Hamilton drama receives 12 Jerry Award nominations

Hamilton High School Drama Club was nominated for 12 Jerry Awards for the production of “Peter Pan: a Musical Adventure.” Jerry Awards are the high school equivalent of Broadway’s Tony Awards.HHSJerryAwardWdb

Hamilton students will be among southern and central Wisconsin’s top high school musical theatre performers who will gather June 10 at Overture Hall in Madison for the awards show. This is the first year Hamilton has been involved in the program which encourages, recognizes and honors excellence in high school musical theater.

To qualify, three professional reviewers attended Hamilton’s musical and provided a formal critique. Based on that critique, Hamilton was nominated for:

  • Outstanding ensemble: full cast;
  •  Outstanding lead performer: Joseph Davila – Peter Pan, Margaret Flynn – Wendy, and Jonathan Sciortino – Captain Hook;
  • Outstanding supporting performer: Sarah Ludin – Mrs. Darling, Charles Bruch – Smee, and Nolan VanHaren – Tootles;
  • Outstanding choreography: Sarah Plamann;
  • Outstanding scenic design: Bruce Humphries;
  • Outstanding lighting design: Dean Wicker;
  • Outstanding costume design: Darcy Devans and Katie Krause; and
  • Spirit Award: Joseph Davila.

Sarah Plamann, Maple Avenue music teacher, is the Hamilton Drama Club advisor and musical director.

Formerly known as the Tommy Awards, the program was renamed the Jerry Awards after philanthropist and arts supporter W. Jerome Frautschi.

Templeton Robotics wraps up successful season

For the first time in school history, all four Templeton Middle School Junior Robotics teams competed in regional and sectional competitions, and two teams qualified for the First Lego League’s (FLL) state championship. The teams were Radioactive Hydros, Masters of Hydrokinesis, Hydro-Bots and Templeton Typhoons.StandingBulldogWord

  • Mukwonago regional: Radioactive Hydros placed second in the robot games. Masters of Hydrokinesis won the Innovative Solution Award and placed fifth in the robot games.
  •  Waukesha sectional: Radioactive Hydros won the first place Strategy and Innovation Award and placed 18th in the robot games. Masters of the Hydrokinesis won the second place Research Award and placed 26th in the robot games.

The FLL season challenge was to improve the way people find, transport, use or dispose of water.

Masters of Hydrokinesis developed “Rain to Chores,” a product that collects rain water to be filtered and piped to household appliances. Team members were Reed Barthel, Sahebveer Sangha, Krishay Toomu, Pranavesh Saravanan, Akash Deepak, Will Hartman, Zachary Neuman, Jackson Grimm and Jonathan Wang.

“The Pulse Power Shower,” created by Radioactive Hydros, is a special pulsating shower head that saves water without a noticeable difference in water output or pressure. Members of Radioactive Hydros were Cole Klade, Richard Johnson, Akhil Pidikiti, Brady Hicks, Cameron Aron, Alexander Meihsner. Andrew Dahlgren, Prathmesh Konda and Scott Durian

Junior Robotics is an afterschool program that challenges students to work cooperatively to develop engineering solutions to problems that affect everyday lives. Kathy Betters is the Junior Robotics advisor and coach and is assisted by volunteer coaches Kelly Mallinger, Dave Kaiser, Bill Haley, Matt Zank, Jim Sucharski, Deepak Babu, Jason Fuhr and Dave Neuman.

Leland selected Templeton associate principal

The Hamilton School Board approved the selection of Cody Leland as the new Templeton Middle School associate principal at it May 21 meeting. Leland officially begins his new position July 1.CodyLeland-300-2018

Since 2012, Leland has taught social studies, history, science and technology to Richmond School students in grades 6-8. He also held positions of athletic-activities director, summer school principal and wellness coordinator while at Richmond School.

He earned his master’s degree in educational leadership in 2016 from Viterbo University and his bachelor’s degree in education in 2011 from the University of Wisconsin – LaCrosse.

Hamilton Superintendent Paul Mielke, Ph.D., said Leland would serve Templeton students and families well.

“We are pleased to hire an individual who helps students find success through positive interaction and compassionate understanding of their needs,” Mielke said. “Mr. Leland is an outgoing, energetic educator who holds high standards for students and works collaboratively with families and staff to ensure student achievement.”

