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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 Day 8:55 AM - 3:10 PM
Elmwood School 8:15 AM - 2:30 PM
Hopkins School 8:55 AM - 3:10 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)
Elmwood 12:15 PM (Lunch Served)
Hopkins 12:55 PM (Lunch Served)
Center 12:55 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
Elmwood 11:25 AM
Hopkins 12:05 AM
Center
12:05 AM
 

  • Peer Tutoring

    7/8 Graders looking to Peer Tutor should get permission slips in Guidance

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  • Flag Football

    8th Grade 10/28 7th Grade 10/29 6th Grade 10/30 Sign up by 10/21 in front of Guidance

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  • Math Counts

    Do you enjoy a challenge & want to compete against other Middle Schools? Join us in Rm 201 @ 7am on Monday. See Mrs. Weiss/Mrs. Kouris for info.

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Daily
Announcements

  • Wednesday, October 22-Day 8

    The Ashland @ Hopkinton 8th grade Field Hockey game is cancelled today.

     
    XC has been cancelled today.
     
    BOYS' SOCCER is cancelled today. 
     
    GIRLS SOCCER is meeting in Mr. Gunduz' room directly after school.
     
    The MIX IT UP COMMITTEE will meet with Mrs. Brown during lunch today and on Friday in the Lecture Hall.
     
    DRAMA CLUB:  To all cast and crew of A Midsummer Night's Dream, Costumes will begin meeting this week.  Costume Crew will start meeting this Thursday and Friday.  Cast may begin coming to Costumes any day this week and from now on throughout the rehearsal process.  Cast, please remember to check the rehearsal schedule and be present when you are called.
     
    HOPSPLAY COSPLAY CLUB will meet today in Ms. Huestis room.
     

    HISTORY CLUB will take place today from 1:50 to 2:30 p.m. in Mrs. Economo's room.  All are welcome.

     

    BEST BUDDIES will meet today from 2:00-3:00 p.m. in the cafeteria.  All are welcome.

     

    YOGA CLUB will not take place today.

     
    HOMEWORK CLUB is in Room 222 today.
     
     
    CHESS CLUB will have its first informational meeting tomorrow in Room 223.  Whether you're an experienced player or completely new to the game, all are welcome.  See Mr. LeBlanc for questions or more details.
     
    JAZZ BAND will rehearse tomorrow afternoon from 4:30-5:30 p.m.  New members are welcome.
     
    SIXTH GRADE Kids' Night Out will be held this Friday night from 6:30 - 8:30pm.  The event includes music and dancing in the Cafeteria as well as basketball and dodgeball in the Brown gym.  You must have a signed permission slip and the $5 admission to attend.  Additional permission slips can be found outside the Guidance Office. 
     
     
    STUDENT COUNCIL will not meet this week but there will be a meeting next Tuesday and all representatives should attend.
     
    A CAPPELLA will begin rehearsals next week on Wednesday from 2:00-3:00 p.m. in the Chorus Room.
     
    MS VOLLEYBALL:  The Lady Hillers marched their pink socks into Medway and left with a victory in hand in yesterday's volleyball action.  Some good serving coupled with some savvy serve return smashes were consistent throughout the match.  Everyone's invited to come out and see the Hillers last home game scheduled for Thursday. 

     

    MS CROSS COUNTRY:  In a field of 20 teams at the competitive Carlisle Cross Country Invitational yesterday, the HMS boys varsity and jv teams finished ninth and seventh in their races. Johnny Cowen won the individual varsity title with an impressive tactical race to finish the HMS season undefeated. Tyler Zanini finished strong in 12th. Patrick Barnes ran a spectacular race to finish second in the jv race. Will Dionne, Jason Hicks, Sam Cote and Steven Maffiore also ran well. The Hopkinton girls cross country team competed against 20 other teams at the Carlisle Invitational and took ninth in the varsity race and seventh in the jv competition. Abby Fischer led the girls with a sixth place varsity finish. Schuyler Gooley and Jane Stillwell closed strong to take 21st and 23rd. Allison Bird ran her best race of the year with a third place jv finish. Kate Woelflein and Claire Francis also had strong races.

     
    Thursday is a Day 9.

     

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School
Updates

  • October 6, 2014


    Dear Parents,


    We hope that this weekend was filled with rest, recovery, and lots of conversation around the learning and the fun your child had last week at Nature’s Classroom.  Thank you again for your efforts in preparing your child for success.  We would also like to thank our chaperones for making the week possible.


    Finally, we returned to HMS with several items that were left behind at Colebrook.  These items are currently located in the lobby of HMS below the TV monitor.  Should you or your child be missing an item, please come to claim it prior to the end of this week.  Items not claimed by the end of the school day on Friday will be donated.


    Thanks again,


    Alan M. Keller, Principal

    Maryellen K. Grady, Assistant Principal

    Ann M. Benbenek, Assistant Principal
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  • Dear Parents:


    The student monthly progress reports were scheduled to open for viewing  this morning. However,  IPASS is experiencing technical issues preventing the opening of grades at this time. IMG is working to resolve the issue as soon as possible. The progress reports are expected to  open for viewing at 8AM on Tuesday, October 7.


    We appreciate your patience.


    Thank you,


    Alan 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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  • Dear Grades 7 and 8 Parents,


    We have had a great start to the school year.  Thank you for all of your efforts in preparing your children for the 2014-2015 school year.  We hope that you felt prepared as well--which remains one of our goals: to help students--and their parents transition to and from Hopkinton Middle School.  As such, we have now added Grade Level Calendars that are designed to give you the year “at-a-glance.”  This calendar can be found under the Parents channel: Parents > Incoming Grade 7 (or 8) > Grade 7 Calendar (or Grade 8 Calendar) (found on the left panel).  This will provide to you a “refrigerator-ready” calendar.  We will continue to use our electronic calendar, but are hoping this resource will help you see upcoming events in an easier to use manner.


    An additional goal at HMS has been to help students with their organization.  Along with Hopkins School, we have worked the past two years at grade 6 to develop a system to help students organize their materials.  We are extending this system into grades 7 and 8 this school year.  In the coming days, teachers at all grade levels will be working with students to help them set up their binders.  


    Afternoon Student Pick-up

    I would like to make you all aware of a change to our afternoon pick-up.  Students are not permitted to walk into the parking lot to meet the parent or guardian.  Students are only able to enter their parent/guardian’s car once it is in the row alongside the school building.  We have staff members on hand who are guiding the cars to the first spot in the line.  This helps to ensure that we can fit as many cars as possible in that row and ensure that cars can still exit through the drive.  We appreciate your cooperation as we strive to make our staff and students’ experience inside and outside of our building a safe one.


    Back to School Night: Thursday, October 9

    This year, we are hosting two different Back to School Nights.  One for grade 6 and one for grades 7 and 8.  The grades 7 and 8 Back to School Night is on Thursday, October 9.  It will feature your child’s English, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Foreign Language teacher.  Teachers of Related Arts will concentrate their efforts at our grade 6 Open House.


    Hiller Block

    Those of you whose chld(ren) were at HMS in grade 6 know that we had a schedule in 2013-2014 that had a block of intervention at the end of each day.  This daily period was part of our school’s goal around Response to Intervention in which we provided remediation and enrichment to students.  We were able to deliver extensive help to some students last year as a result of this period, however there were several impacts in order to create this period.  Our team spent the year evaluating the pros and cons of a daily Hiller Block.  We remain committed to providing remediation and enrichment to our students and have determined that the limitations in having the entire school conducting Hiller Block at the same time outweighed the benefits.  Therefore this year’s schedule gives more flexibility to teams and grade levels to schedule periods of intervention and enrichment.  All teams have “Hiller Block” on days 2 and 8 of our 12-day schedule.  They will also have opportunities to do so during the last period on days 6 and 12 (the period known as “x-block”).


    Google Apps Permission

    If you have yet to do so, we ask that you please provide permission for your son or daughter to utilize Google Apps tools in the classroom by completing 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.


