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Seeking Parent/Guardian Feedback: Speak Up Survey on Educational Technology Use

posted Jan 5, 2017, 12:51 PM by Sara Ahern


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 Tomorrow.  Project Tomorrow annually polls students, educators, and parents about key topics of importance to K-12 educators and policymakers such as:

  • Student use of technology in and out of school to learn.
  • Educator use of technology for instruction and their vision for 21st century classrooms.
  • Hot trends in emerging technologies (e.g. mobile devices, online, blended and flipped learning, gaming, digital and online textbooks).
  • Enhancing student achievement in science, math, technology, and 21st century skills.

As a participant in Speak Up, which is being held through January 13, 2017, 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 January 13, 2017.   [Click here for more background information about Project Tomorrow → Speak Up]  

Requests for Public Records

posted Dec 21, 2016, 7:34 AM by Holliston Public Schools

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:
  • Coordinate the agency's or municipality's response to requests for access to public records;
  • Assist individuals seeking public records in identifying the records requested;
  • Assist the custodian of records in preserving public records; and
  • Prepare guidelines that enable requestors to make informed requests.
The Records Access Officer for the Holliston Public Schools is Bradford L. Jackson, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools. Requests for Public Records should be made in writing and sent to Dr. Jackson either via email (jacksonb@holliston.k12.ma.us) or via US Mail to:

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

Task Force on Student Stress: Progress Check-In

posted Dec 16, 2016, 5:38 AM by Holliston Public Schools

A Progress Check-In for the Task Force on Student Stress has been posted. It outlines the status of steps taken at Holliston Public Schools, based on the Task Force's recommendations.

You can also find out more out the Task Force on Student Stress on this page, or read the full report here.

Video Link for Parent/Guardian Workshop on Mindfulness -- From November 29, 2016

posted Dec 6, 2016, 1:56 PM by Sara Ahern   [ updated Dec 6, 2016, 1:57 PM ]

We're pleased to be able to share a video link to the Parent/Guardian workshop on Mindfulness.  Many thanks to educator Amy Timmins and pediatric nurse practitioner Darlene Vittori-Marsell for allowing us to record the workshop and share it with the larger Holliston parent/guardian community.  The video will be available until the end of January:  Mindfulness Workshop Video

Parent/Guardian Workshop on Mindfulness Strategies -- Tuesday November 29, 2016 Miller Multi-Purpose Room

posted Nov 17, 2016, 9:09 AM by Sara Ahern

We are pleased to invite parents/guardians to a Parent/Guardian Education Evening on the topic of Mindfulness. Secular mindfulness strategies are increasingly being used in education and other fields to support positive well-being by focusing on the present moment and acknowledging one's thoughts and feelings in a non-judgmental way. Research studies support that Mindfulness has positive impacts on the brain, relationships, and physical and mental health. 

Educators in Holliston are beginning to learn how to use some of these techniques and learn about the benefits in the classroom. We would like to extend this learning to interested parents/guardians. 

Please come to a Parent/Guardian Education Evening on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 from 7:00-8:00 PM in the Miller Elementary School Multi-Purpose Room if you are interested. The presentation is tailored toward parents/guardians of elementary students, however middle school and high school parents/guardians are certainly welcome as well.  Please see the attached flier for details.   

Holliston Public Schools Child Find

posted Nov 16, 2016, 4:12 AM by Holliston Public Schools

In accordance with Federal Law, IDEA and Massachusetts Law 603 CMR28.00 Special 
Education, the Holliston Public Schools provides special education programs designed to meet the needs of children, who are attending not only public schools but also those who are attending private schools at private expense and whose parents reside in Holliston.

Holliston provides all children with an opportunity to participate in the public school programs using a continuous and systematic effort to identify children in need of special education services.

The Holliston schools will arrange for the provision and evaluation of those ages 16 through 21 who have not graduated from high school and who are not attending school or children ages 3 through 21 who are unable to progress effectively in a regular program due to a suspected disability consisting of a developmental delay or an intellectual, sensory, neurological, emotional, communication, physical, specific learning or health impairment or combination thereof.

All programs and services are offered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation and disability. Contact the Office of Student Services at (508) 429-0661 for more information.

Notice of Destruction of Student Records

posted Aug 4, 2016, 8:53 AM by Holliston Public Schools

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 2008-2009 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 2, 2016.

Task Force on Student Stress: Final Report

posted Jul 18, 2016, 8:36 AM by Thomas Reeve

Schools.jpgThe Task Force on Student Stress has published its final report. The report includes information about how students from each of Holliston's schools answered on surveys, and makes a number of recommendations for the future. You can read the summary and complete report here on the HPS website.

Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Panel Presents a Tiered Model of Instruction of SEL Skills and Makes Recommendations at School Committee Meeting on June 16, 2016

posted Jun 17, 2016, 7:02 AM by Holliston Public Schools

The 2015-2016 District Goals called for a panel of educators to come together to define Holliston's instruction and supports to strengthen social and emotional learning among children.

The PreK-12 Social-Emotional Learning Panel concluded its development of a tiered model of instruction of social-emotional learning skills, including supports provided to children as they grow.  To view the panel's report and presentation, please click the following links:


Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum Specialists Present Curriculum Review to School Committee

posted Jun 17, 2016, 6:55 AM by Holliston Public Schools

The Science, Technology, and Engineering Curriculum Specialists presented the STE Curriculum Review to the Holliston School Committee on Thursday, June 16, 2016.  The presentation concluded 18 months of review and analysis of STE curriculum and instruction by PreK-12 educators. You can read the Review and view the Slides of the presentation on our Curriculum page (under the Academics menu), or click these links:


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