Have You Moved?
Did your family move recently? Do you have a new phone? Parents, please notify us of changes. You can update the information yourself through ParentVUE (click the "Student Info" tab on the left side, then click "Edit Information"). Or, stop by our Counseling Office and complete a new Emergency Card to make the change.
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Eighth Grade Activities Rapidly Approaching
With the end of the school year less than a month away, the much anticipated eighth grade activities are nearly upon us. As all eighth graders know, the activities include a trip to the Cal State Long Beach campus on June 2 and another to Knott’s Berry Farm on June 11.
During these activities, the district dress code still applies, but students may wear this year’s “Class Up” T shirts. The T shirts are available for $15. Anyone interested in the “Class Up” T shirt should turn in his or her money to Ms. Kennedy in the office as soon as possible. The last day students may turn in money for the T shirt will be May 28.
While the visit to Cal State Long Beach will be free for students, tickets for Knott’s Berry Farm are $47. Money for these tickets should also be turned into Ms. Kennedy as soon as possible. The last day tickets will be available is June 4.
Another important part of finishing the school year for all students is getting a yearbook. Yearbooks may be ordered from Ms. Kennedy for $30 until May 26. After May 26, they may be ordered for $35. A limited number may be available after the yearbooks arrive for $40.
To recap, the total cost for eighth grade events and swag is $92, and that money should be turned in to Ms. Kennedy in the office as soon as possible. Supplies for T shirts, Knott’s Berry Farm tickets, and yearbooks are limited, so don’t wait to turn in your money.
Seriously Cool Field Trip - Checking Out The California Science Center : )
On Thursday, May 21, Hamilton instructors Helen Ahn, Carolyn Holler, Blanca Tillett, and Jeff Creamer accompanied 49 of Hamilton's most enthusiastic science students on a day-long excursion to the Calfornia Science Center, located in Exposition Park, downtown Los Angeles near the Coliseum.
Among other things, the group dissected cow eyes, experienced desert-style flash floods, and got an up-close view of the space shuttle Endeavour. Attendees were chosen in recognition of months of active participation in science activities, including forensics, recycling, underwater robotics, and Science Fair.
Ms. Ahn arranged for the group to try the Center’s “Discovery Lab” Eye Dissection activity, a hands-on program led by graduate students who work at the Center. Armed with rubber gloves, goggles, a dissecting tray, and lab scissors, students work in pairs to remove extraneous fat and muscle tissue from their specimens, learn the relevant medical terms, and identify the major structures. The Hamilton group separated and identified the optic nerve, the cornea, the iris, the lens, and the retina; and practiced using terms like “sclera”, “vitreous”, “aqueous”, and “pupil”.
Students enjoyed the “flash floods,” which occur every ten minutes in the desert area of the Center’s Extreme Zone Ecosystem exhibit. The flood illustrates how a summer storm can bring down most of a year's rain in a single afternoon. The students also visited the Kelp Forest, the L.A. (Urban) Zone, and other Ecosystems.
The Endeavour was and always will be the youngest of the five space shuttles. She was built to replace the Challenger, lost during launch in 1986. The Columbia shuttle, built first, was also destroyed, during re-entry, in 2003. Endeavour’s fate was rosy by comparison: she completed 25 missions and orbited the earth more than 4,600 times. The remaining two shuttles--Discovery and Atlantis—also made it to retirement, and are now on display at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C., and at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, respectively.
It’s impressive to stand beneath the Endeavour in her Science Center hangar home. Her only visible windows are the “windshield” panes used by astronaut pilots. She is longer than two school buses, and wider than five. Her thruster engine exhaust tubes are so massive that a pair of Hamilton students could stand inside. Her belly tiles—each numbered and replacement-dated—are covered with pock-marks and scratches left by space debris and atmospheric dust.
