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As we are about to embark on the 2018-2019 School Year in the Hampton Township School District, I am reminded of the many accomplishments we have to celebrate in academics, the arts and athletics. Our students and staff have continued to uphold our Tradition of Excellence, for which HTSD has become known, both regionally and on the national stage.
We have received several notable external accolades this year. Hampton was recognized by both the Pittsburgh Business Times and the U.S. News and World Report as a top school on the statewide and national levels, respectively.
HTSD also participated in the 2018 Remake Learning Days, our second time hosting an event during this exciting week which focuses regionally on innovation in education. Visitors to Hampton’s Innovate the Future at the Hampton Hub had the opportunity to interact with students as they demonstrated the transformative learning experiences they engage in daily in our classrooms. We are pleased to announce that Hampton will participate again in Remake Learning Days 2019, scheduled for May 20, 2019. Check our website for more details as the event nears.
We also have some exciting new facilities for our students, designed to expand our STEAM-focused education. The Innovation Studio at the Hampton Middle School has served as a catalyst for a number of transformative lessons, as our students learn the value of creative problem-solving and innovation.
I am also pleased to announce that Hampton has been formally recognized as a Common Sense School by Common Sense Media. This recognition further validates that Hampton is working tirelessly to create a culture of quality digital teaching and digital citizenship in our schools. In addition to this schoolwide award, Hampton also has several teachers in the District who have earned the designation as Common Sense Educator.
Hampton also continues to incorporate the arts into everyday learning opportunities, as well as celebrating the arts through a number of school-community events.
Over the past year, the District participated in a yearlong self-evaluation which was facilitated by the Arts Education Collaborative of Pittsburgh. The purpose of the self-evaluation was to examine the many facets of music and art programming in the District, and to ascertain strengths and areas to focus on in the future. We received the report in June and plan for a formal presentation of the study at an upcoming School Board meeting. HTSD continues to show its support for the arts as our students prepare for fall and spring theatre productions, and we once again begin the planning process for our annual Hues and Harmony event, held each year in March.
Our student athletes had a tremendous year in 2017-2018, and we will be cheering them on again throughout the 2018-2019 School Year. We are proud that our student athletes excel not only on the fields and courts, but in the classroom as well.
As we head into the new school year, we have high hopes for the continued success of our students. We are fortunate here at HTSD to have a school community that is passionate about the success of our students. We thank you for your support and invite you to join us as we look forward to an exciting and productive journey in 2018-2019!
Dr. Michael Loughead, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools