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Principal James Szymczak
    • Welcome to Hampshire Middle School. I am honored to have the opportunity to serve you and your children in this capacity with a staff of educators and support staff that truly care about helping students be the best they can be. Motivating, inspiring and teaching young people has always been at the core of my desire to become an educator. Our kids have access to far more information than many of us did in the 1970’s and 80’s. Gone are the days in which the focus of the curriculum consisted of memorizing facts and figures while conducting research on the latest available version of an encyclopedia. Today’s student needs to be able to use multiple, dynamic resources to create works that further develop and showcase the skills necessary to function in a world that does not yet exist. This is an exciting time in education, one in which the potential for each individual student is limitless. 
       
      The 2020-21 school year will be unique to every other any of us has experienced. The conditions in the world have prompted us to make changes to the day to day operations of the school. On top of that...it is an ever changing environment...what we refer to as a ‘fluid situation.’ What will be important is that we continue to demonstrate care, compassion and patience for one another as we work through each day, week and month. The health, safety and welfare of your student(s) is of utmost importance to us, as it is you. We look forward to working with you and contributing to your child’s development in the upcoming year.
       
      Jim Szymczak
      Principal