Principals Weekly Message

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.

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

A reminder about the schedule for the high school this week. We have a regularly scheduled day at the high school this Thursday, March 9th —elementary and middle schools have an early release on Thursday, but the high school has a normal day with dismissal at 2:20—but there is no school on Friday, March 10th at any schools. Staff throughout the district will be participating in professional development all day on the 10th.

As a reminder, our next scheduled late start at the high school is on Wednesday, March 15th, with school starting at 9:40. And speaking of late starts, if you have not yet filled out our late start survey, please do so by this Friday.

The Nashoba Regional Dollars for Scholars committee is meeting next Monday night, 3/13, 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.

At this point we are past the middle of the third quarter and your child’s grades in PowerSchool should be up to date.

A reminder that the course selection process is now complete.  If a student is requesting an override, the deadline has been extended to March 15th.  Override forms are available in the Main Office and may be returned to Guidance prior to the deadline.

And a final couple of dates to have on your radar. We have our regularly scheduled bus evacuation drill next week on the morning of Tuesday, March 14th. This could back carpool up a bit that morning, but we will do our best to keep traffic moving. And for sophomore parents, a reminder that Sophomores take the English/Language Arts MCAS tests in a couple weeks on March 21st, 22nd, and 23rd.

Thank you, and have a wonderful week!