August 13, 2012
Dear Lake Hamilton Parents, Patrons, and Students:
Here we are again, August is almost half over and school will be starting for the 2012-13 School Year on August 20, 2012! While this has been one of the hottest and driest summers most of us can recall, it has also been a good summer. I know that many of our students, parents and employees have had wonderful vacations and will be refreshed and ready to hit the books! Well, I may be a little too ambitious there. At least, most of our employees are ready and hopefully the students will be ready to see their friends and to start a new school year.
We began the 2011-12 School Year with over 4,300 students last year and I fully expect to begin this year with as many students on the 20th. While several schools across the state are struggling with dropping enrollment, we are lucky to be at the other end of the spectrum; we are experiencing signs of a healthy growing district. After experiencing stagnation in our growth several years ago, we took steps to reinvigorate district enrollment and promote our school district. I believe that everyone would agree that those efforts have been successful and Lake Hamilton is once again a thriving and growing school district. While we continue to grow and expand, it will remain our goal to maintain “Big School Opportunities, with Small School Traditions and Values!”
This year, we will be able to offer the community a new facility after school hours in the form of a Tornado Shelter. At Lake Hamilton Primary School we have taken advantage of a grant from the Federal Government that paid 75% of the cost for the construction of a Tornado Shelter. During the regular school day this building will serve as a physical education facility for kindergarten and first grade students; however, in the event of a Tornado Warning, it will serve as a safe location for those students. After normal school hours, it will be open during a Tornado Warning to the public. This facility is located just north of the current Lake Hamilton Primary School building. More specific community information about its use will be coming at a later date.
For my final thought in this Back-to-School letter, just as I discussed this time last year, I want to remind all parents that school and school activities will be starting when the weather is extremely HOT, HOT, HOT! I ask that everyone pay special attention to make sure that their child is eating properly and hydrating at home. We will do our best in practices, recess, and in school to keep them hydrated, but it is important that they also hydrate at home.
Once again, school will start on August 20th. Please remember to watch for school buses and our children at bus stops and cross walks. Help us have a safe school year. We look forward to working with you and your children to make this year the best in the history of the Lake Hamilton School District.