Annual Report for 2014-2015
I am pleased to submit this annual report to the citizens of Hampton for the 2014-2015 school. As the principal of Hampton Academy, I continue to look forward serve the children, parents and the community as we all strive for educational excellence. This school report reviews the programs and people that make Hampton Academy a special place to work and learn. Staff at Hampton Academy is committed to both personal and school growth, as demonstrated by the many hours spent planning, collaborating and furthering the development of core curriculum. I witness their effort, dedication and genuine concern for their students on a daily basis. I am fortunate to lead this group of professionals. We congratulate our colleagues at Centre and Marston School for their nation recognitions this year. Their success is our success as we will surely benefit by the strong foundation they have established.
The Hampton Academy houses sixth, seventh and eighth grade students for the Hampton Schools. Our student population totals 380 students. Hampton Academy is comprised of sixty-five professional, paraprofessional and support 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.” New staff members joining Hampton Academy during the 2014-2015 school year include: Virginia Carmody, world language teacher and Nicole Gousie is our district’s new data clerk.
This year, Hampton Academy piloted a new instructional assessment program called STAR. This assessment allows teachers to monitor growth periodically, aligns to our core curriculum and helps develop a student success plan by identify specific areas of strength or weakness. We use this data in conjunction with our RTI or Response to Intervention/Instruction to provide additional support to struggling learners. Support is typically provided in a tiered model where the intensity of intervention increases in proportion to the child’s level of need. Intervention and the child’s progress is closely monitored, assessed and amended to meet the needs of each child. Support is provided by a variety of professionals within the school community including: regular and special education teachers, interventionists and specialists.
In April/May 2015, all Hampton Academy students will take their first Smarter Balanced assessment in Mathematics and Language Arts. The Common Core focuses on developing the critical-thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills students to ensure all students are ready for success after high school, the Common Core State Standards establish clear, consistent guidelines for what every student should know and be able to do in math and English language arts from kindergarten through 12th grade.
Hampton Academy is remains committed to embracing opportunities for continual growth and progress, responding to the needs of local and global communities. The STEM program, under the direction of Kelly Burtch offers an interdisciplinary approach to learning where rigorous academic concepts are coupled with real-world lessons as students apply science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in contexts that make connections between school, community, work, and global enterprises. This year, all sixth grade students received a laptop to use in their studies for the next three years at Hampton Academy. Our student run weekly news program, Shark News, can be seen weekends on Channel 13. Our quarterly student newspaper “Sharkives” is now online and can be viewed by going to www.hasharkives.com. We thank Mr. Doherty for overseeing our young journalists.
Hampton Academy celebrates the talents and strengths of its students through a variety of after-school sports, clubs and activities. The school has eleven competitive sports teams, nine after-school clubs and seven performance groups. Ellen Morrissey serves as our physical education teacher and athletic director. Her dedication to students is evident every day. She coordinates afterschool soccer and basketball tournaments as well as our popular ski club. New to Hampton Academy this year is the Rotary Interact Club. Interact gives students the chance to help their school/ community and promotes international understanding. Twenty-five students are involved in this program. Interact helps students develop leadership and connect with community leaders and follow the Rotary’s motto, service above self. We thank Angela Bowen, Rick Considine and the Hampton Rotary Club for sponsoring our students. Our Student Council, under the direction of Brooke Bassett and Rachel Gillis, provide student leadership and community service projects that benefit our community.
Sara Stetson, Hampton Special Education Director, coordinates special education services in all three Hampton schools. Four special education teachers, six paraprofessional staff, a speech and language pathologist, occupational therapist and physical therapist work as a team to provide support. Children identified as eligible for special education have individual education plans that provide for support in the least restrictive learning environment. Most special education program provides support in “full inclusion” classroom settings.
Mrs. Mary Saunders, library media specialist, provides library/media services for Academy students. In her third year, she continues to transform our library space and collection into a resource that is welcoming and inviting for students and staff. Diane Reardon and Kiersten Verno are the Reading Specialist. They work with students, classroom teachers and special education teachers. They consult on IEPs and work closely with the guidance counselor to coordinate the first entry assessment and placement of all new students. They assist in the coordination, analysis and implementation of the STAR assessment program, RTI and student assistance teams. Classroom teachers and the guidance counselor work with students to teach strategies for peaceful conflict resolution. Good citizenship, social responsibility and good communication skills as part of our PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) Program. Health, physical education, substance abuse prevention, self-esteem projects, personal safety awareness, critical thinking skills, cooperative learning activities and character education are all linked as part of our comprehensive guidance program, and taught as part of our health curriculum.
Angela Bowen and Brooke Bassett, guidance counselors, provides support to all students and families. The guidance counselor coordinates the Child Study Team, the School Crisis Team, and monitors 504 planning for the school. The guidance counselors is available to all students and she consults with parents, teachers, the District school psychologist, the special education staff, the district social worker, Hampton Police Department, the area’s interagency teams, local mental health providers and the Division of Family & Youth Services. They assists in the first entry assessment, placement and transition of all students entering and entering and leaving Hampton Academy. They works as a team with the counselors from Centre and Marston School to assure continuity of program and guidance curriculum for all K-8 students.
Mrs. Karen Brand, RN, provides daily health services for all students. State Law mandates that the nurse verifies immunizations upon first entry, and the nurse monitors student health, and individual growth and development throughout the school year. She works closely with the nurses in the other two Hampton schools to provide comprehensive vision, hearing screening to all Hampton students. Karen works closely with the guidance counselor, teachers, social worker, and the administration to provide information and connection for families in need of community resources. The care and compassion that she shows for our students makes being sick at school bearable. She is responsible for monitoring student health records; she consults with community health care providers, consults on IEP’s, 504’s, and consults with parents and teachers to promote student health. She also provides staff training in the areas of first aid, communicable health awareness and prevention, employee safety, heart healthy practices and CPR. She is the first responder in student and staff medical emergencies; and is a member of the school crisis team and the school employee safety committee.
Greg Limperis, Hampton School District Technology Coordinator; network administrator and assistant, Noah Bourassa, provide technical support for hardware, software, and network issues. Computer teacher Susan MacNicoll provides instruction class in keyboarding, word processing, spreadsheet skills, research using the Internet and explorations using various media and software. She coordinates our popular after school tech club and our Shark News weekly.
We are fortunate to have Detective Anthony Azarian, Hampton Police Department, he serves as our districts School Resource Officer. Detective Azarian is approachable, friendly and presents a series of safety, legal, and substance abuse lessons in social studies and health classes.
The school meals program offers nutritious breakfast, snacks, and choice lunches to students daily. Mrs. Mary Borg, School Nutrition Director coordinates the program for all the Hampton schools. Dorren Buzderwics and her team make the Hampton Academy dining hall a great place to enjoy a health and nutritious snack or meal.
Mr. Keith Lessard, Facilities Manager, coordinates the building and site maintenance needs and the facility use by all groups for all three Hampton Schools. Hampton Academy is an 84,000 square foot building. Boy Scouts, Brownies, Hampton Youth Association, PTA and the Hampton Recreation Department all use Hampton Academy for afterschool and evening activities. Four custodians; Roland Durant, Kevin Boyle, George Wall and Jeanne Sicard provide cleaning and maintenance support. Our facility is safe, clean and an asset to the community thanks to the dedication of Mr. Lessard and his staff.
David O’Connor, M.Ed., is the Principal of Hampton Academy, a resident of Hampton. I continue to be proud to serve in a community that places so much value on the town’s educational system. Mr. Vic Sokul, Assistant Principal pro. Mr. Sokul, CAGS, in his second year, has been a welcome addition to the Academy staff and reflects the high standards and expectation that make Hampton Academy a welcoming and safe place for children to learn. Nancy York, Secretary to the Principal, and Rita Rowley, Main Office Secretary, welcome visitors, coordinate administrative, clerical and supply needs. Weekly communications are typically sent home on Wednesdays and Fridays’ via our Blackboard Connect system. The Hampton Academy web site, www.sau90.org/ha provides updates regarding all aspects of the school program including curriculum documents, PowerSchool parent/student portal, principal’s newsletter, events calendar and handbook. The site also provides a variety of education “links” and resources for parents and students.
I wish to thank the Hampton Academy Trustees, the Hampton Police, Fire, and Public Works departments, Lane Memorial Library, Hampton Rotary Club, Experience Hampton, Pease Greeters, St. James Mason Lodge, our Hampton PTA and many local organizations and community members for their unwavering support. I thank the entire Hampton Academy staff for their dedication and commitment to providing our students with the highest quality education.
As we look toward to plan for the future needs of Hampton Academy, we continue 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. The “new” Hampton Academy and high school was dedicated in 1939, with additions in 1960 and 1979. I am optimistic at the opportunity to renovate this building so that it can continue to serve the educational needs young men and woman from Hampton for future generations.
Finally, I remain grateful to live and work in a community that values education and demonstrates so often, and in so many ways, a strong commitment to our children.
David O’Connor, Principal