Due to some glitches in our iPass scheduling program, we are postponing our release of student schedules until Friday, August 28 at 5:00 pm so that all the errors can be fixed prior to schedule release. We apologize for the delay.
Alan M. Keller
August 26, 2015
On Wednesday, August 26, 2015, finalized schedules for the 2015-2016 school year will be made available to you and your child through your iPARENT account. If you do not have an active iPARENT account yet, please apply for one now.
To do so, log on to the Hopkinton School District website: www.hopkinton.k12.ma.us, highlight the parent tab on the homepage, and select “iPASS Account Application. Fill out the necessary information for ALL of your children attending Hopkinton Public Schools and make sure to write down your username and password for future use after you apply. If you are experiencing problems, please email Linda Henderson at email@example.com for assistance.
Each student will receive a schedule on the first day of school. With the exception of music and physical education classes, all related arts courses are offered on a trimester basis. Subsequently, students will be issued a new schedule each trimester. The schedule that students receive on the first day of school is for term one.
On Wednesday, September 2, all 8th graders should report to the Auditorium; all 7th graders should report to the Cafeteria; and all sixth graders will meet in the Doyle Gym. At that time, their homeroom teachers will call out their names and/or homeroom color designations, and students will proceed to their homerooms, where they will receive their locker assignments. Each homeroom teacher will review schedules with their students.
Student Pick Up and Drop Off Information
Due to traffic congestion and dangerous pedestrian situations, drivers who are dropping off students in the morning and/or picking up students after school must follow the posted traffic flow signs. All students MUST be dropped off at the water tower/Brown Gym parking lot in the mornings. Officer Phil Powers will be assisting with traffic flow.
Please DO NOT drop your student off in front of the Middle School building at the front entrance. Dropping off at the front entrance near the Main Office is ONLY for late drop offs AFTER 7:30 a.m. For the safety of our students and staff, there should be no traffic in front of the Middle School building BEFORE 7:30 a.m.
Students must report to homeroom by 7:25. Should they arrive after 7:25, they must obtain a tardy slip from the Main Office.
ALL visitors must check in with the main office.
The front doors to the Middle School will be locked throughout the school day until 2:30 p.m.
Dismissal from School
If a student needs to leave early for whatever reason, a dismissal note is required. The student should bring the note to Mrs. McBride in the Main Office before homeroom. Parents must buzz into the school and wait for your child to meet you in the new waiting area outside of the Main Office.
Students must have a note and must be picked up by a parent in order to leave HMS early, even if they are within walking distance of the school or have an appointment across the street.
Morning announcements are made during homeroom each morning. We then post those announcements on the HMS website for your review.
Safety Back-Up Plan
It is important to have a back-up plan for your child. Please provide your child with a list of emergency contacts such as a family member or neighbor to call if your child is unable to reach you. Make sure you discuss with your child what he or she should do in the event of missing the bus, and not being able to get in touch with you.
Stay in the Loop
If you have not already done so, please make sure to subscribe to Schoolwires to receive communications from HMS for your child’s grade level. Please click on the following link http://www.hopkinton.k12.ma.
To maintain a secure facility, the Middle School allows a 2-hour drop off window -- from 7:30-9:30 a.m. -- for parents to bring items to their children. No items will be permitted to be dropped off for students after 9:30 a.m. Please plan accordingly.
I am looking forward to an exciting and productive school year.
Alan M. Keller
This is our final reminder before Thursday's Chromebook presentation and pickup: You must read the Hopkinton Middle School 1:1 Digital Learning Student and Parent Manual and digitally sign the “Acknowledgement of Receipt and Understanding” found at the end of the manual. Chromebooks will only be released to students for whom we have a signed “Acknowledgement of Receipt and Understanding.”
