Strategic Plan Forum Update

HPS Administration

On June 17 and 19, Superintendent Dr Cathy MacLeod held public forums on the Strategic Plan Overview, which was put together over the past year incorporating feedback from various forums and survey data. The Mission Statement of “Learn, Create, and Achieve Together” remains the same, but the Vision Statement and Values have been updated (see below). The plan is currently just a broad overview and the following refinements will take place over the summer:

  • Finalize Action Steps
  • Align Budget Priorities and School Improvement Plans (SIP) with the Strategic Plan
  • Identify Evaluation Goals aligned with the plan (Superintendent, Administrators, Teachers)

The School Committee approved the Overview, Vision and Values at their June 19 meeting. Then in September 2014, the Superintendent will seek School  Committee approval of the Strategic Plan, Technology Plan and Foreign Language Plan. The June 19 forum is available for viewing on the HCAM.tv website under Programs > Government Meetings > June 2014 > School Committee 06/19/14. See below for the documents presented at the meeting.

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Co-Teaching Forum Update

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On June 3 and 4, Superintendent Dr Cathy MacLeod held two public forums to explain the philosophy behind co-teaching, which is one of the instructional interventions that will be offered for students who need it next year in Math and English Language Arts (ELA) in Kindergarten through Grade 8. It is available for viewing on the HCAM.tv website under Programs > HCAM-ED Specials. See below for some of the relevant documents.

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School Committee Updates

Hopkins School

At their June 12 meeting,  Jon Graziano was elected Chair, and Ellen Scordino was elected Vice-Chair of the Hopkinton School Committee.  The committee also voted to award a contract to Springboard Education to provide before and after school care at Hopkins School next year.  The program would also be available to Center School students, but would be located at Hopkins. In addition, they voted to increase school lunch prices by $0.25 across the board next year in order to continue to get federal reimbursements. The new Middle School Handbook and Program of Studies for 2014-15 were also approved.

At their June 19 meeting, the School Committee voted to continue using the MCAS test next year, instead of the new PARCC test.  The following year in 2015-16, the state will determine which test all districts will use, but for the coming year districts can choose. The committee also voted to approve the High School Handbook and Program of Studies for 2014-15.  The Director of Finance projected a year end balance of $145,000, of which he recommended $125,000 be used to pre-pay special education tuition (the district receives a discount when they pre-pay) and $20,000 to purchase two new copiers to replace two units that have experienced significant levels of downtime this year. The committee approved his recommendations.

New Contact Info:

  • Jonathan Graziano, Chair jgraziano@hopkinton.k12.ma.us
  • Ellen Scordino, Vice-Chair escordiono@hopkinton.k12.ma.us
  • Jean Bertschmann jbertschmann@hopkinton.k12.ma.us
  • Kelly Knight kknight@hopkinton.k12.ma.us
  • Lori Nickerson lnickerson@hopkinton.k12.ma.us

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School Forums This Week – Common Core and Strategic Plan

HPS Administration

Hopkinton Public Schools Common Core Public Forum
Tuesday, June 17 @ 7:00-9:00 PM
Middle School Library

Dr. Cathy MacLeod and Mr. Robert Berlo will hold a community forum next week. This will provide the community an opportunity to ask questions and receive clarification on concerns that have been expressed and misunderstandings that have been communicated regarding the relationships between PARCC, MCAS, Common Core, and the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks.

6/17 and 6/19 – HPS Strategic Plan Forums

  • June 17 @ 12:30pm in the Fire Station Training Room (upstairs)
  • June 19 @ 6:30pm in the Middle School Library
  • The Hopkinton School Committee in conjunction with the Superintendent, Steering Committee and Administrative Team has developed a new 5-year Strategic Plan to guide the work of the district. We are thankful for all of the public input gathered through public forums and survey data and are ready to share the results. The following dates have been selected to provide opportunity for public comment prior to the School Committee’s vote to accept the plan. We encourage you to attend so that your voice can be heard.

 Hopkinton Community Visioning Workshop – POSTPONED

  • June 18 @ 6:00pm at the Senior Center
  • After thoughtful consideration, the Visioning Steering Group (appointed by the Hopkinton Board of Selectmen) agreed to re-schedule the Community Workshop, which was scheduled for Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 6 pm. The Steering Group, in consultation with Town Hall staff and the consultants, agreed that a detailed plan for public input needed to be developed and that any attempt at creating a vision for Hopkinton would greatly benefit only from a wide range of opinions of Hopkinton residents and organizations. We appreciate your interest in the June 18 workshop and you will be invited to participate in future workshops, which are expected to be held in September.More information to come. In the meantime, your continued discussion will help in shaping the discussions in September. Click Mindmixer to join the conversation.
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Flamingos are Back in Hopkinton

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They’re back! Under the cover of darkness eHop will once again be herding a flock of 24 friendly flamingos around town. To join in on the fun, send a flock to a friend! Visit our website shop to order or simply email Tara Sanda and she can help you out at tarasanda@educatehopkinton.com.

What are we fundraising for?

We’re glad you asked. Educate Hopkinton’s greatest charge is to get more people to attend Town Meeting and vote on how our tax dollars are spent. Last year our flock earned us two banners that were hung on Town Hall and the Middle School Tennis Courts, yard signs, a donation to Hopkinton’s Tax Relief Fund and sponsorship of one Veterans Breakfast at the Senior Center.

