Special Needs Scholarship Program

This notice serves to inform parents and guardians of students with disabilities that the State of Wisconsin has established the Special Needs Scholarship Program. Under this scholarship program and as further specified in state law, a child with a disability who has been denied the opportunity to attend a nonresident school district under the full-time open enrollment program may be eligible to receive a scholarship from the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) that allows the child to attend an eligible private school that is participating in the Special Needs Scholarship Program.

This is a state-administered program. A parent or guardian who is interested in the Special Needs Scholarship Program should independently verify the participating private schools and the specific terms, eligibility criteria, and application procedures of the scholarship program with the DPI.

The Special Needs Scholarship Program is further defined under section 115.7915 of the state statutes. However, special eligibility requirements not found in that statute exist for program scholarships that are awarded for private school attendance that initially begins in the 2016-17 school year. Additional information about the program should be available on the website of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Educational options for students who live in the district

The Hamilton School District offers a variety of educational options to children who reside in the District.

The District’s primary educational pathway and instructional program for students involves a progression from 4-year-old kindergarten (Early Learning) through 12th grade, leading to a high school diploma.


The full version of the District’s most recent school and school district accountability report, as issued by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction under section 115.385 of the state statutes, can be accessed via the District’s website at www.hamilton.k12.wi.us. The district Community Report is also available on the District’s website under the Facts & Figures tab.

Hamilton School District Schools

Grades Served

Willow Springs Learning Center


Lannon Elementary


Maple Avenue Elementary


Marcy Elementary


Woodside Elementary


Templeton Middle


Hamilton High



Hamilton School District offers a wide range of specific educational programming to eligible students who are enrolled in and attending the district’s schools including the following:

Early childhood programming for students who are at least 3 years old but not school age
Special Education for students with disabilities
English Language Learner
Advanced Placement
Gifted and Talented Education
Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs
Alternative Education programs
At-risk programs for student who are in danger of not graduating high school
Summer School programming

Educational options for eligible students who are enrolled in the Hamilton School District that involve part-time attendance at an educational institution other than a district school include the following:

  • The Course Options Program, which
    • provides opportunities to apply for approval to take up to 2 courses at a time at another educational institution.
    • is subject to state and local eligibility requirements, including the limitation that the courses must satisfy a high school graduation requirement.
  • The Youth Options Program, which:
    • provides opportunities to apply for approval to take courses at certain institutions of higher education; and
    • is available only to students who are enrolled in the 11th or 12th grade.

Additional educational options for children who reside in the District that involve fulltime enrollment/attendance at a school, program or other educational institution that is not a school or instrumentality of the Hamilton School District include the following:

  • High school students meeting certain age and other eligibility requirements may be permitted to attend a technical college or certain other programs for the purpose of completing a program leading to the student’s high school graduation or to a high school equivalency diploma.
  • Fulltime Open Enrollment involving physical attendance in a public school of a nonresident school district or attendance through a virtual charter school that is associated with a nonresident school district.
  • Beginning in the 2016-17 school year, a child with a disability who meets the program’s specific eligibility requirements may apply to attend an eligible, participating private school under a scholarship awarded through the state’s “Special Needs Scholarship Program,” as established under section 115.7915 of state statutes.
  • Enrollment in a private school participating in the Wisconsin parental choice program under section 118.60 of state statutes.
  • Enrollment in a private school of the family’s choosing (at the family’s own cost, as applicable). Private schools located in the Hamilton School District include:
    • Peace Lutheran Academy
    • Pilgrim Evangelical Lutheran School
    • St. Agnes Catholic School
    • Zion Lutheran School
    • St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran School
  • Enrollment in a homebased private educational program as provided under state law.

Educational options for children who reside in the Hamilton School District but who are enrolled in and attending a private school or home¬based private educational program include the following:

  • Such students have the opportunity to attend summer school classes/programs offered in the District.
  • Private school students in the high school grades have the opportunity to apply for approval to take up two courses per semester in a District school, pursuant to section 118.145(4) of the state statutes.
  • Students who are enrolled in a home¬based private educational program have the opportunity to:
    • Apply for approval to take up two courses per semester in public schools as provided under section 118.53.
    • Participate in District interscholastic athletics and other District extracurricular activities as provided under section 118.133.

For more information about any of the educational options listed in this notice, please contact the principal of your child’s school, District’s main administrative office at 262-246-1973 or the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Hamilton Band Boosters hosts Italian dinner Feb. 18

An evening of great food and entertainment is in store for the community Feb. 18 as the Hamilton School District Band Boosters hosts its annual Jazzy Italian Dinner from 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. in the Hamilton High School Cafeteria. 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 silent auction gift 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.

