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Hanford Elementary has partnered with Big Smiles to offer in-school dental care.  Simply complete the permission form or go to to sign up your child.

There may be no cost to you if your child is insured with Medi-Cal.  Private insurance and self-pay options are also available.  

Our in-school dental program saves you time and provides a safe and comfortable place for your child to receive gentle dental care from licensed, local professionals.  Dental care includes a complete dental exam, x-rays, cleaning, fluoride and sealants when necessary, and in some cases, restorative care such as fillings.

By having your child see the in-school dentist, you can help reduce the risk of:

  • Early tooth loss caused by dental decay
  • Gum disease
  • Heart disease
  • Impaired speech development

Taking care of your child's teeth is an important part of keeping them healthy.

Permission Form for service can be completed at



Learn from Home Resources

Learn from Home Resources are posted on our HESD website. You will notice that resources are organized by grade level spans: TK-2nd, 3rd-5th, and 6th-8th. Please check out the resources to support continued learning for your child!
Thank you for your support!

School Information

Important Safety Information - DROP OFF AND PICK UP

  • Yard supervisors are on campus at 7:15 am Students are not to be on campus before then. THERE IS NO SUPERVISION FOR STUDENTS BEFORE 7:15AM, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR STUDENTS UNSUPERVISED.
  • Drop-off/Pick-up Zone: Located in the driveway directly in front of the school. This is not a parking area! Please do not double park in this area. This area is a ONE WAY. Please utilize the entire driveway.  Do not stop or block the drive way if there is space to move forward.
  • PLEASE DO NOT DROP OFF STUDENTS IN THE PARKING LOT.  If you choose to use the parking lot please park your car and walk your student to campus using the crosswalk.  No students should be left to walk across the parking area unattended, this is not safe for your child.
  • All students and adults should always use the crosswalk in the pick up area to get to or from the parking lot.  Students and parents should not run across the Driveway area.  Using the crosswalk ensures that you and your child are seen by moving vehicles.   
  • If you need to get out of your car for any reason, please park your car in the parking lot, do not park in the drive way drop off zone.
  • Maximum allowable speed in pickup/drop area is 10mph.  Slow down and watch for students crossing with their parent.
  • While in the loading/drop off zone, move up to the next available spot as far forward as possible to allow cars behind you to pull in.  For the safety of our students and to make sure the loading area moves along as smooth as possible, please do not double park.  A staff member will come to your car to call for your students.  The entire drive way is used for pickup and drop off. 
  • All adult visitors must check into the office before going on campus at all times.
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INFORMATION PACKETS: On the first day of school, a packet will be sent home with each student.  If your child is missing any of the following forms, a new one will be sent home within the next couple of days.  If you have already filled out any of these forms, please fill out a new one and return it to the school ASAP so that we can update our records. Emergency Card (white-front&back), Library Card (white), Code of Conduct (white), Lunch Application (Green), Photo Release (white), Parent Calendar/Handbook (blue), Program Improvement Letter (White)

ANNUAL NOTIFICATION OF ASBESTOS MANAGEMENT PLANS:  The Hanford Elementary School District under asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA), is required to develop and implement a management plan for dealing with the presence of asbestos-containing materials in our schools.  Our school was built asbestos free.  This plan is available for your inspection in the school office.  A copy of all school plans is also available in the District Office, located at 714 N. White Street.

WELLNESS POLICY:  It is vital that we as employees of HESD understand and adhere to the HESD Wellness Policy. It specifically states “Schools, to the extent possible, will not use foods or beverages that do not meet nutritional standards”.  In order to support our policy, as of October 1, 2009 we will no longer accept sweet treats for birthday snacks.  Parents are still encouraged to celebrate student birthdays by offering an alternative to sweet treats such as a goody bag with pencils, erasers, crayons, etc.  Another fun idea is to donate a hardback book to the library in honor of your student.  However, if you bring an edible treat, any of the following items are acceptable: Fresh Fruit,  Granola Bars, Applesauce, Yogurt, Raisins, Pretzels, Fresh Veggie

VISITORS ON CAMPUS: No one will be allowed open access to the campus, or pass the fenced area without securing authorization and a visitor's pass from the administration.  Parents must make prior arrangements with the Principal to visit classrooms.  Volunteers must be fingerprinted and approved by the HESD Board of Trustees.  In the morning, parents may wait for their child to enter the classroom in the designated area only.  In the afternoon, parents may wait for their child’s dismissal in the designated areas only.  Also note that parents are not allowed in the cafeteria during breakfast or lunch times.

HESD MISSION: Everything we do must be for the expressed purpose of improving teaching and learning, therefore: “Our mission is to provide an educational environment which reinforces basic cultural values, ethical behavior, including respect for other, personal integrity, responsibility and accountability. We will work together to provide students with a safe environment in which they can discover their potential and strengthen their motivation for living and learning. As tomorrow’s leaders, students will be prepared to participate and function effectively in society.”

School Bus
HAMILTON SCHOOL Grade  K   8:00a.m. to 2:07p.m.       Grade  K   12:00
  Grades 1-3 8:00a.m. to 2:27p.m.       Grades 1-3   12:10
  Grades 4-6 8:00a.m. to 2:47p.m.       Grades 4-6   12:20
    K-6   K 1-3 4-6 K     1-3      4-6
STOP   Route Time Rt/Time Rt/Time Rt/Time Rt/Time Rt/Time Rt/Time
Fargo & Neill   5 6:52 5/3:33 5/3:33 5/3:33 5/1:20 5/1:20 5/1:20
Fargo & 9 1/4   5 6:54 5/3:35 5/3:35 5/3:35 5/1:22 5/1:22 5/1:22
Lacey & 9th   5 7:03 5/3:43 5/3:43 5/3:43 5/1:30 5/1:30 5/1:30
Lacey & Sierra   5 7:01 5/3:41 5/3:41 5/3:41 5/1:28 5/1:28 5/1:28
Florinda @ Colonial Garden Apts. 5 7:06 5/2:13 5/2:35 5/2:55 5/12:31 5/12:31 5/1:42

For the safety our students it is mandatory that ALL TK & KINDER STUDENTS BE PICKED UP AT THE BUS STOP BY A PARENT OR GUARDIAN.  If you want your TK/kinder student to walk from the bus stop alone or with an older sibling you must submit a letter to the office giving your permission to allow the TK/Kinder student to be released without an adult. THERE ARE NO EXCPETIONS to this regulation.

Please contact the office if you have any questions.

Jennifer Pitkin

 I hope that this note finds you enjoying the relaxing days of summer and that you and your children are looking forward to beginning a wonderful school year together. I can assure you that I share in this school community's commitment to caring for your children each and everyday. While providing them a safe, positive, and rigorous learning environment. 

The 2022-2023 school year will mark my 24th year in education, all of which have been with Hanford Elementary.  I was a teacher at MLK, Simas, where I taught 1st and 2nd grade.  I then moved on to become a Learning Director at at Jefferson, and then here at Hamilton for 1 year. I  spent 10 years  as the principal of Lincoln Elementary, and the last 3 years as the principal of Hamilton. 

To our students and families, I cannot wait to get the school year started! I hope that you are excited for this coming school year. It is going to be a fun year learning together. 

In closing, please know that my door is always open to you. I heartily welcome your conversation and positive input throughout this year.  Let us always keep our students as the primary focus of our work.  I look forward to celebrating our collective successes during the 2022--2023 school year.

With Respect,

Jennifer Pitkin – Principal

Hamilton Elementary