Friday, October 9 - Day 1
YANKEE CANDLE: This is the final weekend to get in your online Yankee Candle Orders. We would like to thank everyone who has supported the HMS fundraiser this year. We would like to congratulate Nick Torres who correctly guessed that Mrs. Economo would like to time travel to Yogurt Beach with President Kennedy and to Devin Gross who knew Mr. O'Connell would like nothing more than to share a cup of salted caramel frozen yogurt with Thomas Jefferson. If you still have paper orders to hand in, please make sure you give them to your Student Council rep on Tuesday. Yogurt Beach gift cards for all who participated will be handed out soon! Thanks again!
No School on Monday, October 12 - Columbus Day!
YEARBOOK CLUB: An informational meeting will be held today from 2:00-2:30 in the Lecture Hall. Hope to see you there.
MATH COUNTS: Do you love math? Then join Math Counts every Wednesday from 2:00-3:00 p.m. in Rom 234 with Mrs. Elder! Hope to see you there!
HOPKINTON SPIKEFEST will take place on Friday, October 23. An informational flyer is available on the Guidance Counter. Proceeds go to the Sky's the Limit Courtyard.
FLAG FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT: The deadline to sign up for Flag Football is today! The winning 8th grade team will play the faculty on the last day! If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Kirshenbaum in Room 247.
LIVE CLUB: Attention all 8th graders! Do you want to grow into a confident leader and be the best version of yourself? Do you want to be prepared to excel at the high school? If so, apply to be a part of LIVE Club where enthusiastic high school students will mentor you in these skills in a fun, collaborative setting. Please find the applicaiton information on the club board or Ms. McDonough's website.
Attention all 8th graders! We need 8th grade referees for the Flag Football Tournament. If you are interested, please sign up in Guidance.
Grade 6 KIDS NIGHT OUT will take place on Friday, October 23rd from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Brown Gym. Activities will various games, basketball, friendly dodgeball, and dancing to music by a DJ. Snacks will be available for purchase. Sign up sheets will be passed out on Tuesday. Don't miss the fun!
Tuesday is Day 2.
September 15, 2015
Thank you for your time and attention in completing the survey regarding recommended changes to our Washington, D.C. field trip. We invite you to view results of the survey as well as answers to frequently asked questions.
September 2, 2015
Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year. We had a great first day and want to thank you for preparing your child for today. We would also like to thank you for your patience as we worked our way through a few software issues with our student scheduling. As you know, many students’ homerooms were incorrectly labeled on the Chromebooks as these labels were printed in advance of us fixing our iPass scheduling glitches. This led to confusion and we apologize for that. We also discovered more errors this morning and reprinted several students’ schedules which they now have. Obviously, this is not ideal as our goal is to have accurate and final information. We apologize for the confusion and frustration.
Pardon yet another reference to the book Mindset, but it has been an important book in my growth as a leader and in our vision for Hopkinton Middle School as a learning organization. Although we cannot fix the frustration you and your child may have experienced in the days leading to today, we are working on ensuring that we prevent this from happening again. As we try to model for our students, making mistakes is an important part of growing provided that we don’t allow the mistakes to identify us and that we look to learn from these mistakes.
Based on our walks through classrooms today, our scheduling issues did not seem to impact the classroom experience. I told our teachers this on opening day -- as my child begins school today -- my hope for him is to enter a middle school like ours here at Hopkinton Middle School, one filled with passionate, dedicated teachers who care deeply about young adults.
I look forward to our year together and thank you for your time and support. As always, I invite you to share with me your thoughts, feedback, suggestions.
Finally, I would like to remind you of a few changes to our student pick-up and drop-off protocol:
Doors open to students at 7:00 a.m. Please do not drop off your child earlier than 7:00 a.m. as there is no one present for supervision.
At the end of the day, students enter and depart through one of two egresses:
the Brown Gym doors
the “Bus Loop” doors
The Front Door is only for student arrivals after 7:30 a.m.
Thank you for a great start to the year,
Alan M. Keller
August 26, 2015
On Wednesday, August 26, 2015, finalized schedules for the 2015-2016 school year will be made available to you and your child through your iPARENT account. If you do not have an active iPARENT account yet, please apply for one now.
