Category Archives: Elmwood School

School Council Parent and Community Reps Needed

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As the school year is winding down, it is a great time to think about how your support your child and make a difference in your child’s education next year! Below are the School Council opportunities for the 2014-15 school year.

Duties include: working with the principal to adopt goals for the school, identify educational needs for the student body, review the school’s budget, and formulate a school improvement plan. Each School Council includes a parent and teacher from each grade level and a community representative who does not have a child at the school. The term is two years unless otherwise noted. The dates and times of the meetings are set by the principal. For more information, please see the HPTA website.

If you’re interested in learning more about the School Council and the open positions and/or submitting your name as a candidate, please contact Lee Burns at schoolcouncil@hptaonline.com by August 29, 2014.

The current open positions are:

  • Center School
    • Parent Representative – Kindergarten (2 openings)
    • Community Representative
  • Elmwood School
    • Parent Representative – Grade 2 (2 openings)
    • Parent Representative – Grade 3 (1 year term)
    • Community Representative
  • Hopkins School
    • Parent Representative – Grade 4 (2 openings)
  • Middle School
    • Parent Representative – Grade 6
    • Community Representative
  • High School
    • Parent Representative – Grade 9

 

Town Meeting Warrant Finalized

Seal of the Town of Hopkinton 1715

At last week’s meeting, the Board of Selectmen finalized the warrant (agenda) for annual Town Meeting coming up in May. Town Meeting begins Monday, May 5 at 7:00pm at the Middle School. The meeting typically adjourns at 11:00pm and is continued on consecutive evenings usually running for at least two nights. There are 42 articles on the warrant this year, we have highlighted a few key articles below, but you can Click Here to Read the Full Warrant.

  • Article #8 – Underride – This would reduce Hopkinton’s excess levy capacity (its ability to tax without an override) by $1,250,000. In recent years Hopkinton has not taxed to the full 2 1/2% increase allowed by state law and therefore has an excess levy capacity.
  • Article #14 – Pay-As-You-Go Capital Expenses
    • Pierce/Sabre Fit-out Rescue Equipment – Fire Dept. $112,149
    • Replacement of Two Front-Line Cruisers and One Mobile Data Terminal – Police Dept. $71,727
    • Two Building and Grounds Department Trucks – School Dept. $90,000
    • Hopkins School Ceiling Tile Replacement – School Dept. $203,000
    • Upgrade Middle School Auditorium Stage Components – School Dept. $32,000
    • Upgrade Fire Alarm System – Horns/Strobes – School Dept. $25,000
    • Joint IT Upgrades at the Center and Elmwood Schools – School Dept. $100,000
    • Hayden Rowe Drainage – DPW $80,000
    • Keefe Regional Technical School Roof $69,850
    • Read more about the Pay-As-You-Go articles…
  • Article #15 – Library Construction – $6,255,000
    • In March, Hopkinton moved up to #3 on the waiting list for a state Library Construction Grant. If Hopkinton residents approve funding for the renovation and expansion of our library at Town Meeting on May 5 and at the Town Election on May 19, then Hopkinton may proceed to signing a grant agreement with MBLC as soon as July. Once a grant agreement is signed, Hopkinton will get its first payment of the $4.5 million grant and the town may begin design refinement. The target date for opening of the renovated and expanded library is December 2016. Read more at the HPLF website.
  • Article #16 – Sidewalk Construction & Rehabilitation Program $1,519,000
    • Construction of 10,000 feet of new sidewalks on various streets over the next five years, including three different spots on Ash Street and sections of Wood, Elm and East and West Main streets.
  • Article #17 – Hayden Rowe Traffic Calming near the schools $400,000
  • Article #18 – Main Fire Station Roof $400,000
  • Article #19 – International Horton Ambulance $270,000
  • Article #20 – Vactor Truck – $395,000
  • Article #21 – Evaluation Studies for School Roof Repairs (Hopkins and High School) – $30,000
  • Article #22 – School Safety and Security – $152,400
  • Article #25 – Bylaw Change: Farmer’s Market Wine Sampling on Town Common
  • Article #32 – Zoning Bylaw Change: Open Space Mixed Use Development (OSMUD) Overlay District – Hockey Rink
  • Article #39 – Acquisition of Property at 25 Ash Street (abutting Center School property)
  • Article #41 – Scenic Road Designation – Chamberlain Street

