December 2022 District Newsletter
💬 A Message from our Superintendent 💬
Dear Hingham School Community,
As we head off into the winter break and welcome in 2023, it is a time of reflection and gratitude for all who support our students and families every single day.
We have so much to continue to celebrate as our students and staff continue to return to learning this school year. Our teachers, staff, and administrators each and every day work tirelessly to support, love, and care for our young people. The theme of our strategic plan, “Hingham Together,” is exemplified in our schools and classrooms as we strive to ensure academic excellence and belonging for all.
As a reminder, our schools will be closed at the end of the school day on Friday, December 23rd. We look forward to welcoming our students back to school on Tuesday, January 3rd.
When we return from break in January, we will begin the next fiscal year of 2024 budget process. We are committed to keeping the community informed as the town discusses the need for an operational override in order to support the town and school budget. Future updates will include detailed information on the budget.
We remain deeply committed to the continued physical and mental health of our community. Please continue to observe COVID-19 and illness awareness and prevention strategies through the winter break. In the past few weeks, the schools have also shared resources for mental health including a referral service through Care Solace. We wish to continue to support the safety and wellness of all in our community during the winter break.
I am deeply honored to be your superintendent and look forward to all that we will continue to accomplish together in the second half of our school year. Best wishes to all and your families for a happy holiday season and restful winter break.
Dr. Margaret Adams
🗓️ Upcoming Dates 🗓️
🗓 December 23 - LAST DAY OF CLASSES
🗓 December 24-January 2 - WINTER BREAK
🗓 January 3 - CLASSES RESUME
⏰ January 4 - Early Release. See early release times HERE.
📌 January 5 - School Committee Meeting on Budget: 6pm, Town Hall
🗓 January 11 - Kindergarten Registration Forum, 6:30pm Town Hall.
📌 January 12 - School Committee Meeting on Budget: 6pm, Town Hall
🎶 January 12 - HHS Small Ensemble, 7pm Hingham High School Auditorium
🗓 January 16 - Holiday, No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
📌 January 18 - School Committee Meeting on Budget: 6pm, Town Hall
📌 January 26 - School Committee Meeting on Budget: 6pm, Town Hall
⏰ February 1 - Early Release. See early release times HERE.
📌 February 7 - Budget Meeting with Select Board and Advisory Committee: 7pm, Town Hall
📌 February 13 - School Committee Public Hearing on Budget: 7pm, Town Hall
📝 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.
COVID-19 Tests Over Winter Break
A reminder that there are school provided at-home COVID-19 tests available for pick up.
These tests are intended for use by students and staff before their return to school after Winter breaks.
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Letter
Please see the letter below sent by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in partnership with the Department of Public Health and the Massachusetts chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Budget Information for the 2023-2024 School Year
Hingham Public Schools will begin the FY24 budget process in January. Please click the link to learn more about our budget process.
There are several budget meetings occurring throughout January and February. We encourage our community to be involved in this process.
Kindergarten Parent Forum
January 11, 2023
The Hingham Public Schools will host a Kindergarten Parent Forum for parents of children who are eligible to enter kindergarten in September 2023. We especially welcome families new to Hingham or those who will have children in the HPS for the first time next fall.
The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, January 11th at 6:30 PM at the North/South Meeting Room located on the 2nd Floor of Town Hall. Central Office and building administration will join HPS kindergarten teachers in a presentation that includes enrollment guidelines, timelines, and an overview of the kindergarten program.
Please share this notice with others you know who are parents of children who will turn five on or before August 31, 2023.
🎻 KIA After School Strings 🎻
The Hingham Public Schools Fine Arts Department is pleased to announce the introduction of the After School Strings Program operating under Kids in Action (KIA). This pilot program is open to Hingham Public Schools students in grades 3 and 4.
Students in After School Strings learn beginner instrumental technique with their selected string instrument of either the violin, viola, or cello. The program will teach students essential skills such as holding the instrument, reading sheet music, and playing beginner songs. The last class on May 23rd will be a group recital that parents and caregivers can attend.
Registration for this program will open on Saturday, January 7th, at 9 AM and close on Saturday, January 21st. Registration will be through UniPay, link here:
For more information on the KIA After School Strings Program, please visit our website.
🌍 KIA Spanish Immersion Pre-K Info Session 🌍
The Hingham Public Schools World Language Department is pleased to announce the opening of the Spanish Immersion Pre-K Program operating under Kids in Action (KIA). This pilot program is set to begin in the Fall of 2023.
HPS will be hosting two information sessions for interested families:
In Person - January 19, 2023, 7:00 - 8:00 PM @ Foster Elementary School, 55 Downer Ave. Hingham, MA 02043.
Virtual - January 24, 2023, 7:00 - 8:00 PM Via Zoom. The Zoom link will be posted on our website.
Registration for the program will begin on January 23, 2023. The enrollment deadline for the program is February 15, 2023. This pilot program will have lottery based admissions.
For more information, please visit our website.
✨ December Spotlight ✨
An East Elementary 4th Grade class visited the Peabody Museum at Harvard University. Students got to experience primary sources connected to the content they've learned in Social Studies, seeing artifacts, objects, and images from diverse cultural heritages in MA.
Foster Elementary 5th Grade students performed an exceptional winter concert this month. Some highlights included “60 Million Snowflakes,” as well as instrumental student duets to the tune of Aura Lee and London Bridge.
Plymouth River Elementary
On Wednesday, December 21st, Grade 5 students learned about the NHL Winter Classic and the engineering involved in pulling off the event. Students cycled through four activity stations. Two stations focused on math, one station focused on science, and one station was an art activity. The Bruins will be playing in the NHL Winter Classic this year on January 2nd.
Kindergarten students presented their project "Holidays Around the World" to families. Students became experts on the holidays Diwali, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Las Posadas (Christmas in Mexico). Their final presentation involved answering questions about their assigned holiday, creating headpieces, and singing a group song at the end. Families and students even prepared traditional cuisine for all to enjoy.
Hingham Middle School
Hingham High School
📰 HPS News 📰
The Patriot Ledger Interviews the HHS Drama Program about their production, The Music Man
41 Hingham High Students Honored at the 11th Biannual Andrew Warhaftig Catching Kindness Award
Hingham Public Schools Selects Care Solace for Mental Health Care Coordination Services
🔨 New Elementary School Building Project 🔨
We are excited to announce that the elementary school building project has begun Phase I. Phase I will involve general site work in preparation for construction next spring.
- A temporary parking area is being built in the front of the building.
- The new lot is replacing the existing lot as it is currently being used for a temporary playground. This will remain during the construction process.
- Phase I of the project is scheduled to be complete by the end of May 2023 at which time Phase II, construction of the building, will begin.
HPS Job Openings
- Elementary Math Interventionist (part-time) South Elementary School
- Administrative Assistant II Plymouth River Elementary School
- Paraeducator/Paraprofessional Hingham Middle School
- Student Information System and Data Coordinator Hingham Public Schools
- Bus and Van Drivers Hingham Public Schools
- Paraeducator (Instructional Assistant) Plymouth River Elementary School
- Custodial Matron Hingham Public Schools
- Substitute Nurses Hingham Public Schools
- Substitute Teachers Hingham Public Schools