Templeton celebrates George Washington portrait

Templeton Middle School recently hung a framed replica of Rembrandt Peale’s Porthole Portrait of George Washington in its library. Eighth grade social studies and reading teacher, Rhonda Watton, requested the portrait from the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association.

In addition the organization donated resource materials and a flag that flew over Washington’s home to actively engage students in learning about Washington and the founding of the nation.

The mission of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association located in Alexandria, Va., is to preserve, restore and manage the estate of George Washington to the highest standards. It seeks to educate visitors and people throughout the world about the life and legacies of George Washington so that his example of character and leadership will continue to inform and inspire future generations.



Hamilton places third in Junior Achievement Challenge

A three-student team from Hamilton High School Business Department competed Feb. 16 in the Junior Achievement (JA) Business Challenge sponsored by Kohl’s Cares and held at Briggs & Stratton. Elizabeth Fricke, Clinton Lampshire and Brittany Paa placed third among eight teams in the Milwaukee Metro division.

The JA Business Challenge is an exciting business strategy tournament for young entrepreneurs to run global companies. Students are teamed with a business consultant and taught about the nuances of running a global business. The competition is uniquely designed to unleash student creativity, test leadership skills and demonstrate the competitive nature of the free enterprise system.



Hamilton senior’s poem to be published in national journal

Hamilton High School senior Brittany Paa learned recently that her poem, “Think,” will be published in a national journal. After writing the poem, Paa was encouraged by Hamilton communication arts teacher Kristi Stuesser to start the process of getting her work published. Her first attempt at being published was successful as Creative Communication accepted her poem to be published in the upcoming book, “A Celebration of Poets.”

Creative Communication, a company based in Smithfield, Utah,  promotes creative student writing through its student writing contests. Judges look for well-written pieces that have literary merit, creativity and social significance. Writing that stands out as excellent uses language to create strong images, has a topic that shows an unique awareness to an important issue or shows originality in a creative approach.

Willow Springs to host Scholastic Book Fair

Willow Springs Learning Center will hold its annual Scholastic Book Fair March 15 and 21-23. The book fair will be open:

  • March 15 – 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.;
  • March 21 and 22  – 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.; and
  • March 23 – 7:30 a.m. to 4 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 attend Senate Scholars Program

Hamilton High School students Elizabeth Schounard and Alexander Schultz participated Feb. 12-17 in the Senate Scholars Program, an intensive educational program offered by the Wisconsin State Senate. Schounard and Schultz were among 33 academically exceptional Wisconsin high school juniors and seniors chosen through a highly competitive admission process to get a hands-on, up-close view of the Legislature’s role in democracy.

Senate Scholars gain experience by working with senators, legislative staff and University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty in areas such as policy development, constituent relations and processing legislation. They attend floor debates, committee hearings, and seminars conducted by UW-Madison’s Robert M. LaFollette School of Public Affairs professors and other individuals involved in the legislative process.

In addition, Senate Scholars engage in mock legislative activities such as bill and amendment drafting, policy and fiscal analysis, constituent communications and lobbying. These activities culminate in a mock legislative hearing at which Senate Scholars provide and obtain testimony and hold an executive session to vote a bill out of committee.

Hamilton High School has sent students to the Senate Scholars Program for the past three years. Hamilton social studies teacher Eric Ebert said the program is valuable.

“The students who have gone in the past have really enjoyed the experience, as they have gotten to see government in action, working with members of the state Legislature, the Wisconsin Supreme Court, UW political science professors and different lobbying firms,” Ebert said. “It truly is a great program to help get your feet wet in state politics and network with members of the government and other students who share your interests.”

Students who apply must have letters of recommendation, take a state government aptitude test and work with their state senator to be approved for the weeklong program.


Hamilton celebrates Youth Art Month with show at Pauline Haass Public Library

In celebration of Youth Art Month, the artwork of students from throughout the Hamilton School District will be on display during March at the Pauline Haass Public Library, N64 W23820 Main St., Sussex. The public is invited to view the artwork during regular library hours.

A reception honoring the artists and their teachers will be open to the public from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. March 1. During the reception a Hamilton High Jazz Band combo will perform and art activities will be offered in the Youth Services area. The Friends of the Pauline Haass Public Library will provide refreshments.

