Hamilton band sells citrus

Hamilton High School band members have refreshing holiday gift ideas — and their purchase will benefit students. They are selling fresh Florida navel oranges, tangerines, tangelos, Indian River ruby red grapefruit, red delicious apples and pears.

Fruit will be packed in boxes of various sizes priced from $20 to $40 per box. Community members may choose from 20 different purchasing options that include just one type of fruit per box or fruit combinations. Detailed information about options and prices is posted on the district website in the fundraising section.

Students will sell the fruit until Nov. 6. It will arrive on Dec. 8 and will be delivered to customers’ homes.

The tree-ripened fruit is selected from the top 15 percent of the crop and has passed inspection by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Florida Department of Citrus. It is suitable for gift-giving. If stored in a refrigerator or cool, dry basement, the fruit should keep well for about six weeks.

To place an order, contact a Hamilton band or choir member or call the Hamilton band office at (414) 395-0462.

Templeton honors veterans at ceremony

Templeton Middle School will recognize the contributions of American veterans Nov. 6 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at its 15th Annual Veterans’ Day Program. Visitors are asked to arrive at 8:15 a.m.

First Lieutenant Charlotte Koshick will give the Veteran’s Address. Koshick serves as a nuclear science medicine officer.

A ceremonial laying of the wreaths will honor soldiers who became prisoners of war or missing in action. Guest veterans who attend the program will be individually introduced and their military service recognized.

Students will honor the country’s veterans during the ceremony as well.

–           The Student Council President will lead the “Pledge of Allegiance.”

–           The Eighth Grade Chorus and Eighth Grade Band will perform a patriotic song

–           The Patriotic Essay Contest winner will read his or her essay .

Music teacher Jaye Mier is coordinating a video production that will feature photos of military personnel and veterans who are related to Templeton students. The video will play continuously in the school lobby starting Oct. 30 and will be featured during the ceremony.

Following the program, honored veterans will be invited to participate in a small reception in the Large Group Area. All veterans and public officials are invited to attend. Please call the school at (262) 246-6477 by Nov. 3.

Templeton Middle School is located at N59 W22490 Silver Spring Drive, Sussex.

Hamilton NHS inducts 86 members


Hamilton High School’s National Honor Society (NHS) inducted 86 new members on Sept. 28. To be a member of NHS, students must commit to scholarship, leadership and service to others, as well as possess upstanding character.

New inductees are:

• Veronica Anderson
• Jessica Anton
• Alexandra Banda
• Samuel Bjorklund
• Kyle Blaedow
• Joseph Bolda
• Olivia Boucher
• Damon Bukouras
• Salvatore Calatola-Young
• Alexandria Calmes
• Grace Carlson
• Katie Cheng
• Brandon Christianson
• Kelsey Croft
• Ciara Cronin
• Madison Danduran
• Calvin Dassow
• Becca Dassow
• Karissa Ebert
• Emily Erato
• Mariana Feudner
• Jordan Fierst
• Kaitlin Flynn
• Morgan Frick
• Julia Gahr
• Samuel Golding
• Alyssa Grove
• Ryan Hadland
• Natalie Hagenow
• Jacob Hartung
• Benjamin Heberer
• Colton Heisdorf
• Karlee Hockerman
• Madison Houdek
• Emily Hunt
• Vanessa Ignatew
• Mackenzie Jene
• Isabel Kelly
• Jacob Kessenich
• Ariana King
• Tora Kozic
• Benjamin Krolczyk
• Jack Larsen
• Evan Laskowski
• Rhea Last
• Allison Le Claire
• Kaitlyn Lehnen
• Nathaniel Lemen
• Lauren Lussow
• Destiny Lutzen
• Tien Mai
• Alex Menzia
• Myah Merriman
• Amber Minue
• Samantha Moore
• Jessica Morgan
• Melina Murtos
• Michelle Naragon
• Sydney Norlander
• Amanda Oskey
• Erin Passow
• Carly Perock
• Stephanie Pham
• Garrett Power
• Borna Riazi
• Cole Roepke
• Sarah Sankey
• Jason Schlaman
• Alyssa Schmucker
• Melissa Schweigert
• Kaile Seibak
• Chloe Simchick
• Jordan Smith
• Samuel Smith
• Logan Stevenson
• Bianca Stubler
• Elizabeth Sumiec
• Cooper Vance
• Taylor Venuti
• Rohan Washikar
• Macy Williams
• Trevor Wittmann
• Emma Woelfel
• Alissa Yarnot
• Jaclyn Zeman

Hamilton faculty members Misti Swanson and Jacque Gorski are co-advisors of the group.

Hamilton welcomes students from Germany


“Welcome GAPP Exchange Students.” This has been the message greeting German American Partnership Program (GAPP) exchange students who arrived in the Hamilton School District Oct. 17 and will stay until Nov. 2. Hamilton German Club members have been working feverishly to make arrangements involved with hosting 25 exchange students and two teacher-chaperones from the city of Reutlingen, Germany.

