Templeton students state qualifiers in National History Day

Two Templeton Middle School eighth-graders advanced to state National History Day competition after qualifying March 25 in regional level competition at Carroll University.StandingBulldogWord

Students who competed April 22 in the state junior level division at the University of Wisconsin – Madison were:

  • Isabella Sansone for her paper on Oskar Schindler; and
  • Connor Gordon for his website about the Pullman Strike of 1894.

Gordon also won the American Labor History Award and finished as an alternate to the national competition in June.

National History Day is an academic enrichment program for students in grades 6-12. Students select topics connected to an annual theme and complete their own in-depth research on the topic. This year the annual theme was “Taking a Stand in History.” Students present their conclusions in documentaries, websites, exhibit boards, performances or papers.

Templeton students submit winning recipe

A team of Templeton Middle School students qualified as winners in the fifth annual Whipping Up Wellness Wisconsin Student Chef recipe competition.TMS-StudentChefWeb

Seventh grade students Lauren Baker, Lauren Kessen, Nicole Gall, Isabella Scheiber, Camden Gerke and Alexander Tong developed an original, student-friendly recipe that included legumes. Their recipe, Black Bean Enchiladas with Wild Rice and Corn, will be included in the student chef cookbook published by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Schools throughout the state submitted recipes created by teams of students in grades 6-12. Recipes were judged on nutritional quality, incorporation of legumes, use of culinary skills, ease of use by school food service, recipe presentation, recipe description and creativity. The contest was sponsored by Wisconsin Team Nutrition and healthTIDE.

MacCudden selected as new Willow Springs principal

Renae MacCudden, Ph.D. has been selected the new Willow Springs Learning Center principal. The Hamilton School Board will take official action April 24 on her appointment which she will begin July 1.RenaeMacCuddenWeb

MacCudden has been an assistant professor of elementary education at Concordia University since 2015. Prior to then, she was an elementary school classroom teacher for 17 years in Oconomowoc, Wauwatosa, Whitnall and Elmbrook school districts. Other professional experiences include being an event coordinator, adjunct faculty member, principal and camp-youth program director.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in 1997 in elementary and middle school education from Marquette University and her master’s and doctorate in educational administration in 2000 and 2010, respectively, from Cardinal Stritch University.

“Dr. MacCudden is a talented and enthusiastic educator who has outstanding leadership skills and a strong desire to help others,” said Hamilton Superintendent Paul Mielke, Ph.D. “I am confident that she will nurture and facilitate student learning at Willow Springs Learning Center.”

The Willow Springs principal is a half-time administrative position. The position was open due to the resignation of Erin Steiner who said she found it difficult to keep her hours at the part-time level.

Willow Springs Learning Center, located at W220N6660 Town Line Road, Menomonee Falls, houses the Hamilton School District’s half-day 4-year-old kindergarten program.

April 24, 2017

Grades 5-6 intermediate school as best solution to classroom space needs

As the school district projects student enrollment to increase by 377 students in the next five years and schools have limited classrooms available, the district will be looking at a grades 5-6 intermediate school to provide classroom space from 5K to grade 8.

Educational Services Manager Katie Little, Ph.D., Marcy grade 5 teacher Callie Lauer and Templeton grade 6 teacher Beth Geisler shared information with the Hamilton School District about why the Community Facilities Advisory Committee favored a grades 5-6 intermediate school over other grade configuration options.Geisler-Lauer

Building one intermediate school would address the space needs of the district from kindergarten through grade 8 because space would open up by pulling grade 5 from the elementary schools and grade 6 from the middle school.
A team of district staff members conducted research and on-site visits to Wisconsin intermediate schools in Oregon and Waunakee. The team favored a grades 5-6 intermediate school to address Hamilton space needs because it:

  • keeps children with their neighborhood school classmates for an additional school year;
  • allows staff to focus on the specific age-related needs of students in grades 5 and 6;
  • supports a gradual transition from an elementary school self-contained classroom schedule to a multiple classroom schedule at the middle and high school;
  • encourages a teaching approach that better supports students’ individual instructional needs through interdisciplinary team teaching and flexible grouping of students;
  • provides teachers with common planning time to meet student needs through differentiation, intervention and extension; and
  • could offer options for elective opportunities at an earlier age as seen in other intermediate schools such as the study of world languages.

Lauer and Geisler highlighted additional advantages of an intermediate school including the physical environment and social-emotional considerations.

MacCudden selected as new Willow Springs principal

Renae MacCudden, Ph.D. has been selected as the new Willow Springs Learning Center principal following School Board approval April 24. She will begin July 1.Renae-MacCudden

MacCudden has been an assistant professor of elementary education at Concordia University since 2015. Prior to then, she was an elementary school classroom teacher for 17 years in Oconomowoc, Wauwatosa, Whitnall and Elmbrook school districts. Other professional experiences include being an event coordinator, adjunct faculty member, principal and camp-youth program director.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in 1997 in elementary and middle school education from Marquette University and her master’s and doctorate in educational administration in 2000 and 2010, respectively, from Cardinal Stritch University.

Two Hamilton teachers win Kohl recognition

Templeton Middle School science teacher Mary Caucutt and Woodside Elementary School fourth grade teacher Kelly Flanagan were recognized for being selected 2017 Herb Kohl Foundation Fellowship recipients.Flanagan-Caucutt

Caucutt and Flanagan were among 100 Wisconsin teachers chosen for the Kohl Teacher Fellowship Program, which recognizes educators who have a superior ability to motivate people, inspire a love of learning and provide leadership and service within and outside the classroom.

Each teacher and his or her respective school were awarded a $6,000 grant at an April 8 recognition luncheon hosted by retired U.S. Senator Herb Kohl.

Board gets first look at budget

Hamilton School Board members took their first official look at the 2017-18 budget at their regular meeting. The budget totals $55.07 million, which is a 2.17 percent increase over the current budget.

The governor’s state budget proposes to increase state aid to school, and if that holds true, Hamilton state aid is expected to increase 4.49 percent from $20.6 million to $21.5 million. The tax rate is expected to decrease from $8.92 to $8.91.

The Annual Meeting, when citizens are able to vote on the local levy is set for June 19, but the district may postpone it until lawmakers pass the state budget.

Board approves Youth Options requests

A total of 26 high school students requested admission to the Youth Options Program that will allow them to take classes next semester at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha, Milwaukee and Washington County, Waukesha County Technical College, Wisconsin Lutheran College, Mount Mary, Marquette University and Carroll University. Hamilton Principal Candis Mongan noted in a report to the School Board, as in the past, many students will not be able to take the courses because of scheduling conflicts or full classes. A total of 26 students requested admission to Youth Options last year.

Youth Options is a program mandated by the state that allows students who have completed tenth grade, are in good academic standing and have no disciplinary problems to attend a technical college or university if they have exhausted their high school curriculum.

Personnel news from April 24

In other personnel matter, the School Board:

  • approved the retirement request of Woodside Elementary School grade 4 teacher Peggy Olson;
  • accepted the resignation of Hamilton High School German teacher Nathan Wichert;
  • appointed Margaret Bingen as a Lannon Elementary School special education teacher, James Hilgenberg as a Templeton Middle School grade 8 social studies teacher, Kristin Broetzmann as a Templeton Middle School grade 8 replacement science teacher, and Kristin Mandella as the Marcy school psychologist

Two members take oath of office

Two board members were sworn in for another three-year term following their successful election. Jay Jones and Michael Hyland were re-elected April 4. Jones has the Lannon seat and Hyland is an at-large representative.Hyland-Jones

Templeton students recognized

Templeton Principal Brad Hoffmann recognized students who performed at the state level in the Geography Bee, forensics and robotics.

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Forensics

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Templeton places fifth in state forensics tournament

Templeton Middle School’s forensics team earned fifth place in its division March 25 at the Middle Level Forensics Association state competition. A total of 18 students competed in 15 categories with eight qualifying for Power Rounds.Templeton Bulldog mascot

More than 1,500 students from throughout the state competed in various speech and drama categories. The team award was determined by evaluating the average rank performance of individual team members.

The following students won medals:

  • Hiranmayi Swaminathan, first place in Storytelling;
  • Aayush Iyengar, second place in Prose; and
  • Lucas Hubred, third place in Storytelling..

