Jessica Scott of Andrews PreK-8 School has been named Hampton's Top Teacher of the Year!
Teacher Appreciation: The Future Educators of America Club provided treats to their Davis MS teachers.
Senator John Miller provided books to students on a recent visit to Forrest Elementary School.
The Jones Middle School National Junior Honor Society raised $2,809.28 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli checks out a lab on his recent visit to Bethel High School.
Mr. Patrick Costa and his Bethel High class won FIRST Place in the Regional Stock Market Game!
Nominated by her student, Tymaya, Eaton MS teacher Donna Halpin received WTKR-TV's "People Taking Action Award."
Dr. Shifflette has announced that the last day of school for students will be June 11 due to the elimination of the 2 inclement weather days built into the calendar. The last work day for teachers not required to attend graduation will be June 12.
The recognition at the May 1st Hampton School Board meeting turned out to be quite a surprise for Hampton's Elementary Teacher of the Year, Jessica Scott. At the end of the presentation, shewas announced as Hampton’s Top Teacher of the Year!! Jessica is a Pre-Kindergarten teacher and is loved by her students and parents alike. She has been with Hampton City Schools for 8 years and when asked about her innovative classroom strategies, she provided a creative example. “Technology is an essential part of life at all ages. I use my personal iPad to allow students to create books to integrate curriculum for a fun interactive lesson.” Upon receiving this honor at the School Board meeting, Jessica tearfully admitted…”Teaching makes my life complete.”
At the April 25th Teacher of the Year banquet, Hampton City Schools announced its top 3 teachers! They were Elementary Teacher of the Year, Jessica Scott of Andrews PreK-8 School, Middle School Teacher of the Year, Dawn Gerbing of Phenix PreK-8 School and High School Teacher of the Year, Sherry Hildebrandt. These are exceptionally talented educators who are truly committed to "Every Child, Every Day." CONGRATS To all!
Kaleela Thompson, an 8th grade student atAndrews PreK-8 School, has won the Prudential Financial "Spirt of Community" Award. She was presented with the official medallion by Prudential representative Chad Crouch. The award is presented to individuals who volunteer significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country.
The Phoebus High School Culinary Arts Program and the Phoebus High Culinary Arts Management Team both took 1st Place at the Virginia ProStart Student Invitational Culinary Competition! The students, competing against other high school teams from across the State of Virginia, won scholarship monies ranging from $500 to $15,000 depending on the culinary school they decide to attend. They will move on to compete in the National ProStart Student Invitational to be held in late April in Baltimore, Maryland. The National ProStart Invitational® is the country’s premier high school competition focused on restaurant management and culinary arts. In addition, the Culinary Team will have their menu featured at a restaurant in Richmond, VA (Date to be determined).
Hampton City Schools has, for the second year in a row, been recognized as a "Best Community for Music Education" in the United States. The NAMM Foundation, the National Association for Music Merchants, has recognized Hampton City Schools for its outstanding commitment to music education.This designation was awarded to a combined 307 school districts out of 2,000 applicants from across the country.
Now in its 14th year, the BCME program requires each school and district to detail funding, staffing, commitment to standards, and access to music instruction. Responses are meticulously reviewed by researchers at The Institute for Educational Research and Public Service of Lawrence, Kansas (an affiliate of the University of Kansas) and the NAMM Foundation to calculate the designated districts and awarded schools.
This designation is recognition for the community, your leaders, teachers, and parents who believe in music education and are working to ensure that it is part of a complete education for children. This year's increase in participation is an indication of growing support from both parents and administrators who recognize the vital role that music learning plays in student achievement.
According to NAMM Foundation Executive Director Mary Luehrsen, the Best Communities for Music Education program is the bellwether of rising endorsement for this vital cause. "There is overwhelming research tying music education to higher overall student success in school and in life," she said. "This designation recognizes communities for their commitment to music education and strengthens support for these programs. Having widely embraced the evidence indicating that music education yields great things in schools and communities, people are increasingly affirmative, advocating for school music curricula, and championing programs like Best Communities that recognize this commitment to music education."
