Invitation to a conversation on the future of Hopkinton 10/28 @ 7:00pm

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Join the Town’s Visioning Group for a conversation on the future of Hopkinton on Tuesday, October 28 at 7:00-9:00pm, at the Senior Center, 28 Mayhew Street.

The Town of Hopkinton, with assistance of professional planning consultants, is conducting a workshop as part of the community visioning project. The purpose of the project is to develop a unified vision, guiding principles, and strategic goals to imagine the best future for Hopkinton.

The workshop will include digital group polling and small discussion groups. Light refreshments will be provided.

While the workshops are open public meetings, it is very helpful if you pre-register so that we can ensure enough workshop materials for you. Thank you!

RSVP at this link: https://hopkinton-octworkshop.eventbrite.com

New Strategic Plan Now in Place

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At their September 18 meeting, the School Committee unanimously voted to adopt the 2014-2020 Strategic Plan:

Strategic Plan Objectives:

EFFECTIVE SCHOOL LEADERSHIP

  1. Attract, develop, and sustain an effective school leadership team
  2. Establish a clearly defined set of goals aligning the School Improvement Plans to the District Strategic Plan
  3. Foster a collaborative culture open to dialogue and trust amongst faculty and staff.

ALIGNED CURRICULUM

  1. Develop a consistently implemented and vertically aligned PreK-12 Curriculum
  2. Articulate common, well-defined learning outcomes with a focus on depth of understanding and critical thinking.

EFFECTIVE INSTRUCTION

  1. Communicate high expectations for all students
  2. Implement evidence-based high quality instructional practices

STUDENT ASSESSMENT

  1. Implement a variety of assessments that examine both short and long-term growth of students
  2. Use assessment results to evaluate and adjust instructional practices
  3. Provide opportunities for students to share in goal-setting and self-evaluation

LEADERSHIP, GOVERNANCE, and COMMUNICATION

  1. Develop a transparent budget that supports the district’s priority initiatives
  2. Evaluate and develop School Committee policy
  3. Cultivate effective partnerships with families and within the community

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Foreign Language Five-Year Plan

foreign-languageThe Foreign Language Five-Year Plan was shared with the School Committee at their October 2nd meeting.  Several goals were outlined in the plan.  We have highlighted some of the key goals below.  You can read the Foreign Language Plan to see the complete list of goals and the research included in the plan.

  • 2015-2016: HPS will provide Foreign Language study in the 6th grade.  Languages offered would be French and Spanish.
  • 2015-2016: HPS will study elementary foreign language instruction implementation.
  • 2016-2017: HPS will implement foreign language study in kindergarten adding a new grade each school year through 2020-2021 as follows:
    2017-2018 – First Grade
    2018-2019 – Second Grade
    2019-2020 – Third Grade
    2020-2021 – Fourth Grade
    This would mean the addition of one foreign language teacher to the budget for each of those school years.

The plan also shared the results of the Foreign Language Survey that parents and guardians were invited to participate in.

Several important data points were gathered from the results.

  1. 84% of respondents agree or strongly agree that fluency in a second language is important.
  2. 95% of respondents agree or strongly agree that developing awareness  and understanding of other cultures is important.
  3. 88% of respondents agree or strongly agree with the statement “I would like to see my child(ren) graduate with at least intermediate low proficiency in another language.”
  4. 72% of respondents agree or strongly agree that students should continue their language study through senior year.
  5. 43% of respondents believe that foreign language Instruction should start with K-1.
    22% of respondents believe that foreign instruction should start with 2-3.
    8% of respondents believe that foreign instruction should start with 4-5.
    17% of respondents believe that foreign instruction should start with 6-8.
    2% of respondents believe that foreign instruction should start with 9-12.
  6. Of those that disagreed that the choice of languages offered was satisfactory:
    19% of respondents would like to see Latin offered.
    15% of respondents would like to see American Sign language offered.
    15% of respondents would like to see German offered.
    13% of respondents would like to see Italian offered.
    Other percentages: 8% Arabic, 2% Farsi, 3% Hindu-Urdu, 8% Japanese, 6% Portuguese, 8% Russian.
  7. If only one language can be offered in the elementary school of the languages we currently offer (Chinese, French, Spanish):
    73% of respondents would like to see Spanish as the language offered.
    13% of respondents would like to see Chinese as the language offered.
    11% of respondents would like to see French as the language offered.

A New Face at Town Hall and Several Key Positions Open

Town Hall

Over the summer Chris Howell was hired as Hopkinton’s new Finance Director, replacing Christopher Ketchen who left last spring to become the Town Manager of Lenox. Howell comes to Hopkinton from Dedham, where he was a financial analyst. He has a masters degree in public administration from Suffolk University and a masters degree in business administration from Boston College. You can follow him on Twitter @HopkintonFinance or read a recent Metrowest Daily News article about him.

Due to several recent resignations, there are currently several key positions now open at Hopkinton Town Hall. Read more in the Metrowest Daily News. Open positions include:

  • Human Resources Director
  • Principal Assessor
  • Deputy Assessor
  • Parks & Recreation Director

 

Land Development in Hopkinton

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Hopkinton Mews North Elevation – West Main Street

Two large-scale commercial and residential developments are proposed for Hopkinton.  The first project is referred to as the Hopkinton Mews.  This development is proposed for a 96-acre site south of West Main Street and east of Lumber Street.  The developer of the residential proponent of the project is seeking a 40B designation.  The first hearing for this project will be held tomorrow, Monday, October 6 at 7:35pm at the Planning Board Meeting (Room 211, Town Hall, 18 Main St).  The selectmen will also review the project at their meeting on Tuesday, October 7.

The second project is proposed to redevelop land behind Elmwood Park referred to as the Hopkinton Crossroads Redevelopment.  Currently the land is home to the new Perkins Elmer division.  The project is to include new hotel, restaurants, retail shops, food store, and luxury apartments.

Hopkinton Mews Elevations
Hopkinton Mews Elevations
Crossroads Redevelopment
Crossroads Redevelopment

Take the Town Visioning Survey

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Excerpts taken from the town website:

The Hopkinton Visioning Steering Group was created by the Hopkinton Board of Selectmen to “help navigate a process to solicit input from Hopkinton citizens on what our community might look like ten years from now.”

“The group has created a survey which is an important tool designed to help create a vision for the future, and action steps to achieve that vision. ”

“The process will also include bringing together a diverse group of community residents to gather and evaluate local information, and based on that information along with the results of the survey develop the vision.”

Please take a moment to take the survey online here. Hard copies of the survey are also available at the Town Manager’s office. The results of the survey will be compiled and released later this fall.

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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