Woodside students jump for heart health

Woodside Elementary School students raised a total of $18,672 for the American Heart Association Jan. 18 through a “Jump Rope for Heart” event. With 245 students and their families participating, Woodside had a 56 percent participation rate from grades 2 through 5.wwolfoptforweb

Fifth grade student Parker Reich achieved Grand Master status for the first time in school history. This honor was earned by performing jumping routines 1-8 with no halts or mistakes. Reich has been practicing routines since kindergarten.

The event was coordinated by Woodside fitness education teacher Jen Reuter who expressed gratitude to participating students and parent volunteers who donated snacks and raffle prizes for the event.

Woodside Elementary School is located at W236 N7465 Woodside Road, Sussex.

Hamilton Band Boosters hosts Italian dinner Feb. 13

An evening of great food and entertainment is in store for the community Feb. 13 as the Hamilton School District Band Boosters hosts its annual Jazzy Italian Dinner from 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. in the Hamilton High School Cafeteria. Tickets for the all-you-can-eat dinner are $10 for adults, $9 for senior citizens over age 60 and students ages 6-12, and $6 for children ages 2-5. Add $1 for tickets purchased at the door.hhs-band-boosters-spaghetti-dinner

The public is invited to enjoy a delicious spaghetti dinner while listening to musical entertainment provided by the Hamilton High School Jazz Band. A 50/50 raffle will be offered. A free combined Templeton Middle School and Hamilton High School band concert follows at 7 p.m. in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center.

The meal of spaghetti with meat or meatless sauce, salad, garlic bread, beverage and dessert will be catered by Quarry Coffee. To guarantee a seat, please call Karen Spence at (262) 617-6828 or email

Hamilton High School and the Hamilton Fine Arts Center are located at W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex.

Four finalists advance to Regional Spelling Bee

Students in sixth through eighth grades competed Jan. 17 in the annual District Spelling Bee at Templeton Middle School. The “district” is a geographical area defined by CESA #1, which sponsors district and regional bees. Students who won classroom spelling bees vied for the honor of participating in the district event.Four finalists of Spelling Bee

The champion speller was seventh-grader Keegan Wichman. Finalists who will also advance to the regional bee are: Aashi Iyengar, grade 6; Dhruv Ahuja, grade 8 and Akash Deepak, grade 8. In honor of their spelling achievement, the top four spellers received trophies.

Top spellers at the district level advance to the regional competition Feb. 19 at the CESA #1 office in Pewaukee. Regional winners continue to the Wisconsin Spelling Bee, in hopes of qualifying for the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee, held in Washington, D.C.

Students who competed in the District Spelling Bee were: Allison Maurer, Kettrick Treichel, Rohit Washikar, Aashi Iyengar, Jackson Schambow, Asia Lock, Faith Kim, Maeve Schummer, Matthew Zietlow, Joshua Xue, Timothy O’Quinn, Keegan Wichman, India Lock, Dhruv Ahuja, Akash Deepak, Devin Eckert, Lillian Miller and Aayush Iyengar.

The event was coordinated by Templeton teacher Tim Cunningham and judged by Lisa Schmeling and Patty Sankey.

Hamilton takes first place at forensics invitational

Hamilton High School’s forensics team earned first place in its division Jan. 13 at the Pirate Invitational hosted at Port Washington High School. It is the first time in team history its won a tournament two consecutive years in the large school division.


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

  • Rashelle Pershman, tournament champion, Varsity Prose;
  • Chloe Miller, tournament champion, Novice Prose;
  • Amanjot Yadev, tournament champion, Informative Speaking;
  • Krystal Fedie, Nicole Hentzell and Manola Inthavong, tournament champion, Group Interpretive;
  • Madison Ruplinger, second place, Informative Speaking;
  • Emma Stokman, second place, Impromptu Speaking;
  • Matthew Gnanadass, second place, Extemporaneous Speaking;
  • Abhijeet Puri, second place, Radio;
  • Molly Coady, third place, Informative Speaking;
  • Manola Inthavong, third place, Poetry; and
  • Mehak Oberoi and Swathi Prasad, third place, Play Acting.

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 students named Financial Literacy Scholars

Hamilton High School is among the top 100 high schools in the country that teach personal finance based on results from the Financial Literacy Certification test. The national ranking was created by Working In Support of Education (w!se), which sponsors the test to empower students to take control of their financial futures.


