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Email Update

posted Nov 17, 2017, 3:50 AM by Tom Reeve

Dear Parents/Guardians:

I recently notified the community that we were conducting an investigation into the cause of the email failure that some parents experienced during our email communication with the PreK-8 parent community regarding the October 24th lockdown at the Adams, Miller and Placentino Schools. As background, we solicit parent email addresses each fall as part of the student registration process and store those email addresses in our Student Information System (called iPass). In addition, parents who have access to iPass through the “Parent Portal” can update their email addresses when necessary. Parents who have provided their email address to us in previous years are not required to re-share that information annually. Several times a year, we extract the email addresses from our iPass database and upload them into the database used by our email notification system, called iContact. iContact is a commercially-available email marketing system that offers the ability to distribute emails to large email lists. This functionality is not available in iPass. Our investigation has concluded that some email addresses were inadvertently deleted from our iContact database during a recently-conducted manual periodic-maintenance review of our email lists. After discovering this human error, we performed new extraction of email addresses from iPass and uploaded them into iContact, providing us with an up-to-date email list for each school and the district.

People who were not receiving emails earlier this fall from iContact should now be receiving Announcements in their inbox (they will show on your email server as being sent by:
HPSAnnouncements hpsannouncements@holliston.k12.ma.us via icontactmail3.com ). If this is not the case, it is likely due to one of three possible reasons:
  1. your email address has a misspelling in iPass and your email is being returned as undeliverable;

  2. the “SPAM” filter in your individual email account is identifying the email as “Junk” and placing those emails in your “Junk” folder. If this is the case, you need to reconfigure your email account to allow emails from: HPSAnnouncements hpsannouncements@holliston.k12.ma.us via icontactmail3.com

  3. the firewall on your email server is blocking all emails from iContact. We find this from time to time, particularly if you are asking that emails be sent to a corporate email system (your work email, for example). If you are not receiving emails from HPS on your corporate server, we recommend you contact your corporate IT department and ask them to pass-through emails from iContact, or that you change the email account to which you want emails sent to a private email account through vendors such as gmail, yahoo, hotmail, etc. 

  4. at some point in the past, you may have clicked an “Unsubscribe” link at the bottom of one of the messages, either intentionally or accidentally. Due to anti-spam regulations, Holliston Schools does not have to ability to re-subscribe you when this occurs, but there are steps you can follow to re-subscribe yourself
Moving forward, we recently received funding to purchase a new Student Information System to replace iPass. Relevant to this issue, this new system will not only have the capability to send emails directly from a Holliston Public Schools account but will also include the ability to send text alerts and conduct mass notifications via phone. This new system will be operational by August 2018. For the remainder of this school year, we will continue to rely on HPSAnnouncements and our social media pages to provide timely information to the community. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hollistonschools or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Holliston_PS

Bradford L. Jackson, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Holliston Public Schools
370 Hollis Street
Holliston, MA 01746

Mood Check Info Meeting for Parents: Oct 25

posted Oct 19, 2017, 10:13 AM by Tom Reeve   [ updated Oct 19, 2017, 1:19 PM ]

Please join us on Wednesday, October 25th from 7:00-8:30pm at Holliston High School to learn about the Mood Check program; Holliston’s Depression Prevention Initiative.

Dr. Tracy Gladstone from the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College will discuss youth depression and suicidal behavior. As part of the Mood Check Program, Dr. Gladstone and her staff will provide education and screening to Holliston middle and high school students in grades 7, 9 and 11 utilizing the Signs of Suicide (SOS) Prevention Program.

Dr. Gladstone will address any questions parents/guardians may have about depression and suicidal behavior. Parents/guardians will have the option to watch the SOS educational videos that students will view during the Mood Check program. If you have any questions regarding the October 25th presentation or the Mood Check initiative please contact Tracy Gladstone at tgladsto@wellesley.edu.
We hope to see you there!

Holliston SEPAC Meet & Greet

posted Oct 2, 2017, 8:22 AM by Tom Reeve

Holliston SEPAC Meet & Greet / Basic Rights
Tuesday, October 3rd, 7-9 
HHS library

Hope to see you there!

MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey Results

posted Sep 19, 2017, 8:54 AM by Tom Reeve   [ updated Sep 19, 2017, 8:55 AM ]

The results of the MetroWest Adolescent Health Surveys of Holliston High School and Adams Middle School were recently published. 

