The John Hancock Demonstration Elementary School K-5

Principal
William Griffin

3700 Morrell Avenue
Philadelphia PA 19114
Phone: 215-281-2604

EDUCATING THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY STUDENT IN LITERACY, STEM AND THE ARTS. HANCOCK AND LABRUM...TOGETHER WE MAKE A DIFFERENCE

The John Hancock Demonstration Elementary School

Breaking News: 

April 8, 9,10, 2014

PSSA Testing – Writing- Grades 5 and 8

April 14 and 18, 2014

Spring Recess- Schools Closed- only Monday and Friday

April 28 and 30, 2014

PSSA Science Testing- Grades 4 and 8

April 30, 2014, May 1 & 2, 2014

Report Card Conferences- 12:09 Dismissal

May 6, 2014

Staff Only- (Election Day) Professional Development Day

May 26, 2014

Memorial Day- Administrative Offices and Schools Closed

June 19, 2014

Last Day for Students

June 20, 2014

Staff Only- End of Year Transition - Last Day for Staff

SPECIAL RELEASE PROCEDURES FOR SCHOOL DISTRICT OF PHILADELPHIA STUDENTS 

EFFECTIVE DATE: SEPTEMBER 9, 2013

I. Protocols

A. Only the principal or the principal’s designee may grant the early release of students during the school day. The principal and designee must be fully informed regarding procedure and process.

B. All of the following procedures apply to all of the students in the building, including pre-kindergarten students.

C. Under no circumstance may a pre-kindergarten through 12th grade pupil be released to an adult who is not properly identified. In addition to obtaining valid identification from the individual who is picking up the student, school-based staff must also check the student’s pocket/record to determine if the child’s parent or legal guardian has approved or denied the individual access to the student. If there are any Judicial orders in the student’s record/pocket and there are any concerns about those orders, please contact The Office of General Counsel at 215-400-4121.

D. Valid identification must include the photograph and signature of the individual picking up the student. A government-issued ID is preferred.

E. The release must take place in the school office and not in any other location in the school. Students may not be released from the nurse’s office. Under no circumstance should non-school staff be wandering unaccompanied in the school building.

F. Visitation by parents/guardians that do not have an educational purpose will not be permitted.

G. If it is not an emergency situation, those individuals listed on the emergency pickup card cannot remove the child from school without the parent/guardian’s approval.

H. When a written request is received by the parent/guardian to release any student to someone other than the guardian, the authenticity of the request must be established. Telephone requests must be carefully screened. Parents/guardians should be advised that approval of release of their child to another adult, based on written or telephone requests, may be refused.

For all students released early, the following information must be recorded in the school office:

1. Date

2. Pupil’s name

3. Room Number

4. Time of dismissal

5. Adult’s name (printed and signed)

6. Relationship to student

7. Type of identification used

8. Staff initials

9. If age-appropriate, student initials

Please see the attached Early Dismissal Log to be initiated daily.

I. All of the above procedures must also be followed when the school day has officially ended and there are remaining students who are being picked up late.

J. When confirming identification, all adults who are picking up students must remove their headwear, including but not limited to burqa, chadar, boshiya, niquab, or hats. All staff should be culturally sensitive in asking adults to remove these items and this activity should take place if at all possible in a private area and by a person of the same gender.

K. All students, including pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students, must enter through the main door.

L. During the school day, parents/guardians may not come into the schoolyard during recess without the

expressed approval of the school principal. Students may not, under any circumstance, be dismissed

early from the schoolyard. All early dismissals must occur in the main office.

M. All schools must establish and communicate a protocol whereby visitors are permitted into thebuilding (by outside intercom or another method). All visitors must be carefully monitored whenentering a school building to ensure each travels directly from the entrance to the school’s main office.

N. All staff must wear their School District of Philadelphia identification badges, at all times, in part to distinguish staff from visitors.

O. Emancipated minors with a court order may be released without an accompanying adult.

P. Students 18 years of age or older, who live independently without a guardian, may be released without an accompanying adult.

Q. All emergency contact information must be entered into the School Computer Network (SCN). Please contact the SDP help desk for assistance.

