Hamilton drama to present “Curtains”

Hamilton High School Drama Department presents “Curtains” a musical comedy whodunit Feb. 7-10 in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center. Shows are at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and at 2 p.m. for the Sunday performance.

“Curtains” is set in the brassy, bright and promising year of 1959. Boston’s Colonial Theater is host to the opening night performance of a new musical. When the leading lady mysteriously dies on stage the entire cast and crew are suspects. Enter a local detective who just happens to be a musical theater fan! Produced through special arrangements with Theatrical Rights Worldwide.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens. Advance tickets may be purchased at Hamilton High School Office C during office hours. For 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 Band Boosters hosts Italian dinner Feb. 12

An evening of great food and entertainment is in store for the community Feb. 12 as the Hamilton School District Band Boosters hosts its annual Jazzy Italian Dinner from 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the all-you-can-eat dinner are $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens over age 60 and students ages 6-18, and $5 for children ages 2-5. Add $1 for tickets purchased at the door.                                                           

The public is invited to enjoy a delicious spaghetti dinner while listening to musical entertainment provided by the Hamilton High School Jazz Band. Additional entertainment includes a 50/50 raffle and silent auction baskets. A free combined Templeton Middle School and Hamilton High School band concert follows at 7 p.m. in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center. 

To reserve a spot for dinner and guarantee a seat, please call Karen Spence at (262) 617-6828 or email kspence@wi.rr.com.

Hamilton High School and the Hamilton Fine Arts Center are located at W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex.

Tai wins Templeton Geographic Bee

After nail-biting competition, Templeton Middle School produced its school champion from the top eight finalists in its Geographic Bee. Seventh-grader Andrew Tai emerged as the 2013 school champion after rounds of intense questions, up against seven other school finalists. The other finalists were Samuel Golding, Benjamin Heberer, Jonathon Liedtke, Dominic Pino, Jacob Poulsen, Cole Roepke and Danielle Spence. Poulsen took second place, and Spence took third place.

All Templeton students participated in a preliminary round by taking a 25-question written test. Students who scored highest on that test advanced to the semi-final round which was held Jan. 8. The eight finalists took part in the Jan. 10 final round.

As the school champion, Tai took a written test to qualify for state level competition. Up to 100 of the top scorers in each state will be eligible to compete April 5 in state level National Geographic Bee events. The winner of each state bee will travel to Washington, D.C., in May to participate in the national event.





January 21, 2013

5-year computer rotation purchases approved

School Board members approved replacement of 214 desktop computers, 60 monitors and network infrastructure upgrades for a total cost of $209,754. The district annually replaces a portion of its computers so that none is more than five years old.

A total of 64 computers will be replaced in the Templeton Middle School Project Lead The Way labs with the remaining 150 computers dispersed throughout the rest of the district. Information Technology Manager Ryan McMillan noted that this year’s purchase was somewhat less than a typical rotation purchase, but said he is likely to be back with a recommendation for additional technology requests to comply with future state testing initiatives that will require more student access to computers.

The approved purchases will allow for elementary schools’ network server replacement and wireless infrastructure and high school storage upgrades.

School Board members tour completed Woodside project

Members of the district’s Building & Grounds Committee toured Woodside Elementary School’s new additions. The project included a five-classroom addition that replaced a portable unit, a multi-purpose room to meet gym and band needs, and additional restrooms to meet building code.

Students and staff were able to use the multipurpose space already in November, but they took full occupancy of the classroom addition when classes resumed Jan. 2 after winter break. The classroom addition houses second-graders, with fifth-graders who were previously in the portable unit moving into the second-graders’ former home and one first grade classroom. The first grade class moved to join the rest of the first grade classrooms near the office.

The project was estimated to cost about $2 million, but came in under budget. The district did not go to referendum for projects, but instead used its operational budget over two years to cover costs with a portion coming from the district’s fund balance. The portion coming from the fund balance was less than anticipated.

School Board members will tour the completed Marcy addition in February.


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Private school transportation numbers given

Business Services Assistant Superintendent Bryan Ruud gave an update on private school transportation costs to the district. A total of 138 students are transported to St. Dominic’s Catholic School and St. John’s Lutheran School. In addition, more than 284 parent contracts are provided with payments going directly to parents who transport their children to private schools in a radius area outside the district. The cost to the district is about $250,000 to provide bus transportation and direct payments to parents.

Middle school course catalog uses new format

The School Board approved the middle school course catalog that had no changes to content, but provided a new format. Templeton Principal Patty Polczynski said the format change provided more specifics about the courses and emphasized disciplinary literacy and 21st century initiatives.

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 2012 was $253.25 – significantly less than some years when total uncollected student fees reached as high as $1,891. Significantly, only one student from the class of 2012 had unpaid fees.

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. In addition, a policy went into effect in 2009-10 that requires clearance of all unpaid fees and fines before a parking permit is issued. Business Services Assistant Superintendent Bryan Ruud credited high school administration for doing a good job following up with students.

Summer Opportunities planning underway

Lannon Principal and Summer Opportunities Coordinator Dick Ladd reported on plans for the upcoming summer school. Enrichment courses are set for June 19 – July 17. Templeton Middle School promotional classes will begin June 17 and end July 26. Students will have off July 4 and 5 for the Independence Day holiday.

High school credit recovery classes will have the same structure as last year, with classroom teachers hired to provide face-to-face instruction in key content areas.

IT gets help with added part-time position

More requests for data from state and federal agencies along with the growing need to assist instructional staff has been putting a squeeze on the Information Technology Department. In an effort to alleviate the increasing demands for technology services, School Board members approved adding a half-time administrative assistant position. In a separate action, the School Board appointed Renee Mysliwski to fill that position.

The district is gearing up for Wisconsin Smarter Balanced Assessments which students will take online. In addition, the district will migrate to a new state Student Information System within the next year. Providing more administrative assistance hours will help the district meet these new requirements.

Personnel news

Hamilton School Board members accepted the retirement request of Marcy reading specialist Susan Haertel effective June 12.

Hamilton DECA earns 13 awards at district competition, qualifies 8 for state

Hamilton High School DECA earned 13 awards and qualified eight students for state competition. A total of 19 students recently represented Hamilton at the Southeastern Wisconsin Career Development Conference at Kettle Moraine High School. The event drew more than 750 students from southeastern Wisconsin who competed in 19 different categories of business and marketing management.

The following Hamilton students earned medals and qualified for state competition in their respective series:

  • Alan Mamerow, first place overall trophy and four medals, automotive services marketing;
  • Brianna Stubler, fourth place overall trophy and four medals, food marketing;
  • Kashish Talwar, two medals, business services marketing;
  • Jessica Neumann, one medal, quick serve restaurant marketing;
  • Grace Modl and Therese Merkel, high overall score, buying and merchandising team decision making;
  • Natalie Schmidt, high overall score, hotel and lodging management; and
  • Jarrett Keen, high overall score, automotive services.

Also recognized were Kayla Muckerheide and Maikong Vang, who earned a medal in travel and tourism decision making.

The Hamilton DECA chapter received fifth place in the Chapter of the Year award and the Community Service Award; and was recognized with the Acts of Kindness award for its adopt-a-classroom project.

The State DECA Career Development Conference will be held March 19-21 at the Grand Geneva Resort and Conference Center in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.


Hamilton announces December students of the month

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

  • Christopher Anderson, applied engineering and technology;
  • Taylor Kessenich, art;
  • Kashish Talwar, business education;
  • Mackenzie Latt and Mark Cochrane, communication arts;
  • Vince Pascale, family and consumer sciences;
  • Stephanie Hopkins, fitness education;
  • Jacob Hartung, mathematics;
  • Samuel Leinon, music;
  • Madeline Byrne, science;
  • Ericka Sereg, social studies; and
  • Megan Hessler, world languages.

