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Hopkinton Public Schools Hours

AM PreK 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
PM PreK 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Center School 9:00 AM - 3:15 PM
Elmwood School 9:00 AM - 3:15 PM
Hopkins School 8:15 AM - 2:30 PM
Middle School 7:25 AM - 1:50 PM
High School 7:25 AM - 1:50 PM
 
Early Release Schedule
PreSchool 11:00 AM
HS and MS 11:25 AM (No Lunch Served)
Hopkins 12:15 PM (Lunch Served)
Center 1:00 PM (Lunch Served)
Elmwood 1:00 PM (Lunch Served)

Scheduled Early Dismissal 
(Day before Thanksgiving and the last day of school - No Lunch Served)
HS and MS 10:45 AM
PreSchool 11:00 AM
Hopkins 11:25 AM
Center 12:10 PM
Elmwood 12:10 PM

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Daily
Announcements

  • Friday, March 24 - FLEX DAY

     

    Today is an Early Release.  Dismissal is at 11:25 a.m.  There is no bus switching.

    Middle School Baseball Tryouts will begin on Monday April 3, 2017 and conclude on Thursday April  6th.  The locations and time will be forthcoming weather permitting.

     

    GOLF CLUB:  There will be an informational meeting for all students interested in joining the HMS Golf Club on Thursday, March 30th in Room 222 immediately after school.

      

    WALK FOR HUNGER:  Eighth grade student who are interested in participating in the alk for Hunger should make sure to turn in their school permission slips as well as to register with our Walk Team online by Friday March 31.  If you were unable to attend last week's meeting but still want to join us, please see Mrs. Noble for needed information as soon as possible.

     

    Monday, March 27 - Day 3

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School
Updates

  • Dear Parents/Guardians,

     

    Trimester 3

    Today marks the final day of Trimester 2, which, of course, means that tomorrow begins our final third of the school year.  As we are no longer providing printed copies of schedules, students’ schedules can be accessed at the District website > Parents > PowerSchool and selecting View Student Schedule in the left menu panel.  The only courses that change for students are the trimester-based Related Arts courses: Drama, Health, Dynamic Media, Engineering, Digital Literacy, and Art.

     

    Grades

    Trimester 3 Report Cards will open to students and parents on Tuesday, March 28 at 8:00 a.m.  Prior to this time, any grades or comments within the Report Card are in draft mode.

     

    Speaking of grades, a teacher recently informed me that a parent indicated to her a lack of knowledge that HMS grades are open to students and parents24/7.  I am hopeful that this was an outlier, as this is definitely one of the improvements to the “feedback loop” that we believe in and of which we are proud.  If you were unaware, I hope that you will now make use of this change and please share your feedback with me.  

     

    2017-2018 Scheduling

    We will utilize PowerSchool for scheduling Foreign Language (incoming grades 7 and 8), Music (incoming grades 7 and 8) and Physical Education electives (grade 8 only).  The scheduling window will be available to parents from Thursday, March 23 at 3 p.m. through Tuesday, March 28 at 3 p.m.   

     

    You must have a PowerSchool account in order to register your child for next year’s classes.  If you have yet to sign up for a PowerSchool account, please do so ASAP.  Directions can be found at the District website > Parents > PowerSchool.

     

    Thank you,

     

    Alan M. Keller

    Principal

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  • December 8, 2016

     

    Dear Parent,

     

    The initial $100 deposit was due on Thursday, December 1.  If your child plans on attending, this deposit needs to be submitted by the end of the day on Friday, December 9.  In order to properly reserve events and venues, we must have a final count of attendees.  

     

    I have included information below on how you can sign up and register your child.  Please let us know if you need assistance.

    Resources

    Finally, as we continue to send documents and materials to you, they are being maintained on our school website, for your reference, under Parents > Grade/Team Websites > Grade 8 > New York City.

     

    Thanks,

     

    Alan M. Keller

    HMS Principal

     

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    Account and Payment Portal

    Please create an account on the Jumpstreet Portal as the initial deposit of $100 is due on December 1.  

    1. Please visit https://mytour.jumpstreet.com
    2. Create your account on the right hand side of the screen using your information (you will enter your child’s information in the next screen).  
      1. When prompted, enter the Tour Web Code of 40876
    3. Create your Child’s Profile.
    4. Select Optional Products (the only option is medical insurance).
    5. Make initial deposit payment of $100.
      1. You can also opt to:
        1. pay the full amount, or
        2. pay a higher amount than $100, but less than full amount, or
        3. set up the Auto-Pay system which automatically withdraws the required amounts from your Visa or Mastercard on the pre-established due dates
    6. Click Process Transaction.

     

    Payment 2 of $200 is due on Friday, February 3

    Payment 3 of $200 is due on Friday, March 3

    Final Payment of $209 is due on Friday, April 7

     

    Should you have any questions with the portal or payment process, please contact our Jumpstreet Tours Specialist:

     

    Livia Laverdure

    lLaverdure@jumpstreet.com

    1-800-663-4956 extension 3739

     


     

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  • Wednesday, November 9, 2016

     

    Dear Grade 8 Parents:

     

    As indicated on the November 4, 2016 letter announcing New York as our destination for the grade 8 end-of-year field trip, the purpose of this letter is to provide you with two pieces of information: a draft itinerary and directions to create an account with Jumpstreet, our tour company and make the initial $100 deposit.

     

    On Tuesday afternoon, we made some adjustments to our itinerary, so while Jumpstreet makes those changes, I will instead offer you the highlights of our three-day, two-night trip which departs HMS on Wednesday, June 7 and returns on Friday, June 9:

     

    • Statue of Liberty
    • Ellis Island
    • Broadway Musical
    • 9/11 Memorial and Museum
    • Metropolitan Museum of Art
    • Central Park
    • Financial District
    • Spirit of New York Dinner and Sightseeing Cruise
    • American Museum of Natural History
    • Accommodations at the Sheraton Edison in Edison, NJ

     

    Account and Payment Portal

    Please create an account on the Jumpstreet Portal as the initial deposit of $100 is due on December 1.  

    1. Please visit https://mytour.jumpstreet.com
    2. Create your account on the right hand side of the screen using your information (you will enter your child’s information in the next screen).  
      1. When prompted, enter the Tour Web Code of 40876
    3. Create your Child’s Profile.
    4. Select Optional Products (the only option is medical insurance).
    5. Make initial deposit payment of $100.
      1. You can also opt to:
        1. pay the full amount, or
        2. pay a higher amount than $100, but less than full amount, or
        3. set up the Auto-Pay system which automatically withdraws the required amounts from your Visa or Mastercard on the pre-established due dates
    6. Click Process Transaction.

     

    Payment 2 of $200 is due on Friday, February 3

    Payment 3 of $200 is due on Friday, March 3

    Final Payment of $209 is due on Friday, April 7

     

    Should you have any questions with the portal or payment process, please contact our Jumpstreet Tours Specialist:

     

    Livia Laverdure

    lLaverdure@jumpstreet.com

    1-800-663-4956 extension 3739

     

    Finally, while the cost due to Jumpstreet is $709, I want you to be aware of additional expenses for the trip (I recommend that students bring with them $100):

    • lunch on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday,
    • souvenirs,
    • $10 gratuity that we will collect from students and provide to tour leaders and drivers.

     

    Thank you,

     

    Alan M. Keller

    HMS Principal


     

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  • Dear Grade 8 Parents,

     

    We hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  This email is a follow-up to the one sent on November 9 regarding our end-of-year grade 8 field trip to New York City.  

     

    Initial Deposit

    Please be aware that a $100 deposit is due by the end of the day on Thursday, December 1.  The email sent on November 9 has the details for registering you and your child and submitting payment.  Please let us know if you need assistance.

     

    Behavior Contract

    During Tuesday morning’s homeroom, students will receive a Behavior Contract that must be signed by your child, a parent and then returned to homeroom on or before Friday, December 2.  This contract informs students and parents that our expectations on field trips are the same as the ones in school, and as such, students behavior in school is suggestive as to how they will behave outside of it.  It is certainly our hope and expectation that all students will be able to attend this field trip for its duration, however, students who fail to meet our expectations during school will not be permitted to attend our grade 8 field trip.  In addition, should misbehavior occur while on our field trip, we will ask a parent to come to New York to pick up your child.  

     

    Resources

    Finally, as we continue to send documents and materials to you, they are being maintained on our school website, for your reference, under Parents > Grade/Team Websites > Grade 8 > New York City.

     

    Thanks,

     

    Alan M. Keller

    HMS Principal


     

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  • November 4, 2016

    Dear Grade 8 Parents,
     
    As you know, on July 29, 2016, I communicated to you my decision to discontinue visiting Washington, D.C. for our grade 8 field trip.  In this letter, I stated that in finding an alternative to Washington, D.C., that I was “committed to keeping the cost of the trip under $700, utilizing bus transportation, and seeking your input and the input of our educators and students in finding an outstanding alternative.”

    Approximately 30 parents attended a Planning Meeting on the evening of September 12, 2016, where we developed a list of new sites and options for the grade 8 trip.  Over the course of the next six weeks, I held multiple meetings with parent, student and educator groups where individuals offered their ideas on destinations and activities.  The unanimous selection from the three groups was New York City.  I am pleased to inform you that the following was approved at Thursday’s School Committee meeting: 

    Grade 8 End-of-Year Field Trip
    • Depart: early morning on Wednesday, June 7, 2017

    • Return: evening on Friday, June 9, 2017

    • Cost: $709

    • Additional expenses: lunch on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; dinner on Friday; $10 gratuity; money for souvenirs

    • Transportation: Bus

    • Accommodation: Hotel outside of NYC

    • Tour Operator: Jumpstreet Educational Tours

    I worked with multiple tour companies in order to offer our students an outstanding experience that connects with the HMS curriculum in multiple disciplines.  I am disappointed to not provide this trip at my stated goal of under $700, however the flexibility, customer service, and background checks of each company convinced me that going slightly over this figure was better than sacrificing quality.  I firmly believe that Jumpstreet Educational Tours will offer us a superior educational and social experience.  
    Next Wednesday, November 9, I will send a listserve message to you with our draft itinerary that includes details on creating an online account where you will register your child and send payments.  For your planning purposes, there are four payment due dates:
    • December 1, 2016: $100/student

    • February 3, 2017: $200/student

    • March 3, 2017: $200/student

    • April 7, 2017: $209/student

    We are excited to undertake this trip and hope that you and your child feel the same.  I have greatly appreciated your feedback, patience and understanding as we made this shift.
     
    Thank you,
     

    Alan M. Keller

    HMS Principal


     

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  • September 2, 2016

     

    Dear Parents,

     

    We hope that you are enjoying the long weekend with your family as much as we were able to enjoy the first two days of the 2016-2017 School year.  As an educator, I always enjoy starting before Labor Day as I feel as though it allows us to handle a lot of logistical items with students -- lockers, school, homeroom and classroom procedures -- before we dig into the work of the year when we return from the long weekend.

     

    We had a great two days together.  During our welcome assembly with grade 6 students, Mrs. Grady, Mrs. Benbenek and I were pleased to hear from students as to how much they enjoyed their first day and half together.  Leading the way among HMS compliments were the number of clubs offered and the food in the cafeteria.  We’re striving to also impress students with our curriculum and instruction, but expect that will take some time.

     

    During the Grade 6 Welcome Assembly, we shared this presentation.  Next week, we will also meet with our grades 7 and 8 teams, and while we typically cover less detail since the majority of grades 7 and 8 students were with us last year, much of the content is similar.

     

    Important Forms to be Returned to HMS

    Finally, in addition to the forms that were sent home last week, we have several more items that require your attention. Handbook Acknowledgement Forms  and the 1:1 Manual must be returned to your child’s homeroom teacher on or before Friday, September 9.  

     

    • Handbook

    Please ensure that you and your child read through the Hopkinton Middle School Student and Parent Handbook as it outlines the expectations we have of one another and serves as a guide to a successful year together.  

     

     

    • 1:1 Manual

    Finally, we ask that you and your child please review the Hopkinton Middle School 1:1 Digital Learning Student and Parent Manual.  Parents and students are required to read the manual and to digitally sign the “Acknowledgement of Receipt and Understanding” found at the end of the manual.

     

    • Hopkinton Middle School Photo Restriction

    Throughout the year, we publish photographs of staff and students.   The Photo Restriction Form is only to be returned if you do NOT want us to publish a photograph of your child.  Please return this to your child’s homeroom teacher on or before September 9.

     

    Back to School Nights

    For grade 6 parents, we look forward to seeing you on Wednesday night, September 7 at 6:30 p.m. for our Grade 6 Back to School Night.  Your child will bring home a schedule for you to follow that evening.

     

    Grades 7 and 8 parents, we look forward to seeing you on Thursday, September 29 at 6:30 p.m.

     

    Restorative Culture Presentation

    Finally, please mark your calendars for a very special parent presentation on the evening of October 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the HMS Auditorium.  Through the generosity of the HopkintonEducation Foundation, we are pleased to present Katy Hutchinson, a caring parent and restorative justice advocate.  Ms. Hutchinson will be speaking to our staff and students at HMS and HHS on the power of creating a culture that supports the health and growth of all students.

