EVERY CHILD, EVERY DAY, WHATEVER IT TAKES!
Brave Hearts continues to thrive in a virtual setting
As the world pivoted to virtual opportunities over the past year, Hampton City Schools chapter of Brave Hearts pivoted as well. Middle school girls at Tarrant Middle School, Syms Middle School and Jones Magnet Middle School are continuing to take part in Brave Hearts and engage, explore and innovate through virtual live sessions with The Flying Classroom.
Through the middle of April, Brave Hearts will experience STEM+ explorations through hands-on aquaponics. Their virtual expeditions are being supported by highly qualified experts from The Flying Classroom. Captain Barrington Irving even joined in on March 8, from Miami, Florida to help kick off the amazing five-week exploration of water and how it helps the environment. In addition, lead mentors at each school will continue to support the girls in completing any action steps necessary to be ready for the next Flying Classroom session. Brave Hearts will then use this information to share with others the importance of aquaponics to the Hampton community. This opportunity is the 5C’s - critical thinking, creativity, communication, collaboration and character - in action along with STEM+!
Brave Hearts, an enrichment group for girls in sixth through eighth grade, is a national initiative that created a chapter in Hampton. The organization was founded by Jennifer Taylor Boykins in 2012 in response to the growing need to positively impact girls. Brave Hearts focuses on good decision making, leadership, and most of all, fostering female empowerment. Partnering with The Flying Classroom combines the focus of Brave Hearts with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) as well as English language arts content providing opportunities for middle school girls to develop life skills. Though hands-on activities and a mentoring component, girls are learning about STEM careers and opportunities.
Alexis Upton-Savedge, Brave Heart’s lead mentor at Syms Middle shares, “I chose to lead Brave Hearts because I want young girls in this community (at Syms) to know they are more than enough. I want them to know that they matter and WE are unstoppable! Brave Hearts also exposes girls to nontraditional occupational careers and shows them that their future has so many options and possibilities.”
The Flying Classroom is an integrative STEM+ supplemental curriculum. While Flying Classroom includes standards and principles aligned to STEM, it also includes correlated activities to geography, informational literacy, writing, art, and social studies. Students work to develop critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity skills as they navigate through the expedition content. Each of the lessons within the Flying Classroom is based on the global expeditions of Captain Barrington Irving, the youngest pilot to fly solo around the world in a single-engine airplane. Recognized as a pioneer in education, Irving is revolutionizing learning by bringing real-world, hands-on, challenging projects to schools across the country.
As stated in School Board Policy AC and GBA, Hampton City Schools (“HCS”) does not discriminate with regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, disability, ancestry, marital status, pregnancy, child birth or related medical conditions, status as a veteran, genetic information, or other characteristic protected by law in its programs, activities and employment practices and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.
HCS also prohibits retaliation under School Board Policy GBAB for the purpose of interfering with a person’s rights and/or privileges under federal civil rights laws, which can include: (i) raising concerns with Division personnel about a civil rights violation; (ii) asserting a right or advocating for the rights of a student or employee under federal civil rights laws; or (iii) participating in a complaint investigation or related proceedings.
All individuals are encouraged to promptly report any incident they believe to be discrimination, harassment or retaliation in violation of HCS School Board Policy. All reports should be made to the HCS Compliance Officer, who also serves as the HCS Executive Director of Human Resources and Title IX/ADA Coordinator. Upon receiving a report of alleged discrimination, harassment or retaliation, the Compliance Officer shall promptly authorize an investigation into the complaint, determine whether the alleged act occurred, and determine whether any action must be taken to end or prevent further harassment, discrimination, or retaliation. For more information about this process, please review the Formal Resolution Process and/or Informal Resolution Process.
Should you have any questions about these procedures or the contents of this notice, please contact:
Executive Director of Human Resources
Title IX and ADA Coordinator
Department of Human Resources
One Franklin Street
Hampton, VA 23669
HAMPTON CITY SCHOOLS WEBSITE ACCESSIBILITY NOTICE
Hampton City Schools (HCS) is committed to making its website accessible for all, including individuals with disabilities, and strives to ensure accessibility currently and as new technologies emerge. The division welcomes questions and feedback on the site’s accessibility at each development phase. By clicking on “Contact” at the upper right of the main webpage, all users are able to “Help Resolve a Concern,” “Share a Story,” “Provide Feedback,” and “Ask a Question.” Additionally, the Contact Us page provides direct email access to HCS Webmaster Vickie Carper, email@example.com.
HCS’s computer systems and networks include all of the computer hardware, operating system software, application software, stored text, data files, electronic mail (email), local databases, externally accessed databases, CD-ROM, optical media, clip art, digital images, digitized information, communications technologies, and new available technologies.
Please note that some pages on the HCS website contain links to third-party sites. HCS is not responsible for the content, facts, opinions or accessibility of third-party sites.
HCS WEBMASTER AND ACCESSIBILITY
The majority of pages in our site are available in HTML format that can be deciphered by screen readers. Some documents are in Portable Document Format (PDF), which require Adobe Acrobat Reader to view.
Also, many popular browsers contain built-in accessibility tools, and there are other plug-ins that make websites more accessible.
The HCS website is designed and monitored by HCS Webmaster Vickie Carper, who serves as the gatekeeper for website content and accessibility. The Webmaster is under the direction of the Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing, supervised by the Director of Graphics.
Web visitors using assistive technology who may have trouble accessing information on the website may contact the HCS Webmaster, firstname.lastname@example.org., the Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing, email@example.com and/or the Director of Graphics, firstname.lastname@example.org.
When submitting a question or concern via email, “accessibility” should be included in the subject line. Every reasonable attempt will be made to address the user’s concern within twenty-four hours. To assist HCS in responding appropriately, all inquiries should include the following information:
HCS monitors all technology resource activity and requires all employees, students and individuals with access to HCS computer systems and networks to annually read and sign an Acceptable Use Policy. See School Board Policy IIBEA for Students; School Board Policy GBBB for Employees.
Our continuing goal is for the HCS website to be accessible to individuals with disabilities in compliance with the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and that statute's implementing regulations at 34 C.F.R. Part 104, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and that statute's implementing regulations at 28 C.F.R. Part 35.
Good faith efforts are being made to ensure that our website complies with web accessibility standards. In addition to the federal regulations above, we are actively working to conform to level AA of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.
Prior to posting new website content, the HCS Webmaster determines if the proposed content meets the criteria of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Periodically the HCS Webmaster checks the website with a recognized website checker such as 508 Checker and WAVE. If the audit identifies issues of concern or content errors that impede accessibility to any user, the concerns/errors are evaluated and remedied within a six-week period.
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