May 19, 2014

Board recognizes retiring employees

The 2013-14 retirements of nine district employees were commemorated at the Hamilton School Board meeting. Combined, the employees provided 180 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.




Lannon Elementary School technology integration resources teacher Beth Flehmer


Templeton Middle School communication arts and reading teacher Barbara Furrer


Marcy Elementary School custodian Michael Hart


Maple Avenue Elementary School maintenance staff member Alvin Johnson


Hamilton High School student supervisor Randy Krajewski


Templeton Principal Patricia Polczynski


Willow Springs Learning Center Principal Margee Tackes


Hamilton High School mathematics teacher Carol Frey and district building and grounds staff member Robert McCarty were unable to attend.

Board recognizes Business Advisory Council, student rep

The district’s Community Service Award was presented to members of the district’s Business Advisory Council, executive management staff members from area businesses who meet quarterly to provide feedback and insight about school operations. They included Julie Adams, Steve Baumgartner, Kevin Dary, Keith Everson, Susan Fobes, Robert LaGrant, Heather Pfalz, Jeff Eineichner, Jamie Schounard, Mike Steger and Chris Zuzick.


At the meeting, Fobes, Adams, Baumgartner, Pfalz and Eineichner were on hand to recieve the award.


Hamilton senior Nicole Heling was recognized for her service to the School Board as the student representative during the 2013-14 school year.

Board gives budget OK before Annual Meeting

The Hamilton School Board gave its approval to the 2014-15 budget that will be presented to voters at the June 16 Annual Meeting. The budget is $54.6 million, which is a 3 percent increase over the current budget and includes more than $1 million from the district’s fund balance for the new high school athletic training facility. The tax rate is expected to be $10.28 per $1,000 of equalized property value. This is an increase of 8 cents per $1,000 of value. The district expects to receive $19.04 million in state aid which is a one-third of one percent increase.

Board officers elected

School Board members kept Gabe Kolesari as their president, James Long as vice president, Dawn Van Aacken as clerk and Michael Hyland as treasurer.

Personnel action

In personnel business, the School Board:

  • appointed Erin Steiner as Willow Springs Learning Center principal; and
  • accepted the resignations of Special Services Supervisor Martha Freeman and administrative assistant Lisa Timpone-Lauters, and Marcy paraprofessional Samantha Meyer.

Hamilton choirs present final concert

The Hamilton High School Concert and A Cappella Choirs will perform May 27 in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center (HFAC). The concert, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7:30 p.m.

The choir will perform a wide variety of music ranging from Queen, Bastille and Kurt Bestor to a medley from Broadway’s “The Lion King.” This concert is the culmination of a year of hard work by 90 dedicated high school Concert Choir and 22 A Cappella members.

“These are the largest Concert and A Cappella Choirs to perform since I began teaching at Hamilton,” said Hamilton Choir Director Marilyn Mascitti. “The size of the ensemble has allowed for the group to perform some very challenging repertoire over the course of the year and the students have developed important vocal skills.”

Mascitti encourages community members to bring their family and friends to enjoy this final choir concert of the school year. The HFAC is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex.




Willow Springs students branching out

Willow Springs Learning Center will hold its annual Branching Out Ceremony June 12 at 9:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center. The ceremony is the culminating activity of the year for students who will attend 5-year-old kindergarten at their neighborhood school next year. The ceremony recognizes their growth as 4-year-old kindergartners during the year and symbolizes how they will branch out to another school.

The children will sing songs, place a leaf on a tree to mark their new school and be introduced as the future class of 2027.

Parents and families will help students celebrate their accomplishment. The Hamilton Fine Arts Center is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex.

Templeton band to perform spring concert

Templeton Middle School eighth grade band will perform June 3 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, Broadway musical medleys and medleys of movie soundtracks and much more.

