Dear Grade 7 Parents,
As shared with parents on Thursday, PowerSchool is now open for registering your child for Music and Physical Education electives. The window closes on
Tuesday, March 28 at 3:00 p.m. to select these classes. Should you and your child need further information on Physical Education electives, please find their descriptions below.
Basketball is a great activity to help you stay fit or improve your physical fitness. Basketball skills can also improve balance, speed, agility, power, coordination, and reaction time. This course will keep you moving through a variety of basketball games and activities. The Sport Education Model will be used to play in a tournament. Students will have the opportunity to participate in many roles that are associated with sports: player, coach, official/referee, manager, and more! Grading will be based on class work, the "Sport Education Model” rubric, and a written basketball interview. Come prepared and ready to move!
Running for fitness is a convenient, inexpensive, lifelong, healthy activity that millions of people enjoy as exercise. Running is a great way to prepare for your sport, prior to the start of your season, enhance your sport performance while in season, improve your overall physical fitness or even lose weight. Students will be expected to follow the assigned training plan at home and at school and run 4-5 days per week. In order to maximize classroom activity time, students will be expected to use the google classroom tool to complete assignments at home. Students should also be ready to learn about developing their cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, muscular endurance and muscular strength. Students should be prepared to get their body moving every lesson. Heart rate will go up; they’ll sweat and have fun. Grading will be based on class assignments, meeting class expectations, goal pre/post fitness assessment, homework and meeting National Standards for Physical Education. The final project is to participate in a 5K Road Race. If you have any questions, please email your child’s Physical Education teacher.
GAMES FOR FUN & FITNESS
Playing games is a terrific way to get some exercise and have some fun – two important parts of living a long, healthy life. This course will give students the opportunity to practice and learn skills, refine game strategies and tactics, socialize with classmates, and express themselves. While playing old standards, and learning new games, students will learn what these fun and exciting games can do to help improve your fitness, and possibly your performance in other sports. There will be a strong focus on adapting these games (using Fitnessgram results and SMART goals as a guide) to make them better suited to contribute to improving all areas of fitness. Students will need to be ready to play hard and think even harder. Students will leave this course with a better ability to evaluate the benefits of participating in physical activity.
This course will incorporate several aspects of dance. Students will learn various, social, line and group dances – some simple and others more difficult. They will also learn various steps that are often combined to make up common group and line dances. Additionally, students will go through the process of creating unique dances of their own, as well as teaching dancs to the class. Students in this course will be developing balance, coordination, flexibility, agility, strength, and endurance. There will be a lot of room for individuality and creativity, as well as flexibility on requirements for each student. At the end of this course there will be an x-block performance with a panel of expert judges picking the 8th grade dance champions! Grading will be based on class work and dance presentations.
Jumping rope is a great cardiovascular activity that is also a lot of fun. You will explore the benefits of jumping rope and learn many new skills, tricks, and Double Dutch. The class is modified to meet the needs of every skill level. This class gives you a chance to be creative while challenging yourself. You will create 3 jump rope routines: individual, partner and a double dutch routine. All will be grades according to the rubric.
FUNCTIONAL FITNESS AND SNOWSHOEING
If you want to be more fit or even better at your sport than this is the class for you. Throughout this class you will learn to move better and increase your muscular strength and muscular endurance using sport specific movements. You will set SMART goals based on your Fitness Scores and you will work to improve those scores and your overall fitness. Functional Fitness will use many different pieces of fitness equipment and you will have the opportunity to use the Fitness Center. Weather permitting, we will include Snowshoeing, so make sure you are ready to go outside when the temperature gets cold. Grading will be based on class assignments, meeting class expectations, SMART Goal growth - pre/post skill assessment, homework and meeting National Standards for Physical Education. If you have any questions, please email your child’s Physical Education teacher.
YOGA & RESISTANCE TRAINING
Enjoy learning about lifelong fitness and exercise through Yoga and resistance training. Each class will start with a 10 minute Yoga warm-up. You will also learn how to use exercise equipment such as: medicine balls, resistance bands, free-weights, balance discs and exercise balls. We will also explore ways to strengthen and tone by doing calisthenics (using your own body weight). There will be final group project, a Yoga homework assignment and a muscle quiz. Students are encourage to bring their own Yoga mat, or they can borrow a school mat for duration of the class.
