Velma Hamilton Middle School
For the Week of February 2-9
See what's happening this week at Hamilton:
Dates to Note
Monday, February 5 - Regular School Day - No Early Release School is dismissed at 2:42 p.m.
Wednesday, February 7 - PTO Meeting 6:00 p.m. in the LMC
Friday, February 9 - No School Professional Development Day for Staff
Sch ool An n ouncements
February 5-8 is Spirit Week at Velma Hamilton Middle School
Next week will be Spirit Week at Hamilton! Each day will have a different theme.
Monday: Crazy Hair and Hat Day
Tuesday: Pajama Day School appropriate footwear is still required! (no slippers!)
Wednesday: Opposite Day (wear clothes inside out, backwards, etc.)
Thursday: Twin Day (If you don't have a specific twin, wear your Hamilton "Where I Belong" t-shirt!)
If you aren't sure what to wear on any given day, you can always wear Hamilton spirit wear!
Join in the fun!
February is African-American History Month
To celebrate, we have a variety of events and learning opportunities planned. For more information about A History of Black Madison, including our school's namesake, check out this Madison 365 Article, written by Michael Johnson, President and CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Madison.
West Madison Little League - Teams Forming
Have a daughter or son age 7-16? Softball and baseball are great spring/summer activities, teaching athletic skills as well as team-building and character development. West Madison Little League, with its wonderfully green and classic space, is forming teams now, with discounts available if you register by Feb. 4. Details at www.wmll.org.
Velma Hamilton Middle School Hawk Gear Sale
For more information about how to order, please visit this link.
5th Grade Orientation at Velma Hamilton Middle School
Tuesday, February 13 (Last names beginning with A-K) 6:30-8:15 p.m. at Velma Hamilton Middle School
Thursday, February 15 (Last names beginning with L-Z) 6:30-8:15 p.m. at Velma Hamilton Middle School
a typical middle school day school structures
music classes unified arts classes
positive community/climate student supports
clubs and extra-curricular activities
Academic Assignment Calendars
In an effort to improve streamlined communication with families and support students with homework completion, we have created a one-stop document to communicate all assignments due in a given week. To see your child(ren)'s assignments, click on the links below:
Please note: This is a new process for our school and we appreciate your understanding as we work out any technical difficulties we may encounter.
Reminder that students must be in a supervised location after school with a teacher, or will be asked to wait outside. Please plan accordingly.
Commu n ity Bu il din g at Hamil ton
~Social Emotional Learning (SEL) & Academic Career Planning (ACP)
~Homeroom/ Advisory Activities
Social/Emotional Learning (SEL) and Academic and Career Planning (ACP)
Advisory is a fun way for students to start their day. They build relationships in an inclusive community, develop social and emotional skills and create their own Academic and Career Plan (ACP). Advisory is 30 minutes long on Early Release Mondays and 20 minutes on all other days.
6th Grade The Graduate Vision
7th Grade GPA and The Promotion Policy
8th Grade Community Influence
Velma Hamilton Middle School - "Where I Belong"
Weekly Target Behavior
Students at Velma Hamilton Middle School are scholars who use technology appropriately. Please remember to have cell phones "off and away" during school hours.
FEBRUARY: BLACK HISTORY MONTH
We will be celebrating all month long. Please check out this slide show for more information.
Please take the time to listen to Lift Every Voice and Sing--Black National Anthem / Black History Month.
Check out some cool events happening in Madison to support the LGBTQ+ community...
Networking: Join OPEN and Community Shares of Wisconsin at Shamrock Bar and Grille on Thursday, February 8, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. for a networking event! Come and learn more about OPEN and our members! Meet outstanding LGBTQA+ individuals in the Madison community.
Rugby 101 - February 3 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
This Event: Is LGBTQ hosted . Got a New Year's resolution to get or keep in shape? Want to make some friends? Then the Madison Minotaurs Rugby 101 is for you! We'll be helping newbies learn the basics of the game and vets get ready for our spring season. All you need is comfortable gym clothes, water, and a great attitude. We'll be hosting this at The Goodman Community Center gym.
Join us on Sunday, April 15, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Madison Marriott West in Middleton for our "Love is Love: An LGBT and Allies Wedding Showcase."
Info from PTO
Wednesday, February 7, at 6:00 pm in the LMC.
Multicultural Night is a PTO-sponsored event devoted to celebrating the cultural diversity within our school community. The night includes a potluck dinner and a cultural program so that we can learn more about the cultural traditions and heritage of our friends and classmates.
Volunteer in any way that makes sense for you: Share a cultural exhibit or activity; bring your favorite ethnic dish to share; help with set-up or clean-up.
Questions? Send Lucy a message: email@example.com
8th Grade Graduation - Parent Volunteers Needed!
The last day of school will be here before we know it. It's time to start thinking about the 2018 8th grade graduation (Movin On), and we need parents of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders to help! There are many opportunities for you to make this a special day for our 8th grade students.
Graduation begins with a ceremony in the morning at Edgewood High School (our school does not have enough space). The ceremony is followed by a lunch and dance at Hamilton, which ends at the end of the school day. We need volunteers for the following:
- Decorations (dance and Edgewood)
- Food coordination
- Set up at Edgewood
- Video/photos of students for ceremony at Edgewood
- Set up at dance
- Chaperone dance
- Clean up after lunch and dance
- Event programs (create and distribute at Edgewood) Plus other items that will come up along the way!
We will be creating a Movin On committee. We need folks who can sit on the committee and folks who can help but do not want/cannot be a part of the committee. If you are interested in helping please send an email to Hannah Renfro at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please include in your email (1) what you would like to help with and (2) whether you are interested in sitting on the committee (this will involve participating in the meetings and, as needed, coordinating volunteers helping with that task).
Box Tops for Education
Each box top you clip and bring in represents 10¢ for Hamilton. There is a collection box in the Hamilton office all year long, but the Box Tops almost-spring submission date is coming up! Bring in those Box Tops by February 21 t o help increase this year's earnings (currently $460 this year)!