Nauset PS Community Newsletter

March 2022

Breaking News - NRHS Principal Announcement

Mr. Patrick Clark will assume the role of Principal at Nauset Regional High School, effective July 1, 2022

Message from Superintendent Brooke Clenchy

Spring is around the corner! We see it in the number of robins running across our lawns, the sunshine that appears to be a bit brighter and days that are finally getting longer. We’re more than ready to change our clocks and start into the next chapter of this year.


Masks are Optional

Finally, we’re at a place where we can offer an optional mask environment within our schools. This has been such a long time coming, and it feels like we’re closer to wrapping up COVID as a pandemic, and hopefully moving to the endemic stage of this virus.


Thank you to our staff, students, and parents. These have been long years to find our way through - but we’re doing it, and doing it well.


NRHS New Principal

We are delighted to announce that Mr. Patrick Clark has accepted the position of Principal of Nauset Regional High School, effective July 1, 2022. This has wrapped up an incredibly thorough and comprehensive search process.


A special note of thanks to the triumvirate of Dr. Robin Millen, Director Joanna Hughes and Director Mary Buchanan for leading the search committee through this process. I would also like to extend a note of thanks to the students, parents, and staff who were involved in the process - your input was invaluable.


General Municipal Committee Membership

As we mark the two year point in this pandemic, and as we take one more step towards our return to a new “normal” post COVID, I would like to extend a note of deep gratitude to our NPS School Committee members. They have continuously been placed at the forefront of incredibly difficult decision-making over the last couple of years. These challenges were highlighted in a recent newspaper article that cited the challenges these members face in their work, and how, over these past couple of years, these experiences have been extraordinary to maneuver for some committees.


Serving on any town or municipal committee is voluntary and is illustrative of these individuals’ commitment of service to our community. So whether it is working through budget season, reviewing policies, or attending to any number of concerns or issues that our communities might present, our elected representatives serve our communities with dedication and continue to push forward to make the best decisions for the health and safety of everyone. The work is exciting, yet it can also be daunting to continually work to move our communities forward.


Thank you to our School Committees and our broader municipal committees for your unwavering support of our Nauset children and staff. We are grateful for your support and energies in making our Nauset communities the very best!

NRHS Building Project - Town Officials Meeting with Bond Counsel

On Tuesday, March 8th a meeting was held at the NPS Central Office with the four Nauset Town Administrators and their Finance Directors. The Nauset Regional School District Chairman Chris Easley and Vice-Chair Judy Schumacher also attended, as did Superintendent Brooke Clenchy.


The District Director of Finance and Operations, Giovanna Venditti, and Bond Counsel, Lynne Welsh, led the meeting to discuss the following items regarding the ongoing MSBA project with NPS on the Nauset Regional High School campus:


  • High School Project Bond Anticipation Notes (BANs) renewal;
  • New Bond Anticipation Notes (BANs) needed-these funds will be used to purchase and transport the modular units and installation at the High School, and to support other necessary building related costs for the project.


Bonding options:


  • How much to bond?
  • When to bond? For example, bonding in the fall (September 2022) will necessitate a semiannual interest payment in March, 2023 and would have impact on the FY23 Budget.
  • Length of bond - 30 years or 25 years?


Discussion included:


  • Level debt
  • Level principal
  • Time duration


The general consensus was to defer the interest payments to July 1st of 2024. The only costs in FY23 budget would be for the interest on the Bond Anticipation Notes (BANs), the renewal and the new bond. Discussion regarding the length of the bond finalized with the decision to await a decision until the project is further along with its process.

NRHS Athletic Department Update -John Mattson

The Athletics Department is currently wrapping up the winter sports season. We had several teams qualify and compete in postseason play, which has been great to watch. We were happy to celebrate our winter varsity teams this past Thursday, March 10th in the NRHS auditorium. As the winter season concludes, we are also gearing up for the spring sports season, which begins on Monday, March 21st. For more information, please visit www.nausetsports.org or follow us on Twitter @nausetsports for the latest news and updates. The Nauset Regional High School Athletics Department would like to thank all of our student-athletes, coaches, staff, parents and families for all of their hard work and support so far this year!

Nauset High School Building Project Update - Tom Faris & Kathleen Tringale

As the anticipated early stages of construction approach, teachers, guidance, administrators and staff are working to prepare for the first of two major moves on the Nauset High School campus of our ambitious renovation project.


A modular classroom /office building has been purchased from the Lincoln/Sudbury school district and will be installed on our campus in early July. It will take a few months to have these classrooms and office spaces ready for occupancy. In addition to the usual hook ups (such as electrical, water and sewer), internet, fire alarms, a PA system, smartboards/technology, and phone systems must also be in place prior to the transition. Once ready, Nauset High School will begin the moving process expected to be in late November of 2022.


Nauset High School has been operating for more than fifty years. As you may imagine, in that time there has been an accumulation of books, equipment and teaching materials. Teachers have been, and will continue to work diligently to purge the school of these materials. Book recycling is an environmentally and cost-effective way of removing some of the outdated books on campus. The maintenance department has sourced a company that will take our surplus books and recycle them at no cost to our school district.


Other plans have been put into place to transition from our current cafeteria to a new, temporary cafeteria in B building on campus. The new space will be a combination of a student center and cafe. The current gym will also be shuttered. Our auditorium will be retrofitted to serve as classroom space for health, yoga and fitness training.


We are optimistic that the proposed transitions will have minimal impact on instruction, programming and student life here at Nauset High School. At a recent open house at Nauset, parents and prospective students had the opportunity to see the plans and ask questions of the entire build process. Their enthusiasm was clearly evident as they anticipate the exciting changes to this unique, historic and architecturally significant school setting.


Nauset Middle School March Highlights - Principal Keith Kenyon

Parent/Guardian-Teacher Conferences

Parent/Guardian-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for March 16 in the afternoon from 12:30 - 3:00 p.m. and in the evening from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Parents/guardians received sign-up information on February 28th; all conferences will take place virtually. We view the parent/teacher conference as a valuable tool in keeping students on track. Communication between school and home is a vital component of a successful school experience for students.

Spring Sports

Our spring sports season begins on April 4th. Parents/Guardians have received registration information for 7th & 8th spring interscholastic sports such as registration forms, physicals, and the online concussion training course. Congratulations to the following staff members who’ve been appointed as coaches for the spring season:

  • Head Baseball Coach: Brian Lavery

  • Asst. Baseball Coach: Erik Kainen

  • Head Softball Coach: Kim Thatcher

  • Asst. Softball Coach: Cali Conry

  • Head Track Coach: Sean Kirouac

  • Asst. Track Coaches: Megan Anthony and Berj Hagopian

We anticipate approval for a waiver for 8th graders to participate in boys and girls lacrosse, as well as girls golf for the Nauset High School spring season starting on March 21st. Information about intramural activities is forthcoming.

7th Grade Geo Bee

Before the February break, 7th graders competed in the grade level Geography Bee. Congratulations to Jeffrey Richards who took first place with Brady Smith finishing second! Congratulations to all who participated.

Thank you to the NRMS Parent Group

A HUGE thank you to the NRMS Parents Group for all they do in supporting our teachers and staff. Each member of our staff was treated to bags, posters of appreciation signed by students and a heartfelt message over the PA system thanking staff for all of their hard work through these difficult times.

Southern District Junior Music Festival

Three of our music students participated in the Southern District Junior Music Festival at Scituate High School March 11th and 12th. These students learned a difficult solo piece and scales over the summer, auditioned for a chair in these ensembles, and spent two days rehearsing with other students from southeastern Massachusetts. We are so proud of them and excited this event took place after a two-year hiatus due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Meet Cooper!

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This is Cooper.

Cooper is Nauset Regional Middle School’s new assistance dog! Cooper has been trained by the NEADS World Class Service Dogs organization and began working with NRMS students and staff on March 9th. Our Educational Assistant, Theresa Lane, spent several hours at the NEADS program training to be Cooper’s caretaker. Although Cooper is a cutie, he has strict protocols and is trained to respond to commands only. Cooper will be available in one location until he gets used to his new environment, then he can be scheduled to visit classrooms throughout the day. A special thank you to the community and all those who have donated and supported this effort. We are thrilled to have this opportunity for our students.


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Nauset Public Schools

Brooke Clenchy

Superintendent of Schools

Nauset Public Schools

78 Eldredge Park Way

Orleans, MA 02653

Email: clenchyb@nausetschools.org

Phone: (508) 255-8800 ext. 7002

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