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Hopkinton Middle School 1:1 Digital Learning Initiative


A message from Hopkinton Middle School:

“We are excited to move forward in the 2015-2016 school year with a 1:1 (1 student, 1 device) digital learning initiative at Hopkinton Middle School. As you may know, during the current school year, our grade 8 math and science teachers have been utilizing Chromebooks in their classrooms. In the past two years, our school and district have invested heavily in Google Apps for Education products. This year, six of our educators attended a Google Apps for Education Summit. These teachers, in addition to our grade 8 math and science teachers, have become exceptional resources as we prepare our staff for the 1:1 digital learning initiative. Throughout this year, we have learned how Google Apps for Education can enhance staff and student learning, and we believe that the Chromebook is the device that best meets our needs as a learning community.

The purpose of our 1:1 program is to help our students learn and continuously grow as independent, confident, resilient, and thoughtful individuals willing to explore new ideas, reflect on progress, and challenge themselves. Hopkinton Middle School’s goals for a 1:1 initiative are focused on enhancing curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Our curricular goals center on developing personalized learning experiences and providing equitable learning opportunities that promote student ownership of their learning. Technology in the classroom allows teachers to develop timely and targeted instruction that supports individualized student learning. Through assessments that utilize technology, the teacher and the student receive immediate and frequent feedback on the student’s progress toward the learning goals. Our leadership team has been meeting throughout the year developing our 1:1 roll-out plan.”

For more information:

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.

School Committee Meeting Tonight – Many Important Topics

Attend tonight or watch on HCAM-TV http://www.hcam.tv/ (Verizon 30/Comcast 8). Highlights include
7:00pm Report of the Criteria Working Group with recommendations on the criteria for the solution to the Center School challenge.
7:40pm Public Comment – Residents may make comments on any school topic.
8:15pm Superintendent Transition Plan
9:10pm 1:1 Laptop Initiative Pilot 2012-13 Participation Update
Please note that all times are approximate. It will depend on how much discussion there is on each issue.

Read the full agenda at http://hopkinton.schoolwires.net/cms/lib4/MA01001785/Centricity/domain/89/2011-12/agenda/06-07-12.pdf

Other Town and School Budget Updates

Hopkinton town election has 18 seats up for grabs
By Michael Morton, Hopkinton Crier

The Town of Hopkinton seeks a new Finance Director

Area schools trying to rein in student fees
By David Riley, Metrowest Daily News

Hopkinton selectmen take steps to regionalize services
By GateHouse News Service

Three MetroWest towns cook up high-tech plan
By Michael Morton, Metrowest DailyNews

Early Keefe Tech budget shows 5.78% increase
By Scott O’Connell, Metrowest Daily News

Classroom Technology Keeps Education Current
By Sean O’Donnell, HopkintonPatch

Princess Tea Party Kicks Off Library Fundraising
By Sean O’Donnell, HopkintonPatch

Developer awaits town’s OK for Hopkinton land sale
By Michael Morton, Hopkinton Crier

Fees pose conundrum for Hopkinton town leaders, school officials
By Michael Morton, Hopkinton Crier

Hopkinton parents surveyed on laptop leasing
By Gatehouse News Service, Metrowest Daily News

New Website, Budget Talks and a Leaky Roof
By Sean O’Donnell, HopkintonPatch

Ashland, Hopkinton ready to explore fire department merger
By Laura Krantz, Metrowest Daily News

New group forms for Hopkinton library project
By Michael Morton, Hopkinton Crier