Hamilton’s kindergarten registration begins Jan. 29

Kindergarten registration for children who will attend the Hamilton School District in the 2019-20 school year will begin Jan. 29. The district offers kindergarten programs for 4-year-olds (4K) and 5-year-olds (5K) with bus transportation offered for both.Kindergarten-Registration-250

  • 4K is an optional half-day program at Willow Springs Learning Center for children who turn four on or before Sept. 1, 2019.
  • 5K is a full-day program at neighborhood elementary schools for children who turn five on or before Sept. 1, 2019.

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” link. Families with other children already enrolled in the district may log into their Infinite Campus parent portal and click on “2019 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 2019-20 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 29: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Jan 30: 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Jan 31: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Lannon Elementary – 7145 N. Lannon Rd., Lannon (262) 255-6106
    Jan 29, 30 and 31: 9:30 – 11 a.m. and 1:30 – 3 p.m.
  • Maple Avenue Elementary – W240 N6059 Maple Ave., Sussex (262) 246-4220
    Jan 29, 30 and 31: 9 – 11 a.m. and 1 – 3 p.m.; 4 – 6 p.m. on Jan. 30
  • Marcy Elementary – W180 N4851 Marcy Rd., Menomonee Falls (262) 781-8283
    Jan 29, 30 and 31: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. and 1 – 3 p.m.; 4 – 6 p.m. on Jan 30
  • Woodside Elementary – W236 N7465 Woodside Rd., Sussex (262) 820-1530
    Jan 29, 30 and 31: 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.; 4 – 6 p.m. on Jan. 30

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. Following is a summary of activities at each school.Marcy5thGr-FoodDrive-Web477

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 807 items for the SOS Food Pantry.

Lannon staff sponsored a family of four from SOS for Christmas and generously donated toys, games, household items, gas and grocery gift cards and clothing items to help them this holiday season.

Students decorated 340 paper grocery bags donated by Sussex Piggly Wiggly to be used at the SOS Food Pantry Christmas dinner. Additionally, students made and donated more than 100 sandwiches to Guest House of Milwaukee.

Maple Avenue Elementary School
Maple Avenue students, families and staff members collected 600 items for the SOS Food Pantry.

Maple Avenue staff sponsored a Sussex area family of four for Christmas and generously donated a queen size bed frame and box spring, bedding, 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 more than $595 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.

Marcy Elementary School
Kindergarten students are collecting items and donations to benefit Wildlife in Need Center.

First grade classes participated in their annual drive for personal hygiene items, socks and t-shirts to donate to Zablocki Veterans Administration Medical Center. Packages decorated with U.S. symbols include donated items, thank you cards made by students and individual sweet treats. Students also collected non-perishable food items to “Stuff the Gingerbread House” which will be donated to SOS Food Pantry.

Second grade classes conducted a food drive for Menomonee Falls Food Pantry.

Third grade classes will be collecting for families in California who lost items in recent fires.

Fourth grade students are working with SOS to coordinate donations for area families.

Fifth grade led a non-perishable food drive to benefit SOS Food Pantry.

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 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. 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 nearly $2,500.

Kindergarten classes delivered gifts for 96 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. Gifts were distributed at the residents’ holiday party. This is the eighth year for the service project.

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

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 seventh 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 items were put into 33 large sturdy tubs and delivered to families. A donation of $217 from funds that remained after the tubs were prepared was donated to SOS Food Pantry.

Templeton Middle School
Templeton students participated in Toe-vember, a sock drive organized by Student Council. In total, 561 pairs of women and children’s socks were donated to Hebron House of Hospitality in Waukesha. A competition between houses helped to make the drive an overwhelming success.

Student Council also sold snowflakes and collected donations at the school dance and was able to donate $40 to Hebron House.

Hamilton High School

Hamilton A Cappella, Cantabile and Concert Choirs spread cheer by caroling at Sussex Lioness Club luncheon, Lions Club dinner, Sussex Senior Citizens Christmas Luncheon and Milwaukee’s Third Ward tree-lighting ceremony.

Hamilton’s Synergy Sh ow Choir is raising money for Thirst Project, a non-profit organization that builds clean wells to provide water for villages around the world.

