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.H-for-web

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.

Eighty students enrolled in Amanda Fields’ Personal Finance classes passed the annual w!se test and became Certified Financially Literate™.

In addition to earning financial literacy certification, 13 students were also named Financial Literacy Scholars for earning 95% or higher on the exam. These students are eligible to compete for a $1,000 award. The following students successfully completed the exam:

Maxwell Aberman – scholar
Isabella Atkinson – scholar
Sydney Bartos – scholar
Gavin Birkenheier – scholar
Alexis Konop – scholar
Cassidy Osesek – scholar
Arushi Ranasaria – scholar
Evrett Rachow – scholar
Tanner Rosen -scholar
Mariela Staab – scholar
Mitchell Stachowiak – scholar
Matthew Thuemling – scholar
Kristin Weisbrod – scholar
Shane Aykroid
Jessica Bagley
Elizabeth Barnish
Viktor Birkenheier
Michael Blann
Sara Burow
Bailey Byrnes
Elijah Conrad
Audrey Davies
Katelyn Denny
Megan Dewing
Davidmichael Diedrick
Soumaya Drover
Jessica Endries
Abigail Farrell
Jacob Fobes
Phillip Frafjord
Taylor Fryda
Eden Fuhriman
Kayden Hersback
Ryan Houdek
Matthew Jelinski
Alyssa Kaul
Ashley Kenworthy
Abrielle Klawitter
Emma Kleba
Lana Kling
Kayla Krueger
Sarah Lessila
Dayton Licklider
Nina Luebke
Chase McFarlane
Joshua McFarlane
Joshua Meulemans
Brandon Meyer
Abigail Moriarty
Claire Nesemann
Preston Olson
Jacob Onysio
Joseph Pellechia
Joseph Plechaty
Mariano Pofahl
Kaeya Ray
Tanner Resch
Matthew Romuald
Luke Rosen
Kylee Ryals
Kane Saber
Lauren Schlaman
Devin Schneider
Adam Schultz
Kiley Slaats
Carson Smith
Garret Staab
Briana Taylor
Grace Thao
Soukkaseum Thao
Lillia Thoms
Brooke Tlachac
Kaitlyn Tyriver
Taylor VanHoof
Sydney Vande Hei
Tyler Vaughan
Tyler Walls
Jenna Withrow
Shaine Zoephel
Alexis Zuehlke

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 Band Boosters hosts Jazz Café Feb. 11

An evening of great food and entertainment is in store for the community Feb. 11 as the Hamilton School District Band Boosters hosts Jazz Café from 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. in the Hamilton High School Cafeteria. Advance tickets are $10 ages 6 years and up and $6 for children ages 2-5 years. Add $2 for tickets purchased at the door.JazzCafe

The public is invited to enjoy a Cousins’ subs, chips, dessert, soda, water, hot cocoa and gourmet coffee while listening to musical entertainment provided by the Hamilton High School Jazz Band. A free combined Templeton Middle School and Hamilton High School band concert follows at 7 p.m. in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center.

To guarantee a seat, please make a reservation online at chargerband.weebly.com, call Karen Spence at (262) 617-6828 or email HSDbandfundraising@gmail.com.

Hamilton High School and the Hamilton Fine Arts Center are located at W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex.

Hamilton selects Gumm as football coach

Justin Gumm was named head coach of the Hamilton High School Chargers football team. Gumm, a 2009 graduate of Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Mo., is the physical education and strength-conditioning teacher and assistant head football coach at Grafton High School. Beginning in August, he will be a part-time physical education and health teacher at Hamilton in addition to his coaching responsibilities.JustinGummWeb

Gumm has 10 years of experience coaching or teaching at high schools in Missouri, Illinois and Wisconsin. Before joining Grafton High School, he had been head football coach for three years at Kettle Moraine High School where he became the highest winning-percentage football coach in the school’s history and ended a nine-year play-off drought with back-to-back postseason appearances in 2017 and 2018.

Hamilton Athletic-Activities Director Michael Gosz said Gumm stood out from a strong pool of candidates.

“In addition to being highly recommended from people in the football community, Justin had a detailed plan and proven ability to develop relationships with student-athletes and community members,” Gosz said.