Indoor racquet sports will be the focus of this course. Pickleball is a terrific, active game that is played by people of all ages recreationally and in tournaments, because it is fun and a great way to stay in shape. Badminton can be a challenging and vigorous activity that most people will play at some point in their life. While it looks easy, hitting that little birdie all the time is hard. And table tennis is one that is played in basements and The Olympics. In this course, students will learn skills, rules, and strategies to be successful and have fun playing racquet sports. Both the beginner and advanced player will be challenged. Once students have the knowledge, they will play in games (singles and doubles play) and tournaments to test their skills. Students will also be responsible for officiating games throughout the course, and may be asked to make instructional videos or newsletters from which future classes can learn. Students will be graded on class involvement, game knowledge, skill development, and any of the previously mentioned projects.
Volleyball is a lifelong activity people play for exercise, competition or just for fun. There are many programs for all levels of play, from beginner to Olympic athlete. Students will focus on individual skills, team skills, and game play. These skills include serving, passing, setting, attack, defense and strategy. As students develop their skill, they will also improve muscular strength, muscular endurance and cardiovascular endurance. Teams will play in a round robin tournament and officiate games. Grading will be based on class assignments, meeting class expectations, pre/post skill assessment, demonstration of rule and game knowledge, homework and meeting National Standards for Physical Education. If you have any questions, please email your child’s Physical Education teacher.
March 23, 2017
This afternoon (Thursday, March 23) at 3:00 p.m., Middle School Class Registration will open within PowerSchool.
Parents must make the following selections in order for your child to be scheduled for the following classes:
Incoming Grade 7
Incoming Grade 8
The window for scheduling your child into these classes is open from 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 23 through 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28. In order to do so, parents must log-in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal. Detailed instructions can be found on the HMS Website by clicking on the Register Now button below the pictures.
Today marks the final day of Trimester 2, which, of course, means that tomorrow begins our final third of the school year. As we are no longer providing printed copies of schedules, students’ schedules can be accessed at the District website > Parents > PowerSchool and selecting View Student Schedule in the left menu panel. The only courses that change for students are the trimester-based Related Arts courses: Drama, Health, Dynamic Media, Engineering, Digital Literacy, and Art.
Trimester 3 Report Cards will open to students and parents on Tuesday, March 28 at 8:00 a.m. Prior to this time, any grades or comments within the Report Card are in draft mode.
Speaking of grades, a teacher recently informed me that a parent indicated to her a lack of knowledge that HMS grades are open to students and parents24/7. I am hopeful that this was an outlier, as this is definitely one of the improvements to the “feedback loop” that we believe in and of which we are proud. If you were unaware, I hope that you will now make use of this change and please share your feedback with me.
We will utilize PowerSchool for scheduling Foreign Language (incoming grades 7 and 8), Music (incoming grades 7 and 8) and Physical Education electives (grade 8 only). The scheduling window will be available to parents from Thursday, March 23 at 3 p.m. through Tuesday, March 28 at 3 p.m.
You must have a PowerSchool account in order to register your child for next year’s classes. If you have yet to sign up for a PowerSchool account, please do so ASAP. Directions can be found at the District website > Parents > PowerSchool.
Alan M. Keller
Trends in Substance Use Among Teens Parent Guidance Presentation
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Hopkinton High School Auditorium
Focus: Grades: 4-9th Grade
Director of Social Work,
Adolescent Substance Abuse Program
Boston Children’s Hospital
Funding Grant: Hopkinton Country Club Charitable Foundation
A presentation designed for parents of 4th-9th graders, this talk will provide basic information about the trends of substance use and abuse among teens, and will focus on what parents can do to keep their children from using. Involved parents are the first line of defense against substance use, yet many parents struggle with how to address these issues with their children. Through this presentation, parents will be given strategies on how to talk to their kids about alcohol and illicit substances, and how to handle potential use.
