This is a positive way to communicate with parents and families about events and activities taking place at HCSS West!!
Mission: The HCSS West PTO is a nonprofit parent teacher organization whose mission is to institute and sustain a close relationship between the parents, teachers, and students by evolving opportunities within the home, school, and community. The PTO provides assistance to teachers, raises funds for educational materials and experiences, advocates school and family social interaction, and provides an unbiased forum for sharing information on issues that impact our children. It is our belief that the team effort of a parent teacher organization offers the best possible learning environment for our children.
Operating as usual
A Message from our awesome staff!
HCSS West staff prepared this for their students. Enjoy! So much love in it! #Covid-19 #Education #Love Music: Count on Me - Bruno Mars
New info Via Email:
Dear Parents, Students, and Staff,
All public schools in Massachusetts will be closed for in-person education until at least May 4th per Governor Baker’s order in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As you know, we moved from the four walls of the classroom environment to the online learning platform to continue education on Tuesday, March 17th. I also applaud our faculty for their hard work and dedication. I am so glad to see HCSS students have successfully completed their second week at HCSS Virtual School and made a nice smooth transition in online learning. They joined live sessions, watched pre-recorded teachers’ lessons, and completed their assignments on Google Classrooms at an introductory level.
Starting this week, students will be exposed to slightly more challenging assignments and classes to master grade-level skills in order to be ready for the next school year. Students will be assigned to complete higher-order thinking projects, analytic essays, presentations, and assessments. Student grades will be posted on PowerSchool and report cards will be sent at the end of the marking period. We ask our parents and students to follow the guidelines listed below:
Core classes(English, Math, Science, SS/History, and all AP Courses)
Students are expected to pause, rewind, and rewatch the pre-recorded video lessons and Nearpod presentations as needed and take notes to understand the key concepts.
Attend at least two live sessions during the week with your teachers to answer your questions and join discussions.
Submit your assignments in google classroom
Your participation in pre-recorded video lessons, live sessions, and assignments is required and will be graded.
There will be no Quarter-Final. Students will be assigned alternative assessments including essays, projects, presentations, and online quizzes.
All core classes are required.
Middle School Non-Core Classes(Computer Science, Art, Music, PE)
One non-graded assignment will be posted on Google Classroom weekly.
Students can contact their teachers via email if they have questions.
All non-core classes are optional.
High School Elective Courses
Graded assignments and teacher lessons will be posted once a week on Google Classrooms.
Students will earn credit as part of their graduation requirements upon completion of the elective courses.
There will be one 30min live session on Thursdays between 2:00pm-2:30pm with the teacher if the students have questions.
All elective classes are required as part of the high school graduation requirement.
SPED, ELL and Counseling Services
SPED and ELL teachers will be available everyday between 12:00pm-12:30pm.
In-Class support teachers will also be available for tutoring.
Counselors are available between 12:00pm-12:30pm. You can also schedule individual meetings with your counselors.
HCSS will be offering Fitness classes for middle and high school students separately starting on April 6th.
PE teachers will have a 30 min fitness class every day.
Fitness classes will take place everyday between 1:30-2:00 via Zoom
Classes are optional but highly recommended.
HCSS will be offering online clubs starting on April 6th.
Students have an opportunity to join a variety of online clubs via Zoom. A list of clubs will be posted on HCSS Virtual School website.
Clubs will be 30 min every day between 1:00 pm-1:30 pm.
Clubs are optional but recommended.
Open sessions every day at 12:00pm and individual meeting requests are appointments only. Please check the HCSS Virtual School website “For Parents” section.
Note: Please check your child’s schedule on your school website.
In a virtual learning environment, students will need to take responsibility for their work and engagement. We have designed HCSS Virtual School website for online learning and recent updates as well as your questions. I encourage all parents and students to visit www.hampdencharter.org/virtualschool on a regular basis to get recent updates, learn online classes, services, guidance, online clubs, and fitness. You may call the HCSS Hotlines and contact your teachers and school directors if you have any questions.
In closing, we wish you and your family the very best. Please follow the CDC guidelines using social distancing and hygiene protocols. Remember, life will get back to normal eventually, but hopefully, after this experience is over, our lives will include more appreciation of our blessings and our freedoms. I am confident HCSS will bring everyone’s strengths together and get through these difficult times.
sites.google.com COVID-19 is a new respiratory disease, caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed COVID-19 cases.
A message from school counselor Ms. Tarris
HCSS West is proud to support our community in these difficult times. 2,600 gloves, 400 face masks, and multiple bottles of hand sanitizer were donated to local first responders to help those who serve and protect us everyday. We are proud to be a part of the Western Massachusetts community.
We hope everyone can take a moment today to stop and think about how grateful we are for all those helping us to get through these difficult times and how we all can continue to help and support those helping us stay safe.
***School Closure Update and Online Education Letter***
Good evening HCSS Parents/Guardians, Students, and Staff,
On Wednesday, March 25, Governor Baker announced an order closing all Massachusetts public schools until May 4th as part of the state’s public health response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Although all HCSS school buildings remain closed for traditional in-person education, we will continue to provide instruction and support services to all of our students online at HCSS Virtual School. Since March 17th, HCSS students have had access to online classes to pursue their education. I would like to thank all my staff for their dedication and hard work, as well as parents and guardians for their contribution and support to make it happen.
I encourage all students and parents to visit the HCSS Virtual School website at www.hamdencharter.org/virtualschool to learn the recent updates and access online classes, information, and services.
In these times it is essential to support each other and demonstrate to our children that we are working for them. We are strong together. We will continue to provide world-class education and provide a better future for our students.
Dear Prospective Families,
If your student has been accepted for the 2020-2021 school year at Hampden Charter School of Science-West, you will receive an email with an option to submit required documents via email.
Please submit that form and proof of residency by April 1st to ensure that your student is able to enroll.
Should you have any questions or need further assistance, please contact HCSS-West at 413-278-5450 (dial 1 for main office) or 619-624-1741 (HCSS-West Hotline) to leave a voicemail or email [email protected]
Hampden Charter School of Science-West
***** HCSS Virtual School Website Letter *****
Dear HCSS Parents, Students, and Staff,
We hope that you are well and that you are doing everything possible to keep your families safe and healthy. The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted routines for all of us, not the least of which is your child’s learning.
HCSS students will continue receiving education through our HCSS Virtual School. We utilized our in-place infrastructure to deliver online instruction and designed a website for you: HCSS Virtual School website (https://sites.google.com/hampdencharter.org/virtualschool). The site contains information about online classes, teachers’ live sessions, and the latest updates and information regarding counseling, parent resources, food services, homeless services, superintendent updates, and COVID-19 guidelines and videos.
Our online classes started on Tuesday, March 17th for all students. Students participated in Google Classrooms where they watched teachers’ lessons, completed their assignments, and joined live sessions with their teachers through the Zoom video conferencing tool.
I would like to thank our faculty for their hard work and dedication in designing an online learning platform to ensure routine, normalcy, and continuity of learning through the extended school closure resulting from COVID-19 . I also thank everyone in the community for their support, flexibility, and adaptability as we navigate uncharted territory.
These are the types of events that define us as a community. Helping your child remain engaged in learning is a small, but extremely important, step in ensuring we are stronger when this pandemic ends.
Take care of yourself and your families in the coming days and weeks.
Dear Parents and Students,
We will be providing you an update about online education. Our teachers and staff are working remotely and you can communicate with us through the email. Please follow communication protocol if you need to reach out to any staff member. In addition, you can leave a voicemail to Mr. Cogal at 413-566-6860 in case of an emergency.
Governor Charlie Baker ordered schools across the state to close until April 7th.
Governor Baker School Closure Order: https://www.mass.gov/doc/march-15-2020-school-closure-order.
Dear Hampden Charter School of Science Community,
I am writing to let you know that as always, the safety and health of our students and staff is our top priority. We understand that all of us have concerns and uncertainties regarding the Coronavirus also known as COVID - 19. I want to assure you that we are working closely with our local agencies, most readily the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Massachusetts Department of Secondary Education (DESE) to obtain the most up to date information on this rapidly changing situation.
Hampden Charter School of Science is closing for fourteen calendar days, beginning Monday, March 16. The scheduled date of return to school is Monday, March 30. We will communicate with you throughout the period of closure. The closure includes the cancellation of all academic, athletic, and extracurricular activities. The school facilities may not be used for any event during the period of closure. All schools and facilities will be thoroughly deep cleaned while closed.
We will have staff training on Monday and communicate the plans for students and parents to transition instruction from classroom to cloud (online learning) beginning Tuesday, March 17.
Today, Education Commissioner Riley and Officials from the Department of Public Health Officials made their second phone conference with Superintendents across the state about Coronavirus (COVID-19). In this phone conference, both agencies recommended that schools should continue to collaborate, share information, and review plans with local health officials to help protect the whole school community, including those with special health needs. Additionally, they recommend that schools design plans to minimize disruption to the educational process and protect students and staff from social stigma and discrimination.
While HCSS does not have a confirmed case of Coronavirus (COVID-19) within its school community, we take all precautionary actions to make sure our students and staff safety. HCSS will continue to provide education online to minimize disruption as recommended by the Commissioner.
Online Education will start on Tuesday, March 17. Visit your Google Classroom and expect a message from your teachers and Mr. Polat, Chief Academic Officer.
There will be a deep cleaning scheduled on March 14 and March 15, 2020, on both school campuses. All weekend activities are canceled.
All out of state and international trips are canceled.
School buses are being disinfected by our transportation companies First Student and Five Star.
There are several steps that students, staff and community members can take to mitigate the spread of all respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, according to the Massachusett Department of Health:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer;
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands;
Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
Stay home when you are sick;
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash; and
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Additionally, we are fortunate in our district that we have a robust technological infrastructure as well as teachers trained in a multitude of online platforms, applications, and instructional strategies.
Thank you for support and understanding during this time of uncertainty. We will continue to keep you informed as any new information is known.
School Closure Notice
Orders for the Original Works Art Fundraiser are due online by 3/12 - (deadline was extended to 3/12)
Students who took art in the first semester: 7C, 8A, 8B, 8C, Advanced Art , Studio Art through History.
Students currently taking art (6A, 6B, 6C, 7A, 7B) will be completing artwork for their own fundraiser in the upcoming month. Please keep on the look out for fundraiser flyers coming home at the end of April.
9th graders are presenting their PBL projects today.
Part of our project based learning approach, 8th graders are building their own solar water heaters.
📣📣📣2020-21 School Year Enrollment Lottery
Hampden Charter School of Science will hold its annual enrollment lottery for the 2020 – 2021 school year on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 6:00 pm at HCSS-East Gym (20 Johnson Rd. Chicopee, MA 01001).
Important March Dates:
March 5th - Parent Teacher Conferences
March 5th - Half Day - Early Dismissal
March 12th - PSAT 8/9 - PSAT 10 - SAT Practice 11
March 23rd - Half Day - Early Dismissal Staff Dev.
March 24-25th - MCAS ELA (Grade 10)
March 31st - ELA Final Q3
HCSS-West PTO is at Thunderbirds game!
Hampden Charter School of Science was featured on Mass Appeal yesterday. You can watch the segment here: https://www.wwlp.com/massappeal/hampden-charter-school-of-science-educates-6th-12th-grade-students/
We had our honor roll and core value award celebration last night!
Hampden Charter School of Science-West will be holding two more open houses this year. Hampden Charter School of Science-West is a tuition free public charter school serving students from West Springfield, Westfield, Agawam and Holyoke.
Open House #1: Saturday, February 29th at 10:30 am
Open House #2: Wednesday, March 4th at 6 pm.
Location: 511 Main St. West Springfield, MA
You can also apply online to secure your spot for 2020-2021 school year at https://hampdencharter.org/
Have you got your tickets yet??? Don’t miss out!
masslive.com Hampden Charter had three winners and two second place finishers on Saturday.
HCSS West Thunderbirds night is February 28th! Come enjoy a fun family night with discounted tickets! Buy yours using the link below, or by sending in the flyer that went home:
Students asked, we answered. Food tasting event is happening today in order to provide students healthier food options.
Students with no discipline points are enjoying a special party. We had more than a hundred students who qualify for this. These students follow the rules and expectations every single day. We are so proud of them!
Hampden Charter School of Science - West will be opening with two hours delay today, Thursday (02/06/2020) due to inclement weather. For more details, please check HCSS website
HCSS West Thunderbirds night is February 28th! Come enjoy a fun family night with discounted tickets! Buy yours using the link below, or by sending in the flyer that went home:
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