Thursday, August 27, 2015 Schedule:
Grade 6 Student Orientation 9:00 am -11:30 am, Brown Gymnasium
Grade 6 Parent Orientation & Nature’s Classroom Overview 9:00 am - 10:00 am, HMS Auditorium
Grade 6 student lunch, 11:30am-12:15pm
Grade 6 student presentation on 1:1 Initiative, 12:15-12:45pm
Grade 6 Parents return to pick up Chromebook* with student, 12:45pm-1:15pm
Grade 7 student presentation (parents welcome), 4:30 pm
Grade 7 students and parents pick up Chromebook*, 5:00 pm
*requires completion of Acknowledgement or Receipt and Understanding from 1:1 Manual
Alan M. Keller, HMS Principal
Ashoke Ghosh, Director of Technology
Dear Parents and Guardians:
We hope that you and your family are enjoying the summer. We are excited about the 2015-2016 school year. Below please find several key items that we would like to highlight about the weeks ahead:
Important Upcoming Dates
Grade 6 Optional Summer Reading Discussion
Students will discuss and review Tuck Everlasting with Mrs Grady
Grade 6 Orientation for all incoming students
, Orientation with IGNITE leaders
, Lunch (provided)
, Chromebook Orientation
, Chromebook Pick-Up (with parent)
, Meeting with Administration and Nature’s Classroom Director
, Optional Chromebook Orientation (to attend with child)
, Chromebook Pick-Up (required to complete paperwork with child)
Grade 7 Chromebook Orientation
, Chromebook Orientation (parents welcome)
, Chromebook Pick-Up (parents required to complete paperwork with child)
Grade 8 Chromebook Orientation
Chromebook Orientation (parents welcome)
Chromebook Pick-Up (parents required to complete paperwork with child)
Back to School Night for Parents
: Grade 6
: Grades 7 & 8
Beginning this week, we will begin sending emails to your son’s or daughter’s hillers.org address with more detailed information on Orientation and preparing for the school year. Please let them know that they should begin checking their hiller.org email account.
1:1 Digital Learning
This year’s supply lists are now available. Please note that grades 7 & 8 teachers have requested that materials not be labeled prior to the start of school; this will be done during classes the first week of school utilizing the organization system employed in all grades.
Entrance and Exit to HMS
Still in progress, the Main and Guidance offices are switching locations this summer. This move allows for individuals entering HMS to conduct business with the Main Office without having to enter the academic portion of our school. A second set of locking doors are soon to be installed that will complete this renovation.
Students will enter the Middle School each morning through one of two doors:
the “Bus Loop” door, B1, which faces the High School, or
the “Water Tower” door, D2.
The front door, A4, is reserved for staff, parents, and for students arriving after .
Doors to the Middle School will be unlocked at ; students will not be able to enter HMS prior to .
Bus routes will be published on the Hopkinton Public Schools website during the last week of August. Bus passes will also be mailed out at that time.
Dismissal is at and students must be on the bus for departure at . This is a change from a departure time in previous years.
Please review with your child the revised Hopkinton Public School Bus Conduct Rules.
Mr. Evren Gunduz, teacher of Collaborative and Progressive Leadership, resigned from HMS to pursue an opportunity outside of the classroom. The Leadership course will be replaced with Digital Literacy. Digital Literacy will provide students with an understanding of finding, using, producing, and sharing information through cloud computing. Students will enhance their online communication and collaboration skills (online word processing, spreadsheets, shared calendars) while exploring the positive and negative aspects of digital media in their lives. Students will also learn how to use Google applications, Gmail accounts, and additional features to access and manipulate files, and work collaboratively with their teachers and other students. We are confident this course will prepare our students well for our 1:1 Digital Learning environment.
We are shifting from our traditional naming structure of teams where the team leader’s last name was the team’s name. In an effort to enhance our school spirit, teams will now be identified by color. Our grade 6 teams will use primary colors (Blue, Red, and Yellow) representing our grade 6 students’ transition from elementary to middle school. Our grade 8 teams utilize Hiller colors (Green, Orange, and White) as our grade 8 students begin their transition to high school. Grade 7 colors (Aqua, Maroon, Purple, and Silver) are “secondary” colors that signify the blending of their primary/pre-adolescent years into the next phase as teenagers. We are planning many activities and challenges involving the team colors. We encourage students to wear their team color on the first day of school; team teachers will also be wearing their team colors.
Students’ schedules will be available in iPASS at the end of the day on . Please view the “MS Team & Staff Listing” on our website.
