Six finalists advance to Regional Spelling Bee

Students in fifth through eighth grades competed Jan. 25 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, Peace Lutheran Academy and Saint Agnes School 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 Dhruv Ahuja, a seventh-grader from Templeton Middle School. Finalists who will also advance to the regional bee are: Lillian Miller, Templeton grade 8; Nicolas Vera Paez, Templeton grade 7; Keegan Wichman, Templeton grade 6; Claire Tracy, Marcy grade 5; and Kettrick Treichel, Woodside grade 5. In honor of their spelling achievement, the top six 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 – Keegan Wichman, Timothy O’Quinn, John Walker, Nicolas Vera Paez, Lillian Miller, Dhruv Ahuja, Gabriel Baldewicz, Ellie DeCleene, Lilly Browning;
  • Marcy – Claire Tracy, Jenavieve Mendoza, Carly Elkin, Kaedyn Epshteyn;
  • Maple – Lauren Spencer, Dylan Patch, Matthew Maher;
  • Woodside – Victoria Tromp, Isabella Gruber, Kettrick Treichel, Sujaya Drover;
  • Lannon – Chloe Paar, Mira Vonachen;
  • Peace Lutheran – Hannah Hardenbrook, Bryce Damato, Cole Peterson, Margit Rhode; and
  • St. Agnes School – Olivia Nadolski, Dominic De La Cerda, Ayden Laskowski.

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


Spelling Bee finalists (from left): Kettrick Treichel, Woodside; Nico Vera Paez, Templeton; Champion Dhruv Ahuja, Templeton; Keegan Wichman, Templeton; Claire Tracy, Marcy; and Lilly Miller, Templeton

Hamilton Band Boosters hosts Italian dinner Feb. 16

An evening of great food and entertainment is in store for the community Feb. 16 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 $10 for adults, $9 for senior citizens over age 60 and students ages 6-12, and $6 for children ages 2-5. Add $1 for tickets purchased at the door.hhs-band-boosters-spaghetti-dinner

The public is invited to enjoy a delicious spaghetti dinner while listening to musical entertainment provided by the Hamilton High School Jazz Band. A 50/50 raffle will be offered. 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

Hamilton High School and the Hamilton Fine Arts Center are located at W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex.

Committee begins study of facilities

Dozens of community members, parents and employees met Jan. 26 to begin study of the district’s facilities needs.

community-facilities-advisory-committeeAt its first meeting, the Community Facilities Advisory Committee learned about planned residential subdivision growth in the communities and its expected impact on student enrollment. After studying the issues, the committee is expected to present a recommendation to the School Board in March on whether a referendum is advised. Learn more about the School Board’s charge to the committee.

Hamilton takes first place at forensics invitational

Hamilton High School’s forensics team earned first place in its HHS-sign-Home-Of-Chargersdivision Jan. 14 at the Pirate Invitational hosted at Port Washington High School. It is the first time in team history that the team won a tournament in the large school division. The team set records for number of entries advancing to the finals, number of entries finishing in the top three and total points scored.

The team award was determined by evaluating the average rank performance of individual team members. The following students were tournament champions and medal winners:

  • Matthew Gnanadass, tournament champion, Extemporaneous Speaking;
  • Ciara Cronin, tournament champion, Special Occasion Speaking;
  • Rashelle Pershman, tournament champion, Prose;
  • Mia Leukert, second place, Demonstration;
  • Emily Berger and Maanya Kashyap, second place, Duo Oral Interpretation;
  • Amanjot Yadev, second place, Informative Speaking;
  • Krystal Fedie, second place, Oral Interpretation;
  • Molly Coady, second place, Moments in History;
  •  Ciara Cronin, second place, Storytelling;
  • Jack Larsen, third place, Extemporaneous Speaking;
  • Erin Magoon, third place, Informative Speaking;
  • Rachel Seraphine and Sean Seraphine, third place, Play Acting; and
  • Rachel Betters, third place, Special Occasion Speaking.

Focusing on developing students’ public speaking and communication skills, the high school forensics team helps students build confidence and community through extra-curricular competition.

Templeton students perform in Youth Honors Band

Four Templeton Middle School students performed Jan. 14 in the Wisconsin Youth Band Directors Association (WYBDA) Honors Band concert held in Pewaukee.wybdaweb

Jacob Hubred on percussion, Ian Markano on trumpet, Maja Pechanach on clarinet, and Mia Traverse on alto saxophone, joined students from 80 top middle schools statewide. Templeton band director David Neubauer nominated and prepared the students and Hamilton High School assistant band director Jill Casper was a guest conductor and sectional coach for the day.

WYBDA is an organization for beginning and intermediate level band instructors from across the state of Wisconsin.

Lannon students to hear from BMX champion

Lannon Elementary School will hear from renowned speaker and BMX biker Matt Wilhelm Jan. 25 at 10:15 a.m. in a high-energy BMX stunt show with a positive message.matt-wilhelm

Wilhelm shares his personal story about the many years of hard work and practice that resulted in being a three-time X-Games medalist and two-time BMX U.S. National Champion, and performing live on stage in front of 15 million people for “America’s Got Talent.”

