Hamilton announces September students of the month

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

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They are:

  • Anna Waltz, applied engineering and technology;
  • Favee Xiong, art;
  • Michael Maher, business education;
  • Mia Leukert, communication arts;
  • Lillie Stadfeld, family and consumer sciences;
  • Samantha Fuhr, fitness education;
  • Joseph Plechaty, mathematics;
  • Peyton Tohulka, music;
  • Ella Chevalier and Jared Edwards, science;
  • James Strasburg, social studies; and
  • Alexis Konop, world languages.

Students received a certificate and a pin for their accomplishment.

Hamilton drama presents “The Westing Game”

Hamilton High School Drama Society invites community members to attend “The Westing Game” Nov. 8 – 10 at the Hamilton Fine Arts Center (HFAC). Shows are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday.Thewestinggamepostercropped

“The Westing Game” is based on the popular novel by Ellen Raskin and play by Darian Lindle. In the play, the unsuspecting residents of Sunset Towers are summoned to the reading of a mysterious will, only to find themselves locked in a thrilling game to discover who is responsible for killing an eccentric millionaire. Through blizzards, bombings and unlikely alliances, the game is on. Only you and one Westing heir hold all the clues.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. They may be purchased in the high school office, online at the HFAC website www.hamiltonfineartscenter.com or at the HFAC box office 30 minutes before each show. Only cash or checks can be accepted at the ticket window. The performance is free for Hamilton Family Pass holders.

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

Willow Springs 4K students to celebrate fall

Willow Springs Learning Center 4-year-old kindergartners will celebrate fall Oct. 24 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:

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

The activities will begin at 10:45 a.m. for the morning kindergarten session and at 2:45 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.

Bring items to free recycling event Sept. 21

Cimco Recycling Milwaukee will set up Sept. 21 from 8 a.m. to noon in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center parking lot to accept recyclable metals and other items from community members. The event is hosted by Hamilton High School Robotics Team 537.recycle

It’s a great time to clean out your home and garage and dispose of items, free of charge. Bring your aluminum, stainless steel, brass, cast iron, sheet iron, copper items and more. Please check out the Cimco Recycling list of items that can be recycled

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

Hamilton welcomes exchange students

Three cultural exchange students were among those who started the 2019-20 school year at Hamilton High School. The students are from Spain, Italy and Germany.


For more information, contact Andrea Green, Hamilton High School Spanish teacher and Cultural Exchange Club advisor, at (262) 246-6471 voicemail 1315 or Mike Tennessen, Hamilton High School French teacher and Cultural Exchange Club advisor at (262) 246-6471 voicemail 1536.


Foundation presents grants to Hamilton staff

The Hamilton Education Foundation (HEF) recognized Hamilton School District staff members who received grants at the Aug. 29 employee back-to-school program.

HEF granted more than $98,000 throughout the district to support technology, learning labs, classroom equipment, growing music and the arts in the district and professional development for teachers.


The following staff members were grant recipients:

  • Peter Dargatz, Karen Deshong, Cate O’Connell and Gretchen Sciortino – Woodside Outdoor Learning Fun (WOLF);
  • Addie Starrett – Engaging, Encouraging and Relevant Texts for All Readers;
  • David Neubauer and Jim Gornick – Hamilton Band Festival and Commission Project;
  • Marquea Goike – Rockin’ Robots iPads and DASH Robots;
  • Callie Lauer and Whitney Roth – Teacher’s College of Reading and Writing at Columbia University;
  • Misty Draeger – “It Was Just” high school distracted driver program;
  • Jay Orlowski and Katie Gleisner – Cardinal Pride, Mindful Inside;
  • Julie Greenwald and all elementary fourth grade teachers – Project YETT: Youth Empowered Through Technology;
  • Julie Greenwald and Aaron Greenwald – Teaching the Writer Like We Teach the Mathematician: Energizing the Workshop;
  • Bronwyn Phillips – Bring Coding to Life;
  • Kirsten Schlaman, Rosin Jones, Kris Truelove, Sarah Clement, Rhea Fiorita, Katie Schmanski and Corey Schoonover – The RESET Room: A Regulation Station;
  • Ann Marie Pilo, Charlotte Coe and Brooke Boettcher – Summer Institute – UW Oshkosh;
  • Beth Buschmann, Colleen Casper, Cheryl Johnson, Amber Schroeder – Coping Strategies for Student Wellness and Academic Success;
  • Peter Dargatz – WOLF Part 2; and
  • Lori Schlapman, Jana Julka, Kirsten Schlaman, Margy Supa, Colleen Casper, Debbie Grove, Julie Taylor, Katie Gleisner, Beth Buschmann and Terry Krause – Teaching & Practicing Social Emotional Learning Skills and Competencies in Grades K-8.

Families can apply for free, reduced lunches

The Hamilton School District announced its policy for children unable to pay the full price of meals served under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program, or milk served under the Special Milk Program. Household size and income criteria determine eligibility.HSD Logo_4c_Tagline

To apply for free or reduced price meals or free milk, households must fill out the application available through the Infinite Campus portal. Families who do not have access to the Internet, may contact the district’s Food and Nutrition Services Department at (262) 246-1973 x1142. Applications may be submitted at any time during the year.

If a household member becomes unemployed or if the household size changes and the household income falls at or below the levels shown above, the family should contact the school. Such changes may make households eligible for reduced price meals or free meals or milk, and they may reapply at that time.

In certain cases, foster children are also eligible for these benefits. If a household has foster children and wishes to apply for free or reduced price meals, the household should complete an application for a family of one or contact the school for more information.

The information provided by the household on the application is confidential. Under this program, no child will be discriminated against because of race, color, sex, national origin, age or disability.

The Hamilton School District is an equal opportunity provider. For more information, contact Kira Cerroni King, district food service manager, at (262) 246-1973 x1142.

Hamilton district plans for start of school

The 2019-20 school year in the Hamilton School District will bring significant changes for students, including opening of a new school, realignment of grade levels, introduction of Great Start Conferences and a change in school hours for most students.HSD Logo_4c_Tagline

New school, grade configuration – Silver Spring Intermediate School will open its doors this year to the district’s fifth- and sixth-graders. Enrollment growth throughout the district caused the need for the first new school in the district since 1999. Fifth-graders previously attended elementary schools and sixth-graders went to Templeton Middle School. Beginning this fall the grade configuration will be: 4K – Willow Springs Learning Center; 5K-grade 4 – elementary schools; grades 5-6 – intermediate school; grades 7-8 – middle school; and grades 9-12 – high school.

Great Start conferences – Great Start conferences will be held for students in 4K – grade 6 to allow students, parents and teachers to meet face-to-face before students’ first day of school. The conferences will allow for teachers to gather information through a parent questionnaire and collect initial student literacy data. Willow Springs will conduct conferences Sept. 3-6, and elementary and intermediate schools will have them Sept. 3-4.

First day of classes – The first day of classes for students will be Sept. 3 for middle and high school students, Sept. 5 for elementary and intermediate school students and Sept. 9 for Willow Springs students.

New bus patterns, modified school hours – With the opening of Silver Spring Intermediate School, new bus patterns will be established. Students in grades 7-12 will be on the early bus run and grades 4K-6 will be on the later one. Except at Hamilton, school start and dismissal times will be adjusted as well. School hours will be:

  • Hamilton High School, 7:20 a.m. – 2:25 p.m. (unchanged)
  • Templeton Middle School, 7:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
  • Silver Spring Intermediate School, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Willow Springs (am/pm sessions), 8:45 -11:30 a.m., 12:45 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Elementary schools, 8:50 a.m. – 3:50 p.m.

Registration – Parents are able to log in Aug. 1-11 with their Infinite Campus portals to verify and update information, pay school fees online and sign off on school forms. If you do not have an Infinite Campus parent portal, contact campushelp@hamilton.k12.wi.us. School phone numbers are:

  • Willow Springs Learning Center (4-year-old kindergarten), (262) 255-6190;
  • Lannon Elementary, (262) 255-6106;
  • Maple Avenue Elementary, (262) 246-4220;
  • Marcy Elementary, (262) 781-8283;
  • Woodside Elementary, (262) 820-1530;
  • Silver Spring Intermediate, (262) 820-2080;
  • Templeton Middle, (262) 246-6477 and
  • Hamilton High, (262) 246-6471.

If you are unsure of your school attendance area, call the district’s Public Information Office at (262) 246-1973 x1100.

Kindergarten — The district offers kindergarten programs for students who are four and five years old. The program for 4-year-olds is at Willow Springs Learning Center, and the program for 5-year-olds is at neighborhood elementary schools. To be eligible for the optional 4-year-old kindergarten (4K) program, a child must be four years old on or before Sept. 1. The program runs a half day — an 8:45-11:30 a.m. morning session and 12:45-3:30 p.m. afternoon session. Willow Springs Learning Center will have a brief 4K bus orientation Aug. 22 to familiarize students with riding the bus. School buses will pick up 4K morning students and a parent at Silver Spring Intermediate School, and 4K afternoon students and a parent at their neighborhood elementary school (Lannon, Maple Avenue, Marcy or Woodside) and travel to Willow Springs. Great Start Conferences for Willow Springs students and parents will be Sept. 3-6 with students beginning classes Sept. 9. Parent-teacher conferences for Willow Springs will be Nov. 16 and March 15; Willow Springs students will not have classes these days. Each elementary school offers a full-day kindergarten program for children who turn five years old on or before Sept. 1. The 5K program follows the elementary school schedule.

Transportation — The bus company sends yellow postcards notifying bus riders of their routes. Postcards will be mailed the week of Aug. 19.

Breaks and last school day — Students will not have classes: teacher in-services – Oct. 4, Nov. 8; break – Oct. 25; Thanksgiving break – Nov. 27-29; winter break – Dec. 23-Jan. 1; teacher in-services – Jan. 24, Feb. 28; spring break – March 23-27; teacher in-service – April 3; breaks – April 10, 13, May 22 and Memorial Day – May 25. Their last day of school is June 11.

Immunization — Wisconsin law requires parents to provide updated records on their children’s immunizations including polio, hepatitis B, MMR and varicella. Students entering grade 6 are also required to have had one dose of Tdap. Students must be in compliance with the required immunizations as of the first day of school. Parents should make their child’s school aware of any recently received immunizations. The schedule for required immunizations can be found at http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/publications/p44021.pdf. Questions about the immunization schedule should be directed to the child’s physician or the Waukesha County Public Health Department.

School lunch program — Hamilton food service staff members are committed to producing quality meals that are nutritious and appealing to children. Lunches consist of five food items — protein, whole grain, fruit, vegetable and milk. To reduce waste, children are offered an entire lunch but are only required to take three, one of which must be a fruit or vegetable. The price for lunch remains the same whether a child takes the entire lunch or refuses an item.

Lunch menus will be listed on the district website. Parents are asked to go over the lunch menu with their children to help them decide what to eat each day. Children should be encouraged to take at least a portion of an unfamiliar or unpopular food item.

Lunch prices for 2019-20 are: $2.60 for elementary students; $2.95 – intermediate, middle and high school students; $3.60 – adults; and 35 cents for milk.

District website — The district website is at www.hamilton.k12.wi.us and is updated often with supply lists, newsletters, calendar, lunch menus, news releases and other information.
For more information about the Hamilton School District, contact the individual schools or the district’s Public Information Office at (262) 246-1973 x1100.


Summer Opportunities food drive benefits SOS

Students and staff from the Hamilton School District Summer Opportunities Program collected 685 food items in the annual program’s Fantastic Food Drive. Caleb Benson, Hannah Conley, Jared Edwards, John Kerber, Nolan Krawczyk, Andrew LePine, Madeline Nagai and Matthew Purfuerst coordinated the drive.SummerFoodDrive2019Web

Families of students were encouraged to contribute non-perishable food items to benefit Sussex Outreach Services (SOS) Food Pantry. The food drive was concluded July 12, and the collection was taken to SOS July 16.