Hamilton students earn Microsoft certification

More than 70 Hamilton High School students in Toni Hillmann and Brenda Savic’s first semester Computer Application courses completed rigorous technical training and earned Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification.H-for-web

Students completed the “Productivity” strand of the Microsoft Imagine Academy program which includes the opportunity to take exams in Word, Excel and PowerPoint. The following students received MOS in all three areas:

Justine Ackaouy
Nicholas Backus
Theresa Barthel
Benjamin Berlinski
Isabella Bins
Nicholas Bongard
Cora Brooks
Dax Brown
Hayden Brown
Julia Bruch
Brayden Buchholz
Margaret Burg
Hailey Conner
Harper Deeken
Blake Demlang
Davidmichael Diedrick
Kayce Dirnbauer
Devin Eckert
Joseph Endries
Peyton Esson
Kevin Fox
Zachary Frank
Jordan Fryda
Lauren Gilmartin
Alvaro Gomez
Jacob Gouin
Jackson Grimm
Korina Haveman
Evan Hermann
Acoya Hotchkiss
Brianna House
Mackenzie Irene
Kayla Johnson
Srikar Kalapala
Jasleen Kaur
Paige Klebba
Natalie Knollenberg
Nathaniel Kollath
Madelyn Kopcha
Grace Laedtke
Sabrina Last
Dylan Lichty
Michael Lor
Michael Maher
Jessica Massaba
Zachary Mattes
Victoria Meyer
Sierra Morgano
Daniel Nakhla
Scotland Nicholson
Kayla Olson
Ethan Paccagnella
Ryan Pfeifer
Abbie Pulvermacher
Lukas Rehfeld
Harper Rhoades
Brayden Rotolo
Jacob Saunders
Katie Scaffidi
Cody Schlafer
Koryna Schmidt
Ethan Schmitz
Logan Schrimpf
Zoe Schultz
Gavin Schroeder
Maeve Schummer
Jacob Ullrick
Joseph Venn
Kai Warden
Katelyn Wilcox
Ethan Wolfinger
Favee Xiong

Microsoft Imagine Academy is a nationwide program that allows schools to offer fundamental technology skills training and rigorous technical courses for students who are interested in pursuing a career in information technology after graduation.

Early admission to school deadline approaches

Parents who want their children considered for early admission into a Hamilton School District 5-year-old kindergarten or first grade class next fall should apply in writing by March 1 to their elementary school principal. Application forms are available at elementary school offices. Early-Admission430

Children who turn five on or before Sept. 1, 2020 meet normal entrance age requirements for the 2020-21 5-year-old kindergarten class; those who turn six on or before Sept. 1, 2020 are eligible to enter first grade.

Parents making application will meet with the principal. During that time, a brief interview will take place and the application will be completed. The child should demonstrate superior intellectual development, superior language skills and advanced physical, social and emotional maturity. Parents will be contacted no later than mid-March, 2020 about the next step in the process.

For more information about early admission, contact an elementary school principal or Special Services Supervisor John Peterson (262) 246-1973 x1184.

Sribhasyam wins Templeton Geographic Bee

After nail-biting competition, Templeton Middle School produced its school champion from the top 14 finalists in its Geographic Bee. TMS-Geo-Bee-S.SribhasyamWeb

Seventh-grader Suhruth Sribhasyam emerged as the 2020 school champion after rounds of intense questions, up against 13 other school finalists. The other finalists were Liliana Atkinson, Lauren Bickler, Tyler Canham, Thomas Fischer, Samuel Maurer, Jack Nagai, Zachary Neuman, Colin Quigley, Aniket Singh, William Tennyson, Logan Wambach, Margaret Watson and Mason Zellner. Quigley took second place.

All Templeton students participated in a preliminary round by taking a 25-question written test. Students who scored highest advanced Jan. 14 to the semi-final round and the 14 finalists then competed in the final championship round.

As the school champion, Sribhasyam will take an online test to qualify for state level competition. Up to 100 of the top scorers in each state will be eligible to compete March 27 in state level National Geographic Bee events. The winner of each state bee will travel to Washington, D.C., in May to participate in the national event.

The annual National Geographic GeoBee is a geography competition designed to inspire and reward students’ curiosity about the world. Questions cover not only geography, but also cultures, physical features, history and earth science.