    Click here to complete the Parental Consent Forms

    Fire Drill

    This morning members of the Hopkinton Fire and Police Departments worked with our students and staff for our first fire drill of the school year.  Throughout the year, we will work with both departments to ensure the safety of our students and staff.


    Thank you for a great start to the 2014-2015 school year,


    Ann M. Benbenek, Assistant Principal

    Maryellen K. Grady, Assistant Principal

    Alan M. Keller, Principal



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  • Dear Grade 6 Parents:


    Welcome to Hopkinton Middle School.  We hope that your child had a wonderful first two days of his or her middle school career.  


    We have had a great start to the school year.  Thank you for all of your efforts in preparing your children for the 2014-2015 school year.  We hope that you felt prepared as well--which remains one of our goals: to help students--and their parents transition to and from Hopkinton Middle School.  As such, we have now added Grade Level Calendars that are designed to give you the year “at-a-glance.” This calendar can be found under the Parents channel: Parents > Incoming Grade 6  > Grade 6 Calendar (found on the left panel).  This will provide to you a “refrigerator-ready” calendar.  We will continue to use our electronic calendar, but are hoping this resource will help you see upcoming events in an easier manner.


    An additional goal at HMS has been to help students with their organization.  Along with Hopkins School, we have worked the past two years at grade 6 to develop a system to help students organize their materials.  


    Nature’s Classroom

    Packets were sent home on Friday with your child(ren).  Unfortunately, the cover letter incorrectly stated that students return to Hopkinton on October 4, 2014.  The correct date that students return is Friday, October 3, 2014.  Please ensure that the packets and payment are returned to your child’s homeroom teacher by Wednesday, September 17.  This year, we will utilize Nature’s Classroom teachers along with parent chaperones in cabins if HMS staff are unavailable.  Nature’s Classroom teachers undergo CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) and SORI (nationwide Sex Offender Registry Information) checks.  


    For those of you who are willing to chaperone, please complete the volunteer form and return it as soon as possible.  


    Changes to Program of Studies

    As the result of a late summer resignation, our 2014-2015 Program of Studies has been modified in two courses.


    Originally, grade 6 students were to study “Design and Modeling” as their first course in their three-year Project Lead the Way (PLTW) program.  Upon hiring a new teacher, Mrs. Amy Borges, however, we have modified this plan and will instead offer students the course, “Energy and the Environment.”  This curriculum aligns well with Mrs. Borges’ extensive background as a math and science teacher, and aligns with Project Lead the Way’s recommended middle school sequence.  


    Should the 2015-2016 budget approve an additional .7 teaching position, the PLTW sequence next year will continue in grade 7 with “Design and Modeling” and “Automation and Robotics” in grade 8.  


    Energy and the Environment Course Description

    Students will apply the design process to solve problems and understand the influence of creativity and innovation while investigating the importance of energy in our lives and the impact energy use has on the environment.  They will design and model alternative energy sources to demonstrate energy concepts and innovative ideas. Students will evaluate ways to reduce energy consumption through energy efficiency and waste management techniques.


    In addition, Mr. Gunduz’s course in grade 6, “Progressive Leadership” has undergone a modification and is now entitled “Collaborative Leadership.”  His leadership curriculum will now integrate technology standards in organization, sharing, and collaboration.


    Collaborative Leadership Course Description

    Grade 6 students will discover leadership in self and others, learning what leadership and followership look and feel like. They will explore and discover the value of leadership within themselves and the world.  Students learn about leadership by doing it.  By sharing information and ideas, teams engage in challenges and problem-solving scenarios in which students are either purposefully placed into leadership positions, or these positions are cultivated organically and shared.  Students will collaborate on scenarios utilizing today’s tools (shared documents, presentation program) while also honing and developing skills in locating, organizing, analyzing, evaluating, and synthesizing information.  Students will unpack leadership tactics, skills, and traits from their experiences and draw parallels to recognizable leaders within their community and beyond. Students will discover that effective collaboration is leadership's most powerful tool.


