Hamilton schools to observe Veterans Day

Hamilton School District students, staff and families will observe Veterans Day with a variety of activities at school.Thank-you-veterans

Willow Springs Learning Center, W220 N6660 Town Line Road, Menomonee Falls

Willow Springs 4K students, staff and families will honor veterans Nov. 11 with programs beginning at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. that include a “wall of bricks” highlighting the names of veterans who are part of the Willow Springs family. A program including stories, songs and presentation of flags to veterans by their 4K child will mark the occasion. Students are invited to wear red, white and blue for the program.

Lannon Elementary School, 7145 N. Lannon Road, Lannon

Lannon Elementary School will host a Veterans Day “Stars and Stripes Parade” and “To Honor America” fourth grade choir performance Nov. 7 at 9:30 a.m. for students and the community. The event will feature patriotic songs and a parade through school recognizing veterans and those serving the Armed Forces.

Lannon will continue its more than 20-year tradition of creating a thank-you banner and writing thank you letters that will be delivered to the Veterans Administration Hospital in Milwaukee. Students will also write letters to future Wisconsin Honor Flight honorees as well as veterans and current military members in attendance.

Maple Avenue Elementary School, W240 N6059 Maple Avenue, Sussex

Maple Avenue Elementary School students and staff have several activities planned to honor veterans.

  • All students and staff will wear red, white and blue for a program to honor veterans Nov. 12 at 9:30 a.m. in the gymnasium with students performing songs for honored guests and visitors.
  • Maple Avenue Boy Scouts will conduct the Presentation of Colors.
  • Hamilton High School Choir will perform.
  • Armed Forces medley will be played and the veterans in the audience will stand to receive student applause.
  • Coffee and treats will be served at a small reception following the program.
  • A Veterans Day themed display created by students will be in the school lobby.
  • A star honor wall featuring veterans who are relative of Maple Avenue students will be on display in the gym.

Marcy Elementary School, W180 N4851 Marcy Road, Menomonee Falls

Marcy Elementary School will host its annual Veterans Day program Nov. 7 beginning at 9:15 a.m.

  • A slide show with pictures of veterans who are relatives of Marcy students will be shared with students as they enter the gymnasium.
  • Fourth grade Boy Scouts will present the colors.
  • A variety of students will explain how respect is shown to veterans.
  • Kent Rice of the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight will talk with students about the program and share how much this program means to our veterans.
  • A representative of the Wauwatosa Lions Club will present a check to the Marcy Honor Flight fund in honor of Richard Trawicki, father-in-law of Marcy Principal Michele Trawicki.
  • Marcy students will raise money to send veterans on future Honor Flights and make posters that will be given to area veterans organizations.

Woodside Elementary School, W236 N7465 Woodside Road, Sussex

Woodside is planning its annual Veterans Day music celebration beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 11. The event includes:

  • flag ceremony by Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts;
  • singing of “The National Anthem”;
  • honor wall featuring photographs of veterans who are relatives of Woodside students;
  • singing of patriotic songs and thank you letters written by first grade students; and
  • Armed Forces medley in which veterans in the audience come forward to receive thank you letters written by first grade students.

Silver Spring Intermediate School, N58 W22350 Silver Spring Drive, Sussex

Silver Spring Intermediate School students will participate in a Veterans Day Reflection Hike on Nov. 11. Students will hike to the War Memorial located near Hamilton High School athletic fields and pause at various stations to reflect and respond to written prompts about service, honor and courage. Students will be asked to share their reflections with family, especially family members who are veterans.

Templeton Middle School, N59 W22490 Silver Spring Drive, Sussex

Templeton Middle School will recognize the contributions of American veterans Nov. 7 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at its 19th Annual Veterans Day Program. The event includes:

  • Veteran’s Address by Cory Geisler;
  • ceremonial laying of the wreaths to honor soldiers who became prisoners of war or missing in action;
  • military service recognition of individual guest veterans;
  • student-led “Pledge of Allegiance”;
  • performance of patriotic song by Eighth Grade Chorus and Eighth Grade Band; and
  • reading of an essay by the winner of the Patriotic Essay Contest.

