The Hardy Herald Week 32

May 11

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FUN Learning at Hardy!!

Parents continue to send pictures and videos to your child's teacher each week!
Mustang Learning at Home
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Virtual Career Fair Week 2

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I hope you enjoyed viewing the two videos last week. Our Virtual Career Fair will continue this week as we explore the work of an architect and a multimedia journalist.

As you view the videos, ask yourself the following questions:
1. How does this person use math, science, writing, technology, and other subjects in their work each day?
2. What type of interests, skills, and abilities help this person do their job well each day?


Virtual Career Fair Week 2

New Learning Packets May 3-15

New Learning Packets May 4 -15- New learning packets will be available for pick-up starting Monday, May 4 to Wednesday, May 6 from 9am to 4pm in plastic bins on the sidewalk. We will also have instructional packets posted on the website.

If you choose to print the learning packet from home, please email or call your child's teacher and we will refrain from printing your child's packet going forward.

State Superintendent Announces Expansion of “VA TV CLASSROOM

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Following the successful launch of the “VA TV Classroom” initiative, the program offering is expanding an additional hour to include grades 4-7 in partnership with the Virginia Department of Education. Beginning the week of May 4, Continue to Know with WHRO will air SOL-aligned lessons led by teachers for grades 4-7 across the state.

WHRO Public Media along with its sister public media partners worked closely with the Virginia Department of Education to create “VA TV Classroom” to provide instruction to students in grades K-10 who are unable to access other distance learning options due to a lack of high-speed internet. “VA TV Classroom” launched April 13.

The expanded “VA TV Classroom” will air instructional content from 1-4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

“I would like to thank WHRO Public Media for stepping up and creating this new teacher-led content and to thank Blue Ridge PBS, VPM, and WETA for providing this resource for students while schools are closed as part of the commonwealth’s strategy to slow the spread of the coronavirus,” Lane said. “It is nothing short of amazing that these public media stations were able to create ‘VA TV Classroom’ a few weeks ago, and in another few weeks add an additional hour of daily instruction for students in grades 4-7."

The “VA TV Classroom” on-air schedule is as follows:

  • K-3 instruction airs from 1-2 p.m. with Standards of Learning-aligned content provided by WHRO Public Media. “Learn to Grow with WHRO” segments will be 15 minutes in length and led by teachers.
  • Grades 7-10 instruction airs from 2-3 p.m. with SOL-aligned content provided by WHRO Public Media focusing on Earth Science and Algebra 1.
  • Grades 4-7 instruction airs from 3-4 p.m. with SOL-aligned content provided by WHRO Public Media. “Continue to Know with WHRO” segments will be 15 minutes in length and led by teachers.

“We are thrilled to expand VA TV Classroom to bring the classroom into homes with teachers teaching on TV,” WHRO Public Media President and CEO Bert Schmidt said. “Much our instruction is now created digitally, but knowing so many students don’t have access to our online resources, we were thrilled to bring this important instruction back to our air.”

Instructional Videos

We heard your request and we have a solution! Click on the instructional video links below to learn more about Exact Path, ST Math, ARC Bookshelf and Clever. Remember, if you have technical problems with Clever, please email your child's teacher for guidance.

Clever Portal Access

The Clever Portal provides users an easy, one-stop-shop approach to access all the learning applications students typically use at school, plus a few extras that will help increase student engagement while learning from home.

All students received a QR code card/badge in a previous learning packet in April. Please click on the links below and the attached document if you are still having problems logging on. Lastly, the IWCS Help Desk is open to answer any additional questions or concerns at the number listed below.

You will be able to access Clever from this site:

Can’t wait? Click here to preview some of the tools you’ll find in the Clever Portal!

Available Apps-Tech tools sheet

If after receiving login information from your school, you need assistance logging into Clever, please contact the IWCS Help Desk at 757-542-3322 (M-F 8:00am--4:00pm)

FREE Community Wi-Fi Hot Spots

Isle of Wight County Schools has stationed four school buses at areas throughout the county to provide an additional resource for families who may not have internet access at home. The buses are located at the following locations:

  1. Otelia Rainey Center in Camptown
  2. Bethany Presbyterian Church in Zuni
  3. First Gravel Hill Baptist Church in Smithfield
  4. Carrollton Cove Shoppes in Carrollton.

The buses will be parked in these locations through the end of the current academic year. The hope is that families can use these hot spots to download assignments for their children that can be worked on at home. In addition to the buses, all nine schools in the division have a wireless signal accessible from their parking lots.

IWCS created a flyer that identifies the location of the buses and schools, as well as other options for free WiFi throughout the county. That flyer can be found attached to this email.


Resource Teacher Videos

Starting this week, we will feature a NEW video from each of your resource teachers to help support continued learning in the arts, STEM and physical education. Click in the picture below to be directed to the website to view this weeks video. Don't forget to email your child's teacher to share your pictures and videos. Their email addresses are included below:

Mrs. Bradley- Coding-

Mr. Cooke- Physical Education-

Ms. Kersey- Music-

Ms. Martin-Meissner- Art-

Mrs. Shugrue- Library-

If you would like to be featured in our virtual career fair and share your occupation with our Hardy Mustangs, please email our school counselor, Mrs. Tracey Gilchrist, at for more information.


Hardy Teacher Office Hours

Administration and Teacher Office Hours- This time is set aside for parents to contact teachers and office staff OR teachers to contact parents regarding instructional expectations, questions or concerns. A schedule with teacher office hours are attached below. Please click on the attachment below.

Social and Emotional Support for Families

Behavior Corner

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The Parent Institute

The Parent Institute wants to help you support your school community during this uncertain time. There are many things that families can do at home to cope with the challenges of this crisis and help their children learn and thrive. The links below contain information to share with families regarding COVID-19.

Order ID (X02675435)

ZIP code (23430)

New School Update

We are still on track with planning for the new school. Unfortunately, the pandemic has caused a few changes in our original plan for selecting the architect. Because of current restrictions issued by the Governor, the full school board will conduct final interviews with the two remaining architect firms and decide on the firm that will design the new building. We will continue to keep the Hardy community informed once the school board makes a final decision. As always, thank you for your support during this exciting journey!
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Virtual School Counseling

During this time of change, our children can become anxious about what lies ahead. Your child's school counselor, Mrs. Gilchrist, has customized a resource that focuses on social and emotional learning.

Course Description: This particular module "Healthier Me" will educate elementary students on the importance of eating well, staying fit, and making healthy decisions through fun, interactive games.

In addition, here is a link to a free social emotional learning curriculum for grades kindergarten - 5th:

In this two-week curriculum you will find the following for each day:

  • YouTube video (embedded in the Google Slides)
  • Questions/prompts for students to think about

  • An activity that aligns with the video

Course Description: This particular module "Compassion" will focus on compassion in a child friendly way for students in grades 2nd - 4th. Simply follow the directions below to access the information.

As always, you are welcome to submit a counseling referral form by clicking on the link. School counseling services can be provided via email or through a video conferencing platform with the permission of parents. I look forward to hearing from you."

For questions, email Mrs. Gilchrist (

We MISS You Hardy Mustangs!!!

We did NOT forget about our video, but you will see why it took so long...we LOVE YOU!!! ENJOY!!!
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Hardy Elementary Online Reading Updates

Literacy Hotline

Do you have questions about reading? If so, call our literacy hotline between the hours of 9:00 a.m. -10:00 a.m. EVERYDAY and someone will be more than happy to assist you.
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Click on the Links Below

Children’s Authors Doing Online Read-Alouds

Children's authors doing online read aloud's and other activities

Hardy Elementary Open Positions

Although schools are closed, Isle of Wight County Schools is continuing to hire for the 2020-2021 school year. I am in the process of conducting virtual interviews for the following positions at Hardy Elementary next school year:

  • Part-time School Counselor (Split between Hardy and Carrollton Elementary)
  • Full-time Instructional Assistant (Special Education)
  • Part-time Instructional Assistant (Kindergarten Only)
  • Reading Coach

Please visit the IWCS website at this link to apply for available positions.

Additional Resources

Positivity Board Game for Kids
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Indoor Games and Activities

Please use this time to reconnect with family and enjoy one another's company.

FREE ACCESS to ABC Mouse, Adventure Academy and Reading IQ

In addition to the learning packets from last week, you also have FREE ACCESS to ABC Mouse, Adventure Academy and Reading IQ!! Please click on the letter below to access the website and redemption code.

FREE Online Educational Resources for Students



Scholastic (special COVID 19 edition):

Scholastic Learn at Home:


Vooks (free 1-month trial)

Mystery Science:

Reading is Fundamental (Free 1-month trial):

Learning A-Z:


Sheppard Software games:

ABCya (learning games):


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Meal Distribution Update

Isle of Wight County Schools has modified several meal distribution locations throughout the county. Meals are available for ALL students regardless of the household income.

Meals will now be distributed at the following locations:

  • Zuni Presbyterian Church instead of the Zuni Citgo
  • Windsor Manor instead of the Windsor Ruritan Club
  • The Nest apartments in Carrollton will have their own distribution site.

The full list can be found below:

Meals will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday through Friday at Smithfield High School, Georgie Tyler Middle School, and Carrsville Elementary School. In addition, our school buses will be delivering meals to the following areas throughout the county daily, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

In the northern areas of the county:

  • Jersey Park
  • Jersey Park Apartments
  • Bradford Mews Apartments
  • Smithfield Apartments (Hardy teachers will distribute meals)
  • Church Manor Apartments
  • Cedar Street Apartments
  • Rushmere Fire Department (Hardy teachers will distribute meals)
  • Eagle Harbor
  • The Nest Apartments

In the southern areas of the county:

  • Camptown Park
  • Twin Ponds Mobile Community
  • Clydesdale Mobile Community
  • Georgie Tyler Apartments
  • Zuni Citgo (changed to Zuni Presbyterian Church)
  • Windsor Ruritan Club (changed to Windsor Manor)

Preschool Registration

Early Childhood Preschool

Program Overview- The program addresses their physical, academic, social, and emotional needs. The Learning Center operates on a full day schedule and follows the Isle of Wight County School calendar. Transportation is provided by the school division. You may also click on the link below to be directed to the IWCS website for full details and the online application for registration. For additional details please contact Mr. Clint Walters at (757) 357-4393 or email at

Behavior Expectations

Parents, as we enter the 2nd quarter of the school year, please review the following behavior expectations with your child. Our goal is to help build life long relationships with our students by modeling GREAT citizenship on a daily basis. We are continuing our behavior expectations of Growth, Respect, Empathy, Accountability and Trustworthiness; however, we are specifically defining how these characteristics look in each location within the building (such as hallways, restrooms, offices, cafeteria, playground/school grounds, bus etc.).

  • The G.R.E.A.T expectations document is based on a proactive behavior model approach which teaches the behaviors, reinforces and recognizes students who are able to model these behaviors and has systems in place to support students who have a difficult time or may present with more challenging behaviors.
  • Behavioral expectations are clearly defined- GREAT- Growth, Respect, Empathy, Accountability and Trustworthiness- for various settings and taught to all students in the school.
  • Once appropriate behaviors have been defined and taught, they are acknowledged in various ways on a regular basis. Specifically, the stable to purchase items or house points.
  • Every person who works in the school is aware of the behavioral expectations and works to ensure students are consistently getting the same message, regardless of the setting they are in or the adult they come in contact with.
  • Individual support is provided for students not responding to the school- wide system. Our school has a system for developing plans for individual students who may have a difficult time and need more support in a school setting. Parents will be notified if their child is in need of the above support(s)

Active support by all stakeholders is imperative. The entire school community is needed in order to make this system successful. Our new behavior system is a building-wide behavior program for establishing a positive school culture.

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Hardy Elementary School

Hardy Elementary is a GREAT school. Our vision is to create a learning environment that will enable each child the ability to discover his/her own unique gifts and talents. This is done by creating flexible learning spaces, ongoing communication between families and teaching our students how to be GREAT (Growth, Respect, Empathy, Accountability and Trustworthiness) and demonstrate GREAT citizenship.