Hamilton Charger football to hold food drive

The Hamilton High School Charger football team will conduct a food drive Sept. 12 at the 7 p.m. Chargers vs. Brookfield East Spartans varsity football game to benefit the Sussex Outreach Services (SOS) Food Pantry.

Join the team and your community in ‘tackling hunger’ by donating non-perishable food items. Collection bins will be located at the entrance to Grove Field. Admission to the football game is $5 for adults, $4 for students and free for seniors over 60 and children under 5. Charger family passes will be accepted.

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

August 18, 2014

RtI handbook updated

The district’s Response to Intervention (RtI) handbook was approved at the Aug. 18 School Board meeting. Special Service Supervisor John Peterson and Instructional Services Supervisor Katie Little, Ph.D., reported on the updated document. Peterson explained the handbook was first compiled in 2012. It provides a comprehensive outline of services, rules and resources to support a three-tiered system of interventions for students who struggle in reading and mathematics. Little said the district’s menu of available interventions was updated to reflect what will be used in the 2014-15 school year. She highlighted that the district front-loads services so that staff can intervene with struggling students when they are young.

Board acts on personnel matters

In personnel business, the School Board:

  • accepted the resignations of Hamilton special services paraprofessional Scott Buchheister, Maple Avenue paraprofessional Colleen McCarthy, Hamilton paraprofessional Tracy Hahn and Hamilton social studies teacher Thomas Dorgan;
  • appointed Tara Sanicola as a Templeton grade 7 teacher, Julie Kleist as Lannon technology integration resource teacher, Anne Welsh as half-time communication arts replacement teacher, Ashley Pfeifer as Templeton grade 7 teacher, Katie Cormican as Marcy art teacher; Christopher Keadle as Templeton half-time replacement social worker, Kelly Supercynski as a Willow Spring special services paraprofessional, Catherine O’Connell as a Woodside grade 4 replacement teacher, Sarah Pichler as a Templeton special services paraprofessional, Barabara Seefeldt as a Templeton educational interpreter, Sally Purcell as a Templeton special services paraprofessional, Amanda Venti as a Woodside grade 1 replacement teacher and Kristine Kastory as a Hamilton paraprofessional;
  • approved the Staff Absenteeism Report compiled by Human Resources Director John Roubik which shows a declining trend in employee absenteeism; and
  • approved a cooperative agreement with Elmbrook School District to hire a teacher for students who are deaf and hard of hearing. The contract breakdowns to 60 percent in Elmbrook and 40 percent in Hamilton.

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. Each school office and the district office have copies of the policy for those who are interested.

 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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Application forms are being sent to all homes with a notice to parents or guardians. To apply for free or reduced price meals or free milk, households must fill out the application and return it to the school. Additional copies are available in the principal’s office in each school. 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, Hamilton School District food service manager, at (262) 246-1973 x1142.



Hamilton schools plan for start of classes

Hamilton School District students will begin classes Sept. 2. The district has compiled information to assist parents and students in preparation for the big day.

Registration — People who are new to the district may register their children at the school they will attend. Call the individual schools to learn their office hours. School phone numbers are:

            • Willow Springs Learning Center (4-year-old kindergarten), (262) 255-6190;

            • Lannon Elementary, (262) 255-6106;

            • Maple Avenue Elementary, (262) 246-4220;

            • Marcy Elementary, (262) 781-8283;

            • Woodside Elementary, (262) 820-1530;

            • Templeton Middle, (262) 246-6477; and

            • Hamilton High, (262) 246-6471.

If you are unsure of your school attendance area, call the district’s Public Information Office at (262) 246-1973 x1100.

Kindergarten — The district offers kindergarten programs for students who are four and five years old. The program for 4-year-olds is at Willow Spring Learning Center, and the program for 5-year-olds is at neighborhood elementary schools.

To be eligible for the optional 4-year-old kindergarten (4K) program, a child must be four years old by Sept. 1. The program runs a half day — an 8:4511:15 a.m. morning session and 12:30 – 3:00 p.m. afternoon session. Willow Springs Learning Center will have a brief 4K bus orientation Aug. 28 at 5:30 p.m. for morning kindergartners and at 6:15 p.m. for afternoon kindergartners to familiarize them with riding the bus. School buses will pick up 4K students and parents at their elementary school (Lannon, Maple Avenue, Marcy or Woodside) and travel to Willow Springs. Classes at Willow Springs begin Sept. 5. The school will hold Jump Start to 4K family conferences Sept. 2, 3 and 4 with students and parents.

Each elementary school offers a kindergarten program for children who turn five years old by Sept. 1. Most 5-year-olds participate in the full-day program that follows the same schedule as elementary grade school students. Some parents choose to enroll their 5-year-old in kindergarten for only the morning half of the school day.

