Woodside contributes baskets for families in need

Woodside Elementary School families and staff members are showing compassion for others once again this Thanksgiving season by donating turkey baskets to families in need in Milwaukee’s Notre Dame Middle School community.

Just as they did last year, Woodside students were asked to donate money they earned by doing chores at home. With more than $1,500 collected, parent volunteers shopped for groceries to build the baskets. Items included a frozen turkey, bag of stuffing, jar of gravy, white and sweet potatoes, fresh vegetables, bread, canned cranberries, a fresh pie, beverages, appetizers such as crackers and nuts, along with an aluminum roasting pan. All of the items were put into a large sturdy laundry basket and delivered to families.

“This has been an extremely rewarding service project for all the students,” said Rayelle Simonsen, a Woodside teacher who helped organize the collection. “It’s amazing how just doing a few chores around the house is now going to feed 21 families.”

Parent volunteers who shopped for each turkey basket dropped off completed baskets Nov. 25 at Woodside, and individuals from Notre Dame picked them up.

Notre Dame is a successful middle school in Milwaukee that serves Hispanic girls in grades 5-8. The school’s academic outcomes includes a 98 percent high school graduation rate with 82 percent of its students continuing on to college. Some 94 percent of the families live at or below poverty level and the past few years have been especially difficult because the recession has affected many jobs .

Remaining money after the Thanksgiving meals were purchased were donated to the Sussex Food Pantry.


 Woodside students with turkey baskets that were made possible due to extra chores they did at home.

Templeton bands to perform holiday concerts

Templeton Middle School bands will perform three holiday concerts in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center (HFAC). The concerts, which are free and open to the public, begin at 7 p.m. and will be held on:

  • Dec. 4 – grade 7
  • Dec. 17 – grade 6 with Jazz Band
  • Dec. 18 – grade 8

“The concerts are a culmination of more than three months of rehearsals and practices in which the bands have shown tremendous growth,” said Templeton Band Director David Neubauer. “The Templeton bands are eager to share their holiday concerts with the community.”

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

Hamilton students named GMC Scholar Athletes

The Greater Metro Conference has named the following Hamilton High School students Fall 2013-14 Scholar Athletes:

  • Kelsey Mason, Kristin Pilo, Lisa Walsh – volleyball;
  • Bret Harvestine, Garrett Lee, Justin Whorral, Nicholas Hahn, Jordan Farrell – boys soccer;
  • Ashlyn Paulson, Katlyn Pollari, Victoria Schulze, Molly Lucas – girls cross country;
  • Noah DePue, Aaron Hintz, Robert Little, Connor McIlwee, Jacob Storm – boys cross country;
  • Emily Lehner, Robin Schultz, Grace Modl, Valerie Ruffing – girls tennis;
  • Kelsey Kempen – girls golf; and
  • Sean Coady, Thomas Diehl, Bret Harvestine, Garrett Minor, John Phillips, Mark Radcliffe – football.

Student-athletes have earned a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average and have senior standing.

November 18, 2013

ELL teachers describe Family Literacy Program

At 92 students, the number of English Language Learners (ELL) is down by 14 students compared to last year but the total number of languages spoken in the homes of those students is at a high of 30. Human Resources and Organizational Development Director John Roubik highlighted a written report to the School Board that included a chart showing the number of ELL students has been stable over the past five years ranging from 88 to 106 students.

Following Roubik’s summary, ELL teachers Jeanna Tinus and Lynn Panek-Heeren reported on the second year of the Family Literacy Program, an effort to increase parent involvement and student academic success for ELL students. They started the program as pilot serving only six families and eight students this year, but hope to take what they are learning and expand it.

Families attend monthly meetings that Tinus and Panek-Heeren coordinate so that parents can further improve their children’s literacy and academic achievement. Parents helped select topics and times of the meetings. Students have separate meetings with activities which are supported with childcare assistance from Hamilton National Honor Society members.

2014-15 school calendar parameters set

Human Resources Director John Roubik presented parameters that will be used for the development of a 2014-15 draft school calendar. They include:

  • 180 student contact days;
  • 192 teacher contract days;
  • traditional break times;
  • early release days for professional development;
  • days set aside for professional development and teachers to prepare and close out their classrooms; and
  • parent-teacher conferences.

Roubik noted that in addition to the regularly scheduled professional development days during the school year, administrators are considering expanding the number of learning opportunities during the summer that would be embedded in the annual Technology & Learning Academy.

Input from parent officers and district instructional leaders will be sought with a recommention to be presented to the School Board in January. School Board member Gerald Schmitz said he hoped that when a final recommendation is presented to the board, it has more student contact days in it.

