HPS in the News

As an institution in the City of Holyoke, the Holyoke Public Schools are often written about in newspapers or broadcast on TV news segments. On this page, you can find news pieces highlighting HPS events, news and celebrations since the start of the 2017-18 school year – which is when we started keeping a digital archive of these articles – organized by year.

2020

11-27-20
Spots open for “Learning Support Pods”
11-27-20
Rapid COVID-19 test to be offered at public schools
11-27-20
Creativity key to effective remote learning
11-20-20
Receiver presents entry plan, seeks opinion from public
11-20-20
MCAS planned for class of 2021
11-20-20
Crisis teaching develops into remote learning
11-18-20
State launches Phase I of school rapic COVID-19 testing program
11-13-20
E.N. White adjusts to the quiet setting
11-6-20
Schools remain in remote learning
11-6-20
Holyoke schools OK remote learning on ‘snow days’
10-20-20
10-16-20
Schools partner with pharmacy to meet flu shot mandate
10-16-20
Receiver declars alternate holiday
10-16-20
Grant awarded for school redesign
10-16-20
City schools celebrate Hispanic Heritage month
10-12-20
Barr Foundation awards Holyoke schools $750,000, brings total for 2020 to $1M
10-11-20
An historic change: Holyoke Public Schools embrace Indigenous Peoples’ Day
9-25-20
Learning in a pandemic: Holyoke schools confront challenges of remote education
9-18-20
School district celebrates Hispanic Heritage
9-11-20
Free internet available for remote learning
9-11-20
Holyoke Public Schools ready grab-n-go meal program as school year nears
8-24-20
Holyoke Public Schools awarded $274k state remote learning grant
8-21-20
Receiver addresses school re-opening remotely
8-19-20
Holyoke drive to hand out school supplies underway
8-17-20
Holyoke Public Schools adopt remote learning ; school year to begin Sept. 14
8-14-20
Vázquez Matos letter details return-to-school plan
8-12-20
Holyoke schools to start school remotely
8-12-20
Holyoke Public Schools starting academic year with remote learning
8-7-20
Re-open plan submitted to state
8-7-20
Joshua Stark wins social media challenge
8-7-20
Class of 2020 braves COVID, pouring rain at commencement
8-3-20
Holyoke High School Class of 2020 is a testament to ‘resilience’
8-2-20
‘Rising above everything and beyond thrown at us’: Holyoke High School honors graduates
8-2-20
Holyoke High School ceremony honors class of 2020
7-31-20
Receiver talks re-opening of schools this fall
7-31-20
Graduation still set for Roberts Field this Sunday
7-31-20
Input needed for school return
7-29-20
Western Mass. high school basketball coaches earn Coach of the Year honors from MBCA
7-25-20
Vázquez Matos in stride as new Holyoke schools chief
7-17-20
HPS seeking family input needed for school return
7-10-20
Online kindergarten information sessions set
7-10-20
New receiver of HPS reflects on first days
7-10-20
Bring back as many students as possible
7-10-20
Summer learning opportunities offered
7-3-20
Graduation set for next month
7-3-20
Meals program to continue into summer
7-3-20
McMahon’s Ewick calls it a career
7-3-20
School meals program continue
7-3-20
Opportunity Academy awarded $250,000 grant
7-3-20
Online kindergarten info sessions scheduled
7-1-20
Holyoke’s Opportunity Academy lands $250K grant
6-30-20
Holyoke Public Schools open registration for summer programs
6-30-20
‘It’s bittersweet’: Zrike departs after leading Holyoke schools for last 5 years
6-28-20
Schools see reopening guidance as good framework
6-24-20
6-19-20
Summer Learning Academies offered
6-19-20
Initial guidance released to school districts
6-19-20
School dept. releases $107.4 million budget
6-12-20
Oh the places you will go
6-11-20
McMahon Elementary students receive special graduation goodbye
6-7-20
Holyoke high school seniors enjoy car parade (photos)
6-7-20