This year we hope to provide Hopkinton with:

  • More signage to raise awareness for Town Meeting
  • A greater donation to the Tax Relief Fund
  • More sponsorships for the Veteran’s Breakfasts at the Senior Center

So have a little fun, send a flock to a friend and support some good causes!

Click here to Flock a Friend!

Several Town and School Forums Coming Up in June

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6/3 and 6/4 – HPS Co-Teaching Forums

  • June 3 @ 7:00pm in the High School Library
  • June 4 @ 7:00pm in the Middle School Library
  • The Director of Student Services, Marijane Hackett and Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Cathy MacLeod will present an overview to explain the philosophy behind co-teaching.   As you may be aware, one of the instructional interventions that will be offered for students next year involves placement in a co-taught classroom.  The forum is intended to provide an opportunity to answer any questions you may have.
  • The Co-Teaching model will be offered next year in Math and English Language Arts (ELA) in Kindergarten through Grade 8 for all students who need it.

6/5 – Common Core Informational Session sponsored by “Core Concerns in Hopkinton

  • June 5 @ 7:00pm at St John’s Church Community Center
  • Residents are invited to come and hear a presentation on Common Core State Standards and PARCC featuring special guests Sandra Stotsky, member of the Common Core Validation Committee and former Senior Associate Commissioner in the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Jamie Gass, of the Pioneer Institute and Donna Colorio, an Adjunct Sociology & Psychology Faculty Quinsigamond Community College and a MTA member.   Bob Berlo, Hopkinton’s Director of Secondary Education Curriculum has also agreed to participate in Q & A portion.

6/17 and 6/19 – HPS Strategic Plan Forums

  • June 17 @ 12:30pm in the Fire Station Training Room (upstairs)
  • June 19 @ 6:30pm in the Middle School Library
  • The Hopkinton School Committee in conjunction with the Superintendent, Steering Committee and Administrative Team has developed a new 5-year Strategic Plan to guide the work of the district. We are thankful for all of the public input gathered through public forums and survey data and are ready to share the results. The following dates have been selected to provide opportunity for public comment prior to the School Committee’s vote to accept the plan. We encourage you to attend so that your voice can be heard.

6/18 – Hopkinton Community Visioning Workshop

  • June 18 @ 6:00pm at the Senior Center
  • RSVP online at https://hopkinton-visioning.eventbrite.com/
  • You are invited to participate in two interactive workshops sponsored by the Town of Hopkinton as part of a community visioning project. The project will develop a unified vision, guiding principles, and strategic goals to imagine the best future for Hopkinton. The results will inform town policies, budget priorities, be incorporated into the Town’s Master Plan and will be an important document to lead the community forward.

Apply for a Spot on a Town Committee – Deadline 6/9

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The Town of Hopkinton is encouraging all residents who are interested in helping govern Hopkinton to apply now to any board of committee. If you have been curious or interested in giving your time, expertise or perspective on behalf of your community, now is an excellent time to get involved!

Please visit the Town Website for a full listings of all Boards, Committees and Commissions. Each entity has a full membership listing, charge and a unique website link full of information and activities on relevant topics. Many board and committee memberships will expire very soon, so if you are interested in any committee now is the time to throw your hat in the ring!

In order to be considered for the annual June appointment cycle by the Selectmen, please apply no later than Monday, June 9.

We encourage all residents to also take note of a new committee, the Downtown Initiative Civic Advisory Group, that has been recently formed by the Selectmen. The Downtown Initiative Civic Advisory Group will host five (5) At-Large seats; please read linked committee charge for more information:

NEW! 2014 Downtown Initiative Civic Advisory Group

To apply for a any volunteer position on any Board or Committee, please visit the Town’s website and fill out the online volunteer form at: http://www.hopkintonma.gov/home/about/hug. Interested parties may also visit the Board of Selectmen’s Office to fill out an application in person or call the office to have staff assist in applying.

For more information or questions about a Board or Committee, please visit the committee website and contact the respective Board or Committee Chairperson, or call Jamie Hellen, Operation’s Assistant to the Town Manager’s Office, at 508-497-9700 who can assist in any interested volunteer get in touch with a committee representative. Continue reading

School Council Parent and Community Reps Needed

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As the school year is winding down, it is a great time to think about how your support your child and make a difference in your child’s education next year! Below are the School Council opportunities for the 2014-15 school year.

Duties include: working with the principal to adopt goals for the school, identify educational needs for the student body, review the school’s budget, and formulate a school improvement plan. Each School Council includes a parent and teacher from each grade level and a community representative who does not have a child at the school. The term is two years unless otherwise noted. The dates and times of the meetings are set by the principal. For more information, please see the HPTA website.

If you’re interested in learning more about the School Council and the open positions and/or submitting your name as a candidate, please contact Lee Burns at schoolcouncil@hptaonline.com by August 29, 2014.

The current open positions are:

  • Center School
    • Parent Representative – Kindergarten (2 openings)
    • Community Representative
  • Elmwood School
    • Parent Representative – Grade 2 (2 openings)
    • Parent Representative – Grade 3 (1 year term)
    • Community Representative
  • Hopkins School
    • Parent Representative – Grade 4 (2 openings)
  • Middle School
    • Parent Representative – Grade 6
    • Community Representative
  • High School
    • Parent Representative – Grade 9

 

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