by The Hampton Herald Staff
The Hampton Drama Club is performing the “Lion King Jr.” March 1st and 8th at 7:00 p.m. and March 2nd and 9th at 3:00 p.m.
The Drama Club at Hampton is made up of third-fifth graders. Students auditioned in September. For their auditions, students had to read some lines and sing a song. All students who auditioned were cast in the play.
Four teachers at Hampton are in charge of the drama club. Mr. Willmore is the director, Mrs. Fletcher is the musical director, Mrs. Stock is in charge of props, and Ms. Patek is the choreographer.
Mr. Willmore brought the idea of a drama club to Hampton a few years ago.
“When I was younger, my sister (who is an actress in Hollywood) got me into theatre, and it changed my life. It made me more outgoing and I found something I’m very passionate about. I want to provide the same opportunity for students at Hampton,” said Mr. Willmore.
The passed few years, the Drama Club has performed several Disney plays including “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Little Mermaid.” This year Mr. Willmore and Mrs. Fletcher decided to do “The Lion King.”
“The Lion king is a great story with memorable songs. We always like to pick something that the community will either know or enjoy. This show is a good balance of funny and heartfelt,” Mr. Willmore said.
The Drama Club students have been rehearsing in September. They rehearse after school until 5:45 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. In the beginning, they were learning their dances, lines, and songs. Now, they are running the show over and over to fix little things.
Besides the four teachers in charge, lots of other people in the Hampton community also help. Several fifth and sixth graders are helping with stage crew. Parent volunteers are also helping. For example, some parent volunteers made animal costumes, such a giraffes and the Pumba costume. Mrs. Towner, one of the art teachers at Hampton, designed the sets and lots of props for the play. The Art Club helped paint several of the sets white, used paper mâché for the elephant graveyard, and made the lion masks. Working on these projects can take a lot of time.
“Some projects can take a while, some can take two days,” said Mrs. Towner.
On Tuesday, February 22nd the whole school got to see a preview of the show. There were two performances to accommodate everyone. Students and staff got to see a lot of the musical numbers including “Circle of Life,” “Just Can’t Wait to Be king,” “Hakuna Matata,” Shadowland,” and “Be Prepared.”
“Hakuna Matata was my favorite because it’s funny and I like that part in the movie, and the dance is funny,” said Joey P., a fourth-grade student.
On Tuesday, February 27th, the Hampton staff was invited to watch the performance.
“It gives the staff who cannot attend a weekend performance an opportunity to support their students and it gives The Drama Club members one more chance to perform in front of an audience before opening night,” said Ms. Patek, the choreographer for the show.
Lots of people are excited for the show this weekend! The performers have been working very hard and the school community is eager to see what they have done.
“I am excited to perform in front of an audience,” said Calvin C., a fourth-grade student and member of The Drama Club.
Tickets for the performance are sold out for both weekends! Over 1,000 tickets were sold among the four shows.
The Hampton Herald Staff would like to say “Break a Leg” to our staff members who are performing: Julia, Calvin, Paige, and Sanjay. We would also like to send congratulations to Calvin and Brady for helping with the sets and props with The Art Club!
By The Hampton Herald Staff
Hampton Elementary celebrated Black History Month by decorating doors in honor of famous and influential African Americans.
Teachers and students throughout the school chose a person and decorated their doors to celebrate.
Mrs. Hicks’ class (fifth grade) chose Neal DeGrasse Tyson and Beyonce for their door. One side of the door shows Neal with a space background, and she had her students write down what they want to accomplish when they are older. Mrs. Franics’ door included lots of different notable African Americans and their accomplishes. Mrs. Arguello’s class (2nd grade) chose Lonnie Johnson. Their door was decorated with a bunch of tear drops and listed facts and pictures of him. Ms. Patek’s class (4th grade) celebrated Bea Gaddy with their door. They showed pictures and displayed various adjectives to describe Bea Gaddy such as “Bea empathetic” and “Bea an advocate.”
This is the second year that Hampton has celebrated Black History Month by decorating their classroom doors.
“We chose to decorate the classroom doors to bring some brightness to our hallways, and they were a nice way for students to learn about influential people. It was also a way for teachers to get their students involved in the making of the doors to have conversations about different influential people,” said Ms. Kotrla, a first-grade teacher and Equity liaison at Hampton.
All members of the Hampton faculty were encouraged to participate.
“Our hope was for the school to come together as a community to honor and celebrate the diversity that makes us stronger. The hope was that students could learn something new and gain an appreciation for Black History Month and all that it has to offer,” said Mrs. Kotrla.
Take some time this week to learn about all of the influential people being celebrated in the classrooms at Hampton.
The Hampton Herald Staff
Kids Heart Challenge
Hampton Elementary School is participating in Kids Heart Challenge from January 8-February 16, 2024.
Kids Heart Challenge is a program that is nationwide. It’s a way for students to raise money, which is donated to the American Heart Association. Throughout the process they are educated about CPR, the heart, and healthy habits.
Hampton’s been involved with the program for 12 years. Mrs. Cavender, one of Hampton's PE teachers, has run it the last five years and Mrs. Corbo, the previous PE teacher, ran it before that.
“It is exciting but also very overwhelming,” said Mrs. Cavender. “It's exciting because people keep getting more money but it's overwhelming because so many students participate because our school is awesome.”
This year, Hampton’s fundraising goal was $18,000. Mrs. Cavender chose this goal because it was $2,000 more than last year.
At Hampton, third through fifth graders are invited to participate. According to Mrs.cavender if they did K-5 by 3rd grade it would get boring for them. As of publication the whole school has donated over $16, 000. The top four classes are Mrs. Rees, Mrs. Barboza, Ms. Patek, and Mrs. Richards.
There’s lots of great things about the Kids Heart Challenge, and Hampton has done a great job participating!
By Love Gigi, Joey P., & Maya L.
The second marking period for Baltimore County Public Schools ends on Friday, January 19th. This means that the third marking period is coming up. How can you have a successful third marking period? Read below to find out!
A successful goal for the 3rd marking period is being organized.One way to be organized is to have a clean desk. Another way to be organized is to use your agenda.A final way to be organized is to put the right papers in the right folders.
A successful goal for the 3rd period is to study or practice at home. Here’s a few reasons why you should practice at home. 1. You could practice flash cards at home with an adult or by yourself. 2. You could also take time doing your homework instead of just running though.
At last, if you’re stuck on a problem don’t be afraid to ask a parent for help.
A good goal for the 3rd marking period is to do good deeds.One way to do good deeds is to be kind to others. Another way to do good deeds is to complete your work. Something you could do is don’t skip school just because you don’t want to go. It’s important to go to school every day so you don’t fall behind or miss anything important. Lastly, be quiet when someone talks! It’s important to know what someone says because it could be important.
Those are a few things you can do to make the 3rd marking period the best one. Good luck trying them!
By Theodore L, Jules, & Paige S.
At the beginning of the year, many people set out to make goals for themselves. Some popular goals include to read more, to improve at something, or to sleep more. Many people have trouble reaching their goals. Why? Because they aren’t SMART.
Read below to see how you can make your goals SMART.
Think about the word SMART.
Specific: You want to make your goals specific so you can fully understand your goals.
Measurable: You need to make your goals clear, so you can see when you’ve reached them.
Attainable: Make sure your goals are achievable.
Realistic/Relevant: It has to be able to do, it can’t be crazy.
Time-bound: Make sure you have time to do it.
If you want to learn more go into Schoology and click any course then click Brainpop and type in setting goals.
By The Hampton Herald Staff
Hampton Elementary School is ready for winter break! Students only have one virtual half-day to go.
There were many exciting things happening this week at Hampton in preparation for the break. The fourth-grade concert was Tuesday, December 19th. The fourth graders performed twice during the day and once in the evening.
“The Concert was amazing and I could understand the students. It was great,” said Mrs. Fletcher, one of the vocal music teachers.
Students sang a selection of winter-themed songs including “Winter Walk” and “Oh Hanukkah.”
Today, students and staff got to participate in pajama day. People came to school dressed in their winter pajamas.
“I loved pajamas day, my favorite thing about it was bringing a stuffie!” said a student.
Students also had winter parties. Most classes celebrated today, Thursday December 21st. Mrs. Rees’ class did “Minute to Win It” games. Minute to Win It games are games you try to win and you only have one minute to do it. There was also a treat or snack they got during the party. YUM!
“I'm so excited for the class party this week! It’s so fun being able to help plan the party, spend time with all the students, and get to know everyone better,” said Brooke L., one of the classroom coordinators for Mrs. Rees’s class.