     

    Thank you for your support and preparing your children for the first two days.  We are looking forward to an outstanding year together.

     

    Alan M. Keller

    HMS Principal


     

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  • April 12, 2016


    Dear Middle School Parents,


    I would like to make you aware of proposed changes to our grades 7 and 8 math programs for the upcoming school year.  As you may know, we offer varying levels of math classes beginning in grade 7.  In the current year (2015-2016), these levels are:


    2015-2016 Grades 7 and 8 Math

    Grade 7

    Grade 8

    Co-Taught Math 7

    Co-Taught Math 8

    Math 7

    Math 8

    Honors Math 7

    Honors Math 8


    When we established the current Honors Math model, it enabled us to accommodate a greater number of “above grade level” math students and override requests from parents.  However, in doing so we are not adequately meeting the needs of either group of students (those that do well on grade level math, and those that perform well above-grade level math).


    Therefore, in the 2016-2017 school year, we are preparing to shift to a model that will offer Grade 7 Pre-Algebra and Grade 8 Algebra 1 for students whose math skills and knowledge are well-above grade level:  


    Proposed 2016-2017 Grades 7 and 8 Math

    Grade 7

    Grade 8

    Math 7

    Math 8

    Honors Math 7

    Honors Math 8

    Grade 7 Pre-Algebra

    Grade 8 Algebra 1


    Criteria used for determining student’s placement into Grade 7 Pre-Algebra or Grade 8 Algebra:


    Criteria for entering Grade 7 Pre-Algebra

    Criteria for entering Grade 8 Algebra 1

    Fluency Assessment (April 2016)

    Currently enrolled in Honors Math 7 (or recommendation from Math 7 teacher)

    MCAS (May 2015)

    MCAS (May 2015)

    Iowa Algebra Aptitude Test (April 2016)

    Iowa Algebra Aptitude Test (April 2016)

    Year-to-date assessment grade (May 2015)

    Year-to-date grade (May 2015)

    Teacher Rubric

     

    We will be discussing this shift, in addition to its alignment with High School pathways at our upcoming Grades 6-12 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math evening (7:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 14 in the HMS Library).


    Thank you,


    Alan M. Keller

    HMS Principal

     
     
     
       
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  •  

    Dear Parents,

    Please read the following Morning Drop Off  information.


    Thank you,

    Alan M. Keller

    Principal


     

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  • Adolescent Substance Abuse Program (ASAP)

    Trends in Substance Use Among Teens Parent Guidance Presentation

    Wednesday, October 1, 2014

    7:00-8:30pm

    Hopkinton High School Auditorium

    Focus:     Grades: 4-9th Grade


    Presenter:   Ms. Shannon Mountain-Ray, MSW, LICSW

                            Director of Social Work,

                            Adolescent Substance Abuse Program

                            Boston Children’s Hospital

     

    Funding Grant:      Hopkinton Country Club Charitable Foundation

     

    A presentation designed for parents of 4th-9th graders, this talk will provide basic information about the trends of substance use and abuse among teens, and will focus on what parents can do to keep their children from using. Involved parents are the first line of defense against substance use, yet many parents struggle with how to address these issues with their children. Through this presentation, parents will be given strategies on how to talk to their kids about alcohol and illicit substances, and how to handle potential use.

     


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  • Parent Alert:

    Dangers of a Popular Social Media App: Yik Yak

    In an effort to keep teens safe, we wanted to make you aware of a recent trend in social media. Yik Yak is a social bulletin board displaying messages from people in a user’s area that can be voted “up” or “down” on the page.

    The anonymous social wall has been popular in Hopkinton Middle and High School. This app is free and easy to download. The app is location based and allows you to post whatever you want about whomever you want anonymously.  Its radius is limited to a 1.5 mile area, so it’s really a conversation by Hopkinton teens about Hopkinton teens. As the School Resource Officer, I have monitored this site and found some positive but mostly negative chats that are derogatory or may even be considered bullying.

    There are an infinite number of applications, so we can never eliminate or block all of them. Please talk with your children about what apps they use and educate them about the dangers of social media. If you have questions, please contact:

    Phil Powers                                                  Jean Vallera Vazza

    School Resource Officer                              Youth Services Coordinator

    508-497-9820 x 1004                                   508-497-9781

    ppowers@hopkinton.k12.ma.us                  jvazza@hopkintonma.gov


                                                                                                                          

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88 Hayden Rowe Street
Hopkinton, MA 01748
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