Hamilton Middle School Annual Report

February 6, 2021

Dear Parents and Community Members:

We are pleased to present you with the Annual Education Report (AER) which provides key information on the 2020-21 educational progress for Hamilton Middle School. The AER addresses the complex reporting information required by federal and state laws. The school’s report contains information about student assessment, accountability, and teacher quality. If you have any questions about the AER, please contact Rick Frens for assistance.

The AER is available for you to review electronically by visiting the following link. You also may review a copy in the main office at your child’s school.

For the 2020-21 school year, schools were identified using definitions and labels as required in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). A Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) school is one that has at least one underperforming student subgroup. An Additional Targeted Support (ATS) school is one that has a student subgroup performing at the same level as the lowest 5% of all schools in the state. A Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) school is one whose performance is in the lowest 5% of all schools in the state or has a graduation rate at or below 67%. Some schools are not identified with any of these labels. In these cases, no label is given.

Our school was not given a label this past school year due to the pandemic, shut down school buildings, and lack of state testing data.  

Our key challenges continue to be a diversifying population in different areas, including socioeconomic status. We also are working with students who are struggling more and more with mental health challenges. We have been working on encouraging our students to “Be The Good” and will have completed year 4 of MiBLSI at the end of 2020-21.

In order to address our students who struggle academically in reading and math, we are continuing to offer structured MTSS time in 5th and 6th grades, as well as offer intervention for all students through our Advisory Period.  These intervention classes seek to address the gap between our highest and lowest achievers. 

State law requires that we also report additional information. 

1. PROCESS FOR ASSIGNING PUPILS TO THE SCHOOL 

Students are assigned to Hamilton Middle School by age and grade in school. 

2. THE STATUS OF THE 3-5 YEAR SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN 

Hamilton Middle School’s School Improvement process is coordinated with the district process; goals for improvement reflect the needs of the students in our building and support the Hamilton Community Schools’ District School Improvement Plan. The staff and parent representatives study student data, establish goals and monitor progress. Goals for 20-21 have been adjusted to reflect current needs, including a focus on student and staff social and emotional health, targeted intervention in Math and Reading, and continued implementation of our Lucy Calkins Units of Study reading program. All Hamilton Middle School staff will begin creating/learning the LMS system of Canvas to meet the needs of remote learners. 

3. A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF EACH SPECIALIZED SCHOOL 

Hamilton Middle School does not have any identified specialty schools. 

4. IDENTIFY HOW TO ACCESS A COPY OF THE CORE CURRICULUM, A DESCRIPTION OF ITS IMPLEMENTATION AND AN EXPLANATION OF THE VARIANCES FROM THE STATE’S MODEL 

Hamilton Middle School has adopted the Common Core State Standards. Math and English Language Arts have adopted the CCSS, Science has adopted the Michigan Science standards, and Social Studies department has developed standards in partnership with the ISD. The link provided below will show those standards and give an FAQ as well as background into the adoption and review of CCSS: http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,4615,7-140-28753---,00.html 

5. THE AGGREGATE STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT RESULTS FOR ANY LOCAL COMPETENCY TESTS OR NATIONALLY NORMED ACHIEVEMENT TESTS 

At Hamilton Middle School we administer iReady for Math and Reading and DIBELS assessments throughout the school year in order to determine whether our students are making progress in each area.   Aggregate results are linked below:

Reading:  

https://drive.google.com/file/d/173iWvi2RUTHcrOm8Fg7QciOTFXetTPHB/view?usp=sharing

Math: 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1fnfUqsn7yYHtWRbInZKg6wmfWA8gPIY6/view?usp=sharing

PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES:

Specific Parent/Teacher Conference attendance data does not currently exist for the current school year.  Our Fall and Spring Conferences are being held virtually with a combination of phone calls, emails, and video conferences.  All parents were given the opportunity to connect with their students' teachers.  

We thank you for your interest in Hamilton Middle School.  We are proud of the work our students and teachers do every day, and look forward to continued improvement in the face of adversity. 

Sincerely,

 

Rick Frens

Principal

 

Brian Morrison

Assistant Principal