To be named a Financial Literacy Certification Scholar, students scored 95 percent or higher on the test. The following Hamilton students were enrolled in Amanda Field’s personal finance course during the fall semester and were named 2017 w!se Financial Literacy Certification Scholars:

  • Tyler Bartel;
  • Mabel Jankowski;
  • Jake Lex;
  • Ethan Rahn;
  • Danielle Rhodes; and
  • Jason Schrader.

In addition, Jankowski earned a perfect score and is eligible for the Financial Literacy Ambassador award. Award recipients will be selected by a panel of judges based on a submitted essay and announced in July.

W!se is an educational nonprofit that provides education support services nationwide to build financial literacy, foster business and social entrepreneurship and prepare students for college and the global workplace.

Hamilton teacher passes rigorous certification process

Hamilton High School teacher earns the teaching profession’s top credential by achieving National Board Certification. Science teacher Jessica Ronk recently learned that she earned her certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).Jessica Ronk photo

A voluntary process, National Board Certification is achieved through a rigorous, performance-based assessment that typically takes more than a year to complete and measures what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do. Teachers who earn this advanced teaching credential are among the best qualified in the nation to improve instruction, raise student achievement and improve teaching practices in their classrooms, schools and districts.

“We are proud of Ms. Ronk for her accomplishment,” Hamilton Principal Candis Mongan said. “We believe her experience with the NBPTS certification process will promote her professional career and have an impact on student achievement and learning.”

The national board certification process requires intense self-reflection and measures a teacher’s practice against high and rigorous standards. The advanced system of national board certification complements, but does not replace, state licensing.

Because there is a direct connection between what teachers know and what students learn, NBPTS-certified teachers are expected to possess deep subject knowledge and the ability to teach in ways that help students learn.

Early admission to school deadline approaches

Parents who want their children considered for early admission into a Hamilton School District 5-year-old kindergarten or first grade class next fall should apply in writing by March 1 to their elementary school principal. Application forms are available at elementary school offices.


Children who turn five on or before Sept. 1, 2018 meet normal entrance age requirements for the 2018-19 5-year-old kindergarten class; those who turn six on or before Sept. 1, 2018 are eligible to enter first grade. Parents making application will meet with the principal. During that time, a brief interview will take place and the application will be completed. The child should demonstrate superior intellectual development, superior language skills and advanced physical, social and emotional maturity. Parents will be contacted no later than mid-March, 2018 about the next step in the process.

For more information about early admission, contact an elementary school principal or Special Services Supervisor John Peterson (262) 246-1973 x1184.

Hamilton drama to present “Father of the Bride”

Hamilton High School Drama Department invites the community to its rendition of “Father of the Bride” Feb. 9-11 in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center (HFAC). Shows begin at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. for the Sunday performance.Father of the Bride

The show begins when Mr. Banks learns that one of the young men he has seen occasionally around the house is about to become his son-in-law. Mrs. Banks and her sons are happy, but Mr. Banks is in a dither. The engaged couple, Buckley and Kay, don’t want a big wedding—just a simple affair with a few friends.

We soon learn that the few friends idea is out and in a fit of temper Kay calls off the wedding. Everyone’s patience snaps, but all is set right and the wedding turns out beautifully. In the end although the father of the bride is glad the wedding is over, he realizes it was worth it all to start his daughter off on her road to married life.

General seating tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens. Tickets may be purchased 30 minutes before the show at the HFAC Box Office, Office C in the high school or online at

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

Community invited to learn about referendum

The Hamilton School District has scheduled two presentations for residents to learn more about the Feb. 20 referendum.Growing-Logo-271

The first will be Jan. 22 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Sussex Civic Center, N64 W23760 Main St., Sussex. Superintendent Paul Mielke, Ph.D., and Business Services Assistant Superintendent Bryan Ruud will speak about the referendum and answer questions.

The second one will be Feb. 7 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Hamilton High School Large Group Area. Citizens will be able to meet with architects, general contractors and financial consultants who have worked on facets of the proposed projects. Mielke will give a brief overview of the referendum at 7 p.m., and he and Ruud will be available to answer questions.

In addition, applied engineering and technology teachers will provide tours of current high school facilities. The Large Group Area is located at the back of Hamilton High School, W220 N6151 Town Line Road.

These special events are scheduled to inform community members about the Feb. 20 referendum in which residents will vote on two questions. The referendum seeks a new intermediate school for students in grades 5 and 6, and a classroom addition-renovation project for the high school. The high school project includes renovation and expansion of the applied engineering and technology area and a 15-classroom addition. One question will seek approval for the facilities projects, and the other is for operational costs to open and operate the new intermediate school.