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WEEKLY UPDATE as of 2-5-16 | Weekly Update Archive

Due to the inclement weather, schools will be closed today, Friday, February 5, 2016.  The district offices will remain open. All district after school, evening activities and athletic events have been cancelled.

Ward IV Parent Community Meeting with Dr. Stephen Zrike, Receiver and the Holyoke School Committee, February 9, 2016, 6:00 PM the Odyssey House, 474 Appleton Street - This is an opportunity for you, Parents and Community members, to talk with Dr. Zrike and the School Committee about what is important to you and your children in the Holyoke Public Schools. Members of the School Committee and Dr. Zrike want to build connections with families and community partners through open communication.View flyer.

Secondary redesign team meeting for parents and community members
Thursday, February 11, 2016 from 6:00-7:30 PM at Holyoke High School’s Cafeteria
The Secondary Redesign Team consists of a group of teachers, statewide secondary school leaders, higher education officials and workforce development leaders who have been meeting since October to craft a series of recommendations for the secondary experience in Holyoke.  They have visited schools across the state, facilitated focus groups with students, studied the best practices in high school design and reviewed multiple data points.  It has been their intent to examine how to establish pathways that individualize the learning experience for students as they move from middle school through high school and ultimately to college and/or career.  We are confident that their guidance will result in improved outcomes for students during their high school career and ensure that students leave our schools with the preparation to thrive beyond the Holyoke Public Schools.  We look forward to sharing these recommendations at this meeting. View flyer.

The Holyoke High School Cross Country Team was featured on WGBY's Connecting Point

February 2, 2016 PRESS RELEASE: Athletic Director Melanie Martin Wins Damko Award

January 27, 2016 PRESS RELEASE: Holyoke's SnapFitness Donates Exercise Bikes for Kelly School Students

January 26, 2016 PRESS RELEASE: DESE Releases Educator Evaluation Ratings in the Aggregate Today | Press Release Archive

VOLUNTEER COACHES NEEDED- We are looking for a few volunteer coaches for the following teams at the E.N. White and Kelly Schools: Girls on the Run (3rd-5th grades) and Heart and Sole (6th-8th grades). Read more.

ATTENTION HPS FAMILIES- Information regarding weather delays/closings (en Español)

ATTENTION HPS FAMILIES- Please take 15-20 minutes to complete a survey about YOUR EXPERIENCE with Holyoke Public Schools.  Please click on the school/schools that your child/children attend to access the survey.  Thank You! Dean Technical High School | Donahue School | Holyoke High School | Kelly School | Lawrence School | McMahon School | Metcalf School | Morgan School | Peck School ||Sullivan School |White School

HOLYOKE HIGH SCHOOL POETRY OUT LOUD
Congratulations to Junior Nicole Lussier, winner of the Fourth Annual Poetry Out Loud Competition that was held at Holyoke High School on January 25th.  At this event Holyoke High School students recite poetry to a panel of judges.  Nicole will continue to the Regional Semi-final competition, representing Holyoke High School.

Visit HPS Channel 12 for more videos produced by the HPS Media Center.

DUAL LANGUAGE PROGRAM ENROLLMENT Registration for the 2016-2017 School Year will begin Monday, February 22nd. We will be enrolling students for the Full Day Dual Language Pre-K, Kindergarten and Grade 2 classrooms. This innovative program at Metcalf School 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 Amy Burke, Principal at 2019 Northampton Street, Holyoke, MA. Call 413-534-2104 for more information. Dual Language Program in the news...

 

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
We are well underway with the 2015-2016 school year!  There are still opportunities for employment with the Holyoke Public Schools.  We have openings for teachers, paraprofessionals, and support staff.  Apply Today!

Update on our response to the Disability Law Center (DLC) Report that was issued on Wednesday, December 9th

FRIENDS OF HOLYOKE PUBLIC SCHOOLS ANNUAL FUNDRAISER
the annual fundraising event held by the Friends of Holyoke Public Schools (FHPS). Once again, they will bring the lmprov Asylum to the Log Cabin in Holyoke on Friday, February 26th. FHPS is a 501(c)(3) that seeks funding from many sources to support special learning opportunities for students in the Holyoke Public Schools. Click here for ticket, sponsorship, and event information.

Most notably, FHPS has funded the Summer String Program since 2008, which allows students from our schools to attend camp for four weeks and be introduced to the violin and cello for free. Students also receive instruction in yoga, chorus and reading, and have field trips and performances at Western MA venues. FHPS also funded the following activities for HPS students:

  • Enchanted Circle Theater Storm Drain Art Project
  • Mass. Dance Festival performances at EN White & McMahon Schools
  • Sponsor for the 2015 HHS Annual Musical, The Wizard of Oz
  • 3 literacy Grants of $1,000 each to K-3 HPS teachers to provide direct extra-curricular programs to students

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