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School Start Times Public Forum

posted Oct 2, 2019, 6:21 AM by Tom Reeve   [ updated Oct 2, 2019, 8:53 AM ]

The Holliston School Committee voted to hold a public forum on the new school start times for the 2020-21 academic year. The forum will be held Thursday, October 10, 2019, in the Holliston High School auditorium, at 7:00 p.m. It is open to the public.

Judith Owens, MD, MPH, Director of the Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders at Boston Children's Hospital and Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, will present on the science of pediatric sleep. There will be a Q+A so that members of the public may ask questions of Dr. Owens, the School Committee, and Dr. Brad Jackson, superintendent of schools.

For more information on the issue of School Start Times in Holliston, please review the information on the School Start Times website.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B7g5gwBbt9WvRWktVjZCV2xudVRWZGQtcUVnMTRZTlQ3MFQw


Substitute Teachers Are Still Needed!

posted Sep 25, 2019, 4:01 AM by Tom Reeve

Thanks to our very successful Open House for Substitutes we held on September 5th, we have seen an increase in our daily Substitute Teacher pool.  But we can ALWAYS use more!! 

 

In the past, we have found that many of our most-effective and supportive Substitutes are Holliston residents who are either seeking part-time, school-year employment; are looking to ease back into the workforce; or are looking for ways to actively support their community and their schools. Regardless of your motivation, being a Substitute Teacher is an excellent way to work with Holliston’s great teachers and school staff and, of course, our remarkable students.

 

Please check out our Information Packet for more information.


Become a Substitute Teacher in Holliston - Open House 9/5/19 at 7PM

posted Aug 28, 2019, 11:03 AM by Tom Reeve

This year, Holliston, like all near-by school districts, is facing a critical shortage of Substitute Teachers. 

In the past, we have found that many of our most-effective and supportive Substitutes are Holliston residents who are either seeking part-time, school-year employment; are looking to ease back into the workforce; or are looking for ways to actively support their community and their schools. Regardless of your motivation, being a Substitute Teacher is an excellent way to work with Holliston’s great teachers and school staff and, of course, our remarkable students.

The Holliston Public Schools is hosting an Open House for those who want to learn more about this exciting opportunity. Join us on Thursday, September 5, 2019, at 7 PM in the Holliston High School Library to learn more!

Please share this information with your neighbors and friends.

Hope to see you there!

2019-2020 Bus Routes Posted

posted Aug 19, 2019, 6:51 AM by Tom Reeve


The new bus routes for the 2019-2020 school year have been posted online and can be found on the Bus Info page of the Holliston Public Schools website.

Notice of Destruction of 2011-2012 Student Records

posted Jul 24, 2019, 6:54 AM by Tom Reeve

The Massachusetts Student Record Regulations authorize public school districts to destroy student records within seven (7) years of a student’s graduation, transfer or withdrawal from the school district.  The Holliston Public Schools, Department of Student Services will be complying with these regulations.  The persons affected are those who received special education services in Holliston and terminated services during the 2011-2012 school years.

The parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student may contact the Student Services Office at 508-429-0661 to make arrangements to pick up their records or you may contact us in writing at the following address:


Holliston Public Schools
370 Hollis Street
Holliston, MA. 01746
Attn: Student Services

Unclaimed records will be destroyed on Friday, September 20, 2019.

Mood Check Results 2018-2019

posted May 25, 2019, 1:35 PM by Tom Reeve

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1hiIthPdQGuWCwOvg9oLxqGxQn9VwOLNf

Dr. Tracy Gladstone presented the results of the 2018-2019 Mood Check study to the Holliston School Committee on April 25, 2019. The presentation slideshow of results, summaries, and statistics and been posted online here in the School Committee Meetings folder for April 25. The full school committee meeting recording, including the presentation delivered by Dr. Gladstone, can also be found in the HCAT video library.

Community Newsletter: Winter 2019

posted Feb 11, 2019, 4:37 AM by Tom Reeve

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1zLs21VzhJ-tMgPBW6HXfB2AbTYIAFtVO

The Winter 2019 Community Newsletter is now available! Read messages from the district administration and principals about the latest at Holliston Public Schools.

The Future of Holliston High School UPDATED

posted Feb 11, 2019, 4:24 AM by Tom Reeve   [ updated Feb 11, 2019, 4:26 AM ]

The Future of Holliston High School: A Community Conversation: 
Tuesday, January 15, 20197 pm, HHS Auditorium

UPDATE: View the slideshow of the forum's presentation

Originally designed in 1965 and opened in 1969, Holliston High School has served our community well for almost 50 years. Although it received a cosmetic renovation in 2000, now, 18 years later, the administration estimates that there are an estimated $10,000,000 in building infrastructure repairs and infrastructure replacements that we can reasonably expect to see in the coming decade. Understanding that our students’ classroom experience has changed significantly from 50 years ago and before investing such a significant amount of money in a 50-year old building, the School Committee asked the administration to review the building’s usefulness and effectiveness as a 21-century learning center. That review revealed a significant number of areas where the physical plant did not support the technology-rich, collaborative instructional model used today.

Given the significance of the anticipated costs over the next decade to maintain the building and the design deficiencies that impede our ability to provide our students with comparable 21st century learning environment available in most MetroWest communities who have already modernized their high school, the School Committee feels that it is time for Holliston to begin a serious conversation as a community regarding the High School and options moving forward.

To begin this discussion, the School Committee is holding a public forum, The Future of Holliston High School: A Community Conversation, on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at 7 pm in the Holliston High School auditorium. This forum is open to all members of the public. The decisions our community face are important and will likely impact our students’ high school experience for the next several decades. Your attendance and participation as we begin to explore these issues is strongly encouraged.

Extended School Year (ESY) for Summer 2019

posted Jan 17, 2019, 7:05 AM by Tom Reeve

For those of you already thinking summer and actively searching for summer camps, planning day trips or scheduling vacations, we too have begun thinking summer.  We have started our Extended School Year planning.


Extended School Year (ESY) is not Summer Camp; so what is ESY?


At least annually, each student’s Team must consider the need for an extended school year and record its determination in the IEP.  A Team’s determination regarding the need for an ESY program must be made on an individual basis. ESY in Massachusetts, based on federal law, is designed to provide a free and appropriate public education to children with disabilities who would experience substantial regression because of interruption in their instructional program.  ESY services are focused on goal areas included in the student’s IEP and based on their disability.  


Please note, that just because a student has received ESY services in the past, this fact alone will not qualify the student to receive ESY services in the future.  The need for ESY and meeting “substantial regression” criteria must be examined yearly and is typically determined in the spring.


Please click on the following link for further information and guidance on ESY services:

DOE Question and Answer Guide on Special Education Extended School Year Programs


For most of the students with disabilities who qualify,

Holliston’s 2019 ESY dates are July 8th - August 8th, Monday-Thursday.


Please be sure to contact your liaison if you have any questions regarding ESY or if ESY has not been discussed at your student’s annual Team meeting.


It Takes A Community: A Parent/Guardian Education Evening

posted Oct 22, 2018, 6:54 AM by Tom Reeve

It Takes A Community

Tuesday, November 6th, 7:00-9:00

Holliston High School Library



Holliston Public Schools presents, It Takes A Community, a parent/guardian education evening focused on the most recent health/mental health screenings of our students.


  • Dr. Tracy Gladstone from Wellesley Centers for Women will continue the conversation regarding youth depression and suicidal behavior in relation to the Mood Check program.  Mood Check is a an education and screening to Holliston middle and high school students utilizing the Signs of Suicide (SOS) Prevention Program.


  • Lynne Bowler, Nurse Leader for Holliston Public Schools, will speak to the SBIRT health screening programs.  Screening, Brief Intervention Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is a process to support the health of students, focused on prevention of substance abuse.


  • Jaclyn Winer, Director of Holliston Youth and Family Services will highlight the services available for students and families in our community.  Holliston Youth and Family Services mission is to assess the needs of the community and through a collaborative approach, provide mental health resources to the Town of Holliston.


When:  Tuesday, November 6th, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Where:  Holliston High School Library

Holliston Public Schools sponsored event


The Beautiful Mind, Student led Holliston High School Group will be on hand to support and continue the conversation on how the community of Holliston can continue to eliminate the stigma around teen mental illness..

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