Hopkins Family Update:
1. Principal’s Update
2. Understanding Literacy Development
3. HEF Updates
4. Save Us Fund Raiser
5. HPTA Updates
Reminder:is an early dismissal. Student dismissal begins at , and school lunch is not served.
1. Principal’s Update
As many who were children before the era of cell phones will remember, contacting a friend by phone often involved mastering at least the following script: “Hi, Mrs. Doe. Is Johnny home?” Not so today, in the world of cell phones, texting, email, Facebook, and Twitter.
Instagram, Facebook, KiK, Club Penguin, ScuttlePas, WhatsWhat.me, Twitter – Are you familiar with these social media tools? How many Hopkins students have access to social media sites? Are there guidelines for parents to follow when thinking about providing children access to social media? Generation Z is now being referred to as generation S (or Generation Screen) because they will never have known a world without screens, without being connected, without a touch or swipe, or gesture control, or without a camera capture, interact, share, and connect with others, instantly (Kids an Consumer Science, 2012 Edition). My daughter’s sale’s pitch for why she needed a SmartPhone began in fourth grade and continues in sixth grade: She continues to be relentless in her pursuit of an iPhone. To quote my daughter, “I’m the only one who does not have a SmartPhone.” I’m sure there are many families who have had a similar conversation with their children and I’m beginning to think that there is a secret website kids have access to that outlines how to make a persuasive argument for a cell phone or tablet.
Well, I guess my daughter is correct. According to a recent study by the National Consumers League, 60% of preteens say they got their first phone at 10-11 years old, 20% received one when they were 8-9, and 15% got their device at the age of 12. I always share with families that the level of access to technology or social media a child is given is a parental choice. In fourth and fifth grade, it seems to be the exception when a student does not have access to some type of social media, whether it is a Club Penguin account, access to email, or a texting application. From my experience as a parent and a principal, the reality is that these programs are easy to access; with a few clicks of a button and an e-mail address, an account can be created -without parent knowledge.
In a recent Wall Street Journal article, Tweens' Secret Lives Online: Social Media Sites Have a Growth Spurt; Trying to Avoid Mom on Facebook, Katherine Rosemen writes about how children are using technology at “ever-younger” ages. She further discusses the lack of age appropriate social media tools and that most children are utilizing social media sites that are designed for adults. Now, as a parent, what is your belief around children having access to social media? For many parents the decision is simple – do not provide access to social media, as they feel strongly that it’s not developmentally appropriate. For other parents, they feel that it’s not the technology that is inherently the problem, but rather how the end user uses the technology. Furthermore, they believe that they have a responsibility to teach their children about appropriate use and that constant monitoring is essential.
Wherever you fall on this continuum, the reality is that kids today are growing up in a wired, connected world. As a result, the role of parents and educators has changed dramatically.
With access to social media comes the responsibility of teaching students how to create web content, the implications of privacy, the permanence of an Internet footprint, and online social etiquette. Here at Hopkins School, this is a component of the fourth and fifth grade curriculum. Through the work of Jayne Shea, Hopkins Guidance Counselor, classroom teachers, Stephanie Doty, Hopkins Instructional Technology Specialist, and Hopkins Wellness faculty, students are taught about the benefits and potential dangers of using technology. As a parent, I find it difficult to stay up with the latest tools and technology trends, and I’m sure I’m not the only parent who struggles with this. So, I thought I’d share with parents a few resources to keep up with “Tweens’ Secret Lives Online.”
2. Understanding the Strands of Early Literacy Development – Written by Mrs. Frank, Hopkins Literacy Specialist
The below rope model of reading development (Hollis Scarborough, 2002) highlights the strands of early literacy development. Literacy development begins when the students are emerging readers, where the language comprehension and word recognition strands are loosely woven.
Language comprehension consists of:
Background knowledgeVocabularyLanguage structuresVerbal reasoningLiteracy knowledge
Word recognition consists of:
Phonological awarenessDecodingSight recognition
As the strands of language comprehension and word recognition become woven more tightly together, the student progresses through the following stages:
Emerging readerDeveloping readerBeginning readerExpanding readerBridging readerFluent reader
When a student is a fluent reader he/she is a skilled reader with fluent execution and coordination of word recognition and text comprehension.
3. HEF Updates
Thank-A-Teacher Program – The Thank-A-Teacher program is a great way to say “Happy Holidays” to your child’s teacher AND tell them that you appreciate the work that they do! Last December over 150 teachers received Thank-A-Teacher acknowledgements from families. It’s a popular program that recognizes teachers for their dedication, and helps to support their efforts to give students the tools and motivation to become lifelong learners. All proceeds fund Hopkinton Education Foundation grants in the schools. To participate, complete and return the backpack flyer or e-flyer that will be distributed on www.
