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2020-21 School Year Updates
Hopewell schools will be virtual learning through January 15 pending continued Beaver County "substantial" transmission rate.
Athletics postponed through December 7.
Positive COVID case December 1 parent letter  Click HERE for parent letter
Parent FAQ: COVID Symptoms, Testing, and Positive Cases Click HERE for FAQ
Virtual Learning Code of Conduct Click HERE for Code of Conduct
Virtual Learning Expectations REVISED  Click HERE for Student Expectations

District News

Season's Readings: Twelve Days of Reading begin Monday!

Join our Hopewell librarians for twelve days of reading!  Each day, our librarians will be reading a great book for students to listen to and join in for conversation with other students!  Join in the holiday fun and jump into a great book with our favorite librarians. 
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Holly Jolly Concert

Free livestream of the 4th Annual Holly Jolly Christmas Concert on Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 7:00 PM to benefit the Hopewell Area School District Band/Music Program and the B.F. Jones Memorial Library.  Please consider a contribution to fund this amazing performance and local programs.

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December 7, 2020 Board Reorganization Meeting

The December 7, 2020 Board of School Directors' meeting will be held virtually at 7:00PM via Zoom. Please find information regarding the meeting in the document below. If you would like to participate in the virtual meeting, please complete the form below and a link will be sent to you the afternoon of December 7, 2020. 

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Fundraisers going strong at Hopewell

Toy Drive
Led by teachers Donna Steff, Nikki Rodgers, and Nicole Lash, colleagues, and the Junior High NHS students. 
For more information, please contact Donna Steff at steffd@hopewellarea.org
Although this is a difficult year for many, we feel that it is more important to give ever child a holiday of cheer and hope.  We hope that you will consider providing donations to make our Viking children's Christmas memorable! 
Angel tree option:   Click HERE for Angel Tree option

Project Give 
Led by Mrs. Amy Parker, Independence Elementary teacher.
For more information, please contact  Amy Parker at parkera@hopewellarea.org
It’s that time of year again! If you are from Indy, you might be familiar with Mrs. Parker’s annual  Blessing Bags project.  This year (year 5), we decided to revamp the project to call it  “Project Give” and are working a little closer to home this year! This year, we will be donating items to Beaver County non-profit organizations serving our community members
The Center for Hope, The Cornerstone of Beaver County, and the Women's Center of Beaver County.
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Important District Updates

At the November 23, 2020 HASD meeting of the Board of School Directors, the following decisions were made:
Virtual Learning: Virtual learning will continue through January 15, 2021 unless Beaver County transmission rate moves to "moderate" level of transmission for two consecutive weeks.
Athletics: Athletics will be postponed through December 7, 2020.  The Board will revisit this decision at the December 7, 2020 Board meeting.

The following presentations were shared at the November 23, 2020 Board meeting:
Parent Survey Data Summary: Click HERE for the Parent survey summary 
First Quarter Student Data Summary: Click HERE for the summary of student data
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Revised School Calendar

Changes include an Act 80 (no school for students) on May 14 and school will now be in session on March 15.  Last day of school for students will now be June 8. 
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HASD to provide breakfasts and lunches to children

Families with children at any age through 18, may pick up breakfasts and lunches any school day at any of our school building entrances between the hours of 11AM-1PM beginning today.  Families will be given meals for the days that students would be in school for that week.
 
This service is provided by the Hopewell Food Service staff and it is for all of our Hopewell students and siblings, including our cyber students and all of our virtual learners, ages 0-18.
 
Please stop by to pick up this week’s breakfasts and lunches at any of our school buildings between the hours of 11-1 today- Wednesday. We will continue to provide this service after the holiday break, on Tuesday, December 1.  
 

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Hopewell to begin Virtual Learning Model on Monday, November 23, 2020

Beginning on Monday, November 23, the entire Hopewell Area School District will move to virtual learning based of guidance from DOH due to the number of positive COVID cases and the identification of Beaver County as “substantial rate of transmission”.  
 
The Board of School Directors will still make a decision on Monday evening for the length of time for virtual learning, but our move to virtual learning due to positive COVID cases will continue at least through December 4.  Because of the substantial transmission level, the Board may extend this longer. 
 
Please be sure to read the Virtual Learning expectations posted on the blue banner on the website. 
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Spectators at HOME Winter Athletic Events

Please see the following for the District’s guidelines for spectators at Viking winter athletic events.
 
Varsity Basketball: Boys and Girls
Viking athletes and cheerleaders will receive 2 tickets each. No students permitted without an adult and ticket. No tickets for visiting athletes.
 
Middle School Basketball: Boys and Girls
Viking athletes will receive 2 tickets each. No students permitted without an adult and ticket. No tickets for visiting athletes.
 
Wrestling
Viking athletes will receive 2 tickets each. No students permitted without an adult and ticket. No tickets for visiting athletes.
 
Swimming: No spectators
 
Bowling: No spectators per Sheffield Lane
 
Gymnastics: No spectators per Monaca Turners
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High School Track: Re-opened

As of October 30, 2020, track is re-opened to the public. All are welcome to use the high school track during the school day.
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Full-Time Online Education Attendance Grades 7-12

Attendance notifications for full-time online education students in grades 7-12 will be sent out each week notifying parents and guardians of any discrepancies associated with their child’s online course work and the expectations set by the district.  Please review the attendance policy for full-time online students in grades 7-12 by watching the online education orientation and reading through the attendance policy. Please click on the title of this article to access this important information.  
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Parent letter: Lead Testing

The District has received the results of lead testing throughout each building. Please read the following information to learn more about the results of the testing and the District's next steps.
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Viking Connect

Prior to your arrival, you will need to complete several online forms including a student responsibility form, a parent responsibility form, a student acceptable use policy, a device monitoring acknowledgment, and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) form.  You will also need to pay a $25 technology fee to cover the damage or repair of your child’s device.  Families who are on free or reduced lunch will have a reduced fee of $15.  The forms and payment must be submitted prior to your device pick up.  



Viking Connect Devices
 
The District is equipped to provide uniform devices to every student so that learning can be accessed at home and at school.  While parents may have devices at home, we would encourage you to participate in the Viking Connect initiative.  Should you choose to opt out of this program, please contact your school principal.
 
Why opting out is discouraged:
 
A parent/guardian may choose to decline a 1:1 device for their child(ren) ONLY if they decide to provide a personally purchased device to their student. 

An important consideration: Should your child opt-out and choose to use a personally owned device instead, please understand that software (apps) purchased by the District may not be available or distributed to personally owned devices. Students who opt-out will not receive technical support of any kind for any personally owned devices. It will be the responsibility of the parent/guardian & student to ensure the device is working properly and effectively every day.

Back to School Information for Students in Grades K-4

This article provides important back to school information for all students in grades K through 4, including an orientation presentation and supply lists for each grade and building.

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Independence Elementary Kindergarten Orientation

Please click here, this link will take you to the Kindergarten Orientation information for Independence Elementary.

Margaret Ross Elementary Kindergarten Orientation

Please click here, this link will take you to the Kindergarten Orientation information for Margaret Ross Elementary. 

Hopewell Elementary Kindergarten Orientation

Please click here, this will take you to the Kindergarten Orientation information for Hopewell Elementary School. 

2020-2021 School Calendar - Revised July 20, 2020

Students now start on September 8, 2020.  Click link for calendar. More +

Viking Facemasks!

The link below is an order form for Viking face masks.  Please know that the state is dictating requirements about face masks/coverings at this time.  If lifted, the District has not yet determined requirements.

We are passing this onto our families in case you are interested.  Feel free to share the link with anyone who might be interested. Proceeds will go to the food bank and to each building’s Viking PRIDE committee.

https://shieldsembroidery.tuosystems.com/stores/vikings

Stay safe and healthy! 

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Program

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Safe2Say Something

Safe2Say Something is a youth violence prevention program run by the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General. Safe2Say Something (S2SS) teaches youth how to recognize warning signs and signals, especially within social media, from individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others and to “say something” BEFORE it is too late. More +

Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities: Subbing and Summer Work  The district is always looking for employees and substitutes for positions such as teachers, paraprofessionals, custodians, cafeteria workers and bus drivers. Please visit our website at www.hopewellarea.org for more information.  We are also currently looking for summer employees.  If you or someone you know is 18 years or older and wishes to have summer employment to prepare our buildings for the next school year, please contact our buildings and grounds department at 2015 or visit our website at www.hopewellarea.org.  Click on the EMPLOYMENT link and complete the summer worker application.  This is a great opportunity for high school graduates and college students or others needing employment. We hope you will consider this great opportunity.  (The following information was sent to families via a phone blast on March 18.)   
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Immunization Information

Students must have required immunizations per PA Department of Health.  Please click here for more information and contact information for your child’s school nurse.

Building Specific Emails

You can now update your contact preferences so that specific school buildings can send you important information about events and announcements. More +

Calendar Filtering

Filtering can be used to isolate specific events and schools that are of most concern to you. The instructions to apply the filtering to the district calendar can be found inside this article. More +

Important Phone Numbers

Emergency Line at 911

Beaver County Crisis Line, 800-400-6180

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 800-273-8255

Safe2Say, 844-723-2729

Women’s Center of Beaver County, 724-775-0131

Beaver County Food Bank (Salvation Army Food Bank), 724-891-3605


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