Ham-Par Happenings

February 2018 Volume 42/Issue 6

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Mrs. Hasse's Spotlight

Halfway there, team! Unbelievable in many ways to think we are halfway through the school year. I am proud to report at this mid-point of the growth of our K-5 students.

In order to improve, similar to that of an athlete, one could say it is imperative to attend practice sessions where a coach has you practice for increased confidence and competence to gain the necessary skills as a player. It is through instruction and repeated (successful) practice as readers, here at Ham-Par and at home, that improves one's READING OUTCOMES! Thank you all who take the time to ensure this "big rock" is a priority throughout the year long. Yes, we all have many things going on, but overall those who make it a necessary outcome for a majority of the weeks, will see the benefits. (Check out results as proof below!) What gets measured gets done! Through modeling of reading strategies and continued use in school, teachers guide readers through developmental practice. Struggling readers need even more practice above and beyond that. Leading the way by modeling reading at home or reading aloud to your child also helps students internalize fluency, reading strategies, and that it's simply important! Read for the love it even if you cannot track it. In short, it will pay off for your student; our ultimate end in mind!

With sincerest excitement, I could not be more excited to see the growth of students at HP! After January benchmark testing, we have seen 93% of our students grow as readers on the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA)! The bar rises as we approach the later half of the year so keep up your efforts. Putting in the "sweat equity" ensures outcomes.

We are approaching March: also known as "March is Reading Month". Across the nation, students across the world highlight the importance and engage in various reading activities. I look forward to all the possibilities, and growth, this month will hold for HP leaders! #unstoppablebulldogs! #gous!

Vince Lombardi sums it up best, "Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” I am continually proud to LEAD this team as we work through any obstacle that comes our way!

Classroom Corner

3rd Graders are Putting First Things First

Check out Mrs. Bruski's 3rd graders who "put first things first" this January. Students set their goals on a recent project and thought about where they want to accomplish by the end of their 3rd grade year, 1 year from now, projecting to 5 years, and even thought about college or a lifetime! They've noted that looking ahead as the designer of your life YOU have the power to write your future. Creating a 'blueprint' helps one determine what is most important to achieve these outcomes. How fabulous are you, 3rd graders?!

"I am a Leader" Conferences

Students in Mrs. Giannotta's 4th grade class are completing a personalized conference with Mrs. G. She believes in the importance of meeting with students to discuss their progress personally! Praising their efforts highlights areas of strength (to continue) and then areas to focus on. Additionally, she plans to discuss with students a writing goal based upon a rubric for persuasive writing. Students will determine which areas of focus they can set their sights on ask questions for further assistance or help Mrs. G shape the plan of the unit based upon the students' needs. In this way, Mrs. G believes this gives students the personalized feedback they deserve as learners in her classroom.

Bulldog Blog

HP Student Journalist Column

Students at HP lead the way with top happenings and thoughts each month! This trimester, Kayla is working to bring you what's happening with HP! Kayla is a 4th grader in Mrs. Tschirhart's classroom.

In February, Hamilton-Parsons Elementary will be having, drumroll please... some great events coming soon! "Positive Post-it Note Day" and "PAWS-itivi-tree Day"! This is where everyone in the school, yes even Mrs. Hasse and staff, will write happy, positive, in Romeo bulldog talk, pawsitive, messages on post-it notes to each other! On February 5th students will learn about this at the afternoon Community Circle. Then, the next day students will deliver their post-it note messages to "fill up someone's emotional bank account." Positive messages, that are truly genuine, help align with our school-wide academic focus of "feedback and praising effort." Students can give feedback even as young as kindergarten. Everyone can spread kindness!

Later, on Valentine's Day, students will get a "paw" to fill up our tree about one important message about our school in general! We hope to highlight the thoughts of all the GREAT things our school does for each other as a team.

P.A.W.S. Parents At Work in our School

Check out our P.A.W.S. Smore page!

P.A.W.S. Updates/Reminders

Many more fun times are in store this next portion of the year! Please come and join us at our next meeting on February 20th @ 8:30 am as Mr. Martz from Romeo Middle joins to talk about the transition from 5th grade to 6th grade!

Our upcoming events:

  • February 5th Community Circle @ 12:30 pm. Student Lighthouse Team special day as students from Hiller Elementary visit and are guest presenters at our Community Circle!
  • February 5th Student Lighthouse Team presents to ALL K-5 students a Skating Party @ the New Roller Rink (in Shelby Township)
  • February 6th "Positive Post-it Note Day"
  • February 9th 100th Day of School Spirit Day & Family Movie Night @ 6:30 (doors open at 6pm)
  • February 14th Student State of Michigan Count Day, "Valentine's Day" & "PAWS-itivi-tree Day"

Thank you and have a great month!

Synergy Project is complete!

Have you seen our finished Synergy Project proudly hanging on the wall just outside of the office and kindergarten hallway?

Synergy is the combined efforts that one cannot do alone. That means, together, anything is possible.

Habits @ Home

Each month we will feature information regarding student learning in the Habits from a parent or staff on the Family Learning Action Team. This month is written by: Maggie Guaresimo, Leader in Me Parent Liaison.

This month we are digging deeper into Habit 4: Think Win-Win.

We are learning about Habit 4: Think Win-Win. Think Win-Win is the belief that everyone can win. It’s not you or me; it’s both of us. It’s a belief that there are enough good things for everyone. It’s being able to be happy when good things happen to other people.

To be able to Think Win-Win, it is important to be strong in Habits 1, 2 and 3. Those habits give us the strong foundation to be leaders of ourselves and our choices. Habit 4 is the first of the next three habits that address relationships. They teach us how to better interact with others.

Suggested titles for young children that reinforce Habit 4:

  • The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Phister

  • The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins

  • Ira Sleeps Over by Bernard Waber

Expect your child to use words like “Think Win-Win”, sharing, compromise, courage and consideration in his/her conversations this month. Look for opportunities to explore Think Win-Win situations with your child by checking out the “Parent’s Place” at www.LeaderinMe.org . Another way to reinforce this habit at home is by having a conversation about taking care of our planet. Discuss ways your family could recycle or conserve water and how that is a win-win for everyone, then try them out!

Hamilton-Parsons Elementary School

Hamilton-Parsons Elementary is a K-5 elementary school in Romeo Community Schools home to 475 Bulldogs! Ham-Par, for short, is Michigan's 120th Leader in Me school and the first school in Romeo to adopt the LIM processes as a part of best practice from the Franklin Covey Foundation.

Vision Statement: We choose to empower students by teaching life-long habits so that they are prepared to succeed today, tomorrow, and always.

Mission Statement: Hamilton-Parsons... Learners, Leaders, Bulldogs Forever!

Mrs. Andrea Hasse, Ed.S., principal

Mrs. Lisa Seeley, secretary