Heyn wins Templeton Geographic Bee

After nail-biting competition, Templeton Middle School produced its school champion from the top nine finalists in its Geographic Bee.HeynGeoBee

Eighth-grader Sophia Heyn emerged as the 2019 school champion after rounds of intense questions, up against eight other school finalists. The other finalists were Jarrett Borkowski, Andrew Dahlgren, Mason Desai, Riya Mathews, Samuel Maurer, Hailey Stubler, William Tennyson and Logan Wambach. Mathews took second place.

All Templeton students participated in a preliminary round by taking a 25-question written test. Students who scored highest on that test advanced to the semi-final round and the nine finalists took part in the final championship round Jan. 8.

As the school champion, Heyn will take a written test to qualify for state level competition. Up to 100 of the top scorers in each state will be eligible to compete March 29 in state level National Geographic Bee events. The winner of each state bee will travel to Washington, D.C., in May to participate in the national event.

The annual National Geographic GeoBee is a geography competition designed to inspire and reward students’ curiosity about the world. Questions cover not only geography, but also cultures, physical features, history and earth science.

Hamilton cheerleaders perform at Citrus Bowl

Three Hamilton High School cheerleaders performed Jan. 1 in the 73rd Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. Laura Steiner, Kaitlyn Slaats and Mackenzie Irene were among more than 800 cheerleaders from across the United States to participate.Citrus-Bowl-2019-wide-477

Cheerleaders invited to perform in the pre-game performance were nominated by summer camp leaders from the National Cheerleaders Association, a part of the Varsity Spirit brand.

The students traveled to Orlando for a week of rehearsals in preparation for the Citrus Bowl pre-game performance. The cheerleaders performed in front of nearly 60,000 fans at this popular college football game, the seventh oldest collegiate bowl in the country.

January 8, 2019

Position for intermediate school principal approved

School Board members approved a position description for an intermediate school principal which will have a 260-day contract.

While a new position was created, the district will not have more administrative positions because two part-time elementary associate principal positions will be cut in the 2019-20 school year. With students in grade 5 moving to the intermediate school, all elementary school enrollments will drop below 600, the point when an associate principal is considered. Silver Spring Intermediate School will have an associate principal because its enrollment will be more than 600 students.

Drama students recognized for advancing to nationals


(From left) Hamilton Principal Candis Mongan introduced students Joe Davila and Maggie Flynn and Drama Director Sarah Plamann.

Hamilton High School sophomores Joe Davila and Maggie Flynn were recognized for advancing to national competition after qualifying at the Wisconsin High School Theatre Festival. They were introduced by elementary school music teacher Sarah Plamann who is also the high school theatre director.

The students competed in the Thespian Individual category with Davila performing a monologue from the shows “Harvey” and “My Fair Lady,” and Flynn performing the solo “Journey to the Past” from the musical “Anastasia.”

Davila and Flynn are the first Hamilton students to qualify for national competition in the One-Act Contest. They will compete in June at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.

Y-Care to be offered with Summer Opportunities

In a written report, Lannon Principal and Summer Opportunities Coordinator Brian Balfany informed the School Board on plans for the upcoming summer school session which will operate June 19 to July 17 with days off on July 4 and 5. The program will be offered at two sites – Hamilton High School and Maple Avenue Elementary School.

New for parents who enroll their children in Summer Opportunities will be the option to use Y-Care services after summer school classes are done for the day, according to Superintendent Paul Mielke, Ph.D. YMCA childcare, provided independently of the Summer Opportunities program, will be at Woodside Elementary School on days when summer school is in session. Only students enrolled in Summer Opportunities, who will be bussed to Woodside as part of the shuttle bus service, will be able to participate. Families will contract with YMCA directly to participate.

Mielke said additional opportunities for popular STEM classes will be available this year, and an ACT prep course is being investigated for high school students.

Fees that cover the consumable materials used in class will remain at the same $4-$20 level they have been in the past. The bus service that shuttles students to and from elementary schools and the high school will remain at a cost of $20 per rider.

Three incumbents, one challenger in School Board election

In his report to the School Board, Superintendent Paul Mielke, Ph.D., reported that three incumbents whose positions are up for re-election this spring and one challenger have filed papers to run for School Board. Rebecca Zingsheim, who was appointed to fill the Village of Butler seat last year, will run to complete the final two years of the term. Gabe Kolesari, whose position is designated from the Village of Sussex, and Jennifer Waltz, who serves an at-large position, filed papers to run again. Waltz will be challenged by Lori Schnitzka for the at-large seat. A primary election will not be necessary. The general election will be April 2, and successful candidates will take office April 22.

