8th Grade Returns to Mountain Lake

After two years the class of 2017 returns to Mountain Lake, deepening their citizen science partnership with the organization, be sure you look for the boards at the lake!

Common Sense Media Tip of the Week 01/16

digital_citizenship-certified_school-med CS_supporter_school-BIG-300x62Let’s be clear: No one needs a robot. Or a rubber ducky that puts your baby to sleep. But it might be nice to have a gadget do your parenting work for you once in a while — especially after a long day. Now, with hundreds of new tech tools hitting the market, you can. But should you?

With WiFi, apps, GPS, speech recognition, movement tracking, and more, these new gizmos are programmed to interact with your kids, entertain them, and keep them healthy. For most parents, the idea of a device taking the parenting reins ranges from “over-my-dead body” to “I’ll take two.” Certainly research shows that warm interactions with a loving caregiver are best for children’s development. But just for fun, we consider who (or what) is better able to handle these parenting chores:

  • Getting Kids to Sleep?
  • Entertaining Kids?
  • Keeping Track of Kids’ Locations?
  • Keeping Kids Healthy?
  • Being Your Kid’s Friend?

Find out who wins when it comes to parenting chores – Man or Machine?

Common Sense Tip of the Week 01/09

digital_citizenship-certified_school-medCS_supporter_school-BIG-300x62Working out and eating right are at the top of most people’s New Year’s resolutions. But as tough as those are, nothing compares with the challenge of a healthy media diet. There are screen-time limits to manage, new apps to investigate, bizarre social media trends to make sense of, and, don’t forget, plenty more Pokémon to catch. It’s like a 24-hour all-you-can-eat buffet when all you really want is a carrot stick. But in a world where both parents and kids are racking up serious screen time, making a commitment to a healthy media environment is critical for family time, learning, relationships, and digital citizenship.

So whether you’re turning over a new leaf or trying to stay the course, our 2017 media resolutions can help you be more mindful, focus on what’s most important, get the most out of media and technology, and raise good digital citizens. And if last year was a rough one, past struggles with grades, organization, and friends are easy to carry over into the new year. Check out our Homework Help Apps, Time Management AppsNote-Taking Apps for Tweens and Teens for even more ideas on starting with a clean-slate.

Hamlin Welcomes Dr. Lisa Damour

LisaAmourPhotoNormal adolescent development is challenging, hard is normal; it’s not supposed to be easy.

These are the words of Dr. Lisa Damour. On January 11th she informed, reassured, and related to a large group of Hamlin parents. Dr. Damour is a mother, and the author of the recent New York Times best seller, Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood.




Dr. Amour led the audience through the seven transitions into adulthood, following the chapters of her book.

  1. Parting With Childhood
  2. Joining a New Tribe
  3. Harnessing Emotions
  4. Contending with Adult Authority
  5. Planning for the Future
  6. Entering the Romantic World
  7. Caring for Herself

She emphasized that between 5th and 12th grade a tremendous amount of development occurs during a compressed period of time.  She revealed that it is natural for girls to psychologically begin to move out of the home by spending more time in their own room. She added, “it’s not about you; so much of parenting feels personal.”

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3rd Grade Geography & Mapping Exploration

Take a peek into a Hamlin 3rd Grade Social Studies classroom @ and hear both students and teachers reflect on not only their learning around content but also their learning process:

video by Ms. Davis

Grade 8 Design Elective – Laser Cutting Project

Directive: design a piece that could be given to a loved one during the holidays. Students were allowed to look at websites like Instructables for inspiration, but if they chose to download a template they had to modify the design in a significant way.

View the results:

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For two years, neighborhood librarians at San Francisco Public Library: Golden Gate Branch on Green Street have teamed up with Hamlin to train students on using the San Francisco Public library’s children e- books for research.

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On November 7th, Ms. Garcia’s and Ms. Silva’s third graders learned how to how to download digital books on their classroom iPads. Ms. Celeste Heike, children’s librarian worked in collaboration with Ms. Cardone and Ms. Davis to ensure all students in third grade could access the electronic collection. Hamlin students and teachers now have access to additional reference resource materials when searching for books that may be out of print or difficult to locate in our collection. Continue reading

Maker Integration: Grade 4 Aviation

Following Grade 4’s Stem the Gender Gap field trip to NASA, we launched the Wind Tube project. In groups of 6, students built a wind tube using wood, plastic, tape, and a fan. Next challenge = build and test flying structures!

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Hamlin Dancers Perform at City College of San Francisco

On the night of December 10th, a group of talented 8th graders took the stage with the Ultimate Alliance Dance Company, on the campus of San Francisco’s City College. They dazzled the audience of 100 while performing with college age dancers from the Strong Pulse Dance Crew. One dance focused on “All Lives Matter,” another piece featured blindfolded dancers recreating a West Nigerian myth urging people to not deplete the earth’s resources. The experience gave Hamlin students the opportunity to participate in the show and be exposed to a variety of dance genres, along with diverse cultures and body types.

The evening could not have happened without the leadership of Hamlin faculty member, Kirstin Williams who created and designed the entire event. Ms. Williams held over 60 hours of rehearsal time in preparation for the performance.

She states, “I was really impressed by the Hamlin students’ enthusiasm and commitment. They rehearsed during recess, extra time, and lunch. Their dedication was incredible. At the end of the show they asked if we could do this every night. They were hooked on the performance element.”


Bella L. Wins the Hamlin Spelling Bee

BellaSpellOn December 8th, Bella L. won the Hamlin School Oral Spelling Bee with the word “enervating.” Bella is a three-time champion and clinched the victory this year in a final round with Anne Marie O. Bella will represent Hamlin at the city-wide Spelling Bee in February.

Other Hamlin spellers included: Ceci H., Camille Y., Sofia B., Allie C., Mia S., Ellis M., Sadie C., and Katherine M.