Friday, December 22, 2017

Student Feature Friday: Tim Ringie



This week’s Student Feature Friday is senior Tim Ringie who is a three-season athlete and an all around great person. Tim is a captain for golf, a valuable member of the baseball team, and a captain for hockey (his favorite sport). I thoroughly enjoyed my conversation with Tim and was impressed with his maturity when describing how he handles very challenging situations as a youth hockey official.

As an official he is able to set his own schedule, develop his conflict-management skills and “keep up” his skating throughout the year. He is often in difficult situations as a youth official but this role has taught him a lot about himself and about handling difficult conversations with a calm but confident approach. Tim has definitely brought these leadership skills to his high school teams. For more information about Tim, visit the Student Feature Friday section of the Principal's blog.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Student Feature Friday: Heather Banak


This week’s Student Feature Friday is senior Heather Banak who, along with a few friends and HHS faculty member Mr. Calais, created the Gimme Shelter CoffeeHouse, a benefit concert to raise money for the Y2Y Homeless Shelter in Framingham. This concert, which took place last week, was in its second year. The main hallway of the school was transformed with a stage and couches where people were able to enjoy some fantastic music performed by Mr. Calais, Heather and her friends. To learn more about Heather please visit the Student Feature Friday section of the Principal's Blog.

By visiting Heather’s website (which she designed and created - https://gimmesheltersite.wixsite.com/gimmeshelter), one can learn much more about Y2Y and why Heather is so passionate about the cause.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Student Feature Friday: 2017 All-Ages Envelope Contest



This week’s Student Feature Friday is a group of four incredibly talented students who participated in the 2017 All-Ages Envelope Contest. There were over 700 artists from all over the world and I am pleased to announce that HHS had three finalists and one winner:
  • Kelley Joslin (1st Place Winner in the 15-17 category)
  • Sara Kenney (Finalist in the 15-17 category)
  • Corinne Doucette (Finalist in the 11-14 category)
  • Caroline Beaudet (Finalist in the 11-14 category)
The contest rules were that the piece had to be an Edward Gorey inspired Halloween theme that expressed his humor, whimsy, ghoulishness, or otherwise bizarre and eccentric style. The goal of the contest was to both recreate Gorey’s art style but more importantly capture his thematic interests and unique character. The reason the contest started was that Gorey himself was fond of letter writing and illustrated postcards and envelopes that he would send to friends.

For more information about these talented students, and to see their artwork, visit the Student Feature Friday section of the Principal's Blog.

--Ms. Bottomley

School Store: Holiday Orders



Doing some holiday shopping? Show your school spirit and purchase Panther Gear from our school store.

The store is open Tuesday & Thursday's from 11 - 12:30pm and accepts cash or check. Prepay for your order for instock items and we will call you when your order is ready to be picked up.

Order forms are online or available in the main office.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Student Feature Friday: Michaela Campbell




This week’s Student Feature Friday is senior Michaela Campbell. During her 8th grade year, Michaela was nominated to be a Project 351 ambassador. “Project 351 is an innovative statewide youth-driven service organization that unites an eighth grade Ambassador from each of the 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for a transformative year of leadership development, enrichment, and impact. Through unique service opportunities, Ambassadors gain valuable skills, create positive change in communities, build a statewide network of values-aligned peers, and unite the Commonwealth in common purpose.” (www.project351.org)


During Michaela’s year with Project 351 she discovered she was passionate about community service. Her work with food drives led to a position on the Board for the Holliston Food Pantry where she serves as the Liaison for the Public School District. She has worked with the 5th grade food drive, raising 2,312 pounds of food last year to benefit families in the community. For more information about Michaela please see the Student Feature Friday section of the Principal's Blog.

HHS Guidance Survey for Parents/Guardians



HHS Guidance Department is seeking parent/guardian feedback regarding experiences with our services. This survey addresses the parent perspective, but rest assured the voice of the students' will also be heard; a similar survey will be shared with students in the coming months. 
 
We appreciate your time and your willingness to share your thoughts. 
 
To access the survey, please click HERE.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Gimme Shelter Coffeehouse Fundraiser



DECEMBER 6TH
7 PM AT HHS

Come out next Wednesday Night, December 6, to the Gimme Shelter Coffeehouse, here in the HHS Foyer. Admission is free. 

