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The official voice of the Township of Hampton and the Hampton Township School District On the Cover: The Art of Learning When we consider education in the 21st century it’s only natural to think in terms of computers, science, math and similar technically-oriented subjects. But in Hampton, the District also devotes considerable time to developing artistic talents through dramatics, dance, music, visual arts and more.

In This Issue: Hampton Township Municipal Update ............................................. 3 HTSD Scores Top Spot on Keystone Exams................................... 4 The Art of Learning........................................................................... 5 District Dispatch School News ......................................................... 9 HAEE Update .................................................................................. 19 Planning Hampton’s Future ............................................................ 22 Troop #17 Celebrates 90 years of Scouting .................................. 25 Hampton Highlights Fall Programs .................................................. 27 News & Notes................................................................................... 43

The Township of Hampton Township Council: Michael L. Peters, President Carolynn R. Johnson, Bethany H. Blackburn, Richard Dunlap, Sherry Neugebauer, Controller: Jerry E. Speakman Manager: W. Christopher Lochner Website:

P.O. Box 312, Allison Park, PA 15101 Phone: 412-223-9702 Fax: 412-729-9633 David G. Young, Senior Editor Shari Berg, District Newsletter Editor Alex P. Zarenko, Hampton Highlights Editor

Hampton Township School District School Board: Bryant Wesley II, Esq., President, Mary Alice Hennessey, Vice President, Denise Balason, Secretary, Robert Shages, Treasurer, Gail Litwiler, Lawrence Vasko, Greg Stein, Pamela Lamagna, Jill Hamlin. Superintendent: Dr. Michael Loughead Website:

Hampton Magazine is a joint publication of the Township of Hampton and the Hampton Township School District, to provide residents with information about programs, events, and people throughout our community. Hampton Magazine publishes four issues per year: Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. Hampton Magazine reserves the right to refuse publication of any information deemed unsuitable for our readership and accepts no responsibility for the accuracy or content of advertising. © Copyright 2018. All Rights Reserved.



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Hampton Township Municipal Update TOWNSHIP’S ANNUAL HALLOWEEN PARADE A SUCCESS!! A big THANK YOU to all who participated in this year’s annual Halloween Parade held on Saturday, October 20th…we hope you had a great time!!! Also, a big THANK YOU to this year’s sponsors: Suburban Home Improvement, Fleishner Excavating, Gaitens Tucceri & Nicholas, KLH Engineers, and Honeywell Business Solutions. You can check out photos from this year’s Halloween Parade on the Township of Hampton Facebook page or website. ADAPTIVE TRAFFIC SIGNALS INTRODUCED ON ROUTE 8 Have you ever been stopped too long at a red traffic signal on a highway with no opposing traffic in sight? Relief is on the way along the Route 8 corridor starting in early 2019. The State Department of Transportation is installing an InSync Adaptive Traffic Signal System from the northern Allegheny County border in Richland south along Route 8 all the way to Etna. Adaptive traffic signals adjust the timing of green signals to accommodate changing traffic volume and patterns with the goal of easing congestion. The main priority of such a system is to keep the main corridors (i.e. Route 8) flowing freely. Work on this adaptive system is currently being performed by Bronder Technical Service with this project being funded with a Mitigation/Air Quality Grant overseen by PennDOT. Five years after installation, maintenance costs will then be turned over to the hosting municipality where the signals are located. SEWER PLANT UPGRADE FUNDING As you may be aware, the Township’s Allison Park Waste Water (Sewer) Plant, originally constructed in 1971, is to be upgraded beginning in late 2019. This upgrade has been projected to cost in the range of $43 to $45 million. As such, it will be necessary for the Township to borrow money to complete this work. It will also be necessary to increase sewer rates to offset the cost of this additional debt service. The first of four consecutive annual increases will begin this January when an additional $7.50/month will be added to the sewer capital debt portion of your water/sewer bill. This additional charge ($15.00 on your bi-monthly bill) will represent the first of four such adjustments with the others occurring in 2020, 2021 and 2022. Even with these increases, the Township’s overall sewer bill will be in the bottom half of other Allegheny County providers and will be below that of Alcosan. Look for more information regarding the sewer plant upgrade project that will be presented in a townhall format during the 2019 calendar year.

WHAT’S COUNCIL’S BEEN UP TO? Matters addressed during recent Council meetings included, but were not limited to: •

Adopted a resolution accepting the Allegheny County 2015 Hazard Mitigation Plan

Approved an agreement with Allegheny County for the acceptance of a stormwater management grant

Authorized the advertisement of a public hearing for Wednesday, December 5th, in accordance with the proposed 2019 Budget

Approved a new Solar Panels Ordinance establishing rules, regulations and permits for safety compliance purposes

Held a public hearing regarding a Medical Marijuana Ordinance

Accepted an agreement and authorized the execution of the necessary paperwork regarding the purchase of property at 3788-3790 Mt. Royal Boulevard for the purpose of constructing a new Glannon Pump Station

Advertised for a proposed new Fireworks Ordinance

STAY NOTIFIED!!! To receive up-to-date Township information as it happens, such as news alerts, program notifications, emergency information, Council/ board agendas and minutes, calendars highlighting Township meetings and events, etc., all you need to do is visit the Township’s website at and look for the “Stay Notified” link on the left-hand side of the home page. Once you find this link, you need to create an account by typing in your e-mail address in the appropriate location and then sign in to create an account. Once your account has been created, you can choose the community information links you wish to receive. You can also follow the Township of Hampton on its Facebook and Twitter pages. This is your chance to stay informed of Hampton events as they happen

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Are you happy with where Hampton is going as a community; or are you unhappy? Either way, your input is needed in developing a new Comprehensive Plan for the Township. Beginning in late spring/early summer of next year, the Township will embark on the development of a new implementation-oriented Comprehensive Plan. As part of this process, the Township needs volunteers to participate on the Comprehensive Plan Committee to assist Council with this endeavor. Should you be interested in serving on this committee, please forward a letter of interest and resume to the attention of Township of Hampton Land Use Administrator, Martin Orban, at or 3101 McCully Road, Allison Park, PA 15101. The establishment of this committee is expected to occur in April of 2019. Fall 2018 • Hampton Magazine • Page 3

HTSD Takes Number One Spot on State Keystone Exams


n a recent analysis from the Pittsburgh Business Times, Hampton High School was named the top performer as the highest-scoring high school on the 2018 Keystone Exams. The rankings, which are available on the Pittsburgh Business Times’ website, places Hampton at number one regionally, up from the number seven spot just last year. Hampton also earned the number six spot statewide, up from number 38 the previous year. The rankings included the analysis of 675 schools statewide and 125 schools (public and charter) in the region. Counties included in the regional ranking include Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Washington and Westmoreland.

Keystone Exams are administered by the state Department of Education and are designed to test students’ skills in algebra, literature and biology. Students earn an advanced, proficient, basic or below basic ranking based on their Keystone Exam results. Hampton High School had the most students who scored as advanced or proficient on the exams, earning it the number one ranking in the state. 


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According to the results released by the PA state Department of Education, Hampton High School had: • 52.4 percent of students score advanced and 39.8 percent of students score as proficient on the 2018 Algebra Keystone Exam; • 34.4 percent of students earn an advanced rating and 60.7 percent earn a proficient rating on the 2018 Literature Keystone Exam; and • 62.8 percent of students score at advanced level and 27.9 percent score at proficient level on the 2018 Biology Keystone Exam. “I’m proud of the continued hard work of the students and K-12 educators and staff,” said High School Principal Dr. Marguerite Imbarlina. “This achievement begins with the support of our entire community, and the clear focus on doing our best for the students we serve.” Dr. Imbarlina noted that Keystone Exams are only one indicator of student success. “Our students achieve in a multitude of ways – in and out of the classroom – and we’re proud of everything they accomplish through hard work and determination.”

The Art of Learning

By David G, Young


teachers, administrators and elected officials alike. hen Horace Mann launched the public school movement th in the early 18 century, he believed the purpose of “In Pennsylvania, we’re fortunate to have many outstanding education was to transform the populace into better workers. school districts, but there are disparities nonetheless,” said He also advocated arts education because “drawing” was a skill Dr. Loughead. “In Western PA we tend to stay close to the that could provide jobs for working men and women. Today, communities in which we were raised. But populations evolve and more than 150 years later, arts education remains a fundamental change over the years, and that can affect some school districts. component of public education throughout America. But recently, Some outstanding school districts are experiencing a shrinking arts education has also come to be viewed population base. As a result, they’re as a core skill set that’s necessary to help struggling to retain many of the innovative “. . . Every high-performing school educational programs, such as art and today’s students make creative use of district must also feature a highmodern technology. music instruction, that they’ve provided to quality arts education program.” students in previous years.” That’s a belief also endorsed by Hampton’s Superintendent of Schools -- Dr. Dr. Michael Loughead. As he explains, “Over the years I’ve become convinced that every high- performing school district must also feature a high-quality arts education program. I just don’t believe that you can achieve a quality school system without arts education being parallel in status and quality with all other academic programs.” Without question, that concept is gaining traction within schools across our region and throughout the U.S. But, the quality of arts education throughout the country isn’t necessarily consistent, despite efforts by many advocates of arts education. That may be true in part because the existence of a thriving arts program within any school is the result of a vision that’s shared by

In part that may also be because many districts once looked upon arts and music education as secondary offerings or elective-only courses. But Dr. Loughead believes that arts education is actually at the heart of quality educational programming. Based on what he’s seen throughout his career, high-performing schools almost always seem to embrace that philosophy. Often that’s because the arts can be a catalyst for the passion and excitement that drives students to achieve at higher levels. All of the arts - musical, visual, dance and theater - are the genesis of those essential skills that today’s schools are trying to instill in their students. Parents want their children to be able to think innovatively and learn how to work with others. Continued on next page

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The Value of Skills-Based Education

Dr. Loughead also acknowledges the importance of those skills in terms of setting and measuring standards of performance. Critical thinking skills are vital in today’s society; they also are commonly practiced in the realm of the arts. The process of ‘critique,’ in particular, lies at the heart of the visual arts and serves as a fundamental part of their functioning. From the standpoint of education, the ability to analyze and provide a well-thought-out critique is essential to the success of well-educated students. These days it’s common for students to provide a structured critique of each other’s work and offer each other some form of feedback. But that hasn’t always been the case. In many educational environments, the idea of a student critiquing someone else’s work and giving feedback has been discouraged. But discovering how to provide positive, constructive feedback to others is an essential part of learning how to become a highfunctioning adult. As Dr. Loughead points out, “We have to offer students an opportunity to function in a more mature manner, which is what we’re asking them to do by developing and critiquing artistic skills. But that also provides an opportunity for students to develop creative skills with direct applicability in the ‘real world.’ For example, one of our students wrote a play that was selected for performance by the City Theater Company. Seeing the fruition of an effort like that goes a long way toward driving a passion for the arts.”

As Dr. Loughead explains, “The terminology we use to describe those processes is ‘performance tasks.’ That just means we are looking for students to become more involved physically and mentally when they’re working on creative projects. “Our challenge is to figure out what opportunities we can provide that will actually help students use math in solving realworld problems. Students really need to understand that there may be many other ways of arriving at a solution than just using alternative formulas or equations.” Hampton’s Legacy of Arts Education Fortunately, the Hampton Township School District has traditionally provided robust programming in the arts, but while also continually asking, “how can we improve what we’re doing? What can we do to enhance our curriculum and make arts education accessible to all students?” The School District has also tried to offer specialized professional development to the District’s educators. As Dr. Loughead explained, “That was why we partnered with a group called the Arts Education Collaborative. Their organization has been extremely useful providing that kind of training and support to educators throughout the region. So, we’ve cooperated with them over the last year to work with our art educators.”

An example of growth in the School District’s arts electives recently may be in the strings program for its school orchestra. The quality of the string sections in its orchestra is outstanding, and it has But arts education is also developing those become a kind of standard expectation within thinking skills and strategies that enable students the District that their musical programs are on to function creatively in other endeavors. It helps par with those of any of the other school districts Dr. Michael Loughead them to become effective communicators, critical in the region. But student participation plays a thinkers, and skilled problem-solvers. The arts, considerable role in that reputation. That’s why the pit orchestra therefore, can be a catalyst that remains at the heart of developing that plays for school musicals is a model of student participation those skill sets. and student direction. There is undoubtedly solid support from As Dr. Loughead expresses it, “We’re passionate about the musical arts faculty, but the ‘Pit Band’ is a showcase in which arts education in Hampton because we recognize that it enables students can practice their skills and apply them in a performance students to express themselves in a way that also helps them space. develop ‘habits of mind’ which translate into many other areas.” Hampton’s popular musicals are another excellent example of the broad range of student involvement in school activities. The Applying Art Techniques in the ‘Real World’ High School Theatre Department has been honored with numerous That’s a point of view that’s certainly also shared by many awards over the years for their excellent musical performances. Hampton graduates, as well. As expressed by HHS grad Katherine It’s another example of how a school can effectively connect with Chamberlain, who received a bachelor’s degree in visual arts the passion and interests of students. from the Ringling College of Art & Design in 2005, “Studying art taught me how to evaluate a problem, develop a solution, execute that solution, and evaluate the results. That’s a skill set that can be applied to almost every other area of life, and not just to the arts.”

The District’s long-term goal is to give students as many opportunities as possible to pursue and develop their artistic skills. That includes the performing arts as well as the visual arts. This is something HTSD educators have been working on for many years, and it’s about more than just exposing students to various forms of art. In particular, the District wants arts education initiatives to providing authentic experiences, whether those are within the musical arts, visual arts, theater arts or related pursuits. That’s particularly true at higher levels of learning, where students have an opportunity not only to perform artistically, but to create artistic works. Page 6 • Hampton Magazine • Fall 2018

But there has always been a strong relationship between the District’s student athletics and the arts. In some ways, student athletics have traditionally provided a unique “playing field” upon which students can excel and receive recognition for their accomplishments. And when we talk about student athletics, we also need to remember the truly collaborative nature of team affiliations. Sports ideally provide students with a sense of belonging to a larger group, enjoying numerous rewards for working together in the spirit of cooperation. That sort of team spirit and cooperation is also a vital aspect of Hampton’s performing arts programs. The marching band, in addition to providing entertainment for fans at halftime shows, also participates extensively in band competitions in other venues

over many weekends throughout the school year. The marching band is an example of a legacy of high-quality musical arts in the District. Those occasions offer opportunities for students to perform both within a real entertainment setting, but also within a venue in which they are critiqued and receive invaluable feedback.