A video production featuring photos of military personnel and veterans who are related to Templeton students will be featured during the ceremony and played continuously in the school lobby.

Hamilton High School, W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex

On Nov. 6, Hamilton High School Band members will perform at the Kohl’s Innovation Center alongside a military color guard, fire department flag raising and distinguished speaker. Wisconsin veterans from American Legion Halls, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Honor Flight participants, recruiting and reserve stations as well as local fire and law enforcement will gather for this morning of thankfulness. This event, held at Kohl’s corporate offices, will be streamed to locations across the country. The flag raising will be held at 9:30 a.m. followed by a celebration ceremony from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Athletic-Activities Director Michael Gosz will read a commemorative passage about the historical significance of Veterans Day which will honor the brave service men and women on Nov. 11. A moment of silence will be observed.

In addition, on Nov. 12, Hamilton High School Choir members will perform for honored guests and visitors at Maple Avenue Elementary School.

Templeton to honor veterans at Nov. 7 ceremony

Templeton Middle School will recognize the contributions of American veterans Nov. 7 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at its 19th Annual Veterans Day Program. Visitors are asked to arrive between 8 a.m.– 8:20 a.m.flags

Army Staff Sergeant Cory Geisler will give the Veterans Address. Geisler was in the Army from 2005 to 2012 serving in military police units. He served in Korea, Fort Bragg, North Carolina and Iraq. He left active duty in 2008 and was assigned to the U.S. Army Reserves in Sheboygan where, as a platoon sergeant, he trained and mentored soldier on peacekeeping and wartime operations.

A ceremonial laying of the wreaths will honor soldiers who became prisoners of war or missing in action. Guest veterans who attend the program will be individually introduced and their military service recognized.

Students will honor the country’s veterans during the ceremony as well.

  • Student Council president will lead the “Pledge of Allegiance.”
  • Eighth Grade Chorus and Eighth Grade Band will perform patriotic songs.
  • Patriotic Essay Contest winner will read his or her essay.

A video featuring photos of military personnel and veterans related to Templeton students and staff will be shown at the ceremony and will be played continuously in the Templeton lobby.

Following the program, honored veterans will be invited to participate in a small reception in the Large Group Area. All veterans and public officials are invited to attend. Please call the school at (262) 246-6477 x4145 or x4147 by Nov. 1 to RSVP.

Templeton Middle School is located at N59 W22490 Silver Spring Drive, Sussex.

October 21, 2019

JP Cullen, Milwaukee Tool recognized for support of AET

Hamilton High School teacher Alan Mamerow thanked JP Cullen Construction Company and Milwaukee Tool for their support of the district’s applied engineering and technology classes. Mamerow thanked Bryan Sanchez, from Milwaukee Tool, for donation of thousands of dollars of tools and equipment last year. JP Cullen’s Shannon Metoxen and Nick Tibbott were recognized for providing a large palette of job boxes for students to use during Skills USA competitions.

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Tax rate increase far below referendum projection

School Board members approved a $61.75 million budget that includes a mil rate of $9.13 per $1,000 of property. For each $100,000 of property citizens own, they will pay $913 in property taxes to support the school district. The mil rate is 21 cents more than the rate from last year.

The total budget increased 7.52% — due largely to the costs of referendum projects approved by citizens in February, 2018 which included construction of a new intermediate school, high school renovations and additions and their associated operational costs. Before the referendum, school officials estimated that, if approved, the mil rate would increase $1.37 from the 2017-18 rate of $8.55 to $9.92 beginning in the 2019-2020 school year. The actual mil rate increase since 2017-18 is 58 cents – 79 cents or 58% less than projected.

The district’s equalized valuation growth of more than 4.3% in the last years contributed to the lower-than-expected tax rate. Historically, property value in the district increased about 2 to 2.5%. The district’s equalized valuation increased by 4.37% in the past year. State aid increased 4.3%.

The gross tax levy — the portion of the budget paid by local taxpayers — increased to $33.7 million from $31.5 million in 2018-19.

Each October, the School Board must adopt the budget, certify the tax levy and establish the tax rate after the Department of Revenue determines property values in the district. Tax bills are sent to property owners in December.

