Monday, June 18, 2018

Holliston Freshman Working Toward Strengthening Support for Food Pantries

Most people are happy to donate to food pantries and drop necessary items but except for an annual food drive, they are really not aware of shortages of certain items at their local pantries. So how about if they received a fortnightly or a monthly email with the list of items needed? Given that food pantries are run by volunteers, they do not have the personnel to send out such emails on a regular basis. Some food pantries do have a website that lists their inventories but do people actually go and check the website before their next shopping list? Holliston High School freshman, Akshara Shankar, is on a mission to find some solutions. 

Akshara has been working on her project, ‘ManyHands’ with the support of the MIT Leadership Training Institute’s mentorship program. Akshara has worked to design the website, contacted over 20 food pantries of which 11 have already registered on her site including the Holliston Pantry Shelf. She has received lists of the most essential items and is now working to get the community to sign up on her website to receive alerts about items required by food pantries. Holliston High School students, parents and teachers who would like to receive alerts about what your local pantry needs can sign up on

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Fall 2018 Sports Registration Now Open

Registration for 2018 Spring Sports is now open!

Registration for HHS sports has three required pieces:
  1. Filling out the registration form at
  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 August 10, 2018.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Student Feature Friday: Nandini Mandaloju

This week’s Student Feature Friday is sophomore Nandini Mandaloju who has devoted her time, energy and passion to helping others and exploring her culture through dance and music.

Since she was 6 years old, Nandini has practiced one of the classical styles of Indian dance called Kuchipudi. By her 4th or 5th year, she was developing her talent and love for dance. She describes being on stage as “acting as different characters, allowing her to express her emotions in new ways.” In addition, Nandini is an avid singer of classical Indian music. “Singing and dancing allow me to stay closer to my heritage by singing in multiple Indian languages. It’s a culture blast and lets me feel closer to my ethnicity.” 

For more information about Nandini visit the Student Feature Friday section of the Principal's Blog.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Senior Events Calendar 2018

May 18th

Mechanics Hall
6:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Buses Leaving HHS at 5:00pm

May 23rd

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

May 24th 

SENIOR EXAMS - A and B blocks 7:30 a.m.

May 25th 

SENIOR EXAMS - C and D blocks 7:30 a.m.

May 29th 

Brownestone Exploration and Discovery Park, Portland, CT
7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

May 30th 

8:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

May 30th 

High School Auditorium
7:00 p.m.

May 31st 

8:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

A non-school sponsored interfaith service
Temple Beth Torah at 7:00 p.m.

June 1st 

Students & Faculty Only

June 3th 

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

All Night Graduation Celebration at Forekicks
A non-school sponsored event

Monday, May 14, 2018

Student Feature Friday: Jayden Seto

This week’s Student Feature Friday is senior Jayden Seto

It is very apparent from talking to Jayden that he has a clearly articulated plan for the future, a plan that he has worked hard to create. As soon as a conversation with Jayden begins, it is hard to miss the maturity and self-awareness he exudes. Jayden is a self-described conversationalist and has found a path that will leverage his strengths and love of interacting with people, combined with a passion for politics. Next year he plans to attend Norwich University, participate in the ROTC program and major in political science. After graduation he looks forward to law school and feels that his time spent working with Mr. Marsden during his senior internship this year has solidified his decision to practice law. 

For more information about Jayden, please see the Student Feature Friday section of the Principal's Blog.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Student Feature Friday: Andrew Balestieri

This week’s Student Feature Friday is senior Andrew Balestieri. Andrew began to discover his love of comedy when he had to dress as the profession he wanted to be at the 6th grade career day. He attended school that day as a comedian and realized he could make people happy through laughter. He further developed his skills of comedy, acting and performance when he became involved in the after school theatre program. His interest in performing was solidified when he had a leading role in Legally Blond and “sang his heart out”, only to receive a roaring response from the audience. When Andrew was asked about his passion, he stated that “if he had been asked two months ago he would have said comedy, but now he believes his passion to be making people happy with performance in general.” For more information about Andrew, please visit the Student Feature Friday section of the Principal's Blog.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

8th Grade Orientation Night Presentation Posted

The 2018 8th Grade Program of Studies Night was held on March 14, 2018. In case you need more information, we have provided a link to the presentation. As always, please contact us with any questions.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

HHS Students Win Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Congratulations to the HHS students who won awards in the 2018 National Scholastic Art & Writing contest!

National Awards
  • Juliette Plante: two Gold Medals for sculpture and a Silver Medal for art portfolio
Regional Awards
  • Kelsey Logan: Gold Key for writing
  • Juliette Plante: six Gold Keys and an Honorable Mention for art, and one Silver key for writing

Monday, March 19, 2018

HHS Students Building a Tiny House!

