Hamilton’s kindergarten registration begins in January

Kindergarten registration for children who will attend the Hamilton School District in the 2018-19 school year will begin Jan. 30. The district offers kindergarten programs for 4-year-olds (4K) and 5-year-olds (5K) with bus transportation offered for both.K-registration

  • 4K is an optional half-day program at Willow Springs Learning Center for children who turn four on or before Sept. 1, 2018.
    5K is a full-day program at neighborhood elementary schools for children who turn five on or before Sept. 1, 2018.

Students new to the district
Students who are enrolling in the district for the first time begin the registration process by going to www.hamilton.k12.us and choosing the “New to district” button. Families with other children already enrolled in the district may log into their Infinite Campus parent portal and click on “2018-19 New Student Registration.”(Current Willow Springs 4K students are already registered and do not need to register again for 5K.)

The registration process is completed by bringing the child’s original birth certificate, immunization record and two proofs of residency to the school where the child will attend in the 2018-19 school year. Those registering for 4K will go to Willow Springs and 5K students will go to their neighborhood elementary school.

Following is contact information and times when schools will accept documents to complete the registration process:

  • Willow Springs Learning Center – W220 N6660 Town Line Rd., Menomonee Falls (262) 255-6190
    Jan. 30, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Jan. 31, 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.; Feb. 1, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Lannon Elementary – 7145 N. Lannon Rd., Lannon (262) 255-6106
    Jan. 30, 31 and Feb. 1, 9:30 – 11 a.m. and 1:30 – 3 p.m.; additional hours of 4-6 p.m. on Jan. 31
  • Maple Avenue Elementary – W240 N6059 Maple Ave., Sussex (262) 246-4220
    Jan. 30, 31 and Feb. 1, 9 – 11 a.m. and 1 – 3 p.m.; 4-6 p.m. on Jan. 31
  • Marcy Elementary – W180 N4851 Marcy Rd., Menomonee Falls (262) 781-8283
    Jan. 30, 31 and Feb. 1, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. and 1 – 3 p.m.; 4-6 p.m. on Jan. 31
  • Woodside Elementary – W236 N7465 Woodside Rd., Sussex (262) 820-1530
    Jan. 30, 31 and Feb. 1, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.; 4-6 p.m. on Jan. 31

Hamilton schools contribute to community during holidays

Hamilton School District students, staff and families showed appreciation for the needs of others during the holidays by contributing to charitable organizations and extending acts of kindness within the community and beyond.BuddyClass1 students with books

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Following is a summary of activities at each school.

Willow Springs Learning Center
Willow Springs Learning Center four-year-old kindergartners and their families contributed generously to Sussex Outreach Services (SOS) this holiday season. Families and staff collected more than 300 gifts, and students hand-delivered them as a group to St. James Catholic Church where they sang songs before returning to school. The toys and gifts will be distributed within the local community.

Lannon Elementary School
Lannon Elementary School students, families and staff members collected 650 items for the SOS Food Pantry. In addition students, families and staff participated in a special toy drive, led by Lannon fifth grade student and cancer survivor Ryan Palm-Pascale, to benefit children in the Hematology, Oncology and Transplant unit at Children’s Hospital. The toy drive generated nearly 100 items for children who are spending the holidays as patients at Children’s Hospital.

Lannon staff sponsored a Sussex area family of four for Christmas and generously donated toys, books, bedding, coats, grocery gift cards and several household items to help them this holiday season.

Students decorated 340 paper grocery bags donated by Sussex Piggly Wiggly to be used at the Sussex Food Pantry Christmas dinner distribution.

Maple Avenue Elementary School

Maple Avenue staff sponsored a Sussex area family of five for Christmas and generously donated food, toys and games, books, kitchen and laundry supplies, clothing, toiletries, grocery and other gift cards to help them this holiday season.

Maple Avenue buddy classes in first and third grades earned money by doing extra work at home. They raised $587 to purchase 150 books and book sets for all ages and reading levels that families could enjoy during the holiday season. All books were donated to SOS.

Christina Garley’s fifth-grade classroom is collecting money for a charitable organization as part of its “Buck a Book” program.

Marcy Elementary School

Marcy students raised $600 for the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight.

Staff and students are tying fleece blankets for Project Linus which is a nonprofit organization providing homemade blankets to children in need.

Kindergarten students are planning a toy drive in February to benefit Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. The donations will be part of a program called “Jack’s Toy Shop” in honor of a young cancer patient.

First grade classes participated in their annual food drive for the Sussex Food Pantry. Students brought in nonperishable items to donate.

Second grade classes participated in two charitable activities this year. Students made cards and potted plants as gifts for people in a nursing home. They will also be sending cards and notes to children at Children’s Hospital.

