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Hampton Council PTA honors Hampton City Schools staff and volunteers at annual awards banquet
The Hampton Council PTA recently honored Hampton City Schools staff, volunteers and business partners during their annual awards banquet. The categories and winners are as follows:
Volunteer of the Year:
When parents are involved, children succeed in school. Virginia PTA’s Volunteer Award Program recognizes and honors outstanding volunteers who have given selflessly to make their school community a better place for students and staff to achieve their goals. Volunteer of the Year is not a person who logs the most volunteer hours, but someone who has made a positive impact on the school and its children. The PTA recognizes a person at the primary and secondary level.
The 2016 Volunteers of the Year are John Tango, Burbank Elementary School, and Michelle Barnes, Spratley Gifted Center.
Champion of the Year:
This award is to recognize faculty and staff members, who actively promote and facilitate parental and family involvement in the schools by supporting their school’s PTA goals. This year’s Dr. Michael Canty Memorial Award for Parent Involvement was awarded to Carita Henderson of Booker Elementary School.
Support Staff of the Year:
The purpose of this award is to recognize the close working relationship between the PTA units and their school support staff and to honor them for their support. Myra Lingle of Booker Elementary School is this year’s recipient of the award.
The purpose of Model PTA is to encourage and direct PTA units to fulfill the requirements to be in good standing with national, state and local guidelines and policies. This participation provides a strong format and defines an effective process for parent engagement, advocacy and partnership in the school community. It also assists the school community in fulfilling the parents’ rights and responsibilities portion under the current education legislation.
This year’s Model PTA awards were presented to: Aberdeen Elementary School, Armstrong School for the Arts, Bassette Elementary School, Booker Elementary School, Davis Middle School, Eaton Fundamental Middle School, Kecoughtan High School, Phenix PreK-8 School, Phillips Elementary, Phoebus High School, Smith Elementary School, Spratley Gifted Center, and Syms Middle School.
100% Teacher Participation: The following schools obtained 100 percent teacher participation in the PTA this year: Aberdeen Elementary School, Armstrong School for the Arts, Asbury Elementary School, Barron Fundamental Elementary School, Bassette Elementary School, Booker Elementary School, Burbank Elementary School, Cooper Elementary Magnet School for Technology, Eaton Fundamental Middle School, Kecoughtan High School, Kraft Elementary School, Machen Elementary School, Moton Early Childhood Center, Phenix PreK-8 School, Spratley Gifted Center, Syms Middle School, and Tucker-Capps Fundamental Elementary School.
Membership Increase Awards: The following schools were successful in increasing the membership at their school over their last year’s membership: Aberdeen Elementary School, Andrews PreK-8 School, Armstrong School for the Arts, Barron Fundamental Elementary School, Bassette Elementary School, Eaton Fundamental Middle School, Forrest Elementary School, Lindsay Middle School, Machen Elementary School, Moton Early Childhood Center, Phenix PreK-8 School, Phillips Elementary School, Spratley Gifted Center, Syms Middle School, and Tyler Elementary School.
Hampton Council recognizes one primary and one secondary school PTA for an outstanding PTA program that has made a positive impact on the students in that school by specifically addressing a need in their school.
Award of Outstanding – Aberdeen Elementary School, Kecoughtan High School
Award of Excellence – Booker Elementary School, Phoebus High School
Honorable Mention – Davis Middle School
Every school community has unique features and it is the effective PTA that recognizes this when choosing how to communicate with its members and community at large. The recipients of the Excellence in Communications Award were judged on creativity, communications, representation of PTA programs and services.
The primary winners are: Aberdeen Elementary School. Armstrong School for the Arts, Bassette Elementary School, Booker Elementary School, Burbank Elementary School, Phillips Elementary School, and Forrest Elementary School.
The secondary winners are: Bethel High School, Davis Middle School, Eaton Fundamental Middle School, Kecoughtan High School, Phenix PreK-8 School, Phoebus High School, Spratley Gifted Center, and Syms Middle School.
The purpose of this award is to recognize local units that demonstrate teamwork by partnering with community organizations to collaborate on a successful program. The Award of Excellence was presented to:
Booker Elementary Hampton University Leadership Program
Phoebus High Sentara Hospital
Aberdeen Elementary Aberdeen Gardens Civic Association
Davis Middle Area Restaurants
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.
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, email@example.com.
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org., the Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing, email@example.com and/or the Director of Graphics, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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