The students will have a virtual half-day on December 22nd, and students will have several assignments to complete. Many students are planning to get up early and get their work done, so they can begin their winter break as soon as possible.
By The Hampton Herald Staff
The Hampton Herald Newspaper staff had the opportunity to interview Mr. Greg Carpenter, the co-host for the morning show and the Program Director for 101.9 Lite FM.
Do you have a favorite guest that you have had on your show?
My favorite guest was American Idol judge Lionel Richie, he was super nice and he had a great personality. I also interviewed Johnny.O, the county executive.
What inspired you to work in radio?
I had always wanted to do it. When I was in 5th grade, I listened to a radio station called B 104 and my grandparents were also on the radio so I decided to do that.
What kinds of equipment do you use?
There’s old equipment that are called CDs. Before CDs there was vinyl. There were little vinyls called 45s and big vinyls called LPs. We used a lot of tape as well. Now, everything is digital. Everything is on the computer. All the music, commercials, and jingles are all on the computer.
What music do you play on the show?
We play pop music all the way from the 80’s to now.
Do you choose what you play?
I have two jobs at the station. I am the morning show host, and I am also the program director. I find out what people like and what people don’t like. I am lucky in the fact that I get to pick the songs that we play. Most Djs don’t get to do that.
What is the best thing about hosting a radio show?
You get to do a lot of cool and different things everyday. I enjoy that I don’t have to sit behind a computer all day.
What other jobs have you had?
I used to work at Valley View farms–a nursery, which is a place that sells plants, and a Christmas shop– in college. After college I started working at WCAO, which is a country station. It was an AM station. There’s two types of radio stations, AM & FM, and AM there is a lot of talk and voice and FM is where the music is.
How many people work at the station?
We have people on air, we have a sales team, and we have a programming team. At my station alone, there’s only four people on air, 5 if you include traffic. We have three radio stations in our company, Mix 106.5, 101.9, and 105.7 The Fan. I do some work on the Fan also. If we count everyone in the building, we probably have 75 or 80 people.
What is your typical work day like?
I wake up at 4:15 in the morning. I get to the radio station at about 5:20 and we go on air at 6. We do our show until 9. After 9, I do all the programming for the station until about 2:30. I figure out promotions. For example, we do a lot of Disney vacations. The reason we go is to paint the picture of what it’s like at Disney when our listeners win the contest. We describe all of these things to the listeners.
When you have to interview someone, do you choose?
We don’t really pick and choose, most of the time they come to us. One time we had Adam Jones call us over to do work at his charity. Let’s say there’s a new movie and Tom Cruise is in it. They want to promote it, so they call us.
Has public speaking ever scared you?
It is actually more scary for me to present to like 1 or 2 people than 500 people. It was much scarier for me to present in school than on the air.
What did you study in college?
Mass communications. I studied that at Towson university. Most schools now call it electronic media. Mass communications was too generic. If you guys are interested in radio or television, look for schools with electronic media programs.
Why did you choose 101.9?
I used to work at Mix 106.5 and they are the same company as 101.9. They were doing a whole bunch of changes and they asked if I would like to do mornings and I said “sure.” I was already in the building. Before that, I applied to Mix 106.5. When you apply, you have a resume, which is a summary of your experience, and they also wanted a tape. The tape (which is a flashdrive) had my show on it. It was an example of how I sounded. They liked what they heard, so they hired me.
What kinds of skills do you need to have to be a host?
You have to have good speaking skills. You have to know how to tell stories. Good communication skills are the most important. You also have to know different types of computers. There’s also radio software that you have to know. In addition to communication skills, you have to know recording audio software to do proper editing.
What advice would you give to someone who is interested in working in radio?
Say yes to everything. Try your hardest and meet as many people as you can. If you want to be on air, but a station doesn’t have an on-air position but they ask if you want to be a promotions assistant, the answer is yes because you want to get in the building. My biggest advice is meet people and do everything you can to get noticed.
What is the most challenging thing about hosting a show?
Probably when things get real, it gets so much harder when we have real news to talk about. Like when things get serious, we need to make sure that we can be as accurate as possible. For example, if there is an accident on the beltway, we need to make sure that we tell our listeners what exactly is happening and how to get around it. Another big challenge is making sure the ratings stay the same and keeping them from stooping down.