May 21, 2018

CLASS Committee recognized with Community Service Award

The Hamilton School District presented the CLASS (Community Looking After Student Success) with its 2018 Community Service Award at the May 21 School Board meeting. Public Information Coordinator Denise Dorn Lindberg said CLASS, the citizens’ group that advocated for passage of the Feb. 20 referendum, was deserving of the district’s highest award because its members worked tirelessly to inform the community about the referendum.

“Because the referendum was successful, every student, every family, every staff member in this district will be affected positively – and not just this year and the next, but for decades to come,” Lindberg said.


School Board President Gabe Kolesari (left) and Superintendent Paul Mielke (right) presented CLASS Committee members with the Community Service Award. CLASS Committee members are (beginning second from left) Sandi Blackwell, Fran Clouse, Jamie Schounard, Jennifer Waltz, Liz Mrozinski, Sean Kane, Kelly Wasserburger, Denise Schwid, Marlene Helinski, Stephanie Fox, Wendy Mair, Jen Galang, Bill Haley, Cathy Berrall, Melanie Vonachen, John Washbush, Kristin Westby and Jenna Mielke. CLASS Committee members not pictured: Becky Hubred, Debbie Lykins, Courtney Myhre, Mindy Steighner and Peggy Youngblood.

Retirees honored

The 2017-18 retirements of nine district employees were commemorated at the Hamilton School Board meeting. Combined, the employees provided 199 years of service to the district. Principals and supervisors read commendations for each retiree. Each retiree was given a retirement gift.


Superintendent Paul Mielke (left) and School Board President Gabe Kolesari (third from right) honored retirees. They were (starting second from left) MaryJo Liermann, Lisa Sorenson, Mary Wimmer, Betsy Buchholz, Kathy Schulz, Andy Matthiesen, Patty Coburn and Donna Uselmann. Not pictured: Pauline Phillips.

2018-19 budget approved for presentation at Annual Meeting

The Hamilton School Board gave its approval for the 2018-19 budget that will be presented to voters at the Annual Meeting.

The budget totals $57.5 million, which is a 3.99 percent increase over the current budget. It assumes property value will increase 3.55 percent and state aid will increase 4.56 percent.

The tax rate is projected to be $9.55 per $1,000 of equalized property value – $1 more than the current rate. For each $100,000 of property owned, citizens will pay $955 to support local school taxes which is $100 more than this year’s rate. If student enrollment and property value are greater than the conservative assumptions made in the budget, the tax rate will be lower.

Seniors & Students continues success

Public Information and Volunteer Program Coordinator Denise Dorn Lindberg updated the School Board on the Seniors & Students Program, a volunteer program designed to recruit, train and place senior citizen volunteers age 55 and older in the district. Approximately 225 senior volunteers serve throughout the district. More than 121,000 volunteer hours have been logged since the program began 20 years ago – a value of more than $2.5 million.

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 2018-19 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.

Student representatives recognized


School Board President Gabe Kolesari (left) and Superintendent Paul Mielke, Ph.D., (right) recognized Hamilton High School students (from left) Haley Pifher, Hannah Wenger and Mikayla Cup for their service to the School Board as the student representatives during the 2017-18 school year.

Personnel matters

In personnel action, the School Board:

  • accepted resignations of Hamilton science teacher Jessica Ronk, Hamilton cook Heather Miller, Marcy paraprofessional Paige Langlois, Maple Avenue special education teacher Korbin Biersack, Templeton associate kitchen employee Carol Rabideau;
  • accepted the retirement request of Templeton assistant building and grounds manager Wayne Wendorf; and
  • appointed Cody Leland as Templeton associate principal, Brian Groth as Hamilton High School social studies teacher, Timothy Kruschel and Lisa Benishek as Templeton grade 6 critical literacy teachers, Tammara Metzenheim as high school custodian and Jennifer Ryman as high school science teacher.

Templeton band members successful at state

Five Templeton Middle School Band members competed April 28 in the state-level Wisconsin State Music Association Solo and Ensemble Festival held on the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus.TMSstateWeb

Pranav Karra, snare drum solo, Spencer Margolis, French horn solo and Nicholas Peterson, snare drum solo, earned the highest rating of 1 at state competition. Receiving a 2 rating of very good were Emily Nielsen, flute solo and Connor Tohulka, tenor sax solo.

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

Bring items to free recycling event May 19

Cimco Recycling Milwaukee will set up May 19 from 7:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to accept recyclable metals and other items from community members. The Cimco dumpster will be located in the Templeton Middle School parking lot at the end of Turley Way, the service drive between Hamilton High School and Templeton. The event is hosted by Hamilton High School Robotics Team 537.recycle

It’s a great time to clean out your home and garage and dispose of items, free of charge. Bring your aluminum, stainless steel, brass, cast iron, sheet iron and copper items to the dumpster at Templeton. This includes crutches, walkers, faucets, Christmas lights, screws, nuts, bolts, pipe, lawn mowers (no fluids), bikes, grills, appliance cords, soda cans and more. Please check out the Cimco Recycling list of accepted and prohibited items.

Templeton Middle School is located at N59 W22490 Silver Spring Dr., Sussex.

Hamilton announces April students of the month

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


They are:

  • Zachary Balsiger, applied engineering and technology;
  • Skyler Campanelli, art;
  • Ryan Ciolkosz, business education;
  • Ryan Krueger and Deondre Woody, communication arts;
  • Kaitlyn Tyriver, family and consumer sciences;
  • Garret Staab, fitness education;
  • Kaleigh Bell, mathematics;
  • Megan Jansett, music;
  • Nolan Rieder, science;
  • Madison Ruplinger, social studies; and
  • Madison Denny, world languages.

Students received a certificate and a pin for their accomplishment.

School Board accepting applicants for Butler seat

The Hamilton School Board is accepting applications from Butler residents interested in filling a seat on the board. The deadline for application is May 23.SchoolBoardVacancy

Deborah Briggs, who served as the Butler representative to the School Board for 24 years, chose not to seek re-election this spring, and no Butler resident filed to run for the seat.

The Hamilton School Board has seven seats representing five municipalities and two at-large posts. While district voters cast ballots for all the positions, candidates must live in the communities they represent. Candidates can live anywhere in the district to qualify for the at-large positions.

When a vacancy on the School Board occurs, the remaining members are responsible to appoint a qualified citizen to fill the position. The applicant appointed to the position must be a Butler resident and will serve until spring of 2019 when he or she can run to fill out the remainder of the three- year term which ends in April, 2021.

The School Board approved a timeline outlining the process to fill the vacancy including:

  • May 9-23 – candidates may submit letter of application and complete Declaration of Eligibility to Hold Office as an Appointee;
  • June 7 – School Board holds special meeting to interview and consider applicants;
  • June 8 – School Board president informs applicant of board’s decision; and
  • June 18 – Appointed applicant takes oath of office at School Board meeting.

Butler citizen interested in applying for the position should contact the Superintendent’s Office at (262) 246-1973 x1108.

Hamilton named Top Workplace for seventh consecutive year

For the seventh consecutive year, the Hamilton School District was listed among the best places to work in southeastern Wisconsin in “The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Top Workplaces.” Hamilton was among the 150 businesses and organizations named in a special section of the Sunday, May 6 newspaper and online at https://www.jsonline.com/business/top-workplaces.Top-Workplace-Window-Sticker-2018-small

Evaluation for the Top Workplaces program is based on feedback from an anonymous employee survey conducted by Energage, an independent research firm.

Hamilton DECA members compete at International Career Development Conference

Fourteen Hamilton High School students competed April 21-25 at the DECA International Career Development Conference in Atlanta.

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The following students are recognized for their participation and achievement:

  • Shiva Senthil competed in entrepreneurship and medaled for his test score.
  • Andrew Tai competed in travel and tourism and medaled for his test score.
  • Jason Gahr competed in principles of marketing.
  • Sophia Detweiler, Haley Pifher and Rashmi Majjigapu competed and participated in workshops for School-Based Enterprise.
  • Tyler Vandermolen competed in travel and tourism.
  • Arushi Ranasaria competed in principles of hospitality.
  • Maxwell Unger competed in business services.
  • John Weber competed in sports and entertainment marketing.
  • Rushil Patel and Benjamin Cady competed in hospitality services.
  • Brian Wiedenfeld competed in quick serve restaurant.
  • Maanya Kashyap completed in marketing communications.

As a chapter, Hamilton was also recognized for being a Gold Certified School-Based Enterprise.

Hamilton DECA members and DECA advisor and business education and marketing educator Amanda Fields were among 15,000 DECA members, advisors and partners from over six countries who attended the conference. DECA student members take part in regional and state competitions designed to simulate real-life business scenarios and test students’ academic understanding and skills development. The top state winners put their talents to the test during the program’s final round of competition in Atlanta.

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. DECA enhances the preparation for college and careers by providing co-curricular programs that integrate into classroom instruction, apply learning, connect to business and promote competition.

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