Welcome to Hampton Library's Virtual Learning Center!  Every week, you will find some virtual field trips, book talks, author read alouds, and some other fun stuff to keep our minds fresh while we are out of school!  

If you have a question, please email either Mr. Bye (byejc@pwcs.edu) or Mrs. Pincek (pincekee@pwcs.edu) and we willdo what we can to help you out!  

Keep reading!

Week #1: April 14-April 17
This week, let's take a tour of a treasure found in our very own backyard: The Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History!

The Smithsonian offers virtual tours of their current and permanent exhibits, and even a peak at some exhibits from the past. Just click on the camera icon to take a closer look at the exhibits.

Start your tour by clicking here.

As you move through the museum, take time to reflect on what you are seeing. 
1. Complete this extension activity (found here)
2. Share it with us at byejc@p
wcs.edu and pincekee@pwcs.edu. 

3. Have fun!

Week #2: April 20-April 24
Happy National Library Week!

National Library Week, April 19-25, 2020. Image alternates between the tagline "Find your place at the library" and Find the library at your place."

This week we will review the Prince William County "Home Learning Page". Check out the multitude of digital resources and suggested schedules.

Start your tour by clicking here

In celebration of National Library Week, Mr. Bye & Mrs. Pincek can say without a doubt, that their two favorite resources from the link above are: Audio Book Cloud & Teen Book Cloud

Check out these audio and ebook collections, they're amazing!!!

Let us know which one's you liked best, found most interesting, and were helpful with your course work!

Mr. Bye:  byejc@pwcs.edu & Mrs. Pincek:  pincekee@pwcs.edu

Week #3: April 27-May 1

lock &key
This week, we challenge you to test your wits and see how fast you can solve the riddles to break free from these digital escape rooms! 

Challenge your family...or see if you can beat our times!  May the odds be ever in your favor!  Mr. Bye and Mrs. Pincek

Click on the title to begin...

Harry Potter: Escape from Hogwarts created by Township Public Library
(Mrs. Pincek's Time: 7 mins 43 secs)
(Mr. Bye's time: 8 mins 31 secs)

The Dogman Escape Room 
(Mrs. Pincek's Time: 3 mins 18 secs)
(Mr. Bye's Time: 3 min 48 secs)

Marvel's Avengers: Escape from Hydra Base! created by Richmond Hill Public Library
(Mrs. Pincek's Time: 13 mins 51 secs)

Email Mr. Bye (byejc@pwcs.edu) and Mrs. Pincek (pincekee@pwcs.edu) your times!
Good luck!  

Week #4: May 4-8

Field Trip to: America's National Parks

This week we're headed to the great outdoors from the comfort of our sofa.  Huh?  Strap on your virtual hiking shoes because we'll explore s
ome of the country's best national parks, from our own backyard in D.C., all the way to Alaska!  To begin enjoying the famous desert vistas and snowy terrains, click here.

Can you figure out where Mr. Bye and Mrs. Pincek's favorite tour was?  Here's a hint, you find a rock formation called "Phantom Ship" at this park, home to America's deepest lake.

Email your answer to: byejc@pwcs.edu & pincekee@pwcs.edu


Otherwordly on Earth: Yellowstone National Park

Week #5: May 11-May 15
Write. Right. Rite.  
Jason Reynolds
Jason Reynolds, author of the Track series, Long Way Down, and many more, is currently the Library of Congress's National Ambassador of Young People's Literature.  One of his initiatives is a series entitled "Write. Right. Rite," a creative outlet for students to express themselves during the Covid-19 pandemic.

In each “Write. Right. Rite.” video episode, Reynolds will address young people directly and provide helpful ways to express creativity through various prompts and activities. Videos will be posted twice a week (Tuesday and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. EST) through April and May 2020, with more videos to be posted throughout the summer. Viewers are encouraged to share their projects on social media using the hashtags (#WriteRightRite and #tellyourstorywithjason). (from SLJ).

Use the following link to access his weekly updates as well as participate in his Write. Right. Rite. challenge.


Share your entries with Mr. Bye (byejc@pwcs.edu) and Mrs. Pincek (pincekee@pwcs.edu).

Week #6:  May 18-May 22

Great news Huskies!  Follett is giving every school in DC access to Lightbox, AV2 World Languages, and eBook titles.  Best of all, AV2 has 8 available languages and can be switched while reading the book. These resources are available until the end of June, but may be extended. 

To access click here 

Leave the the location as any location and type Follett eLearning, McHenry, IL (It will start auto-filling when you type): 



Click go!

In the top right corner of the screen click the Log In button

username is: guest 
password is: follett 

The Lightbox and eBooks are under each ribbon, and AV2 is under Learning Links.  If you click on See All above each section the next screen will pop up with filters on the left hand side.  Accessing books in different languages is just one of the many options.  

Huskies, if you need help accessing these materials, or for anything else, we are just an e-mail away.