District sees 55 additional students

The official third Friday of September enrollment was 4,886 — up 55 students from last year’s count. Silver Spring Intermediate School opened with 725 grade 5 and 6 students who had previously been at elementary and middle schools which saw a drop of 654 fewer students. In addition, Willow Springs Learning Center and Hamilton High School had a combined drop of 16 students.

New administrators present school reports

New building-level administrators presented their site plan updates for the first time since taking their new leadership positions.

Silver Spring Intermediate School Principal Deanna Wellens and Associate Principal Katie Ritchie described the opening of a new school and priorities for the coming year.

Wellens said prior to having a mission or vision statement, “May This Be a House of Joy” poem was a meaningful statement that grounded staff in the kind of environment they wanted to create at Silver Spring.

Priorities will be to:

  • create a strong community that ensures a sense of belonging; and
  • focus on academic writing across the building and throughout content areas.

Rebecca Newcomer presented her first site plan report as principal of Hamilton High School. She provided data about accomplishments and progress. Two areas of focus will be to:

  • improve achievement levels for students with disabilities, minority and economically disadvantaged students; and
  • maximize resources, instructional time and best teaching and learning practices to ensure social and emotional wellness development for all students.

Newcomer noted that areas for growth will be:

  • differentiation in classroom to address each student’s need;
  • formal data-based decision-making at the classroom level;
  • institutional use of protocols;
  • increased participation in AP;
  • closing achievement gaps between regular education and special education; and
  • staffing to reduce part-time hires.

Dual Enrollment Academy gives students jumpstart on future

For the sixth year, Hamilton High School seniors will continue to be able to enroll in the Dual Enrollment Academy that allows them to get a jumpstart on high-demand fields while earning college credit at Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC). Hamilton Principal Becky Newcomer gave the School Board a status report and requested approval to continue participation in the program.

Participating seniors spend most of their school day at WCTC participating in the Dual Enrollment Academy which offers programs in robotics, hospitality, information technology, tool and die, protective services, building construction and welding. Upon completion, students earn a WCTC diploma along with high school credits.

A total of 14 Hamilton students completed the program last May — three each in hospitality, welding, and tool and die, two each in building trades and protective services and one in robotics. Another 17 students are participating this year.

8 students apply for Early College Credit Program

Eight high school students requested admission to the Early College Credit Program (ECCP), formerly known as the Youth Options Program, that will allow them to take classes next semester at University of Wisconsin – Waukesha, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, Wisconsin Lutheran and UW – Online. Hamilton Principal Becky Newcomer noted, as in the past, many students will not be able to take the courses because of scheduling conflicts or full classes. A total of 10 students requested admission to Youth Options last year.

ECCP is mandated by the state and allows students who have completed 10th grade, are in good academic standing and have no disciplinary problems to attend a technical college or university if they have exhausted their high school curriculum.

The program is funded 75 percent from Hamilton High School and 25 percent from the state. If the student fails, withdraws or drops a class, the family pays 100 percent of the cost.

Start College Now has 9 applicants

Another program, Start College Now, had its start as Youth Options. Start College Now allows juniors and seniors with good academic standing and no disciplinary problems to take courses at Waukesha County Technical College. Nine Hamilton students requested admission. The program is funded by the high school, but like ECCP, if a student fails, withdraws or drops the course, the family is responsible for the cost.

Great Start Conferences get good reviews from parents, staff

Human Resources and Organizational Development Director John Roubik and Instructional Services Supervisor Katie Little reported on the district’s first Great Start Conferences for families of students from 4K to grade 6. The conferences allowed students, parents and teachers to meet face-to-face before students’ first day of school to establish relationships and set the stage for a successful year.

In an online survey, more than 85% of parents and 98% of staff supported continuing the conferences. While overwhelmingly positive response, suggestions for improvements were given that will be reviewed for future conferences.