Click Here to Read the Full Warrant

Article 16 - Sidewalk Constructionand Rehabilitation Program, $1,519,000
Article 16 – Sidewalk Constructionand Rehabilitation Program, $1,519,000 (click to enlarge)
Article 17 - Hayden Rowe Traffic Calming near the schools, $400,000
Article 17 – Hayden Rowe Traffic Calming near the schools, $400,000 (click to enlarge)

Building Committee Tours Elmwood and Center School Land

Center SchoolAt its August 1 public meeting, Hopkinton’s Elementary School Building Committee (ESBC) conducted site walks of both Elmwood School and Center School including the abutting Hehn family property at 25 Ash Street. New Superintendent Cathy MacLeod attended the site walk as well as new Center School Principal Lauren Dubeau. A town meeting vote would be required for the town to purchase the Hehn property on Ash Street. The Board of Selectmen were scheduled “to consider the purchase, exchange, lease or value of real property on Ash Street” in their private executive session on August 13 and are scheduled to discuss it again in their August 27 executive session. In April Hopkinton submitted a new Statement of Interest for Center School to the Massachusetts School Building Administration (MSBA). The town is awaiting a response from the MSBA to see if we are invited into the Eligibility Period. In May Hopkinton voted at Town Meeting to appropriate $600,000 to fund a new Feasibility Study for Center School.

Video highlights of the ESBC tour are available on the HCAM website: http://www.hcam.tv/videos/elementary-school-building-committee-site-walk

Photos and an article about the ESBC tour are available on the Hopkinton Crier website: http://www.wickedlocal.com/hopkinton/news/x853698166/Hopkinton-officials-tour-land-for-sale-near-Center-School

New School Administration Gears up for 2014 School Year

BusWhen the 2013-2014 school years begins, students and parents will be greeted by several new administrators.

Lauren Dubeau is the new principal at Center School.

Lauren Dubeau holds a Master of Education degree in Early Childhood Education from the Worcester State College, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Westfield State College.  She comes to Hopkinton from the Simonian Center for Early Learning in the Sutton Public School district where she served as principal.  She previously served in Sutton as the Acting Principal for the Early Learning Center, and as both a Kindergarten and First Grade teacher.  She began her career in education as a Special Education Preschool Teacher in the Sutton Public Schools.

http://www.wickedlocal.com/hopkinton/news/x1943669082/Q-A-with-new-Center-School-principal-Lauren-Dubeau

Anne Carver has begun her role as full-time assistant principal at Elmwood.  Tim Kearnan is now the full-time assistant principal at Hopkins.

Mrs. Carver holds a Master’s of Education in Elementary Leadership & Administration from Worcester State University and a Master of Education in Integrated Studies from Cambridge College.  Her undergraduate work was in Early Childhood Education, completed at Wheelock College. She comes to us from the Norrback Avenue School in Worcester, where she was a first grade teacher, and Site Administrator.  She has also taught Kindergarten, first and second grades at the New Ludlow Elementary School and the St. Nicholas Avenue School, both in Worcester, and began her career as a third grade Teacher at Midland Elementary School, also in Worcester.

Ann Benenek joins Ms Grady this year as one of two full-time assistant principals at the Middle School.

Mrs. Benenek holds a Master’s of Education from Cambridge College.  Her undergraduate work was in English, completed at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  She began her career as an English Teacher at West Boylston Middle/High School.  She comes to us from the Sarah W. Gibbons Middle School in Westborough, where she has served as a Team Leader, a Supervising Practitioner and an English Teacher.  This past year, she also completed her Administrative Internship at Sarah W. Gibbons Middle School.

Michael Cournoyer is the new principal at the high school.

Mr. Cournoyer holds a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Worcester State College, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Education from the University of Lowell.  He is currently the Principal for Holliston High School. He previously served as Assistant Principal of Hopkinton High School, and began his career in education as a high school health teacher at Southbridge High School.

http://www.wickedlocal.com/hopkinton/news/x273425610/Q-A-with-new-Hopkinton-High-School-principal-Michael-Cournoyer

Joshua Hanna has been hired as an assistant principal at the High School.  The former assistant principal, Ashoke Ghosh, will be assuming the Director of Technology role for Hopkinton Public Schools.

