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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

Daily
Announcements

School
Updates

  • June 24, 2015


    Dear Parents,


    We are excited for our field day tomorrow; the weather looks great! We have thirty-four staff members attending, and each will be monitoring key locations throughout Kimball Farm.  The nurse will be stationed in our tent all day. Students will be able to leave bags in this location as well. HMS staff will be bringing frisbees, wiffle balls, etc. for use in the field.  We ask that students do not bring additional sports equipment.


    A few reminders about the day:

    • Students must wear either their grade 6 HMS t-shirt or another Hopkinton shirt.

    • Hats and sunscreen are highly recommended.

    • Students should bring a refillable water bottle.

    • Lunch is provided (burger/hot dog/veggie burger, chips, water or lemonade, ice cream).


    Extra money is not required as activities (mini-golf, bumper boats, driving range, volleyball, horseshoes) and food are included in the cost of the trip.  Extra money would be necessary if your child would like to use the batting cages. Students will not be allowed to use the arcade.


    Buses will depart from HMS at 8:15am and return to school by 1:45pm.  


    Thank you,


    Ann Benbenek

    Assistant Principal
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  • June 22, 2015


    Dear Parents,


    Thank you to the many parents who attended our 1:1 Parent presentations.  For those of you who could not attend, HCAM recorded the presentation, hosted here on their Youtube channel.


    At this point, we ask you to 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.  Chromebooks will only be released on August 27 to students for whom we have a signed “Acknowledgement of Receipt and Understanding.”


    Finally, we would like to remind you of our Chromebook Orientation and Pick-up schedule for each grade level:


    Thursday, August 27, 2015

      • 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


    • Grade 8 Student Presentation (parents welcome), 6:00 pm

    • Grade 8 students and parents pick up Chromebook*, 6:30pm


    *requires completion of Acknowledgement or Receipt and Understanding from 1:1 Manual


    Thank you,


    Alan M. Keller, HMS Principal

    Ashoke Ghosh, Director of Technology
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  • Dear 8th Grade Parents/Guardians:

    The 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony/Celebration and Breakfast are fast approaching and we need your help!   We are looking for volunteers to help with set-up and assistance during the breakfast, as well as many donations for the refreshments.  If you are able, please consider volunteering and or donating to these final events!

    Please follow the link below for the donation / volunteer  list.
    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1R_z1Z5uGlrr4qUeQirx7mMTaGOBuu7eJWzkqD9Y2e3M/edit?usp=sharing


    Thank you in advance for helping us make the 8th Grade Promotion/Celebration and Breakfast so special for the class of 2019.

    Mary Pawela & Ruth Pagliuca, HPTA MS VPs
    Jeannine Hagan & Tammy Nadeau, HPTA 8th Grade Volunteer Coordinators
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  • June 9, 2015
     
    Dear Parents,
     
    At 11:00 a.m., just outside of New York City, Bus 5 pulled over at a service plaza due to a flat tire. Students and chaperones took to an early lunch while awaiting a service truck to repair the tire. The other buses continued on to the planned lunch stop in Delaware.
     
    We are hopeful for a quick repair to Bus 5 so that they can join the rest of the group at the first stop in Arlington, Virginia.  As of 12:30 p.m., Bus 5 was still awaiting the service truck.
     
    Thank you,
     
    Alan M. Keller
    Principal


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  • HMS - 8th Grade Physical Education

    Elective Selection


    Dear Parent,


    We are writing to you today to introduce you to Hopkinton Middle School 8th grade Physical Education elective program.  This document contains the information you need in order for your child to choose their courses for the 2015-2016 school year.


    Course enrollment will be limited to ensure a meaningful experience for everyone in the class.  In order for the registration process to be fair, there is a system set up for determining who gets into each course:


    • The selection must be completed using the google form in the attached link.  Specific directions can be found on the form.

    • Courses will be assigned based on the order in which forms are submitted (first come, first serve).

    • Changing courses will not be allowed (no exceptions).

    • Forms must be returned June 6 - June 10 (no exceptions).

    • Make sure that your child ranks all courses 1-9 with no duplications.

    • Students will be placed based on their indicated preference (ranking 1-9) and availability, so rank all classes.

