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: 

Student Registration Information: The Hancock and LaBrum Schools’ Main Offices will reopen for student registration on Wednesday, August 19, 2015. Registration will continue each weekday from August 19, 2015, to September 2, 2015, from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM.

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Thank you for contacting the John Hancock Elementary School and General J. Harry LaBrum Middle School.  Student registration starts on August 19, 2015, at both schools.  John Hancock Elementary School and General J. Harry LaBrum Middle Schools are neighborhood schools.  In most cases in order to attend one of these schools, you need to live within the school boundaries.  You can easily check the boundary area associated with your address/residence by utilizing the School District of Philadelphia School Finder Application.  The link to School Finder Application is https://webapps.philasd.org/school_finder

 Below is a list of the required documentation you will need to present in order to register your child.

Required Documentation:

1.        Proof of child’s age (One of the following is required)
Acceptable documentation includes (the following are examples and not a conclusive list): Child’s original birth certificate
Notarized copy of the child’s birth certificate
Child’s valid passport, 
Original baptismal certificate indicating the child’s date of birth
Copy of the record of baptism – notarized or duly certified and showing the date of birth Notarized statement from the parents or another relative indicating the date of birth Prior school records indicating the date of birth


2.        Immunization Record (One of the following is required)
Acceptable documentation includes: 
The child’s immunization record, 
A written statement from the former school district or from a medical office that the required immunizations have been administered, or that a required series is in progress, 
Verbal assurances from the former school district or a medical office that the required immunizations have been completed, with records to follow.

3.        Proof of Address (Only two (2) of the following are required)

·      Acceptable documentation includes: Schools should be flexible in verifying residency, and should consider what information is reasonable in light of the family’s situation.

1.    Deed

2.    Valid DOT identification card

3.    Mortgage settlement sheet

4.    Current credit card bill

5.    Current utility bill (gas, electric, cable, telephone)

6.    Recent vehicle registration

7.    Recent property tax bill 

8.    Voter Registration Card showing current address

9.    Valid driver’s license or change of address card with your current address

10.  Recent bank statement with current address

11.  Letter from Social Security Office with current address

12.  Letter from Public Assistance Office with current address

13.  IRS Statement or other wage and tax statements e.g., W2, 1040, 1099 

14.  Recent Employer Pay Stub showing current address 

15.   Fostercare/childcare and DHS letters are acceptable for registration when a student is in the care of a foster/child care agency.

16.  Shelter placement or residency letters are acceptable for homeless students 

17.  Original lease with name(s) of parents/legal guardians and children.

18.  Signed property sales agreement, followed by original copy of settlement papers within 45 calendar days of settlement

We suggest that you visit the School District of Philadelphia Office of Student Enrollment and Placement website, which provides more detailed information about the student registration process.   The link to the website is http://webgui.phila.k12.pa.us/offices/s/student-placement

Have a great summer and we hope to see you soon.  

Sincerely,

William J. Griffin

Principal 

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 16, 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

In the event that there is a Delayed Opening in the near future, please consider the guidelines below: 

Delayed School Opening

Due to inclement weather or other emergencies, it may be necessary to cancel school for the day or have a “delayed opening.”  If this should occur, parents and caregivers are asked to tune in to the local news, visit The School District of Philadelphia’s website at www.philasd.org, or call the District’s Parent hotline at (215) 400-INFO (4636).

 

In the event of a delayed opening, a specific opening time will be announced for all schools and early childhood programs.  Dismissal time will remain the same.  Yellow bus transportation will run, but bus pick up times will be pushed back in accordance to the time of the delayed opening for students (e.g. – If a student’s normal pick up time is 7:30 a.m. and there is a two-hour delayed opening, the pickup time will be 9:30 a.m.). All school trips that are scheduled will be canceled.  Breakfast, lunch, after-school programming, and athletics will not be affected and will function as normal.  We strongly encourage you to make arrangements for your child’s supervision when schools are closed or delayed and to review these arrangements with your child periodically.

 

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 2013-2014 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 Peter Pan 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

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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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 16, 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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 To see the 2014-2015 School District Calendar click here

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