Hamilton choirs invite public to holiday concerts

Hamilton High School choirs, under the direction of Marilyn Mascitti, will be singing a lot of Christmas music this holiday season at various locations. The public is invited to attend these free events.

Dec. 2, 5-8 p.m. – 23rd Annual Christmas in Milwaukee’s Third Ward
Bring the whole family for a wonderful time with live reindeer, cookie sales, live music, hot chocolate, food, photo opportunities with Christmas characters and Santa in a Gingerbread house, horse-drawn carriage rides, Christmas trees for sale, fireworks at 6:15 p.m. and a tree lighting. The Hamilton A Cappella Choir sings from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in front of the tree

Dec. 3, 5 p.m. – Village of Sussex Tree-Lighting Ceremony
The Hamilton Concert and A Cappella Choirs will sing outside the Pauline Haass Public Library, N64 W23820 Main Street, Sussex.

Dec. 9, 3:30-5:45 p.m. – Christmas-caroling and fundraiser at Brookfield Square
Hamilton’s A Cappella Choir will sing Christmas carols at Barnes & Noble and Boston Store, switching from store to store. This event is part of a choir fundraising event as well. At no extra cost to buyers, a percentage of Barnes and Noble sales that day will go toward the choir program if shoppers use a code on coupons that choir members will hand out at the mall.

Dec. 14, 1 p.m. – Hamilton & Templeton Winter Holiday Concert
The Templeton Middle School Eighth Grade Chorus and Hamilton Concert Choir is an annual holiday tradition for senior citizens and community members. Jaye Mier directs Templeton choirs. The concert will be held in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center, W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex.

Dec. 14, 7 p.m. – Hamilton Band and Choir Joint Winter Concert
This concert is a festive celebration of winter holiday music. Jon Waite directs the Hamilton band program. All are welcome. The concert will be held in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center, W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex.

Templeton students travel to Philadelphia, Washington

An extended trip to Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia Oct. 27-30  left 26 Templeton Middle School students, three parents and three teachers with unforgettable experiences.

 The school group traveled to Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., visiting the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Betsy Ross House, National Constitution Center, Mount Vernon, U.S. Capitol, National Archives building, Washington Monument, Ford’s Theater, Holocaust Museum, several Smithsonian museums, the White House, U. S. Supreme Court, Library of Congress and many of the war memorials, including the Lincoln, Roosevelt, Korean, Vietnam, Iwo Jima, Jefferson and Martin Luther King, Jr.

 For many, a highlight of the trip was the visit to Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.  While there, Templeton students witnessed the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  Following the guard-changing, Templeton students Stephanie Hopkins, John Myatt IV, Rohan Washikar and Emma Zalog had the honor and privilege of participating in the wreath-laying ceremony.  The wreath was placed at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier out of respect and honor for the many men and women who contributed to the freedom and democracy of the United States.

 The seventh and eighth grade students participating in the field trip included:  Ryan Adrian, Jonah Brown, Ashley DeJaco, Alexandra Detweiler, Bridget Fahey, Emily Fassbender, Keeley Hayden, Kyle Herda, Stephanie Hopkins, Amanda Joel, Sydney Johnson, Emily Keith, Jacob Lehner, Nathaniel Lemen, John Myatt IV, Brandon Pavloski, Valerie Perszyk, Maya Peske, Haley Rapisarda, Eden Raykowski, Sarah Sankey, Danielle Spence, Morgan Towne, Rohan Washikar, Breanna Waters and Emma Zalog.  Teacher chaperones included Patricia Sankey, Alan Schneider and Rhonda Watton.

 

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HFAC hosts “A Charlie Brown Christmas” Dec. 7

In a very special event for the 2011 holiday season, five-time Grammy-nominated musician, composer, arranger and pianist David Benoit and his quartet will play a show of holiday favorites and Vince Guaraldi-penned Peanuts classics. Songs will include the instantly recognizable “Linus and Lucy” made famous by the Christmas TV specials. The show, which takes place on Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Hamilton Fine Arts Center in Sussex, also features the voices of the Templeton Middle School choir, directed by Jaye Mier.

Benoit electrified the jazz world when he released a version of “The Peanuts Theme” that became a No. 1 hit on jazz radio. He has performed “The Peanuts Piano Concerto” with several orchestras as part of his tribute to Charles Schulz and the music of Vince Guaraldi. In 2000, he released his GRP tribute recording “Here’s To You, Charlie Brown: 50 Great Years.” In 2005, Benoit released “40 Years: A Charlie Brown Christmas,” featuring Toni Braxton, Norman Brown, Chaka Khan, Dave Koz, the Rippingtons, Vanessa Williams and others. Experience the magic of a beloved and timeless holiday classic, performed by an artist who through his passion keeps the music of Vince Guaraldi alive and ever evolving.

