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Dr. Páez' Press Conference Regarding Commissioner Chester's Receivership Recommendation
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Holyoke Public Schools

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Public Hearing Information - The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education formally announced that it will hold a public hearing on Monday, April 27, 2015 from 4-7 p.m. at the War Memorial Building, 310 Appleton Street, Holyoke, MA.  This is a powerful opportunity for the Holyoke community to respectfully speak with the Board regarding Massachusetts Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Mitchell D. Chester’s recommendation to put the Holyoke Public Schools into state receivership. Click here for more information.

PRESS RELEASE: April 16, 2015 - Congratulations to Holyoke High’s Shaylyn Fitzell-Stevens who has been honored with the Partners in Excellence Teacher Award for her work in the Advanced Placement Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) Program- Press Release | (En Español)

PRESS RELEASE: April 15, 2015 Holyoke Public Schools receives visit from Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Member Donald Willyard - Press Release | (En Español)

PRESS RELEASE: April 10, 2015 The Holyoke Early Literacy Initiative [HELI], Holyoke’s Birth to Grade 3 Grade-Level Reading Campaign, has been recognized as a 2014 Pacesetter by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading for its measurable progress on student attendance outcomes. Holyoke gained a total of 1,500 days of attendance between 2012-13 and 2013-14.  - Press Release | (En Español)

Autism Resource Night - For Families of Children with Autism - Thursday April 30, 2015 from 6:00PM-7:30PM at the McMahon Elementary School, 75 Kane Road, Holyoke, MA. Read more.

Parent Information Meetings - The Holyoke Public Schools has been hosting parent information meetings. All members of the school community are invited to attend this discussion about the future of Holyoke Public Schools.  The principals are present to answer questions about the Commissioner’s recommendation for receivership and how the district is responding to this situation. Remaining meetings are listed below.





E.N. White School

April 16 and 17

12:30 – 3:00 During Parent Conferences

Peck School

April 16 and 17

During Parent Conferences

College Acceptances - Congratulations students! Holyoke High School | Dean Technical

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.

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).

Employment Opportunities

Pathways to Success Graduation

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. 

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
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 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.
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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