Templeton bands to perform holiday concerts

Templeton Middle School bands will perform three holiday concerts in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center (HFAC). The concerts, which are free and open to the public, begin at 7 p.m. and will be held on:Events

  • Dec. 6 – grade 6 with Jazz Band;
  • Dec. 7 – grade 7; and
  • Dec. 20 – grade 8.

“The concerts are a culmination of more than three months of rehearsals and practices in which the bands have shown tremendous growth,” said Templeton Band Director David Neubauer. “The Templeton bands are eager to share their holiday concerts with the community.”

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

Hamilton students perform in State Honors Project

Hamilton High School senior Chloe Simchick and junior Megan Jansett performed Oct. 27 in the Wisconsin School Music AssociationHHS-sign-Home-Of-Chargers (WSMA) High School State Honors Orchestra and Band concert respectively held in the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison.

The orchestra was under the direction of internationally renowned conductor Nobuyoshi Yasuda from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and the band under the direction of Dr. Russ Mikkelson of Ohio State University.

Simchick and Jansett were among approximately 426 students chosen to participate from more than 1,600 auditions throughout the state. Simchick has been selected for the State Honors Band five times including twice at the middle school level.

The Wisconsin State Honors Project offers talented youth the opportunity to rehearse and perform in Honors Band, Orchestra, Choir and Jazz Ensemble.

November 21, 2016

District addresses achievement gap

Hamilton School Board members took a closer look at data showing achievement gaps between majority students and those in the categories of minority, low economic status, special education and English language learners. While Hamilton fares better than other districts in many areas, academic gaps still exist. The district’s Strategic Plan has prioritized closing the achievement gap since 2008.

Data presented in a “Closing the Achievement Gap Report” from Human Resources Director John Roubik and Instructional Services Supervisor Katie Little, Ph.D., identified achievement gaps using various assessments. Key results included:

  • Compared to the state, the Hamilton School District has a lower percentage of students who are minorities (16.8 percent in Hamilton vs. 28.8 percent in Wisconsin), low socio-economic status (14.2 vs. 39.5 percent), special education (9.1 vs. 13.7 percent) and English language learners (1.4 vs. 5.4 percent).
  • While the district’s performance on state assessments is higher than the state, the gap between majority students and other subgroups is higher than the state average.
  • Hamilton’s ACT scores for all subgroups are higher than state averages, but large discrepancies are seen between most of the subgroups and their peers.
  • On Advanced Placement course testing, the district is closing the gap among minority and low socio-economic students, but special education and ELL students are under-represented or not represented at all.

Roubik and Little presented ways the district supports high quality instruction and assessment practices to ensure success for all students. Among the initiatives are participation in a consortium with other southeastern Wisconsin school districts, use of literacy software with English language learners, Title I services allocated for direct instruction at targeted schools, school site plans using building-level student data to differentiate instruction and determine intervention needed for students with large gaps, interventions matched with students to ensure greatest academic gains, interventionists who regularly meet to discuss effectiveness of current interventions and expand district options, software to monitor student progress on identified interventions, use of learner profiles to personalize instruction and professional development opportunities for staff to focus on designing strategies and learning environments to meet the needs of all learners. In addition, numerous interventions and programs are offered at the school level.

Budget timeline approved

The School Board approved a timeline that set in motion the process for 2017-18 budget. Among the significant dates of the budget timeline are:

  • Open Faculty and Staff Forum – Dec. 6 at 3:45 p.m. in the high school library;
  • Administrators complete and submit budgets for their schools and areas – Feb. 10;
  • Opportunity for community input to the budget – March 20 and April 24 at 7:30 p.m. at School Board meeting;
  • School Board approval of final budget draft – May 15 at 7:30 p.m. at School Board meeting; and
  • Annual Meeting – June 19 at approximately 7:30 p.m. – immediately following Annual Public Hearing.

McMillan reports on technology initiatives

District Information Technology Manager Ryan McMillan updated the School Board on recently completed information technology updates, upgrades and implementation. His written report informed the School Board about the focus of activities IT staff have worked that included:

  • investigating and gathering information to advance the Strategic Plan tactic of increasing access to technology;
  • integrating Infinite Campus system with the state Department of Public Instruction to streamline reporting and meet state requirements and updating the online registration system;
  • implementing software to streamline the process of managing user authentication and authorization from Infinite Campus to Active Directory-Google Apps for Education;
  • adding wireless networks in all schools;
  • testing Windows 10 in high school business lab for rollout across the district;
  • facilitating the numerous online tests including ACT Aspire, Forward Exam, Measures of Academic Progress and others;
  • replacing and installing more than 500 desktop, laptop and Chromebook computers as part of the district’s computer rotation cycle; and
  • resolving more than 4,000 HelpDesk trouble tickets from staff.

Cocurricular activities report given

High school students participated in 25 interscholastic sports, 60 teams and 43 student activities in 2015-16. Combined, 86 coaches and 61 activity advisors were employed to lead these opportunities for students, according to a report given by Hamilton Athletic-Activities Director Mike Gosz.

New during the year was the development and use of additional softball, baseball and youth soccer fields, thanks to the financial support from the family that owns Halquist Stone Company.

The high school continued implementation of the Charger Way Character Matters program for all student athletes.

Gosz said future projects could include working with the athletic booster club to construct a new concession stand on Grove Field when fundraising targets are met, replacing the existing backstop and adding netting to the baseball field and exploring other sports facility projects including replacement of fencing, softball field scoreboard, baseball field turf and tennis and track relining. Hamilton will continue to review athletic and activity offerings to meet the requests of families and monitor athlete specialization and off-season programs.

Personnel action

In personnel action, the School Board

  • approved hiring of four associate kitchen empoyees, Heidi Hopfinger at Marcy, Renee Brosig at Templeton, and Karen Figarino and Julia Savatski at Woodside;
  • appointed April Elsesser as a Templeton special services paraprofessional; and
  • authorized hiring an additional part-time staff member at Lannon to address increased class size.

Hamilton among highest performing districts on Wisconsin School Report Card

Wisconsin School Report Card data were released Nov. 17, and the Hamilton School District’s performance once again was among the highest in the state. Hamilton was the highest rated school district in Waukesha County and was in the top 3 percent among Wisconsin’s 367 K-12 school districts.

School Report Cards are based on four priority areas: student achievement in English language arts and mathematics; student growth; closing gaps between student populations; and measures of readiness for graduation and postsecondary success. Using all these measures, Hamilton ranked 10th among 367 Wisconsin school districts and was one of only 36 district to earn the top designation of “significantly exceeds” expectations for performance.

Hamilton’s student achievement scores were most impressive. Among the 367 K-12 school districts in the state, Hamilton:

  • tied for third highest mathematics score;
  • had the fourth highest overall student achievement score; and
  • was fifth highest in reading and language arts results.

The 2015-16 report cards underwent major changes from previous ones that include variable weighting to address the impact of poverty on student achievement, a new model for measuring student growth and implementation of a new state-standardized test.

In addition to the district earning the highest designation possible, Lannon, Maple Avenue, Marcy and Woodside elementary schools and Templeton Middle School also earned “significantly exceeds expectations” at the school level. Hamilton High School earned an “exceeds expectations” rating.

“We have ambitious goals identified through our Strategic Plan that puts student learning and achievement as our top priority,” said Hamilton Superintendent Paul Mielke, Ph.D. “These results confirm that we have talented, hard-working staff members who are helping students reach their potential every day.”

“We are fortunate that our families and community have high expectations and support an excellent educational environment for students,” Mielke said. “It is through a rigorous curriculum and high quality instruction in combination with the dedication and hard work of our students that these results are possible.”

Wisconsin implemented a new educational accountability system four years ago with more rigorous benchmarks and a new way to report school progress. Each public school now has a School Report Card that lets people know how well it is preparing students for their futures. Because of strategic planning efforts and a track record of focusing on student achievement, schools in the Hamilton School District earned positive ratings under the new system.

The overall accountability score rates schools on a scale of 0 to 100 and places them in one of five categories: significantly exceeds expectations (83-100), exceeds expectations (73-82.9), meets expectations (63-72.9), meets few expectations (53-62.9) and fails to meet expectations (52.9 and below). Each Hamilton school was rated as “exceeds expectations” or “significantly exceeds expectations.”

Hamilton School District 2015-16 School Report Card data


Among Waukesha County K-12 school districts, Hamilton was:

  • first for the overall accountability score;
  • first for overall student achievement;
  • first for reading and language arts achievement;
  • tied for first for mathematics achievement.

Hamilton announces October students of the month

Hamilton High School students representing 11 curriculum areas were selected as students of the month for October. They are:







  • Aidan Reimer, applied engineering and technology;
  • Emily Hentzell, art;
  • Mackenzie Jene, business education;
  • Maria Barnes and Jada Greer, communication arts;
  • Lauren Leonardi, family and consumer sciences;
  • Garret Staab, fitness education;
  • Madison Adams, mathematics;
  • Jason Schlaman, music;
  • Alex Menzia, science;
  • Mallory Remm, social studies; and
  • Danielle Rhodes, world languages.

Students received a certificate and a pin for their accomplishment.

Templeton students travel to Washington, D.C.