Board takes personnel action

In personnel matters the School Board:

  • accepted the resignations of Hamilton High School Custodian Justin Derksen, effective Sept. 23, district Information Technology Manager Benjamin Hawley, effective Nov. 1, and Maple Avenue special services Paraprofessional Meghan Griswold, effective Oct. 19; and
  • appointed Andrew Redding as Hamilton custodian I, effective Oct. 28, Teri Zeller as Hamilton custodian, effective Nov. 4, Elisabeth Thomsen as Woodside special services paraprofessional, effective Oct. 22, Matthew Clark as district assistant comptroller, effective Dec. 2, and Katherine Hibbard as Marcy custodian, effective Oct. 30.

Maintenance staff address summer projects

During the summer of 2019, the maintenance and custodial staff completed the annual task of preparing our school facilities for the upcoming school year. This work included maintenance on mechanical systems, the cleaning of classrooms, restrooms, locker and shower areas, stripping and refinishing of floors, refinishing wood gymnasium floors, carpet cleaning and the maintenance of the grounds and athletic fields throughout the district. In addition to these annually scheduled tasks, below you will find a brief summary of this summer’s special projects.

1) Added a roundabout to improve TMS/HHS traffic patterns
2) Annual aerial lift and exhaust hood inspections at all schools
3) Annual fire alarm inspection and calibration at all schools
4) All fire extinguishers inspected and/or recharged

Hamilton High School:
1) Cleaned chiller coils
2) Multiple classrooms were fitted with new ceiling tile
3) Asphalt patching
4) Landscaping upgrades
5) Asphalt striping
6) Added walking path from Town Line Road to school
7) Resurfaced and painted tennis courts
8) Replaced science wing roof
9) Provided emergency power to all IT closets
10) Extended walking path between high school and intermediate school
11) Added to and upgraded electronic access system

Templeton Middle School:
1) Repainted classrooms
2) Mulched landscaping
3) Miscellaneous asphalt patching
4) Asphalt striping
5) Replaced main gym north exterior doors
6) Upgraded lighting controllers
7) Added six security cameras outside school
8) Replaced exterior message board
9) Installed viewing window between woodshop and project lab

Silver Spring Intermediate School:
1) Hiring of new staff, move in, final cleaning, supplying new building to ready it for grand opening event and beginning of school year

Lannon Elementary School:
1) Cleaned chiller coils
2) Added woodchips to all playground equipment
3) Mulched landscaping
4) Painted classrooms
5) Miscellaneous asphalt patching
6) Asphalt striping
7) Replaced roof section 5 (IMC area)
8) Replaced 2 cafeteria table modules
9) Installed municipal water to school and abandoned existing well

Maple Avenue Elementary School:
1) Added woodchips to playground
2) Cleaned chiller condenser coils
3) Repainted classrooms and hallways
4) Mulched landscaping
5) Asphalt striping
6) Replaced office air handling rooftop unit
7) Completely replaced HVAC control system

Marcy Elementary School:
1) Added woodchips to all playground equipment
2) Clean chiller coils
3) Painted hallways and classrooms
4) Mulched landscaping
5) Asphalt striping
6) Painted classrooms

Woodside Elementary School:
1) Mulched landscaping
2) Repaired landscaping and replaced bushes
3) Clean chiller coils
4) Painted hallways and classrooms
5) Asphalt striping

Willow Springs Learning Center:
1) Added woodchips to playground equipment
2) Mulched landscaping
3) Asphalt striping
4) Painted classrooms

Staff, including full-time personnel, substitutes and summer help performed efficiently. Despite a summer full of construction and projects, coupled with ever increasing facility use throughout the school year and a growing summer school program, all schools (1,061,544 square feet) were cleaned and ready for the upcoming school year in advance, affording the time to do additional painting and maintenance work.

Charger band ends season with its best placement, score

Hamilton High School Marching Band completed its best competitive marching band season Oct. 19 at state competition. The Charger Marching Band took second place with a score of 84.3 – its highest placement and score – at the Wisconsin State Music Association Marching Band Championships held at University of Wisconsin -Whitewater Warhawk Stadium.5 band members with wsma trophy

The event put an exclamation point on a remarkable season in which the band took only first and second places at all competitive appearances. In addition, it was awarded Best Musical Presentation trophy at an Oct. 5 competition.

