Hamilton announces November students of the month

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

Students of the month November photo They are:

  • Noah Kusserow, applied engineering and technology;
  • Morgan Donnelly, art;
  • Miranda Simons, business education;
  • Katelyn Richter, communication arts;
  • Abriana Duch, family and consumer sciences;
  • Samantha August, fitness education;
  • Jenna Withrow, mathematics;
  • Manola Inthavong, music;
  • Isabel Seay and Kayla Treuber, science;
  • Harrison Henry, social studies; and
  • Maeghan Schley, world languages.

Students received a certificate and a pin for their accomplishment.

Woodside contributes turkey tubs for families in need

Woodside Elementary School families and staff members showed compassion for others once again this Thanksgiving season by donating turkey tubs to families in need in Milwaukee’s Notre Dame Middle School community.Turkey-tubs-Web

For the seventh consecutive year, Woodside students were asked to donate money they earned by doing chores at home. With more than $2,000 collected, 29 family volunteers shopped for groceries to fill the tubs. Items included a frozen turkey, bag of stuffing, jar of gravy, white and sweet potatoes, fresh vegetables, bread, canned cranberries, a fresh pie, beverages, appetizers such as crackers and nuts, along with an aluminum roasting pan. All of the items were put into a large sturdy storage bin and delivered to families.

“This has been an extremely rewarding service project for all the students,” said Rayelle Simonsen, a Woodside teacher who helped organize the collection. “It’s amazing how just doing a few chores around the house feeds 33 families.”

A donation of $217 from funds that remained after the tubs were prepared was donated to Sussex Food Pantry.

Notre Dame is a successful middle school in Milwaukee that serves Hispanic girls in grades 5-8. The school’s academic outcomes includes a 98 percent high school graduation rate with 82 percent of its students continuing on to college. Some 94 percent of the families live at or below poverty level.

Hamilton bands present holiday events

Hamilton High School Charger Band members will be busy this holiday season with performances at home and in the greater community.Candy-cane

Two holiday concerts, which are free and open to the public, will be held in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center, W220 N6151 Town Line Road in Sussex.

  • Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. – Jazz Ensembles 1 and 2 will play a variety of classic big band repertoire mixed with holiday fun.
  • Dec. 20. at 7 p.m. – Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band will perform with Hamilton choirs in a concert that features timeless band and choral music.

Hamilton Flute Ensemble will perform Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. in the third annual Flutiz Navidad Holiday Community Flute Choir Concert and Food Drive sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Flute Studio. The benefit for the Whitewater Food Pantry will feature Hamilton students together with other student musicians. Hamilton Band Director Jon Waite will guest conduct the concert which will be held at Whitewater’s Greenhill Center for the Arts.

Hamilton students named GMC Scholar Athletes

The Greater Metro Conference has named the following Hamilton High School students Fall 2018-19 Scholar Athletes:HHS-sign-Home-Of-Chargers

  • Kirsten Leonardi, Ashley Johnson, Julia Nolde, Sarah Lane, Olivia Remm, Morgan Remm, Morgan Donnelly, Malinda Gammon – girls golf;
  • Jessica Bagley, Abigail Jeter, Ava Rebarchik, Sarah Schrader – girls volleyball;
  • Ashlee Albrecht, Emily Bagin, Allison Eichmann, Megan McGuire, Lisa Nuelk, Mehak Oberoi, Mackenzie Prodoehl, Bella Raykowski, Mallory Remm, Harper Rhodes, Lindsey Rubelowksi, Liberty Sabol, Kaitlin Schmucker, Victoria Zubella – girls tennis;
  • Abigail Dowse, Taylor Hibicke, Rachel Passow, Isabel Seay, Taylor Sohre, Gwendolyn Watson, Lauren Bratzke, Megan Dewing, Audrey Downs, Abigail Frick – girls cross country;
  • Matthew Bohlman, Mitchell Claas, Jacob Egloff, Peyton Feudner, Brandon Hoff, Samuel Kneer, Ryan Kops, Dylan Melotik, Dillon Moore, Michael Pappas, Cole Peske, Evan Selin, Isaac Struebing, Trevor Gundrum, Matthew Jelinski, Garret Staab – boys cross country;
  • Jacob Anthony, Nicholas Carran, Grant Frohna, Joseph Lemen, Trevor Millonzi, Michael Murtos, Matthew Polzer, Carter Rupkey, Zachary Wilcox, Benjamin Wilichowski, Noah Badalamente, Joel Hoytink, Bennett Pauls – boys soccer;
  • Augustus Bronson, James Richter, Aaron Thompson – boys volleyball and
  • Zachary Bagley, Hunter Slaats, Matthew Mysliwski, Connor Smith, James Hayden, Adam Panten, Samuel Yarnot, Grant Kessen, Cal Botsford, Zachary Lawrence, William Enneking, Zachary Storbakken, James Troutman, Cole Sanchez, John Enneking, Charles Phillips – football.

Student-athletes have earned a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average and have junior or senior standing.

Hamilton teachers raise funds for future educators

Hamilton High School teachers showed their support for teaching during American Education Week by purchasing T-shirts that supported the Future Educators Club. The “Teaching Team” T-shirts raised $455 to provide scholarships to Hamilton graduates as they enter student teaching.


Future Educators Club was established last year for Hamilton students interested in pursuing a career in education. Club members attend monthly meetings where they hear from professional educators on topics ranging from school selection, college coursework, clinical experiences, employment outlook and challenges of the profession.

Club members also work with teachers and students at Marcy Elementary School and assist with special evening activities.

In addition to the $455 raised through the T-shirt sale, another $2,000 was contributed by an anonymous staff member to the Future Educators Club scholarship fund. The first scholarship will be awarded in January 2020.

Hamilton teachers Penny Komatz and Lauren Rogahn are advisors of the 13-member club.

Templeton students travel to Washington, D.C.

A total of 67 Templeton Middle School students and six teacher-chaperones traveled Oct. 27-30 on an extended field trip to Washington, D.C. and Gettysburg.


The school group visited Mount Vernon, U.S. Capitol, Library of Congress, National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial, Holocaust Museum, several Smithsonian museums, Arlington Cemetery, White House, U. S. Supreme Court and the Lincoln, Jefferson, Martin Luther King, Jr., Korean and Vietnam war memorials. In Gettysburg, the group toured the battlefields and learned of the strategies of the three-day battle.TMS-Arlington-Cemetery-Web

A highlight of the trip was the visit to Arlington National Cemetery where students witnessed the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Templeton students, Kailyn Benoit, Grace Farrell, Hayden Reich and McKenzie Tyriver participated in the wreath-laying ceremony.

Community invited to Dec. 13 holiday concert

The public is invited to attend a free Winter Holiday Concert Dec. 13 at 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center (HFAC).Snowflake

A total of 250 students who are members of Hamilton High School choirs and Templeton Middle School Eighth Grade Chorus will perform traditional holiday and winter-themed music. This event is an annual holiday tradition for senior citizens and community members.

Directors are Jaye Mier, Templeton chorus; and Marilyn Mascitti and Megan Menzel, Hamilton choirs. The HFAC is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex.

Hamilton announces October students of the month

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


They are:

  • Andrew Hamilton, applied engineering and technology;
  • Conner Simchick, art
  • Haley Pifher, business education
  • Callen Kluender, communication arts;
  • Jasmine Garbarek, family and consumer sciences;
  • Meghan Backus, fitness education;
  • Joshua Hang and Nadia Yakich, mathematics;
  • Ashlyn Rapisarda, music;
  • Madelyn Gammon, science
  • Julia Lenz, social studies; and
  • Amanda Seidl, world languages.

Students received a certificate and a pin for their accomplishment.

Charger Marching Band completes successful season

Hamilton High School Charger Marching Band finished one of its most successful seasons Oct. 15 by placing third in class AAAA at the Wisconsin Marching Band Championships.HHS – Charger-Marching-BandWeb

The Chargers were among eight bands in AAAA at the competition held at the University of Wisconsin –Whitewater. The third-place finish equals the band’s highest placement at state championships in 2014 and 2015.

The band’s 2018 field show, “Volcanic Voices,” chronicles the sibling rivalry of Polynesian goddesses Pele, representing fire, and Namaka, signifying water.

Earlier in the season, the band earned its highest overall scores ever for the season’s opening weekend – placing second at Waukesha South High School’s Marchfest and third at the Fox River Invite at Waukesha West High School.

The Charger Band also performed Oct. 9 for the public and Templeton Middle School band students at Grove Field football stadium.

“The band is grateful for the tremendous district, community and parent support which helped to make a successful season,” said Charger Band Director Jon Waite.

