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Fruit Street School Moves on to Next Phase

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The next steps for the Elementary School Building Project were discussed at their December 16th meeting of the Elementary School Building Committee. A Project Manager was named and the board took a look at new project cost figures.

Brian Main, Owner’s Project Manager (OPM) for the school district was named OPM for the Fruit Street project. Previously, Main was designated OPM for the project up to, and including the Schematic Design phase. The committee unanimously and enthusiastically approved Main as the OPM for the entire project.

Superintendent Search Process Underway - Parents and Community Invited to Participate

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Dr. John Phelan is retiring after 11 years of service to the Hopkinton School District. The Hopkinton School Committee has engaged the services of the New England School Development Council (NESDEC) to assist them in the search process for a new Superintendent of Schools.

Center School Evacuated

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The odor of gas outside the front door of Center School caused the evacuation of students to the field behind the school on Friday, December 10. The Hopkinton Fire Department responded and after approximately ten minutes, students and faculty were allowed back into the gym to await further instruction.

According to Fire Chief Ken Clark, the source of the gas odor was residual from gas being released somewhere else in the area, but did not originate from Center School. As of today, the source of the gas odor has yet to be determined.

MIddle School Holiday Toy Drive

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Donations are needed for the Middle School Holiday Toy Drive. Sponsored by several groups, including Best Buddies, Communiteen and the Student Council, the drive is focused on gifts for children aged 10-16 years old. Those wishing to contribute can drop off new, unwrapped toys at the Main Office in the Middle School now through Friday, December 17th. All donations will support the local Hopkinton community through Project Just Because.

Center School Site Plan Approved

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The Elementary School Building Committee voted on two major recommendations last night regarding the proposed Fruit Street School Project.
The December 6th meeting saw a decision on a final site plan and the selection of a construction management method.

Registration Opens for HPTA Extracurricular Programs

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Ultimate Sports, Little Actors, Karate and Lego Mania are among the courses being offered by the HPTA for their winter session of extracurricular programs. Registration for the HPTA Extracurricular Programs at Center, Elmwood and Hopkins schools opens at 12:01 AM on December 8 and can be done online at www.hptaonline.com or on a first-come, first-serve basis at all of the participating schools.

Foreign Language Department Looking for Host Families

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The Hopkinton High School Foreign Language Department is looking for Hopkinton Host Families for 12 French exchange students over a two-week period from the last week of February until the first or second week of March. For more information or an application, please email Mr. Mitchell at [email protected]

School Committee Discusses Center School and Success of Advanced Placement

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Award recognition was the first order of business for Thursday’s School Committee meeting. Superintendent Phelan opened the December 2nd meeting by recognizing the Hopkinton School District for winning the MIAA District Sportsmanship Award in District C.

Center School Playground Gets New Equipment

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Work has begun on the new Center School playground. In an update sent to parents, Principal Jennifer Parson says the playground will be closed until further notice while the old equipment is removed and the new equipment installed.

“The structure area has been roped off and students are not allowed to enter that area until work has been completed,” said Parson.

Recess will continue, however, and will take place outdoors on the Center School field and blacktop area behind the school as long as the construction is limited to the roped-off area.

High School Counseling Department Sponsors Financial Aid Night

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The Hopkinton High School Counseling Department will host a Financial Aid Night on Wednesday, December 1, 2010 in the HHS Auditorium from 7:00-9:00 pm. Carla Berg, Associate Director of Financial Services, Bentley University will be the guest speaker. Representing MEFA (Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority), she will provide an overview of the financial aid process, including types of financial aid, how to apply, and determining financing options for your family. Parents and students are encouraged to attend together.

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