Thursday, June 15, 2017

ImPACT Testing for Freshmen Fall Athletes

ImPact Testing logo

Athletes that will be freshmen in the Fall need to take a new baseline test. The test is required prior to tryouts for Volleyball, Soccer, Field Hockey and Football. If you are unsure if you need to take it, please see Ms. Siglin in the Athletic Training Room.  Baseline tests are required every 2 years.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

End of Year Rotation Schedule


We have received several phone calls inquiring about the school rotation calendar for the end of the year. This year we had 4 snow days which pushed back the end of Term 4 and final exams. The following is the school schedule for the remainder of the year:
  • Thursday June 15th B Day
  • Friday June 16th C Day
  • Monday June 19th D Day
    • Last Day of Term 4
  • Tuesday June 20th
    • A & B Exams - Buses depart HHS at 11:15
  • Wednesday June 21st
    • C & D Exams - Buses depart HHS at 11:15
  • Thursday June 22nd
    • A Day - Modified bell schedule for half day - Buses depart HHS at 10:45

Friday, June 9, 2017

Chromebook Collection


HHS is collecting all Chromebooks, chargers, and cases before the end of the school year. Students have two options for turning in their equipment:
  1. Turn them in to your advisor during the special advisory on the day before exams, Monday, June 19 (Gr. 9 & 10 only)
  2. Bring them to the library on either exam day, Tuesday, June 20 or Wednesday, June 21 (Gr. 9, 10 & 11)
Students who do not turn in any or all of their Chromebook equipment will be charged over the summer.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Registration for 2017 Fall Sports Now Open



HHS students interested in playing fall sports or cheerleading must regsiter online before August 4, 2017. In order to register, students will need to:

  1. Fill in the online registration form.
  2. Submit an up-to-date physical exam to the nurse's office,
  3. Complete registration fee payments
Please call the main office if you have any questions.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Senior Events Calendar 2017


Senior Events 2017 logo

May 19th JUNIOR-SENIOR PROM

  • Lake Pearl Function Facilities
  • 6:00 – 11:00 p.m.
  • Buses Leaving HHS at 5:00pm 

May 24th SENIOR PICNIC

  • (Last Day of Classes for Seniors) 
  • 1:00 p.m.

May 25th SENIOR EXAMS 

  • A and B blocks 7:30 a.m.

May 26th SENIOR EXAMS

  • C and D blocks 7:30 a.m.

May 30th CLASS TRIP

  • Lunch Cruise Spirit of Boston 
  • 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

May 31st GRADUATION PRACTICE MANDATORY

  • 8:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 

May 31st SENIOR AWARDS NIGHT

  • High School Auditorium
  • 7:00 p.m.

June 1st GRADUATION PRACTICE MANDATORY

  • 8:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

June 1st BACCALAUREATE CELEBRATION

  • A non-school sponsored interfaith service
  • St. Mary’s at 7:00 p.m.

June 2nd IN-SCHOOL GRADUATION

  • Students & Faculty Only

June 4th GRADUATION

  • High School Field House
  • 1:00 p.m. – Graduates arrive at HHS 
  • 2:00 p.m. – Graduation begins

June 4th and June 5th All Night Graduation Celebration at Forekicks

  • A non-school sponsored event




Friday, May 5, 2017

Enigma 2016 Now Published

Cover of Enigma Spring 2017: Student photo of a bicycle

The Spring 2017 issue of ENIGMA is now published! 

ENIGMA is a welcoming literary magazine based out of Holliston High School. They accept poetry and short stories as well as photographs and multimedia works of art. They want to borrow and showcase the voices of our students; whether this voice is found amongst the stanzas of a poem or behind an image.

You can find the current issue, as well as back issues, on the ENIGMA page of the HHS website.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Art Saves Lives 2017

Art Saves Lives 2017 Poster

Come to the annual Art Saves Lives student art exhibition on Thursday, May 18th from 4 pm to 8 pm. The best of the HHS art community will be on display, including paintings, drawings, mixed media art, and ceramics.