II. Circumstances That Warrant an Early Release of a Pupil to be Granted

A. Medical and Dental Appointments

1. Dismissal of students for medical or dental appointments may be permitted only for emergency

purposes. A note from a physician or a dentist should certify the emergency (need not be submitted in advance).

2. The School Handbook distributed to parents at the beginning of the school year must inform parents that medical and dental appointments should be scheduled during non-school hours. This policy should be reiterated during the school year, as needed.

3. If a student is released for emergency medical or dental treatment, the date, time of the release and time of return must be on file in the school office

B. Illness or Injury

1. A parent or other responsible adult must be contacted to come to the school when a student’s illness or injury requires immediate notification.

2. The parent, guardian, or other designated adult representative of the family who comes to school

must report to the office and provide valid identification, checked against school records, before

the student is released.

C. Suspensions

1. Students are to remain in the building until the close of the school day unless released to the parent, guardian or other responsible adult. The identification of the adult must be verified in accordance with this procedure.

D. Hearings

1. When a student or parent presents a summons from Juvenile Court, the principal must dismiss the student in accordance with this procedure.

Note:

• It is the responsibility of the principal to inform and review with all school staff the Special Release

Procedure, as well as post this procedure prominently throughout the school and on the website in multiple languages. This procedure should also be distributed throughout the year, at multiple occasions.

• Schools should forward reminders to parents, at every opportunity, to update: (1) parental contact information, (2) list of approved individuals who may pick up their child (once identification is confirmed),and, (3) court orders or special instructions regarding their child.

Issuance Date: September 9, 2013

William R. Hite, Jr., Ed.D.


 September 11, 2013

 

Dear Parents and Guardians of Hancock Elementary School Students:

 

Welcome to the 2013-2014 school year.  I am looking forward to a positive, productive school year.  I am please to announce that Mrs. Andrea Miller, our assistant principal, has returned to us and she will continue to support both school buildings.

 

Last year we had a very successful school year and we are looking forward to another positive and productive school year.  The John Hancock Demonstration Elementary School and the John Hancock Demonstration Middle School-General J. Harry LaBrum- Campus are now one school community offering multiple programs both at the elementary level and the middle school level.  As a result, both Hancock and LaBrum now offer visual art, vocal music and computer science.   

 

I look forward to meeting you and working with you throughout the school year.  I try to start my day everyday at LaBrum.  As always, I am in the Hancock Schoolyard in the morning every chance I can to lead the Hancock Morning Exercises.  If you have a question, want to share an idea, address a concern or make a comment, please feel free to approach me after the exercises.  I will always do what I can to answer your questions, resolve your concerns or consider your suggestions. 

 

I ask that parents and guardians support the education of their children by being involved.  Our Home and School, which provides many vital services to the Hancock School, is always looking for new members. Our Home and School Officers will be available to meet and encourage parents to join the Home and School during our Back to School Night.  Back to School Night for LaBrum will be September 19, 2013, and at Hancock will be September 25, 2013. 

 

All students are expected to wear their uniform each day. Students should navy or white shirts with collars (Golf Shirts) and wear navy blue or khaki slacks. Girls may wear knee length navy blue or khaki skirts, knee length navy blue or khaki skorts or jumpers if desired. On Gym days, students can wear a Hancock T-shirt and navy blue sweat pants during cold weather months. During warm weather months, students may wear navy shorts instead of sweat pants.  Sneakers must be worn to participate in gym.

Sneakers with lights or containing roller skates or hoodies are not permitted at Hancock.  Students wearing revealing clothing will be required to wear a cover up at school.

 

Our students riding the buses will not be picked up until after the 3:09 PM dismissal. Please do not park around the perimeter of the school.  The perimeter areas are designated for our school buses.  It is important that the perimeter of the school, all of Morrell Avenue and West Crown Avenue, remain available to safely receive and dismiss our students riding the school buses.

 

The car pick-up lane is still available to drop of and pick up children.  It is critical that each parent reviews and follows the morning/afternoon car loop set of procedures. These procedures provide our parents with a safe and an efficient way of dropping off their children in the morning and picking up their children in the afternoon. 

 

I ask that parents support the educational process by making sure each child practices sound living habits like a regular bedtime, healthy meals, a quite place to do homework, and encouragement to practice good citizenship.  Behavior that is appropriate for play is not always appropriate for school.  The goal will be to stress good manners.  I will be working very hard to eliminate rough play and bullying.  Please review these ideas with your children and support the staff in creating a safe and warm environment for all students.  Working together, we can insure your child’s success.  If you have any questions on how you can support your child or concerns about your child, please contact your child’s teacher or our new counselor, Mrs. Diane Squaresky.

 

Communication is key to the educational process.  We continue to use technology to keep parents informed.  Important School information and updates are placed on the Hancock School website at www.philasd.org/schools/hancock/.   We will continue to utilize an automated phone service that will call your home leaving attendance information and other important announcements.   Please feel free to email me anytime at bgriffin@philasd.org.  As always, please call the Hancock School office at  (215) 281- 2604 with your questions or concerns.

 

We will continue to employ the Tuesday Communication Folders for paper correspondence, important papers and tests, but we will be going green and significantly decreasing the paper correspondence that is sent home in the communication folders.   Given the recent budget cuts, we do not have the supplies to copy most paper correspondence or the staff to produce and distribute the copies.  As a result we are going to start scanning most paper announcements and correspondence, then emailing them to families.  Please complete and return the attached email Information slip, providing us with an email address where we can send correspondence and announcements. 

 

 Thank you for your support, and I look forward to seeing you soon.

 

Sincerely,

 

  

William J. Griffin, Principal

and the Hancock/ LaBrum Staff

 

 

-------------------------------------Please complete and return to your child’s teacher--------------------------

 

Students Name:____________________________  Grade:______ Homeroom: _________

 

Parent’s Name:__________________________   Teacher’s Name______________________

 

Correspondence should be sent to the following email address(s):

 

  1. ______________________________________________

 

  1. (Optional)______________________________________

First Day Reminders:

 Dear Parents and Guardians,

On the first day of school, September 9, 2013, at 8:28 AM students in grades Two (2) to Five (5) are to report to the Hancock Schoolyard and line up on their June homeroom number location in the schoolyard.  First Grade Students (former Kindergarten Students) are to report to the Kindergarten Schoolyard.

After Morning Exercises, all students will enter the school building with their June teachers and then go to their June homeroom.  Once every student is in their June homeroom, students will be informed of their new homeroom assignments and then moved to their new classroom to meet their new teacher.

Students can carry school supplies in to school after morning exercises or parents can drop off labeled school supplies in the schoolyard hallways or in the School Main Office Hallway. Please make sure all dropped off supplies are in a box that is labeled with your child's first name, last name and grade.

 

Dismissal for all students will be is at 3:05/3:09 in the rear school yard.

 

Thank you,

Mr. Griffin


 

  

 

Message from the Principal

 

Dear Parents and Guardians of Hancock  Elementary School Students:

 

Welcome to the 2013-2014 school year.  I am looking forward to a positive, productive school year.

 

The Hancock Elementary School consolidated with General J. Harry LaBrum Middle School.  Like Hancock, the LaBrum School is now a Demonstration School.  We are now one school community offering multiple programs both at the elementary level and the middle school level.  As a result both Hancock and LaBrum now offer Visual Art, vocal music and computer science. 

Ms. Miller, our assistant principal and I will continue to support both school buildings. 

I look forward to meeting you and working with you throughout the school year.   If you have a question, want to share an idea, address a concern or make a comment, please feel free to contact me.  I will always do what I can to answer your questions, resolve your concerns or consider your suggestions. 

 

During the 2012-2013 school year at Hancock elementary we introduced many new initiatives and achieved many successes. We implemented innovative programs and extra curricular activities, which helped our students to achieve at high levels. We continued our reading together program. The Father/Daughter was held at LaBrum and was a complete success.  I am sure that you would agree that the Aladin play was a wonderful testament of what our children can create, develop and accomplish. 

