Principals Weekly Message

First, a reminder that we have an early release this Friday, May 26th with school letting out at 11:30.

A huge THANK YOU to all of the parents who helped with the After Prom! We had a great student turn-out and the parents did an amazing job transforming the high school and helping to chaperone that night. The bar was set high for next year’s After Prom, so I hope that Freshman and Sophomore parents are ready to accept the baton next year.

A reminder that finals for underclassmen will be on June 15th, 16th, 19th, and 20th. You can check out the rotation schedule on the high school website to see which finals occur on which days.

I have some important and welcome information about student parking. Beginning next Tuesday, May 30th any student who wishes to park on campus may do so in the student parking lot. Students who do not currently have a pass just need to stop by the high school main office this week or next week to pick up a parking pass. Passes are free for the remainder of the year, and starting next week we no longer have assigned parking spaces, even if a student had an assigned space earlier in the year. We will be a little tight on parking next Tuesday and Wednesday with Senior finals, but we have staggered the finals so that we will be able to manage.

On Friday, June 9th  from 8AM to 2PM, the high school will be hosting In Control Crash Prevention, a driver education program, in the student parking lot. The program, which has received funding from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, will be coming to Nashoba to teach students about safe driving skills. Students who elect to participate will get into an In Control vehicle operated by a professional driver and do three runs down a closed course. The course is set up to demonstrate the impact of speed on emergency lane changes and braking, as well as emphasizing the importance of seat belt use. In order to enroll in this 15 minute program, the only requirements are that the parent/guardian signs a waiver and a survey is filled by the student out before and after the experience. Students may sign up in the main office. To learn more about In Control, see www.driveincontrol.org or contact SRO Casey Hoole at CHoole@nrsd.net.

And finally, some information for Senior parents. The Senior Breakfast committee is looking for some additional parents to bring food and help host the event this Friday. To sign up, just go to the web page set up on SignUp.com.

For the Senior breakfast on Friday, it begins at 8:00 AM in the cafeteria, and Seniors do not need to sign in that day. After breakfast, we are planning to have some activities set up on the turf field for Seniors, if the weather permits. If the weather does not allow us to go outside, then Seniors will be dismissed to head home after the breakfast. And as we head into these last couple days for the Seniors, any reminders that you can give your almost-graduates about keeping it between the lines for this last week would be much appreciated.

First, a reminder that we do NOT have a late start tomorrow, Wednesday the 17th. We did have a late start originally scheduled tomorrow, but we cancelled it earlier in the year because of MCAS testing.

Please plan to come - bring your families! - and join us for the NRSD "Just For The Health Of It" Wellness Expo on Wednesday, May 17th from 2:30-7 pm at Nashoba Regional High School. A FREE family pasta supper, sponsored by the NRSD School Nutrition Department, will be provided starting at 4:30 pm, so you won't have to plan dinner that evening!  Please contact Donna Linstrom, district Health and Wellness Coordinator, for additional information: dlinstrom@nrsd.net. Event hosted by the NRSD School Health Advisory Council.

There is an After Prom chaperone meeting this Wednesday May 17th at 7:00 in room 216 at the high school. Any sophomore parent interested in chaperoning the After Prom party, which is taking place at the high school on Saturday May 20th, should attend this meeting. If you would like to help chaperone and cannot make this meeting, please contact Holly Lauer at holly.lauer@comcast.net. Also, the After Prom committee still needs help with decorating and transforming the HS for the After Prom. Please visit nashobaafterprom.weebly.com for more information.

The last choral concert of the year will be held this Friday, May 19th at 7:00 PM in the NRHS auditorium. Join us at this Pops concert to hear some pop hits, Broadway tunes, and movie music. In addition to our choral ensembles, 10 seniors will be performing solos in different styles from Disney to Broadway and beyond throughout the evening. Please join us for a night of fun music, senior highlights, and celebration!

An EF tour sponsored trip is being planned for next April vacation. 2018. This year, 62 Nashoba students traveled to the UK for 9 days and had an amazing experience. Next year's trip students will travel to cities in Central Europe, such as Prague and Vienna. If your child has interest in this cultural trip and you would like more information, please email, jacqcarter@yahoo.com. Please note, this trip will only accommodate 35-38 students. As a reminder, this is not a school-sponsored trip, it is being organized independently through EF tours.

Our schedule for Senior finals is attached. Senior finals will take place on Tuesday, May 30th and Wednesday, May 31st.

Congratulations to all of our students who made honor roll for the third quarter. We had just over 700 students make some level of honor roll, with 218 students earning Highest Honors. Those students’ names are posted on the high school website and have been shared with local newspapers.

And finally, congratulations to our students who were selected as third quarter Students of the Term! Those students are all celebrated on our high school website.

Thank you, and have a wonderful, warm week!

Our May newsletter is now available on the high school website.

A Spring Fest Ice Cream Social will take place on May 12th at the Hale School in Stow to benefit a local family. For more details, please see the attachment.

The Nashoba Regional Dollars for Scholars committee is meeting next Monday night, 5/15, in room 204 from 7-9pm.  The committee both funds and administers numerous scholarships, which are awarded to graduating Nashoba students each year at a ceremony in June.  The committee is always looking for new members and would like to encourage any interested persons to drop in on a meeting.

A reminder that Sophomores will be participating in Math MCAS testing next week, on Tuesday May 16th and Wednesday May 17th. Students should bring sharpened #2 pencils and a calculator.

Attention Runners and Walkers, break out your sneakers and come support the Sam Pawlak Memorial 5k on May 20, 2017 at 10 AM. This fun family event takes place at the Mary Rowlandson/Luther Burbank schools in Lancaster. Runners, walkers, and stroller pushers encouraged to come out and support the Nashoba community in memory of Sam Pawlak. The first 100 adults to register will also receive a free tee shirt! Register now at www.lancasterpto.net. Please see the attachment for more details.

For Freshman parents, if you are interested in making a food donation for the Spring Fling, please use this link.

And finally, a reminder about our community teen substance abuse forum this Thursday night, and the whole-school assembly this Friday. This Thursday, May 11th we have a teen substance abuse forum in the high school auditorium, including the film If Only and a panel presentation. Doors open at 5:30 PM for resource tables and the Hidden in Plain Sight display. The film will start at 6:30 with a panel discussion following.

Students will participate in a building-wide assembly on Friday, May 12th to watch the same film and listen to the panel presentation. As a reminder to parents, please be aware that there is a death in this film, as well as significant footage of a funeral. If your child has experienced recent loss and may be triggered by this film, and you prefer that your child not participate in viewing the movie, please contact your child’s guidance counselor and we will have an alternative site available. More information about the film can be found at www.ifonlymovie.org.