To do so, log on to the Hopkinton School District website: www.hopkinton.k12.ma.us, highlight the parent tab on the homepage, and select “iPASS Account Application. Fill out the necessary information for ALL of your children attending Hopkinton Public Schools and make sure to write down your username and password for future use after you apply. If you are experiencing problems, please email Linda Henderson at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Each student will receive a schedule on the first day of school. With the exception of music and physical education classes, all related arts courses are offered on a trimester basis. Subsequently, students will be issued a new schedule each trimester. The schedule that students receive on the first day of school is for term one.
On Wednesday, September 2, all 8th graders should report to the Auditorium; all 7th graders should report to the Cafeteria; and all sixth graders will meet in the Doyle Gym. At that time, their homeroom teachers will call out their names and/or homeroom color designations, and students will proceed to their homerooms, where they will receive their locker assignments. Each homeroom teacher will review schedules with their students.
Student Pick Up and Drop Off Information
Due to traffic congestion and dangerous pedestrian situations, drivers who are dropping off students in the morning and/or picking up students after school must follow the posted traffic flow signs. All students MUST be dropped off at the water tower/Brown Gym parking lot in the mornings. Officer Phil Powers will be assisting with traffic flow.
Please DO NOT drop your student off in front of the Middle School building at the front entrance. Dropping off at the front entrance near the Main Office is ONLY for late drop offs AFTER 7:30 a.m. For the safety of our students and staff, there should be no traffic in front of the Middle School building BEFORE 7:30 a.m.
Students must report to homeroom by 7:25. Should they arrive after 7:25, they must obtain a tardy slip from the Main Office.
ALL visitors must check in with the main office.
The front doors to the Middle School will be locked throughout the school day until 2:30 p.m.
Dismissal from School
If a student needs to leave early for whatever reason, a dismissal note is required. The student should bring the note to Mrs. McBride in the Main Office before homeroom. Parents must buzz into the school and wait for your child to meet you in the new waiting area outside of the Main Office.
Students must have a note and must be picked up by a parent in order to leave HMS early, even if they are within walking distance of the school or have an appointment across the street.
Morning announcements are made during homeroom each morning. We then post those announcements on the HMS website for your review.
Safety Back-Up Plan
It is important to have a back-up plan for your child. Please provide your child with a list of emergency contacts such as a family member or neighbor to call if your child is unable to reach you. Make sure you discuss with your child what he or she should do in the event of missing the bus, and not being able to get in touch with you.
Stay in the Loop
If you have not already done so, please make sure to subscribe to Schoolwires to receive communications from HMS for your child’s grade level. Please click on the following link http://www.hopkinton.k12.ma.
To maintain a secure facility, the Middle School allows a 2-hour drop off window -- from 7:30-9:30 a.m. -- for parents to bring items to their children. No items will be permitted to be dropped off for students after 9:30 a.m. Please plan accordingly.
I am looking forward to an exciting and productive school year.
Alan M. Keller
Middle School Digital Learning Initiative - Chromebooks
Do parents have to pay for the chromebooks?
No, this is not a lease to own program, this initiative is funded through the
When will students receive their Chromebooks?
Students will receive their Chromebooks on August 27, 2015
Why did the school district choose Chromebooks?
Chromebooks are secure, easy to manage, and work well with Google Apps for
Education. They meet next generation testing environments, are inexpensive to repair,
and they support the writing process.
Will they come with a protective sleeve?
Yes, all students will receive a protective case on August 27, 2015
Can students personalize their sleeves?
Yes, they can decorate the sleeve as long as it is school appropriate.
Can my student bring their own device to school?
No, students are not allowed to bring their own device from home.
Will there be web filtering on the Chromebook at home?
Yes, the device will have the same level of web filtering at home as it does in
Can students add their own Applications or Extensions?
No, students will not be able to add their own applications or extensions for
Chrome OS, but he or she can submit an email to the technology group to make
suggestions on specific apps and extensions. Upon approval, the apps will be made available to all students.
What happens if the Chromebook is stolen?
Parents are expected to file a police report within the town police department the
device was stolen from within 7-10 days from the date the device was stolen.