Dangers of a Popular Social Media App: Yik Yak
In an effort to keep teens safe, we wanted to make you aware of a recent trend in social media. Yik Yak is a social bulletin board displaying messages from people in a user’s area that can be voted “up” or “down” on the page.
The anonymous social wall has been popular in Hopkinton Middle and High School. This app is free and easy to download. The app is location based and allows you to post whatever you want about whomever you want anonymously. Its radius is limited to a 1.5 mile area, so it’s really a conversation by Hopkinton teens about Hopkinton teens. As the School Resource Officer, I have monitored this site and found some positive but mostly negative chats that are derogatory or may even be considered bullying.
There are an infinite number of applications, so we can never eliminate or block all of them. Please talk with your children about what apps they use and educate them about the dangers of social media. If you have questions, please contact:
School Resource Officer
Welcome to Hopkinton Middle School. We are excited to greet you and your child and look forward to this year.
On, all 8th graders should report to the Auditorium; all 7th graders should report to the Brown Gym; and all sixth graders will meet in the Doyle Gym. At that time, their homeroom teachers will call out their names and/or homeroom designations, and students will proceed to their homerooms, where they will receive their locker assignments.
Each homeroom teacher will carefully review schedules with their students. Each student will receive a printed schedule on the first day of school. With the exception of music and physical education classes, all related arts courses are offered on a trimester basis. Subsequently, students will be issued a new schedule each trimester. The schedule that students receive on the first day of school is for trimester one.
Due to traffic congestion and dangerous pedestrian situations, drivers who are dropping off students in the morning and/or picking up students after school must follow the blue traffic flow lines. Do not drive between rows of parked cars.
All students MUST be dropped off at the water tower/Brown Gym parking lot in the mornings. Officer Phil Powers will be present to assist with traffic flow. Please note: If you are dropping off your student, please do not drop off your student BEFOREThe building is open to students at
Please do not drop your student off in front of the Middle School building at the front entrance. Dropping off at the front entrance near the Main Office is ONLY for late drop offs AFTER, when the building is locked. For the safety of our students and staff, there should be no traffic in front of the Middle School building BEFORE
Additionally, if you must come into the Middle School to conduct business, please do not park outside the entrance to the Middle School. Visitor parking spaces are provided for you in the parking lot.
Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
I am looking forward to an exciting and productive school year.
Alan M. Keller
Parental Permission for Google Apps for Education
Below is the message sent from the HPS Technology Team on Friday, August 29, 2014. It is our desire to begin the year with students understanding and utilizing technology in a responsible manner, and the most efficient way is to frontload these lessons which is why I am sending this follow-up. If you have not already done so, please follow the steps below to complete the Parental Consent Form for your child.
Over the past several years Hopkinton Public Schools has embraced Google Apps for Education as a set of productivity tools and a digital learning space. The use of online tools has grown in importance, and now is an essential part of teaching and learning in our schools. Currently, teachers and students alike use Google Apps in the classrooms to support learning, exchange ideas, and to improve student-teacher communication. Because of this, we are asking that you allow your son or daughter to use these tools beginning in grade 3.
Beginning with the 2014-15 school-year, all Grade 3-12 students will be eligible for Google Apps for Education accounts. The District's Google Apps parental consent form (refer to link below) is designed to authorize student use throughout their schooling at Hopkinton Public Schools. This multi-year consent form allows students to benefit from the increasing capabilities of Google Apps while assuming greater responsibilities in the digital realm as they move up in grade level in our schools. Please be aware that parents may opt their children out of the Google Apps initiative at any point in this progression.
To help answer questions and to provide more detailed information, we have created a website that provides specific details about the tools and various levels of access at each grade. To provide permission for your son or daughter to utilize these tools in the classroom, we ask that you fill out the online consent form. You will need to use your existing schoolwires account to login to the site to gain access to the form. Please click the link below to grant consent for Google Apps for Education.
In addition you can access the information from the parents link on the district’s main website and click on the link that says “HPS Student Apps” At the bottom of the page there is a link that connects you to the form.