Hamilton’s kindergarten registration begins in January

Kindergarten registration for children who will attend the Hamilton School District in the 2020-21 school year will begin Jan. 28. The district offers kindergarten programs for 4-year-olds (4K) and 5-year-olds (5K) with bus transportation offered for both.HSD Logo_4c_Tagline

  • 4K is an optional half-day program at Willow Springs Learning Center for children who turn four on or before Sept. 1, 2020.
  • 5K is a full-day program at neighborhood elementary schools for children who turn five on or before Sept. 1, 2020.

Students new to the district
Students who are enrolling in the district for the first time begin the registration process by going to www.hamilton.k12.us and choosing the “New to district” button. Families with other children already enrolled in the district may log into their Infinite Campus parent portal and click on “2020 New Student Registration.”(Current Willow Springs 4K students are already registered and do not need to register again for 5K.)

The registration process is completed by bringing the child’s original birth certificate, immunization record and two proofs of residency to the school where the child will attend in the 2020-21 school year. Those registering for 4K will go to Willow Springs and 5K students will go to their neighborhood elementary school.

Following is contact information and times when schools will accept documents to complete the registration process:

  • Willow Springs Learning Center – W220 N6660 Town Line Rd., Menomonee Falls (262) 255-6190
    Jan. 28: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Jan. 29: 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.; Jan. 30: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Lannon Elementary – 7145 N. Lannon Rd., Lannon (262) 255-6106
    Jan. 28, 29 and 30: 9:30 – 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Maple Avenue Elementary – W240 N6059 Maple Ave., Sussex (262) 246-4220
    Jan. 28, 29 and 30: 9 – 11 a.m. and 1 – 3 p.m.; 4 – 6 p.m. on Jan. 29
  • Marcy Elementary – W180 N4851 Marcy Rd., Menomonee Falls (262) 781-8283
    Jan. 28, 29 and 30: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. and 1 – 3 p.m.; 4 – 6 p.m. on Jan.29
  • Woodside Elementary – W236 N7465 Woodside Rd., Sussex (262) 820-1530
    Jan. 28, 29 and 30: 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.; 4 – 6 p.m. on Jan. 29.

Hamilton schools contribute to community during holidays

Hamilton School District students, staff and families showed appreciation for the needs of others during the holidays by contributing to charitable organizations and extending acts of kindness within the community and beyond. Following is a summary of activities at each school.HolidayMapleBooksWeb

Willow Springs Learning Center
Willow Springs Learning Center four-year-old kindergartners and their families contributed generously to Sussex Outreach Services (SOS) this holiday season. Families and staff collected more than 300 gifts, and students hand-delivered them as a group to St. James Catholic Church where they sang songs before returning to school. The toys and gifts will be distributed within the local community.

Lannon Elementary School
All students participated in Lannon Cares, a new event supported by Waukesha State Bank, Lannon Home & School and donations from families. Each Lannon student made a bagged lunch of sandwich, apple sauce and a snack for an area homeless shelter. Nearly 300 lunches were donated. In addition, students wrote greetings to area veterans and military members presently away from their families.

Lannon staff sponsored a family of four from SOS for Christmas and generously donated toys, games, household items, gas and grocery gift cards and clothing items to help them this holiday season.

Students decorated 300 paper grocery bags donated by Sussex Piggly Wiggly to be used at the SOS Food Pantry Christmas dinner.

Maple Avenue Elementary School
Maple Avenue staff sponsored a Sussex area family for Christmas and generously donated bedding, food, toys, games, books, kitchen supplies, clothing, toiletries, grocery and other gift cards to help them this holiday season.

Maple Avenue buddy classes in first and third grades earned money by doing extra work at home. They raised more than $800 to purchase more than 150 books and book sets for all ages and reading levels that families could enjoy during the holiday season. All books were donated to SOS.

Marcy Elementary School
Kindergarten classes made birthday cake kits for the SOS Food Pantry.

First grade classes collected personal hygiene items and socks in November and December for SOS. They have begun collecting soup and mitten kits for the SOS Food Pantry to be donated in February.

Second grade classes made hundreds of fleece blankets to donate to the NICU at Children’s Hospital in Chicago. All blankets go home with a NICU patient or a child in the oncology ward. All fleece has been donated and turned into blankets by second grade students and families.

Each year our third grade classes make donations to Children’s Hospital in Chicago. They will complete their charitable drive in early spring.

Fourth graders are supporting veterans by writing letters and making cards for each of the Honor Flights.