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

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 first grade students are homeless. In addition to delivering presents, Hamilton DECA took cookies and juice. Hamilton students spent the afternoon of Dec. 14 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 students who participate. The advisor and 30 students made the trip.

Hamilton German Club raised money and collected clothing to support individuals and families in need in the Hamilton School District. A club-wide coin drive raised over $125 which was used for purchase of items to be donated to SOS. Items purchased included food pantry items, toiletries, winter outerwear and toys. Hamilton German Club also collected more than 150 articles of clothing that were donated to SOS.

JOI (Junior Optimist International) Club sponsored a school-wide collection of donations for Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child project. Students and staff donated clothing, school supplies, hygiene products and toys. JOI sponsored a “Pack the Van” Nov. 7 with JOI members, Student Council members and NHS students who assembled 2,000 items in 125 boxes to be sent to South America and Africa.

National Honor Society (NHS) held a community blood drive serving Blood Center of Wisconsin. More than 112 people donated — enough to save 321 local patients in need. Members hosted food drives at Sussex Piggly Wiggly and Pick N Save to benefit SOS the week before Thanksgiving, producing 3,448 pounds of food and $3,275 in donations. NHS sponsored a family in need for the holidays through Christmas Clearing Council of Waukesha.

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

Spanish Club adopted three Hispanic families with a total of 10 children through Waukesha County Christmas Clearing Council. Students in all Spanish classes donated money to purchase gifts for families including winter jackets, clothing, toys, books and gift cards. Spanish Club members wrapped gifts and officers delivered them to families.

Hamilton School Student Council adopted three families through Waukesha County Christmas Clearing Council. Student Council members joined together to shop and wrap 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.

Club Unique raised money through a flower sale and donated 100 percent of the profits to Healing Hearts of Waukesha County. Money was able to support this local charity to provide for grieving children and their families.

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 a family 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 teacher receives Financial Literacy award

Working in Support of Education (w!se) awarded Hamilton High School business education teacher Amanda Fields its Gold Star Teacher Award. Fields is one of only 550 teachers in the country to earn the award.HHS-sign-Home-Of-Chargers

The award is based on the results of the Financial Literacy Certification test administered to students in Hamilton personal finance classes during fall 2017 or spring 2018.

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.

December 17, 2018

2 Great Start days for elementary, intermediate students in 2019-20 calendar

Hamilton School Board members approved the 2019-20 school year calendar with two significant changes.

Elementary and intermediate schools will have two days before the start of classes to conduct Great Start conferences and student assessments. Known as Jump Start conferences at Willow Springs Learning Center, the additional time that would traditionally be the first two days of school will be set aside for teachers to meet with parents and gather information about students’ academic levels before the start of classes. It is expected to help staff gain a better understanding of their students sooner in the school year.

Another change is a day off in October for students and staff to achieve a more balanced schedule between semesters.

Other key dates in 2019-20 are:

  • Nov. 27, 28, 29 – break before, after and on Thanksgiving Day;
  • Dec. 23-Jan. 1 – winter break;
  • March 23-27 – spring break;
  • April 13, May 22, June 12 and 15 – break or snow make-up day; and
  • June 11 – last day of school for students.

Fall teams, athletes recognized

Hamilton High School athletes and teams that were conference champs or sectional or state qualifiers were recognized at the School Board meeting. Athletic-Activities Director Mike Gosz introduced coaches and their teams.

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Girls Cross Country state qualifier Isabel Seay

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Girls Cross Country team conference champions with coaches Stephen Schmidt and Ben Nysse

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Boys Cross Country team sectional champions and state qualifiers with coaches Schmidt and Nysse

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Girls Volleyball sectional team qualifier with coach Traci Buhr

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Girls Golf team sectional qualifier with coach Randy Howard

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Girls Swim state qualifiers Madeline Paar, Nicole Simson and Faith Johnson

(The boys soccer team, which was a state finalist, will be recognized at a future meeting.)

