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Out of School Time programs provide fun and academic results

The Hampton City Schools Out of School Time (OST) program, under the direction of Daryle Rodgers, provides fun activities for students while achieving academic gains.

The OST programs for the 2015-2016 school year included the Governor’s Youth Development Academy, Math Blitz, S.T.R.E.A.M. After-School Program, School Age Programs (SAP), 21st Century School Year, community partners, and summer programs.  Through these programs, OST administered services to more than 3,000 students.  Students who participated in one or more of the programs attended school 95.6% of school days.

The Governor’s Youth Development Academy is funded through a grant of $67,897 to serve selected students from Phoebus High School.  These students participated in college and career readiness programs, field trips, community service projects, and STEM competitions.

Math Blitz is an extended-day program that is available to students from Asbury Elementary School, Booker Elementary School, Burbank Elementary School, Cooper Elementary Magnet School for Technology, and Davis Middle School.  Participants of this program scored an average of 22.1 points higher on the 2016 math SOL as compared to their 2015 math SOL.

“Schools participating in the Math Blitz extended-day program continue to make great strides in student achievement noted in SOL test results,” said Leslie Strachan-Williams, HCS elementary mathematics curriculum leader.

S.T.R.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Recreation, Redirection, Engineering, Art, Math) is held at Andrews PreK-8 School, Barron Fundamental Elementary School, Bassette Elementary School, Booker Elementary School, Davis Middle School, and Machen Elementary School.

Students who participated in this program scored an average of 428.9 on their 2016 science SOL and showed an average increase of 11.4 points on their 2016 math SOL as compared to their 2015 math SOL.

The Andrews PreK-8 School results produced very exciting outcomes for the school.  A total of 22 students attended the program twice a week during the 2015-2016 school year.  The program focused on science and math.

Nineteen of the 22 students passed the 2016 science SOL assessment, resulting in an 86% pass rate.  Sixteen of the 22 passed the 2016 mathematics SOL assessment, resulting in a 73% pass rate.  Andrews was fully accredited  for 2016-2017.

The OST program also works with the School Age Programs in a collaboration with the City of Hampton.  OST has trained staff on curriculum alignment, provided analytical data for over 1,500 students and piloted the 21st Century/SAP collaboration at Bassette Elementary.

Over the last four years, the OST office has obtained 21st Century grants to place programs in 11 schools.

In 2013-2014, a three-year award of $437,340 was received for Bryan Elementary School and a collaborative grant with Alternatives, Inc. of $314,313 was earned for Andrews PreK-8.

The Lindsay Middle School program received a three-year award in 2014-2015 of $368,040.

Four three-year awards for a total of $1,985,640 were received in 2015-2016 to provide programs at Bassette, Cary Elementary School, Davis, and Syms Middle School.

Four additional schools are utilizing programs from three year grant awards of $2,242,734 for 2016-2107.  A collaboration with Alternatives, Inc. once again provided $462,882 for Andrews.

HCS has been awarded $5,033,754 in 21st Century grants since 2013.

The 2015-2016 programs at Bassette, Bryan and Cary have shown a 16.6 point increase in the language arts SOL and an 18.4 point increase in the math SOL in 2016 as compared to 2015.  The students involved in the program also achieved an average score of 401 on the science SOL.

“For Bryan Elementary students, the 21st Century Program has been engaging and effective,” said Lynette Nelms, principal of Bryan.  “We are very fortunate to have this awesome partnership with such a wonderful program.”

The middle school programs have also shown growth in language arts, math and science on the 2016 SOL assessments as compared to 2015.

The OST program works closely with the community in a variety of areas.  The 3rd Annual Out of School Time Extended Learning Time Symposium was held during the fall of 2016.  This symposium provided development for community partners.  It included over 125 participants from 30 organizations.

Another huge component of OST is the summer S.T.R.E.A.M. program.  During the summer of 2016, the program served over 700 students in grades three through eight in seven schools.  The program was designed to increase language arts and math skills.  It also increased awareness of STEM concepts and careers.

In addition to the academics, the program provided enrichment activities including ACE Tennis, Alternatives, Inc., art, music, Junior Achievement, championship chess, and field trips.  Some of the trips included were to Washington, D.C., Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, Nauticus, Virginia Air and Space Center, Virginia Living Museum, and a cruise on the Spirit of Norfolk.

The highlight of the program was a culminating activity where students participated in their very own “Shark Tank” presentation.

The Andrews PK-8 Gators Presidential Scholars (GPS) program also takes place in the summer.  This program is coordinated through Alternatives Inc., and AmeriCorps volunteers.

In summary, the OST program currently serves over 1,400 students with over 200 staff in the 11 21st Century programs.  They also serve over 1,000 students with more than 100 staff in the summer program.

As the OST program moves forward, Rodgers said they will continue to work on carrying out the work of the programs that have been funded through 21st Century grants and to apply for others as they are available.  They are planning the 4th Annual Out of School Time Extended Learning Time Symposium for the fall of 2017.

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HCS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age or other protected classes in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Robbin G. Ruth, Executive Director, Human Resources, One Franklin Street, Hampton, VA 23669 757-727-2000. 

As stated in School Board Policy AC, Hampton City Schools (“HCS”) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender, age, disability or other protected class in its programs, activities and employment practices and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.  HCS also prohibits retaliation under School Board Policy GBAH for the purpose of interfering with a person’s rights and/or privileges under federal civil rights laws, which can include: (i) raising concerns with Division personnel about a civil rights violation; (ii) asserting a right or advocating for the rights of a student or employee under federal civil rights laws; or (iii) participating in a complaint investigation or related proceedings. 

All individuals are encouraged to promptly report any incident they believe to be discrimination, harassment or retaliation in violation of HCS School Board Policy.  All reports should be made to the HCS Compliance Officer, who also serves as the HCS Executive Director of Human Resources.  Upon receiving a report of alleged discrimination, harassment or retaliation, the Compliance Officer shall promptly authorize an investigation into the complaint, determine whether the alleged act occurred, and determine whether any action must be taken to end or prevent further harassment, discrimination, or retaliation.  For more information about this process, please review School Board Policy GBAB-R.    

Should you have any questions about these procedures or the contents of this notice, please contact Hampton City Schools Compliance Officer at: One Franklin Street, Hampton, VA  23669 or (757) 727-2300.  



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