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Hopkinton Public Schools Hours

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

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

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

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School
Updates

  • Dear Grade 6 Parents,

     

    We look forward to seeing you and your child on Thursday, August 25.

     

    Your grade 6 child with join with their grade 8 Ignite leaders from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for an orientation to HMS.  

     

    From 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., parents will attend their own orientation to review information on the beginning of the year and Nature’s Classroom.  Your child can be picked up at the Brown Gym/Water Tower doors at 11:30.

     

    Please note: This is a change from the previous communication in that parents do not need to return for Chromebooks pick-up.  Chromebooks will be delivered to students during the first week of school.  

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Alan Keller, Principal

    Ann Benbenek, Assistant Principal

    Maryellen Grady, Assistant Principal


     

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  • Dear Grade 7 and 8 Parents/Guardians,

     

    We hope you have had a wonderful summer!  We have been busy here at HMS preparing for students arrival in a few short weeks.  

     

    There are a few dates we want to remind you about:  

     

    • IGNITE Leaders Training: Monday, August 22 and Tuesday, August 23: Training - 8:30-1:00pm.

     

    • IGNITE Leaders - Wednesday, August 24: Classroom Decorating - between 8:00-2:00 pm.   

     

    • Student schedules will be available for viewing on Wednesday, August 24, beginning at 3pm.  Teams and homerooms can be viewed there.  If there are any questions or concerns at that time, please contact the Grade 7 Guidance Counselor: Keith Verra at kverra@hopkinton.k12.ma.us or Grade 8 Guidance Counselor Bill Meehan at wmeehan@hopkinton.k12.ma.us

     

    For your convenience, please find the attached Grade 7 Supply List and Grade 8 Supply Lists .

     

    In order to streamline the distribution of Chromebooks, the devices will be delivered to all students on the first day of school.  

     

    Lastly, on July 29, we sent out a listserv email to incoming Grade 8 Parents outlining the Decision Regarding the Future of the Grade 8 Field Trip.  If you haven’t had a chance to read that email, please take a moment.

     

    HMS Hiller Heads-Up

     

    Important dates:

    August 22-24, 2016 Ignite Leader Training

    August 24, 2016 Schedules Open on iPass to Parents @ 3:00pm

    August 25, 2016 IGNITE Leaders Grade 6 Orientation 9am-11:30am

    August 31, 2016 First day of classes

    September 2, 2016 No School

    September 5, 2016 No School

    September 16, 2016 Early Release @11:25am

    September 20, 2016 School Pictures

    September 23, 2016 Grade 8 Welcome Back Party @ 7:00pm

    September 29, 2016 Grades 7 & 8 Back to School Night

     

    Cycle Days:

    Date

    Cycle Day

     

    Date

    Cycle Day

    8/29

    Teacher professional development day

     

    9/5

    No school

    8/30

    Teacher professional development day

     

    9/6

    3

    8/31

    1

     

    9/7

    4

    9/1

    2

     

    9/8

    5

    9/2

    No school

     

    9/9

    6

     

    Along with all the  familiar faces at HMS, we are very pleased to introduce a number of returning and/or new staff members who will be joining us.  The following individuals will be starting the school year.  Please reach out and welcome them to our school community.

     

    Tamara Feldman - Grade 6 Learning Specialist

     

    Michael Keough - Grade 8 Science Teacher

     

     

    Rachel Stevenson - Grade 8 Learning Specialist

     

    Ella Kukles - MS IT Support  

     

    Erin O’Neil Di Palma - START Program Adjustment Counselor    

     

    Donna Lee Gietl -  English Learner Education Teacher  

     

    Brittany McCaffrey - Teaching Assistant   

     

    Caroline Shea - START Program Teaching Assistant.  