During this school year we will employ programs that have fostered success while implementing new, innovating and exciting programs that will facilitate student learning.  This year promises to be one that strongly emphasizes student achievement through data driven instruction.  We will continuously look at the data, which we will collect throughout the course of the year and make instructional decisions based on that data.  We will continue to utilize the School District of Philadelphia’s Standardized Core Curriculum, supported through mandated materials.

 

I look forward to meeting you and working with you throughout the school year.  I try to start my day everyday at LaBrum.  As always, I am in the schoolyard in the morning every chance I can to lead the Hancock Morning Exercises.  If you have a question, want to share an idea, address a concern or make a comment, please feel free to approach me after the exercises.  I will always do what I can to answer your questions, resolve your concerns or consider your suggestions. 

 

I ask that parents and guardians support the education of their children by being involved.  Our Home and School, which provides many vital services to the Hancock School, is always looking for new members. Our Home and School Officers will be available to meet and encourage parents to join the Home and School during our Back to School Night.

 

All students are expected to wear their uniform each day. Students should navy or white shirts with collars (Golf Shirts) and wear navy blue or khaki slacks. Girls may wear knee length navy blue or khaki skirts, knee length navy blue or khaki skorts or jumpers if desired. On Gym days, students can wear a Hancock T-shirt and navy blue sweat pants during cold weather months. During warm weather months, students may wear navy shorts instead of sweat pants.  Sneakers must be worn to participate in gym.

Sneakers with lights or containing roller skates are not permitted at Hancock.  Students wearing reveling clothing will be required to wear a cover up at school.

 

Our students riding the buses will not be picked up until after the 3:09 PM dismissal. Please do not park around the perimeter of the school.  The perimeter areas are designated for our school buses.  It is important that the perimeter of the school, all of Morrell Avenue and West Crown Avenue remain available to safely receive and dismiss our students riding the school buses.

 

The car pick-up lane is still available to drop of and pick up children.  One of the major successful safety accomplishments of prior year was the morning/afternoon car loop set of procedures. These procedures provided our parents with a safe and an efficient way of dropping off their children in the morning and picking up their children in the afternoon.  It was a huge undertaking, but well worth it because it improved the overall safety of our children. 

 

I ask that parents support the educational process by making sure each child practices sound living habits like a regular bedtime, healthy meals, a quite place to do homework, and encouragement to practice good citizenship.  Behavior that is appropriate for play is not always appropriate for school.  The goal will be to stress good manners.  I will be working very hard to eliminate rough play and bullying.  Please review these ideas with your children and support the staff in creating a safe and warm environment for all students.  Working together, we can insure your child’s success.

 

Communication is key to the educational process.  We continue to use technology to keep parents informed.  Important School information and updates are placed on the Hancock School website at www.philasd.org/schools/hancock/.   We will continue to utilize an automated phone service that will call your home leaving attendance information and other important announcements. We will continue to employ the Tuesday Communication Folders for all important correspondence.  Please feel free to email me anytime at bgriffin@philasd.org.  As always, please call the Hancock School office at  (215) 281- 2604 with your questions or concerns.

 

Thank you for your support, and I look forward to seeing you soon.

 

Sincerely

  

William J. Griffin, Principal

and The Hancock Staff


 

Classroom Observations

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Points of Pride

  • High expectations for all learners in an inclusive environment
  • Inviting environment is evidenced through hallway displays
  • Staff and specialists collaborate around curriculum and assessments
  • School wide recognition for student achievement
  • Multi-disciplinary gifted program 
  • Staff professional development and training
  • Active Home and School support 

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Weekly Announcements

 

April 8, 9,10, 2014

PSSA Testing – Writing- Grades 5 and 8

April 14 and 18, 2014

Spring Recess- Schools Closed- only Monday and Friday

April 28 and 30, 2014

PSSA Science Testing- Grades 4 and 8

April 30, 2014, May 1 & 2, 2014

Report Card Conferences- 12:09 Dismissal

May 6, 2014

Staff Only- (Election Day) Professional Development Day

May 26, 2014

Memorial Day- Administrative Offices and Schools Closed

June 19, 2014

Last Day for Students

June 20, 2014

Staff Only- End of Year Transition - Last Day for Staff

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