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.

Five Hamilton golfers named Academic All-State

Hamilton High School golfers Michael Addie, Davis Deekin, Nicholas Klemm, Jonah Naatz and Jack Polaske were named to the Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin (GCAW) Team Academic All-State list.HHS-sign-Home-Of-Chargers

GCAW member coaches nominated student golfers who have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25, participate in at least 75 percent of their team’s varsity matches and are at least a sophomore in high school.

Besides honoring both boys and girls who succeed as student athletes, GCAW also selects an annual All-State team for boys and girls based on their playing ability.

Summer Opportunities hosts annual food drive

FoodDriveWebThe Hamilton School District Summer Opportunities Program is hosting its annual Fantastic Food Drive. Families of students are encouraged to contribute non-perishable food items to benefit Sussex Outreach Services (SOS) Food Pantry.

Donations can be dropped in carts and bins at the high school entrances, library and Summer Opportunities office, and Maple Avenue gymnasium and classrooms. The food drive ends July 12.

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

Hamilton in top 100 schools for financial literacy

Hamilton High School is among the top 100 high schools in the country that teach personal finance based on results from the Financial Literacy Certification test. The national ranking was created by Working In Support of Education (w!se), which sponsors the test to empower students to take control of their financial futures.HHS-sign-Home-Of-Chargers

Students enrolled in Brenda Savic and Amanda Fields’ Personal Finance classes during the 2018-19 school year passed the annual w!se test and became Certified Financially Literate.

In addition to earning financial literacy certification, some students were also named scholars for earning 95% or higher on the exam and three students had perfect scores. The following students successfully completed the exam:

  • William Frick, scholar and perfect score;
  • Lisa Nuelk, scholar and perfect score;
  • Eric Doese, scholar and perfect score;
  • Elizabeth Heberer, scholar;
  • Samantha Nelson, scholar;
  • Mason Prodoehl, scholar;
  • Otto Schenk, scholar;
  • Ian Turley, scholar;
  • Payton Wunschel, scholar;
  • Samantha Backus;
  • Samantha Consiglio;
  • Madeline Garcia;
  • Ian Riley;
  • Gavin Schroeder;
  • Jeremiah Ziebell;
  • Samantha Nelson;
  • Ethan Schlondrop;
  • Devyn Wiedenhoeft;
  • Jaida Bresnahan;
  • Katherine Burke;
  • Cean Faulstich;
  • Brandon Goetz;
  • Rachel Lessila;
  • Sarah Michalski;
  • Hannah Seltzer;
  • Oluwatodimu (Todi) Afolayan;
  • Caralynn Doese;
  • Claire Kelbel;
  • Benjamin Landre;
  • Drew Peterson;
  • Jacob Spoerl;
  • Mitchell Westfahl;
  • Jackson Buckley;
  • Ryan Ciolkosz;
  • Jordan Ehrlich;
  • Jasmine Garbarek;
  • Jacob Michalski;
  • Taylor Millonzi;
  • Victoria Neels;
  • Kamryn O’Dell;
  • Samuel Shebuski;
  • Alexander Tong and
  • Benjamin Wilichowski.

W!se is a nonprofit that provides education support services nationwide to build financial literacy, foster business and social entrepreneurship and prepare students for college and the global workplace.

Hamilton students named GMC Scholar Athletes

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

  • Anika Rhude, Cean Faulstich, Elizabeth Behrndt, Hannah Pfersch, Julia Nolde, Kate Fantl, Lauren Bratzke, Alexis Konop, Alexis Zuehike, Taylor Fryda, Taylor Hibicke – girls basketball;
  • William Tharp, Jr., Tyler Ellingson, Carson Smith, Connor Smith, Lucas Finnessy, Samuel Kneer, Joel Hoytink– boys basketball and
  • Samuel Beffa, Joshua Reindl – wrestling.

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

Templeton students earn State Honors

The Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) Middle Level State Honors Music Project invited the following Templeton Middle School students to participate in the state honors band and orchestra:

  • Carly Elkin – clarinet;
  • Madeline Jaworski – clarinet;
  • Margaret Kidd – clarinet;
  • Marisa Lehner – flute;
  • Hiranmayi Swaminathan – flute and
  • Brock Volden – tuba.


This is the eighth consecutive year that Templeton students have been invited. Students went through a rigorous audition process held in April and were recently notified of their acceptance. Only 300 students were chosen to participate from more than 1,100 auditions throughout the state.

When a selected student is unable to attend, students chosen to be high alternate have the opportunity to perform. Templeton students selected as high alternate are Margaret Beverung – percussion prioritized alternate, Colleen Flynn – clarinet, Will Hartman – trumpet and Annalise Schulz – alto saxophone.

The Wisconsin State Honors Music Project offers talented youth the opportunity to rehearse and perform with nationally-known conductors in choir, orchestra and band. All honors groups will perform Oct. 26 at the Wisconsin State Music Conference.

Hamilton students earn Microsoft certification

Hamilton freshman James Strasburg achieved a perfect score on the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification Excel exam. Strasburg will go on to compete June 17-19 at the 2019 MOS U.S. National Championship in Orlando. This is the second consecutive year Hamilton has participated in national competition.HHS-sign-Home-Of-Chargers

More than 20 Hamilton High School students in Toni Hillmann’s second semester Computer Application course completed rigorous technical training and earned MOS certification. Students completed the “Productivity” strand of the Microsoft Imagine Academy program which includes the opportunity to take exams in Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

The follow students received MOS in all three areas: Cameron Aron, Andrew Blann, Aidan Cluka-Foy, Lauren Dankert, Christian Dockery, Aidan Enneking, Isaiah Fuhriman, Samuel Gritzmacher, Morgan Heinzelman, Kayden Hersback, Jakob Juedes, Abigale Lemke, Grace Losey, Mackenzie Prodoehl, Mia Rogowski, Baljinder Singh, Ryan Spencer, Meleena Torres, Connor Wilcox, Hailey Woolf, Noah Zahrt and Kayla Zsakovics.

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.