Outstanding Hamilton seniors to be recognized

Hamilton High School will recognize outstanding seniors May 24 at the Senior Scholarship Ceremony. This is a special night to recognize seniors for their accomplishments as outstanding scholars, athletes, actors and musicians.

Students who win scholarships or other awards will be notified they should attend. Parents or students should inform the Guidance Office of outside scholarships received. Parents and other interested students also are encouraged to attend.

The ceremony, which will be held in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center, W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex, begins at 7 p.m. and concludes with refreshments in the lobby.

Any business or individuals interested in supporting the Hamilton High School Scholarship Program with a scholarship may contact David Johnson at (262) 246-6476 x1133.

Hamilton announces March students of the month

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

They are:

  • Jarrod Lewinski, applied engineering and technology;
  • Madelyn Mascotti, art;
  • Jaclyn Zeman, business education;
  • Mary Kremer, communication arts;
  • Lauren Bruss, family and consumer sciences;
  • Derek Wallis, fitness education;
  • Ryan Hubbell, mathematics;
  • Chase Meadows, music;
  • Chelsea Parker, science;
  • Kirsten Leonardi, social studies; and
  • Ty Olejnik, world languages.

Students received a certificate and a pin for their accomplishment.

Hamilton drama presents “My Fair Lady”

Hamilton High School Drama Department presents the classic “My Fair Lady” May 4-7 at the Hamilton Fine Arts Center (HFAC). Shows are at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Based on George Bernard Shaw’s play “Pygmalion,” – with book, music and lyrics by Lerner and Loewe – “My Fair Lady” is gloriously triumphant. The tale of a cockney flower girl transformed into an elegant lady features one of musical theater’s greatest scores.

Songs include “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?,” “With a Little Bit of Luck,” “The Rain in Spain,” ” I Could Have Danced All Night,” “On the Street Where You Live,” “Get Me to the Church on Time” and “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face.” Come celebrate the tradition of this ‘loverly’ show.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students under 18 years of age and senior citizens over age 60. They may be purchased 30 minutes prior to the show at the HFAC box office. Please note only cash and checks can be accepted at the ticket window.

Tickets may also be purchased online at the HFAC website www.hamiltonfineartscenter.com. A discounted group rate is available when 10 or more tickets are purchased. Please contact Lyn Hulgan at hulgly@hamilton.k12.wi.us or call (262) 246-1973 voicemail 1550 for group ticket sales.

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

Hamilton wins state title at forensics tournament

Senior Jack Larsen won the state championship title in Impromptu Speaking April 1 at the Wisconsin Forensics Coaches’ Association (WFCA) state meet at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Hamilton High School’s forensics team earned fourth place in its division which is the highest rank in team history. Additional team records set at the tournament include most points scored, most entries advancing from preliminaries and most entries advancing to finals.

More than 1,000 students from 74 schools throughout the state competed in various speech and drama categories. The team award was determined by evaluating the average rank performance of individual team members.

The following students were category winners:

  • Jordan Koeller, second place in Informative Speaking;
  • Emma Stokman, third place in Demonstration Speaking;
  • Rachel Betters, fourth place in Special Occasion Speaking;
  • Matthew Gnanadass, fourth place in Extemporaneous Speaking;
  • Emily Keith, fifth place in Special Occasion Speaking; and
  • Kavya Ayalasomayajula, Emily Bader and Abhijeet Puri, sixth place in Group Interpretive Speaking.

Established in 1972, the WFCA’s mission is to instill and develop in students communication skills vital for a lifetime of effective participation in a democratic society. For more information, visit www.wfcaforensics.org.

Hamilton team wins state Varsity History Bowl

Hamilton High School’s team of senior Dominic Pino and junior Andrew Tai won the 2016-17 Wisconsin Varsity History Bowl championship March 11 and will advance to national competition April 21-23 in Washington, D.C. and Arlington, Va. In addition to the team win, Pino will advance to national competition for taking first place in the varsity history bee. Tai took second place in the state bee competition.

The National History Bowl offers bee and bowl competition at varsity and junior varsity levels. Individuals compete in bees, and bowls are team competitions.

The National History Bee and Bowl strives to promote history education throughout the United States, and around the world. For more information, please visit www.historybowl.com