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January February
1-5 Holiday Recess Continued
2 1:30 Release - Professional Development
6 Professional Development 16-20 Winter Recess
19 Martin Luther King’s Birthday Observed    

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

Announcements

New - Graduation and dropout rates improve for the Holyoke Public School district -
The graduation rate for students completing high school in four years in 2014 was 60.2 percent, up from 53.8 percent the prior year, an increase of 6.4 percentage points. This represents the second highest graduation rate increase among gateway cities in Massachusetts. Additionally, the 2014 drop out rate of 6.4 percent, has improved by 2.7 percentage points from 2013. Read more.

New - Holyoke Public Schools Transformation

New - Holyoke Public Schools Transformation (Short version)

Letter from Superintendent of Schools Dr. Sergio Páez to Parents, Guardians, and Stakeholders regarding the review of our district | En Español


GEAR UP FAFSA Night - ALL Seniors are welcome to register for the GEAR UP FAFSA Night on Thursday, January 29th at Holyoke High School. Students MUST register with GEAR UP prior to the event during homeroom, lunch or immediately after school. You do NOT need to be a GEAR UP student in order to attend. See Ms. Ward or Mr. Sanders in the GEAR UP office for more details - (FAFSA - Free Application for Federal Student Aid).


The February SEPAC meeting will be on Feb. 2, 2015 at the Sullivan School Library.


College Acceptances - HHS - Congratulations students!


Dual Language Kindergarten January Enrollment -
Holyoke’s Joseph Metcalf School is offering an open enrollment opportunity for any student currently in Kindergarten, who is interested in attending our Dual Language Kindergarten. 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; instruction that is conducted in Spanish half the day and English half the day.

Call 413-534-2104 today to schedule a screening appointment for your Kindergarten student. Visit our new Dual Language Program webpage for more information. Read more.


Broadway in Holyoke - March 12th-15th: Come and see The Wizard of OZ -from Thursday, March 12th through Sunday, March 15th in the John Sears Auditorium at Holyoke High School. Tickets for the production go on sale Monday, March 2nd and may be purchased at Holyoke High School and at The Cottage at 1615 Northampton Street. Performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings are at 7:30 PM, and the performance on Sunday afternoon is at 2:00 PM. All seating is reserved. Golden Circle tickets for seats in the front three rows are $15 (no discounts). Tickets for adults are $10. Tickets for senior citizens, students and children are $8. Tickets for groups of 10 or more for any one of the performances are $8.


Save the Date - May 5, 2015 - To Kill a Mockingbird - Join us for an evening of theater at the Holyoke High School Auditorium to support the arts and literacy - produced by the Holyoke High School Drama Club students and performed by the National Players, America’s longest running touring company. Read more.


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.


RECENT PRESS RELEASES AND DISTRICT NEWS-

CONNECTIONS Program and the Enchanted Circle Theater Present Reading Alive!
Holyoke Awarded Federal Preschool Development – Expansion Grant
Train Safety Education

HELI Wins Gateway Cities Innovation Award
20th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Hosted by Special Education Students
Metcalf Kindergarten Dual Language Class Hosts Discover Puerto Rico Night

Link to Libraries and Mayor Alex Morse Visit Metcalf School

Holyoke Public Schools Reports Decline in Discipline Incidents
HHS' Corey Edward - Outstanding Participant in the National Achievement Scholarship Program

Lawrence School Students Learn About Hispanic Heritage Month
HHS' Grace Hamel Commended by the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program
New Middle School Intramural Athletics Program

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Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Sergio Páez
413-534-2005
spaez@hps.holyoke.ma.us

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Dr. Paul Hyry-Dermith
413-534-2005
phyry@hps.holyoke.ma.us

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