The Hamlin School Volunteers at Lava Mae

LavaGroupOn September 27th, five altruistic Hamlin 8th graders volunteered at a Lava Mae “Pop-Up Care Village.” On the last Tuesday of every month, Lava Mae takes their services to the people, or “guests” (as they are called), demonstrating radical hospitality right in front of the Main Library in downtown San Francisco. Unique to Lava Mae is their mobile shower system. On the day we went an estimated 60 people were able to take showers. This opportunity to get clean provides uplift and a means to preserve human dignity.

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7th Grade Lip Sync Contest

KaneLipSyncLast Friday, 7th graders in the “World’s Greatest Girl Bands” class pumped up the music, put on costumes, and did some Tonight Show-worthy lip sync performances. I asked Middle School Music and Chorus teacher, Will Skaff to share the pedagogy behind the lip sync contest.

“In this class there will be a final performance at the end of the semester where the girls sing with their own voices, play instruments, and perform songs from some of the most influential all-female bands in history, from the Supremes to the Spice girls.

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The Hamlin School Celebrates Character Day

CharacterDayPhotoOn September 22nd we participated in Character Day by exploring the values of Compassion, Courage, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility as they are embodied in the Hamlin Creed.

Character Day poses the question: “What would it look like to have people around the globe devote one day to talking about character?” The day was created by San Francisco Bay Area, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, Tiffany Shlain and is now it its third year. This year’s Character Day connected 91,500 events spread over 124 countries and all 50 states. At its core, Character Day provides an opportunity for the entire world to devote one day to thinking about how we can each be better people by focusing on kindness, empathy, and generosity.

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Common Sense Tip of the Week 09/19

digital_citizenship-certified_school-med CS_supporter_school-BIG-300x62Which books do you remember most from your childhood?  The stories that made you laugh, cry, and dream?  As you look for great reads for your kids, remember Common Sense offers a variety of curated book lists for children of all ages including 44 Books that Teach Empathy 50 Books All Kids Should Read Before They’re 12 and Award-Winning Books for TeensAnd, if reading is a challenge in your home, check out our blog post with top tips for How to Raise a Reader.

Have a great week and don’t forget to use Common Sense.


Hamlin 7th Graders Volunteer at the SF-Marin Food Bank

On September 20th, the 7th grade volunteered at the SF-Marin Food Bank and participated in a Hunger 101 simulation.  As more and more people struggle to make ends meet, the need for the SF-Marin Food Bank has grown in recent years.  On a weekly basis 30,000 families are fed from the SF-Marin Food bank through 450 Bay Area community partners.

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Lower School Curriculum Night – Digital Resources

By Debra Cardonedigital library
Lower School Librarian

September brings the start of a new school year, and once again classes begin, it is not long before your child will need to do research or a project.

Why not give your 21st Century learner a head start by taking the time to view and explore our Lower School Digital Resources that were introduced during Curriculum Night. Continue reading

Numeracy with Pamela Harris

PamHOn September 20th we kicked off our parent education series with Pamela Harris, author of Building Powerful Numeracy for Middle & High School Students.

Ms. Harris focuses on numeracy and number sense in math learning. Numeracy is the ability to reason and to apply simple numerical concepts. Basic numeracy skills consist of comprehending fundamental arithmetics like addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Ms. Harris stresses the importance of figuring out the math, rather than memorizing it.

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Hamlin 5th Graders Visit Recology San Francisco

Recology2Last week, Hamlin 5th graders spent a morning at the Education Center of the Recology Headquarters in the Bayview section of San Francisco. As the resident recyclers of the Hamlin School, this was a great way for the girls to become armed with the rationales behind effective and informed waste management.

The vision of Recology San Francisco “sees a world without waste, where resources are used and re-used in a sustainable ecosystem that strives for their best and highest use.”  Continue reading

Lava Mae Founder Doniece Sandoval Visits Hamlin

Doniece2“What if you couldn’t shower when you wanted to? How would your classmates treat you?” These were Doniece Sandoval’s first questions for our Hamlin students when she visited last Friday. Ms. Sandoval is the founder of Lava Mae, a nonprofit organization that converts old buses into mobile showers for homeless individuals.

“Lava Mae started with one woman, homeless in San Francisco, crying that she would never be clean. Doniece Sandoval heard her cries. Those words, a desire to help those experiencing homelessness, and a crazy obsession with the mobile food truck movement set in motion what eventually became Lava Mae. Started by private citizens who believe that access to showers and toilets shouldn’t be a luxury, Lava Mae seeks to serve those who lack access to what should be basic human rights – showers and sanitation” (Lave Mae website). Continue reading

Middle School Curriculum Night – Design/Maker Elective

“I wish I could take your class!”
– eighth grade parent

It’s going to be a great and very creative semester! Check out the sides: