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After School and Student Programs

Saturday Academy at Francis C. Hammond

The Saturday Academy gives Francis C. Hammond Middle School students increased academic support. The purpose of Saturday Academy is to ensure that every student is "responsible, respectful, and ready to learn and lead in the classroom". Saturday Academy is uniquely designed to help students meet and exceed VDOE Standards of Learning. During Saturday Academy, students will have an opportunity to receive acceleration, remediation, and intervention on curricular standards in the areas of Language Arts, Math, and Science.

Through this learning opportunity, students will receive support from certified teachers in the areas of reading, writing, math, and science. Students will receive feedback on their mastery at the end of every session.

Saturday Academy participants are expected to bring the following:

  • Chromebook
  • Paper
  • pencils/ pens
  • Binder
  • Assignments/Projects obtained from their teacher
  • Textbook
  • Think Through Math Log-In

Advisory at Hammond

What is advisory?

In advisory, grades 6-8, students meet in small groups for one period each week with an adult faculty member to engage in activities and reflections that support various initiatives including the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IB/MYP), Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP) and Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS). Advisory occurs daily for 20 minutes. The students have extended advisory periods twice a month for one hour to complete ICAP activities.

Why implement advisory?

The purpose of advisory at Francis C. Hammond Middle School is to create a climate that supports student achievement. By building relationships and a sense of shared community, we foster student engagement that leads to success.

Advisory supports academic monitoring and provides explicit instruction in skills that promote learning, including "Approaches to Learning" (ATL) skills from IB; career and personal inventories through ICAP; and behavior expectations from PBIS.

How is advisory supported to achieve success?

Lessons and training are provided to teachers on a monthly basis. Teachers implement the lessons with fidelity to create shared expectations across the school community. Administrators, school counselors, support staff and teachers meet to ensure that program goals are met and the advisory curriculum is relevant and engaging.