Heads Up Hamilton: Friday, December 3rd

Posted December 3, 2021

The Week Ahead

Monday, December 6

  • Last day for Co-Ed Basketball Tryouts @ 4:15pm – 5:45pm

Tuesday, December 7

  • HMS Brain Bowl @ 8:30 am

Wednesday, December 8

  •  Larceny and Old Lace Play @ 6:30pm (more information below)

Thursday, December 9

  • HMS Brain Bowl @ 8:30 am
  •  Larceny and Old Lace Play @ 6:30pm (more information below)
  • Sprance ’23 Info Meeting @7:00 pm ( click the link for more information)

Friday, December 10

  • Title 1 Information Q&A virtual meeting 5:00 pm -5:30 pm (Click here to join. Dial-in: (US) +1 929-266-2088, PIN: 516 468 750#)

School Reminders & Updates

  • 12/15 PTSA Meeting 5:30pm-6:45pm
  • 12/16 Super Citizens Virtual Awards @ 5:30 pm
  • 12/16
  • 12/17 ELL Student Field Trip
  • 12/20-1/3 Winter Break
  • 1/4 Students Return to in-person
  • 05/27/22 8th Grade Continuation
  • Transportation Updates weather delay and cancellation procedures here
  • Lunch Updates (click the link to learn more)
  • Covid Protocols (click the link to learn more)
  • New Principal for HMS (click the link to learn more)
  • Free Citizenship Assistance with Catholic Charities of Denver (click on the link for more information)
  • Free Lunch & Snacks for All Hamilton Huskies (click on the link for more information)
  • Judi’s House Grief Center information
  • PEP Conferences– Click the link for more information.


Menu information is available on the Food and Nutrition Services website.

Safety Reminders

  • Winter is upon us and temperatures are cooling. Please dress appropriately for the weather conditions.
  • Extra masks- Please send your child with extra masks for the day. It is extremely important to continue to follow COVID protocols and understand that masks are required in the building. Many students do not like the masks we offer and prefer to wear their own. There has been an influx of scholars losing their masks throughout the day. Please refer to our HMS school policy page for information on mask exceptions and students who do not follow them.
  • Water Bottles- Have your child bring a water bottle every day! Students are not allowed to drink from the water fountains due to COVID Safety guardrails. Water bottles can be refilled within the building with our water bottle electric fountains.
  • Check out HMS school policy page for information on dress codes, NEW phone policy, drop-off and pick-up information, and more.
  • Dress Code Reminder– Students not allowed to wear hoodies, PJs. All clothes that must cover students mid-section.
  • Bus Reminder– Students without a mask will NOT be allowed to ride the bus. Buses will no longer provide masks to students. Please send your child to school with backup masks.
  • Mask expectations and Lunch Detentions– click the link to learn more
  • TikTok Challenges and Destruction of Property

Hamilton Administration Updates

Please take a minute to review our Title I Information, and join us for a Q & A on Friday, December 10th from 5:00 pm-5:30 pm virtually by linking the link here. Dial-in: (US) +1 929-266-2088, PIN: 516 468 750#)

Join us in helping make 25 baskets for Hamilton families in need for the holidays! Please sign up here for as many slots as you’d like. The sign-up will close on Wednesday, Dec. 15th.

Sponsor a Holiday Meal

Wed., Dec. 1st – Wed., Dec. 15th (during school hours)

  • Drop off non-perishable items in the bin located in the front office
  • Drop off turkeys will be kept in our school freezer box. Please contact Dimarlys_suarez@dpsk12.org 720-423-9456 for drop off confirmation

Thu. Dec. 16th – Fri. Dec. 17th

  • Volunteer shifts to make baskets

Sat. Dec. 18th, 9-11 am

  • Volunteers to pass out baskets

Sign up here

If you have any questions please contact our liaison Dimarlys_suarez@dpsk12.org 720-423-9456


Get involved! Any volunteers or community partners who interact with students will have their vaccination status verified in the front office. All people in the building whether they interact with students or visit the front office must be masked at all times.

