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January 15, 2018

Students recognized for drama, technology success


School Board members recognized the cast and crew of Hamilton High School’s one-act play, which received an All State Award at the 2017 State High School Theater Festival. The All State Award was one of nine awards earned by the team.

The entire cast was awarded Outstanding Ensemble and six cast members received Outstanding Acting Awards. Those who attended the School Board meeting were Ariel Hoefler, Kayleigh Winston, Jonathon Costa, and Joseph Davila. Ashley Bissen and Dorothy Palmer were not in attendance. In addition, Woodside Associate Principal Linda Schuster Hake was recognized for receiving an Outstanding Director Award. Hamilton communication arts teacher John Washbush helped with technical production.


Hamilton High School sophomore Logan Mumper was recognized as the Wisconsin state champion in the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Word 2016 exam. Mumper will go on to compete June 13-15 at the 2018 MOS U.S. National Championship in Atlanta.

Hamilton, Templeton course catalogs approved

The School Board approved the middle school and high school course catalogs. Among the many changes, several applied engineering and technology classes were revised to reflect a focus on design process. In addition, classes in communication arts and family and consumer education were changed because they offer dual credit with Waukesha County Technical College. The state Youth Option Program will reflect the new name of Early College Credit Program. New courses that will be offered are Video Game Programming, Performance Conditioning and an afterschool class, Drama in Literature and Production.

At Templeton, along with numerous revisions to courses, the school will now refer to “Content Mastery” as “Structured Study.”

No space to take Open Enrollment students

School administrators calculated that the district will not have enough classroom space to take additional Open Enrollment students for the 2018-19 school year due to projected resident enrollment. Open Enrollment is a statewide program that allows students to attend public schools outside of their districts if space is available.

Personnel action

In personnel matters, the School Board:

  • approved the resignations of Woodside associate kitchen employee Russell Comer, effective Jan. 2; Templeton grade 8 teacher Marie Kramer, effective at the end of the school year; Hamilton interpreter Michelle Perry, effective Feb. 2; and Cynthia Rossman, Business Office administrative assistant, effective Feb. 28;
  • accepted the retirement request of Business Office executive assistant Pauline Phillips, effective April 27; and
  • appointed Cynthia Rossman, Business Office executive assistant, effective March 1; Kathleen Olynick, Woodside associate kitchen employee, effective Jan. 15; Kerry Fischer, Lannon special education paraprofessional, effective Jan. 15; and Laura Anders, Templeton associate kitchen employee, effective Jan. 10.