HMS Scoop

January 18, 2019

Welcome all!

Scoop January 18, 2019

You can feel it throughout the building today…the energy that comes as a result of the impending storm. Do you realize that we haven’t had a snow day yet? This storm won’t give us a day off either as Monday is Martin Luther King Day and we’re off from school. I’m sure most of us will be pushing snow that day, so no holiday from winter.

I was a young child in the 1960s but I still remember the stress that year brought to my family. In the tragic year of 1968, I was seven years old, and while Laugh-In was the rage on TV with my friends when it debuted in January, the Vietnam War was heating up and the Civil Rights movement was ripe throughout the country. President Lyndon Johnson announced to great surprise that he would not seek re-election and it was also the year we lost two leaders, Presidential candidate, Sen. Robert Kennedy and of course, Martin Luther King. I think we forget how tumultuous that year that was for our nation.

On Monday, we celebrate the life of MLK in the midst of a community and a state that has little ethnic diversity. Yet, one of the greatest gifts a holiday can give us is a chance to reflect and take stock in the universal values we share. At Harold Martin School, it is a core belief among the adults and children that each individual has unique and significant value. It is important that every adult at HMS model respect so that our students can see that example and carry it forward. MLK was consistent in his message of equality at a time when that value was a faint concept in the minds of many. While the group that suffered the most during that time were African-Americans, if MLK was alive today (he would have turned 90 years old last Tuesday) I know he would have continued and likely broadened his message. He was only 39 when he died.

If you would like to commemorate the life of Martin Luther King and the values he stood for, click here for a press release with information about the 37th annual Martin Luther King Jr Day Community Celebration in Manchester happening Monday.

If you cannot attend an MLK Day event, take a few moments Monday to discuss the virtues of respect and equality with your children.

Please check below for some HMS parent reminders that are important and as always, click the Community Tab or this link for more information on important events in Hopkinton.

Happy three day weekend everyone.

Bill Carozza, Principal


Congratulations to our students participating in the PTA’s Reflections Art Program. This year’s theme is focused on “Heroes Around Me.” The following students have drawings or paintings on display at the state-wide art show:

Morgan Gilman, Lily Sproles, Charlotte O’Brien, Maisie Emerson, Ryan Barrett, Julia Martel, Merrick Chapin, RJ Lang, and Sophia Malcolm.


• All students need to wear snow pants at recess until the snow is gone.

• Do not drop your kids off before 7:30. There are simply no adults to monitor them.

• Speaking of parent drop off in the morning, please drive up as far as you can when dropping off your child, do not drive around the line, and prepare your child so you don’t have to get out of the car. Somehow we have to speed up the line. Thanks so much.

• Please have your child keep electronics, toys, and stuffed animals at home. Thanks.

• Late bus recess is just for those students who are waiting for the second round of buses at HMS or siblings of students coming from other schools on those later buses. Thanks.

A picture of our Morning Meeting Assembly expertly run by the 3rd grade this week


Reaching for the Stars is a volunteer run after-school enrichment program offered to Harold Martin students (kindergarten thru 3rd grade). The range of topics offered to our kids is wide; previous classes have included sewing, cooking, engineering, architecture, jewelry making, Zentangle, painting, arts + crafts, gardening, nature, Yoga, fairy houses, and math games.

RFTS 2019 dates are Thursdays, March 14, 21, 28, and April 4 from 2:35-3:45pm.

We are looking for volunteer leaders to teach a class. The subject can be anything YOU want. This is a fun and rewarding experience for both the kids and volunteers.

Your expenses will be covered within a fairly generous budget.

If you have younger children, no problem. We’ve got your little ones covered with a supervised playroom to keep them busy during RFTS.

We are getting organized earlier than usual this year because there are new regulations requiring leaders to be fingerprinted. This process can take up to a month to complete.

If you're not able to lead a class but still want to help, we do need volunteers to assist in the classes and help in the playroom. Even if you can't help every week, we can still use your help on the weeks when you're available.

Please contact Julie Zapton if you can help as a LEADER, ASSISTANT or PLAYROOM SUPERVISOR, or if you have any questions. We look forward to another great year at Reaching for the Stars!

Julie Zapton

RFTS Coordinator



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Hopkinton Lacrosse Club (HLC) fields teams at all youth levels for boys and girls. No previous experience required. We will get your athlete up to speed right away.

Sign up and get all the details at:

*Sign up before February 18th to avoid the late fee and claim a jersey number (first come, first served)!

Feel free to contact us through the website with any questions. We are happy to help. Looking forward to a fun season!

Monday, January 21st

3:30 - 4:30 PM @ Harold Martin Gym


  • Monday, January 21: No School for MLK Day
  • Thursday, January 24: School Board Meeting and Bond Hearing, 5:30 p.m.
  • Tentative: Special PTA Evening with the HMS and MSS Principals, Monday, January 28-time TBA
  • Tuesday, February 5, PTA meeting
  • Wednesday, February 6, Budget Hearing at the High School