Transportation — The bus company sends yellow postcards notifying bus riders of their routes. Postcards will be mailed the week of Aug. 25.

Breaks and last school day — Students will not have classes: break – Oct. 24; parent-teacher conferences – Nov. 26; Thanksgiving break – Nov. 27-28; winter break – Dec. 24-Jan. 2; teacher work day – Jan. 23; staff in-services – Feb. 13, Mar. 13; spring break – April 3-10; break – May 22 and Memorial Day – May 25. Their last day of school is June 10.

School hours — Elementary school students in grades 1-5 and full-day kindergarten begin school at 8:35 a.m. and end at 3:25 p.m.; Templeton hours are 7:25 a.m. to 2:35 p.m.; and the high school runs from 7:20 a.m. to 2:25 p.m.

Immunization — Wisconsin law requires parents to provide updated records on their children’s immunizations including: Polio, Hepatitis B, MMR and Varicella. Students in grades 6 through 12 are also required to have had one dose of Tdap. Students must be in compliance with the required immunizations as of the first day of school. Parents should make their child’s school aware of any recently received immunizations. The schedule for required immunizations can be found at: http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/publications/p4/P44021.pdf. Questions about the immunization schedule should be directed to the child’s physician or the Waukesha County Public Health Department.

School lunch programHamilton food service staff members are committed to producing quality meals that are nutritious and appealing to children. Lunches consist of five food items — meat, bread, two or more servings of fruit or vegetables, and milk. To reduce waste, children are offered an entire lunch but may refuse one or two items. The price for lunch remains the same whether a child takes the entire lunch or refuses an item.

Lunch menus will be listed in school newsletters, local newspapers and on the district website. Parents are asked to go over the lunch menu with their children to help them decide what to eat each day. Children should be encouraged to take at least a portion of an unfamiliar or unpopular food item.

Lunch prices for 2014-15 are: $2.40 for elementary students; $2.80 – middle school and high school students; $3.50 – adults; and 35 cents for milk.


            The following are fees for the 2014-15 school year:

            Pre-kindergarten and half-day kindergarten — $25;

            Elementary grades, full-day kindergarten and ungraded — $55;

            Middle school — $65;

            High school — $80;

            High school padlock — $5;

            Drivers’ education behind-the-wheel training and theory-simulation — $175 each;

            Templeton sports — $40 per sport;

            Hamilton sports — $50 per sport

            Hamilton family athletic-activities pass – $75;

            Templeton extra- and co-curriculars — $10 and $35;

            Hamilton extra- and co-curriculars — $45;

            Hamilton transcript – $5

            Retake ID (during the school year) — $2; and

            Parking — $125.

Parents may pay all their children’s school and lunch fees through the Infinite Campus portal on the district website.

District website — The district website is at www.hamilton.k12.wi.us and is updated often with supply lists, newsletters, calendar, lunch menus, news releases and other information.

For more information about the Hamilton School District, contact the individual schools or the district’s Public Information Office at (262) 246-1973 x1100.

Sussex Lioness, Lions “Stuff the Bus” for kids

Sussex Lioness and Lions Clubs teamed up to “Stuff the Bus” with school supplies and books for students in need in the local community. Items were donated to Superintendent Kathleen Cooke, Ph.D., for distribution to students in the Hamilton School District.


Photo ID: (from left) Sussex Lions President Greg Mears, Hamilton Superintendent Kathleen Cooke, Ph.D., and Sussex Lioness Vice-President Becky Swanson-Mathaus with collection of school supplies donated to Hamilton School District students in need.


New system offers better ways to stay connected



Keeping families up to date with what is happening at school is the goal in the Hamilton School District. Here are things parents can do to be informed.

  • Families are able to create an Infinite Campus portal that will provide them with convenient, streamlined school information. Watch the video tutorial with instructions on how to set up a portal account.
  • Providing an email has never been more important for home-school communication. Find out what you can do to ensure you get important messages from your child’s school.

Hamilton students learn about healthcare careers


From left, Jenna Ehlert, Brianna Pollari, Cassandra Tilidetzke, Kerchia Lee,
Katie Prescott, Vanessa Ignatew, Amanda Prusak, Jade Wallner


Eight Hamilton High School students had the opportunity to learn about different healthcare careers as a result of participation in Froedtert Health Community Memorial Hospital’s 2014 Healthcare Career Academy. They were Jenna Ehlert, Brianna Pollari, Cassie Tilidetzke, Kerchia Lee, Katie Prescott, Vanessa Ignatew, Amanda Prusak, Jade Wallner.

To be selected for the program, students submitted formal applications which were reviewed by high school staff members. Successful applicants were interviewed by a team of hospital and high school staff. The students spent three weeks at Froedtert Health Community Memorial Hospital for four hours each day. The experience provided students with a well-balanced approach toward healthcare career exposure by shadowing and learning from professionals in various departments.