A new component to this fun annual event will be a food drive to benefit Sussex Outreach Services. Hamilton art teachers and Pauline Haass Library staff encourage art show visitor to bring a nonperishable food item. Items in most demand are toiletries, cereal, other than cornflakes, single-item meals such as ravioli or Hamburger Helper, soup and macaroni and cheese. Monetary donations also will be accepted. The food barrel will be in place throughout March.

Youth Art Month is celebrated each year to emphasize the value of art education for all children and to encourage public support for quality school art programs. It began in 1961 as Children’s Art Month with support from the nonprofit Crayon, Water Color and Craft Institute and the National Art Education Association.

February 20, 2012

District has success in collecting unpaid school fees

The Hamilton School District continues to have success in collecting unpaid student fees. The total amount owed by the class of 2011 was $192.47 – significantly less than some years when total uncollected student fees reached as high as $1,891.

After implementing new strategies to collect outstanding student debt in 2005, students are less likely to have unpaid fees. Students are reminded about their unpaid debt twice each year and asked to pay it off. Those who have a balance of $50 or more are turned over to a collection agency in July. A new policy went into effect in 2009-10 that requires clearance of all unpaid fees and fines before a parking permit is issued. The district is flexible in working with families and allows payment plans when necessary.

Maple Avenue site plan approved

School Board members congratulated Maple Avenue staff members after reviewing data on the school’s student achievement and demographics.

Maple Avenue Principal Kristin Koeper-Hamblin reported on the school’s new site plan which indicates that:

  • Students will develop oral and written skills to communicate effectively and purposefully with others;
  • Students will be engaged in meaningful and active learning to support maximum achievement for each child; and
  • Teachers will implement quality assessment practices and assist students in monitoring their own progress to ensure continuous learning.

Koeper-Hamblin reported that staff members are committed to helping all students find success. She expressed appreciation that Maple Avenue had resources such as a Title I paraprofessional to help students make progress and low class sizes that allow teachers to hone in on the needs of all students.


“I was wowed by the achievement in here,” School Board member Deborah Briggs said of the Maple Avenue Site Plan report. “Staff are all on the same page and everyone is wanting to make this work. Your tactics are right on.”

Personnel business

In personnel business, the School Board approved the end-of-the year retirement request from Woodside special education teacher Pamala Kursel.

Chargerette Dance Team tryouts slated April 23-25

Students interested in trying out for the 2012-13 Hamilton High School Chargerette Dance Team are invited to attend tryouts April 23-25 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tryouts will be in the Auxiliary Gymnasium at Hamilton High School, W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex.

For more information about the Chargerette Dance Team, please contact coach Jessica Ronk at ronkje@hamilton.k12.wi.us.

DECA recognizes Hamilton’s Charger Corner

Hamilton High School’s Charger Corner was among 35 school stores nationwide that earned Gold certification this year and will be recognized at the DECA International Career Development Conference in Salt Lake City.

Hamilton students who worked on attaining certification were store managers Elizabeth Fricke and Erin Geszvain with assistance from faculty advisor and marketing teacher Skip Hay. Fricke and Geszvain will present at state and international career development conferences about customer service best practices that they learned by operating Charger Corner. Last year, Hamilton was among the top 16 school-based enterprises (SBE) in the nation.

Charger Corner has been a Gold Level Certified SBE for six years. DECA’s initial certification process requires submission of an 85-page manual documenting the SBE’s exemplary practices in 12 areas. A certified SBE then is able to apply for recertification for the next four years. This year, Hamilton students were required to complete the initial certification process again. Four Wisconsin SBE’s received Gold certification and five were recertified.

SBEs are effective educational tools in helping to prepare students for the transition from school to work or college. DECA developed the SBE Certification Program to recognize outstanding achievement and motivate excellence and growth. The program provides enterprises with standards for model school store operation. A DECA review committee determines if a school store is certified with a bronze, silver or gold designation. The gold certification is the highest among three levels.

DECA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit student organization preparing its membership for careers in marketing, management, finance and hospitality. It has more than 200,000 members nationwide. Approximately 105 students are involved in Hamilton’s DECA Chapter.