Personnel business

In other personnel business, the School Board:

  • approved the resignation of Marcy grade 4 teacher Patricia Mayer effective Dec. 30, 2018 and Templeton special education teacher Kim Bruessel effective Jan. 18;
  • accepted retirement requests of Maple Avenue technology integration teacher Terese Manske and Marcy literacy interventionist Susan Ladd, both effective at the end of the 2018-19 school year; and
  • appointed Gail Greve as a Maple Avenue literacy interventionist replacement effective Jan. 2, Justine Klug as Templeton associate kitchen employee effective Jan. 7, Elisabeth Leach as Marcy special services paraprofessional effective. Jan. 22 and Amy Jung Templeton special services paraprofessional effective Jan. 22.



Hamilton Girls Softball team plans 5K fundraiser

Hamilton Girls Softball team is coordinating a 5K Color Splash Run fundraiser April 20 beginning at 8 a.m. at Hamilton High School.

ColorSplashFundRunWebThe Color Splash Run is an untimed fun run with color splash zones where participants will be doused in color and features live music at the start and finish line.

Registration is $30 and those who register by April 5 are guaranteed a race bib, color packet and a Get Active Color Splash t-shirt. To register or to make a donation to support the team, please visit https://secure.getactivefundraising.com/event/2019—Hamilton-High-School—Sussex-WI

Hamilton High School is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex. Questions? Please contact Coach Goike at goikma@hamilton.k12.wi.us.

More than construction progress at new intermediate school

While community members can see the physical construction progress of the new Silver Spring Intermediate School, less obvious but just as important is the work being done to create a new learning environment for students in grades 5 and 6.Silver-Spring-Panthers-Logo-w-Name-250

Following are key tasks for opening a new school that have been completed or are underway:

  • School mascot – Panther was chosen to represent the school in a districtwide online parent survey, and a graphic image was created.
  • Principal – The position has been posted with interviews expected in January and the principal announced by March. Feedback from a November parent survey will be used to create a candidate profile, formulate interview questions and select the new principal.
  • Staffing – An initial staffing plan was created after teaching staff certified to teach grades 5 and 6 were able to express their interest in teaching at the new school. Affected teachers were notified of staffing decisions. Support staff – including paraprofessionals, custodians and office assistants – have been asked their interest in working at the new school, and those who will transfer will be announced in the spring.
  •  Student offerings – Work on curriculum, grading and extracurricular activities are underway and will be presented for School Board approval in January.
  • School day – Start and end times, bell and lunch schedules and important school dates will be finalized and announced in March.
  • A parent information meeting is scheduled for June 5 when parents will learn more details about how the school will operate, staffing and opportunities and services available to students.

Current grade 8 students, parents invited to Hamilton Orientation & Open House Feb. 13

Hamilton High School will welcome incoming ninth-graders and their parents to its Eighth Grade Orientation and Open House Feb. 13 beginning at 6 p.m. in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center, W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex.


At the Orientation, a brief introduction to the high school and an overview of the registration process will be presented. Course catalogs and other registration materials will be distributed. Students and parents will receive further information about high school requirements, honors courses and four-year planning.

Templeton Middle School students will receive their core course recommendations at this meeting. Parochial school or out-of-district students will receive a packet with instructions to get recommendations from their current teachers.

The Open House, which is open to families registering a student in any grade, will be from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Administrators, school counselors and representatives from departments, clubs, extracurricular and athletic activities will be on hand to answer questions. For a complete list of participants please visit www.hamilton.k12.wi.us./schools/hamilton/athletics-and-activities/. Tours will be conducted by National Honor Society members.

Prior to the Orientation and Open House, informational meetings for students interested in band and choir will be held at 5:30 p.m. The band meeting will be in the band room and the choir meeting will be in the Little Theater.

Those unable to attend the Orientation and Open House or parents of private school students whose school was not notified about this event should contact the Guidance Department at (262) 246-6476 x1130. Parents with specific questions are encouraged to contact the appropriate high school counselor at (262) 246-6476.

Last names Counselor Extension # E-mail
A-C Kristin Hasbrook 1128 hasbkr@hamilton.k12.wi.us
D-I and W-Z Helen Geracie 1135 gerahe@hamilton.k12.wi.us
J-P David Johnson 1133 johnda@hamilton.k12.wi.us
Q-V Tricia Rigg 1134  riggtr@hamilton.k12.wi.us