Templeton Junior Robotics excels in FLL competition

Templeton Middle School had its best year ever in FIRST LEGO League (FLL) competition, with two of its teams qualifying for state competition – one of them earning a state award.

Members of the Radioactive Pyros and Bullistic Bulldogs were among 36 teams statewide that competed Feb. 23 in the Wisconsin FLL Championship. The Radioactive Pyros won the Project Research Award and were nominated for the Project Presentation Award. The statewide award is the first in Templeton history.TMS-FLL-Preparing-For-Robot-CompetitionWEB

Previous to the state competition, Templeton’s three teams – the Radioactive Pyros, Bullistic Bulldogs and Templebotz – competed in regional and sectional tournaments.

At regionals:

  • Radioactive Pyros won the Project Research Award and was runner-up for the Robot Performance Award;
  • Bullistic Bulldogs won the Project Innovation Solution Award; and
  • Templebotz was nominated for the Robot Mechanical Design and Teamwork Awards.

In sectional competition:

  • Radioactive Pyros won the Project Presentation Award and was nominated for the Gracious Professionalism and Champions Award; and
  • Bullistic Bulldogs won the Project Research Award and was nominated for the Project Innovative Solution Award.

TMS-FLL-PyrosGroupAtRegionalsWEBFLL challenges kids to think like scientists and engineers. This year, teams chose and solved problems related to long duration space explorations. Templebotz chose to solve back muscle deterioration in microgravity. Bullistic Bulldogs wanted to overcome the problem of humans generating enough oxygen to survive in space. Radioactive Pyros attempted to solve the problem of astronauts not getting quality sleep due to noise and an unbalanced biological clock.

In addition to the problems, the teams also built, tested and programmed an autonomous robot to solve a set of missions in the Robot Game. Throughout their experience, teams are encouraged to operate under the FIRST core values that include celebrating discovery, teamwork and gracious professionalism.

Kathy Betters, Kelly Mallinger, Dave Kaiser, Bill Haley, Matt Zank, Jason Fuhr, Deepak Babu, Dave Neuman, Beth Volden and Brian Nagai coach the Templeton Junior Robotics Program. The advisor is Kathy Betters.

Hamilton student receives President’s Volunteer Service Award

Hamilton High School senior Travis Wells received the President’s Volunteer Service Award in recognition of his exemplary volunteer service. The award recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant time to serve their community and country. It is granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.HHS-sign-Home-Of-Chargers

Wells earned the recognition by volunteering at Sussex Outreach Services (SOS) where he has dedicated 1,500 hours the past five years. In addition he has organized local fundraisers, initiated a successful annual SOS holiday children’s coat drive and recruited other teen volunteers.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

Community invited to Hamilton Band Festival concert

Community members are invited to attend the third annual Hamilton Band Festival concert March 9 at 4 p.m. in the Templeton Middle School Gymnasium. Students in grades 5, 6 and 7 will perform four pieces. The performance will feature the world premiere of the piece “Panther Rising.”Music-notes-477

Students will participate in full band rehearsals and sectionals conducted by music educators from throughout the state during the day before the concert. Band students in grades 8-12 will lead team-building activities and mentor the younger students.

Michael Sweeney, Hal Leonard band publications director, will serve as the guest conductor. Sweeney has more than 500 published compositions or arrangements. He composed all of the music to be performed at the festival including “Panther Rising,” commissioned specifically for the Hamilton Band Festival with support from the Hamilton Education Foundation.

Jim Gornick, the district’s elementary band director, and David Neubauer, Templeton Middle School band director, organized the festival.

Hamilton groups support student’s fundraising goal

Hamilton High School Student Council and National Honor Society are getting behind a student’s campaign to help The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Hamilton senior Mikayla Cup is spearheading a seven-week fundraising challenge in hopes of becoming the 2019 LLS Student of the Year. The campaign supports LLS’s mission to find a cure for blood cancers and assist patients and families as battle the disease.LSS-team477

Leukemia is the most common cancer in children, adolescents and young adults under the age of 20 years old.

Mikayla_Cup150“One of my goals in this campaign is to generate awareness about the LLS and bring the community together through the support of the high school, local businesses and events,” Cup said.

Student Council, National Honor Society (NHS), Club Action and Club Unique have supported the cause by selling cookies, brownies, flowers and locker decorations. NHS sponsored a “Put Cancer to Bed” pajama day Feb. 22 and raised $713.

Cup and her team will sell brownies March 1 at the Hamilton Boys Basketball game, and Oscars Frozen Custard in Brookfield will donate a portion of all purchases from 4-8 pm. on March 5. People can contribute directly at https://events.lls.org/wi/milwaukeesoy19/mcup

LLS is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer that funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services. Every dollar raised counts as one vote in the LLS Student of the Year challenge. The campaign ends March 7.

Hamilton coach named president of WGR

Hamilton High School Girls’ Rugby Head Coach and communication arts teacher Barry Holloway was named president of Wisconsin Girls’ Rugby (WGR).


It is the organizing body for high school girls’ rugby in Wisconsin and dedicated to providing a positive, competitive and healthy rugby experience. The association coordinates league competition and match schedules, organizes the annual state tournament and represents Wisconsin girls’ rugby at the Midwest and national levels.

Holloway will lead the league into its 20th season with a focus on creating a strategic plan to grow rugby in the state. He is currently in his second year as head coach at Hamilton where he was instrumental in starting the team. During his tenure, the team has a 7-5 record, seven all-state players and finished third at state in 2018. Previously he coached the 2007-09 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater women’s team. Holloway played high school rugby at Waukesha West High School.

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

Hamilton students chosen National Merit finalists

Four Hamilton High School seniors have been named finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Competition. The students are Abigail Dowse, Molly Hubred, Ty Kozic and Jonathan Sciortino.

National-Merit-Finalists-2019—Kozic-Sciortino-Dowse-Hubred-477-webHigh school students enter this competition by taking the Preliminary SAT (PSAT)/National Merit Scholarship qualifying test, which screens approximately 1.6 million entrants who are high school juniors.

Of the 1.6 million entrants, some 50,000 with the highest PSAT scores in critical reading, math and writing skills qualify for recognition. About 16,000 high-scorers are notified that they have qualified as semifinalists. They are the highest-scoring entrants in each state. About 15,000 of these students go on to become finalists. The selection of some 7,500 Merit Scholarship winners from the group of finalists is now in progress and will be announced in March.

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 Kalyn 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.