- Special guests from Radio Mix 104.1 "Wellness on Wheels"
- Food Samples featured from Waterfresh Farms, Boar's Head, NFL's "Fuel Up" to Play60 and many more!
- Wellness screenings offered by Metrowest Medical Center, local wellness providers and hands-on massage chairs from Nurturing Touch.
- Family Activities hosted by Milford Metrowest Sports, Southwick Zoo (visiting baby Kangaroo), Cross Fit Resilience from Hopkinton, Milford Jazzercise, Greyhound Friends, Breezy Hill Therapeutic Riding mini-horse, "Lucy", and Whitehall Farms (face painting).
- More than 30 Summer and Regional Camps displays and counselors for your early summer planningFor more information, visit: http://www.hopkinton.k12.ma.us/Page/4853
February 28, 2014
Evan Bishop Alan Keller
HS Principal MS Principal
February 24, 2014
This morning at approximately 8:00am, an unidentified adult was seeking access to the Hopkinton Middle School through some back and side door locations. As a result, the building was immediately placed in lock-down and the Hopkinton Police were notified and responded to secure the building. Shortly after, the adult was identified. Unfortunately, the person was unfamiliar with protocols for entering the school and had sought entry without using the main entrance and buzzer system. Once the person was identified, the lockdown was terminated and students resumed their regular schedule by 8:30am.
We are proud of the response of students and staff in following protocols by keeping our doors locked and requiring access to the school only by using the front door entry system.
As a reminder to parents, guardians, and all visitors to the Middle School, all exterior doors are locked daily at 7:30am. If parents or guardians need access to the school, please use the main entrance by the tennis courts and flagpole. Using the buzzer entry system, the front office staff will provide access to the Middle School.
February 13, 2014
One of the changes we have made this year is an adjustment to our Hiller Holler. We remain committed to producing a high quality, interactive school newsletter focused on curriculum, but will now be delivering it on a bi-monthly basis. In months that we will not “publish” the Hiller Holler, I will provide a Principal’s Update. Below, please find some upcoming dates and information.
Did you know that for the 2013-14 school year, the HPTA is funding nearly $50,000 in direct support our the Middle School & High School students? This accounts for 55% of the HPTA district wide budget! As your child grows, so does our support! Please consider a $20 Family membership to support our efforts in Teaming Up for Education! Go to www.hptaonline.com to sign up today!
2013-2014 MCAS Dates
Tuesday, March 18: Grade 7 English Language Arts Long Composition
Tuesday, March 25: Grades 6/7/8 Reading Comprehension Session I
Wednesday, March 26: Grades 6/7/8 Reading Comprehension Session II
As part of the U.S. Department of Education’s Race to the Top initiative has come Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC. PARCC is a consortium of eighteen (18) states developing a common set of K-12 assessments that gauge college and career readiness. PARCC assessments will be ready for states to administer in 2014-2015. In the current school year, our grade 6 has been selected to field test a paper and pencil math test. Certain grade 6 classes were randomly selected to take this assessment, which will be administered after MCAS. More information will be sent directly to parents whose children are in those classes.
Empowering Girls Conference
Forty-three (43) sixth, seventh, and eighth grade girls attended a conference given by Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan entitled “Empowering Girls”. The message the girls received was that clear minds and good choices make positive results. Guest speakers included Teresa Moore, the president and founder of T-Time Productions LLC, who spoke about the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) revolution. Also featured was David Solet, Chief of the MDAO Cyber Protection Program. There were two keynote addresses given by the Middlesex District Attorney, Marion Ryan, and Carmen Ortiz, United States Attorney General for the District of Massachusetts. In addition, there was a panel of very successful women who had non-traditional jobs. The women shared their stories of success. The audience members were able to ask personal questions of the panel. It proved to be an inspiring day for all who attended.
On Monday evening, February 10, we were thrilled to host our first in a series of book discussions held in the MS Library. Assistant Principal Maryellen Grady was the evening's moderator. The book discussed was Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements. Things Not Seen is an engrossing novel about a 15-year-old boy who becomes invisible and befriends a blind girl. The story made all who attended think about who was invisible in our society and how we all have blind spots. The evening was enjoyed by the attendees and we have decided to choose another date to discuss Things Hoped For, the second book in this series. Please look for more information soon to follow.
Progress Report Grades open on Monday, March 3 at 8:00 a.m. and close on Monday, March 10 at 8:00 a.m.
Important Upcoming Dates
HMS Student Talent Show: February 27
HMS 7th/8th Grade Dance: February 28
6th Grade Concert: March 11
7th Grade Concert: March 12
Early Release Day: March 13
Teacher Professional Day - No School: March 14
8th Grade Concert: March 18
Keefe Tech Parent Info Night
On Thursday, February 27, at 6:00 p.m., Keefe Technical High School will be holding a Parent Information Night for parents of 7th and 8th grade students. A presentation will be given in the East Side Room Restaurant followed by a school tour. Please contact Keefe Tech at 508-416-2270 with any further questions.
IGNITE HOMEROOM CHALLENGE/Incoming 7th Grade Parent Night
Grade 6 parents, please mark your calendars: The Grade 6 Homeroom Challenge has been rescheduled to March 27 at 6:00-8:00 p.m. On that same evening, we invite parents to our Incoming Grade 7 Parent Night from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in the Middle School Auditorium. During the parent night, we will review our grade 7 math and foreign language programs so that you and your child can make an informed choice as you prepare for next year.
We hope that you have a wonderful February vacation.
Alan M. Keller
February 7, 2014
This afternoon, during our monthly meeting with each grade 6 team, we asked students for feedback on their transition to Hopkinton Middle School. Transition of students has been and remains a part of our School Improvement Plan. Through parent coffees and School Council meetings, parents have indicated that although their children felt prepared, they did not. As such, your child is coming home with a green document entitled “Grade 6 Administration-Student Meeting.”
Would you kindly respond to the four questions on this document and send back with your son or daughter by Wednesday, February 12? If you have further feedback or would like to respond to these questions in a more private manner, please feel free to contact me directly.
Thank you very much,
February 6, 2014
Beginning Trimester 3, Middle School foreign language teachers will begin assessing their students differently. In accordance with current best practices in foreign language assessment, we will replace the current grading categories of Homework, Participation, Quizzes and Tests with Speaking (20%), Listening (20%), and Reading and Writing (60%).
The reason for this change is to assure that the final grade given to a student better reflects what a student can say and do in a foreign language. By separating the grading categories into targeted language proficiencies, we believe that we will give our students and parents a much clearer picture of strengths and areas for growth as it pertains to communication in the language of study. Is the student stronger in speaking? Do the students’ listening skills need improvement? Can the student read and write at the appropriate level for his/her year of study?
We believe this change in grading categories will benefit our students by giving them a clearer assessment of their language abilities. Please contact us with questions or concerns about this change.
Marilyn Miracle, K-12 FL Subject Matter Leader
Robert Berlo, Director of Curriculum
Alan Keller, Principal, Hopkinton Middle School
Scheduling Process and Timeline for 8th graders
Dear Grade 8 Parents,
As hard as it is to believe, it is time to begin the scheduling process for your child’s freshman year. The first step involves grade 8 students meeting with High School counselors during the school day on .
On this day, students will come home with a packet which includes information on graduation and college admissions requirements, the high school credit system, course levels, extracurricular activities, the high school’s rotating schedule, and typical ninth grade course requests.
On , we hope that you can attend Hopkinton High School’s Grade 8 Parent Night. This is an important night for all parents of next year's incoming 9th graders during which we will discuss the upcoming scheduling process for the 2014-2015 school year. Subject Matter Leaders from all departments will be present as will student council representatives who will offer tours of the building. We hope you will be able to join us in the High School Athletic Center.
If you are unable to attend, we will post all of the handouts on the Hopkinton High School website on .
Alan Keller Evan Bishop
HMS Principal HHS Principal
Dear Hopkinton Middle School Parents:
Please view the 2013 Report Card for Hopkinton Middle School. Report Cards answer questions about a school's overall performance and contain specific information about student enrollment and teacher qualifications, student achievement, accountability, how a school is performing relative to other schools in the district and the state, and the progress made toward narrowing proficiency gaps for different groups of students.
Alan M. Keller
SUPERINTENDENT’S PUBLIC FORUMS
Dear Parents, Guardians and Community Members:
We hope you take this opportunity to ask any unanswered questions you may have about the FY15 Budget and gain greater clarification of the budget. Mr. Dumas, Director of Finance, will be joining me to hear your concerns and answer questions. We look forward to seeing you, having the opportunity to listen to your feedback, and to respond to your questions.
Date: Tuesday, March 18th
Location: Middle School Lecture Hall
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Dr. Cathy MacLeod
Superintendent of Schools
Massachusetts 2014 Family Engagement Survey
January 13 to March 21, 2014
Dear Parents/Guardians/Community Members:
This morning, representatives of Hopkinton’s School Committee (Nancy Alvarez Burdick and Ellen Scordino [not pictured]), Board of Selectmen (John Mosher), Center School Principal Lauren Dubeau, Elementary School Building Committee (Mike Shepard), HPS Director of Finance Ralph Dumas, State Representative Carolyn Dykema, and District Director for Senator Spilka, Puja Mehta (not pictured), joined me at the MSBA Board of Directors meeting in Boston. I am pleased to announce that we have received an invitation into the Massachusetts School Building Authority’s (MSBA) eligibility period. Over the next few days we expect a letter confirming this invitation and providing additional detail.
Preliminary Eligibility Requirements will need to be completed in order for us to proceed. Once completed, the MSBA will review our documents and consider a vote to invite the Town of Hopkinton into the Capital pipeline, allowing us to begin the Feasibility Study Process. The MSBA Board of Directors noted Hopkinton’s representation at their meeting this morning, stating how important it is to have such unified support.
Cathy MacLeod, Ed.D.