Holyoke schools celebrate ‘Rising Stars’ with video tribute
6-5-20
Extended School Year program open registration
6-5-20
Leadership team gives update on reopening
6-5-20
Receiver response to Flyod death amid unrest
6-5-20
Schools seek learning grant
5-26-20
MassLive Senior Days: Holyoke celebrates more than 30 spring seniors
5-22-20
HPS establishes “re-opening” team
5-22-20
Storms rips off two apartment building roofs
5-19-20
Holyoke schools collecting donations for families after storm rips roofs off apartment buildings
5-16-20
Heavy storm winds rip roofs off two Holyoke apartment buildings, 141 people displaced
5-16-20
Boys & Girls Club joins schools in helping kids power up with laptops, hot spots
5-15-20
Vázquez Matos named new receiver of public schools
5-15-20
Lori McKenna offers tips for online learning
5-15-20
Three Distinguished Community Engagement Awards Given for Teaching, Research and Engagement
5-11-20
Playball! Foundation gives $20K to Holyoke Boys Club meals program
5-11-20
School officials discussing plans for fall
5-7-20
Alberto Vazquez Matos named new Holyoke school receiver
4-30-20
Staying connected: Students attest to value of Holyoke’s Opportunity Academy
4-29-20
Coronavirus pandemic forces Holyoke to go to ‘plan B’ for high school graduations
4-28-20
2020 All-Western Mass. girls basketball: Division I, Division II, Division III and Division IV selections
4-28-20
Holyoke Public Schools hoping to hold graduation ceremony in August
4-28-20
Holyoke Public Schools plan summer session, bolster online learning
4-27-20
2020 All-Western Mass. boys basketball: Division I, Division II, Division III and Division IV selections
4-24-20
Campuses stay closed until summer
4-22-20
Holyoke High School teachers, staff parade past students’ homes
4-21-20
Holyoke middle school proposal back in play
4-21-20
Local officials support Gov. Baker’s decision to close schools
4-17-20
Public schools’ April vacation will be shortened
4-17-20
City, Comcast offer internet for students
4-17-20
Schools receive $10K grant to continue free meal distribution
4-17-20
Schools receive meal donations
4-16-20
Holyoke school staff surprise principal with retirement parade
4-15-20
Holyoke Public Schools, Comcast offering free internet access to students
4-15-20
Holyoke to Provide Free Internet Access for Students that Lack at-home Connectivity
4-14-20
April vacation canceled for Northampton schools
4-10-20
School lunches switch to 3-day schedule
4-10-20
Supt. shares tips for all-day parenting
3-31-20
Coronavirus: Holyoke school custodians remain vigilant while students stay home
3-31-20
Local districts respond to extended school closure
3-29-20
Holyoke parade horse restoration still on track
3-27-20
Schools launch at-home learning site
3-27-20
School calendar for 2020-21 approved
3-23-20
Coronavirus and schools: Holyoke rolls out website for ‘at-home learning’
3-20-20 Food for thought
3-20-20 School aid hiked
3-18-20
Coronavirus: Holyoke schools add site, set new time for meal program
3-16-20
Coronavirus and schools: Holyoke begins pick-up meal program for students
3-13-20
Schools offer advice for avoiding coronavirus
3-13-20
Schools honor 6 teachers for excellence
3-8-20
‘I think I’ve found my calling’: Tutors boost kids’ reading schools through Literacy Lab’s AmeriCorps program
3-6-20
Author shares real story of St. Patrick
3-2-20
Visionary entrepreneur makes his dream come true
2-28-20
New plan calls for 1 middle school
2-28-20
Open forum Tuesday on school budget
2-25-20
Math Trauma Unit Puts a New Spin on Multiplication
2-21-20
HHS to stage ‘Mamma Mia’ next month
2-21-20
School leaders see positive trends in dropout, grad rates
2-12-20
Westfield State Promise program bridges the gap to college for students in Holyoke, Springfield and Westfield
2-9-20
2020! It sounds great, doesn’t it?
