Mr. Rush Visited Classrooms
As we focus on the "how to" of reading - learning to decode, breaking down texts, and making connections to what we read - it's important to remember that reading can be fun! I encourage you to set time aside to read with your children. This could be part of your bedtime routine, a special reward during the week, or just because. When children see their adults reading and having positive experiences with books, they are more likely to read for pleasure themselves. Encourage our emerging readers and enjoy that time together! We appreciate all your efforts at home and are grateful to partner with each and every one of you.
Amplify Reading's Science of Reading Summit
Hamilton Elementary School's second-grade teacher, Nancy Gibson, was chosen to speak on the Ohio educator panel at Amplify Reading's Science of Reading Summit held on Tuesday, January 30th, at the Vitrias Event Center on Ohio State's campus. The event, dedicated to literacy leaders in Ohio, attracted over 50 school districts and 126 educators from across the state. Nancy highlighted the importance of building background knowledge and shared her passion by advocating for integrating literacy across all subjects, and showcased Hamilton Elementary's success with a structured literacy program.
Math Challenge #6 Winners!
Our Busy Classrooms!
Third Grade ELA classes have been building background knowledge about The Viking Age during their ELA block, and this year teachers have new curriculum resources that take our third grade students on a Quest. The Quest is composed of five lessons. In each lesson, the class lands in a new place where there was a Viking settlement in history, starting with Vinland, stopping at Greenland, Iceland, and England, and then arriving home in Scandinavia. Students are engaging in a mix of writing, listening, and physical activities that have them collecting Viking resources for their journey, learning about Norse Myths, and working together to ensure that their longship returns home safely from their voyage. Students enjoyed teaming up to simulate: building a Viking longship, fishing and hunting, collecting natural resources, and trading goods with other Vikings. Both the teachers and students are loving each and every minute of it!
Miss Courter's Phases of the Moon
Building Trust in Habits with Miss Turner
During their Successful Habits special, third grade learned about building trust. Students used wooden blocks which represented high trust behaviors such as telling the truth and admitting your mistakes. They used these to build a structure which represented their relationships with people. After students began to pull out pieces they identified behaviors that would break trust and hurt their relationships. This also allowed students to see that building their structure or trust with people took much longer than breaking it down.
Meet Our Teachers and Staff
Years Teaching: 14 years
Most Memorable Teaching Moment: There are so many memorable moments it is hard to choose! I love how excited my students get when they realize they can read.
Favorite Teacher Growing Up: My favorite teacher was my kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Kerr. She was so kind and made everything memorable!
Favorite Things (Favorite Snack): I love peanut M&M's!
Fun Fact: I am a Hamilton graduate and I LOVE old movies from the 1930's and 1940's!
Years Teaching: 4 years
Most Memorable Teaching Moment: Some of my most memorable teaching moments include a family sharing that their child comes home and pretends to be "Ms. Hill" every day after school to review what they learned that day. It reminded me of myself when I was younger and had dreams of being a teacher one day. Helping my students reach their potential and the exact moment of seeing the relief and appreciation on their face for what they’ve just come to understand. I love sharing these milestones with their families that same day. I love any small moments like overhearing "This was seriously the best day ever!" on days where we just ate lunch together in the classroom and counted out Lucky Charm marshmallows on St. Patrick's Day.
Favorite Teacher Growing Up: Mrs. Sturik, my second grade teacher created such an unforgettable school year by incorporating special activities such as crayon and paper making, practicing and performing a play for our families, special holiday party days, and giving us the opportunity to babysit our class guinea pig on the weekends. She provided an incredible classroom community where I met some of my best friends that I have to this day.
Favorite Things (Favorite Snack): Cheeze- Its
Fun Fact: I played lacrosse in high school and college!
Position: Head custodian
Years Experience: 24 years
Enjoy Most About Your Job: Knowing the students and staff and having a clean building.
Favorite Teacher Growing Up: Mrs. Welch in 3rd grade
Favorite Things (Favorite Snack): Salty and sweet together
Fun Fact: I love to do puzzles and scrapbook.
I can do hard things! I can control my body and actions!
Teachers chose 2 students in their class who always control their actions AND/OR students who have improved their self-control skills to enjoy Hot Chocolate with Mrs. Hayes, Mrs. Sparks, and Miss Dixon.
The students and staff had a great time celebrating the positive ways they manage their emotions. Thank you Ready Rangers for making safe, responsible and respectful choices at school.
Events & Important Dates
From The Clinic
Every Ranger, Every Reason, Every Day!
EVERY RANGER. This phrase is meant to include everyone—every student, every staff member, every graduate and every community member. All of us working together.
EVERY REASON. The primary focus of every school system is the academic achievement of all students. Our staff and, by extension, our community take on the challenge of doing even more for our students. We educate the whole child. Whatever the need, whatever the issue, whatever the REASON we are going to work together and do the best we can for each other.
EVERY DAY. Thank you to our HLSD community for making our students a priority every day, and for always pitching in to help one another