Thursday, February 7, 2013
Blizzard Nemo has led to the closure of Hopkinton Public Schools.
Cancellations from around the state are starting to roll in and Hopkinton Public Schools are on the list. Students around the district can enjoy their first snow day in addition to the two days off in the fall caused by Hurricane Sandy. Be sure to take pictures around town of what you're doing on your days off and upload them for your neighbors to see.
Monday, November 26, 2012
The Center School principal will be leaving the Hopkinton Public School District after only 18 months on the job.
In a letter to the Hopkinton community today Center School Principal Christopher Kennedy announced his resignation from the position he has held for a year and a half. "I have recently been offered a position as the Senior English Language Arts Specialist with United Providence, working with several of the City’s most under-performing elementary, middle, and high schools," his letter said. "In this role, I will have the opportunity to engage in turnaround work by coaching school principals and instructional leadership teams around high quality ELA practices and pedagogy, in both English and Spanish." Kennedy was selected to lead the school in July 2011, and is the third administrator to announce their resignation in the past six months…
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Students in Hopkinton are enjoying a second day off after Huricane Sandy.
To many people Hopkinton fared pretty well compared to other towns in the area, but early this morning Hopkinton Public Schools Superintendent Steven Hiersche made the decision to keep the schools closed for the day. "There were several roads in town that were impassable during the morning hours," Hiersche said. Although storm damage kept the total power outages for the town below 10 percent of NStar customers, there were also enough branches down near the school buildings to cause significant safety concerns. "We had branches on the wires at the Center School and the white house [central administration building] and we weren't sure when NStar would be able to get here," Hiersche said. Schools will be open again tomorrow. Middle school …
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Members from all aspects of the School Department including parents are beginning the process of hiring a new Superintendent.
When Superintendent Jonathan Landman left Hopkinton Public Schools at the end of June the school committee decided to hire interim Superintendent Steven Hiersche for the current school year. Now they are looking to find a long-term replacement. According to a release from Director of Human Resources Kim Pulnik, the School Committee has decided to continue working with New England School Development Council (NESDEC). "In October, NESDEC will conduct a community forum in the evening; facilitate a forum with the administrative team; gather staff and community feedback through an electronic survey; conduct a forum with the School Committee; and interview key district staff and community leaders via telephone," the release said. According to …
Thursday, September 13, 2012
AccuWeather.com long-range meteorologists are projecting a weak to moderate El Niño by late summer, which could mean more snow this winter.
It's not even winter yet - in fact fall doesn't begin until September 22 - but Accuweather.com reports that unlike last winter, students (and teachers) can expect more snow days this winter. Despite a rare snowstorm last October, the winter of 2011-2012 was mild and relatively snowless. The school schedules have built-in snow days. Hopkinton is scheduled to get out on June 21, with mak-up days scheduled if needed until June 28. Holliston is scheduled for June 19, however they also have make-up days scheduled until June 26. Based on the Accuweather.com report, school may get out closer to that June 28th date this year. While Accuweather does not release its full winter forecast until October, Accuweather meteorologist Meghan Evans writes…
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Add your photos to the gallery and show us how you made the first day of school special
It might be a cliché, but it is that time of the year again. It's time for yellow school buses to begin rolling through the town for several hours twice a day. It's time for crossing guards, time for teachers and home, time to say, "don't forget your lunch." Do you do anything special for the first day of school? Do you have special outfits? Upload your pictures here to show others what you do to mark 'that time of the year.'
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
It's the end of the year and you want to thank your child's teacher, find out what the best way to do that is.
School ends in less than a month for students in Hopkinton, and that means it's time to reach out to the teachers that helped guide your children on their journey to knowledge. The schools follow very specific gift giving guidelines outlined by the state so as to prevent any form of favoritism from teachers. The guidelines "Prohibit the acceptance of gifts with an aggregate value of $50 or more from any individual within any 365-day period. All employees who receive gifts must disclose this information to their supervisor." Gifts given by the class as a collective to the teacher fall under less strict guidelines. "Groups of parents/guardians may contribute to a gift with an aggregate value of up to $150 provided that the gift is …
Friday, May 25, 2012
After only one year in the district, Jonathan Landman announced his resignation today.
Just over a year ago Hopkinton concluded its search for a replacement for 11-year Superintendent Jack Phelan. In that instance the school committee knew in December about the departure, and had picked a Landman to replace him by March 2011. This news comes just one month before Landman's last day, leaving the School Committee with a shorter period of time in which to find a replacement. Landman is still undergoing the entry process to the district. He often updates the School Committee weekly with what he has been learning, seeing and changing within the district. A press release from the schools doesn't indicate what Landman's next step but it does indicate that he wishes to stay in education. "Although he remains devoted to public …
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
With Ilene Silver set to retire in June, all of the changes in the past 18 years take the forefront of her memories.
When Ilene Silver first started working at the Elmwood School computers were sparse throughout the building. In the 18 years since she started working there a lot has changed and now not only do all of the classrooms have computers in them; they also have interactive white boards and mobile teaching tools. More changes are on the way for the school too. The end of this school year will be the last for Silver at Elmwood. She will be retiring and she said she is having mixed emotions about it. “I’m excited to start something new, but at the same time working here at Elmwood has been such a significant part of my life. It’s very bittersweet,” Silver said. Since Silver has been at the school the Wee Deliver program has started, the cafeteria …
Sunday, December 18, 2011
A look at what our readers contributed this week.
Did you know that you could post your own announcements and events? If you click on the news tab above, and then click announcements you will be prompted as to how to enter your own. The same steps work by clicking the events tab, and then the enter your event tab in blue on the right hand side. Our goal is to be an interactive site, but we need your help. If you are unsure or need a walk through contact Faith594@msn.com, and we'll walk you through the process. Worried your news may be missed? We've got you covered. Each week we repost the top three or four in this space. Here is this week's list: 1. Jack Dean and Kathy Maroney were both promoted at the Middlesex Savings Bank. Dean has been promoted to Community Banking Officer and manager…