    Student Agenda and Handbook

    On Friday, Mrs. Benbenek, Mrs. Grady and I met with all students in the auditorium to introduce ourselves and review the 2014-2015 Student and Parent Handbook.  Please be sure to review the Handbook with your child(ren) and return the Acknowledgement of Receipt and Understanding Form (page 43) by Friday, September 12.  


    Afternoon Student Pick-up

    I would like to make you all aware of a change to our afternoon pick-up.  Students are not permitted to walk into the parking lot to meet the parent or guardian.  Students are only able to enter their parent/guardian’s car once it is in the row alongside the school building.  We have staff members on hand who are guiding the cars to the first spot in the line.  This helps to ensure that we can fit as many cars as possible in that row and ensure that cars can still exit through the drive.  We appreciate your cooperation as we strive to make our staff and students’ experience inside and outside of our building a safe one.


    Back to School Night: Wednesday, September 17

    This year, we are hosting two different Back to School Nights.  One for grade 6 and one for grades 7 and 8.  The grade 6 Back to School Night is on Wednesday, September 17.  It will feature your child’s English, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Related Arts teachers.  Teachers of Related Arts will concentrate their efforts on our grade 6 Open House.


    Google Apps Permission

    If you have yet to do so, we ask that you please provide permission for your son or daughter to utilize Google Apps tools in the classroom by completing 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.


    Click here to complete the Parental Consent Forms


    Fire Drill

    This morning members of the Hopkinton Fire and Police Departments worked with our students and staff for our first fire drill of the school year.  Throughout the year, we will work with both departments to ensure the safety of our students and staff.


    Thank you for a great start to the 2014-2015 school year,


    Alan M. Keller, Principal

    Maryellen K. Grady, Assistant Principal

    Ann M. Benbenek, Assistant Principal



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  • September 3, 2014

    Dear Parent/Guardian:

    Welcome to Hopkinton Middle School.   We are excited to greet you and your child and look forward to this year. 

    On Thursday, September 4, 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 BEFORE 7:00 a.m. The building is open to students at 7:00 a.m. 

    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., 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 7:30 a.m.  

    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.

    Sincerely,

    Alan M. Keller

    Principal


     
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  • Parental Permission for Google Apps for Education


    Dear Parents,


    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.


    Thank you,


    Alan Keller


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    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.


    Click here to complete the Parental Consent Forms


     

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  • Dear Parents,


    As much as we might try to prevent it, summer is nearing its end.  We hope that you and your family have had an enjoyable and relaxing summer.  It has been an incredibly busy summer at HMS this year.  In addition to hiring 12 new staff members that are joining us this year, several improvements to our building have been initiated--most notable is breaking through the walls of HMS to create three doorways into the HMS Courtyard.  The vision that we have had for our Courtyard is finally taking root as we look to complete Phase 1 of our Courtyard Project by the end of this summer.   


    SUPPLY LISTS

    Supply lists for each grade level are posted on the HMS website under Parents > Key Documents.


    IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES  

    August 26: Student schedules available in iPass

    August 28, 9:00-11:30 a.m.: IGNITE Orientation for Incoming Grade 6 Students

    August 28, 9:00-10:15 a.m.: Parent Orientation for  Incoming Grade 6 Students

    September 4: Classes Begin  

    September 17, 6:30 p.m.: Grade 6 Back to School Night

    September 24: Picture Day

    September 25: No School (Rosh Hashanah)

    September 30 - October 3: Grade 6 Nature’s Classroom Field Trip

    October 9th, 6:30 p.m.: Grades 7 & 8 Back to School Night


    Grade 6 Parents Only: NATURE’S CLASSROOM:

    Hopkinton Middle School’s annual trip to Nature’s Classroom at Camp Jewell YMCA in Colebrook, Connecticut for our grade 6 students will take place from Tuesday, September 30 through Friday, October 3, 2014.  This program offers our students and teachers a science-based educational experience that connects social, environmental, and academic experiences.  


