Hamilton schools to observe Veterans Day

Hamilton School District students, staff and families will observe Veterans Day with a variety of activities at school.Flag

Willow Springs Learning Center, W220 N6660 Town Line Road, Menomonee Falls
Willow Springs 4K students, staff and families will honor veterans Nov. 8 with programs beginning at 10:15 a.m. and 2 p.m. that include a “wall of bricks” highlighting the names of veterans who are part of the Willow Springs family. A program including stories, songs and presentation of flags to veterans by their 4K child will mark the occasion. Students are invited to wear red, white and blue for the program.

Lannon Elementary School, 7145 N. Lannon Road, Lannon
Lannon Elementary School will host a Veterans Day and “To Honor America” performance Nov. 8 at 10 a.m. for students and the community. The event will feature patriotic songs and a parade through school to celebrate veterans and those serving the Armed Forces. Lannon will continue its more than 20-year tradition of creating a thank you banner and writing thank you letters that will be delivered to the Veterans Administration Hospital in Milwaukee. Students will also write letters to future Wisconsin Honor Flight honorees.

Maple Avenue Elementary School, W240 N6059 Maple Avenue, Sussex
Maple Avenue Elementary School students and staff have several activities planned to honor veterans.

  • All students and staff will wear red, white and blue for a program to honor veterans Nov. 8 at 9:15 a.m. in the gymnasium with students performing songs for honored guests and visitors. Maple Avenue Boy Scouts will conduct the Presentation of Colors. The Hamilton High School Choir will perform. Coffee and treats will be served at a small reception following the program.
  • A Veterans Day themed display created from red, white and blue paper stars decorated by students will be in the school lobby.

Marcy Elementary School, W180 N4851 Marcy Road, Menomonee Falls
Marcy Elementary School will host its annual Veterans Day program Nov. 8 beginning at 9:00 a.m. A slide show with pictures of veterans who are relatives of Marcy students will be shared with students as they enter the gymnasium. Fifth grade Boy Scouts will present the colors. Fifth-graders will explain how respect is shown to veterans. Wally Kangas, who was in the Air Force during the Vietnam War, will be the featured speaker at the assembly. Marcy students will raise money to send veterans on future Honor Flights and make posters that will be given to the Sussex Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Woodside Elementary School, W236 N7465 Woodside Road, Sussex
Woodside is planning its annual Veterans Day music celebration beginning at 9 a.m. on Nov. 6. The event includes:

  • a flag ceremony by Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts;
  • singing of The National Anthem led by Hamilton School Board member Jennifer Waltz;
  • an honor wall featuring photographs of veterans who are relatives of Woodside students;
  • singing of patriotic songs and thank you letters written by first grade students; and
  • an Armed Forces medley in which veterans in the audience will stand to receive student applause.

Templeton Middle School, N59 W22490 Silver Spring Drive, Sussex
Templeton Middle School will recognize the contributions of American veterans Nov. 8 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at its 18th Annual Veterans Day Program. Visitors are asked to arrive at 8:15 a.m.

Marine Corps Maj. Colin Marty will give the Veterans Address. Marty has been in the Marines for 13 years and will join the Marine Corps Reserves this December. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 2006 and winged as a naval aviator in 2009. Marty was deployed overseas twice to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and to Germany in support of Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Crisis Response.

A ceremonial laying of the wreaths will honor soldiers who became prisoners of war or missing in action. Guest veterans who attend the program will be individually introduced and their military service recognized.

Students will honor the country’s veterans during the ceremony as well.

  • The Student Council President will lead the “Pledge of Allegiance.”
  • The Eighth Grade Chorus and Eighth Grade Band will perform patriotic songs.
  • The Patriotic Essay Contest winner will read his or her essay.

Templeton teachers Ben Filzen, Tim Kruschel and Katherine Leitzke are coordinating a video production that will feature photos of military personnel and veterans who are related to Templeton students. The video will play continuously in the school lobby starting Nov. 5 and will be featured during the ceremony.

