Tai wins Templeton Geographic Bee

After nail-biting competition, Templeton Middle School produced its school champion from the top eight finalists in its Geographic Bee. Eighth-grader Andrew Tai emerged as the 2014 school champion after rounds of intense questions, up against seven other school finalists. The other finalists were Jared Christensen, Matthew Gnanadass, Megan Gundrum, Tate Hutchinson, Jerry Keith, Joseph Poulsen and Kayleigh Winston. Keith took second place.

All Templeton students participated in a preliminary round by taking a 25-question written test. Students who scored highest on that test advanced to the semi-final round and the eight finalists took part in the final championship round Jan. 21.

As the school champion, Tai will take a written test to qualify for state level competition. Up to 100 of the top scorers in each state will be eligible to compete April 4 in state level National Geographic Bee events. The winner of each state bee will travel to Washington, D.C., in May to participate in the national event.



Advanced Placement opportunities at Hamilton



AP opportunities at Hamilton High School

Advanced Placement (AP) courses offer a universal, college-level curriculum that is rigorous and intense. Students who take an AP course have the opportunity to take a standardized Advanced Placement exam in May. Students who score a three or above on these AP tests may qualify for college credit.

Hamilton High School offers AP courses in Calculus, Statistics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Science, US History, European History, Government and Politics, Macro Economics, Art, Computer Science, Language and Composition, and Literature and Composition. All AP classes, except for Environmental Science and Macro-Economics, meet all year long, earning one credit for each semester. Environmental Science will meet in the fall semester, and Macro-Economics will meet in in the spring semester.

Due to the coursework and time commitment of students involved in these classes, grades will be weighted in these courses. That means that an “A” in an AP course would be worth five points on a four point scale. A “B” would be worth four points, and so on. Students will not be permitted to drop an AP course once it is selected, except through administrative review. Therefore, students should consider their options for taking AP courses carefully.

Please see the attached flier for more information on the Advanced Placement courses offered at Hamilton High School. If you have any questions regarding these classes, please feel free to contact one of the following teachers or a school counselor.

  • Chemistry—Andrew Lohr-Kougl
  • Biology—Kim Leannais
  • Physics—Tim Moeller
  • U.S. History—Bob Pechanach
  • European History—Nick Roth or Lori Hinytz
  • Government and Politics—Eric Ebert
  • Macroeconomics—Andy Bosley
  • Language and Composition—Tom Deshotels
  • Literature and Composition—Deb Figueroa
  • Computer Science—Brenda Savic
  • Art—Ellen Acuff
  • Calculus—Steve Akin or Steve Wunschel
  • Statistics—Penny Komatz
  • Environmental Science—Toni-Lynn Wainio

Templeton cancels ski outing due to cold


Templeton Middle School Ski & Board Club is canceling its outing for tonight, Jan. 23. Sunburst Ski Hill is closing today due to the frigid conditions. The trip is rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 6 (The original rescheduled date had to be changed because of an event conflict). Equipment at TMS may be picked up tonight after school or tomorrow morning.

Hamilton students win awards in regional art contest

Hamilton High School art students earned five awards in the 2014 Scholastic Art Awards – Wisconsin Regional Competition and Exhibition. Students who earned awards were:

  • Laura Eichsteadt, Gold Key for senior photography portfolio;
  • Rebecca Hang, Gold Key for painting;  
  • Rachel Klibowitz, Silver Key for printmaking;
  • Emily Bader, Honorable Mention for drawing; and
  • Chloe Simchick, Honorable Mention for drawing.     

The Wisconsin Scholastic Art Awards program, which features outstanding works by students in grades 7–12, is the regional section of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards National Program conducted by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, Inc.

Students will be recognized Feb. 8 at a private awards ceremony at the Milwaukee Art Museum. The Silver Key and Gold Key artwork will be exhibited Feb. 1 – March 16 in the museum’s Schroeder West Galleria & Pieper Education Gallery. The Gold Key award-winners’ work will go on for national competition.

Gallery Talks with award-winning students, teachers and exhibition coordinator Helena Ehlke will be held Feb. 15 and March 9 at 1:30 p.m.


