HCSS in The News!
The Hampden Charter school of Science posted high marks on the MCAS 2013-2014 tests, ranking them at the top statewide. The Massachusetts Department of Education posted the results in September, which showed the school scored high in both math and ELA.
On the 2014 MCAS, HCSS Scholars Earned TWO 1ST PLACE STATE-WIDE!
Dear HCSS Parents,
We have great news to share with you about our MCAS scores! Our students – your sons and daughters not only outscored area schools, but on some tests ranked FIRST IN THE ENTIRE STATE!!!
I want to congratulate you and your children for this remarkable performance. We are so proud of your sons’ and daughters’ achievement and so grateful for your continued support and commitment to their education and to HCSS. This year, our 10th Grade students ranked number one statewide in Math, and also ranked first in the state based on student academic improvement in both Grade 10 English and Grade 10 Math. In 10th Grade Mathematics, HCSS students achieved 100% proficiency and the median student growth was 91%, meaning that 10th Grade students at HCSS grew just as much or more than 91% of his or her statewide peers over the past year. Our school was also ranked as a Level One school by the state for another year, the highest possible designation of academic achievement.
HCSS STEM in the NEWS!
CHICOPEE — Students at the Hampden Charter School of Science in Chicopee experienced the transformation of their gym into a temporary science museum on Friday.
Michigan-based Mobile Ed Productions, Inc., which travels to schools with a variety of entertaining educational programs, brought their STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) presentation to the 6-year-old charter school.
For the first time in a few years, HCSS decided to host a Pep Rally in honor of the Fall Sports Teams! The Pep Rally consisted of a rap performed by Max Hyman, an introduction of our Sport's Teams, then a school wide class by class Tug of War Tournament! To keep school spirit running all day, each grade was assigned a color and were allowed to dress down for the event. Students paid for this dress down day by bringing in canned goods to be donated to a local food pantry. The class that brought in the most canned goods were allowed to have a teacher on their Tug of War Team!
On Thursday, October 9th, HCSS had its annual MCAS Assembly to celebrate those students who did exceptionally well on the MCAS in 2013-2014. Our students were so impressive last year that we made sure to reward them with nothing but the best! First, a few of our ninth graders were awarded with a HS Algebra credit after working hard enough last year to qualify. Then we had 33 students who were eligible to win a laptop based on receiving either the Highest MCAS score or Highest SGP in their grade. Four students won a laptop and all 33 were given Barnes and Noble gift cards for their amazing accomplishment. After this, 39 students were awarded polos that they are allowed to wear every Monday on MCAS Mondays!
College visits offer students a first-hand look at colleges and universities and give a great opportunity to listen to college admission representatives. Mostly college students lead the tours and talk about campus life, share their experiences, and help high school students to have an idea what they will face when they get accepted to colleges.
Junior and Senior students at Hampden Charter School of Science had a chance to visit Boston University and Northeastern University.Students attended college tours. Students had an opportunity to see the campuses and learn about the programs, scholarship, and admission process. They took college tours and had a chance to see the campus life at these colleges. They also had a chance to eat their lunch with college students.
HCSS Family Picnic