Hamilton High School, W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex
“Taps” will be performed by a Hamilton High School trumpet player Nov. 12 before the daily announcements. Athletic-Activities Director Michael Gosz will read a commemorative passage about the historical significance of Veterans Day which will honor the brave service men and women. A moment of silence will be observed. Hamilton High School Choir members will perform at Maple Avenue Elementary School.

Hamilton yearbook earns honors

Hamilton High School’s yearbook, The Lance, earned the All KEMPA award, Kettle Moraine Press Association’s highest rating of excellence.Yearbook-awardWeb

Lance members learned that their 2018 yearbook, “Our Greatest Hits,” earned the prestigious award Oct. 12 at the annual KEMPA Fall Scholastic Journalism Conference. The conference was held on the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater campus.

Students Cassie Dondlinger and Jakob Nowak attended the conference along with Hamilton special education teacher and yearbook advisor Nikki Hammer. Other students who were members of the extracurricular club when “Our Greatest Hits” was created but not able to attend the conference were Abby Meihsner, Juliette Mattair and Nathanael Moss.

Hamilton National Honor Society to sponsor blood drive

Hamilton High School National Honor Society (NHS) will sponsor a Blood Drive Nov. 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the school’s Auxiliary Gymnasium.HHS-sign-Home-Of-Chargers

Students, families and community members are encouraged to participate. Pre-registered appointments and walk-ins will be accepted. Parental consent is required for 16-year-olds to donate. Community members are asked to enter through Hamilton’s cafeteria doors and for security purposes will need to show a driver’s license upon entry.

Blood donors will need to provide photo identification that includes birth date and answer basic health history questions. The entire process takes about an hour, and snacks and drinks will be served to donors.

Please visit https://donor.bcw.edu/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/160379 to schedule an appointment. Please contact Jacque Gorski or Misti Swanson, Hamilton NHS advisors at (262) 246-6471 x1123 with any questions.

The high school is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex.

Templeton to honor veterans at ceremony

Templeton Middle School will recognize the contributions of American veterans Nov. 8 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at its 18th Annual Veterans Day Program. Visitors are asked to arrive at 8:15 a.m.Flag

Marine Corps Maj. Colin Marty will give the Veterans address. Marty has been in the Marines for 13 years and will join the Marine Corps Reserves this December. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 2006 and winged as a naval aviator in 2009. Marty was deployed overseas twice to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and to Germany in support of Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Crisis Response.

A ceremonial laying of the wreaths will honor soldiers who became prisoners of war or missing in action. Guest veterans who attend the program will be individually introduced and their military service recognized.

Students will honor the country’s veterans during the ceremony as well.

  • The Student Council President will lead the “Pledge of Allegiance.”
  • The Eighth Grade Chorus and Eighth Grade Band will perform patriotic songs.
  • The Patriotic Essay Contest winner will read his or her essay.

Templeton teachers Ben Filzen, Tim Kruschel and Katherine Leitzke are coordinating a video production that will feature photos of military personnel and veterans who are related to Templeton students. The video will play continuously in the school lobby starting Nov. 5 and will be featured during the ceremony.

Following the program, honored veterans will be invited to participate in a small reception in the Large Group Area. All veterans and public officials are invited to attend. Please call the school at (262) 246-6477 x4145 or x4147 by Oct. 31 to RSVP.

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

Hamilton alumni group donates to HEF

For the second year, the Hamilton High School Alumni Reunion Committee donated $1,500 to the Hamilton Education Foundation. Alumni-gift-to-HEF-webThe donations were possible because of the committee’s successful reunions held at Sussex Village Park each year.

The Hamilton Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization that generates financial support for programs and projects that enhance, extend and enrich educational opportunities offered to the students in the Hamilton School District community.

Hamilton drama presents “The Prince and the Pauper”

Hamilton High School Drama invites community members to attend “The Prince and the Pauper” Nov. 9 – 11 at the Hamilton Fine Arts Center (HFAC). Shows are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday.REDOPrince and Pauper Poster.jpg (003)

“The Prince and the Pauper” is the story of two young boys who are identical in appearance: Tom Canty, a pauper who lives with his mother and sister in Offal Court in London, and Prince Edward, the son of King Henry VIII. After the two boys meet at the Palace Gate, they exchange clothes in the Prince’s Quarters and confusion ensues. When the guards discover them, the “pauper” is thrown out of the palace and each boy ends up trapped in the other’s world. From the splendor of the palace to the brutality of lower class London, from a prison to a coronation, the result is the adventure of two lifetimes.

This play is based on the classic novel by American author and master storyteller Mark Twain, best known for “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” This dramatic version was adapted by Anne Coulter Martens.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. They may be purchased at Hamilton High School’s office C, online at the HFAC website www.hamiltonfineartscenter.com or at the HFAC box office 30 minutes before each show. Only cash or checks can be accepted at the ticket window.

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

Willow Springs to celebrate playground

Willow Springs Learning Center will host a special Playground Celebration Oct. 26 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. to thank the many families who made contributions over the past five years to the 4K Parent Group to purchase new playground equipment.Willow Springs

All current and past Willow Springs families are invited to celebrate and play on the new equipment. The Sussex Area Service Club will be acknowledged as a major contributor. Food trucks will be available to purchase a light dinner or snack while families enjoy the new playground equipment.

Willow Springs Learning Center is located at W220 N6660 Town Line Road, Menomonee Falls.

Tax rate increase far below estimate

When Hamilton School District voters went to the polls in February, they expected to be voting themselves a 98 cent increase in their tax rate to pay for a new intermediate school and Hamilton High School renovation and expansion projects. Instead, the tax rate will increase only 37 cents.Tax-rate-board-web420

The good news for taxpayers came Oct. 15 as Hamilton School Board members approved a $57.4 million budget that includes a mil rate of $8.92 – instead of $9.55 that was predicted at the July Annual Meeting.

The owner of a $300,000 home will pay $2,676 in school taxes – an increase of $111 over last year’s taxes, but less than the approximately $300 increase that was projected.

The lower-than-expected mil rate is attributable to community growth and higher property values that spread school costs over more and higher-valued properties and increased state aid. During the referendum, school officials conservatively estimated that property value would increase by 2 percent. The district’s equalized valuation actually increased by 4.67 percent in the past year.

“During the referendum, we wanted to be sure that the tax impact would be no greater than what we projected, which is why we used conservative estimates,” said Hamilton Superintendent Paul Mielke, Ph.D.

“Property values and the growth within our communities were far greater than our projections and additional state aid further helped to minimize the tax impact on residents,” he said.

When the intermediate school opens in the 2019-20 school year, additional operational costs will be on tax bills. The operational costs were expected to increase the tax rate by an additional 39 cents per $1,000 of property value, but if property valuation exceeds projections as it did this year, that amount will be less as well.

The 2018-19 budget is up 3.92 percent increase over the current budget. The increase reflects expenses due to increased cost-of-living as determined by the state.

The new net tax levy — the portion of the budget paid by local taxpayers — increased to $31.5 million from $28.8 million in 2017-18. Debt service increased from $668,450 in 2017-18 to $4.2 million in 2018-19.

Each October, the School Board must adopt the budget, certify the tax levy and establish the tax rate after the Department of Revenue determines property values in the district. Tax bills are sent to property owners in December.

Hamilton schools to observe Red Ribbon Week

Hamilton School District students, staff and families will observe Red Ribbon Week Oct. 22 – 26 with a variety of activities at school. Activities highlight good choices, healthy habits and the fight against drugs.

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Lannon Elementary School, 7145 N. Lannon Road, Lannon
Lannon staff and students will participate in healthy activities and games throughout Red Ribbon Week.

Tuesday, Oct. 23 –

  • Students and staff are invited to wear red in recognition of Red Ribbon Week.

Maple Avenue Elementary School, W240 N6059 Maple Avenue, Sussex
Maple Avenue encourages all students to participate in “Be on the Healthy Track” during Red Ribbon Week with the following themes and activities.

Monday, Oct. 22 –

  • Daily theme – “Healthy kids show respect to themselves and others!”
  • Students are invited to wear red.

Tuesday, Oct. 23 –

  • Daily theme – “Healthy kids work hard for a bright future!”
  • Students are invited to wear neon colors.

Wednesday, Oct. 24 –

  • Daily theme – “Healthy kids get lots of exercise!”
  • Students are invited to wear their favorite sporting, activity or team clothing.

Thursday, Oct. 25 –

  • Daily theme – “Healthy kids get lots of sleep!”
  • Students are invited to wear pajamas.

Friday, Oct. 26 –

  • Daily theme – “Healthy kids are true to themselves and show their own style!”
  • Students are invited to wear wacky socks, mismatch outfit or crazy hair.

Marcy Elementary School, W180 N4851 Marcy Road, Menomonee Falls
“Life is your journey, travel drug free!” is the Red Ribbon Week theme at Marcy. Making healthy choices for our bodies is a theme that continues throughout the year.

Tuesday, Oct. 23 –

  • Daily theme – “Healthy Body, Healthy Mind”
  • Students are invited to wear pajamas to school to encourage healthy sleep habits and bring a healthy snack.

Wednesday, Oct. 24 –

  • Daily theme – “Spread Kindness like Confetti”
  • Students perform acts of kindness for others and hang red ribbons with messages of kindness on lockers or in the hallway.

Thursday, Oct. 25 –

  • Daily theme – “RED-y for Life”
  • Students are invited to wear red clothing.

Friday, Oct. 26

  • Daily theme – “Strong Together”
  • Students dress in Marcy spirit wear or Marcy colors of blue and yellow.

Woodside Elementary School, W236 N7465 Woodside Road, Sussex
Woodside will focus on a different way to be healthy on each day of Red Ribbon Week.

Monday, Oct. 22 –

  • Daily theme – “Mindful Monday”
  • Student announcers will deliver a message on the benefits of mindfulness and teachers will lead students through a mindfulness exercise.

Tuesday, Oct. 23 –

  • Daily theme – “Tasty Snack Tuesday”
  • Students are encouraged to bring a healthy snack and will discuss the benefits of healthy eating habits.

Wednesday, Oct. 24 –

  • Daily theme – “Woodside Friend Wednesday” and “Wear Red”
  • Students and staff are invited to wear red. Students are encouraged to demonstrate friendship skills and good manners. There will be a discussion about how friendships are part of a healthy support system.

Thursday, Oct. 25 –

  • Daily theme – “Think Healthy Thursday”
  • The focus will be on positive thinking and having a growth mindset in order to achieve goals. Students will receive a Red Ribbon pencil with the message “Woodside: Healthy Together.”

Friday, Oct. 26 –

  •  Students and staff are encouraged to wear fitness or sports-related apparel. Student announcers will deliver a message about the benefits of being active. Teachers will conduct a movement activity with students.

Templeton Middle School, N59 W22490 Silver Spring Drive, Sussex
Templeton Middle School’s Red Ribbon Week theme is “Life is your journey – travel drug free.”

Monday, Oct. 22

  • Students will view a video announcement created by TMS Student Council which features a skit performed by students to highlight the “Life is your journey – travel drug free” theme.

A banner with the theme will hang outside the cafeteria. Students are encouraged to write down a future goal, bucket list item or destination they would like to accomplish that could not be achieved if they used drugs. The banner will remain up for Red Ribbon Week.