Greetings Husky Families and Scholars,
I hope this email finds you well. We are hard at work at Hamilton as we enter into our second month of teaching and learning with our scholars and teachers. We have had many inspiring moments in this last two weeks, including a special visit by Andrea Davis Pinkney, a New York Times bestselling author of young adult literature that has civil rights and global themes. Ms. Pinkney offered an inspiring “author’s talk” to each grade-level. This is an example of our efforts to become an International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program school, as we expand our scholars’ global connections. Many scholars got autographed copies of her books and shared how they want to grow in becoming authors!
After our solid start to our new school year’s culture, we now are focused as a faculty and staff on reaching our first academic goals with our scholars. You should be receiving a progress update on your scholar’s grades, behavior, and attendance in the coming week. Your scholar will be given a letter explaining if he/she is “on-track” or “off-track,” according to our Hamilton minimum expectations for college-readiness. To be “on-track,” students need to have obtained a 2.5 GPA (mostly all As, Bs, and Cs), have demonstrated good behavior, and cannot have missed more than 4 days of school. If you have any questions about your student’s “on-track” status, please work with your student’s grade level Dean of Culture (Grade 6 – Lorraine Hess; Grade 7 – Michael Kitch; Grade 8 – Laura Visintine).
Finally, I also want to share that we are awarding “Hamilton Badges” this year for scholars to earn in classes for demonstrating leadership of our Hamilton “PACK” values, reflecting the IB Learner Profile. Scholars who earn these badges will then be able to use them to select privileges and rewards in our Husky Store. We already have scholars earning many badges for their excellence!
Christian L. Sawyer, Ed.D.
Principal | Hamilton Middle School