Hamilton Elementary School

 

Brief History

The Hamilton Elementary School was built in 1953 to serve the residents of Hamilton Township, a largely rural area located in the village of Sciota, PA, about nine miles west of Stroudsburg on Business Route 209.  Hamilton is one of four K-4 elementary schools in the Stroudsburg Area School District.  The school was remodeled in 1961, adding five additional classroom spaces and a multipurpose facility to the building.  In the 1995, a $4.5 million expansion doubled the size of Hamilton Elementary adding new art, music and multipurpose rooms as well as eight classrooms.  At that time, Hamilton was also made handicapped accessible. 

 

Brief Profile of the Building

The building population has fluctuated over the years due to reorganization of grade levels and movement of boundary lines.  The student population at the beginning of the 2008-2009 school year was 274, current population for 2015-2016 school year is 370 students.  There are four kindergarten classrooms, three first grade classrooms, three second grade classrooms, four third grade classrooms, and four fourth grade classrooms.  
 

Students are grouped heterogeneously in classrooms. Inclusive practices ensure that all students receive an appropriate educational program within the least restrictive environment.  Learning and emotional support teachers and aides support students in the general and special education environments. 

 

The Language Arts program is taught through a balanced literacy approach.  This includes shared reading and writing as well as guided and independent reading and writing.  The Mathematics curriculum is delivered with Math Connects.  The Science curriculum is taught through Full Option Science System (FOSS).  It is an inquiry-based science program.  
  

 

Highlights and Activities

In addition to core academic programs, Hamilton students benefit from physical education, music, art, library/media and guidance services.  Students also participate in activities such as Jump for Heart, a daily morning “Walking Club”, Career Awareness Day, school-wide monthly meetings to celebrate birthdays and special achievements, Reading is Fundamental (RIF), School Spirit Days, and a PTO sponsored “Talent Show”.  
A very active parent community provides the school with copious and invaluable volunteer support.  The Hamilton PTO sponsors many special days for students including “Hamilton Day”, an annual school fair, and Harvest and Holiday Festivals.

  

The Hamilton teachers are dedicated professionals.  They provide a positive, supportive climate for students and each other.  They are committed to continuous learning and excellence for all members of the school community. Hamilton staff participates in a partnership with East Stroudsburg University’s Professional Development School.  Hamilton teachers’ expertise is helping to prepare tomorrow’s educators.