Hampton School District announces Opening of School Year 2017-18

Hampton School District announces Opening of School Year 2017-18
Posted on 08/24/2017
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Hampton School District announces Opening of School Year 2017-18

KATHLEEN A. MURPHY Superintendent of Schools

NATHAN D. LUNNEY Business Administrator

Hampton, NH (August 18, 2017) – The Hampton School District will open its doors to a new school year on Tuesday, August 29th. Approximately 1,100 students are expected to attend schools on the opening day. On Monday, August 28th, students will have an opportunity to visit their schools before the official opening: Centre School will hold their annual open house that day at 12:30 pm; Marston School’s ice cream social will follow at 2:00 pm; that evening Hampton Academy will host an orientation/open house at 5:30 pm. Students and families are invited to come by and visit their classrooms and meet their teachers and staff.

The district is putting the finishing touches on summer upgrades and preparation of the school buildings. A number of small projects have been completed across the district including updating of sinks and countertops in classrooms and painting throughout the buildings. In addition, nearly 50% of the Marston School roof has now been replaced. Hampton Academy’s renovation project is well underway with demolition of the sixth grade wing now completed.

The district welcomes these eight (8) new educators and staff this year.

Kerry Morrissey Centre School Special Education Case Manager Dawn Thurlow Centre School Special Education Case Manager
Cassandra Kruse Marston School Physical Education Teacher
Rebecca Trainor Marston School Special Education Case Manager
Sarah Goudreault Hampton Academy Math Teacher
Michelle Smeltz Hampton Academy Reading Specialist
Traci Dorman District-Wide Nurse Assistant
Mimi Lannquist District-Wide Behaviorist

Throughout the summer teachers have spent time working on new programs in Science along with aligning Social Studies curriculum and developing performance assessments for grades K-8. A two-day orientation will be held for all teachers new to the district on August 21 and 22. On August 23rd all teachers will be reporting for three days of professional development training and workshops as well as preparations for welcoming their students to the classrooms.

Building Administrators will be sending messages home via email and “School Messenger” providing information specific to each school. On August 9th, the bus routes were posted at each building and on the district website. There are only minor changes to the routes this year to address new housing and incoming Kindergarten students. Families should check on bus numbers, routes and schedules to avoid any confusion. Questions regarding bussing should be directed to First Student Bus Co. at 964-2322.

The school district looks forward to a productive school year. A number of new initiatives are underway to support teaching and learning. All students in grades three through eight will be issued a Google Chromebook again this year for use in their classes. This is the final phase in the district’s 1-to-1 computer initiative to put technology in the hands of every student. There has been a substantial increase to the resources available to students in Math and Science as the district has finalized the updated Science and Math Curricula. During the school year, staff will be reviewing the Health Curriculum and World Language program.

Students will continue to be offered a menu of after school options in order to provide additional instructional support as well as enrichment. Information regarding these programs will be sent home via School Messenger. The district has made a concerted effort to reduce paper and use technology as a means to communicate with families, so there will be fewer paper flyers and more information sent home via email and the “Virtual Backpack” located on the district’s website. Parents are reminded that students need a physical before playing on any of the middle school athletic teams. One physical satisfies the three years at Hampton Academy.

The cost of a hot lunch has increased slightly to $2.85 per meal. Breakfast will remain stable at $1.50 and milk at $0.40. Any questions regarding the food services program should be directed to Mary Borg, Food Services Director at 926-9826.

Families are encouraged to check out local cable Channel 13 and the school district website at www.sau90.org for additional information regarding the 2017-18 school opening. Parents are urged to contact their individual school should they have questions regarding their child’s enrollment. If resident families have not enrolled their child in the Hampton schools, it is important to call the school and register the child as soon as possible. This will ensure that the school is prepared to provide all of the supports necessary as students transition into the district.

About the Hampton School District:

The Hampton School District of Hampton, NH is the single district of School Administrative Unit 90 and provides public education services to students of that community from preschool/kindergarten to grade 8. District enrollment is approximately 1,100. The district maintains three buildings: Centre School for preschool to grade 2, Marston School for grades 3 to 5, and Hampton Academy for grades 6 to 8. The five-member Hampton School Board governs the district at regular monthly meetings.

Contact:

Kathleen Murphy, Superintendent
Hampton School District – SAU 90
Ph 603.926.4560
kmurphy@sau90.org
www.sau90.org

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