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New Strategic Plan Now in Place

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At their September 18 meeting, the School Committee unanimously voted to adopt the 2014-2020 Strategic Plan:

Strategic Plan Objectives:

EFFECTIVE SCHOOL LEADERSHIP

  1. Attract, develop, and sustain an effective school leadership team
  2. Establish a clearly defined set of goals aligning the School Improvement Plans to the District Strategic Plan
  3. Foster a collaborative culture open to dialogue and trust amongst faculty and staff.

ALIGNED CURRICULUM

  1. Develop a consistently implemented and vertically aligned PreK-12 Curriculum
  2. Articulate common, well-defined learning outcomes with a focus on depth of understanding and critical thinking.

EFFECTIVE INSTRUCTION

  1. Communicate high expectations for all students
  2. Implement evidence-based high quality instructional practices

STUDENT ASSESSMENT

  1. Implement a variety of assessments that examine both short and long-term growth of students
  2. Use assessment results to evaluate and adjust instructional practices
  3. Provide opportunities for students to share in goal-setting and self-evaluation

LEADERSHIP, GOVERNANCE, and COMMUNICATION

  1. Develop a transparent budget that supports the district’s priority initiatives
  2. Evaluate and develop School Committee policy
  3. Cultivate effective partnerships with families and within the community

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Foreign Language Five-Year Plan

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This post was edited to better reflect the purpose and usage of the Foreign Language Plan presented to the school committee.

The Foreign Language Five-Year Strategic Plan was shared with the School Committee at their October 2nd meeting.  Several goals were outlined in the plan.  We have highlighted some of the key goals below.  You can read the Foreign Language Plan to see the complete list of goals and the research included in the plan.

  • 2015-2016: HPS will provide Foreign Language study in the 6th grade, pending approval in the FY16 budget.  Languages offered would be French and Spanish.
  • 2015-2016: HPS will study elementary foreign language instruction implementation for effectiveness, cost and methodology.
  • The plan outlines a potential timeline for implementation that will be refined and presented to the School Committee based on the results of the study.
  • 2016-2017: Implement foreign language study in kindergarten adding a new grade each school year through 2020-2021 as follows:
    2017-2018 – First Grade
    2018-2019 – Second Grade
    2019-2020 – Third Grade
    2020-2021 – Fourth Grade
    While the budget needs and personnel details will receive more refinement, this potential plan could mean the addition of one foreign language teacher to the budget for each of those school years.

Strategic Plan Forum Update

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On June 17 and 19, Superintendent Dr Cathy MacLeod held public forums on the Strategic Plan Overview, which was put together over the past year incorporating feedback from various forums and survey data. The Mission Statement of “Learn, Create, and Achieve Together” remains the same, but the Vision Statement and Values have been updated (see below). The plan is currently just a broad overview and the following refinements will take place over the summer:

  • Finalize Action Steps
  • Align Budget Priorities and School Improvement Plans (SIP) with the Strategic Plan
  • Identify Evaluation Goals aligned with the plan (Superintendent, Administrators, Teachers)

The School Committee approved the Overview, Vision and Values at their June 19 meeting. Then in September 2014, the Superintendent will seek School  Committee approval of the Strategic Plan, Technology Plan and Foreign Language Plan. The June 19 forum is available for viewing on the HCAM.tv website under Programs > Government Meetings > June 2014 > School Committee 06/19/14. See below for the documents presented at the meeting.

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School Forums This Week – Common Core and Strategic Plan

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Hopkinton Public Schools Common Core Public Forum
Tuesday, June 17 @ 7:00-9:00 PM
Middle School Library

Dr. Cathy MacLeod and Mr. Robert Berlo will hold a community forum next week. This will provide the community an opportunity to ask questions and receive clarification on concerns that have been expressed and misunderstandings that have been communicated regarding the relationships between PARCC, MCAS, Common Core, and the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks.

6/17 and 6/19 – HPS Strategic Plan Forums

  • June 17 @ 12:30pm in the Fire Station Training Room (upstairs)
  • June 19 @ 6:30pm in the Middle School Library
  • The Hopkinton School Committee in conjunction with the Superintendent, Steering Committee and Administrative Team has developed a new 5-year Strategic Plan to guide the work of the district. We are thankful for all of the public input gathered through public forums and survey data and are ready to share the results. The following dates have been selected to provide opportunity for public comment prior to the School Committee’s vote to accept the plan. We encourage you to attend so that your voice can be heard.

 Hopkinton Community Visioning Workshop – POSTPONED

  • June 18 @ 6:00pm at the Senior Center
  • After thoughtful consideration, the Visioning Steering Group (appointed by the Hopkinton Board of Selectmen) agreed to re-schedule the Community Workshop, which was scheduled for Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 6 pm. The Steering Group, in consultation with Town Hall staff and the consultants, agreed that a detailed plan for public input needed to be developed and that any attempt at creating a vision for Hopkinton would greatly benefit only from a wide range of opinions of Hopkinton residents and organizations. We appreciate your interest in the June 18 workshop and you will be invited to participate in future workshops, which are expected to be held in September.More information to come. In the meantime, your continued discussion will help in shaping the discussions in September. Click Mindmixer to join the conversation.

Several Town and School Forums Coming Up in June

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6/3 and 6/4 – HPS Co-Teaching Forums

  • June 3 @ 7:00pm in the High School Library
  • June 4 @ 7:00pm in the Middle School Library
  • The Director of Student Services, Marijane Hackett and Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Cathy MacLeod will present an overview to explain the philosophy behind co-teaching.   As you may be aware, one of the instructional interventions that will be offered for students next year involves placement in a co-taught classroom.  The forum is intended to provide an opportunity to answer any questions you may have.
  • The Co-Teaching model will be offered next year in Math and English Language Arts (ELA) in Kindergarten through Grade 8 for all students who need it.

6/5 – Common Core Informational Session sponsored by “Core Concerns in Hopkinton

  • June 5 @ 7:00pm at St John’s Church Community Center
  • Residents are invited to come and hear a presentation on Common Core State Standards and PARCC featuring special guests Sandra Stotsky, member of the Common Core Validation Committee and former Senior Associate Commissioner in the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Jamie Gass, of the Pioneer Institute and Donna Colorio, an Adjunct Sociology & Psychology Faculty Quinsigamond Community College and a MTA member.   Bob Berlo, Hopkinton’s Director of Secondary Education Curriculum has also agreed to participate in Q & A portion.

6/17 and 6/19 – HPS Strategic Plan Forums

  • June 17 @ 12:30pm in the Fire Station Training Room (upstairs)
  • June 19 @ 6:30pm in the Middle School Library
  • The Hopkinton School Committee in conjunction with the Superintendent, Steering Committee and Administrative Team has developed a new 5-year Strategic Plan to guide the work of the district. We are thankful for all of the public input gathered through public forums and survey data and are ready to share the results. The following dates have been selected to provide opportunity for public comment prior to the School Committee’s vote to accept the plan. We encourage you to attend so that your voice can be heard.

6/18 – Hopkinton Community Visioning Workshop

  • June 18 @ 6:00pm at the Senior Center
  • RSVP online at https://hopkinton-visioning.eventbrite.com/
  • You are invited to participate in two interactive workshops sponsored by the Town of Hopkinton as part of a community visioning project. The project will develop a unified vision, guiding principles, and strategic goals to imagine the best future for Hopkinton. The results will inform town policies, budget priorities, be incorporated into the Town’s Master Plan and will be an important document to lead the community forward.

Strategic Planning Survey 2013

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The School Committee is developing a new 5 year Strategic Plan for the Hopkinton Public Schools.  They would like community input throughout this process.  In addition to offering several forums to elicit community input, the School Committee is conducting a community survey to better understand the educational priorities of the town in order to develop a new Strategic Plan.

The survey must be completed by Thursday, December 12 and should take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

Click here to take the survey online

Paper copies of the survey are available at the Hopkinton Public Library and the Hopkinton Senior Center.

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS FOR YOUR REFERENCE:

Public Input Requested for new Strategic Plan

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The Hopkinton School Committee is beginning the process of developing a new 5-year Strategic Plan to guide the work of the district. The School Committee is seeking input from across the community to use as the foundation for targeted goals and outcomes. To gather information from the community, Dr. MacLeod will facilitate the following series of Focus Groups with staff, students, administrators, parents, community members, and local business owners. A community wide survey will also be conducted during the month of November.

Important Documents for your Reference:

Focus Group meeting dates are listed below:

  • November 13 at 6:00pm, High School Cafeteria – Business and Community
  • November 14 at 7:30am, Fire Station – Business and Community
  • November 19 at 10:00am, Senior Center – Parents and Community
  • November 19 at 7:00pm**, High School Auditorium – Parents and Community
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School Budget Update

A huge “Thank You” to everyone who came to the School Committee Public Hearing and/or wrote to the School Committee with your thoughts on the 2012-13 budget. Your voices truly do make a difference! A few days after the public hearing the School Committee sent the following press release. The budget has now been submitted to the Town Manager and may still go through many changes before Town Meeting (May 7) as it is reviewed by the Town Manger, Selectmen and Appropriations Committee. Please continue to stay informed.

PRESS RELEASE – HOPKINTON SCHOOL COMMITTEE FY13 BUDGET

On January 28, 2012, the Hopkinton School Committee voted a budget of $34,085,238, which is an increase of $1,127,516, or 3.42%, over the FY12 budget.

The budget includes support for the following concerns highlighted by the community:

  • 6 classrooms of Full Day Kindergarten and 4 sections of Half Day Kindergarten, each with a full time teaching assistant;
  • Average class sizes of 20 students or less in all Kindergarten and 1st Grade class rooms;
  • An additional classroom teacher in 4th grade and in 5th grade, resulting in average class sizes of 22 at each grade level;
  • Reinstatement of the Middle School Drama Related Arts course;
  • Funding for curriculum alignment to the new state mandated Common Core frameworks in Mathematics, including increased student and staff support as well as some textbooks;
  • Support for Strategic Plan initiatives in foreign language (funded by the F-1 Visa program that allows foreign students to tuition into the district); and
  • Needed maintenance at Center, Elmwood, Middle School, and High School, as well as the Special Education offices.

To support all of the items listed above, the School Committee:

  • Reduced technology requests;
  • Reduced funding for supplies;
  • Increased athletic fees at the Middle School and High School from $125/sport to $150/sport;
  • Implemented a $25 activity fee for Middle School and High School non-athletic extracurricular activities (one annual fee/student covers as many clubs as the student participates in);
  • Increased Full Day Kindergarten tuition from $3,700 to $4,000; and
  • Implemented a $100/student transportation fee to local daycare/afterschool program providers.

With this budget, the School Committee is able to protect the classroom experience provided to students, continue to work toward Strategic Plan initiatives, and be fiscally responsible to the community. There was a tremendous amount of feedback offered by the community throughout the budget process, and the School Committee would like to thank all who shared their comments and perspectives. Understanding what the community values and prioritizes helped guide the School Committee through difficult choices between many valued programs and initiatives, and the current economic challenges faced by residents. The School Committee would also like to thank the administrative staff for support in revising the budget to meet community desires.