Hamilton announces January students of the month

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

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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.

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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.