Willow Springs plans Music & Muffins

Grandparents and relatives of Willow Springs Learning Center students have been invited to join the 4-year-old kindergartners for Music & Muffins April 6 and 7 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and again from 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Students will perform songs related to all areas of curriculum for their guests and enjoy a muffin snack with them. Students in the 4-year-old kindergarten classes of Rheann Jacobs, Lori Konshak and Jenifer Hajdukiewicz will have their Music & Muffins event on April 6. Students in the classes of Kathy Schulz, Kristy Cravillion and Lynn Richmond will celebrate on April 7.

Willow Springs Learning Center is located at W220 N6660 Town Line Road, Menomonee Falls.

Hamilton forensics has strong finish to regular season

Hamilton High School’s forensics team finished its regular season recently with its eighth consecutive top-three finish at area invitationals. Hamilton earned third place March 18 at the Arrowhead Invite – missing out on second place by only one point.

Tournament champions were:

  • Ciara Cronin for Special Occasion Speaking;
  • Jordan Koeller for Informative Speaking; and
  • Matt Gnanadass for Impromptu Speaking.

Other award-winners were:

  • Jack Larsen, who took second place for Impromptu;
  • Matt Gnanadass, third place, Impromptu Speaking; and
  • Molly Coady, third place, Moments in History Speaking.

The team has one tournament remaining – the State Speech Festival this April in Madison.

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

Hamilton choirs celebrate successful season with March 30 concert

The Hamilton High School Synergy Show Choir will celebrate its successful season with a final home concert March 30 for family, friends and community members. The concert, which will cost $5 in advance and $6 at the door, begins at 7 p.m. in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center (HFAC). Children under age five are free. Advance tickets can be purchased at the HFAC box office, HFAC online or from choir members.

The “Pop Show” will also feature the Hamilton A Cappella Choir and many talented students in solo and small group acts, performing rock, indie, Broadway show tunes and other pop music. The theme of this year’s show is “Work Hard, Play Hard.” It will showcase more than 60 of the high school’s best singers.

This has been an outstanding season for the Hamilton Synergy Show Choir, according to Hamilton Choir Director Marilyn Mascitti. Accomplishments include fifth runner-up in Open Class Division finals, Grand Champion trophy in Class A division and a spirit award. It was the highest-placing season in choir history.

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

Hamilton student receives President’s Volunteer Service Award

Hamilton High School sophomore Amelia Weidemann from Menomonee Falls received the President’s Volunteer Service Award in recognition of her exemplary volunteer service. The award recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant time to serve their community and country. It is granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards on behalf of the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation.American flag

Weidemann earned the recognition by volunteering at Luther Manor, a local senior life plan community, where she dedicated 121 hours since March 2015 providing residents with a variety of personal services. She is also an active member of Hamilton Student Council.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

Templeton chorus presents “The Lion King, Jr.” April 6

The Templeton Middle School Eighth Grade Chorus will present “The Lion King, Jr.” April 6 in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center (HFAC). The show begins at 7 p.m.

The African savannah is coming to life on the stage of 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 Eighth Grade Chorus, under the direction of Jaye Mier, in this delightful theatrical event for the whole family that features fantastic future 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 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 $7 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.

Original Blues Brothers Revue, Lion King & more coming to HFAC

Official Blues Brothers Revue, featuring the Hamilton High School Jazz Band

Fri., April 7 at 7 p.m.
Produced by Dan Aykroyd, Judith Belushi and original “Blues Brothers” musical director Paul Shaffer, this is a show that maintains every ounce of the original band’s integrity. Sanctioned by Aykroyd and Belushi to don the official hat and sunglasses and walk in the legendary footsteps of Jake and Elwood Blues, internationally touring Catnia and Lafferty capture the infectious humor and unbridled spirit of the Blues Brothers. Backed by a powerhouse band of brass and vocals, they’ll give you a show to remember featuring “Soul Man,” “Rubber Biscuit,” “Sweet Home Chicago” and more. Hamilton High School Jazz Band, directed by Jon Waite, will open the show, as well as perform several songs with the “Blues Brothers.”

Reserved seats. All seats $25. Group rates available. Add $5 for all tickets purchased on day of the show.

