Peterson selected special services administrator of the year

The Wisconsin Council of Administrators of Special Services (WCASS) recently recognized Hamilton School District Special Services Supervisor John Peterson as the Outstanding Special Services Administrator of the Year at the 2020 State Education Convention in Milwaukee.Peterson-state-convention-web

WCASS is a professional organization responsible for supervising the delivery of pupil services and special education.

Peterson was recognized for his long-time role on the WCASS Board of Directors. He first served as a regional representative, was elected president-elect and then served as president for six years. Besides his leadership at the state level, he served at regional and local levels including being a longstanding member of CESA #1 special education Regional Service Network.

Peterson’s nominators identified qualities of respectfulness, collaboration and professionalism as reasons he is deserving of the award. They also noted his positive attitude.

“John is always upbeat and has not ever met a challenge he cannot handle,” his nominators wrote. “No matter what the issue, John always sees the bright light at the end of the tunnel and knows how to lead the organization toward that light.”

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.Youth-Art-Month

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 5. 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.

Woodside students fundraise through Cookies for a Cause

Woodside Elementary School kindergartners in Peter Dargatz’s class raised more than $625 for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Feb. 12 by hosting “Cookies for a Cause.” Students promoted the event in school, baked cookies and helped run the fundraiser.


During the holidays, Dargatz’s class earned tickets in their social studies unit which taught the difference between wants and needs. Students earned tickets to get items they wanted or turned them in for real dollars to donate.

Woodside Elementary School is located at W236 N7465 Woodside Rd. in Sussex.




Registration for HEF April 4 “A Million Dreams” Gala open

Join the Hamilton Education Foundation for an evening of fun April 4 beginning at 6 p.m. as it celebrates its 2020 “A Million Dreams” Gala.The fundraiser will be held at the Milwaukee Marriott West, W231N1600 Corporate Ct., Waukesha.


Plenty of entertainment is in store including a dinner, raffle, auction and — new this year – dueling pianos. Raffle tickets are available at each school with prizes of $1,000, $500, $250 and $100.

To reserve tickets, donate to the foundation or become a sponsor, please visit the event page at

Proceeds from the dinner auction will benefit educational opportunities for students in the Hamilton School District.

The foundation is in need of event sponsors and auction items for this year’s event, and there is still time to donate. Contact the Hamilton Education Foundation at for more information.

Kolesari recognized for decades of service

Hamilton School District School Board President Gabe Kolesari was recognized by the Wisconsin Association of School Boards (WASB) for serving 30 years on the Hamilton School District School Board.Kolesari-State-Convention-WEB

Kolesari was honored at the 2020 State Education Convention in January in Milwaukee in front of hundreds of Wisconsin school board members and school district administrators.

WASB Executive Director John Ashley congratulated Kolesari on his outstanding dedication to public education.

“I commend Kolesari for his commitment to expand educational opportunities for the young people in their community and diligent work to ensure an effective governing body,” Ashley said. “I thank Gabe for devoting decades to the cause of improving public education in Wisconsin.”

In addition to his service to his local school district, Kolesari has served as WASB President and President of CESA #1 Board of Control. WASB is a nonprofit association that provides information and services to Wisconsin school boards in the areas of school law and policymaking, bargaining, legislation and leadership development.

Hamilton groups recycle devices to save gorilla habitat

Two Hamilton High School student groups – Club Action and Science Club – have teamed up with 39 zoos and one aquarium across the continent to bring awareness to gorilla conservation by recycling mobile phones and handheld electronics.RecycleCellPhoneWeb

These devices contain the mineral coltan, which is mined from habitats of endangered gorillas and other African forest species. By recycling the devices, the metals can be reused, reducing the pressure on African habitats and protecting gorillas.

The recycling project also helps the environment in Wisconsin by keeping devices out of landfills and protecting the water supply.

Community members are encouraged to contribute to the students’ recycling efforts by bringing their old devices to the high school. Collection bins are in the school library and several classrooms. A collection station will be set up at the admissions table at each home basketball game. Look for the gorilla footprints leading to the station. The campaign will run until mid-April.

