A Welcome Message from Principal Larson
With a current student enrollment of 727, Hampden Academy and its community have much to celebrate. This community and school are filled with a rich tradition of over 200 years, which helps define who we are as Broncos. In the past few weeks, I have been working with staff to celebrate all things HA. “Good things,” as we have started calling them are simply things about our school that as a staff we should be proud of and want to share with the public. Please enjoy and celebrate a few “Good Things” with us.
This year at HA, we are welcoming 33 new students to RSU #22, one of the best communities in Maine for raising a family according to internet sources. As educators, we know that students who are involved at school are more successful. Understanding this, I am happy to celebrate that over 47% of Hampden Academy students are currently involved in fall extracurricular clubs or organizations including Drama, Key Club, Cheerleading, Envirothon, Student Council, Choir, Jazz Band, Football, Golf, Field Hockey, Soccer and Cross-Country Running just to name a few. These 350 + students understand that as students at HA, academic excellence is something that we expect and they balance the roles of being involved in extracurricular activities and rigorous course work extremely well. This is definitely something to celebrate as one of the top 15 high schools in the state of Maine.
As a LEED identified school, Hampden Academy celebrates the qualification of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design from the 2013 award for the new facility. When you travel in our building, there are motion sensored lights in most areas, recycling bins next to most garbage cans and over 150 wells drilled below our football practice field to provide geothermal heating to Hampden Academy, where no fossil fuels are used. With these and other elements defining our energy efficient, state of the art building, we have challenged ourselves to increase our technology based learning for staff and students. To better prepare our students with 21st Century Skills, we have given out Chromebooks to most students at HA. We are working to develop instructional norms encompassing the concept of technology as a tool.
Please continue to stay tuned to our new website for more exciting things from Hampden Academy.
Enjoy the day,
Letter from Niles Parker, Chair, RSU #22 Board of Directors.