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Elmwood Students Prepare for Kenya Day at March Meeting of the Eagles

As the Boston Marathon approaches and the Kenyan runners make their annual visit, Elmwood Elementary students have been working hard to get ready. And at their March Meeting of the Eagles, the majority of the time was devoted to preparing for that special day in April.

On Kenya Day, the students will be singing the Kenyan National Anthem, which they practiced at the meeting. They also performed a song in the native Kenyan language of Swahili called "Jambo", which means hello.

And in the spirit of the Boston Marathon, Elmwood students will be running in their own marathon. The kids will have 8 weeks to run a total of either 13.1 miles, a half marathon, or 26.2 miles, a full marathon, as part of a program called the Marathon Fitness Challenge. The program, now in its sixth year, is a partnership between the Wellness Department and the Hopkinton Running club. And last year's program participants ran a total of 12,000 miles.

For participating in the challenge, the students will get a water bottle. For running a half marathon the kids will get a t-shirt. For completing the full marathon, students will earn a medal. And the classroom that runs the most miles collectively will win a special prize.

The entire March Meeting of the Eagles will be airing on HCAM-ED, Verizon Channel 31 and Comcast Channel 96. Check the HCAM schedule for dates and times.

HS Students Talk About Their Artwork April 11

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On April 11 the Hopkinton Center for the Arts (HCA) will be hosting a panel discussion featuring high school students whose artwork is on display at The Hopkinton High School Honors Arts Show. Artists Lauren Ballantyne, Helen Gao, Katherine Ronan, Alexis Stefano, Jill Tomlinson, Aleck Venegas, and Lynette Winsham will speak about their creative processes and answer questions. All are invited to this free event, which runs from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The Hopkinton High School Honors Art Show runs from March 28 to April 19 at the HCA, 98 Hayden Rowe Street.

State of the Schools April 9: Live in the HCAM Studio

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Acting Superintendent Dr. Steven Hiersche and School Committee Chairperson Nancy Burdick will be giving an update on the state of the Hopkinton Public Schools followed by an opportunity for attendees and viewers to ask questions. The presentation is hosted by the HPTA and will be moderated by HPTA president, Beth D’Alleva.

Questions in advance of the meeting are welcome and can be emailed to

Call-in number for questions during the presentation: 508-435-7887.

Special Permits for Hayden Woods Granted

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The Planning Board voted to approve special permits for Hayden Woods at 201 and 215 Hayden Rowe Street during their meeting on March 25. The permits were for garden apartments in residential districts and flexible community development. The applicant William Perkins presented the plan with John Perkins and Joe Marquedant of Marquedant & Associates.

Casino Free Milford to Hold Meeting for Surrounding Communities

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According to Casino Free Milford spokesman Ken Rockett, a meeting for residents of surrounding communities to Milford has been scheduled for Thursday, March 28th from 7 - 9 pm. The meeting will be at Adams School Auditorium, 323 Woodland St., Holliston, MA.

An agenda will be sent out before the meeting In the meantime, Rockett recommends that attendees read and become familiar with the presenation "Impact of a Casino on Milford" which can be found on the Casino Free Milford website.

"All are welcome," said Rockett.

Safety Protocols and Procedures

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Letter to Parents from Assistant Superintendent Mary Ann DeMello:

Dear Parents/Guardians:

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Video Interview with the Chair and Vice Chair of the Newly Formed Elementary School Building Committee

The Elementary School Building Commitee (ESBC) was created by the Board of Selectmen in early March and is already hard at work. Watch the HCAM News video to listen to Chairman Joe Markey and Vice Chair Mike Shepard as they talk about the mission of their newly formed committee, their progress to date and what they hope to accomplish going forward.

Upcoming meetings which will take place in the Fire Station Meeting Room are as follows:

Thursday, March 28 at 7:00pm (evening)
Thursday, April 4 at 7:00am (morning)
Thursday, April 11 at 7:00pm (evening)

Wednesday, April 24 at 7:00 am (morning) - Site Walk at Center School

For more information about the ESBC, visit their page on the town website.

Ghost Light Players to Hold Auditions for Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

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MARLBOROUGH, MA – 3/27/13 - Ghost Light Players is pleased to announce auditions for Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. Auditions will be held at 7pm on Tuesday, April 2 and Wednesday, April 3 at the First Church in Marlborough Congregational, 37 High Street, Marlborough, MA. Ghost Light Players will be performing Much Ado About Nothing in late June. To schedule an audition appointment, email

School Bus Transportation for Friday, 3/29 Early Dismissal

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On Friday, 3/29 at early dismissal, students will be bused according to
their regular busing arrangements for Friday dismissal. Students who are
scheduled to be bused to their home bus stops will be bused to home.
Students who are scheduled to go to Daycare Providers will be bused there.
We have confirmed that all major Childcare Providers will be open to receive
students at early dismissal times. Childcare Providers with few Friday
students, who are not open, have contacted parents directly to make
individual arrangements.

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Highlights: Immigration Day at Hopkins School

As a way of teaching students about the process of immigrating to America in the late 1800s and early 1900s, Hopkins School held its eighth annual Immigration Day on March 22nd. The day, a culmination of a several week unit on immigration, gives students an opportunity to learn about US immigration not just through a textbook, but interactively. To prepare themselves for this experience, the students are assigned an identity based off of an actual person who immigrated to America and then learn about the tough realities that their characters faced during their journey to become American citizens. Then on Immigration Day, dressed as their assigned characters, the students are processed at various stations.

Then, they were transported to the Great Hall for medical examinations. However, not everyone was given a clean bill of health. Once the immigrants were cleared, they took an oath of loyalty to their adopted country.

As a way of highlighting all of the cultures that America comprises of, some of the students celebrated their heritages. Watch the HCAM News video for highlights.


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