2-7-20
Teachers kindle love of books in young pupils
1-21-20
Holyoke teacher transform classroom into medical unit
1-17-20
Wall celebrates women in STEM
1-17-20
All parents invited to gun safety talk
1-17-20
Jordan Dudas and the Memory Project
1-17-20
Middle schoolers call iPad pilot program a success
1-10-20
Literacy program gives free books to pre-kindergarten
1-10-20
Crowning Around
1-9-20
Holyoke second graders making pouches for kangaroos, animals in Australia
1-6-20
State awards Amherst, Holyoke $336K for dual-language programs
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2019

12-30-19
Holyoke Schools Receive Teacher Diversification Grant
12-19-19
Health Organizations rally for Holyoke families in need
12-18-19
Bringing diversity to the local teaching workforce
12-17-19
Dennis Birks, John Brunelle thanked for service to Holyoke schools
12-16-19
Holyoke, Amherst schools get grants to diversify teaching staffs
12-15-19
Hundreds of Santas run charity race to raise money for school sports
12-13-19
MCAS scores qualify high school seniors for scholarship
12-13-19
Student cast presents “Clue” this week
12-11-19
Immersed in Language
12-9-19
$1.8M granted to 20 Massachusetts school districts for ‘teacher diversification
12-6-19
Students take eco-friendly pledge
12-6-19
Student cast to present ‘Clue’ next week
11-27-19
Learning from nature: Holyoke elementary students participate in new program at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary
11-22-19
Key donation allows middle school athletics to grow
11-22-19
Unified ball preps for jamboree
11-8-19
Play Ball! Foundation awards $25,000 to support middle school sports in Holyoke
10-30-19
Holyoke STEM Academy Fosters Innovative Learning
10-26-19
Seen@ Holyoke High Theater Company’s Haunted Wistariahurst!
10-26-19
Holyoke’s Wistariahurst Museum scares hundreds of visitors
10-25-19
Students receive iPads at 2 middle schools
10-23-19
Holyoke Public Schools receives hundreds of books from Grinspoon Foundation
10-17-19
Verizon teams up with Holyoke schools and gives out free tablets to students
10-17-19
Two new middle schools just makes sense for Holyoke (Guest viewpoint)
10-14-19
Verizon hands out iPads to 533 Holyoke middle school students
10-11-19 New voters
10-11-19
Two new middle schools just makes sense
10-11-19
Schools recognize reading, math achievers
10-11-19
Students stand up to hate at Donahue rally
10-10-19
Verizon donates hundreds of iPads to Holyoke middle schools
9-30-19
Holyoke High School students pre-register to vote
9-30-19
Holyoke city clerk Brenna McGee hosts student voter drive
9-30-19
How Verizon’s CEO Plans to Double Aid to Underprivileged Schools
9-27-19
‘Substantial Progress’ seen on student achievement
9-27-19
City partners with Elms for teacher diversity
9-24-19
Elms College, Springfield-area schools partner on teacher training
9-16-19
UMass student-athletes bring school supplies to Holyoke students
9-13-19
Holyoke receives $750,000 to support preschool access
9-13-19
Celebrating Back to School
9-10-19
Holyoke students rewarded for academic progress
9-9-19
Holyoke receives $750K state grant for preschool programs
9-6-19
Meet the new teachers in Holyoke
8-30-19
Meet the new teachers in Holyoke
8-28-19
State awards $73.2M for Holyoke middle school construction; Proposition 2½ override vote looms
8-27-19
Holyoke schools see improvements, continue to grow under state receivership
8-27-19
New school year in Holyoke brings merged high school, vote on new middle schools
8-27-19
Holyoke’s first year with combined high schools
8-27-19
Sensory Walks Help Students with ADHD
8-26-19
3 Misconceptions about Dual Enrollment Programs
8-23-19
Meet the new teachers at Holyoke Public Schools
8-23-19
Celebrating student superheros
8-21-19
Holyoke schools receive upgrades; district pursues air conditioned classrooms
8-20-19
Back to school: Dual enrollment, early college programs a boon for area high schoolers
7-18-19
Holyoke’s Innovative Dual Language Program
7-16-19
Dual Language Education at Holyoke Public Schools
7-14-19
In Holyoke, arts education takes front seat
7-10-19
Recap of the State House hearing on early education and care
7-2-19
Lawmakers push to lower childcare costs in Massachusetts
