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Class of 2024 College Commitments

HopNews celebrates the Hopkinton High School Class of 2024's graduation and invites submissions detailing graduates' future endeavors. Send photos, names, schools, and majors to editor@hopnews.com for a frequently updated page. Check back regularly for new updates.

Class of ’24 Wants You to Win Chesney Tickets, Weekend at the Cape

Hopkinton High School's Class of 2024 is hosting an online auction from March 1-11 to fund senior activities, disrupted by their unique freshman year due to COVID-19. On offer are items like Kenny Chesney tickets and a cape house weekend.

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COVID Baby Bust? Not in Hopkinton.

In the U.S., the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated a decreasing birth rate trend, a phenomenon reflected in Massachusetts with varying impacts. Hopkinton, however, experienced a significant birth rate increase, challenging demographer Arthur Wagman's enrollment projections for local schools. The Wagman report underestimated Hopkinton's birth and school enrollment rates, impacting school capacity planning and necessitating expansions, including a $49 million project for Hopkins School to address overcapacity and infrastructural needs.

Hillers Hurdlers Sweep TVL’s

At the TVL Showcase, the Hopkinton Hillers Boys' team clinched first with 74 points, while the Girls' team took second with 69 points, led by standout performers in the hurdles and sprints. Drew Bialobrzeski shined with an 8.07s 55m hurdle, and Loryn Canty won the 55m dash in 7.28s, edging out Norton's Strynar by a hair. The strong finish signals high hopes for the Spring session and State competitions.

Letter to SB: Postpone Hopkins Addition

Kristen Turner of Hopkinton requested that the Select Board postpone the Hopkins School Addition, criticizing the lack of transparency, failure to pursue MSBA funding, and disputed enrollment projections. She contends the School Committee misinformed residents about funding eligibility and stressed the addition's $50 million cost. Turner recommends deferring the project to align with other school timelines and verify enrollment trends, highlighting the tax burden on homeowners.

HGVBB Host Youth Night

On January 26, the Hopkinton Girls Varsity basketball program hosted a Youth Night for...

Name the New School!

The Hopkinton Public Schools are seeking community input for naming a new elementary school, emphasizing significant educational contributions to Hopkinton. The School Committee requires potential namesakes to demonstrate leadership, citizenship, service, character, and ethics. Input can be given at meetings or by email, with the final decision on March 14, 2024.

Want to Attract and Retain Town Employees? Let them Enroll their Kids in Hopkinton Schools.

To address staff turnover at Town Hall, HopNews Editor-in-Chief Peter Thomas suggests a novel approach: allow full-time employees to enroll their kids in Hopkinton's public schools. The proposal, anticipated to add just 36 students, could greatly enhance recruitment and retention. The idea could also be implemented using an inter-district school choice program, potentially leaving the town with no financial burden.

SC and SB Roll Back the Clock to 2014, Seat Nickerson

At a joint School Committee and Select Board meeting, Lori Nickerson was appointed to fill a seat vacated by Holly Morand. Five potential candidates were considered. The vote saw a majority support for Nickerson with Wronka trailing closely behind. The term, set to end in May 2024, primarily involves finalising the school budget and communicating the planned Hopkins School addition.

Five Candidates Vie for School Committee Seat

The School Committee and Select Board will host a joint session to appoint a replacement for Holly Morand, following her resignation. Five candidates: Karen Mulik, Ashley Fogg, Christopher Masters, Jamie Wronka, and Lori Nickerson have applied for the role. The decision will be made during the session through question rounds and voting by the members.

Elmwood Passes at the Polls; School Will Be Built

On November 28, Hopkinton voters approved a measure to borrow funds for a new Elmwood School with a 61% majority; 1,629 votes were cast in total. The school's construction is set to begin in 2024 and finish by 2027.

Letter from Dr. Cavanaugh: “Hopkinton is a special place”

Dr. Carol Cavanaugh, Superintendent of Hopkinton Schools, extends her Thanksgiving message filled with gratitude for the school community. Hopkinton Public Schools received top ratings in three categories by Niche 2024: Best Places to Teach in Massachusetts, District with the Best Teachers, and Best School District. Dr. Cavanaugh credited the high marks to the combined efforts of students, teachers, administrators, and the supportive local community.

In Historic Upset, Juniors defeat Seniors in Annual Powderpuff game

In a surprising turn of events, the Juniors overcame the Seniors in the annual girls flag football game, ending a long-standing tradition. Madison Recupero led with a 60-yard touchdown, while Aubrey Thomas helped confirm victory with key tackles. Juniors won with a close 28-25 result, sparking grand on-field celebrations.

HHS Students to Compete on GBH’s “High School Quiz Show”

Hopkinton High School team is set to compete in the GBH's Emmy-award winning High School Quiz Show alongside 16 other high schools for the Season 15 State Champion title. Teams qualifying for the televised tournament were based on highest scores at a Super Sunday event. The competition comprises 16 rounds, ending in a showdown for the State Champion title. The show premieres on February 3.

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Class of 2024 College Commitments

HopNews celebrates the Hopkinton High School Class of 2024's graduation and invites submissions detailing graduates' future endeavors. Send photos, names, schools, and majors to editor@hopnews.com for a frequently updated page. Check back regularly for new updates.

Class of ’24 Wants You to Win Chesney Tickets, Weekend at the Cape

Hopkinton High School's Class of 2024 is hosting an online auction from March 1-11 to fund senior activities, disrupted by their unique freshman year due to COVID-19. On offer are items like Kenny Chesney tickets and a cape house weekend.

Why does Sexual Assault of a Minor not Require Immediate Notification for HPD?

In 2018, Hopkinton Police Lieutenant John Porter established General Order 2018-0004, mandating immediate notification to the Chief or Deputy Chief in cases potentially implicating the department's liability or public interest. This included a list of critical incidents but notably omitted sexual assault of minors. The order required updating with leadership changes, leading to compliance challenges. A violation of this order was highlighted in the Kroll investigation report regarding Sergeant Tim Brennan's failure to report alleged sexual assaults of minors, although sexual assault was not specified in the order, raising concerns about the policy's adequacy.

A Year of Agreement for the Select Board

In 2023, the Hopkinton Select Board met 28 times, voting 227 times with a 97.3% unanimity rate. They had six split decisions on issues such as the high school graduation parade and joining the Regional Emergency Communications Center.