Opportunities for InvolvementContact
Become a crossing guardRachel_Langberg@dpsk12.net
Join the Collaborative School CommitteeRachel_Langberg@dpsk12.net
Join the Multi-Language Education Parent Advisory CommitteeYuly_Melo-Laffey@dpsk12.net
Donate moneydimarlys_suarez@dpsk12.net
Parent-Teacher-Student Association hamiltonptsadenver@gmail.com
Start an African American Parent Advisory CommitteeRachel_Langberg@dpsk12.net
Volunteer with athleticsvictoria_elmore@dpsk12.net
Volunteer in the schooldimarlys_suarez@dpsk12.net
Have an idea to incorporate?! Reach out to our liaison to get more information about getting involved! dimarlys_suarez@dpsk12.net or 720-423-9456.

REMINDER: School doors open at 8:55 AM. There is no supervision for your child before that time. Please do not drop off your child before 8:55 am. Thank you for helping our scholars stay safe.

HMS Sports News

Basketball Tryouts

The last day to try out for Co-Ed Basketball is Monday, Dec. 6th at @4:15 pm

We will not accept online physicals. Students must bring a hard copy to the front office or to the coach on the first day of tryouts. If you have any other questions, contact the coach directly or visit Hamilton’s Athletics page for more information. Coach Elmore Victoria_Elmore@dpsk12.org

HMS Arts News

Hamilton’s Fall Play

When: Dec. 8-9

Time: 6:30 pm

$ 5.00 cash at the door

Please social distance between family groups and wear a mask. at all times.

Sprance in ’23

We are so excited to announce our next international travel adventure for students which will take place during the summer of 2023: France & Spain! Click the link for more information.

Magnet Eligibility News

Magnet Eligibility Information

  •  Are you a parent/guardian of a newly magnet eligible student? Do you think your student could qualify as magnet eligible?
  • Are you looking for information about what magnet eligibility means?
  • Are you interested in knowing more about magnet programming and School Choice?

Watch this magnet eligibility Informational video to answer these questions and more!

Interested in Magnet Eligible Testing? Complete this nomination form here

The spring 2022 testing nomination window is now open through April 8th.

Please note: Students cannot be tested twice with a cognitive test in one calendar year (for instance, a student tested in the spring of 2021 would not be eligible to test again until the spring of 2022). During the fall semester, students enrolled in Kindergarten, 2nd, and 6th grades are tested with the NNAT as part of the universal screening process; those families do not need to submit this form. More information and translated documents can be found here (scroll down). If you have any questions please email GT Itinerant, Chelsea Chappell-Cox, at chelsea_chappell-cox@dpsk12.net.

Nurse’s Corner

COVID Vaccines for Children Ages 5 – 11 – Denver Health Pediatric Clinic at Thomas Jefferson High school has partnered up with Denver Public Schools to offer several COVID-19 Vaccine clinics at schools across the city. Click the link for more information.

Every Colorado youth is now eligible for three free therapy sessions. Visit our Husky Herald post about the I Matter Program to learn more. Click the link to be sent to the Nurse’s Office page for health forms.

If your child is under the weather please keep them home. When a child is sick their immune system is low which makes them more susceptible to catching another illness. It also makes the spreading of germs to healthy kids greater. COVID-19 has changed the guidelines and extra care is required to keep your child as well as Hamilton healthy. Please see the attached flyer “How Sick is too Sick” for guidance on when to keep your child home.

8th Grade Families

Fred N. Thomas Career Education Center Early College (CEC) is a career and college-focused 9-12 public high school located in Northwest Denver. CEC is part of the DPS Choice process. See slide for more information.

My Colorado Journey

My Colorado Journey makes life planning easy and personalized. You can select goals and actions based on your ambitions and chart a path to achieve them. My Colorado Journey empowers you to choose a career and education path that’s unique to you—your interests, your talents, and your dreams.  Create an account for your child today! Click the link to start. 


The next PTSA meeting will be on December 15th at @5:30. Check the school calendar for the zoom link. Click the link to visit the PTSA webpage.

