Hamilton Band Boosters hosts Italian dinner Feb. 17

An evening of great food and entertainment is in store for the community Feb. 17 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.

Annual chicken dinner Feb. 14: Hamilton drama to present “The Addams Family” musical

 Hamilton High School Drama Department presents the musical “The Addams Family” Feb. 12-15 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.

“The Addams Family” musical features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family—a man her parents have never met. Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before—keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents.

General seating 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.

Join the Drama Boosters from 5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m. Feb. 14 for a budget-friendly Valentine’s dinner date at its fifth annual Chicken Dinner fundraiser. Proceeds from the event support the drama program. Tickets are $10. The meal of chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, corn, coleslaw, roll, beverage and dessert will be catered by Champion Chicken. To order tickets, please contact parent volunteer Annita Moore at (262) 844-7959 or annitam128@yahoo.com. Play tickets for the performance following dinner will be on sale in the cafeteria.

The Hamilton Fine Arts Center is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex.

Five finalists advance to Regional Spelling Bee

Students in fifth through eighth grades competed Jan. 20 in the annual District Spelling Bee at Templeton Middle School. The “district” is a geographical area defined by CESA #1, which sponsors district and regional bees. Four Hamilton School District elementary schools, Templeton Middle School and Peace Lutheran Academy in Sussex constituted a district for the purpose of the spelling bee. Students who won classroom spelling bees vied for the honor of participating in the district event.

The champion speller was R.J. Frerking, an eighth-grader from Peace Lutheran Academy. Finalists who will also advance to the regional bee were: Maayna Kashyap, Templeton grade 7; Shiva Senthil, Templeton grade 7; Josephine Jauquet, Templeton grade 8; and James Strasburg, Woodside grade 5. In honor of their spelling achievement, the top five spellers received trophies.

Regional winners continue to the Wisconsin Spelling Bee, in hopes of qualifying for the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee, held in Washington, D.C.

Students who competed in the District Spelling Bee were:

  • Templeton – Tarynn Lassiter, Amanda Tremmel, Jacob Hubred, Elijah Wartgow, Cullen Etzel, Carter Stone, Anna Kurhajec, Tate Hutchinson, Evan Gunderson, Shiva Senthil, Maanya Kashyap, Benjamin Wurst, Josephine Jauquet, Juliette Mattair, and Elise Rades;
  • Marcy – Nicolas Vera Paez, Ashton Lee, India Lock, and Akash Deepak;
  • Lannon – Lillian Miller and Devin Klemstein; and
  • Maple – Kayleigh Kopidlansky, Alicia Holzem, and Brynn Islo;
  • Woodside – Conner Simchick, James Strasburg, Nicholas Mitchell, and Nicholas Pfersch;
  • Peace Lutheran – Hannah Hardenbrook, R.J.Frerking, Bryce Damato, and Anders Rhode. 

The event was sponsored by the Templeton Home and School and coordinated by Templeton current and former teachers Lisa Schmeling and Barb Furrer.



Keith wins Templeton Geographic Bee

After nail-biting competition, Templeton Middle School produced its school champion from the top ten finalists in its Geographic Bee. Eighth-grader Jerry Keith emerged as the 2015 school champion after rounds of intense questions, up against nine other school finalists. The other finalists were Jackson Buckley, Owen Davies, Tate Hutchinson, Maja Pechanach, Joseph Poulsen, James Richter, Shiva Senthil, Morgan Waldenberger and Amelia Weidemann. Hutchinson 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 ten finalists took part in the final championship round Jan. 20.

As the school champion, Keith 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 March 27 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.



Hamilton seeks host families for 2015-16

The Hamilton High School Cultural Exchange Club (CEC) is looking for families that may be interested in hosting an exchange student for the 2015-16 school year. Host families are responsible for providing room, board and a supportive home environment for the student. Exchange students come from 30 different countries, are 16-18 years old and have a wide variety of interests and abilities.


Families who commit to hosting a student early receive profiles of students and are able to choose the one who might be the best match. Those who wait until summer may have limited opportunity for choice.


Each year CEC welcomes six exchange students. Community members who would like information about being a host family or Hamilton’s exchange program are encouraged to contact Lindsey Klein, world languages teacher and international coordinator at (262) 246-6471 x1153 or kleili@hamilton.k12.wi.us.

Woodside to raise funds for Sudan communities

Woodside Elementary School students and families are about to learn that a simple act can make a big impact on the lives of people half a world away. Pledging to drink only water and giving up other beverages for two weeks, Woodside families will contribute to The H2O Project which will help Water for South Sudan, Inc., drill wells and install pumps that will provide a lifetime of clean water to needy third world communities.

