Submit questions for “State of the Schools” here

The Annual “State of the Schools” forum is coming up on April 1st. Please feel free to post your questions here to be answered at the forum by Dr. Jack Phelan, HPS Superintendent, Nancy Burdick, School Committee Chairperson, and State Representative Carolyn Dykema.

State of the Schools and General Meeting
Sponsored by HPTA
Wednesday April 1st 2009, 7PM
Live! On HCAM TV – Comcast Channel 8, Verizon Channel 30, live streaming on
Guest Speakers Dr. Jack Phelan, HPS Superintendent, Nancy Burdick, School Committee Chairperson, and State Representative Carolyn Dykema
Question and Answer Session – Call in # 508-435-7887 night of the event, E-mail your questions to HPTA Co-President, Patty Doshier,
Audience – Open to the public, space is limited, please RSVP to HPTA Secretary, Adrienne McKenna (
HCAM Studios are located at 77 Main St. (Lower Level) Hopkinton MA 01748

2 thoughts on “Submit questions for “State of the Schools” here”

  1. Question for Dr Phelan and Mrs Burdick: I would like to know if the Hopkinton Public Schools would consider adopting a No Shared Food in the Classroom policy like Southborough has had for the last two years. With the rise of childhood obesity and food allergies I really think this is the way to go.

    From Zeh School Newsletter, Southborough MA:
    “New Wellness Practices For 2007-2008 School Year!
    Our school community has decided that it is in
    the best interest of our students to eliminate the
    serving of food in all classrooms and during all
    school celebrations beginning with the new school
    year 2007-2008. This policy comes as a result of
    input received from our school-based Wellness Committee,
    our School Council and PTO Board. Discussions
    among these committees determined that this
    decision was a sound choice as we honored our responsibility
    to our students with allergies and other
    health concerns.
    We ask that parents continue to provide healthy
    snacks for their own children’s snack time. Also,
    where necessary, classrooms may be designated as
    peanut and/or nut free classrooms, and our policy of
    no food consumption on the buses and on the playground
    will remain in effect. The typical school
    celebrations at Zeh will continue. Acknowledgement
    of weekly birthdays will be made on Friday mornings
    during announcements, and students will receive a
    birthday pencil from Mrs. Whitten. Celebrations of
    holidays such as Halloween and Valentine’s Day will
    include games and/or creative activities.
    The Zeh School Community thanks parents for
    their cooperation and understanding in regard to this
    new practice as we continue to work together to provide
    the best environment in which to learn for all of
    our students.
    Susan Whitten, Zeh School Principal
    Zeh School Faculty”

  2. Thank you, Amy, for posting this idea. I agree that in addition to supporting those students with food allergies, it underscores the healthy attitude that there are more creative ways to celebrate our birthdays and holidays without all the “treats.”

    Melissa Ewing

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