Five Hamilton golfers named Academic All-State

Hamilton High School golfers Michael Addie, Davis Deekin, Nicholas Klemm, Jonah Naatz and Jack Polaske were named to the Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin (GCAW) Team Academic All-State list.HHS-sign-Home-Of-Chargers

GCAW member coaches nominated student golfers who have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25, participate in at least 75 percent of their team’s varsity matches and are at least a sophomore in high school.

Besides honoring both boys and girls who succeed as student athletes, GCAW also selects an annual All-State team for boys and girls based on their playing ability.

Wellens selected as intermediate school principal

The Hamilton School Board approved the hiring of Deanna Wellens as principal of Silver Spring Intermediate School at its June 25 meeting. Wellens, who replaces Mark Peperkorn following his resignation June 14, will begin her new position July 1.Deanna_Wellens_Web

Wellens has been associate principal at Pilgrim Park Middle School in the Elmbrook School District since 2015. Before joining Elmbrook, she was the dean of students at Wyoming Middle School in Cincinnati, Ohio. She started her career in education as a school psychologist in Wyoming City Schools and Three Rivers Middle School in Ohio.

She earned her administrative certification from Xavier University in Ohio in 2015, her master’s degree in school psychology from Miami University in Ohio in 2004 and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee in 2003.

“Ms. Wellens is an effective leader who takes a student-centered approach to create an environment where students can learn and grow,” said Hamilton Superintendent Paul Mielke, Ph.D. “She is known for building relationships and understanding the needs of students, families and staff.”

“Her listening skills, insightful problem solving and clear communication style will serve Silver Spring Intermediate School well,” Mielke said.

Summer Opportunities hosts annual food drive

FoodDriveWebThe Hamilton School District Summer Opportunities Program is hosting its annual Fantastic Food Drive. Families of students are encouraged to contribute non-perishable food items to benefit Sussex Outreach Services (SOS) Food Pantry.

Donations can be dropped in carts and bins at the high school entrances, library and Summer Opportunities office, and Maple Avenue gymnasium and classrooms. The food drive ends July 12.

Hamilton High School is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex.

June 17, 2019

Board looks at plans for long-term athletic facilities

Representatives from Rettler Corporation, a landscape architecture firm that specializes in sports facilities, presented the School Board with two concepts to expand outdoor athletic facilities including the options of a multi-sport stadium, baseball and softball fields, outdoor band practice space, synthetic turf and concession stands. School Board members Mike Hyland and Brian Schneider said they would like to see the costs associated with the two concepts. The board took no action.

Students recognized

The School Board recognized two groups of students at its June 17 meeting.


Templeton Middle School forensics team members Aashi Iyengar and Navdeep Singh were recognized for placing at state. Their advisor Anna Zorn described the accomplishments of the students.


The student artwork of Morgan Price and Nikolas Rehfeld was selected for the permanent art display in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center. President Kolesari and Dr. Mielke presented the students with a $100 honorarium for their artwork contribution.

District renews participation in SWSA

School Board members authorized the district to renew participation in the Southeastern Wisconsin School Alliance (SWSA). The 32-member alliance provides school leaders from southeastern Wisconsin with objective, non-partisan information and training as they work with policymakers regarding education issues. The annual cost to participate in SWSA is $3,200 per school district.

Reports, documents get OK

Many reports and documents were approved including:

  • Templeton and Hamilton student handbooks;
  • Hamilton co-curricular handbooks;
  • summer professional development workshops and plan;
  • grade 5 and 6 applied engineering and technology course curriculum realignment;
  • grade 5 and 6 health and wellness curriculum;
  • grade 7 world languages new curriculum;
  • high school “Culture of Healthcare” new curriculum;
  • high school business education course name change and revised curriculum;
  • high school new “Math and Logic” curriculum;
  • updated “Early Reading Empowerment” curriculum;
  • grade 8 science curriculum resources purchase;
  • high school course additions for 2020-21; and
  • district interventions status report.

In addition, the School Board approved continued WIAA membership, appointed delegates and alternates to the Wisconsin Association of School Board’s January assembly and conducted an internal review of board operations

Personnel action

In personnel business, the School Board:

  • accepted the resignations of Woodside paraprofessional Amy Roth, Maple associate kitchen employee Lisa Minue and Woodside paraprofessional Michella Morgan, effective June 12, Silver Spring Principal Mark Peperkorn, effective June 14, and Hamilton special education teacher Lori Marso, effective June 16.
  • appointed Heather Ertl as Maple Avenue special education teacher, Stephanie Jungbluth as Silver Spring paraprofessional, Anna Fuhr as Silver Spring paraprofessional, Jerry Johnson as Templeton applied engineering and technology teacher and Shannon Canham as Silver Spring paraprofessional.

Hamilton in top 100 schools for financial literacy

Hamilton High School is among the top 100 high schools in the country that teach personal finance based on results from the Financial Literacy Certification test. The national ranking was created by Working In Support of Education (w!se), which sponsors the test to empower students to take control of their financial futures.HHS-sign-Home-Of-Chargers

Students enrolled in Brenda Savic and Amanda Fields’ Personal Finance classes during the 2018-19 school year passed the annual w!se test and became Certified Financially Literate.

