Hamilton hosts annual spring food drive and raffle

Hamilton High School students collected 400 food items to contribute to Sussex Outreach Services (SOS) Food Pantry. Student Council members organized the food drive and raffle. For every two items students donated, they received one raffle ticket and for every five items, they received three tickets. Raffle items included a $25 gas card, a pair of Brewers tickets and a 2013-14 parking pass.

Hamilton High School is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex.



Templeton students named in ‘Wisconsin YES!’ contest

Templeton Middle School eighth-graders Benjamin Evans and Colin Mittelstaedt were named finalists in the Wisconsin YES! competition. Evans’ “Anti-Fat Band” and Mittelstaedt’s “Water Power 2.0” business plans placed in the top 17 entries.

Students submitted their ideas in a 250-word online summary to compete in the first phase of the competition. The finalists prepared a 1,000-word executive summary covering company overview, product or service description, customer definition, market description, size and sales strategy, competition, management team, financials and capital needs.

Modeled after the successful Governor’s Business Plan contest, Wisconsin YES! is designed to teach students how innovation in science and technology fields can be developed into plausible business plans. It allows students to explore the connections between science, technology and entrepreneurship.

Hamilton students score high in W!SE Financial Literacy Certification

Hamilton High School students in the Personal Finance course posted outstanding results on the Working In Support of Education (W!SE) Financial Literacy Certification with 21 of the 24 students in the class earning the national certification. The exam covers subjects including money, budgeting, the cost of money, banking, credit, insurance, financial planning and management, investing and retirement planning. The class average went from a 65 percent average on the pre-test to 85 percent on the post-test. Some students improved their score more than 30 percent.

Students who received certification are: Dustin Griepentrog, Kate Kuchar, Devin McMurray, Kathleen Meagher, Anthony Moore, Jacob Pfersch, Chad Sanders, Joshua Kucharski, Melissa Martincich, Jacob Suedbeck, Gordon Doleshal, Evan Westmore, Tyler Scholz, Maxwel Schwid, Hailey VanMullem, Jenna Weber, Javin Bradley, Marie Geier, Katherine Ciolkosz and Ryan Adrian.

W!SE is an educational nonprofit that provides education support services nationwide to build financial literacy, foster business and social entrepreneurship and prepare students for college and the global workplace. Participating schools teach personal finance and administer W!SE’s standardized certification test. Teachers have access to training, educational resources, pre-tests and online practice tests. Students who pass the test earn designation as Certified Financially Literate (CFL).

June 17, 2013

Budget adopted for Annual Meeting

Hamilton School Board members adopted a final budget that will be presented at the district’s July 15 Annual Meeting. The 2013-14 budget is $50.09 million, which is a 1.92 percent increase from the current year. The tax rate is expected to drop from this year’s rate of $10.40 to $10.30 per $1,000 of equalized property value. School officials recently learned that Waukesha County property values are expected to inch up slightly, which brings down the mill rate. In addition, the district expects to receive $21.1 million in state aid which is an increase of $647,834 from 2012-13.

2014 Summer Opportunities dates set

Summer Opportunities 2013 classes have not yet started, but the School Board approved 2014 dates so that they could be included in the 2013-14 Community Calendar. The 19-day program will be in session June 23-July 18, with July 4 off in celebration of the national holiday.

Art students recognized

Hamilton School Board members recognized high school art students who were regional Scholastic Art Award recipients. Constance Dowden and Courtney Lehmann were on hand to receive their certificates from the School Board.


(From left) Superintendent Kathleen Cooke, Ph.D., presented certificates to Constance Dowden and Courtney Lehmann.

Hamilton art teachers Ellen Acuff and Pamela Mierow described the students’ accomplishment. In addition to winning a gold at the regional level, Dowden’s work went on to earn a gold medal at nationals, the first time in the school’s history. Others who were regional award-winners, but unable to attend the School Board meeting were: Maya Pechenova, Cassandra Metzger, Taylor Burns, Frances Weiss, Lindsey Paquette and Zachery Smith.

Personnel business from June 17

In personnel business, the School Board:

  • Accepted resignation of Leigh Ann Gabbard as a Maple Avenue special services paraprofessional;
  • Appointed Ellen Acuff from part-time to full-time high school art teacher, Diana Hoffman as a Marcy replacement kindergarten teacher, Jody Richter as a 40 percent Marcy Early Reading Empowerment teacher, Kayla Wojciechowski as a Templeton eighth grade teacher, Stephanie Werry as a Templeton eighth grade teacher and Devon Hauser as a 30 percent Marcy physical education teacher;
  • Approved pay rate increases for: casual custodians, at 2 percent; driver education coordinator, 1.9 percent; summer school paraprofessional, 1.5 percent; and summer school substitute administrative assistant, 1 percent. The pay rate did not increase for all other non-group positions, including diagnostician, driver education teacher, fitness center assistant, hall monitors, substitute hall monitor, supervisor greeter, playground noon hour employee, food service substitute, hearing interpreter, program support, seasonal employees, summer school administrative assistant, and teacher substitutes.

Feider chosen for Hamilton alumnus award

DustinFeiderGraduate Dustin Feider was chosen to receive the 2013 Hamilton High School Distinguished Alumnus Award that will be presented at the school’s June 15 graduation ceremonies. A 2001 graduate, Feider is a San Francisco designer and builder known for building treehouses that inspire people to consider how to co-exist with nature.

After high school, Feider continued his education at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) where he earned a degree in furniture design. He soon set to work building a geodesic structure 50 feet high in a poplar tree in Pewaukee. Using skills learned at MCAD and Hamilton, Feider successfully built a business, O2 Treehouse, that creates beautiful, functional and sustainable works of art in trees.

Feider’s treehouse designs have received national and international recognition, appearing in more than 40 international design publications and television shows, most notably Popular Mechanics, Dwell and Wired Magazine. Most recently, he was featured in Milwaukee’s May edition of M Magazine and on Animal Planets “Ultimate Treehouses.” He has built 23 treehouses, several of which hang in the backyards of famous celebrity clientele.

His work has also been exhibited at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Coachella Music Festival, Electric Daisy Carnival and in Space Craft at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.


Student’s award brings resources to high school

Not only did Tyler Wischnefski’s talent and hard work reward him with a scholarship for his future studies, but his success has benefited his high school as well. As a recipient of the 2013 GE STAR Award, Wischnefski was able to nominate a high school teacher to receive a one-time $500 financial award for school purposes. Wischnefski named Hamilton High School mathematics teacher Steve Akin.

A 2013 Hamilton graduate, Wischnefski earned the GE STAR Scholarship this spring. He was chosen through a competitive selection process to defray expenses of higher education. The GE STAR Award, provided by the GE Foundation, is administered by the Institute of International Education, an independent international non–profit educational organization.

Hamilton cheerleaders sponsor clinic

Hamilton High School cheerleaders and their coaches will conduct a cheerleading clinic June 21 in the high school gymnasium. Students in kindergarten through eighth grade are invited to learn cheers, stunts and dance at this event which is slated from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Participants are invited to appear with the high school cheerleaders in the Sussex Lions Daze parade July 13. Cost for the clinic is $30 and includes a T-shirt, pizza, drink and parade performance. Payments should be made to Hamilton High School and sent to W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex. Registration at the door is available.

Participants should wear a T-shirt, shorts and athletic shoes to the clinic. For more information, please contact Coach Kristin Kendall at or (414) 531-1844.

Templeton students earn State Honors

The Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) Middle Level State Honors Music Project invited two Templeton Middle School students to participate in the band and orchestra:

  • Chloe Simchick – french horn; and
  • Erin Magoon – baritone

This is the second year Simchick earned this honor. Students went through a rigorous audition process held in April and were notified of their acceptance early June. Only 300 students were chosen to participate from more than 1,200 auditions throughout the state.

The Wisconsin State Honors Music Project offers talented youth the opportunity to rehearse and perform with nationally-known conductors in choir, orchestra and band. All Honors groups will perform in October at the Wisconsin State Music Conference.

Maple Avenue fifth-graders donate to Tricia’s Troops

As part of its “Buck a Book” program, Christina Garley’s fifth-grade classroom at Maple Avenue Elementary donated $50 to Tricia’s Troops. Since the 2006-07 school year when students began participating in the Buck a Book program, Garley’s classes have donated a total of $650 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 class chose to donate to Tricia’s Troops because its founder was an inspiration to one of their classmates. Tricia’s Troops is a non-profit cancer support organization. For more information on Tricia’s Troops visit www.triciastroops.org.

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

Hamilton student named Academic All-Star

Hamilton High School senior Nathan Goecks was named an Academic All-State honoree by the Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin (GCAW) for the boys’ golf season that just concluded.

Students are nominated by GCAW member coaches if they meet the following criteria:

  • a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average,
  • participation in at least 75 percent of the team’s varsity matches, and
  • at least sophomore standing.

Goecks is a student-athlete who serves as a great example to others, proving that academic and athletic successes are not mutually exclusive.

The coaches association believes it is noteworthy that a record 300 Wisconsin male golfers have been honored this year for maintaining high academic standards in the classroom while competing in varsity golf.  In fact, the average cumulative GPA of this year’s honorees is an exceptional 3.720. 

The GCAW was formed by high school golf coaches in 1986 to help build Wisconsin’s reputation for developing quality junior players by promoting golf in our schools and communities. Besides honoring both boys and girls who succeed as student athletes, the association also selects an annual All-State team for boys and girls based on their playing ability.