Don’t miss other exciting events:

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. All seats $7. Children 5 years and under and adults with Golden Agers Passes are free.

Menomonee Falls Symphony Orchestra presents “Dramatic Scores of the Masters”

Sat., April 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Proudly showcasing 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. Ticket are $15 for adults $15, $12 for seniors 65 and older and $6 for students 18 years and younger..

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.

March 20, 2017

Board accepts FAC interim report, will resurvey after informing community

After studying issues related to housing growth in the community, its impact on future enrollment and the capacity of school buildings to serve more students, the 50-member Facilities Advisory Committee (FAC) recommended that the School Board delay a referendum decision for a few months.

Three members of the committee – Jennifer Barnish, Jamie Schounard and Peggy Youngblood – and Human Resources Director John Roubik presented the awaited report. Because many respondents of a community survey were not aware of district facilities needs and potential solutions, the committee recommended that the district provide information to the community and resurvey the community later this spring.

During its study, the committee concluded that:

  • A potential for significant residential growth in the next five years exists.
  • Enrollment increases of 70+ students per year could be expected over the next several years causing space issues at all grade levels and all buildings. Using conservative projections, the district will see more than 350 new students in the next five years.
  • School building classroom space is being used to near capacity.
  • The high school applied engineering area has not been updated since the school opened in 1962 and some equipment is obsolete.

FAC pares down options

The committee reviewed a list of 13 potential facilities options to address projected growth and update high school programming. After several meetings, the committee narrowed the list to $57.4 million of new or renovated facilities and $1.5 million in annual operational costs that included:

  • A new intermediate school for all students in grades 5-6. Space would be created at the elementary and middle schools by relocating grade 5 students from all four elementary schools and grade 6 from Templeton Middle School to a new school building. District storage would be relocated from the high school to the new school. Cost: $42.9 million.
  • A new school could not open without additional operating costs to cover utilities, custodians, paraprofessionals, administration, guidance counselors, psychologist, social worker, office staff and health room. Cost: $1.5 million annually.
  • High school expansion to alleviate capacity issues at the high school for the foreseeable future. Cost: $9.6 million.
  • Renovation of outdated applied engineering classrooms are needed. Area businesses are in need of skilled employees. This project would benefit and create new opportunities for approximately 500 high school students each year. Cost: $3.6 million – renovation, $1.3 million – new equipment.

In addition to addressing capacity issues, both high school expansion and renovation projects would provide suitable classrooms and learning space that would enhance rigorous academic offerings including applied mathematics and science, career training, vocational and technical classes, more curriculum choices and individualized learning opportunities.

Once the level of community support for a potential referendum has been determined based on the results from information outreach and a second community survey, FAC will present a final recommendation to the School Board for consideration at a future meeting.

Woodside in the spotlight

Several students and teachers described programs and efforts that Woodside Elementary School has worked on to benefit others and their school.

  • Grade 4 teacher Kelly Flanagan and library-media specialist Eve Bruce, along with three student members, gave examples of how Students of Service reached out to the homeless, kids in need, the humane society and food pantry among other groups, to provide services for others.
  • Grade 3 teacher Rayelle Simonsen reported on the Turkey Tubs that Woodside students make possible for Milwaukee families of the Notre Dame schools. In the five years that Woodside has provided the Thanksgiving baskets of food, about $10,000 worth of food was provided to families in need.
  • Tech integrator Jodi Rupnow described the volunteer service that members of the Tech Squad provide to the school by managing and safely cleaning equipment and becoming troubleshooters for technology issues.
  • Kindergarten teacher Peter Dargatz showed a video and told School Board members of the work that his kindergartners have done to raise money for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Approximately $4,300 was raised due to the efforts of the kindergartners and later, the schoolwide service project headed up by his young students.

In addition to the service projects, Woodside has continued making academic progress with its tactical goals of reading and mathematics achievement.

School Board recognizes Cheslock

The School Board recognized Woodside music teacher Heather Cheslock who was presented with Civic Music’s Certificate of Excellence in General Music Instruction. Cheslock was honored along with five other Milwaukee area teachers at the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s “Salute to Educators” concert at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.