Matthew Givot's fascinating time-lapse documentary “Mission 26” loops in Endeavour’s waiting area. This three-minute film documents Endeavour’s final journey from Los Angeles International Airport to the Science Center. The 12-mile trip took two days of close cooperation by dozens of technicians, working in tandem, to maneuver the shuttle and her robot tractor-bearers through Los Angeles neighborhoods without snagging power lines or trees.
Please Join Us for Open House
On Tuesday, May 26, we will be having an Open House from 6:00 – 7:30 pm. Open House is our time to share your child’s work with you. Please join us in a celebration of the outstanding work our teachers and students have done this year so we can enjoy their successes together!
For your enjoyment, we have several activities planned:
Also available for purchase:
In addition to classroom visits from 6:00 – 7:30, if, after observing your child’s work, you would like to have a more in depth conference with a specific teacher, sign up sheets for individual conference times will be available.
Also, please note that both Tuesday and Wednesday, May 26 and 27 are minimum days. Students will be released from school at 2:18 pm.
These Kids Deserve, And Show, Respect
Above: Recently-honored Hamilton Students Of The Month, at a special breakfast. These students, all 6th graders, were singled out by teachers for showing one very important character trait--RESPECT. Front row (left to right): Jazmin Gutierrez, Hazel Esparza, Lesly Cordova, Kimberly Lopez, Armando Sandoval, and Sheila Perez. Back (left to right): Miguel Ledesma-Lopez, Jazmine Moreno, Jenni Juarez, Rafael Leon, Robert Lopez, and Anthony Lozano.
Hamilton Girls Eye Brainy Careers
The amazing group of 55 seventh and eight-grade girls from Hamilton you see above--on a visit to Long Beach City College--took a half day of school this spring to meet a group of Long Beach women who hope to motivate them to choose a highly-skilled technical or professional career.
The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Career Conference these girls attended was organized by the Long Beach Branch of AAUW (American Association of University Women), with financial support from The Port of Long Beach and Toyota Auto Body of California. It is is part of a longstanding effort to encourage underserved young women to attend college and explore the possibility of working in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) coined the STEM acronym. NSF is a U.S. government agency whose goals include helping the United States to stay competitive in the world economy. Since the 1990s they have supported efforts by business leaders, schools at all levels, and community groups to improve technical education, with special attention to women and minorities.
Girls, more than boys, face enormous peer pressure not to excel in math, computing, and engineering. As a result, at almost every step of the educational ladder, girls walk away. In fact, by seventh grade, a majority of girls have lost interest. Over the last 12 years, the Long Beach AAUW has sponsored STEM conferences like this one to address this issue.
The conferences open with a dynamic female speaker who provides a keynote message about overcoming obstacles and reaching one’s dreams. The girls then choose from workshops which involve hands-on challenges that simulate activities in science-related careers—things like chemical engineering, environmental science, audiology, civil engineering, and sustainability management. Since the inception of these conferences, over 1,500 girls have participated.
The AAUW branch relies on “champion teachers” at each school to recruit the girls, and to chaperone them when they attend. Hamilton has a particularly enthusiastic “champion teacher” contingent, whose sponsor teachers include William Feliciano (Math), Helen Ahn (Science), Carolyn Holler (Language Arts), Blanca Tillett (English Learning Specialist), Cindy Mendez (English), and Carrie Barrios (RSP Coordinator).
Long Beach City College hosted the event on its North Campus, as it has in the past. For many of the girls it is their first visit to a college campus, as well as their first conference experience.
At the end of the meeting, each girl receives a packet of resources containing a handbook of occupations, tips on applying to a California state university, and financial aid information. To help reach Spanish-speaking families, the information is presented in both English and Spanish.
Our Accountability Report Card, 2013-14
At Hamilton, our pride in our learning environment, quality of instruction, textbook availability, teacher quality, campus security and safety, and the handling of our education-related expenses all show in our School Accountability Report Card (SARC).