The band now transitions to concert season and will present on Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. a free concert of classic band literature and holiday favorites in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center (HFAC), W220N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex. The jazz bands kick off their concert season Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. with a free concert in the HFAC.


Hamilton announces September students of the month

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

Hamilton Sept. students of the month photo

They are:

  • Anna Waltz, applied engineering and technology;
  • Favee Xiong, art;
  • Michael Maher, business education;
  • Mia Leukert, communication arts;
  • Lillie Stadfeld, family and consumer sciences;
  • Samantha Fuhr, fitness education;
  • Joseph Plechaty, mathematics;
  • Peyton Tohulka, music;
  • Ella Chevalier and Jared Edwards, science;
  • James Strasburg, social studies; and
  • Alexis Konop, world languages.

Students received a certificate and a pin for their accomplishment.

Hamilton ACT test scores rise

Hamilton High School’s Class of 2019 had a composite score well above the state average on  the ACT college admissions exam, according to a report released Oct. 16. Hamilton’s composite score was 23.2 compared to the state average of 20.3.ACT

Hamilton posted the highest composite score since 2016 when Wisconsin began requiring all high school juniors to take the ACT. Composite scores for the previous three years were: class of 2018 – 22.7, class of 2017 – 23.0; and class of 2016 – 22.3.

A total of 387 students from the class of 2019 took the exam. Prior to the requirement that all juniors take the ACT, the class of 2015 — with only 267 students taking the exam – posted the school’s highest composite score of 24.5.

The ACT consists of curriculum-based tests in English, mathematics, reading and science and is designed to measure skills needed for success in first-year college coursework. Some 41% of Hamilton students met the benchmarks in all four areas compared to the state average of 24%.

Below is a chart comparing the percentage of students in the Class of 2018 who reached the benchmark in each of those areas:

Subject area Hamilton average State average
English 76% 56%
Algebra 64% 39%
Social science 55% 40%
Biology 41% 24%

The ACT is scored on a scale of one to 36.

Hamilton schools to observe Red Ribbon Week

Hamilton School District students, staff and families will observe Red Ribbon Week officially slated for Oct. 23 – 31 with a variety of activities at school. Activities highlight good choices, healthy habits and the fight against drugs.Red-Ribbon_2019_Theme

 Lannon Elementary School, 7145 N. Lannon Road, Lannon

Lannon staff and students will participate in healthy activities and games with special student announcements throughout Red Ribbon Week.

Monday, Oct. 28 –

  • Students and staff are invited to wear red in recognition of Red Ribbon Week.

Marcy Elementary School, W180 N4851 Marcy Road, Menomonee Falls

“Send a Message: Stay Drug Free” is the Red Ribbon Week theme at Marcy. The school will continue the theme of “Making Healthy Choices for Our Bodies” throughout the year.

Monday, Oct. 28 –

  • Daily theme – “Healthy Body, Healthy Mind”
  • Students are invited to wear pajamas to school to encourage healthy sleep habits and bring a healthy snack.

Tuesday, Oct. 29 –

  • Daily theme – “Spread Kindness Like Confetti”
  • Students perform acts of kindness for others and hang red ribbons with messages of kindness on lockers or in the hallway.

Wednesday, Oct. 30 –

  • Daily theme – “RED-y for Life”
  • Students are invited to wear red clothing.

Thursday, Oct. 31

  • Daily theme – “Strong Together”
  • Students dress in athletic clothing or team gear to recognize exercise as a part of a healthy lifestyle.

Students will also plant red tulip bulbs in the outdoor garden areas of the school.

Woodside Elementary School, W236 N7465 Woodside Road, Sussex

Woodside will focus on a different way to be healthy on each day of Red Ribbon Week.

Monday, Oct. 28 –

  • Daily theme – “Mindful Monday”
  • Student announcers will deliver a message on the benefits of mindfulness and teachers will lead students through a guided relaxation exercise.

Tuesday, Oct. 29 –

  • Daily theme – “Tasty Snack Tuesday”
  • Parent volunteers will provide healthy snacks and student announcers will discuss the benefits of healthy food choices.

Wednesday, Oct. 30 –

  • Daily theme – “Woodside Friend Wednesday” and “Wear Red”
  • Students and staff are invited to wear red. Students are encouraged to demonstrate kind actions and use kind words. Kind actions will be written down to create a banner. Teachers will play a “Pay it Forward” video in class.

Thursday, Oct. 31 –

  • Daily theme – “Think Healthy Thursday”
  • The focus will be on having a growth mindset and being kind to yourself like you would to a friend.

Friday, Nov. 1 –

  • Daily theme – “Fitness Friday”
  • Students are encouraged to wear fitness or sports-related apparel. Student volunteers from grade 4 will create a fitness activity demonstration video to share with classes.

Silver Spring Intermediate School, N58W22350 Silver Spring Drive, Sussex

Silver Spring will support the National Red Ribbon Campaign with a RED-OUT Day.

Friday, Nov. 1 –

  • Students are encourage to wear red to show commitment to making healthy choices. Students will have the opportunity to pledge their commitment by signing their name on the white board in the school Commons.

Templeton Middle School, N59 W22490 Silver Spring Drive, Sussex

  • Templeton will make anti-drug announcements and invite students to write a message during lunch periods to their peers about why they will stay drug-free.
  • A banner will be created in the spirit of “Send a Message: Stay Drug Free” and sent to Silver Spring Intermediate School where it will be displayed in physical education classes.

Hamilton drama presents “The Westing Game”

Hamilton High School Drama Society invites community members to attend “The Westing Game” Nov. 8 – 10 at the Hamilton Fine Arts Center (HFAC). Shows are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday.Thewestinggamepostercropped

“The Westing Game” is based on the popular novel by Ellen Raskin and play by Darian Lindle. In the play, the unsuspecting residents of Sunset Towers are summoned to the reading of a mysterious will, only to find themselves locked in a thrilling game to discover who is responsible for killing an eccentric millionaire. Through blizzards, bombings and unlikely alliances, the game is on. Only you and one Westing heir hold all the clues.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. They may be purchased in the high school office, online at the HFAC website www.hamiltonfineartscenter.com or at the HFAC box office 30 minutes before each show. Only cash or checks can be accepted at the ticket window. The performance is free for Hamilton Family Pass holders.

The Hamilton Fine Arts Center is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex.

Community performance rescheduled to Oct. 17

Hamilton High School Marching Band is off to an extraordinary start to its 2019 competitive season. The band received record-high scores at the Cudahy, Waukesha South and West and Greendale contests, taking first place Sept. 28 at the Waukesha South High School MarchFest competition. They placed second at all other competitions and were awarded the trophy for Best Musical Presentation at the Greendale Preview of Champions.Hamilton-High-School-Charger-Band-2019-800

Free community performance postponed to Oct. 17

Community members are invited to a live performance of this year’s Charger Marching Band musical program. The free-to-attend Community Performance begins at noon on RESCHEDULED TO OCT. 17 FROM ORIGINAL DATE at Grove Field on the high school grounds. All Templeton Middle School and Silver Spring Intermediate School band members will attend as well.

Hamilton’s marching activities will conclude with an appearance at the Wisconsin State Marching Band Championships at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater at 3:45 p.m. on Oct. 19. In the past five years, they have place third in state for class AAAA competition three times.

Hamilton High School is located at W220N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex.

Willow Springs 4K students to celebrate fall

Willow Springs Learning Center 4-year-old kindergartners will celebrate fall Oct. 24 at the Celebration of Fall Learning.Willow Springs

School staff members and families have planned this event together that will culminate the students’ study of the changing seasons. The event is sponsored by Willow Springs Learning Center and Willow Springs 4K Parent Group with generous donations from local businesses and families.

As part of the celebrations, students will:

  • participate with staff in the retelling of “The Little Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything”;
  • enjoy a special pumpkin cookie for snack; and
  • march in a parade through the school while showcasing artifacts representing their learning so far this fall.

The activities will begin at 10:45 a.m. for the morning kindergarten session and at 2:45 p.m. for the afternoon session.

Willow Springs Learning Center houses the Hamilton School District’s 4-year-old kindergarten program. It is located at W220 N6660 Town Line Road, Menomonee Falls.