Saturday, November 3, 2018

Student Feature Friday: Roy Mitri



This week’s student feature Friday is Roy Mitri who is currently a student at Holliston High School receiving post-graduate services. Roy has been developing many skills throughout his time at HHS and has found a strong passion for cooking. He has earned his ServSafe Food Handler Certificate, Food Equipment and Safety Training Certificate (Feast) and Mass Food Allergen Certificate. Roy just recently accepted his first paying job at Bertucci’s, working in the kitchen washing dishes and is looking forward to developing his role as an integral member of the team. In addition to working at Bertucci's, he works at the Residence at Valley Farm, an independent Living, assisted Living & reflections memory care facility, Framingham Union and TC Scoops.

Roy has worked hard to find ways to get to work without a license and has found the MWRTA, which he takes to and from the Residence, so he doesn’t have to rely on his family and friends. He enjoys working at the Residence because of the cooking he is able to do but more so because of the people he works with and the sense of accomplishment he feels from the work. To read more about Roy visit the Student Feature Friday section of the Principal's blog.

Friday, November 2, 2018

MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey



To make sure we give the best possible education and services to children in Holliston, we want to learn about their attitudes and behaviors with regard to a variety of health issues. In order to accomplish this, students at Holliston High School are being asked to participate in a survey called the MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey. The questions of the survey cover many topics including alcohol, tobacco and other drug use; violence and safety; nutrition and physical activity; sexual behaviors; online behaviors; and mental health. This project will help our district develop and enhance its health education and prevention services. We will be giving this survey to students in grades 9-12 on November 15th.

The survey is anonymous, meaning students will not put their name on the survey and no one will know what they write. There will be no identifying information on any of the surveys.

Completing this survey is voluntary. Your child’s grades in school will not be affected by participation. Your child can also decide not to take the survey or skip any question your child doesn’t wish to answer.

The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment is a Federal Law that requires us to notify you ahead of time about the survey, and give you the chance to look at it, so you can let us know if you don’t want your child to take part. If you want to see the survey before deciding, a copy will be available at the main office from October 29th – November 13th.

If you DO NOT want your child to take part in the survey, please complete the Opt Out form below and have your child return it to the main office by November 13th.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Nicole Bottomley at 508-429-0677

Sincerely,

Nicole Bottomley, Principal
Holliston High School

Thursday, November 1, 2018

AP Exam Registration Now Open


Exam registration and payment will kick off Thursday November 1st

This is a drastic change from years prior. Why? Beginning in 2019-2020, registration for AP exams will go directly through the College Board. College Board will require students with AP courses beginning in Semester 1 to register for the exam in November. Students enrolled in Semester 2 AP courses will be given the opportunity to register for AP courses in March. We are mimicking this change in our registration process this year so that the changes next year are not so surprising to the community. 

AP Exam Registration is only intended for students in grades 10 through 12 who are enrolled in an AP course during the 2018-2019 school year.  

For more information on the AP Exams in May 2019, click HERE for the 2018-2019 AP Bulletin for Students and Parents.

AP Exam Registration Window & Deadlines

  • For courses beginning in Semester 1: November 1st - November 30th
  • For courses beginning in Semester 2: March 1st - March 22nd (**applies to AP English Language & Composition and AP US Government and Politics only)

Cost

The cost of the exam in 2019 is $96. The College Board charges $94 - we have added $2 to the cost to help us cover the cost of proctors and other program related costs.

Below is a guide to the cost based on the number of exams a student plans to take.
  • 1 exam: $96
  • 2 exams: $192
  • 3 exams: $288
  • 4 exams: $384

Late Registration Fee

In 2019-2020, the College Board will charge $45 as a late fee and a $45 cancellation fee for exams. This year, we are going to charge a $20 late fee.

Financial Assistance

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 on adjusted fees or a payment installment plan.

How to Register

The online registration site opens  November 1, 2018. Register online at https://aptestservice.com/holliston/. You can pay by credit card (a small fee is charged), or mail in a check (no additional fee incurred).

Why take the exam?

While taking an AP exam is not mandatory at Holliston High School it is highly encouraged. HHS tends to produce high scores which can save many thousands of dollars at the college level. If you would like to explore the AP credit policies of colleges and universities, you can do so by clicking HERE. Taking the AP exam is also a part of the AP course experience and is good for helping students adjust to the type of exams they will experience in college.

Students can take an exam for a subject they have not taken a course in. In such a case, we recommend that a student review a practice exam before deciding to register.

Click HERE for the AP testing calendar. The testing dates can also be found on the high school calendar.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Ross at rossd@holliston.k12.ma.us.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Student Feature Friday: Will Flanagan



This week’s Student Feature Friday is senior Will Flanagan. Five minutes into our conversation it was hard not to be impressed by his maturity, genuine desire to improve his community and his love of learning. Will is currently the senior class president, athletic captain, club president, Eagle Scout, swim instructor and all around great person. Yet with all of these accomplishments he remains humble and ready to serve his community. Through tennis, which he describes as being introduced to by his grandfather when he “started walking”, gymnastics, and diving on the swim team he fulfills his need to be active and sees his constant improvement as incredibly rewarding. WIll’s academic focus is met through his rigorous courses, participation in Model United Nations and his membership in NHS.

Although his academic and athletic accomplishments are impressive, it is his drive to help others through community service that sets him apart. Will just completed his Eagle Scout project which focused on renovating the garage of a group home for autistic adults and turning it into a multipurpose room. To read more about Will visit the Student Feature Friday section of the Principal's blog.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Student Feature Friday: Jack Garvey



Our first Student Feature Friday this year is sophomore Jack Garvey and I could not think of a better student to start of the year. Multiple people recommended Jack for this segment and after spending a few minutes chatting with him, the reasons for the recommendation are clear. Jack is mature, thoughtful and kind and is already a role model for his peers. He spoke of two main passions: sports and working with Best Buddies. For more information about Jack, visit the Student Feature Friday section of the Principal's blog.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Winter Sports Registration Now Open

HHS hockey players


Registration for 2018-2019 Winter 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 November 16, 2018.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Back to School Info 2018


Welcome Back to HHS! Our complete set of back-to-school forms and information has been posted on the website in the Back to School 2018 page. Check it out for:
  • Required and optional forms
  • First day bell schedule
  • Technology information
  • Band & chorus signups
  • Sports try-out info
  • and more!