We invite you to view our 2013-14 Report Card at this link. In it, you will find important information on our:
Please note that the full Report is five pages long! In other words, it cannot be viewed on one page alone. To see the full Report, look along the left-hand margin to find the gray icons you see to the right of the apple above. Each icon is a tab which you can click to view a different page of the Report.
Finally, please note the Language drop-down box. You can use it to view machine translations of the report, courtesy of Google Translate.
Ambassadors of Kindness & Caring
Congratulations, 6th Grade Character Education Winners! Did you know that each month, Hamilton 6th grade teachers select students that best demonstrate a specific character trait? January’s trait was caring and kindness.
On Friday, January 23rd, there was a breakfast celebration to honor the winners and their parents, at which the following students were recognized for bringing kindness and caring to Hamilton:
Dulce Becerra, Denise Castaneda, Joshua Castro, Lesly Cordova, Enrique Delgado, Brittany Gonzalez, Carlos Gonzalez, Jennifer Juarez, Arielle Ledesma, Rafael Leon, Arielle Ly, Jazmine Moreno, Bridget Perez, Jannete Perez, Sheila Perez, Steve Pineda, Cesar Rivera, Levey Rivera, Bryan Rubio, Raymond Serrano, Alexis Soto, John Soto, Areana Vallardares, Carlos Vazquez, Jose Villa, Kayla Williams, Jorge Zuniga.
"The best portion of a good man’s life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love." --William Wordsworth
Your Knowledge And The U.S. Report Card
Soon you may notice some of your classmates receiving hall passes to excuse them from class on February 5, 2015. You will probably wonder: What are they for? And where are these students going?
These students have been chosen to participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as NAEP. You may be thinking that NAEP is just another test, but it’s not. NAEP is different from our state assessments, because it represents all middle/junior high school students across the country.
Ever heard of The Nation’s Report Card? That’s NAEP: the assessment results are released as The Nation’s Report Card, and they help the President, Congress, and all of our educators make decisions about how to improve our education system. NAEP is what the general public will hear about on the news when reporters discuss what eighth grade students are learning.
The actual assessment takes about two hours. During that time, students will take a pilot technology-based assessment in mathematics, reading, and science on tablets. All students will be asked questions about their educational experiences that may be related to performance, such as homework and reading habits. Student scores are anonymous and will not affect student grades or academic records in any way. Instead, they will be used to prepare for future technology-based assessments.
Students who are selected to participate in NAEP have an important job to do. NAEP will provide a national snapshot of what students have learned in school, and it is essential that students take it seriously, try their best, and answer all the questions they can.
If you would like to see questions or results from past NAEP assessments and learn more about NAEP and why it is important for students, check out NAEP on Twitter and Facebook, or visit http:// nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/students.
Get the Big Picture On Your Child's Progress
ParentVue is a new LBUSD website that lets parents see their children’s current and historical academic information, including daily attendance, grades, report cards, test scores, discipline, graduation status, college readiness, and more. And it does that securely and at no cost.
ParentVue does not replace SchoolLoop. SchoolLoop is still the place you should go for daily information on your child’s classroom quiz scores, to find out how they did on particular assignments, and to learn which assignments were turned in and which may be overdue.
Unlike SchoolLoop, however, ParentVue focuses on college readiness and high-school graduation requirements. Parents may review information on all of their children, from elementary through high school, including their behavior, math and language proficiencies, and their scores on State tests. The site also includes useful links to parent services such as MySchoolBucks (school meal accounts).
So ParentVue really is something new!—and it’s both helpful and informative. You can access it online, or you can download an iPhone or Android app from the Apple AppStore or Google Play, respectively. But how do you gain access?
All parents must use a seven-character “access code” to activate their ParentVue account. If you have the code in hand, and you know the exact name that we have on file for you, you can activate your account online through a 3-step process at parentlbusd.lbschools.net. Your access code is contained in an “activation letter” which we sent out earlier this year. The same letter shows the exact name we have on file for you. If you did not receive an activation letter, please visit our front office for assistance.
