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November Newsletter

Dear Hampton Academy Families,
The first quarter ended on Friday, October 31. Report cards will be issued on Monday, November 10. Your child’s report card contains information intended to give you a better understanding of their academic performance during the first quarter. The report card consists of three components; 1. Grade report with attendance information 2. Summary sheet of curriculum strands addressed for each subject area, 3. “Behaviors that affect success” sheet. If you have any questions, please direct them to your child’s teacher or us.
Thursday evening, November 6, at 6 PM, Winnacunnet High School will host a community forum in the Lecture Hall regarding a proposal to introduce heterogeneous grouping for all Grade 9 English classes beginning in the 2015-2016 school year. Since May 2014, several English teachers and administrators have presented this proposal to the sending district school boards and two informational sessions have been held. A review of the proposal will be presented, concerns and questions will be addressed, and the next steps will be outlined.
As a reminder, there is no school for students on Tuesday, November 11, due to our observance of Veteran’s Day. On Monday, November 10, Hampton Academy will participate in “Take a Veteran to School Day”, a national program developed by the History Channel to link veterans with students. Hampton Academy invites veterans of all backgrounds to share their stories and receive thanks for their service.
Teachers have sent out notices regarding parent conferences which are scheduled on November 12 and 13 (see times below). If you are unable to make these dates, please contact your child’s teacher to arrange an alternative date.
Later this month, all students will participate in STAR assessments in math and language arts. Hampton Academy is piloting this assessment to replace NWEA. Star is similar to NWEA but can be completed in significantly less time (typically 20 minutes), and gives immediate feedback to students and teachers. Unlike NWEA, STAR can be given several times during the year to monitor academic progress without rearranging students’ schedules or interrupting instruction time.
Our first Family Restaurant Night will be held on Wednesday, November 20, at Ron's Landing in Hampton Beach. The eighth grade class trip scholarship fund will receive 20% of the restaurant's total sales from 4pm to close that evening. Proceeds will help support students needing financial assistance. Please come out and help send all of our kids to New York City! “Yankee Candle” fundraiser begins this week and continues until November 14. Forty percent of your child’s sales go directly into their NYC account.
Our Blackboard Connect phone/email message system seems to be working well for the majority of families. This system is used to announce upcoming events, activities and our monthly newsletter, if you have not been receiving these messages, please call the school at 926-2000 so that we can update your information.
Again this year, we will be offering an after school Ski Club beginning Friday, January 9, at Pat’s Peak Ski Area in Henniker, New Hampshire. There will be an informational meeting for parents of students who wish to participate on Thursday night, November 6. The meeting will begin at 6:30 in the dining hall. Please be advised that there is limited seating on the bus. Therefore, transportation will be offered on a first come, first serve basis. We are also looking for chaperones that either ski or do not ski that would be willing to assist us with this program.
Our Homework Club and After School Academic Assistance programs are underway. These run on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 2:22 to 3:25. The late bus is available on these days. Please contact your child’s teacher for more information.
Student council will host a dance on Friday, November 21, from 7:00 to 9:00PM. Proceeds from the dance will help us fill holiday food baskets for families in our community.
Please be sure emergency contacts, phone and email information for your child is current. It is critical that the school can contact every parent in case of an emergency or an unexpected early school closing. Parent conferences are a good time to update emergency cards if any contact information has changed since August. We look forward to seeing you at conferences this month!
David O'Connor, Principal                          Vic Sokul, Asst. Principal

Thursday, November 6         Ski Club Information Night, 6:30 PM
Monday, November 10         Take a Veteran to School, 8:30AM
                Report Cards Issued
Tuesday, November 11         No School – Veterans Day
Wednesday, Nov. 12         Parent/Teacher Conferences 4-7 PM
Thursday, November 13         Parent/Teacher Conferences 3-6 PM
Thursday, November 20         Gr. 8 Ron’s Landing Fundraiser, 4-close
Friday, November 21         Student Council Dance, 7-9 PM
Nov. 26-28             Thanksgiving Holiday