A nationally recognized speaker on the topic of bullying, Wilhelm weaves in subjects of safety, resiliency, growth mindset, kindness and positive solutions. He appeared in the Cartoon Network’s award-winning anti-bullying documentary. Students will learn about empathy, resilience and respect.

Lannon Elementary School is located at 7145 N. Lannon Road, Lannon.

Hamilton announces December students of the month

Hamilton High School students representing 11 curriculum areas were selected as students of the month for December.


They are:

  • Austin Goodreau, applied engineering and technology;
  • Catherine McHugh, art;
  • Mitchell Buch, business education;
  • Jaelyn Howard and Olivia Zalog, communication arts;
  • Sara Guenette, family and consumer sciences;
  • Tyler Fralick, fitness education;
  • Samantha Middlestead, mathematics;
  • Erin Magoon, music;
  • Benjamin Brochhausen, science;
  • Elyse Eckert, social studies; and
  • Garrett Power, world languages.

Students received a certificate and a pin for their accomplishment.

Lehner wins Templeton Geographic Bee

After nail-biting competition, Templeton Middle School produced its lehnerwebschool champion from the top eight finalists in its Geographic Bee.

Eighth-grader Matthew Lehner emerged as the 2017 school champion after rounds of intense questions, up against seven other school finalists. The other finalists were Josef Aidich, Josiah Dieman, Connor Gordon, Kevin Phalphouvong, James Strasburg, Nolan VanHaren and Molly Wrobleski. Strasburg took second place, and third place went to Aidich.

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. 10.

As the school champion, Lehner 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 March 31 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.

January 16, 2017

Facilities committee to review options for growth

A committee to study growth and facility needs in the district for the next five years will be formed. The Hamilton School Board approved a charge for the 2017 Facilities Advisory Committee to study issues and develop recommendations that ultimately could lead to a referendum within the next year.

School Board members agreed that the committee will:

  • review subdivision and enrollment growth through 2022;
  • review elementary attendance boundaries in light of enrollment projections;
  • analyze facility space use and physical conditions and identify needs;
  • review grade level configurations and research on educational implications to adjust;
  • review implications of financial impact on school district in addressing facility needs;
  • identify options and implications to address identified facility needs;
  • analyze and illustrate potential public support for recommendations to School Board; and
  • present a report and recommendations to the School Board no later than March 20, 2017.

Representatives of various communities, senior citizens, parents, staff, administration and the School Board will comprise the committee.

The committee will meet weekly beginning Jan. 26 through March with a two-week break to allow for a survey to determine community sentiment on potential recommendations. The committee is expected to present its recommendations to the School Board at the end of March.

Hamilton students pilot INSPIRE Southeast Wisconsin

Hamilton High School is piloting a program designed to connect students with local companies that could provide learning experiences in the workplace. Hamilton High School Associate Principal Mark Otto described INSPIRE Southeast Wisconsin which is available through the Career Cruising technology designed to meet the state’s Academic and Career Planning mandate.

The program allows students to complete various surveys and questionnaires to identify potential careers that match their interests and skills. Students will then see which companies are willing to provide opportunities to connect with professionals in their identified fields. Businesses choose the type of experiences they want to offer which can range from career coaching, job shadows, internships, summer employment and more.

The program was started through a campaign developed through Milwaukee 7, a regional, cooperative economic development platform for the seven counties of southeastern Wisconsin. Its mission is to attract, retain and grow diverse businesses and talent.

If the pilot, which is offered to nine advisement groups of about 20-25 students each, goes as planned, the program will be rolled out to all Hamilton students next year. Sussex Area Chamber of Commerce board members provided an enthusiastic reception after Otto presented the concept to them last week. He will present for all members at the Chamber’s Open House on Feb. 15.

Templeton Bell Choir performs

Members of the Templeton Middle School Bell Choir, under the direction Jaye Mier, performed for School Board members with a piece from their holiday concert.


Board takes personnel action

In personnel matters the School Board:

  • approved the retirement request of Maple Avenue cook Debra Deerr, effective June 9;
  • accepted the resignations of Hamilton health room paraprofessional Sabrina Black, Hamilton cook Brittney Diedrick, Templeton supervision paraprofessional Jenny Galbavy, Willow Springs Principal Erin Steiner and Woodside special services paraprofessional Aimee Shaw;
  • appointed Karen Figarino and Linda DiMiceli as part-time Woodside associate kitchen employees, Kathleen Houle as Hamilton special services paraprofessional and Jenny Galbavy as Hamilton health room paraprofessional.

Hamilton drama to present “Ramona Quimby”

Hamilton High School Drama Departmentdrama-masksweb presents “Ramona Quimby” Feb. 9-12 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 of all ages based on the novels of Beverly Cleary.

Unpredictable, exasperating, boisterous and independent, that’s Ramona Quimby for you. Always aggravating her older sister, Beezus – getting into trouble and sometimes making a big, noisy fuss when things don’t go her way. As narrator, Beezus introduces the Quimby family and friends and thereby sets the scene for the collection of vignettes that trace Ramona’s tumultuous passage through third grade.

The family’s togetherness in tackling the sacrifices and adjustments required when the father is unexpectedly fired from his job is a clear statement of traditional family values. Along with the discovery that life is not always fair, Ramona and Beezus come to realize that sisters may not always agree but they can be good to have around.

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., at Office C in the high school or online at

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