Hamilton coach selected to study rugby in England

USA Rugby and Premiership Rugby have selected Hamilton High School Girls’ Rugby Assistant Head Coach Victor Drover as recipient of its Premiership Rugby Scholarship.Victor-DroverWeb

Drover was one of only 30 coaches in the country selected for the all-expenses paid week-long trip to England to study coaching with England’s Premiership teams, rugby’s equivalent to the National Football League.

As a result of the intensive program to be held in March, Drover will earn Level-300 coaching certification which is held by only six coaches in the state and about 500 coaches nationwide.
Coach Drover was on the inaugural staff when the Hamilton Rugby Football Club started two years ago and resides in the Hamilton School District.

Hamilton High School communication arts teacher and Girls’ Rugby Head Coach Barry Holloway appreciates what he has already done for the team.

“I don’t think the team would have been as successful on and off the field without him.” Holloway said. “He is incredibly deserving of this honor, and I am excited to see what he will bring to Hamilton after getting experience with some of the top teams in Europe.”

For more information about Hamilton girls’ rugby club please visit https://hamiltonrfc.org/.

Four finalists advance to Regional Spelling Bee

Students in sixth through eighth grades competed Feb. 6 in the annual District Spelling Bee at Templeton Middle School.SpellingBeeWeb

The “district” is a geographical area defined by CESA #1, which sponsors district and regional bees. Students who won classroom spelling bees vied for the honor of participating in the district event.

The champion speller was sixth-grader Lucas Vera Paez. Finalists who will also advance to the regional bee are: Kaitlin Belke, grade 7; Olivia George, grade 8; and Audrey Davies, grade 8. In honor of their spelling achievement, the top four spellers received trophies.

Top spellers at the district level advance to the regional competition Feb. 18 at the CESA #1 office in Pewaukee. Regional winners continue to the Wisconsin Spelling Bee, in hopes of qualifying for the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee, held in Washington, D.C.

Students who competed in the District Spelling Bee were:

  • grade 6 – Lucas Vera Paez, Aiden Kischer, Colton Selby, Rohan Nuthi, Achintya Bhan and Henry Scherf;
  • grade 7 – Jenavieve Mendoza, Adit Bhootra, Kettrick Treichel, Kaitlin Belke, Allison Maurer and Owen Peterson; and
  • grade 8 – Scotland Nicholson, Olivia George, Varun Nuthi, Audrey Davies, William LaCroix and Dayton Licklider.

The event was coordinated by Templeton teacher Tim Cunningham and judged by Lisa Schmeling and Patty Sankey.

Hamilton announces January students of the month

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


They are:

  • Jake Sohre, applied engineering and technology;
  • Nikolas Rehfeld, art;
  • Eric Doese, business education;
  • Paul Osterman, communication arts;
  • Gabrielle Rovge, family and consumer sciences;
  • Faith Frei, fitness education;
  • Kayla Olson, mathematics;
  • Emmett See, music;
  • Jonah Lonkoski and Taylor Sohre, science;
  • Cynthia Yan, social studies; and
  • Delaney Klawitter, world languages.

Students received a certificate and a pin for their accomplishment.

Hubred, Sciortino named Presidential Scholar candidates

Hamilton High School seniors Molly Hubred and Jonathan Sciortino were named candidates for the 2019 Presidential Scholars Program. The U.S. Department of Education identified approximately 5,000 candidates among students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in 2019.


The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors. Candidates were selected for their exceptional performance on either the College Board SAT or ACT assessment, excellence in the fine arts or career and technical education or scholarship while overcoming hardships.

The Commission on Presidential Scholars will select semi-finalists in April and Presidential Scholars in May. The Commission selects up to 161 students to be named Presidential Scholars, one of the highest honors for graduating seniors.

One male and female student will be named scholars from each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and families of U.S. citizens living abroad. Scholars are chosen based on superior academic and artistic achievement, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities. Further consideration is based on students’ essays, self-assessments, descriptions of activities, school recommendations and school transcripts.

Hamilton schools celebrate Youth Art Month with art show at Pauline Haass Public Library

In celebration of Youth Art Month, the artwork of students from throughout the Hamilton School District will be on display during March at the Pauline Haass Public Library, N64 W23820 Main St., Sussex. The public is invited to view the artwork during regular library hours.YouthArtMonthWeb

A reception honoring the artists and their teachers, held in the library, will be open to the public from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. March 7. The Friends of the Pauline Haass Public Library will provide refreshments.

Youth Art Month is celebrated each year to emphasize the value of art education for all children and to encourage public support for quality school art programs. It began in 1961 as Children’s Art Month with support from the nonprofit Crayon, Water Color and Craft Institute and the National Art Education Association.


Hamilton offers Summer Opportunities for students

Hamilton School District will again offer its popular Summer Opportunities Program designed to provide enrichment, enjoyment, skill maintenance and development for students entering 4K through grade 8.2019wDates430

It also provides middle school and high school enrichment opportunities, credit make-up courses, strength and agility training and driver’s education.

Summer school for students will begin June 19 and end July 17 for enrichment courses. Some high school classes have different schedules. Classes will run Monday through Friday with vacation days on July 4 and 5. Transportation will be available for a fee.