Third grade classes will be participating in a fundraiser and walk for the Muscular Dystrophy Association in support of one of their classmates.

Fourth grade students are making blankets for Children’s Hospital patients.

Fifth grade is leading a grade-level project to raise money for Water for South Sudan. The organization drills new wells, rehabilitates older wells, and provides hygiene education in villages located in South Sudan. The project is related to “A Long Walk to Water” that was a class read-aloud book.

Woodside Elementary School

Kindergartners in Peter Dargatz’s class collected “Dargatz Dollars” for classroom tasks in their “wants and needs” unit. Dollars are turned in for items the students wanted and donated to patients in need at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Students and families also signed a giving contract and gave up one holiday want to donate to those in need. The kindergartners will be leading an all-school Children’s Hospital fundraiser in January. An inaugural Cookies & Cocoa for a Cause event was held Dec. 2 raising more than $1,600 for the project. The current class contribution is close to $2,500.

Kindergarten classes delivered gifts for 100 residents at Serenity Village, an assisted living residence in Slinger. As part of the Kindergarten Service Project, students and their families signed up to provide gifts for individuals at the facility. The gifts were distributed at the residents’ holiday party. This is the seventh year for the service project.

Woodside first grade and third grade families brought donations for the Sussex Food Pantry to their holiday music performances.

The fifth grade Students of Service Club made cat treats and dog toys for the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County and decorations and non-skid stockings for nursing home residents.

Woodside families and staff members collected $2,000 before Thanksgiving to create turkey tubs filled with groceries for families in need in Milwaukee’s Notre Dame Middle School community for the sixth consecutive year. Woodside students were asked to donate money they earned by doing chores at home. Parent volunteers shopped for groceries to build the tubs. Items included a frozen turkey, bag of stuffing, jar of gravy, sweet potatoes, fresh vegetables, bread, canned cranberries, a fresh pie, beverages, appetizers such as crackers and nuts, along with an aluminum roasting pan. All of the items were put into 35 large sturdy tubs and delivered to families.

Templeton Middle School

Student Council sponsored a toy drive for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. A grand total of 334 toys were collected. Students competed according to house colors. Toys were dropped off to the hospital the week of Dec.18.

Hamilton High School

Spanish Club adopted two Hispanic families with six children total through the Waukesha County Christmas Clearing Council. Students in all Spanish classes donated money to purchase gifts for the families including winter jackets, clothing, toys, books and gift cards. Spanish Club members wrapped the gifts and the officers delivered them to the families.

Hamilton A Cappella, Cantabile and Concert Choirs spread cheer by caroling at the Sussex tree-lighting ceremony, Sussex Lioness Club luncheon and Milwaukee’s Third Ward tree-lighting ceremony.

Hamilton German Club raised money and collected clothing to help in the fight against homelessness, poverty and hunger in the Milwaukee metro area. A club wide coin drive raised $200 which was used for the purchase of items to be donated to the Milwaukee Rescue Mission. Items purchased included socks, t-shirts, jackets, toiletries, hats and toys. German Club also collected more than 300 articles of clothing that were donated to the Milwaukee Rescue Mission.

Club Action continued its school supply collection to benefit Hope Center of Waukesha. Club members sold apple cider at Charger Challenge with all proceeds to benefit a selected nonprofit organization. Members have been been active volunteers in community events such as Spooky Sussex, Apple Harvest Festival and the Sussex tree-lighting ceremony. Club Action raised funds to support Panda conservation efforts and continue to circulate funds through Kiva.org which provides business loans to impoverished women around the world.

Hamilton School Student Council adopted four children through the Waukesha County Christmas Clearing Council. Student Council members joined together to shop and wrap the gifts. A Spirit of Giving initiative was held in school. Students from all four grade levels were randomly selected to receive a $10 gift card. Student Council also made a donation of gifts, toys, games and coloring books to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin with funds raised through various fundraising efforts including Charger Challenge.

Hamilton DECA members shopped for holiday presents for the first grade class at Gaenslen Elementary School in Milwaukee. Gaenslen first-graders completed “All About Me” forms and Hamilton DECA members provided gift bags with at least one nice toy and other inexpensive gifts to these students. Gaenslen is located in a Milwaukee neighborhood that has one of the lowest household incomes in the state. Several of the first grade students are homeless. In addition to delivering presents, Hamilton DECA took cookies and juice. Hamilton students spent the afternoon of Dec. 15 reading books, putting together new toys and playing with the children for whom they shopped. This has become an annual event for Hamilton DECA and is always a heart-warming experience for the students who participate. The advisor and 25 students made the trip.

