Willow Springs students branching out

Willow Springs Learning Center will hold its annual Branching Out Ceremony Willow SpringsJune 8 at 9:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center.

The ceremony is the culminating activity of the year for students who will attend 5-year-old kindergarten at their neighborhood school next year. The ceremony recognizes their growth as 4-year-old kindergartners during the year and symbolizes how they will branch out to another school.

The children will sing songs, place a leaf on a tree to mark their new school and be introduced as the future class of 2030.

Parents and families will help students celebrate their accomplishment. The Hamilton Fine Arts Center is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex.

Templeton students earn State Honors

The Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) Middle Level State Honors Music Project invited the following Templeton Middle School eighth grade students to participate in the state honors band and Standing Bulldogorchestra:

  • Ella Chevalier – french horn;
  • Mia Traverse – alto saxophone; and
  • Ashley Velasquez – clarinet.

This is the sixth consecutive year that Templeton students have been invited. Students went through a rigorous audition process held in April and were recently notified of their acceptance. Only 300 students were chosen to participate from more than 1,200 auditions throughout the state.

When a selected student is unable to attend, students chosen to be high alternate have the opportunity to perform. Templeton eighth-grader Jacob Hubred, percussion, was selected high alternate.

The Wisconsin State Honors Music Project offers talented youth the opportunity to rehearse and perform with nationally-known conductors in choir, orchestra and band. All honors groups will perform Oct. 28 at the Wisconsin State Music Conference.

Templeton band members successful at state

Two Templeton Middle School Band members competed April 29 in the state-level Wisconsin State Music Association Solo and Ensemble Festival held on the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus.Velasquez,-Yan-Web-2

Ashley Velasquez, clarinet solo, and Cynthia Yan, flute solo, earned the highest rating of 1 at state competition. Yan also received a nomination as exemplary soloist. More than 1,200 students participated in the competition.

David Neubauer is the Templeton Middle School director of instrumental music.

 

Hamilton’s Senior Scholarship ceremony to be webcast

Family and friends who are not able to attend the Hamilton High School Senior Scholarship Ceremony in person will have the opportunity to share in the recognition of the class of 2017 through a live-stream webcast. Live-Stream-VideoThe event begins at 7 p.m. May 24 in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center. The Senior Scholarship Ceremony webcast will be produced by Charger Television, the high school’s media production student organization.

Templeton Student Council has success at state conference

Templeton Middle School Student Council experienced success at the Wisconsin Association of School Councils (WASC) Junior and Middle School State Conference. It was a two-day event that took place in Madison for more than 1,000 students across the state.StandingBulldogWord

Accomplishments include:

  • Leah Balsbaugh was elected 2017-18 Region IV secretary;
  • Matthew Lehner won first place in the speech competition;
  • Ronny Ruedinger won second place in the writing competition; and
  • Templeton Student Council won first place for best project, scrapbook and banner.

Attending the conference with the 20 Templeton students were Templeton Student Council Advisors Ashley Pfeifer, Tim Cunningham and Mary Caucutt. Templeton hosted five of the 20 sectionals during the conference.

District presents Chamber with Community Service Award

The Hamilton School District presented the Sussex Area Chamber of Commerce with its 2017 Community Service Award at the May 15 School Board meeting. Public Information Coordinator Denise Dorn Lindberg said the chamber was deserving of the district’s highest award because it builds common ground in the community and encourages community service that focuses on the greater good for the community.Chamber-Community-Service-Award-Web

Lindberg commended the chamber for recognizing that a high quality school district is the backbone of a strong economy and an investment in workforce development which supports families and children.

Chamber Board members, several who were at the meeting, were recognized for being the “heart and soul” the organization.

“This award is for community service, and these board members and others who preceded them are truly community servants who have strengthened our community and thereby, strengthened the Hamilton School District,” Lindberg said.

In addition to its support of the community and local businesses, the Chamber afforded many opportunities to the Hamilton School District including:

  • support for INSPIRE, a tool that links students’ interest in careers with local businesses;
  • leadership in the Manufacturing and Career Expo;
  • partnership in Spring Fest;
  • funding student scholarships;
  • hosting community events that draw decision-makers and citizens together;
  • working with DECA students to give them experience with the surveying, marketing and presentation skills that took them to state competition;
  • offering counsel on the preparation students need for the world of work;
  • networking for staff to make important contacts at programs and special events;
  • exposure for the district through the Chamber website and other publications;
  • professional development for district staff through the Chamber’s Leadership Series and Lunch n Learn programs; and
  • sponsorship and hosting of government forums for locally elected positions.

The chamber was formed in 2000 in response to needs for a network in the Sussex area to promote business activities in the community. As a business membership organization, the chamber encourages ongoing economic development by creating a positive business environment. The chamber promotes the economic, civic, cultural and education interests of the community through partnerships with members and community leaders.

May 15: School Board action

Board gives budget OK before Annual Meeting

The Hamilton School Board gave its approval for the 2017-18 budget that will be presented to voters at the July 17 Annual Meeting.

The budget totals $55.07 million, which is 2.17 percent more than the current budget.

The tax rate is projected to be $8.91 per $1,000 of equalized property value – 1 cent less than the current rate. For each $100,000 of property owned, citizens will pay $891 to support local school taxes which is $1 less than this year’s rate.

