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Video: Meet the Elmwood Principal Candidates

The School Committee narrowed down the search to fill the Principal position at Elmwood school to two candidates. Former Principal David Ljungberg left to take a position in the School administration central office in September. The two candidates include the current Interim Principal, Anne M. Carver and Kathleen Gerber, who is currently working in the Franklin school system.

Anne M. Carver started teaching straight out of college and taught in Worcester 26 years before coming to Elmwood. Carver taught Kindergarten though 2nd grade in Worcester. "As I finished my career in teaching, I had been encouraged to take on some leadership roles in the school." Carver served as the Assistant Principal for 2 years at Elmwood under David Ljungberg until taking over as Interim Principal this past September. At the candidates Q&A with the public, a couple parents of students referenced Carver taking over as Principal as "a seamless transition" and complimented her professionalism addressing situations with students.

Kathleen Gerber has taught in multiple states throughout her 27 year career including; Maryland, Texas, Arkansas and Massachusetts. Gerber has been with the Franklin school system for the last several years. Gerber began her career in Franklin as a Speech Language Pathologist and has been the Assistant Principal for the past 3 years. "The Elmwood job was appealing to me because it was a 2-3 building, I love 2nd and 3rd grade curriculum." Gerber also mentioned that much of the school improvement plan is very appealing to her; "the response to intervention process speaks near and dear to my heart, how do we differentiate instruction to make children successful. Also I've been working with writing trajectories and being able to talk about essential questions and that seems to align with your school improvement plan."

Hear much more from the candidates in the video below.

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Hopkinton High School TV Website is up!

Hopkinton High School now has their own TV club. One of their projects is producing a bi-weekly 5-6 minute newscast filling the community and student body in with what is happening around the High School. You can view the newscasts and extended versions of the news segments at www.hcam.tv/hhstv.

Below, check out the 1st HHS TV newscast that will be played to the student body and on HCAM-ED.

2016 Review Shows Hopkinton 14th in Mass.

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In a new NICHE® 2016 Review of public schools in Massachusetts, Hopkinton Schools ranked 14th in the Commonwealth.

You can view the NICHE® Review here..

Let School Counselors Help You

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February 1-5 is National School Counseling Week. School counselors play an important role in student success.
In addition to helping students with course selection, counselors can:

~Help recognize students’ needs.
~Help students relate well to others.
~Help parents and teachers understand students.
~Talk with students about study skills, friendship, divorce and other important issues.
~Organize services with other school specialists.
~Make referrals to outside agencies.
~Help students with college and career planning.

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Nic Canal and Josh Sokol Sign National Letters of Intent to Play Football

Two multi-sport Hopkinton Hillers signed National Letters of intent to play in college, Nic Canal who plays football and basketball, signed a National letter of intent to play division 1 football in the Ivy League at Cornell University out of Ithaca, New York. 2015 State wrestling champ and football player Josh Sokol, signed up to play football at Sacred Heart University, a Division 1 school out of Fairfield, CT in the Northeast Conference.

Check out interviews with the Division 1 bound athletes below and see photos of the signing here!

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Video: Hopkinton High School Video Club Produces First Newscast

A TV club was started at Hopkinton High School this year. The club is ran by HCAM Station Manager Jim Cozzens. One of the projects the TV club is taking part in, is a 5 minute high school news broadcast that will be shown on Thursdays every other week. The students get the opportunity to anchor, run teleprompter as well as cameras and lighting.

Students; Matt Bird, Will Pawela, Declan Curry and Chris Pomeroy helped produce the first newscast. Check out highlights and interviews in the video below.

HHS TV will soon have a website available you can find all their videos on through HCAM.

Coordinated Program Review March 14-18th

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Dr. Cathy MacLeod, Superintendent of the Hopkinton Public Schools was informed by the Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education of an upcoming Coordinated Program Review that will be taking
place this school year. As part of this Coordinated Program Review, Department staff will visit the district
during the week of March 14, 2016 – March 18, 2016. Such visits are routinely conducted by the
Department to satisfy federal and state requirements for the periodic review of specific education

Ask Questions to Help With Math Homework

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Some parents lose their confidence when their child learns fractions. Others don’t panic until algebra. But sooner or later, most parents must face math homework that they don’t understand.
So how do you help your teen when you don’t understand the math? Ask these questions:
~What do the directions say?
~What words do you not understand?
~Where do you think you should begin?
~What do you already know that can help you work through the problem?
~Can you show me what you’ve done so far?

Elmwood School Principal Search Public Forum to Meet Finalists

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The finalists for the position of Elmwood Elementary School Principal will soon be selected.

An integral part of the process involves parent, staff, and community input. The Superintendent, Dr. Cathy MacLeod, invites interested parents, staff, and community members to a public forum to meet the finalists, and ask any questions they may have.

Each finalist will be available for approximately 20-30 minutes. Parents, staff, and community members are invited to attend this forum:

Wednesday, February 3rd, in the Elmwood School Library at 7:00 PM

Help Your Teen Get Better Organized

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Is your teenager a little disorganized? If so, she’s normal. She probably has more responsibilities than ever before, and juggling them can be difficult. Here are some ways you can help:

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