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

Hamilton announces January students of the month

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


They are:

  • Andrew Klemm, applied engineering and technology;
  • Lucas Wick, art;
  • Arushi Ranasaria, business education;
  • Dorothy Palmer, communication arts;
  • Katelyn Wilcox, family and consumer sciences;
  • Katharine Palmer, fitness education;
  • Natalie Knollenberg and Lynea Wasilewski, mathematics;
  • Samantha Meiller, music;
  • Aryiana Thimm, science;
  • Madison Versh, social studies; and
  • Jacob Bender, world languages.

Students received a certificate and a pin for their accomplishment.

Three Templeton finalists advance to Regional Spelling Bee

Students in grades 7 and 8 competed Feb. 6 in the annual District Spelling Bee at Templeton Middle School.TMS—Spelling-Bee-Finalists-Web

The “district” is a geographical area defined by CESA #1, which sponsors district and regional bees. Students who won classroom spelling bees vied for the honor of participating in the district event.

The champion speller was Aadhitya Balaji, grade 7. Finalists who also will advance to the regional bee on Feb. 17 are Colton Selby, grade 7, and Allison Maurer, grade 8.

Regional winners continue to the Wisconsin Spelling Bee in hopes of qualifying for the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee, held in Washington, D.C.

Students who competed in the District Spelling Bee were:

  • Grade 7 – Brenna Hansen, Hayden Hockerman, Rohan Nuthi, Aadhitya Balaji, Colton Selby, Eliana Kotsonis, Amelia Berrall, Ella Janiszewski, Chloe Sontoski; and
  • Grade 8 – Samuel Maurer, Allison Maurer, Victoria Tromp, Alexandra Turner, Lucas DeCraene and Allison Bull.

The event was coordinated by Templeton teacher Tim Cunningham, and teachers Patty Sankey and Lisa Schmeling pronounced the words and judged the competition.

Hamilton School District receives Community Betterment award

The Menomonee Falls Chamber of Commerce presented its Community Betterment Award to Hamilton School District Jan. 23 at its 2019 Chamber Awards Banquet.


The award was given to an organization, business or person for work and accomplishments in making Menomonee Falls a better place to live, raise a family and do business.

The district has achieved the highest rating on Wisconsin’s School Report Card, and each school in the district earned highest designations while ranking among the top in the state for student a

chievement. In addition, Hamilton High School has been named among Newsweek’s “Best High Schools,” Washington Post’s “Most Challenging High Schools” and the College Board’s “Advanced Placement Honor Roll” for many years.

Superintendent Paul Mielke, Ph.D., accepted the award on behalf of the district.

“We are certainly honored to have been chosen for this award,” Mielke said. “Community and business support along with the engagement of parents have been important factors in being able to offer families in our community an exceptional place to learn.”

Hamilton student gets perfect score on ACT

Hamilton High School junior Margaret Flynn did what few students have done – she earned a perfect score of 36 on the ACT college-entrance exam. Flynn learned in a letter from ACT Chief Executive Officer Marten Roorda about her accomplishment.MaggieFlynn

“Your achievement on the ACT is significant and rare,” Roorda wrote. “Your exceptional scores will provide any college or university with ample evidence of your readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead.”

Fewer than half of one percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score. Among U.S. high school graduates from the class of 2019, only 4,879 of nearly 1.8 million students earned a top composite score of 36.

“Achieving a perfect score on the ACT demonstrates hard work in rigorous courses, a certain amount of natural aptitude and an internal motivation to perform at a high level,” Hamilton Principal Rebecca Newcomer said. “This measure of Maggie’s academic success is certainly a point of pride not only for Maggie and her family, but for our school.”

Newcomer noted that Flynn is an involved student and has been recognized for her performances within the Drama Club, and she is active in DECA, National Honor Society, Choir and Rugby.

“She is a well-rounded student and we are so proud of her accomplishments and thankful for the way she shares her talents and contributes to so many facets of our student life,” Newcomer said.

The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1-36, and a student’s composite score is the average of the four test scores.