This year all Marcy students collected money for the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight. Nearly $1,500 was collected to send five veterans on an upcoming flight.

Woodside Elementary School
Kindergartners in Peter Dargatz’s class raised nearly $1,000 in October for their classroom charity, Children’s Wisconsin, formerly Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. They are now collecting “Dargatz Dollars” for classroom and home tasks in their “wants and needs” unit. Dollars are turned in for items students wanted and donated to patients in need at Children’s Wisconsin. Students and families also had the option to sign a giving contract to give up one holiday want, donating that gift’s value to those in need. Later this year, kindergartners will be leading more events to add to their donations, including a Cookies & Cocoa event in February, an Earth Day Recyclable Sale in April, and a Positivity Packages drive before summer break.

Kindergarten classes delivered gifts for 98 residents at Serenity Village, an assisted living residence in Slinger. As part of the kindergarten service project, students and their families signed up to provide gifts for individuals at the facility. Gifts were distributed at the residents’ holiday party. This is the ninth year for the service project.

Woodside first and third grade families brought donations for the SOS Food Pantry to their holiday music performances.

Woodside families and staff members collected $1,750 before Thanksgiving to create turkey tubs filled with groceries for families in need in Milwaukee’s Notre Dame Middle School community for the eighth consecutive year. Woodside students were asked to donate money they earned by doing chores at home. Parent volunteers shopped for groceries to build the tubs. Items included a frozen turkey, bag of stuffing, jar of gravy, sweet potatoes, fresh vegetables, bread, canned cranberries, a fresh pie, beverages, appetizers such as crackers and nuts, along with an aluminum roasting pan. All items were put into 26 large sturdy tubs and delivered to families. A donation of $120 from funds that remained after the tubs were prepared was donated to SOS Food Pantry.

Julie Pettit’s fourth grade class is making fleece blankets for cats and dogs. They will donate the blankets to the Wisconsin Humane Society.

Silver Spring Intermediate School
Silver Spring staff collected food and cash donations for SOS Food Pantry during the staff holiday gathering and adopted a family providing toys, clothing, household items and gift cards to make their holiday special.

Students and staff in the grade 6 yellow house collected donations for a student who has been out of school with an illness. Items were delivered to the family’s home.

Templeton Middle School
Templeton Student Council held a candy cane sale to benefit SOS.

Hamilton High School
Hamilton A Cappella, Cantabile and Concert Choirs spread cheer by caroling at the Sussex Lioness Club luncheon, Lions Club Dinner, Sussex Senior Citizens Christmas Luncheon and Milwaukee’s Third Ward tree-lighting ceremony.

Hamilton’s Synergy Show Choir is currently working to raise money for Thirst Project, a non-profit organization that builds clean wells to provide water for villages around the world.

Charger Marching Band donated more than 600 pounds of goods to SOS this fall through a food and items drive.

Club Action continued its school supply collection to benefit Hope Center of Waukesha. Club members raised funds to support turtle conservation efforts and a group of seniors led a recycled craft with district kindergarten classes. Club Action continued to circulate funds through Kiva.org, which provides business loans to impoverished women around the world and hosted a holiday event that instructed students how to create bags out of old t-shirts and raise money for Heifer International, which provides livestock to impoverished families globally.

Hamilton DECA members shopped for holiday presents for the first grade class at Gaenslen Elementary School in Milwaukee. Gaenslen first-graders completed “All About Me” forms and Hamilton DECA members provided gift bags with at least one nice toy and other inexpensive gifts to these students. Gaenslen is located in a Milwaukee neighborhood that has one of the lowest household incomes in the state. Several first grade students are homeless. In addition to delivering presents, Hamilton DECA brought them cookies and juice. Hamilton students spent the afternoon of Dec. 13 reading books, putting together new toys and playing with the children for whom they shopped. This has become an annual event for Hamilton DECA and is always a heart-warming experience for students who participate. The advisor and 32 students made the trip.

Hamilton German Club raised money and collected clothing to support individuals and families in need. A club-wide coin drive raised more than $125 which was used to purchase items for the Milwaukee Rescue Mission. Items purchased included food pantry items, toiletries, winter outerwear and toys. Hamilton German Club also collected more than 100 articles of clothing that were donated to the Milwaukee Rescue Mission.

Global Education Club strives to improve the lives of children around the world. Members organized a book drive to donate to the St. Ann Intergenerational Care Center which serves people of all ages and abilities in the Milwaukee area. More than 1,000 books were collected and donated. Members read to the children at the St. Ann Child Care Center and gave each child a book to take home.