National Honor Society (NHS) held a community blood drive serving the Blood Center of Wisconsin. More than 150 people donated — enough to save 134 lives. Members also hosted food drives to benefit SOS the week before Thanksgiving, producing more than 3,000 pounds of food and $2,500 in donations. NHS sponsored a family through the Christmas Clearing Council of Waukesha. Fifteen NHS members assisted at the Hamilton Education Foundation Charger Challenge: Turkey Edition.

Charger Robotics Team 537 holds monthly drives for nonperishable food and personal care items to support SOS.

Offices A, B, C, and Publications – High school staff members adopted two families providing them with many items to brighten their holidays including wrapped gifts of toys, games, clothing, personal items, household goods and gift cards.

District staff members

Staff members throughout the district adopted two families in lieu of exchanging gifts with one another. They provided wrapped gifts of toys, games, clothing, food, personal items, household goods and gift certificates for families in need of support.

Hamilton student is Wisconsin Microsoft Word champion

Hamilton High School sophomore Logan Mumper is the Wisconsin state champion in the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Word 2016 exam. Mumper will go on to compete June 13-15 at the 2018 MOS U.S. National Championship in Atlanta.MumperFB250

A student in Toni Hillmann’s Computer Application class, Mumper was among other classmates who take industry-standard tests after each unit that includes Word, Excel and PowerPoint. In all, 34 Hamilton students have been MOS certified, demonstrating specialized competence in Word 2016. Certification provides industry-leading assessments of skills and knowledge, giving students real-world exercises to appraise their understanding of Microsoft Office.

This is only the second year that Hamilton has participated in Microsoft Imagine Academy, a nationwide program that allows schools to offer fundamental technology skills training and rigorous technical courses for students who are interested in pursuing a career in information technology after graduation. Microsoft initially provided a grant that allowed Hamilton to participate in the program.

Hamilton student is Wisconsin’s Microsoft Word champion

Hamilton High School sophomore Logan Mumper is the Wisconsin state champion in the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Word 2016 exam. Mumper will go on to compete June 13-15 at the 2018 MOS U.S. National Championship in Atlanta.MumperFB250

A student in Toni Hillmann’s Computer Application class, Mumper was among other classmates who take industry-standard tests after each unit that includes Word, Excel and PowerPoint. In all, 34 Hamilton students have been MOS certified, demonstrating specialized competence in Word 2016. Certification provides industry-leading assessments of skills and knowledge, giving students real-world exercises to appraise their understanding of Microsoft Office.

This is only the second year that Hamilton has participated in Microsoft Imagine Academy, a nationwide program that allows schools to offer fundamental technology skills training and rigorous technical courses for students who are interested in pursuing a career in information technology after graduation. Microsoft initially provided a grant that allowed Hamilton to participate in the program.

December 18, 2017

Hamilton Show Choir performs holiday song

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The Hamilton School Board enjoyed a holiday treat at its Dec. 18 meeting as the Hamilton High School Show Choir performed a rendition of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” made famous by the a capella group Straight No Chaser.

Female athletes recognized

Two female athletes were recognized for state competition.

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Junior Kirsten Leonardi qualified as an individual for state golf competition.

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Madeline Paar, a freshman, competed on a state swimming relay team.

Alternate teacher evaluation model gets good marks from staff

Elementary teachers and administrators described their experience in the district’s Alternate Teacher Evaluation Model that they participated in beginning this fall. The model allows teachers to use a different process than the Educator Effectiveness evaluation system that includes being videotaped, visiting other classrooms and meeting as a group to share what they have learned in the process.

 

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Marcy teachers Kathy Mueller and Julie Greenwald, Woodside teachers Mindy Pilecky and Aaron Greenwald, and Marcy principal and associate principal Michele Trawicki and Katie Ritchie and Woodside associate principal Linda Hake had positive things to say about their experiences.

All agreed that the alternative model provides more meaningful feedback for teachers. Rather than being focused on a checklist, teachers have greater ability to choose the skills they want to develop. Several teachers appreciated being able to visit other classrooms for ideas on how to implement new strategies. They said reviewing the videos of themselves in the classroom revealed things they would have not noticed otherwise.

Per-pupil allocations similar to last year’s

Schools begin their annual budget process for the 2018-19 school year using similar parameters as they did last year. The exception is that library allocation will drop $1 per student to align with anticipated funds. The district is expecting an increase of 70 full-time equivalency students. The parameters schools have been given as they budget for next year are:

  • General school allocation will remain at $108 per student for elementary students, $138 for the middle school and $168 per student at the high school.
  • The library allocation will decrease to $33 per student at all levels.
  • Capital outlay per-pupil allocations will remain at $18 per elementary student, $20 per middle school student and $25 per high school student.