"The 2016 MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey (MWAHS) marks the beginning of a new decade in monitoring trends in adolescent health behaviors to advance school and community prevention efforts. Since 2006, the MWAHS has been administered every other year in communities served b the MetroWest Health Foundation, with the goal of supporting data-driven improvements in health programs and policies at the local and regional level." 
--from the MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey results

Notice of Destruction of Student Records

posted Jul 25, 2017, 2:42 PM 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 2009-2010 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 8, 2017.

Open House for Assistant Superintendent Candidates

posted May 19, 2017, 4:03 AM by Tom Reeve   [ updated May 19, 2017, 4:52 AM ]

From Dr. Bradford Jackson, Superintendent of Holliston Public Schools:

Dear Parent/Guardian:

I am pleased to report that the process for hiring Holliston’s next Assistant Superintendent of Schools is nearing completion and entering the phase where public input is being sought. The purpose of this communication is to inform you that the Screening Committee (consisting of Holliston educators, members of the Holliston School Committee and several Holliston parents) have completed their screening of the 50+ applications received, interviewed 10 semi-finalists and have recommended the following 4 finalists to the Superintendent of Schools. The finalists, in alphabetical order, are:
  • Peter Badalament
  • Peter Botelho
  • Cari Perchase
  • Colleen Worrell
A brief biography of each finalist is included at the bottom of this announcement.

The next phase of the selection process includes a ½ day long site visit to Holliston where candidates will tour our schools and meet our staff and students. Each site visit will conclude with a one-hour Open House, where parents/guardians are invited to meet the candidate and ask questions in an informal environment. Each Parent Open House will take place from 3-4 PM and be held in the Holliston High School Library. The schedule for the Open Houses is as follows:
  • Monday, May 22, 2017 – Peter Botelho
  • Tuesday, May 23, 2017 – Colleen Worrell
  • Wednesday, May 24, 2017 – Cari Perchase
  • Thursday, May 25, 2017 – Peter Badalament
Parents who attend any and all of the Open Houses are welcome to offer feedback on the candidates to me through email (jacksonb@holliston.k12.ma.us) no later than Wednesday, May 31, 2017. I will be announcing my choice on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at the meeting of the Holliston School Committee.

I welcome your input and assistance in making this critically important decision for the Holliston Public Schools.


Bradford L. Jackson, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

Assistant Superintendent Finalists

Peter Badalament

Peter Badalament is currently an adjunct Professor at the University of New England teaching graduate classes for UNE Master of Science in Education program. In addition to the graduate classes he runs his own consulting company, Creating Truly Student-Centered Schools. He previously worked as the Principal of Concord-Carlisle High School from 2007-2016. He has also served as a Principal in Bellingham and Hanover, Massachusetts. Prior to assuming leadership respsonsibilities, Mr. Badalament taught Social Studies and English at the High School level in Connecticut, Washington, DC and New Jersey. He earned his Master of Education at Harvard University in Administration & Social Planning and his Bachelor of Arts at Wesleyan University.

Peter Botelho

Peter Botelho is currently the Principal of the Robert Adams Middle School in Holliston. He previously worked as an Assistant Principal and History/Humanities teacher in Somerville: as a teacher and curriculum coordinator for an alternative education/dropout prevention program in Revere; a Art and Humanities teacher at a Massachusetts charter school; and as a history teacher at a private school in San Francisco. He earned his Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership at Boston College, his Master of Education in Educational Leadership at Harvard University and his Bachelor of Arts at Dartmouth College.

Cari Perchase

Cari Perchase is currently the Principal of Medway Middle School. She previously worked as an Assistant Principal at Medway Middle School and a Grade 6 ELA and Social Studies teacher at Duxbury Middle School. She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Education; Curriculum, Teaching. Learning and Leading at Northeastern University, and has received her CAGS in Educational Leadership from Bridgewater State College, her Master of Education in Elementary Education from the University of Massachusetts - Boston and her Bachelor of Arts at University of Massachusetts - Boston.

Colleen Worrell

Colleen Worrell is the Director of Center for Innovation at St. Mark’s School in Southborough. She previously worked as the Technology Integration Specialist at Hopkinton High School and at The Education Collaborative working with the Teaching American History Grant, and served as Manager of Professional Development for Virtual High School. She earned her Doctor of Philosophy at the College of William and Mary, her Master of Arts at the College of William and Mary and her Bachelor of Arts at Colby College.

