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Mission & Strategic Plan


Mission statement — A statement of the district’s purpose

It is the mission of the Hamilton School District, a child-centered, progressive, pro-active organization, to ensure maximum achievement for each student through a respectful and active learning environment; a rigorous, relevant curriculum; and a highly qualified, caring staff in concert with our diverse community.


Where learners are

Driven by passion,
Inspired by possibilities and
Committed to excellence

Maximizing achievement for each student

The Hamilton School District has used Strategic Planning since 1991 to meet the community’s expectations for excellent educational programming. Strategic planning concentrates the district’s efforts and resources on specific goals and has been a framework for change. Many exciting accomplishments and successes have been possible because of the efforts put into this process.
The Hamilton School District will maximize the potential of all students based on their needs, abilities and interests through differentiated instruction. Components include comprehensive learner profiles, customized learning paths, rigorous content with high standards and proficiency-based progress.

What we will see in schools

Classrooms that reflect:

  • a deep and shared understanding of students as learners
  • flexible customized learning paths based on the unique needs, interests, strengths and learning style of the student
  • mastery of learning targets serving as the measure of progress rather than seat time
  • supportive, rigorous learning environments and positive, inspiring teaching relationships with students
  • a culture of engagement, a sense of efficacy and excitement about the future

Students who demonstrate:

  • curiosity – desires to learn and understand
  • self-advocacy – takes ownership and responsibility for learning
  • perseverance – understands that learning requires long-term effort to achieve high quality results
  • courage – confidently explores new learning opportunities
  • resilience – persists in learning, grows through adversity, adapts to challenges with effective strategies
  • self-regulation – accepts responsibility for choices, demonstrates self-control, sets and pursues goals

Living our beliefs

Engage …meaningful, active involvement

  • spark intellectual curiosity and innovation
  • commit to personal growth
  • promote interactive learning
  • utilize real-life, relevant tasks
  • apply technology as a tool for learning
  • involve parents
  • partner with the community
  • connect culturally and globally

Empower …enabling all to find success

  • believe in self
  • equip with knowledge and skills
  • build mutual trust
  • promote transparency and openness
  • develop perseverance and resiliency
  • overcome obstacles
  • believe in others
  • promote self-advocacy and independence

Achieve …reaching our highest potential

  • set and meet goals
  • monitor progress
  • do better today than yesterday
  • inspire and create
  • think critically and solve problems
  • produce quality work
  • demonstrate responsibility
  • build for the future

Priority areas

Systems of Assessment for Learning

Goal: All students will be challenged and supported to maximize their learning and achievement.

Details about Systems of Assessment for Learning

Social and Emotional Wellness

Goal: All students will be supported to develop social and emotional wellness as it relates to academic, career and life experiences.

Details about Social and Emotional Wellness

Workforce and Organizational Wellness

Goal: All staff will engage in continuous professional learning and be provided opportunities to improve personal wellness.

Details about Workforce and Organizational Wellness

Facility and Technology Long-Range Planning

Goal: The district will provide adequate classroom learning space while maintaining existing buildings and infrastructure, as well as optimal student access to technology to enhance student learning.

Details about Facility and Technology Long-Range Planning