Hamilton schools to observe Veterans Day

Hamilton School District students, staff and families will observe Veterans Day with a variety of activities at school.Flag

Willow Springs Learning Center, W220 N6660 Town Line Road, Menomonee Falls
Willow Springs 4K students, staff and families will honor veterans Nov. 8 with programs beginning at 10:15 a.m. and 2 p.m. that include a “wall of bricks” highlighting the names of veterans who are part of the Willow Springs family. A program including stories, songs and presentation of flags to veterans by their 4K child will mark the occasion. Students are invited to wear red, white and blue for the program.

Lannon Elementary School, 7145 N. Lannon Road, Lannon
Lannon Elementary School will host a Veterans Day and “To Honor America” performance Nov. 8 at 10 a.m. for students and the community. The event will feature patriotic songs and a parade through school to celebrate veterans and those serving the Armed Forces. Lannon will continue its more than 20-year tradition of creating a thank you banner and writing thank you letters that will be delivered to the Veterans Administration Hospital in Milwaukee. Students will also write letters to future Wisconsin Honor Flight honorees.

Maple Avenue Elementary School, W240 N6059 Maple Avenue, Sussex
Maple Avenue Elementary School students and staff have several activities planned to honor veterans.

  • All students and staff will wear red, white and blue for a program to honor veterans Nov. 8 at 9:15 a.m. in the gymnasium with students performing songs for honored guests and visitors. Maple Avenue Boy Scouts will conduct the Presentation of Colors. The Hamilton High School Choir will perform. Coffee and treats will be served at a small reception following the program.
  • A Veterans Day themed display created from red, white and blue paper stars decorated by students will be in the school lobby.

Marcy Elementary School, W180 N4851 Marcy Road, Menomonee Falls
Marcy Elementary School will host its annual Veterans Day program Nov. 8 beginning at 9:00 a.m. A slide show with pictures of veterans who are relatives of Marcy students will be shared with students as they enter the gymnasium. Fifth grade Boy Scouts will present the colors. Fifth-graders will explain how respect is shown to veterans. Wally Kangas, who was in the Air Force during the Vietnam War, will be the featured speaker at the assembly. Marcy students will raise money to send veterans on future Honor Flights and make posters that will be given to the Sussex Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Woodside Elementary School, W236 N7465 Woodside Road, Sussex
Woodside is planning its annual Veterans Day music celebration beginning at 9 a.m. on Nov. 6. The event includes:

  • a flag ceremony by Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts;
  • singing of The National Anthem led by Hamilton School Board member Jennifer Waltz;
  • an honor wall featuring photographs of veterans who are relatives of Woodside students;
  • singing of patriotic songs and thank you letters written by first grade students; and
  • an Armed Forces medley in which veterans in the audience will stand to receive student applause.

Templeton Middle School, N59 W22490 Silver Spring Drive, Sussex
Templeton Middle School will recognize the contributions of American veterans Nov. 8 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at its 18th Annual Veterans Day Program. Visitors are asked to arrive at 8:15 a.m.

Marine Corps Maj. Colin Marty will give the Veterans Address. Marty has been in the Marines for 13 years and will join the Marine Corps Reserves this December. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 2006 and winged as a naval aviator in 2009. Marty was deployed overseas twice to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and to Germany in support of Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Crisis Response.

A ceremonial laying of the wreaths will honor soldiers who became prisoners of war or missing in action. Guest veterans who attend the program will be individually introduced and their military service recognized.

Students will honor the country’s veterans during the ceremony as well.

  • The Student Council President will lead the “Pledge of Allegiance.”
  • The Eighth Grade Chorus and Eighth Grade Band will perform patriotic songs.
  • The Patriotic Essay Contest winner will read his or her essay.

Templeton teachers Ben Filzen, Tim Kruschel and Katherine Leitzke are coordinating a video production that will feature photos of military personnel and veterans who are related to Templeton students. The video will play continuously in the school lobby starting Nov. 5 and will be featured during the ceremony.

Hamilton High School, W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex
“Taps” will be performed by a Hamilton High School trumpet player Nov. 12 before the daily announcements. Athletic-Activities Director Michael Gosz will read a commemorative passage about the historical significance of Veterans Day which will honor the brave service men and women. A moment of silence will be observed. Hamilton High School Choir members will perform at Maple Avenue Elementary School.