What happens if my student breaks his/her Chromebook?
Students will bring the Chromebook to our technician in the Middle School
library for repair. The student will be issued a loaner device while his/her
Chromebook is being repaired. Students who are neglectful or damage the device on purpose by not following the guidelines in the 1:1 Manual will be responsible for paying for any damaged parts.
Will students be able to keep the Chromebooks over the summer?
No, students will not be allowed to take the Chromebooks home over the
summer. They will be collected at the end of each school year.
Will there be additional parent training on the devices in the future?
Yes, we will offer two parent training sessions this fall for parents.
Do students have to bring them everyday to school?
Yes, all students grades 6-8 are responsible for bringing their Chromebooks everyday.
May 18, 2015
We are excited to move forward in the 2015-2016 school year with a 1:1 (1 student, 1 device) digital learning initiative at Hopkinton Middle School. As you may know, during the current school year, our grade 8 math and science teachers have been utilizing Chromebooks in their classrooms. In the past two years, our school and district have invested heavily in Google Apps for Education products. This year, six of our educators attended a Google Apps for Education Summit. These teachers, in addition to our grade 8 math and science teachers have become exceptional resources as we prepare our staff for the 1:1 digital learning initiative. Throughout this year, we have learned how Google Apps for Education can enhance staff and student learning, and we believe that the Chromebook is the device that best meets our needs as a learning community.
The purpose of our 1:1 program is to help our students learn and continuously grow as independent, confident, resilient, and thoughtful individuals willing to explore new ideas, reflect on progress, and challenge themselves. Hopkinton Middle School’s goals for a 1:1 initiative are focused on enhancing curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Our curricular goals center on developing personalized learning experiences and providing equitable learning opportunities that promote student ownership of their learning. Technology in the classroom allows teachers to develop timely and targeted instruction that supports individualized student learning. Through assessments that utilize technology, the teacher and the student receive immediate and frequent feedback on the student’s progress toward the learning goals.
Our leadership team has been meeting throughout the year developing our 1:1 rollout plan. As such, we would like to share with you the following important dates for parents and students:
Dates for Incoming Grade 6
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
6:30 pm, HMS Auditorium: Incoming Grade 6 Parent Presentation on Preparing You and Your Child for Grade 6 and 1:1
Thursday, August 27*, 2015
9:00 am -10:00 am, HMS Auditorium: Incoming Grade 6 Parent Orientation and Nature’s Classroom Overview (Incoming Grade 6 students are in orientation with grade 8 IGNITE mentors)
Grade 6 student lunch, 11:30am-12:15pm
Grade 6 student presentation on 1:1 Initiative, 12:15-12:45pm
Grade 6 Parents return to pick up Chromebook with student, 12:45pm-1:15pm
Dates for Incoming Grades 7 and 8
Monday, June 8, 2015 at 6:30 pm, HMS Auditorium: Incoming Grades 7 and 8 Parent Presentation on 1:1 Initiative
Thursday, August 27*, 2015
Grade 7 student presentation (parents welcome), 4:30 pm
Grade 7 parents pick up Chromebook with student, 5:00 pm
Grade 8 Student Presentation (parents welcome), 6:00 pm
Grade 8 parents pick up Chromebook with student, 6:30pm
*In creating this schedule, we do realize that some families may have commitments or plans on August 27. Parents and students unable to attend on August 27 can come to the Middle School Main Office on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 from 2-5 pm.
Alan M. Keller Ashoke Ghosh
HMS Principal HPS Director of Technology
Trends in Substance Use Among Teens Parent Guidance Presentation
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Hopkinton High School Auditorium
Focus: Grades: 4-9th Grade
Director of Social Work,
Adolescent Substance Abuse Program
Boston Children’s Hospital
Funding Grant: Hopkinton Country Club Charitable Foundation
A presentation designed for parents of 4th-9th graders, this talk will provide basic information about the trends of substance use and abuse among teens, and will focus on what parents can do to keep their children from using. Involved parents are the first line of defense against substance use, yet many parents struggle with how to address these issues with their children. Through this presentation, parents will be given strategies on how to talk to their kids about alcohol and illicit substances, and how to handle potential use.
