Hamilton students named GMC Scholar Athletes

The Greater Metro Conference (GMC) has named the following Hamilton High School students Spring 2011-12 Scholar Athletes:

  • Kara Bednarek – girls soccer;
  • Jacob Anderson, Daniel Baker, Aaron Beck, Steven Greilinger, Jordan Kind, Alexander Lutze, Cody Neverman, Pratheek Reddy, Clayton Van Der Linden – boys tennis;
  • Matthew Foster, Brandon Hagenow, Nicholas Patterson, Michael Spankowski – boys track;
  • Amanda Bernarde, Jennifer Janusz, Jessica Rupnow – girls track; and
  • Timothy Biron, Tyler Kozlowski, Mitchell Mason, Nicholas Patterson – baseball.

Coaches nominate student-athletes who:

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

These student-athletes serve as a great example to others demonstrating combined academic and athletic success.


August 20, 2012

Hamilton School Board members recognized Templeton Middle School social studies teacher Rhonda Watton at their August meeting for being chosen a 2012 recipient of the Distinguished Teacher Award from the National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE). The award recognizes those who have made extraordinary contributions to the teaching and learning of geography in the classroom. A panel of NCGE reviewers chose Watton for national recognition for her professional dedication and skill.

The award will be presented in October during the National Conference on Geographic Education in San Marcos, Texas.


School Board President Gabe Kolesari congratulates Watton for receiving a national award.

Families can apply for free, reduced lunches

The Hamilton School District announced its policy for children unable to pay the full price of meals served under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program, or milk served under the Special Milk Program. Each school office and the district office have copies of the policy for those who are interested.

Household size and income criteria determine eligibility. Children from families whose annual income is at or below the established levels are eligible for free and reduced price meals or free milk if a split-session student does not have access to the school lunch or breakfast service.

Annual income maximum for free lunch or milk

Household size — income maximum

1 — $14,521

2 — $19,669

3 — $24,817

4 — $29,965

5 — $35,113

6 — $40,261

7 — $45,409

8 — $50,557

For each additional household member, add $5,148.

Annual income range for reduced lunch or milk

Household size — income range

1 — $14,521.01 and $20,665

2 — $19,669.01 and $27,991

3 — $24,817.01 and $35,317

4 — $29,965.01 and $42,643

5 — $35,113.01 and $49,969

6 — $40,261.01 and $57,295

7 — $45,409.01 and $64,621

8 — $50,557.01 and $71,947

For each additional household member, add $5,148 to $7,326 to range.

Monthly income maximum for free lunch or milk

Household size — income maximum

1 — $1,211

2 — $1,640

3 — $2,069

4 — $2,498

5 — $2,927

6 — $3,356

7 — $3,785

8 — $4,214

For each additional household member, add $429.

Monthly income range for reduced lunch or milk

Household size — income range

1 — $1,211.01 and $1,723

2 — $1,640.01 and $2,333

3 — $2,069.01 and $2,944

4 — $2,498.01 and $3,554

5 — $2,927.01 and $4,165

6 — $3,356.01 and $4,775

7 — $3,785.01 and $5,386

8 — $4,214.01 and $5,996

For each additional household member, add $429 to $611 to range.

Application forms are being sent to all homes with a notice to parents or guardians. To apply for free or reduced price meals or free milk, households must fill out the application and return it to the school. Additional copies are available in the principal’s office in each school. Applications may be submitted at any time during the year.

If a household member becomes unemployed or if the household size changes and the household income falls at or below the levels shown above, the family should contact the school. Such changes may make households eligible for reduced price meals or free meals or milk, and they may reapply at that time.

In certain cases, foster children are also eligible for these benefits. If a household has foster children and wishes to apply for free or reduced price meals, the household should complete an application for a family of one or contact the school for more information.

The information provided by the household on the application is confidential. Under this program, no child will be discriminated against because of race, color, sex, national origin, age or disability.

For more information, contact Kira Cerroni, Hamilton School District food service manager, at (262) 246-1973 x1142.


Hamilton schools plan for start of classes

Hamilton School District students will begin classes Sept. 4. The district has compiled information to assist parents and students in preparation for the big day.

Registration — People who are new to the district may register their children at the school they will attend. Call the individual schools to learn their office hours. School phone numbers are:

            • Willow Springs Learning Center (4-year-old kindergarten), (262) 255-6190;

            • Lannon Elementary, (262) 255-6106;

            • Maple Avenue Elementary, (262) 246-4220;

            • Marcy Elementary, (262) 781-8283;

            • Woodside Elementary, (262) 820-1530;

            • Templeton Middle, (262) 246-6477; and

            • Hamilton High, (262) 246-6471.

If you are unsure of your school attendance area, call the district’s Public Information Office at (262) 246-1973 x1100.

Kindergarten — The district offers kindergarten programs for students who are four and five years old. The program for 4-year-olds is at Willow Spring Learning Center, and the program for 5-year-olds is at neighborhood elementary schools.

