CONTACT | CALENDAR | STAFF | EMAIL LOGIN Parent Portal logoFacebook iconTwitter iconYoutube iconInstagram Icon

Toggle Menu



Kim Sorrell

Jones Magnet Middle School students create Chromebook bands to help students identify devices

Kimberly Sorrell’s Tech Ed 8 class at Jones Magnet Middle School is all about finding solutions to everyday problems with whatever materials they have available. 

Due to a Hampton City Schools regulation, students are not allowed to put any kind of stickers on their digital devices. Students in grades five through 12 are issued Chromebooks to use during the school year. Sorrell and her students went through the process of seeking a solution to allow students to identify their Division-issued Chromebooks. 

The class discussed various items they could make to use with their Chromebooks and through trial and error, settled on the Chromebook Band.  Each student is required to go through the entire process of creating a band and made their own. This band, that is made of duct tape and hair ties or headbands, allows students to individually identify their device.  Duct tape comes in a variety of colors and patterns so students can choose how they want to express themselves through their own band.  They can also write on the band without damaging the device.

Sorrell said she already had the duct tape in the classroom for other projects and she had hair ties on-hand that she gives to students during the year when they are using machinery in the classroom.

four students with ChromebooksSorrell said her class is all about being action-based and hands-on.  They cover all aspects of problem solving.  Her motto is “Use what you have to get what you need.”

Since the bands have become so popular, the students are now making them through an assembly line.  Some students are better at folding the tape, said Sorrell, while others would rather attach the elastic bands.  Each student is given the opportunity to use their creativity and find their niche.

Sorrell has been teaching technology at Jones for the past 19 years.  She also taught at Davis Middle School and another district before finding her home at Jones.  She is full of energy and you can tell she loves what she does.  Her students are very excited to be a part of the class.

“When students get to hold up their finished project and say look what I did,” said Sorrell, “you can’t beat that.”

Riley Brown, one of the students in the class, said, “when we first talked about the bands, I thought it wasn’t going to work.  But then, I saw it on my Chromebook and said it’s pretty cool.”  Brown said other kids saw the bands and they wanted them too.

Sorrell and her students are presently selling the bands to students at Jones and have sold about 60.  She said the funds they raise go toward the eighth grade dance.

Sorrell’s class includes a lot of different aspects of technology.  “We use duct tape a lot,” she said.  “We make aprons with duct tape and trash bags, we use the woodworking machinery, we have a 3D printer, and much more.”

Anyone interested in purchasing a Chromebook band (they are in the process of making a larger one for regular laptops) may contact Sorrell at

©2018 HAMPTON CITY SCHOOLS All rights reserved - One Franklin Street, Hampton Virginia 23669 - 757-727-2000

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 (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,


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.


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.

  • To download this free program, visit the Adobe website.
  • To read PDF documents with a screen reader, please link to the Access Adobe website, which provides useful tools and resources.

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,, the Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing, and/or the Director of Graphics,

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:

  • A description of the accessibility concern or question;
  • The webpage address of the requested material;
  • The format in which the user prefers to receive the material;
  • The user’s contact information, including preferred method of contact.


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.