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Special Olympics

posted Mar 24, 2017, 5:32 AM by Thomas 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. 

School Choice Application 2017-2018 Posted

posted Mar 8, 2017, 6:54 AM by Thomas Reeve

The Holliston Public Schools will accept applications for a limited number of “seats” for 
non-resident students exclusively under the State’s School Choice Law. The number of “seats” available has not yet been determined.
  1. Applications for School Choice may be obtained by contacting the Central Office, 370 Hollis Street, Holliston, MA 01746, telephone (508) 429-0654 extension 1139 or by email at “barryd@holliston.k12.ma.us”.

  2. Applications for School Choice will be accepted by the Superintendent of Schools, via the U.S. Postal Service only between April 1 – April 15, 2017. NO APPLICATION WILL BE PROCESSED WITH A POSTMARK DATE PRIOR TO APRIL 1, 2017. Applications received with a postmark after April 15, 2017 will be placed on a waiting list in the order in which they are received.

    Applications should be addressed to:
      Office of the Superintendent of Schools
      School Choice
      370 Hollis Street Holliston, MA 01746

  3. Admission will be determined by lottery, on a random basis, if number of applicants exceeds the number of available seats.

  4. Students accepted for admission to the Holliston Public Schools will be notified by June 9, 2017. PLEASE NOTE THAT ACCEPTANCE INTO THE HOLLISTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS DOES NOT GUARANTEE PLACEMENT IN A PARTICULAR PROGRAM THAT YOU MAY HAVE REQUESTED. TRANSPORTATION TO/FROM SCHOOL IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE PARENT. SCHOOL BUS TRANSPORTATION IS NOT AN AVAILABLE OPTION. Such acceptance for admission must be submitted in writing no later than June 19, 2017. Failure to do so may result in withdrawal of the acceptance for admission.

  5. Students not accepted who wish to be considered for acceptance in “2018-2019” must reapply.
The School Choice Application is available for download on the Forms page, under "School Choice Application."

HPS Community Newsletter -- 2017 Winter Edition is Published

posted Feb 28, 2017, 11:20 AM by Sara Ahern   [ updated Mar 3, 2017, 5:25 AM by Thomas Reeve ]

The winter edition of the Community Newsletter of the Holliston Public Schools has now been published.  This newsletter contains updates from the HPS School Committee, central office administrators and building principals, and parent groups. The newsletters also include important dates and other information for parents and community members.  You can access the newsletter using this link:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7g5gwBbt9Wvd3JVdUxlU0JBWDhsOVltdm1nbmlMOFdvQmZ3/view

DESE Survey for Families with IEPs

posted Feb 16, 2017, 10:20 AM by Thomas Reeve

Each year the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) surveys families of students with an IEP in selected school districts to determine how well your child's school is communicating with you and promoting your engagement in your child's education. It is Holliston's turn this year!

Click here for the full announcment and link to the survey.

Parent/Guardian/Community Member Speak Up Survey Deadline Extended to January 27!

posted Jan 19, 2017, 7:15 AM by Sara Ahern

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 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, 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).

[Click here for more background information about Project Tomorrow → Speak Up]  

Holliston Public Schools named to College Board's 7th Annual AP District Honor Roll

posted Jan 19, 2017, 7:07 AM by Sara Ahern

For the second year in a row, Holliston Public Schools has been named to the College Board's 7th Annual AP District Honor Roll.  This distinction is a reflection of the expansion of Advanced Placement course offerings at Holliston High School while maintaining a high level of student achievement (students scoring a 3 or higher on the AP exams).  Congratulations to Holliston High students and faculty!

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

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