Hampton Academy

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January 27, 2017

Dear Hampton Academy Families,

As you may be aware, the Hampton School Board has proposed a renovation for Hampton Academy.  Warrant article #1 will appear on the March 14th school district ballot.  The more information you have about the project, the better informed you will be when considering the needs and the future of Hampton Academy at the polls. 

Hampton Academy, originally founded as a secondary proprietary school, celebrates 217 years of service this year. The original school was located on the Meeting House Green adjacent to Tuck Museum on Park Avenue, moving to the current location on Academy Avenue in 1883. In September of 1885, the school opened under the name “Hampton Academy & High School”.  The “new” Hampton Academy & High School was dedicated in 1939 with additions added to the structure in 1963 and 1974. The building served as the town’s high school until 1959 when Winnacunnet High School opened. From 1960 till 2004, the facility was known as HAJH, or Hampton Academy Junior High School.  In 2004, the school resumed the name “Hampton Academy” in response to the changes in educational programing for the “middle school student.”  Although the programs and needs of our students have changed dramatically over the years, our building has not. 

As we look to plan for future needs, we continue to struggle with the challenges of providing a 21st century education within the confines of the iconic structure that has served the community so proudly. The building is in desperate need of vital upgrades to the mechanical, electrical, safety, and air quality systems, as well as handicap accessibility, and improved conditions for a safe and healthful environment.  It lacks appropriate sized classrooms to meet the needs of our STEM and science lab core curriculums.  The Eastman and lower gymnasiums are not suitable or safe for athletics.  The building also lacks an assembly area large enough to accommodate the student body due to current fire code regulations.  In the last few years, we have been forced to rent space at other facilities for athletic programs and musical performances. The building has served this community well; however, it is time for Hampton to consider necessary improvements/renovations. The renovation plan reflects the needs of our entire community, offering a full-sized gymnasium, auditorium, and community room. A comprehensive set of plans, costs, and rationale for this project can be found at http://www.sau90.org.  We plan on opening the school for public tours on Saturday, February 18, and March 11, from 9 AM-12 PM.  Call Hampton Academy at 926-2000 for more information or a tour of the facility.  I sincerely hope you will support the renovation of this building so it will continue to serve the educational needs of the young men and women of Hampton for future generations.

            For your planning purposes, progress reports will be published online for parents/students on Monday, January 30. Our second parent/student conferences are scheduled for Wednesday, March 22, from 12-6 pm (teacher in-service day).  Second trimester grades close on March 10.

Congratulations to our Geography Bee and Spelling Bee winners. We thank all the participants in this popular annual event.  Congratulations to our winners; Erin Dowd, Emily Currie, and Dean Marx were our top three spellers.  Our top places in the Geo Bee were Ryan England, Lance Trinceri and Tyler Hughes. Erin and Ryan will represent Hampton Academy at state competitions in March.     

All Hampton Academy staff set high expectations for student achievement, as well as safe behavior in all aspects of each student’s program at this school. We encourage you to contact your child’s teacher(s), and to maintain close communication regarding individual progress.  Conferences can be scheduled by calling the main office at 926-2000 or emailing your child’s teacher. We would like to remind you that Power Hour Homework Club, After School Academic Assistance, and Extended Day programs continue to meet on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.  Success in homework practice is a great predictor of overall academic success.

It is important that family contact information be updated in the event of cancellations/early dismissal during the winter months.  If your phone number(s) or e-mail information has changed since the beginning of the year, we ask that you contact the school immediately to update contact information.  We will continue to use the BlackBoard Connect messaging system to keep you informed of school events and/or closures. 

This is the time of year, when traditionally, there is a lot of sickness in the school population, including strep throat, colds, flu, earaches and acute asthma episodes.  If your child is ill, please keep him/her home during the acute phase of illness and add an extra day for full recovery.  This is best for your child and his/her classmates as well.  Additionally, this is a good time of year to schedule your child’s physical for the spring and summer, especially if he or she will be attending summer camps. High school sports physicals must be dated after June 1, 2017.  Please check with your physician’s office for the most recent examination date and plan accordingly. Completed examination records are kept in student health files. If you have any questions or need further clarifications, please call our school nurse, Karen Brand.

To insure the safety of all, we ask that you plan ahead and use extreme caution and patience on Academy Avenue when dropping students off or picking them up.  Remember, students should only be dropped off or picked up on the west side of the road.  Please do not go through the bus loop or pull in to the dining hall parking lot.

Upcoming events are listed below.  More school, academic, and educational resources can be found on our school website.  Please call 926-2000 if you have any questions or concerns about a school program.   

   Respectfully,

David O'Connor, Principal

Anna DeVylder, Asst. Principal

Friday, Feb. 3

Warm Spirit- Patriots Day! / NAEP Testing (gr. 8) / Ski Club #4

Student Social, 7-9 pm

Monday, Feb. 6

Grade 6 Star Watch, Centennial Park, 6:30 pm

Tuesday, Feb. 7

Tours Hampton Academy/Renovation Plans, 6 pm

Hampton Schools Deliberative Session, Dining Hall, 7-9 pm

Friday, Feb. 10

Warm Spirit- Red Day / Ski Club #5 (final day)

Friday, Feb. 17

Warm Spirit- Twin Day!

Saturday, Feb. 18

Tour Hampton Academy/Renovation Plans, 9-12 pm

Friday, Feb. 24

Warm Spirit- Dress for Success Day

Mon. 27-Fri. March 1

Vacation Week