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Hello HBB!

I hope everyone is doing ok. With Governors Baker's announcement last Wednesday to extend the closure of schools in Massachusetts until May 4, 2020, I wanted to reach out to update you about our approach moving forward.

Over the course of this week our faculty and staff are working to update our extended learning program. As a district we will continue to follow the guidance released by DESE and based on that guidance our extended learning program will include the following key points.

  • Our number one priority is the physical and mental well being of our students and families.
  • We do not expect our extended learning to replicate or replace learning that takes place during the traditional school day.
  • We will seek to offer meaningful, fun, engaging and productive learning opportunities that will take approximately half the length of the regular school day.
  • We will provide opportunities for students to connect directly with teachers multiple times per week.
  • Teachers will provide feedback to students on work submitted but we will not be grading work.
  • We will focus on reinforcing skills already taught this year and giving opportunities to apply and deepen those skills. We will not be teaching new concepts.
  • We will include opportunities for physical activity and enrichment such as art and music.
  • We will offer a wide variety of learning opportunities that will be consistent across grade levels and classes and will include both the use of online resources and activities that do not require a computer.
  • All teachers and special education staff will be working to ensure equity of access for all students.

Beginning next week, the week of April 6, you will receive information from your child's teacher that will outline the week. The expectations will be a bit more prescriptive than what you may have received in the past and will be the same for all classes in a grade. Each week there will be a new outline sent and we will also have paper copies of work available (more info on that will be shared in the near future.

While the learning opportunities are not mandated we would like to strongly suggest that students participate the best they can. We will be working hard to design a plan that will be fun, purposeful and engaging. If you are struggling to get your child to engage, we want to know. We are here to help and if there is something we can do to help, we will.

These are unprecedented times and we fully understand the challenges that many of you are facing. We also understand that, for some, getting your kids to do any kind of "school work" is just not a reality. With that said, we would still like to encourage you to encourage your child to connect where they are interested because maintaining connections and as much "normalcy" as possible is important. Again, if there is something we could do to help engage your child please let us know! In the meantime, please stay safe and healthy!

Report Cards

Report Cards will be released tomorrow (Tuesday March 31st) through Aspen and will be available for you to view. You will be receiving an email from Katie Goodine that will outline instructions on how to access your child's report card.

The website to access report cards can be found at or you can find it by going to our homepage and clicking on the Aspen icon on the upper right hand corner.

If you need assistance with navigating Aspen, please contact Katie Goodine. She can be reached email at

Let's Have Some Fun!

Please keep sending us pics and videos of how your kids are passing the time!

We are looking to put together a video that will be shared out with the whole school. We have received some great videos so far but we are looking for more! Videos and pictures can include anything you are doing to pass the time. Dancing, playing, or examples of how you are driving your parents NUTS are all welcome!!

We are also looking for videos of kids giving each other pep talks or any other heartfelt or kind messages you might have for the school community.

Let's get creative HBB! Send us your videos and pics and let us know if you have any questions.

All videos can be sent to Mr. Dawson at or

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