Five finalists advance to Regional Spelling Bee

Spelling Bee finalists (from left): Ellie DeCleene,Templeton; Nolan VanHaren, Templeton; Champion Owen Davies, Templeton; Peyton Tohulka, Templeton; and Elizabeth Boehm, Woodside.

Students in fifth through eighth grades competed Jan. 21 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 Owen Davies, an eighth-grader from Templeton Middle School. Finalists who will also advance to the regional bee were: Peyton Tohulka, Templeton grade 8; Ellie DeCleene, Templeton grade 7; Nolan VanHaren, Templeton grade 7; and Elizabeth Boehm, 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 – Miranda Simons, Autumn Walentoski, India Lock, Danielle Klitzka, Nolan VanHaren, Ellie DeCleene, Peyton Tohulka, Christian Hartwig, and Owen Davies;
  • Marcy – Audrey Davies, Navdeep Singh, Hiranmayi Swaminathan, and Ava DeCleene;
  • Maple – Keegan Wichman, Ava Lally, and Nickolas Giovan;
  • Woodside – Maeve Schummer, Aden Myhre, Evan Bunker, Braden Anders, and Elizabeth Boehm;
  • Lannon – Konstantine Petropoulos, and Emily Corbin; and
  • Peace Lutheran – Rachel Frerking, Hannah Hardenbrook, Dane Peterson, and Tim Frerking.

The event was coordinated by Templeton teachers Tim Cunningham and Ashley Pfeifer.

Woodside donates to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Woodside Elementary School kindergartners in Peter Dargatz’s class recently donated $542 and greeting cards to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Students participated in a social studies unit on the difference between wants and needs. The unit provided opportunities for students to earn tickets to get items they wanted or turn them in to Dargatz who pledged to provide 25 cents to Children’s Hospital for every ticket submitted.

All 22 kindergartners chose to donate. The next step challenged students to talk with their families about taking the money that would have been spent on one of their holiday wants and contribute it to the classroom donation.

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



Hutchinson wins Templeton Geographic Bee

After nail-biting competition, Templeton Middle School produced its school champion from the top eight finalists in its Geographic Bee. Eighth-grader Tate Hutchinson emerged as the 2016 school champion after rounds of intense questions, up against seven other school finalists. The other finalists were Joseph Cady, Owen Davies, Aidan Enneking, Connor Gordon, Abhijeet Puri, Shiva Senthil and James Strasburg. Senthil took second place, and third place went to Puri.

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 eight finalists took part in the final championship round Jan. 19.

As the school champion, Hutchinson 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 April 1 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 2016-17

The Hamilton High School Cultural Exchange Club (CEC) is looking for families that may be interested in hosting an exchange student for the 2016-17 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.

Hamilton drama to present “A-Haunting We Will Go”

Hamilton High School Drama Department presents “A-Haunting We Will Go” Feb. 11-14 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. It is a family-friendly performance suitable for children over the age of nine.

“A-Haunting We Will Go” is the story of Norma Corwin who made a childhood vow that once in her life she would spend a night alone in The Inn of the Three Sisters, an eerie and forbidding hotel famous for an unsolved murder, horrifying spirit manifestations and murderous intrigue. When she learns the inn is to be dynamited to make way for a new highway, she decides the time is now or never and the fun begins.

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, at the Box Office on Wednesdays from 2 to 6 p.m. or online at www.HamiltonFineArtsCenter.com.

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





January 18, 2016

Board determines superintendent candidate profile

Jim Rickabaugh, hired by School Board members to coach them through the superintendent search process, presented results of the online survey and focus groups conducted with parents, employees, business and community representatives. Attributes common among groups were:

  • student focus;
  • harnessing financial resources and business acumen;
  • visible, accessible, approachable proactive communicator;
  • promoting partnerships and politically savvy;
  • creative problem solver;
  • professional and personal integrity;
  • motivates others, team-builder;
  • committed to the district, not using as a stepping stone;
  • demonstrated track record as successful leader;
  • developer of people and organizational capacity; and
  • practices shared decision-making.

Deadline for applications is Jan. 31. Rickabaugh will meet with board members Feb. 2 in closed session to determine which candidates to interview and what questions to ask. Initial interviews will be held Feb. 8, 9 and 10.  Continue reading

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, 2016 meet normal entrance age requirements for the 2016-17 5-year-old kindergarten class; those who turn six on or before Sept. 1, 2016 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, 2016 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.