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Hamilton Middle School
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We, the members of Velma Hamilton Middle School, a learning community rich in diversity, which values and promotes excellence and joy in education, will ensure that all students:
- gain academic skills and knowledge;
- reach their fullest potential;
- treat themselves and others with respect;
- value cultural diversity;
- develop lifelong learning skills;
- participate in development of a sense of community, by providing challenging educational experiences which are
responsive to individual student needs, supported by a partnership of school, family and community.
Hamilton is located on the near west side of Madison, in the Hill Farms neighborhood. We include students from a wide geographical area, including those from Shorewood, Van Hise, Franklin-Randall, and portions of Lincoln Elementary School.
Our 6th grade classes range in size from 24 to 29, while our 7th and 8th grade classes range from 25 to 30 students. Our total population is approximately 720 students.
Neighborhood Bus Service
Many area middle and high school students use Metro to get to and from school. To avoid over crowding of buses, Madison Metro provides Supplemental School Day Service. Routes providing Supplemental Service are numbered in the 90's.
Hot Lunch Program
Students have the option of an a la carte regular hot lunch menu. For item selections, consult the "Eatery" site.
Hamilton students consistently score well above the district, state and national averages in all areas of standardized achievement tests. They also perform extremely well at the state and national levels in academic competitions such as Math Counts, Wordmasters, Forensics, and Future Problem Solving. In addition, more than 50% of all Hamilton students are on the honor roll each quarter, earning a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.
Core Academic Subjects
Core academic subjects are required at each grade level (mathematics, science, language arts and social studies, and a foreign language in seventh and eighth grades).
Hamilton students receive direct instruction in one of our two multimedia computer labs. In addition, students have access to computers in most of their classrooms and in the Library & Media Center for use in research or word processing. Computer access in the LMC is available after school until 3:30 p.m. on most days.
Talented and Gifted (TAG) Program
The goal of Talented and Gifted (TAG) programming is to make certain K-12 students consistently have learning opportunities that are challenging, systematic and continuous based on learning profile, readiness and student interest.
Student learning experiences include a broad range of opportunities that pushes a student to their next level of challenge and allows them to develop their talents. TAG programming may occur in the classroom, or in other settings. TAG programming is determined by ongoing evaluation and assessment of individual student needs. Each school has TAG resource support for ongoing consultation.
Sixth grade students may apply to take Future Problem Solving (FPS) in place of reading. Accelerated algebra and accelerated geometry are offered to any students who qualify.
During the course of the sixth and seventh grade academic years, most students have one quarter of each unified art: art class, applied technology, family and consumer education, and computer technology. In eighth grade, students select two of the four options for a semester each. They also have a range of music choices, including band, orchestra, chorus, general music and music lab. Music theater is also available as an 8th grade elective.
Safety Is Always A Priority
On student climate surveys, the majority of Hamilton students rated Hamilton a very good place to learn. Hamilton has an extremely dedicated staff focused on making every student succeed. Our discipline policy provides students with the opportunity to turn around inappropriate behavior. Hamilton's low number of behavior referrals attests to the fact that students are making good decisions.
Peaceful Problem Solving and Conflict Resolution
Students are encouraged to use our counselors if they have a conflict with another students.
Hamilton has an active tutor/mentor program involving more than 100 adults. There are over thirty clubs and activities available after school.
Some special events include Hamilton Pride, GPA recognition, Spirit Week activities and Name-the-Song Fridays, Olympic activities in an Olympic year, and school-wide Activity Days.
Parents are actively involved in our school through participation in the PTO, School Improvement Planning committees, classroom presentations and as a tutor/mentor. In a recent school climate survey, 91.5% of our parents gave Hamilton the highest rating possible.
Many volunteers tutor and mentor students through partnerships with Dane County Human Services, the University of Wisconsin, Covenant Presbyterian Church, Department of Natural Resources, Trek Bicycle Company, Golden Kiwanis, and RSVP.
You Are Always Welcome At Hamilton Middle School!
Hamilton is a richly diverse learning community with students from throughout the world. At Hamilton every student can be successful. Each student has different skills, talents and interests. It is our task as educators is to provide a challenging and nurturing education which fosters the unique character of each student. Parents play an important advocacy role in the education of their children. When families and schools work together, opportunities for student success are greatly enhanced.
School Tours of our building are open to ALL. We encourage anyone interested to meet with staff or take a guided tour of our school.
We encourage you to talk with parents of our students to learn more about our school. Please see the Principal/Parent Contact information on this web site for current names and phone numbers.
For answers to any questions, or to request written material including curriculum guides, handbooks, lunch menus, bus schedules, newsletters, etc., call the Hamilton office at 204-4620, the principal at 204-4624, or fax your request to 204-0417.
"I like all the clubs you can join after school."
-- Hamilton Student
"The commitment to Hamilton from members of the community speaks volumes about the impact this school has on our youth."
-- Hamilton Parent
"My child has had a wide range of opportunities to discover her interests in music and art."
-- Hamilton Parent
Remember, you're "At Home At Velma Hamilton Middle School!"