The Art of Performing

As Dr. Loughead points out, “It’s exciting to see how our faculty and students have responded to opportunities for performing in public and participating in critiqued events. Our faculty and students are always striving to improve, so they seek out as many opportunities as possible to learn how to improve their performance skills. They’re excited by the pursuit of excellence, and that drives many students to continue refining their skills. “When I attend any musical event within the District, it’s almost always a packed house,” explained Dr. Loughead. “If you don’t get there early you just may not get a seat! That’s the case with nearly all of our performances. And I have to add that we probably have more performances of various types in Hampton than within any school district I’ve ever heard about. I think that speaks volumes about the enthusiasm for performing arts among so many of our teachers, parents, and students.” Dr. Loughead also commented on a popular program at Hampton High School, conducted at the end of the fall semester. At that time, groups of students come to the auditorium and sit in the audience while other students take turns performing. “The cheering, clapping, and excitement they share with their classmates is unlike anything I’ve ever seen in my career as an educator. While one group of students is performing on stage, other students are in the audience waiting for their turn to perform. When they switch places, the students that were performing are now watching their classmates perform and cheering them on! I think that speaks volumes about the enthusiasm and passion that Hampton students and teachers have for the performing arts.” Attendance at most School District performances and special events tends to be robust. That speaks to the culture of the Hampton school community and the hours and hours of afterschool attendance required to participate in such time-demanding performances. It also seems that the School District’s reputation as a source of creative energy and performing talent is beginning to spread well beyond Hampton’s borders. A Hampton student recently wrote a play that was accepted for production by the Pittsburgh City Theater. And this past February, a group of Hampton students created and mounted a performance in less than 10 hours to serve as a fund-raiser benefiting the High School’s Theatre Department. The event featured eight short plays which students directed, cast, memorized and mounted in a single evening.

A Community-wide Commitment “It can be a pretty high bar for any school district to make commitments like these to the arts and arts education,” Dr. Loughead pointed out. “But it’s also important for districts to provide that type of support from an educational standpoint. It isn’t just a matter of artistic creativity and practices. It’s also about problem-solving, setting priorities, planning and making decisions.”

Arts education helps to cultivate a positive atmosphere for the entire community. It’s part of what makes Hampton the community it is. Plus, any school community that values and promotes the arts is more than anything a reflection of that community’s culture and a tribute to their support for education.

Spaces for Solving ‘Real World’ Problems Looking ahead, one of the things District teaching staff is excited about is the chance to work with content teachers to find creative ways for solving real-world problems. The settings for those activities are new learning environments that some districts refer to as ‘maker spaces,’ but which the District is referring to as ‘studios.’ For example, at the High School they converted spaces that had previously served as laboratories for personal computers and printers into “learning studios’ for use by art educators (particularly visual arts teachers) to collaborate with classroom teachers and make sure that art-and-design thinking is embedded into some of the performance projects in which students are engaged. Art instruction used to be a very specialized type of education. It was usually provided in an isolated environment with little apparent relationship to other courses of study in the curriculum. That’s now changing because the world is changing so much. The need to send graduates out into the world with very high levels of creativity and problem-solving abilities is increasing. But those are not entirely the same as traditional “hard” skills. Many graduates around the globe can crunch numbers and engineer things. But to produce graduates who are creative problem-solvers, who can innovate solutions and be inventive, is not something that is easily achieved. “Creativity is a factor in most of life’s pursuits,” explained Dr. Loughead, “including what we often refer to as hard skills.” Those are specific, teachable abilities that can be measured, such as typing, writing, math, reading and the ability to use software programs. By contrast, soft skills are less tangible and harder to quantify, such as etiquette, getting along with others, listening and engaging in small talk. (Source: www.investopedia. com/terms/h/hard-skills.asp) “It wasn’t so long ago that world educators were studying the educational systems in Asia because of their seeming ability to crank out engineers and technical graduates,” Dr. Loughead pointed out. “Yet, at the same time, many of those cultures have struggled to matriculate students who are as creative or inventive as American students.” Now those same educational experts have begun looking at the education systems in America. Today they are asking, “How are Western schools able to graduate students who are bursting with new ideas and the drive to invent things?” A decade ago Western educators were focused on countries like Singapore and the Chinese method of teaching math and science. But over the last five years, we’ve seen interest rising in what we do educationally in America.” In that regard, the Hampton Township School District is well positioned to continue educating students that are strong in both mathematics and the arts. In Hampton, it’s not just about learning the arts … it’s the art of learning! Fall 2018 • Hampton Magazine • Page 7

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Hampton Named Common Sense District The Hampton Township School District is pleased to announce that it has received certification as a Common Sense District. The certification is issued through Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting families with reviews and advice they need to make smart choices in the digital age. “It’s exciting,” said Dr. Jacquelyn Removcik, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment. “This certification supports the work that we’re doing here in Hampton. We take our commitment seriously and this is a reflection of how seriously we take it.” Jennifer Ehehalt, a regional manager for Common Sense Media, attended the Aug. 6 Hampton Board of School Directors meeting to congratulate the District on its certification. She noted that while the organization is known for its recommendations and reviews of all digital media, a lesser known component is its Common Sense School/ District certification, which helps school

In This Issue: Superintendent’s Message . . . . . p. 10 Preschool Registration . . . . . . . . p. 11 District Goals 2018-2019 . . . . . . p. 13 2018 Tailgate & Homecoming . . p. 15 Special Education Notice . . . . . . p. 16 The District Dispatch is published four times annually as part of the Hampton Magazine.

districts to align their curriculum in a way that promotes positive digital citizenship. Ms. Ehehalt said Hampton was one of 18 school districts in the state to earn the recognition in 2018. The certification is valid for two years; districts that wish to be recertified will need to reapply. There are a number of requirements schools must meet in order to receive this designation. Schools must commit – and demonstrate their commitment – to becoming a Common Sense District by: • Providing digital citizenship and digital teaching professional learning opportunities to educators; and • Implementing districtwide digital citizenship through student instruction and family outreach. Ehehalt said this is a great way for HTSD to show that it cares about digital citizenship and is taking the responsible steps related to the District’s student device initiative by providing appropriate resources for

teachers, parents and students. Dr. Removcik thanked and recognized the HTSD teachers who helped with the certification process, including revising the curriculum to include Common Sense Media lessons. Teachers who led the process are: Beth Casey, Library Media Specialist at Central Elementary; Maureen Herold, Library Media Specialist at Wyland Elementary; Erin Prosser, Library Media Specialist at Poff Elementary; Diane Fierle, Library Media Specialist at Hampton Middle School; Amy Eidenshink, Library Media Specialist at Hampton High School; Shannon Roos, Hampton High School English teacher and instructional coach; and Marlie Stein, Hampton High School Counselor. Dr. Ed McKaveney, HTSD Technology Director, also was involved in this process. Superintendent Dr. Michael Loughead thanked Dr. Removcik for taking the application process and moving forward with it, making the certification a reality for the (Continued on Page 12)

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A Message from the Superintendent of Schools

Igniting the Spark of Deeper Learning For more than a decade, educators have been talking about the importance of emphasizing Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math – or STEAM, for short – as the focal point of any transformative learning environment. There has been a national shift toward focusing on STEAM education, including in our District. We take pride here at Hampton for being on the forefront of STEAM-focused education, offering our students some of the most challenging and engaging opportunities in these subject areas. We have paid particular attention to the value of the arts in our curriculum offerings, which are proven to help develop important dispositions such as creativity, innovation and complex problem-solving. These skills have been identified as critical for the success of the future workforce and can be fostered naturally through the arts. Effectively supporting students as they develop these skills requires a shift in how we, as educators, approach classroom learning, and the competencies teachers need to facilitate this deeper level of learning. One of our goals for the 2018-2019 School Year is to strengthen our curricular and instructional practices to support innovative teaching and learning, with a focus on building collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills. Reaching this goal requires the alignment of our curriculum with education standards, which our curriculum director has worked diligently to achieve. While we have provided our teachers with a standards-rich curriculum, we also have empowered them to use creativity in designing meaningful learning experiences which encompass those standards.

Teachers are tasked with crafting lessons that are academically challenging, while sparking the kind of collaboration, creativity and problem-solving skills that lead to deeper, more meaningful learning experiences for our students. The Danielson Framework for Teaching and Learning is a helpful guide in this quest, which provides direction in the areas of planning and preparation, classroom environment, instruction and professional responsibilities. The framework encourages educators to provide relevant classroom lessons that help students develop critical thinking and problem-solving abilities, and provide intrinsic motivation and self-direction, which it concludes are just as important – if not more so – than simply being able to find the “right” answer to a question. In addition to the Danielson Framework, we also have embraced the 16 Habits of Mind, which are intelligent dispositions associated with the ability to think critically, creatively and collaboratively to effectively problem-solve in any situation. The Habits of Mind focus not on the number of answers a student can correctly produce, but rather the problem-solving process that produced the answer. The 16 Habits of Mind are: persisting; managing impulsivity; listening to others with understanding and empathy; thinking flexibly; thinking about our thinking (metacognition); striving for accuracy and precision; questioning and posing problems; applying past knowledge to new situations; thinking and communicating with clarity and precision; gathering data through all senses; creating, imagining and innovating; responding with wonderment and awe; taking responsible risks; finding humor; thinking interdependently; and learning

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continuously. Our faculty and leadership team have been given the tools and support necessary to implement this approach to education, including some very unique professional development opportunities. During the summer of 2017, our building principals attended a workshop with the LUMA Institute, which generated ideas on how best to implement innovation into everyday learning situations in our classrooms District-wide. Our principals were then able to take this knowledge back to their teachers, and work collaboratively to find ways to implement the concepts in a way that made sense for each of their buildings. In June, Dr. Colleen Hannagan, Poff Elementary Principal, and Dr. Marguerite Imbarlina, Hampton High School Principal, attended the School Retool professional development program at the Allegheny Intermediate Unit. Sponsored through the generosity of Remake Learning and the Grable Foundation, this professional development opportunity provided school leaders with the strategies needed to enhance teaching and learning techniques to engage students in deeper levels of learning. The program emphasized the idea of “hacking,” which it defined as starting small, not overthinking the project and accepting failure as a learning opportunity. HTSD is further supporting teachers through the provision of some very creative spaces at each of our five buildings. The High School’s Conceptual Thinking Lab – which has been in use for a few years – revamped a regular classroom (Continued on Page 11)


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(Continued from Page 10) into a collaborative thinking space for students. Thanks to a very generous grant from the Hampton Alliance for Educational Excellence (HAEE), a similar space was created at the Middle School last year, and a second area – located in a former computer lab – also is in the process of being transformed into a collaborative thinking space. All three of our elementary schools have been using portable STEAM carts for the last two years, and have either finished – or are in the process of – creating similar spaces in their buildings.

Enrollment forms will continue to be accepted until all slots are full. In order to qualify for the free preschool program, children must be at least 3 years of age by the start of the first session and potty trained in order to participate. Once students are enrolled, a copy of the policies and procedures will be provided. Session information is as follows: Session I This session will run on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from November 27 through December 20. The dates are November 27, 28, 29 and December 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20. This session will run from 9:00 to 10:25 a.m. Session II This session will run on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning Tuesday, February 12 and ending Wednesday, May 29. This session will run from 9:00 to 10:25 a.m. Enrollment applications are available by contacting Mrs. Melinda Jackson via email at or by calling 412-486,6000, Ext. 1517.

By focusing on and encouraging deeper learning – and providing the training and spaces necessary to effectively engage our students and faculty – we are providing our students with the academic knowledge, and the intelligent dispositions to solve complex problems they will likely encounter in the modern world after they depart from Hampton Township School District. Michael Loughead , Ed .D. Superintendent of Schools The Hampton Township School District Newsletter, The District Dispatch, is published six times annually as part of Hampton Magazine. Its purpose is to keep Hampton residents informed of events, achievements, issues and opportunities concerning the District and its stakeholders. Letters, comments or article suggestions may be addressed to: Shari Berg, Communications Consultant Communications Solutions Group 4591 School Drive • Allison Park, PA 15101 Email: • Phone: 412-492-6312 The Hampton Township School District Newsletter • Fall 2018• Page 11



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encouraged to take the active role of upstander to build positive, supportive online communities. • Internet Safety – Students explore how the Internet offers an amazing way to collaborate with others worldwide, while staying safe through employing strategies such as distinguishing between inappropriate contact and positive connections.

(Continued from Page 9) District. “Hampton now joins a community of other innovative and dedicated educators who support and recognize the power of technology and the importance of digital citizenship as part of the curriculum,” he said. Characteristics of a Common Sense District Common Sense Districts understand the urgency and commitment involved with creating responsible digital citizens, implementing a cross-curricular framework designed to accomplish this goal. The framework consists of eight subject areas that can be incorporated into every aspect of learning: • Privacy and Security – Students learn strategies for managing their online information and keeping it secure from online risks such as identity thieves and phishing. They learn how to create strong passwords, how to avoid scams and schemes and how to analyze privacy policies. • Self-Image and Identity – These lessons focus on a student’s online identity versus their offline identity. Students learn the benefits and risks of presenting themselves through different personas and the effects on their sense of self, their reputation and their relationships. • Digital Footprint and Reputation – Students learn to protect their own privacy and respect the privacy of others.

They learn that the digital world is permanent; with each post, students are building a digital footprint. Lessons encourage students to self-reflect before they self-reveal, and to consider how the information they share online can impact themselves and others. • Creative Credit and Copyright – Growing up in a “copy and paste” culture creates unique lessons for students in how to respect creative credit and copyright laws. Students learn how to consume, create and share information without plagiarizing, pirating or otherwise unlawfully using online content from other sources. • Relationships and Communication – Students learn to reflect on how they can use intrapersonal and interpersonal skills to build and strengthen positive online communication and communities. They delve into the concept of digital citizenship and digital ethics and reflect on their online interactions. • Information Literacy – Students learn how to identify, find, evaluate and use information effectively. From effective search strategies to evaluation techniques, students learn how to evaluate the quality, credibility and validity of websites and give proper credit. • Cyberbullying and Digital Drama – Students learn what to do if they are involved in a cyberbullying situation. They explore the roles people play and how individual actions – both negative and positive – can impact their friends and broader communities. Students are

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Learn more about the Common Sense Schools/Districts certification program at


Hampton Township School Board Adopts 2018-2019 District Goals In August, the Hampton Township School Board of Directors adopted District Goals. Goals are created each year in June by the members of the HTSD Leadership Team and the School Board during collaborative meetings in which the District’s objectives for the upcoming instructional year are assessed. The goals serve as a framework for the School Board and Administration for the 20182019 School Year. The goals are as follows: Goal #1 ‐‐ Teaching and Learning: Strengthen curricular and instructional practices to support innovative teaching and learning, with a focus on building collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creative problem‐solving skills. • Research best practices related to Deeper Learning, Collaborative Learning, Real‐World Problem Solving, and Social and Emotional Learning to guide the District’s vision of innovating academic excellence. • Support the transformation of teaching and learning by evaluating the first year roll out, expanding the student device initiative, and ensuring equity and access to instructional technology resources. • Strategically employ the Danielson Framework for Teaching to enhance instructional practices through professional development, goal setting, and feedback. • Continue to create, monitor and provide feedback on the implementation of the Understanding by Design framework by focusing on alignment to the Pennsylvania Core Standards, and by emphasizing high‐quality learning activities and performance tasks that spring from a solid core knowledge base. • Vertically align K‐12 curricular and instructional best practices in science, computational thinking, music, art, and health and physical education. • Actualize formative assessments to guide instructional practices in order to address students’ differentiated needs.

