November 2015 Newsletter
Dear Hampton Academy Families,
Please join us tomorrow evening (11/3) at 6 PM for an informative tour of the building and/or at 7 PM in the Eastman Gym for a Public Forum regarding the needs, issues and possible building designs for the renovation of Hampton Academy. As we look forward and plan for the future needs of Hampton Academy, we struggle with the challenges of providing a 21st century education within the confines of the iconic structure that has served the community for the past seventy six years. Hampton Academy and high school was dedicated in 1939, with additions in 1961 and 1974. I am optimistic at the opportunity to renovate this building so that it can continue to serve the educational needs of the young men and woman of Hampton for future generations. Your input and knowledge of this project will help shape the future for our middle school students!
As a reminder, there is no school for students on Wednesday, November 11, in observance of Veteran’s Day. On Tuesday, 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 personal stories and receive thanks for their years of service. If you would like to join us, please call the school at 926-2000.
Teachers have sent out notices regarding parent conferences, scheduled on November 9 (4-7PM) and 12 (3-6PM). Again this year, we are using the student-led conference format. The advantage to student-led conferences is that students play an active role in reviewing their progress and setting goals for academic success. If you are unable to make these dates, please contact your child’s teacher to arrange an alternative date. For planning purposes, the first trimester ends on Friday, December 4. Report cards will be issued on Monday, December 14. Next week, all students will participate in STAR assessments in Math and Language Arts. This is the second of three progress monitoring assessments given to all students. Star is similar to NWEA but can be completed in significantly less time (typically 20 minutes), and gives immediate feedback to students and teachers without rearranging students’ schedules and interrupting instruction.
Our first Family Restaurant Night will be held on Wednesday, November 18, at Ron's Landing in Hampton Beach. The eighth grade class trip scholarship fund will receive 20% of the restaurant's total sales on that evening from 4:00PM to close. The 401 Restaurant is hosting “Middle School Monday’s” to support our grade 8 students. Please mention you are supporting Hampton Academy and a portion of the evenings proceeds will help support students needing financial assistance. Please come out and help send all of our kids to New York City! The “Yankee Candle” fundraiser continues until November 9. Forty percent of your child’s sales go directly into their 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 email information.
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. The Student Council will host an OPEN GYM on Friday, November 13, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Proceeds will help support our Thanksgiving food basket drive for local families in need.
Please be sure emergency contacts, phone numbers and email information for your child is current. It is critical that the school is able to 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 information needs updating. We look forward to seeing you at conferences this month!
David O'Connor, Principal Vic Sokul, Asst. Principal
November 2015 Newsletter
|Tuesday, Nov 3||Hampton Academy Facilities Forum: Tour the Building at 6:00|
|Meeting at 7:00 in the Eastman Gym|
|Monday, Nov 9||Parent/Teacher Conferences 4-7PM|
|Parent Presentation "How to be an effective IEP team member"|
|6:30PM, Academy Library|
|Tuesday, Nov 10||Take a Veteran to School, 8:30AM|
|Wednesday, Nov 11||No School-Veteran's Day Observance|
|Thursday, Nov 12||parent/Teacher Conferences 3-6PM|
|Saturday, Nov 14||Open Gym Night, Grades 6, 7m & 8, 6-8PM|
|Monday, Nov 16||Forum on Heroin and Substance Abuse, 6:30PM|
|Nov 25-27||Thanksgiving Holiday Break, No School|
|Friday, Dec 4||Trimester 1 Ends|
|Monday, Dec 14||Report Cards Issued|
|Wednesday, Dec 16||HA Winter Concerts at WHS, Band at 6:00, Chorus at 7:00|