Our counseling model has also undergone some changes; please read their welcome letter for more information.
Thanks to the outpouring of support from the HMS community and many local companies, professionals, and volunteers, The Sky's the Limit Courtyard will open this Fall. It has been very exciting to witness the beehive of activity surrounding the Courtyard. During July, the site was graded and prepped for the walkways, underground electrical, and drainage. This involved the use of a Telebelt conveyer and a large crane to transfer processed gravel and over three tons of pavers from the back driveway, over the school, and into the courtyard. This month, the performance platform and walkways, including the engraved bricks, will be installed and the lawn areas will be seeded. While the Courtyard will be open for our students to enjoy, the committee is still seeking donations to bring the full scope of the project to fruition. Specifically, the benches and convertible tables for the Outdoor Classrooms, as well as the raised planting beds and trees/bushes are still in need of funding. If you are willing and able to help, please visit: http://tinyurl.com/hms-sky. Our staff is thrilled that this outdoor learning space will be available to expand and enrich our curriculum and enhance after-school activities this year.
As you may know, the Preschool has been relocated to Elmwood School. Our school psychologist, Jim Casey, and our school adjustment counselor, Debby Arienti, now have offices in the former Preschool. This creates an opportunity for a meeting area for students outside Mr. Casey and Mrs. Arienti’s offices.
We are excited to introduce several new staff members who will be joining HMS this fall.
Amy Borges will be joining us full-time as our Project Lead the Way Teacher. Amy received her Masters of Education from Worcester State University and her Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering/Humanities and Arts from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Amy is an energetic and enthusiastic teacher, and we are thrilled to have her with us full-time. Amy was with us last year in a part-time position teaching Energy and the Environment to grade 6 students. We are thrilled to expand Project Lead the Way to grade 7 (Design and Modeling) and grade 8 (Automation and Robotics).
Sabrina Brennan will be joining us as a Spanish teacher. Sabrina holds her Masters of Science in Secondary Spanish Education from LeMoyne College and her Bachelor Degree from SUNY Plattsburg. Sabrina prides herself on being able to motivate students to do their best and extend their personal limits by expanding on previous knowledge and exploring new territories.
Emily Duvall is our new K-8 Reading Coach. Emily holds a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Pennsylvania State University, her Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and in Political Science from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Emily wants to learn from children how best to help them become readers, writers, speakers, and thinkers.
Christina Kambouris will be joining us as a Special Education Learning Specialist. Christina holds a Bachelors and Masters of Education from Boston College. She has a strong passion for teaching and strives to have her students actively involved in their own learning. Her goals include engaging and inspiring her students every day.
Scott Douglas will be joining us as a Technology/Engineering Subject Matter Leader, grades 6-12. Scott has his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Framingham State University, a Masters in Education from Salem State University and a Masters of Educational Leadership from Framingham State University. Scott’s educational philosophy is to help students of all levels become creative problem identifiers and solvers through innovative processes in a safe, respectful working environment.
John Sharrott will be joining the staff as a Special Education Learning Specialist. John has both his Bachelors of Arts and Masters of Literacy from Roger Williams University. John believes that creating connections between schools and families with a focus on collaboration through the educational process is paramount in developing and educating the whole child to discover and achieve success.
Kerri Sheingold will be joining us as a social studies teacher. Kerri holds her Masters of Arts in teaching from Simmons College and her Bachelors of Arts from Brandeis University. Kerri believes the most important quality in an educator is the ability to make children know that a teacher truly supports them.
Laura Slook will be joining us in the new position of Campus Aide. Laura holds a Bachelors of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin and is pursuing her Masters of Elementary Education from Lesley University.
Finally, we have received a couple of emails from parents citing a “social media buzz” about a question or a concern about schedules and supplies. In order for us to work as best we can to support your children/our students, we ask that you direct your questions and concerns with us. As educational leaders, we firmly believe in our district’s mission to Learn, Create and Achieve Together. We welcome feedback, concerns and questions so that together, we can accomplish our mission and make HMS better each day.
We are very excited about the upcoming school year. We look forward to seeing you and your children in the coming weeks.
Alan Keller, Principal
Ann Benbenek, Assistant Principal
Maryellen Grady, Assistant Principal
Middle School Digital Learning Initiative - Chromebooks
Do parents have to pay for the chromebooks?
No, this is not a lease to own program, this initiative is funded through the
When will students receive their Chromebooks?
Students will receive their Chromebooks on August 27, 2015
Why did the school district choose Chromebooks?
Chromebooks are secure, easy to manage, and work well with Google Apps for
Education. They meet next generation testing environments, are inexpensive to repair,
and they support the writing process.
Will they come with a protective sleeve?
Yes, all students will receive a protective case on August 27, 2015
Can students personalize their sleeves?
Yes, they can decorate the sleeve as long as it is school appropriate.
Can my student bring their own device to school?
No, students are not allowed to bring their own device from home.
Will there be web filtering on the Chromebook at home?
Yes, the device will have the same level of web filtering at home as it does in
Can students add their own Applications or Extensions?
No, students will not be able to add their own applications or extensions for
Chrome OS, but he or she can submit an email to the technology group to make
suggestions on specific apps and extensions. Upon approval, the apps will be made available to all students.
What happens if the Chromebook is stolen?
Parents are expected to file a police report within the town police department the
device was stolen from within 7-10 days from the date the device was stolen.
What happens if my student breaks his/her Chromebook?
Students will bring the Chromebook to our technician in the Middle School
library for repair. The student will be issued a loaner device while his/her
Chromebook is being repaired. Students who are neglectful or damage the device on purpose by not following the guidelines in the 1:1 Manual will be responsible for paying for any damaged parts.
Will students be able to keep the Chromebooks over the summer?
No, students will not be allowed to take the Chromebooks home over the
summer. They will be collected at the end of each school year.
Will there be additional parent training on the devices in the future?
Yes, we will offer two parent training sessions this fall for parents.
Do students have to bring them everyday to school?
Yes, all students grades 6-8 are responsible for bringing their Chromebooks everyday.
May 18, 2015
We are excited to move forward in the 2015-2016 school year with a 1:1 (1 student, 1 device) digital learning initiative at Hopkinton Middle School. As you may know, during the current school year, our grade 8 math and science teachers have been utilizing Chromebooks in their classrooms. In the past two years, our school and district have invested heavily in Google Apps for Education products. This year, six of our educators attended a Google Apps for Education Summit. These teachers, in addition to our grade 8 math and science teachers have become exceptional resources as we prepare our staff for the 1:1 digital learning initiative. Throughout this year, we have learned how Google Apps for Education can enhance staff and student learning, and we believe that the Chromebook is the device that best meets our needs as a learning community.
The purpose of our 1:1 program is to help our students learn and continuously grow as independent, confident, resilient, and thoughtful individuals willing to explore new ideas, reflect on progress, and challenge themselves. Hopkinton Middle School’s goals for a 1:1 initiative are focused on enhancing curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Our curricular goals center on developing personalized learning experiences and providing equitable learning opportunities that promote student ownership of their learning. Technology in the classroom allows teachers to develop timely and targeted instruction that supports individualized student learning. Through assessments that utilize technology, the teacher and the student receive immediate and frequent feedback on the student’s progress toward the learning goals.
Our leadership team has been meeting throughout the year developing our 1:1 rollout plan. As such, we would like to share with you the following important dates for parents and students:
Dates for Incoming Grade 6
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
6:30 pm, HMS Auditorium: Incoming Grade 6 Parent Presentation on Preparing You and Your Child for Grade 6 and 1:1
Thursday, August 27*, 2015
9:00 am -10:00 am, HMS Auditorium: Incoming Grade 6 Parent Orientation and Nature’s Classroom Overview (Incoming Grade 6 students are in orientation with grade 8 IGNITE mentors)
Grade 6 student lunch, 11:30am-12:15pm
Grade 6 student presentation on 1:1 Initiative, 12:15-12:45pm
Grade 6 Parents return to pick up Chromebook with student, 12:45pm-1:15pm
Dates for Incoming Grades 7 and 8
Monday, June 8, 2015 at 6:30 pm, HMS Auditorium: Incoming Grades 7 and 8 Parent Presentation on 1:1 Initiative
Thursday, August 27*, 2015
Grade 7 student presentation (parents welcome), 4:30 pm
Grade 7 parents pick up Chromebook with student, 5:00 pm
Grade 8 Student Presentation (parents welcome), 6:00 pm
Grade 8 parents pick up Chromebook with student, 6:30pm
*In creating this schedule, we do realize that some families may have commitments or plans on August 27. Parents and students unable to attend on August 27 can come to the Middle School Main Office on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 from 2-5 pm.
