Welcome to Hammer Montessori
The 2015–2016 school year has begun! I thoroughly enjoyed both greeting returning students and meeting our many new students.
Working in partnership with the Hammer Montessori Foundation (HMF), staff, parents and students, we have planned a year full of high academic instruction, arts enrichment and community events. Families can stay connected to current happenings by joining BigTent, Hammer Montessori’s online community, at https://www.bigtent.com/groups/hmsbigtent.
Parents can also look to our newsletter and calendar for information about school dates and events. Both the newsletter and calendar will be updated monthly on the school website.
The Hammer Montessori newsletter can be found at the following link: http://www.sjusd.org/hammer/school-information/principals-newsletter/
Regular School Schedule:
This year’s regular schedule is as follows:
1st, 2nd & 3rd Grades: 9:05am-3:08pm
4th & 5th Grades: 9:05am-3:14pm
Students in grades k-3 are dismissed at 1:35 pm on Early Out Tuesdays. 4th & 5th grades are dismissed at 1:42pm on Early Out Tuesdays. The first early out Tuesday will be August 18.
Additional Back-to School Information
Welcome back to Hammer Montessori! Below are a few important links and information that will help you as we kickoff the new year.
- Instructional Calendar
- 2015-16 Bell Schedule
- 2015-16 School Uniform Policy
- Before and After School Care
- School Lunch and Breakfast Program (SJUSD site)
- Bus Transportation (SJUSD Site)
Hammer Montessori Foundation
Our school is supported by our own community-led nonprofit education foundation.
Click here to learn about what we do and how to get involved!
Check out Hammer Montessori’s nine part series of Montessori Parent Education Newsletters. Authored and/or adapted by Lynn Belmonte, principal, Hammer Montessori, these newsletters are designed to offer incoming Kindergarten and First Grade parents insight into the Montessori Method and their child’s classroom.
SJUSD Preschool Website
SJUSD Volunteer Driver Packet
Volunteer Driver Memo
District Instructional Calendar
21st Century Learning
The Community Advisory Committee for
Special Education Meeting information
See more Hammer Montessori videos on our YouTube Channel!
Public Montessori Education Within San Jose Unified!
Our Vision Statement
All San José Unified School District students are inspired and prepared to succeed in a global society.
Our Mission Statement
San José Unified School District’s mission is to eliminate the opportunity gap and provide every student with the finest 21st century education.
Call 408-535-6671 to schedule a school tour.
Hammer Montessori is a Public Montessori Magnet School within the San Jose Unified School District. At Hammer Montessori, instruction is conducted with each individual child in mind. As a child centered/directed approach to education, the Montessori classroom is developed under the philosophy that All children are able to learn, and perhaps more importantly, all children Want to learn.
To facilitate this desire, the Hammer Montessori classroom is a prepared and ordered environment. Each classroom contains age appropriate, child sized manipulative materials to reinforce each students developing skills. Montessori Materials cover all curricular areas and all grade levels.
Under the careful guidance of our trained staff, each classroom is organized into several fundamental curricular areas. These areas include: Language Arts (literature, creative writing, grammar, spelling, sentence structure, and hand-writing); mathematics; and cultural subjects, such as geography, history, science, art, music and movement.
Students work individually and in small groups. All students are encouraged and guided to becoming self directed, self-motivated learners. Children are given the opportunity to work together, thus allowing the opportunity to learn from each other and enhancing each student’s grasp of the curriculum.
The Hammer staff focuses on positive reinforcement of behavior. District and school policies are included in the Family Handbook. A copy is provided to each family at the start of the school year.