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School Start Time Subcommittee Info Posted

posted Apr 10, 2017, 8:34 AM by Thomas 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 Thomas 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 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

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