Meet Dr. Hamilton: Sixth Grade Lead Teacher

image1Andrew Hamilton was born in Greenfield, Mass, a small western Mass town where there were five generations of his family who ran a small family shoe store. He went to public school and played lots of sports. To earn money, he  delivered newspapers, mowed lawns, raked yards, and  shoveled sidewalks. He also spent lots of time at the YMCA and at summer camps working with children and realizing he loved to teach and coach. 

Mr. Hamilton went to Hobart College in upstate New York, where he took courses in sociology, history, psychology, philosophy, and education. He also played soccer and baseball for the Hobart Statesmen. He went to graduate school at UMASS Amherst where he earned a Masters and a Doctorate in Education and School Improvement. He has since worked in schools in Vermont, Kentucky, California, Florida, and Egypt.

Why did you choose the Alma team?
I chose Alma because I love teaching and I was really excited to join the team and work with the sixth grade scholars.

What do you hope to contribute to Alma?
I hope to work with scholars to improve their abilities to read, write, and express themselves.

 

What is your top goal during your first year with Alma?
My top goal this year is to reach the scholars in such a way that I can see individual improvement from each one!

Who was your favorite teacher and how did they inspire you?

The program director at the YMCA, Pete Duffy, spent hours training me to be become a referee, a coach, and eventually a teacher. I have been in education ever since.

What did you like about your college?

I loved college and learning about the world, great authors, people who had changed the world, but mostly I learned about myself and what I was truly capable of accomplishing.

Where is your favorite place?

My favorite place to go is a harbor in Brooklin, Maine where my ancestors were from generations ago. I like to walk on the beach, go sailing, and spend time with my family. I also really like to travel and to play music with my friends whenever I can.

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Lunch Menu Change for 11/15/17

In an effort to help families plan lunches with their scholars, we asked our meal company, Revolution Foods, to alert us in advance if lunch changes. We were just notified that lunch tomorrow, November 15th, 2017, is going to be Sloppy Joe instead of BBQ meatballs. Please plan accordingly. Thanks!

 

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Meet Nurse Tara

ADM_83117_POR_388Tara Mitchell was born and raised in New Bedford. She attended Elementary School in New Bedford, followed by Middle and High School in Dartmouth. Nurse Tara graduated from Bristol Community College’s nursing program and became Tara Mitchell, RN. She graduated from Chamberlain College of Nursing with a 3.82 GPA and became Tara Mitchell, BSN, RN. Nurse Tara is a mother of four brilliant, wacky, beautiful children ages 12, 10, 5, and 2, whom she loves dearly, and two smooshy puppies with whom she willingly shares snacks (the ultimate sign of affection). She’s enthusiastic about poetry, D&D, coffee, Ted Talks, loud music, coffee, and also coffee.

Why did you choose the Alma team?
I love it here. The crew is helpful, incredibly driven, inventive, and supportive. The administration is encouraging, engaging, and really upbeat. The building is gorgeous, colorful, and welcoming. There’s art on the walls, singing in the gym, laughter in the cafeteria. There are more than 400 scholars here every day, learning who they are, where they fit into their community, and how to make a positive difference. I’m so pumped to get to be a part of this. That, and there’s free coffee.

What do you hope to contribute to Alma?
It’s my hope this first year at Alma to truly tie the Health Office into the school as a resource that is not only here to support our scholars when they are unwell, but to also educate them on wellness techniques that they integrate into their lives. Additionally, I’d like to maximize in-class time by working as a part of a multidisciplinary team focused on preventing health and wellness concerns before they start. I’d like revitalize our electronic health record system, contribute to the health-focused curriculum, and encourage scholar and staff mental and physical health and safety. I’d like to find knowledge gaps that scholars and staff may have, and fill those gaps with information to support personal growth and positivity.

What is your top goal during your first year with Alma?
Without a doubt, my primary focus will always be to continue to improve the Health Office practices and policies to ensure the safety, health, and well-being of our scholars and staff. Additionally, I would like to bring as sense of security, consistency, and familiarity to the Health Office. I want our kinders to graduate from grade 8 having had the same health care professional (me!) looking after their growth and development. I want to provide quality continuity of care, and I’m in it for the long haul.

What teacher made a difference in your life — how?
Lucy Bly, my tiny firework of a French teacher! Ms. Bly was a powerhouse at all of 4’10” tall, with a quick wit, and mischief written into the laugh line on her face. Her classroom was equal parts study-central and safe haven. She smiled in the halls, she laughed in class, she listened when I needed an ear, and she sat quietly correcting papers and being present when I needed a space to clear my head in quiet. She taught me French, but she also taught me the joy of bad puns. And I’ll let you guess which of those I’ve gotten the most use out of.

Why did you become involved in education?
My start in education was a brilliant, happy accident that occurred while I was working as an agency nurse. I worked in the nurse’s office in a local elementary school and adored the school setting, the fun, the challenges, and the ability to make a positive difference. After the first day, I knew I’d found the setting I wanted to stay in. As a mother of four, I understand how valuable the school experience is for our young people. Having the opportunity to support their education by helping them feel healthy is a humbling, powerful experience. Children who feel better will learn better!

Where did you go to college? What did you like about your college?
I attended the impressively rigorous Nursing Program at Bristol Community College and graduated cum laude with my ADN and RN. I then earned my Bachelors through Chamberlain College of Nursing and graduated with President’s Honors. I loved the high-energy, high-intensity rush of late night pre-finals study sessions. I enjoyed the satisfaction of learning lifesaving skills. While my colleges were not prestigious, I have always been proud of my work and effort. I look forward to finding the right college as I continue my educational growth with a Master’s in Public Health.

What is your favorite food?
I love mango, sushi, Indian food, and tiramisu.

What is your favorite hobby?
I love slam poetry.

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Alma Family Advisory, Wed. November 8th @ 6:00 PM

Alma Parents and Families: The Alma Family Advisory (AFA) November meeting is this Wednesday at 6:00 PM. Childcare will be provided for anyone who attends!

AFA is an opportunity to discuss issues and ideas as an Alma community with other families and Alma administrators.

All AFA meeting dates are listed on the school calendar. There is no December meeting due to Expedition Night and Winter Break. The next meeting is January 10th.

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Meet Mr. Almeida: Academic Fellow (Grades 4-6)

Mr. Almeida hanging out with a monkey in Honduras.

Mr. Almeida hanging out with a monkey in Honduras.

Mr. Almeida was born and raised in New Bedford. He has his bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems and Human Resources Management from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Prior to taking on his first year at Alma, he was a full time Operations Analyst for five years and has been a part time academic tutor for four years. Tutoring helped him realize that he wanted to take on a full time position in education. While he still tutors part time, he’s excited to be a part of Alma where he can grow into a well-rounded educator. In his spare time, Mr. Almeida enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling/cruising, and going to concerts. For the past four years, he has helped coach his nephew’s baseball team. His favorite sports teams are the New England Patriots and the Boston Red Sox.

 
 
Why did you choose the Alma team?
I chose Alma because I really liked the scope of the work that occurs, while not losing focus of the community in the process. After all, we are preparing the scholars to become better members of our community while instilling the habits of responsibility, consideration, and service.
 
What do you hope to contribute to Alma?
Within Alma, there is a lot that I am looking to contribute. Not only do I want to pass on my knowledge in the academic aspect, but I hope to have a positive influence on the scholars, teaching them valuable lessons that go beyond the classroom. I want to serve as a role model who provides appropriate advice and feedback to the scholars when it comes to significant decisions that could have a lasting impact.
 
What is your top goal during your first year with Alma?
My top goal for my first year at Alma is to challenge the scholars to their utmost potential, while providing as much support as possible along the way. I want them to understand that I am ultimately in this role for them.
 
What teacher made a difference in your life — how?
I’ve had some great teachers over the course of my education, but the teacher that always seems to stand out is Mr. Ronald Quintin. He was one of my technology teachers at GNB Voc-Tech who made learning fun, while relating the content and material to the real world. He was always there with a listening ear and taught me some valuable life lessons.
 
Why did you become involved in education?
I’ve always been passionate about helping and making a difference in the lives of others. I am fortunate enough to have been given some great opportunities throughout my life thus far. Having said that, it’s important to give back, and what better way to give back than in education? Also, it’s very rewarding to see students succeed.
 
Where did you go to college? What did you like about your college?
I attended the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. During my experience there, I really felt like I was able to take charge of my education despite not having a clear career path at the time.
 
What is your favorite food? 
Anything buffalo chicken. Whether it’s tenders, wings, pizza, or quesadillas, anything with buffalo chicken is my favorite.
 
What is your favorite place? 
On a cruise ship! Cruises allow you to relax and explore multiple places. Since I started cruising, I’ve been to Cozumel, Costa Maya, Haiti, Jamaica, Honduras, the Cayman Islands, and Nassau, Bahamas.
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Meet Ms. Foody: Third Grade Co-Teacher

Ms. Foody has played soccer since she was 5 years old. While at Smith College, she played on the soccer team where she was able to take on the role of captain in her senior year.

Ms. Foody has played soccer since she was 5 years old. While at Smith College, she played on the soccer team where she was able to take on the role of captain in her senior year.

Ms. Foody graduated from Smith College this past year with majors in Education and Child Studies and History. While at Smith, she played on the soccer team where she was able to take on the role of captain in her senior year. Before Smith, Ms. Foody spent a lot of time moving to new places. She was born in Hong Kong, then moved to Ohio, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Jersey, along with spending her sophomore year of high school studying abroad in France. Ms. Foody is glad now to be in New Bedford at Alma Del Mar!

Why did you choose the Alma team? 

I chose the Alma team because it is like no school that I had interviewed with prior. On my visit here, I could already tell how welcoming and close the whole team was, and how devoted they all were to the mission of the school, getting these children on the path to college. 

What do you hope to contribute to Alma? 

I hope to bring fresh ideas to the school. Just coming out off college, I have recently been presented with new research on teaching which I hope to implement in the classroom.

What is your top goal during your first year with Alma? 

My top goal is to improve myself as a teacher, while working with the scholars to improve themselves as learners and people as well. We are all growing together!

What teacher made a difference in your life – how? 

My first grade teacher is one of the main reasons for wanting to be a teacher. Even at such a young age, I was able to recognize how much she loved her job and how willing she was to do whatever it took to help the students in her class get better every day. She was able to turn any lesson into a real life applicable situation which made learning exciting. 

Why did you become involved in education? 

I have wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember. I find great joy and satisfaction in helping others, as well as teaching others new things. As a learner, I have always enjoyed learning and am now excited to share this joy with my scholars. 

Where did you go to college? What did you like about your college?  

I attended Smith college. One thing I loved about Smith was the amount of opportunities I had to become the best I could be as a learner, an educator, an athlete, and a person. 

What is your favorite place? 

My favorite place is the beach, so I am lucky now to live near a beach every day!

What is your favorite food?

My favorite food is either sushi or Thai food. 

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Are you ready for Book Character Day on Friday?

On Friday, October 27, we will hold our annual Book Character Day! This year scholars will be required to complete a Book Character Explanation Form by Thursday, October 26th in order to participate. You can find your scholar’s form here.

Other things to know:

  • The character must be from a book that the scholar has read. Scholars should not dress up as a character from a movie or television show. Remember, we are celebrating our love of reading!
  • Scholars who do not meet behavioral expectations on Thursday, October 26th will not be permitted to participate . If a scholar is on red, receives a Community Violation, or earns an In School or Out of School Suspension the day before the event, they will not be allowed to participate in Book Character Day. Middle school scholars who are On the Dock will be allowed to participate. Classroom teachers will contact families after school on 10/26 to inform them if their scholar is not able to dress up.
  • Scholars who are not dressed as book characters are required to be in uniform.

 

 

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Picture Day Forms Going Home Today!

Forms to order the yearly school photos went home today. The forms are due back by picture day on November 1st. Reminder, scholars wear their uniforms for picture day.

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URGENT: Secondary Schools Night moved to Nativity Prep

Power lines fell down on Earle Street by Alma. Secondary Schools Night is being moved to Nativity Prep, 66 Spring Street, New Bedford, MA. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Please call the front desk at Alma, 774-206-6827, if you have any questions. We will stay by the phone at the front desk until 7:00 PM.

The fire department and power company are on the scene. We will be having school tomorrow.

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Scholar Applications for 2018-19 School Year Now Available

Scholar applications for the 2018-2019 school year are now available on our website hereAll applications for the 2018-19 school year are due by 5:00 PM on February 21st.  Our lottery for the 2018-19 school year will be held on February 28, 2018 at 6:00 PM.  We hold a lottery every year to make a new waiting list for each academic year. 

Applications for siblings of current scholars will be sent home on Monday, September 11th. Siblings of current scholars are given preference in the lottery over other applicants.

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