Proceeds of the event will raise money to help ALS and Breast Cancer Research.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Special Education Orientation

Students in class

On Tuesday April 25th, an orientation regarding Special Education Programming at Holliston High School will be held for interested 8th parents and students from 6:00-6:45 p.m. in the High School Library. Please come and learn more about staffing, services, academic support, and High School expectations.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Walk for Wex T-Shirts

Walk fo Wex 2017 logo

The Sharon Timlin Memorial 5K Race to Cure ALS is June 17, 2017 at Hopkinton High School.
Last year, faculty members came together to honor Mr. Wechsler by creating t-shirts to wear at the race. The funds from these shirts were donated to Mr. Wechsler and his team to help find a cure for this horrible disease. The staff wore the shirts to school the Friday before last year's race to show their support and they plan to do the same thing this year. This year, the student body is invited join in supporting an amazing man and an important cause.

If you are interested in purchasing a t-shirt to support Mr. Wechsler, please fill out this form below before May 4th. Shirts are $10 and payment is due in advance. Bring your cash or check to Mrs. Murphy in room 302.

This year's shirt design is going to be a surprise, but if you'd like to see it before purchasing, please see Mrs. Murphy. Again, you MUST order and pay before 5/4. The order will be placed on this date. We should have the shirts on 5/18. Cost is $10. All additional funds will be donated to Mr. Wechsler's team.

If you'd like to register for the walk/race, please visit the website here: https://racewire.com/register.php?id=7492

Monday, March 27, 2017

HHS Student Featured on Channel 5 News

Ms. Moreno, Ms. Weingartner, Antoinette Antonio, and Kit Nguyen

On Thursday, March 16, Channel 5's Antoinette Antonio and crew came to HHS to interview Kit Nguyen for their A+ Student series. The segment is set to air on Channel 5 on Tuesday, March 28, at 5:40 p.m.. Also, please be sure to watch the early morning shout-out featuring Kit, HHS administrators, teachers, and students during the 5:00 a.m. to 6 a.m. broadcast also Tuesday, March 28. Congratulations, Kit!

Friday, March 17, 2017

HHS Pops Concert

Microphone and drum set

Don't miss the annual HHS Pops Concerts, scheduled for held Sat. March 25 at 7pm and Sunday March 26th at 4pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students/seniors. Tickets may be ordered by emailing Mr. Bilodeau bilodeaus@holliston.k12.ma.us or Mr. Britton brittons@holliston.k12.ma.us. They may also be bought at the door.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

HHS Students Win National Art Awards


We are pleased to announce that HHS students Elena Daly and Juliette Plante have earned National Silver Medals in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards of 2017. These students have been identified by panels of creative professionals as the most talented young artists and writers in the nation. This year, more than 330,000 works of art and writing were submitted. Only the top 1% were recognized at the national level.

Congratulations to Elena and Juliette!

Student art by Elena Daly: The Discovery
The Discovery by Elena Daly
Student sculpture by Juliette Plante: Love Tap
Love Tap by Juliette Plante

Personal Pathways to Success: Career & Training Fair

Roads and road signs


Personal Pathways to Success: Career & Training Fair

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 from 6:30-8:00pm
Natick High School Cafeteria

Hosted in Collaboration by Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, Natick, Newton and Wellesley Public Schools


Students and families are invited to learn about a variety of postsecondary options beyond typical 4 year colleges. There are a variety of opportunities and this can be difficult to navigate. A student's transition to adulthood is individually based on interests, preferences, aptitudes and skills - there is no one size fits all!

Join us to see what possibilities might lead you to your personal pathway to success.

Participants may include:
  • Postgraduate Vocational and Training Programs
  • Labor Union Apprenticeships
  • Military
  • Gap Year Programs
  • Culinary, Cosmetology, and Massage Therapy Schools
  • Community Colleges
  • Associate Degree and Certificate Programs (such as Vet Tech, EMT)
  • Automotive and Technical Schools
  • Career One Stop Centers

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

College Mini-Fairs Spring 2017

College pennants


On Thursday, March 9 and Thursday, April 6, the Holliston High School Guidance Dept. will host College Mini Fairs. Approximately 75 college representatives will be available on each date to talk with students. The Mini Fairs will be held in the library during the lunch block.