     

    Rebecca Black - Teaching Assistant

     

    Congratulations to the following staff members who are newly appointed to the following positions:

     

     

    Dan Mazur - MS Special Education Team Chair

     

     

    Carolyn Connor -  MS Literacy Coach

     

    Welcome back from maternity leave:

     

     

    Katie DiPalma - Blue Team 6th Grade Guidance Counselor

     

     

    Jessica Zwillinger - Art Teacher    

     

    We look forward to a great school year.

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Alan Keller, Principal

    Ann Benbenek, Assistant Principal

    Maryellen Grady, Assistant Principal


     

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  • Dear Grade 6 Parents/Guardians,

     

    We hope you have had a wonderful summer!  We have been busy here at HMS preparing for students arrival in a few short weeks.

     

    Please mark your calendars for some important dates:

     

    August 22, 2016 Grade 6 Tuck Everlasting Discussion 9am-10:30am

    August 24, 2016 Schedules Open on iPass to Parents @ 3:00pm

    August 25, 2016 Grade 6 Orientation 9am-11:30am

    August 31, 2016 First day of classes

    September 2, 2016 No School

    September 5, 2016 No School

    September 7, 2016 Grade 6 Back to School Night

    September 16, 2016 Early Release @11:25am

    September 20, 2016 School Pictures

     

    Cycle Days:

    Date

    Cycle Day

     

    Date

    Cycle Day

    8/29

    Teacher professional development day

     

    9/5

    No school

    8/30

    Teacher professional development day

     

    9/6

    3

    8/31

    1

     

    9/7

    4

    9/1

    2

     

    9/8

    5

    9/2

    No school

     

    9/9

    6

     

    There are a few dates we want to highlight:

     

    • On August 22 from 9am-10:30am in the Hopkinton Middle School Library, Mrs. Grady, one of the assistant principals, will be hosting a book talk on Tuck Everlasting. Students do not have to have finished reading the entire book to attend. Mrs. Grady will also give attendees a special tour of the building.  All are welcome.  Please email Mrs. Grady at mgrady@hopkinton.k12.ma.us if your child is interested in attending.

     

    • Student schedules will be available for viewing on Wednesday, August 24, beginning at 3pm.  Teams and homerooms can be viewed there.  If there are any questions or concerns at that time, please contact the grade 6 counselors: Christine Brown: cbrown@hopkinton.k12.ma.us  and Katie DiPalma: kdipalma@hopkinton.k12.ma.us.

     

    • On Thursday, August 25, from 9am to 11:30am grade 6 students with join with their grade 8 Ignite leaders for an orientation, engaging in team building games as well as activities to familiarize them with the school.  From 9am-10:30am, parents will attend their own orientation to review important start of the school year information, as well as have a presentation about Nature’s Classroom.  If you or your child is unable to attend that morning’s orientations or have any questions, please contact Mrs. Ann Benbenek at abenbenek@hopkinton.k12.ma.us, or either of the guidance counselors. Please note: This is a change from the previous communication in that parents do not need to return for Chromebooks.  In order to streamline the distribution of Chromebooks, the devices will be delivered to grade 6 - 8 students on the first day of school.  

     

     

    Along with all the  familiar faces at HMS, we are very pleased to introduce a number of returning and/or new staff members who will be joining us.  The following individuals will be starting the school year.  Please reach out and welcome them to our school community.

     

    Tamara Feldman -  Grade 6 Learning Specialist

     

    Michael Keough -  Grade 8 Science Teacher  

     

     

    Rachel Stevenson -  Grade 8 Learning Specialist

     

    Ella Kukles-  MS IT Support  

     

    Erin O’Neil Di Palma - START Program Adjustment Counselor    

     

    Donna Lee Gietl -  English Learner Education Teacher  

     

    Brittany McCaffrey - Teaching Assistant   

     

    Caroline Shea -  START Program Teaching Assistant.  

