April 7, 2023
On Wednesday, April 12, 2023 I will present to the Nashoba Regional School Committee enrollment data that will inform the committee of the impact school choice participation would have in our school system. The presentation is intended to inform the committee and give them opportunities to ask questions prior to the hearing. I encourage you to watch the upcoming school committee meeting to learn more about school choice and the impact it has on the school system.
As required by M.G.L. c76 s12b, students from any town in the commonwealth may attend a school in a town in which they don’t reside. The process for enrollment consideration is outlined through the “School Choice” program. School districts have the option to withdraw from the school choice program after a public hearing is held. On April 26, 2023 the Nashoba Regional School Committee will conduct a public hearing to consider the question of withdrawing from the school choice program for the 2023-2024 school year. NRSD has voted to withdraw from the school choice program for the last nine years.
Please join us at the public hearing on April 26, 2023 to offer your feedback on school choice. The public hearing will be held via Zoom, the link will be posted on the School Committee tab on the district website 48 hrs prior to the hearing..
I wish you all a wonderful weekend.
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Highlights from Nashoba Athletics 22-23 Winter Season
Congratulations to all of our winter student-athletes, coaches, and teams!
Nashoba had an exciting winter season! All winter teams qualified for the statewide playoffs.
For a COMPLETE recognition of all of our NRHS student athletes, teams, and athletic accomplishments, please check out the Nashoba Athletics Newsletter pubished by our Athletic Director, Tania Rich.
Some of the highlights from the winter include the following:
- Boys' Hockey - MIAA Division 3 State Champions
- Boys' Basketball - MIAA Division 2 Final Four
- Boys' Indoor Track - MIAA Division 3 State Championship - The following members placed in the Top 10:
Matt Basteri - 1000M 7th Place
Gabe Merrow - 300M 5th Place
Jacob Sutt - 300M 6th Place
Adam Balewicz - 1 Mile 3rd Place
Sawyer O'Riorden - High Jump 3rd Place
4x400M Relay - 2nd Place (Jacob Sutt, Jax Christman, Sawyer and Gabe)
- 4x800M Relay - 8th Place (Adam, Jack London, Trevor Sears, and Matt Basteri)
- Boys' Indoor Track - MIAA All-State Championship - Adam Balewicz placed 8th in the 2-mile
- Girls' Indoor Track - MIAA Division 3 State Championship - The following members placed in the Top 10:
Ella Rogers - 2 Mile 4th Place
Hannah Benoit - High Jump 6th Place
4x400M Relay - 5th Place (Erin Farmer, Kylie Doherty, Amelia Choi, and Paulie Michel)
4x800M Relay - 7th Place (Meredith Straface, Lailee Joyce, Natalie Vivanco, and Ella Rogers)
Lailee Joyce - 1000M 10th Place
- Gymnastics - Caeleigh Salmon competed in the individual state championship and was selected to the Senior National Team
- Wrestling - MIAA Division 2 State Championship - Brody Flannery 3rd Place
- Girls' Ice Hockey - MIAA Division 2 Elite 8
- Alpine Ski - MIAA State Championship - The following members placed in the Top 10:
Ella Varnerin - 3rd place in GS and 5th place in SL
Jillian Bradford - 5th place in GS and 6th place in SL
Declan Varnerin - 10th place in SL
- Swimming - MIAA Division 2 State Championship - Emma Reiner competed in the state meet
News from the Department of Teaching and Learning
The Nashoba InternationalFest is ALMOST here!
On Saturday, April 29, 2023, from 1-3 p.m. at the high school, the NRHS International Club will host 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, demonstations of music, dances, taekwondo, and henna art. There were 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 week of May 8, 2023, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Office of Public School Monitoring (PSM) will conduct a Tiered Focused Monitoring Review of the Nashoba Regional School District. The Office of Public School Monitoring visits each district and charter school every three years to monitor compliance with federal and state special education and civil rights regulations. Areas of review related to special education include student assessments, determination of eligibility, the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team process, and IEP development and implementation. Areas of review related to civil rights include bullying, student discipline, physical restraint, and equal access to school programs for all students.
In addition to the onsite visit, parent outreach is an important part of the review process. The review chairperson from the Office of Public School Monitoring will send all parents of students with disabilities an online survey that focuses on key areas of their child’s special education program. Survey results will contribute to the development of a report. During the onsite review, the Office of Public School Monitoring will interview the chairperson(s) of the district’s Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC). Other onsite activities may include interviews of district staff and administrators, reviews of student records, and onsite observations.
Parents and other individuals may call Corey Steinman, Public School Monitoring Chairperson, at 781-338-3742 to request a telephone interview. If an individual requires an accommodation, such as translation, to participate in an interview, the Department will make the necessary arrangements.
Within approximately 60 business days after the onsite visit, the review chairperson will provide the Nashoba Regional School District with a report with information about areas in which the district meets or exceeds regulatory requirements and areas in which the district requires assistance to correct or improve practices. The public will be able to access the report at http://www.doe.mass.edu/psm/tfm/reports/.
SEPAC Business Meeting
THURSDAY, April 13, 2023 AT 7 PM – 8 PM
Google Meet joining info
Video call link: https://meet.google.com/efi-kdib-rje
Or dial: (US) +1 406-686-2498 PIN: 632 235 954#
Please note to use a separate Google Account Sign-in if you work at a school, as some people had difficulty signing in through Google Meet last meeting.
News from the Health and Wellness Department
Great Volunteer/Community Service Opportunity – Spring Vacation Week
Emerson Health is running its 7th Annual Learn-to-Bike Camp during Spring Vacation week: April 17-21 at Lawrence Academy in Groton. During bike camp, more than 40 children with special needs are taught by physical therapists and volunteers how to ride a bike! Each camper requires volunteers to help motivate and spot them as they learn to bike. Camp is an amazing experience for all involved. For students interested in careers in health care, physical, occupational, speech therapies, recreation, athletics, and teaching, this is an extraordinary opportunity to make a life-changing difference for children and network with professionals during camp.
To participate, volunteers must be 14 years or older and able to run around a hockey rink (without ice). Volunteers will:
- Receive training and mentorship during camp from physical therapists
- Help children with special needs learn to ride a bike – a thrilling experience!
- Earn community service hours and receive a free t-shirt. Free parking is available.
To learn more about bike camp, watch this ABC TV news story that features campers and volunteers:
For more information and to register to volunteer, visit: https://icanshine.org/ican-bike-groton-ma/. Scroll down on the webpage to Volunteer Online Registration. Thank you for your interest!
Nashoba Notable Award - Celebrating Everyday Greatness at Nashoba
Celebrating everyday greatness! Is there a Nashoba teacher or staff member out there who you think deserves some special recognition? Send a Nashoba Notable Award their way! Fill out the form below and thank a Nashoba employee today!
Nashoba Notable Awards thank Nashoba employees for supporting students, families, and their school communities in all ways great and small.
Employees will receive a certificate that includes a brief explanation from the nominator of why they are Nashoba Notable. This form is open to everyone. Students, families, staff and community members can send a Nashoba Notable Award to any Nashoba employee.
There is no limit to the number of Nashoba Notable Awards someone may receive. Thank a Nashoba employee today!
This Week at Nashoba
Florence Sawyer School Drama performance of Annie, Jr.
Studying chemical reactions in Mary Rowlandson 5th grade. Kids’ reactions are as fun as the chemical ones!
Center School Grade 3 Chorus concert.
Together, we inspire and challenge all learners to reach their unique potential and become active contributors to their community.