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Velma Hamilton Middle School

Week at a Glance

March 12-16

See what's happening this week at Hamilton:

Dates to Note

Monday, March 12 - NO Early Release School is dismissed at 2:42 p.m.

Tuesday, March 13 - Parent Connect Meeting 6:30 p.m. in the LMC

Wednesday, March 14 - Math Night 6:00 p.m. in the LMC

School Announcements

Seeking Volunteers!

Recently, we have had an increase in parents driving up to school from the driveway entrance on Waukesha Street to drop their children off in the morning. To help prevent this unsafe activity, we are seeking volunteers to help redirect traffic. If you are interested in helping out, please call the school. Thank you!

Information Regarding March 14th Walkouts

As you may know, students across the country are planning to participate in events to demand action on gun control and safe schools on March 14. For further details of our plans for the day, please visit this Page: Information on the walkouts.

For more information about the guidance we use when discussing controversial topics in school, please visit this Page: controversial topics in school.

Information Regarding Forward Testing

Starting in late March, our students in grades 3-8 and 10 will take the Wisconsin Forward Exam. The Wisconsin Forward Exam is the state mandated test that is designed to measure student progress in key subject areas: English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. The Forward Exam will test different subject areas at different grade levels.

Forward Exam letter (English) Evaluación Forward(información en español)

A Reminder for School Dodgers due to Monroe St. Construction:

Hamilton school dodgers will continue to serve stops along Commonwealth, including

#2480 nearside of Monroe. On Eastbound Monroe only temporary nearside stops at Leonard & Grant, followed by either scheduled stops on westbound Regent far side of Breese or on northbound Breese far side of Regent.

Community Events in Madison

Please visit this link for more information on what's going on in and around Madison!

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:

8th Grade Academic Assignment Calendar 7th Grade Academic Assignment Calendar 6th Grade Academic Assignment Calendar Encore Assignment Calendar

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.

After School

Reminder that students must be in a supervised location after school with a teacher, or will be asked to wait outside. Please plan accordingly.

Community Building at Hamilton

~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.

ACP 6th Grade – Community Building

ACP 7th Grade – Exploring Culture and Identity

ACP 8th Grade – Time Management Strategies and Progress Monitoring Goals

Hamilton Election Sheets for 2018-19:

It's time for 6th and 7th grade students to choose their elective courses for the 2018-19 school year.

Seventh graders will receive their election sheet in Advisory on Tuesday this week and sixth graders will receive their election sheet in Advisory on Wednesday. All election sheets should be turned into the student's Homeroom teacher with a parent/guardian signature by Wednesday, March 21st.

Velma Hamilton Middle School - "Where I Belong"

Weekly Target Behavior

Speak up about safety

Reminder:

Students at Velma Hamilton Middle School are scholars who use technology appropriately. Please remember to have cell phones "off and away" during school hours.

Wellness Corner

The safety of our students is a top priority here at Hamilton. In order to ensure this, it is important that students are accounted for at all times. An key part of this is being sure to call in to the attendance life if your child will be absent for any part of the day. Keep in mind that this also applies if your student is planning to participate in the walk out next Wednesday. More information about this will be sent out soon.

Welcoming Schools

Last week's newsletter touched on what being an ally means in terms of bullying prevention and intervention. Here is a great article about more ways to be an ally for both students and parents alike → https://www.hrc.org/blog/how-to-be-an-lgbt-ally.

Club News

MSCR Programs - MSCR Clubs and Recreation

Any changes in Club activities (such as cancellations) will be announced to students during Daily Announcements. Families can access these announcements through Hamilton's webpage. Questions regarding Clubs should be directed to Kris Anderson.

Info from PTO

Next meeting:

Wednesday, April 4, at 6:15 p.m. in the LMC.

Help needed for the Hamilton Follies!

The Hamilton Follies is a fun Hamilton tradition where the students have a chance to show off their talent. It is scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, April 25th. We are in need of volunteers to help organize the event! We are looking for a lead organizer as well as volunteers who can help with auditions (April 17th and 18th after school), dress rehearsal (April 23rd and 24th after school), preparation of the program, and "crowd control" back and front stage on the night of the show. Please consider helping out in any way you can. Interested? Contact Melissa Hornung, melissahornung@uwalumni.com

Teacher Appreciation

It is that time of year again to work together to support our wonderful teachers at Velma Hamilton Middle School. By this time in the school year supplies are running low and teachers appreciate the additional support. They are working on their list of needs. We will have a SignUpGenius available for you to choose which item or items you can purchase and donate to the teacher or teachers of your choice. Please keep an eye out for this list and more details about the event.

8th Grade Promotion- 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.

We need volunteers for the following:

  • Decorations

- Food coordination

  • Video/photos of students for ceremony at Edgewood
  • Set up at dance
  • Chaperone dance
  • Clean up after lunch and dance
  • Music
  • Fundraising
  • Photos
  • Event programs
  • 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 renfro.hannah@gmail.com.

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).

Teacher Wish Lists

Hamilton Parents and other supporters,

The PTO recognizes and appreciates the continued support from the parents of children attending Hamilton Middle School. Throughout the school year, you have whole heartedly participated in all the fundraising opportunities presented. Your efforts are greatly appreciated. The PTO is offering you another opportunity to show your support to the children and staff at Hamilton Middle School. As the school year winds down, staff struggle to provide the same high quality education as provided at the beginning due to lack of supplies. The staff have identified needed  items and submitted that list to the PTO. Starting today, you can sign up and purchase items that are needed to complete the school year. Please sign up for one or many items to contribute. Once the items have been purchased they can be dropped off at the school. If you cannot get them to school, you can email Melissa Hornung (melissahornung@wiscalumni.com) and she will work with you and a volunteer to get these items to school. We appreciate your interest in supporting the staff at Hamilton. They provide a great education for our children and this is an opportunity to show  them how much you appreciate their commitment.

Please sign up here for one or many items to contribute.