Ham-Par Happenings

October Volume 45/Issue 2

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Mrs. Hasse's Spotlight

It’s hard to believe that the first month of school is already behind us! Whether you are learning in person or online, we are in a new reality as we are getting deeper into this fall semester. Students have returned with a new set of vocabulary than before: social distancing, quarantine, personal protective equipment and more. Despite all of these changes, Hamilton-Parsons, at the heart, remains! And it will remain for many years to come. We have come to embody our mission statement in ways we could have never imagined doing so. There are countless ways we continue to learn and lead in these challenging times togethe"R" so please check out the amazing pictures of our BULLDOGS below.

In the midst of a pandemic, we know it doesn't resemble much of what we used to know to be true. However, we will always do our part to do everything within our power to provide a robust education. We have said many times how we are partners in the process; but now we need you at an ever deeper level--as partners in learning and developing the language of learning.

We know that many of you have full-time employment or other stresses that may come with the challenges of this time. We also know that you are not trained as teachers--that you love your kids but sometimes admittedly realize they are just not enamored with schooling. This crisis has reminded us again just how valuable and irreplaceable your role is--as your child's first teacher AND how critical our HP teachers are. We are asking you to continue to partner with us, as best as you can, in the upcoming weeks and months.

I have personally dealt with the same emotions that I'm sure you have dealt with during this time--fear, anxiety, and confusion. But, I've also felt an incredible sense of pride! I'm proud to work alongside a group of teachers and staff that are incredibly flexible and student centered! They are compassionate and hardworking. I am proud to see our Bulldogs (both you and your child) become empathetic and understanding as we persevere through these unexpected changes and challenges for the time being.

We continue to achieve great things...TOGETHE"R"!

Educationally Yours,

Mrs. Hasse

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P.A.W.S. Parent Group

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Habits @ Home

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We are proud to say we are the first Romeo school and the 120th Leader in Me school out of 400+ schools in Michigan and growing! For those of you that are unfamiliar, the Leader in Me incorporates a whole-school transformation model that acts like the operating system of a computer; it improves the performance of all areas of our school. We have seen increased academic performance, fewer behavior problems and higher engagement of students in the classroom and throughout the building over the course of five years.

We are proud that we have been identified as a school with many exemplary practices by our Franklin Covey coaches.

We integrate the seven habits of leadership into our day, school activities, and operations at HP. You will hear us begin to use that language in our announcements, handouts, classrooms, and hopefully with your child in application. The 7 Habits empowers our students to make positive, effective, and responsible choices as Bulldogs.

These habits are:

Habit #1: Be proactive - take responsibility and initiative (November)

Habit #2: Begin with the end in mind- plan and set goals (December)

Habit #3: Put first things first- set priorities and practice discipline (January)

Habit #4: Think win-win - consider others and seek alternatives to conflict (February)

Habit #5: Seek first to understand, then to be understood - listen to others, learn from their views (March)

Habit #6: Synergize - value others’ strengths and team with others to solve problems (April)

Habit #7: Sharpen the saw - taking care of one’s self, learning, and finding meaning outside of school (May)

As we move into our year, we will take a school-wide classroom focus on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Kids. This focus on the whole-child helps us develop many lifelong skills and allows us to explicitly teach students many strategies.

For more information...

  1. Visit The Leader In Me's official website
  2. Visit A.B. Combs Elementary School's website to learn about why Leader In Me was created
  3. Visit Beaumont Elementary School's website to learn about how the program is implemented at other schools (Michigan's 1st LIM school located in Waterford)
  4. Visit the Sean Covey website for 7 Habits games and activities for kids

PEEK at what we have been up to!

Our classrooms have spent the time learning routines and building relationships during the month of September. We have also begun to talk about ways to support ourselves in learning. such as active listening skills and ways to calm ourselves if we feel not ready to learn (anxious, worried, silly etc.) See our school-wide supports pictured below.
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Did you hear the great news?! The Michigan School Index System measures public school performance in six key areas—student growth, student proficiency, school quality/student success, graduation rate, English Learner progress, and assessment participation. Hamilton-Parsons Elementary is rated as one of the top schools in the county!

Hamilton-Parsons Elementary is a K-5 elementary school in Romeo Community Schools. 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. Michelle Elter, secretary