Hamilton girls basketball earns Team All-Academic

Hamilton High School girls basketball earned third place Division 1 Team All-Academic from the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) for the 2012-13 season. The team grade point average is 3.74.

This academic accomplishment together with winning the Greater Metro Conference championship concludes a successful season on and off the court for the girls basketball team. Templeton Middle School physical education and health teacher Dan Carey is the Hamilton girls basketball coach.

Hamilton alumnus nominates Hinytz for MSOE award

Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) will present Hamilton High School social studies teacher Lori Hinytz with its Award for High School Teaching Excellence.

Hamilton 2009 graduate Eric C. Larson nominated Hinytz because, in her role as Charger Robotics Team 537 advisor, she inspired him to pursue his interest in engineering at MSOE.

”Always a strong leader, she helped us all stay focused as we learned the mechanical, electrical and computer skills necessary to make a competitive robot,” Larson wrote in his nomination. “I can confidently say she has been a major influence on my life for the past 8 years.”

“At a time of much concern over the educational skills and competencies of our nation’s young people, MSOE wishes to recognize high school teachers who have had a significant influence on their students’ future educational achievement and career goals,” noted MSOE Dean of Students and Vice President Patrick J. Coffey.

Hinytz was invited to attend the MSOE’s spring commencement exercises May 25 at the Kern Center in Milwaukee. She will be recognized and presented with a plaque from the school.

Hamilton named Top Workplace

Thanks to feedback from employees, the Hamilton School District was listed among the best places to work in southeastern Wisconsin in the May 19 publication, “The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Top Workplaces.” For the second consecutive year, Hamilton was among the businesses and organizations named in a special section of the Sunday newspaper and online at www.jsonline.com.

Evaluation for the Top Workplaces program is based on feedback from an anonymous employee survey conducted by an independent research firm. With 466 respondents to the survey, Hamilton had an outstanding 92 percent response rate among all employees.

This year’s results showed higher scores from employees compared to benchmark data from 2012. Employees reported more positive responses in all areas of the survey including direction of the organization, management, execution, connection and jobs.



Maple Avenue students lead effort to help Oklahoma schools hit by tornadoes

Maple Avenue Elementary School fifth-graders will hold a book drive May 21-29 to benefit two Oklahoma schools hit by tornadoes. The Uniting Kids and Community (UKC) program, which gives fifth-graders an opportunity to organize and carry out service projects, asked families to give one instead of get one as part of the “Buy One, Get One Free” promotion at the school’s book fair. Students also encouraged contributions of other new and gently used books and financial donations to help elementary schools in Moore, Okla., replenish their library shelves.

Money jars were available to accept donations at the book fair and the fourth grade Frosty Freeze ice cream sale. Community members interested in joining the student effort may stop by the school office until May 29. Checks are payable to the Maple Avenue Home & School.

The goal of the fifth grade UKC is to engage and empower fifth grade students to make connections with their school, local and global communities. Students learn the value of civic responsibility and problem solving by participating in planning, coordinating, promoting and implementing service projects.

Maple Avenue Elementary School is located at W240 N6059 Maple Ave., Sussex.



Templeton band to perform spring concert

Templeton Middle School eighth grade band will perform June 5 in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center (HFAC).The concert, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7 p.m.

“The concerts are a culmination of three months of rehearsals in which the bands have shown tremendous growth,” said Templeton Band Director David Neubauer. “The band is eager to share its spring concert with the community.”

The concert will include classical concert band repertoire, medleys of movie soundtracks and much more.

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

Westcott hired as associate principal

LauraWescottThe Hamilton School Board appointed Laura Westcott as the new Hamilton High School associate principal at its May 20 meeting. Westcott, who has been the academic dean at West Allis Central High School since 2008, will begin her new post effective July 1. She replaces Keith Nerby, who will become a middle school principal in Burlington.

“Mrs. Westcott is a strong educator who has excellent knowledge of curriculum and is recognized for establishing great rapport with students and staff,” said Hamilton Principal Candis Mongan. “We look forward to having her join the Hamilton team.”

In her new role, Westcott will be responsible for staff development, course scheduling, student attendance and disciplinary matters. She will also supervise several departments.

Westcott began her education career as an English and reading teacher at West Allis Central High School in 1992. She earned her bachelor’s degree in secondary education and English in 1992 and her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction in 1994 from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

Hamilton High School serves 1,411 students in grades 9-12 and is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Road., Sussex.

May 20, 2013

Board recognizes retiring employees

The 2012-13 retirements of six district employees were commemorated at the Hamilton School Board meeting. Combined, the employees provided 122 years of service to the district. School Board members read and approved commendations for each employee that reflected comments from supervisors and colleagues, and each retiree was given a retirement gift.

Those at the recognition were Marcy Elementary School Reading Specialist Sue Haertel, district maintenance staff member Terry Hanney, Hamilton High School art teacher Pamela Mierow, Woodside custodian Thomas Schneider and Hamilton health room paraprofessional Pam Trushinsky. Marcy special education paraprofessional Susan Schritz was unable to attend.


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Board recognizes Charger Challenge committee, student rep

The district’s Community Service Award was presented to members of the Hamilton Education Foundation’s Charger Challenge Committee. They included Jane Hessler, Kathy Holtzen, Roger Meidenbauer, Jacki Rottler, Judy Salus, Kelly Etzel, John Greiten and Steve Ristow.


Hamilton senior Jessica Singer was recognized for her service to the School Board as the student representative during the 2012-13 school year.


