Woodside celebrates PAWS goals with Robotics team

Woodside Elementary School students recently celebrated PAWS (Practicing respect, Acting responsibly, being a Woodside friend and Safety always) goals with the Hamilton High School Charger Robotics Team 537. These goals are the foundation of Woodside’s Positive Behavioral Intervention Systems Program; a program that promotes positive behavior in children.

Seven members of the Robotics team spoke to Woodside students about how the Robotics team uses PAWS goals. Participating Robotics team members were: Constance Dowden, Caroline Hope, Samuel Welter, Alexander Hillmer, Amanda Melk-McCrary, Benjamin Zarling and Jake Myatt.

Woodside Elementary School is located at W236 N7465 Woodside Road, Sussex.



Hamilton schools contribute to community during holidays

Hamilton School District students, staff and families showed appreciation for the needs of others during the holidays by contributing to charitable organizations and extending acts of kindness within the community and beyond. Following is a summary of activities at each school.


Willow Springs Learning Center

Willow Springs Learning Center four-year-old kindergartners and their families contributed generously to the Sussex Food Pantry this holiday season. They participated in a service project, “Making Wishes Come True,” that resulted in more than 375 gifts that will be distributed through the Sussex Food Pantry to local families.

In addition, the Willow Springs staff raised $600 to assist families in need.


Lannon Elementary School

Lannon Elementary School students, families and staff members collected new hats, mittens and scarves through its Hat and Mitten Tree and a brimming barrel of new and gently-used winter clothing that were donated to Parents Place in Waukesha.

The Lannon staff adopted two families for Christmas and generously donated gifts and gift cards to help them this holiday season.

Maple Avenue Elementary School

Maple Avenue buddy classes in first and third grades earned money by doing extra work at home. A total of $575.62 was raised and used to purchase items for children served by the Sussex Food Pantry. They contributed items including 90 board or card games, toys, crayons, and DVDs, 22 miscellaneous toiletries and 16 miscellaneous clothing items.

Christina Garley’s fifth-grade classroom donated $50 to the Wisconsin Stars and Stripes Honor Flight with funds raised through its “Buck a Book” program.

Maple Avenue staff members sponsored three families providing gifts, books, games, educational toys, clothing, gift cards, snacks and holiday décor for family members.


Marcy Elementary School

The entire Marcy student body made cards to send to soldiers. Students also collected toiletries to ship overseas.

Kindergarten classes are collecting items and food for the animal shelter through January. Kindergarteners also wrote cards to veterans.

First grade collected food for the Sussex Food Pantry. The goal was to collect 150 items and students have already brought in more than 250.

Second-graders made cards to deliver to the American Legion and the Ronald McDonald house.

Third grade students made blankets for needy children.

Fourth grade classes conducted a food collection for Sussex Outreach Services.

The fifth grade will be donating money toward digging wells for water in Africa based on the book, “A Long Walk to Water.”

Marcy staff raised more than $500 for the Sussex Food Pantry. This money was raised through Jeans for Charity.

Woodside Elementary School

Woodside Elementary School families and community held a very successful food drive collecting 3,741 non-perishable food items that were donated to the Sussex Food Pantry.

All kindergarten classes collected gifts for residents at a local assisted living residence. The gifts were distributed at the residents’ holiday party.

Kelly Flanagan’s fifth-grade and Aaron Greenwald’s fourth-grade classes prepared 100 lunches for the Repairers of the Breach Homeless Shelter in Milwaukee.

During the Thanksgiving season, “turkey baskets” were donated to families in need in Milwaukee’s Notre Dame Middle School community. Woodside students were asked to donate money they earned by doing chores at home. With the $2,220 collected, parent volunteers shopped for groceries to build 23 classroom baskets for families in the Notre Dame school neighborhood.


Templeton Middle School

Templeton student council collected and donated $1,217 to the American Red Cross for hurricane relief.

Sixth grade computer students wrote letters to Marines and collected non-perishable items such as toiletries, hard candy and gum to send along with the letters.

Several houses of students across all grade levels wrote to injured soldiers through the Wounded Warriors program.

Templeton staff collected jars of peanut butter and jelly that were donated to the Sussex Food Pantry and adopted a family through the Christmas Clearing Council.


Hamilton High School

Hamilton Library’s “Snowflakes of Hope” program collected items for families in need. A Novel Idea Book Club accepted donations for Sussex Outreach Services and Project Concern in Cudahy. They donated sweaters, scarves, hats, gloves, mittens, toiletries and gently-used clothing.

Club Action again raised money at the annual “Rock Fest” held at the Sussex Bowl. Some of this money was donated to “The Gentle Barn” which pairs rescued animals with at-risk youth to rehabilitate both. Money was also donated to former Club Action leader Alyssa Gohr in her “Run for MS” and to Hamilton math teacher Steve Akin in his “Hoops for Hope” campaign. Lastly, gently used school supplies and books were collected to benefit impoverished youth in Milwaukee. In the upcoming year the club hopes to donate money to “Avsar United,” which gives Nepalese children educational opportunities that can lift them out of poverty.

