International association gives Templeton Program of Excellence Award

Templeton Middle School was presented with the Program Excellence Award by the International Technology & Engineering Educator Association (ITEEA) at its annual conference in Columbus, Ohio. Templeton was one of only 29 programs worldwide to earn the prestigious award.

The Program Excellence Award is one of the highest honors given to technology and engineering programs serving students in grades K-12. Presentation of the award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the profession and students, was given at the largest technology and engineering education conference in the world. Templeton applied engineering and technology teacher Shannon Flaherty received award plaques and pins at the first general session of the conference.

Templeton transformed its technology and engineering program in 2006-07, taking it from traditional industrial arts to a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) based curriculum. The program has seen an increase in course offerings, elective enrollments and female student enrollment.

All seventh grade students are required to take “Gateway to Technology and Engineering” which focuses on technology and the design and modeling process. Eighth-graders may choose “Technology and Engineering Education” which introduces students to material properties, structures, computer-aided 3D design, digital electronics, energy transfer, wood and plastic fabrication and automation. Both classes follow the Project Lead the Way curriculum to integrate increasingly high levels of math, science and writing.

Flaherty said he is proud that Templeton has significantly increased the rigor of the program while attracting more students. Enrollment in the eighth grade elective course increased from 43 students in 2006 to more than 100 students last year.

Templeton was chosen the Middle School Program of the Year in 2012 by the Wisconsin Technology Education Association outstanding service and commitment to technology education.

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William Bertrand, ITEEA president, and Shannon Flaherty, Templeton teacher

Templeton students qualify for state music festival

Templeton Middle School music students participated March 22-23 in the Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) Solo and Ensemble Music Festival held at Mukwonago High School. Students entered as individual soloists, duets, trios or large ensembles. The WSMA judge rated them on a I-V system with I as the highest.

Students who performed music from Class A were eligible to receive a *I rating denoting that they will advance to the state music festival April 27 at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The following students earned this distinction:

  • Sarah Chartrand, flute solo;
  • Stephanie Pham, piano and violin solo; and
  • Alexandra Stephens, flute solo.

Hamilton student wins national art award

Hamilton High School senior Constance Dowden won a Gold Medal in the comic art category of the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Dowden is the first Hamilton student to receive this national art award.

The awards are an important opportunity for students to be recognized for their creative talents. Students in grades 7 through 12 can apply in 28 categories of art and writing for the chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited or published.

Dowden received a Gold Key at the regional level which qualified her work to advance to the national competition.

Submissions are juried by visual and literary arts experts, some of whom are past award recipients. Panelists look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.

The National Medalists will celebrate this recognition May 31 at a prestigious ceremony at Carnegie Hall. The winning works will be showcased in New York City art galleries.

                                                           

Hamilton DECA experiences success at state

Eight Hamilton High School DECA members competed March 19-21 at the Wisconsin DECA Career Development Conference in Lake Geneva.

The following students were recognized:

  • Brianna Stubler, one role play medal, food marketing; and
  • Grace Modl and Therese Merkel, two role play medals, buying and merchandising team decision making

Alan Mamerow double qualified placing first overall in automotive services marketing and fifth overall in the entrepreneurship written event. Mamerow will advance to the DECA International Career Conference April 24-27 in Anaheim, Calif. where he will compete in automotive services marketing.

Business education teacher and DECA advisor Skip Hay will accompany Mamerow to the conference.

The Hamilton DECA chapter was recognized for its $500 contribution to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Marcy students collect art supplies for Children’s Hospital

Marcy Elementary School students in the classes of kindergarten teacher Kathleen Mueller and second grade teacher Amanda Lindstedt recently made heartfelt contributions to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. The students and their families collected art supplies for the children who are patients and visitors at the hospital.

“Thousands of children pass through the doors at Children’s Hospital – some very ill, some with a fever and some who are accompanying their sick sibling,” Mueller explained. “While children try to keep busy during some very long waiting times, or out of boredom while in the hospital, art supplies comes in handy.”

The two classes donated boxes full of supplies that will be enjoyed by many children. In addition to the donations, Mueller’s kindergarteners made little bears that will be placed on window sills in children’s rooms, and Lindstedt’s second graders made bookmarks.

The students learned an important lesson about giving. One kindergartner said, “I hope this makes them smile. It makes me smile!”

 

Mrs. Mueller’s kindergarten class

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Mrs. Linstedt’s second grade class

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Outstanding Hamilton seniors to be recognized

Hamilton High School will recognize outstanding seniors May 22 at the Senior Scholarship Ceremony. This is a special night to recognize seniors for their accomplishments as outstanding scholars, athletes, actors and musicians. Students who win scholarships or other awards will be notified they should attend. Parents or students should inform the Guidance Office of outside scholarships received. Parents and other interested students also are encouraged to attend.

The ceremony, which will be held in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center, W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex, begins at 7 p.m. and concludes with refreshments in the lobby.

Any business or individuals interested in supporting the Hamilton High School Scholarship Program with a scholarship may contact David Johnson at (262) 246-6476 x1133.

Hamilton hosts “Reality Check” financial literacy event

Hamilton High School Business Education Department will hold its third annual “Reality Check” financial literacy simulation March 27 from 7:15 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Silver Spring Country Club.

The financial literacy simulation prepares students for economic decisions they will one day face. Upon arrival, each student receives a “life status” card which gives them details about their Reality Check life such as their career, marital-family status and salary. They must visit stations and make essential life decisions about how to pay for housing, insurance, utilities, food and childcare.

Business representatives, community members and school staff volunteer to work the stations, giving students options based on their the information on their life status.

Silver Spring Country Club is located at N56 W21318 Silver Spring Drive, Menomonee Falls.

Hamilton students qualify for state music festival

Hamilton High School music students participated March 16 in the District Solo and Ensemble Music Festival held at Nicolet High School. Students entered as individual soloists, part of an ensemble or both. A Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) judge rated them on a I-V system with I as the highest. Students who performed music from Class A were eligible to receive a *I rating denoting that they will advance to the state music festival April 27 at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

The following band students earned the right to compete at the state festival:

  • Shannan Brown and Elizabeth Casper, flute solo;
  • Beatrice Kuenn, oboe solo;
  • Miranda Brown, Emma Chung, Lauren LaFond and Kate Meagher, clarinet solo;
  • Samuel Welter, baritone sax solo;
  • Samuel Leinon, marching quints solo;
  • Miranda Brown, piano solo;
  • Elizabeth Casper and Hannah Bjorklund, flute duet;
  • Miranda Brown and Emma Chung, clarinet duet;
  • Shannan Brown and Miranda Brown, flute-clarinet duet;
  • Miranda Brown, Emma Chung, Kate Meagher and Carissa Dowden, clarinet quartet;
  • Michelle Bader and another student, saxophone duet;
  • Bailee Bobert, Brandon Joel, Aaron Hintz, Megan Hessler and Samuel Welter, saxophone quintet;
  • Michael Scott and Matthew Ciolkosz, baritone duet;
  • Michael Scott and Jackson Petermann, trombone duet;
  • Samuel Leinon and Nicholas Fricano, marching snare duet;
  • Samantha Gusho and Emily Thoummavong, marimba duet;
  • Miranda Brown, Emma Chung, Kate Meagher, Lauren LaFond, Lauren Spankowski, Kelly Verhaalen, Angela LeDonne, Ritika Rajappa, Anne Perrizo, Conner Ladwig, Kaley Georgenson, Olivia Wick and Carissa Dowden, clarinet choir; and
  • Harrison Yu, Bailee Bobert, Jake Myatt, Brandon Joel, Michelle Bader, Chong Zhang, Melanie Hall, Amanda Joel, Paige Lovelien, Samantha Doperalski. Joshua Belli, Andrew Coe, Devin Sartler, Aaron Hintz, Bailey Sapa, Jacob Merkel and Samuel Welter, saxophone choir.

The following choir students earned the right to compete at the state festival:

  • Lindsey Paquette, vocal solo;
  • Emily Cox and Mary Jo Ludin, vocal duet; and
  • Mandi Ruh, Emily Cox, Mary Jo Ludin, Bari Geers, Alexandra Fischer, Rebekah Mareno, Erin Pagenkopf, Bethany Wandsnider, Nicole Thom, Joseph Rosewicz, Ernest Gray, Daniel Joll, Alexander Ludin, Jacob Menzel, Helen Fredstam, Amanda Rae Pintor, Jessica Hutchison, Aubrey Sears, Rebekah Oleson, Erin McKee, Hailey VanMullem and Brittany Larson, vocal jazz ensemble.

Hamilton seeks nominees for Distinguished Alumnus

Community members are invited to nominate Hamilton High School graduates for the 2013 Distinguished Alumnus Award which will be presented at the June 15 high school graduation ceremony.

People are asked to include the nominee’s name, address and phone number, along with a 50- to 75-word description of why the nominee is worthy of the award. This information may be submitted through the district website at www.hamilton.k12.wi.us on the Hamilton High School alumni page or delivered to Candis Mongan, Hamilton High School, W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex, WI 53089.

High school faculty members will review nominations and recommend a finalist.

The nomination deadline is May 3. For further information, contact Mongan at (262) 246-6471 x1104.

Hamilton welcomes students from Germany

“Welcome GAPP Exchange Students.” Don’t be surprised if you see this greeting welcoming the 2013 group of German American Partnership Program (GAPP) exchange students to Hamilton High School in Sussex. Members of the Hamilton German Club have been working feverishly to make arrangements involved with hosting 20 exchange students and two teacher-chaperones from the city of Reutlingen, Germany. Students arrived in the Hamilton School District March 14 and will stay until March 31.

The GAPP exchange opportunity is again offered at Hamilton to promote international understanding among young people and provide students with an opportunity to learn German in an immersion experience. German teacher Lindsey Klein is excited about what this exchange means to Hamilton German language students.

“I have seen true friendships formed within this program and the students learning used in real- life situations,” said Klein.

Nineteen Hamilton families and students are hosting the German guests and 20 students will be traveling to Reutlingen this summer for a three-week exchange at the Johannes-Kepler-Gymnasium, a college-preparatory secondary school. While in Germany, Hamilton students will attend classes at gymnasium and visit places of historical and cultural interest.

Hamilton students participating in the GAPP exchange are: Paige Brandt, Tess Carlson, Katharine Dowlding, Connor Engel, Joel Fotsch, Alexander Gwinn, Megan Hessler, Ashley LeBlanc, Rebecca Leibiger, Robert Little, Addie Morris, Amanda Muckerheide, Hannah Muckerheide, Kenneth Neitzke, Ashlyn Paulson, Joseph Rosewicz, Natalie Schmidt, Andrew Ullmann, Caitlyn Weiner and Kirsten Windbiel.

 

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