Friday, June 14, 2019

Mock Digital Storefronts in Printmaking Class



In Mr. Shiff's Printmaking class, students were challenged to create a website that would simulate an online screen-printed apparel or prints marketplace. They had to invent and produce the necessary writing for their own digital storefront identity. While some of the brand stories might be fabricated, the products the students made that are featured here are real.

Leah Keys -
https://sites.google.com/students.holliston.k12.ma.us/slothcloths

Jack Seymour -
https://sites.google.com/students.holliston.k12.ma.us/lake-winni-tees/home


Arianna Patel -
https://sites.google.com/students.holliston.k12.ma.us/printsinbloom/our-commitment-to-quality


Spencer Benoff -
https://sites.google.com/students.holliston.k12.ma.us/website-spencer-benoff/home


Maddie Iarussi -
https://sites.google.com/students.holliston.k12.ma.us/thelongneckmission/home


Taylor Sofoul
https://tnsofoul.wixsite.com/worldlythings/about


Hunter McElhinney
https://sites.google.com/students.holliston.k12.ma.us/float-shirts/home


Nathaniel White
https://sites.google.com/view/outsidein/


Hannah Wolfgang
https://sites.google.com/students.holliston.k12.ma.us/reminiscink/home

Monday, June 10, 2019

Chromebook Insurance Renewal



We are pleased to be able to enter the final stage of our transition to a 1:1 Chromebook program at Holliston High School, allowing us to retire the older BYOD program. Beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, all HHS students will be provided with a school-issued Chromebook, allowing for much better consistency and equity in digital access.

Current HHS students in Grades 9-11 who will be attending Holliston High next year can keep their Chromebooks with them for use over the summer. Students may find this useful for a number of different digital activities, including AP summer work, research into colleges and post-secondary programs, communication with peers and teachers, and continuing to develop their 21st-century skills.

Current Grade 8 students who will be attending HHS in the fall will receive information over the summer about receiving their Chromebooks at Freshman Orientation.

Holliston Public Schools highly recommends that families purchase the optional Chromebook Insurance. The current plan expires on the last day of school, June 18, 2019. For safety and peace-of-mind, we recommend that families renew their insurance before then, to cover accidental damage that may occur to the Chromebooks over the summer and 2019-2020 school year.

To renew or begin Chromebook Insurance, please return the Chromebook Insurance Form and a check to the Holliston High School Main Office before the end of the school year. The new coverage will cover Summer 2019 and the 2019-2020 school year, beginning on the day the insurance form and check are turned in.

Note: In past years, there was also an additional form, sometimes called the Chromebook Loan Agreement form. Last fall, in order to help reduce paperwork, the Chromebook Loan Agreement form was made a part of the annual start-of-school forms that are signed digitally in PowerSchool. You will see a Chromebook consent question, along with the Student-Parent Handbook sign-off question and other routine questions and forms, mid-summer in time for the start of the new school year. The only paper form needed at this time is the recommended Chromebook Insurance form, due by the last day of school, in order to maintain insurance coverage over the summer months.

If you know that your student will not be returning to Holliston High School next year, please have them turn in their Chromebook to the HHS Library during final exams.

Thank you for your continued support of our technology program, as we work to provide equitable access to digital resources for all of our students.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

ImPACT Testing for Rising 11th Grade Fall Athletes

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Athletes that will be juniors in the fall need to take a new baseline ImPACT test. The test is required prior to tryouts for Football, Volleyball, Soccer, Field Hockey and Cheer.

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, May 22, 2019

Fall 2019 Sports Registration Now Open!


Registration for 2019 Fall 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 August 16, 2019.

Friday, May 3, 2019

1st Annual Bill Wechsler 5K



Holliston High School’s National Honor Society will be hosting the 1st annual Bill Wechsler 5K Walk/Race to Find a Cure for ALS in memory of Bill Wechsler, who passed away earlier this year. 

Join us Saturday May 11th at 9:30 A.M. at the Adams Middle school for a fun community event that will benefit Massachusetts General Hospital! 

Register at https://events.eventzilla.net/e/the-bill-wechsler-als-5k-walkrace-to-find-a-cure-2138750405 Sports teams that register together will get $5 per person!

Monday, April 29, 2019

Theatre370 Presents Puffs


Theatre 370 is proud to present this hilarious, two-act play in our blackbox MAY 2, 3, 4, 2019! Tickets will be available at the door, Coffee Haven (SOON) and online at https://puffs370.bpt.me NOW!
An international hit, currently playing Off- Broadway, Puffs tells the story of Wayne Hopkins, another boy who goes to the magical school with which we have all become familiar. With his friends and his Puffs crew beside him, they tackle school subjects (Herbology is the best!) dating ( we Puffs need to talk about the birds and the bees too!)Oh, and a certain boy wizard is there too with all the trouble he brings year after year.
PUFFS is recommended for wizards, witches, Mug-Borns, sorted and unsorted 12 years old and up. It does contain mild language, discussion of teenage themes (ahem, birds and bees as previously stated) and mildly sad and occasionally comedic violence. If you wouldn't let your little one read all of the very famous, very long books about a boy called Harry, then you might want to make an inquiry.
Above all, PUFFS is a show about what it means to be the hero of your own story, even when your story is not what you were expecting it to be. Deep down, we all are a little bit Puff, aren't we?
Please note: This is presented in our blackbox format so seating is limited. We are trying our best to bring you, the audience, into our tale so actors will be among you, sometimes with bubbles. Also, there are some loud noises and Soul Sucking Security Guards, but your Narrator will help you with those.
"PUFFS" (Two Act Edition) is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French INC., a Concord Theatricals Company

Monday, April 22, 2019

PTO Mindshare Event, Apr 30: Recovery Advocacy & Addiction Awareness



FREE EVENT – OPEN TO ALL
Middle School and High School students encouraged to attend

Breaking the Stigma: Recovery Advocacy & Addiction Awareness

Tony Hoffman, Former BMX Pro, U.S. Olympic Coach & Recovering Addict
Tuesday, April 30th, 7pm at Robert Adams Middle School,
323 Woodland Street, Holliston

Mindshare is proud to introduce a free seminar with Tony Hoffman, former addict of alcohol, marijuana, and prescription painkillers such as Vicodin and Oxycontin.