Freshman Seminar sponsored two brothers (ages 11 and 3) from Menomonee Falls through the Christmas Clearing Council of Waukesha County and bought items on a wish list provided by their mother.

German Club St. Martin’s Day Clothing Drive: There are 150 members of German Club this year who helped plan and execute this community-minded service project. Students were asked to donate gently-worn sweaters and clothing to be distributed to needy people in Waukesha County. Approximately 446 clothing articles were collected this year and donated to Red Door Clothes. Students who brought in at least four articles of clothing were rewarded with a bag of German Gummi Bears
The legend of St Martin tells of a soldier riding horseback into a small village on a cold evening when he happened upon a beggar on the side of the road who was freezing. Martin (the soldier) had no extra provisions, but wanted to help the man who was less fortunate than he. He cut his cloak in half with his sword and gave half to the freezing man. Word of Martin’s good deed spread throughout the land and eventually Martin was canonized.

Spanish Club adopted four Hispanic families (with 11 children total) through the Christmas Clearing Council of Waukesha County. Students in all Spanish classes donated a total of $2,000 to purchase gifts for the families including winter jackets, clothing, toys, books and gift cards. Spanish Club members wrapped the gifts and the officers delivered them to the families.

National Honor Society held a November blood drive. At this event, more than100 people donated — enough to save more than 230 lives. Members also hosted several food drives to benefit Sussex Outreach Services the week before Thanksgiving, producing more than 1, 000 food items and close to $2,000 in donations. The “Feed the Dream” United Way initiative to benefit those in need in Waukesha County was kicked off.

Hamilton School Student Council adopted one family through the Christmas Clearing Council of Waukesha County. The family is a single-parent household with four children. Student Council members joined together to shop and wrap the gifts. Gifts were delivered to the parent by the advisor and students. Student Council also sponsored the annual No Shave Novembeard campaign during November. Hamilton males pledged to go unshaven during November. Each participant obtained sponsors, usually other students, who pledged an amount for each day the young man does not shave or a flat donation at the end of the month. Proceeds were donated to Pancreatic Cancer Research. This year’s donation was made in honor of Chuck Orvold, husband of a Hamilton staff member who passed away.

Hamilton DECA members shopped for holiday presents for the first grade class at Gaenslen Elementary School in Milwaukee. First graders at Gaenslen completed “All About Me” forms and Hamilton DECA members provided gift bags with at least one nice toy and other inexpensive gifts to these students. Gaenslen Elementary is located in a Milwaukee neighborhood that has one of the lowest household incomes in the state. Students at Hamilton enjoy one of the highest household incomes in the state. In addition to delivering presents, Hamilton DECA took cookies and juice, and the Hamilton students spent an afternoon Dec. 12 with the children they shopped for, reading them books, putting together their new toys, and playing with them. This has become an annual event for Hamilton DECA and is always a heart-warming experience for the students who participate. Two advisors and 25 students made the trip.

Offices A, B, C, Publications and Health Room – High school staff members adopted two families in lieu of exchanging gifts with one another providing them with many items to brighten their holidays including wrapped gifts of toys, games, clothing, personal items, household goods and gift cards for families in need.


District staff members

Staff members throughout the district adopted families in lieu of exchanging gifts with one another. They provided gifts of toys, games, clothing, food, personal items, household goods and gift certificates for numerous families in need of support.




Hamilton student named USSYP delegate

Hamilton High School senior Kate Wehrman has been selected as one of two Wisconsin student delegates to attend the U.S. Senate Youth Program (USSYP) in Washington, D.C. Wehrman will be one of 104 delegates attending the weeklong government and leadership education program sponsored by the Hearst Foundations. In addition, she will receive a one-time $5,000 undergraduate college scholarship with encouragement to pursue coursework in history and political science.  

USSYP is a national initiative to provide a yearly opportunity for talented young people with demonstrated leadership abilities to deepen their understanding of America’s political processes and strengthen their resolve to pursue careers in public service. Student delegates will meet a U.S. Supreme Court justice and hear major policy addresses from senators, cabinet members, State and Defense department officials.

Wehrman was one of 66 Wisconsin applicants and was selected after a rigorous process that included short and long essays and a telephone interview.

“Kate is an outstanding example of the dedication and talent of our Wisconsin students,” said Department of Public Instruction Superintendent Tony Evers, Ph.D. “She competed against the best and brightest young people in the state to be chosen as a delegate.”