Board approves plans, handbooks

The School Board approved several documents including the Technology Plan Update, National Honor Society Handbook, District Professional Development Plan and revised employee handbooks for administrators, administrative assistants, confidential support staff, assistant cooks and associate kitchen staff, paraprofessionals and professional teaching staff. A new employee handbook was established for custodial and maintenance staff whose contracts expire June 13. All the district’s employee handbooks use a consistent structure.

Teaching and paraprofessional staffing plans change

The full-time equivalency (FTE) of teaching staff will drop by a total of 3.38 next year due to shifting enrollment. Elementary will be down 4.05 FTEs, middle school will be up one FTE and the high school will decrease by one-third of a position.

Paraprofessional staffing will decrease by 1.47 FTEs due to enrollment shifts. Decreases are 1.47 at the elementary school, .38 at the high school and .50 at the district level. The middle school will increase .88.

Some fees, lunch prices increase

Elective student fees increased including parking from $100 to $125, middle school athletics from $20 to $35, high school athletics from $30 to $45 and family athletic and activity pass from $60 to $75. Hamilton student fees are low in comparison to area school districts. In addition fitness center memberships will increase ranging from a $4.75 annual increase for an individual student membership to an additional $64 per year for a nonresident family membership.

Lunch prices will increase five cents for student meals and a la cart milk purchases to new prices of $2.40 for elementary schools, $2.80 for middle and high school and 35 cents for milk.

Personnel business

In other personnel business, the School Board:

  • approved the retirement request of Willow Springs custodian Gerald Herman, effective June 14;
  • accepted the resignations of Templeton middle school eighth grade teacher Angela Weber, Hamilton German teacher Ryan Grusenski and Templeton-Hamilton applied technology and engineering teacher Matthew Hansen, effective at the end of the school year;
  • appointed Laura Wescott as Hamilton associate principal, Maple Avenue reading specialist Heidi Spingola, Hamilton applied engineering and technology teacher Glenn Buelow, Hamilton health room paraprofessional Stacie Lee Clark, Templeton replacement special education teacher Cynthia Husting, Templeton learning disabilities teacher Darcy Birk and Woodside replacement fifth grade teacher Jennifer Berwanger; and
  • Increased the contract of Hamilton counselor and alcohol and other drug abuse coordinator Kristin Hasbrook from 40 to 75 percent.

Hamilton announces April students of the month

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

  • Mathew Bembenek, applied engineering and technology;
  • Kimberly Inthavong, art;
  • Natalie Schmidt, business education;
  • Sofia Jaegersberg, communication arts;
  • Sarah Durica, family and consumer sciences;
  • Meghan Verity, fitness education;
  • Liza Thies and Ashleigh Xiong, mathematics;
  • Alex Magoon, music;
  • Taylor Mears, science;
  • Rachel Perreault, social studies; and
  • Bethany Wandsnider, world languages.

Students received a certificate and a pin for their accomplishment.




Templeton student wins history award

Templeton Middle School eighth grade student Erin Magoon received the “Women in History Award” May 4 at the state-level competition of National History Day.Magoon created an individual dramatic performance “Elizabeth Blackwell – The First Woman Doctor” and was one of the top 17 students in the state who qualified to compete in that category.

The award is sponsored by the FRIENDS of the Wisconsin Historical Society to recognize a student who explored a topic that specifically focuses on the contributions, stories or accomplishments of women or issues that significantly affects their lives. Magoon earned the award because she demonstrated strong research and analysis using a variety of primary and secondary sources.

Hamilton students compete at state music festival

Hamilton High School band and choir students competed April 27 in the State Solo and Ensemble Music Festival held at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. 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.

The following students earned I rating:

  • Harrison Yu, Bailee Bobert, Brandon Joel, Chong Zhang, Amanda Joel, Samantha Doperalski, Melanie Hall, Paige Lovelien, Michelle Bader, Joshua Belli, Devin Sartler, Aaron Hintz, Bailey Sapa and Jacob Merkel, saxophone choir;
  • Miranda Brown, Emma Chung, Kate Meagher, Lauren LaFond, Lauren Spankowski, Kelly Verhaalen, Angela LeDonne, Ritika Rajappa, Anne Perrizo, Kevin Jansen, Kaley Georgenson, Olivia Wick and Carissa Dowden, clarinet choir;
  • Samuel Leinon, marching drums solo;
  • Miranda Brown, Emma Chung, Kate Meagher, Lauren LaFond, clarinet solos;
  • Shannan Brown, Elizabeth Casper, flute solos;
  • Miranda Brown and Emma Chung, clarinet duet;
  • Shannan Brown and Miranda Brown, flute-clarinet duet;
  • Michael Scott and Jackson Petermann, trombone duet;
  • Michael Scott and Matthew Ciolkosz, baritone duet;
  • Samuel Leinon and Nicholas Fricano, marching snare drum duet;
  • Michelle Bader and another student, alto sax duet;
  • Elizabeth Casper and Hannah Bjorklund, flute duet;
  • Miranda Brown, Emma Chung, Kate Meagher and Carissa Dowden, clarinet quartet;
  • Bailee Bobert, Brandon Joel, Aaron Hintz, Megan Hessler and Jacob Merkel, sax quintet;
  • Robert Little, piano solo;
  • Lindsey Paquette, vocal solo; and
  • Emily Cox and Mary Jo Ludin, vocal duet.

In addition, Miranda Brown received an Exemplary Award citation for outstanding soloist of the day in her room.

Receiving II ratings were:

  • Beatrice Kuenn, oboe solo;
  • Samantha Gusho and Emily Thoummavong, mallet duet;
  • Miranda Brown, piano solo; and
  • 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, Brittany Larson and Mandi Ruh, A Cappella vocal jazz group.