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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!
Career Fair 2016 Nears - Dress for Success On Friday, May 27!
Hamilton’s Second Annual Career Fair is approaching fast! On Friday, May 27th, community volunteers from various professions in Long Beach will visit Hamilton to discuss with our classes their education and their chosen line of work. For this event, every Hamilton student is invited to Dress for Success!
Last year’s guests included a Sports Equipment Evangelist, a Chef, a Motivational Speaker, an Army Sergeant, a Civil Engineer, a Classical Guitarist, a Cosmetologist, a Pilot, a Police Officer, an Animal Scientist, and a NASA Planner.
Career Day Dress Rules
Special dress rules apply on Career Day. Boys may wear either a button-down shirt or a collared uniform shirt, and will receive a tie Period 6 to wear during the afternoon. Girls may wear pantsuits (no jeans, please), or dresses.
Please note: If you are not wearing Dress for Success attire, you must be in uniform. Here's a link to get guidelines on Dressing for Success -- Dress For Success Slide Show!
Asking Good Questions
Students: If a guest calls for questions during their presentation, please consider your questions carefully, to be sure they are appropriate. For example, it would be very rude to ask, right off the bat, “How much do you make?” (Don’t do that.) Guests may volunteer that information anyway. If they have fully described their work and they haven't mentioned their pay, you could ask politely, “What is the salary range for the kind of work you do?”
A carefully-chosen question can make you look thoughtful and smart just by asking it, and is likely to leave a favorable impression with our guests. For example:
The Career Fair is designed to help students imagine the future while giving guests an opportunity to share their experience. When Hamiltonians arrive looking smart (dressed for success!), and have in mind thoughtful and interesting questions, we honor ourselves and the professionals who are making their time available. That supercharges everyone's learning. Go, Wolverines!
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!
Final Library Club Meeting is Thursday, May 19
Members will meet in the Library before school on Thursday, May 19, for this year's final meeting, from 8:15 to 8:55 am. See you there! : )
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