Personnel action taken

In personnel action, the School board:

  • approved the retirements of Templeton grade 6 teacher Cynthia Alexander, Templeton special education teacher Catherine Norene, and Marcy grade 1 teacher Beth Schaefer, all effective at the end of the school year;
  • accepted the resignations of Hamilton High School administrative assistant Samantha Nehls, effective Dec. 12, Marcy special services paraprofessional Candy Bauer-Goetz, effective Dec. 21, and Marcy grade 2 teacher Brigid Ingram, effective Dec. 17.
  • appointed Kim Pierce as Marcy associate kitchen employee, Julie Rossi as Templeton part-time custodian, and Jane Schmid as Hamilton cook, all effective Dec. 17.

Parameters set for school budget planning

Budget parameters for schools planning their 2019-20 school year budget will be the same as last year for existing schools. New this year will be the addition of Silver Spring Intermediate School to the mix. The parameters schools have been given as they budget for next year are:

  • General school allocation will be $108 per student for elementary, $128 for intermediate, $138 for middle and $168 for high school.
  • The library allocation will be $33 per student at all levels.
  • Capital outlay per-pupil allocations will be $18 per elementary and intermediate student, $20 per middle school student and $25 per high school student.

Hamilton student selected to state leadership seminar

Sophomore Samantha Consiglio has been selected to be the Hamilton High School representative to the 2019 Wisconsin Leadership Seminar (WILS). Only one sophomore is nominated to participate from each school in the state.

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The 2019 Wisconsin Leadership Seminar will be held June 14 – 16 at Carroll University. The mission of WILS is to identify outstanding high school sophomores throughout Wisconsin who are responsible citizens in their community or school and encourage their leadership potential. For more information please visit www.wils.us.

Students perform at Middle School Honors Band Festival

Seven Templeton Middle School students were nominated and selected to participate in the 52nd annual University of Wisconsin (UW)-Milwaukee Middle School Honors Band Festival.

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The students are eighth-graders Colleen Flynn, Will Hartman, Ava Schweikart, Hiranmayi Swaminathan, and Brock Volden and seventh-graders Margaret Kidd and Marisa Lehner. They were among 300 Wisconsin students selected to participate.

The festival provides the region’s most motivated and accomplished middle school instrumentalists an opportunity to work together and with nationally-known conductors.
Students participated Nov. 16-18 in master classes with UW-Milwaukee Department of Music performance faculty and heard performances by UW-Milwaukee ensembles. A final concert was held Nov. 18 in the Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts.

Hamilton named to ninth AP Honor Roll

Hamilton School District is one of just 373 districts across the U.S. and Canada named to the ninth annual Advanced Placement (AP) District Honor Roll by the College Board.

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Districts on the list are honored for expanding access to AP course work while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams.

Hamilton Principal Candis Mongan credited staff members and students for the school’s success. “This recognition demonstrates that students continue to maintain or improve in areas that are essential for their success after high school,” Mongan said. “It also shows the ability of teachers to prioritize instruction so that students experience an academically challenging educational program.”

Inclusion on the ninth annual AP Honor Roll is based on examination of three years of AP data in which districts must:

  • increase AP participation and access by at least four percent in large districts, six percent in medium districts and 11 percent in small districts;
  • increase or maintain the percentage of exams taken by minority students and increase or maintain minority students scoring 3 or more on at least one AP exam; and
  • improve or maintain performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2018 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2016, unless the district has already attained a performance level in which more than 70 percent of the AP students are scoring a 3 or higher.

“Success in Advanced Placement is a combination of students’ own motivation and the opportunities educators provide for them,” said Trevor Packer, College Board senior vice president. “I’m inspired by the teachers and administrators in this district who have worked to clear a path for more students of all backgrounds to earn college credit during high school.”

Inclusion in the AP Honor Roll is based on a review of three years of AP data from 2016 to 2018. Through 38 college-level courses, each culminating in a rigorous exam, AP provides academically prepared students with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement or both at more than 4,000 four-year colleges and universities.

The complete 9th Annual AP District Honor Roll can be found at https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/score-reports-data/awards/honor-roll

Hamilton band, choir prepare for performance on global stage

Hamilton High School band and choir are getting ready for a performance of a lifetime. They will participate in the 2019 London New Year’s Day Parade (LNYDP) and Festival.HHSChargerBand500-web

Charger Marching Band will be part of the Jan. 1 parade, which London has hosted for the past 30 years, that will be seen by 500,000 spectators on the streets of London and an estimated television audience of 600 million people. The parade follows one of the city’s most famous thoroughfares that travels through Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, Lower Regent Street, Waterloo Place, Pall Mall, Cockspur Street, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall and Parliament Street.HHS-Choir-500-web

Along with the parade is the LNYDP concert series and grand finale. Hamilton Concert Choir will perform a solo concert at the 800-year-old renown Southwark Cathedral and it will participate Jan. 2 in the culminating London International Choral Festival Gala Concert at Westminster Central Hall. The choir will work with distinguished musicians and conductors throughout their rehearsals and performance.

Local citizens will be able to experience the musicians’ performance by live-streaming them at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcPP2YOJfKY, including:

  • Cadogan Hall band concert – Dec. 30 at 1:30 p.m.;
  • Parade – Jan. 1 from 6 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.; and
  • Choral festival – Jan. 2 from 1:45 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Students have been preparing for this historic performance for more than a year – rehearsing and raising funds for the exceptional travel and music development opportunity.

“We are extremely grateful to have the chance to perform internationally,” said Hamilton Choir Director Marilyn Mascitti. “For many, this will be a once-in-a-lifetime trip overseas.”

“People learn so much through travel and experience, and our students will come back with lessons they would never have learned through books alone,” she said.

Hamilton Band Director Jon Waite believes the performance-travel experiences will have a profound impact on students.

“Many of our students haven’t left the state, let alone the country, and when you throw in performing in historic venues, for so many people it just make the experience so educationally rich,” he said. “We are extremely proud and excited to have this opportunity.”

The 140-member Hamilton Charger Marching Band is one part of a comprehensive instrumental music program that includes two concert bands, two jazz bands, pep band, numerous chamber ensembles and other opportunities. The marching band finished one of its most successful seasons this fall by placing third in class AAAA at the Wisconsin Marching Band Championships.

Hamilton’s choir program is more than 125 singers strong, offering unique opportunities for performance and other music experiences. The choral program consists of Concert, Cantabile, Hamiltones A Cappella and Synergy Show choirs. The various choirs have performed and competed throughout Wisconsin and have traveled to New York and Orlando with the band.

The Hamilton Band Boosters and Hamilton Choir Boosters clubs are dedicated parents who support the band and choir through organizational and fundraising activities.

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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  • Noah Kusserow, applied engineering and technology;
  • Morgan Donnelly, art;
  • Miranda Simons, business education;
  • Katelyn Richter, communication arts;
  • Abriana Duch, family and consumer sciences;
  • Samantha August, fitness education;
  • Jenna Withrow, mathematics;
  • Manola Inthavong, music;
  • Isabel Seay and Kayla Treuber, science;
  • Harrison Henry, social studies; and
  • Maeghan Schley, world languages.

Students received a certificate and a pin for their accomplishment.

Hamilton Junior Optimists “Pack the Van” for children

Members of Hamilton High School Junior Optimist Club, with help from the National Honor Society and Student Council, met in November to pack 125 shoe boxes with items that were shipped to children in South America and Africa.GroupPhoto600Web

Junior Optimist Molly Hubred, a senior, spearheaded Hamilton’s involvement in Operation Christmas Child which provides children with shoe boxes filled with clothing, school supplies, hygiene products and toys. It is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization.

Teachers throughout the high school had large boxes in their classrooms for two weeks that students filled with donated items. Junior Optimists, National Honor Society and Student Council members then packed individual shoe boxes after school with a variety of items to be given to children affected by war, poverty, natural disaster, famine and disease.

The Junior Optimists is Hamilton’s newest club and is associated with the adult Optimist Club of Sussex, Lisbon, Lannon and Butler, which provided pizza at the pack-the-van event and chipped in for shipping costs associated with the project.

Optimist President Diane Matuszak welcomed the new student group and congratulated them for forming their club.

“The Optimist Club experience will undoubtedly develop your hidden talents and skills and will prepare you to be future community leaders, here in your community, or where ever your feet land you after graduation,” Matuszak said.

Hamilton communication arts teacher Debbie Figueroa is advisor to the Junior Optimist Club.

A video with more photos from the event is at: https://youtu.be/rMG0k3Ryk20