Guy Lombardo’s Royal Canadians bring back tunes

Guy Lombardo’s Royal Canadians Featuring Al Pierson – Saturday, 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. Supported by the Marriott Milwaukee West. Tickets are for reserved seating. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for students, and may be purchased online at or at the HFAC box office on Wednesday’s from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.  This performance is supported by the Milwaukee Marriott West and Proline Entertainment, LLC.

The Hamilton Fine Arts Center is located at W220 N6151 Townline Road, Sussex. No phone orders accepted, please.


Also coming to the Hamilton Fine Arts Center:

John Waite, “Downtown Journey Unplugged” – Friday, 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. Waite returned to solo work and since 1995 has produced five solo albums including his latest album “Downtown… Journey of a Heart.”   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.

Menomonee Falls Symphony Orchestra presents “Spring Classical Concert” – Saturday, 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.

Outstanding Hamilton seniors to be recognized

Hamilton High School will recognize outstanding seniors May 18 at the Senior Scholarship Ceremony. This is a special night to recognize seniors for their accomplishments as outstanding scholars, athletes, actors and musicians. Students who win scholarships or other awards will be notified they should attend. Parents or students should inform the Guidance Office of outside scholarships received. Parents and other interested students also are encouraged to attend.

The ceremony will be held in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center, W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex. The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. and conclude with refreshments in the lobby.

Any business or individuals interested in supporting the Hamilton High School Scholarship Program with a scholarship may contact Patricia Mitchell at (262) 246-6476 x1134.

March 21, 2011

Math sequence change, textbooks approved

The rigor of the math curriculum will increase for many students as a result of School Board approval of a new math sequence and textbooks and resources. With the adoption of the state’s Common Core State Standards, greater algebra readiness at the eighth grade is emphasized.

The district has seen improved math achievement in recent years due to Everyday Math adoption, differentiation in the classroom, professional development and early intervention resources. Math program changes for 2011-12 include the following sequences, textbooks and resources:

  • Advanced students: Grade 5 – Everyday Math for Grade 6; Grade 6 – McDougall Littel Course 3 for Grade 7; Grade 7 – Algebra Concepts involving linear concepts; Grade 8 – Algebra Concepts involving abstract concepts; Grade 9 – geometry;
  • Proficient students: Grade 5 – Everyday Math for Grade 5; Grade 6 – McDougall Littel Course 2 Transitions Math; Grade 7 – McDougall Littel Course 3 for Grade 7; Grade 8 – Algebra Concepts involving linear concepts; Grade 9 – Algebra Concepts involving abstract concepts; and
  • Basic students: Grade 5 – Everyday Math for Grade 5; Grade 6 – STAR Math; Grade 7 – STAR Math; Grade 8 – STAR Math; Grade 9 – Algebra A & B.

Total cost for textbooks and resources adoption is $195,203.

Open Enrollment applicants put on waiting list

All 139 students who applied to attend Hamilton schools through the Open Enrollment Program will be placed on a waiting list until the district has a better understanding of class sizes and space availability. The number of students who want to attend Hamilton schools is up by eight students over last year. District officials will hold a lottery and assign each applicant a number that will determine the order of acceptance should seats become available later.

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 for the 2011-12 school year. Educational Services Director John Roubik said the process was rigorous for schools to go through and emphasized use of data for school improvement.

At a cost of $625 for the middle school and $725 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. Three years, ago, NCE changed the name of the evaluation component of its services to AdvancED.

Students get approval for Youth Options Program

The applications of 15 Hamilton students were approved for enrollment in the Youth Options Program for the first semester of 2011-12. 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. Roubik noted 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

A variety of curriculum projects, professional development and technology course offerings will keep staff members busy throughout the summer. School Board members approved a wide range of curriculum projects and professional development opportunities. The budget for the summer work is $47,952.

The high school will have many curriculum projects including developing Advanced Placement physics, applied energy and fabrication and fitness education classes and revising four classes in math, biology, art and communication arts. Middle school staff will revise an environmental science class, and elementary teachers will work on reading benchmarks.

Professional development includes Everyday Math training for elementary teachers, data analysis workshop and differentiating instruction using the four Cs of 21st century learning for middle school staff, data analysis workshop for high school teachers, and leadership training and new teacher-mentor workshop at the district level.

Technology professional development will include sessions on Moodle, Photoshop, SMART Board, Boardmaker Plus, Pixie, Web 2.0 tools, internet safety in teaching and learning, online learning and teaching, Solo 6, Boardmaker Studio and Overdrive Digital Library.

Art students recognized for Scholastic awards

Eight students of Hamilton art teachers Kelly Belot and Ellen Acuff were recognized for their showing at the Scholastic Art Awards. They were Bradley Geers, Gold Key for his photography portfolio; Laura Eichsteadt, Gold Key for photography; Jennifer Potts, Gold Key for photography; Hailee Weber, Gold Key for glass; Skylar Michels, Gold Key for glass; Kathleen Richards, Gold Key for glass; Hanna Lutynski, Silver Key for glass; and Hannah Zielinski, Silver Key for ceramics.

Personnel news

In personnel business, the School Board:

  • Tabled making a decision on approving retirement requests until the April 1 employee submission deadline has passed and all requests are known;
  • Accepted the resignation of high school English Language Learner and French teacher Jaclyn Mauer;
  • Approved the leave of absence for Woodside second grade teacher Brian Siegel contingent on legal counsel opinion stating that the district is protected upon his return; and
  • Appointed Debra Jansen as a Templeton eighth grade replacement teacher.

Hamilton announces February students of the month

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

  • Joshua Miskowski, applied engineering and technology;
  • Bradley Schulz and Kiersten Bauer, social studies;
  • Nicholas Ferschl, business education;
  • Sean Keller, communication arts;
  • Nicole Maggiori, art;
  • Kenneth Ivy, mathematics;
  • Noah DePue, fitness education;
  • Bailee Bobert, family and consumer sciences;
  • Hanna Lutynski, world languages;
  • Jenna Kalupa, music; and
  • Pratheek Reddy, science.

Students received a certificate and a pin for their accomplishment.



Tryouts slated for Chargerette Poms & Dance Team

All interested students planning to try out for the 2011-12 Hamilton High School Chargerette Poms and Dance Team are invited to attend tryouts April 18-20 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30  p.m. The tryouts will be in the Auxiliary Gymnasium at Hamilton High School, W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex.

For more information about the Chargerette Poms and Dance Team, please contact coach Jessica Ronk at

Hamilton offers drivers’ education

Registration for Hamilton High School summer drivers’ education – including theory, simulation and behind-the-wheel – begins April 1. Completed forms with fees will be accepted at the high school office during school hours or by mail. Students who will be 16 years old by Dec. 31, 2011 are eligible to enroll in all three phases of the program.
The theory phase runs from June 13 through July 1 and includes 15 two-hour classes Monday through Friday. The theory phase covers the Motorist Manual, rules of the road, seat belts, insurance, car ownership and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
The simulation is six two-hour classes. The simulated experiences include turning, expressway driving, rural roads, winter and snow, hazards and collision traps and split-second decisions.
 Behind-the-wheel starts after the students have gone to the Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles and each passed the written, vision and sign tests which cost $35. Behind-the-wheel includes six two-hour lessons that are held weekdays from 8 a.m.-10 a.m., 10 a.m.-noon or 12:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m.  Parents are required to practice with their child for 30 hours, 10 being at night.
Fees are $350 for the full program. If you have questions, please contact Hamilton Drivers’ Education Coordinator Jackie Rottler at

School district looking at impact of state budget proposal

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker presented his 2011-13 budget proposal March 1 to the Wisconsin Legislature. Wisconsin Department of Administration posted the “Budget in Brief” to its website. District officials are still researching details of the plan, but some of the most significant items related to K-12 education contained in the budget summary include proposals to:

·         Reduce state aid by $749.4 million over the biennium – 8.4 percent in 2011-12 and 7.7 percent in 2012-13.

·         Reduce school district revenue limits per pupil by 5.5 percent below the amounts authorized in 2010-11 and maintain the same amount over the biennium. Revenue limit exemptions for school nurses, pupil transportation costs, school safety equipment and security officers that were set to go into effect in the 2011-12 school year will be repealed.

·         Eliminate the requirement to schedule at least 180 school days annually, but keep the mandate for current number of hours.

·         Create a student information system that will provide longitudinal data to state policymakers, school districts, parents and citizens on the performance of the state’s public education system and its students in an effort to shift the state’s focus from educational inputs to accountability for outcomes. Funding for the system will come from a per-pupil charge to school districts.

·         Create a third grade reading initiative that will require all third graders in Wisconsin’s public schools to achieve literacy by the end of third grade. The governor plans to appoint a task force to develop a literacy initiative that identifies problem readers in the early grades.

·         Eliminate mandates requiring school districts to employ reading specialists or only licensed school nurses who have at least a bachelor’s degree.

·         Eliminate the mandate to provide staff training on prescription and nonprescription drugs administration only if the training is approved by the Department of Public Instruction.

·         Repeal DPI funding for Advanced Placement, alcohol and other drug abuse prevention and intervention, alternative education, children-at-risk, English for Southeast Asian children, improving pupil academic achievement, nursing services, supplemental aid and science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs.

·         Expand charter schools by allowing all four-year UW campuses to sponsor charter schools and allow them anywhere in the state, repealing the enrollment limit for the virtual charter school program and requiring charter school teachers to have a bachelor’s degree but not a teacher’s license.

·         Modify the Milwaukee private school choice program to eliminate the enrollment cap, income eligibility and state testing requirement.

·         Extend the deadline to apply under the open enrollment program period for public schools and virtual charter schools from the fourth Friday in February to the end of April.

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) is analyzing the governor’s budget bill to answer questions school district have regarding school funding. In a message to school districts March 2, DPI stated that because the budget bills contained no specific references to 4-year-old kindergarten, summer school or Chapter 220 programming, these programs will continue to be funded through state aid. Hamilton relies on state funding to support these programs.

Willow Springs to host Scholastic Book Fair

Willow Springs Learning Center will hold its annual Scholastic Book Fair March 16-18. The book fair will be open:
  • March 16 – 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. 4 p.m.;
  • March 17 – 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • March 18 – 7:30  a.m.– 4:00 p.m.
Willow Springs invites community members to enjoy the book fair where they can share a book with a child or purchase a gift for someone special.
Willow Springs is located at W220 N6660 Town Line Road, Menomonee Falls.  For additional information, please call (262) 255-6190.

Hamilton students chosen National Merit finalists

Hamilton High School seniors Julie E. Posh and Evan G. Thompson have been named finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Competition. High school students enter this competition by taking the Preliminary SAT (PSAT) /National Merit Scholarship qualifying test, which screens approximately 1.4 million entrants who are high school juniors.
Of the 1.4 million entrants, some 50,000 with the highest PSAT scores in critical reading, math and writing skills qualify for recognition. About one-third or 16,000 high-scorers are notified that they have qualified as semifinalists, placing them in the upper 0.5 percent of those who entered the competition. They are the highest-scoring entrants in each state. About 15,000 of these students go on to become finalists. The selection of some 8,400 Merit Scholarship winners from the group of finalists is now in progress and will be announced in March.