Right-click this link: ParentVue: A New Website for Parents for screenshots showing the various types of information ParentVue provides. Or, right-click this link: Getting Started With ParentVue for step-by-step directions to activate ParentVue and log in. (Remember, you need your access code to get activated! But you won't need it after that.)
Vea en Grande el Progreso de su Estudiante
Active la Red Electrónica ParentVue!
ParentVue es el Nuevo sitio de la red electrónica del Distrito de Long Beach, que permite a los padres ver la información académica de meses anteriores y presentes. Esto incluye asistencia, calificaciones, libreta de calificaciones, resultados de los exámenes, disciplina, estado de su graduación, preparaciones para el colegio y mucho más. Esto se logra con seguridad y no tiene costo.
ParentVue no Remplaza SchoolLoop. SchoolLoop es el sitio que usted puede visitar diariamente para obtener información sobre los resultados de exámenes, cuáles fueron los resultados de su último trabajo, y saber los trabajos que entregó y cuáles no.
SchoolLoop es diferente pero, se enfoca en la preparación de estudiantes para el colegio y los requisitos para la graduación de bachillerato. Los padres tambien pueden revisar el historial de estudios de todos sus hijos, desde la escuela elemental hasta la secundaria. Incluyendo el comportamiento, matemáticas, destreza en lenguaje y resultados positivos en los exámenes Estatales. El sitio de la red electrónica tambien incluye contactos de servicios beneficiosos para padres como ser. MySchoolBucks (cuenta sobre los alimentos de la escuela).
Asi qué ParentVue es nuevo!--ayuda y tambien es informativo. Usted puede tener acceso por la red electrónica o puede bajar en su iPhone o Android app de Apple AppStore or Google Play, respectivamente. ¿Usted sabe, cómo puede tener acceso?
Para activar ParentVue, todos los padres deben de tener un "código de acceso" este código, tiene que tener siete signos (letras o numeros). Si usted tiene el código a la mano, y conoce el nombre exacto que nosotros tenemos en nuestros archivos, en tres pasos usted puede activar su cuenta por intermedio de la red electrónica a parentlbusd.lbschools.net. Esto indica que su "código de acceso" tiene una letra la cual se le ha enviado a principio de año. Esta misma letra muestra el nombre exacto que nosotros tenemos en nuestros archivos. Si usted no ha recibido esta carta con la letra de activación, favor de pasar por la oficina para que le ayuden.
Haga un clic derecho en esta red electrónica: ParentVue: Un nuevo sitio web para padres para ver varios tipios de informaciones que ParentVue provee. O haga un clic a la derecha en esta otra red: Instrucciones para crear una cuenta de ParentVUE para recibir información paso a paso en como activar ParentVue y entrar a la página. (Recuerde, que necesita su código de acceso para activar sue cuenta. Después, usted no necesitara volver a hacer el proceso arriba mencionado).
They Volunteered To Help At School...and Stayed!
You Too Can Be A Campus V.I.P.
We Love Our Parents - Part 1 of a Series
In Long Beach, many parents regularly visit their kids’ schools as Volunteers in the Public Schools, i.e. “V.I.P.S.”, or the “V.I.P.” program.
Consider the stories of two parents who began at Hamilton as V.I.P.s, then later became valued and trusted staff members! The V.I.P.s in question are are Gloria Zamora and Krista Dascenzo, now both school recreation aides.
But what is a V.I.P.? V.I.P.s are volunteers who pass an annual medical and background check, and who then receive a badge allowing them to work for the year in a school of their choice. VIPs contribute in areas such as mentoring, tutoring, fundraising, career education, enrichment programs, extracurricular and service activities, and office and classroom assistance.
Gloria Zamora came to Hamilton as a V.I.P. 13 years ago, when her eldest son Kevin, then a tiny, skinny 6th grader, said another boy was bullying him. Standing back to watch, Mrs. Zamora saw it was true. Another boy WAS bullying Kevin.
