January 2023 District Newsletter
💬 A Message from our Superintendent 💬
Dear Hingham School Community,
We have reached this school year's halfway point. Every day there is so much to celebrate in our schools and classrooms. Last week, the middle school celebrated with the seventh graders at the halfway point of their middle school career with family members lined up, cheering on their young people. At South on Friday, the whole school community celebrated the dedication of new flags in their cafetorium meant to represent all of the countries of our students and families. I am proud of all our learners, staff, and families who create this wonderful community.
Last week, I provided an update on the current status of the budget and the difference between the level services with an override and the balanced/reduced services budget without the override. It was a challenging week for our school community as we shared the news of the reductions needed to address the town’s budget shortfall. I shared that the estimated budget shortfall was approximately 4.8 million, which includes needed funding to cover unemployment costs, requiring reductions of approximately 60.6 positions and additional fees for athletics, full-day kindergarten, and activities at the high school. We expect over the coming weeks to continue to receive more information on the town’s revenues and the final number of required reductions for the balanced/reduced service budget.
Please continue to be engaged with the budget process over the next few weeks. The Town of Hingham has established a website for information about the override. All of the budget information for the schools is also posted on our website here. The following are the upcoming meetings:
February 1st at 6 PM-School Committee: Budget Meeting and Discussion with Principals of Additional Reductions
February 7th-7 PM-Budget Meeting with School Committee and Advisory Committee
February 13th-6 PM-School Committee Public Hearing
February 16th-7 PM-Budget Meeting with school Committee, Select Board, and Advisory Committee
We are grateful for all of the engagement of our families and educators as we move forward in the budget process.
Superintendent of Schools
🗓️ Upcoming Dates 🗓️
⏰ February 1 - Early Release. See early release times HERE.
📌 February 1 - School Committee Budget Meeting: 6pm, Town Hall
🎵 February 2 - All-Town Chorus: 7pm, Hingham Middle School
📌 February 7 - Budget Meeting with Advisory Committee and School Committee: 7pm, Town Hall
📌 February 13 - Program of Studies Night: Hingham High School
🖍 February 12-17 - Kindergarten Registration
📌 February 13 - School Committee Public Hearing on Budget: 6pm, Town Hall
📌 February 16 - Budget Meeting with the Select Board, Advisory Committee and School Committee - 7pm, Town Hall
🗓 February 20-24 - February Recess
🗓 February 27 - Classes Resume
⏰ March 1 - Early Release. See early release times HERE.
📝 Survey 📝
Over the course of the year, we will launch these one question surveys as a way to gather feedback from those in our community. The information will inform my entry plan and will also be shared with the district's leadership team.
Please take a minute to answer this month's one question survey.
There are four budget meetings coming up:
February 1 - 6pm School Committee Budget Meeting
February 7 - 7pm - Budget Meeting with Advisory Committee and School Committee
February 13 - 6pm - Public Hearing with School Committee
February 16 - 7pm - Budget Meeting with Select Board, Advisory Committee, School Committee
Budget Key Words
Level Service Budget: This budget will allow us to maintain current programming. This budget assumes that the Town Meeting provides an operational override. For more information on the operational override and what that will mean for residents, click here.
Balanced Budget or Reduced Service Budget: The second budget we will be presenting outlines a series of reductions that would be needed if an operational override is not passed. The town refers to this as the balanced budget because under state law they are required to present a budget that complies with current funding levels.
Kindergarten Registration will open on Sunday, February 12th, and close on Friday, February 17th.
You may begin downloading/picking up registration packets on NOW.
If you opt to:
Pick up the packet: You will proceed to your assigned school to retrieve the packet. Packets can be dropped off or scanned to your assigned school.
Kindergarten Information Session
If you missed the Kindergarten Information Session on January 11th, watch the full recording below:
🌍 KIA Spanish Immersion Registration 🌍
January 23- February 15
✨ January Spotlight ✨
During this month, East students learned about Lunar New Year. Classes learned about the customs of the holiday and the cultures that celebrate it. Classes had read-alouds, watched videos, created slideshows, heard presentations from parents, and other Lunar New Year related activities.
The School Building Project has begun at the back of Foster School. The project is currently in Phase 1 as they prepare the site for upwards construction.
Plymouth River Elementary
South School had a Flags Around the World dedication during their Buzz Assembly this month. South School dedicated an additional 39 flags to better represent students and families.
Hingham Middle School
Hingham High School
📰 HPS News 📰
🌐 Website Updates 🌐
In an effort to improve communication and user experience, we have implemented a few changes to our website:
Each school-specific homepage now has clickable buttons. The buttons were created so that users can find highly trafficked pages more easily.
Please familiarize yourself with your individual school's website buttons.