February 18, 2019


Literacy Lounge engages students in reading

Templeton Middle School grade 7 teachers Mary Caucutt and Ashley Pfeifer and nine of their students described their school’s Literacy Lounge which was started two years ago with a grant from the Hamilton Education Foundation. Their goal was to create a coffee shop or bookstore environment that encouraged students to engage in reading and discuss books. This year they took it to another level by inviting older volunteers from the Seniors & Students Program to participate in book discussions. They showed a video that they submitted as part of entrance in the Follett Challenge.

Instructional Services reports on purchases, curriculum, assessments

Instructional Services Supervisor Katherine Little, Ph.D., gave three reports in which she recommended resource purchases and updated the School Board on curriculum committee processes and standardized assessments.

  • The School Board adopted nearly $220,000 of math, family and consumer sciences, science and social studies resources as recommended by committees of teachers. Funds will come from Educational Services Department, high school and career prep grants and student fees.
  • The following curricular areas are under review or are being developed: K-12 science; K-12 English language arts; intermediate school applied engineering and technology, and health and wellness; high school courses of math and logic, culture of healthcare and digital design and web development.
  • The Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS) is a comprehensive statewide program that includes the Wisconsin Forward Exam, ACT Aspire, ACT, ACT WorkKeys, Dynamic Learning Maps, ACCESS for ELL and National Assessment of Educational Progress. In addition, the district implements elementary benchmark assessments in reading, mathematics and writing, along with Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments and the Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS). After looking into the STAR assessment as a potential replacement for MAP, administrators recommended continued use of MAP.

Personnel business

In personnel matters, the School Board:

  • Accepted the resignation of Hamilton cook Jane Schmid, effective Feb. 15; and
  • Appointed Kayln Graziano as Hamilton High School administrative assistant, effective Feb. 25; and Laurie Roth as executive assistant to the instructional services supervisor, effective March 1.

Hamilton coach selected to study rugby in England

USA Rugby and Premiership Rugby have selected Hamilton High School Girls’ Rugby Assistant Head Coach Victor Drover as recipient of its Premiership Rugby Scholarship.Victor-DroverWeb

Drover was one of only 30 coaches in the country selected for the all-expenses paid week-long trip to England to study coaching with England’s Premiership teams, rugby’s equivalent to the National Football League.

As a result of the intensive program to be held in March, Drover will earn Level-300 coaching certification which is held by only six coaches in the state and about 500 coaches nationwide.
Coach Drover was on the inaugural staff when the Hamilton Rugby Football Club started two years ago and resides in the Hamilton School District.

Hamilton High School communication arts teacher and Girls’ Rugby Head Coach Barry Holloway appreciates what he has already done for the team.

“I don’t think the team would have been as successful on and off the field without him.” Holloway said. “He is incredibly deserving of this honor, and I am excited to see what he will bring to Hamilton after getting experience with some of the top teams in Europe.”

For more information about Hamilton girls’ rugby club please visit https://hamiltonrfc.org/.

Four finalists advance to Regional Spelling Bee

Students in sixth through eighth grades competed Feb. 6 in the annual District Spelling Bee at Templeton Middle School.SpellingBeeWeb

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.

The champion speller was sixth-grader Lucas Vera Paez. Finalists who will also advance to the regional bee are: Kaitlin Belke, grade 7; Olivia George, grade 8; and Audrey Davies, 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. 18 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:

  • grade 6 – Lucas Vera Paez, Aiden Kischer, Colton Selby, Rohan Nuthi, Achintya Bhan and Henry Scherf;
  • grade 7 – Jenavieve Mendoza, Adit Bhootra, Kettrick Treichel, Kaitlin Belke, Allison Maurer and Owen Peterson; and
  • grade 8 – Scotland Nicholson, Olivia George, Varun Nuthi, Audrey Davies, William LaCroix and Dayton Licklider.

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

Hamilton announces January students of the month

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


They are:

  • Jake Sohre, applied engineering and technology;
  • Nikolas Rehfeld, art;
  • Eric Doese, business education;
  • Paul Osterman, communication arts;
  • Gabrielle Rovge, family and consumer sciences;
  • Faith Frei, fitness education;
  • Kayla Olson, mathematics;
  • Emmett See, music;
  • Jonah Lonkoski and Taylor Sohre, science;
  • Cynthia Yan, social studies; and
  • Delaney Klawitter, world languages.

Students received a certificate and a pin for their accomplishment.

Hubred, Sciortino named Presidential Scholar candidates

Hamilton High School seniors Molly Hubred and Jonathan Sciortino were named candidates for the 2019 Presidential Scholars Program. The U.S. Department of Education identified approximately 5,000 candidates among students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in 2019.


The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors. Candidates were selected for their exceptional performance on either the College Board SAT or ACT assessment, excellence in the fine arts or career and technical education or scholarship while overcoming hardships.

The Commission on Presidential Scholars will select semi-finalists in April and Presidential Scholars in May. The Commission selects up to 161 students to be named Presidential Scholars, one of the highest honors for graduating seniors.

One male and female student will be named scholars from each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and families of U.S. citizens living abroad. Scholars are chosen based on superior academic and artistic achievement, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities. Further consideration is based on students’ essays, self-assessments, descriptions of activities, school recommendations and school transcripts.

Hamilton schools celebrate Youth Art Month with art show at Pauline Haass Public Library

In celebration of Youth Art Month, the artwork of students from throughout the Hamilton School District will be on display during March at the Pauline Haass Public Library, N64 W23820 Main St., Sussex. The public is invited to view the artwork during regular library hours.YouthArtMonthWeb

A reception honoring the artists and their teachers, held in the library, will be open to the public from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. March 7. The Friends of the Pauline Haass Public Library will provide refreshments.

Youth Art Month is celebrated each year to emphasize the value of art education for all children and to encourage public support for quality school art programs. It began in 1961 as Children’s Art Month with support from the nonprofit Crayon, Water Color and Craft Institute and the National Art Education Association.


Hamilton offers Summer Opportunities for students

Hamilton School District will again offer its popular Summer Opportunities Program designed to provide enrichment, enjoyment, skill maintenance and development for students entering 4K through grade 8.2019wDates430

It also provides middle school and high school enrichment opportunities, credit make-up courses, strength and agility training and driver’s education.

Summer school for students will begin June 19 and end July 17 for enrichment courses. Some high school classes have different schedules. Classes will run Monday through Friday with vacation days on July 4 and 5. Transportation will be available for a fee.

Class listings and information on registration and transportation will be available the week of Feb. 18 on the district’s website at www.hamiltondist.k12.wi.us, under “Student Learning & Services.”

Class requests may be made Feb. 25 through March 15. Families requesting popular courses should provide additional options when making class requests for their children. On April 15, families will be able to view student schedules and pay class fees.

For more information, please contact the Summer Opportunities Office at (262) 255-3653. The mailing address is: Hamilton School District Summer Opportunities Office, 7145 N. Lannon Road, Lannon, WI 53046-0376.

Kindergartners to celebrate literacy

Willow Springs Learning Center 4-year-old kindergartners will celebrate Feb. 26 the 19th annual Literacy Night at their school.WillowSpringsLogoWeb

Students and their families are invited to attend the activities from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The event will be an open house with five literacy stations running continuously.

Literacy Night is a fun-filled, interactive family night where students and a parent come back to school to play rhyming and sequencing games, learn about puppet-making and enjoy environmental print letters and their sounds. Students will receive a book and create a take-home project as a remembrance.

Willow Springs is located at W220 N6660 Town Line Rd., Menomonee Falls.

February 5, 2019

Peperkorn chosen Silver Spring principal

The Hamilton School Board approved the hiring of Mark Peperkorn as the principal of Silver Spring Intermediate School at its Feb. 5 meeting. He will begin his new position July 1.Peperkorn-at-meeting-500

Peperkorn has been principal at Pilgrim Park Middle School in the Elmbrook School District since 2015. He was the Pilgrim Park associate principal before then. He started his career in education in 1997 as a social studies teacher at Waterford Union High School. He earned his master’s degree in educational leadership from Marian University in 2009 and his bachelor’s degree in social studies from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire in 1995.

“We are fortunate to hire Mr. Peperkorn who has significant experience as a successful administrator and educator,” said Hamilton Superintendent Paul Mielke, Ph.D. “He is known as a highly visible, engaged leader who has the ability to build a collaborative learning environment by listening to and understanding the needs of students, families and staff.”

“His strong knowledge of instructional practice, desire to support the best interests of students and ability to forge positive partnerships with families and the community will serve Silver Spring Intermediate School well,” Mielke said. Hamilton School Board members approved the appointment of five employees including the new Silver Spring Intermediate School principal.

Marcy students contribute to review of Addams book nominees

Marcy Elementary School second grade teacher Whitney Roth, along with four of her students, described their involvement with the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Program, named in honor of the first American woman who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931.Roth-students-250 The award is given to children’s books that advance the causes of peace and social equality. The Marcy students explained the criteria used for the award.

Roth first participated in the program while an education student at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. After becoming a teacher at Marcy, she had students read and discuss nominated books and provide their insights about the books based on criteria of the program. Her reviews of the nominated books now include perspectives of her students.

Personnel news

In other personnel business, the School Board:

  • approved the retirement request of Woodside reading specialist Pamela Welter, effective at the end of the school year; and
  • appointed Tamera Ericksen as a part-time Woodside Elementary School special education paraprofessional, effective Feb. 11 and Melissa Brokate El-Meanawy as a Templeton Middle School replacement special education teacher, effective Jan. 24.

Board members report on state convention

School Board members Jay Jones and Mike Hyland as well as board president Gabe Kolesari reported on the sessions they attended at the 2019 State School Boards Association Convention.

Students approved for early graduation

In a report, Hamilton High School Principal Candis Mongan presented the applications of juniors – Kayla Kidman, Vincent Polidori, Zoe Schultz and Payton Wunschel – who requested to graduate early. The students met School Board policy requirements and will be eligible to graduate in January 2020.