Joe Hamilton Elementary

"Equipping Students for Success"


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  • We will be handing out Chromebooks Thursday, April 9 for students in grades 3-5 from 10 am to 2 pm

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    Starting Monday April 6 our office will be CLOSED


    Work packets are available in the MPR Monday-Friday 11-12 or from your bus stop with meal delivery. 


    You can leave a message and/or email and we will be responding Mon-Fri



    We're missing all of our students and families, Please stay safe & healthy and keep checking back for updates

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Mrs. Denise Harnden

Phone: 707.464.0330


Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Denise Harnden

Welcome to Joe Hamilton Elementary School.  I am proud to say that I am currently in my 36th year as an educator in Del Norte Schools.  I was a teacher for 26 years teaching in all grades from Kindergarten through high school.  This will be the start of my ninth year as a Principal. Eight of these years have been spent at Joe Hamilton School.  It is my pleasure to work with the staff, students, and families at Joe Hamilton and I am looking forward to another great year. 

At Joe Hamilton School we implement PBIS(Positive Behaviors and Supports).  We are always mindful of Safe, Respectful, and Responsible choices.  The staff continues to dedicate themselves to developing both academic and social/emotional curriculum for all students.  

Communication is key to a successful education at any level.  Our team believes that home and school working together can produce excellent results.  We appreciate that you have entrusted your child(ren) to our care and we look forward to serving you.  In fact, research has shown that the higher the level of parental involvement the higher the achievement level of the child. Attendance is also key to your child's success in school.  We believe students need to be in school All day, every day! 

We provide free breakfast and lunch to all students.  We are able to provide a healthy morning snack to all of our students three days a week and we have an After School Program that is available each day until 6:00 pm.

We look forward to serving you at Joe Hamilton School whether you are new to the district or a returning family.  I am proud of our school's warm welcoming environment, our goal is to treat your child(ren) with the love and respect that we treat our own children. 

 Please remember we have an open-door policy, and I look forward to getting to know you and your student(s).  

Denise Harnden, Principal