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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.
REDcards for Hamilton
If you have a Target debit or credit card, did you know that Target will donate a portion of your purchases to Hamilton?
Yes! Our school has already received over $2,500 through this program.
Taking responsibility for a debit or credit card is serious business! Be sure to investigate the pros and cons of any card before you apply for one. As an example, for the Target cards, you might look here, here, here, and here.
Finally, if you already have a Target card, or have decided that the benefits of having one outweigh the risks, click here or on the image above to apply. And don't forget to enter Code 32321 to designate Hamilton MS as the beneficiary of your contributions!
Attention 8th Graders and Parents!
Do you want to earn $200 by going camping, making new friends, and having fun? Learn new things and challenge yourself. Join the Summer Youth Institute at Hamilton Middle School.
The Youth Institute is a seven-week program beginning with a five-day wilderness retreat from June 20th to 25th.
Starting June 27th, the program runs from 9am to 3pm every weekday until the YMCA Film Festival on August 6th. Discover film-making, photography, music production, 3D printing & product design, and develop a life-long passion for learning.
The Deadline has been extended! Please download and print an application (right-click here and choose Save As...), or grab one from Ms. Reyes in the office. Space is limited and spots are filling up fast.
Turn in completed applications to the office or the Fairfield YMCA, ASAP. Come be a part of the YMCA Youth Institute family!
Promotion Countdown Continues
All of Hamilton is looking forward to 8th grade promotion, which is scheduled for Thursday, June 16. It's also the final day of school (and a minimum day) for 6th and 7th graders!
Between now and June 16, many interesting and fun activities are planned.
For All Grade Levels
The Hamilton Yearbook has arrived on campus! Get your friends to let you sign their yearbook, and get them to sign yours! Also, this year for the first time ever, pointing your smartphone at specially-marked pictures in the Yearbook will link you to special up-to-the-minute online content created by Hamilton students (requires the free Aurasma app; see details in the book). A limited number of the 2016 "Linked" yearbooks may be still be available from Mrs. Kennedy for $40.
For 6th Graders
The Hamilton Game Day will take place Friday, June 10, for sixth graders ONLY. Sign-ups for basketball and other activities will be available that morning.
For 7th Graders
The 7th Grade Field Day, set for Tuesday, June 14, periods 5 and 6, will involve various sports tournaments (basketball, soccer, volleyball), relay races, board games, and musical chairs/music. Popsicles will be on sale!
For 8th Graders
Scheduled 8th grade activities include:
Supplies for T shirts, Knott’s Berry Farm tickets, and yearbooks are limited, so don’t wait to turn in your money.
2016 End-Of-Year Calendar - Hamilton MS
June 2 - Cal State Field Trip Per 3-6
Students Represent Hamilton in LBUSD Science & Engineering Fair
Twenty-seven Hamilton Middle School 7th and 8th graders donned newly-designed T-Shirts to present their projects at the 21st Annual LBUSD Science & Engineering Fair, celebrated May 14 at Cabrillo High School.
This year, as in the past, 7th graders did surveys for their project, while 8th graders did experiments.
All students were interviewed by one or two adults working in both the private and public sector businesses in Long Beach.
The students who represented Hamilton at the District Science Fair were invited to participate in an additional field trip to the California Science Museum and the IMAX Theater.
Hamilton's Science Department instructors—LaWanda Johnson, Helen Ahn, and Gwenelle Warren--applaud with pride the work and effort of all the students who represented Hamilton at the District Science Fair.
Hey, There's My Tree!
by Ericy Perez and Gabriela Sarabia
What better way to celebrate Earth Day than to plant a tree?
When Hamilton’s principal, Kathleen Cruz, was approached about planting trees along the parkway in front of Hamilton Middle School on East 70th Street, she did not expect the opportunity, but she was very pleased. She explained, “I was absolutely sure it would be a great experience for our students and neighborhood.”
Lining The Parkway
And so on Earth Day, Friday, April 22, Hamilton students and staff helped to plant thirty-one trees along the parkway in front of Hamilton’s campus, alongside multiple volunteers and organizations from the community. In all, the community-minded citizens who organized at Hamilton accounted for roughly a third of the 95 trees planted in the city this year, the second year of Earth Day tree-planting in Long Beach.
The trees are meant to beautify the neighborhoods where they are planted, and also--according to a flyer distributed by the city--to “reduce greenhouse gasses, provide habitat, reduce cooling costs, and increase property values”.
Broad Community Effort
Organizations like I DIG Long Beach, and people such as Margaret Madden, the Neighborhood Resource Officer for the city, made the plantings possible. Ms. Madden oversees a grant from the Port of Long Beach that pays for trees and recruits groups to help plant them. Hilda Gaitan, president of Hamilton’s Neighborhood Association, joined Ms. Madden in directing the day’s efforts. Ms. Gaitan’s number one priority is to have “a green neighborhood.”
“It was a wonderful day watching over 200 volunteers plant so many trees around the school,” commented Megan Kerr, LBUSD Board Member for District 1. “The volunteers should be commended for providing supplies and the hard work of getting the trees into the ground.”
Volunteers gave many reasons for joining the tree planting, most saying that they simply care about the community. Karen, Honor Society member from CSULB, declared, “I wanted to help out today, because I want to contribute to the community.”
Alisa Crutch, from the Solid Landings organization, added, “We are here due to the simple fact that it’s Earth Day, and we came out to have fun and plant trees as well as support our environment.”
A Sense of Connection
By helping plant trees for the school, students gained a sense of pride and connection. They dug holes, pulled trees out of containers, and placed trees into the holes that had been dug. Then they named them! “I loved seeing our students plant and name their trees,” remembered Megan Kerr. “It was a fantastic experience for them and now the students have some ownership with the project. Every time students and community members pass by a tree they helped plant here at Hamilton, they can say, ‘Hey, there’s my tree!’”
Many organizations deserve credit for the work done on this Friday to build a greener, more beautiful future for our city. Among them were the Hamilton Neighborhood Association, Youth Build, Hamilton students and staff, Jordan Female and Male Leadership Academy, Solid Landings, Leadership Long Beach, The MIX Team, Wrap The Kids, Cal State University/Long Beach and the CSULB Honor Society, the Rancho Dominguez Prep Key Club, YMCA 70th Street Preschool, the Sierra Club, and The Port of Long Beach.
ON THE SCENE Friday, April 22, 2016 (04:42). A video log ("vlog") of Earth Day on 70th Street, with student hosts Morrise White and Ericy Perez. It was a day to plant trees!
IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING TEXTBOOK RETURNS
Parents, are you aware we're in the process of having students return their textbooks this week? Your child will be fined for any book not returned. The cost for each individual textbook currently ranges from $50 to $100. We will withhold promotion certificates for 8th graders with fines. Middle school fines also move with students to high schools. They do not disappear. Please check under beds, in closets, on bookshelves and return those books!
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Hamilton WEB / Taking Care of Business Day
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