Award Year: 2020
We the staff of Hemmeter Elementary School, in partnership with family and community, will provide a positive educational environment for gifted and talented students: to grow academically; to develop a positive self-concept; and, to become responsible, contributing citizens.
- Black/African American: 6%
- White: 71%
- Hispanic: 9%
- Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
- Asian: 11%
- Two or more races: 2%
Hemmeter Elementary is a K-5 gifted and talented magnet school that helps high-ability students reach their full potential. Hemmeter is a school that prides itself on community. We are a community of leaders, learners, and readers.
The goal of any elementary school teacher is to teach students how to read. Students at Hemmeter Elementary not only learn to read, but learn to see themselves as readers and authors. Voracious readers have a thirst for knowledge that transforms them into lifelong learners. These students then move on to use this solid foundation to become thoughtful, informed citizens.
Our school prides itself on its community of readers. Our students love to talk books in the hallway before and after school. They ask to visit the principal so they can borrow books from his special bookshelf. Books are recommended, debated, and analyzed at recess. Students seek out recommendations from teachers and teachers seek out recommendations from students.
This community of readers did not happen overnight but has been built upon year after year by adding reading-centered initiatives like #classroombookaday, March Book Madness, and sacred independent reading time. We seek out authors to build relationships with and these relationships have trickled down to our students. Our teachers have learned to use relationships to their advantage as this is a great way to turn a non-reader into a reader!
A strong foundation in literacy is essential for lifelong learning. Our students see themselves as authors and illustrators because that's exactly what they are.