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TAKE A VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE

NEW 
PRE-K - 12 SCHOOL

John F. Kennedy School Integrated Preschool Program for
children ages 3-5.  


DEADLINE EXTENDED



DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL APRIL 1, 2015

2015-2016 School Year
Applications are now being accepted for this tuition-based program


For more information, please click here.


HOLBROOK PUBLIC SCHOOL 
FY 2016 BUDGET RECOMMENDATION


Click here to see the Holbrook Public Schools FY '16 Budget Recommendation as voted by the Holbrook School Committee on December 18, 2014.


 

The budget process for FY 2016 has revealed several pressing needs for the schools.  Providing rigorous and challenging curricula for all students requires the periodic acquisition of services and personnel.  This year bolstering foreign language, music, and special education is a focal point that has been determined as a means to enhance student performance and to enrich the student experience.  Please review the following FY 2016 budget proposal summary and through your support of this initiative, assist our students in achieving excellence in the Holbrook Public Schools.

 

We look forward to discussing the specifics of our budget request at the Open Budget Hearing on Thursday, March 19, 2015.

 

Happy New Year!




TOWN MEETING PRESENTATION

VIEW THE OCTOBER 22, 2014 SPECIAL TOWN MEETING PRESENTATION THAT
PASSED WITH A 155-2 VOTE.


CLICK HERE




Self Help Inc., Coordinated Family & Community Engagement and The Kennedy Elementary School
presents
Kindergarten "Here I Come" Playgroup
for children entering Kindergarten in the Fall of 2015.



This 
FREE 6 WEEK PLAYGROUP
 
will be facilitated by
Carol Carver and Karen Mitchell.

The Focus will be to promote kindergarten readiness skills along with learning how to make the transition to kindergarten less stressful for the child and parent.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION


THE
HOLBROOK PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT
HAS EARNED



STATUS!

The unfailing efforts of the students, teachers, staff and administration of the Holbrook Public Schools have enabled the District to achieve this unprecedented accomplishment.  The support of the parents and School Committee provided the continuous encouragement and financial resources essential to attaining this success.


The 2013-2014 school year was marked with personnel re-deployment and programmatic changes that were calculated and deliberate.  A new Curriculum Director, Reading Coordinator/Instructional Specialist, strategic mathematics teacher assignments, supplementary mathematics classes, and an enhanced Bulldog Academy contributed to the District’s improvement.  Faculty and staff diligently applied themselves throughout the year aligning curriculum to the approved standards and ensuring that students mastered the identified critical skills and concepts.


Established by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) scores for students in grades 3 through 10 determine the District’s rating.  Based on its lowest ranked school, a district is labeled Level 1 through Level 5 with Level 1 designating the top performing districts or schools.  Individually, the schools are ranked: John F. Kennedy – Level 2; South – Level 1; and the Junior-Senior High – Level 2.  The 2013-2014 MCAS scores were exceptional since the status rating is determined on the basis of the current scores plus a three-year “look back.”  Therefore, this year’s rating is also affected by the previous three years of data.


Although we are proud of this achievement, we are not satisfied with Level 2 status.  Continuous improvement is our goal and we will not settle for less than Level 1 status.  On November 4, 2014, the Holbrook taxpayers will have the opportunity to join in recognizing the students’ remarkable performance and assisting them in achieving Level 1 status by providing an adequate, tremendously improved educational environment; the new Pre-K to grade 12 building, equipped with 21
st Century technology and resources, will enhance the educational experience and opportunities for all Holbrook students.

 




Holbrook Awarded $55.7M Grant for New K-12 School


July 30, 2014

Treasurer Steven Grossman, Chairman of the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA), and MSBA Executive Director Jack McCarthy today announced that the MSBA Board of Directors voted to approve a grant of up to $55.7 million to replace the existing Holbrook Junior/Senior High School, South Elementary School and John F. Kennedy School with a new K-12 facility on the Holbrook Junior/Senior High School site. 

“This is a down payment on the academic excellence of Holbrook students,” said Treasurer Grossman. “Upon completion, this new school will provide a modern learning environment and create the space needed to deliver on the school district’s educational commitments and goals.”

One of the next steps is for the District and the MSBA to enter into a Project Funding Agreement, which will detail the project’s scope and budget, along with the conditions under which the Town will receive its MSBA grant.

The new school will be built based on a design enrollment of 1,095 students in Kindergarten through grade 12. The MSBA will contribute 69.12% of eligible costs toward the project, for a total grant of up to $55,751,400. The Holbrook Junior/Senior High School was built in 1956 and suffers from deficiencies in major building systems including mechanical, electrical and windows.

“The proposed new school in Holbrook will replace an aging school with an up-to-date, 21st century learning facility,” stated Executive Director McCarthy.  “Students will soon have a beautiful new space which will undoubtedly enhance and improve their ability to excel in the classroom.”

The MSBA partners with Massachusetts communities to support the design and construction of educationally appropriate, flexible, sustainable and cost-effective public school facilities. Since its 2004 inception, the Authority has made over 1,350 site visits to more than 250 school districts as part of its due diligence process and has made over $10.7 billion in reimbursements for education capital improvement projects.




Click here for a list of FREE PARENT WORKSHOPS being offered in the upcoming school year.




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INTRODUCING OUR NEW PRINCIPALS:

Robert O'Brien is the new  Holbrook Junior-Senior High School PrincipalMr. O'Brien served as the Principal of David Prouty High School serving the towns of Spencer and East Brookfield.  Prior to that he spent thirteen years as a teacher, coach, athletic director and administrator in the Dudley-Charlton Regional School District.

Mr. O’Brien earned a Bachelor Degree in English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Worcester State College.

At the age of 17, Mr. O’Brien enlisted in the military. He volunteered and served in the first Gulf War and holds an Honorable discharge from both The United States Army and The United States Army Reserve.

Mr. O’Brien is a member of the Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators’ Association and serves on the state Cheerleading Committee. He is also a member and two time president of the Central Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators’ Association. He served on the board of directors for The Goal Setting Institute for Youth and is a member of the Spencer American Legion.

Mr. O’Brien resides in Charlton with his wife Jody and his three children Seamus, Ceilidgh and Colin.




Mallory Stevens is the new South Elementary School Principal.
Mrs. Stevens has served as a classroom teacher for the past seven years in the district. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Sociology from Stonehill College and a Masters of Education in Special Education from Bridgewater State University. Currently, Mrs. Stevens is pursuing a C.A.G.S. from Fitchburg State University through the Catherine Leahy Brine Program. Mrs. Stevens is looking forward to serving the South School community in her new role as Principal.




Michele Callinan
is the new John F. Kennedy Elementary School Interim Principal 
for the 2014-2015 school year.  Mrs. Callinan attended Holbrook schools before graduating from Bridgewater State University with her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees. She began her career in 1974 at the John F. Kennedy School, then taught at the Holbrook Junior-Senior High School, before moving to the South School in 1993, where she taught special needs, fifth-grade, and also served as the Assistant Principal, retiring in December, 2012. Mrs. Callinan is looking forward to returning to the John F. Kennedy School, working with a new generation of students, at the school where her career began.






Holbrook Junior-Senior High School and Avon will be teaming up with Blue Hills for hockey for the 2014-2015 school year. 

This is a great opportunity for those student-athletes in grades 9-12 to get back on the ice. The estimated cost per player is $700.  





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lease see attached links for
FLU Information for Parents 
and our Flu Symptom Checklist for Families and Schools.






Holbrook Public School continuously works to improve and make our schools a safe place. The students in this presentation video have clearly outlined what we believe is important about stopping bullying.  Thank you to all of the student participants in "Bulldogs Don't Bully." 

Click here  to view YouTube video.


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