HHS students are working on building a tiny house!

Work on the house teaches life skills such as home maintenance, problem solving, and professionalism, while touching upon many parts of the curriculum from woodshop to physics to art.

According to student Timothy Strang,
"The Tiny House Project is a school-wide, student-powered effort to design, construct, and sell a fully functional tiny home right out of the high school workshop. The idea goes that the project will be an annual event, offering each generation of students a unique opportunity at hands-on learning that will be applicable and relevant when they complete their education and enter the real world. Hopefully, in tiny homes to come, the previous year’s sale will fund the expenses of the next project, but in order to establish this cycle the first iteration will be entirely dependent upon community donations."
If you would like to donate, or if you’re just curious to see the progress as it comes together, check out the official Holliston Tiny Home website here:

Upcoming Transition Fairs

March 29, 2018 - Personal Pathways for Career Success

7:00-8:30pm Natick High School Cafeteria
Hosted in Collaboration by Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, Natick, Newton, 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!

Participants may include the following post-graduate programming
  • College Associate and Certificate Programs
  • Labor Union Apprenticeships
  • Vocational and Training Programs 
  • Gap Year Options
  • Military Culinary
  • Cosmetology
  • Massage Therapy Schools
  • Automotive and Technical Schools 

April 5, 2018 - Metrowest Regional Transition Fair

6:30 - 8:30PM Natick High School Cafateria
Hosted in collaboration with: Natick, Holliston, Hopkinton, Wayland and Needham Public Schools, MWCIL, MWRTA, DDS, MRC, DMH, MCB, Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation, and ACCEPT Collaborative

Providing information for students, their families and professionals on resources within the local community.
Featuring local resources in the areas of :
  • State agencies
  • Social/Recreation
  • Mental Health
  • Housing
  • Transportation
  • Camps/Clubs
  • Community Resources
  • Employment
Attend a break out session and hear from
speakers on the topics of:
  • Mental Health
  • Lessons Learned from Parents
  • Peer Panel​​

For more information or to register
please visit:
Or contact Kathryn Seyfarth

Friday, March 9, 2018

Student Feature Friday: Madeline Cerulli

This week’s Student Feature Friday is junior Madeline (Maddie) Cerulli. Maddie is an active participant in Best Buddies and is currently the Best Buddies chapter president, a responsibility she takes very seriously. She helps to match Buddies, looking for common interests that will develop into strong, dedicated 1:1 friendships. She also organizes events for the group including a basketball clinic with the Holliston Boys Basketball team, bowling events, and trips to the aquarium. This month the group is planning several events surrounding the “spread the word to end the word” international movement, focused on ending the use of the “r” word, instead choosing “respect” and acting respectful without judgment. Maddie is truly a caring a remarkable person who is leading by example. For more information about Maddie Cerulli and her work with Best Buddies, please visit the Student Feature Friday section of the Principal's blog.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

HHS Students at All-State Chorus

Congrats to HHS students Sarah Kennedy, Renee Torio, and Samantha Paquette for representing Holliston high school at the 2018 Massachusetts all-state music festival. The three girls were all in the all-state chorus, which rehearsed in Boston at the World Trade Center March 1 and 2, and performed in the concert at Symphony Hall on Saturday, March 3.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Student Feature Friday: Kelsey Logan

This week’s Student Feature Friday is sophomore Kelsey Logan whose maturity and varied writing experiences far surpass her age. Kelsey is clear that she wants art to be a part of her life now and in the future and is currently focused on exploring various forms of writing. After being introduced to poetry in 6th grade, she realized the complexity and ability to dissect the poetry was something that she loved and she continues to develop her own style by taking classes at HHS and online through other organizations.

In April, Kelsey will be competing with her team in the Louder Than A Bomb poetry competition. After taking a slam poetry class she auditioned for the competition by reading two of her pieces and was chosen to compete on a team with 3 other individuals from the Boston area. Kelsey gravitates towards free verse poetry because it provides the most mobility in her writing.

Kelsey is impressive in her ability to intentionally step outside her comfort zone and participate in other experiences that push her to develop her skills, challenge her thinking and grow as a person. Her goal as next year’s co-editor in chief of Enigma Literary Magazine is to highlight all different art forms, thus allowing her to highlight the work of so many different students. There is no doubt that the literary magazine is in good hands. For more information about Kelsey, visit the Student Feature Friday section of the Principal's Blog.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Girls Winter Track Athletes in State Championship

Good luck to the HHS Girls Winter Track athletes participating in today's D4 State Championship at the Lewis Center!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Spring Sports Registration Now Open

Registration for 2018 Spring Sports is now open!

