Hamilton students accepted to State Honors Project

Hamilton High School juniors Maja Pechanach, Ashley Velasquez, Cynthia Yan and Ian Markano and sophomore Aayush Iyengar qualified to participate in the Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) High School State Honors Orchestra, Band and Jazz Ensemble for the 2020-21 school year. Junior Mia Traverse was named as a high priority alternate. These students were among 426 students chosen to participate from more than 1,600 auditions throughout the state.State_Honors_Logo_2color

The orchestra will be under the direction of internationally renowned conductor Thomas Dickey, Ph.D., from Oklahoma State University and the band  under the direction of Pamela Bustos, Ph.D., of the University of Wisconsin-Superior. The Jazz Ensemble will be conducted by Michael Dease of Michigan State University. Students will attend a week-long summer music camp with their clinicians.

The WSMA State Honors Music Project provides musically talented students with an opportunity to rehearse and perform with the nation’s finest conductors in a professional, highly disciplined setting. Selected through a rigorous audition process, students are challenged to perform at their musical best throughout the short rehearsal period, which culminates with a performance at the Overture Center in Madison at the Wisconsin State Music Conference held in October.

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.

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 schools to celebrate Read Across America

Hamilton School District students, staff and families will celebrate Read Across America slated for March 2 – 6 with a variety of activities at school. Activities include celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday March 2, reading initiatives and book-themed dress-up fun. The purpose of Read Across America is to get students excited about reading and build school community.


Lannon Elementary School, 7145 N. Lannon Road, Lannon
The theme at Lannon is “Be the ‘I’ in Kind” encouraging random ideas of kindness among students and staff.

  • Monday – Wear Seuss colors of red and white or black and white stripes
  • Tuesday – Wear pajamas or comfy clothes
  • Wednesday – Wear Lannon spirit wear to show your love for your school
  • Thursday – Wear a shirt or jersey with your family’s name on i
  •  Friday – Wear the rainbow in your grade level color: K – red, grade 1 – orange or yellow, grade 2 – green, grade 3 – blue, grade 4 – purple

Maple Elementary School, W249 N6059 Maple Ave., Sussex
There will be mystery reading rooms to celebrate the conclusion of Read Across America week.

  • Monday – Wear your favorite socks in honor of “Fox in Socks”
  • Tuesday – Wear green for “Green Eggs and Ham”
  • Wednesday – Wear yellow, red or blue for “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish”
  • Thursday – Wear Hamilton School District or Maple Ave. spirit wear, college clothing or shirt from vacation to celebrate “Oh, the Places You’ll Go”

Marcy Elementary School, W180 N4851 Marcy Road, Menomonee Falls
Special Marcy events include an author’s visit and an all-school reading assembly.

  • Monday – Wear your favorite socks in honor of “Fox in Socks”
  • Tuesday – Wear green for “Green Eggs and Ham”
  • Wednesday – Wear red and blue for “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish”
  • Thursday – Wear Marcy, Hamilton, college shirts or shirt from vacation to celebrate “Oh, the Places You’ll Go”
  • Friday – Wear school-appropriate pajama or comfy clothes to honor “The Sleep Book”

Woodside Elementary School, W236 N7465 Woodside Road, Sussex
There will be reading or book-themed classroom door decorations in addition to daily spirit and reading activities.

  • Monday – Mismatch day for “Mystery Monday”
  • Tuesday – Dress up with a twin to honor “Thing 1 & Thing 2”
  • Wednesday – Wacky hair day for “Wacky Wednesday”
  • Thursday – “Read my shirt!” day; Wear a school-appropriate shirt that others can read
  • Friday – Wear pajamas for “Cozy up with a good book!”

Silver Spring Intermediate School, N58 W22350 Silver Spring Drive, Sussex
Silver Spring will have a book display featuring books that take place in the 50 states. Daily video book talks conducted by students and staff members will be shared during humanities blocks.

Templeton Middle School, N59 W22490 Silver Spring Drive, Sussex
Templeton will conduct a book drive from Feb. 24-March 6 to help spread literacy. The drive for children’s books will benefit Next Door Milwaukee. Donations of new or gently-used children’s books appropriate for age levels birth-5 years old are requested. Collection boxes are located in critical literacy teachers’ rooms.

Read Across America is a national initiative on reading created by the National Education Association that began in 1997.