Mr. Bye byejc@pwcs.edu
Mrs. Pincek pincekee@pwcs.edu


Buenas noticias Huskies!  Follett le esta dando a cada escuela en DC acceso ha Lightbox, AV2 World Languages(Mundo de Lenguajes) y eBook titulos. Lo mejor de todo, AV2 tiene hasta 8 lenguajes disponibles y puede cambiar a los lenguajes mientras usted esta leyendo un libro. Estos recursos estan disponibles hasta el final de Junio pero, puede ser extendido.

Para accesar clique aqui.

Deje la location como cualquier location y escribe Follett eLearning, McHenry, IL (Empezara escribiendolo solo cuando usted empiece a escribir): 

Clique go!

En la esquina de arriba a su mano derecha de la pagina, clique el boton que dice, Log In 

Nombre usario (username) es: guest 
Contraseña (password) es: follett 

El Lightbox y eBooks estan debajo de cada liston y AV2 esta debajo de Learning Links. Si usted cliquea en See All arriba de cada section en la proxima pagina le saldra filtros ha su mano izquierda. Accesando libros en diferente lenguajes es una de tantas optiones. 

Huskies, si ustedes necesitan ayuda accesando algunos de estos materiales, o para otra cosa, favor de mandarnos un correo electronico.

Mr. Bye byejc@pwcs.edu
Mrs. Pincek pincekee@pwcs.edu

WEEK #7 - May 25 - May 29
For this week's lessons, we decided to give you a GINORMOUS list of escape rooms that you can explore!  As always, send us your times and let's see if we can get some competition going!  :) Mr. Bye and Mrs. Pincek 
Click here to access the EPIC list of Escape Rooms!
Escape Room


Huskies who read these titles over the summer can claim prizes and incentives at the Hampton School Library when they return to school.  Contact school librarians Mr. Bye byejc@pwcs.edu and Mrs. Pincek pincekee@pwcs.edu for more information or any questions you may have.


New Kid    

New Kid by Jerry Craft

Jordan Banks’ true love is art, and he’d love to be starting seventh grade at an art school, but his parents have a different idea.  They’ve enrolled him in Riverdale Academy Day School, an exclusive, mostly white private school where Jordan is one of the few students of color.  The story follows him from his first day to his last, as he tries to strike a balance between his new friends at Riverdale and old friends from his Washington Heights neighborhood.  Jordan is a smart and observant kid, and the story reflects his observations about the assumptions made about him and other African American and Latinx kids. He also has some of his own beliefs challenged about some of his white classmates.  By the end of the year, he’s feeling more comfortable at school, has kept his connections back home, and is ready for another year at Riverdale, the story of which we can hope will be told in a sequel. 256 pages; grades 4-8.

From kidsbooksaday.com



The Benefits of Being an Octopus by Ann Braden

Seventh-grader Zoey has her hands full as she takes care of her much younger siblings after school every day while her mom works her shift at the pizza parlor. Not that her mom seems to appreciate it. At least there’s Lenny, her mom’s boyfriend—they all get to live in his nice, clean trailer.

At school, Zoey tries to stay under the radar. Her only friend Fuchsia has her own issues, and since they're in an entirely different world than the rich kids, it’s best if no one notices them.

Zoey thinks how much easier everything would be if she were an octopus: eight arms to do eight things at once. Incredible camouflage ability and steady, unblinking vision. Powerful protective defenses.

Unfortunately, she’s not totally invisible, and one of her teachers forces her to join the debate club. Even though Zoey resists participating, debate ultimately leads her to see things in a new way: her mom’s relationship with Lenny, Fuchsia’s situation, and her own place in this town of people who think they’re better than her. Can Zoey find the courage to speak up, even if it means risking the most stable home she’s ever had?

From goodreads.com


It’s Trevor Noah: Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (Adapted for Young Readers) by Trevor Noah

The host of The Daily Show, Trevor Noah, tells the story of growing up half black, half white in South Africa under and after apartheid in this young readers' adaptation of his bestselling adult memoir Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood.

Trevor Noah shares his story of growing up in South Africa, with a black South African mother and a white European father at a time when it was against the law for a mixed-race child like him to exist. But he did exist--and from the beginning, the often-misbehaved Trevor used his smarts and humor to navigate a harsh life under a racist government.

From goodreads.com


The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart \

Five years. That's how long Coyote and her dad, Rodeo, have lived on the road in an old school bus, crisscrossing the nation. It's also how long ago Coyote lost her mom and two sisters in a car crash.

Coyote hasn’t been home in all that time, but when she learns the park in her old neighborhood is being demolished - the very same park where she, her mom, and her sisters buried a treasured memory box - she devises an elaborate plan to get her dad to drive 3,600 miles back to Washington state in four days...without him realizing it.

Along the way, they'll pick up a strange crew of misfit travelers. Lester has a lady love to meet. Salvador and his mom are looking to start over. Val needs a safe place to be herself. And then there's Gladys....

Over the course of thousands of miles, Coyote will learn that going home can sometimes be the hardest journey of all...but that with friends by her side, she just might be able to turn her “once upon a time” into a “happily ever after”.

From goodreads.com


Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Twelve-year-old Jerome is shot by a police officer who mistakes his toy gun for a real threat. As a ghost, he observes the devastation that’s been unleashed on his family and community in the wake of what they see as an unjust and brutal killing.

Soon Jerome meets another ghost: Emmett Till, a boy from a very different time but similar circumstances. Emmett helps Jerome process what has happened, on a journey towards recognizing how historical racism may have led to the events that ended his life. Jerome also meets Sarah, the daughter of the police officer, who grapples with her father’s actions.

Once again Jewell Parker Rhodes deftly weaves historical and socio-political layers into a gripping and poignant story about how children and families face the complexities of today’s world, and how one boy grows to understand American blackness in the aftermath of his own death.

From goodreads.com


deep water

Deep Water by Watt Key

A middle grade survival story about a scuba dive gone wrong and two enemies who must unite to survive.

It's the most important rule of scuba diving: If you don't feel right, don't go down.

So after her father falls ill, twelve-year-old Julie Sims must take over and lead two of his clients on a dive miles off the coast of Alabama while her father stays behind in the boat. When the clients, a reckless boy Julie's age and his equally foolhardy father, disregard Julie's instructions during the dive, she quickly realizes she's in over her head.

And once she surfaces, things only get worse: One of the clients is in serious condition, and their dive boat has vanished--along with Julie's father, the only person who knows their whereabouts. It's only a matter of time before they die of hypothermia, unless they become shark bait first. Though Julie may not like her clients, it's up to her to save them all. 

From goodreads.com


Breakout by Kate Messner

Nora Tucker is looking forward to summer vacation in Wolf Creek--two months of swimming, popsicles, and brushing up on her journalism skills for the school paper. But when two inmates break out of the town's maximum security prison, everything changes. Doors are locked, helicopters fly over the woods, and police patrol the school grounds. Worst of all, everyone is on edge, and fear brings out the worst in some people Nora has known her whole life. Even if the inmates are caught, she worries that home might never feel the same.

Told in letters, poems, text messages, news stories, and comics--a series of documents Nora collects for the Wolf Creek Community Time Capsule Project.

From goodreads.com


Game Changer by Tommy Greenwald

Thirteen-year-old Teddy Youngblood is in a coma fighting for his life after an unspecified football injury at training camp. His family and friends flock to his bedside to support his recovery—and to discuss the events leading up to the tragic accident. Was this an inevitable result of playing a violent sport, or was something more sinister happening on the field that day? Told in an innovative, multimedia format combining dialogue, texts, newspaper articles, transcripts, an online forum, and Teddy’s inner thoughts, Game Changer explores the joyous thrills and terrifying risks of America’s most popular sport. 

From goodreads.com


The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman

When Viji and her sister, Rukku, whose developmental disability makes her overly trusting and vulnerable to the perils of the world, run away to live on their own, the situation could not be more grim. Life on the streets of the teeming city of Chennai is harsh for girls considered outcasts, but the sisters manage to find shelter on an abandoned bridge. There they befriend Muthi and Arul, two boys in a similar predicament, and the four children bond together and form a family of sorts. Viji starts working with the boys scavenging in trash heaps while Rukku makes bead necklaces, and they buy food with what little money they earn. They are often hungry and scared but they have each other--and Kutti, the best dog ever. When the kids are forced from their safe haven on the bridge, they take shelter in a graveyard. But it is now the rainy season and they are plagued by mosquitos, and Rukku and Muthu fall ill. As their symptoms worsen, Viji and Arul must decide whether to risk going for help--when most adults in their lives have proven themselves untrustworthy--or to continue holding on to their fragile, hard-fought freedom. 

From goodreads.com


Resist: 35 Profiles of Ordinary People Who Rose Up Against Tyranny and Injustice by Veronica Chambers

A perfect tool for young readers as they grow into the leaders of tomorrow, Veronica Chambers’s inspiring collection of profiles—along with Senator Cory Booker’s stirring foreword—will inspire readers of all ages to stand up for what’s right.

You may only be one person, but you have the power to change the world.

Before they were activists, they were just like you and me. From Frederick Douglass to Malala Yousafzai, Joan of Arc to John Lewis, Susan B. Anthony to Janet Mock—these remarkable figures show us what it means to take a stand and say no to injustice, even when it would be far easier to stay quiet.

Resist profiles men and women who resisted tyranny, fought the odds, and stood up to bullies that threatened to harm their communities. Along with their portraits and most memorable quotes, their stories will inspire you to speak out and rise up—every single day.

From goodreads.com