Girl Scouts learn about School Board for government patch

Members of Marcy Elementary School’s Girl Scout troop attended a School Board meeting and met with Superintendent Paul Mielke and School Board President Gabe Kolesari before the meeting to earn a government patch. The troop also was invited to lead “The Pledge of Allegiance” to start the meeting.

Personnel action

In personnel news, the School Board accepted the resignations of Marcy special services paraprofessional Erica Kochanski, effective March 7, Marcy special services paraprofessional Brooke Spitzner, effective March 9, and Woodside associate kitchen employee Linda DiMiceli, effective March 16.

Templeton Robotics wraps up successful season

Two Templeton Middle School Junior Robotics teams wrapped up successful seasons at regional, sectional and state competitions. Both Team 5396, Radioactive Pyros v.2 and Team 5395, Computer Aided Super Team (C.A.S.T.) competed in the First Lego League Marquette Regional. C.A.S.T. won the Core Values Gracious Professionalism Award and placed 22nd in the robot games. The Radioactive Pyros v.2 won the Innovative Solution Award and placed 13th which qualified them to advance to the Waukesha Sectional. It is the first time in Templeton history that both teams won awards at a competition.StandingBulldogTempletonMiddleSchool-Recovered

The Radioactive Pyros v.2 placed in the top five at the Waukesha Sectional and qualified to advance to the State Championship Feb. 26 in Janesville. At the sectional, the team won the second place Innovation Solution Award and was nominated for the Champions Award. It is the first time in team history that a Templeton team advanced to sectionals and the Wisconsin State FLL Championship.

With the theme of “Animal Allies,” teams were challenged to determine ways to improve interaction between humans and animals. Teams completed a research project based on the challenge and built an autonomous robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS technology to solve a set of missions in the robot games.

The Radioactive Pyros v.2 determined that obesity in pets is the number one health problem for pets in America. The team created a digital 3-in-1 pet feeding system called “The SmartFeed.” The system includes a digital app-based feeder that dispenses proper amounts of food, water and medication daily and uses a camera to monitor pets feeding habits.

C.A.S.T. developed a drone that helps park rangers target and capture poachers. The proposed drone would reduce animal and human interaction which in this case improves the interaction.

Junior Robotics is an afterschool program that challenges students to work cooperatively to develop engineering solutions to problems that affect everyday lives. Kathleen Betters is the Junior Robotics advisor and coach assisted by volunteer coaches Jim Sucharski, Kelly Mallinger, Dave Kaiser, Bill Haley and Matt Zank. For more information, please visit http://firstlegoleague.org/

Charger Robotics earns 6th Chairman’s Award, wins St. Louis regional

Charger Robotics Team 537 came away with success March 11 at the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics St. Louis Regional Competition. The Hamilton team was selected to be part of a three-team alliance that battled through quarterfinals, semifinals and finals to win the STEAMWORKS game challenge.

For the sixth time in seven years, the Hamilton team earned the regional Chairman’s Award, the most prestigious team award that supersedes winning the competition itself. The Chairman’s Award was created to recognize teams that demonstrate the greatest commitment to spreading passion about science and technology in their communities and schools. Team members submit an essay, a three-minute video and give a presentation in front of a panel of judges. Junior James Lang and sophomores Abigail Dowse and Ty Kozic presented.

The regional competition win and the Chairman’s Award has double qualified the team for the Championship Event in St. Louis April 26-29. A total of 70 Hamilton students with more than 20 mentors are involved in Charger Robotics which is supported by platinum team sponsors G.E Healthcare, Rockwell Automation, Red Arrow Labs and Hamilton School District among others. The team is advised by Hamilton teacher Lori Hinytz. For additional information please visit https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc or http://team537.org/

Hamilton places second at forensics invite

Hamilton High School’s forensics team earned second place March 11 at the West Bend West Invite with a total team score of 288 points and 17 entries advancing to the finals.

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

  • Ciara Cronin, tournament champion in Special Occasion Speaking;
  • Erin Magoon, tournament champion in Informative Speaking;
  • Mia Leukert, second place in Demonstration Speaking;
  • Kavya Ayalasomayajula, Emily Bader and Borna Riazi, second place in Group Interpretive;
  • Jordan Koeller, second place in Informative Speaking; and
  • Erin Magoon, third place in Farrago.

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