August, 2017
From the Desk of Matt Hornbeck
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Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of education. -      Martin Luther King, Jr.

August 10, 2017

Dear Hampstead Hill Family,

Thank you for choosing to send your child to Hampstead Hill Academy (HHA)!  We are proud to begin the 20th year of partnership with our charter operator, the Baltimore Curriculum Project (BCP).  The staff of HHA and BCP welcomes you and your family to our great school.  We are excited to be a part of the BCP network of neighborhood schools, which includes City Springs Elem/Middle, Frederick Elementary, Govans Elementary, and Wolfe Street Academy.

HHA is a safe, nurturing, diverse, family-friendly neighborhood school with rigorous, effective academic programs and exciting, engaging, extracurricular activities. We believe all parents want the same thing for their children: more and better opportunities for college and career. We believe in the importance of the arts, and we want our students to be great communicators, listeners and writers. Our students will be leaders who are productive, persistent, responsible, caring, and healthy members of the greater community.

I want to congratulate HHA staff and students on the most recent PARCC state assessment results.  I could not be more proud of everyone’s efforts to improve student achievement!  The official PARCC data remains embargoed, but our preliminary look reveals outstanding results.  Teaching and learning at HHA proved so strong that we outperformed the district average in every tested grade and subject.  More impressively, we performed at or above the state average in both reading and math in 4th, 5th, and 7th grades and above the state average in reading in 3rd and 6th grades.      

This year promises to be great as we set high expectations for learning and have some serious fun.  Test scores are not the end all and be all.  Learning at our school means much more than a single number on a state test.  We want our academic programs to come alive for students.  Our students will move beyond the acquisition of knowledge to produce work that is unique and exciting such as projects and papers that justify, persuade and convince.  Ultimately, we want HHA girls and boys to become the thinkers, innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders that our city and nation require.  This year’s entering kindergarten students are the future college class of 2034 – and we’re glad to be an important part of their path.           

Our school culture aims to be nurturing and consistent.  As a Restorative Practices school, we build community in each classroom and promote good citizenship and respect.  Our middle school Leaders Go Places (LGP) program is outstanding at building relationships.  Most importantly, we are ready to motivate and engage your child in their learning.  We know that helping students learn how to synthesize information, problem solve, think critically and organize their materials are essential lifelong skills.  Teachers are busy planning project fairs, portfolios of student work and enrichment activities to expand our curriculum.  There will be opportunities throughout the year to celebrate your child’s progress.  

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