Hamilton drama to present “Get Smart”

Come join the fun at the Hamilton Fine Arts Center Nov. 10-13 as the Hamilton High School Drama Department presents “Get Smart,” a comedy adapted by Christopher Sergel from the 1960’s television series created by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry. Shows are at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday,  and at 2 p.m. for the Sunday performance.

The play centers on a bungling secret agent, Maxwell Smart, who is off on a bizarre new case in which he must stop the sinister organization known as KAOS from its most shameful plot.  Its plan this time is to prove its power by blowing up the Statue of Liberty.  This is too much, and Smart springs – or stumbles – into action.  Magnificently assisted by beautiful agent 99, Smart proceeds from one gigantic blunder to another, each somehow turning into a master stroke.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. For advance ticket purchases and additional information, please call the Drama Department Box Office at (262) 246-6471 x1552.        

The Hamilton Fine Arts Center is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex.

Hamilton yearbook earns honors

Some don’t think the number 13 is lucky, but it was for the Hamilton High School yearbook staff. For the 13th time in the past 14 years, Hamilton’s Lance Yearbook was awarded the prestigious ALL KEMPA, presented to the top 10 judged books in the Kettle Moraine Press Association.

The 2010-11 yearbook, titled “The Red Book,” was judged among other yearbooks in southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Students learned about the  success of “The Red Book” Oct. 14 at the 28th KEMPA Journalism Conference at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Current yearbook staff members Mariah Schuldt, Hannah Hutchenson, Caroline Hope and Taylor Zoephel, along with former Lance staff member and 2011 Hamilton graduate Emily Schuch were on hand to receive the award. They were accompanied by Hamilton art teacher and Lance adviser Pam Mierow.

In addition to the five at the conference, other 2010-11 staff were Nicole Olson, Bradley Geers, Drue Morris, Kaleigh Hall, Nicole Pena, Rachael Oleson, Rebecca Wandsnider, Kendall Taviolkowski and Amanda Franklin.

Hamilton board member recognized at top level

Hamilton School Board Member Deborah Briggs was honored Oct. 20  at the Wisconsin Association of School Boards (WASB) regional meeting for reaching the highest level in the WASB Member Recognition Program. Briggs received the award from WASB Executive Director John Ashley.

The WASB Member Recognition Program honors board members that attend a high number of WASB meetings and events and other professional development opportunities. Briggs has been a member of the Hamilton School Board since December, 1993.



Templeton honors veterans at ceremony

Templeton Middle School will recognize the contributions of American veterans Nov. 4 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at its 11th  annual Veterans’ Day Program.

Army Captain Dylan N. Abler, husband of Templeton Family and Consumer Education teacher Rebecca Abler, will give the Veterans’ Address. He is commander of the 457th Chemical Company in Wisconsin. He enlisted in the Wisconsin National Guard as a combat engineer and accepted a position in ROTC while attending the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. Abler, who served as platoon leader in Afghanistan from 2008 to 2009, is highly decorated with awards and commendations that include the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal and Army Achievement Medal, among many others.

A ceremonial color guard from the Wisconsin National Guard will post and retire the colors and will lay wreaths to honor soldiers who became prisoners of war or missing in action. Guest veterans who attend the program will be individually introduced and their military service recognized. 

Students will honor the country’s veterans during the ceremony as well.

–          The Student Council President  will lead the “Pledge of Allegiance.”

–          The Eighth Grade Chorus and Eighth Grade Band will perform a selection of patriotic songs including “The National Anthem,” “God Bless America “ and “Soldier.”

–          The Patriotic Essay Contest winner will read his or her essay .

Music teacher Jaye Mier is coordinating a video production that will feature photos of military personnel and veterans who are related to Templeton students. The video will play continuously in the school lobby during the week of Oct. 31 and will be featured during the ceremony.

Following the program, honored veterans will be invited to participate in a small reception in the Large Group Area.  All veterans and public officials are invited to attend. Please call the school at (262) 246-6477 by Nov. 1.

Templeton Middle School is located at N59 W22490 Silver Spring Drive, Sussex.

Willow Springs sponsors Nov. 2 shopping extravaganza

The Willow Springs Parent Group is pleased to present its 12th annual “Shop ‘Til You Drop” night. Community members will have the opportunity to shop from more than 40 home-based businesses Nov. 2 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Willow Springs Learning Center gym. A raffle will be held with many items donated by the vendors and community members. Raffle tickets are $1 each, and attendees receive one free raffle ticket with their $1 entrance fee. Parking is free, and bake sale items will also be available.

