WELCOME BACK NEWSLETTER
Dear Hampton Academy Parents and Students,
The staff of HA welcomes you and your family to our great school. Hampton Academy continues a long tradition of inspiring generations of learners by promoting academic and personal growth that dates back to 1810. The “new” Hampton Academy and high school was dedicated in 1939, with additions in 1960 and 1979. Our student body is currently comprised of three hundred and ninety students in five heterogeneously grouped teams; grades six, seven, and eight. There are approximately 60 professional and support members on staff. Our school mission is “to provide an environment where all students are encouraged to reach their academic, artistic, social, and physical potential in order to become productive citizens in an ever-changing world. This mission is best achieved when staff, families and community share the responsibility of educating our adolescents during their middle school years.” The staff at Hampton Academy is committed to developing core fundamentals and providing holistic and meaningful educational experiences for all learners.
Consistent communication from school to home is paramount. We utilize the Blackboard Connect system to transfer curricular and extracurricular information and activities to our families via voice, text and email messaging. Our school website www.sau90.org/ha provides access to current community and educational information, as well as all school program updates. Regular postings include; monthly newsletters, parent portal access, school activity and athletic calendars, lunch menus, student video news, on-line school newspaper, additional educational links, etc.
Students may not arrive at school before 7:20 AM. Breakfast and snacks are available in our dining hall daily. Hampton Academy offers a variety of after school extra-curricular clubs, activities and athletics. For more information regarding after school activities, including academic programs, please call us. After school academic programs take place on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays until 3:25 PM. A late bus is available, on those three days only, and leaves the school at approximately 3:35 PM. If your child is planning on participating in any fall sports, he/she must have a current physical on file with our school nurse prior to participating in try-outs, practices, or games. Our school nurse would also like to remind parents that immunization records must be updated to include tetanus and chicken pox boosters prior to the start of school. If you have any questions after reading the attached letter from Karen Brand, feel free to call her at 926-2000.
Parents and visitors are always welcome at Hampton Academy. The safety of our students requires ALL VISITORS to stop at the office, sign in, and affix a “VISITOR” tag while in the building. School office hours are 7:15 AM to 3:45 PM. Parent-Teacher conferences are held in November. However, conferences may be scheduled any time by contacting your child’s homeroom teacher. We encourage home/school relationships and look forward to your involvement with our school. If you have any questions regarding any of our programs, please call us at 926-2000, or fax to 926-1855.
The entire staff joins me in extending a warm welcome to each of you as the new school year begins. We look forward to seeing you on the evening of the 31st!
David O’Connor, Principal
Grade 6 Orientation/Grade 7 & 8 Welcome Back!
We invite you and your child to join us on Monday, August 31, from 6:00-7:30 PM. Sixth grade parents and students will have the opportunity to meet your teachers, see your classrooms and receive an orientation to welcome you to Hampton Academy. Grade 6 parents and students will meet in the dining hall beginning promptly at 6:00 PM. Grade 7 & 8 parents and students will also be able to meet with their teams and start the new year off right with a brief curriculum presentation and other important grade level information. The school district handbook and calendar are on the SAU 90 website. Hampton Academy has its own addendum for the district handbook, as it addresses topics specific to middle school students. Please take time as a family to read both the handbook and the addendum. There are multiple other forms coming home for you to complete and return as well. Please take time to read, sign and return any forms by Thursday, September 10th.
Ring in the New School Year!
The school year begins with the traditional “Ringing of the Academy Bell” on the front lawn at 7:38 AM, Tuesday, September 1st. Teachers will meet their homeroom students outside the dining hall prior to the ringing of the bell. All community members are welcome to attend. Our regular school day schedule begins at 7:38 AM and dismissal is at 2:22 PM.
HA Facilities Forum
Please join us in the Eastman Gym on Thursday evening, September 24, at 7 PM for a conversation regarding the future needs of Hampton and Hampton Academy. Your feedback and input is vital as we begin to shape plans for the renovation of this Hampton landmark. We hope you can join us. If you cannot, please contact David O’Connor at Hampton Academy for questions or suggestions.
PLEASE TAKE SPECIAL NOTE
1. Bullying is a serious offense that will not be tolerated! Please talk to your children about the many forms of bullying i.e. texting, social media etc. Consequences can be severe.
2.Students succeed when they attend school and arrive on time. Parents must notify the office prior to the start of school if their child will not be in attendance that day. Parents who do not call us to report their child absent will receive a phone call from the main office staff verifying the absence.
3.Emergency Contact Information (in student first day packet) must be on file in case of medical or other emergencies and should be updated immediately following any changes. Information may be updated directly on the parent portal, in writing, by fax, or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
4.The use of cell phones by students is prohibited during the school day without permission from a staff member. Cell phones must be turned off and secured in lockers or book bags or may be left at the office or with a homeroom teacher. Cell phones will be confiscated when they are misused.
5.Changes in dismissal bus transportation (student going to a friend’s house afterschool) will only be approved after the principal has received written, faxed, or e-mailed signed by a parent or guardian. Requests will not be accepted over the phone.
6.Electronic devices (iPods, cell phones, video games of any kind) may not be used on the busses or at Hampton Academy, unless permission has been given by a staff member. Students are expected to follow school and bus rules at all times. Disrespectful language and violent behavior will not be tolerated at Hampton Academy.
7.Parents dropping children off at school may stop along the west side of Academy Avenue only. Students should use the crosswalks. Please note: There is no parking or dropping students off in our “bus area” or on the east side of Academy Avenue; this creates congestion and potentially dangerous situations.
8.Concussion Impact Testing will be accomplished for all 7th grade students during the month of September.