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.