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.

Elementary School Building Committee Refines Plans

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The Hopkinton Elementary School Building Committee pushed ahead last night as they continued their planning work on the proposed Fruit Street elementary school.

Schematic design reviews, budget refinements and Town Meeting timing made for a full schedule at the November 15th meeting, held at the school administration building on Hayden Rowe.

Center School High Priority for Replacement

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Back in 2007, when the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) lifted its moratorium and invited schools to submit a “Statement of Interest” in order to qualify for state funds to build new schools, a total of 162 requests were received. Out of those 162 requests, the MSBA narrowed the list to 49 requests which were considered high priority. Center School was selected as one of the 49 highest priorities, qualifying in the obsolete building category.

Yoko Kawashima Watkins Returns to the Middle School.

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Just as she has done for the past 15 years, Yoko Kawashima Watkins returned to the Middle School to talk about Japanese culture, her books and lessons for life. Watkins book “So Far from the Bamboo Grove” is required reading for 7th graders. The book describes her life as an 11 year old in post World War II Korea and her tragic and heartbreaking flight to Japan. On her annual visits to Hopkinton, Watkins signs every copy and writes a short note to every student. Each book is then imprinted with her traditional Japanese stamp.

Mutiple Boards Look at Plans for School at Fruit Street

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The plan for the proposed Fruit Street school was under review on October 28. Members from a number of town committees and boards met informally at Town Hall to comment on the latest schematic design site plan. The plan for the 534 student kindergarten through grade 5 school was presented to the group by David Finney of Design Partnership. Accompanying Finney was Sandra Brock, Chief Engineer, from Nitsch Engineering.
The objective for the night’s meeting was to focus mainly on the site and gather feedback from the review groups. The first half of the meeting did achieve that objective.

High School Pep Rally Video Posted

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The HCAM program of the High School Pep Rally, held October 15, 2010 at the HS Field House, has now been posted at


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