    • If the form is submitted incomplete or contains duplicate rankings, your child will not be scheduled until it is completed. This can result with your child being  placed in courses based solely on available space, not preference.


    8th Grade Physical Education Electives Course Descriptions

    BASKETBALL (Trimester 1)

    Basketball is a great activity to help you stay fit or improve your physical fitness.  Basketball skills can also improve balance, speed, agility, power, coordination, and reaction time.  This course will keep you moving through a variety of basketball games and activities.  The Sport Education Model will be used to play in a tournament.  Students will have the opportunity to participate in many roles that are associated with sports: player, coach, official/referee, manager, and more! Grading will be based on class work, the "Sport Education Model” rubric, and a written basketball interview. Come prepared and ready to move!  


    5K TRAINING (Trimester 1)
    Running for fitness is a convenient, inexpensive, lifelong, healthy activity that millions of people enjoy as exercise. Running is a great way to prepare for your sport, prior to the start of your season, enhance your sport performance while in season, improve your overall physical fitness or even lose weight.   Students will be expected to follow the assigned training plan at home and at school and run 4-5 days per week.   In order to maximize classroom activity time, students will be expected to use the google classroom tool to complete assignments at home.     Students should also be ready to learn about developing their cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, muscular endurance and muscular strength. Students should be prepared to get their body moving every lesson. Heart rate will go up;  they’ll sweat and have fun. Grading will be based on participation and effort in each workout, setting and reaching goals, homework, assignments, tests, logging workouts, and writing about their experiences. The final project is to participate in a 5K Road Race.

    GAMES FOR FUN & FITNESS (Trimester 1)

    Playing games is a terrific way to get some exercise and have some fun – two important parts of living a long, healthy life.  This course will give students the opportunity to practice and learn skills, refine game strategies and tactics, socialize with classmates, and express themselves.  While playing old standards, and learning new games, students will learn what these fun and exciting games can do to help improve your fitness, and possibly your performance in other sports.  There will be a strong focus on adapting these games (using Fitnessgram results and SMART goals as a guide) to make them better suited to contribute to improving all areas of fitness.  Students will need to be ready to play hard and think even harder.  Students will leave this course with a better ability to evaluate the benefits of participating in physical activity.


    DANCE (Trimester 2)

    This course will incorporate several aspects of dance.  Students will learn line/group dances – some simple and others more difficult.  They will also learn various steps that are often combined to make up common group and line dances. Additionally, students will go through the process of creating unique dances of their own.  Students in this course will be developing balance, coordination, flexibility, agility, strength, and endurance.  There will be a lot of room for individuality and creativity, as well as flexibility on requirements for each student.  At the end of this course there will be an x-block performance with a panel of expert judges picking the 8th grade dance champions!  Grading will be based on class work and dance presentations.



    JUMP ROPE (Trimester 2)

    Jumping rope is a great cardiovascular activity that is also a lot of fun.  You will explore the benefits of jumping rope and learn many new skills, tricks, and Double Dutch.  The class is modified to meet the needs of every skill level.  This class  gives you a chance to be creative while challenging yourself.  You will create 3 jump rope routines: individual, partner and a group routine.  All will be grades according to the rubric.


    FUNCTIONAL FITNESS with X-COUNTRY SKIING AND SNOWSHOEING(Trimester 2)
    If you want to be more fit or even better at your sport, then this is the class for you.  Throughout this class you will learn to move better and increase your muscular strength and muscular endurance using sport specific movements.  You will set SMART goals based on your Fitness Scores and you will work to improve those scores and your overall fitness. Functional Fitness will use many different pieces of fitness equipment and you will have the opportunity to use the Fitness Center.  Weather permitting, we will include X-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing, so make sure you are ready to go outside when the temperature gets cold.  Grading will be based on participation and effort in each workout, setting and reaching goals, homework, assignments,  tests, logging workouts, and writing about their experiences.


    YOGA & RESISTANCE TRAINING (Trimester 3)
    Enjoy learning about lifelong fitness and exercise through Yoga, calisthenics and resistance training.  Each class will start with a 10 minute Yoga warm-up.  You will also learn how to use exercise equipment such as: medicine balls, resistance bands, free-weights, balance discs and exercise balls.  Your final group project will be to sell a piece of exercise equipment by creating a commercial or a magazine advertisement.


    RACQUET SPORTS (Trimester 3)
    Indoor racquet sports will be the focus of this course.  Pickleball is a terrific, active game that is played by people of all ages, recreationally and in tournaments, because it is fun and a great way to stay in shape.  Check out the USA Pickleball Association’s website at www.usapa.org to see and learn more about this fun game.  Badminton can be a challenging and vigorous activity that most people will play at some point in their life.  While it looks easy, hitting that little birdie all the time is hard. In this course, students will learn skills, rules, and strategies to be successful and have fun playing racquet sports.  Both the beginner and advanced player will be challenged.  Once students have the knowledge, they will play in games (singles and doubles play) and tournaments to test their skills.  Students will also be responsible for officiating games throughout the course, and may be asked to make instructional videos or newsletters from which future classes can learn.  Students will be graded on class involvement, game knowledge, skill development, and any of the previously mentioned projects.

    VOLLEYBALL (Trimester 3)
    Volleyball is a lifelong activity people play for exercise, competition or just for fun.  There are many programs for all levels of play, from beginner to Olympic athlete.  This unit will be challenging for both the beginner and advanced level player.   Students will focus on individual skills, team skills, and game play.  These skills include serving, passing, setting, attack, defense and strategy.  As students develop their skill, they will also improve muscular strength, muscular endurance and cardiovascular endurance.   Teams will play in a round robin tournament and officiate games. Grading will be based on participation and effort in each class, pre and post assessment on bumping and setting, demonstration of rule and game knowledge, peer assessments, homework, assignments,  and tests.

    If you have any questions, please email your child’s Physical Education teacher.  
     

    Sincerely,

    Kristen Santos, John Parker and Deb Pinto

    HMS Wellness Staff/Physical Education


    Click this link for course registration:

    https://docs.google.com/a/hopkinton.k12.ma.us/forms/d/1YTbsdt8IoQDCJc5bGu3WGslwnfGRuyOJKPUEjCl-Rhk/edit

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    June 1, 2015

    Dear Incoming Grade 7 Parent:


    As a school, we pride ourselves in challenging students at all levels with a math curriculum that promotes problem-solving and higher-order thinking.  Our goal is to give students a positive math experience throughout their time at Hopkinton Middle School.  Our math offerings in grade 7 include Math 7, Co-Taught Math 7, and Honors Math 7.  Regardless of the class in which your child is placed, all grade 7 math will focus on the same essential math standards.


    Math 7 focuses on four critical areas: (1) developing understanding of and applying proportional relationships; (2) developing understanding of operations with rational numbers and working with expressions and linear equations; (3) solving problems involving scale drawings and informal geometric constructions, and working with two- and three-dimensional shapes to solve problems involving area, surface area, and volume; and (4) drawing inferences about populations based on samples. Math 7 is designed to be rigorous and meet the needs of the majority of our students.


    Co-Taught Math 7 is taught by two or more teachers who jointly deliver instruction to students. In addition to a diverse instructional model, having multiple teachers in one class allows us to provide students with a wealth of resources in order to best meet their needs: smaller class sizes, increased access to teachers, instruction that is tailored to individual needs, the ability to establish flexible student groups based on need, and access to our Math Intervention Teacher.


    The aim of Honors Math 7 is to support students who are ready for a math experience that delves deeper into grade level concepts.  The class emphasizes a deep, authentic command of mathematical concepts detailed in the Math 7 description above.  Honors Math 7 is designed for students who regularly think about problems in ways that go beyond simple computation and are able to independently apply concepts to novel situations.  Honors Math 7 students demonstrate a strong interest and passion for math and display an enthusiastic disposition to think critically and analytically while independently monitoring and evaluating their own progress.


    Foundations and Application of Numbers supplements the three math courses above by providing additional support and remedial instruction for students who lack specific foundational skills.  The program is designed to help students review and practice core math concepts while targeting their individual areas for growth.  The teacher-to-student ratio is small, allowing students more opportunity to work individually with the teacher and in small groups.  


    Students will be enrolled in one of these courses based upon their grades on math assessments throughout this school year, MCAS data, and teacher input:  

    • The majority of our students will be enrolled in Math 7.

    • Students who have scored Advanced on their grade 6 MCAS* and who have maintained a 90 or better average on assessments (tests and quizzes) in their grade 6 math class will be enrolled in Honors Math 7.

    • Students whose teachers have identified them as benefitting from 2 or more teachers in a classroom will be enrolled in Co-Taught Math 7.

    • Based upon progress made in the grade 6 curriculum, identified students will receive additional math support in Foundations and Application of Numbers.  


    This year we are utilizing students’ grade 6 MCAS scores (in the past, we used grade 5 MCAS).  By utilizing current assessment data, we will receive more accurate, up-to-date information.  This change, however, causes us to modify our typical timeline of communicating placement to parents: placement information regarding grade 7 math placement will be sent to parents the week of August 3, 2015.


    Our goal is to provide a math course that challenges students, develops their depth of understanding, and stimulates their curiosity while nurturing an interest in and enjoyment of mathematics.   


    If you have a question or concern about which math course that we anticipate scheduling your child into, please feel free to contact me.  


    Thank you,




    Alan M. Keller

    Principal 
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  •  
    Dear Parents:

     

    Incoming 9th grade students are required to read 1 book over the summer. Students will be assigned a teacher and a student group for a book discussion in September based on their book choice. There is no written assignment; the only requirement is to read (and hopefully enjoy) the book.

     

    Students can access the list of books through the link below. There's something wonderful for everyone within this list!

     

    The deadline to sign up for your choice is June 1, 2015. Please sign up through the link below.  Happy Reading!

     

     

    SUMMER READING LIST

     

    SIGN-UP FORM

     

     

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  • Dear Parents of Incoming Grades 6, 7, and 8 Students:
     
    We have received many inquiries about next year's Middle School 1:1 Digital Learning Initiative and wanted to share with you those questions and our answers.  Please continue to ask us your questions should something not be addressed here or should this information provoke further questions. 
     
    Thank you for those who attended our Incoming Grade 6 Parent Presentation on May 20.  We look forward to sharing the same information to our Incoming Grades 7 and 8 Parent Presentation on June 8 at 6:30.  HCAM-TV will be on hand to record the session should you be unable to attend.
     
    Thank you,
     
    Alan M. Keller
    Principal
     
    Ashoke Ghosh
    HPS Director of Technology
     
     

     

    Frequently Asked Questions -

    Middle School Digital Learning Initiative - Chromebooks


    1. Do parents have to pay for the chromebooks?

    No, this is not a lease to own program, this initiative is funded through the

    operating budget.

    1. When will students receive their Chromebooks?

        Students will receive their Chromebooks on August 27, 2015

    1. 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.

    1. Will they come with a protective sleeve?

    Yes, all students will receive a protective case on August 27, 2015

    1. Can students personalize their sleeves?

        Yes, they can decorate the sleeve as long as it is school appropriate.

    1. Can my student bring their own device to school?

        No, students are not allowed to bring their own device from home.

    1. 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

    school.

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. Will there be additional parent training on the devices in the future?

        Yes, we will offer two parent training sessions this fall for parents.

    1. Do students have to bring them everyday to school?

        Yes, all students grades 6-8 are responsible for bringing their Chromebooks everyday.

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  • May 18, 2015 

     
    Dear Parents,

    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.  


    Thank you,


    Alan M. Keller Ashoke Ghosh

    HMS Principal HPS Director of Technology



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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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District
Announcements

  • The NEW Elementary School start times effective in the 2015-2016 school year are listed below:  

    • Hopkins:  Official start and end times 8:15 – 2:30
    • Elmwood: Official start and end times 9:00 – 3:15
    • Center: Official start and end times 9:00 – 3:15

     

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Hopkinton Middle School
88 Hayden Rowe Street
Hopkinton, MA 01748
Tel: (508) 497-9830
Fax: (508) 497-9803
Absentee Call in: (508) 497-9809
Dismissal Email: MSoffice@hopkinton.k12.ma.us