Hamilton students named GMC Scholar Athletes

The Greater Metro Conference has named the following Hamilton High School students Fall 2016-17 Scholar Athletes:HHS-sign-Home-Of-Chargers

  • Benjamin Heberer, Jacob Lehner and Seth Narr – soccer;
  • Victoria Johnstone and Elizabeth Sumiec – volleyball
  • Jonathan Thompson, Jordan Smith, Ryan Hubbell, Nicholas Mirasola, Jacob Kessenich, Nicholas Trawicki, Andrew Gwinn, Joseph Bolda, Jesse Fryda, Colton Heisdorf, Evan Laskowski, Calvin Dassow and Cole Roepke – football;
  • Brianna Peltier – girls swimming and diving; and
  • Alyssa Schmucker, Jessica Anton, Melissa Schweigert, Melina Murtos, Rhea Last, Alexandra Banda, Sarah Chartrand and Kaylee Kuehn – girls tennis.

Student-athletes have earned a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average and have senior standing.

Hamilton schools contribute to community during holidays

Hamilton School District students, staff and families showed appreciation for the needs of others during the holidays by contributing to charitable organizations and extending acts of kindness within the community and beyond. Following is a summary of activities at each school.

Willow Springs Learning Center

Willow Springs Learning Center four-year-old kindergartners and their families contributed generously to Sussex Outreach Services (SOS) this holiday season. Families and staff collected more than 300 gifts, and students hand-delivered them as a group to St. James Catholic Church where they sang songs before returning to school. In addition, Willow Springs staff members made a financial donation. The toys and gifts will be distributed within the local community.

Lannon Elementary School

Lannon Elementary School students, families and staff members collected 265 food items and paper products, 227 new items of clothing and toys and 239 gently used toys and clothing – all donated to the SOS food pantry. New clothing items included 80 pairs of socks, 13 pairs of underwear, 50 pairs of mittens, 55 hats, three pairs of boots, three blankets, eight tops and bottoms, and 15 new toys.

Lannon staff sponsored a Sussex area family of four for Christmas and generously donated toys, books, bedding, coats, grocery gift cards and several household items to help them this holiday season.

Students decorated 328 paper grocery bags donated by Sussex Piggly Wiggly to be used at the Sussex Food Pantry Christmas dinner distribution.

Maple Avenue Elementary School

maplefooddrivewebMaple Avenue fifth grade students, through their Uniting Kids and Community (UKC) program, sponsored a food drive. Maple Avenue students collected more than 300 non-perishable healthy foods and snacks to be donated to the Sussex Food Pantry.

Maple Avenue buddy classes in first and third grades earned money by doing extra work at home. They raised $500 to purchase 125 books for all ages and reading levels that families could enjoy during the holiday season. All books were donated to SOS. maplebooksweb

Maple Avenue kindergarten students in Mary Kuriga’s class performed random acts of kindness in December including decorating school hallways and the principal’s office, delivering candy canes and leaving holiday bookmarks in library books among others.

Christina Garley’s fifth-grade classroom is collecting money for a charitable organization as part of its “Buck a Book” program.

Marcy Elementary School

Marcy students collected more than $2,500 for the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight which will fund flights for five veterans.

Kindergarten classes donated more than 600 items to the Sussex Food Pantry. The items were collected as a part of a holiday food drive.

First grade students participated in “Red Nose Day” raising money to help fight children’s poverty in America and across the world.

Second grade classes collected items for the Humane Society and the Ronald McDonald House.

Third grade classes are planning a later donation the Ronald McDonald House.

Fourth grade classes donated candy and wrote cards to kids at Children’s Hospital. The classes also wrote letters to soldiers.

Fifth grade classes participated in a book and backpack drive for a Waukesha school.

Woodside Elementary School

With the help of a third grade parent and the Back the Blue organization, technology class students created 640 beautiful thank you and holiday cards to spread cheer to local law enforcement officers and to thank them for all they do to keep our community safe.

Kindergartners in Peter Dargatz’s class collected “Dargatz Dollars” for classroom tasks in their “wants and needs” unit. Dollars are turned in for items the students wanted and donated to patients in need at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Students and families also signed a giving contract and gave up one holiday want to donate to those in need. The kindergartners will be leading an all-school Children’s Hospital fundraiser in January.

Kindergarten classes delivered gifts for 75 residents at Serenity Village, an assisted living residence in Slinger. As part of the Kindergarten Service Project, students and their families signed up to provide gifts for individuals at the facility. The gifts were distributed at the residents’ holiday party.

Woodside first grade and third grade families brought donations for the Sussex Food Pantry to their holiday music performances.

The fifth grade Students of Service Club made and sold ornaments, fun-shaped crayons and buttons to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). They made $110 which will be presented to JDRF at the end of December.
turkey-tub-1-webWoodside families and staff members collected more than $2,000 before Thanksgiving to create turkey tubs filled with groceries for families in need in Milwaukee’s Notre Dame Middle School community. Woodside students were asked to donate money they earned by doing chores at home. Parent volunteers shopped for groceries to build the tubs. Items included a frozen turkey, bag of stuffing, jar of gravy, sweet potatoes, fresh vegetables, bread, canned cranberries, a fresh pie, beverages, appetizers such as crackers and nuts, along with an aluminum roasting pan. All of the items were put into 31 large sturdy tubs and delivered to families.

Templeton Middle School

Templeton employees donated money to be able to wear jeans to school Dec.16. A total of $153 was raised for the Sussex Food Pantry.

Student Council collected pajamas for the Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive through Scholastic Reading Program. Scholastic will pair the 141 pairs of pajamas collected with a book to give to children in need.

Hamilton High School

Spanish Club adopted two Hispanic families with six children total through the Christmas Clearing Council of Waukesha County. Students in all Spanish classes donated money to purchase gifts for the families including winter jackets, clothing, toys, books and gift cards. Spanish Club members wrapped the gifts and the officers delivered them to the families.

Hamilton Cantabile and Concert Choirs spread cheer by caroling at the Best Buddies Holiday Cookie Party, the Power Test Company tree-lighting ceremony, Milwaukee’s Third Ward tree-lighting ceremony and Hamilton Education Foundation Charger Challenge: Holiday Edition.

German Club St. Martin’s Day Clothing Drive: To help people who are less fortunate and in the spirit of the German St. Martin’s Day tradition, the Hamilton German Club collected 275 articles of clothing, jackets and shoes. Items were donated to Red Door Clothes to be distributed to Waukesha families in need.

German Club also hosted a clubwide coin drive. A total of $350 was collected and used to sponsor five children through Christmas Clearing Council of Waukesha County. German Club members shopped, wrapped and delivered gifts to the families. Gifts included snow pants, gloves, hats, socks, clothes and toys.

Club Action raised funds at its annual Rock Fest held at Sussex Bowl to benefit a Templeton Middle School teacher battling cancer and Kiva.org which connects people in poverty with charitable lenders to sustain small business ventures. Students also visited Growing Power and, in doing so, helped support its mission. Club Action continued its school supply collection to benefit Hope Center of Waukesha. Club members also sold apple cider at Charger Challenge with all proceeds going to the event’s toy drive which benefited SOS.

Hamilton School Student Council adopted two children through the Christmas Clearing Council of Waukesha County. Student Council members joined together to shop and wrap the gifts. Student Council also completed a Spirit of Giving initiative in the school and the community. Students from all four grade levels were randomly selected to receive a $10 gift card and members distributed holiday cards that contained a gift card to members of the community.

Hamilton DECA members shopped for holiday presents for the first grade class at Gaenslen Elementary School in Milwaukee. First-graders at Gaenslen completed “All About Me” forms and Hamilton DECA members provided gift bags with at least one nice toy and other inexpensive gifts to these students. Gaenslen Elementary is located in a Milwaukee neighborhood that has one of the lowest household incomes in the state. Several of the first grade students are homeless. In addition to delivering presents, Hamilton DECA took cookies and juice. Hamilton students spent the afternoon of December 14 reading books, putting together new toys and playing with the children for whom they shopped. This has become an annual event for Hamilton DECA and is always a heart-warming experience for the students who participate. The advisor and 33 students made the trip.

National Honor Society (NHS) held a community blood drive serving the Blood Center of Wisconsin. More 90 people donated — enough to save 268 lives. Members also hosted food drives to benefit SOS the week before Thanksgiving, producing more than 3,000 pounds of food and $2,079 in donations. NHS sponsored two families and six children through the Christmas Clearing Council of Waukesha County and donated 58 gifts collectively. NHS members assisted at the YMCA Breakfast with Santa and Hamilton Education Foundation Charger Challenge: Holiday Edition.

Charger Robotics Team 537 holds monthly drives for nonperishable food and personal care items to support SOS. This fall the team helped SOS move into its new facility at the Sussex Civic Center.

Offices A, B, C, and Publications – High school staff members adopted one family providing them with many items to brighten their holidays including wrapped gifts of toys, games, clothing, personal items, household goods and gift cards.

District staff members

Staff members throughout the district adopted families in lieu of exchanging gifts with one another. They provided wrapped gifts of toys, games, clothing, food, personal items, household goods and gift certificates for numerous families in need of support.

Kindergarten registration begins Jan. 24

Kindergarten registration for children who will attend the Hamilton School District in the 2017-18 school year will begin Jan. 24.kindergarten-registration

Several kindergarten options exist for 4- and 5-year-olds. An optional half-day program for 4-year-olds is available to children who turn four on or before Sept. 1, 2017.

Families whose children are currently enrolled in the Willow Springs 4K program are already registered in the district and do not need to register again.

Students who are new to the district must be registered online. New families should go to the district website at www.hamilton.k12.wi.us and choose the “New to district” button. Families with other children already enrolled in the district may log into their Infinite Campus parent portal and click on “2017-18 New Student Registration.” Computers will be available at the schools during registration hours for families who do not have Internet access.

After online registration, parents with kindergartners who will be new to the district – including families who have other children already enrolled in the district – complete the registration process by bringing the child’s original birth certificate, immunization record and proof of residency to the school where the child will attend in the 2017-18 school year. The 4K program is offered at Willow Springs Learning Center and the K5 program is at each of the neighborhood elementary schools in the district.

Following is contact information and times when schools will accept documents to complete the registration process:

  • Willow Springs Learning Center – W220 N6660 Town Line Rd., Menomonee Falls (262) 255-6190
    Jan. 24-26, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., extended hours until 5 p.m. on Jan. 24 and 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 25
  • Lannon Elementary – 7145 N. Lannon Rd., Lannon (262) 255-6106
    Jan 24-26, 9:30 – 11 a.m. and 1:30 – 3 p.m.; 4-6 p.m. on Jan. 25
  • Maple Avenue Elementary – W240 N6059 Maple Ave., Sussex (262) 246-4220
    Jan 24-26, 9 – 11 a.m. and 1 – 3 p.m.; 4-6 p.m. on Jan. 25
  • Marcy Elementary – W180 N4851 Marcy Rd., Menomonee Falls (262) 781-8283
    Jan 24-26, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; 4-6 p.m. on Jan. 25
  • Woodside Elementary – W236 N7465 Woodside Rd., Sussex (262) 820-1530
    Jan 24-26, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.; 4-6 p.m. on Jan. 25

December 19, 2016

Committee to form to study facilities

The Hamilton School Board voted to convene a Facilities Advisory Committee in 2017 to review enrollment projections and facility space use throughout the district. Similar committees have been formed in the past — resulting in recommendations to add on to existing school buildings or construct new facilities.growth

The committee will begin meeting in January with a goal to present its findings and a recommendation to the School Board next spring.

The committee is expected to have broad community representation including parents, senior citizens, community members, business people, staff and administration. School Board members will be invited to listen to discussion at the meetings.