The following home-based vendors will have products available for sale: Arbonne International, Avon, Becky C Photography, Celebrating Home, Cookie Lee, Discovery Toys, Dove Chocolates, Dragonfly Soap Works, Gold Canyon Candles, Jazzercise, Jockey, Lia Sophia, Little Wren Art, Longaberger, Mary Kay, Miche Bags, Onlineglass.net, Partylite, Pepper It Up Pottery, Pretty Please Hair Clips, Simply Fun, Stampin’ Up, Stella and Dot, Tastefully Simple, 31 Gifts, The Baker’s Rack, The Pampered Chef, Tupperware, Usborne Books, Violet Silk Designs, Wildtree, Willow House, Zumba and more are still being added.

The Willow Springs Parent Group will receive a portion of the proceeds to help fund various 4-year-old kindergarten program activities. The school encourages community members to join in an evening of shopping and fun while benefiting the children of Willow Springs. The holidays are just around the corner, so come and get an early start on your holiday shopping.

Willow Springs Learning Center is located at W220 N6660 Town Line Road, Menomonee Falls. For more information about this event, please contact the school at (262) 255-6190.

Maple Avenue to celebrate Red Ribbon Week

With the help of its Uniting Kids and Community (UKC) Program, Maple Avenue Elementary School will celebrate Red Ribbon Week Oct. 24-27. Red Ribbon Week is a national celebration to support the fight to keep children, schools and communities safe and healthy.

The Maple Avenue fifth grade UKC will launch “Maple Ink & More” as its first school service project during “Red Ribbon Week: Show Your Spirit.” Fifth-graders will hold a four-day fundraiser Oct. 24-27 when they will sell and apply temporary school spirit tattoos in support of Red Ribbon Week. In preparation for the tattoo drive, the fifth-graders are presenting in each Maple Avenue classroom.

Maple Avenue’s UKC is designed to engage and empower fifth-graders to make connections with their school as well as the local and global communities through service projects. Students play an active role in planning, coordinating, promoting and carrying out service projects that support their school, community and world. The goal is to help students learn the value of civic responsibility and problem solving as they work towards completing diverse service projects.

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

Walkers invited to Hamilton High School

Residents wanting to walk in an indoor facility are welcome to use Hamilton High School halls during the winter months. The halls are open for use from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

To ensure safety and enjoyment among those who use the halls to exercise, the following rules have been established. Walkers are asked to:

  • walk, not jog;
  • travel in a counter-clockwise direction so that all are going one way; and
  • avoid entering the area south of the gates when activities are occurring in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center, Little Theater or gymnasium.

In addition to the evening hours, senior citizens are invited to walk during the school day. Walking is open to senior citizens from 7:20 a.m. to 8:50 a.m., 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 12:55 p.m. to 2:25 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The schedule for Tuesdays and Thursdays is 7:20 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., 8:45 a.m. to 9:40 a.m., 9:50 a.m. to 11:05 a.m. and 1:10 p.m. to 2:25 p.m.

Anyone with questions or suggestions related to community use of the halls should contact Hamilton Principal Candis Mongan at (262) 246-6471 x1104.

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

October 17, 2011

Hamilton launches program to support students who take ACT

Hamilton High School launched an afterschool program to help student prepare for the ACT exam. High school communication arts teachers Dede Paquette and Misty Draeger, science teacher Tim Moeller and mathematics teacher Steve Wunschel meet with students to help them in different content areas.

Hamilton superintendent Kathleen Cooke, Ph.D., reported to the School Board that the program is open to any student, but invitations were sent to students who did not score as well as expected on the exam based on their abilities. In addition, as part of a plan to help close the achievement gap, students of low socioeconomic, minority or English Language Learning backgrounds were invited to attend.

District holds Chapter 220, Open Enrollment numbers

The number of seats available for students to enroll in the district though the Chapter 220 will remain at 110 students and no new Open Enrollment students are recommended for the 2012-13 school year. The School Board voted to maintain the number of students in the Chapter 220 Program contingent on continued full funding from the state.

Chapter 220 is a voluntary integration program that brings Milwaukee Public Schools students to suburban districts. The Open Enrollment Program allows students to attend school in other districts if space allows. The number of incoming seats has been limited in the past several years because resident student enrollment continue to increase.

Parents will be invited to apply to a waiting list that will be reviewed in early spring.

Youth Options requests approved

A total of 14 high school students requested admission to the Youth Options Program that will allow them potentially to take classes next semester at Waukesha County Technical College, the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha, Wisconsin Lutheran College and Carroll University.

