NEWS FROM THE HILL HOPKINTON HIGH SCHOOL January 2010 Volume V, Issue 4 First Semester Exam Schedule………..see Page 3 From the Principal’s Desk… Upcoming January 4: School A New Year brings new opportunities and new challenges. As your students return to school this week, they will have two weeks of class left before the Reopens end of 1st semester. Grades for this month will be posted on Monday, January 11th so that students can have the most accurate picture of their performance January 8: going into the final exam. Please encourage students to finish the semester Principal’s Coffee strong and to see their teachers if they have questions or concerns about their 7:30 am A219 progress reports. Also, please note the final exam schedule on pg 3 of this newsletter. Students are only required to be at school on these days when they January 11: Grading have an exam. They can come in late and leave early as required by their par- Reports available ticular schedule. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact online at 8:00 your child’s counselor or the main office. January 12: School This time of the year is also the beginning of the school budgeting process for Council 2:30-4:00 next school year. If you have not already done so, I would encourage you to pm, A219 look at the Superintendent’s preliminary budget presentation on the school district website. Click here http://www.hopkinton.k12.ma.us/newweb2/ January 14: Sopho- schoolcommittee/budget/10_11/Supt%20Preliminary%20BudgetV2.mht more Parent Night 7:00 pm, HA Audito- The presentation highlights cuts that have been made in recent years and the need to maintain our current level of services in the schools for next year. At rium the high school, we will see an increase of at least 20 students next year and without additional staffing, or with a cut in staffing, larger class sizes and a January 18: No decrease in current programs will certainly be the result. The high school School—Martin Lu- budget will be presented to the school committee at their regular meeting this ther King Day Thursday, January 7th. I would hope that as interested parents, you will take time to become informed about the issues pertaining to your child’s education January 19—22 and do all that you can to support this important endeavor. Semester 1 Exams— See page 3 for de- Lastly, the third annual Martin Luther King Day of Giving will be held on tailed schedule January 18th at the Hopkinton Middle School from 9am—12:00pm. This community wide event is an opportunity to give back to those in need and par- ticipate in activities that benefit the homeless, senior citizens, hospitalized January 23: Free children, cancer patients, and our troops. Many clubs and organizations at the SAT practice test by high school are involved and community support is always welcome. Please Kaplan see pg 6 of the newsletter for more details. January 25: Semester Best wishes for a happy and healthy new year! 2 Begins Alyson Geary From the counseling office: Family Connection has a new look-same info just presented differently: It should be easier to navigate! Exciting Scholarship News—The Naviance/Family connection has partnered with Sallie Mae to offer an advertising-free national scholarship search within Family connection. This is an additional enhancement that will compliment our local scholarship list. You should begin checking the local list frequently as scholarship applications will start to arrive in the counseling office during January and February. Scholarship Questions? Please see Mrs. Hoagland. Junior Parent Meetings– Counselors have completed the morning appointment schedule for all parents of juniors through the spring. If you did not receive an appointment letter from your son/ daughter’s counselor please contact that counselor as soon as possible to make an appointment. The purpose of the meeting is to open up the initial dialog surrounding the college application process. Juniors and your parents Save the Date- College Admissions Evening—February 11 from 7-9:30 pm. Watch for more information Sophomore Parent Night—PLAN results and making the most of the high school will be held on Thursday, January 14 in the HHS auditorium from 7-8:30 pm. The Samaritans will be hosting an informational session on Suicide Prevention—Wednesday, January 27, 2010 in the HHS counseling Office from 7-8:00 pm. SAT Test Dates: January 23, 2010 ACT Test Date: February 6, 2010 KAPLAN OFFERS FREE SAT PRACTICE TEST FOR HOPKINTON HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS Kaplan Test Prep, a division of Kaplan Inc., will hold a free SAT practice test for Hopkinton High School students on Saturday, January 23, 2010 from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at Hopkinton High School. Pre-registration is required. In addition to taking a practice SAT under timed conditions, students will receive their scores and detailed feedback on their performance, including an analysis of their strengths and weaknesses on Wednesday, January 27, 2010 from 7-8 pm in the Hopkinton High School cafeteria. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend this meeting. For more information or to register, call 1-800-KAP-TEST. Free to all Hopkinton High School students. Host Families Still Needed We still need 3 host families from April 1-12th. Two are for French students, one is for a French teacher. If you are interested in this exciting opportunity please email Bruce Mitchell at email@example.com Semester 1 Exam Schedule January 19 through 22, 2010 Tuesday January 19 Exam Period 1: 7:25—9:15 Exam Period 2: 9:30—11:15 Wednesday January 20 Exam Period 3: 7:25—9:15 Exam Period 4: 9:30—11:15 Thursday January 21 Exam Period 5: 7:25—9:15 Exam Period 6: - 9:30—11:15 Friday January 22 Exam Period 7: 7:25—9:15 Make Up Exams: 9:30—11:15 (previous arrangements must be made with the teacher directly) Note: Buses run at normal times during the exam period. Teachers are available for extra help out- side of times they are giving examinations. Students