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 eighth consecutive year, Woodside students were asked to donate money they earned by doing chores at home. With more than $1,750 collected, 24 families of 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 26 families.”

A donation of $120 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

Templeton bands to perform holiday concerts

Templeton Middle School bands have been busily preparing for two holiday concerts that they will perform in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center (HFAC). The concerts, which are free and open to the public, begin at 7 p.m. and will be held on:Candy-cane

• Dec. 11 – grade 7; and
• Dec. 17 – grade 8.

“The concerts are a culmination of more than three months of rehearsals and practices in which the bands have shown tremendous growth,” said Templeton Band Director David Neubauer. “The Templeton bands are eager to share their holiday concerts with the community.”

The HFAC is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Road in Sussex.

Hamilton bands present holiday events

Two holiday concerts, which are free and open to the public, will be held in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center.Candy-cane

  • 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. 16 at 7 p.m. – Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band will perform with Hamilton choirs in a concert that features timeless band and choral music.

The Hamilton Fine Arts Center is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Road in Sussex.

Community invited to Dec. 12 holiday concert

The public is invited to attend a free Winter Holiday Concert Dec. 12 at 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center (HFAC).Holiday-music

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 Sarah Plamann, Hamilton choirs. The HFAC is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex.

Hamilton Junior Optimists “Pack the Van” for children

Members of Hamilton High School Junior Optimist Club, with help from the 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.HHS-Jr-Optimist-2019-club-Web

Junior Optimist Ashley Velasquez, a junior, and Brooke Stanley, a freshman, spearheaded Hamilton’s involvement in Operation Christmas Child which 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. Junior Optimists, National Honor Society and Student Council members then packed individual shoe boxes after school with a variety of items to be given to children affected by war, poverty, natural disaster, famine and disease.

In its second year, the Junior Optimists is associated with the adult Optimist Club of Sussex, Lisbon, Lannon and Butler. Optimist members Diane Matuszak, Rose Schwartz, Carl Trapp, Heidi Konrath, and Michele and Jerry Schmitz also helped pack the boxes and provided pizza to the volunteers. Hamilton communication arts teacher Debbie Figueroa is advisor to the club.

Charger Robotics FLL has success at regional

Three teams of students from Templeton Middle and Silver Spring Intermediate schools competed Nov. 9 at the FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) Franklin Regional.FLL-Cyber-Turtles-Web

Final standings for the teams were:

  • Cyber Turtles won the Champions Award, finished second place in the robot games and will advance to sectionals;
  • Flashbotz finished third place in the robot games, won the Project Innovation Award and was chosen as an alternate to sectionals; and
  • Radioactive Pyros finished fourth place in the robot games, won the Core Values Award and will advance to sectionals.

FLL challenges kids to think like scientists and engineers. This year, teams chose and solved problems related to making our cities more sustainable. The challenge was to identify a problem with a building or public space and design a solution.

Cyber Turtles chose to address the No. 1 cause of water pollution in fresh water bodies which is cigarette butts. Their solution involved a pocket-size shredder where shavings would be turned in for money. Flashbotz attempted to create a solid and durable road to withstand Wisconsin weather using cellulose, plastic and rubber. Radioactive Pyros wanted to reduce harmful ground-level ozone with a three-part filter placed on a factory smokestack system.

In addition to the problems, the teams also built, tested and programmed an autonomous robot to solve a set of missions in the Robot Games. Throughout their experience, teams are encouraged to operate under the FIRST core values that include celebrating discovery, teamwork and gracious professionalism.

Kathy Betters is the advisor and Kelly Mallinger, Jason Fuhr, Deepak Babu, Brian Nagai and Matt Zank also coach the Charger Robotics FLL Program. Hamilton High School student mentors include Emilie Fuhr, who won the coach-mentor award at the competition, Tate Hutchinson, Akash Deepak, Nikki Nair and Anvita Bansai. The next FLL competition will be Dec. 14 at the Mukwonago Sectional.

Templeton students travel to Washington, D.C.

A total of 86 Templeton Middle School students and eight teacher-chaperones traveled Oct. 26-29 on an extended field trip to Washington, D.C. and Charlottesville, Va. TMS-DC-trip-group-Web

The school group visited Mount Vernon, U.S. Capitol, Library of Congress, 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 Charlottesville, the group toured Monticello, home to Thomas Jefferson.

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, Cash Campbell, Kayla Dwyer, Samuel Maurer and Peyton Toepfer participated in the wreath-laying ceremony.


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:

  • Sydney Litzau, applied engineering and technology;
  • Lea Bucksch, art;
  • Nicholas Klemm, business education;
  • Raina DuFresne and Gia Watson, communication arts;
  • Savannah Landphier, family and consumer sciences;
  • Brady Byrnes, fitness education;
  • Mitchell Stachowiak, mathematics;
  • Jonathan Costa, music;
  • Sonia Estrada, science;
  • Austin Rogge, social studies; and
  • Matthew Chavez, world languages.

Students received a certificate and a pin for their accomplishment.

Hamilton announces September students of the month

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

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They are:

  • Anna Waltz, applied engineering and technology;
  • Favee Xiong, art;
  • Michael Maher, business education;
  • Mia Leukert, communication arts;
  • Lillie Stadfeld, family and consumer sciences;
  • Samantha Fuhr, fitness education;
  • Joseph Plechaty, mathematics;
  • Peyton Tohulka, music;
  • Ella Chevalier and Jared Edwards, science;
  • James Strasburg, social studies; and
  • Alexis Konop, world languages.

Students received a certificate and a pin for their accomplishment.

Hamilton drama presents “The Westing Game”

Hamilton High School Drama Society invites community members to attend “The Westing Game” Nov. 8 – 10 at the Hamilton Fine Arts Center (HFAC). Shows are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday.Thewestinggamepostercropped

“The Westing Game” is based on the popular novel by Ellen Raskin and play by Darian Lindle. In the play, the unsuspecting residents of Sunset Towers are summoned to the reading of a mysterious will, only to find themselves locked in a thrilling game to discover who is responsible for killing an eccentric millionaire. Through blizzards, bombings and unlikely alliances, the game is on. Only you and one Westing heir hold all the clues.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. They may be purchased in the high school office, online at the HFAC website or at the HFAC box office 30 minutes before each show. Only cash or checks can be accepted at the ticket window. The performance is free for Hamilton Family Pass holders.

The Hamilton Fine Arts Center is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex.