Summer Opportunities hosts annual food drive

The Hamilton School District Summer Opportunities Program is hosting its annual Fantastic Food Drive.Sum-Op-Transp-Web

Families of students are encouraged to contribute non-perishable food items to benefit Sussex Outreach Services (SOS) Food Pantry.

Drop off locations are in the Summer Opportunities office at Hamilton High School, Maple Avenue Elementary School gymnasium and many classrooms. The food drive ends July 14.

Hamilton High School is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex.

Growth, school facilities options topic at July 17 meeting

Community members interested in learning about community growth and options to address increased enrollments in the Hamilton School District are encouraged to attend a meeting July 17 at 12:20 p.m. at the Sussex Civic Center, N64W23760 Main St., Sussex.


Superintendent Paul Mielke, Ph.D., will present key findings and answer questions about the Community Facilities Advisory Committee report.

The 50-member committee studied community growth, enrollment projections and facilities needs of the district. It presented a preliminary report to the School Board in March and will give a final recommendation next fall to the School Board which will decide whether to hold a referendum.

For more information about district growth and facilities options, please visit

Hamilton student earns State Honors

The Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) High School State Honors Music Project invited Hamilton High School junior Rebecca Blaedow to participate in its choir.HHS-sign-Home-Of-Chargers

Blaedow competed in a rigorous audition process with more than 1,300 auditions throughout the state and is the only student representing Hamilton this year. She will be singing in the Mixed Choir.

The Wisconsin State Honors Music Project offers talented youth the opportunity to rehearse and perform with nationally-known conductors. Students selected for the WSMA State Honors Music Project participate in an intensive four day summer camp in June and perform in Madison during late October as part of the Wisconsin State Music Conference.

Hamilton students named GMC Scholar Athletes

The Greater Metro Conference has named the following Hamilton High School students Winter 2016-17 Scholar Athletes:HHS-sign-Home-Of-Chargers

  • Elizabeth Sumiec, Macy Williams, Jordan Fierst, Megan Schmitt and Jaclyn Zeman – girls basketball;
  • Dylan Gissal, Jordan Smith and Jacob Kessenich – boys basketball; and
  • Jesse Fryda – wrestling.

Student-athletes have earned a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average and have senior standing.

Hamilton announces May students of the month

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

Hamilton May students of the month photo

They are:

  • Sydney Raymond, applied engineering and technology;
  • Isabel Kelly, art;
  • Nicholas Gierach, business education;
  • Lucas Krzyston and Jessica Mysliwski, communication arts;
  • Alyssa Schmucker, family and consumer sciences;
  • Michael Maher, fitness education;
  • Dylan Melotik, mathematics;
  • Tien Mai, music;
  • Ariana King, science;
  • Gwendolyn Watson, social studies; and
  • Rachel Milbrath, world languages.

Students received a certificate and a pin for their accomplishment.

June 6, 2017

District extends contract with Teachers On Call

The district will continue to contract with Teachers On Call (TOC) to provide substitute staffing services through June 30, 2019. The School Board accepted the recommendation from Human Resources and Organizational Development Director John Roubik to renew a two-year contract with the company that offers an automated process to secure substitute teachers and paraprofessionals.

Because TOC provides services to more than 100 school districts in Wisconsin and Minnesota, its economy-of-scale allows for greater operational efficiencies than a single school district could produce. Consequently, substitutes are eligible for an enhanced compensation packet that school districts did not typically offer including paid holidays, bonuses, insurance and more.

The hourly rate is set by the district, and a 27 percent mark-up to TOC covers payroll, benefits, retirement, taxes, liability, unemployment, workers’ compensation, background checks, physicals and other indirect personnel functions such as recruitment, monitoring compliance with state and federal mandates, time sheets, hiring and communication.

Templeton chefs recognized


A team of Templeton Middle School students were recognized for success in the annual Whipping Up Wellness Wisconsin Student Chef competition. 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 USDA foods, 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 Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

Templeton family and consumer sciences teacher Rebecca Abler and district food and nutrition services manager Kira Cerroni King advised the Templeton team.

Art students earn state success


Two Hamilton High School art students who earned awards in the 2017 Scholastic Art Awards were recognized for their success in the statewide contest. Hamilton art teacher Ellen Acuff spoke to the board about the artwork that her students created. Students who earned awards and were recognized at the School Board meeting were Emily Bader (third from left) who earned a silver key for drawing, honorable mentions for drawing and painting and Tora Kozic who earned an honorable mention for drawing.

Lannon paraprofessionals honored


Lannon Elementary School Principal Brian Balfany and teachers (back row) recognized paraprofessionals from their school. Paraprofessionals who attended the meeting were: (front row, beginning second from left) Audrey Gauthier, Jean Fero, Melissa Harbort, Phyllis Frittitta, Betsy Molinski, Sarah DeCraene, Sara Doubek, Terri Weissbach and Jamie McMillan. Unable to attend the meeting were Karen Ullrick and Marissa Weber.

Robotics team recognized


The Hamilton Charger Robotics team which earned the FIRST regional Chairman’s Award for the sixth time in seven years and competed at the World Championships in St. Louis were honored. Robotics team leader Tora Kozic and facility advisor Lori Hintz spoke of the team’s accomplishments.

Personnel matters

In personnel business, the School Board:

  • accepted the resignations of Templeton associate kitchen employee Sally Heinitz, Maple Avenue literacy interventionist Julie Schmidt and Maple Avenue instructional paraprofessional Jennifer Bachhuber;
  • appointed Melody Seip as a Hamilton German teacher, Jamie Brzezinski as a Templeton associate kitchen employee and Lawrence Hanlon as a part-time Hamilton Spanish teacher; and
  • approved the associate kitchen employee transfers of Julia Savatski from Woodside to Templeton and Kathy Nyhouse from Marcy to Woodside.

Lannon “Sticks it to Cancer” June 9

Lannon Elementary School will “Stick it to Cancer” on the last day of school with a schoolwide fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Students have been donating money in return for receiving a strip of duct tape that they will use to stick Lannon Principal Brian Balfany to an outside wall or a chair inside, depending on weather.duct-tape

Students also are able to purchase water balloons to bust and whipped cream pies to throw. The event will take place at 2:30 p.m. on June 9.

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