What kinds of questions do you ask people?
We usually have fun with them. Everyone’s there to promote something. Before we get to that, we like to have fun with them. We ask fun questions first and then we get into the information portion.
What other types of jobs are there in the station?
There are On-Air people, Sales people, promotions people who make sure we are promoting the movies and shows correctly. We also have engineers who work with FCC who keep us on the air. So every job is really important to keep the station up and running.
How do you prepare each day?
There’s two things I do. I pay attention to life. Anything related to the listener. Anything happening in showbiz. We try our hardest from a pop-culture perspective to talk about it. We pay attention to our own lives so we can tell our listeners.
What was your favorite place to visit while working?
The Disney cruises. There is so much to do. It is like a 5-star hotel cruise ship. It has amazing restaurants and so much to do. It pulls into a port with white sand and crystal blue water when the ship finally docks.
What was your favorite memory?
My favorite memory is when we can meet with artists backstage after concerts. It is so cool talking to the artists about the show and why they chose the songs that they performed.
What happens if you get sick?
There’s replacements. I weirdly haven’t been sick for a long time, knock on wood. The last time I called in sick was probably in 2010. I had COVID in 2020, but with COVID, I actually did my show from home. We have the technology that we set up a little computer at home and can beam right into the station. But, I like going in and me and Gina Crash together. When you’re separated it’s not as fun and you can’t react to each other.
Do you get along well with your Co-host?
Yes, me and Gina get along super well. That is really important for a radio show because it is really hard to seem genuine when you don’t like your Co-host.
Who is your favorite co-worker?
My favorite co-worker is probably Gina. She’s crazy, which is actually a complement. She has the ability to come up with a one-liner immediately. If you say something, she can react to it right away and it’s always funny.
What would you rate your job?
It’s pretty good–9.5 out of 10. Now, the reason it’s not a 10 is because I have to wake up early. Our show would sound so much better if it started at 10. I’ve been really lucky. I sort of get to do a hobby.
How much longer do you think you’ll do it?
I will do it as long as they let me. I will do it as long as I am. For me, it’s a hobby so I don’t have this idea that I’m retiring at 62. If they want me there, I’ll be there. I’ll work forever.
By Rachel CJ, Kayilan N., & Cooper J.
Throughout the week of May 8 to May 12, Hampton Elementary had the opportunity to shop and browse for books at the Spring book fair.
Lots of parents came to volunteer at the book fair. You didn’t have to just buy a book. They had lots of pens and erasers that you could buy if you bought a book. Also, if you didn’t have any money, you had the chance to purchase books online with your parents. This was a fun and learning experience for the whole school.
By The Hampton Herald Staff
Hampton families are invited to attend Art Night on Monday, May 1st from 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Mrs. Towner, one of the Hampton art teachers, is running Art Night. Mrs. Towner has been running Art Night for 12 years, but Art Night has been happening before Mrs. Towner became a teacher at Hampton. Mrs. Towner is looking forward to Art Night this year.
“I like seeing the parents get all excited about seeing their kids' artwork,” said Mrs. Towner
In addition to Mrs. Towner, the Art Club is also helping with Art Night. They helped to get materials together and are going to help with the activities. There will be a lot of fun things to do at Art Night.
“Everybody can wander around and see their students' art work. There are photo booths and cut-outs for students to take photos. There is also a scavenger hunt for students to participate in,” Mrs. Towner said.
Students are allowed to choose which of their projects is the best and therefore gets hung up at Art Night.
It will be a great night to appreciate what students have been working on in their art classes this year.
By Quinn WK & Kai G.-H.
Many people may not know the origins of Earth Day, and science Earth Day is fast approaching this coming week, we thought it would be a great time as any to give you all of the history. This is, The history of Earth Day.
Earth day was created in the Spring of 1970 by Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin. He made the holiday to enforce an agenda. Millions of people from many different cities demonstrated Earth day. His plan worked, and Earth Day was made into an official holiday on April 22, 1970.
Another day similar to Earth day which may have been an inspiration is Arbor day, which was created in Nebraska in 1872 a day which people are encouraged to plant trees for Earth’s well being.
And that was the full history of Earth Day.. In a nutshell.
Credit for the information goes to The United States Environmental Protection Agency.gov, which has a ton more information on this topic if you want to learn more about Earth Day and it’s history.