Bassette is the proud recipient of a $220,000.00 Reading Excellence Act Grant in the years 2001 - 2003 from the Virginia Department of Education. This grant has several components, which include:
  • Professional Development for teachers in Reading,
  • Instructional enhancement to include Pre Kindergarten - Grade 3 classroom libraries, the Book Buddies tutoring program, and small group reading remediation for students in grades K - 3, and
  • Family literacy activities

94% of our fifth graders passed the writing portion of the 2002 SOL test. Of the total number of grade 5 students who took the 2002 Standards of Learning tests at Bassette, 87% passed the English test and 87% passed the Mathematics test. Significant gains were made in the content areas of Science, History and Social Science, and Technology.

Bassette has received a $200 grant from the Hampton Clean City Commission and Hampton Parks and Recreation to help beautify the school. This money was used to do landscaping around the school sign.

Bassette is involved in the character trait program. Each month we focus on one character trait. The traits are as follows:

AugustCitizenship JanuaryPerseverance
SeptemberRespect FebruaryHonesty
OctoberResponsibility MarchTrustworthiness
NovemberCompassion AprilSelf Discipline
DecemberIntegrity MayFairness

The month of March 2003 was "Everyone is reading at Bassette" month to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Classrooms participated in D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read) for ten to fifteen minutes daily. On March 3rd and March 28th, parents, teachers, staff, and community leaders were invited to read their favorite children's book in the broadcast studio. People such as Miriam Stowoway (Daily Press), Mr. Grey (Spratley's Principal), Alice Koziol (Math Department), Mrs. Lock (Hampton City Mayor), and Dr. Turner Spencer (City Council), along with members of the Alpha Kappa Alpha fraternity, came to Bassette to read.

Also of note is the creation of a Title One Parent Involvement Facilitator. Mr. Hill has graciously stepped up to the plate and looks forward to working with the parents and the community.

Bassette is proud of the installation of the new Freedom Shrine. It was Presented to Bassette Elementary by the Peninsula Networking Exchange Club and the Exchange Club of Wythe in 2003. The Freedom Shrine was created by the National Exchange Club to strengthen citizen appreciation of our American heritage.

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