Hot Topics

Our Hot Topics page is a place to find information, updates and resources on big issues at the forefront of our school community's collective mind.

If you have comments or suggestions, the most productive way to be heard is to send an email directly to Principal Michelle Goldberg at or our PTA leadership team at

If you'd like to speak with us in person it's best to schedule a meeting at the office where we can focus on your concerns or ideas.

Strengthen the Dual Language Program at Hamilton

There has been a lot of talk about the need to strengthen the current Dual Language offerings at Hamilton. Please share your thoughts with SPS

International Schools/Immersion Advocacy

McDonald Int'l families and others across the district are advocating to see content-based language instruction after elementary school. Currently, at Hamilton Middle School and beyond, Spanish and Japanese language classes are taught as electives (competing for time in student's packed schedules with other electives like sports, art and music) in the classic fashion with a focus on grammar, vocabulary, and so on. Many families would like to see the curriculum-based model from John Stanford and McDonald Int'l Schools continue on in middle and high school, where curriculum-based content like math, science, or humanities is taught in the target language.

Please contact Kate Koester if you have questions or want to join in the conversation - everyone is welcome!​​ 

  • International School/Dual Language Immersion Advocacy Group: Started by McDonald’s Jennifer Monahan deMella, this facebook group’s aim is to join forces with other International Schools and work with the district to focus on the unique issues we will each face as we develop through elementary into middle and high school.

  • In order to consider expanding Dual Language programming into Middle School, the School Board first wants to take a closer look at the matrices of student success, and to hear our goals for International Schools. SPS Director Rick Burke and International Education Administrator for SPS Dr. Michele Anciaux Aoki, will be joining McDonald Int'l parents and community members in the school library for a collaborative discussion at the next Dual Language Immersion/International School Advocacy Meeting - Feb 18, 2016 (7:30pm @ McDonald Int'l)

  • SPS Board meeting: meet the newly voted in Board of Directors -  bring signs asking Board to “Support International Schools" - Dec 2, 2015 (4:15pm @ JSCEE)
  • District-wide International School/Immersion Advocacy meeting - Oct 20, 2015
  • Trends in International Education Event - Sept 1, 2015
  • McDonald International School Immersion Advocacy group meetings - contact with questions
  • District meetings related to advocacy - planning to attend? Sign up here!
  • There are four International School Community Meetings happening across the district in April and May. Click here for all the details and to RSVP.

New Principal Search Update

Our new principal has been chosen and we'd like to give a warm welcome to Principal Michelle Sushner. She won’t start officially until July 1st, but there will be opportunities in the next few weeks to meet her.

McDonald International Principal Dan Golosman is leaving after the 2015-16 school year - check back here for updates on our search for McDonald Int'l's new principal!

Long-Term Substitute Teachers

Information and Resources on Long-Term Substitute Teachers at McDonald International:

McDonald Int'l Becoming an Option School

Archived Resources and Materials On McDonald Int'l Becoming an Option School:

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