Maple Avenue fifth-graders donate to Honor Flight

As part of its “Buck a Book” program, Christina Garley’s fifth-grade classroom at Maple Avenue Elementary donated $50 to the Wisconsin Stars and Stripes Honor Flight. Since the 2006-07 school year when students began participating in the Buck a Book program, Garley’s fifth grade classes have donated a total of $600 to various organizations.

The reading incentive program encourages students to read on their own time and raise money for a cause they deem important. Parent feedback regarding the program indicates that it has been successful in motivating students to read. For each book students complete and record in their reading log, they bring in $1 or whatever they can from home. Once $50 is collected, the class decides where to donate the money.

The mission of the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight is to fly World War II veterans and terminally ill veterans from other wars on a one-day trip to see their memorials in Washington, D.C. The organization also works closely with schools throughout Wisconsin to ensure that future generations appreciate the sacrifices made on their behalf.

December 17, 2012

Grove reports on energy audit

School Board members learned about the results of an energy system audit conducted by Environmental Systems, Inc. (ESI) which took a holistic approach to analyzing Hamilton High School energy usage. The report gives Hamilton a baseline energy benchmark of 85 out of 100 points, which makes it eligible to be classified as an “Energy Star” facility. Hamilton’s overall facility score was 9 out of 10 points, reflecting high level conditions and functioning.

District Buildings & Grounds Manager Jeff Grove said the ratings are especially good considering the age of the high school.

“For a 50-year-old building, I will take (the energy ratings) any day,” Grove said.

“The report validates that what we have been doing is really paying off for us,” he said.

In addition to the ratings, the report recommended several minor repairs or operational changes costing a total of about $3,000 that are expected to save $1,855 annually in energy costs. Grove described those changes as “easy energy conservation measures.”

School construction comes in on time, under budget

Marcy and Woodside elementary schools’ construction projects are coming in on time and under budget. Students and staff at both schools will be able to take full occupancy of the additions when classes resume Jan. 2 after winter break.

Already in November Woodside was able to use its multi-purpose facility. The classroom addition will soon house second-graders, with fifth-graders who are currently in the portable unit moving into the second-graders’ former home and one first grade classroom. The first grade class will move to join the rest of the first grade classrooms near the office.

Students will have the opportunity to move into their new lockers Dec. 21, and teachers will begin moving and setting up bulletin boards Dec. 20 and 21 after school. Custodial staff will work on the full move over the break.

Each project was estimated to cost about $2 million, but came in $130,000 under budget. The Woodside project includes a five-classroom addition to replace the portable unit and a multi-purpose room to meet gym and band needs for the growing school. Marcy saw construction of a six-classroom addition and expansion of an area that housed two classrooms to create a multi-purpose room for conference areas and individual and small-group services. Both schools have additional restrooms to meet municipal codes. The district did not go to referendum for projects, but instead used its operational budget over two years to cover costs.

Hamilton students can join co-op ski team

Hamilton High School students interested in downhill skiing will be able to participate in the Menomonee Falls Alpine Ski team for the 2013 race season. Three Hamilton students will join the Menomonee Falls team which competes in the Midwest High School Ski Conference. Students will be responsible for all costs involved with team participation.

Personnel news

In personnel business, the School Board approved hiring Timothy Ferschl as a Maple Avenue part-time cleaner.

Hamilton named to third AP Honor Roll

Hamilton High School was one of 539 school districts across the U.S. and Canada selected by the College Board to the third annual AP Honor Roll. The award recognizes high schools that simultaneously increase access to Advanced Placement (AP) course work while increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams.

“A rigorous educational program will give students a strong foundation to be successful after they leave high school in both their career and educational pursuits,” said Hamilton Principal Candis Mongan. “Being named to the national AP Honor Roll for three consecutive years speaks to our commitment in providing students with an excellent education that will serve them well in the future.”

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. In the 2011-12 school year, 263 Hamilton students took a total of 469 AP exams. Hamilton’s AP pass rate was more than 81 percent.

“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 real advantage for them in 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.

“We applaud the extraordinary efforts of the devoted teachers and administrators in this district, who are fostering rigorous work worth doing. These educators have not only expanded student access to AP course work, but they have enabled more of their students to achieve on a college level—which is helping to create a strong college-going culture,” said College Board President David Coleman.

Inclusion on the third annual AP Honor Roll is based on the examination of three years of AP data, from 2010 to 2012, in which districts must:

  • increase AP participation and access by at least four percent in large districts, six percent in medium districts and 11 percent in small districts;
  • ensure that the percentage of minority students taking AP exams did not decrease by more than five percent for large and medium districts or 10 percent for small districts; and
  • improve performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2012 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2010, unless the district has already attained a performance level in which more than 70 percent of the AP students are scoring a 3 or higher.

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 at more than 90 percent of U.S. four-year colleges and universities. Taking AP courses also demonstrates to college admission officers that students have sought the most rigorous curriculum available to them.




Hamilton band and choir to perform with founding member of Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Mark Wood


Hamilton High School band and choir will perform with Mark Wood, founding member of Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. in commemoration of Hamilton’s 50th anniversary.

Not only is Mark Wood an Emmy-award winning composer and string master, he has collaborated with and appeared alongside some the biggest names in music including Lenny Kravitz, Celine Dion and Kanye West. As a member of his touring band, Wood performed with the legendary Billy Joel for both historic final concerts at Shea Stadium, sharing the stage with Paul McCartney, Steven Tyler and Roger Daltry.

Wood has appeared on the world’s most venerable stages including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and Madison Square Garden, and he now performs with our very own Hamilton High School band and choir.

The musical selections are surprising and include Wood’s own compositions and arrangements of classic rock and contemporary music such as Tina Turner’s “River Deep Mountain High,” the Beatles’ “A Little Help from My Friends,” Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train,” Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway To Heaven,” and the Rolling Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.”

This collaboration is generously sponsored by the Hamilton Education Foundation, whose mission is to enhance, extend and enrich learning opportunities for Hamilton School District students. The event is supported by in-kind donations from the Milwaukee Marriott West Hotel and Proline Entertainment, LLC.

General seating tickets are $20; add $5 at the door. They may be purchased online at or by visiting the HFAC box office on Wednesdays from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. Tickets also may be purchased by contacting Hamilton Band Booster President Michael Sendelbach at and will support the band program.  No phone orders accepted, please.

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


Other upcoming events at the HFAC

The HFAC will present other national headliners and top-notch entertainment throughout the year, including:

Lorna Luft celebrates her mother, Judy Garland, in “Songs My Mother Taught Me” with the Menomonee Falls Symphony Orchestra – May 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Lorna Luft celebrates her mother, Judy Garland, in this very special Mother’s Day concert performed with the Menomonee Falls Symphony Orchestra. Born to legendary entertainer Judy Garland and producer Sid Luft, Lorna Luft is a celebrated live performer, stage, film and television actress, best-selling author, recording artist and Emmy-nominated producer. One of her most ambitious projects to date is this highly acclaimed multi-media production. This theatrical extravaganza melds one of the world’s most familiar songbooks with personal memories from a loving daughter. Generous in-kind support provided by the Milwaukee Marriott West Hotel and Proline Entertainment, LLC. General seating tickets are $25 adults, $20 seniors (60 years and older) and $10 students (18 years and younger).

Special guest performances

The Hamilton Fine Arts Center is pleased to announce special guest performance by Brookfield Academy:

Brookfield Academy presents “Annie Get Your Gun” – March 8 and 9 at 6:30 p.m., March 9 and 10 at 2 p.m.
Performed by Brookfield Academy, this wild west show-within-a-show tells the ageless love story of the sharpest sharpshooter, Annie Oakley, and the heart-throb of Buffalo Bill’s traveling show, Frank Butler. Hum along to unforgettable tunes like “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “I Got The Sun in the Morning” and “Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better.” Enjoy a dazzling score and laugh-a-minute fun that delights audiences young and old. Reserved seating tickets are $15 adults, $10 seniors and $5 students.

Hamilton announces November students of the month

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

  • Alexandra Detweiler, applied engineering and technology;
  • Brandon Josi, art;
  • Aaron Zagorski, business education;
  • McKenna DePue, communication arts;
  • Claire Bohn, family and consumer sciences;
  • Spencer Ezell, fitness education;
  • Remi Lassiter, mathematics;
  • Miranda Brown, music;
  • Andrew Coe, science;
  • Samantha Williams, social studies; and
  • Kaitlyn Pilo, world languages.

Students received a certificate and a pin for their accomplishment.



Maple Avenue teacher honored

 Maple Avenue Elementary School special education teacher Lisa Goforth was recently honored after a student’s grandparent nominated her for an award. Goforth was recognized Nov. 17 at the Learning Disabilities Conference held at Waukesha County Technical College in Pewaukee. The conference was sponsored by the Wisconsin Division of Learning Disabilities, Learning Disabilities Association of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Council for Exceptional Children.

The grandparent who submitted the nomination wanted to express appreciation to Goforth for helping her grandchild in school. In the nomination, the grandmother noted that Goforth went out of her way to understand and meet her grandchild’s needs.

Templeton bands to perform holiday concerts

Templeton Middle School bands will perform three holiday in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center (HFAC). The concerts, which are free and open to the public, begin at 7 p.m. and will be held on:

  • Dec. 5 – grade 7
  • Dec. 13 – grade 6 with Jazz Band
  • Dec. 18 – grade 8

“The concerts are a culmination of more than three months of rehearsals in which the bands have shown tremendous growth,” said Templeton Band Director David Neubauer. “All the bands are eager to share their holiday concerts with the community.”

The HFAC is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Road in Sussex.