From Hamilton to Home

August 2020

Welcome Back, We've Missed You!

I’d like to welcome you to what will be another impactful school year at our brand new Hamilton Elementary School. My name is Jodie Johnson and I am the proud principal of this school. I am excited to begin what will be an amazing year of academic growth for your child. I have spent the last 13 years in Elyria City Schools servicing Elyria High School for 11 years and Franklin for 2 years. As a lifelong Elyrian, I have a heart for students and families in this community. My goal for each student is to become what I will refer to often as the “confident student”. In doing so, you can expect for your child to be challenged with high expectations that will drive them to become stronger academically, behaviorally and socially. I believe that in order for a student to begin to believe that they can be a confident student, they must speak it into existence. In doing so, students will hear the following words of affirmation each day:

I am Somebody.

I am Capable and Loveable.

I am Teachable

Therefore, I can Learn.

I will not waste Time


It is too Valuable

And I am too Precious and Bright.

I am Somebody.

So, your first assignment with your child is for you and your child to learn the above statement of affirmation. I encourage you to recite this at home with your child to help build the foundation for what will be a lifetime of learning. I am thrilled to begin another wonderful school year and look forward to meeting each and every one of you.


Jodie Johnson

Hamilton Elementary Principal

Hamilton's New School Hours- 9:10am-2:40pm

Visitors are not permitted into Hamilton at this time except for extreme emergencies. Face coverings are required for all individuals entering the building.

Gradual Start of School- Week of September 8th

Welcome back to the 2020-2021 school year. I’d like to personally thank you for all of your continued support and understanding as we have constantly needed to be responsive during the unexpected COVID pandemic.

As we approach the beginning of another school year, things will look much different than before. We are excited to be in the new Hamilton Elementary building. Whether learning in the hybrid model or in the Virtual Academy, teachers are preparing for an exciting year of learning. Parents, much like the students needing to learn the Hamilton Affirmation, we are asking for your help to ensure the safety of each student and a smooth start to the school year. Below you will find the following items that need completed for an effective transition:

  1. Instructions to complete and update your student’s online registration at Elyria Parent/Student Portal. This will allow for the most current information for your student this year.

  2. Please pre-register your child for bus transportation, if eligible, and parents must fill out the “Opt-In” form. Access the form here: Transportation Opt-In Form

  3. Student Chromebook Take Home Policy: Chromebook Agreement Form

Hamilton Stagger Start Schedule:

September 8th-11th will be a Stagger Orientation Week. Transportation will be available for those cohort students that are eligible. Below you will find the schedule we are following based on student’s last name.

Cohort Schedule

Cohort A- A-F Tuesday September 8th, 9:10-11:10am

Cohort A- G-Le Wednesday September 9th, 9:10-11:10am

Cohort B- Li-R Thursdy September 10th, 9:10-11:10am

Cohort B- S-Z Friday September 11th, 9:10-11:10am

Virtual Academy Student Drive-Up Schedule- location at Hamilton Elementary

(transportation not provided)

A-F Tuesday September 8th, 1:30-2:30pm

G-Le Wednesday September 9th, 1:30-2:30pm

Li-R Thursdy September 10th, 1:30-2:30pm

S-Z Friday September 11th, 1:30-2:30pm

Virtual student pick up will be at the Main Office entrance. Please enter from 12th street and remain in your car.