After-school programs pay off for Hampton students

After serving more than 3,000 students in after-school programs last year, officials in Hampton crunched some numbers to see how they benefited from the extra instruction.

The data, as expected, was positive.

Those students attended school 95.5 percent of the time, Daryle Rodgers, coordinator of Hampton City Schools’ Out of School Time program, said during a school board meeting Wednesday night.

Students at Asbury, Burbank, Cooper, Kraft and Smith elementary schools who participated in the “Math Blitz” extended-learning time program scored, on average, 15 points higher on the 2017 math Standards of Learning exam than the year before.

Those who were participants in federal grant-funded after-school 21 Century Community Learning Center programs at select elementary and middle schools across the division also saw improvements, such as 16-point SOL gains in language arts at the elementary level from 2016 to 2017.

Other gains include 12 percent in elementary school math; 4 percent in middle school English; 5 percent in middle school math and 13 percent in middle school science.

Eleven schools received funding for the 21st Century programs this year: Aberdeen, Bassette, Cary, Forrest, Machen, Smith and Tyler elementary schools; Davis, Lindsay and Syms middle schools and Andrews PreK-8 School.

HU gets $1.2M grant for doctoral degrees

Hampton University has been awarded a nearly $1.2 million grant from the federal Department of Education to fund the DOE’s Ronald McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program.

The funding will help 25 low-income, first-generation or otherwise underrepresented students work toward a doctoral degree in a science, technology, engineering or math field.

All participants will enroll in a statistical analysis and research methods course, followed by a summer research internship, according to a news release from HU. In their final year, students will each take two independent research courses.

“Taken together, our project’s activities will afford McNair participants the opportunity to conduct cutting edge research, expose them to doctoral-level expectations, and afford them a network of faculty mentors at Hampton University and our partner colleges and universities who will shepherd them through the doctoral completion process,” Mikael Davis, director of HU’s student support services program and principal investigator for the McNair proposal, said in the release.

New Horizons gets governor’s award

New Horizons Regional Education Center received one of 13 inaugural Governor’s Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Education from Gov. Terry McAuliffe last month.

New Horizons was recognized in the “Innovation in Education” category for its mechatronics program. The program, in conjunction with Thomas Nelson Community College, helps dual-enrolled high school students receive a certification from Siemens in mechatronics, which blends mechanical, electronics, hydraulics, pneumatics and computer systems into one study.

Upcoming Hampton meetings

The Hampton School Board is holding its second public hearing to receive input from the community about the possibility of renaming Davis Middle School and the Campus at Lee this week.

The hearings came after the Hampton Branch of the NAACP and the Peninsula Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference requested the schools, named after Confederate leaders Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee, be renamed.

At the first hearing last month at Syms Middle School, 45 people spoke in favor of renaming the schools, and 6 were against it.

The hearing is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Hampton High School auditorium.

In lieu of its normal monthly work session, the board will hold its annual Community Priorities Workshop 6 p.m. Thursday at Phoebus High School.

Hammond can be reached by phone at 757-247-4951 or on Twitter @byjanehammond.

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