    On August 28, during the parent portion of the Incoming 6th Grade IGNITE Orientation, a representative from Nature’s Classroom will present information on the overnight field trip.   The total cost of the trip is approximately $325 per student which includes transportation, meals, and lodging (final cost will be confirmed at the August presentation).  Payment in full to Hopkinton Middle School is due on September 17,  2014.  This trip, which marks the 22nd year that Hopkinton Middle School has attended Nature’s Classroom, creates lifetime memories for our children.  


    Summer Reading Reminder

    Grade 6: Tuck Everlasting  


    Grade 7: So Far from the Bamboo Grove


    Grade 8: Trouble


    Summer Reading Expectations can be found on the HMS website under Students > Summer Reading.


    Chromebooks in Grade 8

    This school year, students in grade 8 will be introduced to a 1:1 environment while in their math and science classrooms.  Teachers and students will utilize Chromebooks while in math and science as a way to deliver a more personalized, student-centered learning environment.  Our goal in placing this technology in our students’ hands is to equip them with the tools to problem-solve and think critically, to provide more individualized instruction with consistent feedback, to decrease the amount of time in the traditional “feedback loop,” to increase their engagement and access to resources, and to foster collaboration and communication.


    This program differs from Hopkinton High School’s 1:1 initiative in two ways: 1) students will not bring their devices home with them--they will be utilized within the math and science classrooms only, and 2) the devices are Chromebooks, not MacBooks.  While MacBooks offer an integrated, full suite of applications and programs that our staff and students use regularly, much of the science and math applications can be accessed through Google Chromebooks.  With a lower per unit cost, purchasing Chromebooks enabled us to outfit all math and science classrooms.  


    2014-2015 SCHEDULE

    Many of you are likely aware that last year our schedule involved a period of intervention, called Hiller Block, at the end of each day.  This daily period was part of our school’s goal around Response to Intervention in which we provided remediation or enrichment to students.  We were able to deliver extensive help to some students last year as a result of this period; however, there were several impacts in order to create this period.  Our team spent the year evaluating the pros and cons of Hiller Block. While we remain committed to providing remediation and enrichment to our students, next year’s schedule will not have a daily block of intervention, and instead Hiller Block will occur on Days 2 and 8 in our 12-day schedule.


    SUMMER HEALTH REMINDERS

    Incoming Grade 8 Students:

    All grade 8 students should submit documentation for a new physical exam before the start of the school year. While it is not a requirement for grade 8, it will benefit them in three ways:  

    • Health records will be kept up to date.

    • A record of the postural screening will be on file so the student will not need to have it done in the coming school year.

    • If a student is trying out for a sport and needs a copy of his/her physical, we will have one safely stored at the school.


    Incoming Grade 7 Students:

    According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, all children who attend seventh grade need to be properly immunized. These regulations are designed to prevent illness and disruptions caused by diseases. The Department of Public Health supports a “no shots-no entry” policy for children attending Hopkinton Public Schools. The minimum requirement for entry is:

    • Tetanus booster (if more than five years has elapsed since last booster)

    • 2 doses of MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)

    • 3 doses of polio

    • 3 doses of Heb B

    • 2 dose of varicella (chickenpox) or physician-certified history of chickenpox disease

    Please provide an updated physical and immunization record to the school by Thursday September 4, 2014.  According to State law, your child will be excluded from school if these immunizations (shots) have not been completed.


    Incoming Grade 6 Students:

    Please provide documentation for an updated physical exam to the school so your student’s health record can be kept up to date.


    NEW STAFF BIOS

    As we welcome the school year, we are proud to introduce a number of new staff to our talented faculty.  


    Malcolm Cheney graduated from Keene State College with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education.  Malcolm will teach grade 7 Social Studies.  As a product of Hopkinton Public Schools, for Malcolm, teaching here is a true homecoming.  Malcolm believes that learning is impossible if the student is not challenged.  He has a passion not only to teach students the events of the past, but to inspire citizenship, and to challenge students to become effective readers and writers.  Malcolm strives to make his lessons challenging, engaging, full of critical thinking, and fun.  Malcolm is an avid soccer player, serving as the team captain at Keene State and he will coach the Junior Varsity boys’ soccer team.  We are glad to have Malcolm back home.


