Hamilton Elementary

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Hamilton Elementary

1822 W. 7th Street
Port Angeles, WA 98362

Office: 360.452.6818
Fax: 360.452.6359

Hamilton Elementary School Website

Our Vision

We empower all Hamilton students to reach high standards and graduate prepared with knowledge, skills, and abilities to choose a successful future.

Our Mission

We will ensure that all students continuously and measurably increase their academic and citizenship skills.

For more information on Hamilton Elementary School, click here to view Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction Washington State Report Card information.

Reflections on the 2015-16 School Year

Math & Science: All but one grade level exceeded the state average in Math, while one grade level was at the state average (3rd +29.5%, 4th +13.2%, 6th +7.6%).Science is 18.75% higher than the state average.

English Language Arts (ELA): Hamilton continues to exceed the state average at all grades (3rd +26.85%; 4th +10%; 5th +8.35%; 6th +15%).

Plans for the 2016-17 School Year

Hamilton’s theme continues to be, “Hawk Heroes: Help Themselves and Others to Learn.”  At our school we truly want to see “All Hamilton students reach high standards and graduate prepared with knowledge skills, and abilities to choose a successful future.” Our four expectations for student behavior are: “Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Safe, and Be More Awesome!”

Math: Hamilton’s four year average is higher in three of four tested grade levels. To help address the one grade scoring below the state average (-2.5%) in fifth grade, we have implemented a team-teaching model where one teacher will provide Math instruction to all students, while the other provides Science instruction. Additionally, we have provided paraeducator support during this grade’s Math block to provide one-on-one and small group support. Also, all 6th grade students are receiving instruction from our 6th grade Math/Science block teacher. A continued emphasis is being placed on basic facts at all grade levels to help form the foundation of mathematical understanding.

English Language Arts: Hamilton has consistently outperformed the state in Reading. We believe that reading skills are the gateway to success in all areas. We continue to use the Response to Intervention (RTI) model school wide. This model efficiently aligns resources to support learners with scientifically based programs that are frequently monitored to document progress and guide next steps of instruction. It provides early and timely intervention for struggling students. All teachers will continue to use the Houghton Mifflin Core reading program with an emphasis on comprehension strategies, vocabulary and grammar.

Assessment Focus: Hamilton will use Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) data, placement tests, math and writing fluencies, end of topic tests and Moby Max data to monitor our instruction to ensure we are in line with the Hamilton expectations for student learning in Math. Progress will be monitored in all content areas throughout the year.

Community Building Focus: To increase/maintain a positive building climate, Hamilton will continue to emphasize Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS); Positive Student Recognitions; Positive Teacher Team-Building/Collaboration Activities; Student Recognitions: Good behavior phone calls home/Positive Postcards/Perfect Attendance Rewards and Super Citizen Awards.


Hamilton regularly holds student awards assemblies where student/classroom success is recognized (Pencils of Power, Accelerated Reader point recognition, Classroom Golden Awards). We are continuing to present the Super Citizen Award. Pictures of each month’s recipients are hung in the main hall for all students/ staff/ visitors to see. Classrooms and individual students are receiving positive reinforcement for their positive behavior using our Hawk Hero Slips.

Other opportunities for enrichment are: Missoula Children’s Theater, Positive Postcards, Hamilton Movie Club, Night of the Notables, NatureBridge, a visit to The Seattle Museum of Flight’s Challenger Learning Center, Fuel-Up to Play 60, kindergarteners travel to The Seattle Children’s Theatre, fifth grade storm water education and fifth/sixth grades Math Olympiad.

Professional Development

Hamilton will focus our professional development on two major areas: Math and increasing Rigor in the classroom. 

Math: We have already begun whole staff training on the eight principles of mathematics with Morgan Worthington. We also have our second grade teacher Lisa McCoy, who is currently working toward her Elementary Math Specialist Endorsement through Seattle Pacific University, who will be providing additional Math support through book studies, math training and coaching.

Rigor: We are now discussing ways to reach the next level of student performance. As such, we have decided to begin focusing on “Rigor” in the classroom. Teams will provide increased rigor and academic challenge by insuring: Grade-level Collaboration, Curriculum Coherence, Expectations for Student Work, Grading Practices and Instructional Strategies.

Both areas of focus will include, but is not inclusive to, the need for grade-level collaboration time, resources (books, technology, and time), peer observations/feedback, access to technology, off-site and on-site trainings. 

School Climate

According to a recent Center for Educational Effectiveness Survey (CEES), trend data indicates areas have significant growth in all 10 areas. The most significant growth is in: High Levels of Collaboration and Communication (42%-94%), Focused Professional Development (36%-83%), and Frequent Monitoring of Teaching and Learning (43%-85%). Data indicates five areas above 90%: Staff Willingness to Change, 100%; Supportive Learning Environment, 97%; High Levels of Collaboration and Communication, 94%; High Standards & Expectations, 93%; and Effective School Leadership, 91%.

How You Can Help

Every child deserves the opportunity to succeed. But not all children learn in the same way at the same time. Parents, friends of Hamilton students and our community are all instrumental in providing the additional support that makes learning at Hamilton motivating and rewarding. We need your support to continue our rich history of an elementary school that cares for kids and celebrates success. Please call us at 360.452.6818.

Use and Condition of Building

Hamilton Elementary School is the third largest elementary school in the district, built in 1956, with modernizations and additions in 1978. The facility supports kindergarten through grade five classrooms, as well as outdoor fields for district and community recreation. The physical evaluation of this educational facility is rated 41.5% based on a January 7, 2008 study and survey by BLRB Architects. Facility Use and Conditions Report available at the Port Angeles School District office.

Hamilton Statistics
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Highly Capable 19

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Port Angeles School District Report Card, reportcard.ospi.k12.wa.us.

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Hamilton Elementary School Report Card

Fourth Grade Assessment Trend, 2013-16
Measurement of Student Progress (MSP), Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA)

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) data

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Citizen Complaints-Federal Programs

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