Hamilton HOSA-Future Healthcare Professionals is raising money for the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation, which is the national-level HOSA service project. HOSA members managed to collect donations from club members totaling more than $130 in just a few weeks. Hamilton HOSA will continue to raise money for this organization as the chapter service project for the school year.

JOI (Junior Optimist International) Club members, with help from National Honor Society and Student Council, met in November to pack 60 shoe boxes with items that were shipped to children in South America and Africa. Operation Christmas Child provides children with shoe boxes filled with clothing, school supplies, hygiene products and toys. It is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization. Teachers throughout the high school had large boxes in their classrooms for two weeks that students filled with donated items.

National Honor Society (NHS) held a community blood drive serving Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin. More than 123 people donated — enough to save 306 local patients in need. Members hosted food drives at Sussex Piggly Wiggly and Pick N Save to benefit SOS the week before Thanksgiving, securing 3,392 pounds of food and $2,876 in monetary donations over the course of the three day pre-Thanksgiving drive.

Charger Robotics holds monthly drives for nonperishable food and personal care items to support SOS. The robotics team also provides a significant work force during the Stamp-Out-Hunger event helping sort items, unloading trucks, sorting food items and checking expiration dates. Extra team t-shirts and uniforms from previous years are donated to SOS. Charger Robotics also hosts a “Bleed for Bots” blood drive. The last drive collected 47 units of blood.

Spanish Club and Spanish classes hosted a toy and clothing drive for Waukesha County Christmas Clearing Council. Students donated items such as winter jackets, clothing, toys, books and gift cards. Gifts were delivered to the Christmas Clearing Council drop-off location at Waukesha State Bank in Sussex.

Hamilton School Student Council adopted two families through the Waukesha County Christmas Clearing Council. Student Council members shopped and wrapped the gifts. A Spirit of Giving initiative was held in school. Students from all four grade levels were randomly selected to receive a $5 gift card.

Club Unique raised money through a flower sale and donated all of the profits to Feeding Hungry Children which provides food for children.

High School Office and Publications – High school staff members adopted two families providing them with many items to brighten their holidays including wrapped gifts of toys, games, clothing, personal items, household goods and gift cards.

District staff members
District office staff members adopted a family in lieu of exchanging gifts with one another. They provided wrapped gifts of toys, games, clothing, food, personal items, household goods and gift cards for families in need of support.


Hamilton earns seven awards at SkillsUSA competition

Hamilton High School’s SkillsUSA team earned seven awards Dec. 2 at the district-level competition at Fort Atkinson High School. A total of 12 Hamilton students participated in the event, competing in a wide range of individual contests.HHS—Skills-USA-medalists-web

Students who earned medals were:

  •  Hailey Woolf – gold, advertising design;
  • Isaac Kahlscheuer – gold, cabinetmaking;
  • Sydney Vande Hei – gold, woodworking display;
  • Samuel Farmer – silver, architectural drafting;
  • Natalie Knollenberg – silver, photography;
  • Abigail Miller – silver, related technical math; and
  • Caitlin Neuman – bronze, job skill demonstration – screen printing.

SkillsUSA is an organization for students interested in pursuing careers or expanding their knowledge in skilled trades. In its fourth year as a SkillsUSA chapter, Hamilton’s team is advised by Applied Engineering and Technology teachers Alan Mamerow, Joe Premo, Tom Schlueter, and Chad McLaughlin.

December 16, 2019

Key dates announced for 2020-21 calendar

A few dates in the 2020-21 calendar have still to be ironed out, but in the interest of letting families and staff know key dates for advanced planning, the School Board accepted the administration’s recommendation to hold:

  • The first day of school will be Sept. 1 for grades 7-12, Sept. 3 for grades 5K-6 and Sept. 8 for 4K. The dates are staggered because Great Start conferences are held on the first few days of school for students in grades 4K – 6.
  • Winter break for students will be Dec. 23 – Jan. 1.
  • Spring break for students will be March 29-April 6.

School Spotlight on Templeton Marble Slide project

Templeton Middle School Principal Brad Hoffmann presented to School Board members about an applied engineering and technology project for eighth-graders. He showed a video that highlighted the project with students providing explanations on how it worked and an exciting ending for the class.

Last meeting for business assistant superintendent

Ruud-Last-MeetingSchool Board President Gabe Kolesari presented Assistant Superintendent for Business Services Bryan Ruud with a parting gift of an engraved clock in appreciation for his 27 years of service to the district. Ruud’s last day will be Jan. 3.

AET classes renamed for clarity

A few applied engineering and technology courses will be renamed for the 2020-21 school year to clarify content and sequencing.

  • “Introduction to Construction Technology” will be called “Architecture and Building Construction 1.”
  • “Introduction to Manufacturing” will be “Introduction to Machining and Automation.”
  • “Fabrication Design and Productivity” will be “”Welding Fabrication 1.”
  • “Applied Energy and Fabrication” will be “Welding Fabrication 2.”

Other content adjustments will be presented to the School Board in spring.

Hasbrook presents annual AODA update

Student Assistance Program and AODA Coordinator Kristin Hasbrook presented an annual report to School Board members about efforts to keep students from getting involved in alcohol and other drugs.

Providing initial screening and AODA referral services, helping families find appropriate community services and conducting school-specific services comprised 2018-19 activities. She presented on depression and trained students to be peer leaders.

At the high school, in addition to individual AODA support for students, Hasbrook facilitated separate girls and boys support groups to teach positive coping skills to students struggling with challenges. She coordinated staff training of the Question-Persuade-Respond (QPR) model to deal with depression, grief and suicide. She also received a grant to create the RISE Club for students to learn about mindfulness and stress relief.

She provided a lesson on depression to Templeton Middle School seventh-graders in conjunction with peer leaders. She also met with students who had alcohol or other drugs.

Districtwide activities involved coordination of the parent network Hamilton Connects, earning a license to teach Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) training, establishing a resource network for parents and training parents in the Love and Logic program. She also continued to engage with REDgen, an organization that offers training and support to help reduce student suicide and mental health issues.

2020-21 plans are to:

  • continue involvement in QPR training students on depression, grief and suicide;
  • create mental health education programming and support for parents;
  • provide parent education to reduce drug and alcohol use through individual meetings, outside resources and Hamilton Connects;
  • seek additional funding for Hamilton Connects;
  • support Hamilton and Templeton students on a regular basis;
  • work with community participants on the Wellness Resource Network;
  • train staff and community members on YMHFA; and
  • participate in Out of Darkness Campus Walk.

School budget parameters set for 2020-21

Parameters for development of the 2020-21 budget will maintain existing general school and capital outlay allocations per student and increase library allocations by $2 per student. Total per pupil allocations will be $161 for grades 4k-4, $181 for grades 5-6, $193 for grades 7-8, and $228 for grades 9-12.

Personnel matters

In personnel business, the School Board:

  • accepted the retirement request of Instructional Services Supervisor Katherine Little, Ph.D., effective June 30;
  • approved the resignations of Marcy part-time custodian Nicholas Foti, effective Dec. 16, Hamilton associate kitchen employee Marianne Selkey and Templeton associate kitchen employee Lisette Martin, both effective Dec. 20; and
  • appointed Lauren Vogt as Woodside instructional and supervision paraprofessional, effective Dec. 2, Amy Durham as Marcy replacement literacy interventionist, effective Jan. 2, Marianne Selkey as Hamilton custodian, effective Dec. 23, and Jessica Schlise as Maple Avenue special services paraprofessional, effective Dec. 18.

Hamilton students attend DECA leadership conference

Eight members of Hamilton High School DECA attended the Central Region Leadership Conference Dec. 6-8 in Minneapolis. Students were selected for dedication to leading and elevating DECA at local, state and national levels.DECA-group-photo-Web

More than 2,000 students competed in mock test and role play scenarios to practice their skills. The top 25 in both categories were recognized on stage during the closing session. Hamilton students who were recognized include:

  • Maanya Kashyap – medaled for test and role play,
  • Brooke Stanley – medaled for role play and
  • Arushi Ranasaria – medaled for test.

Additional attendees recognized for exceptional leadership were Madelyn Gammon, Aayush Iyengar, Michael Maher, Rashmi Majjigapu and Norah Miller.

Sessions led by trainers and business professionals on leadership, professionalism and employability skills and networking with students from 13 states in the Midwest were highlights of the conference.
Amanda Fields, Hamilton business and marketing teacher is the DECA advisor.

