Parent Message from the Superintendent: Fall Activities & Events

September 25, 2016

Hello All,

What a beautiful late September day!

School is in full swing with the busy feel of the new school year.  It is a time of Curriculum Nights and Open Houses at all schools and student and family events such as the East School Bash, the Eighth Grade barbeque and campfire, The PRS Cape Cod Trip, the Foster Fall Fair, night time sports events under the lights at the high school, and Picture Day and a bike rodeo at South, just to name a few.

Many of these events are facilitated and supported by PTO, School Council, and Booster groups and the extra efforts of individual parents, all working in partnership with Administrators and staff at every level.  As well, we benefit from the volunteerism and generosity of other Community Partner organizations that contribute much to the breadth and richness of the programs and services that we offer in the Hingham Public Schools.

Listed below are a number of activities and events that deserve your consideration during this fall season.  They include the following offerings.

Hingham Education Foundation (HEF) The Annual Spelling Bee for grades 2-5 is scheduled for Sunday, November 6th at HMS.  Registration opens tomorrow (September 26th) and generally sells out quickly.  See attached registration info for all the details.

Save the Date!! A HEF-funded grant submitted by principals Tony Keady and Paula Girouard McCann will bring consultant, speaker, and author Michael G. Thompson to Hingham for two presentations (3:30-5:30 pm and 7-9 pm) on October 19th at the HHS auditorium.  Michael is a highly engaging speaker and will share some provocative perspectives about parents and parenting.  Parents and school staff at all levels will find his talk engaging.  Watch for more info as the date nears.

Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) The attached flyer contains details of a presentation (HOMEWORK SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR PARENTS) by special educator, author and, consultant, Dr. David Murphy on October 6th at 7:00 pm at HHS.  Parents and teachers of students at all levels will benefit from David’s knowledge and personal experience on a much-discussed topic.

The annual Parents’ Rights and Responsibilities presentation by Student Services Director Liz Kurlan will be incorporated into the October 12th SEPAC meeting.  All parents of students with special needs are invited to attend the meeting at 7:00 pm in the HPS Central Office Conference Room at 220 Central Street

South Shore Special Needs Athletic Partnerships (SNAP) The attached flyer provides registration info for the fall SNAP program; offerings include bowling, hip-hop, hockey, rowing, soccer, and Yoga/Zumba.  Interested parents can also check the SNAP website at

Hingham Sports Partnership (HSP) What is Fall without the fun and collegiality of an “Oktoberfest” event?  The 2nd Annual HSP Oktoberfest fundraiser is scheduled for this Friday (September 30, 2016) at 150 Recreation Road (go past Pilgrim Arena).  Ticket information is available on the HSP website  Act quickly as space is limited.

The Hingham Police Department (HPD) is another important partner of the Hingham Public Schools.  The attached link to the Superintendent’s Spotlight Episode #19 (HCAM You Tube) features information about our collaboration with HPD, Chief Olsson and the three School Resource Officers, including details about the upcoming fall security trainings for all school staff.

HPS/HPD Collaboration

We appreciate all of our partners and their ongoing efforts to enhance education for Hingham youth.

Until the next time,