    Evren Gunduz’s familiar face will be in a new role this fall.  Evren received a Master of Education from Harvard University focusing on Leadership, Adolescent Development, Group Studies. He also is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree In Science.  Evren will shift gears from science to another one of his passions -- leadership.  Progressive Leadership will provide to students  skills to empower them to develop to their full capacity by developing skills and teamwork, communication, goal-setting, self-empowerment, positive thinking, and resilience.  This course will empower our students to lead themselves, lead their community, and harvest the fulfillment, gratification, and enjoyment that return.


    Samantha Harris will be joining us as a special educator.  Samantha received her Master of Special Education from Framingham State College and her Bachelor of Communication Arts and Visual Design from Framingham State College.  Samantha is an extremely caring and conscientious educator.  Her top priority is ensuring that students receive the best education we can provide and offering the right interventions for those who need something more or different than the core instruction.  Samantha’s positive outlook and mindful teaching style will  serve our students well.  Welcome, Samantha.


    Chrystal Hoe is our new Technology Integration Specialist.  Chrystal received her Master’s Degree from Kent State University in French Pedagogy.  She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in French and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Modern Language Education from Ohio University.  Chrystal has experience as a French teacher as well as diverse training in technology.  As a Google Certified Educator, Chrystal has trained students, faculty, and school board members in Google Suite and Google Chromebooks.  She has worked with platforms such as SMART, Blogger, WikiSpaces, Moodle and is well-versed in creating personal websites.  She has implemented the “Flipped Classroom” for students and faculty.  We look forward to the enthusiasm for technology and all the possibilities Chrystal will bring to our students and staff.  


    Laura Kirshenbaum is also a welcome addition to our science department.  Laura, an experienced science teacher, received a Master in Science Education Degree from Fitchburg State College and her Bachelor in Environmental Sciences Degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  Laura understands and appreciates the unique teaching approaches, techniques, and programming that is necessary for educating the middle level student.  Laura strongly believes in educating the whole child by helping students through these critical adolescent years.  While teaching children science, she also guides them to make responsible and informed decisions.  Laura has served as a commissioner on the Middle School Committee for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.  Most recently she led a team of 25 teachers, spanning the grade levels, through a process of aligning curriculum to current standards and identifying common learning experiences through each grade.  We are thrilled to have Laura Kirshenbaum with her vast experience and expertise join our staff.  


    Caitlin MacDonald will join our music department.  Caitlin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Massachusetts, a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Lesley University, along with a certification in Early Childhood Education. Caitlin has had years of professional experience from the K-12, teaching brass, woodwinds, and strings, large ensembles at every level, and chamber ensembles, including jazz band.  Caitlin has a fundamental belief that all children deserve to feel special and deserve the opportunity to be successful. She develops relationships with every one of her students. She looks at each child as an individual, determining where they are developmentally, and makes it her job to find their strengths and weaknesses, so that she can differentiate instruction to meet each individual’s needs. Excited to be part of our music program, Caitlin is sure to bring much enthusiasm, expertise, and passion to our students.


    Joe Mascia will be joining the Middle School as a special educator.  Joe graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Assumption College.  Joe’s personal educational philosophy is centered on finding inclusion opportunities for students whenever possible and appropriate.  Realizing some students may require more individualized and specialized instruction in order to fully access the curriculum, Joe works to make sure the curriculum is accessible to all students.  Joe promotes success for learners of all different backgrounds and learning styles.  Joe has also served as a football and track coach both at the middle and high school levels in Westwood Public Schools. We are excited to have Joe Mascia join our staff.


    Shannon Oles is our new sixth grade English and Social Studies teacher.  Shannon is an experienced teacher and graduate of Bridgewater State University with a Master of Arts in Teaching Middle School History Degree.  In addition, Shannon attended an accelerated Post-Baccalaureate Program for an Initial License in Middle School History.  Shannon received her Bachelor of Arts Degree graduating magna cum laude as a double major in both history and political science.  Shannon continuously strives to provide stimulating authentic learning experiences for students and guides them toward accessing higher-level applications of the material learned.  Shannon supports her students in the journey to grow as readers and writers. Shannon strives to encourage students to develop the critical thinking skills necessary for becoming active citizens of the nation and of the world.  We are very pleased that Shannon will be joining our teaching staff.