Hamilton announces December students of the month

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


They are:

  • Alexander Ellenberger, applied engineering and technology;
  • Kaitlyn Tyriver, art;
  • Lucas Ruiz, business education;
  • Kailyn Benoit, communication arts;
  • Manya Mehra, family and consumer sciences;
  • Marcela Hahn, fitness education;
  • Britney Nwanosike, mathematics;
  • Jadyn Grana, music;
  • Isabella Brundage and Catherine Kucza, science;
  • Zachary Werra, social studies; and
  • Steven Arthur, world languages.

Students received a certificate and a pin for their accomplishment.

Current grade 8 students, parents invited to Hamilton Orientation & Open House Feb. 12

Hamilton High School will welcome incoming ninth-graders and their parents to its Eighth Grade Orientation and Open House Feb. 12 H-for-webbeginning at 6 p.m. in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center (HFAC), W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex.

The schedule for families will be different based on last names as follows:

Students with last names A-K Students with last names L-Z
5:45 – 6 p.m. – Packet pick-up 5:45 – 6 p.m. – Packet pick-up
6 – 6:30 p.m. – Orientation in HFAC 6 – 6:40 p.m. – Open House in cafeteria
6:30 – 7:15 p.m. – Open House in cafeteria 6:45 – 7:15 p.m. – Orientation in HFAC

During the Orientation, school staff will present a brief introduction to the high school and an overview of the registration process. Course catalogs and other registration materials will be distributed. Students and parents will receive further information about high school requirements, honors courses and four-year planning.

Templeton Middle School students will receive their core course recommendations at this meeting. Parochial school or out-of-district students will receive a packet with instructions on how to obtain recommendations from their current teachers.

The Open House, which is open to families registering a student in any grade, will be held in two sessions. Administrators, school counselors and representatives from departments, clubs, extracurricular and athletic activities will be on hand to answer questions. For a complete list of participants please visit www.hamilton.k12.wi.us./schools/hamilton/athletics-and-activities/. National Honor Society members will conduct tours of the school.

Prior to the Orientation and Open House, informational meetings for students interested in band and choir will be held beginning at 5:15 p.m. in the Band Room and Little Theater.

Those unable to attend the Orientation and Open House or parents of private school students whose school was not notified about this event should contact the Student Services Department at (262) 246-6476 x1130.

Parents with specific questions are encouraged to contact the appropriate high school counselor at (262) 246-6476.

Last names Counselor Ext. Email address
A-C Kristin Hasbrook 1128 hasbkr@hamilton.k12.wi.us
D-I and W-Z Helen Geracie 1135 gerahe@hamilton.k12.wi.us
J-P David Johnson 1133 johnda@hamilton.k12.wi.us
Q-V Tricia Rigg 1134 riggtr@hamilton.k12.wi.us

Hamilton’s kindergarten registration begins in January

Kindergarten registration for children who will attend the Hamilton School District in the 2020-21 school year will begin Jan. 28. The district offers kindergarten programs for 4-year-olds (4K) and 5-year-olds (5K) with bus transportation offered for both.HSD Logo_4c_Tagline

  • 4K is an optional half-day program at Willow Springs Learning Center for children who turn four on or before Sept. 1, 2020.
  • 5K is a full-day program at neighborhood elementary schools for children who turn five on or before Sept. 1, 2020.

Students new to the district
Students who are enrolling in the district for the first time begin the registration process by going to www.hamilton.k12.us and choosing the “New to district” button. Families with other children already enrolled in the district may log into their Infinite Campus parent portal and click on “2020 New Student Registration.”(Current Willow Springs 4K students are already registered and do not need to register again for 5K.)

The registration process is completed by bringing the child’s original birth certificate, immunization record and two proofs of residency to the school where the child will attend in the 2020-21 school year. Those registering for 4K will go to Willow Springs and 5K students will go to their neighborhood elementary school.

Following is contact information and times when schools will accept documents to complete the registration process:

  • Willow Springs Learning Center – W220 N6660 Town Line Rd., Menomonee Falls (262) 255-6190
    Jan. 28: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Jan. 29: 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.; Jan. 30: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Lannon Elementary – 7145 N. Lannon Rd., Lannon (262) 255-6106
    Jan. 28, 29 and 30: 9:30 – 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Maple Avenue Elementary – W240 N6059 Maple Ave., Sussex (262) 246-4220
    Jan. 28, 29 and 30: 9 – 11 a.m. and 1 – 3 p.m.; 4 – 6 p.m. on Jan. 29
  • Marcy Elementary – W180 N4851 Marcy Rd., Menomonee Falls (262) 781-8283
    Jan. 28, 29 and 30: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. and 1 – 3 p.m.; 4 – 6 p.m. on Jan.29
  • Woodside Elementary – W236 N7465 Woodside Rd., Sussex (262) 820-1530
    Jan. 28, 29 and 30: 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.; 4 – 6 p.m. on Jan. 29.

Hamilton schools contribute to community during holidays

Hamilton School District students, staff and families showed appreciation for the needs of others during the holidays by contributing to charitable organizations and extending acts of kindness within the community and beyond. Following is a summary of activities at each school.HolidayMapleBooksWeb

Willow Springs Learning Center
Willow Springs Learning Center four-year-old kindergartners and their families contributed generously to Sussex Outreach Services (SOS) this holiday season. Families and staff collected more than 300 gifts, and students hand-delivered them as a group to St. James Catholic Church where they sang songs before returning to school. The toys and gifts will be distributed within the local community.

Lannon Elementary School
All students participated in Lannon Cares, a new event supported by Waukesha State Bank, Lannon Home & School and donations from families. Each Lannon student made a bagged lunch of sandwich, apple sauce and a snack for an area homeless shelter. Nearly 300 lunches were donated. In addition, students wrote greetings to area veterans and military members presently away from their families.

Lannon staff sponsored a family of four from SOS for Christmas and generously donated toys, games, household items, gas and grocery gift cards and clothing items to help them this holiday season.

Students decorated 300 paper grocery bags donated by Sussex Piggly Wiggly to be used at the SOS Food Pantry Christmas dinner.

Maple Avenue Elementary School
Maple Avenue staff sponsored a Sussex area family for Christmas and generously donated bedding, food, toys, games, books, kitchen supplies, clothing, toiletries, grocery and other gift cards to help them this holiday season.

Maple Avenue buddy classes in first and third grades earned money by doing extra work at home. They raised more than $800 to purchase more than 150 books and book sets for all ages and reading levels that families could enjoy during the holiday season. All books were donated to SOS.

Marcy Elementary School
Kindergarten classes made birthday cake kits for the SOS Food Pantry.

First grade classes collected personal hygiene items and socks in November and December for SOS. They have begun collecting soup and mitten kits for the SOS Food Pantry to be donated in February.

Second grade classes made hundreds of fleece blankets to donate to the NICU at Children’s Hospital in Chicago. All blankets go home with a NICU patient or a child in the oncology ward. All fleece has been donated and turned into blankets by second grade students and families.

Each year our third grade classes make donations to Children’s Hospital in Chicago. They will complete their charitable drive in early spring.

Fourth graders are supporting veterans by writing letters and making cards for each of the Honor Flights.

This year all Marcy students collected money for the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight. Nearly $1,500 was collected to send five veterans on an upcoming flight.

Woodside Elementary School
Kindergartners in Peter Dargatz’s class raised nearly $1,000 in October for their classroom charity, Children’s Wisconsin, formerly Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. They are now collecting “Dargatz Dollars” for classroom and home tasks in their “wants and needs” unit. Dollars are turned in for items students wanted and donated to patients in need at Children’s Wisconsin. Students and families also had the option to sign a giving contract to give up one holiday want, donating that gift’s value to those in need. Later this year, kindergartners will be leading more events to add to their donations, including a Cookies & Cocoa event in February, an Earth Day Recyclable Sale in April, and a Positivity Packages drive before summer break.

Kindergarten classes delivered gifts for 98 residents at Serenity Village, an assisted living residence in Slinger. As part of the kindergarten service project, students and their families signed up to provide gifts for individuals at the facility. Gifts were distributed at the residents’ holiday party. This is the ninth year for the service project.

Woodside first and third grade families brought donations for the SOS Food Pantry to their holiday music performances.