Scheduled colleges

  • Adelphi University 
  • University of Alabama 
  • Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences 
  • University at Albany (SUNY) 
  • Anna Maria College 
  • Assumption College 
  • Babson College 
  • Bay Path University 
  • Boston College 
  • University of Bridegport 
  • Bridgewater State University 
  • Bryant University 
  • Colby-Sawyer College 
  • Columbia College Chicago 
  • University of Connecticut 
  • Curry College 
  • Dean College 
  • Dickinson College 
  • Eastern Connecticut State University 
  • Eastern Nazarene College 
  • Elmira College 
  • Elms College 
  • Emmanuel College 
  • Endicott College 
  • Fisher College 
  • Fitchburg State University 
  • Florida Atlantic University 
  • Framingham State 
  • Franklin University- Switzerland 
  • Green Mountain College 
  • High Point University 
  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges 
  • Hofstra University 
  • Johnson & Wales University 
  • Johnson State College 
  • Lasell College 
  • Lesley University 
  • Long Island University 
  • Lynn University 
  • Manhattanville College 
  • University of Maryland 
  • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences 
  • Massachusetts Maritime Academy 
  • UMass Amherst 
  • UMass Dartmouth 
  • UMass Lowell 
  • MassBay Community College 
  • Merrimack College 
  • Mount Ida College 
  • College of Mount Saint Vincent 
  • National Aviation Academy 
  • New England Inst. Of Technology 
  • University of New England in Biddeford ME 
  • University of New Hampshire 
  • University of New Haven 
  • The College of New Jersey 
  • Newbury College 
  • Nichols College 
  • Pace University 
  • Penn State University 
  • Plymouth State University 
  • Providence College 
  • University of Rhode Island 
  • Rider University 
  • Rivier University 
  • Roanoke College 
  • Sacred Heart University 
  • Saint Anselm College 
  • Saint Joseph's College - ME 
  • Salem State University 
  • Salter College 
  • Salve Regina University 
  • Savannah College of Art and Design 
  • School of Fashion Design 
  • Siena College 
  • Simmons College 
  • University of Southern Maine 
  • Southern Maine Community College 
  • Springfield College 
  • St Michael's College 
  • State University of New York at Geneseo 
  • Stonehill College 
  • Suffolk University 
  • Syracuse University 
  • Wentworth Institute of Technology 
  • Western New England University 
  • Westfield State 
  • Wheelock College 
  • Xavier University

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Nineteen HHS Winter Track Athletes to Compete in D4 Regionals

HHS track team




Good luck to the nineteen HHS winter track athletes who qualified for today's D4 state meet at the Reggie Lewis Center!

Boys
  • Yoel Lignabou
  • Hampton Boyd
  • Rick Brown 
  • Ryan Sofoul
  • Liam Engel
  • Henry Dolan 
  • Zack Jacobs
  • John Lukowiak
  • Mark Mulvaney
Girls
  • Emma Guccione
  • Riley Marsden
  • Kelly Alves
  • Alexis Mejia
  • Sophie Ryan
  • Lauren Salley
  • Gwen Freeley
  • Sidney Brucato
  • Rebecca Stevens
  • Caroline Ward

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

ImPACT Testing for Spring Athletes

ImPACT logo

All athletes planning to play lacrosse, softball and baseball need to have a baseline concussion test in order to participate. If you are a freshman or junior that has not take a baseline test for fall or winter sports, you will need to take one. If you are not sure, please see Ms. Siglin in the athletic training room. Baseline tests are required every 2 years.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

HHS Senior Megan Burke Earns JWV Award

Megan Burke and Ms. Frost

Congratulations to HHS senior Megan Burke for her award from the Jewish War Veterans Annual Brotherhood Program. 

The program recognizes students who stand out in the work they do to promote citizenship, community and leadership. This year was the 63rd year of the program and Holliston High School nominated Megan Burke '17. Megan was selected by the JWV Brotherhood Program as a winner! 
Megan and her parents attended the award ceremony. Ms. Shawna Frost who works closely with Megan through the Beautiful Mind Campaign was honored to be there to support Megan and represent the high school. 

Ms. Frost reports, "The room was filled with so many inspirational people of all ages with the most incredible stories. The students who received the highest awards were each introduced by a representative from a college including Harvard and UMass. The speakers really took the time to learn as much as possible about each scholarship recipient and delivered very thoughtful introductions. Then, each student was given the opportunity to speak. Megan talked about her service and leadership and the inspiration for The Beautiful Mind Campaign. She did a fantastic job and proudly represented HHS. The event was attended by people from all walks of life. In addition to recognizing the impact each winner has made in his or her community, it also recognized the importance of diversity, acceptance, compassion, and service."

Congratulations Megan! May your service to others be a lifelong devotion.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Spring Sports Registration Now Open

Baseball pitcher above text: Spring Sports Registration Feb 6 - Mar 13

Registration for 2017 Spring Sports is now open!

Registration for HHS sports has three required pieces:
  1. Filling out the registration form at http://hhsathletics.holliston.k12.ma.us/registration
  2. Submitting an up-to date physical exam (requirements)
  3. Paying the athletics fee. You may pay on the Town of Holliston website or by check dropped off at/or mailed to HHS Main Office  Checks must be made out to "Town of Holliston- Athletics" for $225.00.
The due date for all forms, physical exams, and payment is March 13, 2017.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Winter Issue of Enigma Published

Page from Winter 2017 Enigma: hallway and poem

We're pleased to announce the latest issue of the HHS literary magazine Engima. The Winter 2017 issue is full of poetry, art, and photography by our own HHS student body.

Enigma is free online on the HHS website!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Second Semester Open House

School sign with text "Go Panthers!"


Holliston High School's second semester Open House is scheduled for Thursday, February 9th at Holliston High School. The event begins at 7:00pm with "A" Block. There is no introduction by the principal so parents/guardians will proceed right to their student's first block class.

Students' schedules can be accessed online through iParent. In addition, students will receive blank copies of the Open House schedule in their first block class next Wednesday, with the instructions to complete the schedule and bring it home to parents/guardians. Download a blank copy here.

For parents/guardians of the class of 2020 (current 9th graders), there is a parent/guardian meeting at 6:30pm in the high school auditorium prior to Open House.

Monday, January 30, 2017

2017 Scholastic Art Award Winners

Student art: a futuristic robot

The HHS Art Dept is proud to announce that several HHS students are award recipients of the 2017 Scholastic Art Contest.
  • Elena Daly: Silver Key The Artist's Selfie / Gold Key The Discovery / Silver Key Comfort In Desolation / Gold Key The Digital Thinker / Honorable Mention Call Reinforcements / Honorable Mention Who's Guilty? / Honorable Mention Art Portfolio 
  • Helen Dolan: Honorable Mention Urban Ruin / Silver Key Home Sweet Home 
  • Sydney Halchuk: Gold Key Sleeping 
  • Ella Hines: Honorable Mention Under The Stairwell 
  • Jade Medvelzky: Honorable Mention Self Portrait 
  • Juliette Plante: Gold Key Love Tap / Silver Key Head Space 
  • Casey Prendergast: Honorable Mention Sailing Seltzer 
  • Renee Torio: Honorable Mention Frego: The Frog Lego 
  • Roman Bolshakov: Honorable Mention Paris
Be sure to check out the award winning art, posted online in the Fine Arts Portal!