Youth Options is a program mandated by the state that allows students who have completed 10th grade, are in good academic standing and have no disciplinary problems to attend a technical college or university if they have exhausted their high school curriculum.

Often, students who have been approved for Youth Options are not able to take the courses because of scheduling conflicts or full classes.

Community members recognized for contributions

School Board members opened their meeting in the Hamilton High School library, and then traveled to the Hamilton Fine Arts Center to recognize community members for contributions to the district. The School Board thanked the family of Gabe Leonard for a large piece of original artwork that now hangs in the HFAC. The piece was created by Gabe – a 1995 Hamilton graduate who died of cancer in 1997 – when he was a Templeton Middle School student. It was created entirely using his thumbprints. Gabe’s mother, sister, brother, sister-in-law and nephew were on hand to see the featured work and accept gratitude from the superintendent and School Board members for the donation.

St. Alban’s Episcopal Church was also recognized for donation of mittens, scarves, socks and school supplies to students. For the past few years, members of the congregation have gathered items as a way to help families in the district. Two members of the congregation accepted the appreciation certificate on behalf of the church.

District has interventions in place to support students

Human Resources and Organizational Development Director John Roubik described interventions in place throughout the district to help students who are not proficient in math or reading on the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exam at grades 4,8,10. Interventions by grade level include:

  • High school — Club Success, Advanced Placement Preparatory Seminar, English Language Learner (ELL) support, Introduction to ACT Exam, Senior ACT Survey, Guided Academic Practice (GAP) advisement, GAP college, math advisement, Portable Assisted Study Sequence (PASS), Gearing Up, writing lab, reading resource, Title I services, math tier II advisement, reading tier II advisement;
  • Middle school — Content Mastery, ELL support, Gateway to TMS, invitational summer school – reading and math, promotional summer school, reading resource, Student Training for Academic Responsibility (STAR) math, study center, Success Club, afterschool homework support, individual student achievement plans, supervised afterschool computer lab, guidance weekly academic and goal-setting support, Title I services;
  • Elementary — After and before school tutorial, Early Reading Empowerment (ERE), ERE summer school, Early Mathematics Empowerment, ELL support, invitational summer school – reading and math, Title I services, writing support, leveled literacy intervention, targeted individual and small group learning and practice sessions.

Personnel actions

In personnel matters, the School Board:

  • accepted the retirement request of Hamilton custodian Frederick Krull;
  • modified the contract of Marcy guidance counselor Lori Schlapman from 70 to 80 percent; and
  • appointed Steve Pelzman as Maple part-time cleaner, Richard Piontek as Templeton cleaner and Joshua Peterson as Hamilton cleaner.

Hamilton announces September students of the month

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

  • Napoleon Jones, applied engineering and technology;
  • Kearstin Estrada, social studies;
  • Elizabeth Voss, business education;
  • Zachary Pavloski and Robert Little, communication arts;
  • Maya Pechenov, art;
  • Alaina Eckert, mathematics;
  • Andrew Witlacil, fitness education;
  • Kristin Jerde, family and consumer sciences;
  • Anna Joll, world languages;
  • Abby Angelroth, music; and
  • Benjamin Herda, science.

Students received a certificate and a pin for their accomplishment.



Lannon celebrates Red Ribbon Week

Lannon Elementary School students will celebrate Red Ribbon Week with  several activities that occur Oct. 24-27. The week is a nationally recognized event that highlights the fight against drugs.

Monday, Oct. 24 –

  • Daily theme – “Use Your Head – Too Smart to Start”
  • Students are invited to wear red on their heads, i.e., hats, clips
  • J. K. Lee will present “Verbal Defense” presentation for students in grades 3-5 at 1:30 p.m. in the gym. Parents are welcome to attend.
  • The Lannon Cardinal will hand out red wrist bands..

Tuesday, Oct. 25 –

  • Daily theme – “Turn Your Back on Drugs”
  • Students are invited to wear a red shirt backwards
  • Students in grades kindergarten – 2 will hear from Ronald McDonald on “Giving Back” at 2:10 p.m. in the gymnasium. Parents are welcome to attend.

Wednesday, Oct. 26 –

  • Daily theme – “Sock it to Drugs”
  • Students invited to wear red socks.
  • The Lannon Cardinal will hand out pencils.

Thursday, Oct. 27 –

  • Daily theme – “Stand Up Against Drugs”
  • Students invited to wear red pants, shorts or skirts
  • Bulletin board will display responses from grades 2-5 sentence completion “I won’t do drugs because . . .” and grades K-1 “Too Smart to Start” pictures

 Lannon Elementary School is located at 7145 N. Lannon Road in Lannon.