Student representatives recognized

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Hamilton senior Jack Larsen and sophomore Mikayla Cup were recognized for their service to the School Board as the student representatives during the 2016-17 school year.

Staffing plan for 2017-18 presented

The district will have the full-time equivalency (FTE) of 4.93 more certified staff members next year. Special services enrollment shifts will cost the high school .8 FTE, but increase 1.4 FTE at the elementary level. High school enrollment increases in family & consumer education, applied engineering and technology, business education, communication arts and French, and decreases in art, social studies and German will cause a net .83 FTE increase. Enrollment shifts at the elementary schools will result in a 3.5 FTE increase. The totals do not include three contingency positions which may be needed for additional staffing in 2017-18. These contingency positions have been budgeted, but are not yet activated.

Seniors & Students continues success

Public Information and Volunteer Program Coordinator Denise Dorn Lindberg and Becky Hubred updated the School Board on the Seniors & Students Program. Approximately 225 senior volunteers serve throughout the district. More than 105,000 volunteer hours have been logged since the program began in 1998. Hubred highlighted experiences of the program including Templeton Middle School’s oral history project with the Arboretum in Menomonee Falls and Lannon Elementary School’s Readers’ Café.

Open Enrollment students placed on waiting list

The district received 152 applications from nonresident students to attend Hamilton schools under Open Enrollment. No spaces are available in the district, so applicants will be placed on a waiting list for the 2017-18 school year. The district will monitor expected enrollment throughout the summer to determine if students will be recommended for placement at schools based on space availability.

Personnel matters

In personnel action, the School Board:

  • accepted resignations of Hamilton instructional paraprofessional Jennifer Schmit and Hamilton special education teacher Lynne Friske; and
  • appointed Daniel Fasula as a Marcy grade 3 teacher, Megan Sykes as a Templeton applied engineering and technology teacher and Marie Palmer as a Woodside kindergarten teacher.

May 15: Chamber receives Community Service Award

The Hamilton School District presented the Sussex Area Chamber of Commerce with its 2017 Community Service Award at the May 15 School Board meeting. Public Information Coordinator Denise Dorn Lindberg said the chamber was deserving of the district’s highest award because it builds common ground in the community and encourages community service that focuses on the greater good for the community. Chamber-Community-Service-Award-Web

(From left) Superintendent Paul Mielke, Ph.D., Chamber board members Caroline Jens and Jamie Schounard, Chamber Executive Director Kathryn Wagner and School Board President Gabe Kolesari

District presents Sussex Chamber with Community Service Award

The Hamilton School District presented the Sussex Area Chamber of Commerce with its 2017 Community Service Award at the May 15 School Board meeting. Public Information Coordinator Denise Dorn Lindberg said the chamber was deserving of the district’s highest award because it builds common ground in the community and encourages community service that focuses on the greater good for the community.

Lindberg commended the chamber for recognizing that a high quality school district is the backbone of a strong economy and an investment in workforce development which supports families and children.

Chamber Board members, several who were at the meeting, were recognized for being the “heart and soul” the organization.

“This award is for community service, and these board members and others who preceded them are truly community servants who have strengthened our community and thereby, strengthened the Hamilton School District,” Lindberg said.

In addition to its support of the community and local businesses, the Chamber afforded many opportunities to the Hamilton School District including:

  • support for INSPIRE, a tool that links students’ interest in careers with local businesses;
  • leadership in the Manufacturing and Career Expo;
  • partnership in Spring Fest;
  • funding student scholarships;
  • hosting community events that draw decision-makers and citizens together;
  • working with DECA students to give them experience with the surveying, marketing and presentation skills that took them to state competition;
  • offering counsel on the preparation students need for the world of work;
  • networking for staff to make important contacts at programs and special events;
  • exposure for the district through the Chamber website and other publications;
  • professional development for district staff through the Chamber’s Leadership Series and Lunch n Learn programs; and
  • sponsorship and hosting of government forums for locally elected positions.
    The chamber was formed in 2000 in response to needs for a network in the Sussex area to promote business activities in the community. As a business membership organization, the chamber encourages ongoing economic development by creating a positive business environment. The chamber promotes the economic, civic, cultural and education interests of the community through partnerships with members and community leaders.

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(From left) Superintendent Paul Mielke, Ph.D., Chamber board members Caroline Jens and Jamie Schounard, Chamber Executive Director Kathryn Wagner and School Board President Gabe Kolesari

May 15 – Retirees honored

The 2016-17 retirements of seven district employees were commemorated at the Hamilton School Board meeting. Combined, the employees provided 169 years of service to the district. Principals and supervisors read commendations for each employee commendations for each retiree that the School Board approved. Each retiree was given a retirement gift.

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Those at the recognition were (from left) Marcy kindergarten special education teacher Kimberly Stumpf, Woodside Grade 4 teacher Peggy Olson, Templeton business education teacher Judy Schatz, Willow Springs speech and language pathhologist Barb Michalak, Hamilton High School special education teacher Robin Oehlert, Maple Avenue nutrition services cook Debra Deerr and Templeton Grade 8 teacher Suzanne Lorenz.