His substance abuse led him to commit a crime that resulted in a prison sentence. Tony is a Former BMX Elite Pro and is currently ranked #2 in Masters Pro class. He is a 2016 Rio Olympic Games Coach, with Women’s BMX PRO, Brooke Crain, in his line-up. Join us to hear Tony’s story of redemption as he recounts some of the highest highs, and the lowest lows.

This event is sponsored by Mindshare, Connecting the Community with Education.
Mindshare is Holliston PTO’s parent education program For more information, please contact Anne Buckley at parentedevents@gmail.com

Monday, February 11, 2019

Student Feature Friday: Tristan Beck Torres



This week’s Student Feature Friday is junior Tristan Beck Torres who has a love for Crossfit and music. When Crossfit Firewall opened in Holliston, Tristan was the only teen there for the first few months but he persevered and has found a love of the techniques and the community. He loves seeing everyone in their own domain and appreciates being able to see his physical and mental strength as he progresses. He is hoping to partner with Mr. D’Avanzo for an internship next year to further develop his own skills, as he likes the idea of being a Crossfit coach. He describes Functional Fitness and Nutrition as an important class for him because it taught him how to adopt a lifestyle that really resonated with him.
Photo Credit by Henry Studios
Equally enjoyable for him is music, and in particular, music production. He began playing the clarinet in fourth grade and has since added piano and tenor saxophone to his repertoire. Participating in Districts in 7th and 8th grade alongside other talented musicians further solidified his interest in music. He is excited about his upcoming independent study with Mr. Bilodeau, where he will concentrate on music production and distribution. He loves recording music and sees it as a way to express himself, describing his style as “video game” music. Tristan shows a maturity and self-confidence that will serve him well in his future endeavors. To learn more about Tristan, visit the Student Feature Friday section of the Principal’s blog.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Student Feature Friday: Ashani Kurukulasuriya


This week’s Student Feature Friday is Junior Ashani Kurukulasuriya whose maturity and compassion for others is truly remarkable. When it became clear to Ashani that the school did not yet have a club to meet her needs, she partnered with a recent graduate from Harvard University to establish a chapter of Vision:Global Health at HHS. In addition to creating the club at HHS, Ashani and other members will be presenting at the Harvard Global Health and Leadership Conference this April. She is excited to attend the conference to learn more about food insecurity and human trafficking and how it affects local communities. Although the club is just beginning, they are already working with nearby food pantries to see what needs exist and researching speakers who can bring awareness to concerns about human trafficking.

Ashani just attended her first meeting of a seventeen week program with Youth in Philanthropy (YIP), which “...is an experiential leadership development program designed to empower and educate local youth to become our community’s next generation of philanthropists–those who give their time, talent and treasure for the common good” (https://yipmetrowest.org). This program will further develop her passion for community service and provide opportunities for her to learn more about obtaining grants and funding for causes that she feels strongly about. To learn more about Ashani, visit the Student Feature Friday section of the Principal's blog.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Spring Sports Registration Now Open



Registration for 2018-2019 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 8, 2019.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Student Feature Friday: Samantha Paquette


This week’s Student Feature Friday is senior Samantha Paquette whose limitless academic potential is matched by her unbounded compassion for others. Her recent starring role in Footloose highlighted her beautiful singing voice and her strong acting talent. Samantha began participating in theatre at Prana summer camp when she was 4 or 5 and has found a noticeable difference to her happiness when she is on stage. When speaking about singing, a large smile comes across her face and she says, “chorus lifts me up.” From the moment she started performing she was able to bring the characters to life through song in a way that allowed her to connect the words with the underlying message and share her talent with the world. Whether it is performing for large audiences or at small parties for young children, she is at home in the world of music. To learn more about Samantha, visit the Student Feature Friday section of the Principal's Blog.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Public Forum: The Future of Holliston High School




The Future of Holliston High School: A Community Conversation
Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 7 pm, HHS Auditorium

Originally designed in 1965 and opened in 1969, Holliston High School has served our community well for almost 50 years. Although it received a cosmetic renovation in 2000, now, 18 years later, the administration estimates that there are an estimated $10,000,000 in building infrastructure repairs and infrastructure replacements that we can reasonably expect to see in the coming decade. Understanding that our students’ classroom experience has changed significantly from 50 years ago and before investing such a significant amount of money in a 50-year old building, the School Committee asked the administration to review the building’s usefulness and effectiveness as a 21-century learning center. That review revealed a significant number of areas where the physical plant did not support the technology-rich, collaborative instructional model used today.

Given the significance of the anticipated costs over the next decade to maintain the building and the design deficiencies that impede our ability to provide our students with comparable 21st century learning environment available in most MetroWest communities who have already modernized their high school, the School Committee feels that it is time for Holliston to begin a serious conversation as a community regarding the High School and options moving forward.

To begin this discussion, the School Committee is holding a public forum, The Future of Holliston High School: A Community Conversation, on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at 7 pm in the Holliston High School auditorium. This forum is open to all members of the public. The decisions our community face are important and will likely impact our students’ high school experience for the next several decades. Your attendance and participation as we begin to explore these issues is strongly encouraged.