Personnel matters

In personnel matters, the School Board:

  • accepted resignations of Templeton grade 8 teacher Kerri Warsh, effective June 11, Lannon special services paraprofessional Sara Doubek, effective Jan. 19, and Lannon literacy interventionist Kirstin Seizer, effective Dec. 18
  • approved retirement request of Templeton special education teacher Lisa Sorenson, effective June 11; and
  • appointed Michelle Sinks as Hamilton guidance clerical paraprofessional effective Dec. 13, Abigail Kesler as Hamilton special education replacement teacher effective Jan. 22, Kirstin Seizer as Marcy and Maple special education replacement teacher effective Dec. 19, and Keith Murphy as district network and client support technician, effective Jan. 2.

Hamilton students named GMC Scholar Athletes

The Greater Metro Conference has named the following Hamilton High School students Fall 2017-18 Scholar Athletes.

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The Scholar Athletes are:

  • Madison Adams, Hallie Anton, Brenna Kelbel, Emma O’Neill – girls golf;
  • Emily Hirn, Kristin Thompson – girls volleyball;
  • Mary Kremer, Karen Nakhla – girls tennis;
  • Regina Golding, Megan Gundrum – girls swimming and diving;
  • Lauryn Dye, Kylie Friedrich, Taylor Fuerstenberg, Megan Jansett, Eliana Selin, Rachel Seraphine, Riley Swope, Carolyn Troutman, Ella VanHaren – girls cross country;
  • Bryce Batzko, Ryan Coe, Michael Swope, Brian Wiedenfeld, Benjamin Cady – boys cross country;
  • John Carran, Brandon Kloehn, Bryan Yu – boys soccer; and
  • Scott Bruch, Ryan Filo, William Geels, Austin Goodreau, Adam Hartung, Jacob Heinzelman, Christopher Lawrence – football.

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

Hamilton football players share cookies, carols with Brookdale residents

Hamilton High School freshman, sophomore and junior football players spread Christmas spirit Dec. 8 by sharing cookies and songs with residents at the Brookdale Senior Living Center in Sussex.

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More than 35 football players gathered at the home of Chris Botsford, Woodside Elementary School fitness education teacher and a coach for the Hamilton Chargers football team. They decorated more than five dozen cookies that they shared with Brookdale residents. They then sang Christmas carols at Brookdale and in the surrounding neighborhoods.

“Although the pitch and tone of our voices may not have been perfect, the giving hearts of our young student athletes grew many times that evening,” said Jay Bergemann, Templeton Middle School art teacher and a Chargers’ football coach.

Bergemann said reaction from the residents and community members proved that the football players’ goal to bring goodwill and joy to the community was successful.

“The beaming smiles, hugs and well wishes given certainly confirmed it,” Bergemann said.

Baking cookies and Christmas caroling is a part of celebrating the holidays for the Hamilton football players who have carried out the tradition for 11 years.

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Hamilton earns five awards at SkillsUSA competition

Hamilton High School’s SkillsUSA team earned five awards Dec. 4 at the District 4 competition hosted at Watertown High School.

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Award winners were:

  • Bailey Smith, first place in Screen Printing
  • Laura Kuchar, first place in Advertising Design
  • Alexa Mayer, second place in Screen Printing
  • Morgan Waldenberger, second place in Advertising Design
  • Rachel Betters, third place in Advertising Design

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives, working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. It helps each student excel. A national nonprofit organization, SkillsUSA serves high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical, health and skilled service occupations.

Hamilton announces November students of the month

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

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They are:

  • Peyton Boelk, applied engineering and technology;
  • James Waldenberger, art;
  • Ella Chevalier, business education;
  • Augustus Bronson and Michael Campbell, communication arts;
  • Emma O’Neill, family and consumer sciences;
  • Mia Traverse, fitness education;
  • Vincent Polidori, mathematics;
  • Emily Sereg, music;
  • Lakyn Graves, science;
  • Jenna Riesterer, social studies; and
  • Isabella Brundage, world languages.

Students received a certificate and a pin for their accomplishment.

Hamilton to hold childcare fundraiser Dec. 16

Hamilton High School students are offering parents the gift of time during this busy holiday season. Early childhood education and development students are holding a Saturday Child Care fundraiser Dec. 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It will be held in the Hamilton High School play group classroom.Childcare-fundraiser 1-2-3 and ABC blocks

Children of all ages are welcome. Registration is $25 per child and $10 for the third child. Age-appropriate activities and a snack for children ages 3 and older will be provided.

Proceeds will be used to help fund the class trip to Costa Rica where students will assist elementary school teachers and children.

To register or for more information about the event, please contact Family and Consumer Education teacher Janine Farrell at farrja@hamilton.k12.wi.us.