The John Hancock Demonstration Elementary School K-5

William Griffin

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


The John Hancock Demonstration Elementary School

Breaking News: 



In an effort to promote a smooth registration process for students entering and/or transferring schools, all schools will have the same dates for registration and registration hours.  The dates are August 18, 2014 through and including September, 5, 2014 (closed September 2, 2014 for Labor Day observance) with registration hours of Monday-Friday; 9:00 am -12:00 pm and 1:00-2:00 pm.


In addition, the District will conduct two (2) evening registrations on August 26, 2014 and August 28, 2014 from 3:00-6:00 PM at the following location:

Learning Network 8

4101 Chalfont Drive

Philadelphia, PA 19154

Phone: (215) 281-5903

Fax: (215) 281-2645 


Attention All Parents and Guardians of the School District of Philadelphia!


Please don't wait until the First Day of School, to register your child for school! Get ready and prepared on August 8, 2014 at our annual Back to School Education Event that will be held at 4021 Parkside Avenue from 8:00am to 3:00pm.

The School District of Philadelphia will provide "On-Site Enrollment Services" for all of our new families!

There will be services for parents to Ensure the Transportation/Bus Service Information is accurate;

Valuable information from the Office of Student Support Services will be provided such as: Asthma Management Programs, Student Health Services; Academic Tools and Supports; Families and Schools Together (FAST) 8 week parent engagement program activities and more!


    2014-2015 Registration Guidelines
    2014-2015 School Calendar
    Uniform Colors

Parent Involvement Opportunities at Your Child's School:

    School Advisory Councils
    Families and Schools Working Together (FAST)
    Home & School Councils


First Day Reminders:

 Dear Parents and Guardians,

On the first day of school, September 8, 2014, at 8:28 AM students in grades One (1) to Five (5) are to report to the Hancock Schoolyard and line up on their new homeroom number location in the schoolyard. Staff will be available in the Hancock School yard to look up new homeroom assignment and direct students to the proper number locations.

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

2014-15 School Registration

July 22, 2014


Dear Parents and Guardians,


I am pleased to announce that the Hancock Elementary School and the LaBrum Middle School will be open for registration for the 2014- 2015 year on the following dates and times:


  • Monday, August 18, 2014 – 9:00 am-12:00 pm and 1:00-2:00 pm.
  • Tuesday, August 19, 2014 – 9:00 am-12:00 pm and 1:00-2:00 pm.
  • Wednesday, August 20, 2014– 9:00 am-12:00 pm and 1:00-2:00 pm.
  • Thursday, August 21, 2014 – 9:00 am-12:00 pm and 1:00-2:00 pm.
  • Friday, August 22, 2014 – 9:00 am-12:00 pm and 1:00-2:00 pm.
  • Monday, August 25, 2014 – 9:00 am-12:00 pm and 1:00-2:00 pm.
  • Tuesday, August 26, 2014 – 9:00 am-12:00 pm and 1:00-2:00 pm.
  • Wednesday, August 27, 2014 – 9:00 am-12:00 pm and 1:00-2:00 pm.
  • Thursday, August 28, 2014 – 9:00 am-12:00 pm and 1:00-2:00 pm.
  • Friday, August 29, 2014 – 9:00 am-12:00 pm and 1:00-2:00 pm.



The first day of school for all grade one to eight students is Monday, September 8, 2014.  LaBrum students are to report to the LaBrum Front School Doors by 8:00 AM in uniform.  Hancock students are to report to the Hancock School Yard by 8:28 AM in uniform.  The school uniform is posted under the Policy’s section of the Hancock or LaBrum School website.  The first day of school is a full- day of School.  Students should pack a lunch.


Thank you,




William J. Griffin




Message from the Principal


Dear Parents and Guardians of Hancock  Elementary School Students:


Welcome to the 2014-2015 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   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  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.




William J. Griffin, Principal

and The Hancock Staff


Classroom Observations

We are a demonstration school and welcome area teachers to visit our school.  See contact us for form.

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 30, 2014, May 1 & 2, 2014

Report Card Conferences- 12:09 Dismissal

May 20, 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- 12:09 Dismissal

June 20, 2014

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


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