School Board selects Mielke as next superintendent

The Hamilton School Board unanimously selected Paul Mielke, Ph.D., as the district’s new superintendent. Mielke will replace Kathleen Cooke, Ph.D., who announced her retirement in December.

Mielke, who is principal of Templeton Middle School, will begin as superintendent effective July 1. Before joining the Hamilton School District, he worked in three other school districts. His positions have been:

  • Templeton Middle School principal, Hamilton School District, 2014-present;
  • West Allis Central High School principal, 2009-2014;
  • Waukesha South High School assistant principal including two years as activities and athletic director, 2006-2009; and
  • Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School English teacher and football coach, 1999-2006.

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In preparation for selecting a new superintendent, the district conducted surveys and focus groups with staff, parents, community members and business representative to identify the qualities desired in the new superintendent. After the School Board narrowed the field of candidates to three finalists, groups representing employees and the community provided feedback through observation sheets which were provided to School Board members before they made their selection.

“We were fortunate to have a strong field of qualified candidates, and from this group, Dr. Mielke was the unanimous choice of the School Board,” School Board President Gabe Kolesari said. “Community members and employees provided valuable input on the characteristics they desired in our next superintendent, and Dr. Mielke reflects the superintendent profile that was developed.”

“Dr. Mielke is a skilled leader whose focus is on creating excellent educational opportunities for students,” Kolesari said. “We heard loud and clear from our community and employees that they wanted a superintendent who puts kids first.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NHS sponsors Spring Fest food drive for SOS

Families and community members are invited to help Hamilton High School’s National Honor Society (NHS) contribute to the Sussex Food Pantry by bringing food items to Spring Fest – Better Together March 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. As an incentive, NHS members are offering raffle tickets to community members who bring in a food donation at Spring Fest.

Greatest needs at the food pantry are Hamburger Helper, canned pineapples, mandarin oranges, toiletries and size 4 and 5 diapers.

Look for NHS members March 5 and 6 at the Sussex Piggly Wiggly and Pick ‘n Save stores where they will be promoting their food drive.

Spring Fest — Better Together will be hosted March 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hamilton High School to provide a fun-filled gathering for families and community members. Informational booths, entertainment, health screenings, children’s activities and demonstrations are among the highlights of this event that is free and open to the public. The event is made possible because of major sponsorship from Momentum Early Learning, Froedert Health and Sussex IM along with additional support from Orion Group Frantl Industries, Landmark Credit Union and Pinelawn Memorial Park. 

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

 

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Hamilton NHS sponsors Food Drive for Sussex Food Pantry

 

Families and community members are invited to help Hamilton High School’s National Honor Society (NHS) contribute to the Sussex Food Pantry by bringing food items to Spring Fest – Better Together March 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. As an incentive, NHS members are offering raffle tickets to community members who bring in a food donation at Spring Fest.

 

Greatest needs at the food pantry are Hamburger Helper, canned pineapples, mandarin oranges, toiletries and size 4 and 5 diapers.

 

Look for NHS members March 5 and 6 at the Sussex Piggly Wiggly and Pick ‘n Save stores where they will be promoting their food drive.

 

Spring Fest — Better Together will be hosted March 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hamilton High School to provide a fun-filled gathering for families and community members. Informational booths, entertainment, health screenings, children’s activities and demonstrations are among the highlights of this event that is free and open to the public. The event is made possible because of major sponsorship from Momentum Early Learning, Froedert Health and Sussex IM along with additional support from Orion Group Frantl Industries, Landmark Credit Union and Pinelawn Memorial Park.

 

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

Hamilton students win awards in regional art contest

Hamilton High School art students earned five awards in the 2016 Scholastic Art Awards – Wisconsin Regional Competition and Exhibition. Students who earned awards were:

  • Mia Rogers, Gold Key for Black and White Photography;
  • Vanessa Winter, Silver Key for Drawing;
  • Emily Bader, Honorable Mention for Painting;
  • Alexis Fellenz, Honorable Mention for Ceramic and Glass; and
  • Emily Hentzell, Honorable Mention for Painting.

The Wisconsin Scholastic Art Awards program, which features outstanding works by students in grades 7–12, is the regional section of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards National Program conducted by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, Inc.

Students were recognized Feb. 6 at a private awards ceremony at the Milwaukee Art Museum. The Silver Key and Gold Key artwork will be exhibited through March 22 in the museum’s Schroeder Galleria. The Gold Key award-winners’ work will go on for national competition.

Kindergartners to celebrate literacy

Willow Springs Learning Center 4-year-old kindergartners will celebrate Feb. 25 the 16th annual Literacy Night at their school. Students and their families are invited to attend the activities from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The event will be an open house with three stations running continuously. An interactive story will be performed at 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Literacy Night is a fun-filled, interactive family night where students and families come back to school, pajamas optional, to play rhyming games, environmental print Bingo and become an author, as well as watch a special performance. Students will receive a special keepsake and create a take-home project as a remembrance.

Willow Springs is located at W220 N6660 Town Line Rd., Menomonee Falls.

Templeton students advance in National History Bee competition

Three Templeton Middle School students will advance to regional competition of the National History Bee. Students who will advance are Shiva Senthil, Kevin Phalphouvong and James Strasburg.

The students received the highest scores on the written schoolwide Intramural Bee that covered U.S., world and modern history topics. Next they completed an online competition and qualified to advance to the National History Regional Bee April 4 in Barrington, Ill.

 

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DECA recognizes Hamilton’s Charger Corner

Hamilton High School’s Charger Corner earned Gold recertification this year and will be recognized at the DECA International Career Development Conference in Nashville. Hamilton students who worked on attaining certification were store managers Miranda Gammon and Kayla Muckerheide with assistance from faculty advisor and marketing teacher Skip Hay. This is the ninth time Charger Corner has earned Gold certification.

School-based enterprises (SBE) are effective educational tools in helping to prepare students for the transition from school to work or college. DECA developed the SBE Certification Program to recognize outstanding achievement and motivate excellence and growth. The program provides enterprises with standards for model school store operation. A DECA review committee determines if a school store is certified with a bronze, silver or gold designation. The gold certification is the highest among three levels.

DECA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit student organization preparing its membership for careers in marketing, management, finance and hospitality. It has more than 215,000 members nationwide. Approximately 70 students are involved in Hamilton’s DECA Chapter.

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Forest Kindergarten takes off at Woodside

Woodside kindergarten teacher Peter Dargatz described the inaugural year of Forest Kindergarten. Dargatz takes his class of 22 5-year-olds outside each week, using nature as a guide for learning. The curriculum for his class is not different from regular kindergarten classes, he said, but instead of being inside a classroom, students learn concepts through their outdoor experiences.  Continue reading

Hamilton students chosen National Merit finalists

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Hamilton High School seniors Samantha Moore, Cassandra Zimdars and Yuchun Wang have been named finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Competition. High school students enter this competition by taking the Preliminary SAT (PSAT)/National Merit Scholarship qualifying test, which screens approximately 1.5 million entrants who are high school juniors.

Of the 1.5 million entrants, some 50,000 with the highest PSAT scores in critical reading, math and writing skills qualify for recognition. About 16,000 high-scorers are notified that they have qualified as semifinalists. They are the highest-scoring entrants in each state. About 15,000 of these students go on to become finalists. The selection of some 8,000 Merit Scholarship winners from the group of finalists is now in progress and will be announced in March.