By: Max L.
This is the weirdest year since 2018-2019 because of the Coronavirus. One reason is that everything is shutting down. Another is that now everything is now homework, which is not what I like at all. But on the bright side you are at home. And I know that a lot of people say they’re bored, but I'm kind of used to being home and free so in my opinion it’s way better. Finally, I'm even happier because there is still 4 more weeks to come. In conclusion, I like the COVID-19 break.
By: Katie C.
Most kids don’t even want to do their schoolwork for the two weeks off. But, I don’t mind it! I am having more fun than I thought I would have. I sort of enjoy the schoolwork, and my mom’s take on homeschool during this crisis.
My mom is making school fun with her take on homeschool. She does fun experiments with my brother, sister, and I. One of my personal favorites is the taste test. We would close our eyes, and pinch our nose, and then my mom would give a bite of food. Sometimes it would taste different, and other times you couldn’t even taste anything at all! The jalapeño surprised me the most. You couldn’t taste the spice! Another experiment was one where my mom put water and pepper in a bowl, and soap in another. You would dip your finger in the soap bowl, and after that, you would lightly touch the surface of the water in the bowl with water and pepper in it. The pepper would spread out to the sides of the bowl! That was to teach us why washing your hands is so important. Especially in this coronavirus.
Another thing my mom does while we are at home is, she takes us on virtual field trips to anywhere. From the green rolling hills of Ireland, to the fancy halls of the Louvre Art museum in France, these virtual field trips are fun!
I really like how my mom “homeschools” my siblings and I during these two weeks off due to the coronavirus! She makes schoolwork fun, and learning fun at home!
On Friday January 31st we had parents of students at Hampton Elementary come into the school and share their careers with the students. Each grade had their own presenters, one for each class.
Students would then rotate from class to class to enjoy each presentation. The presenters included: Ms. Garrison: Physical therapist, Ms. Nee: Veterinarian, Mr. Wilson: playground designer, Ms. Garner: child phycologist, Mr. Critz: project manager/engineer, Mr. Lotz: Mechanical Engineer, Mrs. Alston: credit business owner, Dr. Katsikides: Research scientist – transport/driverless cars and trucks, Ms. Johnston: child psychologist, Ms. Heick–Rodola: Dance teacher/director, Mr. Racosky: Aux. Police officer, Ms. Hammond: Career counselor/Business owner and artist, Mr. Alvarez: chair of engineering department at CCBC MD, and Ms. Jung: pharmacist.
They all made presentations for the students. Some included Power points and videos. Mr. Lotz had a PowerPoint to share his job and what he does. He told us important notes about the job such as the different fields within engineering and what to do if you are interested in engineering. He also passed around real products from his career. It was a cool and interesting presentation!
Another person we saw was Mrs. Alston, who was a credit repair company owner. She did a fun skit we got to participate in to explain what she does. She said if we were in debt, where we owe the bank money we borrowed and can’t pay it back, we go to a credit repair company and they help us give the bank’s money back. Her presentation was unique and fun!
Someone had to plan the fun Career day for us! That someone was our school counselor, Mrs. Dyer. She told us the steps she took in planning Career Day.
Step One: Send home letters with all the students explaining Career Day.
Step Two: Send permission slip with students' grades and what they were going to
Step three: Create a schedule and tell volunteers where to go and to email presentation to her to check it and make sure it is ok and appropriate to share
Those are the steps. We also got other interesting information from Ms. Dyer. This was our fourth Career Day.She had learned from mistakes in the past years, such as trying very hard and overachieving the first year and making it slightly better the next year. Mrs. Dyer was glad there were many volunteers for our fourth annual Career Day. There were 16 volunteers, but one got sick and couldn’t come. Mrs. Dyer had to put plan b into action, she had a backup volunteer who was able to come in.
We are all so glad that this year’s Career Day was a huge success.
On January 31st, 2020 Mr. Wade, a 4th grade teacher held the Hampton Geography Bee. There were 16 contestants. The contestant's names were Zane, Henry I, Sean, Patrick, Penny, Cara, Carly, Sadie, Sara, Chris, Saanvi, Ryan, Marcel, Jacob, and Kaylee.
The first Geography Bee here at Hampton was in 2018 and since they liked it so much, they did it again this year. In 2018 the tie breaker went on for about 20 questions. This year one of the options for the tiebreakers contained numbers. This would help determine a clear winner of the Geography Bee. "We learned from the mistakes from last time. This year I was more prepared.” said Mr. Wade.
Each contestant took turns standing up and answering their question within fifteen seconds about the geography of the United States of America. The contestants were handed a picture with three choices, circled their answer, and held it up when the time was up. Mrs. Kaiser, the school principal, had the role of scorekeeper and kept the score during the Geography Bee. A contestant was to be eliminated when they had made two incorrect answers during the first round of the geo bee. In the final round, the two remaining contestants were given a question and wrote down their answer on a doing tested white board. The winner of the Geo Bee was Kaylee, a fifth grader.
If you are interested in geography and culture, Mr. Wade has advice for you to keep learning about that field. “Read a lot-- not just fiction, but nonfiction. Nonfiction about other countries and cultures.” Also, you can get a lot of information from maps. We are still waiting to see Kaylee’s results, but in the meantime keep hoping for Kaylee to get in the State bee.
By Molly F., Zahra A., Carly C., & Katie K.
On Wednesday, December 11, 2019 Hampton Elementary had an assembly with Chinese acrobats. There were two girls and two boys ages, 14, 16, 20, and 21.
They had many tricks and routines including, flexibility tricks, balancing while moving, and gymnastics! They did partner tricks as well such as lifting and flipping each other. One of the girls did a dance with fans and balanced them on parts of her body. She also did this with candelabras. In addition, the men did pole dancing where they pulled themselves onto a large pole and used their strength to move around and stay up without falling. The two girls and men both did a gymnastics duet and were both very flexible. They were perfectly in sync and could support each other’s weight. These performances were amazing!
These acrobats were very young and have been training for performing almost their whole lives. “We have been training everyday” Said the announcer. They have been doing it for 14 years!
We also asked the PTA some questions about preparing the assembly. First, we asked them how they got the idea to have a Chinese Acrobat assembly. “I was trying to book something entertaining. Something FUN! I wanted a special treat for students and faculty to enjoy before winter break. I also thought it would be something interesting since most students have never experienced a performance like this, said the PTA’s Cultural Arts Chairperson, Melissa Randola.
Next, we asked them how they got in contact with the organization. “The name of the organization is The Bureau of Lectures and concert artists. I personally contacted them via email and phone. I also sent items through the mail,” Randola said.
Finally, we asked them if it was difficult to plan an assembly and what goes into planning the assembly? “I don’t think it is difficult. It is very exciting. Here is how I plan an assembly:
1) Check with Ms. Kaiser for available dates and what our budget is for the assembly.
2) Book the assembly. Mail a contract and down the payment.
3) ‘’Get prepared by setting up the dressing room, a microphone, sound system, etc.
4) ‘’Greet the assembly guests.
5)After the assembly I send a thank you note with feedback about the assembly. I also include their final payment.”
Thanks to the PTA to make it possible. This assembly was a big success for Hampton. I think that all the students really enjoyed having something like this to experience!
by Connor Y. & Nick F.
The fourth-grade musical December Nights, December Lights told about different types of holidays that are in December and how people celebrate the holidays. The musical was a great musical. The fourth grade sang “December Nights, December Lights,” “Light the Candles,” “La Fiesta de la Posada,” “Light the Kanara for Kwanzaa,” “Holiday Lights,” “One Candle Lights the Way,” and finally again to closeup the play they sang “December Nights, December Lights Finale.”
The fifth-grade band and orchestra performances were amazing. The band is made up of baritone, Saxaphone, trumpet, tuba, trombone, clarinet, drums, and flutes. The band worked hard for two months practicing and getting better at their instruments for the right tune. For the opening, the band played “Hot Cross Buns,” followed by “Inception,” and lastly for the closer “Jingle Bells.” The orchestra was made up of Violins, Violas, Cellos, and a double bass. The orchestra spent time and hard work to perfect the way they played. They worked and worked for two months straight practicing until they were great at their piece. The orchestra first played “Jingle Bells,” then the “Two Terrific Tunes” (also known as Lightly Row and Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star), and finished it off with “Fiddlers Hoedown.”
By Lucas V. & Max L.
Hampton’s first blood drive happened on November 21, 2019. Parents and staff donated blood to help those in need.
The blood drive was held in Hampton’s gym, which had Red Cross personnel who had set up their equipment. Parent volunteers met people at the door and helped people sign in. They were also serving snacks and refreshments to the donors.
The host of the blood drive and Hampton’s school nurse, Mrs. Chambers, told us that “Although it was successful, I would like there to be more donors.” said Mrs. Chambers. Even though twenty-four people tried to donate, only fifteen were able to donate blood.”
If you’re unable to donate blood, here’s some ways you can help the Red Cross. One way to help the Red Cross is by spreading the word about the blood drive. You can spread the word by telling your community about it so there can be a higher chance that the Red Cross will get more applicable donors.
By Nick F., Vera S. & Sariyah G.
Families were invited to the annual Hampton American Education Week November 18th through November 22nd . People could get spirit wear, buy turkey grams, and donate to classes. They were welcomed with snacks, drinks and signup sheets when they walked into the lobby. Something that Mrs. Crossell, Hampton’s Assistant Principal, liked about American Ed week is “The grandparents could come in and see their grandchildren working in their classes and they could get a picture with their grandchildren.” Each grade level had a specific time that family members could come visit, but they also could come in at any time. The parents could see how the classes acted they could also see how their child acted and participated in their classes. At the end of the day parents could dismiss their children early. The last day of American Education Week students had off so the teachers could have conferences with their parents.