January 20, 2014

New student information system chosen

For the first time in nearly a decade, the district will move to a new student information system. Hamilton School Board members approved the recommendation from the district’s Information Technology (IT) Department to move from STI to Infinite Campus to maintain student demographic data and handle other functions.

IT Manager Ryan McMillan presented background and rationale for the recommendation. Because STI no longer provided software updates and did not always meet the needs of the district, Hamilton patiently waited for a decision from state officials on establishment of a statewide student information system. When Infinite Campus, an out-of-state company, was chosen as the vendor in the state bidding process, the Wisconsin company Skyward protested the decision. In its biennial budget, state lawmakers allowed school districts to use vendors of their choice rather than establishing a consistent system throughout the state.

A committee of staff members from throughout the district and representing various employee groups identified criteria for selection and viewed in-depth demonstration of Skyward and Infinite Campus. The committee recommended Infinite Campus.

Rather than having separate systems to handle various functions, Infinite Campus will combine them seamlessly making data more accessible and user friendly. Functions that will be brought under one technological umbrella include assessment, attendance, curriculum and instruction, fees and online payments, food service, gradebook, guidance, health, learning management system, online registration, parent-student portal and mobile device apps, report cards, Response to Intervention, scheduling, state and federal reporting and summer school.

First year costs for Infinite Campus are less than Skyward, but subsequent annual fees vary between the companies. Infinite Campus will be $91,933 in 2014-15 and approximately $55,000 per year thereafter. Skyward’s first year costs would have been $111,327 and annual fees of $38,000 the second year with $5,000 increases in years 3-5. McMillan noted that Infinite Campus has been known for not raising its annual fees. The district spends approximately $55,000 per year for a variety of disjointed systems to provide the services and functions that Infinite Campus will handle.

Personnel matters

In personnel business, the School Board:

  • granted the retirement requests of Hamilton mathematics teacher Carol Frey, Templeton eighth grade teacher Barbara Furrer and Lannon technology integration resource teacher Elizabeth Flehmer;
  • accepted resignations from Woodside kitchen employee Jennifer Southern, Woodside second grade teacher Julie Schmidt, Marcy paraprofessional Annette Kremer and Hamilton paraprofessional and student supervisor Debbie Curtis;
  • appointed Niki Gaumnitz-Byrne as a Templeton sixth grade replacement teacher, Pauline Bruss as a Woodside kitchen employee, Sarah Pichler as a Templeton special service paraprofessional and Debbie Curtis as a Lannon custodian; and
  • approved a calendar for the 2014-15 school year which is similar to calendars of the past including student start date of Sept. 2, student end date of June 10, winter break from Dec. 24 – Jan. 2, spring break from April 3-10, five in-service days, four early release days and three work days for professional development. An in-service day normally held in October was moved to late August to better prepare staff for the Educational Effectiveness and new Students Information System initiatives.

Woodside, Hamilton site plans approved

Woodside and the other three elementary schools met earlier in the school year to collaborate around a common district literacy goal which states “Using 2013 MAP scores, each elementary school will increase the percentage of students who meet or exceed their projected growth targets by 5 percent.”

Woodside’s plan identifies two objectives – one in reading and one in mathematics, according to Principal James Edmond and Associate Principal Linda Hake. To meet those objectives, school action steps indicate that staff will:

  • focus collaborative team meeting on instructional planning and student data analysis;
  • closely monitor and revise team goals based on the district and school objectives;
  • provide in-classroom support for teachers and modeling of best practices by reading and mathematics specialists;
  • emphasize consistent delivery of instruction and intervention in reading and mathematics across grade levels; and
  • infuse complex literacy and mathematics vocabulary use in regular and specialist classrooms based on student data.

Hamilton High School has one goal that indicates “Students will increase engagement across the disciplines to reach higher levels of achievement, develop readiness to compete in a global society and be prepared for college and career.”  Tactics that will measure progress state that students will:

  • strengthen their autonomy, critical thinking and inquiry skills necessary for postsecondary pursuits; and
  • strengthen their learning by using disciplinary literacy strategies to comprehend, analyze and evaluate text.

Principal Candis Mongan noted that data reflect growth and accomplishments including the school’s highest PLAN composite score in three years, second highest ACT score in its history, Challenge Index score of 1.22 based on Advanced Placement results, and attainment of “significantly exceeds expectations” rating in the new State School Report Card with rankings of first in science, language arts and mathematics, second in social studies and third in reading among Waukesha County school districts.

Hamilton drama to present “Fiddler on the Roof”

Hamilton High School Drama Department presents the classic musical “Fiddler on the Roof” Feb. 6-9 in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center (HFAC). Shows begin at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and at 2 p.m. for the Sunday performance.

Attempting to live a normal life filled with Jewish traditions in early 20th century Russia, Tevye , a dairyman, searches for appropriate husbands for his three eldest daughters – Tzeital, Hodel and Chava. In a break of tradition, his daughters refuse to accept the wishes of the matchmaker, Yente, and their father. Instead, they marry men they love. In the end, Jewish people of the village are forced to leave their homes and Tevye is determined to start a better life in a new land.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens. Tickets may be purchased 30 minutes before the show at the HFAC Box Office. For 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.

Hamilton Band Boosters hosts Italian dinner Feb. 13

 An evening of great food and entertainment is in store for the community Feb. 13 as the Hamilton School District Band Boosters hosts its annual Jazzy Italian Dinner from 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the all-you-can-eat dinner are $9 for adults, $8 for senior citizens over age 60 and students ages 6-12, and $5 for children ages 2-5. Add $1 for tickets purchased at the door.

The public is invited to enjoy a delicious spaghetti dinner while listening to musical entertainment provided by the Hamilton High School Jazz Band. Additional entertainment includes a 50/50 raffle and silent auction baskets. A free combined Templeton Middle School and Hamilton High School band concert follows at 7 p.m. in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center.

The meal of spaghetti with meat or meatless sauce, salad, garlic bread, beverage and dessert will be catered by Quarry Coffee. To guarantee a seat, please call Karen Spence at (262) 617-6828 or email kspence@wi.rr.com.

Hamilton High School and the Hamilton Fine Arts Center are located at W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex.

Hamilton DECA earns 30 awards at district competition, qualifies 8 for state

Hamilton High School DECA earned 30 awards and qualified eight students for state competition. A total of 31 students recently represented Hamilton at the Southeastern Wisconsin Career Development Conference at Kettle Moraine High School. The event drew more than 800 students from 14 high schools in southeastern Wisconsin who competed in 20 different categories of business and marketing management.

The following Hamilton students earned recognition in their respective series:

  • Yuchun Wang and Rohan Washikar, fourth place overall and finalist, business law and ethics;
  • Therese Merkel and Grace Modl, fourth place overall and four medals, buying and merchandising;
  • Emilie Givert and Hannah Hubbell, finalist and one medal, travel and tourism;
  • Jennifer Jansen and Katelyn Wondolkowski, finalist and one medal, hospitality services;
  • Carley Schaffer and Alexandra Raasch, one medal, hospitality services;
  • Isabella Jaegersberg and Amanda Phillips, one medal, marketing communications;
  • Jarrett Keen, one medal, automotive services;
  • Nicholas Mirasola, one medal, principles of marketing;
  • Jessica Neumann, one medal, quick service restaurant management; and
  • Kashish Talwar, one medal, business services.

Eight competitors will advance to the state competition: Yuchun Wang and Rohan Washikar; Therese Merkel and Grace Modl, Jennifer Jansen and Katelyn Wondolkowski; Jessica Neumann; and Nicole Spence.

The State DECA Career Development Conference will be held March 18-20 at the Grand Geneva Resort and Conference Center in Lake Geneva, Wis.

Templeton, Hamilton Ski Clubs travel to Colorado

Templeton Middle School Ski Club kept its annual tradition going for the 13th year with the conclusion of this year’s trip to Colorado. A total of 30 participants from Templeton and Hamilton High School Ski Clubs headed to Breckenridge, Colo. Dec. 26. They returned Jan. 1.

The students and chaperones hit the Breckenridge mountains and Vail, ice skated and took a backcountry night-time guided snowshoe tour. Students cover all costs of their trip.

Templeton seventh grade social studies and reading teacher Alan Schneider, Marcy Elementary School fifth grade teacher Whitney Newman, Hamilton social studies teachers Nick Roth and Lori Hinytz were chaperones.