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

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:

  • Bradley Biswell and Nicholas Fricano, applied engineering and technology;
  • Tora Kozic, art;
  • Colleen Coady, business education;
  • Danny Baker, communication arts;
  • Rebecca Leibiger, family and consumer sciences;
  • Samuel Herriges, fitness education;
  • Colton Heisdorf, mathematics;
  • Chloe Mcpherson, music;
  • Sara Vilkkila, science;
  • Scott Patnode, social studies; and
  • Brendan Schlaman, world languages.

Students received a certificate and a pin for their accomplishment.



Templeton students travel to Gettysburg, Washington

An extended trip to Washington, D.C. and Gettysburg April 22-25 left 32 Templeton Middle School students, two parents and three teachers with unforgettable experiences.

The school group traveled to Gettysburg and Washington, D.C., visiting battlefields and studying the impact the battle had on the war, Mount Vernon, U.S. Capitol, National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial, Holocaust Museum, several Smithsonian museums, the White House, U. S. Supreme Court, Library of Congress and many of the war memorials, including the Lincoln, Korean, Vietnam, Iwo Jima, Jefferson and Martin Luther King, Jr.

For many, a highlight of the trip was the visit to Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. While there, Templeton students witnessed the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Following the guard-changing, Templeton students Cole Peske, Ian Turley, Bella Raykowski and Hang Yin had the honor and privilege of participating in the wreath-laying ceremony. The wreath was placed at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier out of respect and honor for the many men and women who contributed to the freedom and democracy of the United States.

The seventh and eighth grade students participating in the field trip included: Kyle Adrian, Maya Baldewicz, Austin Brown, Mitchell Buch, Sundeep Cheema, Alexia Duncan, Jacob Egloff, Noah Gierach, Matthew Gnanadass, Megan Gundrum, Hannah Kalis, Jerry Keith, Mary Kremer, Ann Marie Krolczyk, Kellie Kuehl, Joseph Lemen, Megan McGuire, Ariana Miller, Michel Mwanza, Amanpreet Nirwal, Alexandra Paque, Cole Peske, Kaitlyn Quam, Hannah Quimby, Bella Raykowski, Nicholas Schmidt, Gabriella Swearingen, Ian Turley, Jacob Wieseckel, Hang Yin, Tanner Yops and Brianna Zsakovics. Teacher chaperones included Anita Paque, Alan Schneider and Rhonda Watton.



Hamilton Prom set for May 10

Hamilton High School will celebrate Prom May 10. The grand march will begin at 5:15 p.m. in the high school Gymnasium. Admission for observers is $2 or two canned goods to be donated to the Sussex Food Pantry. Following the grand march, students will travel via bus to the Milwaukee County Historical Society to attend the dinner and dance.

Students who were selected for court are Alyse Haven, Taylor Mears, Delaney Reilly, Cassandra Tilidetzke, Allison Croft, Trevor Wesline, Michael Barnes, Alex Marx, Matthew Young and Jevon Davis. The king and queen will be named at the grand march.

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



May 6, 2014

Personnel matters

In personnel business, the School Board:

  • granted the leave of absence of Templeton social worker Cheryl Johnson, effective for the 2014-15 school year;
  • accepted the resignation of Hamilton clerical and supervision paraprofessional Heidi Koenig, effective May 2; and
  • appointed Murrene Payton, Daniel Tackes and Steve Akin as assistant summer school coordinators, effective May 20.

Kohl’s Cares makes field trips possible for Maple Avenue students

Maple Avenue Elementary School learned that approximately 225 students in first, fourth and fifth grades will participate in a field trip next year thanks to funding from the Kohl’s Cares Field Trip Grant Program.

Maple Avenue first grade teacher Jeanne Kolb completed the application requesting funds to pay for admission to the Milwaukee County Zoo. The field trip will enrich the first grade science animal study curriculum.

Patty Coburn, Maple Avenue fourth grade teacher, requested funding for admission to Discovery World Museum. The activities and displays at the museum will enhance the fourth grade science units on the human body, water conservation and electricity.

Fifth-graders will be taking a writing and art guided tour at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Students will be prompted through various writing experiences based on the art they view, interpret and appreciate. Maple Avenue fifth grade teacher Kristin Leaman submitted the grant application.

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