Mr. Hanna holds Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Simmons College, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in U.S. History / Secondary Education from Framingham State College. He comes to Hopkinton from the Natick Public Schools, where he taught for 13 years, most recently serving as the Social Studies Department Chair at Natick High School.  Mr. Hanna was also the head coach of the Natick High School Redhawks baseball team.

http://www.wickedlocal.com/natick/newsnow/x1533299211/Natick-baseball-coach-Hanna-steps-down

School Spruce Up Day

garden_toolsThe HPS is sponsoring a Spruce-Up Day which will take place on August 24th from 8am-11am at all of the schools in preparation for the first day. Volunteer adults are welcome to bring children to help with basic clean-up like pulling weeds, laying mulch, picking up trash, and other spruce-up activities. Please bring some basic tools such as clippers and shovels.  Don’t forget your garden gloves either.
Anyone who can volunteer their time and effort should drop in any time between the hours of 8-11 am on August 24th at any of the Hopkinton Public Schools.

School Council Representatives Needed for 2013-2014

IMG_1707As this school year is quickly coming to a close, it’s not too early to start thinking about next year and how you can make a difference in your child’s education! We are currently seeking candidates for the School Councils for the 2013-14 school year.

Duties include: adopting goals for the school, identifying educational needs for students, reviewing the school’s budget, and formulating a school improvement plan. Each School Council includes a parent and teacher from each grade level and a community representative who does not have a child at the school. The term is two years unless otherwise noted below.

If you’re interested in learning more about the School Council and the open positions and/or submitting your name as a candidate, please contact Lee Burns at schoolcouncil@hptaonline.com by August 23, 2013.

The current open positions are:

Center School

  • Kindergarten Parent Representative (2 positions)
  • Community Representative (1 position)

Elmwood School

  • 2nd Grade Parent Representative (2 positions)

Hopkins School

  • 4th Grade Parent Representative (2 positions)

Middle School

  • 6th Grade Parent Representative (1 position)
  • Community Representative (1 position)

High School

  •  9th Grade Parent Representative (1 position)
  • 11th Grade Parent Representative (1 position)

Elmwood Roof, Superintendent Contract and TED Talks

Elmwood Roof

At their March 21 meeting, the School Committee awarded the contract for the Elmwood School roof replacement to the lowest bidder,  MDM Engineering of Dudley for $884,000.

Superintendent Contract

An agreement was reached between the School Committee and Hopkinton’s new Superintendent, Cathy MacLeod. It is a 3-year contract at a salary of $170,000 per year. Click here to view the full contract.

TED Talks Videos – Build a School in the Cloud

Sugata Mitra: Build a School in the Cloud (Feb 2013)
Onstage at TED2013, Sugata Mitra makes his bold TED Prize wish: Help me design the School in the Cloud, a learning lab in India, where children can explore and learn from each other — using resources and mentoring from the cloud. Hear his inspiring vision for Self Organized Learning Environments (SOLE), and learn more at tedprize.org.

Sugata Mitra: The child-driven education (Sept 2010)
Education scientist Sugata Mitra tackles one of the greatest problems of education — the best teachers and schools don’t exist where they’re needed most. In a series of real-life experiments from New Delhi to South Africa to Italy, he gave kids self-supervised access to the web and saw results that could revolutionize how we think about teaching.

Laptops, Building Committee, Center Principal and Elmwood Roof

1-to-1 Laptop Program Update
At the December 20 School Committee meeting, Kathy Dooley and Ashoke Ghosh presented an update on the 9th Grade 1-to-1 Laptop program, including results of a recent survey of teachers, students and parents. The majority of survey respondents were positive about the program. Read the survey results…

Elementary School Building Committee Update
The Board of Selectmen voted to appoint John Mosher as their representative on the next School Building Committee. The School Committee voted to appoint Jon Graziano (voting member) and Scott Aghababian (non-voting member) as its two representatives on the committee. In addition, at the December 20 School Committee meeting, Dr Hiersche reported that 11 members of the public applied for the four At-Large positions on the committee. Stay tuned for more information on this new committee…

Center School Interim Principal Update
At the December 20 School Committee meeting, Dr Hiersche reported that he was currently interviewing candidates for the Center School Interim Principal position. Click to read the job description. He hoped to appoint an Interim Principal within a week or two, so that there would be some overlap before Dr Kennedy leaves, sometime during the week of January 14. Read more in the Hopkinton Crier or stay tuned for more information after tonight’s School Committee meeting.

Elmwood Roof Update
According to the Hopkinton Crier, the committee overseeing the Elmwood School roof project was scheduled to meet Wednesday afternoon to interview four architect firms bidding on the project. Read more in the Hopkinton Crier or stay tuned for more information after tonight’s School Committee meeting.