Hamilton students recognized in NMSC competition

Four Hamilton High School students learned recently that they were named in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. Eligibility for the distinction is based on results of the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test which was taken by more than 1.6 million students nationwide.


Abigail Dowse, Molly Hubred, Ty Kozic and Jonathan Sciortino were named Semifinalists. They are among approximately 16,000 Semifinalists nationwide and will continue in the competition for Merit Scholarship awards. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, which represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. To become a finalist, a Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by the school principal and earn SAT scores that confirm the students’ earlier test performance.

Taylor Sohre was named Commended Student and is among 34,000 students recognized for exceptional academic promise. Although Sohre will not continue in the competition, she was recognized on the basis of a national selection index score.National-Merit-Panel-Web

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), established in 1955, is a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 410 business organizations and higher education institutions to honor the nation’s scholastic champions and encourage the pursuit of academic excellence.

Hamilton presents comedy hypnosis show Oct. 26

Hamilton High School Family and Consumer Sciences department presents Freddie Justice, The Planet’s Funniest Hypnotist, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center (HFAC).HHS-HypnotisPosterWeb

Come on stage or remain in the audience – this family-friendly show will have everyone laughing. Proceeds will benefit Hamilton’s Future Health Professionals team and Global Education Club.

General seating tickets are $10. Tickets may be purchased 30 minutes prior to the show at the HFAC box office or online at the HFAC website www.hamiltonfineartscenter.com. Please note only cash and checks can be accepted at the ticket window.

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

Hamilton posts top scores on Forward Exam

Hamilton School District students scored well on the Wisconsin Forward Exam, topping the statewide average by 21 – 29 percentage points and outperforming most Waukesha County school districts in all subject areas.Forward-Web

  • In mathematics, 72.8 percent of Hamilton students were proficient or advanced – 29 percentage points higher than the state average.
  • Hamilton’s science score of 73.4 percent was 23.6 percentage points higher than the state average of 49.8 percent.
  • More than 65.3 percent of Hamilton students were proficient or advanced in English language arts compared to 42.4 percent at the state level, putting Hamilton 22.9 percentage points above the average in Wisconsin.
  • The social studies score was 70.6 percent for Hamilton and 48.8 percent statewide, topping the state average by 21.8 percentage points.

Among Waukesha County’s 10 K-12 school districts, Hamilton was the top performer in science, mathematics and English language arts. It was the second highest in social studies.

Hamilton School District Superintendent Paul Mielke, Ph.D., attributed the district’s impressive achievement results to the hard work of students and staff and support of families and the community.

“We have high standards for rigorous instruction that is designed for all students to succeed,” Mielke said. “A positive, caring school environment coupled with high expectations and involvement of parents and the community are key to our success.”

The district has initiated programs and practices that help its high-performing schools boost the achievement of all students, according to Mielke. They include emphasis on literacy skills, research-based teaching and learning strategies and targeted, systematic interventions for students who need them.

The Forward Exam tests Wisconsin students in English language arts and mathematics in grades three to eight; science in grades four and eight; and social studies in grades four, eight and 10. Educators note that the Forward Exam is one data point in a comprehensive assessment program that includes state, district and classroom assessments.


Hamilton announces September students of the month

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


They are:

  • Maria Barnes, applied engineering and technology;
  • Mary Neels, art;
  • Sophia Detweiler, business education;
  • Catherine Kucza, communication arts;
  • Ashley Velasquez, family and consumer sciences;
  • Haley Battles, fitness education;
  • Zaccary Latus and Madeline Paar, mathematics;
  • Olivia Neils, music;
  • Nicholas Jaegersberg, science;
  • Isabella Sansone, social studies; and
  • Benjamin Wilichowski, world languages.

Students received a certificate and a pin for their accomplishment.

Willow Springs students provide for SOS

Willow Springs Learning Center families collected 18 boxes of non-perishable food items for Sussex Outreach Services Food Pantry.

Food drive boxes with heartStudents were invited to put a heart sticker for their donation on the school service project poster.

Willow Springs Learning Center is located at W220 N6660 Town Line Road, Menomonee Falls.

Willow Springs 4K students to celebrate fall

Willow Springs Learning Center 4-year-old kindergartners will celebrate fall Oct. 26 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:

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

The activities will begin at 9:45 a.m. for the morning kindergarten session and at 1:30 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.

“Early Childhood Careers” class seeks preschoolers for play group

Hamilton High School’s “Early Childhood Careers” course is seeking 3- to 5-year-olds to participate in a play group.


Hamilton students will plan and implement fun activities under the direction of their teacher, Janine Farrell. The nine-week session runs Oct. 31 – Jan. 10 Monday through Thursday from 9:35 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. Cost is $25.

If interested, please email Farrell at farrja@hamilton.k12.wi.us.

Hamilton High School is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex.

Foundation presents grants to Hamilton staff

The Hamilton Education Foundation (HEF) recognized Hamilton School District staff members who received grants at the recent Back-to-School event. HamiltonEducationLogo_Horizontal_wTag

HEF granted more than $64,000 throughout the district to support technology, learning labs, classroom equipment, growing music and the arts in the district, educational and leadership trips for students and professional development for teachers.


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2018 Hamilton Homecoming Week activities set

Hamilton High School is getting ready for six days of fun, activities and athletic events Oct. 1–6 during Hamilton Hits Homecoming Week.

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Monday, Oct. 1: Theme – Jammin’ in Jammies – Pajama Day

Tuesday, Oct. 2: Theme – Disco Dancin’ – Disco Day

Wednesday, Oct. 3: Theme – Surfin’ Safari – Hawaiian-Beach Day

  • Powder puff football:
    – Freshmen vs. seniors – 6 p.m., sophomores vs. juniors – 7 p.m.,
    – Championship game – 8 p.m.
  • Fireworks – 9 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 4: Theme – Chargers Rock the Hits – Charger Pride Day

Friday, Oct. 5: No Classes

  • Football – Hamilton vs. Brookfield Central, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 6:

  • Dance – 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Hamilton High School, W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex.

Students may purchase tickets for the dance Oct. 1-4 during lunches and Oct. 3-4 after school in Room 28 for $15 per person. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $20 the night of the dance until 8 p.m. for Hamilton students only with a school ID.

Woodside nature program featured at international conference

Woodside Elementary School’s Timberwolf Trail and outdoor classroom were featured at the World of Wonder, an international nature-based early learning conference held in early August at the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago.Timberwolf Trail sign to path

Some 50 educators from throughout the country including 11 states and four countries visited Woodside as part of the conference’s Wisconsin Field Trip option. Former Woodside kindergartners led guests around the trail.

Woodside nature kindergarten incorporates the trail, a natural play area and several outdoor learning spaces. It was created in a previously unused parcel of oak savanna, prairie land behind the school building.

Woodside kindergarten teacher Peter Dargatz also presented “Nature-Based, Project-Based, Service-Based…Oh My!” at the conference. He described how cross-curricular integration of nature, projects and service enhances instruction and saves time for what matters most.

The World of Wonder conference was a joint venture between the Natural Start Alliance, International Association of Nature Pedagogy and Northern Illinois Nature Preschools Association. Their mission is to connect early childhood professionals to each other and advocate for high-quality, nature-based early education for all children.