6-11-19
Gov. Charlie Baker ties education funding to accountability during Springfield visit
6-7-11
Holyoke High North and Dean Campus share graduation ceremony
5-22-19
These Holyoke High School seniors are the first ever to receive the Massachusetts Seal of Biliteracy
5-21-19
Massachusetts High School Graduates Now Eligible For ‘Seal Of Biliteracy’
5-17-19
Holyoke expands dual language program
5-17-19
Holyoke Public Schools announces two new principals
5-17-19
American flags placed on graves of veterans ahead of Memorial Day
5-16-19
Holyoke schools expanding dual-language program
5-5-19
Benefit concert supports Holyoke women’s shelter
5-3-19
Holyoke public schools get Teacher Diversification Pilot Program grant
4-9-19
Safer Routes to School project outlined for Kelly School students in Holyoke
4-5-19
Nine Holyoke finalists compete in Future Chefs Challenge 2019
4-1-19
Two Holyoke students collecting clothes for underprivileged kids
4-1-19
18th annual celebration of Holyoke High School adaptive physical education program
3-26-19
Holyoke, Mass., School Introduces Sensory Walk To Help Students Learn
3-25-19
H.B. Lawrence School in Holyoke unveils sensory walk
3-25-19
Holyoke H.B. Lawrence School unveils Sensory Walk – fun way to focus
3-21-19
Superintendent calls for ‘diploma-plus’ approach in ‘State of Holyoke Schools’ address
3-15-19
HHS Music presents 20th musical production “The Addams Family”
3-13-19
50 New Schools to Join Verizon Innovative Learning for the 2019-20 School Year
3-13-19
St. Patrick’s Day Parade float revealed to Holyoke Grand Colleen, Court
3-12-19
Holyoke students paint shamrocks for a good cause
3-11-19
Snap to it and see ‘The Adams Family’ at Holyoke High School
3-8-19
Holyoke schools improve graduation and dropout rates
3-8-19
Holyoke’s Mildred Lefebvre elected MASC minority chair
3-8-19
Holyok eeducators receive PVEIT Award
3-6-19
Holyoke graduation rate rises, dropout rate decreases, new state data show
3-5-19
Holyoke contingent preps for 2019 St. Patrick’s Parade
3-4-19
Dropout and graduation rates improved for Holyoke Public Schools
2-14-19
School resource officers playing role in changes since Parkland shooting
2-14-19
Program gives tablets, internet access to Holyoke middle schoolers
2-8-19
Holyoke High School and STEM Academy receive grant
2-5-19
Holyoke parents: Here’s a chance to learn about the dual-language program for elementary students
1-26-19
Education As A Way To Find Freedom In Prison
1-23-19
Holyoke High School production ‘Caught In The Act’ showcases young talent
1-22-19
Teach Western Mass receives $250,000 grant for work toward adding ‘high-quality, diverse teachers’ to Holyoke, Springfield schools
1-18-19
Amherst and Holyoke schools receive bilingual education grant
1-18-19
David Sheehan elected President of Massachusetts Association of School Committees
1-18-19
Holyoke High School wrestling team holds fundraiser for local veterans
1-11-19
Schools celebrates Three Kings Day
1-4-19
Three Kings Day celebration held at Lawrence Community School
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2018

12-28-18
Theater company presents ‘Caught in the Act’
12-21-18
Holyoke Unified basketball team end season as league champions
12-12-18
Holyoke High School’s Madrigal Chorus performs at Gary Rome Hyundai in Holyoke
12-11-18
Jóvenes de la escuela Holyoke High participan de un taller estilo ‘town hall’
12-9-18
Holyoke schools cultivate translation skills among staff
11-30-18
Metcalf Celebrates Puerto Rican Culture
11-29-18
Holyoke welcomes holidays Dec. 1 with City Hall Tree Lighting and Parade of Lights
11-29-18
Holyoke High students working to empower classmates
11-20-18
Holyoke High School hosts reverse job shadow event for students
11-16-18
DLC Acknowledges Significant Progress
11-13-18
Local school districts preparing for winter weather
11-10-18
Continuing the Dynasty of the Holyoke High School Band
11-8-18
One School Two Campuses Comes to Life
11-7-18
Radioplasma: “Caught in the Act”
11-6-18
Plaque honors the late William J. Dean Sr.’s 50-year education legacy in Holyoke
11-3-18
Dual enrollment program helping student-athletes in Holyoke
10-27-18
Holyoke Public Schools hosts Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony
10-20-18
Hoyloke football players honor breast cancer survivors
10-19-18
Schools: Warriors hand Rams rare loss
10-9-18
Anna Lugo, wants to change the community through high quality education
10-8-18
Glenda Morales, student advocate to be successful in their own lives and in the community
10-6-18
Academic showcase touts Holyoke STEM Academy
10-3-18
Latino organizations from across Massachusetts meet up in Holyoke
10-1-18
Holyoke STEM Academy awarded $175,000 state grant
9-14-18
New program designed to help student-athletes both on and off the field
9-6-18
Lt. Governor Polito Highlights Early College Program in Holyoke
https://www.mass.gov/news/lt-governor-polito-highlights-early-college-program-in-holyoke AND https://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2018/10/holyoke_stem_academy_awarded_1.html
8-31-18
In Holyoke, Superintendent Drives Back-To-School Carpool Karaoke
8-31-18
Heat wave hits Northeast, some Massachusetts school closing: Washington, D.C., New York, Boston Under Advisories
8-30-18
Holyoke students head to class after heat-delayed first day
8-30-18
State approves designing of 2 new middle school buildings in Holyoke
8-29-18
Lia Surprise Squad helps Holyoke students start the year off right
8-28-18
First day of school in Holyoke postponed due to heat
8-20-18
Holyoke changing structure of its public school system
8-10-18
Readers get chance to dunk city leaders
8-10-18
HHS volleyball court to be named after legendary coach
8-8-18
Holyoke educators head into community to meet students
7-31-18
3 unions sign contracts with Holyoke Public Schools
7-27-18
Holyoke high schools get academic makeover; open houses planned
7-27-18
Holyoke high schools get academic makeover; open houses planned
7-19-18
HPS recieved $1.8M to educate hurricane evacuees
7-13-18
Holyoke Senior Wins New Car in Gary Rome Year of Excellence Campaign
6-28-18
Plans save historic church, secure middle school site
6-28-18
Public Schools Summer Meals Program
6-28-18
Public schools seminar for SPED parents, June 22
6-28-18
Two students recieve MGHRCC college scholarships
6-26-18
Students participate in first academy signing day
6-22-18
Holyoke schools to introduce ‘weather work’ program
6-17-18
Holyoke public schools dismissing early ahead of extreme heat
6-14-18
Knights go marching in to graduation
6-14-18
Superintendant tells Dean students they are prepared
6-14-18
Holyoke High Schools hosts ‘Academy Signing Day’
6-14-18
Schools to apply for 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant
6-14-18
Dean Tech High School Class of 2018 / Holyoke High School Class of 2018
6-10-18
Western Mass Economic Development Council
6-7-18
Holyoke students weigh their options on what high school they will attend next year
6-4-18
Mass Gives Holyoke $131,600 Grant for Early College Program for high schoolers
6-4-18
Teens who fled hurricane maria are among New England high school class 2018
6-1-18
Graduating Holyoke High School senior lands a new car in Gary Rome Hyundai contest
5-31-18
School awarded $10K in breakfast grants
5-31-18
Victory Players hold interactive school workshops
5-24-18
Viewpoint: Later school breakfasts needed to fuel our future workforce
5-24-18
Cruz Hernandez was named 2018 BGCA Youth of the Year
5-24-18
Chamber partners with HHS to offer work-based learning
5-22-2018
Mark Todd wins Music Teachers Who Inspire award
5-10-18
I just love coming to school’ says Holyoke music teacher Mark Todd after winning award
5-10-18
Schools score grant
5-10-18
Six teachers make the grade
5-9-18
Holyoke High School teacher wins ‘Music Teachers Who Inspire’ contest
5-2-18
Boston makes little progress on school breakfast goal
4-29-18
Families with greatest needs will get more home visits from Holyoke public schools
4-27-18
Education Week’s Blogs Students as Users, Designers, and Co-creators of Learning
4-19-18
Holyoke set to open two new schools in 2019
4-19-18
$10M in state grants help schools with ‘accelerated repairs’
4-19-18
Dean Tech partners with EvanLEE Organics to Grow Organi Greens and Produce
4-12-18
Holyoke H.S. becomes first in New England for indoor organic vegetables
4-12-18
The Great Gatsby for Holyoke High School students, community
3-29-18
Students get a crash course in leadership
3-27-18
Grads/dropout improvments http://nepr.net/post/holyoke-mass-schools-receiver-cites-growth-challenges-state-regulators#stream/0
3-22-18
New schools make ‘eductional sense’
3-22-18
Colleens’ float designed by 5th graders, built by teens
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3-15-18
School safety letter in wake of massacre
3-15-18
Two new middle schools to open
3-15-18
Big changes ahead for middle schools
3-12-18
Holyoke Public School District holds informational session on new middle schools
3-8-18
Graduation rates rising at high schools
3-2-18
Two new middle schools to open in existing school buildings in Holyoke
2-28-18
During 2nd year of state receivership, ‘Notable improvement’ cited in Holyoke’s graduation, drop out rates
2-27-18
Holyoke school district looks toward safet future with new buildings
2-20-18
Mass schools educating puerto rico evacuees await details $15 Million school aid
2-20-18
A Region Comes Together to Support Evacuees from Puerto Rico
2-19-18
6 in Holyoke receiving Excellence in Teaching awards
2-14-18
Study begins on building 1 or 2 middle schools in Holyoke (video)
2-13-18
Designers begin presentation to Holyokers about building 1 or 2 new middle schools
2-12-18
Community meeting to discuss converting to middle schools in Holyoke
2-12-18
Puerto Rican Students Displaced by Storm Adjust to Mainland Schools
2-8-18
Architect named, public forum set for middle school projectl
2-5-18
Public input sought at middle school meeting
2-1-18
HCC, WSU get grants for high school partnership
1-25-18
VOC Morgan, Sullivan preschools earn high marks from state
1-23-18
$20,000 state grants helping Holyoke students in early college programs
1-18-18
Schools continue to welcome students from Puerto Rico
1-16-18
Coming for Holyoke E.N. White School students: STEM middle school
1-16-18
Holyoke’s two high schools to merge next fall
1-11-18
Mixed reactions prompted by merger of Holyoke High School and Dean Technical High School
1-10-18
Holyoke Public Schools looking to hire bilingual teachers from Puerto Rico
1-8-18
Dean Tech Holyoke High to merge
1-7-18
2 high schools to merge into one ‘Holyoke High School’ with 2 campuses, spelling end of ‘Dean Tech’
1-5-18
New Arrivals From Puerto Rico Spend First Three Kings Day In Frigid NortheastWNPR News
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2017

12-29-17
Kelly School in Holyoke host fundraiser for students arriving from Puerto Rico
12-21-17
photo of District F Athletic Sportsmanship Award given to HHS
12-7-17
McMahon Students hit the ground running at Smith College
12-6-17
Improvements Emerge at Holyoke’s Dean Technical High School in MA
12-6-17
Dual language learning programs to help non-English speaking students
12-6-17
Link to Libraries donates 1,000 Spanish, bilingual books to Springfield, Holyoke schools for Hurricane Maria evacuees
12-5-17
Holyoke HS helping students understand college process with fair
11-21-17
Bilingual Education Bill Strongly Favored By Holyoke SchoolsNew England Public Radio
11-13-17
School districts dealing with influx of new students from Puerto Rico
11-9-17
Dr. Zrike’s blog post – Developing a New Vision of High School Education
11-2-17
Donahue Schools students honor late teacher
11-2-17
In the classroom : Music Makers
11-2-17
Prom attire wanted
10-26-17
Schools to create diverity committee
10-18-17
Holyoke Public Schools register 13 Puerto Rican students following Hurricane Maria, with dozens
10-12-17
Schools may see student influx
9-28-17
Schools open house schedule
9-14-17
How to prevent back to school sickness for students
8-31-17
School food program gets major overhaul
8-31-17
Back-to-school event rings in new year
5-18-17
Academies to prepare Holyoke high school students for college, career in ‘personalized’ redesign
2-28-17
Career center to help students with options opening at Dean Technical High School in Holyoke
2-22-17
Over 1,000 toys and hundreds of coats gifted to Holyoke families
2-5-17
This can make a difference’ parent says about high school redesign in Holyoke
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