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Holliston PTO Mindshare and Diverse Holliston Sessions

posted Mar 4, 2021, 1:49 PM by Dan MacLeod   [ updated Mar 26, 2021, 6:26 AM ]

Several members of the Holliston Public Schools, including School Committee member Lisa Kocian, participated in a series of sessions co-sponsored by Holliston PTO Mindshare and Diverse Holliston.  These sessions led by Tonia Florence Walker, M.Ed.


provided a poignant overview of the history of racism and prejudice in America.  Linked here is a list of resources provided by Tonia Florence Walker, M.Ed.  Please note that not all resources have not been independently checked by HPS. 

School Choice Application 2021-2022

posted Feb 23, 2021, 8:18 AM by Tom 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, 2021. NO APPLICATION WILL BE PROCESSED WITH A POSTMARK DATE PRIOR TO APRIL 1, 2021. Applications received with a postmark after April 15, 2021 will be placed on a waiting list in the order in which they are received.

    Applications should be addressed to:
      Office of the Superintendent 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 8, 2021. 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 18, 2021. 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 “2022-2023” must reapply..
The School Choice Application is available for download on the Forms page, under "School Choice Application."

Full Remote Day (Monday, February 1, 2021)

posted Jan 31, 2021, 6:51 PM by Dan MacLeod

All students will be fully remote on Monday, February 1, 2021, due to inclement weather,   Staff may work remotely or in person.

2021-2022 School Year Calendar Approved

posted Jan 26, 2021, 5:44 AM by Tom Reeve

The School Committee approved the school year calendar for the 2021-2022 school year on January 21, 20201. This calendar, along with other current calendars, can be found on the School Calendars page.

Remote Learning Day Thursday, December 17, 2020

posted Dec 16, 2020, 1:09 PM by Dan MacLeod   [ updated Dec 16, 2020, 1:10 PM ]

Office of the Superintendent

December 16, 2020

Hello Everyone,

Given the impending winter storm arriving later today into tomorrow, Thursday, 12/17/2020 will be a remote learning day for all students. Students will follow their typical school-day schedule within the remote learning platform. Additional information has been or will be provided from the building administration at each building with specific details necessary for tomorrow.

While the remote learning platform may present with challenges, we need to be prepared to switch to remote instruction for all students at any time related to COVID-19 cases. By providing this notification to caregivers, families, and staff early in the day, this will allow everyone to be better prepared for this shift tomorrow. Students will soon be heading into an eleven-da vacation break from school, and we are hoping to minimize additional disruption to teaching and learning in this manner.

Should the storm result in significant power outages leading to a different decision, you may hear from me again. However, at this time, staff and students will be remote tomorrow. Thank you all for your patience and understanding!

Sincerely,

Susan E. Kustka, Ed.D.

Superintendent

Schools Closed Thursday, October 8th

posted Oct 8, 2020, 3:34 AM by Dan MacLeod

Dear Families:


Due to power outages and roads remaining blocked with trees and wires down, school will be closed today. Eversource indicating many houses are out of power, so we will not be able to be remote. We were hoping power might be back overnight, but I am hearing that roads are not cleared and power has not been restored. Sorry for the late notice. Stay Safe!

Dr. Susan E. Kustka

Interim Superintendent

School Start Dates Update (September 12, 2020)

posted Sep 12, 2020, 6:19 PM by Dan MacLeod

September 12, 2020

Dear Families:

Starting on Wednesday, September 16th, PreK-3 will begin a staggered start towards daily, in-person instruction. Grade 2 and Montessori Ages 6-8 at Placentino and Grade 3 at Miller will begin in-person instruction on September 16th.  Grade 1 will begin in-person learning on Thursday, September 17th.  Kindergarten will begin in-person learning on Friday, September 18th and Preschool will begin in-person instruction on Monday, September 21st.

In grades PreK-1, while they await to begin in-person instruction, students will meet with their teachers remotely for a series of activities and virtual orientations. Teachers will start the day at 8:45 for a whole class meeting and will then virtually meet with smaller groups of students throughout the day to orient them to the classroom, review arrival procedures, and to explain what they should expect for their first In-person day. The purpose of these interactions is to help orient students to the classroom and school environment while also building relationships with their teacher and classmates.

Starting on September 21st, Grades 4-12 hybrid students will begin a staggered start towards daily in-person instruction. The district is aiming to begin in-person instruction by cohort in Grades 4 & 5 and Grades 6-8 on Monday, September 21st.  Then on Tuesday, September 29th, we will aim to begin in-person instruction by cohort at Holliston High School in Grades 9-12.  In order to reach this timeline, the district will be doing everything in its power to recruit and hire for open positions, and to deploy administrators and other non-teaching staff to support supervision and safety needs in creative ways. Below you will see additional detail by grade level start dates. We appreciate your patience and understanding, as we forge ahead during uncharted times in education.

However, should staffing needs not be resolved so that proper safety protocols are able to be ensured, it may be necessary to delay the in-person start dates for grades 4-12 a bit longer, but this is not our intention at this time. Should this need to occur related to safe staffing needs, we will communicate this to families as early as possible. We are not alone, as many school districts are competing to find additional staff for safety positions and/ or to fill positions created from late resignations or leaves of absence related to Covid-19. 

As you know, we have asked for parent volunteers to support the in-person start dates, and there are still about 25 open school positions, and many bus monitor openings. These are available for new hires to apply for or volunteers to temporarily fill, to aid this process. Here is the survey link for volunteers and the Schoolspring link to apply for a position. As stated the other night, “It takes a village to raise our children/ educate the students” of HPS, and they/we need you.

Sincerely,

Dr. Susan E. Kustka

Interim Superintendent

Full In-person 

Wednesday, September 16th:

In-Person Learning Schedule:

  • Grade 2 and Montessori Ages 6-8 will begin in-person instruction at Placentino.

  • Grade 3 will begin in-person instruction at Miller.

Thursday, September 17th: 

In-Person Learning Schedule

  • Grade 2 and Montessori 6-8 will continue with in-person learning

  • Grade 3 will continue  in-person instruction at Miller.

  • Grade 1 will begin in-person learning

Friday, September 18th:

In-Person Learning Schedule

  • Grade 2 and Montessori 6-8 will continue with in-person learning

  • Grade 1 will continue with in-person learning

  • Grade 3 will continue  in-person instruction at Miller.

  • Kindergarten will begin in-person learning 

  • Preschool will continue to meet with their teachers remotely as described.

September 21st:

  • Preschool will begin In-person learning (joining grades K-2)

Hybrid Model Grades 4-12

Wednesday, September 16- Friday, September 18

  • Grades 4-12 would all begin hybrid remotely 

    • Grades 4 & 5 hybrid would be remote for the first 3 days

    • Grade 6-8 would be remote  for the first 3 days

    • Grades 9-12 would be remote  for the first 3 days

Monday, September 21 

  • Miller Grades 4 & 5 and RAMS Grade 6-8 hybrid will aim to begin in-person learning by cohort.

  • Holliston High would remain remote for the week

Tuesday, September 29

  • Holliston High School in grades 9-12 will aim to begin in-person learning by cohort. 

  • All schools are in full hybrid mode.

Staff Safety Manual (August 27, 2020)

posted Aug 31, 2020, 8:51 AM by Dan MacLeod

Notice of Destruction of Student Records

posted Aug 6, 2020, 12:46 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 2012-2013 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, October 2, 2020

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