    Timothy Pacific joins us as a paraprofessional. Tim is a graduate of Bridgewater State University receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in the Social Work program.  Most recently, Tim has been serving as an ABA technician in the Marlborough Public Schools System.  Tim has also served as the head coach for the Marlborough High School JV Volleyball Team as well as the assistant coach for the MHS Volleyball Varsity Team.  We look forward to the talent and energy Tim will bring to our students.


    Stacey Place will be joining us as our Health/Wellness teacher.  Although Stacey is new to the Middle School, she has been employed in Hopkinton since 1997.  Stacey has a Masters in Education from Boston University.  Stacey has served as a part-time athletic trainer as well a wellness teacher.  Stacey has two children: a son, Josh 12 and a daughter, Riley 9.   A welcomed addition to our staff, Stacey’s charismatic, vivacious personality is sure to engage our students.


    Jane Sherwill received a Master of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Bridgeport, a Master of Science Degree in Accounting from the University of Connecticut, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from the University of Connecticut.  Jane will be joining our staff as a grade 7 math teacher.  Jane believes her job as a teacher is to positively influence students’ lives.  Jane works hard to get to know her students’ individual interests and unique educational needs. She believes in being flexible, understanding, compassionate, empathetic and believes that it is essential that her lessons are engaging, informative, and motivating.  Jane wants students to be excited about learning and coming to school.  She strives to create an environment where students are engaged and participating.  Jane has an upbeat, positive attitude.  She is interested in coaching, running, reading, and baking. We are lucky to have Jane Sherwill as an addition to our staff.


    Sara Sterling  will be joining our Grade 8 Science Department.  Sara just completed a two-year  teaching fellowship at the Nativity School of Worcester through Americorps, graduating with a Master in the Art of Teaching from Clark University.  Sara received her Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science from St. Anselm’s College.  Sara’s knowledge, passion, and enthusiasm for STEM education is palpable.  She designs and implements lab activities that help students discover the world of science.  Sarah is devoted to helping her students develop into the scientists of tomorrow. Sara believes her job as an educator is to find the specified niche for every student. While teaching in Worcester, Sara formed a journalism club that created a student-led television news broadcast and newspaper.  We are honored to have Sara join our faculty.


    Tracy Stickney will be joining us this fall as a paraprofessional. Tracy is a graduate of Worcester State University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Science and Disorders.  Most recently, Tracy served as a long-term substitute at Center School.  Tracy loves working with the children of Hopkinton and her co-workers.


    Kerry Thornton-Genova received her Master in Biomedical Forensic Science Degree from Boston University School of Medicine and her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Tufts University. Kerry believes it is her job to inspire not just understanding but also confidence in her students. She feels it is not only her job to make sure students understand math and science  concepts, but also that they feel secure with math and science technologies in and out of the classroom. Kerry has a passion for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).  For the past two years she taught STEM in the Framingham Public Schools.  Her experience as a researcher and technician is sure to excite many of our students.  Kerry feels strongly about creating educational opportunity outside the regular school day.  We are happy to welcome Kerry to Hopkinton as a a grade 6 math and science teacher.


    In the coming weeks, we will communicate specific information for the first days of school.  We hope that you and your family enjoy the remaining days of summer.  


    We look forward to seeing and speaking with you soon.


    Thank you,


    Ann Benbenek, HMS Assistant Principal   

    Maryellen Grady, HMS Assistant Principal

    Alan Keller, HMS Principal


     


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    All fall athletes and their parents must now go online to fill out the athletic emergency and registration forms. Please visit the Athletic Webpage on the Hopkinton School Website to complete these forms.   If you have already filled out a paper form, we ask you to please fill out the new online form as well.

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