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Hawk News from the Principal 4/26

Hello HCES families,

Thank you all for your support these last two weeks with testing! We have planned make-up testing for tomorrow and hope to reach the accountability measure of 95% participation once make-ups are completed. We will be able to use this year's scores as a growth measure once testing is completed next year.

Our HCES PTA meeting will be held virtually this Thursday night, April 29th, at 6:00 p.m. and we hope you will join us! I will be sharing information about the Alabama Literacy Act and what this means for your child and how we are addressing our students' learning and growth. The Alabama Literacy Act was passed in 2019 and is focused on improving literacy. We hope you will join us! Information on how to join the meeting will be shared soon.

As we continue to follow the ADPH toolkit guidelines, the current procedures that we have in place will continue through the end of the year. We will continue to wear masks and we are not hosting events to limit visitors to the building. We are planning celebrations for our students during the school day after testing is complete as well as other celebrations for the end of the year.

The Fifth Grade Bridging Celebration will occur on May 26th to be shared via zoom and also recorded for family members. We will host two separate times, the traditional student ceremony will begin at 8:30 a.m. and HVA student ceremony will begin at 9:45 a.m. Students will be seated in our cafeteria which can accommodate the students and provide social distancing as well. We will have a photographer take a picture of each student on the bridge and a videographer so we can provide a link for families to watch at their convenience. We understand many families wanted to attend and are disappointed that this is not an option. Please remember that in elementary schools, our events occur during the school day and we must follow the ADPH toolkit guidelines which limit visitors to the building. We have to remember that the safety of our students and teachers is the priority while still having a ceremony. This format will be used across the district in other elementary schools as well.

Our PTA is also selling personalized yard signs for our 5th-grade students. I will add the information below or you can visit our school Facebook page or our Hampton Cove Elementary PTA Facebook page.

Our Virtual "K for a Day" video is now live on our school website. Please visit our school website and click on the link for "K for a Day" under the School News section. If you know of any families in your neighborhood who plan to attend HCES in the fall, please ask them to visit our school website or call the school to obtain registration information. They are also welcome to join our PTA meeting this Thursday night as well.

We have had several calls to the front office asking if I will accept teacher requests for next year. Please know that I am unable to accept parent requests for specific teachers because I can not guarantee any teacher/student placement. We have accepted environment requests in the past, however, this will not occur as we move forward. The only request I will take is if you have had experience with a teacher in the past and you wish to have a different teacher based on your personal experience. Our teachers love our students and work well to problem solve issues that may arise throughout the year. If you have an issue, we will work together for the good of our students. Parents who have been with us for a while know this about our school family.

Timeline:

  • April 23rd - Progress reports were sent home
  • April 29th - PTA Meeting at 6:00 p.m. via zoom - Alabama Literacy Act explained
  • May 3-7 - STAR Testing for K - 2nd grade students
  • May 10-14- STAR Testing for 3rd-5th Grade students
  • May 3-7 - Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 26th - 5th Grade Bridging Ceremony - 8:30 a.m. for traditional students, 9:45 for HVA students
  • May 28th - Last day of school; report cards sent home

Thank you all for your support,

Ms. Spivey