The School Board gave approval to formation of the committee following a presentation from Business Services Assistant Superintendent Bryan Ruud and Human Resources Director John Roubik. They highlighted enrollment projections, anticipated residential growth and current available space in existing schools. They concluded that the district will likely see significant residential growth in the next five years, and schools are being used near capacity.

The committee is expected to recommend a plan that will offer the best educational grade level configuration, create space for future growth at all levels and make good use of taxpayers’ money.

Ruud and Roubik described two building options that could address space needs throughout the district. Both involve building another middle school and transferring fifth-graders from the elementary schools to the middle school level.

  • One possible solution would be to build a new middle school to house grades 5 and 6, with Templeton used for grades 7 and 8.
  • The other option would have both Templeton and a new school each serve grades 5-8.

In addition, the district would like to provide new or remodeled space for the high school’s applied engineering and technology program.

Per-pupil allocations to drop for budget planning

As schools begin the budget process for the 2017-18 school year, they will do so with a somewhat more positive scenario than last year. The district is expecting an increase of 25 full-time equivalency students. The parameters schools have been given as they budget for next year are:

  • General school allocation will decrease by $9 per student at the elementary level and middle school and $10 at the high school;
  • The library allocation will increase $5 per student; and
  • Capital outlay per-pupil allocations will drop by $6 at the elementary level, $5 at the middle and high schools.

Last year anticipated school allocations dropped $13-32 per pupil, library allocations dropped $5 per student and capital allocations dropped $3-5 per students for an overall 12.2 percent allocation drop. The coming year’s overall allocation drop is expected to be 5.36 percent.

Tentative agreement ratified with ULE

The School Board ratified a tentative agreement reached with United Lakewood Educators, which represents district teachers. The agreement provides each teacher with a 0.12 percent base salary increase from 2015-16, retroactive to the beginning of the 2016-17 school year. The number is determined by the state based on the Consumer Price Index. The increase does not apply to teachers on a replacement contract or a plan of assistance. The teacher ratification vote is expected to occur this week.

Personnel business

In personnel news, the School Board:

  • granted the retirement requests of Templeton business education teacher Judith Schatz, Templeton grade 8 teacher Suzanne Lorenz and Willow Springs speech pathologist Barbara Michalak, all effective at the end of the 2016-17 school year;
  • accepted the resignation of Templeton associate kitchen employee Renee Brosig, effective Dec. 7; and
  • appointed Erica Kochanski as a part-time Marcy special services paraprofessional, Marissa Weber as a part-time Lannon instructional paraprofessional and Barbara Black as a part-time Templeton associate kitchen employee.

Hamilton students earn Microsoft certification

More than 20 Hamilton High School students in Toni Hillmann’s computer application classes completed rigorous technical training and earned Microsoft Office Specialist certification. The students completed the “Productivity” strand of the Microsoft Imagine Academy program. No other Wisconsin high school has had more students certified than Hamilton.HHS-sign-Home-Of-Chargers

Hamilton began participating this summer in Microsoft Imagine Academy, a nationwide program that allows schools to offer fundamental technology skills training and rigorous technical courses for students who are interested in pursuing a career in information technology after graduation. Microsoft provided a grant that allowed Hamilton to participate in the program.

The following students received Microsoft Office Specialist Certification: Abigail Frick, Alexander Teerlinck, Alexis Zuehlke, Andrew Zeiler, Benjamin Gumina, Cameron Nisenbaum, Cyncere Howard, Erin McCormick, Ethan Milbrath, Haylee Kraker, Jessica Bagley, Jordyn Jeffers, Karlee Hockerman, Kaylee Tringali, Lauren Slavic, Lucas Dallesasse, Nicholas Gierach, Nicholas Klemm, Nicole Downs, Nikhith Sanjay, Peyton Boelk and Sean Seraphine,

Hamilton announces November students of the month

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


  • Ryan Ciolkosz, applied engineering and technology;
  • Sarah Ludin, art;
  • Emma Woelfel, business education;
  • Abigail Farrell and Seth Kehring, communication arts;
  • Abigail Meihsner, family and consumer sciences;
  • Chloe Miller, fitness education;
  • Molly Flynn, mathematics;
  • Sarah Sankey, music;
  • Erin Passow, science;
  • Gitono Rossi, social studies; and
  • Molly Hubred, world languages.