In addition to earning financial literacy certification, some students were also named scholars for earning 95% or higher on the exam and three students had perfect scores. The following students successfully completed the exam:

  • William Frick, scholar and perfect score;
  • Lisa Nuelk, scholar and perfect score;
  • Eric Doese, scholar and perfect score;
  • Elizabeth Heberer, scholar;
  • Samantha Nelson, scholar;
  • Mason Prodoehl, scholar;
  • Otto Schenk, scholar;
  • Ian Turley, scholar;
  • Payton Wunschel, scholar;
  • Samantha Backus;
  • Samantha Consiglio;
  • Madeline Garcia;
  • Ian Riley;
  • Gavin Schroeder;
  • Jeremiah Ziebell;
  • Samantha Nelson;
  • Ethan Schlondrop;
  • Devyn Wiedenhoeft;
  • Jaida Bresnahan;
  • Katherine Burke;
  • Cean Faulstich;
  • Brandon Goetz;
  • Rachel Lessila;
  • Sarah Michalski;
  • Hannah Seltzer;
  • Oluwatodimu (Todi) Afolayan;
  • Caralynn Doese;
  • Claire Kelbel;
  • Benjamin Landre;
  • Drew Peterson;
  • Jacob Spoerl;
  • Mitchell Westfahl;
  • Jackson Buckley;
  • Ryan Ciolkosz;
  • Jordan Ehrlich;
  • Jasmine Garbarek;
  • Jacob Michalski;
  • Taylor Millonzi;
  • Victoria Neels;
  • Kamryn O’Dell;
  • Samuel Shebuski;
  • Alexander Tong and
  • Benjamin Wilichowski.

W!se is a 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.

Hamilton students named GMC Scholar Athletes

The Greater Metro Conference named the following Hamilton High School students 2018-19 Winter Scholar Athletes:HHS-sign-Home-Of-Chargers

  • Anika Rhude, Cean Faulstich, Elizabeth Behrndt, Hannah Pfersch, Julia Nolde, Kate Fantl, Lauren Bratzke, Alexis Konop, Alexis Zuehike, Taylor Fryda, Taylor Hibicke – girls basketball;
  • William Tharp, Jr., Tyler Ellingson, Carson Smith, Connor Smith, Lucas Finnessy, Samuel Kneer, Joel Hoytink– boys basketball and
  • Samuel Beffa, Joshua Reindl – wrestling.

Student-athletes have earned a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average and have senior standing.

Templeton students earn State Honors

The Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) Middle Level State Honors Music Project invited the following Templeton Middle School students to participate in the state honors band and orchestra:

  • Carly Elkin – clarinet;
  • Madeline Jaworski – clarinet;
  • Margaret Kidd – clarinet;
  • Marisa Lehner – flute;
  • Hiranmayi Swaminathan – flute and
  • Brock Volden – tuba.


This is the eighth consecutive year that Templeton students have been invited. Students went through a rigorous audition process held in April and were recently notified of their acceptance. Only 300 students were chosen to participate from more than 1,100 auditions throughout the state.

When a selected student is unable to attend, students chosen to be high alternate have the opportunity to perform. Templeton students selected as high alternate are Margaret Beverung – percussion prioritized alternate, Colleen Flynn – clarinet, Will Hartman – trumpet and Annalise Schulz – alto saxophone.

The Wisconsin State Honors Music Project offers talented youth the opportunity to rehearse and perform with nationally-known conductors in choir, orchestra and band. All honors groups will perform Oct. 26 at the Wisconsin State Music Conference.

Hamilton students earn Microsoft certification

Hamilton freshman James Strasburg achieved a perfect score on the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification Excel exam. Strasburg will go on to compete June 17-19 at the 2019 MOS U.S. National Championship in Orlando. This is the second consecutive year Hamilton has participated in national competition.HHS-sign-Home-Of-Chargers

More than 20 Hamilton High School students in Toni Hillmann’s second semester Computer Application course completed rigorous technical training and earned MOS certification. Students completed the “Productivity” strand of the Microsoft Imagine Academy program which includes the opportunity to take exams in Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

The follow students received MOS in all three areas: Cameron Aron, Andrew Blann, Aidan Cluka-Foy, Lauren Dankert, Christian Dockery, Aidan Enneking, Isaiah Fuhriman, Samuel Gritzmacher, Morgan Heinzelman, Kayden Hersback, Jakob Juedes, Abigale Lemke, Grace Losey, Mackenzie Prodoehl, Mia Rogowski, Baljinder Singh, Ryan Spencer, Meleena Torres, Connor Wilcox, Hailey Woolf, Noah Zahrt and Kayla Zsakovics.

Microsoft Imagine Academy is a nationwide program that allows schools to offer fundamental technology skills training and rigorous technical courses for students who are interested in pursuing a career in information technology after graduation.

Barber chosen for Hamilton alumnus award

Graduate Greg Barber, from the class of 1975, will be presented with the 2019 Hamilton High School Distinguished Alumnus Award at the school’s June 15 graduation ceremonies.GregBarberHhsDistAlumWeb

While a student at Hamilton, Barber was a three-sport athlete and member of National Honor Society. He was the Milwaukee Metro High School Student Athlete of the Year runner-up and the first Hamilton football player to receive a full athletic scholarship to the University of Wisconsin (UW) – Madison where he earned first team All-Academic Big Ten honors. After earning a degree in accounting from the UW School of Business, he became a certified public accountant.

Barber was a pioneer in integrating non-accounting services, such as information technology and human resources, within an accounting firm. He has been the managing partner for two nationally recognized, Wisconsin-based accounting firms. After a 39-year career, he retired but remains active as an independent business consultant.

This year’s ceremonies will be at new time and, if weather permits, different location. The ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. June 15 on Grove Field. In case of inclement weather, it will be in the high school gymnasium as it has been in the past.