Hamilton students earn State Honors

The Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) High School State Honors Music Project invited Hamilton High School students to participate in orchestra, band and choir. Students competed in a rigorous audition process with more than 1,600 auditions throughout the state.

Junior Chloe Simchick and sophomore Megan Jansett were selected for orchestra and band. Simchick and Jansett play the French horn. This is the fourth year Simchick earned this honor.

Choir students invited to participate in the State Honors Choir include:

  • Taylor Bui, treble choir;
  • Salvatore Calatola-Young, mixed choir alternate;
  • Kellie Kuehl, treble choir;
  • Jason Schlaman, mixed choir; and
  • Alaina Valuch, treble choir.

The Wisconsin State Honors Music Project offers talented youth the opportunity to rehearse and perform with nationally-known conductors. Students selected for the WSMA State Honors Music Project participate in an intensive four day summer camp in June and perform in Madison during late October as part of the Wisconsin State Music Conference.

Hamilton among top 100 schools for personal finance education

Hamilton High School is among the top 100 high schools in the country that teach personal finance based on results from the Financial Literacy Certification test. The national ranking was created by Working In Support of Education (w!se), which sponsors the test to empower students to take control of their financial futures.

Participating schools teach personal finance and administer w!se’s standardized certification test. Teachers have access to training, educational resources, pre-tests and online practice tests. Students who pass the test earn designation as Certified Financially Literate (CFL).

W!se is an educational nonprofit that provides education support services nationwide to build financial literacy, foster business and social entrepreneurship and prepare students for college and the global workplace. 

Hamilton student winner of Kohl scholarship

Hamilton High School senior Yuchun Wang was awarded the 2016 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Excellence Scholarship. Wang was recognized at a luncheon April 9 hosted by retired U.S. Senator Herb Kohl.

The Herb Kohl Excellence Scholarship recognizes students who have demonstrated academic potential, outstanding leadership, citizenship, community service, integrity and other special talents. Wang will receive a $5,000 scholarship to pursue post-secondary education.

Since 1990, the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation has awarded $10.2 million to Wisconsin students, teachers and schools. This year, Herb Kohl increased the scholarship amount from $3,000 to $5,000 per recipient.



Schools raise funds for heart association through activities

Students, staff and families in the Hamilton School District made significant contributions to support the American Heart Association this year through fitness activities that emphasize healthy living. Combined, schools raised $42,268.56 through Jump Rope for Heart, Hoops for Heart and Red Out Day activities.

As in past years, Lannon, Marcy and Woodside elementary school fitness education teachers coordinated their school’s participation in Jump Rope for Heart, a fundraising and physical activity program that teaches school-aged children how to keep fit and healthy, all while having fun and raising vital funds for heart disease research and education. Children learn physical activities like rope-jumping to help improve their strength, gain confidence, build stamina and extend their physical abilities in other activities.

For the 12th consecutive year Templeton Middle School hosted a “Red Out” spirit day during the school basketball tournament. Red T-shirts are purchased with proceeds going to the American Heart Association. In addition, an afterschool basketball tournament is held in which participant fees are donated. These events were also coordinated through by the school’s fitness education teachers.

Templeton chorus presents “Shrek the Musical, Jr.”

ShrekThe Templeton Middle School Eighth Grade Chorus will present “Shrek the Musical, Jr.” May 5 in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center (HFAC). The show begins at 7 p.m.

It’s a “big bright beautiful world” as everyone’s favorite ogre, Shrek, leads a cast of fairytale misfits on an adventure to rescue a princess and find true acceptance. Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, Shrek Jr. is an irreverently fun show based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film and Broadway musical.

Join the Templeton Eighth Grade Chorus, under the direction of Mrs. Jaye Mier, in this delightful theatrical event for the whole family that features fantastic future classics like “I Know It’s Today,” “Story of My Life” and “Freak Flag.”

General seating tickets are available online at www.hamiltonfineartscenter.com, by phone at (800) 838-3600, at the HFAC box office on Wednesdays from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. or at the door one hour prior to the show. Tickets are $5 each and children under 5 and senior citizens with Golden Agers passes are free.