Dangers of a Popular Social Media App: Yik Yak
In an effort to keep teens safe, we wanted to make you aware of a recent trend in social media. Yik Yak is a social bulletin board displaying messages from people in a user’s area that can be voted “up” or “down” on the page.
The anonymous social wall has been popular in Hopkinton Middle and High School. This app is free and easy to download. The app is location based and allows you to post whatever you want about whomever you want anonymously. Its radius is limited to a 1.5 mile area, so it’s really a conversation by Hopkinton teens about Hopkinton teens. As the School Resource Officer, I have monitored this site and found some positive but mostly negative chats that are derogatory or may even be considered bullying.
There are an infinite number of applications, so we can never eliminate or block all of them. Please talk with your children about what apps they use and educate them about the dangers of social media. If you have questions, please contact:
School Resource Officer
Welcome to Hopkinton Middle School. We are excited to greet you and your child and look forward to this year.
On, all 8th graders should report to the Auditorium; all 7th graders should report to the Brown Gym; and all sixth graders will meet in the Doyle Gym. At that time, their homeroom teachers will call out their names and/or homeroom designations, and students will proceed to their homerooms, where they will receive their locker assignments.
Each homeroom teacher will carefully review schedules with their students. Each student will receive a printed schedule on the first day of school. With the exception of music and physical education classes, all related arts courses are offered on a trimester basis. Subsequently, students will be issued a new schedule each trimester. The schedule that students receive on the first day of school is for trimester one.
Due to traffic congestion and dangerous pedestrian situations, drivers who are dropping off students in the morning and/or picking up students after school must follow the blue traffic flow lines. Do not drive between rows of parked cars.
All students MUST be dropped off at the water tower/Brown Gym parking lot in the mornings. Officer Phil Powers will be present to assist with traffic flow. Please note: If you are dropping off your student, please do not drop off your student BEFOREThe building is open to students at
Please do not drop your student off in front of the Middle School building at the front entrance. Dropping off at the front entrance near the Main Office is ONLY for late drop offs AFTER, when the building is locked. For the safety of our students and staff, there should be no traffic in front of the Middle School building BEFORE
Additionally, if you must come into the Middle School to conduct business, please do not park outside the entrance to the Middle School. Visitor parking spaces are provided for you in the parking lot.
Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
I am looking forward to an exciting and productive school year.
Alan M. Keller
Parental Permission for Google Apps for Education
Below is the message sent from the HPS Technology Team on Friday, August 29, 2014. It is our desire to begin the year with students understanding and utilizing technology in a responsible manner, and the most efficient way is to frontload these lessons which is why I am sending this follow-up. If you have not already done so, please follow the steps below to complete the Parental Consent Form for your child.
Over the past several years Hopkinton Public Schools has embraced Google Apps for Education as a set of productivity tools and a digital learning space. The use of online tools has grown in importance, and now is an essential part of teaching and learning in our schools. Currently, teachers and students alike use Google Apps in the classrooms to support learning, exchange ideas, and to improve student-teacher communication. Because of this, we are asking that you allow your son or daughter to use these tools beginning in grade 3.
Beginning with the 2014-15 school-year, all Grade 3-12 students will be eligible for Google Apps for Education accounts. The District's Google Apps parental consent form (refer to link below) is designed to authorize student use throughout their schooling at Hopkinton Public Schools. This multi-year consent form allows students to benefit from the increasing capabilities of Google Apps while assuming greater responsibilities in the digital realm as they move up in grade level in our schools. Please be aware that parents may opt their children out of the Google Apps initiative at any point in this progression.
To help answer questions and to provide more detailed information, we have created a website that provides specific details about the tools and various levels of access at each grade. To provide permission for your son or daughter to utilize these tools in the classroom, we ask that you fill out the online consent form. You will need to use your existing schoolwires account to login to the site to gain access to the form. Please click the link below to grant consent for Google Apps for Education.
In addition you can access the information from the parents link on the district’s main website and click on the link that says “HPS Student Apps” At the bottom of the page there is a link that connects you to the form.
The NEW Elementary School start times effective in the 2015-2016 school year are listed below: