NPS Community Newsletter

May 2022

CONGRATULATIONS to the Class of 2022!! Graduation Co-Coordinator Sharon Richards

This year’s Nauset High School Graduation ceremony will once again take place outside on the football field, weather permitting, on June 4th at 3:00 pm. We look forward to seeing the Nauset Class of 2022 cross the stage to receive their diplomas as a symbol of their accomplishments over the past 13 years. Every teacher and staff member in the Nauset School District can feel a sense of pride for this culmination of hard work and perseverance by our students. These accomplishments, as well as the trials of the past years, will be personalized in the speeches of the Valedictorian, Salutatorian, and President of the Class of 2022. Musical talent will also be highlighted within the ceremony from our Nauset High School Band and Honors Chorus, accompanied, in part, by our American Sign Language students. We look forward to celebrating and honoring the Class of 2022 as our new Superintendent, Brooke Clenchy, bestows upon them the title of “graduated”. Congratulations to the class of 2022!

Message From Superintendent Brooke Clenchy

Welcome to May!


Once again, Congratulations to our Class of 2022, Nauset Graduates! We look forward to the first weekend in June to fully celebrate your many accomplishments and your plans for moving beyond public education. You have successfully finished one part of your life journey, and it is always with some trepidation and a lot of excitement that you plan your next, new phase. You have a solid foundation leaving the Nauset Public Schools, and we know that you are ready for this next chapter. We wish each of you the very, very best as you leave us at the end of this school year and begin the next exciting phase of your life.


Last week was Staff Appreciation Week. We want to take this opportunity to extend a deep note of thanks to all of our Nauset staff for their continued efforts to support our district to be the best that it can be, and to nurture, encourage, teach, and support each and every student. We are a strong district in large part due directly to their efforts, hard work, and compassion. These have been difficult years as we have navigated a pandemic and their efforts to take care of our children and communities, be flexible and innovative, and continue to always put forth the “extra” has not gone unnoticed.


This time of year always sees changes making their way through a school system as we come into the end of one school year with a lens to the next. At NRHS Patrick Clark is beginning his transition process to take the role as its newly installed Principal. Assistant Principal Sean Flemining has taken on a new role at NRHS and is excited to begin a different journey in his career. Two candidates have recently been selected by the respective hiring teams to move forward in the roles of Assistant Principal at NRHS. Contracts have been distributed and once finalized, we will release additional information. Neal Milan has also announced his retirement from his position as Assistant Principal at Nauset Regional Middle School. He will stay on at the school to help our incoming group of grade 6 students until early November. We have posted for the NRMS position and anticipate hiring shortly. Finally, we have posted for the position of Principal at Eddy Elementary School. Allyson Joy and Keith Gauley have done an outstanding job throughout this year of tag teaming between the schools to cover the administrative postings. However, after much discussion it was decided to return to the model of a principal in each of the Brewster schools. We thank those administrators who are leaving NPS at the end of this school year for their leadership and dedication to the students of our district.


I hope that you continue to enjoy our Spring weather!


Yours in partnership,

Brooke

Wellfleet Elementary School Update: Principal Mary Beth Rodman


Wellfleet Elementary School students and staff have been enjoying a successful school year. As some COVID-19 mitigation layers have lifted, WES is able to plan curricular field trips and is welcoming guests, volunteers, and visitors to enrich partnerships with our local communities.


Planning is underway for in-class lessons and on-site field trips with the Wellfleet Audubon, Historical Society, and Open Space Committee. Creating partnerships where students and community members come together to learn, teach, and share ideas benefits all. Research shows that schools that partner with their community increase students’ academic and social-emotional learning.


The Farmer-in-the-School program commenced in April. Farmer Stephanie Rein and her assistant, Michele Fee from Sustainable CAPE are teaching all students garden lessons, every other week, through the end of the school year. Grades 1-5 will participate in walking field trip to the Wellfleet Farmers Market in June.


The Wellfleet Police Department reinstated High 5 Fridays in early May. Officer Keough, Officer McGue, and Dispatcher Austin visited, and enthusiastically greeted our 115 students at arrival as well as seeing them off at dismissal. Soon, they and the Wellfleet Fire Department will visit students during recess and lunch times.


Wellfleet Elementary School is committed to grow as the Town's community center, providing, expanding and preserving services for all students, residents and visitors.

Eastham Elementary School Update: Principal Bill Crosby

During the 2021-2022 school year, the Eastham Elementary School Community continued to be a beacon shining brightly; working to build strong relationships, practicing empathy, celebrating individuality, inspiring possibility, and developing leaders. Emerging from the prior COVID-restricted school year, we worked diligently to create a more normal school experience, choosing to remain optimistic and believe that our glasses are half-full.


In September our masks were in place, but both students and staff began to enjoy a bit more social freedom and relearn some of those relationship-building skills that were dormant during at-home learning. We reopened the cafeteria, specialists invited students back into their rooms, and cheerfully, grade levels interacted with each other at recess. A return to school normalcy felt within reach. We revived some of our community events and traditions. We honored our Veterans with the walk and flag-planting, our 5th-grade students harvested the turnips they planted last spring, our parents’ group hosted the traditional holiday table, and we had a Scholastic Book Fair.


After February vacation, we had the choice to remove our masks and move even closer to normalcy, energized by seeing the smiling faces of our students and colleagues. It has been a liberating relief that has fueled our optimism and encouraged us to press on while creating the best possible school experience for our students. We’ve planned several thoughtful and engaging field trips for the spring. A traditional field day is planned, a grade 5 band day, and our Memorial Day events are scheduled. Our Parents’ Group is once again planning for the big fun run fundraising event, grades 3-5 will go sailing, and our own Natalia Bonfini (American Idol contestant) is coming in June.


It has been a long, challenging year, but we are EES Strong, a Beacon Shining Brightly!

Nauset High School Athletics: Athletic Director John Mattson

The spring sports season is in full force at Nauset Regional High School. We have nearly 300 student-athletes competing this spring in a wide variety of sports, including baseball, softball, girls golf, girls and boys lacrosse, girls and boys tennis, sailing, track & field and unified track & field. Our teams will be wrapping up their regular season by the end of this month and many will be moving on to compete in the MIAA state tournament.


As we finish up the spring season, we are excited to celebrate the many successes of our senior athletes. We will be holding a signing ceremony for all of our seniors that have committed to playing a sport in college next year. This event will take place on Monday, May 16th in the NRHS gymnasium. In addition, we will be recognizing all of our seniors that played a sport this year at our annual Senior Athlete Appreciation Night, which is scheduled for Sunday, May 22nd. During this special event, we will recognize all of our senior athletes and present many special awards and scholarships. The event is being dedicated to our Guidance Director, Dee Smith, who has made a tremendous impact during her 24 year career at Nauset. The event will conclude with a video tribute to the class of 2022.


On behalf of the Nauset Regional High School Athletics Department, I would like to thank our student-athletes and coaches for their hard work and commitment this spring. A special thank you to the Nauset Warriors Booster Club, our parents and families for their continued support as well. We are looking forward to the upcoming state tournaments and all of the end of year events! Go Warriors!

Nauset High School Building Project Update: Educational Liaisons Tom Faris & Kathleen Tringale


The month of May brings (slightly) warmer temperatures as well as near finalization for the plans for the renovation and new construction of the Nauset High School campus.


The much refined architectural plans are to be submitted and certified by the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA). This process was reflected in several on campus meetings to further hone the vision of what the renovated campus will look and feel like once construction has completed.


Many varied groups met with the lead architect to better realize these educational spaces. This included mostly specifically-designed classrooms such as: art, music, jewelry and woodworking shops, business and technology, as well as the new media center/library. Several groups also met with furniture consultants to begin to visualize what some classrooms may look like with furniture and fixtures. The Nauset High School administration has also been involved in meetings to continue discussions around enhancing security and campus life. This refinement process brings forward a 90% completed design plan that is due to be submitted to the MSBA on May 18th for their approval.


Maintenance and upkeep of the future campus is a component of this project and meetings have been held with the engineers in order to clarify what is involved, and how the new campus is to be managed. These meetings will continue throughout the construction phases of the project. As we anticipate breaking ground and construction to begin, we make a huge shift from planning to executing the construction of the temporary cafeteria/cafe and temporary fitness spaces.

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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