Woodside book recommendations on QR codes at PHPL

Visitors to the Pauline Haass Public Library in Sussex will find book recommendations from Woodside Elementary School fifth-graders on QR codes in the children’s area. Community members are invited to bring their smartphones or tablets to scan the two-dimensional barcodes, extract the students’ written book recommendations and read them at their convenience.

Short for Quick Response, QR code was developed by the Japanese auto industry to track vehicles during manufacturing. It has become popular due to its fast readability and storage capacity. Students in Brian Siegel’s class are using the QR code technology to promote literacy.

“Literacy is not just reading books, magazines and newspapers,” Siegel said. “These days, it involves more computers, tablets and smartphones than ever before. We are constantly reading digital text, sometimes more often than text on a page.”

Siegel said the idea for posting QR code book recommendations at a library was to help students share their writing with a large audience.

“My purpose was to have students use a type of digital literacy to increase their audience beyond those that walk by a bulletin board in the school,” Siegel said. “It increased motivation to write as well as excitement to incorporate technology as a part of literacy.”

Woodside Elementary School is located at W236 N7465 Woodside Road, Sussex. The Pauline Haass Public Library is at N64 W23820 Main Street, Sussex.

Hamilton drama to present “Midsummer Jersey”

Join Hamilton High School drama students May 2-5 as they perform “Midsummer Jersey” in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center. Shows are at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and at 2 p.m. for the Sunday performance.

“Midsummer Jersey” is the hilarious high-octane retelling of Shakespeare’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream” set on the boardwalk of a modern-day New Jersey town. The story is set into motion by the impending marriage of the New Jersey governor, love affairs of four beach-bound high school crushes, a lively crew of fairies and the staff of the local beauty salon. Add a love potion and the desire for mischief and the night takes a magical, mayhem-filled turn. With several weddings and the acting careers of six beauticians hanging in the balance, lovers take to the boardwalk, backed by pop music and an iPhone-obsessed wood sprite.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. For advance ticket purchases and 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.

Woodside plans May 18 recycling fundraiser

Woodside Elementary School is giving community members a chance to support students and the environment May 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its second annual Metal Recycling Fundraiser. The Woodside Environmental Committee is teaming with Cimco Recycling, formally known as Action Recyclers, to let people get rid of their unwanted recyclable items.

The students hope community members will clean out their garages, basements and homes and drop off accepted items in the Woodside parking lot where volunteers will help unload items from vehicles. Last year’s fundraiser brought in $600, and the students are hoping to top that amount. All proceeds go to the Woodside Home and School which provides funding to support students.

Lists of accepted and prohibited items are posted on the district’s website. The school is located at W236 N7465 Woodside Road, Sussex.

Hamilton announces March students of the month

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

  • Rachael Kwiatkowski, applied engineering and technology;
  • Morgan Eberhardy, art;
  • Alan Mamerow, business education;
  • Emily Nettesheim, communication arts;
  • Sha-Pariss Smith, family and consumer sciences;
  • Benjamin Lena, fitness education;
  • Amanda Frey-Klug, mathematics;
  • Mary Jo Ludin, music;
  • Rachel Weiss and Mary Worden, science;
  • Trevor Semega, social studies; and
  • Patricia Gerber, world languages.

Students received a certificate and a pin for their accomplishment.



Templeton raises money in St. Jude Math-a-Thon

Templeton Middle School students raised more than $2,100 this year for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to help young people with life-threatening illnesses. The Templeton “mathletes” asked sponsors to donate money based on the number of correct answers to skill-building math problems or to make a one-time donation.

Eighth-graders in Amy Wilde’s math classes were first place fundraisers, and at the individual level, sixth-grader Kaylee Braatz alone brought in more than $800.

The charity is near and dear to Templeton which has raised more than $43,000 through its yearly Math-a-Thon participation. St. Jude is known for leading research and providing outstanding childhood cancer treatment regardless of a family’s ability to pay. Through fundraisers like the Math-a-Thon, children across the country help other children receive important cancer treatment.

Templeton’s Tai takes first in history, second in geography

Several Templeton Middle School students were busy at bees performing well and collecting awards for their efforts.

Eighth-graders Blake Batzko, Maxwell Cavadel, Dominic Pino and seventh-grader Andrew Tai competed at the regional level of the National History Bee in Chicago. They were among 120 students from six states who competed in intense primary rounds that narrowed the field to 10 students. Pino and Tai advanced to the final round and were among the top five competitors. Tai ultimately beat out one of last year’s national finalists and emerged as regional champion. Because of their strong scores in the competition, Pino and Cavadel also qualified for national competition June 1 in Atlanta.

Tai proved his academic versatility later in Madison at the state level competition of the National Geographic Bee. He competed against 102 talented geography students from throughout Wisconsin and was one of the top 10 finalists who advanced to the championship round. He and one other students answered all of the final round questions correctly and then competed in a tie-breaker. Tai finished second in the state.

Woodside students successful at state chess tournament

Woodside Elementary School chess team members took first place April 13 in the grade K-3 division of the Wisconsin Eighth Annual All Girls State Championship Chess Tournament.

Five members of the Woodside Chess Club competed at the event held at Cardinal Stritch University. Four of them – first-graders Sujaya Drover, Elizabeth Ostdick, Sage Osesek and third-grader Soumaya Drover – were awarded a first place team trophy.

In addition to the team success, individual honors went to:

  • Elizabeth Ostdick – fourth place trophy;
  • Sage Osesek – 8th place;
  • Sujaya Drover – 9th place;
  • Soumaya Drover – 15th place; and
  • Cassidy Osesek, fifth grader – 16th place.

Dena Osesek, Woodside Chess Team parent coordinator, said the day was exciting for all the girls.

“It was so wonderful seeing the girls’ faces when they found out they won the first place trophy – so proud,” Dena Osesek said.

“Although chess club is finished at Woodside for the year, we are looking forward to the next school year and lots of chess playing,” she said.

The Woodside Chess Club consists of 35 students and is coached by Bob Patterson-Sumwalt, who is also the Wisconsin Scholastic Chess Federation executive director.


From left (front): Sujaya Drover, Sage Osesek, Soumaya Drover, Elizabeth Ostdick (back) Cassidy Osesek and Bob Patterson-Sumwalt.

Hamilton students named GMC Winter Scholar Athletes

The Greater Metro Conference (GMC) has named the following Hamilton High School students Winter 2012-13 Scholar Athletes:

  • Spencer Ezell, Anton Gumina, Aaron Konop, Kyle Rouse – boys basketball; and
  • Robyn Elliott, Tristin Hayes, Jennifer Shernell, Sarah Thompson – girls basketball.

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 senior standing.

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