News and Announcements
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.
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.
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 as Medfield High School proudly hosts this year's event!
Go to http://medfieldspecialolympics.blogspot.com/ for more information.
non-resident students exclusively under the State’s School Choice Law. The number of “seats” available has not yet been determined.
The School Choice Application is available for download on the Forms page, under "School Choice Application."
Click here for the full announcment and link to the survey.
The Survey Deadline has been extended to January 27, 2017!!!!!Please submit your parent/guardian or community member feedback through the survey Speak Up, http://www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2016/ This is an online national research project facilitated by Project . Project annually polls students, educators, and parents about key topics of importance to K-12 educators and policymakers such as:
As a participant in Speak Up, our district will receive free, online access to the aggregated results with national comparisons. This valuable data can be used for our planning, curriculum, and professional development during the school year.
The survey will take about 15 minutes and results are anonymous. You will be brought through a series of prompts where you select your zip code, and then your school(s).
We are looking for parent/guardian feedback through a survey called Speak Up, http://www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2016/ This is an online national research project facilitated by Project . Project annually polls students, educators, and parents about key topics of importance to K-12 educators and policymakers such as:
As a participant in Speak Up, which is being held through, our district will receive free, online access to the aggregated results with national comparisons. This valuable data can be used for our planning, curriculum, and professional development during the school year.
The survey will take about 15 minutes and results are anonymous. You will be brought through a series of prompts where you select your zip code, and then your child’s school before the survey questions launch. If your children attend more than one school, you will be able to complete the survey for each school your children attend:
The survey will close [Click here for more background information about Project Tomorrow → Speak Up].
On June 3, 2016, Governor Baker signed An Act to Improve Public Records into law. Many of the provisions in the new law will take effect on January 1, 2017. Part of the new law requires school districts to identify the main contact (identified in the law as a Records Access Officer or RAO) for the public to use when making a request to access public records.The contact information for the RAO must be posted conspicuously, including on the agency's or municipality's website, if available.
The RAO has a duty to: