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Hampton Certified as a Common Sense District


The Hampton Township School District is pleased to announce that it has received certification as a Common Sense District. The certification is issued through Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting families with reviews and advice they need to make smart choices in the digital age.

“It’s exciting,” said Dr. Jacquelyn Removcik, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment. “This certification supports the work that we’re doing here in Hampton. We take our commitment seriously and this is a reflection of how seriously we take it.”

Jennifer Ehehalt, a regional manager for Common Sense Media, attended the Aug. 6 Hampton Board of School Directors meeting to congratulate the District on its certification. She noted that while the organization is known for its recommendations and reviews of all digital media, a lesser known component is its Common Sense School/District certification, which helps school districts to align their curriculum in a way that promotes positive digital citizenship.

Ms. Ehehalt said Hampton was one of 18 school districts in the state to earn the recognition in 2018. The certification is valid for two years; districts that wish to be recertified will need to reapply.

There are a number of requirements schools must meet in order to receive this designation. Schools must commit – and demonstrate their commitment – to becoming a Common Sense District by:

  • Providing digital citizenship and digital teaching professional learning opportunities to educators; and
  • Implementing districtwide digital citizenship through student instruction and family outreach.

Ehehalt said this is a great way for HTSD to show that it truly cares about digital citizenship and is taking the responsibility of its 1:1 device initiative with its students seriously by providing appropriate resources for teachers, parents and students.

Dr. Removcik thanked and recognized the HTSD teachers who helped with the certification process, including revising the curriculum to include Common Sense Media lessons. Teachers who led the process are: Beth Casey, Library Media Specialist at Central Elementary; Maureen Herold, Library Media Specialist at Wyland Elementary; Erin Prosser, Library Media Specialist at

Poff Elementary; Diane Fierle, Library Media Specialist at Hampton Middle School; Amy Eidenshink, Library Media Specialist at Hampton High School; Shannon Roos, Hampton High School English teacher and instructional coach; and Marlie Stein, Hampton High School Counselor.  Dr. McKaveney was also involved in this process.

Superintendent Dr. Michael Loughead thanked Dr. Removcik for taking the application process and running with it, making the certification a reality for the District. “Hampton now joins a community of other innovative and dedicated educators who support and recognize the power of technology and the importance of digital citizenship as part of the curriculum,” he said.

Learn more about the Common Sense Schools/Districts certification program at https://www.commonsense.org/education/recognition-schools.

Posted by berg in STEM, STEAM, Digital Transformation on Wednesday August, 8, 2018 at 02:53PM

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