For November‘s staff appreciation the PTSA was able to purchase a Keurig machine, coffee, and tea pods, and provide handwritten notes to all staff members. We also had a donation from a Hamilton family of donuts for staff members. Thank you to all the students and parents that participated in the letter-writing and contributing to our staff appreciation fund. 

The noodles fundraiser in November made $199 for the PTSA to use towards more staff appreciation and classrooms funding requests. 

SCAN ME and Donate to HMS PTSA

HMS Diversity Calendar

We are committed to upholding an inclusive culture where students and team members can show up as their authentic and best selves. Click on the link to visit HMS Diversity Calendar for more information on what’s happening in the month of December!

Holiday Resources

Click the link for Holiday Resources.

Denver Rescue Mission – Contact Jesse @ 303-331-2929 for client services resources and get help with clothing, food, hygiene and more.

Get free toys for children 11 and under. Register in advance and find out more information about who qualifies, what to bring, and COVID-19 safety precautions at www.denversantaclausshop.org/receive-a-toy.

How to Support Hamilton Middle School?

Join the PTSA!

The Hamilton Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) welcomes ALL Hamilton families, staff, and students to become members! CLICK HERE to complete a membership form and pay annual dues.

Other Ways to Support Hamilton


Simply shop at smile.amazon.com and tap on “AmazonSmile” within the Programs & Features menu or Settings and follow the on-screen instructions. AmazonSmile will donate to Hamilton Middle School PTA, at no cost to you!


The new and improved Box Tops mobile app uses state-of-the-art technology to scan your store receipt, find participating products and instantly add Box Tops to your school’s earnings online. Learn more at boxtops4education.com.


Connect your Loyalty Card to Southmoor Elementary!

  • Click on the link
  • Link your account to Hamilton Middle and King Soopers will donate a portion of every dollar you spend back to our school.

Our school cooking club is looking for donations. If you have some cooking and baking utensils/tools that maybe you aren’t using or haven’t used, the Food Club will take them off your hands. 

What is needed:

mixing bowls, spoons, baking pans (cake and cookie sheets), aprons, kitchen towels, measuring cups, and spoons.

If you can contact the school liaison at 720-423-9456 or just drop off donations at Hamilton Middle attn: Mrs. Freeman (Food Club) 

Thank you in advance.


Thank you Hamilton families for your support. Your help with donating any of these classroom supplies at any time during the school year is appreciated. If you would like to donate school supplies, click here for more information.

Our Design and Modeling STEM students will be designing and building prototypes of a foot orthosis (brace) for children with cerebral palsy. We need A LOT of supplies for the students to use. If you have any of the following materials in your home that you would be willing to donate please contact our school Liaison Dimarlys_suarez@dpsk12.org or bring them down to the front office. Thank you for your generosity and continuous support. 

Technology Update 

Dear Families, your scholars should already have received a school-issued Chromebook and charger last year.  If they are new to the district or need a new Chromebook due to damage, they will receive one on the first or second day of school. You MUST fill out this form so that we are able to prepare accordingly for our scholars to make sure we have what we need on hand for all scholars to be successful. Please have your scholar notify their teacher if they need a new Chromebook.


Registrar Esther Blackmonesther_blackmon@dpsk12.org/720-423-9505
AttendanceTJ Rameythomas_ramey@dpsk12.org/ 720-423-9504
Technology Wes AkersWesley_Akers@dpsk12.net/720-423-9542
School LiaisonDimarlys Suarezdimarlys_suarez@dpsk12.net/ 720-423-9456
Transportationtransportation@dpsk12.org/ 720-423-4699
GT/504/SpEdRachel Langbergrachel_langberg@dpsk12.org

Parent Portal

  • Log in to Myportal.dpsk12.org
  • Tech. support? Call 720-423-3163 or email dps_portalteam@dpsk12.org

COVID-19 Updates

  • Gaiters and vented masks are NOT permitted at DPS, even if it has two layers or is folded to create two layers.
  • Please send them to the nurse’s office for an approved mask.
  • DPS Update on Masking and Health Procedures