Woodside families and staff members collected $1,750 before Thanksgiving to create turkey tubs filled with groceries for families in need in Milwaukee’s Notre Dame Middle School community for the eighth consecutive year. Woodside students were asked to donate money they earned by doing chores at home. Parent volunteers shopped for groceries to build the tubs. Items included a frozen turkey, bag of stuffing, jar of gravy, sweet potatoes, fresh vegetables, bread, canned cranberries, a fresh pie, beverages, appetizers such as crackers and nuts, along with an aluminum roasting pan. All items were put into 26 large sturdy tubs and delivered to families. A donation of $120 from funds that remained after the tubs were prepared was donated to SOS Food Pantry.

Julie Pettit’s fourth grade class is making fleece blankets for cats and dogs. They will donate the blankets to the Wisconsin Humane Society.

Silver Spring Intermediate School
Silver Spring staff collected food and cash donations for SOS Food Pantry during the staff holiday gathering and adopted a family providing toys, clothing, household items and gift cards to make their holiday special.

Students and staff in the grade 6 yellow house collected donations for a student who has been out of school with an illness. Items were delivered to the family’s home.

Templeton Middle School
Templeton Student Council held a candy cane sale to benefit SOS.

Hamilton High School
Hamilton A Cappella, Cantabile and Concert Choirs spread cheer by caroling at the Sussex Lioness Club luncheon, Lions Club Dinner, Sussex Senior Citizens Christmas Luncheon and Milwaukee’s Third Ward tree-lighting ceremony.

Hamilton’s Synergy Show Choir is currently working to raise money for Thirst Project, a non-profit organization that builds clean wells to provide water for villages around the world.

Charger Marching Band donated more than 600 pounds of goods to SOS this fall through a food and items drive.

Club Action continued its school supply collection to benefit Hope Center of Waukesha. Club members raised funds to support turtle conservation efforts and a group of seniors led a recycled craft with district kindergarten classes. Club Action continued to circulate funds through Kiva.org, which provides business loans to impoverished women around the world and hosted a holiday event that instructed students how to create bags out of old t-shirts and raise money for Heifer International, which provides livestock to impoverished families globally.

Hamilton DECA members shopped for holiday presents for the first grade class at Gaenslen Elementary School in Milwaukee. Gaenslen first-graders completed “All About Me” forms and Hamilton DECA members provided gift bags with at least one nice toy and other inexpensive gifts to these students. Gaenslen is located in a Milwaukee neighborhood that has one of the lowest household incomes in the state. Several first grade students are homeless. In addition to delivering presents, Hamilton DECA brought them cookies and juice. Hamilton students spent the afternoon of Dec. 13 reading books, putting together new toys and playing with the children for whom they shopped. This has become an annual event for Hamilton DECA and is always a heart-warming experience for students who participate. The advisor and 32 students made the trip.

Hamilton German Club raised money and collected clothing to support individuals and families in need. A club-wide coin drive raised more than $125 which was used to purchase items for the Milwaukee Rescue Mission. Items purchased included food pantry items, toiletries, winter outerwear and toys. Hamilton German Club also collected more than 100 articles of clothing that were donated to the Milwaukee Rescue Mission.

Global Education Club strives to improve the lives of children around the world. Members organized a book drive to donate to the St. Ann Intergenerational Care Center which serves people of all ages and abilities in the Milwaukee area. More than 1,000 books were collected and donated. Members read to the children at the St. Ann Child Care Center and gave each child a book to take home.

Hamilton HOSA-Future Healthcare Professionals is raising money for the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation, which is the national-level HOSA service project. HOSA members managed to collect donations from club members totaling more than $130 in just a few weeks. Hamilton HOSA will continue to raise money for this organization as the chapter service project for the school year.

JOI (Junior Optimist International) Club members, with help from National Honor Society and Student Council, met in November to pack 60 shoe boxes with items that were shipped to children in South America and Africa. Operation Christmas Child provides children with shoe boxes filled with clothing, school supplies, hygiene products and toys. It is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization. Teachers throughout the high school had large boxes in their classrooms for two weeks that students filled with donated items.

National Honor Society (NHS) held a community blood drive serving Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin. More than 123 people donated — enough to save 306 local patients in need. Members hosted food drives at Sussex Piggly Wiggly and Pick N Save to benefit SOS the week before Thanksgiving, securing 3,392 pounds of food and $2,876 in monetary donations over the course of the three day pre-Thanksgiving drive.

Charger Robotics holds monthly drives for nonperishable food and personal care items to support SOS. The robotics team also provides a significant work force during the Stamp-Out-Hunger event helping sort items, unloading trucks, sorting food items and checking expiration dates. Extra team t-shirts and uniforms from previous years are donated to SOS. Charger Robotics also hosts a “Bleed for Bots” blood drive. The last drive collected 47 units of blood.

Spanish Club and Spanish classes hosted a toy and clothing drive for Waukesha County Christmas Clearing Council. Students donated items such as winter jackets, clothing, toys, books and gift cards. Gifts were delivered to the Christmas Clearing Council drop-off location at Waukesha State Bank in Sussex.

Hamilton School Student Council adopted two families through the Waukesha County Christmas Clearing Council. Student Council members shopped and wrapped the gifts. A Spirit of Giving initiative was held in school. Students from all four grade levels were randomly selected to receive a $5 gift card.

Club Unique raised money through a flower sale and donated all of the profits to Feeding Hungry Children which provides food for children.

High School Office and Publications – High school staff members adopted two families providing them with many items to brighten their holidays including wrapped gifts of toys, games, clothing, personal items, household goods and gift cards.

District staff members
District office staff members adopted a family in lieu of exchanging gifts with one another. They provided wrapped gifts of toys, games, clothing, food, personal items, household goods and gift cards for families in need of support.


Hamilton earns seven awards at SkillsUSA competition

Hamilton High School’s SkillsUSA team earned seven awards Dec. 2 at the district-level competition at Fort Atkinson High School. A total of 12 Hamilton students participated in the event, competing in a wide range of individual contests.HHS—Skills-USA-medalists-web

Students who earned medals were:

  •  Hailey Woolf – gold, advertising design;
  • Isaac Kahlscheuer – gold, cabinetmaking;
  • Sydney Vande Hei – gold, woodworking display;
  • Samuel Farmer – silver, architectural drafting;
  • Natalie Knollenberg – silver, photography;
  • Abigail Miller – silver, related technical math; and
  • Caitlin Neuman – bronze, job skill demonstration – screen printing.

SkillsUSA is an organization for students interested in pursuing careers or expanding their knowledge in skilled trades. In its fourth year as a SkillsUSA chapter, Hamilton’s team is advised by Applied Engineering and Technology teachers Alan Mamerow, Joe Premo, Tom Schlueter, and Chad McLaughlin.

Hamilton students attend DECA leadership conference

Eight members of Hamilton High School DECA attended the Central Region Leadership Conference Dec. 6-8 in Minneapolis. Students were selected for dedication to leading and elevating DECA at local, state and national levels.DECA-group-photo-Web

More than 2,000 students competed in mock test and role play scenarios to practice their skills. The top 25 in both categories were recognized on stage during the closing session. Hamilton students who were recognized include:

  • Maanya Kashyap – medaled for test and role play,
  • Brooke Stanley – medaled for role play and
  • Arushi Ranasaria – medaled for test.

Additional attendees recognized for exceptional leadership were Madelyn Gammon, Aayush Iyengar, Michael Maher, Rashmi Majjigapu and Norah Miller.

Sessions led by trainers and business professionals on leadership, professionalism and employability skills and networking with students from 13 states in the Midwest were highlights of the conference.
Amanda Fields, Hamilton business and marketing teacher is the DECA advisor.

Hamilton announces November students of the month

Hamilton High School students representing 11 curriculum areas were selected as students of the month for November.November-students-of-the-month=WEB

They are:

  • Brooke Price, applied engineering and technology;
  • Kaitlin Cassidy, art;
  • Theresa Barthel, business education;
  • Bennett Pauls, communication arts;
  • Napayshni Fernandez, family and consumer sciences;
  • Benjamin Berlinski, fitness education;
  • Andrew Dahlgren, mathematics;
  • Jennifer Spence, music;
  • Maxwell Prell and Nolan Smarelli, science;
  • Kathryn Kreutzmann, social studies; and
  • Ella Heintz, world languages.

Students received a certificate and a pin for their accomplishment.