April 2023 District Newsletter
💬 Superintendent's Message 💬
Thank you to all for your support of our schools, staff, and students this weekend. With the passage of the operational override at the ballot this Saturday, the school and town will be able to implement a level service budget that allows the schools to retain many of the crucial staffing positions implemented over the past two years.
I am deeply grateful to our Hingham School Committee, the Select Board, the Advisory Committee, town officials, and our students and families who advocated for the override. I am grateful for the civic engagement of the past few months as we shared how the budget will continue to support the district’s Strategic Plan moving forward and the needed supports of our students as we continue to recover from the impacts of the pandemic.
As we begin Teacher Appreciation Week, we celebrate and honor all of our educators who care and love our young people each day. They make magic everyday in our classrooms across our schools. We honor the lessons they have planned, the feedback they have provided, the smiles they give each day, and the joy they instill in our young people.
We are so grateful to finish off the school year with the many activities that honor the accomplishments of our students and staff from musical performances, school and class events, and graduation ceremonies. All of these events as we come together as school communities are a testament to all that we have to be proud of.
With deepest gratitude,
Thank you Hingham!
🗓️ Upcoming Dates 🗓️
⏰ Early Release. See early release times HERE. - May 3
🎵HHS Chamber Players & Chamber Winds Concert - 7:00pm @ Hingham Middle School - May 4
🎭 HHS Drama Spring Production - 7:00pm @ Hingham Middle School - May 5 & 6
📌 8th Grade Parents Night - 7:00pm @ Hingham High School - May 9
🎵 HHS Band & Orchestra Spring Concert - 7:00pm @ Hingham High School - May 16
🌏 HHS Global Symposium - 6:00pm @ Hingham High School - May 17
🎵 HMS Chorus Concert - 7:00pm @ Hingham Middle School - May 17
🎵 HHS Chorus Concert - 7:00pm @ House of Prayer Lutheran Church (Hingham) - May 18
📌 Harbormen Help Hingham Day - All Day @ Various Hingham Locations - May 19
🗓 SENIORS LAST DAY OF CLASSES - May 23
🎵HMS Orchestra Concert - 7:00pm @ Hingham Middle School - May 23
🎵HMS Band Concert - 7:00pm @ Hingham Middle School - May 25
📌 Grade 5 Move Up Day - May 26
🗓 Memorial Day, NO SCHOOL - May 29
🎵Memorial Day Ceremony (HHS Band/Chorus) - 11:00am @ Town Hall - May 29
✨ April Spotlight ✨
Grade 5 students came together for a project-based learning opportunity prior to April Vacation. They used Grade 5 math skills such as measuring, calculating additive volume, and making predictions based upon data to calculate the volume of East Elementary. Students worked throughout the school to measure classroom spaces, large spaces such as the gymnasium and cafeteria, offices, and other spaces/rooms.
Plymouth River Elementary
The South School Village Strong came together on Wednesday, April 5, for the Staff vs. The Fifth Grade Floor Hockey Game which is an annual tradition and rite of passage for the fifth graders. This year, the game took on a special focus of "Adelia Strong. " Adelia is a South School first grade student who was recently diagnosed with brain cancer. Hundreds of parents and South School Students attended the game and donated funds to the Adelia Fund. Anyone wishing to donate to the Adelia Fund can do so through this link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/adelia-beat-cancer
Hingham Middle School
Reminder - Community Interviews of Assistant Superintendent
HPS has narrowed its search to two finalists for Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning. Community members are invited to participate in two virtual community interviews, details below.
Dr. Brian Ackerman Interview:
May 4, 2023 from 7:30-8:15 pm.
Please click this link to receive the Zoom link.
Kathryn Roberts Interview:
May 4, 2023 from 6:30-7:15 pm
Please click this link to receive the Zoom link.
The first finalist is Dr. Brian Ackerman who currently serves as Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning at the Charlton School District. Prior to his role as Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Ackerman served as Principal for William Winsor Elementary School and before that, Greenbush Elementary. Dr. Ackerman has also served as Principal and Assistant to the Director of Special Education at Quinn School. Dr. Ackerman holds a Bachelor of Arts from Syracuse University, a Master of Education in both Educational Leadership and Special Education from Rhode Island College, and a Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership Studies from Northeastern University.
The second finalist is Kathryn Roberts who currently serves as Interim Assistant Superintendent for Hingham Public Schools. Ms. Roberts has been with the Hingham Public Schools for over twenty-five years. Prior to being selected as Interim Superintendent, Ms. Roberts held the position of K-12 Science Director for eleven years and previous to that, a K-5 Science Specialist, both roles being within HPS. Ms. Roberts' educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in both Biology and Government from Dartmouth College and a Master of Science from Northeastern University. Ms. Roberts is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Education in Innovative Curriculum and Instruction from Northeastern University.
🍎 New Student Registration 🍎
HHS Drama Spring Play
Foster School Building Project Update
The Foster School Building Project is well underway into the first phase of work. Here are some highlights of the work completed thus far:
- The temporary playground at the Foster was opened in February, and the school staff is using it for recess, physical education, and after-school programs.
- The building excavation and backfilling is completed. The next step is to continue the work on the retaining walls along the bottom of Otis Hill.
- The School Building Committee, the school, and district leaders continue to work with the architect on the interior design, including floor patterns and color schemes for the interior spaces. The team also reviewed and discussed various designs and equipment options for the playgrounds of the new school building.
- The School Building Committee has begun the process of bidding on the second phase of the project and expects to award the bid later this spring.
Downtown Hingham Family Scavenger Hunt Saturday, May 6 from 1-3 PM
This fun, community-building event is open to all Hingham students and their families. We will gather in the St. John’s parking lot at 172 Main Street in Hingham for a 1 pm start to the hunt, prepared by Hingham Historical Society interns. The event will include lunch at Morrell’s BBQ back at the church. Hope to see you there! This event is free, but registration by April 28th is required. See link to register.