Live music performances by HHS students and alumni will start at 7pm. Food and drinks will be provided by The Beautiful Minds Campaign. 

All proceeds and donations will benefit the Y2Y Shelter in Cambridge, MA. For more information, please visit our website.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Student Feature Friday: Eamonn Powers


This week’s Student Feature Friday is senior Eamonn Powers. Eamonn used his love of fishing to develop a Vortex River Aerator to help oxygenate streams in order to allow fish, specifically trout and salmon, to survive when water temperatures rise and oxygen levels decrease. He created a system of pipes that would allow water to spin (think of a controlled underwater tornado) as it ran through them, generating higher levels of oxygen and using only the power of the water current to bring oxygen rich water downstream. Through his work with Mr. Marsh and his senior project, he has developed several prototypes and has now partnered with a scientist in Woods Hole to eventually bring his prototype to production. His ultimate goal is to have his device made of good quality, Eco-friendly materials and placed into streams all over the world. For more information on his project check out the Student Feature Fridays of the Principal's Blog.

Thank you

Nicole Bottomley,
Principal
Holliston High School

Email Update


Dear Parents/Guardians:

I recently notified the community that we were conducting an investigation into the cause of the email failure that some parents experienced during our email communication with the PreK-8 parent community regarding the October 24th lockdown at the Adams, Miller and Placentino Schools. As background, we solicit parent email addresses each fall as part of the student registration process and store those email addresses in our Student Information System (called iPass). In addition, parents who have access to iPass through the “Parent Portal” can update their email addresses when necessary. Parents who have provided their email address to us in previous years are not required to re-share that information annually.  Several times a year, we extract the email addresses from our iPass database and upload them into the database used by our email notification system, called iContact. iContact is a commercially-available email marketing system that offers the ability to distribute emails to large email lists. This functionality is not available in iPass. Our investigation has concluded that some email addresses were inadvertently deleted from our iContact database during a recently-conducted manual periodic-maintenance review of our email lists. After discovering this human error, we performed new extraction of email addresses from iPass and uploaded them into iContact, providing us with an up-to-date email list for each school and the district. 

People who were not receiving emails earlier this fall from iContact should now be receiving Announcements in their inbox (they will show on your email server as being sent by:
HPSAnnouncements hpsannouncements@holliston.k12.ma.us via icontactmail3.com ). If this is not the case, it is likely due to one of three possible reasons:
  1. your email address has a misspelling in iPass and your email is being returned as undeliverable;
  2. the “SPAM” filter in your individual email account is identifying the email as “Junk” and placing those emails in your “Junk” folder. If this is the case, you need to reconfigure your email account to allow emails from: HPSAnnouncements hpsannouncements@holliston.k12.ma.us via icontactmail3.com
  3. the firewall on your email server is blocking all emails from iContact. We find this from time to time, particularly if you are asking that emails be sent to a corporate email system (your work email, for example). If you are not receiving emails from HPS on your corporate server, we recommend you contact your corporate IT department and ask them to pass-through emails from iContact, or that you change the email account to which you want emails sent to a private email account through vendors such as gmail, yahoo, hotmail, etc.
  4. at some point in the past, you may have clicked an “Unsubscribe” link at the bottom of one of the messages, either intentionally or accidentally. Due to anti-spam regulations, Holliston Schools does not have to ability to re-subscribe you when this occurs, but there are steps you can follow to re-subscribe yourself
Moving forward, we recently received funding to purchase a new Student Information System to replace iPass. Relevant to this issue, this new system will not only have the capability to send emails directly from a Holliston Public Schools account but will also include the ability to send text alerts and conduct mass notifications via phone. This new system will be operational by August 2018. For the remainder of this school year, we will continue to rely on HPSAnnouncements and our social media pages to provide timely information to the community. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hollistonschools or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Holliston_PS


Bradford L. Jackson, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Holliston Public Schools
370 Hollis Street
Holliston, MA 01746

Friday, November 10, 2017

Student Feature Friday: Connor Hennessy


This week’s Student Feature Friday is Connor Hennessy, a senior at Holliston High School who has already found a way to gain full-time employment harnessing his passion for marketing. What struck me most about my conversation with Connor is that he already has a clear vision for how he wants to live his life and is working hard to accomplish his goals. Connor described working at his first job in 10th grade at a dog daycare. He described working there for one week and deciding that the job was not for him and that he wanted to be his own boss. “I want freedom, I don’t want to be tied down to a schedule.”