Casino Night – Save the Date!at the Warren Conference Center in Ashland. Details coming soon.
4.Save Us Fund Raiser
We are a group of 5th grade girls called Save Us who raise money for animal organizations in need of money or supplies. This year we are supporting Paws which is an animal shelter located in Washington. To raise money we are making calendars from pictures of you and your pets that Hopkins students or teachers send us. The calendars will cost $15.00. Fifty percent of our profits will go to Paws and the other fifty percent will go to the Hopkins School Garden Project. There will be a fourth grade calendar and a fifth grade calendar. Each class will have their own month in the calendar as long as we have enough photos from each class. Please view the video below for more information.
The calendars will be on sale beginning on November 4 and will be on sale until. We hope you buy and enjoy a calendar.
5. HPTA Updates
2nd Edition of the Hopkinton Community Cookbook
The 2nd edition (current) cookbookis selling for $20.00
Buy the bundled set of 1st & 2nd edition cookbooks for $35.00.
Please order online at: hptaonline.com. Cookbooks will be available for pick-up at the Middle School Cafeteria or there is an option to have it sent home with your oldest elementary school student.
Questions? Mary Holden email@example.com
Square 1 Art Deadline – November 19 - Square 1 Art
Note – Online deadline has been extended to.
SUPERINTENDENT PUBLIC FORUM
12/5/13 Proposed Revisions to Transportation Policy EEA
Dear Parents, Guardians, and Community Members:
In the interest of providing you with timely communication regarding proposed revisions to the Hopkinton Public Schools’ Transportation Policy (EEA) we invite you to join us for an overview of proposed updates and changes related to bus pass application deadlines and late penalties, childcare scheduling, bus stop switching at the elementary level, and procedures for bus carry-on items. We look forward to seeing you there and sharing this important information with you.
Date: December 5th
Location: Middle School Lecture Hall
Time: 6:00PM – 7:00PM
General notifications sent through iContact will no longer be available after January 31st. If you have not already signed up for SchoolWires notifications please do so as soon as possible. Until December 31st we are sending all general notifications through both systems but starting February 1st 2014 in an effort to consolidate resources we will no longer be using iContact for our distribution lists. We will then solely be using Schoolwires, the company that hosts our district website to post announcements and email parents.
On the school website (www.hopkinton.k12.ma.us) each school has an announcements link available under the "Parents" drop down menu. When the school or district makes an announcement it will get posted to the website and parents that subscribe will get an email message. We will continue to differentiate messages based on grade level when appropriate and therefore, the announcement pages will be further filtered by grade level relevance.
If you already have a SchoolWires account you can skip the instructions for registration and jump straight to the directions in the How To Guide on how to manage your account on the school website. Please note that the link at the bottom of this email refers to the management of your iContact account, not your SchoolWires account. Many parents at the middle school have already created a SchoolWires account for the electronic forms. For parents that have Kindergarten students at Center school there will be no change because this system is already in place there.
These systems are totally independent of our student management system, iPass. We will continue to utilize iPass/iAutoAlert for all emergency communications.
Click on the following link for registration and subscription information: http://hopkinton.schoolwires.net/cms/lib4/MA01001785/Centricity/Domain/411/HowtoregisterforannouncementsandE-Flyers.pdf
Dear Parents/Guardians/Community Members:
This morning, representatives of Hopkinton’s School Committee (Nancy Alvarez Burdick and Ellen Scordino [not pictured]), Board of Selectmen (John Mosher), Center School Principal Lauren Dubeau, Elementary School Building Committee (Mike Shepard), HPS Director of Finance Ralph Dumas, State Representative Carolyn Dykema, and District Director for Senator Spilka, Puja Mehta (not pictured), joined me at the MSBA Board of Directors meeting in Boston. I am pleased to announce that we have received an invitation into the Massachusetts School Building Authority’s (MSBA) eligibility period. Over the next few days we expect a letter confirming this invitation and providing additional detail.
Preliminary Eligibility Requirements will need to be completed in order for us to proceed. Once completed, the MSBA will review our documents and consider a vote to invite the Town of Hopkinton into the Capital pipeline, allowing us to begin the Feasibility Study Process. The MSBA Board of Directors noted Hopkinton’s representation at their meeting this morning, stating how important it is to have such unified support.
Cathy MacLeod, Ed.D.
Proposed Group: Elementary School Building Criteria Working Group (‘CWG’)
Purpose:The CWG, a committee appointed by the School Committee, is charged with developing and recommending a list of criteria for inclusion in the next Feasibility Study.The Committee will be chaired by the Assistant Superintendent, will operate under the requirements of the Open Meeting Law, and shall function under Robert’s Rules of Order. The Committee will create an informational report, to be delivered to the School Committee at its’ June 7, 2012 meeting. Click here for complete document