HHS Art Saves Lives Exhibition 2017

posted May 3, 2017, 6:28 AM by Tom Reeve   [ updated May 4, 2017, 4:08 AM ]

Holliston High School is presenting its annual Art Saves Lives student art exhibition on Thursday, May 18th from 4pm to 8 pm. The best of the HHS art community will be on display, including paintings, drawings, mixed media art, and ceramics.

Proceeds of the event will raise money to help ALS and Breast Cancer Research.

School Start Time Subcommittee Info Posted

posted Apr 10, 2017, 8:34 AM by Tom Reeve   [ updated Apr 11, 2017, 9:25 AM ]

The Holliston School Committee is evaluating several options designed to better align the school day for optimal learning, while improving the health and well being of our students. The current status of the School Start Time Subcommittee's findings have been published to the HPS website here. The page includes links to research about sleep time and later start times, as well as data collected about Holliston students' sleep habits. You can also find the presentation "The Science of School Start Times," presented by Dr. C. Landrigran to the school committee on January 19, 2017.

The Subcommittee is considering three scenarios for school start time adjustments for the 2018-2019 school year. These scenarios, along with their cost factors and impacts, are also published.

The Subcommittee is in the final stages of designing an on-line survey for students, staff and parents to seek feedback from these critical constituencies. The surveys are expected to be published after April vacation and will be available through June 1, 2017.

Department of Education Review to be Conducted in Holliston

posted Apr 6, 2017, 4:27 AM by Tom Reeve   [ updated Apr 6, 2017, 4:27 AM ]

Dr. Bradford Jackson, Superintendent of the Holliston Public Schools was notified by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education of an upcoming Coordinated Program Review that will be taking place this spring. As part of this Coordinated Program Review, Department staff will visit Holliston during the week of May 22nd. Such visits are routinely conducted by the Department to satisfy federal and state requirements for the periodic review of specific education programs and services in schools throughout the Commonwealth. The Department is reviewing several programs during a single visit in order to use Department and school staff’s time most efficiently and to encourage strong connections among the programs.

The Department’s Coordinated Program Review will address the following programs: Special Education, Civil Rights and English Learner Education. After reviewing school district procedures for these programs, a Department team will make its onsite visit, during which it will review individual student records, interview administrators, teachers and paraprofessional staff, survey parents and observe instructional spaces. After the onsite visit it will prepare a report for the superintendent and school committee, with detailed findings for each program.

Using a scale of ratings ranging from “Commendable” to “Not Implemented,” the report will rate the implementation of each requirement reviewed by the Department. Where requirements are found not implemented or only partially implemented, the district must propose to the Department corrective action to bring those areas into compliance with statutes and regulations. Districts and schools are encouraged to incorporate the corrective action into their district and school improvement plans and professional development plan. The school district will be provided with technical assistance from the Department in developing a corrective action plan. Both the Department’s report and the corrective action plan are public information and will be available to the public upon request. Program Review Final Reports are also available on the Department’s Internet website at www.doe.mass.edu/pqa/review/cpr/reports/.

Any member of the public may request to be interviewed by telephone by a member of the Department’s visiting team. Those wishing to be interviewed should call the Superintendent’s office at 508 429-0654 no later than May 1st, 2017 to leave their name and phone number, or they may call the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education at (781) 338-3715. A member of the visiting team will contact each person desiring an interview within two weeks after the completion of the onsite visit. If an individual is not comfortable communicating in English or requires some other accommodation, the Department will make arrangements to communicate appropriately with the individual.

Special Olympics

posted Mar 24, 2017, 5:32 AM by Tom Reeve

Special Olympics MA 
in conjunction with five MA School Districts will be hosting students with disabilities to showcase their basketball skills at the 5th Annual Five Town School Day Games!  Student athletes from Ashland, Holliston, Medfield, Medway and Millis are training hard for the event.  

Our School Day Games are the perfect way for classrooms, school districts and surrounding communities to come together for a fun and inclusive day of activities featuring all of the elements of a Traditional Special Olympics event. 

During a School Day Games event, students participate in the traditional Opening Ceremony, compete or participate in three or more activities (depending on the sports chosen) and each is awarded for their accomplishments in a ceremonial awards presentation at the end of the event. 

Please join us on April 7th, 2017 as Medfield High School proudly hosts this year's event! 

Go to http://medfieldspecialolympics.blogspot.com/ for more information. 

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