On March 13, 2013 Governor Bob McDonnell and the Virginia Board of Education recognized two Hampton schools as being high-achieving schools. Asbury Elementary School received the Virginia Board of Education Excellence Award, while Armstrong Elementary School for the Arts received the Virginia Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Award.
Kecoughtan High School junior, William Ledbetter, is known in the music community as Will "MoBetta" Ledbetter, and has won countless awards for his skills in playing the guitar. Recognized as an "up and coming" blues artist, Will - also an academic scholar - recently received the 2012 Howlin' Wolf Foundation Scholarship. In July 2012, he was accepted into the Fernando Jones Blues Camp (Chicago). In addition to winning the "You've Got Talent" competition sponsored by the U. S. Air Force, Will joined national blues saxophonist, Eddie Shaw and blues artists from Virginia for a very special recording on the "Still Riding High" cd by Eddie Shaw & the 757 Allstars! On December 5, 2012, Will showcased his talent with a special guest appearance, performing the song that won him the national Air Force award - Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode."
The Hampton school division has achieved College Board AP Honor Roll status! The division is one of only 12 in the entire state of Virginia to achieve this academic honor. The Hampton school division earned the honor for simultaneously increasing access to Advanced Placement courses and raising achievement on the examinations. College Board also cited our school division for increasing Advanced Placement participation and achievement of traditionally underserved graduates including "African Americans, American Indian, Hispanic/Latino and low-income students." In HCS, we increased the number of students taking AP exams by 18% and the number of qualifying scores by 35%!
HCS is proud to announce that we have 12 new National Board Certified teachers, which brings our total to 115 in the district! We have 5 teachers who achieved NBCT status ten years ago and have been renewed for another ten years.
Three teachers from Hampton City Schools have been named the Virginia Association of Science Teachers (VAST) Teachers of the Year! Kecoughtan High School teacherKristen Coolbear received the honor in the area of Earth Science, while Hampton High School teachers Stacy Fraid and Ebony Powell received their awards in the areas of Chemistry and Biology respectively.
Aberdeen Elementary School teacher, Debra McKoy, won the “A Day Made Better” award sponsored by AdoptAClassroom.org and OfficeMax. This nationwide event resulted in McKoy receiving a surprise package of $1,000 worth of classroom resources and supplies!
Kecoughtan student, James Payne, has been elected Governor of Boys State -Virginia! Each delegate to Boys State becomes a part of the operation of his local, county and state government. James, who also serves as the official Warrior mascot for Kecoughtan, displayed exceptional leadership qualities that led to his success. Boys State is regarded as one of the most respected educational programs of government instruction for high school students.
Francena McCorory, a 2006 graduate of Bethel High School, won Olympic Gold in the women's 4x400 relay race in London! While at Bethel High, she won 14 state titles — and was named to the Junior Olympic squad. She continued her education at Hampton University where she graduated in 2010.
Joshua Williams, a student at Hampton High School, was selected the Grand Prize winner in the Sister Cities International Young Artist Contest. This year’s theme was “Youth as a Catalyst for Change", and Josh's winning Linoleum Print Artwork was entitled "Cotton Club Crescendo." He was presented with a certificate and a check for $1,000.
In mid-July, the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) presented the school division's Public Relations & Marketing Department with its Golden Achievement Award. It was given for the department's School Board Recognition - Recipe for Success Marketing Program. Working with students from the Moton Early Childhood Center, this involved the development of a cookbook, an ad being placed in the daily newspaper, the development of a video and an official presentation to the School Board.
The Hampton school division has made significant gains in increasing the graduation rates of its students! This year the division showed a graduation rate of 84.4% compared to a rate of 72% five years ago! Also of importance is the fact that the division's dropout rate fell from 10% in 2010 to 5.2% during the same time period in 2012!! Executive Director for Secondary Education, Dr. Donna Woods, stated that these impressive gains in our graduation rate and the dramatic decrease in our dropout rate were both due to the "extensive work by our team to keep all students on track toward graduation, as well as our major push in recovering those students who had previously dropped out."