Hamilton Parent / Campus Recreation Aide Gloria Zamora
Gloria made a choice. She could come to school with Kevin every day—she had the time—to get to know his teachers, and keep an eye on her son. She explained these concerns to Cynthia Terry, then School Principal (now retired). Ms. Terry said that, with the permission of Kevin’s teachers, Mrs. Zamora was welcome to sit in on his classes, and that as a Volunteer in the Public Schools, or “V.I.P.”, she could also help out in various other areas of the campus.
Mrs. Zamora decided to do the required medical and background checks and become a V.I.P. at Hamilton. It was a decision that bore immediate fruit. She quickly discovered that Kevin’s teachers were truly grateful for her help making copies, putting up bulletin boards, checking homework, and so on. Not only that, but as both visitor and helper, she could see that students stayed on task better, used better language, and generally showed better classroom behavior when there was a second adult in the room.
A meeting with the school counselor and the bully was all that it took to solve Kevin’s problem, but Gloria remained on campus. So, when daughter Amy came to Hamilton, Amy had no reservations. Whatever happened, Mom would be there. Then when Gloria’s youngest son, Bryan, came along, he found himself tempted to fight other boys. But he told his Mom: “I feel like punching them, but I won’t do it, because everyone will think you have bad kids.”
Over time, Gloria became a trusted and familiar presence on campus. At that point, administrators were happy to offer her a job as a campus aide, ensuring that students practiced safe behavior, had proper clothes to wear to school, and so on.
“When you get to know the teachers,” said Mrs. Zamora, “you can help your kids with homework better. When you get to know the other kids, you can counsel your own kids on how to cope better. I am very glad I decided to volunteer. And I’m proud now to be a Hamilton staff member.”
Krista Dascenzo, a Hamilton parent and resident of Long Beach for many years, has worked at Hamilton for the last four. Two of her four children graduated as Wolverines: daughter Courtney, now 20, and son Raymond, now 16.
Hamilton Parent / Campus Recreation Aide Krista Dascenzo
Krista became a V.I.P. when daughter Courtney was in the 5th grade at Grant Elementary School, helping Courtney’s teacher, Ms. Denhart, in the classroom. When Courtney graduated to 6th grade, Krista followed her to Bancroft Middle School. And finally, when Courtney moved to 7th grade, Krista followed her to Hamilton.
“I was a little nervous about Hamilton,” said Mrs. Dascenzo. “I just wanted to be sure Courtney and Raymond would be safe.”
Noticing other parents helping on campus, Krista asked Assistant Principal Marie Hatwan if Hamilton needed a recreation assistant. Ms. Hatwan said, “I’m glad you asked! I may have a spot for you.” And so it was that Krista came to work at Hamilton, filling two roles, as both a housewife and middle-school recreation aide.
Mrs. Dascenzo said, “I, too, encourage parents to become involved at school as much as possible. It pays off. The kids like it—I know mine did. I asked them if it bothered them for me to be so involved at school. They said ‘No! We like it!’ … As for me, I basically got ‘addicted’ to being in the classroom environment, helping with outside activities, getting to know and becoming friends with the staff. It has been a great experience.”
Like Mrs. Zamora and Mrs. Dascenzo, you can help your student’s teachers, bolster your child’s education, and contribute a valuable service to the campus. For details, please visit the LBUSD VIPS website at this link. Or, talk to Ms. Zamora or Ms. Flores in our main office, (562) 602-0302. We look forward to hearing from you.
Hamilton Bands to Play Jordan Gig TONIGHT!
The Hamilton bands have been working hard to hone their skills this school year, and they will put their sound on display at Jordan High School this Thursday, May 28 at 6 pm. The Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Bands will all be performing. The concert will also include performances by the Jordan Spirit Squad and Panther Percussion.
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