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

Hamilton junior qualifies for national history competition

erin-magoon-rosie-riveter-webHamilton High School junior Erin Magoon qualified for national competition April 23 at the National History Day state competition in Madison. Because of her success at the state level, she will compete in June in Maryland. She also was awarded the American Labor Award for addressing a topic about the workforce.

Magoon spent months researching her topic, “We Can Do It: Exploration of Women’s Work During and After World War II,” including interviews and correspondence with women from around the country who worked during the war. She wrote a 10-minute skit that included the experiences of three women during the 1940s who were nicknamed Rosie the Riveter, the icon of a government campaign to recruit female workers to support the war efforts of Americans fighting overseas.

Magoon first competed in National History Day at Templeton Middle School. In order to participate at the high school level, Magoon worked independently with Hamilton social studies teacher Robert Pechanach. Magoon is the first Hamilton student to qualify for National History Day national competition.

Outstanding Hamilton seniors to be recognized May 25

Hamilton High School will recognize outstanding seniors May 25 at the Senior Scholarship Ceremony. This is a special night to recognize seniors for their accomplishments as outstanding scholars, athletes, actors and musicians. Students who win scholarships or other awards will be notified they should attend. Parents or students should inform the Guidance Office of outside scholarships received. Parents and other interested students also are encouraged to attend.

The ceremony, which will be held in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center, W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex, begins at 7 p.m. and concludes with refreshments in the lobby.

Any business or individuals interested in supporting the Hamilton High School Scholarship Program with a scholarship may contact David Johnson at (262) 246-6476 x1133.

Hamilton drama presents “Cinderella Enchanted”

Experience Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic tale of love as Hamilton High School Drama Department presents “Cinderella Enchanted” April 28 through May 1 at the Hamilton Fine Arts Center (HFAC). Shows are at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

“Cinderella Enchanted” is the musical classic love story about a prince and his princess. A timeless enchantment of the magical fairy tale that brings to life the character of Cinderella. Through the story, Cinderella meets her fairy godmother who helps Cinderella go to the ball and meet the prince. At the ball, Cinderella loses her glass slipper and returns after an enchanting night to her cottage and horrible, self-serving family. With the obstacles of Cinderella’s stepsisters and stepmother, Cinderella has one more chance to escape – the glass slipper she leave behind.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students under 18 years of age and senior citizens over age 60. They may be purchased 30 minutes prior to the show at the HFAC box office. Please note only cash and checks can be accepted at the ticket window. Tickets may also be purchased online at the HFAC website www.hamiltonfineartscenter.com. The Hamilton Fine Arts Center is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex.

Otto chosen as high school associate principal

MarkOttoHamilton School Board appointed Mark Otto as the new Hamilton High School associate principal at its April 18 meeting. Otto, who has been the associate principal at Greendale High School since 2012, will begin his new post effective July 1. He replaces Pete Ferge, who resigned.

“Mr. Otto is an outstanding educator whose focus on collaboration, communication and relationship-building will be assets to our school,” said Hamilton Principal Candis Mongan. “We look forward to having him join the Hamilton team.”

In his new role, Otto will coordinate extended learning opportunities for students, including School-to-Work programs such as Youth Apprenticeships and co-op opportunities. He will also supervise several departments, standardized testing, student attendance and disciplinary matters.

Otto began his education career in 2006 at HOPE Christian High School where he was a social studies teacher and athletic director. He also facilitated seminars for new teachers at Cardinal Stritch University for two years. He earned his bachelor’s degree in social studies and political science education in 2006 from Wisconsin Lutheran College and his master’s degree in educational leadership in 2012 from Cardinal Stritch University.

Hamilton High School serves 1,477 students in grades 9-12 and is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Road., Sussex.

April 18, 2016

Budget is down 3.33%

Hamilton School Board members took their first official look at the 2016-17 budget at their regular meeting. The budget totals $54.05 million, which is 3.33 percent less than the current budget. The decrease occurred because in 2015-16 the district’s expenses included use of fund balance revenue beyond the operational budget to pay for a 10-classroom addition at the high school. Continue reading