To read more about Connor check out the Student Feature Friday section of the Principal's Blog.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Fall Musical "GREASE" Nov. 16-18





Holliston High Theatre370's Fall musical production of GREASE is fast approaching! We have over 50 students participating onstage and behind the scenes this year, 170 costumes, numerous dance sequences and tons of fun!

Welcome to Rydell High, 1959!

When Danny Zuko's summer fling, good girl Sandy Dumbrowski, transfers to Rydell, he struggles to keep his bad boy image together in front his too-cool-for-school friends, the Burger Palace Boys and the Pink Ladies. Can the group accept an outsider? Does Sandy have what it takes to hang with this crowd?

Follow their adventures as they skip, steal, and jive their way through the halls of high school.

Full of notable songs and standout dance numbers like, "We Go Together," "Greased Lightning," and "Summer Nights," GREASE is an upbeat musical for all ages. This show will leave you humming and bopping in the aisles!

"Grease" is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Ticket Information

Tickets can be purchased at the door, at Coffee Haven or online at grease370.brownpapertickets.com

Performances are November 16th, 17th, and 18th @ 7:30pm.

Tickets are $15 Adults and $10 Seniors and Students

We hope to see you there!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Student Feature Fridays: Aidan Krantz



This week I am pleased to highlight Aidan Krantz for our Student Feature Friday. If our students are our future, then it is clear after meeting Aidan Krantz that our future is bright and hopeful. Aidan is an 11th grader who cares deeply about her community. She is kind, intelligent, generous, and passionate about showing appreciation for others.

 Last year she created Give Back to Givers to promote volunteerism in Holliston. On her website, www.givebacktogivers.com, she displays the following quote: “The heart of a volunteer is not measured in size, but by the depth of their commitment in the lives of others.” Her commitment to others is remarkable and I am excited to watch her charity make a difference in the lives of so many. 

For more information on Aidan and her charity, visit the Student Feature Friday section of the Principal's Blog.

Thank you,
Nicole Bottomley
Principal
Holliston High School

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Winter Sports Registration Now Open




Registration for 2017-2018 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 23, 2017.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Updated: HHS will be dismissed at 12:15 today, 10/31/17

Update 9:40 pm: Final Update

A huge thank you once again to the Holliston Fire Department who not only helped with the safety of our building but who went above and beyond to assist students with retrieving their belongings today. 

Most students were able to collect their backpacks, jackets etc. but for those students whose backpacks are still in the building, the cafeteria will be open at 6:30am tomorrow (Wednesday) morning. We are aware that some textbooks and other school items may still be in classrooms and teachers have been notified that students may not have access to all their classroom materials this evening. 

Thank you to the Holliston Police Department, the high school faculty and the students who did a tremendous job today. Once again I am reminded of the incredible teamwork within this community and am so proud of how the students handled themselves today.

Nicole Bottomley, Principal

Update 1:50 pm: Retrieving Student Belongings

A huge thank you to the Holliston Fire Department for helping to retrieve student belongings from the classrooms throughout the building. 

At this point, all students who were not in science classes were able to retrieve their belongings from the cafeteria. 

Throughout the afternoon, several announcements were made for students to let them know that their bags from science classes would be ready at 2:00pm today. These belongings are now ready and available for pickup in the cafeteria. A few water bottles and textbooks may still remain throughout the building and will need to be retrieved tomorrow as only access to the cafeteria is permitted at this time. 

All after school and evening activities have been canceled.


HHS will be dismissed at 12:15 today

After consultation with the Holliston Fire Department and the on-site state HazMat team, we have decided that we will be unable to properly ventilate the school and cleanup the water damage caused by the sprinkler activation before our scheduled school dismissal time.

As a result, all Holliston High School students will be dismissed at 12:15 pm today, Tuesday, October 31st. Fire Department personnel are assisting School personnel to get student belongings removed from classrooms for students to pick up before dismissal.
  • Students riding the bus: School buses will be available at12:15 for students who require transportation home. 
  • Student drivers: Since fire Department equipment is blocking the front driveway, Students who drive themselves to school will be dismissed a few minutes before 12:15 to allow space for school buses. 
  • Parent pickup: Parents picking up students might want towait until 12:30 to pick up their child due to anticipated traffic on Hollis Street.
ALL students will be supervised by School personnel until parent pickup is complete.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Student Feature Friday: Cameron Todd



This week I am pleased to highlight Cameron Todd, one of the talented, innovative and dedicated Panthers Instructional Technology (PIT) Crew members who has worked with PIT Crew since its inception a year and a half ago. Cam is very hard working and always has a smile on his face and a positive attitude. He oversaw the beginning of the Chromebook roll-out and has come in during the last two summers to assist with the distribution of Chromebooks during the 9th grade orientation held at the end of August. For more information on Cam and the PIT Crew check out the "Student Feature Friday" section of the Principal's Blog or on the website.

Thanks,

Nicole Bottomley
Principal
Holliston High School

Friday, October 20, 2017

Student Feature Fridays!

One of the best aspects of working at Holliston High School is the opportunity to interact with so many talented, creative, innovative and amazing students. In order to highlight some of these individuals, we are announcing a new segment called "Student Feature Fridays."

Our first featured student is Melanie Galeaz, a hard working and creative senior. Melanie recently presented a project to the faculty during the October Faculty Meeting. The project was one that she completed in her Stress Management course and had the theme of Hope. For more information please see the Student Feature Friday section of the Principal's Blog.

--Ms. Bottomley

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

2018 National Merit Semifinalists


Holliston High School has two senior students who are Semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit® Scholarship Program - an annual program in its 63rd year. 

Kelly Irons and Timothy Strang qualified for the prestigious honor by taking the PSAT/NMSQT in the fall of junior year and receiving eligible scores. 

Approximately 16,000 students in the United States move on to become Semifinalists which represents less than 1% graduating high school seniors. Tim and Kelly will now compete for the Merit Scholar® title and scholarship money from scholarship awarded through the National Merit Scholarship Program.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

MWAHS Survey Results



The results of the MetroWest Adolescent Health Surveys of Holliston High School and Adams Middle School were recently published.

"The 2016 MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey (MWAHS) marks the beginning of a new decade in monitoring trends in adolescent health behaviors to advance school and community prevention efforts. Since 2006, the MWAHS has been administered every other year in communities served b the MetroWest Health Foundation, with the goal of supporting data-driven improvements in health programs and policies at the local and regional level."
--from the MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey results

>> Holliston High School results

Open House - Wednesday September 27th, 2017


Wednesday, September 27th is the first semester Open House at Holliston High School. This email serves as general reminder for families, as well as, more specific information for families who may not have attended an open house before this year. The evening will begin at 6:30pm in the auditorium with brief, opening remarks from the Principal. During this meeting there is information about expectations for the school and various ways that students and families can involve themselves in all that HHS has to offer. The meeting will conclude a few minutes before 7:00pm to give everyone time to find their first block class. Students will receive blank copies of the open house schedule in their first block class next Tuesday morning, September 26th, to fill out and bring home to parents/guardians. If your student forgets to bring the schedule home, please come to the main office at the start of the evening and we can print another copy of the schedule.

Our schedule for the evening will follow an "A" day: A, B, C, D. We will not have parents/guardians attend DSB (Directed Study Block) or Advisory. Each class will last 12 minutes, with a 5 minute passing time in between. There will be several, friendly students working as guides throughout the building to help everyone find their way. During the class time, educators will go over their classroom expectations, different learning activities throughout the course, and how to contact them to discuss a student's progress. This night tends to move very quickly so if additional discussions regarding individual students are desired, educators will schedule time independent of Open House to meet with parents/guardians.

We look forward to seeing everyone!

>> Blank Schedules for Open House Night

Monday, September 18, 2017

PSAT and Pre-ACT Registration


There have been changes made to the standardized practice testing here in Holliston. In prior years, HHS has offered the PSAT to both 10th and 11th graders, however, the number of students taking the ACT is on the rise and we wanted to offer students an opportunity to try the ACT. Contrary to widespread belief, both the ACT and SAT are accepted by ALL colleges and universities. Students have 2 options and we wanted to ensure that our students have the best opportunity to test well and in offering the Pre-ACT and the PSAT, we increase the student's ability to make a more informed decision now instead of when the testing starts to count and costs much more! 

The Pre-ACT will be offered to all 10th graders on Saturday, October 14, 2017
Any 11th graders interested in taking the Pre-ACT instead of the PSAT will go on a waitlist as the number of tests allows. 11th graders interested in being added to the waitlist for the Pre-ACT should complete the Pre-ACT registration online form. 11th graders interested in being added to the waitlist for the Pre-ACT, but interested in taking the PSAT if Pre-ACT tests end up not being available, should complete BOTH registration forms. 


The PSAT will be offered to all 11th graders on Saturday October 14th, 2017
It is recommended that juniors take the PSAT as the test results in junior year are officially entered into the National Merit Scholarship program. 

If any 10th graders are interested in taking the PSAT instead of the Pre-ACT, their names will be added to a waitlist as the number of tests allows. 10th graders interested in being added to the waitlist for the PSAT should complete the PSAT registration online form.  10th graders interested in being added to the waitlist for the PSAT, but interested in taking the Pre-ACT if PSAT tests end up not being available, should complete BOTH registration forms. 


The regular registration and payment deadline is SEPTEMBER 27, 2017
Cost: $30

The late registration and payment deadline is OCTOBER 2, 2017
Cost: $45

Payment is by check made payable to the Town of Holliston. 

Questions? Please contact Dominique Ross at rossd@holliston.k12.ma.us

Friday, August 25, 2017

Therapy Dogs Return to HHS



Working with Therapy Dogs International (TDI), we were fortunate to have therapy dogs at HHS during senior final exams last May. There was overwhelming positive feedback from students and many requested they return again during the 2017-2018 school year.

The therapy dogs will be in the Holliston High School Courtyard before school from 7:00 am - 7:30 am on Tuesday, August 29th to welcome students back to school. Research demonstrates that therapy dogs not only improve the emotional, mental, and academic productivity of students, but also improve school culture as a whole.

We recognize that for all students the transition from 8th to 9th grade and/or the return from the summer regardless of the grade level can be a challenging time and we hope that the presence of the therapy dogs will help to alleviate some of that stress/anticipation.

We also recognize that not all students will want to participate so the dogs will remain in a contained location.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Back To School Info 2017


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 2017 page. Check it out for:

  • Required and optional forms
  • First day bell schedule
  • Technology information
  • Band & chorus signups
  • Sports try-out info
  • and more!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Chromebooks and BYOD for 2017-2018 School Year



Holliston High is excited to begin Stage 2 of our one-to-one Chromebook program. Chromebooks are low-cost, cloud-centric laptops that allow students and teachers to participate in collaborative, interactive, digital learning experiences. We have seen tremendous success with our Chromebook program during the first year, and are looking forward to expanding the program in 2017-2018.

Grade 9

HHS will provide a Chromebook device to all students in Grade 9. There is no annual fee for this Chromebook; however, we strongly recommend that families purchase the optional insurance plan for $40*, which protects against accidental damage. Chromebooks for freshmen will be ready for pickup at the 9th Grade Orientation event on Wednesday, August 23rd, providing that the Chromebook Insurance/Waiver Form is turned in by the deadline. Otherwise, Chromebooks will be available during the first week of school once the form is completed and turned in.

Every Grade 9 student is required to complete and return a Chromebook Insurance/Waiver form to HHS by Wednesday, August 16th.

Grade 10

HHS will provide a Chromebook device to all students in Grade 10. Whenever possible, students will receive the same Chromebook that they returned in the spring. There is no annual fee for the Chromebook; however, we strongly recommend that families purchase the optional insurance plan for $40*, which protects against accidental damage. Chromebooks for sophomores will be ready for pickup in Advisory on the first day of school.

Every Grade 10 student is required to complete and return a Chromebook Insurance/Waiver form to HHS by Wednesday, August 23rd. Sophomores who do not submit their form by the due date may not receive their Chromebook on the first day of school.

Grade 11

Juniors will continue to have the option to “opt out” of Chromebook use. Whenever possible, students who “opted in” last year and were issued Chromebooks in 2016-2017 will receive the same Chromebook that they returned in the spring. For families who chose to opt out last year, we will extend your “opt out” decision and previously signed paperwork again this year. However, if you have changed your mind and would like to “opt in”, you can request to be issued a Chromebook from the limited supply that we have left (first-come, first-served). There is no annual fee for the Chromebook; however, we strongly recommend that families purchase the optional insurance plan for $40*, which protects against accidental damage. Chromebooks for juniors will be ready for pickup in Advisory on the first day of school.