Before the school fundraiser begins on Feb. 9, students will learn about the impact a simple water well can have on a community where water shortages have brought poverty, disease and death. Then for two weeks, students and families will be encouraged to make water their only beverage choice and donate the money that would have been spent on sodas, fruit drinks and other liquid refreshments to The H2O Project.

Community members are welcome to join the school by participating in the project. For additional information, please call the Woodside office at (262) 820-1530 or visit www.theH2Oproject.org.

Woodside Elementary School is located at W236 N7465 Woodside Rd. in Sussex.

Get ready for Tigers, Elvis, Music Man, AddamsFamily at the Hamilton Fine Arts Center

The 2014-15 performing arts season continues to offer unique entertainment for all tastes at the Hamilton Fine Arts Center (HFAC).


Hamilton High School presents “The Addams Family” musical – Feb. 12 -14 at 7 p.m. and Feb 15 at 2 p.m.

“The Addams Family” musical features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family—a man her parents have never met. Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before—keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents. General seating tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and students.


Tony Rocker presents, “One Night With You,” An Elvis tribute– March 7 at 7 p.m.

Award-winning Elvis tribute artist, Tony Rocker, and his band, The Comeback Special, invite you to a special “One Night With You.” Wearing exact replicas of the jumpsuits worn by Elvis and performing the hit songs authentic to how Elvis sang, you’ll enjoy every moment of this special show. Join us for a meet-and-greet with autograph signing following the show. Reserved seating tickets are $25. Add $5 for tickets purchased at the door.


Templeton Middle School presents, “The Music Man, Jr.”– April 16 at 7 p.m.

“The Music Man, Jr.” is a youth adaptation of the American classic musical that follows a fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms, despite the fact that he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. Featuring favorite songs such as “76 Trombones,” “The Wells Fargo Wagon” and “Goodnight, My Someone,” this show is sure to be a treat for the entire family. The cast of more than 100 eighth grade students is under the direction of music teacher Jaye Mier. General seating tickets are $5. Children 5 years and younger are free.


Jeremy Allen’s Grand Illusions – April 18 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Jeremy Allen and his Royal White Tigers have astonished people around the world. Join Jeremy as he performs spellbinding illusions with LIVE tigers on the Hamilton Fine Arts Center stage. Death-defying escapes and awesome illusions will keep you on the edge of your seat. You might even be chosen to assist in the show! All VIP tickets can take a photo onstage with the tiger following the show. Reserved seating tickets are $30 for adults, $20 for students (13-18 years) and free for each child under 12 years with a paid adult ticket. VIP tickets are $50 and guarantee seating within the first six rows, a meet-and-greet with Jeremy Allen and a photo on stage with the tiger following the show. Add $5 for all tickets obtained at the door.


Tickets may be purchased online at www.HamiltonFineArtsCenter.com at (800) 838-3006 or by visiting the HFAC box office on Wednesdays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Hamilton Fine Arts Center is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex.

January 19, 2015

Board gives authority to develop classroom addition bids

Contracts with a construction manager, architect and associated engineers to create bid documents for a classroom addition at Hamilton High School will be developed. The School Board gave authority to administrators at its Jan. 19 regular meeting to get the process started.


School Board members are expected to take action on the contracts within the next two months. Cost of the facility, which will be funded through the district’s maintenance budget and fund balance, are not to exceed $4.4 million.


Members of the community Facilities Advisory Committee (FAC) expressed support Dec. 8 for the proposed classroom addition. The committee recommended that the district maximize the project by adding at least 10 classrooms instead of eight which had been proposed initially. After reviewing enrollment trends and space use at the high school, committee members recommended more classrooms to cover current and projected enrollment concerns.


The project will include 10 classrooms, two small group and teacher planning rooms, a multi-purpose room and restrooms. The School Board will take final action in March on whether to approve the project.


Hamilton, Templeton course catalogs approved

The School Board approved the middle school and high school course catalogs. The most significant changes occurred at Templeton where a new schedule and revised reading program will be in place next year. In academic core subjects, reading has shifted to critical literacy. In addition, establishment of an advisement period where students will receive academic enrichment and support will allow more students to take allied arts or elective classes. In the past, students received reading and math support in lieu of allied arts or elective class.


Added high school courses include 3D solid modeling, grade 9 communication arts class for students who need extra skills, Advanced Placement environmental science, and world history and modern affairs. The ASPIRE test replaces EXPLORE and PLAN references. Deleted are digital electronics and 20th century U.S. history.


Summer Opportunities to offer shuttle service again

Lannon Principal and Summer Opportunities Coordinator Dick Ladd reported on plans for the upcoming summer school session. A service offered to parents last year proved to be such a positive addition, it will be offered again for the 2015 program.


