Principals Weekly Message

Congratulations to Nashoba Athletic Director Tania Rich, who is being recognized this Thursday as the Massachusetts Athletic Director of the Year!

The Annual Winter Band Concert will take place this Thursday, March 30th at 7pm in the NRHS Auditorium. As always, we will be featuring our Intermediate and Advanced jazz bands as well as our Concert Band as they present their music for the upcoming MICCA Festival Competition. We will be featuring songs from artists like, Sonny Rollins, Dave Brubrek, and Eric Whitacre. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door - students and seniors get in for free.

From March 27th-April 4th Jack Meilleur, a junior here at Nashoba will be holding his annual NEW clothing drive that will help support homeless children throughout our region. Jack's hope is for every student at the high school to bring in at least 1 article of NEW clothing for homeless boys and girls between the ages of 1-12. These articles of clothing can be anything—shirts, pants, socks, sweatshirts, or sweaters—but they need to be NEW. Jack is asking for all of our help in making life a little better for kids in need. If you have any questions you can contact Jack at jmeilleur@comcast.net. Collection bins are in the main office and in Mr. Emerson’s room.

The Staff Appreciation Committee is hosting a luncheon on Friday, April 28th, and they are using Sign Up to solicit both material and monetary donations from high school families. The committee thanks you for your support.

Nashoba Rotary is sponsoring its fifth annual financial Reality Fair at the high school on the morning of April 28, and they are looking for volunteers. With your help, we can provide a valuable life lesson to all Nashoba Sophomores and have fun at the same time! Volunteer materials will be provided in advance. Many thanks to those of you who provided your service in the past, and Rotary is hopeful you are able to help again this year. For those of you who have never volunteered before, this is one of those life moments when you can clearly make a difference; for example, one great student quote from last year, "I never knew my parents paid for electricity." If you are potentially interested, please contact Laura Spear at laura@spear.net to register or for more information.

And finally, show your appreciation for a Nashoba teacher, administrator, or staff member who has made a difference in your time at Nashoba!  Certificates can be ordered online through May 1, 2017.  All certificates will be hand delivered by Dr. Graham before the seniors leave.  Questions can be emailed to nrhsendowmentfund@gmail.com.

First of all, congratulations to our boys basketball team for their participation in the State championship game last Saturday, and congratulations to them on an excellent season. In fact, congratulations to all of our winter sports teams, who did a fantastic job, and best of luck to our Spring teams as they begin practices.

Kiss Me Kate is almost here! This sizzling musical features battles of the sexes, mistaken identity, gangsters, and a myriad of romantic entanglements in a modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew that earned the Tony’s very first award for Best Musical. Performances will take place this Friday, March 24th at 7:30 PM and this Saturday, March 25th at both 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm in the high school auditorium. To order tickets in advance, please visit: www.NashobaDrama.com.

The Annual Winter Choir Concert will take place on Tuesday, March 28th at 7pm in the NRHS Auditorium. Come support the Concert Choir and Chamber Choir as they present their music for the upcoming MICCA Festival Competition. Last year, Concert Choir received a silver rating at the festival - what will they accomplish this year? In addition to our usual performances by the Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Broadway Ensemble, and Unified Chorus, the evening will conclude with a big surprise in celebration of Music in Our Schools Month! Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door - students and seniors get in for free.

If you have ever wondered what your child means when they say DBQ, Thesis Statement, or Open Response come to Nashoba's Night to Learn on Thursday, April 6th from 6:30-8:30 PM.  Organized by staff, students, parents, and community members, this night will focus on writing and centers around lessons that are created and taught by Nashoba students to parents and adults in the community who want to learn more.  To join us for a fun night of learning please RSVP to Sue Allaire (sallaire@nrsd.net) by March 31st.  If you have any other questions, please direct them to Kimberly Rocha (krocha@nrsd.net), English teacher and administrative intern. For more information, please see the attachment.

And finally a heads-up that we have pushed back the end of the third quarter to accommodate the snow days that have occurred. The third quarter will now end on Friday, April 14th, and third quarter report cards will be available after the April vacation.

This evening, Wednesday March 15th at 7:00 PM, Special Education teacher Cheryl Gallaugher will talk with parents about the importance of transition planning in the educational process for students with learning challenges in a workshop entitled "Transition Planning: It's Important to Think About All the Time." Cheryl will cover Transition stages, assessments used and supports available for students during this critical time period. She will also discuss college preparation and supports available to students at the college level. This parent workshop is sponsored by SEPAC and will take place in Room 216 at the High School.

We will be having bus evacuation drills tomorrow, Thursday March 16th in the morning. This could slow our carpool line down a bit, but we will do our best to keep traffic moving.

As a reminder, we have a regular school day this Friday, March 17th at the high school. Elementary and middle schools have an early release, but the high school has a full day.

A reminder that Kiss Me Kate is coming to Nashoba. Performances will take place on March 24th at 7:30 pm and March 25th at both 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm in the high school auditorium.  To order tickets in advance, please visit: www.NashobaDrama.com.

Amnesty International is hosting a Trivia Night this Thursday, March 16 at 6:00 pm in the Nashoba cafeteria. This fun filled evening will include food, refreshments and prizes. What more could you ask for? No need to sign up. Assemble a team of up to eight of your smartest friends and family members and put your trivia skills to the test. The cost is $3.00 a person. All proceeds help to promote human rights. For more details, please see the attached flyer.

A reminder that if your student requested a class override for the 17-18 school year, all forms should have been returned to the Guidance office by today, March 15th. 

We are anticipating a big turnout for the Stow Hunger Now event this Saturday, March 18th at the high school. Everyone must either register in advance or sign in at the event. To reduce the lines, please register online (when you register, for Employer please put "Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley). Setup for the event starts at 8:30, and the food packing will take place from 10:00 AM to noon.

And finally, the Staff Appreciation Committee is hosting a luncheon for staff on Friday, April 28th, and they are using Sign Up to solicit both material and monetary donations from high school families. The committee thanks you for your support.