NEWS • PRESS RELEASES • IMPORTANT INFORMATION • STORIES • BRIEFS
Holocaust refugee visits Davis Middle School
Captain Alex Keisch, a Holocaust refugee, visited seventh grade language arts students at Davis Middle School. Chelsea O’Hanlon’s students had been reading a Holocaust memoir, written as a graphic novel, titled Maus. Keisch, a retired captain of the U.S. Navy, shared his family’s experiences of death and survival during the Holocaust, and life in general for the Jewish community in Hitler’s Europe.
Keisch told the students that his parents were able to escape and hide during the war. However, all of his grandparents and all of his uncles, aunts, and cousins perished during that time. His father was one of 14 children.
Keisch and his twin brother were born in the waning days of World War II in the Nazi work camp, Plaszov, located in the city of Krakow, Poland. This is the camp from which Oscar Schindler saved over 1,000 Jews.
He told the students how at one point his father was captured by the Nazi army, but was able to escape. His mother died when he and his brother were 3 years old, and his father was later able to immigrate himself and his two boys to America. Keisch and his brother were later separated from their father and adopted by a family in Connecticut.
Keisch tied his presentation into bullying so students could better relate to his message. He left them with the anti-bullying mantra, “we don’t allow that here.”
“The kids had nothing but good things to say about Captain Keisch after his presentation,” said O’Hanlon. “Many of them told me they want him to come back again or asked if we could take a trip to the Holocaust museum in Richmond. A lot of them also talked to me about how it was one thing to read about the Holocaust in class, but it was a whole new experience to actually meet somebody who was a part of it.”
O’Hanlon also said “it was beneficial to them because the majority of my kids didn't even know what the Holocaust was before we began reading our books. For them to take such an interest and be so responsive to Capt. Keisch shows me that they truly are engaged and learning. It was a unique experience that I am glad I was able to share with them.”
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.
HAMPTON CITY SCHOOLS
WEBSITE ACCESSIBILITY NOTICE
Hampton City Schools (HCS) is committed to making its website accessible for all, including individuals with disabilities, and strives to ensure accessibility currently and as new technologies emerge. The division welcomes questions and feedback on the site’s accessibility at each development phase. By clicking on “Contact” at the upper right of the main webpage, all users are able to “Help Resolve a Concern,” “Share a Story,” “Provide Feedback,” and “Ask a Question.” Additionally, the Contact Us page provides direct email access to HCS Webmaster Vickie Carper, firstname.lastname@example.org.
HCS’s computer systems and networks include all of the computer hardware, operating system software, application software, stored text, data files, electronic mail (email), local databases, externally accessed databases, CD-ROM, optical media, clip art, digital images, digitized information, communications technologies, and new available technologies.
Please note that some pages on the HCS website contain links to third-party sites. HCS is not responsible for the content, facts, opinions or accessibility of third-party sites.
HCS WEBMASTER AND ACCESSIBILITY
The majority of pages in our site are available in HTML format that can be deciphered by screen readers. Some documents are in Portable Document Format (PDF), which require Adobe Acrobat Reader to view.
Also, many popular browsers contain built-in accessibility tools, and there are other plug-ins that make websites more accessible.
The HCS website is designed and monitored by HCS Webmaster Vickie Carper, who serves as the gatekeeper for website content and accessibility. The Webmaster is under the direction of the Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing, supervised by the Director of Graphics.
Web visitors using assistive technology who may have trouble accessing information on the website may contact the HCS Webmaster, email@example.com., the Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing, firstname.lastname@example.org and/or the Director of Graphics, email@example.com.
When submitting a question or concern via email, “accessibility” should be included in the subject line. Every reasonable attempt will be made to address the user’s concern within twenty-four hours. To assist HCS in responding appropriately, all inquiries should include the following information:
HCS monitors all technology resource activity and requires all employees, students and individuals with access to HCS computer systems and networks to annually read and sign an Acceptable Use Policy. See School Board Policy IIBEA for Students; School Board Policy GBBB for Employees.
Our continuing goal is for the HCS website to be accessible to individuals with disabilities in compliance with the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and that statute's implementing regulations at 34 C.F.R. Part 104, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and that statute's implementing regulations at 28 C.F.R. Part 35.
Good faith efforts are being made to ensure that our website complies with web accessibility standards. In addition to the federal regulations above, we are actively working to conform to level AA of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.
Prior to posting new website content, the HCS Webmaster determines if the proposed content meets the criteria of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Periodically the HCS Webmaster checks the website with a recognized website checker such as 508 Checker and WAVE. If the audit identifies issues of concern or content errors that impede accessibility to any user, the concerns/errors are evaluated and remedied within a six-week period.
HCS’s website and computer systems and networks are provided on an “as available” basis. HCS makes no warranties, expressed or implied, without limitation, regarding the fitness for a particular purpose regarding any service provided by the system and any information contained or software used therein. The division uses hardware and software provided by third-party technology vendors. Therefore, the division does not warrant that the functions or services performed by, or that the information or software on the system, will meet the user’s requirements.