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: 

Attention:  Special Announcement

 

There has been a change to the January calendar for LaBrum Middle School only.

 

LaBrum students will have an early dismissal at 12:04 PM on Friday, January 29, 2016.

Teachers will be attending a conference related to our school redesign.

 

Please note that this only affects the LaBrum Middle School students.  Hancock will continue to have a full day and dismiss at 3:09 PM on January 29, 2016.

 

 

 

October 26, 2015

 

Dear Families of Hancock and LaBrum Schools,

 

I am writing to inform you of some really exciting news regarding the status of the General J. Harry LaBrum Middle School.  As many of you know, in September 2011, the John Hancock Demonstration Elementary School was merged with the General J. Harry LaBrum Middle School forming one K-8 school operating on two separate campuses under the leadership of one principal. That merger has benefitted the school by allowing both campuses to have a unified vision, to offer a seamless K-8 curriculum for students, and to provide common expectations and professional development to all staff members. 

 

Although Hancock/LaBrum has been operating as one school for the past 5 years, we are still officially recognized as two separate schools by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.  This means that we have to submit two separate school plans, manage two separate budgets, we receive two separate school progress scores, and conduct many other administrative activities as if we were two separate schools.

 

To correct this situation, the School District of Philadelphia will take steps to officially merge the two schools for recognition by the State of Pennsylvania. This will require the School District to officially announce that it is closing the LaBrum School and making Hancock a K-8 school. Please know that this announcement will not result in any changes to our students’ experience.  Your child will still come to the same school building and receive the same great educational programs from the same great staff members.  This announcement is only a legal technicality.  Going forward, we will refer to the lower school as John Hancock Demonstration Elementary School and the upper school will be referred to as John Hancock Demonstration Middle School- General J. Harry LaBrum Campus. The School District of Philadelphia will announce this change in the coming weeks.

 

As principal, I am excited for this change because it aligns with our school vision, “Together we make a difference” and finalizes the work our schools and families have been moving toward.  We look forward to continuing to serve all students in our neighborhood. We will be holding a meeting for any families and community members that have questions regarding this upcoming announcement on Wednesday, October 28, 2015, at 6:00 pm in the John Hancock Elementary School Cafetorium.   During this evening meeting we will also provide updates on other initiatives we are currently working on, which include the LaBrum Redesign Initiative and the Hancock and LaBrum Grade/Boundary Change Initiative.   Please also feel free to contact me should you have further questions regarding this announcement.

 

Thank you for your continued support.  We hope to see you on Wednesday, October 28, 2015, at 6:00 pm in the John Hancock Elementary School Cafetorium.

 

Sincerely,

  

William J. Griffin

Principal

 

October 20, 2015

 

Dear Parent,

 

Thank you for considering volunteering at the John Hancock Demonstration Elementary School and/or the John Hancock Demonstration Middle School- General J. Harry LaBrum Campus.   Below are the dates, times and locations of the volunteer training for the 2015-2016 school year.  All new volunteers must participate in this training in order to volunteer at one or both of our schools.  All previously trained and approved volunteers are not required to attend but are welcome to participate if you need assistance obtaining clearances. Clearances are required for all volunteers (although parents may chaperone up to two field trips without clearances). 

 

Please note the Principal makes the placements/assignments of all volunteers and in most cases parent volunteers will not be assigned to their child’s classroom.  All current, approved volunteers should contact Mrs. Hannan, Principal Fellow, at 215-281-2604, if they would like a volunteer assignment for the 2015-2016 school year.

 

I hope to see you at the training.

 

Thank you,

 

 

 

William J. Griffin

Principal

 

Training Date

Training Time

Training Location

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

9:00 to 10:00

Hancock Elementary School

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

9:00 to 10:00

LaBrum Middle School

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

9:00 to 10:00

Hancock Elementary School

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

9:00 to 10:00

LaBrum Middle School

 

 

 

 

 

Attention Parent Volunteers:  Please scroll down for information about the new School District of Philadelphia Volunteer Policy and Clearence information.  Please note, chaperones for school trips require clearances if the parents routinely chaperone trips. If a parent chaperones more than two (2) trips a year clearances are needed as that is considered routine.

 

For the Safety of our children, please leave your pets at home when dropping off or picking up your children. Some students are afraid of dogs, so therefore it is best to leave your dog at home.  Dogs/pets are not permitted in the schoolyard and are not permitted near the gates of the schoolyard.   Dogs/pets may not be stationed on the sidewalk directly adjacent to the school.

 

 

 

 

 

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 

Attention All Volunteers- 2015 New Volunteer Policy

October 26, 2015

 

Dear Families of Hancock and LaBrum Schools,

 

I am writing to inform you of some really exciting news regarding the status of the General J. Harry LaBrum Middle School.  As many of you know, in September 2011, the John Hancock Demonstration Elementary School was merged with the General J. Harry LaBrum Middle School forming one K-8 school operating on two separate campuses under the leadership of one principal. That merger has benefitted the school by allowing both campuses to have a unified vision, to offer a seamless K-8 curriculum for students, and to provide common expectations and professional development to all staff members. 

 

Although Hancock/LaBrum has been operating as one school for the past 5 years, we are still officially recognized as two separate schools by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.  This means that we have to submit two separate school plans, manage two separate budgets, we receive two separate school progress scores, and conduct many other administrative activities as if we were two separate schools.

 

To correct this situation, the School District of Philadelphia will take steps to officially merge the two schools for recognition by the State of Pennsylvania. This will require the School District to officially announce that it is closing the LaBrum School and making Hancock a K-8 school. Please know that this announcement will not result in any changes to our students’ experience.  Your child will still come to the same school building and receive the same great educational programs from the same great staff members.  This announcement is only a legal technicality.  Going forward, we will refer to the lower school as John Hancock Demonstration Elementary School and the upper school will be referred to as John Hancock Demonstration Middle School- General J. Harry LaBrum Campus. The School District of Philadelphia will announce this change in the coming weeks.

 

As principal, I am excited for this change because it aligns with our school vision, “Together we make a difference” and finalizes the work our schools and families have been moving toward.  We look forward to continuing to serve all students in our neighborhood. We will be holding a meeting for any families and community members that have questions regarding this upcoming announcement on Wednesday, October 28, 2015, at 6:00 pm in the John Hancock Elementary School Cafetorium.   During this evening meeting we will also provide updates on other initiatives we are currently working on, which include the LaBrum Redesign Initiative and the Hancock and LaBrum Grade/Boundary Change Initiative.   Please also feel free to contact me should you have further questions regarding this announcement.

 

Thank you for your continued support.  We hope to see you on Wednesday, October 28, 2015, at 6:00 pm in the John Hancock Elementary School Cafetorium.

 

Sincerely,

 

William J. Griffin

Principal

 

 

 

Hancock/LaBrum Volunteer Information

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Hancock/LaBrum!

To volunteer, you will need to obtain the following clearances (Please note, chaperones for school trips require clearances if the parents routinely chaperone trips. If a parent chaperones more than two (2) trips a year clearances are needed as that is considered routine.):


•        Report of criminal history from the Pennsylvania State Police.   FREE to Volunteers
•        Child Abuse History clearance from the Department of Human Services.  FREE to Volunteers
•        FBI Fingerprint based federal criminal history (ONLY if you have lived outside of Pennsylvania in the last 10 years).   $27


All necessary instructions and links to apply for these certifications can be found at www.dhs.state.pa.us/findaform/childabusehistoryclearanceforms/index.htm

Our first Volunteer Orientation Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 8:45am at the Hancock Campus (Hancock and LaBrum Volunteers can attend at this location).

 

Below is the most recent Volunteer FAQ from the School District

Thank you!