Students received a certificate and a pin for their accomplishment.




Jansen signs with Viterbo

Hamilton High School senior Emily Jansen recently signed a letter of intent to attend Viterbo University on a softball scholarship. Jansen, from Sussex, earned letters in softball all four years and second team All Conference  junior year. She is Hamilton’s all-time save leader and plans to study clinical lab sciences.



Early admission to school deadline approaches

Parents who want their children considered for early admission into a Hamilton School District 5-year-old kindergarten or first grade class next fall should apply in writing by March 1 to their elementary school principal. Application forms are available at elementary school offices.

Children who turn five on or before Sept. 1, 2013 meet normal entrance age requirements for the 2013-14 5-year-old kindergarten class; those who turn six on or before Sept. 1, 2013 are eligible to enter first grade.

Parents making application will meet with the principal. During that time, a brief interview will take place and the application will be completed. The child should demonstrate superior intellectual development, superior language skills and advanced physical, social and emotional maturity. Parents will be contacted no later than mid-March about the next step in the process.

For more information about early admission, contact an elementary school principal or Special Services Supervisor Mardi Freeman at (262) 246-1973 x1184.

Hamilton dedicates scoreboard

The Hamilton High School new state-of-the-art scoreboard was dedicated prior to a Charger varsity football game. Advertising sales paid for the scoreboard, the first of its kind among Wisconsin high schools.

The following sponsors were recognized: (from left, front row) Luke Eskau, Rumors Sports Bar & Grill; Ron Crass, Waukesha State Bank; Kevin LaMarre, Brookdale Senior Living; Paul Shoman, Cousins Subs; John Miller, PBBS Equipment Corporation; Patrick Yates, Fast Signs; and Mike “Vilas” Schwartz, Mortgage Services III, LLC; (second row) Heather Pfalz, Waukesha State Bank; Blaze Selestow, Sr., Blaze Landscape Contracting, Inc.; Jeff Jezwit, Digicorp, Inc.; and Rob Mamayek, Culvers; (back row) Jeff Venes, Milwaukee Sporting Goods; Shannon Metoxen, J.P. Cullen & Sons; Rick Kohlmann, Su Casa II; Dave Schroeder, Schroeder Implement, Inc.; Jamie Schounard, Froedtert Health-Community Memorial Hospital and Clinics; and Paul Kolo, Dairyland Buses. Not able to attend were: Rachel Kuntz, Orthopedic Association of Wisconsin; Adam Marshall, Zingen Braun Insurance Agency; and Mary Ann Scaffidi, Heiser Automotive Group.



Current grade 8 students, parents invited to Hamilton Orientation, Open House Feb. 14

Hamilton High School will welcome incoming ninth-graders and their parents to its Parent Orientation and Open House Feb. 14 beginning at 7 p.m. in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center, W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex.

At the Orientation, a brief introduction to the high school and an overview of the registration process will be presented. Course catalogs and other registration materials will be distributed. Students and parents will receive further information about high school requirements and four-year planning.

The Open House, which is open to families registering a student in any grade, will be from 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Administrators, guidance counselors and representatives from departments, clubs and extracurricular activities will be on hand to answer questions. Tours will be conducted by the Hamilton National Honor Society.

Prior to the Orientation and Open House, informational meetings for students interested in Honors courses and band and choir will be held. The meeting to learn about Honors courses will begin at 6 p.m. in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center, and the band and choir meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Band Room.

Those unable to attend the Orientation and Open House or parents of private school students whose school was not notified about this event should contact the Guidance Department at (262) 246-6476 x1130. Parents with specific questions are encouraged to contact the appropriate high school counselor at (262) 246-6476.

Last names                       Counselor                       Extension #

A-B                                       Kristin Hasbrook            1128

C-J                                       James Flegel                  1135

K-P                                       David Johnson                1133

Q-Z                                       Tricia Rigg                        1134