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Hampton City Schools partners with the National Institute of Aerospace

For the past 11 years, the City of Hampton and Hampton City Schools have had an educator in residence agreement with the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA). This agreement enables a Hampton City Schools teacher to build his/her capacity as a STEM instructional leader through working with STEM education specialists at NIA’s Center for Integrative STEM Education (CISE). Having an educator in residence at NIA positions HCS teachers and students to benefit from NIA’s award-winning educational resources, professional development opportunities, STEM initiatives, and connections to NASA’s Langley Research Center. NIA is a long-standing strategic partner with NASA’s Langley Research Center, NASA’s Science, Human Exploration and Operations, as well as Space Technology Mission Directorates. This partnership enables access to a diverse range of subject matter experts and real-world, inspirational connections into STEM disciplines, discovery and innovation. 

In the last three years, 21 HCS educators and their students have had a direct line of communication to the NASA eClipsTM team and have provided feedback on NASA eClips educational resources. Karen Brace (fifth grade teacher at Machen) and Julie Back (former science teacher at Phoebus High School and Kecoughtan High School) and their students provided recommendations that were used to improve the videos Real World: The Carbon Cycle – Essential to Life on Earthand Ask SME: Dr. Lola Fatoyinbo Agueh - Research Physical Scientist. In August, it was announced that these videos won a regional (National Capital Chesapeake Bay) Emmy award in the category of instructional feature series.

NASA eClips videos, are short, free, educational video segments that inform and engage students in exploring STEM through NASA-inspired, real-world connections. Ask SME videos are developed to capture a glimpse of NASA subject matter experts’ personal interests and career journeys. Each can be used to spark student interest and broaden their ideas of the STEM workforce.

Teachers and students from Bethel High School Media, Arts and Design Academy (MAD), Phoebus High School, and the Spratley Gifted Center have gained valuable experience and added to their professional portfolio by producing NASA Spotlite videos for the NASA Spotlite Design Challenge. Several of these student-produced videos have become part of interactive lessons used in classrooms across the country to address science misconceptions.

After the Bethel MAD Academy students presented their videos, NIA STEM education specialist Joan Harper-Neely said, “Through this authentic learning experience, students developed collaboration, problem-solving, science communication, and video production skills. Students learned that having a team of diverse members enhances the experience and produces a better product. The NASA eClips team was impressed by how well student producers presented their NASA Spotlite videos and discussed their production process with a panel of community members.”

For their work with Bethel’s MAD Academy, NIA received the Academies of Hampton Extended Learning Partner of Excellence Award in 2018.

HCS teachers and students have also benefited from access to NASA and NASA professionals through this partnership. Girls in the HCS Brave Hearts groups at Jones Magnet Middle School, Phenix PreK-8 School, Tarrant Middle School, and Syms Middle School worked with NIA/NASA mentors to investigate magnetism and discuss STEM careers. 

Craig Freeman, elementary science teacher specialist, served as the NIA educator in residence from 2014 to 2017. Current HCS STEM teacher specialist, Betsy McAllister, has served in that capacity since 2017. NASA eClips resources have been included in the HCS science curriculum and will continue to be integrated as the curriculum is updated. Please feel free to reach out to McAllister at or for questions and/or support.

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As stated in School Board Policy AC and GBA, Hampton City Schools (“HCS”) does not discriminate with regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, disability, ancestry, marital status, pregnancy, child birth or related medical conditions, status as a veteran, genetic information, or other characteristic protected by law in its programs, activities and employment practices and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.  

HCS also prohibits retaliation under School Board Policy GBAB for the purpose of interfering with a person’s rights and/or privileges under federal civil rights laws, which can include: (i) raising concerns with Division personnel about a civil rights violation; (ii) asserting a right or advocating for the rights of a student or employee under federal civil rights laws; or (iii) participating in a complaint investigation or related proceedings. 

All individuals are encouraged to promptly report any incident they believe to be discrimination, harassment or retaliation in violation of HCS School Board Policy.  All reports should be made to the HCS Compliance Officer, who also serves as the HCS Executive Director of Human Resources and Title IX/ADA Coordinator.  Upon receiving a report of alleged discrimination, harassment or retaliation, the Compliance Officer shall promptly authorize an investigation into the complaint, determine whether the alleged act occurred, and determine whether any action must be taken to end or prevent further harassment, discrimination, or retaliation.  For more information about this process, please review the Formal Resolution Process and/or Informal Resolution Process.    

Should you have any questions about these procedures or the contents of this notice, please contact:

Executive Director of Human Resources
Title IX and ADA Coordinator
Department of Human Resources
One Franklin Street
Hampton, VA 23669
(757) 727-2300



Hampton City Schools (HCS) is committed to making its website accessible for all, including individuals with disabilities, and strives to ensure accessibility currently and as new technologies emerge.  The division welcomes questions and feedback on the site’s accessibility at each development phase.  By clicking on “Contact” at the upper right of the main webpage, all users are able to “Help Resolve a Concern,” “Share a Story,” “Provide Feedback,” and “Ask a Question.”  Additionally, the Contact Us page provides direct email access to HCS Webmaster Vickie Carper,


HCS’s computer systems and networks include all of the computer hardware, operating system software, application software, stored text, data files, electronic mail (email), local databases, externally accessed databases, CD-ROM, optical media, clip art, digital images, digitized information, communications technologies, and new available technologies.

Please note that some pages on the HCS website contain links to third-party sites.  HCS is not responsible for the content, facts, opinions or accessibility of third-party sites.


The majority of pages in our site are available in HTML format that can be deciphered by screen readers. Some documents are in Portable Document Format (PDF), which require Adobe Acrobat Reader to view.

  • To download this free program, visit the Adobe website.
  • To read PDF documents with a screen reader, please link to the Access Adobe website, which provides useful tools and resources.

Also, many popular browsers contain built-in accessibility tools, and there are other plug-ins that make websites more accessible.

The HCS website is designed and monitored by HCS Webmaster Vickie Carper, who serves as the gatekeeper for website content and accessibility.   The Webmaster is under the direction of the Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing, supervised by the Director of Graphics.
Web visitors using assistive technology who may have trouble accessing information on the website may contact the HCS Webmaster,, the Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing, and/or the Director of Graphics,

When submitting a question or concern via email, “accessibility” should be included in the subject line.  Every reasonable attempt will be made to address the user’s concern within twenty-four hours.  To assist HCS in responding appropriately, all inquiries should include the following information:

  • A description of the accessibility concern or question;
  • The webpage address of the requested material;
  • The format in which the user prefers to receive the material;
  • The user’s contact information, including preferred method of contact.


HCS monitors all technology resource activity and requires all employees, students and individuals with access to HCS computer systems and networks to annually read and sign an Acceptable Use Policy.  See School Board Policy IIBEA for Students; School Board Policy GBBB for Employees.

Our continuing goal is for the HCS website to be accessible to individuals with disabilities in compliance with the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and that statute's implementing regulations at 34 C.F.R. Part 104, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and that statute's implementing regulations at 28 C.F.R. Part 35.

Good faith efforts are being made to ensure that our website complies with web accessibility standards. In addition to the federal regulations above, we are actively working to conform to level AA of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.
Prior to posting new website content, the HCS Webmaster determines if the proposed content meets the criteria of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).  Periodically the HCS Webmaster checks the website with a recognized website checker such as 508 Checker and WAVE.  If the audit identifies issues of concern or content errors that impede accessibility to any user, the concerns/errors are evaluated and remedied within a six-week period.


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