     

    Rebecca Black -  Teaching Assistant

     

    Congratulations to the following staff members who are newly appointed to the following positions:

     
    Dan Mazur -  MS Special Education Team Chair 

     

    Carolyn Connor -  MS Literacy Coach

     

    Welcome back from maternity leave:

     
    Katie DiPalma - Blue Team 6th Grade Guidance Counselor
     
     
    Jessica Zwillinger - Art Teacher    

     

    We look forward to meeting you and your children.

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Alan Keller, Principal

    Ann Benbenek, Assistant Principal

    Maryellen Grady, Assistant Principal


     

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  • 7/29/16

     

    Dear Incoming Grade 8 Parents,

     

    I hope that you and your family are enjoying the summer.  As promised, this letter provides information regarding the future of the Grade 8 End-of-Year Field Trip, which has traditionally been to Washington, D.C.  

     

    During the 2014-2015 school year, we began exploring other organizations that offered a different experience than that of Capital Tours, our long-time tour operator.  Negative feedback from the teacher/parent chaperones -- including the lack of a curricular connection (our students do not study American History until Grade 10), no educational support to make that connection, and the extended length of the trip for both teachers and students -- led me to begin looking more closely at the trip itself and, in particular, the tour operator to determine if the trip could be enhanced with a different organization leading it.   Equipped with this information, and drawing from our personal experiences upon returning from the 2015 trip, a committee decided that the 2015-2016 class trip would be led by Close Up.

     

    This year’s trip took place between Wednesday, June 8 and Friday, June 10.  Upon our return, we were unanimous in our opinion: the Close Up program far exceeded that of our previous trips. Yet, we had several concerns:

     

    • The cost of this program was $972, including airport transportation,
    • 37 students did not attend this “grade level” field trip,
    • Although flying into Washington early in the day allowed us to experience a full-day, arriving to HMS at 3:00 am was far too early, creating exhausted participants.

     

    Upon returning, I asked our chaperones, grade 8 students, and grade 8 parents for feedback on this trip.  Please find highlights from these three surveys as well as selected comments: 2015-2016 Washington, DC Trip Survey Data from Chaperones, Grade 8 Students, Grade 8 Parents.

    On June 14, 2016, I sent a Class Field Trip Survey to Grade 7 Parents.  A total of 165 parents responded to this survey: Feedback from Incoming Grade 8 Parents.

     

    One of my responsibilities is to ensure that we are offering our students a rich educational experience that meets their needs as young adults and aligns with the objectives that we have identified as educators. The decision to attend an overnight field trip is one that I take seriously and, as such, I deeply examined all of the survey data and comments using the following seven criteria to make my decision.  Below, please find my commentary on each of these criterion:

     

    1. Cost to Families  The cost of the trip increased to nearly $1,000 from $648 in 2014-2015. Unfortunately, our fundraising efforts were not sufficiently fruitful.  It is clear to me that for most of our families, $700 is a maximum amount, and looking to make up substantial difference through fundraising is not reasonable.

     

    1. Safety and Security  A significant number of parents expressed concerns to me over world events, some of whom did not send their child on the trip as a result of Washington, D.C. being named as a potential target.  While it is upsetting to allow the threat of terror to impact our thinking, we must consider it for a trip of this magnitude.

     

    1. Student Attendance  Historically, the greatest number of students who did not attend the DC trip was 15.  This year, we more than doubled that number to 37 students.  The reasons varied: safety in Washington/airports, prohibitive cost, concerns with flying, lack of interest.

     

    1. Time on Learning  We moved to a three-day trip and incorporated flight as a way to minimize the number of days out of the classroom.  While I believe in extracurricular opportunities, hands-on and experiential learning, the academic expectations placed on schools have increased dramatically over the years compared to the days when these trips were initiated.  Reducing the trip to three days relieved some of the curricular pressures.  Over the years, parents have been a great help chaperoning field trips.  Having said that, it is essential to have teachers attend these trips.  They have the connections, personal and curricular, as well as an understanding of group dynamics that ensure a safe and successful experience.  Many teachers shared that they could no longer attend an overnight field trip that exceeded three days.  

     

    1. Connection to Curriculum  Our teachers worked extensively this year with the staff from Close Up, and while educators firmly believe the educational component of this year’s trip was vastly improved, it is clear to me in hearing from our students and parents, that it simply was not enough, e.g., introducing students to a significant topic 15 minutes prior to experiencing it is not sufficient, and ultimately is bad practice.  We know that for students to develop skills and knowledge, we must offer a depth of experience, not experiences that are “an inch deep and a mile wide.”  It is impossible to get around the fact that we do not study U.S. History in grades 6-8.  

     

    1. Academic/Social Ratio  I believe that our students deserve an opportunity to celebrate their (almost) completion of middle school as they transition to high school.  While it makes sense for this to be a component of a class trip, it should not be the exclusive reason for undertaking one.  This year’s dance was roundly criticized, as were the opportunities to interact regularly with one another with what was seen as an extreme focus on academics.

     

    In considering all of the feedback as it pertains to these criteria, I have made the decision to discontinue Washington, D.C. as the site for our grade 8 field trip.  

     

    My intent with this letter is to help you understand the thinking that has gone into this difficult decision.  At this time, however, we need to do considerable work in order to create a memorable, engaging, academic and enjoyable experience for our students in their grade 8 year.  While I do not yet have a specific site in mind, I am committed to keeping the cost of the trip under $700, utilizing bus transportation, and seeking your input and the input of our educators and students in finding an outstanding alternative.

     

    For those who have further questions and who would like to be part of a team to begin planning the Class of 2021’s grade 8 class trip, I invite you to join me on Monday, September 12 at 6:00 p.m. in the HMS Library.

     

    Once again, I thank you for your time, patience and understanding.

     

    Alan M. Keller

    HMS Principal


     

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  • April 12, 2016


    Dear Middle School Parents,


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


    2015-2016 Grades 7 and 8 Math

    Grade 7

    Grade 8

    Co-Taught Math 7

    Co-Taught Math 8

    Math 7

    Math 8

    Honors Math 7

    Honors Math 8


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


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


    Proposed 2016-2017 Grades 7 and 8 Math

    Grade 7

    Grade 8

    Math 7

    Math 8

    Honors Math 7

    Honors Math 8

    Grade 7 Pre-Algebra

    Grade 8 Algebra 1


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


    Criteria for entering Grade 7 Pre-Algebra

    Criteria for entering Grade 8 Algebra 1

    Fluency Assessment (April 2016)

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

    MCAS (May 2015)

    MCAS (May 2015)

    Iowa Algebra Aptitude Test (April 2016)

    Iowa Algebra Aptitude Test (April 2016)

    Year-to-date assessment grade (May 2015)

    Year-to-date grade (May 2015)

    Teacher Rubric

     

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


    Thank you,


    Alan M. Keller

    HMS Principal

     
     
     
       
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  •  

    Dear Parents,

    Please read the following Morning Drop Off  information.


    Thank you,

    Alan M. Keller

    Principal


     

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  • Adolescent Substance Abuse Program (ASAP)

    Trends in Substance Use Among Teens Parent Guidance Presentation

    Wednesday, October 1, 2014

    7:00-8:30pm

    Hopkinton High School Auditorium

    Focus:     Grades: 4-9th Grade


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

                            Director of Social Work,

                            Adolescent Substance Abuse Program

                            Boston Children’s Hospital

     

    Funding Grant:      Hopkinton Country Club Charitable Foundation

     

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

     


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  • Parent Alert:

    Dangers of a Popular Social Media App: Yik Yak

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

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

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

    Phil Powers                                                  Jean Vallera Vazza

    School Resource Officer                              Youth Services Coordinator

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

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


                                                                                                                          

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  • 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


    --

    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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Alan Keller, Principal
Hopkinton Middle School
88 Hayden Rowe Street
Hopkinton, MA 01748
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