Class listings and information on registration and transportation will be available the week of Feb. 18 on the district’s website at www.hamiltondist.k12.wi.us, under “Student Learning & Services.”

Class requests may be made Feb. 25 through March 15. Families requesting popular courses should provide additional options when making class requests for their children. On April 15, families will be able to view student schedules and pay class fees.

For more information, please contact the Summer Opportunities Office at (262) 255-3653. The mailing address is: Hamilton School District Summer Opportunities Office, 7145 N. Lannon Road, Lannon, WI 53046-0376.

Kindergartners to celebrate literacy

Willow Springs Learning Center 4-year-old kindergartners will celebrate Feb. 26 the 19th annual Literacy Night at their school.WillowSpringsLogoWeb

Students and their families are invited to attend the activities from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The event will be an open house with five literacy stations running continuously.

Literacy Night is a fun-filled, interactive family night where students and a parent come back to school to play rhyming and sequencing games, learn about puppet-making and enjoy environmental print letters and their sounds. Students will receive a book and create a take-home project as a remembrance.

Willow Springs is located at W220 N6660 Town Line Rd., Menomonee Falls.

Hamilton DECA earns 80 awards at district competition, qualifies 22 for state

A total of 66 Hamilton High School DECA members represented the district Jan. 12 at the Southeastern Wisconsin Career Development Conference at J. I. Case High School in Racine.DECA competitors

Hamilton’s DECA group earned 80 awards and 22 students qualified for state competition.

The following Hamilton students earned recognition in their respective series and will advance to state competition:

  • Eric Doese, first place overall and three medals in accounting;
  • Maanya Kashyap, first place overall and three medals in marketing communications;
  • Arushi Ranasaria, first place overall and three medals in apparel and accessories marketing;
  • John Weber, first place overall and three medals in sports and entertainment marketing;
  • Maxwell Unger, first place overall and two medals in business services;
  • Hannah Wenger, second place overall and three medals in restaurant and food service management;
  • Prathmesh Konda Gopinath, second place overall and two medals in principles of business management and administration;
  • Bennett Pauls and Gavin Kuhlenbeck, second place overall and two medals each in travel and tourism;
  • Haley Pifher, second place overall and one medal in food marketing;
  • Shiva Senthil, second place overall and one medal in economics excellence, third place overall and one medal in entrepreneurship;
  • Rashmi Majjigapu, third place overall and two medals in business services;
  • Nicholas Klemm, third place overall and one medal in retail merchandising;
  • Margaret Flynn, fourth place overall and three medals in principles of business management and administration;
  • Madelyn Gammon and Noah Miller, fourth place overall and one medal each in buying and merchandising;
  • Jason Gahr, two medals in entrepreneurship;
  • Molly Coady, one medal in personal financial literacy;
  • Matthew Lehner, one medal in human resource management; and
  • Michael Maher, one medal in hotel and lodging management.

The following students also will advance to state competition by invitation based on high test and overall scores: Sophia Detweiler in school-based enterprise project and James Richter in financial consulting project.

Additional students who earned recognition at the conference are:

  • Mitchell Claas and Peyton Feudner, third place overall in financial services;
  • Jonah Naatz and Charles Phillips, fourth place overall and one medal each in entrepreneurship;
  • Josiah Dieman and Benjamin Landre, fourth place overall and one medal in sports and entertainment marketing;
  • Ayush Iyengar, two medals in principles of finance;
  • Pranav Karra, two medals in principles of marketing;
  • Raghav Pandya, two medals in principles of marketing;
  • Michael Pappas, two medals in entrepreneurship;
  • Devin Schneider, two medals in principles of marketing;
  • Claire Kelbel, one medal in principles of finance;
  • Kevin Phalphomong, one medal in principles of hospitality and tourism;
  • Jenna Riesterer, one medal in apparel and accessories; and
  • Ethan Nolan and Jacob Pfeifer, one medal each in entrepreneurship.

The State DECA Career Development Conference will be held March 4-6 at the Grand Geneva Resort and Conference Center in Lake Geneva, Wis.

Hamilton Band Boosters hosts Italian dinner Feb. 12

An evening of great food and entertainment is in store for the community Feb. 12 as the Hamilton School District Band Boosters hosts its annual Jazzy Italian Dinner from 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. in the Hamilton High School Cafeteria.hhs-band-boosters-spaghetti-dinner

Tickets for the all-you-can-eat dinner are $10 for adults, $9 for senior citizens over age 60 and students ages 6-12, and $6 for children ages 2-5. Add $1 for tickets purchased at the door.

The public is invited to enjoy a delicious spaghetti dinner while listening to musical entertainment provided by the Hamilton High School Jazz Band. A 50/50 raffle will be offered. A free combined Templeton Middle School and Hamilton High School band concert follows at 7 p.m. in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center.

The meal of spaghetti with meat or meatless sauce, salad, garlic bread, beverage and dessert will be catered by Quarry Coffee. To guarantee a seat, please make a reservation online at https://chargerband.weebly.com/jazzy-italian-night-2019.html, call Karen Spence at (262) 617-6828 or email HSDBBJazzyItalian@gmail.com.

Hamilton High School and the Hamilton Fine Arts Center are located at W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex.