September 2, 2016
We hope that you are enjoying the long weekend with your family as much as we were able to enjoy the first two days of the 2016-2017 School year. As an educator, I always enjoy starting before Labor Day as I feel as though it allows us to handle a lot of logistical items with students -- lockers, school, homeroom and classroom procedures -- before we dig into the work of the year when we return from the long weekend.
We had a great two days together. During our welcome assembly with grade 6 students, Mrs. Grady, Mrs. Benbenek and I were pleased to hear from students as to how much they enjoyed their first day and half together. Leading the way among HMS compliments were the number of clubs offered and the food in the cafeteria. We’re striving to also impress students with our curriculum and instruction, but expect that will take some time.
During the Grade 6 Welcome Assembly, we shared this presentation. Next week, we will also meet with our grades 7 and 8 teams, and while we typically cover less detail since the majority of grades 7 and 8 students were with us last year, much of the content is similar.
Important Forms to be Returned to HMS
Finally, in addition to the forms that were sent home last week, we have several more items that require your attention. Handbook Acknowledgement Forms and the 1:1 Manual must be returned to your child’s homeroom teacher on or before Friday, September 9.
Please ensure that you and your child read through the Hopkinton Middle School Student and Parent Handbook as it outlines the expectations we have of one another and serves as a guide to a successful year together.
Please sign and return the Handbook Acknowledgement Form no later than September 9, 2016.
Finally, we ask that you and your child 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.
Hopkinton Middle School Photo Restriction
Throughout the year, we publish photographs of staff and students. The Photo Restriction Form is only to be returned if you do NOT want us to publish a photograph of your child. Please return this to your child’s homeroom teacher on or before September 9.
Back to School Nights
For grade 6 parents, we look forward to seeing you on Wednesday night, September 7 at 6:30 p.m. for our Grade 6 Back to School Night. Your child will bring home a schedule for you to follow that evening.
Grades 7 and 8 parents, we look forward to seeing you on Thursday, September 29 at 6:30 p.m.
Restorative Culture Presentation
Finally, please mark your calendars for a very special parent presentation on the evening of October 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the HMS Auditorium. Through the generosity of the HopkintonEducation Foundation, we are pleased to present Katy Hutchinson, a caring parent and restorative justice advocate. Ms. Hutchinson will be speaking to our staff and students at HMS and HHS on the power of creating a culture that supports the health and growth of all students.
Thank you for your support and preparing your children for the first two days. We are looking forward to an outstanding year together.
Alan M. Keller