Goal #2 ‐‐ Student Well‐Being: Promote the overall well‐being of our students by fostering positive social and emotional development. • Continue to research the impact and possible implementation of later school start times for middle and high school students. • Evaluate and augment the current continuum of wellness services available to students in all of our schools. • Explore and implement health and wellness programming that strengthens students’ capacity for resiliency and increases students’ coping skills. • Continue to partner with the Hampton Community Opioid Partnership to assist students in making healthy decisions regarding drugs, alcohol, and social pressure. • Identify external mental health resources, and partner with parents to guide their awareness of these resources. Goal #3 ‐‐ Safety and Security: Continue to implement enhanced safety and security measures across the District. • Continue to utilize a variety of staff to build strong, positive relationships with students. • Continue partnering with Hampton Township first responders on responsive school safety planning, walkthroughs, tabletop exercises, and drills. • Continue working with local experts such as the FBI and Common Sense Media to promote student, parent, and family internet safety, as well as a healthy balance of screen time and social time. • Implement developmentally appropriate K‐12 student ALICE training and refine procedures for reunification with families. • Streamline and reinforce roles and responsibilities of the Safety and Security Specialist, the building‐level crisis teams, and the District‐level safety team.


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collaboration with the entire school community. • Map and evaluate the current methods of communicating with families and the community with a goal of streamlining for effectiveness. • Pilot the Common Sense Connect Parent Application through select Parent Teacher Organizations. • Promote positive relationships and opportunities for community members and local organizations to engage in partnerships for mutually‐beneficial collaborative experiences. • Extend and enhance opportunities for Gold Card members to interact with and enjoy District‐wide programming and social events. • Continue to promote the Lifetime Learning Academy to all area residents. Goal #5 ‐‐ High‐Quality Facilities: Ensure that District facilities continue to serve as up‐to‐ date, high‐quality spaces for teaching and learning. • Complete the Board‐approved 2018‐19 capital improvements to District‐wide facilities, and develop a timeline for the 2019‐20 capital improvements. • Complete the feasibility study for the High School Renovation Project. • Design a long‐range plan for the maintenance of the District‐wide technology infrastructure upgrades in coordination with ongoing facility improvements to ensure appropriate financial planning and implementation. • Continue to monitor and address any facility issues regarding safety and security. • Complete upgrades to the process of facilities rentals, including communication and coordination, supervision, emergency services, technology and rental fees.

Goal #4 ‐‐ Community Engagement: Develop and implement strategies that promote engagement and

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High School Teacher One of 25 Selected for APA Workshop The American Psychological Association, in conjunction with Clark University, offers an intensive professional development experience for high school psychology teachers each summer. The workshop provides the opportunity to share peer-to-peer creative ideas and learn new concepts designed to enhance teaching skills. The 2018 workshop was held June 27-29 at Worcester State University in Massachusetts. Each year, 25 high school psychology teachers from across the country are selected to attend this prestigious workshop. Hampton High School psychology teacher Mr. Dean Longwell was among the teachers chosen to participate this year. Participants received free room and board and a $150 travel stipend. Ten sessions were offered during the workshop, with presenters that included Jessica Flitter of West Bend High School in Wisconsin and Scott Reed of Hamilton High School in Arizona. Flitter is the 2015 APA TOPSS Charles T. Blair-Broeker Excellence in Teacher Award recipient and the co-author of two editions of a psychology review book called “Psychology All Access.” She also serves as a reader for the AP Psychology exam essay questions. “Jessica and Scott are both master teachers who have taught AP Psychology for a very long time.” Regan Gurung, Ph.D., served as the keynote speaker for the workshop. He is a professor at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay. His keynote address was titled “To Boldy Go (Beyond Content): Teaching High School Psychology Skills and Learning.” “This was one of the best content-related professional development workshops I’ve ever attended,” Mr. Longwell said. Speakers focused on how to engage students in ways that encouraged collaboration and creative problem-solving. It was a good balance of how we could pair content and practice together. Some innovative concepts were discussed.” One of the examples of balancing content with practice involved an exercise dubbed “Sensation Stations.” The exercise teaches students to use all five senses to solve a problem. The exercise goes beyond simply telling students that they have five senses that play into their overall awareness of a situation by showing them how each sense works together to help them process information.

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2018 Homecoming King and Queen Kero Kamel and Elizabeth Dolan

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Student Records Policy, Hampton Township School District maintains a cumulative student record for each child. Such information assists staff in the day-to-day operation of the District’s educational program, some of which is required by law. The student’s record includes student identification and attendance data, information of schoolwork completed, as well as examples of achievement and standardized group tests. Records of all standardized tests completed voluntarily by secondary students (usually for college entrance purposes) also are part of the student’s record. If a child transfers to another school system, the District will forward the record when a parent-initiated written request is sent from the new school. A high school student’s transcript may be released to post secondary or prospective employers with written permission from the eligible student or the parents. The District’s policy on student records guarantees that parents and eligible students shall have the right to review and obtain a copy of the record; challenge its contents; refuse individual consent where permission is needed for releasing certain information; and file complaints with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act Office (FERPA), U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20201. This policy is in compliance with the Pennsylvania State Board of Education’s regulations and with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended. Parents or students may request a copy of the District’s student records policy from the building principal. A listing of the types and locations of educational records maintained and the title and address of the officials responsible for these records also may be obtained. To view your child’s records, please contact the principal for an appointment. Release of Information Policy, According to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), non confidential information about students may be included in publications such as sports programs, newspapers, radio and television news reports, newsletters, award and graduation programs, yearbooks, musical and play programs and other school publications. This information may include the student’s name, address, study interests, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weights and heights of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees, awards received and other similar information. Parents who wish to exempt their children from the release of such information should do so in writing to the principal. Child Find and Special Education Services for Exceptional Students, According to state and federal special education regulations, annual public notice to parents of children who reside within a school district is required regarding child find responsibilities. Hampton Township School District is required to conduct child find activities for children who may be eligible for services via Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. For additional information related to Section 504/Chapter 15 services, the parent may refer to Section 504, Chapter 15, and the Basic Education Circular entitled Implementation of Chapter 15. Also, school districts are required to conduct child find activities for children who may be eligible for gifted services via 22 PA Code Chapter 16. For additional information regarding gifted services, the parent may refer to 22 PA Code Chapter 16. If a student is both gifted and eligible for Special Education, the procedures in IDEA and Chapter 14 shall take precedence. This notice shall inform parents throughout the Hampton Township School District of the child identification activities and of the procedures followed to ensure confidentiality of information pertaining to students with disabilities or eligible young children. Children, ages three through twenty-one can be eligible for special education programs and services. If parents believe their child may be eligible for special education, the parent should contact Dr. Jay Thornton, District Psychologist/Director of Student Services at 412-492-6327. Identification procedures ensure that eligible students receive an appropriate educational program consisting of special education and related services that are individualized to meet student needs. These services are provided at no cost to the parents, in compliance with state and federal law, and are planned to ensure educational benefit for student progress. Various screening activities are conducted on an ongoing basis to identify students who may be eligible for special education. Screening activities may include: hearing, vision, physical and speech/language screening; and a review of group-based data (cumulative academic records, aptitude and achievement test scores, enrollment records and health records, as well as parent and teacher responses to questionnaires) by the building-level Child Study or Response to Intervention & Instruction Team. When screening results suggest that a student may need special education services, HTSD will, with parental consent, conduct an Evaluation. Children age three through the age of admission to first grade are also eligible if they have developmental delays and, as a result, need Special Education and related services. Developmental delay is defined as a child who is less than the age of beginners and at least three years of age and is considered to have a developmental delay when one of the following exists: (i) the child’s score, on a developmental assessment device, on an assessment instrument which yields a score in months, indicates that the child is delayed by 25% of the child’s chronological age in one or more developmental areas, or (ii) The child is delayed in one or more of the developmental areas, as documented by test performance of 1.5 standard deviations below the mean on standardized tests. Developmental areas include cognitive, communicative, physical, social/emotional and self-help. For additional information you may contact Dr. Jay Thornton, District Psychologist/Director of Student Services at 412-492-6327. Services for School-Age Students with Disabilities, HTSD provides a free, appropriate, public education to eligible students. To qualify as an eligible student, the child must be of school age, in need of specially-designed instruction, and meet eligibility criteria for one or more of the following physical or mental disabilities, as set forth in Pennsylvania State Regulations: Autism, Deaf-Blindness, Deafness, Emotional Disturbance, Hearing Impairment, Intellectual Disability (formerly referred to as Mental Retardation), Multiple Disabilities, Orthopedic Impairment, Other Health Impairment, Specific Learning Disability, Speech or Language Impairment, Traumatic Brain Injury, or Visual Impairment including Blindness. Information regarding the appropriate developmental milestone descriptors for infants and toddlers may be found at the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website at http:// or The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) website at For additional information regarding the signs of developmental delays or other disabilities, please contact the District Psychologist/Director of Student Services at 412-492-6327. The District engages in identification procedures to ensure that eligible students receive an appropriate educational program consisting of special education and related services, individualized to meet student needs. At no cost to the parents, these services are provided in compliance with state and federal laws and are reasonably calculated to yield meaningful educational benefit and student progress. To identify students who may be eligible for special education, various screening activities are conducted on an on-going basis. These screening activities include: review of group-based data (cumulative records, enrollment records, health records, report cards, ability, and achievement test scores); hearing, vision, physical, and speech/language screening; and review by a Child Study Team, Pupil Personnel Team, or Student Assistant Program (SAP) Team. When screening results suggest that the student may be eligible for special education services, the District seeks parental consent to conduct a multidisciplinary evaluation. Parents who suspect that their child is eligible for special education services may request a multidisciplinary evaluation at any time through a written request to the Building Principal, District Psychologist/Director of Student Services or the Special Education/Transition Coordinator. Services designed to meet the needs of eligible students include the annual development of an Individualized Education Program (IEP), bi-annual or tri-annual multidisciplinary re-evaluation, and a full continuum of services, which include Itinerant, Supplemental, or Full-Time Levels of Intervention. The extent of special education services and the location for the delivery of such services are determined by the IEP team and are based on the student’s identifiedneeds and abilities, chronological age, and the level of intensity of the specified intervention. The District also provides related services, such as transportation, speech and language therapy, The Hampton Township School District Newsletter • Fall 2018 • Page 16

physical therapy, and occupational therapy, required for the student to benefit from the special education program. Parents may obtain additional information regarding special education services and programs and parental due process rights by contacting the child’s Building Principal or the Special Education/Transition Coordinator at 412-492-6306. Evaluation Process, Hampton Township School District has a procedure in place by which parents can request an evaluation. For information about procedures applicable to your child, contact the school that your child attends. Parents of preschool age children, age three through five, may request an evaluation in writing by addressing a letter to the intermediate unit staff. For more information, contact: Project DART, Allegheny Intermediate Unit, 475 E Waterfront Drive, Homestead, PA 15120. Consent, School entities cannot proceed with an evaluation, or with the initial provision of special education and related services, without the written consent of the parents. For additional information related to consent, please refer to the Procedural Safeguards Notice which can be found at the PaTTAN website at Once written parental consent is obtained, Hampton Township School District will proceed with the evaluation process. If the parent disagrees with the evaluation, the parent can request an independent education evaluation at public expense. Program Development, Once the evaluation process is completed, a team of qualified professionals and the parents determine whether the child is eligible. If the child is eligible, the individualized education program (IEP) team meets, develops the program, and determines the educational placement. Once the IEP team develops the program and determines the educational placement, Hampton Township School District will issue a notice of recommended educational placement/prior written notice (NOREP/PWN). The NOREP/PWN is required before initial services can be provided. The parent has the right to revoke consent after initial placement. Confidentiality of Information, Hampton Township School District maintains records concerning all children enrolled in the school, including students with disabilities. All records are maintained in the strictest confidentiality. Your consent, or consent of an eligible child who has reached age of majority under State law, must be obtained before personally identifiable information is released, except as permitted under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The age of majority in Pennsylvania is 21. Hampton Township School District protects the confidentiality of personally identifiable information at collection, storage, disclosure, and destruction stages. Hampton Township School District maintains, for public inspection, a current listing of the names and positions of those employees within the agency who have access to personally identifiable information. For additional information related to student records, the parent can refer to the FERPA at the following url: This notice is only a summary of the special education services, evaluation and screening activities, and rights and protections pertaining to children with disabilities, children thought to be disabled, and their parents. For more information or to request evaluation or screening of a public or private school child, contact the responsible entity listed below. For preschool age children, information, screenings, and evaluations requested, may be obtained by contacting the intermediate unit. Special Education Services for Students in Non-Public Schools HTSD special education programs and services are accessible to resident students attending non-public schools. These students are permitted to enroll on a part-time, dual enrollment basis in a program of special education operated in public school. Special education programs are made accessible to non-public school students through dual enrollment following evaluation and development of an Individualized Education Program (IEP). Parents of non-public school students who suspect their child is exceptional and in need of special education may request an evaluation by written request to the school principal. Services for Preschool Children with Disabilities, Act 212, The Early Intervention Services Act, entitles all preschool children with disabilities to appropriate early intervention services. Young children experiencing developmental delay or physical or mental disabilities and their families are eligible for early intervention services. At risk children are eligible for screening and tracking through The Alliance for Infants and Toddlers, Inc. (412) 431-1905. The Pennsylvania Department of Education is responsible for providing services to preschool children (ages 3-5). For information, contact: Project DART, Allegheny Intermediate Unit, 475 East Waterfront Drive, Homestead, PA 15120, (412) 394-5942. Chapter 15: Services for Protected Handicapped Students, In compliance with state and federal law, the Hampton Township School District provides services or accommodations to protected handicapped students. These services ensure equal opportunity to participate in and obtain the benefits of the school program and extracurricular activities to the maximum extent appropriate to the student’s abilities. They are provided without discrimination or cost to the student or family. In order to qualify for services as a “Protected Handicapped Student” the child must be of school age and have a physical or mental disability that substantially limits or prohibits participation in or access to an aspect of the school program. Services and supports for protected handicapped student (Chapter 15) are distinct from those applicable to all students with disabilities (Chapter 14) enrolled or seeking enrollment in special education programs. For further information on the evaluation procedures and provision of services to protected handicapped students, please contact the school psychologist: Dr. Jay Thornton, District Psychologist/Director of Student Services, Hampton Township School District, 4591 School Drive, Allison Park, PA 15101, (412) 492-6327. Chapter 16: Gifted Education, The State Board of Education recently added Chapter 16, Special Education for Gifted Students. Much of the evaluation, identification, and preparation of an educational plan is similar to the process for students with disabilities outlined in Chapter 14. Parents who suspect that their school-age child is gifted may request a Multidisciplinary Evaluation (MDE). Multiple criteria, including an evaluation by a certified school psychologist, are used to determine gifted identification. The I.E.P. team collaboratively develops annual goals and short term learning objectives for the student. For more information, please contact: Dr. Jacquelyn Removcik, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, Hampton Township School District, 4591 School Drive, Allison Park, Pa 15101 (412) 492-6393. Non-Discrimination Policy, As an equal opportunity employer, HTSD maintains a policy of non-discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, ancestry, union membership, or any other legally protected classification, as applicable in its educational programs, activities, employment policies, and practices. Announcement of and adherence to this policy is required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, sections 503 and 504, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and all other applicable state, federal, and local laws and ordinances. For further information, please contact: Dr. Rebecca Cunningham, Assistant Superintendent, Hampton Township School District, 4591 School Drive, Allison Park, Pa 1510, (412) 492-6305. All of the above information is available at OUTDATED SPECIAL EDUCATION RECORDS TARGETED FOR PURGING DISTRICT OFFERS OPPORTUNITY TO OBTAIN PERSONAL FILES

Just like a typical household often does, the District tends to accumulate and save lots of materials and information that are not essential for the day-today business operation of the organization. This is especially true in the area of special education programs and services. The paperwork associated with special education accrues rapidly and there comes a time when storage space becomes severely limited and the files absolutely need to be purged to make The Hampton Township School District Newsletter •Fall 2018 • Page 17

room for current student informational records. In keeping with the Pennsylvania Code, Title 22: Education, Chapter 12: Student Rights and Responsibilities Sections 1231, through 12.33 Pupil Records, the District’s special education office staff will begin to review and purge all special education records including all files of all special education students who were born between January 1, 1993 and January 1, 1994. The District will maintain the files of all current and former students who were born on and after January 1, 1993 until those individuals reach the age of 25 years. Thereafter, special education records will be similarly reviewed each school year. This notice of records to be purged applies only to special education records which include the files of those students identified for the Learning Support, Emotional Support, Life Skills Support, Physical Support, Speech and Language Support, Vision Impaired Support, Hearing Impaired Support and Gifted Support Program and Services. The official administrative records that constitute the minimum personal identifying data necessary for the operation of the education system such as student’s name, parent’s or guardian’s name, student’s birth date, academic work completed, level of achievement including grades and standardized achievement test scores and attendance data will be maintained for at least 100 years after the student graduates from high school. These records are on file on microfiche at Hampton High School. This is in compliance with Pennsylvania Code, Title 22: Education, Chapter 12: Student Rights and Responsibilities Sections 1231, through 12.33. Pupil Records, 2.1.1. under Classification and maintenance of data. This public notice provides parents and former special education program and services students with the opportunity to obtain copies for their own information and personal use. While many of the former students who participated in these programs may have retained copies of their records, many have not as evidenced by the variety of requests for records that the psychological services office staff receives. The records appear to be valuable to their owners when enrolling in institutions of higher education, applying for insurance or medical benefits and for other purposes. Consequently, the District invites any former students or their parents to request their records before they are purged. The purging of all special education records of all students who were born between January 1, 1993 and January 1, 1994 will begin in January of 2019. Therefore, if you wish to obtain these records, please complete the form below and forward it to Mrs. Darlene Howell, Special Education Office, 4591 School Drive, Allison Park, PA 15101 before December 31, 2018. In keeping with Hampton Township School District Board Policy Section: Operations, Number 801, Title: Public Records page 4, under Fees: Duplicates of public records shall be provided by district at twenty (20) cents per page payable in advance.

************************************************************************************************************************************** REQUEST FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS AND SERVICES RECORDS My birth date is between 1/1/1993 and 1/1/1994 and I wish to obtain my special education programs and services records. Name: Address: Daytime Telephone: Year of Graduation:

Date of Birth: City, State, and Zip Code: Evening Telephone: Special Education Program:

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. This form will be required for release of records. Please mail this completed Request to Mrs. Darlene Howell, Special Education Office, 4591 School Drive, Allison Park, PA 15101 before December 31, 2018. You will be contacted when your records are ready for pick up. Proper identification including name and date of birth (i.e. driver’s license) will be required before materials are released.

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Sciatica Pain


any people who complain about lower back pain that travels down the legs suffer from a condition called sciatica pain. Sciatica pain can interfere with simple daily activities like walking, standing & sleeping. Thus, a better understanding about the condition is needed.

What is sciatica?

Sciatica is a condition resulting in back pain due to irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body running from the back of your pelvis, through your buttocks, and all the way down both legs, ending at your feet. Compression of the sciatic nerve can cause pain that radiates out from your lower back and travels down your leg to your calf. Sciatic pain can range from being mild to very painful.

What are the common symptoms of the condition?

Sciatica is different from general back pain. Sciatica pain hardly affects the entire back. It radiates from the lower back, down to the buttocks and into one or both of the legs, right down to the calf. Some patients even complain about shooting pain while sneezing, coughing or laughing, standing or sitting for a long period of time. Patients who have long period of numbness in their bottom, lower back and leg or those who experience loss of bladder or bowel control and often feel weakness in their leg and foot must visit a doctor immediately.

Who is most likely to suffer from this condition?

Sedentary lifestyle is one of the major reasons people suffer from sciatica pain. People who have to perform work involving frequent bending and twisting, lifting heavy weights are more likely to suffer from the condition. Being overweight is also a risk factor. It can put extra strain and pressure on your back, leading to sciatica.

What are the complications if the condition is left untreated?

Complications of sciatica could lead to partial immobility of the leg and partial or complete loss of feeling (sensation) in the effected leg. It could lead to severe functional disabilities like limitation in sitting, standing, walking and sleeping. And if a person is susceptible to suffer from the condition, what precautions should they take? Although it is not always possible to prevent sciatica, there are several things you can do to prevent a slipped disc or other back injuries that could lead to sciatica. Here are some general precautions that you should take: • Maintain a better posture at work • Avoid sustained periods of sitting

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Be careful while lifting anything

Always stretch before and after exercise

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Maintain correct posture while lifting

Exercise regularly to improve strength & flexibility.

This information provide courtesy of George Hess DPT, COMT. He is the owner of and a physical therapist at Hess Physical Therapy. He is also the author of the book “Back To Normal.”


Balance and Fall Prevention Workshop Date Tuesday, February 19 Time: 12:00 NOON Location: Hess Physical Therapy 2870 Talley Cavey Road (Pilsung Plaza) Phone: Call 412-487-2787 to register

Shoulder Pain and Rotator Cuff Workshop Date: Saturday, February 9 Time: 10:00 AM Location: Hess Physical Therapy 2870 Talley Cavey Road (Pilsung Plaza) To Register: Call 412-487-2787 to register

Join us to learn who is most at risk of falling, five reasons people can fall, medications that increase risk of falling, how to make your home safer, & much more!

Join us to learn ... Functions of the rotator cuff, common rotator cuff injuries, the top 4 causes of shoulder pain, Big mistakes that shoulder pain sufferers make, treating shoulder pain successfully and much more!

For more info call Hess Physical Therapy at 412-487-2787

Information Provided by Hess Physical Therapy

Attention Back Pain and Sciatica Sufferers! Back Pain and Sciatica Workshop Reveals How To Naturally Heal Back Pain and Sciatica for Good. If you are confused about what to do and are looking for answers, here’s some of what you’ll learn:

Do you suffer with back pain or leg pain when you stand or walk?

• The Single Biggest ill Mistake back pain and sciatica

Do you have pain when you sit for long periods or drive?

sufferers make which actually stops them from healing ...

• The 3 Most Common Causes of Lower Back Pain

Do you experience pain, numbness or tingling into your buttocks, groin or down your leg?

and Sciatica ...

• A Sure-Fire Way to Pick the Right Treatment for

Does your back ever “go out if you move the wrong way?

the Cause of Your Pain (and save you a ton of time and money) ...

Are you afraid your pain will get worse if you don’t do anything about it? If you have answered YES to any of the above questions or have a stubborn spouse who is in denial the Lower Back Pain and Sciatica Workshop on Saturday, January 19th at 10:00 A.M. may be a life changing event for you “I am so happy with the results that I have gotten. I no longer have pain going into my leg. am able to stand and walk better; but most importantly, I can hold my grandkids” - Barb S Problems with back pain and sciatica can completely ruin your life ... I’ve seen it many times.

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It can make you lean on the shopping cart when walking through the grocery store (how embarrassing)... It can take focus away from enjoying your life ... like spending time with your children or grandchildren ... It can mess up your work or force you to take a job you don’t want ... It can ruin your travel plans ... And it can diminish your ability to live life by forcing you to rely on others who have to wait for you to sit down for a moment.

And less movement and enjoying of life can lead to depression, increased stress and a sedentary lifestyle (mostly sitting ... not moving much), which leads to bigger health problems ... and life problems. Here at the Sciatica and Lower Back Specialists at Hess Physical Therapy, we’ve helped hundreds of people from right here in Allegheny County whrj have suffered needlessly with lower bask pain and sciatica. It’s our specialty.

So by request I am hosting a Sciatica and Lower Back Pain Workshop at Hess Physical Therapy 2870 Talley Cavey Rd. Allison Park PA 15101 (Pilsung Plaza) On Saturday, January 19th at 10:00

• How a problem in your back can cause pain, numbness or tingling in your leg ...

• What successful treatment and permanent relief

looks like without the side effects of medications, injections or surgery.

How Do I Register for the Lower Back Pain Sciatica Workshop on Saturday. January 19th at 10:00 AM? Call our office to register at 412- 487-2787 When you register, we will mail you The Lower Back Pain and Sciatica Worksheet, which you will bring with you to the event. We only have 25 seats available for the event ... and this will be going out in our Hess Physical Therapy Newsletter and via Facebook and postcards. So if you would like to attend, be sure to register now!! As a Special Bonus ... The first 10 people to call and register For the event will receive a $10 gilt card, a tube of Biofreeze and a Hess PT T-shirt. All 25 attendees at the Sciatica and Lower Back Pain Workshop will receive a Special Report: “The Top 10 Burning Questions for Sciatica” I’m Looking forward to Seeing you there, George Hess, Doctor of Physical Therapy Hess Physical Therapy PS — The first 10 People to call and register at 412-771-1055 will receive a $10 gift card, tube of Biofreeze and a Hess PT t-shirt.

PPS—This event is limited to the first 25 people who register.

Hess Physical Therapy 2870 Talley Covey Rd., Allison Park 15101 (Pilsung Plaza)


Fall 2018 • Hampton Magazine • Page 21


hen my family and I moved to the North Hills in the mid-1990s we were impressed by the many amenities we discovered around Hampton Township. First and foremost was Hampton’s convenient location in the North Hills. We loved the quality of the school system and the friendliness of our new neighbors. Perhaps most of all we were very excited about Hampton Community Park, with its large swimming pool and children’s play areas.

Planning Hampton’s Future By David G. Young

Impressive as it was we also realized that Hampton Community Park wasn’t created overnight. It took years of planning and execution to build a facility that features a swimming pool, picnic groves, tennis courts, baseball fields and a magnificent $8 million Community Center. Creating all of those required vision and long-term planning (along with considerable patience). But the key to developing Hampton’s modern facilities was a planning process that began more than two decades ago. The Township’s elected Council, working in conjunction with municipal staff members, devised and implemented a long-range plan that led us to the multi-faceted facilities that residents enjoy today.

Creating a Vision for the Future As Township Manager Chris Lochner explained, “The Community Center is probably one of the best examples of how long-term planning can pay off for a municipality’s residents. While the Community Center was completed in 2005, Township Council actually began discussions about creating a potential facility like that as long ago as 1998. With feedback from residents, we also realized that the Township needed some type of indoor facility that was separate from the School District’s facilities.” To be sure, the Hampton Township School District provided many activities and recreational options for residents, such as

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the use of the district’s indoor pool. But the School District’s primary functions were necessarily scheduled around the annual academic calendar. Township officials recognized that Hampton residents needed access to facilities and programs that would be available year-round. The obvious answer was the creation of a community center that could serve as a hub of activities for all residents. The process of building a townshipwide community center actually began as long ago as 1989. The Township’s Director of Community Services, Alex Zarenko, began conducting research into how various municipalities throughout the region planned and constructed similar facilities. That frequently entailed phone conversations with managers in other communities to learn how they developed similar facilities and sometimes involved visits in investigating the types of facilities other communities had created. “I don’t know how many community centers in Ohio we investigated, but we even looked into facilities during our vacations,” explained Lochner. “I was playing golf one day while on vacation in South Carolina when I discovered there was a community center located adjacent to the golf course. So, after I completed my round of golf, I took a tour of the North Myrtle Beach Community Center to gather a few ideas for the Township.” To kick-start, the project the Township found an architect named James Larson, of Larson Associates, that specialized in what is referred to as “conceptual architecture.” Their primary function was to visualize the size, scope, and location of a potential community-wide facility. They developed a concept for the center’s design and identified potential sites for locating the facility in the community park. After that

determination was made the Township engaged another architectural firm to design the actual structure. Longtime Hampton residents may recall that long before the Community Center was built the area in which it is located was referred to as “Firecracker Hill.” That site was the location from which fireworks were launched every Independence Day. The choice was a bit controversial for some residents. There were those who thought of that location as something of a ‘special site’ and didn’t necessarily want to lose it. But after careful and extensive consideration it became clear that was the ideal location on which to build the new facility.

The Business of Government Most taxpayers probably expect their local government to operate differently from a business, but in Hampton Township that isn’t the case. Although Council members are elected, in operation they function more in the role of a “board of directors.” They’re required to attend meetings two or three times per month and contribute to key decisions affecting the entire community. But that can be a challenging responsibility. In addition to their duties on behalf of Hampton residents’ council members typically have to balance work commitments along with family obligations. The demands on their time can be considerable. In many ways, the Township of Hampton is essentially equivalent to a $25 million for-profit corporation. And for Township Manager Chris Lochner that’s an appropriate comparison. As he points out “We try to run Hampton Township like a corporate business.” That can’t necessarily be said about all municipalities. Township staff recognizes that they have to provide Council members with the information necessary to make a multitude of decisions that affect the future of Hampton residents. The foundation for formulating goals and objectives for Hampton is an annual strategic planning

process that the Township employs.

members, Lochner pointed out that even if everything went as planned, the entire project wouldn’t be completed until 2017. He knew it would take that much time to obtain all of the necessary permits from the Commonwealth and coordinate efforts with the county’s Department of Public Works. Also, they also had to petition the Commonwealth to change the traffic signals along Route 8 and Duncan Avenue.

“I always tell new members of Council that a degree of patience is necessary at first, Lochner explained. They may come up with many good ideas during their term in office, but it may take as many as four years before some of those ideas are implemented.”

But today that intersection has been completely revamped, with new turning lanes, extended parking space for commuters and a new small park. It even features an electronic sign welcoming motorists along Route 8 to the Township of Hampton.

In part that’s because Council members have to navigate a complex maze of laws, regulations, budgetary restrictions and practical barriers throughout the process of planning and decision making.

By many standards the nearly decade-long project on Duncan Avenue was accomplished with surprising speed and determination, considering the size and scope of the project. There’s an old saying that ‘the wheels of government turn slowly.” As Chris Lochner points out, that’s often due to excessive and redundant regulatory requirements imposed on municipalities by the County and the Commonwealth.

The Township of Hampton is essentially equivalent to a $25 million for-profit corporation.

For example, back in 2007, Lochner informed the Council of the need to develop a plan for the Lower Allison Park area because of flooding that was occurring in that area with regularity. Hurricane Ivan, in particular, caused devastating damage to the Lower Allison Park area in 2004. The Township’s staff knew that it was going to take considerable effort and cost to revamp that area. But they had to take into account that this area below the intersection of Duncan Avenue and Route 8 was also the southern entrance to Hampton Township. It was the first impression northbound travelers have of the Township. Township Manager Chris Lochner and his staff began researching options for renovating the area in 2005 and presented their proposal to Council in 2006. At the end of his presentation to Council

“I don’t know exactly how many county and state permits we had to obtain to complete the Duncan Avenue project,” commented Lochner. “I believe it was well over 20 and every year we had to review and renew many of those permit requests.”

Anticipating Future Needs Managing a municipality in Pennsylvania can be a challenging proposition. Townships such as Hampton are typically responsible for a great many functions which include providing police, emergency medical and fire protection, maintaining roads, providing clean water supplies, managing sewage treatment, maintaining roads, controlling traffic control, planning and zoning, building and administering parks, providing recreational opportunities, collecting garbage, providing certain health services, operating libraries, licensing businesses, and enforcing various codes.  Continued on next page Fall 2018 • Hampton Magazine • Page 23

These functions require foresight, in-depth knowledge, long-range vision, attention to details and functional procedures. In some ways operating a municipality almost seems to require having a crystal ball. But acting in the present while anticipating the future is a vital a necessity Hampton’s elected officials and staff. “Right now we’re going through that process with the community’s sewage treatment plant,” Lochner explained. “For us to meet current and future demands we have little choice but to build a brand new sewage plant.” Unfortunately, that’s an expensive proposition. The projected costs are somewhere between $40 and $45 million. Obviously, that will affect the townships’ residents from the standpoint that their sewer rates eventually would have to increase. But, after extensive research and long-range planning worstcase scenarios for the cost of a new facility would result in a rate increase much lower than the residents of neighboring communities may be already facing. So, even if the Township has no choice but to increase sewage rates the financial burden will be minimized by spreading the cost increases over a four-year period. Lochner believes that Hampton Township may be more comprehensive in its planning approach than some municipalities. The township’s management staff, operating in conjunction with elected officials, takes time to think through long-range plans for the foreseeable future. So once again Hampton’s strategic planning process, not unlike the type of planning methods of successful for-profits, is an essential tool in managing Hampton’s municipal services and resources. In fact, Hampton Council meetings actually seem to mirror similar sessions conducted by corporate executives. But Council members are busy people, so they also have to juggle the demands of their careers with the of their duties to Hampton Township residents. And, since time is the often commodity in the shortest supply the Township’s staff takes pains to facilitate the flow of information necessary to make decisions and establish policies. Page 24 • Hampton Magazine • Fall 2018

At the beginning of a typical Strategic Planning session Council members receive a packet of materials to be reviewed or presented during the meeting. To clarify some of that information the staff prepares and presents one or more PowerPoint presentations, along with accompanying

slide printouts and related handouts. It’s an itinerary that details what they’re going to discuss for that meeting and what objectives need to be accomplished. Council members also provide questions or discussion topics they wish to place on the agenda.

Learning from Experience Operating the Community Center has proven to be a continuing learning experience for the Township’s staff. Some of the exercise equipment originally installed has proven to be popular with patrons, but some of the machines and instruments haven’t been used as much. So some of the original devices have since been replaced with equipment that patrons prefer to use. Also, the original concept for the facility didn’t take into account that many patrons might want to work out with personal trainers. So the Community Center now has licensed personal trainers for working with clients, for which the trainers pay a professional fee. The Township is also considering installing another exercise room because many residents have been asking for more or expanded exercise programs. One of the most unexpected learning experiences has revolved around how the Center’s meeting room facilities have been used by patrons. The Community Center’s Great Room has become a popular venue for conferences, meetings, presentations,

social, and weddings. And many of the users have made valuable suggestions for improving the facility over the years. “One of the biggest challenges we’ve faced was how to meet the needs of patrons seeking to hold wedding receptions at the Community Center,” Chris Lochner explained. “Often when an interested party contacts us they ask ‘how many weddings do you typically arrange each year?’ They expect that we provide a complete range of wedding services, above and beyond the facility rental.” But the Township’s original concept was not to functionally organize and arrange weddings, but merely to provide a space for rent with the patrons making all other arrangements on their own. The idea was for ‘patrons to conduct their event in the Township’s facility with an option to use the kitchen if needed. But, as Township staff was to learn that wasn’t what a surprising number of renters were looking for. Going forward, however, that may be changing. As Lochner explained, “over the next 12 to 24 months we anticipate that we will be negotiating with a specific provider, such as a wedding planner or party planner, who is able to offer a tier of packaged services, perhaps something along the lines of “Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze” packages. Based upon our experience there’s a demand for those services, and we will be exploring ongoing options in that regard.” In some ways, the Community Center has become a focus for many community activities and events, creating a stronger sense of Community among residents. The importance of Hampton’s Community Center to residents continues to grow. For instance, as Hampton’s population has gotten older, the Community Center has become a favorite place for spending time with old friends and making new ones. It’s a welcoming environment for lingering over a cup of coffee in the Adult Lounge getting to know a few of neighbors and making new friends. “I spoke with one of our residents a few years ago that wasn’t too thrilled with

the Community Center,” Chris Lochner explained. “This man thought it was a misuse of taxpayer dollars and perhaps not within the proper scope of an elected government. But that was several years ago. These days I see that gentleman regularly walking the track and socializing with friends in the Adult Lounge. He does that almost every day, and he’s admitted to me privately that he was wrong about the Community Center.” As Lochner points out, the primary function of a local government is to ensure the security of residents while also contributing to their overall quality of community life. That process requires defining those needs and finding ways to fulfill them.

Looking to the Future Going forward Hampton residents are going to see a renewed focus upon infrastructure. In Chris Lochner’s view, we spent a lot of time building facilities so we could fulfill specific community priorities. Residents expressed the need for facilities such as baseball fields, swimming pools, meeting spaces, indoor athletic facilities, parking for rides, and environmental structures such as flood retention facilities. So it will be up to Hampton’s Council to develop funding streams to continually address those needs. As he pointed out, “When I began working for Hampton Township we had maybe 60 or 70 miles of roads. Now we have over 100. Maintaining those roads on a reasonable schedule is a challenge. We’re wrestling with trying to define what we consider a reasonable schedule to rebuild our roads. Should that interval be every 10, 15 or 20 years? Those are the kinds of challenges we face going forward.” More recently Hampton’s staff and elected officials once again demonstrated foresight and preventive planning when Hampton’s EMS service suddenly ceased operations this past year. Moving swiftly the Township created a new service to respond to medical emergencies by merging with Shaler’s EMS service. To

many that may have seemed like a sudden or unexpected maneuver. But in reality, the Shaler Hampton EMS merger wasn’t entirely unanticipated.

As Lochner expresses it, “When a medical emergency arises our residents expect an appropriate response unit to arrive promptly. Period!”

“We knew that we might have to get together and discuss combining the Hampton and Shaler EMS services by the end of the last calendar year. We had conducted preliminary discussions about a possible merger but had not yet finalized a plan of action. But we believed a merger could be in both communities’ best interests, so we had conducted some preliminary discussions with the Shaler Board of Commissioners.

And when snow begins falling Hampton residents expect clear roadways when they leave for work or school the next morning. It doesn’t matter if there is a light dusting or eight inches of snow fell on the ground overnight. Hampton residents have these expectations, and they are willing to pay their fair share in taxes for those expectations to always be met.

For Shaler the advantage of a merger was financial. For Hampton, it was the necessity for providing EMS service for residents. But we understood our communities’ needs and began to look at what would be in our; everyone’s, best interests. So, when the Hampton EMS operations did eventually falter last November, the Township was able to quickly and seamlessly merge operations

As Chris Lochner explains, the performance standard for all of Hampton’s departments and services is based upon the concept of continuous improvement. That’s the process of always reevaluating operations and asking ‘can we do this differently or can we do this better?’ It’s a frame of mind that township officials try to cultivate among all employees and staff.

with Shaler’s EMS service. As Lochner explained, “We were informed late on in the day on Friday, November 30,2017, that Hampton’s EMS service was going to suspend operations at midnight and we had a Shaler EMS ambulance in our garage staffed and ready to respond the very next morning.” Hampton’s Council and staff members understand that the Township is, above all else, a service organization. They recognize that Hampton residents have high expectations for the quality and timeliness of those services.

Maintaining High Expectations

But, as Chris Lochner points out managing community services can be entirely different from managing for-profit organizations. “Most of the requests that we’ve been receiving in recent years have been what I consider ‘quality of life’ requests. Things like ‘we need an after-school program’ or ‘we need to support the library more.’ Back when I started my career these were services that most municipalities generally didn’t provide for residents.” “This is not to say that it’s a municipality’s responsibility to entertain residents. However, it is our responsibility to help residents enjoy a high quality of life. So, in that sense, it becomes our challenge to provide facilities that enable residents to enjoy that higher quality of life. And to do so in a financially responsible manner.”

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REGISTRATION INFORMATION WINTER PROGRAMMING Resident registration for Winter / Spring programs begins on January 2nd at 8:00am. Non-Resident registration begins January 14th at 8:00am. Registration periods do vary. Please be sure to check each program for any specific registration period.

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Hampton Residents will be given priority. Registrations will not be accepted if received prior to the registration date. Please register early in the registration period. Classes do fill quickly and registration is on a first come first serve basis starting the first day of registration. First fee listed is for Hampton Residents / second fee listed is for Non-Residents. Fees subject to change without notice. Please be sure to complete registration information in full. There are no exceptions. Please do not ask us to exceed class size limits or to put your child in the wrong age, skill level, or class. We try our best to accommodate everyone. Programs are designed according to age levels and instructor student ratios that will benefit the students. If paying by check, separate checks are required for each program. Cash refunds are not given.


TOWNSHIP OF HAMPTON DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY SERVICES Office Hours: Monday thru Friday 8:00am-5:00pm 412-487-7870 or 724-443-7585

When the Hampton Township School District cancels classes or has an early dismissal due to bad weather, all Department of Community Service Programs are automatically cancelled. Please listen to KDKA Radio, or visit their website for details on cancellations or closures.

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COMMUNITY CENTER INFORMATION HOURS OF OPERATION Dates: January 2, 2019 - May 31, 2019 Monday & Friday: 6:00am - 9:00pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 6:00am - 10:00pm Saturday: 8am - 8pm Sunday: 12pm - 4pm The Community Center is managed by the Department of Community Services (DCS). Please call 412-487-7870 for information. Hours are subject to change without notice.

FACILITY USE RULES All must enter via main entrance of building. Valid DCS issued ID card must be used at the Service Desk for all members. Non members must check in at the Service Desk / pay daily admission fee. No loitering inside or outside of building. No smoking in the facility. No skateboarding or rollerblading on sidewalk area. Drop off / pick up area located in front of building. No parking in the fire zone.

YOUTH LOUNGE The Youth Lounge is open daily during normal Community Center hours of operation. Stop by if you please for arcade and table games, watching TV, and social time with your peers. DAY & TIME: Normal CC Hours AGES: 17 & Under LOCATION: Community Center FEE: $6 without valid ID Card

ADMISSION POLICY & FEES All patrons and guests must enter through the main entrance and check in at the service desk. All children 9 years old and under must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older at all times. Patrons who are 10 years old and up with a valid membership will be issued a photo ID admission card which must be present upon each admission. All photo ID cards will be issued at the Community Center Service Desk. Community Center Membership adult fee is $32 / $63 and youth fee is $19 / $38. Program activity fees and membership fees are subject to change without notice. First fee is for Hampton resident / second fee is for non-residents. Community Center Memberships includes admission to all open gyms, the indoor track, and Tot Watch Room.

YOUTH OPEN GYM The Community Center open gym is reserved for non structured open gym free play use each day for youth only. Scheduled organized team practices and or private instruction is not permitted. Day and times subject to change without notice. Comprehensive monthly open gym schedules are available at the Community Center Service Desk. Valid Community Center ID is needed for admission. DAY & TIME: Daily LOCATION: Community Center Gymnasium FEE: $1 without valid ID Card

ADULT OPEN GYM ADULT LOUNGE The Adult Lounge is open daily during normal Community Center hours of operation. Stop by as you please for social time, watching TV, playing cards, or just to relax. DAY & TIME: Normal CC Hours AGES: 18 & Up LOCATION: Community Center FEE: $6 without valid ID Card

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The Community Center open gym is reserved for non structured open gym free play use for our 18 year old and over patrons. Scheduled organized team practices and or private instruction is not permitted. Days and times are subject to chance without notice. Valid Community Center ID is needed for admission. DAY & TIME: Weekday/Weekend times vary AGES: 18 & Up LOCATION: Community Center Gymnasium FEE: $1 without valid ID Card

COMMUNITY CENTER INFORMATION INDOOR WALKING & JOGGING TRACK The elevated walking and jogging three lane track is open to all ages and abilities during normal Community Center hours of operation. Thirteen laps on the rubberized track equals one mile. The track is located on the mezzanine level of the Community Center overlooking the gymnasium as well as the facility lobby. The exterior walls have windows which offer a unique view of Hampton Community Park. Appropriate footwear is required. Valid Community Center ID Card is required for admission. DAY & TIME: Normal CC Hours AGES: All Ages LOCATION: Community Center FEE: $6 without valid ID Card

TODDLER TIME (w/ adult) Children accompanied by an adult (18 yrs. and up) may visit the Tot Watch Room for play time. Toys, kitchenette, and child restrooms on premise. Please visit the Community Center Service Desk to check in before visiting the Tot Watch Room. AGES: 1 - 6yrs old (w/ adult) LOCATION: Tot Watch Room DAYS: Monday - Sunday TIME: 8am - close (Monday - Saturday) FEES: $2 per child without valid Community Center ID

ALSO IN THE COMMUNITY CENTER The independently operated Hampton Community Library is a 4,000 square foot facility within the Community Center. Call the Hampton Community Library for more information at 412-684-1098.

PAVILION RESERVATION INFORMATION COMMUNITY PARK PAVILIONS Hampton Community Park Pavilion reservations are accepted on a year round basis, up to one year in advance. Pavilion reservations are accepted year round at the Community Center Service Desk during normal operating hours. As an example; a rental date of June 4, 2019 may be reserved as early as June 5, 2018 (or 364 days ahead) for a Hampton Resident. Non Resident registration will begin the first day of April, annually. Should you have any questions or desire additional information please call the DCS Office at 412-487-7870.

HAMPTON COMMUNITY PARK PAVILION RATES Pavilion rate includes choice of pavilion and ABC Permit. First fee is for residents / second fee is for non residents. Pavilion Choices: Alcoa, Drake, Grubbs, Hardt, Kraus, Orchard Ling, & Rotary Pavilion Rates: Monday-Friday Saturday & Sunday Holidays

$74 / $140 $84 / $150 $114 (Residents Only)

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WINTER SENIOR PROGRAMS HAMPTON’S HOT SPOT Hampton Township’s Department of Community Services will be providing self-serve hot beverages and a selection of pastries in the Gathering Area during the winter months. Hot beverages and pastries will be available for Fitness and Community Center members on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8-10am beginning Tuesday, January 8th. TIME: 8 - 10am LOCATION: Hampton Community Center Gathering Area DAYS: Tuesday / Thursday DATES: Jan 8th -March 28th COST: FREE

NovaCare Rehabilitation will be joining the Hot Spot Program to provide Fitness & Center Members with presentations on the following topics: January 10th - Getting Back Into Fitness & How to Prevent Injury February 14th - Importance of Balance Improvement March 14th - Osteoporosis & Osteoarthritis


Detailed rental information is available by contacting JoAnn Radage, Facility Coordinator, at 412-487-7870 ext. 357. Resident reservations are accepted up to two years in advance. Non-resident reservations are accepted up to eighteen months in advance. Please contact JoAnn Radage to set up an appointment to discuss rental date & times, room availability, set-up needs and fees. Rooms Available to Rent: Great Rooms A & B, Activity Room 1, Activity Room 2, Adult Lounge, Youth Lounge, Dance Room, Gymnasium Courts A, B, C, &D and the Heat & Serve Kitchen

WINTER YOUTH PROGRAMS PRE SCHOOL OPEN GYM (w/ adult) Children may use the Hampton Township Community Center gymnasium while accompanied by an adult 18yrs of age or older for free play. DCS will provide the following equipment; tot basketball hoop, tot basketballs, floor mats, plastic bars, whiffle balls, tees, playground balls, and soft play balls. If you would like to bring equipment toys other than those mentioned, please contact DCS for approval. Please do not bring bicycles, skateboards, motorized toys, remote control toys, or rollerblades. Advance registration is not required. Fee paid upon admission. Please sign in at service desk. AGES: 1 - 6yrs old LOCATION: Community Center Gymnasium C&D DATES: Monday - Friday January 2, 2019 - June 6, 2019 TIME: 9am - 12pm FEES: $2 per child without Valid Community Center ID.

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WINTER / SPRING YOUTH PROGRAMS CO-ED STREET HOCKEY INSTRUCTION (211001) This program is for the beginner player. The basic skills and knowledge needed to play the game will be covered. The program meets twice a week. A helmet with face mask and plastic stick blade are required. Roller blades are not permitted on gym surface. Ages 7-12. SESSION: 01 DATES: January 21st - March 18th *No class February 18th DAYS: Mondays & Wednesdays TIME: 5 - 6pm LOCATION: Community Center Gymnasium Outdoor Hockey Court FEES: $33 / $58 DEADLINE: January 18th MIN / MAX: 8 / 20

SPRING SWIM INSTRUCTION (210401) Resident registration opens Wednesday, January 2nd at 8am. Non Resident registration opens Monday, January 14th at 8am. All classes will meet once a week on Saturdays at the Hampton High School Pool. Classes begin February 2nd. Please do not use regular disposable diapers. Cloth diapers with tight fitting plastic pants or disposable “swimming” diapers are preferred. SWIM CLASS LEVELS Infant / Parent: Age six months to two years. An adult must enter the water and accompany the child at all times. Introduction to water and safety skills. 3-5 Year Old / Parent: Introduction to water, start kicking, arm strokes, start back float and safety skills. Into To Swim: 6yrs old & up, at least 4ft tall, no experience Beginner Skills: At least 4ft. tall, must have passed Intro To Swim Basic Strokes: Must have passed Beginner Skills Advanced Strokes: Must have passed Basic Strokes Stroke Proficiency: Must have passed Advanced Strokes. Verification of prior level of accomplishment is needed in order to move up to the next level. TIME SECTION CLASS FEE MAX 12 - 12:30pm 01 Infant / Parent $34 / $51 15 12 - 1pm 06 Adv. Strokes / $44 / $61 10 Stroke Proficiency 12:30 - 1pm 02 3-5 Yrs. / Parents $34 / $51 15 1 - 2pm 05 Basic Strokes $44 / $61 12 2 - 3pm 03 Intro to Swim $44 / $61 10 2 - 3pm 04 Beginner Skills $44 / $61 10

Certified Lifeguards Needed for Indoor Pool Programs Are you a certified lifeguard looking to work during the school year? Guards are needed for the Indoor Pool swim programs; Monday - Thursdays nights from 7:45 - 9:15pm and on Saturdays from 12 - 3pm. If interested, please complete and submit an employee application at the Community Center. Any questions. please call Bill Ryder, Program Supervisor, at 412 - 487 - 7870 ext. 316. Fall 2018 • Hampton Magazine • Page 31

SPECIAL EVENTS HAMPTON EASTER EGG HUNT Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 13th! Come on out and hunt for Easter eggs at the Hampton Community Center from 1 - 3pm. There will be an Easter egg hunt, and crafts as well as cookies and refreshments. Be sure to bring your camera so you can take a photo with the Easter Bunny! The egg hunt is for children 10 years of age and younger. Look out for more information and registration on the Township website starting in March!

FARMER’S MARKET Coming Summer 2019! Hampton Township will be having a Farmer’s Market in the Hampton Community Park every Wednesday beginning in June! (excluding Wednesday, July 3rd) More information to follow in the next Hampton Highlights edition and on the Township website!

FOOD TRUCK FRIDAYS Coming Summer 2019! Food Truck Friday’s will be coming to the Hampton Township Community Pool area this summer! Stay tuned for specific Food Truck Friday dates in the next Hampton Highlights edition and on the Township website!

ADULT EXERCISE CLASSES AQUA AEROBICS (220101) This program is designed for the novice Aqua Aerobics participant, arthritic conditions, and expectant mothers. Enjoy the benefits of aerobic exercise of a low impact format which takes advantage of the cushioning and resistance of the water. The class is held in five feet of water or less, so the ability to swim is not required. All you need is a swim suit. If you are pregnant or have a medical condition, written permission from your doctor will be necessary prior to participating in the class. Ages 16 and Up. Section 1 Section 2 DATES: February 4th - April 1st DATES: February 6th - March 27th DAYS: Monday DAYS: Wednesday TIME: 8:00 - 8:45pm TIME: 8:00 - 8:45pm LOCATION: High School Indoor Pool LOCATION: High School Indoor Pool FEES: $25 / $35 FEES: $25 / $35 DEADLINE: Friday, February 1st DEADLINE: Friday, February 1st MIN / MAX: 10 / 26 MIN / MAX: 10 / 26

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ADULT EXERCISE CLASSES PILATES (221501) Pilates uses a series of breathing and core exercises to strengthen abs, arms, legs, and back without bulking muscles. Improves flexibility and agility to help prevent injury. Bring an exercise mat and small weights. Ages 18 and Up. Angie Thomson, Instructor. Section 1 Section 2 DATES: February 11th - April 1st DATES: April 22nd - June 17th DAYS: Mondays DAYS: Mondays TIME: 7:30 - 8:30pm TIME: 7:30 - 8:30pm LOCATION: Dance Room LOCATION: Dance Room FEE: $40 / $45 FEE: $40 / $45 DEADLINE: Friday, February 8th DEADLINE: Thursday, April 18th MIN / MAX: 8 / 20 MIN / MAX: 8 / 20

EASY YOGA (221401) Improve posture, strength, and flexibility by doing Sun Salutations and various other yoga stances and moves; breathing exercises to help relieve stress, calm the mind, and unify the body and mind. Bring a sticky yoga mat. Ages 18 and Up. Angie Thomson, Instructor. Section 1 Section 2 DATES: February 13th - April 3rd DATES: February 14th - April 11th DAYS: Wednesdays *No class February 28th TIME: 10:30 - 11:30am DAYS: Thursdays LOCATION: Dance Room TIME: 7:30 - 8:30pm FEE: $40 / $45 LOCATION: Dance Room DEADLINE: Monday, February 11th FEE: $40 / $45 MIN / MAX: 8 / 20 DEADLINE: Tuesday, February 12th MIN / MAX: 8 / 20 Section 3 Section 4 DATES: April 24th - June 12th DATES: April 25th - June 13th DAYS: Wednesdays DAYS: Thursdays TIME: 10:30 - 11:30am TIME: 7:30 - 8:30pm LOCATION: Dance Room LOCATION: Dance Room FEE: $40 / $45 FEE: $40 / $45 DEADLINE: Monday, April 22nd DEADLINE: Tuesday, April 23rd MIN / MAX: 8 / 20 MIN / MAX: 8 / 20

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Pickleball is an easy game for all ages to learn. It is a combination of tennis, badminton, and ping pong. The sport is played on a badminton court, with the net a little lower than a tennis net, and played with a hard paddle and a smaller version of a wiffleball. All levels are welcome to walk in and play pickleball. Pickleballs will be provided. Bring your own racquet. AGES: 18 & Up LOCATION: Community Center Gymnasium DATES: January 2nd - May 29th DAY & TIME: Wednesdays 1 - 3pm FEE: $5 daily; Pay at the Service Desk.

This is a walk in program for those of all skill levels who enjoy the finer points of the game. AGES: 18 & Up LOCATION: Community Center Gymnasium DATES: January 8th - May 28th DAY & TIME: Tuesdays 8 - 10pm FEE: $5 nightly; Pay at the Service Desk

FAMILY, SENIOR & ADULT LAP SWIM INDOOR POOL Don’t let those cold temperatures keep you in. Half the pool will be for adult lap swimming and half open swim for families and seniors to have fun. AGES: All ages welcomed LOCATION: High School Indoor Pool DATES: January 3rd - March 28th * No program Jan. 31st * No program Feb. 12th & 14th DAY & TIME: Tuesdays & Thursdays 8 - 9pm FEE : $4 nightly; Ages 3&Up

ADULT BASKETBALL This recreational program is designed for athletes 18 and older. Teams are organized each night. AGES: 18 & Up LOCATION: Community Center Gymnasium DATES: January 2nd - March 27th DAY & TIME: Wednesdays 8 - 10pm FEE: $5 nightly; Pay at the Service Desk

ADULT RECREATIONAL VOLLEYBALL For beginner to intermediate skill level players. Teams are formed each night. AGES: 18 & Up LOCATION: Community Center Gymnasium DATES: January 3rd - April 25th DAY & TIME: Thursdays 8 - 10pm FEE: $5 nightly; Pay at the Service Desk

SENIOR EXERCISE CLASSES FIT FOR LIFE (231701) This is a class for 60 years old and over and meets one day a week. A low impact aerobic workout to energize, increase flexibility, balance, coordination and core strength. Bring your own mat, water bottle, elastic band, & light hand weights. Please wear gym shoes for proper support. Ages 60 and Up. Angie Thomson, Instructor. Section 1 Section 2 DATES: February 13th - April 3rd DATES: April 24th - June 12th DAYS: Wednesdays DAYS: Wednesdays TIME: 9:30 - 10:30am TIME: 9:30 - 10:30am LOCATION: Dance Room LOCATION: Dance Room FEE: $28 / $34 FEE: $28 / $34 DEADLINE: Monday, February 11th DEADLINE: Monday, April 22nd MIN / MAX: 8 / 20 MIN / MAX: 8 / 20

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SENIOR EXERCISE CLASSES BEGINNER LINE DANCING (231601) Learn a new type of exercise and enjoy the benefits of doing it with others! Ages 18 and Up. Shirley Shultz, Instructor Section 1 DATES: March 21st - May 2nd DAYS: Thursdays TIME: 1 - 2:30pm LOCATION: Dance Room FEES: $37 / $42 DEADLINE: Tuesday, March 19th MIN / MAX: 8 / 20

BEGINNING TAI CHI (231201) For the beginner. This gentle stretch exercise class increases flexibility, balance, muscular strength, and fitness. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and flat shoes. Ages 60 and up; 18 through 59 welcomed! Phil Jannetta, Instructor. Section 1 Section 2 DATES: February 12th - April 2nd DATES: February 14th - April 4th DAY: Tuesdays DAY: Thursdays TIME: 9 - 10am TIME: 9 - 10am LOCATION: Dance Room LOCATION: Dance Room FEE: $28 / $34 FEE: $28 / $34 DEADLINE: Friday. February 8th DEADLINE: Tuesday, February 12th MIN / MAX: 8 / 20 MIN / MAX: 8 / 20 Section 3 Section 4 DATES: April 16th - June 4th DATES: April 18th - June 6th DAY: Tuesdays DAY: Thursdays TIME: 9 - 10am TIME: 9 - 10am LOCATION: Dance Room LOCATION: Dance Room FEE: $28 / $34 FEE: $28 / $34 DEADLINE: Friday, April 12th DEADLINE: Tuesday, April 16th MIN / MAX: 8 / 20 MIN / MAX: 8 / 20

CONTINUING TAI CHI (231202) This is a class for those that have taken a beginner level class. This gentle exercise class increases flexibility, balance, muscular strength and fitness. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and flat shoes. Ages 60 and up; ages 18 through 59 welcomed! Phil Jannetta, Instructor. Section 1 Section 2 DATES: February 12th - April 4th DATES: April 16th - June 6th DAYS: Tuesdays & Thursdays DAYS: Tuesdays & Thursdays TIME: 10 - 11am TIME: 10 - 11am LOCATION: Dance Room LOCATION: Dance Room FEE: $56 / $68 FEE: $56 / $68 DEADLINE: Friday, February 8th DEADLINE: Friday, April 12th MIN / MAX: 8 / 20 MIN / MAX: 8 / 20 Fall 2018 • Hampton Magazine • Page 35

2019 OUTDOOR POOL INFORMATION REGISTERING FOR A POOL MEMBERSHIP The Township of Hampton’s Department of Community Services has made major enhancements to the registration website. These enhancements will significantly improve the online registration experience for our patrons. A few of the obvious improvements you will notice: - The initial time a patron enters their family member’s information, you will set up a user name and password to manage your family profile. This will only need to happen ONCE, meaning no typing in your address, birth dates, phone numbers, etc. every time you register for a single activity. You simply log in, select the family member, then pick the activity · It has shopping cart functionality, where the patrons have the ability to select multiple activities, then add to their ‘cart’ and pay for them in one single transaction. For example, you can purchase or renew your family pool membership, while at the same time, register for activities, update a fitness membership, purchase gift cards, etc. You will get one clearly defined receipt when completed · There will be a ‘history’ of every transaction that’s taken place for your family, where you can reference which classes have already been taken, a record of your payment information, the date your membership will expire, and you can see if you had forgotten to renew it, etc. · Park and Pool pavilions and Community Center rental rooms will have their availability status displayed on a calendar on the website If you do not have an email address the Service Desk can help you set up your profile for you. POOL PASS ID’S: Non-Photo ID for ages 3-9 / Photo ID for ages 10 & up. We will be confirming your residency status, so please be prepared to have a drivers license or valid form of ID that has your address listed. It is important that you list all family members associated with your household during the initial enrollment. You will need to contact the service desk to add any other members after that time. To get started, go to the Townships website at and click on Online Registrations to be directed to the login page to begin your registration.

2019 POOL MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION POOL PASS POLICIES & PROCEDURES Family Pool Passes may only be purchased for immediate family members on tax list, or living in the same household. Babysitters, neighbors, nieces / nephews, and visiting relatives are not eligible to be included on your family pool pass. Pool passes are non transferable and may not be borrowed or loaned. Non-compliance will result in the loss of your Pool Membership. Guest Passes are available to season pass holders only and will be issued at the Community Center Service Desk. Additional Pool Pass Information Continued on next page.

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2019 POOL MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION 2019 POOL PASS RATES Super Early Bird Pass: Early Bird Pass: Regular Pass: Non Resident Pass:

Available to Hampton Residents January 2nd– March 31st Available to Hampton Residents April 1st– April 30th Available to Hampton Residents May 1st Available in limited numbers until sold out Pool Passes will not be accepted for Special Event Admission

2019 POOL PASS RATES SUPER PASS TYPE EARLY EARLY REGULAR NON RESIDENT FAMILY $189 $212 $236 $416 MARRIED COUPLE $133 $150 $166 $311 ADULT (18-59) $113 $127 $141 $241 YOUTH (3-17) $81 $91 $101 $186 INFANT (0-2) ———————— NO CHARGE ————————— SENIOR (60+) $50 $56 $63 $139 2ND SENIOR (same household) $38 $43 $48 $139 ———————————————————————————————————————————————— GUEST PASSES EARLY DISCOUNT (January 2nd– April 30th) $4 GUEST PASSES (only available to pass holders) $6

DAILY ADMISSION FEES Ages 0-2: Ages 3-17: Ages 18-59: Ages 60+:

FREE $6 / $9 $6 / $9 $3 / $7

SPECIAL SWIM SESSION RATES Open Swim Monday– Friday 5-8pm Open Swim Saturday-Sunday 5-8pm

$4 / $5 (Ages 3 and Up) $4 / $5 (Ages 3 and Up)

OUTDOOR POOL SCHEDULE The Pool will open on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at noon. May 27th the pool will open noon-8pm (Open swim only) June 1st and 2nd the pool is CLOSED due to a swim meet. When school is in session the pool hours are 4-8pm August 3rd - September 2nd the pool will close at 8pm. June 7th - August 2nd Schedule as follows: SUNDAY Noon-8pm: Open Swim Noon-5pm: Adult Lap Swim (3 lanes) 5-8pm Float n Fun 8-8:30pm Pool Closed 8:30-10:30pm Pool Rentals MONDAY & WEDNESDAY 9-11:30am Swim Lessons Noon-8pm Open Swim Noon-8pm Adult Lap Swim (3 lanes) 6:30-7:30pm Swim Lessons

9-11:30am Noon-8pm Noon-8pm 6:30-7:30pm 9-11:30am Noon-8pm Noon-8pm 6:30-7:30pm Noon-8pm Noon-8pm 8-8:30pm 8:30-10:30pm

TUESDAY & THURSDAY Swim Lessons Open Swim Adult Lap Swim (3 lanes) Swim Lessons FRIDAY Swim Lessons Open Swim Adult Lap Swim (3 lanes) Swim Lessons SATURDAY Open Swim Adult Lap Swim (3 lanes) Pool Closed Pool Rentals

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The Hampton Community Park Pool is available for rentals this summer from 8:30-10:30pm on Saturday and Sunday evenings. Two groups can be accommodated simultaneously. The cost per group is $250 which provides you with lifeguards and your choice of one pool pavilion. Admission into the pool area for you and your guests are included in the rental fee. Maximum number of attendees is 150 per shared rental. Exclusive use of the pool and both pavilions is $500. For details, please call 412-487-7870. Reservations are accepted year round. Dates do fill quickly so don’t delay!

The Department of Community Services is providing an opportunity for family groups to reserve a pool pavilion for small family gatherings or birthday parties for 25 people or less during regular pool hours of operation that open swim is available. Pavilion rentals are a minimum of 2.5 hours and your choice of the Atlantic or Pacific pool pavilion. Please be aware that reserving a pool pavilion does not include the daily admission cost to enter the pool facilities. Reservations are accepted at the DCS Service Desk only. FEES: $45 SECURITY DEPOSIT: $50 DATE & TIME: Monday-Sunday 1-3:30pm 4-6:30pm



Registration for Residents of Hampton and Non Residents with valid 2019 Pool Pass will begin on Monday, April 22, 2019 at 8:00am. Non Residents without a 2019 Pool Pass registration will begin on Monday, May 6, 2019 at 8:00am. • Registration is ONLINE ONLY. • All fees must be paid at time of registration. • Each class meets for ten consecutive days, MondayFriday, at the same time. (Except when noted) • Summer swim lessons take place at the Outdoor Community Pool. • Proof of residency for Hampton residents may be required. • Confirmation of a valid pool pass may be required for Non Residents registering prior to May 6th . • Participants may only register for one session at a time • Participants may register for an additional session the Thursday before the desired session begins.

Infant / Parent: Age six months to two years. An adult must enter the water and accompany the child at all times. Introduction to water and safety skills. Disposable “swimmers” diapers required. 3 Year Old: No lesson experience. 4 Year Old: No lesson experience. 3&4 Year Old Advanced: Must have completed 3yr old class or 4yr old class, is very comfortable in the water, and has had previous experience in the pool. Intro To Swim: 5yrs old & up, no experience Beginner Skills: Must have passed Intro To Swim Basic Strokes: Must have passed Beginner Skills Advanced Strokes: Must have passed Basic Strokes Stroke Proficiency: Must have passed Advanced Strokes. Advanced Swimmer: Must have passed Stroke Proficiency.

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PRIVATE SWIM LESSONS Private swim lessons are five hours of private instruction scheduled on an individual basis. Maximum enrollment of 20. Minimum age is 5yrs old. All private swim lesson registration is done online only. Private Swim Lesson fee is $128 / $176.

SUMMER SWIM LESSON INFORMATION SUMMER SWIM LESSON SCHEDULE Session 1: June 10th - June 21st Time: 9-10am 9-10am 9-10am 9-10am 9-10am 10-10:30am 10:30-11am 10-11am 10-11am 10-11am 10-11am 11-11:30am 6:30-7:30pm 6:30-7pm 7-7:30pm

Class: Fee: Intro To Swim $64 / $89 Beginner Skills $64 / $89 Basic Strokes $64 / $89 Adv. Strokes $64 / $89 Stroke Prof. $64 / $84 3/4yr Old Adv. $54 / $79 4yr Old $54 / $79 Intro To Swim $64 / $89 Beginner Skills $64 / $89 Adv. Strokes $64 / $89 Adv. Swimmer $64 / $89 3yr. Old $54 / $79 Intro To Swim $64 / $89 Infant w/ Parent $54 / $79 3/4yr Old /Parent $54 / $79

Max: 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15

SUMMER SWIM LESSON SCHEDULE Session 2: June 24th - July 5th (No class on July 3 or 4. Make Up Class June 29th) Time: Class: Fee: Max: 9-10am Intro To Swim $64 / $89 15 9-10am Beginner Skills $64 / $89 15 9-10am Basic Strokes $64 / $89 15 9-10am Adv. Strokes $64 / $89 15 9-10am Adv. Swimmer $64 / $89 15 10-10:30am 3/4yr Old Adv. $54 / $79 15 10:30-11am 4yr Old $54 / $79 15 10-11am Intro To Swim $64 / $89 15 10-11am Beginner Skills $64 / $89 15 10-11am Adv. Strokes $64 / $89 15 10-11am Stroke Prof. $64 / $89 15 11-11:30am 3yr Old $54 / $79 15 11-11:30am Infant w/ Parent $54 / $79 15 6:30-7:30pm Beginner Skills $64 / $89 15 6:30-7:30pm Basic Strokes $64 / $89 15 6:30-7:30pm Adult $64 / $89 15

Session 3: July 8th - July 19th Time: 9-10am 9-10am 9-10am 9-10am 9-10am 10-10:30am 10:30-11am 10-11am 10-11am 10-11am 10-11am 11-11:30am 6:30-7:30pm 6:30-7:30pm 6:30-7pm 7-7:30pm

Class: Fee: Intro To Swim $64 / $89 Beginner Skills $64 / $89 Basic Strokes $64 / $89 Stroke Prof. $64 / $84 Adv. Swimmer $64 / $84 3/4yr Old Adv. $54 / $79 4yr Old $54 / $79 Intro To Swim $64 / $89 Beginner Skills $64 / $89 Basic Strokes $64 / $89 Adv. Strokes $64 / $89 3yr. Old $54 / $79 Intro To Swim $64 / $89 Adv. Strokes $64 / $89 Infant w/ Parent $54 / $79 3/4yr Old /Parent $54 / $79

Session 4: July 22nd - August 2nd Max: 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15

Time: 9-10am 9-10am 9-10am 9-10am 9-10am 10-10:30am 10:30-11am 10-11am 10-11am 10-11am 10-11am 11-11:30am 6:30-7:30pm 6:30-7:30pm

Class: Intro To Swim Beginner Skills Adv. Strokes Stroke Prof. Adv. Swimmer 3/4yr Old Adv. 4yr Old Intro To Swim Beginner Skills Basic Strokes Adv. Strokes 3yr Old Beginner Skills Basic Strokes

Fee: $64 / $89 $64 / $89 $64 / $89 $64 / $89 $64 / $89 $54 / $79 $54 / $79 $64 / $89 $64 / $89 $64 / $89 $64 / $89 $54 / $79 $64 / $89 $64 / $89

Max: 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15

REGISTERING ONLINE The Department of Community Services offers residents the convenience of registering for programs and services online. To complete program registration visit the Township website at from your computer, cell phone, or other device, and select “Online Registrations”. Once your profile is set up, it is easy to register for programs and activities. Please feel free to contact the Department of Community Services with any questions at 412-487-7870. Fall 2018 • Hampton Magazine • Page 39

FITNESS MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION The Fitness Area and Track are open: Monday thru Friday: 6:00am Saturday: 8:00am Sunday: NOON Closed Sundays from June 1st - Labor Day Hampton Township, Department of Community Services (DCS) “hotel style” fitness area is located on the Mezzanine Level of the Hampton Community Center. The fitness area is available seven days a week, during regular community center hours of operation, unless posted otherwise. Admission to the fitness area is verified at the Community Center Service Desk by scanning your Membership ID Card via card scan or by paying the appropriate daily admission fee. Twenty one (21) pieces of equipment will be available. Eleven (11) cardio and ten (10) weight training, which include dumbbells. Free weights are not included. Two (2) Automatic Electric Defibrillators (AED) Units are also available should the need ever arise, for use by trained certified DCS staff or patrons. A unit is located on the mezzanine fitness area stairway next to the lockers and at the main gym entrance. As is the practice with other use areas of the Community Center, the fitness area will not have constant direct supervision. The on duty facility manager will provide routine walk through monitoring. If at any time during your use of the fitness area you should have any questions or require assistance, do not hesitate to speak with the facility manager or service desk staff. Prior to using the fitness area for the first time, each patron is required to read and sign the Rules / Release Form and receive an in-person, hands-on, equipment use orientation from a DCS staff member. Fitness area information packets are available at the Community Center service desk. You may register for a fitness or community center membership online at

FITNESS AREA FEES (valid for 12 consecutive months of use) Membership Category


Non Resident




Married Couple



Adult (age 18 & up)



College Student (valid College ID required)



Youth (age 10-17)






*Family Membership pricing is for a family of four (4). Each additional family member is billed at the individual rate.

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TOWNSHIP CONTACT INFORMATION Police & Emergencies: Hampton Police, Fire & E.M.S. Emergencies: Call 911 Hampton Police Non-Emergencies: 412-486-0400 ext. 334 412-443-7585 ext. 334 Township Offices: Municipal Building 3101 McCully Road Allison Park, PA 15101 412-486-0400 / 724-443-7585 412-486-5019 (fax)

Township Council: Michael Peters, Council President Carolynn Johnson, Vice President Bethany Blackburn Richard Dunlap Sherry Neugebauer Controller: Jerry Speakman

Monthly Meeting Dates: Township Council 7:30pm on the 2nd & 4th Wed.

Hampton Community Center 3101 McCully Road Allison Park, PA 15101 412-487-7870 412-487-7871 (fax)

Water Authority 7pm on the 4th Mon.

Manager W. Christopher Lochner ...Ext. 306

Hampton Community Association 5pm on the 3rd Tues.

Assistant Manager Susan A. Bernet...Ext. 303

Zoning Hearing Board 7:30pm on the 4th Tues.

Environmental Advisory Council 7pm on the 1st Mon. Planning Commission 7pm on the 2nd Mon.

Police Chief Tom Vulakovich...Ext. 317 Dept. of Community Svcs. Director Alex Zarenko...Ext. 370 Dept. of Environmental Svcs. Director James Degnan...Ext. 312 Land Use Administrator Martin Orban...Ext. 327 Water Authority Samuel Scarfone...412-486-4867

TOWNSHIP OF HAMPTON DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY SERVICES Office Hours: Monday thru Friday 8:00am-5:00pm 412-487-7870 or 724-443-7585

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GOVERNMENT CONTACT INFORMATION Federal Representatives: Senator Robert Casey Regional Enterprise Tower 425 Sixth Avenue, Suite 2490 Pittsburgh, PA 15219 412-803-7370

County Representatives: Rich Fitzgerald, Chief Executive 101 Allegheny County Court House Pittsburgh, PA 15219 412-350-6500

Senator Pat Toomey 100 Station Square Drive Suite 225 Pittsburgh, PA 15219 202-224-4254 (Washington, DC)

Anita Prizio-District 3 119 Allegheny County Court House Pittsburgh, PA 15219 412-350-6490

Congressman Keith Rothfus 6000 Babcock Blvd., Suite 104 Pittsburgh, PA 15237 202-225-2065 (Washington, DC)

Constable: Daniel Glock

State Representatives: State Senator Randy Vulakovich (40th District) 300 Wetzel Rd. Suite 302 Glenshaw, PA 15116-2288 412-487-6600 State Representative Hal English (30th District) 4290 Wm. Flynn Hwy. Suite 200 Allison Park, PA 15101 412-487-6605

District Magistrate: Tom Swam Local Taxes: Jordan Tax Service (Property) 102 Rahway Road McMurray, PA 15317 724-731-2300 412-835-5243 Keystone Collections (Wages & LST) 546 Wendell Road Irwin, PA 15642 888-328-0558

Hampton Highlights is produced by Hampton Township to inform residents of municipal programs, community activities and items of general interest. It is mailed to all resident households. Comments and suggestions are always welcome. Council Members: Michael Peters-President, Carolynn Johnson-Vice President, Bethany Blackburn, Richard Dunlap, Sherry Neugebauer, Controller: Jerry Speakman Municipal Manager: W. Christopher Lochner - Department of Community Services Director: Alex Zarenko Township office hours: Normal hours of operation at the township offices are 8:00am– 5:00pm. Monday thru Friday. Office Telephone: 412-486-0400 or 724-443-7585 Residents requiring emergency assistance should call 911. For non-emergencies call 412-486-3201 Page 42 • Hampton Magazine • Fall 2018

News & Notes Beechwood Farms Events 614 Dorseyville Road in Fox Chapel. Visit to register for events. Kids’ Christmas Bird Count Dec. 29 (10 am – 12 pm) Kids and parents are invited to participate in a family-friendly version of the Christmas Bird Count. Our naturalist will guide you. This event is appropriate for school-age and up. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Advance registration is required. Free Fledglings Preschool Programs: Ages 3-5 – Dec 13, Jan 11, Feb 14, Mar 14, April 11 from 10 – 11:15 am Give your 3-5 year old a head start on a lifetime of loving the outdoors. Fledglings programs incorporate stories, a walk, and activities to introduce nature themes to young participants. Parent/caregiver must be present. $4 member; $6 nonmember Co-existing with the White-tailed Deer Jan 19 (10 am – noon) White-tailed Deer are our largest native grazing mammal. Deer greatly impact our environment and our yards and gardens when they are out of balance with the ecosystem. This program will teach you about the ecology of this abundant species, how to plant and garden with deer-resistant native plants, and other tips to coexist. Maple Madness – Mar 16 (10 am – 1 pm) Last seating for pancake brunch is at 1:00 pm. Last guided hike leaves after the 1 pm brunch group has finished their meal. Experience the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of Maple Sugaring as you take a trip through the history and science of maple syrup. Enjoy a pancake brunch, too! Registration is required, with brunch seatings every 30 minutes. Last seating for pancake brunch is at 1:00 pm. Last guided hike leaves after the 1 pm brunch group has finished their meal. Cost: $6 per member, $10 per nonmember Concert on Tap The North Hills Chorale will present a Christmas concert entitled “Favorite Christmas Memories” on Saturday, December 8th at 7 p.m., and Sunday, December 9th at 3 p.m., in the Visitation Chapel at Kearns Spirituality Center, 9000 Babcock Boulevard, Allison Park, 15101 (McCandless Township). Program will include an audience sing-along for Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus. More information is available at

DEPRECIATION LANDS MUSEUM 4743 S. Pioneer Road, Allison Park, 15101 Children’s Doll Tea Sunday, January 27 - 2pm Hear ye, hear ye young ladies! Did you know that girls just like you have lived, learned, and played right here in western Pennsylvania ever since America was born? You and your doll companion can learn about a Pennsylvania girl’s life in the early days of America at our delightful Doll Tea. You will enjoy delicious teas, colonial treats and craft as well as meeting Miss Manners as she discusses how girls were expected to act then. Admission per child: $15/$12 DLMA members. Space is limited, so register soon on-line at For more information, call (412)486-0563, or email the museum. NOTE: This event is geared to children, without adult assistance, however one adult per family is invited to stay, at no charge, and observe the festivities, or children may be dropped off and picked up an hour later. History Lecture: Young George Washington, the Venango Path and Logstown Wednesday, February 20, 7-8pm Learn about George Washington’s early historic trips to Western Pennsylvania, the importance of the Venango Path, and the politically significant Logstown Indian village on the Ohio River. Presented by the Depreciation Lands Museum historian, Jonathan Klemens, illustrated with historic paintings, maps, and photos. Pre-paid registration is required / seating is limited. Admission per person is $6. Admission is FREE for DLMA members, however registration (below) is still required. Space is limited, so register here, on-line, today. Lectures are held in the Museum Tavern and are appropriate for adults and teens. For more information e-mail the Museum or call 412-486-0563

North Hills Community Outreach

North Hills Community Outreach is accepting new toys, games, sporting equipment, apparel and gift cards for children ages birth through 18, through December 12; earlier donations are encouraged! Gifts cards and gifts appropriate for teens are needed NHCO offices, including the main office at 1975 Ferguson Road, Hampton, are open weekdays, 9am-4pm. The pantry behind the main building in Hampton will be open for donations 9:00am - noon, Saturday, December 1. Alternate donation plans can be made by calling 412-487-6316 opt 1. For more information, visit

NHCO board raises matching $38,000 The board of directors of North Hills Community Outreach recently raised $38,000 to encourage matching donations from individuals in the community. The first $38,000 donated by individuals through December 31, 2018, will be matched dollar for dollar. Last year, North Hills Community Outreach assisted nearly 3,500 local families in hardship and poverty. This fiscal year began with flooding that has resulted in a significant increase in requests for help. Checks can be mailed to NHCO, 1975 Ferguson Road, Allison Park, PA 15101. Online donations can be made at . Have a Vehicle You Don”t Need? NHCO urgently needs vehicle donations to fund Transportation Assistance program Unwanted cars, vans, trucks, boats, RVs, or motorcycles can help several low-income individuals or families. Vehicles in any condition donated to NHCO’s Transportation Assistance program are sold at auction; funds received help local people in need overcome transportation challenges. NHCO can accept vehicles from anywhere in the country, and there is FREE pickup or towing and a hassle-free donation process. Please visit or call 412-408-3830 x 3225. Please note that Community Auto is no longer a program of NHCO. Kettle ‘Santas’ Needed NHCO seeks bell ringers for December North Hills Community Outreach, a Salvation Army unit, seeks volunteers to raise much-needed funds by ringing bells at kettles during shifts in December. Two-hour shifts are available at Kuhn’s Market in Hampton and Walmart in Gibsonia. This is a convenient opportunity for college students on break, retirees, or families. Please visit for registration links, or contact Harriet at hzklatte@nhco. org or 412-408-3830 x 3204. NHCO seeks volunteer tax preparers Many of our neighbors don’t have access to affordable tax help. All required training is provided by the United Way and IRS in January through a combination of in-class and online offerings. Volunteers who complete this training are IRS certified volunteer tax preparers and are eligible to receive Continuing Education Credits. 412-4083830 x 3204. Continued on next page Fall 2018 • Hampton Magazine • Page 43

News & Notes Shop through Amazon and support NHCO If you shop through Amazon, or your business buys through Amazon, your purchases can support North Hills Community Outreach if you easily switch your login to AmazonSmile. Switching is free and easy, and shopping and prices are the same, but Amazon donates a portion of each purchase to NHCO, helping local families in need. Please visit to switch. Drivers Needed NHCO urgently needs volunteer drivers and on-board dispatchers for our senior shuttles North Hills Community Outreach needs volunteer drivers and on-board dispatchers for its two Free Rides for Seniors shuttles, which transport seniors in the Route 28 communities to UPMC medical appointments and shopping during weekdays. No special license is needed and training is provided! Shifts are short. Please contact Kerry at or 412-449-0151 for more information. Goal-setting Program Available NHCO’s Pathways program offers goal-setting help for those who are struggling helps low-income people set goals such as employment or education. Our coordinators meet one on one with people to coach, set short- and long-term goals and provide free resources and support. For info call Abby in North Boroughs at 412-307-0069, Nicole in Millvale at 412-408-3830 or Shela in McKees Rocks at 412-331-1685 x 233.

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Job Seekers Cam Get Help Employment help is available at NHCO North Hills Community Outreach offers free help with career counseling, updating a resume, job search techniques and more. Please contact NHCO Resource Coordinator Jackie Boggs at or 412-408-3830 x 3217.

Boy Scout Troop 17 Celebrates 90 years Boy Scout Troop 17, based at Parkwood United Presbyterian Church, Allison Park is celebrating its 90th anniversary. Beginning with the original charter on May 1, 1929, Troop 17 has been a presence in Allison Park helping to shape boys into young men.

NHCO speakers are available North Hills Community Outreach’s staff or volunteer speakers are available at no charge to speak to your congregation, business, civic group or school about NHCO’s programs and volunteer opportunities, or to staff an NHCO information table at your community event. For more information or to schedule a speaker, please contact Jen at JLKissel@ or 412-487-6316 opt 1 x 3112.

Troop 17 is a very active troop, holding weekly meetings and participating in monthly activities. At the weekly meetings, scouts work on merit badge requirements or participate in scoutmaster conferences for rank advancements. Older scouts teach younger ones skills, like knot-tying, that help satisfy rank requirements. Sometimes there are special activities, like learning how to pitch tents (for newer scouts) and how to use a twoman saw. The monthly activities vary, but always involve camping.

To Submit Information for publication in Hampton Magazine’s News & Notes section, send printed announcements to Editor, Hampton Magazine P.O. Box 312, Allison Park, PA 15101 Phone: 412-223-9702 Email: Visit our website for more info:

A celebration for the 90th anniversary will be held Saturday, May 25, 2019. Troop 17 alumni are invited to the celebration and are asked to contact the committee at Troop 17 is also looking for a special guest at the 90th celebration - the oldest living scout or scouter connected to Troop 17. If you think you’re it or know someone who might be, please contact the committee at


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Lindsay Stromoski Lindsay was great to work with. Her knowledge of FHA guidelines was so helpful to me in my process, and she was attentive to my needs. She always fit me into her schedule when I wanted to see a new listing, which was so important with everything selling so fast! She’s not only a great agent, but a wonderful person! If you have an opportunity to work with her you are very fortunate!

Kate Bergman Kate earned our business for life after helping us through the process of buying our first home. She was patient through many showings until we found the right house. We had an extremely difficult experience with the VA getting approved for our home. Kate went to battle for us and I can honestly say I don’t think we would have been successful with any other real estate agent. She is understanding, compassionate and above all, has a tremendous work ethic. I would highly recommend Kate to anyone.

Rachael Schafer Rachael has been an absolute pleasure to work with. She is extremely knowledgeable about the Hampton area and surrounding communities. She helped us walk through every aspect of selling our home. She was very responsive to either phone, email or text. She was not hard to get in touch with at all. I would highly recommend her to anyone that is buying or selling. She’s fantastic.

Kristy Burja/Lynne Kelly Team As a first time home buyer, Kristy and Lynne walked me through everything. They are both extremely knowledgeable about the process of buying a home and the Pittsburgh housing market, and they were always available to answer any questions or concerns I had. They made sure I felt comfortable and confident with every decision along the way - and they made it fun! I would recommend them to anyone looking to buy or sell a home.

Donna Natale My husband and I just purchased our first home. We were dreading going through the painstaking process of home buying. But Donna was with us every step of the way and was incredibly responsive and able to answer our questions. Donna worked with our mortgage company to ensure that the process was quick and painless. We didn’t feel like we had to uproot our lives and that’s all thanks to Donna. We would certainly recommend her to anyone.

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Hampton Magazine Fall 2018 issue  

The Fall 2018 issue of Hampton Magazine. the official publication of the the Township of Hampton (PA) and the Hampton Township School Distri...

Hampton Magazine Fall 2018 issue  

The Fall 2018 issue of Hampton Magazine. the official publication of the the Township of Hampton (PA) and the Hampton Township School Distri...