April 28, 2023
Dear Nashoba Community,
Annually, the Nashoba Regional School Committee must hold a public hearing and vote on whether the district will open seats within the school choice program which allows students from other districts to attend our district. On Wednesday evening, the Nashoba Regional School Committee voted to close school choice in selected grades, while also allowing school choice to be open but limited in other grades. They based their decision on the data presented at the school committee meeting on April 12th as well as the School Choice Hearing on April 26th. You can view the memo presented to the committee as well as the presentation at the School Choice Hearing by viewing the meeting materials of the school committee. In addition, you can view the video recording of those meetings to learn about the detail of discussion that was considered.
To ensure a responsible reentry into the school choice arena, the committee voted to recommend limiting school choice to no more than four students per grade in each school as long as those grades did not exceed the class size standards for school choice. The table below illustrates the maximum number of students that can be accepted through school choice at each location. Red represents the grades which are closed and green represents the grades that are open and the number of students that can possibly be accepted at those grades. Blue represents the total at each grade level across the school system.
I am confident we will move forward with school choice in a fiscally responsible way. If we fill all available seats, the school district will reduce our total school choice liability (incoming/outgoing) by over $200,000 without needing to add additional costs to the district. This will help us reach our goals in future budgets and it communicates that we are a welcoming district that values people within and outside of our towns. To learn more about the school choice discussion, please watch the school choice hearing.
We will open the application window for School Choice no later than Friday, May 12, 2023 and it will be closed at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, June 2, 2023. Information on the process for applying will be released prior to the application window opening.
Thank you for your support and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.
“Be your best self. Pave your path. Impact the world.”
News from the Department of Teaching and Learning
Nashoba Notables... An Update
Last fall, we launched an initiative to provide a venue for anyone in our community to thank a Nashoba employee for all that they do, in great ways and in small. We called that initiative, the Nashoba Notable. Since September, over 220 Nashoba Notables have been delivered to Nashoba employees. Students, families, and community members have participated by taking a few minutes out of their day to stop and just say "thank you." In doing so, they have made an impact. Our Nashoba community works tirelessly to serve our students and recognziing them with a small gesture of just a few words has made a difference. If you haven't yet had an opportunity to submit a Nashoba Notable and would like to, it's easy! Click on this link. The form is short and the impact significant. There is no limit to the number of Notables you can submit and no limit on how many Notables an employee may receive. Thank you for helping us remind our Nashoba employees they make a difference!
The Nashoba InternationalFest is HERE!!!!
Please join us tomorrow, Saturday, April 29, 2023, from 1-3 p.m. at the Nashoba Regional High School for the FIRST annual Nashoba InternationalFest to celebrate the diversity of our district’s students, families, and communities. Admission will be $5.00 (cash only) at the door. NRHS students will be able to pre-purchase tickets at lunch prior to the event.
Highlights will include samples of cuisine from more than a dozen cultures, demonstrations of music, dances, taekwondo, and henna art. There will also be games and crafts from a variety of traditions. Please join us!
Have questions? Please contact International Club Advisors:
Jaana Thorarensen (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Kristin Hera (email@example.com)
News from the Department of Pupil Personnel Services
During the month of April, we celebrate Autism Awareness Month. This is an opportunity to recognize the diversity of experiences and needs of students on the autism spectrum. Although April is the month we celebrate, it is important to recognize that acceptance happens every day. In our district, we are committed to supporting the acceptance and inclusion of students in our school community.
This week our students participated in a Unified track meet. at Quabbin Regional School District. This is one example of how we as a district as a district celebrates our students!
This Week at Nashoba
Florence Sawyer student artwork on display at the Bolton Bean
The NRHS hockey team celebrated their state championship at the State House this week. The team was hosted by Rep Kate Hogan, Rep Meg Kilcoyne, Senator Robyn Kennedy, Senator John Cronin, and Senator Jamie Eldridge. The team enjoyed a tour, lunch, and a visit to both House and Senate chambers.
NRHS Robotics team at the World Championships in Houston, TX.
Together, we inspire and challenge all learners to reach their unique potential and become active contributors to their community.