Students received a certificate and a pin for their accomplishment.

Community invited to Dec. 14 holiday concert

The public is invited to attend a free Winter Holiday Concert Dec. 14 Eventsat 1 p.m. in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center (HFAC).

A total of 250 students who are members of Hamilton High School choirs and Templeton Middle School Eighth Grade Chorus will perform traditional holiday and winter-themed music. This event is an annual holiday tradition for senior citizens and community members.

Directors are Jaye Mier, Templeton chorus; and Marilyn Mascitti and Megan Menzel, Hamilton choirs. The HFAC is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex.

December 6, 2016

2017-18 calendar approved

Hamilton School Board members approved the 2017-18 school year calendar that administrators recommended. District instructional leaders and officers of home and schools, parent-teacher organizations and parent advisory groups provided feedback as the calendar was being developed. Two particular areas were in question – the first day of school and whether to have half or full days for professional development.

State law does not allow Wisconsin public schools to start before Sept. 1 which falls on the Friday before Labor Day in 2017. If classes began Sept. 1, students would attend school one day before getting three days off for the holiday weekend. Human Resources and Organizational Development Director John Roubik said staff and parent consensus was to start school Sept. 5, the Tuesday after Labor Day.

Also nearly unanimous was the preference to replace four half-day early releases in favor of two full days for professional development during the year. Roubik said even with the changes, students will have the same number of instructional minutes and staff will have the same professional development time as in the past.

Other key dates in 2017-18 are:

  • Nov. 22, 23, 24 – break before and after and holiday on Thanksgiving Day;
  • Dec. 23-Jan. 1 – winter break;
  • March 30-April 8 – spring break;
  • May 25 – break or snow make-up day; and
  • June 8 – last day of school for students.

As number of ELL students continues to drop, needs go up

The number of Hamilton School District students who are English Language Learners (ELL) continues to drop and is at its lowest level in more than five years. This year 61 students, who come from homes where 26 different languages are spoken, will receive services from two teachers whose full-time equivalency is 1.5 positions. The district funds the cost of the teachers.

While the number of students in the program is down, the needs that students have are greater than in the past with more students than ever speaking no English. The number of ELL students has ranged from 64 to 106 in the past four years with 4 to 11 at the lowest level. This year, 16 of the 61 students are at Level 1.

Title III federal funding provides $12,675 for professional development, interpreter services, after-school programming, materials and the Family Literacy Program. Teachers established the ELL Family Literacy Program four years ago for parents to feel more comfortable with the district’s academic expectations and stress the importance of parent engagement in the student learning process.

District undertakes strategic initiatives

Human Resources and Organizational Development Director John Roubik updated the School Board on the district’s strategic and tactical plans. He described initiatives regarding:

  • personalized and differentiated practices;
  • use of universal screeners and specific progress monitoring tools to assess students’ response to interventions in closing the achievement gaps;
  • analysis of district enrollment and housing trends related to school building capacity; and
  • providing greater student and staff access to technology.

Personnel news

In personnel business, the School Board accepted the resignations of special services paraprofessionals Erin Hernikl from Marcy, effective Dec. 22, Terry Maes from Templeton, effective Dec. 1 and Woodside math support teacher Robyn Hassani, effective June 12.

Meijer donates school supplies to Hamilton School District

Meijer donated school supplies worth thousands of dolMeijer-school-supplies-donation-Weblars for students in need in the local community. Items were donated to Superintendent Paul Mielke, Ph.D., for distribution to students in the Hamilton School District. The donation included backpacks, notebooks, pens, pencils and erasers among other items which were distributed to all district schools.