should speak to teachers to make arrange- ments beforehand for extra help. The library will be open during its regular hours. A light lunch is available during exam period. Athletic practice times may be amended during the exam period. No- tification will come through the A.D.’s office or through the coach. STATE MANDATED SCREENING Vision, hearing, and postural screening for 9th graders are scheduled for January 19th. These are state mandated screens that need to be done yearly in order to comply with state laws. If you do not want your child screened please send it to the school nurse in writing before January 10th and provide documentation that he/she has been screened by a private physician. TEC -The Education Cooperative/ Internship program “What do you want to be when you Grow Up?” The Education Cooperative (TEC) provides a variety of custom real work internship experiences for high school juniors and seniors. Our career services program is a work-based educational internship learning ex- perience that often helps to bridge the gap between academics and a potential career choice. These explora- tions can help enrich academics, motivate students to learn, and apply their education to real-world practices. This program can benefit varying academic levels of students. This is an invaluable asset for any student. TEC’s internship program provides meaningful hands-on experi- ence in a supervised professional environment, ensuring that students are able to realize their full potential. This provides career exploration in a field the student might wish to pursue upon graduation from high school and beyond. In our signature internship program, students volunteer their time for a total of sixty hours, approximately 12- 18 hours per week in the summer. During the academic year, students work 5-8 hours per week in the after- noons after school for approximately 3 months. In lieu of payment, students (insert school name and amount of credit given here) receive credit for a successfully completed internship. The Extended Internship Program allows students to spend 8-10 hours each week for an entire school year at an internship site. This program can benefit a variety of students: • Students who learn more effectively through a hands-on experience • High achievers and may not have a full academic course schedule and would like to engage in career exploration • Students with an IEP and a grade average of C or better • Students with little enthusiasm for academics Internship can be during the school day in conjunction with a student’s rotating schedule, after school (no af- ter school sport participation is allowed while doing an internship), or even during the summer. The scheduled days and hours are determined on an individual student basis of availability and internship placement. We consider a student’s interests, transportation limitations and geographical parameters with each internship placement. Students may be involved in assisting with a project, shadowing a professional, or independently working on their own assigned tasks. This allows the student to identify a primary career of interest and establish work experience. Internship Cost (Signature program) – Academic year - $500 Summer - $500 (Additional fee of $50 for summer applications received after March 20thth) Extended Internship - $900 For applications- www.tec-coop.org For any further questions please contact: The Education Cooperative 781 326 2473 x121 FORENSICS CLASS! The Friday, December 11th, Sgt. Mary Ritchie of the Mass State Crime Lab, spoke to Forensic Science students about the field of forensic science. On December 16th and 17th, forensic science students partici- pated in DNA fingerprinting lab funded by a Mass Bio Teach Grant. Here is The “glowing” results of the lab Class of 2013 136 student dues have been collected. If you have not yet paid your dues, please send in $45 cash or check made payable to: Hopkinton Student Activities. Dues may be turned into any class officer, Ms. Roberts or Ms. Welch. Many thanks to all of the students and parents who either made or bought food for the coffee break. The coffee break was an overwhelming success, thank to all! We were able to raise $356.69 for two great charities: Project Just Be- cause and the Heifer International. The Class of 2013 has decided to sell compact florescent light bulbs as their major fundraiser this year. Details will be coming in second semester. The freshman cotillion date has been set for May 7th in the high school cafete- ria...we will be looking for students to join the cotillion committee after the break. If your student is a member of Facebook, please encourage them to seek out the group “HHS Class of 2013”. We will be sending out information through this group. MLK Day of Giving Back Join your friends and neighbors to volunteer at the 3rd Annual MKL Day of Giving Back on Monday, January 18th from 9am to noon at the Hopkinton Middle School. Come en- joy a light breakfast and be inspired by award winning educator, Evren Gundez. Then join in on many community service activities to benefit the homeless, senior citizens, hospital- ized children, cancer patients, our troops, and more. At 12:30 watch the freshman boys basketball team challenge the Special Olympics team. There is also a blood drive for age 16 and up. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for an appointment between 10 am and 3 pm. Please see the flyer at hopkintonyouth.org for donations you are asked to bring. Don’t miss this amazing day where over 700 people participated last year! More Counseling news………….. Kiely Murray joins the Hopkinton High School Counseling staff for the retiring Kathie Heb- den. Kiely earned her BA from Boston College and her Master of Arts in Counseling Psy- chology from Lesley University. She most recently worked as a Guidance Counselor at Ashland High School. In her spare time, she enjoys coaching basketball, volleyball, and softball.
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