HCSS Hometown Hero!
HCSS student Landon Himmelreich was just named one of the Red Cross 2014 Hometown Heroes! Landon's work this October on the Socktober campaign to raise clothes and essentials for the homeless is the reason he received this award. We would like to Congratulate Landon as well as any HCSS students who donated to the cause!
SAT Practice Test
Juniors will be taking SAT Practice Test from KAPLAN tomorrow in the first 5 periods. The students will go to their testing rooms directly.
Students should get a good night’s sleep and also eat breakfast in the morning.
HCSS have received permission to approve for expansion!
Educators for the Hampden Charter School of Science have received permission to expand the school by one-third, after showing consistent increases in students' standardized test scores and a long waiting list.
The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted 8-1, with one abstention, Monday night to allow the charter school to expand from the current 350 students to 560 students, said Jacqueline Reis, spokeswoman for the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
The school will continue to have the same grades six through 12, but will increase the number of students in each grade over a four-year period starting in September, said Harun Celik, director of the school.
Let's Go Wolves!
The HCSS Boy's Basketball Team made an incredible come back last night to defeat Franklin Tech 76-66 in their first ever playoff win! The whole team looked spectacular and really rallied together for this win.
Come support them on Thursday, February 26 when they go take on Hopkins Academy in Hadley, MA at 7pm. Admission is $5 for students and $7 for adults. There will be a fan bus, so sign up in Mrs. Ross's room Wednesday 2/25!
Practice Testing Updates
Due to the irregular amount of snow days, we will be rearranging the Practice Testing Schedule to allow more classroom days.
1. Tuesday 2/10- There will be no testing on this day. There will still be no Study Hall, dismissal at 3:19pm.
2. Wednesday 2/11- There will be no testing on this day. There will still be no Study Hall, dismissal at 3:19pm.
3. Thursday 2/12- Practice Test Session 1 for PARCC and MCAS and there will be a flipped schedule. The schedule will run: TESTING - 9 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 1 - 2 - 3 and no study hall, dismissal at 3:19pm.
4. Friday 2/13- Practice Session 2 and 3 for PARCC and Practice Session 2 for MCAS. After testing, classes will run as normal and dismissal will be at 3:19pm.
If you have any question, please contact us. We are sorry for the changes, but it is imperative that we do not lose any more class time because of these snow days!
6th Annual Science Fair
After months of planning, HCSS students were finally able to show off their hard work at the 6th Annual HCSS Science Fair on Saturday. Starting at 9:30am, students were at attention as they waited to be judged by the host of esteemed guest judges. Although the Judges' credentials were intimidating at times, the students were able to explain their projects with ease and assurance. In the end, the Judges and Science Department came together and were able to decide on a group of exceptional winners. Grade Level Winners were awarded medals and Overall Winners were awarded trophies along with Touch Screen Laptops, Laptops, and Kindles.
HCSS is hosting MATHCOUNTS Competition!
Hampden Charter School of Science is hosting a Chapter MATHCOUNTS Competition on Saturday, February 7th, 2015. More than 15 schools from Pioneer Valley are coming to compete for a chance to go to the State Competition which will be in Boston. Good luck to our MATHCOUNTS team!