The GAPP exchange opportunity is again offered at Hamilton to promote international understanding among young people and provide students with an opportunity to learn German in an immersion experience. German teachers Lindsey Klein, Eric Schultz and Katherine Leitzke are excited about what this exchange means to Hamilton German language students.

“The amount of work it takes to put together an exchange is unbelievable,” said Klein. “However, the friendships that are made are priceless, the language usage and learning that takes place is unteachable in a classroom, and  the appreciation of travel and culture are indescribable.”

Two days after the exchange students arrived, Hamilton sophomore and German Club member Alyssa Grove said, “I have never been so happy! But, I am going to be really sad when we have to say good-bye.”

Hamilton families and students are hosting the German guests. This summer 21 Hamilton students traveled to Reutlingen for a three-week exchange at the Johannes-Kepler-Gymnasium, a college-preparatory secondary school. While in Germany, Hamilton students attended classes at the school and visited many places of historical and cultural interest.

Hamilton students participating in the GAPP exchange are: Nathaniel Atkinson, Meghan Cannestra, Grace Carlson, Bobby Mae Cranfield, Madison Danduran, Connor Engel, Emily Fisher, Tyler Fralick, Hannah Gielow, Alyssa Grove, Erin Heaster, Finn Heaster, Alex Hillmer, Tessa Jaskolski, Ike Johnson, Jack Kinowski, Rachel Klibowitz, Jacob Lehner, Jake Myatt, Kristina Neitzke, Sydney Norlander, Dominic Pino, Sam Richter, Jacob Schneider and Suzanne Smaglik.

Hamilton National Honor Society to sponsor blood drive

Hamilton High School National Honor Society (NHS) will sponsor a Blood Drive Nov. 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the school’s Auxiliary Gymnasium.

Students, families and community members are encouraged to participate. Pre-registered appointments and walk-ins will be accepted. Parental consent is required for 16-year-olds to donate. Community members are asked to enter through Hamilton’s front doors.

Blood donors will need to provide photo identification that includes birth date and answer basic health history questions. The entire process takes about an hour, and snacks and drinks will be served to donors.

If you would like to make an appointment, please contact Jacque Gorski or Misti Swanson, Hamilton NHS advisors, at (262) 246-6471 x1123 or visit www.bcw.edu/hamiltonhs.

The high school is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex.

Hamilton choirs to perform free fall concert

The Hamilton High School choir department invites family, friends and community members to a free fall choir concert Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center (HFAC). The concert will feature a wide variety of vocal ensembles.

Choir students will conduct a food drive at the performance to benefit Sussex Outreach Services Food Pantry. Collection bins for non-perishable food items will be in the HFAC lobby.

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


Hamilton marching band completes successful season



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Hamilton High School Charger Marching Band finished one of its most successful seasons by placing third Oct. 17 in the large schools’ division at state competition. The Charger Marching Band took third place among nine bands competing in the AAAA division at the Wisconsin School Music Association’s Marching Band Championships held at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. Its third place AAAA award matched last year’s performance and placed the band ninth overall in Wisconsin – its highest placement at state competition.

Earlier in the competitive season, Hamilton earned high marks for its performances. The band took first place Sept. 27 in class AAAA competition at the Waukesha West High School Fox River Invite while receiving the award for best visual presentation. A day earlier, the Chargers placed second in class AAAA and third overall among 16 bands at the Waukesha South High School MarchFest.

The Charger Marching Band also gave a free performance Oct. 13 at Grove Field for the public and band members at Templeton Middle and Maple Avenue Elementary Schools.

The band’s 2015 field show, “Life on the River Rouge,” chronicled the American family through different eras of American history, depicting the stability and central nature of the family in the agricultural and industrial eras and today’s digital age.

Hamilton Band Director Jon Waite expressed gratitude for tremendous district, community and parent support which helped to make a successful season.

October 19, 2015

Students recognized for winning recipe


A team of Hamilton High School students were recognized for success in the third annual Whipping Up Wellness Wisconsin Student Chef competition. Natalie Pena, Alyssa Schmucker, Suzanne Smaglik and Elena Bruch – known as the Shakers and Bakers team – developed an original, student-friendly recipe that included local foods. Their recipe, Fabulous Fruity Carrot Cranberry Bars, is one of 42 recipes to be included in the student chef cookbook published by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Continue reading

Willow Springs to hold Celebration of Fall Learning

Willow Springs Learning Center 4-year-old kindergartners will celebrate the changing seasons Nov. 5 at their Celebration of Fall Learning event.

Activities include storytime presented by Willow Springs staff, decorating pumpkin-shaped cookies and the Harvest Parade showcasing examples of their learning and achievements. The celebration begins at 9 a.m. for the morning kindergarten session and at 1 p.m. for the afternoon session.

The 4-year-old kindergarten program is housed at Willow Springs Learning Center, W220 N6660 Town Line Road, Menomonee Falls.