Registration for HHS sports has three required pieces:
  1. Filling out the registration form at
  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 16, 2018.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Student Feature Friday: Morgan Perry

This week’s Student Feature Friday is senior Morgan Perry who exemplifies leadership skills in both the academic and athletic settings. Morgan is a mature, responsible, kind and caring person who believes in the importance of strong, positive role models. She goes out of her way to assist others and works hard to create an open and welcoming atmosphere. As a result of her patience, compassion and competence she was promoted to “Chief of Early Learning” at Kumon in Natick. Morgan works with 3-7 year olds instructing them with carefully designed individualized programs. Her face lights up when she describes the rewarding experience of working with these students and knowing that she is helping them progress at their own speeds. For more information about Morgan, visit the Student Feature Friday section of the Principal's blog.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Student Feature Friday: Sarah Kennedy

This week’s Student Feature Friday is senior Sarah Kennedy whose passion for music has become a major part of her life. In addition to singing, Sarah plays flute, guitar, piano and ukulele. She is a member of the band, participates in Act Two & Harmonics, and for the second year in a row, is representing Holliston at the All-State Festival. She enjoys expressing herself through music and being able to put emotion to the notes. To Sarah, singing in the choir is the best feeling because it allows for everyone's voices to come together to make one big, beautiful sound. She looks forward to continuing music in college and is thankful for the teachers who have strongly encouraged her to pursue her musical interests and talents. To read more about Sarah, check out the Student Feature Friday section of the Principal's Blog.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Student Feature Friday: Nathan Rutberg

This week’s Student Feature Friday is junior Nathan Rutberg who has found a passion for architecture and city planning. Nathan sees architecture as a tool to solve problems and describes it as tying art and function together in a cohesive way. His term project in Stress Management and Psychology focused on the connection between parks and mental health (his project can be seen below), specifically how city parks decrease the stress levels of individuals residing in the city.

In addition to pursuing his passion for architecture, Nathan is involved with music, sound engineering and running sound for school performances. Nathan is able to marry his love of architecture and design with his work in theatre. His theatre teachers states that, “He combines technical and analytical thinking with his creativity, which is perfect for the areas he works in at Theatre 370.” His sketches and set designs for the theatre Festival were, “well thought out, addressing the needs of the show, the feel of the piece and also trying to incorporate some historical architectural touches!”

For more information about Nathan, or to see his term project, please check out the Student Feature Friday section of the Principal's Blog.

Friday, January 12, 2018

AP Exam Registration 2018

AP exam registration begins Monday January 15th

AP exam registration ends March 5th.

Registration website:

Registration is not complete until payment is received. Payment will NOT be provided to the guidance office this year. 

The cost of the exams this year is $95. 

All registration and exam questions can be found on this comprehensive website created exclusively for Holliston High School. 

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: If a student / family requires financial assistance with the cost of the AP exams, please contact Mrs. Ross at 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.

WHY TAKE AN AP EXAM?  HHS tends to produce high scores which can save many thousands of dollars at the college level. $95 for the possibility of saving anywhere from $1000 - $4000, depending on the college's per credit fee. 

WHAT COLLEGES TAKE AP CREDIT? 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.  

SIGN UP for 2018 AP EXAM REMINDERS: Students and parents can sign up for text message reminders regarding the 2018 AP exams. To sign up text @gd7c9h to the number 81010. We will be selective in the information sent via text, but it is one way to ensure timely updates or reminders are received by students. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Ross at

Student Feature Friday: Gemma Sampas

This week’s Student Feature Friday is 10th grader Gemma Sampas who describes finding her passion for writing while in the 8th grade. Whether it is going to Dublin by herself to take a writing course, taking on the role of Social Media Editor without having her own strong social media presence, or venturing into the world of the Holliston Cable Studio for the first time, Gemma is clearly willing to step out of her comfort zone on a regular basis. Gemma stated that these experiences taught her that “when you are put to the test you can rise to the occasion.” For more information about Gemma's writing and her experiences, please visit the Student Feature Friday section of the Principal's blog.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Two-Hour Delay for Friday, Jan 5, 2018

Holliston Schools will have a two-hour delay on Friday, Jan 5, 2018. Because of the shortened schedule, there will be NO Advisory period.

A-Day: 2 Hour Delay

Block                                   Start                        End                          Duration
Period A                              9:30am                    10:10am                   40 Minutes
Period B                              10:14am                  10:53am                   39 Minutes
Period C                              10:57am                  12:42am                   77 Minutes
        1st Lunch                      10:57am – 11:22am
        2nd Lunch                     11:36am – 12:01pm
        3rd Lunch                  12:14pm – 12:42pm   

Period D                              12:46pm                   2:03pm                     77 Minutes

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

No School Thursday Jan 4, 2018

Due to the forecast of snow, Holliston Public Schools will be closed on Thursday, Jan 4, 2018! Stay warm and safe!