Stephannie Hannan, Principal Fellow 

School District of Philadelphia 2015 - 2016 Calendar

School Year Calendar : 2015 - 2016

* Since the calendar is subject to change during the course of the school year, the web version may contain updates not reflected in the printed version of this publication.

The following is the calendar for all schools and Pre-Kindergarten Programs for the 2015 - 2016 school year:

September 2, 2015
First Day for Staff
Academic Year Preparation
September 2, 2015
9th Grade Orientation Window Opens
September 3 - 4, 2015
Staff Only
Professional Development
September 4, 2015
9th Grade Orientation Window Closes
September 7, 2015
Labor Day
Administrative Offices and Schools Closed
September 8, 2015
First Day for Grades 1-12
Student Attendance
September 8, 2015
First Day for Pre-Kindergarten, Head Start and Bright Futures
Student Attendance
September 8 - 11, 2015
Kindergarten Parent/Teacher Interviews
September 14 - 15, 2015
Rosh Hashanah
Administrative Offices and Schools Closed
September 17, 2015
First Day of Kindergarten
Student Attendance
September 23, 2015
Yom Kippur
Administrative Offices and Schools Closed
September 25, 2015
City-wide Papal Visit
Administrative Offices and Schools Closed
October 1, 2015
2016-2017 School Selection Process Begins
October 9, 2015
Staff Only
Professional Development Day
October 12, 2015
Columbus Day
Administrative Offices and Schools Closed
October 14 - 16, 2015
Interim Reports
October 28, 2015
PD Half Day
3 Hour Early Dismissal
November 3, 2015
Staff Only
Professional Development Day
November 11, 2015
Veterans' Day Observed
Administrative Offices and Schools Closed
November 13, 2015
2016-2017 School Selection Process Ends
November 25, 2015
PD Half Day
3 Hour Early Dismissal
November 26 - 27, 2015
Thanksgiving Holiday
Administrative Offices and Schools Closed
December 2 - 4, 2015
Report Card Conferences
December 18, 2015
PD Half Day
3 Hour Early Dismissal
December 24 - 31, 2015
Winter Recess
Schools Closed
December 24, 2015
Winter Recess
Administrative Offices Close at 1:00 p.m.
December 25, 2015
Winter Recess 
Administrative Offices and Schools Closed
December 31, 2015
Winter Recess
Administrative Offices Close at 1:00 p.m.
January 1, 2016
New Year's Day
Schools Closed and Administrative Offices Closed
January 4 - 6, 2016
Interim Reports
January 6 - 20, 2016
Keystone Exams
January 18, 2016
Dr. Martin Luther King Day
Administrative Offices and Schools Closed
January 22, 2016
PD Half Day
3 Hour Early Dismissal
January 25 - March 4, 2016
ACCESS Testing Window
February 15, 2016
Presidents' Day
Administrative Offices and Schools Closed
February 16, 2016
PD Half Day
3 Hour Early Dismissal
February 23 - 25, 2016
Report Card Conferences
February 26, 2016
Staff Only
Professional Development Day
March 14 - 16, 2016
Interim Reports
March 14, 2016
PD Half Day
3 Hour Early Dismissal
March 21 - 25, 2016
Spring Recess
Schools Closed
March 25, 2016
Good Friday
Administrative Offices and Schools Closed
April 11 - May 6, 2016 
PSSA Assessments (Math, ELA, and Science) and Make-up Days
April 26, 2016
Staff Only
Professional Development Day
April 27 - 29, 2016
Report Card Conferences
May 10, 2016
PD Half Day
3 Hour Early Dismissal
May 16 - 18, 2016
Interim Reports
May 16 - 27, 2016
Keystone Exams
May 30, 2016
Memorial Day
Administrative Offices and Schools Closed
June 22, 2016
Last Day for Students
June 23, 2016
Last Day for Staff

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