The district offered free shuttle bus service from Woodside, Lannon and Marcy elementary schools and Sussex Village Park where parents dropped off their children who then took a shuttle bus to their summer school program. The shuttle reduced traffic at the high school which was in the midst of the Hamilton Athletic Center construction project. Instead of using Sussex Village Park, the site for Lions Daze activities, the district will explore using Armory Park.

Enrichment courses are set for June 22 – July 17. Students will have off July 3 for the Independence Day holiday weekend.


Templeton Middle School promotional classes will begin June 22 and could go until July 31, but the program may be modified to a more personalized approach that allows students to exit when they make up the credits they need. In some cases, students may not stay for four weeks if they reach their academic goals.

Many aspects of the program will remain the same as last year. Parents will receive email messages about the program and they will be able to register for their children’s classes online. In addition, fees are expected to remain the same, ranging from $4 to $20 per class. The fees cover the cost of consumable materials used in class. A $50 non-resident tuition fee in addition to regular class fees will be assessed as well.


District unpaid school fees remain low

After modifying collection procedures more than five years ago, the Hamilton School District’s unpaid school fees continue to be low. The total amount owed by the class of 2014 was $99.55 – the lowest amount in the past five years and significantly less than some years when total uncollected student fees were more than $1,500. Only two students from the class of 2014 had unpaid fees.


Students are reminded about their unpaid debt twice each year and asked to payit off. In addition, a policy went into effect in 2009-10 that requires clearance of all unpaid fees and fines before a parking permit is issued.


Girls swim co-op agreement signed

Hamilton girls will continue to participate in competitive swimming, thanks to an agreement passed by the Hamilton and Menomonee Falls school boards. The agreement renews a Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association cooperative allowing Hamilton girls to be a part of the Menomonee Falls Swim Team for the next two years. A dozen Hamilton and 19 Menomonee Falls girls are on the cooperative team this year. The cooperative was formed because Hamilton does not have a swimming pool. Costs associated with the program are split 50-50 between the two schools.


Personnel action taken

In personnel matters, the School Board:

  • accepted the retirement request of Willow Springs kindergarten teacher Rita Forrester;
  • appointed Peter Matenaer as Marcy special services paraprofessional, Christopher Herman as part-time Templeton custodian, Greg Winston as Woodside instructional and supervision paraprofessional and Kim Martin as a part-time Hamilton replacement art teacher;
  • approved a 1.46 percent increase to the regular non-base supplemental compensation of district teachers for the 2014-15 school year, retroactive to the start of the school year; and
  • approved a one-time performance-merit stipend of $500 prorated based on employees’ FTE for teachers, paraprofessionals, administrative assistants, confidential support staff and administrators.

Early admission to school deadline approaches

Parents who want their children considered for early admission into a Hamilton School District 5-year-old kindergarten or first grade class next fall should apply in writing by March 1 to their elementary school principal. Application forms are available at elementary school offices.

Children who turn five on or before Sept. 1, 2015 meet normal entrance age requirements for the 2015-16 5-year-old kindergarten class; those who turn six on or before Sept. 1, 2015 are eligible to enter first grade.

Parents making application will meet with the principal. During that time, a brief interview will take place and the application will be completed. The child should demonstrate superior intellectual development, superior language skills and advanced physical, social and emotional maturity. Parents will be contacted no later than mid-March about the next step in the process.

For more information about early admission, contact an elementary school principal or Special Services Supervisor John Peterson (262) 246-1973 x1184.

Hamilton DECA earns 26 awards at district competition, qualifies 5 for state

Hamilton High School DECA earned 26 awards and qualified five students for state competition. A total of 39 students recently represented Hamilton at the Southeastern Wisconsin Career Development Conference at Kettle Moraine High School. The event drew students from 33 high schools in southeastern Wisconsin who competed in 20 categories of business and marketing management.

The following Hamilton students earned three medals in their respective series and will advance to the state competition:

  • Bobby Cranfield and Janelle Davies, hospitality and tourism marketing;
  • Carolyn Troutman, apparel and accessories marketing;
  • Caitlin Bolz, human resources management; and
  • Matthew Miller, principles of business management.

The following students earned one medal for their role play or test:

  • Rohan Washikar and Yuchun Wang, business law and ethics;
  • Derek Maxwell and Alec Shafer, buying and merchandising;
  • Patrick Jene and MacKenzie Jene, travel and tourism;
  • Julia Gahr, apparel and accessories marketing;
  • Kaitlyn Pilo, apparel and accessories marketing;
  • Joshua Ghelfi, business services marketing;
  • Zachary Nichols, food marketing; and
  • Jessica Neumann, quick serve restaurant marketing.

The State DECA Career Development Conference will be held March 10-11 at the Grand Geneva Resort and Conference Center in Lake Geneva, Wis.