“We are fortunate and excited to have someone with Coach Gumm’s track record lead our football program,” he said.

Hamilton students earn Microsoft certification

More than 70 Hamilton High School students in Toni Hillmann and Brenda Savic’s first semester Computer Application courses completed rigorous technical training and earned Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification.H-for-web

Students completed the “Productivity” strand of the Microsoft Imagine Academy program which includes the opportunity to take exams in Word, Excel and PowerPoint. The following students received MOS in all three areas:

Justine Ackaouy
Nicholas Backus
Theresa Barthel
Benjamin Berlinski
Isabella Bins
Nicholas Bongard
Cora Brooks
Dax Brown
Hayden Brown
Julia Bruch
Brayden Buchholz
Margaret Burg
Hailey Conner
Harper Deeken
Blake Demlang
Davidmichael Diedrick
Kayce Dirnbauer
Devin Eckert
Joseph Endries
Peyton Esson
Kevin Fox
Zachary Frank
Jordan Fryda
Lauren Gilmartin
Alvaro Gomez
Jacob Gouin
Jackson Grimm
Korina Haveman
Evan Hermann
Acoya Hotchkiss
Brianna House
Mackenzie Irene
Kayla Johnson
Srikar Kalapala
Jasleen Kaur
Paige Klebba
Natalie Knollenberg
Nathaniel Kollath
Madelyn Kopcha
Grace Laedtke
Sabrina Last
Dylan Lichty
Michael Lor
Michael Maher
Jessica Massaba
Zachary Mattes
Victoria Meyer
Sierra Morgano
Daniel Nakhla
Scotland Nicholson
Kayla Olson
Ethan Paccagnella
Ryan Pfeifer
Abbie Pulvermacher
Lukas Rehfeld
Harper Rhoades
Brayden Rotolo
Jacob Saunders
Katie Scaffidi
Cody Schlafer
Koryna Schmidt
Ethan Schmitz
Logan Schrimpf
Zoe Schultz
Gavin Schroeder
Maeve Schummer
Jacob Ullrick
Joseph Venn
Kai Warden
Katelyn Wilcox
Ethan Wolfinger
Favee Xiong

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.

Early admission to school deadline approaches

Parents who want their children considered for early admission into a Hamilton School District 5-year-old kindergarten or first grade class next fall should apply in writing by March 1 to their elementary school principal. Application forms are available at elementary school offices. Early-Admission430

Children who turn five on or before Sept. 1, 2020 meet normal entrance age requirements for the 2020-21 5-year-old kindergarten class; those who turn six on or before Sept. 1, 2020 are eligible to enter first grade.

Parents making application will meet with the principal. During that time, a brief interview will take place and the application will be completed. The child should demonstrate superior intellectual development, superior language skills and advanced physical, social and emotional maturity. Parents will be contacted no later than mid-March, 2020 about the next step in the process.

For more information about early admission, contact an elementary school principal or Special Services Supervisor John Peterson (262) 246-1973 x1184.

January 20, 2020

New IT manager delivers first update

District Information Technology Manager Ryan Miller presented his first report on recently completed information technology updates, upgrades and implementation. Focus of IT staff has included:

  • surveying district network equipment and topology;
  • replacement of fiber network;
  • replacement and upgrade of legacy storage and server environment;
  • development of an equitable elementary technology plan; and
  • exploration of move from Microsoft Exchange staff email to G Suite for Education.

Plans are to:

  • develop a comprehensive equipment rotation plan;
  • collaborate with leadership to develop a technology plan;
  • analyze print environment to explore cost-savings;
  • review IT staff roles and responsibilities; and
  • explore further streamlining of services and response time with additional staff.

2020-21 calendar approved

School Board members approved the 2020-21 school calendar. Among the significant changes are:

  • Student start date for grades 5K-12 will be before Labor Day due to how late the holiday falls in 2020.
  • Spring Break will be during the week of Good Friday and continue through the Tuesday after Easter for students. Staff will have a professional development day on April 6. In the future the district will return to scheduling spring break during the last full week in March.

Private school transportation costs top $200,000

As in the past, the district provided transportation or a parent contract for families whose children attend private school. This year, 137 students were transported directly to St. John’s Lutheran School in Lannon and St. Dominic’s Catholic School in Brookfield at a cost of about $80,000 to the district. Families who send their children to other eligible private schools in a 5-8 mile radius of the district are issued parent contracts, and they transport their children themselves. The cost for these parent contracts was $120,062 for 253 full contracts and one half contract. Contracts are issued per student, not per family.

Personnel action taken

In personnel business, the School Board:

  • approved the resignations of high school special services paraprofessional Adriane Sendzik effective Jan. 23, Templeton special services paraprofessional Anna Marie Zorn effective Jan. 30, district administrative assistant Jamie McMillan effective Feb. 14, Silver Spring special services paraprofessional Nicole Winkelmann effective Jan. 23, Woodside grade 5 teacher Megan Owens effective at the end of the school year and high school guidance administrative assistant Kristine Gostomski effective Feb. 13;
  • accepted the retirement request of high school social studies teacher David Hartman, effective at the end of the school year; and
  • appointed Tami Smulders as Templeton associate kitchen employee effective Jan. 9, Sean O’Dwyer as Marcy part-time custodian effective Jan. 6 and Justin Gumm as part-time high school fitness education teacher effective Aug. 19.

Spring, fall teams recognized

Teams that were conference champs or competed at state were recognized. School Board President Gabe Kolesari and Superintendent Paul Mielke, Ph.D., presented each team with a certificate. Not all athletes were able to attend the meeting, but those recognized were:


Varsity Baseball – Coach Mike Schramek, team state qualifier


Boys  Track – Coach Ben Nysse, individual state qualifiers Adam Jeter, Brenden Ban and Gavin Kuhlenbeck
Girls Track – Coach Ben Nysse, individual state qualifiers Alexis Zuehlke, Jessica Heckman and Morgan DeHarde


Boys Golf – Coach Dan Heckman, team sectional qualifier


Boys & Girls Tennis – Coach Alan Schneider, individual sectional qualifiers Calvin Moore and Cynthia Yan


Boys Cross Country – Coaches Stephen Schmidt and Ben Nysse, team state qualifier
Girls Cross Country – Coach Ben Nysse, individual state qualifier Brooke Price


Girls Volleyball – Coach Traci Buhr, team sectional qualifier

Hamilton, Templeton course catalogs approved

The School Board approved the middle school and high school course catalogs. Many revisions reflected course name changes and updated curriculum.

The high school added the statement: “Courses dropped after the first week of the semester will result in a failing grade on the transcript.”

High school classes that were added were “Digital Electronics and Automation,” “Symphonic Band,” “Wind Symphony,” “Basic-Intermediate Music Theory” and “Advanced Placement Music Theory.”

No space to take Open Enrollment students

School administrators calculated that the district will not have enough classroom space to take additional Open Enrollment students for the 2020-21 school year due to projected resident enrollment and space available for special education open enrollment. Open Enrollment is a statewide program that allows students to attend public schools outside of their districts if space is available.

Sribhasyam wins Templeton Geographic Bee

After nail-biting competition, Templeton Middle School produced its school champion from the top 14 finalists in its Geographic Bee. TMS-Geo-Bee-S.SribhasyamWeb

Seventh-grader Suhruth Sribhasyam emerged as the 2020 school champion after rounds of intense questions, up against 13 other school finalists. The other finalists were Liliana Atkinson, Lauren Bickler, Tyler Canham, Thomas Fischer, Samuel Maurer, Jack Nagai, Zachary Neuman, Colin Quigley, Aniket Singh, William Tennyson, Logan Wambach, Margaret Watson and Mason Zellner. Quigley took second place.

All Templeton students participated in a preliminary round by taking a 25-question written test. Students who scored highest advanced Jan. 14 to the semi-final round and the 14 finalists then competed in the final championship round.

As the school champion, Sribhasyam will take an online test to qualify for state level competition. Up to 100 of the top scorers in each state will be eligible to compete March 27 in state level National Geographic Bee events. The winner of each state bee will travel to Washington, D.C., in May to participate in the national event.

The annual National Geographic GeoBee is a geography competition designed to inspire and reward students’ curiosity about the world. Questions cover not only geography, but also cultures, physical features, history and earth science.

