Hamblen Elementary


A Note from the Principal

"Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education."

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Hamblen is a great place to attend school. Walk through its doors and you will find teachers, staff, parents, and community members working side by side. Hamblen School boasts more than 500 students, 350 families, and over 70 full or part time employees.

The faculty of Hamblen Elementary is dedicated to providing a school environment that is educationally sound and socially responsible for all students. Using best practices in instruction, highly trained teachers guide students through state of the art curriculum with lessons that are rigorous and relevant. Students take responsibility for their learning while practicing good character and citizenship.

Parents are the most important educators in a child's life; schools become partners in this venture. Educational success can be achieved through the symbiotic relationship between school and home. Many families ask what they can do to further their child's education. Here are some ideas:


Woody Allen said, "Eighty percent of success is showing up." When a child is ill, keep him/her home. Please book vacations during holiday periods. We want everyone here every day.

School Involvement

There are many ways to be active in your child's school. Be a part of the Hamblen PTG (Parent Teacher Group). Volunteer to help during the school day or after school or invite retirees to be part of our Tutoring Learning Center.


Limiting television viewing has numerous benefits. Children who go outside to play instead of watching television have less illnesses, diabetes and obesity. Children who read and have conversations with adults do better in school. Violence and bad language on the television confuse our youngsters.

Working at home with your child means more than just helping with homework. Home studies for many families means structuring a consistent time each day, creating a quiet place in the house to work, and getting involved in the learning. Did you know you can go to our district homepage and find out what your child is learning in each subject each month of the year? Go to parent/student resources and click on curriculum guides. You can also visit the OSPI website to learn about our state standards and see examples of state assessments. http://www.k12.wa.us/

Here are some helpful learning-at-home tips:

Reading: Read aloud to your child and have your child read aloud to you, then ask “higher-level questions” (questions that cannot be answered with one word). For example; ask a prediction question such as, "What do you think will happen next?" or a comprehension question, "What caused the main character to take this action?" Have a family read-a-thon. Reward readers with new books or a trip to the public library.

Mathematics: Play games (cards, dice, and board games), have contests with flashcards and tell time on non-digital clocks. In the grocery store have students keep track of spending and quantities purchased. Have every family member create a story problem that the other members have to solve.

Science: When a question comes up around the house have your child go online and explore the answer. Do experiments at home that correspond with the science unit your child is studying. For example, if your child is learning about float and sink, have them play in the tub with objects of different buoyancy (cork, metal, wood).

Spelling: Write challenging words on index cards and hang them around the house until they are mastered. Have students write spelling and vocabulary words artfully with colored pens or pencils. Use new words in sentences during dinner conversations.

Social Studies: Take weekend trips around the city or the state. Watch educational history videos on the weekends.

Writing: Did you know that the biological differences between male and female brains affect how your child learns? Writing is one area that boys and girls learn differently. Find out more at http://www.michaelgurian.com/.

Thank you for sending your students to Hamblen. It is a privilege to be the principal of this fine learning institution. My door is always open. Please stop by to say hello.