Hamilton, Templeton team wins state JV History Bowl

The student team of Hamilton High School freshman Dominc Pino and Templeton Middle School eighth-grader Andrew Tai won the 2013-14 Wisconsin Junior Varsity History Bowl championship.

The National History Bowl offers varsity and junior varsity competition as well as bee and bowl competition. The primary difference is that the bee is an individual competition whereas the bowl is a team competition. The regional and state history bees are held on the same date and site as the regional and state history bowls, but at different times so students can compete in both.

The National History Bowl strives to promote history education throughout the United States, and around the world. The substance and style of questions used in The National History Bowl reward students who can make connections across eras, places, and themes in history; thus students enhance their understanding of history through preparation and competition. For more information, please visit www.historybowl.com

Templeton bands to perform spring concerts

Templeton Middle School bands will perform two spring concerts in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center (HFAC). The sixth grade band and Jazz Band will perform May 6, and the seventh grade band will perform May 7. The concerts, which are free and open to the public, begin at 7 p.m.

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

The concerts will include classical concert band repertoire, medleys of movie soundtracks and much more. The Jazz Band will showcase one of the two pieces that received top rating at the recent Wisconsin School Music Association Solo and Ensemble Musical Festival.

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

Mielke selected as new Templeton principal

MielkeThe Hamilton School Board approved the hiring of Paul Mielke, Ph.D., as the new Templeton Middle School principal at its April 28 meeting. He will begin his new position July 1.

Mielke has been principal at West Allis Central High School since 2009. Previously he was assistant principal and athletic director at Waukesha South High School. He started his career in education as an English teacher at Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School.

He earned his doctorate and master’s degrees in educational leadership from Cardinal Stritch University in 2012 and 2005, respectively, and his bachelor’s degree in English and history from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh in 1999.

“Dr. Mielke is an energetic, hardworking individual who possesses the skills and ability to help an already great school continue to grow and flourish,” Hamilton Superintendent Kathleen Cooke said. “He will continue the tradition of excellence established by Mrs. Polczynski, who is retiring from her position as principal at the end of the school year.”

“His strong knowledge of instructional practice, understanding of the unique needs of middle school students and ability to draw the entire school community around a shared vision are key assets that will help him serve Templeton students, parents and staff.” Cooke said.

April 28, 2014

MielkeHamilton School Board members approved the appointment of five employees including the new Templeton Middle School principal. Paul Mielke, Ph.D., who has been principal at West Allis Central High School since 2009, begins his new leadership role in the district July 1. Previously he was assistant principal and athletic director at Waukesha South High School. He started his career in education as an English teacher at Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School. He earned his doctorate and master’s degrees in educational leadership from Cardinal Stritch University in 2012 and 2005, respectively, and his bachelor’s degree in English and history from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh in 1999.

Other staff members who were appointed were:

  • Joseph Sciortino, Hamilton mathematics teacher who will continue in his coaching role with the high school’s football program;
  • Pauline Bruss, Woodside associate kitchen employee;
  • Andrea Hlava, Maple Avenue custodian; and
  • Kristin Dhein, Woodside associate kitchen employee.

School Board member Gerald Schmitz and board president Gabe Kolesari reported on the sessions they attended at the 2014 National School Boards Association Convention.

In the district administrator’s report to the School Board, Superintendent Kathleen Cooke, Ph.D., noted that Marcy school psychologist Mary Wimmer authored a book, “Evidence-Based Practices in School Refusal and Truancy ,” that was published by the National Association of School Psychologists.

Special services group recognizes Freeman

MardiFreemanWisconsin Council of Administrators of Special Services (WCASS) selected Hamilton School District Special Services Supervisor Mardi Freeman as its 2014 Administrator of the Year. Nominated by fellow special education directors from Waukesha County, Freeman was presented with the award April 10 in recognition of her exemplary work on behalf of students with special needs.

Freeman has been a member of the WCASS conference committee and state executive board since 2006. For the past six years she was the WCASS representative for CESA #1. Her nominators said she kept them well-informed and expressed their needs at the state level. She presented at three WCASS conferences and recently at a national conference.