Charger Robotics – FLL wins state; advances to FIRST world competition

Hamilton School District had its best year ever in FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) state competition with Charger Robotics Team 31589 – Cyber Turtles winning the Wisconsin FLL State Championship and advancing to the FIRST Championship World Festival.TMS-SSI-FLL-Cyber-Turtles-WEB

The team was awarded the prestigious First Place Champions Award. The Champions Award is presented to the team that demonstrates superior knowledge in all aspects of FIRST which include project, core values, robot programming and the robot games. Cyber Turtles chose to address the No. 1 cause of water pollution in fresh water bodies – – cigarette butts. Their solution involved a pocket-size shredder where shavings would be recycled then turned in for money.

Members of Cyber Turtles were among 36 teams statewide that competed Feb. 8 in the Wisconsin FLL Championship. The team was also nominated for the Robot Mechanical Design Award and Core Values Teamwork Award. The team consists of seven students who attend Silver Spring Intermediate and Templeton Middle Schools, two Hamilton High School student mentors, three head coaches and two parent mentors.

FIRST Championship World Festival will be held April 29 in Detroit. A t-shirt fundraiser to help support the Wisconsin State Champion Cyber Turtles is underway. For more information about FLL, please visit http://firstlegoleague.org/

Hamilton students chosen National Merit finalists

Three Hamilton High School seniors have been named finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Competition.ShivaSenthilAbhijeetPuriMiaLeukertWEB

The students are Mia Leukert, Abhijeet Puri and Shiva Senthil. High school students enter this competition by taking the Preliminary SAT (PSAT)/National Merit Scholarship qualifying test, which screens approximately 3.5 million entrants who are high school juniors.

Of the 3.5 million entrants, some 50,000 with the highest PSAT scores in critical reading, math and writing skills qualify for recognition. About 16,000 high-scorers are notified that they have qualified as semifinalists. They are the highest-scoring entrants in each state. About 15,000 of these students go on to become finalists. The selection of some 7,500 Merit Scholarship winners from the group of finalists is now in progress and will be announced in March.

Templeton students to compete in regional National History Day

More than two dozen Templeton Middle School eighth-graders will compete Feb. 29 at the regional level of National History Day. Finalists were selected previously at the school level and will go on to compete at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.nhdlogo

National History Day is an academic enrichment program for students in grades 6-12. Students select topics connected to an annual theme and complete their own in-depth research on the topic. This year the annual theme is “Breaking Barriers in History.” Students present their conclusions in a written paper, a performance, an exhibit board, a documentary or a website.

The school event is the first step in a competition cycle that can take students from the school level to regional, state and national competitions. At each level of competition, students share their work with peers, historians, educators and professionals in related fields as they compete for special awards and the opportunity to advance to the next level of competition.

Students from Templeton and their projects advancing to the regional level are:

Individual website:

  • Devdharshan Masanam – ”Salem Witch Trials: The Hysteria That Affected Many”

Group exhibit boards:

  • Maggie DeCleene and Sriya Gannapureddy – “The Battle of Sexes: The Match That Changed History”
  • Isabelle Nagai and Emily Karls – “The Miracle Drug Called Penicillin”
  • Tejaswini Lebaka and Abigail Mushrush – “Title IX”
  • Brian Kabara, Mason Pronath and Ethan Huber – “Bulging Through the Barriers”
  • Kyle Mrotek and Joseph Bongard – “Jackie’s Journey”
  • Alternates: Madison Reischel, Maya Desai, Emily Adams and Ben Sauceda Pulvermacher, Tyler Hatcher

Individual exhibit boards:

  • Alexandra Turner – “Breaking the Color Barrier”
  • Cash Campbell – “Jackie Robinson: Barrier Shattering Homerun”
  • Jenavieve Mendoza – “Emmitt Till: Paving the Way for Civil Rights”
  • Kayden Vandermolen – “D-Day: The Beginning of the End for the Nazi Reign”
  • Theresa Kissack – “Ellis Island: The Island of Hopes and Fears”
  • Alternates: Danica Joyner and Isabella Gruber


  • Margaret Watson – “Roe v. Wade: The Fights for Women’s Rights”
  • Sage Osesek – “The Theory of Evolution Evolving”
  • Charlie Klawitter – “Rosa Parks: How a Seat on the Bus Changed the United States”

Individual documentaries:

  • Tarunpreet Kailey – “Breaking the Sound Barrier”
  • Zachary Neuman – “Pepsi: Soft Drink of the Soviet Union”