Transition Roundtable Presentation moved to March 9th

A road sign marked Plan Ahead
Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, Natick, Newton, and Wellesley Public Schools are pleased to announce a Transition Roundtable Presentation on the topic of post-secondary transition options. Students, parents, guardians, and interested professionals will have the opportunity to hear from local and state adult service providers regarding services and supports.
Following the panel presentation, you will have the opportunity to meet with individual providers to gather specific materials and information, and to ask questions.

When: Thursday, February 9th (snow date March 9), 7pm to 9pm
Where: Natick High School, 15 West St, Natick

The following providers will be present:
  • Department of Developmental Services (DDS)
  • Mass Rehabilitation Commission (MRC)
  • Department of Mental Health (DMH)
  • Price Center
  • Charles River Center
  • TILL
  • MetroWest Center for Independent Living, TAP
  • Benefits Counselor for Transition Age Youth (MRC)
  • And more!

**You will also be provided with a synopsis of services and contact information from other local service provides.**

*Registration is not required but would be greatly appreciated to ensure our presenters bring enough materials.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

AP® Exam Registration


Stack of AP exam review books


While hard to believe, registration is upon us for students currently enrolled in an Advanced Placement® (AP®) course and planning to take the exam in May. 

Registration deadline - Friday February 3rd

Registration is online this year: https://goo.gl/forms/03Zdl9ZD9faOs53j2. Payment should still be made by check. $93 per exam. Checks made payable to "Town of Holliston". Please enter student ID and "AP Exam Fee" in the notes section.  Submit to Mrs. Camiel in Guidance. Late registration and payments will incur a $25 fee. Late registration deadline is February 10th

If a student / family requires financial assistance with the cost of the AP® exams, please contact Mrs. Ross at rossd@holliston.k12.ma.us. Holliston is committed to ensuring every student can take an AP® exam, and will work with families as needed on adjusted fees or a payment installment plan. 

TEST DATES: Click HERE for the AP® testing calendar. The testing dates are also found in the AP® Student Bulletin. 

AP® STUDENT BULLETIN: For a digital copy, click HERE.
AP® is a trademark registered by the College Board, which is not affiliated with, and does not endorse, this website.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Exams & Transition Day

Female student studying

Final Assessments/Exams

Students and faculty are working hard to finish up term 2/first semester classes and begin preparing for final assessments/exams next week. Students will take their A & B block exams on Thursday, January 19th and their C & D block exams on Friday January 20th. [Exam/Assessment Bell Schedule]

Transition Day

Monday, January 23rd is Transition Day for students and faculty. We follow a B day bell schedule and all students attend their First Semester/Second Term classes. For both faculty and students, the transition day is filled with valuable activities. Prior to the implementation of this day several years ago, students did not have an opportunity to revisit their classes and teachers after taking final exams, or to go over the assessment. This day is designed to allow just that and is also filled with opportunities to provide feedback, review term three schedules and meet with teachers to receive recommendations for future courses. 

Below are some of the activities students can expect:
  1. The Transition day bell schedule will follow a normal B day, with one exception. During DSB, Guidance has provided an activity for students to complete in their classes.
  2. In classes, teachers will review the final assessment discussing areas of strengths and needs for the class
  3. Students will provide feedback to teachers about the course
  4. Students will meet with each teacher to receive recommendations for next year's courses
  5. Students will complete teacher appreciation letters.
  6. Teachers will confirm that all textbooks and materials have been returned
  7. Students will have some time to pull up their term 3 schedules using iPass/iParent to make sure everything is accurate but we will not be printing schedules.
  8. Seniors WILL HAVE senior privileges on the Transition day to leave for DSB.
Thanks to all students for their hard work during the first semester and we look forward to a fantastic second half of the year. Term 3 will begin on Tuesday, January 24thwith a C day. Any scheduling concerns should be directed to the Guidance Department.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

When To Stay Home Sick

Young adult sick in bed

Sometimes it's not always easy to decide if that winter virus should keep you home from school (or work).

Nurse Coleman has provided the HHS community with this handy reference so you know the signs for when you should stay home.

We want everyone to stay warm and stay healthy, but if you do get a cold or flu, get better soon!

>> School Exclusion Guidelines