Alan M. Keller Ashoke Ghosh
HMS Principal HPS Director of Technology
Trends in Substance Use Among Teens Parent Guidance Presentation
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Hopkinton High School Auditorium
Focus: Grades: 4-9th Grade
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.
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:
School Resource Officer
Welcome to Hopkinton Middle School. We are excited to greet you and your child and look forward to this year.
On, all 8th graders should report to the Auditorium; all 7th graders should report to the Brown Gym; and all sixth graders will meet in the Doyle Gym. At that time, their homeroom teachers will call out their names and/or homeroom designations, and students will proceed to their homerooms, where they will receive their locker assignments.
Each homeroom teacher will carefully review schedules with their students. Each student will receive a printed schedule on the first day of school. With the exception of music and physical education classes, all related arts courses are offered on a trimester basis. Subsequently, students will be issued a new schedule each trimester. The schedule that students receive on the first day of school is for trimester one.
Due to traffic congestion and dangerous pedestrian situations, drivers who are dropping off students in the morning and/or picking up students after school must follow the blue traffic flow lines. Do not drive between rows of parked cars.
All students MUST be dropped off at the water tower/Brown Gym parking lot in the mornings. Officer Phil Powers will be present to assist with traffic flow. Please note: If you are dropping off your student, please do not drop off your student BEFOREThe building is open to students at
Please do not drop your student off in front of the Middle School building at the front entrance. Dropping off at the front entrance near the Main Office is ONLY for late drop offs AFTER, when the building is locked. For the safety of our students and staff, there should be no traffic in front of the Middle School building BEFORE
Additionally, if you must come into the Middle School to conduct business, please do not park outside the entrance to the Middle School. Visitor parking spaces are provided for you in the parking lot.
Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
I am looking forward to an exciting and productive school year.
Alan M. Keller
Parental Permission for Google Apps for Education
Below is the message sent from the HPS Technology Team on Friday, August 29, 2014. It is our desire to begin the year with students understanding and utilizing technology in a responsible manner, and the most efficient way is to frontload these lessons which is why I am sending this follow-up. If you have not already done so, please follow the steps below to complete the Parental Consent Form for your child.
Over the past several years Hopkinton Public Schools has embraced Google Apps for Education as a set of productivity tools and a digital learning space. The use of online tools has grown in importance, and now is an essential part of teaching and learning in our schools. Currently, teachers and students alike use Google Apps in the classrooms to support learning, exchange ideas, and to improve student-teacher communication. Because of this, we are asking that you allow your son or daughter to use these tools beginning in grade 3.
Beginning with the 2014-15 school-year, all Grade 3-12 students will be eligible for Google Apps for Education accounts. The District's Google Apps parental consent form (refer to link below) is designed to authorize student use throughout their schooling at Hopkinton Public Schools. This multi-year consent form allows students to benefit from the increasing capabilities of Google Apps while assuming greater responsibilities in the digital realm as they move up in grade level in our schools. Please be aware that parents may opt their children out of the Google Apps initiative at any point in this progression.
To help answer questions and to provide more detailed information, we have created a website that provides specific details about the tools and various levels of access at each grade. To provide permission for your son or daughter to utilize these tools in the classroom, we ask that you fill out the online consent form. You will need to use your existing schoolwires account to login to the site to gain access to the form. Please click the link below to grant consent for Google Apps for Education.
In addition you can access the information from the parents link on the district’s main website and click on the link that says “HPS Student Apps” At the bottom of the page there is a link that connects you to the form.
The NEW Elementary School start times effective in the 2015-2016 school year are listed below: