Don't let the flu and COVID-19 catch you off guard this winter, join us for a Flu & COVID Vaccination Clinic happening on Wednesday, February 15, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at The Care Center (247 Cabot Street). Vaccinations and boosters will be available for those six months and up, bring your insurance card for the flu shot and be prepared to stay for a 15-minute observation after getting vaccinated. Registration is encouraged but optional; you can register at https://bit.ly/3HfbXg6. And as a bonus, get a $75 gift card for COVID vaccines while supplies last! Take advantage of this opportunity to protect yourself and your loved ones from these serious illnesses.
1 day ago, HPS
Graphic art of a young woman getting vaccinated with the words "let's get vaccinated".
Graphic art of a young woman getting vaccinated with the words "let's get vaccinated" in spanish.
HPS kicks off attendance campaign with celebration tomorrow, January 18! Holyoke Public Schools will celebrate students’ attendance achievements with festivities scheduled for 4:15-5:15 p.m. on January 18 at Holyoke High School North. During the event, Mayor Joshua Garcia and HPS Superintendent Anthony Soto will be joined by 50-70 students and their families from throughout the district to celebrate the students' excellent attendance and/or significant attendance improvements.
9 days ago, HPS
Graphic with the words Attend today, achieve tomorrow in english and spanish.
Alexis Finn, a teacher at STEM Academy, asked her 8th-grade students to write over 260 cards with positive messages for people in their community. These included Cooley Dickenson and Baystate patients and staff, as well as organizations that help communities worldwide. The students' efforts have already been met with gratitude from those who have received the letters–and are learning the valuable lesson of serving and supporting others, inspiring us to spread kindness and hope around us, especially during the holiday season.
16 days ago, HPS
Teacher smiling while holding Christmas cards.
Christmas cards laid out on the floor.
Student holding a bunch of gift cards.
Holyoke Public School’s “community-centric” approach to strategic planning was featured in a recent article published by consulting firm Education Resources Strategies (ERS), shining a bright light on both the process and the outcomes. The article can be found here: http://bit.ly/3G9tSUN “While many districts often struggle to execute a planning process that fosters widespread community buy-in, HPS leaders were able to design for equitable, long-lasting engagement,” ERS wrote in the article. “They embedded the community directly and authentically in the work to create full alignment and a bold plan that will guide them over the next few years.” The district’s Strategic Planning process began in September 2021 as Superintendent Anthony Soto launched his entry plan work and included an inclusive planning process throughout spring and summer 2022. Under the umbrella of the district’s existing turnaround plan, Holyoke Public Schools released a new multi-year strategic plan in August. The plan reflects all the work that had been done under the turnaround plan over the last almost seven years and articulates focus for the next few years. Throughout the process, more than 400 staff, family members, students, and community members provided input for the plan, in addition to the 1,150+ people who contributed to Superintendent Anthony Soto’s entry plan process that concluded earlier this year.
23 days ago, HPS
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Viruses and bacterial infections are on the rise: Please take precautions. RSV, Flu, COVID-19, and Group A streptococcus infections also pose combined risks. Like schools and communities across the state and country, Holyoke has recently experienced overlapping surges of viral illnesses among our students and staff, including the Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), the flu, and COVID-19. Some parts of the country have also seen an increase in Group A streptococcus infections (such as scarlet fever and strep throat) in children. Massachusetts health officials are bracing for these bacterial infections to be on the rise locally, too. All of these illnesses are contagious, and spread can occur relatively quickly. It is particularly concerning that it is possible for individuals to have two or more of these viral conditions serially, simultaneously, or even paired with bacterial or other infections. And because the symptoms for these three viral illnesses share some similar symptoms, it can be hard to tell them apart. If your child is symptomatic, we recommend keeping your child at home and reaching out to your healthcare provider for guidance. Likewise, we recommend the same for staff members. You can read more about these illnesses on our website, along with important steps you can take to help keep yourself and your family healthy this winter. https://www.hps.holyoke.ma.us/page/health-wellness-nursing
23 days ago, HPS
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Need help understanding the Phase 2 rezoning decisions made by Holyoke Public Schools? To help provide answers, we've posted a Frequently Asked Questions section on our website https://bit.ly/3iGpxQK. If you have any other questions or issues, just email us at enrollment@hps.holyoke.ma.us with your address and your child's current grade level, and we'll be happy to help.
about 1 month ago, HPS
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Last week we celebrated our English language development teachers: Emely Santiago of Morgan Elementary and Angela Steward of STEM Academy, for excellence in instruction and advocacy for our multilingual learners.
about 1 month ago, HPS
Two educators in classroom with certificate and flowers.
Two educators in classroom with certificate and flowers
Happy Break! See you back on the 28th
about 1 month ago, HPS
Graphic wishing HPS community a happy thanksgiving.
Graphic wishing HPS community a happy thanksgiving.
We have opportunities for After School Programs available Please send a message to Jasarah Burgos via ClassDojo or text at 413-271-0082 for more details
about 1 month ago, HPS
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Want to join our School site Council? Here are the steps to become a member of this important group in our school community.
about 1 month ago, HPS
Holyoke STEM Academy graphic.
Holyoke STEM Academy graphic.