EVERY CHILD, EVERY DAY, WHATEVER IT TAKES!
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HCS teachers participate in Renewable Energy Inquiry and Engineering Workshop
Hampton City Schools science teachers had a unique opportunity to receive training from representatives from Clean Energy Bright Futures (CE) on June 17 and 18 at the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA). CE (https://cebrightfutures.org/) is a national clean energy, career connected education program from Bonneville Environmental Foundation of Portland, OR, that works with schools, educators, and industry to build a clean energy future where communities and the environment are thriving and resilient.
Through collaboration between CE; NIA (https://www.nianet.org/); Venicia Ferrell, HCS science curriculum leader; and Betsy McAllister, HCS STEM teacher specialist and educator in residence at NIA, teachers took part in the Renewable Energy Inquiry and Engineering workshop with Parker Mullins and Annie Le, CE Program Managers. Participant and Kecoughtan High School science teacher Kristen Coolbear shared that the, “workshop provided new and interesting ways to approach alternative and renewable energy sources with students.”
On June 17, ten elementary teachers focused on the fundamentals of energy and energy transformation, hands-on circuitry phenomena, designing and re-designing solar cars, and wind energy. The teachers explored ways to make energy transformations understandable to their students through a kinesthetic simulation called Energy Theatre. Teachers explored the fundamentals of electricity, including how to build basic circuits, comparing voltage and current in circuitry systems, and collecting data using multimeters. Teachers built, revised, and raced solar cars and used everyday materials to build wind turbines that could lift weights. “This training gave insight on the importance of teaching our students about the need to use renewable resources and fun ways to show them how this could be accomplished,” according to Janet Heller, 3rd grade teacher at Machen Elementary. “I enjoyed the experiments and learning about how to spark interest in the minds of my students.”
On June 18, thirteen secondary teachers also learned about unique ways to make energy and energy transformations come alive for their students through Energy Theatre. In addition, they took part in hands-on investigations to enrich their understanding of advanced circuitry phenomena. The afternoon was spent investigating battery science. Teacher teams constructed both aluminum air and coin batteries. According to Alexis Tharpe (6th grade teacher at Phenix PreK-8), “The workshop was very informative. The hands-on activities were thought provoking and could be easily incorporated into the science curriculum. Students will enjoy working to solve the challenges.”
“My students will be highly engaged with the hands-on activities that were provided during our PD. They will certainly be surprised when they create batteries from pennies and cardboard and aluminum and air,” said Deanna McNeil, 6th grade science teacher at the Spratley Gifted Center.
As a result of this collaboration, CE is providing renewable energy kits that will be available for check out through the HCS Science Department.
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.
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, 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.
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.