Dear HPCS Parent,
Very soon after arriving at HPCS, I saw the need to provide extra help for struggling students, many of whom have a learning disability of one form or another. I’m the parent of one such student, and the challenges for him and my wife and I can be overwhelming at times. Our incredible faculty does a great job helping each individual student, but they just aren’t able to provide that extra measure of help some students need to succeed at HP. So, I’m thrilled to announce the roll-out of “Panther TRACK,” a resident resource program that will begin here starting this fall. “TRACK” is an acronym that stands for Tutoring, Remedial instruction, Accommodations, Counseling, and Kinesthetic development. It is designed to help students with diagnosed disabilities in K-12 succeed in the mainstream classroom at HPCS, and it will be a tremendous help to a number of our students and their families.
The director of Panther TRACK will be Mrs. Michelle Grover. Michelle earned her degree in multi-categorical special education (K-12) in 2003 from BJU, where she was awarded Special Education Student Teacher of the Year and volunteered extensively with Special Olympics and Camp Spearhead. Since graduation, Michelle has worked as a full-time resource teacher in a private school, substitute teacher, and tutor. She and her family love HPCS, and we’re thrilled to have her leading our program starting this fall.
If you are at all interested in knowing more about Panther TRACK and how it might help your child, please come to an important parent informational meeting to be held immediately following the lower school awards program on Wednesday, May 25 in the Main auditorium. The awards program begins at 9:15 a.m., and the meeting will start shortly after–sometime between 10:00 and 10:15. Praise the Lord for His provision in allowing us to start this program at HPCS!
I’m also very pleased to announce the inauguration of the Hampton Park LEGO Robotics Team this coming fall. Some of you may be familiar with FIRST LEGO League, a national robotics program for school-age children. The mission of FIRST is “to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting Mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.”
HPCS Students in grades 4-6 next year will meet twice weekly after school from September to November to research a real-world problem and then design and build a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS for competition against teams from other schools. I’m thrilled about this program because it provides one more opportunity to grow our students in the areas of STEM and PBL (project-based learning). Mrs. Sarah Howell is the team sponsor, and you’ll receive additional information about the program in tomorrow’s Tuesday folder your child will bring home.