An extended trip to Washington, D.C. Oct. 21-23 left 20 Templeton Middle School students and two teachers with unforgettable experiences.TMS-Einstein-Web

The school group visited Mount Vernon, U.S. Capitol, Library of Congress, National Archives, Ford’s Theater, Holocaust Museum, several Smithsonian museums including the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Arlington Cemetery, U. S. Supreme Court and many of the war memorials, including the Lincoln, Jefferson, Martin Luther King, Jr., Roosevelt, Korean, Vietnam and Iwo Jima.

The eighth grade students participating in the field trip included: Grace Butscher, Adriana Clark, Andrew Dow, Sonia Estrada, Margaret Flynn, Mackenzie Hietpas, Jenna Holler, Leah Jurgenson, Isaiaha Latimer, Abigale Lemke, Thy Nguyen, Maggie Olejnik, Grace Pagel, Elizabeth Prell, Arushi Ranasaria, Isabella Sanchez, Isabelle Stefanovich, McKinley Towne, Benjamin Wieseckel and Nadia Yakich. The teacher chaperones were Alan Schneider and Rhonda Watton.

Students to perform at Middle School Honors Band Festival

Seven Templeton Middle School students were nominated and selected to participate in the 50th annual University of Wisconsin (UW)-Milwaukee Middle School UWM-Honors-Band-Festival-WebHonors Band Festival. The students are eighth-graders Ella Chevalier, Jacob Hubred, Ian Markano, Mia Traverse, Ashley Velasquez; and seventh-graders Sarah Kidd and Conner Simchick. Students were selected from more than 600 nominations statewide.

The festival provides the region’s most motivated and accomplished middle school instrumentalists an opportunity to work together and with nationally-known conductors. Students will participate Nov. 18-20 in master classes with UW-Milwaukee Department of Music performance faculty and hear performances by UW-Milwaukee ensembles. A final concert will be held in the Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts.

Dec. 3 at 5 p.m.: Fun for all at Charger Challenge: Holiday Lights

Sign up now for Charger Challenge: Holiday Lights, an event that benefits the Hamilton Education Foundation. The event will begin at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3 on the grounds of Hamilton High School. With a new later start time, families will enjoy beautiful holiday lights and exciting stations like Mistletoe Mile, Gingerbread House and Candy Cane Lane along the run. Back by popular demand is the one-mile Buddy Run for younger kids who will be escorted by a Hamilton High School student so that their parents can enjoy the 5K run.Challenge-Banner-Web

After the race, the fun continues in the Hamilton Athletic Center with reindeer games, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, cookies and showing of the movie “Elf.” Adults will be able to get a jump on holiday shopping and purchase gifts and food items. Coffee, hot chocolate and Chick-fil-A refreshments will be offered. Vendors will offer Rodan and Fields Skin Care; infinity scarves; Grace and Heart Jewelry; Thirty One Bags; Exceptional Inc. greeting cards; glass and ceramic ornaments and art gifts; Lula Roe leggings, skirts, shirts and dresses; Hamilton spirit wear, hats, sweatshirts, hoodies, lanyards and window clings and Pure Haven products for the home and personal care. The Hamilton Education Foundation also will have a booth.

Charger Challenge: Holiday Lights is open to all athletic abilities, and families are welcome. To register online, please go to www.active.com and enter “Charger Challenge” in the search box. Fees are $30 for the 5K run and $20 for the one-mile Buddy Run for children. Paid participants who register by Nov. 18 will receive a black cotton, long-sleeved glow-in-the-dark T-shirt. Onsite registration is available but T-shirts are not guaranteed.
Questions about donating, volunteering or supporting the event? Email event organizers at Hefchargerchallenge@yahoo.com.

Charger Challenge: Holiday Lights is one of only two major HEF fundraisers this year. Established in 1991 by friends of the Hamilton school community, the Foundation and its supporters generate funding and other resources to enhance, extend and enrich the educational opportunities of Hamilton School District students. It is governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees and operates independently from the Hamilton School Board.

HEF takes great pride in providing Hamilton students and educators with tools needed in a fast-paced, ever-changing world. It has provided funding for SMART boards, digital cameras, e-readers and many educational programs and workshops. To learn more about how HEF has made a difference in the Hamilton School District, visit the HEF on the web at www.hamiltoneducationfoundation.org.

HFAC celebrates music icons McCartney, Elvis, Blues Brothers

The 2016-17 Hamilton Fine Arts Center (HFAC) performing arts season celebrates the music of some of the greatest icons in music history, including Paul McCartney, Elvis Presley, the Blues Brothers and more.

