Greetings Hammond Community,
Though we haven't seen your smiling faces in person in quite some time, we have been planning for your virtual return, and we are ready! School is starting on September 8, and we will be teaching and learning virtually for the entire semester. Our hope is to be back in our school building for in-person learning starting on February 1, 2021. Below you will find information about:
Students should have already received their list of confirmed classes in mid-August. If you did not receive this email from HCPSS_Notifications@hcpss.org, please check your SPAM/JUNK mail folder and verify your email address in Synergy. (The email was sent to your parents/guardians)
All students should be able to access their official schedule with classes, teachers, periods, and semesters in Synergy on September 1 and in Canvas on September 5. We will send an E-school message and a Canvas post on these days as additional reminders.
Students should contact their counselors regarding any schedule concerns. Students may request schedule changes through August 28.
Please note the counselors are continuing to work on schedules throughout this process. Between August 17 - August 28, students can request changes to these courses and the changes, if possible, will be reflected in the final student schedule to be released before school begins on September 8th. All requests for courses are dependent on class capacity and class period availability. After the August 28 deadline, schedule changes will be limited to incomplete schedules. To request course registration changes (DROP/ADD), email the appropriate school counselor.
Every year HCPSS parents/guardians must complete/update a Family File for each child. Please ensure that all contact information in Family File, including email address(es) and phone number(s) for students and parents/guardian is the accurate and up-to-date. HCPSS utilizes Family File for parents/guardians to complete emergency information. Parents/guardians must verify and/or update information for each child, and can do so by logging in to HCPSS Connect (Links to an external site.)and selecting the Family File tab on the left and then clicking on Family File. Once logged in, you will be asked to update or provide the following information:
Below are some resources to help you update your family file:
While many of our courses will not require students to have textbooks this year and some courses will be able to access textbooks and other materials online, some courses will still require traditional textbooks. We are currently making arrangements for parents/guardians or students to drive through our parking lot and pick up required textbooks and materials (art supplies) on specified distribution days. Our current plan is to have text book/materials distribution on the following date:
We will welcome our new students to Hammond High School through our orientation program on Thursday, September 3 at 9:00-10:00am. Students and parents will have the opportunity to hear from their teachers as well as important school messages. The links to access orientation will be sent the day prior to the program through Canvas and Eschool.
We hope that parents and students will join us for our virtual Back to School Night on Thursday, September 10 at 6:30pm. This program starts with a 9th Grade Parent Meeting at 6:30pm, followed by meeting with teachers virtually and hearing their expectations starting at 7:00pm. The links to access Back to School Night will be sent the day prior to the program through Canvas and Eschool.
Grades 9-12 Sample Student Schedule (HCPSS Website)
On Wednesdays, students should work on asynchronous assignments for each course.
Synchronous Class = Attendance required, Teacher led instruction and activities
Asynchronous Support = Teacher-led support sessions for assistance. Attendance is not recorded.
Asynchronous Assignments = Independent work to be completed outside of class time
Students will have a synchronous Google Meet with each class period (Mon, Tues, Thurs, and Fri). Google Meet links will be posted on the Canvas page.
Weekly BearTime Meet opportunities will be posted in the HaHS Student Canvas Community. These meetings will be held on Mondays from 10:50-11:20am and will allow students to stay connected with many of our clubs, athletics, and student organizations. Students can choose which meeting they would like to attend or attend multiple during this 30 minute period.
Grade 9 - 12 Student Expectations
All schools continue to remain closed at this time. However, students and parents can access staff at school through the following ways:
HCPSS understands that the coronavirus pandemic is causing a lot of hardship for many of our friends and neighbors. Many HCPSS families have been impacted financially by the pandemic, and may be eligible now to receive benefits through the Free and Reduced Price Meals (FARMs) program. Qualifying families can take advantage of a wide range of additional resources and discounts, including testing fees, tuition, internet and more. Families must complete applications every year. Click here to learn more or to apply.
If you did not know, participation in the Free and Reduced-Price Meal program qualifies students for the following opportunities:
We are aware that distance learning is new to everyone and we are all going to get through experience together. As we continue this journey on-line we are going to provide training opportunities for parents as well as students on topics, such as the technology platform being used for students, Canvas notifications, and family file updates. Please continue to monitor the newsletters for more information and feel free to also check Hammond HS out on our school website. We miss you and we are excited to see our students and get started on September 8!