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HCS Title I Department recognizes Promoters of Excellence

Hampton City Schools Title I Department recently hosted the Title I Promoter of Excellence recognition reception for parents, volunteers and community partners. The event is held to honor and promote excellence in parent and community engagement, to build a network of exemplary parents who are leaders in Title I schools, and recognize the volunteers who support school initiatives. The reception was held on April 19 in the Ruppert Sargent Building.

This year’s Title I Promoters of Excellence award winners are: James Pope, parent volunteer from Machen Elementary School; Bakari Clemmons, community volunteer from Booker Elementary School; and community partner, police officer Titus Sapp and the Hampton Police Division from Aberdeen Elementary School. The Title I Program also recognized their district level community partners - Lemmata Chiropractic, Jacquelyn Linder of the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank and Shawn Henderson of the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank - for the support of all HCS Title I schools and the Title I Family Engagement Program.

In addition, the Title I Department recognized the following Promoters of Excellence at each school:

Aberdeen Elementary School
Melba Cary
Hampton Police Division

Andrews PreK-8 School
LaShonda Holimon
Corey Johnson
Shayla Woodard

Bassette Elementary School
Sandra Engelhardt
Brenda Lee
Legacy School & Career Apparel LLC

Booker Elementary School
Bakari Clemmons
Geraldine Evans
Hampton Fire & Rescue, Station 7

Bryan Elementary School
Downtown Hampton Kiwanis Club
Ashley Gregory
Gail House

Cary Elementary School
Mary Crump
Hampton Commission on the Arts

Davis Middle School
First Christian Church
Christy Elliott
Valerie Fauntleroy

Forrest Elementary School
Jason Holland
Gina Lewis
Chris Stanley

Lindsay Middle School
Norman & Vicki Crowder
Stephanie Fedorchenko
Diana James Wynder

Machen Elementary School
Virginia Abernethy
Tammy Hill
James Pope

Smith Elementary School
Pine Chapel Baptist Church
Richard Spencer
Linda Wright

Syms Middle School
Newport News/Hampton Chapter of Continental Societies, Inc.
Michael Winston

Tyler Elementary School
Marian Currier
Bill Hoffman
Marcus Johnson

The event committee includes Chanda Epps, coordinator of family engagement; April Howard, family engagement specialist at Andrews; Amy Killian, family engagement specialist at Tyler; A. Diamond Torres, family engagement specialist at Lindsay; Stephanie Cartwright, family engagement specialist at Davis; Carita Henderson, family engagement specialist at Booker; and Helema Vandivier, family engagement specialist at Bryan.

The selection committee includes Carolyn Bowers, public relations specialist/clerk of school board; Joy Charbonneau, administrative secretary; and Kim Richardson, teacher development coordinator.

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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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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.


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Also, many popular browsers contain built-in accessibility tools, and there are other plug-ins that make websites more accessible.

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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.
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