Happy New Year! As I type this, it is hard to believe that we are more than half way done with this school year. January will be coming to a close soon and Spring will be on the horizon. Even though this time of year is usually a little more gray than we’d like, or a little colder than we would hope, things are bright and really starting to heat up at Hamilton. Second semester will kick off the final push to graduation for seniors. Students will get new classes and have new teachers. Teachers may get to see new students each and every day. Winter sports are making a charge to end the regular season strong and to head into sectionals with confidence. Our art program and our students continue to be recognized and awarded for tremendous artistic efforts and we have students who are receiving national recognition for their works of art. It may be gloomy outside, but the future is clear and bright for Hamilton students.
The transition to second semester is paired with the hopes and dreams of a more prosperous and successful new year. Each New Year people often resolve to make changes or to be better than they were last year. Often, our resolutions are a bit ambitious and fade quietly after the first few weeks of the new year. I notice this at the gym when all the treadmills are full for the month of January, but by mid-February, there is no shortage of open equipment. Some may want to save money or eat healthy to lose weight, but eventually life gets in the way and those resolutions fade too.
Perhaps, as a school community we can set some goals and resolve to develop and get better. We always sort through data to see where we can improve grades, improve attendance, improve test scores and on and on and on. As a school, we have identified areas for growth and will work on those, but as a school family, maybe we focus on being human-kind, or both, human and kind.
It is no secret that it takes a village to raise a child. Continued studies suggest the reasons why students drop out of high school or struggle to complete high school requirements. Our goal as a school is to see 100% of our students graduate. Unfortunately, we are not there yet. However, I firmly believe that if we resolve to be both human and kind, the intangibles will continue to improve. If we resolve to be more kind, more joyful, show more peace and compassion, and exercise more self-control, so we can rally around our students and show them how much we care, the little things that seem to carry so much weight in the eyes of school grades will take care of themselves.
There are great things happening at Hamilton Jr./Sr. High School and I am proud of all the hard work being done on a daily basis. If we can resolve to make a few adjustments this year, please join me in being more joyful, more human and more kind. It will undoubtedly take a great deal of work, nothing comes easy, but if we can make it more than the first few weeks, I know Hamilton will be better for it. We will persevere.
Resolve to be better,
Remember to follow Hamilton Jr./Sr. High School on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates and information regarding student events, social happenings and other news. The second semester is full of events and I would invite you to view the school calendar for upcoming athletic events, concerts and other school functions.
There are many events on the horizon and here are a few to keep on the calendar:
Girls Basketball Sectional:January 31 – February 4
Snow Make-Up Day:February 20 – President’s Day
Boys Basketball Sectional:February 28 – March 4
End of Quarter 3:March 10
Spring Break:March 27-31
Snow Make-Up Day:April 14 – Good Friday
Welcome to the Hamilton Community Schools! For our students, the expectation of high student achievement is the expectation of every activity across all grade levels. Numerous and varied activities offer students a multitude of academic and extra-curricular choices to allow involvement in school and the larger community.
This program teaches mentors and parents how to help their children with reading strategies: http://abouteducation.org/
It is the mission of Hamilton Community Schools that all students shall demonstrate academic growth that meets or exceeds grade level standards, along with the support to achieve them in an environment that promotes achievement and lifelong learning.
“It is the policy of the Hamilton Community School Corporation not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability in its educational programs or employment policies as required by the Indiana Civil Rights Act, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Pay Act of 1973, Title II, Title IX and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. ”
Questions and concerns should be directed to the Title IX, Title II, and Section 504 Coordinator as follows:
Dr. Nicole L. Singer, Superintendent of Schools
c/o Hamilton Community Schools
903 S. Wayne St., Hamilton, IN 46742
Phone: (260) 488-2513