Her nominators noted that Freeman can be counted on to have answers and develop prototypes that she shared with others.

Milwaukee music group recognizes Hamilton teacher

waiteCivic Music Association (CMA) of Milwaukee will recognize Hamilton High School Band Director Jon Waite as its music teacher of the year. The CMA Educator Awards Ceremony for Waite and other music educators will be May 4 at the Humphrey Scottish Rite Masonic Center, Milwaukee.

Waite, a teacher at Hamilton for 12 years, directs instrumental music including Charger Marching Band, Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo, Pep Band and various chamber groups. In addition, he has been symphonic and jazz ensemble director and saxophone instructor at the Fine Arts Camp Europe near Prague. Waite earned his bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point.

CMA recognizes teachers who have shown dedication and contributions to music programs in the Milwaukee area. Nominations are open to educators in the five counties of Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington, Waukesha and Racine.

Active since 1918 and one of Milwaukee’s oldest arts organizations, Civic Music Association of Milwaukee provides music education and performance opportunities for young musicians. More than 95 percent of its programming involves students 18 years old or younger who are offered unique opportunities to refine their skills and practice their craft through private lessons, auditions, workshops, competition and performance.

Hamilton student experiences government program

Hamilton High School senior John Phillips completed the Wisconsin State Senate Scholar Program at the State Capitol in Madison. One of only 33 Wisconsin students admitted to the program, Phillips was chosen based on demonstrated citizenship, scholarship and leadership. The application process required him to research and answer questions about Wisconsin’s legislative history, write an essay about a First Amendment legislative issue and submit a resume and letters of recommendation.

At the weeklong program Phillips learned from a diverse group of experts, including senators, university faculty, lobbyists, journalists and legislative staff. He engaged in legislative activities by serving as a messenger for Senate floor sessions and committee hearings. In addition, he got a behind-the-scenes look at the Capitol and Governor’s Mansion.

He was admitted into the program with sponsorship from Senator Alberta Darling and the State Senate. Phillips is the fourth Hamilton Advanced Placement Government student in recent years selected to participate in the program. Past attendees have included Danielle Barbian, Elizabeth Schounard, Alexander Schultz and Nick Verhaalen.



Hamilton Band Boosters host Annual Spring Tasting

Hamilton School District (HSD) Band Boosters invite the community to join them May 8 at their Annual Spring Tasting Event to be held at Tailgators Sports Bar & Grille, N64 W23246 West Main Street, Sussex. Participants must be at least 21 years old to attend.

A variety of select wines will be available for tasting from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. or 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Participants will have the opportunity to purchase wine at the event. Admission to the event is $10 with a portion of the proceeds donated to Band Boosters.

Please make checks payable to HSD Band Boosters and include attendees’ names and preferred time. Envelopes may be delivered to the red box in the band room or mailed to Hamilton High School, c/o Band Boosters, W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex. Checks must be received by May 1. Admission at the door is $15 and requires a reservation made by May 1 with Lori Johnson at liveitupjohnson@gmail.com


Hamilton drama to present “Charlotte’s Web”

Join Hamilton High School drama students May 1-4 as they perform “Charlotte’s Web” in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center (HFAC). Shows are at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and at 2 p.m. for the Sunday performance.

“Charlotte’s Web” is a beautiful, knowing play about friendship. All the enchanting characters are here: Wilbur, the irresistible young pig who desperately wants to avoid the butcher; Fern, a girl who understands what animals say to each other; and Templeton, the gluttonous rat who can occasionally be talked into a good deed. Joining them are the Zuckerman and Arable families, and the extraordinary spider, Charlotte, who proves to be a true friend and a good writer. Determined to save Wilbur, Charlotte begins her campaign weaving a miracle into her web. It’s the beginning of a victorious campaign which ultimately ends with the now-safe Wilbur doing what is most important to Charlotte.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. Tickets may be purchase 30 minutes prior to show at the HFAC box office. 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.