For  11th Graders Only: Only those 11th Grade students requesting Chromebooks are required to complete and return a Chromebook Insurance/Waiver form to HHS by Wednesday, August 23rd, in order to have the Chromebook ready and available for the first day of school.

Note on the “opt out” program: Juniors who chose to opt out last year and are continuing to  choose to opt out this year do not need to complete a form. However, these students and families must understand that choosing to opt out reflects an agreement to bring a laptop (not a smartphone or tablet) to school everyday. If this is not possible, please consider requesting a Chromebook instead.

Grade 12

Seniors will continue the BYOD program, and will be expected to bring their own personal laptop to school everyday. Seniors who borrowed Chromebooks as Juniors in 2016-2017 may request the same Chromebook again for 2017-2018. Students without a personal laptop to bring can request a Chromebook from the limited supply that we have left (first-come, first-served). There is no annual fee for the Chromebook; however, we strongly recommend that families purchase the optional insurance plan for $40*, which protects against accidental damage. Chromebooks for seniors will be ready for pickup in the library during the first week of school.

Seniors requesting Chromebooks must complete and return a Chromebook Insurance/Waiver form to HHS by Wednesday, August 23rd, in order to have the Chromebook ready and available for the first day of school.


Form Due Dates

In order to have the Chromebooks ready for Freshman Orientation (for grade 9) and the first day of school (for grades 10-12), please submit your form and optional insurance check by the following due dates.
Grade
Form
Due Date
9 all students
Wed, Aug 16
10 all students
Wed, Aug 23
11 optional
Wed, Aug 23
12 optional
Wed, Aug 23

*Students who are eligible for free or reduced lunch may waive the $40 insurance fee.

Thank you for your help in making our technology program successful and valuable for our students.


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

2017-2018 Schedules Early Preview


Hopefully everyone is having a wonderful summer so far and enjoying some time to relax. Student schedules for 2017-2018 will be available Monday, July 17th through iParent. However, every summer there is a significant amount of end-of-year reporting to the Department of Education that must take place prior to updating iPass and changing over students' information to reflect the new academic year. As a result, updates usually are not able to take place until the end of July or beginning of August. However, we recognize that this time frame is too late to release schedules, especially for those students who have summer reading associated with their courses.
     
Therefore, we are making schedules available on Monday with the understanding that students' grade level and advisory/homeroom will NOT be accurate until later in the summer. Please do not panic if your student just completed 9th grade and is still listed as a 9th grader, as this will be adjusted once the end of year reporting is complete.
     
The high school has gone to great lengths to provide the best possible schedule for your individual student's needs.  If a situation has been overlooked, we would like to provide you with our process for schedule adjustments.
  • Student schedules will be available on Monday through iParent.
  • Please note that advisory/homeroom locations have not been updated or in some cases added to the schedules yet for next year.
  • The guidance counselors will be available for scheduling assistance August 22nd through the 25th by appointment only. Each counselor will be scheduling appointments for two of those days depending on their own schedules and availability.
  • In order to meet with a counselor to make a schedule adjustment, an appointment must be made in advance by calling the Guidance Office at 508-429-0677 x1107.
  • Due to the anticipated volume of activity during the last days of summer vacation, appointments will be limited to students who have scheduling issues with semester-long classes (running for ½ the year.)
  • All issues with electives and term courses will be handled during the first days of school.
  • Please remember that on occasion, teacher and student schedules are subject to change over the summer.
  • Please be reminded of the school rules. Schedules will not be adjusted to meet individual teacher preferences or classmate requests.
We thank you in advance for your understanding and look forward to a wonderful 2017-2018 school year.

Summer Assignments


HHS Summer Reading 2017:
  • There is no summer reading this year for the Social Studies Department (AP courses are an exception) while the department reorganizes courses and evaluates the summer reading program.
  • Information about suggested summer reading for the English Department can be found on the school website and at the following link: http://hhs.holliston.k12.ma.us/academics-1/summer-assignments-2017

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.

Sign-up button

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