Local: School Index
Templeton Middle School
transcribed and edited by Michael R. Reilly
Templeton Middle School opened for the first time
in August 1969.
A listing of the original TMS teachers for
1969-70 and the grades they taught. I have consolidated two different teacher
listings showing teachers working in 1969, BUT the ones in
bold red I have questions about. Did they
actually start in 1969, perhaps as substitutes, or is one or the other record in
error? The one that generated the most red
was a listing composed in 1994 for their 25th anniversary.
SLAHS has no yearbooks from TMS at all to
Mrs. Ursula Rinn
Mr. William Bartz
Miss Beth Roate
Mr. Edward Pflug
Mr. John Sinitski
Mrs. Jeanne Johnson
Mrs. Carol Carnine
Mr. Robert Bradwisch
Mrs. Sherry Malmon
Mrs. Barbara Anderson-Hartman
Mr. Russell Kopitzke
Miss Ellen Roach
Mr. James Bechman/Beckman
Mr. Thomas Hoffman (listed as starting
Mr. Fred Dorcette
Mr. Don Lamb
Mrs. Cora Sapida
Mr. Arlyn Clarksen
Mrs. Mary Teuteburg-Lamb (vice versa?)
Mr. Peter Hornburg
Mrs. Ann Wegner (1969-75, 1982-?)
Miss Kathryn Geiser
Mrs. Mary Hallick
Mr. Peter Gullickson
Miss Jean Vehlow
Mr. Anthony Reis
Mr. Kenneth Sutton
Mr. Leigh Janett
Mrs. Barbara Barrett-Kleckner
Mr. Palmer Oestreich
Mr. Stanley Indermuehle
Mrs. Anne Lutz
Mr. Donald Neuman
Mrs. Grace Mann
Mr. Randy Koller
Miss Bobette Strand (in 1994 Mrs. Husak or vice
Mrs. Rhonda Westphal
Miss Fran Schmelze (in 1994 Mrs. Birchbach)
Mr. James Brolin ? 1969-70?
Mrs. Nancy Bruening-Sparkes ? 1969-1979?
Amydee Domres 1969?
Susan Hamblin ? 1969-1979?
Leon Johnson ? 1969-81?
Ruth Kissel ? 1969-1977?
Mary O'Keefe ? 1969?
Charles Porter ? 1969-1989?
Patricia Porter ? 1969-1990?
Gloria Potter ? 1969?
Warren Radtke ? 1969-76?
Roger Shimon ? 1969-76?
Charles Steele ? 1969-69?
Norbert Stephan ? 1969-90?
Nancy VanHorn-Luebke ? 1969-94?
Diane Young ? 1969?
Atilio Zanoni ? 1969-89
Gordon Heier - Principal
Maple school celebrates 50
By Thomas J. McKillen
Managing Editor, Hometown Publications, Sussex Express News
The Maple Avenue School community took time to look back at the
very beginning during a Nov. 16 program marking the school’s 50th anniversary.
“Happy birthday to an absolutely incredible school,” Superintendent Kathleen
Cooke said during opening remarks at the program. “This is truly an incredible
place for children.”
“If you think about the generations of children that have gone to this school
and the successes they have today, it’s because of the dedicated, high quality
staff both in the past and present that help to make this happen,” Cooke added.
Cooke added the school wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the
community both through referenda to finance construction and additions onto the
school and through parents volunteering for various school events.
Principal Kristin Koeper-Hamblin set of scene of what Sussex and America was in
November 1960. At that time, John F. Kennedy had just been elected president of
the United States. Also:
•The cost of a first class postage stamp was 4 cents;
• The Broadway production of “The Sound of Music” had won a Tony Award;
•The average cost of a house was $12,500;
•A new car cost $2,600;
•Gasoline was 25 cents a gallon while a loaf of bread was 20 cents.
In school, boys wore button down shirts and pants while girls wore skirts to at
least the knee. Also no shorts or jeans were allowed in school.
“Can you imagine that?” Koeper-Hamblin said.
Koeper-Hamblin noted that President Kennedy had issued a special message on
education: There was an “extreme shortage” of teachers and classrooms, with
portable classrooms installed at schools nationwide as a temporary fix. At the
time, the starting teacher salary was $3,000 annually while the average teacher
salary was $5,140 annually.
At the time, the Hamilton School District was served by two elementary schools.
Rather than add on to to two schools, the district proceeded with a new school
that became Maple Avenue School. The groundbreaking was May 2,1960 on land that
was previously a farm, and a farmhouse was still nearby. The new school would
become a t-shaped, one-story structure that was 25,140 square foot and cost
$10.50 per square feet for a total cost of $359,000.
Classes at the new school started on Sept. 6 and it initially housed students
through the eighth grade. Additions were added in 1964, 1966 and 2001.
In terms of teaching, Koeper-Hamblin noted that federal-state education policy
called for research-based instruction which focused on critical thinking and
collaboration. The proposal initially drew resistance, but now there is a strong
emphasis on those skills.
“These are the very skills we need to be successful in the workforce today. One
can only imagine what might have happened if those skills were the emphasis 50
years ago,” Koeper-Hamblin said.
She said the Maple community is appreciative of the School Board’s efforts to
maintain low class sizes, keep facilities in top condition and keep instruction
Koeper-Hamblin also noted that changes in classroom materials, as Polaroid
cameras were replaced by digital cameras, mimeographs were replaced by
photocopiers, microscopes were replaced with digital microscopes, chalkboards
and colored chalk was replaced with whiteboards and dry erase markers.
“Throughout the last 50 years, staff at Maple Avenue School have been committed
to providing hundreds of thousands of Maple Avenue children with quality
education,” Koeper-Hamblin said.
The program featured a 50th anniversary song preformed by a choir of students
and a video presentation of past staff. Rita Petchel, who taught at Maple from
1970 to 2006, noted she had options between positions at Maple and in schools in
Milwaukee and Cudahy.
“The best decision I made was to come to Maple Avenue School, by and far,” she
said. “I think we were a ‘learning community’ before that phrase became popular
Current music teacher Sarah Plahman said she “jumped at the opportunity” for a
position in the district.
“The staff is so (supportive). I can’t believe I’ve been here a month,” she