Hamilton announces November students of the month

Hamilton High School students representing 11 curriculum areas were selected as students of the month for November.November-students-of-the-month=WEB

They are:

  • Brooke Price, applied engineering and technology;
  • Kaitlin Cassidy, art;
  • Theresa Barthel, business education;
  • Bennett Pauls, communication arts;
  • Napayshni Fernandez, family and consumer sciences;
  • Benjamin Berlinski, fitness education;
  • Andrew Dahlgren, mathematics;
  • Jennifer Spence, music;
  • Maxwell Prell and Nolan Smarelli, science;
  • Kathryn Kreutzmann, social studies; and
  • Ella Heintz, world languages.

Students received a certificate and a pin for their accomplishment.

Hamilton offers Youth Mental Health First Aid training

As part of an initiative to increase mental health literacy, the Hamilton School District will host an 8-hour course giving people tools to identify when someone might be struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues. The Mental Health First Aid workshop will be held from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Feb. 8 in Hamilton’s Large Group Area. Cost is $60 for the training which includes a $20 resource guide. An optional lunch is offered for an additional $10.YMHFA

Participants will learn skills to reach out and provide initial support to someone with mental health or substance abuse problems and help connect them to the appropriate care.

The workshop is presented by Mental Health First Aid USA and is offered to any community members who work with youth. A maximum of 30 people will be accepted.

One in five Americans has a mental illness, but many are reluctant to seek help or might not know where to turn for care. Unlike physical conditions, symptoms of mental health and substance use problems can be difficult to detect. For friends and family members, it can be hard to know when and how to step in. As a result, those in need of mental health services often do not get them until it is too late.

Just as CPR helps those without clinical training attend to an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid prepares participants to interact with a person experiencing a mental health crisis. Mental Health First Aiders learn a 5-step action plan that guides them through the process of reaching out and offering appropriate support. More than 1 million people across the country have been trained in Mental Health First Aid.

More information on Mental Health First Aid training is available on Eventbrite at and on this flyer.

The Large Group Area is on the northwest side of Hamilton School, W220N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex.

Woodside contributes turkey tubs for families in need

Woodside Elementary School families and staff members showed compassion for others once again this Thanksgiving season by donating turkey tubs to families in need in Milwaukee’s Notre Dame Middle School community.Turkey Tubs Web

For the eighth consecutive year, Woodside students were asked to donate money they earned by doing chores at home. With more than $1,750 collected, 24 families of volunteers shopped for groceries to fill the tubs. Items included a frozen turkey, bag of stuffing, jar of gravy, white and sweet potatoes, fresh vegetables, bread, canned cranberries, a fresh pie, beverages, appetizers such as crackers and nuts, along with an aluminum roasting pan. All of the items were put into a large sturdy storage bin and delivered to families.

“This has been an extremely rewarding service project for all the students,” said Rayelle Simonsen, a Woodside teacher who helped organize the collection. “It’s amazing how just doing a few chores around the house feeds 26 families.”

A donation of $120 from funds that remained after the tubs were prepared was donated to Sussex Food Pantry.

Notre Dame is a successful middle school in Milwaukee that serves Hispanic girls in grades 5-8. The school’s academic outcomes includes a 98 percent high school graduation rate with 82 percent of its students continuing on to college. Some 94 percent of the families live at or below poverty

Hamilton Future Educators Club offers scholarships

Hamilton High School’s Future Educators Club is offering two $500 scholarships to qualified students currently enrolled in teacher education programs. Future-Educators-Club

To be eligible, students must:

  • be a Hamilton graduate currently enrolled in a teacher education program;
  • complete one semester of student-teaching during the 2019-20 school year; and
  • submit a completed application form, college transcript, letter of recommendation and a personal essay by March 31, 2020

Applicants will be judged based on the information provided in the application, transcript, letter of recommendation and personal essay. More details about the scholarship and application form are on the Hamilton School District website.

Future Educators Club was established in 2017 for Hamilton students interested in pursuing a career in education. Club members attend monthly meetings where they hear from professional educators on topics ranging from school selection, college coursework, clinical experiences, employment outlook and challenges of the profession. Club advisors are Hamilton High School teachers Penny Komatz and Lauren Rogahn.

Templeton bands to perform holiday concerts

Templeton Middle School bands have been busily preparing for two holiday concerts that they will perform in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center (HFAC). The concerts, which are free and open to the public, begin at 7 p.m. and will be held on:Candy-cane

• Dec. 11 – grade 7; and
• Dec. 17 – grade 8.

“The concerts are a culmination of more than three months of rehearsals and practices in which the bands have shown tremendous growth,” said Templeton Band Director David Neubauer. “The Templeton bands are eager to share their holiday concerts with the community.”

The HFAC is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Road in Sussex.