School Board election calendar released

The schedule for the 2014 spring election was released. Terms of School Board members Jim Long, who holds the Lannon seat, and Mike Hyland, who has an at-large seat, are up. Both men have indicated they plan to run again.

The election schedule includes:

  • Jan. 7 – deadline for candidacy declaration and nominations papers;
  • Feb. 18 – primary election if needed;
  • April 1 – spring election; and
  • April 28 – taking of office.

Personnel decisions made

In other personnel business, board members:

  • approved the retirement requests of Hamilton custodian Robert McCarty and Maple Avenue custodian Alvin Johnson; and
  • appointed Scott Meier as a part-time Lannon replacement art teacher.

Students learn about importance of STEM classes for careers

Students in Hamilton High School’s automotive classes heard from industry representatives Nov. 6  about the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in automotive industry careers. Universal Technical Institute (UTI) representatives Michael Vivona and Tony Ullman visited Hamilton students in Glenn Buelow’s applied engineering and technology classes.

Attracting the attention of students was the Factory Five Cobra Kit car that Vivona brought to the school. Students learned about how the car was constructed including its unique engine design. Jerry Haunfelder, owner of Jerry’s Automotive, which provides co-op experiences for students stopped in to see what students were learning and meet UTI representatives.

UTI is the country’s largest postsecondary automotive training institute with 11 campus locations across the country including one in Lisle, Ill.


UTI Marketing Manager Michael Vivona starts the Factory Five Cobra Kit car so students can see the engine in operation. In photo, from left: Glenn Buelow, Nyia Thao, Gordon Doleshal, Aaron Zillmer, Mike Vivona.



UTI representatives Michael Vivona and Tony Ullman spoke to Hamilton classes. In photo, from left: Michael Vivona, Glenn Buelow, Aaron Zillmer, Jerry Haunfelder, Nyia Thao, Cassidy Leonhardt, Gordon Doleshal and Tony Ullman. Haunfelder, who owns an automotive repair business that offers co-op experiences for students, was invited to visit with the UTI representatives.

Hamilton coaches named to Hall of Fame

Two Hamilton High School football coaches were named to the Hall of Fame. Former head football coach Stan Grove was named to the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame and assistant football coach Doug Destache was named to the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association (WFCA) Hall of Fame.

The induction will be held March 29 at the Marriot West in Madison. The Hall of Fame banquet is open to the public. Tickets for the event are $45 and may be purchased by contacting Hamilton Athletic-Activities Director Mike Gosz at (262) 246-1805 x1125.

All high school coaches considered for WFCA induction must have a minimum of 10 years of coaching in Wisconsin. Criteria for selection are based on record, longevity and service to WFCA. The WCFA Hall of Fame honors those that have made a difference in Wisconsin high school and college football.

Hamilton announces October students of the month

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

  • Aaron Sonnemann, applied engineering and technology;
  • Ashley McParlan, art;
  • Brandon Fedie, business education;
  • Benjamin Heberer, communication arts;
  • Hannah Gielow, family and consumer sciences;
  • Mark Radcliffe, fitness education;
  • Kyle Purfuerst, mathematics;
  • Jonathon Joll, music;
  • Michael Banda, science;
  • Jesse Fenner and Elizabeth Sumiec, social studies; and
  • Garrett Minor, world languages.

Students received a certificate and a pin for their accomplishment.



Free and reduced lunch

Families can apply for free, reduced lunches

The Hamilton School District announced its policy for children unable to pay the full price of meals served under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program, or milk served under the Special Milk Program.


Household size and income criteria determine eligibility. Children from families whose annual income is at or below the established levels are eligible for free and reduced price meals or free milk if a split-session student does not have access to the school lunch or breakfast service.



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To apply for free or reduced price meals or free milk, households must fill out the application available through the Infinite Campus portal. Hard-copy applications also are available on the district website at and in school and district offices. Applications may be submitted at any time during the year.


If a household member becomes unemployed or if the household size changes and the household income falls at or below the levels shown above, the family should contact the school. Such changes may make households eligible for reduced price meals or free meals or milk, and they may reapply at that time.


In certain cases, foster children are also eligible for these benefits. If a household has foster children and wishes to apply for free or reduced price meals, the household should complete an application for a family of one or contact the school for more information.


The information provided by the household on the application is confidential. Under this program, no child will be discriminated against because of race, color, sex, national origin, age or disability.


For more information, contact Kira Cerroni King, district food service manager, at (262) 246-1973 x1142.