To be eligible for the optional 4-year-old kindergarten (4K) program, a child must be four years old by Sept. 1. The program runs a half day — an 8:45 – 11:15 a.m. morning session and 12:45 – 3:15 p.m. afternoon session. Willow Springs Learning Center will have a brief 4K bus orientation Aug. 30 at 5:30 p.m. for morning kindergartners and at 6:15 p.m. for afternoon kindergartners to familiarize them with riding the bus. School buses will pick up 4K students and parents at their elementary school (Lannon, Maple Avenue, Marcy or Woodside) and travel to Willow Springs. Classes at Willow Springs begin Sept. 7. The school will hold Jump Start to 4K family conferences Sept. 4, 5 and 6 with students and parents.

Each elementary school offers a kindergarten program for children who turn five years old by Sept. 1. Most 5-year-olds participate in the full-day program that follows the same schedule as elementary grade school students. Some parents choose to enroll their 5-year-old in kindergarten for only the morning half of the school day.

Transportation — The bus company sends yellow postcards notifying bus riders of their routes. Postcards will be mailed the week of Aug. 27.

Breaks and last school day — Students will not have classes:  break – Oct. 26; parent-teacher conferences – Nov. 21; Thanksgiving break – Nov. 22-23; winter break – Dec. 24-Jan. 1; staff in-services – Jan. 18, Feb. 28 and March 1; spring break – March 29-April 5; break – May 24 and Memorial Day – May 27. Their last day of school is June 11.

School hours — Elementary school students in grades 1-5 and full-day kindergarten begin school at 8:35 a.m. and end at 3:25 p.m.; Templeton hours are 7:25 a.m. to 2:35 p.m.; and the high school runs from 7:20 a.m. to 2:25 p.m.

Immunization — Wisconsin law requires parents to provide updated records on their children’s immunizations including DTP, MMR and polio. The Hepatitis B (Hep B) and varicella vaccines are required for all students pre-kindergarten through grade 12. Two different vaccine requirements were added in recent years to the Wisconsin Student Immunization law. The changes began in 2008-09 and will be phased in for all students over the next several years. For the 2012-13 school year, students entering grades 6, 9 and 12 are required to have one dose of the tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertusis (Tdap) vaccine. Students entering 5-year-old kindergarten and grades 6 and 12 are required to have two doses of the varicella (chickenpox) vaccine.

School lunch program — Hamilton food service staff members are committed to producing quality meals that are nutritious and appealing to children. Lunches consist of five food items — meat, bread, two or more servings of fruit or vegetables, and milk. To reduce waste, children are offered an entire lunch but may refuse one or two items. The price for lunch remains the same whether a child takes the entire lunch or refuses an item.

Lunch menus will be listed in school newsletters, local newspapers and on the district website. Parents are asked to go over the lunch menu with their children to help them decide what to eat each day. Children should be encouraged to take at least a portion of an unfamiliar or unpopular food item.

Lunch prices for 2012-13 are: $2.35 for elementary students; $2.75 – middle school and high school students; $3.50 – adults; and 30 cents for milk.


            The following are fees for the 2012-13 school year:

            Pre-kindergarten and half-day kindergarten — $19;

            Elementary grades, full-day kindergarten and ungraded — $55;

            Middle school — $65;

            High school — $80;

            High school padlock — $5;

            Drivers’ education behind-the-wheel training and theory-simulation — $175 each;

            Templeton sports — $20 per sport;

            Hamilton sports — $30 per sport

            Hamilton family athletic-activities pass – $60;

            Templeton extra- and co-curriculars — $10 and $20;

            Hamilton extra- and co-curriculars — $30; bowling – $45;

            Hamilton transcript – $5

            Retake ID (during the school year) — $2; and

            Parking — $100.

Parents may pay all their children’s school and lunch fees through the E-Funds for Schools website and LunchBox. Links to E-Funds for School and LunchBox are on the district website.

District website — The district website is at www.hamilton.k12.wi.us and is updated often with supply lists, newsletters, calendar, lunch menus, news releases and other information.

For more information about the Hamilton School District, contact the individual schools or the district’s Public Information Office at (262) 246-1973 x1100.


Hamilton offers drivers’ education

Registration for Hamilton High School fall drivers’ education – including theory, simulation and behind-the-wheel – begins Aug. 14.  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 April 30, 2013 are eligible to enroll in all three phases of the program. Younger students will finish behind-the-wheel when they are eligible.

The theory phase begins on Sept. 11 and includes 15 two-hour classes from 2:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Theory will meet on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The simulation phase, which starts the week of Oct. 22, is six two-hour classes. Behind-the-wheel includes six two-hour lessons and is held from 2:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. or 3:20 p.m. to 5:20 p.m. Monday – Thursday or Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. or 10 a.m. to noon.

Fees are $350 for the full program.

For more information, please contact Hamilton Drivers’ Education Coordinator Jackie Rottler at rottja@hamilton.k12.wi.us.


Student’s award brings resources to high school

Not only did Uma Avinash’s talent and hard work reward her with a scholarship for her future studies, but her success has benefited her high school as well. As a recipient of the 2012 GE STAR Award, Avinash was able to nominate a high school teacher to receive a one-time $500 financial award for school purposes. Avinash named Hamilton High School mathematics teacher Steve Akin.                                

A 2012 Hamilton graduate, Avinash earned the GE STAR Scholarship last spring. She was chosen through a competitive selection process to defray expenses of higher education. The GE STAR Award, provided by the GE Foundation, is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE), an independent international non–profit educational organization.