Hamilton DECA earns 33 awards at district competition, qualifies 18 for state

A total of 35 Hamilton High School DECA members represented theHHS-sign-Home-Of-Chargers district Jan. 7 at the Southeastern Wisconsin Career Development Conference at J. I. Case High School in Racine. Hamilton’s DECA group earned 33 awards and 18 students qualified for state competition. This is the most students to advance to state in Hamilton’s history.

The following Hamilton students earned recognition in their respective series:

  • Carolyn Troutman, second place overall and four medals, apparel and accessories marketing;
  • Julia Gahr, second place overall and three medals, business services marketing;
  • John Weber, third place overall and two medals, food marketing;
  • Sophia Detweiler, second place overall and three medals, principles of business management;
  •  Shiva Senthil, one medal, principles of business management;
  • Maanya Kashyap, first place overall and three medals, principles of marketing;
  • Mackenzie Jene, fourth place overall and two medals, quick service restaurant management;
  • Brian Wiedenfeld, one medal, quick service restaurant management;
  • Bryce Batzko, one medal, sports and entertainment marketing;
  • Andrew Tai, first place overall and one medal, economics excellence;
  •  Nicholas Nettesheim and Rutvik Kulkarni, fourth place overall and one medal each, business law and ethics;
  • lake Batzko and Peyton Feudner, one medal, buying and merchandising; and
  • Logan Ambrookian and Andrew Tai, second place overall and three medals each, travel and tourism marketing.

The following students also will advance to state competition by invitation based on high test and overall scores: Hailey Pifher, apparel and accessories marketing; Rushil Patel, business finance services; Patton Germann, sports and entertainment marketing; and Gavin Kuhlenbeck and Bennett Pauls, sports and entertainment marketing.

The State DECA Career Development Conference will be held March 7-9 at the Grand Geneva Resort and Conference Center in Lake Geneva, Wis.

Woodside donates to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

By focusing on the needs of others, Woodside Elementary School wwolfoptforwebkindergartners in Peter Dargatz’s class raised nearly $1,300 for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. The generosity of these young students is now serving as an example for all Woodside students during a schoolwide fundraiser for the hospital.

Dargatz’s students learned about the difference between wants and needs before the holidays. The social studies unit provided opportunities for students to earn tickets to get items they wanted or turn them in for real dollars to donate to Children’s Hospital. Students were able to sign a “Giving Contract” in which they gave up one holiday gift for an extra donation, and students earned extra money by helping out at home. In addition, Dargatz asked parents to donate to the cause in lieu of teacher holiday gifts.

The fundraiser will continue during January as a schoolwide project led by Dargatz’s kindergarten class. All Woodside students will be challenged to take on an extra responsibility at home to earn money and to turn one of their wants into a donation. School announcements, posters and student-created videos will provide more information.

The drive will conclude in February with a special assembly when the school donation will be presented to a representative from the Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Woodside Elementary School is located at W236 N7465 Woodside Rd. in Sussex.

Current grade 8 students, parents invited to Hamilton Orientation & Open House Feb. 15

Hamilton High School will welcome incoming ninth-graders and their parents to its Eighth Grade Orientation and Open House Feb. 15HHS-sign-Home-Of-Chargers beginning at 6 p.m. in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center, W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex.

At the Orientation, a brief introduction to the high school and an overview of the registration process will be presented. Course catalogs and other registration materials will be distributed. Students and parents will receive further information about high school requirements, honors courses and four-year planning. Each student will also receive their core course recommendations at this meeting.

The Open House, which is open to families registering a student in any grade, will be from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Administrators, school counselors and representatives from departments, clubs and extracurricular activities will be on hand to answer questions. Tours will be conducted by the Hamilton National Honor Society.

Prior to the Orientation and Open House, informational meetings for students interested in band and choir will be held at 5:30 p.m. Both band and choir students and parents will meet in the Little Theater.

Those unable to attend the Orientation and Open House or parents of private school students whose school was not notified about this event should contact the Guidance Department at (262) 246-6476 x1130. Parents with specific questions are encouraged to contact the appropriate high school counselor at (262) 246-6476.

Last names Counselor Extension #
A-C Kristin Hasbrook 1128
D-J Helen Geracie 1135
K-P David Johnson 1133
Q-Z Tricia Rigg 1134



January 3, 2017

Summer Opportunities planning underway

Lannon Principal and Summer Opportunities Coordinator Brian Balfany reported on plans for the upcoming summer school.summer-opportunities-banner-2017

Changes for this year’s program include:

  • a move to online registration through the Infinite Campus student management system that the district uses for middle and high school course scheduling; and
  • streamlining the locations of the program from four buildings to two.

Registration will no longer be a first-come-first-served process, and instead will use a computerized lottery system that attempts to give as many students their top choices as possible. Parents will no longer need to scurry to get into the registration system for fear of not getting popular classes. Previously, the vast majority of families registered for classes within the first 10 minutes registration opened, putting strain on the servers running the registration system and, at times, crashing the system. Classes will not be assigned until after the one-month registration process has ended.

In a move to create more efficient use of facilities, classes will be held at just Hamilton High School and Maple Avenue Elementary School. Willow Springs Learning Center and Templeton Middle School will no longer have summer classes.

Course fees, which range from $4 to $20 to cover consumable materials for each class, will not increase. Families that use the shuttle bus service from Sussex’s Village Park and Lannon, Marcy and Woodside elementary schools, however, will be charged $20 to cover a portion of the shuttle service expense. In the past the shuttle service was provided without a fee. School Board member Jennifer Waltz suggested putting a $40 family cap on the shuttle fee.

Enrichment courses and middle school promotional courses are set for June 19 – July 14. Students will have off Monday and Tuesday, July 3 and 4, for the Fourth of July holiday. High school credit recovery classes will have the same structure as in the past with varied class schedules.

Personnel action

In personnel matters, the School Board:

  • approved the retirement request of Hamilton special education teacher Robin Oehlert, effective at the end of the school year;
  • accepted the resignation of Woodside associate kitchen employee Claudia Weiss; and
  • appointed Stacie Benson as a part-time Maple Avenue Title I paraprofessional.