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Wednesday, August 07, 2019
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The Lake Hamilton School District is looking forward to a great 2019-2020 school year. The first day of school for all students will be Tuesday, August 13. Lake Hamilton will continue providing academic school supplies for all students K - 12.
The district will continue its strong focus on literacy and reading this year. In partnership with the Kamo's Kids Foundation, the district retrofitted a school bus into the Wolf Pack Reading Den over the summer. The library on wheels made four stops at different locations in the district each Tuesday in June and July.
Lake Hamilton is proud to implement R.I.S.E. (Reading Initiative for Student Excellence) Arkansas this year. R.I.S.E. encourages a culture of reading by coordinating a statewide reading campaign with community partners, parents, and teachers to establish the importance of reading in homes, schools and communities. The goals is to build a culture of reading throughout the school and community.
Lake Hamilton Primary School is welcoming Dylan Campbell as the new assistant principal. The Lake Hamilton Pre-K is housed in the primary school building and is operated by the Dawson Educational Cooperative. The Pre-K is adding an additional classroom on the Lake Hamilton campus for the 2019-20 school year making it a total of five Pre-K classrooms on campus. LHPS is updating its literacy curriculum this year to reflect best practices learned through R.I.S.E. Arkansas. For the the first time in LHPS history, there will be a full-time art teacher in the building, which will allow kindergarten students to participate in art each week, as first-grade students have been doing for years.
Lake Hamilton Elementary School is adding a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) lab to their weekly enrichment schedule. 
Lake Hamilton Intermediate School will switch to a quad teaching team versus the pod team approach used in the past, giving students four core subject area teachers each day instead of three. This change is allowing LHIS to double block reading.
The Arkansas Department of Education, in partnership wit the national professional development provider, Learning Tree, selected Lake Hamilton Intermediate School for the Professional Learning Communities at Work project. The school will receive up to 50 days of training, coaching, and support to build and sustain a strong culture of collaboration that will enhance student learning.
Lake Hamilton Middle School will be adding a reading enrichment class for sixth and seventh grade students this year. Wolf Time Games will continue this year as a reward for students at the end of each nine weeks.
Jason Selig is the new principal at Lake Hamilton Junior High. A few of the new programs and courses offered at LHJH this year include illustrative math curriculum, computer science robotics and economics. In an effort to assist junior high students in achieving mastery of the essential standards for a particular course, students will be allowed to retake class assessments/semester assessments during each semester to improve their grade.
Academic and career guidance continue to be emphasized at Lake Hamilton High School. Each student has an adult adviser who checks grades, finds extra help opportunities and serves as the student advocate throughout the year. With the help of their adviser, each student develops a Student Success Plan that guides them through high school and prepares them for the future. LHHS will begin its Army JROTC Cadet Corp this year for the first time in school history. The outdoor conservation and education (CARE) program is another brand new course and will offer hands-on/minds-on environmental science. High school students will participate in Wolves Serve, with a strong emphasis on community service learning. A major renovation project in the high school has made the counseling center more accessible for students; created a safer and more secure entrance to the high school; and moved the administrative offices to the front of the building.
Heath Miller is the new director of the New Horizons Alternative Learning Environment (ALE). New Horizons has two new health support staff members this year who will provide mental health services and life skill classes for students.
The Special Services Department is expanding in various ways this year. There are two new classrooms for students with significant disabilities that will offer curriculum featuring academic skills as well as daily living skills. Several of the students in these classes have been attending outside agencies, and the district is excited to have them on campus and integrate them into the regular school environment as much as possible. Therapy services are also expanding with the additional of a speech-language pathologist, occupational therapist and physical therapist. This will be the first year Lake Hamilton has employed its own physical therapist, having contracted those services from private agencies in the past.
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