Christian’s Corner – October 2, 2018

Christian’s Corner – October 2, 2018
October 2, 2018 Hamilton Huskies

Greetings Husky Families and Scholars,

Happy Fall!  As a faculty and team, we are focused on sustaining the strong momentum from our solid start to our school year. In the beginning of the year, we worked hard to build strong culture expectations that support our middle schoolers feeling safe, supported, and focused in school.  Now, as we approach October, we are deepening our focus on each student’s goals this semester.  We are talking with each student about if they are “on-track” with their minimum grades (a GPA of 2.5), attendance (not missing more than 4 days), and behavior (no referrals to the principal’s office). We are also focused on getting to class on time for each class and ensuring each scholar is reading for 2.5 hours per week independently at home.

Next week, all students will take an “interim” assessment in Math and in Literacy.  These assessments help us diagnose areas where our students are exceeding in their learning and where we need to improve.  In both Math and Literacy, students will be expected to write short answers explaining their answers.  In Literacy, they will be expected to write several essays.  All students will be getting a grade on their interims and all students who try their hardest will earn a fun reward!

Finally, I want to share an update on our school funding.  Due to the fact that enrollment was lower than projected, we had to make the extremely difficult decision to reduce our staff.  In collaboration with our CSC, areas were selected to reduce, none of which are in any way an easy decision.  Unfortunately, we must reduce our IB Coordinator role to 0.5 and our School Nurse to 4 days a week rather than 5 days per week.  We are absolutely committed to our future in becoming an IB school and are transition planning now.  These staffing changes will take effect at the end of October.

In conclusion, I want to give a shout out to our athletic coaches and Husky athletes.  I had fun cheering on the Huskies last week at our cross country event Hamilton hosted as well as home softball and soccer games.  Above all else, I am proud of the leadership I’ve seen our Huskies show on the field in representing our school values at all times!

Go Huskies!

Christian L. Sawyer, Ed.D.
Principal | Hamilton Middle School