Reserved seating tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors (55 years and older) and $10 for students (17 years and younger).  The event is supported by the Hamilton Education Foundation and the Milwaukee Marriott West. 

Other exciting events at the Hamilton Fine Arts Center include:

UW-Madison Varsity Band Show – March 3, 2012 at 2 p.m.

From its Fifth Quarter performances at Camp Randall Stadium after a Badger football game to the Hamilton Fine Arts Center stage, the University of Wisconsin Varsity Band is well-known for pleasing fans with its high-energy performance of favorites like “On Wisconsin” and “Varsity.” Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors (55 years and older) and $10 for students (17 years and younger).

Special guest performances

The Hamilton Fine Arts Center is pleased to announce special guest performances by the Menomonee Falls Symphony Orchestra throughout the 2011-12 performing arts season.

Menomonee Falls Symphony Orchestra presents “An Andy Williams Christmas” Dec. 11 at 3 p.m.
The golden voice of the Crooning King has captured the ear of millions of fans spanning across the generations for more than 50 years. Join the Menomonee Falls Symphony Orchestra in sentimental nostalgic Americana this great performer inspires. His music has been and will forever be a part of the Christmas spirit. General seating tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors (55 years and older) and $6 for students (17 years and younger).

Menomonee Falls Symphony Orchestra presents, “Vaughn Williams: Symphony No.5 in D Major” – May 12, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
One of England’s most revered composers, Ralph Vaughn Williams’epic, powerful Symphony No.5 in D Major will lead us through the story of Pilgrim’s Progress. Also featuring MFSO Young Artist Competition 2011 winners, pianist Elorine Klochow and violinist Shannon O’Leary. Join us for the moving, lush and powerful sounds of Vaughn Williams. General seating tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors (55 years and older) and $6 for students (17 years and younger).

Tickets may be purchased online at www.HamiltonFineArtsCenter.com 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 Town Line Road, Sussex. No phone orders accepted, please.

 

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Templeton students, staff send vets on Honors Flight

The Templeton Middle School Student Council, with help from AFSCME Local 3086 – which represents Hamilton School District custodians, paraprofessionals and some Village of Sussex employees – held a successful campaign that raised enough money to send five World War II veterans on a Stars and Stripes Honor Flight to Washington D.C.

Student Council advisor Patty Sankey said students initially planned a four-day campaign with the goal of raising $500 to send a veteran on an Honor Flight to visit the World War II memorial. They had planned to announce their results at the school’s annual Veterans Day program. The campaign started off with a $500 surprise donation from an anonymous staff member who challenged students to match the donation. Students then raised another $1,104.20. At Templeton’s Veterans Day program, students learned that AFSCME Local 3086 contributed an additional $895.80, bringing the total of the campaign to $2,500.

Hamilton School Board members recognized the Templeton Student Council and AFSCME Local 3086 for their contributions to the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight program.

 

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Power Test donates technical tools to Hamilton

Power Test, a Sussex manufacturer of dynamometers and control systems, donated 60 new dial calipers to the Hamilton School District for use in its applied engineering and technology classes.

Half of the calipers will be used in the “Gateway to Technology” class at Templeton Middle School where students will use them in a unit on measurement and apply them to their designs created in the computer-aided design program Autodesk Inventor. The other 30 calipers will go to Hamilton High School where students in a manufacturing course will use them to learn about measurement, tolerancing and quality control.

Along with the caliper donation, Power Test provided the district with two sets of 0-3 inch micrometers which will allow students to measure the manufactured parts with a high degree of precision. The donations are valued at more than $1,000.

“We are very fortunate to have such a generous and cooperative partnership with PowerTest,” said Hamilton teacher Brian Steingraber.

Instruction in precision measurement was limited in the past because the district had only four calipers. With the donation, an entire class is able to use the calipers while studying and applying measurement concepts. Steingraber, an applied engineering and technology teacher, finds the instruments valuable because they provide authentic experiences for students.

“Support such as this is what will take Hamilton to the next level in preparing our students for the workplace,” Steingraber said.

Power Test has been a valuable partner to the district and has helped staff members develop curriculum to match modern industrial needs.  In addition, Power Test has facilitated company tours for students, participated in the district’s Project Lead the Way Community Partnership Team, employed students in work-study programs and served on the district’s Business Advisory Council.

November 21, 2011

Templeton’s site plan approved

A number of successes have been realized as a result of Templeton Middle School’s site plan, but school staff recommended continuing with the same three tactics because they remain relevant to student growth and achievement. In its fourth year, Templeton’s site plan tactics spell out that students will:

  • increase literary skills and competencies across all content areas;
  • develop critical thinking and problem solving skills to become productive citizens in our global society; and
  • increase their emotional intelligence and individual resiliency skills to be increasingly successful young adults.

Principal Patricia Polczynski went through demographic, student achievement and student survey data that gave School Board members a detailed look at the school’s progress. In recommending next steps for the school, Polczynski noted consistent progress toward accomplishing each tactics, but said the school still had work to do in each area.

School Board member Gerry Schmitz said he was impressed with the work of the staff. In reviewing the written report provided to the board, he noted consistent progress in the past five years.

Co-curricular report given

Hamilton Athletic and Activities Director Michael Gosz presented a written report about co-curricular activities with information about sports and other activities at Hamilton High School. During the 2010-11 school year, the high school sponsored 11 male and 12 female interscholastic sports, 52 teams and 40 student activities. Total cost for all sports and activities was $400,775 with 2,869 student participants, which represents an increase in participation and decrease in cost.

Gosz said that the district’s ability to hire teachers who supervise or coach has been an asset for the high school. When School Board member Lynn Kristensen noted that student participation in sports and activities had increased 28 percent in the last six years, Gosz said it was a direct correlation to having teachers who serve as coaches and advisors.

School Board election calendar released

The schedule for the 2012 spring election was released. Terms of School Board members  Deborah Briggs, Dawn Van Aacken and Lynn Kristensen are up. Briggs represents the Village of Butler, Van Aacken the Town of Lisbon, and Kristensen the Village of Menomonee Falls.

The election schedule includes:

  • Jan. 3 – deadline for candidacy declaration and nominations papers;
  • Feb. 21 – primary election if needed;
  • April 3 – spring election; and
  • April 23 – taking of office.

Staff, students recognized

The School Board recognized a number of staff members and students.

Willow Springs Learning Center speech pathologist Barb Michalak was recognized for being named the Wisconsin Early Childhood Special Education Teacher of the Year by the Wisconsin Division for Early Childhood. Michalak was nominated by Hamilton Special Services Supervisor Mardi Freeman for the award that honors an educator who goes beyond teaching to empower families in providing the best for their children.

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The Templeton Middle School Student Council, with help from AFSCME Local 3086, which represent district custodians, held a successful campaign that raised enough money to send five World War II veterans on a Stars and Stripes Honor Flight to Washington D.C. School Board members thanked students and staff members for their generosity.

Student Council advisor Patty Sankey said students initially planned a four-day campaign with the goal of raising $500 to send a veteran on an Honor Flight to visit the World War II memorial. They had planned to announce their results at the school’s annual Veterans Day program. The campaign started off with a $500 donation from an anonymous staff member who challenged students to match the donation. Students then raised another $1,104.20. At Templeton’s Veterans Day program, students learned that AFSCME Local 3086 contributed an additional $395.80, bringing the total of the campaign to $2,500.

School Board member Deborah Briggs, whose 85-year-old father experienced an Honor Flight in November, offered heartfelt appreciation to the students and staff. She said the flight was an extremely moving experience for her father.

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Templeton students Jewell Gorges and Dominic Pino, Sankey and Marcy custodian Michael Hart, Templeton paraprofessional Sally Haney and district maintenance staff member Terry Haney were recognized at the meeting

Personnel news

In personnel business, the School Board:

  • Approved the retirement request of district Food Service Manager Judy Pinter;
  • Modified the contract of Hamilton world languages teacher Lindsey Klein from a 100 to 83 percent contract; and
  • Appointed Kevin Becker as a high school evening cleaner.

Hamilton student named Academic All-Star

Hamilton High School senior  Leah Stapelman was named an Academic All-State honoree by the Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin (GCAW) for the girls’ golf season that just concluded.

Students are nominated by GCAW member coaches if they meet the following criteria:

  • a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average,
  • participation in at least 75 percent of the team’s varsity matches, and
  • at least sophomore standing.

Stapelman is a student-athlete who serves as a great example to others, proving that academic and athletic successes are not mutually exclusive.

The coaches association believes it is noteworthy that 155 Wisconsin female golfers have been honored this year for maintaining high academic standards in the classroom while competing in varsity golf.  In fact, the average cumulative GPA of this year’s honorees is an exceptional 3.852.  It is equally impressive that 13 of the top 20 finishers in the state tournament for both divisions combined are academic all-state honorees.

The GCAW was formed by high school golf coaches in 1986 to help build Wisconsin’s reputation for developing quality junior players by promoting golf in our schools and communities. Besides honoring both boys and girls who succeed as student athletes, the association also selects an annual All-State team for boys and girls based on their playing ability.  A newly established award honoring the high school team with the highest cumulative GPA will be announced on March 1, 2012.

Hamilton announces October students of the month

Hamilton announces October students of the month

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

  • Ian Berka, applied engineering and technology;
  • Joshua Mueller, social studies;
  • Elizabeth Fricke and Mary Worden, business education;
  • Claire LoCicero, communication arts;
  • Kaleigh Hall, art;
  • Alexi Carlson, mathematics;
  • Madison Czerwinski, fitness education;
  • Erika Jakubic, family and consumer sciences;
  • James Perreault, world languages;
  • Phanpanas Mora, music; and
  • Alaina Eckert, science.

 Students received a certificate and a pin for their accomplishment.

 

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Hamilton named to national AP Honor Roll

Hamilton High School was one of 367 school districts across the U.S. and Canada selected by the College Board to the second annual AP Honor Roll. The award recognizes high schools that simultaneously increase access to Advanced Placement (AP) course work while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams.

“Being selected for the AP Honor Roll is a significant accomplishment for Hamilton High School,” said Hamilton Principal Candis Mongan. “Our goal is to provide a rigorous educational program that allows students to be successful wherever they choose to go after high school.”

With a pass rate of 89.3 percent in 2009-10, Hamilton had the highest AP pass rate among all Waukesha County school districts. In the past five years, the number of students enrolled in AP courses increased from 80 to 375, and the number of tests taken went from 108 to 401.

Expanding the number of students in AP courses while maintaining its high pass rate has been a goal at Hamilton for a number of years. Mongan credits the commitment of teachers and students with the school’s success.

“This goal has been important to us because of what it means for our students and their families,” Mongan said. “More Hamilton students are taking high-level courses that challenge our students and provide them with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced standing or both. What they are learning at Hamilton will be a great foundation as they move on to their careers and further education.”

At Hamilton, students have the following AP course options: biology, physics, calculus AB, calculus BC, statistics, English literature, English language, studio art, U.S. history, European history and government. Other courses are offered periodically based on student interest, staff availability and curriculum.

Districts named to the AP Honor Roll are successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are likely to benefit most from AP course work, according to AP representatives.

“These school districts have achieved something truly remarkable. They managed to open the doors of their AP classrooms to many more students, while also increasing the percentage of students earning high enough AP Exam grades to stand out in the competitive college admission process and qualify for college credit and placement,” said Trevor Packer, the College Board’s senior vice president of Advanced Placement and College Readiness.

The College Board’s AP program enables students to pursue college-level studies while still in high school. Through more than 30 college-level courses, each culminating in a rigorous exam, AP provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement or both. Taking AP courses also demonstrates to college admission officers that students have sought the most rigorous curriculum available to them. Each AP teacher’s syllabus is evaluated and approved by college faculty from some of the nation’s leading institutions, and AP Exams are developed and scored by college faculty and experienced AP teachers. AP is accepted by more than 3,800 colleges and universities worldwide for college credit, advanced placement or both on the basis of successful AP Exam scores. This includes over 90 percent of four-year institutions in the United States. In 2010, 1.8 million students representing more than 17,000 schools around the world, both public and nonpublic, took 3.2 million AP Exams.

Willow Springs teacher earns state honor for work with families

Willow Springs Learning Center speech pathologist Barb Michalak was named the Wisconsin Early Childhood Special Education Teacher of the Year by the Wisconsin Division for Early Childhood. Michalak was nominated by Hamilton Special Services Supervisor Mardi Freeman for the award that honors an educator who goes beyond teaching to empower families in providing the best for their children. Wisconsin educators who serve children under the age of six with special needs are eligible to be nominated.

Freeman noted Michalak’s years of dedicated service and willingness to go above and beyond to engage students and their families. Michalak is actively involved in the district’s Preschool Options initiative, presents at numerous parent, daycare and preschool information nights, and teaches a summer school class each year in which she creatively encourages students to develop their language through play.

A parent of Michalak’s students wrote in support of her nomination acknowledging her professionalism and competence. She described Michalak as a phenomenal speech therapist who is highly respected for her excellent work and knowledge of language delays and speech impairments. She noted Michalak valued parent involvement, often offering suggestions for things that could be done at home to stimulate language growth.

Michalak received her award Oct. 21 at the 2011 Above and Beyond Professional Development Luncheon which was part of the Wisconsin Early Care and Education Conference in Appleton.

 

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