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SEPAC Event Rescheduled: Wed. Feb 28

posted Feb 12, 2018, 6:57 AM by Tom Reeve   [ updated Feb 20, 2018, 5:20 AM ]

Monday, February 12th  Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018  in the Adams Multi-Purpose Room 109 @ 7pm

We use our executive functioning skills across all aspects of our day, not just within the academic context of school. Sometimes our students with disabilities present with even more executive functioning challenges in the home setting versus the school setting. “If only she could brush her teeth and hair without a half dozen reminders?” “If only he could actually remember his homework after he does it?”. This seminar will focus on teaching practical methods to ease homework and home routines as well as increase your child’s independence no matter their age or ability!

Presenters: Victoria Briggs, District BCBA , Jessica Smith, School Psychologist

EARLY DISMISSAL – Wednesday, February 7, 2018

posted Feb 7, 2018, 4:49 AM by Tom Reeve

Good morning!

Due to forecasted weather conditions and concerns about deteriorating road conditions, the Holliston Public Schools will be having an early dismissal today, Wednesday, February 7, 2018.

Dismissal times will be as follows:

Holliston High School: 10:40 AM
Adams Middle School: 10:30 AM.
Miller Elementary School: 11:10 AM
Placentino Elementary School: 11:50 AM.

There will be no after school extended day program today. All afternoon activities are canceled.

Bradford L. Jackson, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

Community Newsletter: Winter 2018

posted Feb 6, 2018, 11:12 AM by Tom Reeve

The new Winter 2018 issue of the Holliston Schools newsletter has been posted online. Please take a few minutes to read about our latest school news, updated calendars, and other important information.

>> HPS Community Newsletter: Winter 2018 issue

Schools Closed Thursday, Jan 4, 2018

posted Jan 3, 2018, 3:36 PM by Tom Reeve

Due to the severe forecast, Holliston Public Schools will be closed on Thursday, January 4, 2018.

Two Hour Delay for Friday, Jan 5, 2018

posted Jan 3, 2018, 3:36 PM by Tom Reeve   [ updated Jan 4, 2018, 5:18 PM ]

Due to continuing clean-up from the storm, Holliston Public Schools will have a two-hour delay on Friday, January 5, 2018.

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.

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