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March April
2 1:30 Release - Professional Development
3 Good Friday
Note: Originally scheduled March 26th-27th conferences have been moved to April 16th-17th per School Committee directive January 20, 2015. 6 1:30 PM Release - Professional Development
16-17 Early Release - PreK-8 / Parent Conferences
20-24 Spring Recess

Morgan School families: visit the Morgan School web page for Morgan calendar.

Announcements
Superintendent's Staff Meeting March 25th: PowerPoint Presentation | District Accomplishments Transformation So Far - Handout

Dual Language Program Information and Registration Night - March 31st at 5:30 PM at Metcalf School, 2019 Northampton Street, Holyoke, MA - Read more. | Press Release | (En Español)

Dual Language Program Enrollment - The Joseph Metcalf School is offering an open enrollment opportunity for students entering grade one, kindergarten, and preschool (student must be four years of age), who are interested in attending our Dual Language Program. This innovative program offers: language acquisition opportunities in English and Spanish; research based curriculum that is aligned with the district's benchmarks and state's curriculum framework. Click here for applications and program information. Submit completed application to the attention of Amy Burke, Principal at 2019 Northampton Street, Holyoke, MA. Call 413-534-2104 for more information.

Kindergarten Information Night - Thursday, April 9th from 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM here at Metcalf School, 2019 Northampton Street, Holyoke, MA

Preschool and Kindergarten Registration - It is time to register your children for Kindergarten and Preschool programs.  In addition to full day Kindergarten, free preschool is being offered in all of our K-8 schools effective Fall 2015. Click here for registration materials and information. Click here for information about our new Dual Language Program. PRESS RELEASE: Kindergarten Registration |Press Release | (En Español)

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PVEIT Awards

The Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching (PVEIT) Award from the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation was presented on Thursday, March 5, 2015 to seven Holyoke Public Schools teachers. Award winners include: Peter Rego, Kelly Full Service Community School; Julie Griffin-Pluta, E.N. White School; Catherine Hebert, Maurice A. Donahue School; Militiza Semedei, Metcalf School; Jeremiah Barrett, Peck Full Service Community School; Zaida Cruz, Holyoke High School; and Maureen Dupont, Lawrence Full Service Community School. Congratulations teachers!
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| Read more about our awardees.

Important Notice Regarding MCAS Testing Schedule Change– Attention Families and Staff -
In light of the inclement weather and multiple school cancellations from this past winter, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education is supporting adoption of an alternative schedule for MCAS test administration. Holyoke's administration dates have been revised accordingly: below is our MCAS schedule for the rest of school year 2014-15. 

Grades 4 and 7
ELA Composition April 2nd | ELA Composition make-up on April 8th

Grade 10 ELA
ELA Reading Comprehension Sessions 1 and 2 on March 31st
ELA Reading Comprehension Session 3 on April 1st
ELA Composition on April 2nd
ELA Composition make-up on April 8th

Grade 10 Mathematics
Mathematics Session 1 on May 19th and Session 2 on May 20th

High School STE
Session 1 on June 8th | Session 2 on June 9th

DESE has also extended the testing window to all districts for the following:
Grades 3-8
ELA Reading Comprehension - extended to March 30th - April1 3rd
Mathematics and STE - extended to May 11th - 26th

PRESS RELEASE: March 25, 2015 State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education meeting - Press Release | (En Español)

PRESS RELEASE: March 23, 2015 Holyoke High School Students Walkout -
Press Release | (En Español)

PRESS RELEASE: February 24, 2015 Holyoke Public Schools receives District Review Report - Press Release (En Español)| Summary and Comments | District Review Report
Holyoke Codes Free Workshops to Holyoke Students in April

Volunteer Coaches Needed -
Eddie Caisse and the Hampden County Sheriff's Department runs a youth basketball program for our students and they are seeking Volunteer Coaches to commit one hour a week, either in the Spring or Summer.  The High School League runs April 14th through the end of school, and the Summer League will be for 5th-8th graders.  We are very fortunate that the Sheriff's Department offers this free and positive program for our youth.  If interested, please contact Ed Caisse at ed.caisse@sdh.state.ma.us or (413) 858-0225.  One hour/week commitment only!

Congratulations to HHS 2nd Quarter Honor Roll Students

Comcast Internet Essentials - If you qualify for the National School Lunch Program, you may qualify for Internet Essentials offered through Comcast. Visit the district Parents/Family webpage for more information.

Are you between 17 and 24 years of age and a Holyoke Public Schools drop-out?? Need a GED or High School Diploma? Need a job? Are you thinking seriously about your future?
Holyoke Works and the Holyoke Public Schools are offering FREE classes that will: prepare you for GED or MCAS testing, help you find a job, help you decide on a career direction. DON’T LET THIS BE ONE MORE OPPORTUNITY TO PASS YOU BY. For information on these free services that will begin SOON, contact Stephanie Rosario or Larry Bay at (413) 532-2683.

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Literacy Resources - click here to access the Literacy page containing district initiatives, programs, resources, and web-based literacy tools available to district students.

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