PTA Hosts Virtual Family Fun Run
By Penelope K. & Silas P.
The Hampton PTA is sponsoring a virtual race between April 24 and May 1. Registration began on April 19. Students who register get a sneaker hung on the main entrance of the school. Families are invited to participate in the race during those dates. Participants are welcomed to finish a mile however they please.
The Hampton PTA has had Fun Runs before but this year they had to do it virtually for COVID-19 regulations. The PTA wanted to make his a family event where people could spend time outdoors.
“The goal of the Virtual Family Fun Run is to promote healthy and active lifestyles while at the same time trying to help financially support different areas of the school,” said Mrs. Jessica Williams, the Vice President of Fundraising for the Hampton PTA .
Students can register for the race online, and then they can get sponsored by family members and friends to fundraise for the school.
“The money that is raised will all be used during the remainder of the school year,” Mrs. Williams said. “It will help with purchasing the 2020-21 Yearbooks, classroom supplies for teachers, Teacher Appreciation Week in May as well as the Fifth Grade Farewell / Field Day.”
In addition to doing the race, students can also win prizes. There are different tiers for fundraising, for example students who raise $25 get an HES magnet. Students who raise a certain amount of money will also be entered into a raffle for some additional items.
The PTA is looking forward to see the members of the Hampton Community unplugging from work and school and taking some time to reconnect with each other.
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Hampton Goes Hybrid
By Penelope K. & Silas P.
On April 6th Hampton Elementary School welcomed third through fifth graders back into the building for hybrid learning.
Four hundred thirty three students choose the hybrid learning option, and 212 students chose to remain virtual. The students are separated into three cohorts. Cohort A comes to the school building on Mondays and Tuesdays and Cohort B comes to the school building on Thursdays and Fridays. Cohort C students remain virtual, just think of it as “C stands for computer.” Wednesdays remain asynchronous for all students. Cohort C students continue to use the Google Meet platform to learn from their teachers while Cohorts A and B learn in the classroom and the Google Meets are projected on Promethean Boards. Hybrid students attend their special area classes, such as art and music, in those classrooms. Students attend lunch with the grade level in the cafeteria.
Hampton is taking a lot of safety precautions for their hybrid students. Everyone in the school building must wear a mask during the school day, except when eating lunch in the cafeteria. Students maintain social distance in the hallways and in the classrooms. There are footprints in the hallways to encourage appropriate space and smiley face stickers in the cafeteria to keep students spread apart while eating. Visitors are not allowed in the building .
Despite the precautions and the excitement to be back in the building, hybrid learning has presented some challenges. Students must remain masked all day, which can be a big adjustment for students who were not used to wearing them. It can also be difficult to hear each other talking. It’s difficult for teachers to teach two groups at the same time.
“It’s hard to juggle both online and in person students but it’s great to see the kids,” said Mrs. Towner, the art teacher at Hampton.
Another huge challenge is issues with technology. One issue is that virtual students and students in the building have difficulty hearing each other. Another issue is the bandwidth that it takes to operate Google Meets for all students. Last week, the internet in Baltimore County schools went out and virtual students had to work asynchronously.
Although there have definitely some challenges, the Hampton school community is happy to have teachers and students back in the building.
“I have heard that our children love being back and seeing friends,” said Mrs. Kaiser, the principal at Hampton. “We have a lot of new children who have never attended Hampton, so they are excited to be in the building.”
By Amany A. & K.B.S.I.
In celebration of Earth Day, two of our reporters came up with a list of ten things to do to help the Earth.
1.Try to ask mother/father to record you talking about earth.
2. If you go to the beach and see something like trash or plastic in the sea pick it up before a sea animal gets hurt.
3.DON’T dump trash into the water that’s why turtles are choking.
4.This is a very serious topic. Be careful to make sure to pick up your trash or earth wouldn’t be our baby bear from goldilocks.
5.please restrict yourself from fracking this causes pollution.
6. If you are using paper. Use the entire paper before you throw it out because if you're doing that you're wasting trees.
7.Try to regrow plants.
8.Try to refrain animals from plants they are destructive.