Hamilton announces December students of the month

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


They are:

  • Alexander Ellenberger, applied engineering and technology;
  • Kaitlyn Tyriver, art;
  • Lucas Ruiz, business education;
  • Kailyn Benoit, communication arts;
  • Manya Mehra, family and consumer sciences;
  • Marcela Hahn, fitness education;
  • Britney Nwanosike, mathematics;
  • Jadyn Grana, music;
  • Isabella Brundage and Catherine Kucza, science;
  • Zachary Werra, social studies; and
  • Steven Arthur, world languages.

Students received a certificate and a pin for their accomplishment.

Hamilton drama to present “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Hamilton High School Drama Society invites the community to an ambitious version of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Feb. 7-9 in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center (HFAC). Shows begin at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. for the Sunday performance.MidSummerGraphic

Shakespeare’s most famous comedy, adapted by Carmen-maria Mandley, is re-imagined in a future where the world as we know it is gone, destroyed by technology and a clan of mortals remain.

Theseus, their ruler, plans to marry Hippolyta but as they prepare to wed, Egeus and his wife arrive with their daughter, Hermia, and insist that she marry Demetrius. Instead, she runs away with her love, Lysander. Demetrius chases after her with the help of her friend Helena, who loves Demetrius. Meanwhile, lower class workers prepare to present the play of “Pyramus and Thisbe” at the royal wedding. Fairies have survived on Earth and their king and queen, Oberon and Titania, argue, and an angry Oberon sends his servant Puck to find a magical flower to use on Titania to make her fall in love with the first thing she sees. However, mayhem and merriment ensue when she awakens to see a donkey, and Lysander, who has also received the magic juice, awakens and sees Helena.

Happily, order is (eventually) restored, all fall in love with the proper people, and three marriages take place, to the blessings of the fairies and the entertainment of the audience.

General seating tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens. Tickets may be purchased 30 minutes before the show at the HFAC Box Office, Office C in the high school or online at www.HamiltonFineArtsCenter.com.

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

Current grade 8 students, parents invited to Hamilton Orientation & Open House Feb. 12

Hamilton High School will welcome incoming ninth-graders and their parents to its Eighth Grade Orientation and Open House Feb. 12 H-for-webbeginning at 6 p.m. in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center (HFAC), W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex.

The schedule for families will be different based on last names as follows:

Students with last names A-K Students with last names L-Z
5:45 – 6 p.m. – Packet pick-up 5:45 – 6 p.m. – Packet pick-up
6 – 6:30 p.m. – Orientation in HFAC 6 – 6:40 p.m. – Open House in cafeteria
6:30 – 7:15 p.m. – Open House in cafeteria 6:45 – 7:15 p.m. – Orientation in HFAC

During the Orientation, school staff will present a brief introduction to the high school and an overview of the registration process. Course catalogs and other registration materials will be distributed. Students and parents will receive further information about high school requirements, honors courses and four-year planning.

Templeton Middle School students will receive their core course recommendations at this meeting. Parochial school or out-of-district students will receive a packet with instructions on how to obtain recommendations from their current teachers.

The Open House, which is open to families registering a student in any grade, will be held in two sessions. Administrators, school counselors and representatives from departments, clubs, extracurricular and athletic activities will be on hand to answer questions. For a complete list of participants please visit www.hamilton.k12.wi.us./schools/hamilton/athletics-and-activities/. National Honor Society members will conduct tours of the school.

Prior to the Orientation and Open House, informational meetings for students interested in band and choir will be held beginning at 5:15 p.m. in the Band Room and Little Theater.

Those unable to attend the Orientation and Open House or parents of private school students whose school was not notified about this event should contact the Student Services Department at (262) 246-6476 x1130.

Parents with specific questions are encouraged to contact the appropriate high school counselor at (262) 246-6476.

Last names Counselor Ext. Email address
A-C Kristin Hasbrook 1128 hasbkr@hamilton.k12.wi.us
D-I and W-Z Helen Geracie 1135 gerahe@hamilton.k12.wi.us
J-P David Johnson 1133 johnda@hamilton.k12.wi.us
Q-V Tricia Rigg 1134 riggtr@hamilton.k12.wi.us