Hamilton DECA experiences success at state

Hamilton High School sent 29 DECA members to the March 10-12 Wisconsin DECA State Career Development Conference in Lake Geneva. Hamilton earned 46 awards and qualified 12 members to advance to the international conference.DECA group

The following students were recognized for their success:

  • Maanya Kashyap, second place overall and four medals for marketing communications;
  • Rashmi Majjigapu, third place overall and four medals for business services;
  • Colleen Flynn, third place overall and three medals for principles of business management and administration;
  • Arushi Ranasaria, fifth place overall and three medals for business finance;
  • Sophia Detweiler, fifth place overall and two medals for restaurant and food service management;
  • Dhruv Ahuja, sixth place overall and two medals for personal financial literacy;
  • Elise Elkin, seventh place overall and three medals for principles of hospitality;
  • Margaret Flynn, three medals for restaurant and food service management;
  • Audrey Davies, two medals for principles of finance;
  • Samantha Nelson, two medals for personal financial literacy;
  • Brooke Stanley, two medals for principles of finance;
  • Joshua Dalhgren, one medal for principles of marketing;
  • Ava DeCleene, one medal for principles of marketing;
  • Jason Gahr, one medal for economics excellence;
  • Aayush Iyengar, one medal for human resource management
  •  Ethan Nolan and Jacob Pifher, one medal for financial services; and
  • Arushi Ranasaria and Rashmi Majjigapu, one medal for start-up business plan.

In addition to their competitive success, Arushi Ranasaria and Rashmi Majjigapu were elected to serve as 2020-21 Wisconsin State Officers and will be notified of their positions in the upcoming weeks.

The international conference was cancelled due to recommendations by the World Health Organization.

Hamilton announces February students of the month

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

HHS – 2020 Feb students of the month

They are:

  • Hoyt Leitzke, applied engineering and technology;
  • Brooke Brandtjen, art;
  • Rashmi Majjigapu, business education;
  • Sharan Gill, communication arts;
  • Sara Zafar, family and consumer sciences;
  • Drew Peterson, fitness education;
  • Quantell Booker and Nathan Plumb, mathematics;
  • Kenneth Lor, music;
  • Kacey McMillan, science;
  • Ryan Roubik, social studies; and
  • Lindsey Secora, world languages.

Students received a certificate and a pin for their accomplishment.

Hamilton team places third in state Battle of the Books

Hamilton High School students Nikhita Nair, Ellie DeCleene, Sophia Heyn, Sydney Vande Hei and Peyton Impola (alternate) took third place in the senior division at the Wisconsin Educational Media & Technology Association (WEMTA) Battle of the Books competing against 54 teams statewide. This is the fourth time Hamilton has placed in the top three in the last seven years.Battle-of-BooksWeb

The senior reading list includes 20 books that students read deeply to retain information about plot, character, theme, setting and other elements. The teams will receive a plaque and students will receive individual certificates.

Battle of the Books is a fun, academic-based statewide competition designed to promote a love of reading among students. It encourages students to read a variety of books and remember information about the plots, characters and settings. Every question asked in a battle is answered by the title and author of the book.

Hamilton seeks nominees for Distinguished Alumnus

Community members are invited to nominate Hamilton High School graduates for the 2020 Distinguished Alumnus Award which will be presented at the June 13 high school graduation ceremony.TroubadorOnHorseBlack

People are asked to include the nominee’s name, address and phone number, along with a 50- to 75-word description of why the nominee is worthy of the award. This information may be submitted through the district website at www.hamilton.k12.wi.us on the Hamilton High School alumni page or delivered to Rebecca Newcomer, Hamilton High School, W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex, WI 53089.

High school faculty members will review nominations and recommend a finalist.

The nomination deadline is April 20. For further information, contact Newcomer at (262) 246-6471 x1104.

Hamilton Girls JV Basketball team feeds the homeless

Hamilton High School Girls Junior Varsity Basketball team distributed food Feb. 29 at the Milwaukee Rescue Mission. The opportunity to serve the homeless came because team member Abby Halcomb’s mother, Amy, works at MRM.HHS—Girls-JV-BB-at-MRM-WEB

“As coaches we knew it would be a great opportunity and the girls thought the same thing,” said Coach Ben Filzen

Each team member brought food and drink to serve along with the MRM’s planned meal. They were stationed at various cafeteria locations. After serving, they cleaned the cafeteria.

The team toured the facility following lunch and learned about MRM programs for men, women and children to reacquaint them to living on their own. In addition to providing food and shelter, MRM helps people deal with substance abuse, job skills, domestics abuse and violence and getting students back to school.

Afterward, the team reflected on their experience, noting the gratitude that many expressed to the girls.

“The experience was really great for all of us,” Filzen said.

Templeton chorus presents “Dear Edwina, Jr.”

Templeton Middle School Eighth Grade Chorus, under the direction of Jaye Mier, will present “Dear Edwina, Jr.” April 2 in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center (HFAC). This delightful family-friendly show begins at 7 p.m.Dear-Edwina-Jr.-Logo-(002)

Dear Edwina Jr. follows the adventures of plucky advice-giver-extraordinaire, Edwina Spoonapple, as she directs the neighborhood kids in a series of buoyant production numbers for the latest edition of her weekly Advice-a-Palooza. Edwina and her friends share wisdom on everything from trying new foods to making new friends through clever, catchy and poignant songs.

Tickets are $7 in advance and $9 at the door. Children under 5 and senior citizens with Golden Agers passes may attend for free, but they must have complimentary tickets for admission to the performance. Golden Agers passes for citizens 60 years and older and a valid show ticket must be presented at the door. Sign up for a Golden Ager Courtesy Pass by visiting the Hamilton School District offices Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Those who do not have a Golden Agers Courtesy Pass will be asked to visit the box office to purchase a ticket. Passes are non-transferable.

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

Templeton student qualifies for State Geographic Bee

Templeton Middle School seventh-grader Suhruth Sribhasyam qualified for the Wisconsin State Geographic Bee based on the results of his online test. Students with the top 100 scores qualified for the state competition.TMS-Geo-Bee-S.SribhasyamWeb

Earlier in the year, all Templeton students participated in the preliminary round of the annual National Geographic Bee by taking a written test. The school’s top-scoring students competed in the semi-final round in which they answered oral questions. Sribhasyam was Templeton’s winner and went on to online competition.

The Wisconsin State Geographic Bee will be March 27 in Madison. The state champion will compete in the National Geographic Bee May 17 – 20 in Washington, D.C.

Hamilton custodians focus on clean schools to keep students, staff healthy

The concept of a clean, safe school environment takes on greater significance as communities across the country worry about the spread of illnesses including influenza and the coronavirus.KeepingIllnessAtBay

Fortunately, Hamilton School District custodial crew members have plenty of experience and knowledge about the most effective cleaning processes, supplies and equipment.

District Building and Grounds Manager Jeffrey Grove prefers to be proactive when it comes to keeping buildings safe for students and staff. When news about the coronavirus first surfaced, Grove checked with the district’s cleaning supply company to verify that the cleaning products and practices used in the schools would effectively destroy this year’s influenza viruses and the new coronavirus. He also ordered additional supplies such as cleaners, disposable wipes, hand sanitizers and equipment.

In addition, use of ultraviolet (UV) lamps and electrostatic disinfection machines offers the district advanced cleaning capabilities. The technology is used to:

  • disinfect heating and cooling coils in school air handling units to destroy bacteria and viruses for cleaner air and lower energy consumption;
  • sterilize air in health rooms;
  • destroy bacteria and viruses in locker room air supply ducts and gym floor mats used for wrestling, yoga and other physical education activities; and
  • provide additional cleaning of rooms during flu season using a mobile UV room sanitizer.

While they can’t eliminate all illness-causing viruses and bacteria, Grove believes the proactive work of custodians to keep schools clean and safe plays an important role in reducing sickness and absenteeism.

Message to families about influenza, coronavirus

Dear Families,

Schools throughout our district have seen an increase of students with symptoms of influenza (flu) in recent days. The 2019-20 flu season has been complicated by a new coronavirus (COVID-19) that was first detected in Wuhan, China and has now been identified in 37 locations internationally, including the U.S. and one confirmed case in Wisconsin.

Even though there is no reported case of the coronavirus in the Hamilton School District, we are taking steps to protect students and staff from all common winter germs and viruses, including the coronavirus.

The district is:

  • monitoring student absences to identify illness trends;
  • contacting the Waukesha County Health Department to report trends and seek guidance as necessary;
  • using effective hospital-grade cleaning supplies and equipment (including ultraviolet lamps) to reduce the spread of germs, paying special attention to disinfecting commonly touched objects and surfaces during this flu season.
  • reminding students about hand-washing and other healthy habits;
  • providing additional hand sanitizers to staff and in computer labs, classrooms and other key areas; and
  • ensuring that people who have flu symptoms are sent home.

In addition to our focus on preventing the spread of disease, we are reviewing plans that would allow students to continue learning should schools need to close. We ask families to review their contingency plans (childcare, transportation, access to technology) in case schools close.

Families can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu by practicing good personal health habits recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

More information about influenza and the coronavirus are available on the CDC’s website.

The health and well-being of our students is our top priority. We will continue to monitor and assess the situation and take appropriate action to protect our students and limit the potential spread of the flu and the coronavirus. Thank you for your cooperation in keeping children healthy.

Sincerely, Paul Mielke, Ph.D