resilience, African pride and familial love, while simultaneously regaining his confidence as a writer. This show is sponsored by the Hamilton Education Foundation. Tickets are for reserved seating. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.
Guy Lombardo’s Royal Canadians with Al Pierson – April 2 at 7 p.m.
Countless people remember with nostalgia the tradition of Guy Lombardo with his Royal Canadians playing at New York City’s Waldorf Astoria on New Year’s Eve. Since then, the playing of “Auld Lang Syne” at the stroke of midnight has become a tradition. Enjoy the Guy Lombardo’s Royal Canadians Orchestra with conductor Al Pierson as they play the wonderful tunes of yesterday: “Seems Like Old Times,” “Boo Hoo,” “Coquette,” “Sweethearts on Parade” and “Ain’t She Sweet,” as well as an occasional Lombardo style arrangement of contemporary classic pop tunes. Reserved seating tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for senior citizens and $10 for students.
John Waite, Unplugged – April 15 at 7:30 p.m.
John Waite’s career ignited in the ‘80s with the MTV-radio staple “Change and then exploded with smash hit “Missing You,” which went to No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.   In 1989, as front man for the pop-rock super group Bad English, “When I See You Smile (penned by Diane Warren) sparked sold-out concert tours and a succession of Billboard Hot 100 Hits. John Waite is set out to rock on “Rough & Tumble,” which will be his first new studio album in four years when it’s released on Feb. 22 and features hot new single, “Shadows Of Love.”  This performance is supported by the Milwaukee Marriott West and Proline Entertainment, LLC. Tickets are for reserved seating. Advance tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students. Add $5 at the door.
Special guest performances
The Hamilton Fine Arts Center is pleased to announce special guest performances by the Menomonee Falls Symphony Orchestra (MFSO) and Brookfield Academy throughout the 2010-11 performing arts season.
Brookfield Academy presents  “The Music Man” – March 5-6 at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Continuing a tradition of production excellence, Brookfield Academy is proud to strike up the band with its all-school musical, “The Music Man.” Follow fast-talking, flim-flamming Harold Hill in this all-American salute to music and romance. Directed by Mark Salentine, Brookfield Academy Upper School Theatre Director and Sunset Playhouse Artistic Director. Tickets are for general seating. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and $5 for students.  
MFSO presents “Spring Classical Concert” – May 21  at 7:30 p.m.
The MFSO classical concert opens with Mahler’s “First Symphony” and concludes with Karl Jenkins’ “The Armed Man,” a multi-movement, dramatic work for chorus, soloists and orchestra, that explores the devastation of wars and the absolute need for peace and harmony between peoples. Tickets are for general seating. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for senior citizens (55+) and $6 for students.
Tickets may be purchased online at 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.

January 4, 2011

EME program provides valuable services for students

For the third consecutive year, students served through the Early Mathematics Empowerment program have experienced significant achievement gains. Educational Services and Human Resource Director John Roubik reported on progress of the program that was initiated in the 2004-05 school year. It is designed to serve first- and second-graders throughout the school year and kindergartners during second semester with additional mathematics instruction, focusing on number concepts and number sense.

The program, which is staff by four full-time teachers and several part-time paraprofessionals, provided mathematic intervention last year for 21 percent of first-graders and 12 percent of second-graders. Some 92 percent of the students served made significant gain in mathematical achievement.

Roubik credited the four teachers who head up the program and the paraprofessionals they work with for the program’s success.

“Without this intervention program, there would be students who we would not be servicing to the level that we do,” Roubik said. “EME has helped strengthen our math program in the district.”

In addition to working directly with students, EME teachers provide professional development to teachers and offer additional instructional strategies to benefit all students.

Woodside presents site plan progress

Woodside Principal James Edmond, Jr., and Associate Principal Tara Villalobos presented School Board members with the third update of their school’s site plan progress. Two tactics indicate that students will:

  • experience social and emotional growth leading to academic success through the strong and nurturing relationship established among all students, staff and families; and
  • demonstrate confidence and academic success when they engage in classroom instruction based on best practice; students who continue to struggle will achieve success through differentiated instruction and intervention to meet their individual needs in mathematics and literacy.

Edmond and Villalobos presented detailed information about intervention strategies and social programs that have been implemented related to each tactic.

To achieve success in the first tactic, the school has implemented Positive Behavioral and Intervention Supports (PBIS), a proactive teaching tool to reduce behavioral concerns and increase class time for students. Other activities have included a study on homework expectations at each grade level, creation of curriculum guides to distribute to parents, book studies about using the classroom environment to improve student learning and achieving results beyond expectations, development of the Student of Service project-based learning organization, state recognition as a Green and Healthy School, increased parent newsletter distribution and implementation of geography and math contest.

The second tactic has been addressed through the creation of four subgroups including reading, mathematics, Response to Intervention (RtI) and technology. Extensive study along with development of teaching tools, plans to meet need of struggling and at-risk students, workshop models, flexible grouping to maximize student achievement, test preparation and staff development opportunities are underway to help in reading and mathematics. The PBIS system and a reconfigured Child Assistance Team program have been implemented as part of the RtI initiative. In technology, staff were trained on use of Moodle, SmartBoards, Mimeo, Senteo clickers, ELMO document reader and various software programs.

Next steps for the school include development of The Responsive Classroom strategies, a multicultural day, diversity opportunities for parents and students, additional PBIS training and continuation of Green and Healthy Schools. A wide variety of curricular and instructional activities are planned to include 21st century skills, differentiated instruction, Common Core State Standards in Everyday Mathematics program, enhanced technology use and other actions targeted to support reading and mathematics.

School Board member Lynn Kristensen said she spent a morning at Woodside. She said that even though the school is large with an enrollment of nearly 700 students, it does not feel impersonal because of the way staff members relate to students. School Board member Deborah Briggs agreed. She said activities such as those of the Green & Healthy Schools program are meaningful and relevant and helps students feel connected to their school.

Edmond noted that there is a direct link between students feeling well cared for and their academic abilities. He said while academic achievement is the priority at the school, staff also want students to be great citizens when they move on.

Two incumbents run unopposed for School Board

Two incumbents whose positions are up for re-election this spring have filed papers to run for the School Board for another term. James Long, whose position is designated from the Village of Lannon, and Mike Hyland, who serves an at-large position, filed papers to run again.

Neither incumbent will be challenged for their positions on the board, so a primary election will not be necessary. The general election will be April 5, and successful candidates will take office April 25.

Personnel business

In personnel matters, the School Board approved position descriptions revisions for instructional leaders and Professional Development Advisory Committee (PDAC) members. The changes better align the responsibilities of both positions with Strategic Plan and School Board goals for vertical teaming, professional development and curricular and instructional matters. In the future, the School Board will be asked to approve a new structure for the PDAC into the Professional Development Planning Committee.

School Board members also:

  • approved the retirement request of Sandra Dziubek, Maple head cook, effective at the end of the school year;
  • accepted the resignation of Marcy fifth grade teacher Jennifer Schultz, effective Jan. 3; and
  • appointed three new cleaners for eight-hour daily shifts – Andrea Diedrick at Hamilton, Sarah Marsh at Lannon and Anthony Minter at Templeton.