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Snow Day Makeup Dates!

In order to compensate for the remaining 3 days of school that HAST missed earlier this year
(6 days missed, minus 2 days that the State granted us waivers, minus 1 day that we have already made up on Presidents Day, equals 3 days left to make up), HAST will use the following Friday afternoons to fulfill our obligation:
March 7
March 14
March 21
March 28
April 4
May 2
(6 half-days equal 3 full days)
We will run the above Fridays on a regular class schedule, 8 a.m. arrival and 3:30 departure.  On those particular Fridays, classes will run just like Monday-Thursday.
Please note that this will take effect next Friday.  Please plan your schedules accordingly.
Thank you!
Dr Egan
P.S. Truly, seriously, hopefully, we will not have any more cancellations of school due to weather.

Hammond partnership gives back to community : Lake

Hammond partnership gives back to community : Lake.

NHS Community Service

HAMMOND | United Neighborhoods Inc., Havmack Construction and students from Hammond Academy of Science and Technology worked together Saturday to make their city a better place.

Five students from the academy performed their National Honor Society group service project by helping to install siding and windows at a home in the 7400 block of Beech Street in Hammond. The property has been purchased and is being remodeled with HOME Investment Partnerships Program funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

NHS Community Service“The students are giving time to give back to the community,” said Alexius Barber, executive director of UNI.

The students worked under the guidance of Havmack Construction, which is the general contractor for the rehab. President/owner Jack Havlin said the students “caught on quick.”

Academy student Aarion Cook said the home rehab was a cool experience for her.

“I felt like I was ‘House Hunters’ or ‘Property Brothers,’” she said. “I watch those shows with my mom all the time, so it was good to actually get to get behind the scenes.”

Jake Yankauskas said it was the first time he installed windows and siding.

“It’s cool to come out and learn some new skills and help the community,” he said.

Ivy Westerhoff said she’s never done this type of work.

“I’m more of a numbers person, so actually doing something was different,” she said. “I guess it’s a good skill to have, but I won’t tell my dad because he’ll want me to do it.”

Other students taking part in the service learning project were Moomna Ali and Marc Suarez.

Hammond Academy director of guidance Sarah Scannell, the National Honor Society chapter advisor for the students, said three more students would be returning April 12 to do similar work for their service learning project.

Visit From State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Glenda Ritz

Ritz Visit 2On Wednesday, April 2, 2014, Hammond Academy was honored by a visit from our State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz. Ms Ritz included HAST in her tour of a number of schools in Northwest Indiana. During her 90-minute visit, Supt. Ritz met with HAST school board members, staff, and students. Supt. Ritz interacted with a number of students in the classrooms. She was particularly impressed by our project-based learning, of which she saw many examples.

Supt. Ritz was excited to see the use of our one-to-one technology so thoroughly and integrally throughout the building. She also expressed interest in our integrated Math and Science curriculum.

HAST looks forward to continued visits by representatives from the Indiana Department of Education to allow us the opportunity to showcase the many progressive and innovative approaches that we implement in our classrooms.

Ritz Visit 1

L to R:  Kris Costa Sakelaris (HAST Board President), Glenda Ritz, Dr Sean Egan, Robert Lendi (HAST Board Member), Linda Randolph (DOE Outreach Coordinator), James Borom

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Ritz Visit 5 Ritz Visit 3Ritz Visit 4