The McCartney Years, featuring the Hamilton High School Choir
Thurs., Nov. 17 at 7 p.m.
Enjoy this international touring production recreating McCartney’s music in a three-hour concert and light show. Note-for-note, the harmonies and riffs of every song are played live and to the standard set by McCartney himself in the early 1970s. Songs include hits “Hey Jude,” “Jet,” “Let It Be,” “Band On The Run,” “The Long And Winding Road,” “Live And Let Die,” “Lady Madonna” and many more. This performance features the Hamilton High School Choir, directed by Marilyn Mascetti. Reserved seating tickets are $25. Group rates are available. Add $5 for all tickets purchased on day of the show.

Tony Rocker and the Comeback Special Celebrates the Holidays
Sat., Dec. 3 at 7 p.m.
Award-winning music artist Tony Rocker and the Comeback Special is back by popular demand just in time to celebrate the holidays and perform your favorite Elvis tunes and holiday favorites. From the painfully detailed replicated costumes to the vocal precision and popular swagger, Tony offers a fantastically fun evening celebrating the King. Reserved seating tickets are $25. Group are rates available. Add $5 for all tickets purchased on day of the show.

Blues Brothers Revue featuring the Hamilton High School Jazz Band
Fri., April 7, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Sanctioned by Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi to don the official hat and sunglasses and walk in the legendary footsteps of Jake and Elwood Blues, Catnia and Lafferty capture the infectious humor and unbridled spirit of the Blues Brothers. Backed by a powerhouse band, they’ll give you a show to remember featuring “Soul Man,” “Rubber Biscuit,” “Sweet Home Chicago” and more. Reserved seating tickets are $25. Group rates are available. Add $5 for all tickets purchased on day of the show.

Don’t miss other exciting events:

Hamilton High School presents, “Harvey”
Thur.–Sat., Nov. 10-12 at 7 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 13 at 2 p.m.
“Harvey” is a 1944 Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Mary Chase. The story follows Elwood P. Dowd, a man who maintains a close friendship with Harvey, a six-foot, three-and-one-half-inch tall invisible white rabbit. Elwood introduces his friend to everyone, much to the chagrin of his sister. In order to save the family’s reputation, Elwood’s sister takes him to the local sanatorium. Chaos ensues when the young handsome doctor mistakenly commits Elwood’s anxiety-ridden sister, and Elwood and Harvey escape. Come see the family-friendly laugh-out-loud play “Harvey,” presented by the Hamilton High School Drama Club. General seating tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for senior citizens (age 60+) and students under age 18.

Menomonee Falls Symphony Orchestra presents, “Christmas at the Movies”
Sun., Dec. 11 at 3 p.m.
“Christmas at the Movies” features your favorite music of holiday films including “The Polar Express,” “White Christmas” and “Walking in the Air.” General seating tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for senior citizens (age 65+) and $6 for students under age 18.

Templeton Middle School presents, “The Lion King, Jr.”
Thur., April 6 at 7 p.m.
The African savannah is coming to life on the stage of the Hamilton Fine Arts Center with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle and back again in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale. Join the Templeton Middle School Eighth Grade Chorus, under the direction of Jaye Mier, in this delightful theatrical event for the whole family that features classics like “Hakuna Matata,” “I Just Can’t Wait to be King” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from the musical team of Elton John and Tim Rice. General seating tickets are $7 and free for children under age 5 and Golden Agers Pass holders.

Menomonee Falls Symphony Orchestra presents, “Dramatic Scores of the Masters”
Sat., April 22 at 7:30 p.m.
This performance will proudly showcase the first and second place winners of the young artist competition, Manuel Landin and Alexander Zhu. Orchestral repertoire includes Barber’s famous “Adagio for Strings” and dramatic treats by Aaron Copland. General seating tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for senior citizens (age 65+) and $6 for students under age 18.

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

Five Hamilton golfers named Academic All-State

Hamilton High School female golfers Ashley Johnson, Hallie Anton, Brenna Kelbel, Julia Nolde and Kirsten Leonardi were named to the Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin (GCAW) Academic All-State list.golf

GCAW member coaches nominated student golfers who have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25, participate in at least 75 percent of their team’s varsity matches and are at least a sophomore in high school.

“These girls are student-athletes who serve as a great example to others, proving that academic and athletic successes are not mutually exclusive,” wrote Academic All-State Committee Chairman Bob Sullivan.

“The Hamilton students were among 323 girls from 93 high schools honored this year for maintaining high academic standards in the classroom while competing in varsity golf,” wrote Sullivan. “In fact, the average cumulative GPA of this year’s honorees is an exceptional 3.79.”

The GCAW was formed by high school golf coaches in 1986 to help build Wisconsin’s reputation for developing quality junior players by promoting golf in our schools and communities. Besides honoring both boys and girls who succeed as student athletes, the association also selects an annual All-State team for boys and girls based on their playing ability.