Your Weekly Update from Natick High School
Shanah tovah to all of our Natick High School students, families, and community members that celebrate the Jewish New Year starting at sundown this Sunday evening. As a reminder, there are no classes this coming Monday, September 26th in honor of this important holiday. Teachers and staff are aware to be respectful of workload assigned to students around all religious holidays that occur during the school year. We hope that you are able to enjoy the holiday with family and friends in your celebration.
9th Grade Class Officer elections will take place during the school day this coming Thursday. It is an exciting opportunity for all the candidates to take on the four leadership roles with the Class of 2026. These candidates have been campaigning for the past weeks, and will make their speeches to their grade level peers on Thursday morning in the auditorium. Best of luck to all of the candidates on the campaign trail.
Have a safe and relaxing weekend.
THE WEEK AHEAD
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 - NO SCHOOL, ROSH HASHANAH
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 - BLUE 1
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 - RED 2
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 - BLUE 2, 9th Grade CLASS OFFICER ELECTIONS
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 - RED 1
Reminders and Important Points
REQUIRED YEARLY FORMS - If you have not completed your student's Required Yearly Forms in PowerSchool, please do so as soon as possible. It is very important that we have accurate and current information regarding our students. You can access and complete these forms through your Power School account. The following is a link to the instructions on how to access your account. Guardian Instructions - Please Read!
LEARN A BETTER WAY
A VIRTUAL family communication skills workshop providing hope, learning and support for parents and caregivers facing substance use in their families. Sessions will be Thursdays from 7:00-8:30pm ET via Zoom. The first session of the 5 week workshop series will be Thursday, Oct. 20th. You can download the program flyer HERE and register using the Google Form Link. Feel free to contact Natick180 at Natick180@natickma.org with any questions.
EQUITY COLLABORATIVE CLUB
All students at NHS are invited to the first meeting of the Equity Collaborative! The Equity Collaborative is a club for students committed to furthering school-wide equity, inclusion, antiracism, and respect. Students in the Collaborative are responsible for planning and executing the Equity Co-op conference each spring with the goal of fostering a sense of belonging for all students. We are looking for leaders of a variety of clubs and teams to join us, as well as any student who wants to make NHS a more welcoming place. We will meet Wednesday, September 28 after school in the choir room #148.
Guidance Department Bulletin
Thank you to our PTSO for their ongoing support to our students and faculty. Our PTSO is looking for more volunteers to assist them with their work for the school year. You can learn more about the NHS PTSO, and how to get involved by visiting their website. Thank you in advance for your help!
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Updates to the Music Program
This is a particularly exciting year for the Music Department, as Natick is introducing a 3rd-12th grade Orchestra program for the very first time! Students in the 3rd and 4th grade can sign up for violin, viola, or cello, join the lesson program, and play in before-school ensembles just like Band students! We are also adding string ensembles at both Kennedy and Wilson Middle Schools. Beginners are welcome at all grade levels, as well as more experienced players looking for an ensemble experience. Students can sign up for lessons at the music website here or email Sirkka Natti, our new Elementary/Middle School Orchestra teacher, for more information at email@example.com. She looks forward to hearing from you!
Protecting Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) Cards and Benefits:
Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) clients have been the target of benefit theft through skimming, in which thieves put a device on a store’s card-swiping machine to copy card information. To protect clients from skimming, DTA is requiring cardholders in locations with a high incidence of skimming (Eastern Massachusetts) to set a new PIN to use their EBT over the next few weeks and is encouraging all clients to change their PIN regularly. Cardholders can change their PIN through automated steps by calling the number on the back of their card, as outlined in this flyer. More information and steps on how to change a PIN are available at Mass.gov/ProtectYourEBT and Mass.gov/ProtejaSuEBT, and outreach materials are available in 11 languages.
Reminder for Parents Who Want to Volunteer--CORI Checks
Reminder If you want to volunteer in schools, you must have a CORI check conducted and you must go into the building with identification (drivers license or passport) to do this. Click here for description of what a CORI check is and does. Without a CORI check, you cannot volunteer in the school. Here is the form to fill out for a CORI.
Paper - On-Demand Tutoring
Natick Public Schools is excited to announce an amazing resource partnering with Paper for on-demand tutoring for ALL NHS students. Paper is a secure, online tutoring service that provides students with unlimited, 24/7 academic support. Whether they’re stuck on homework, studying for a test, or need someone to read and make suggestions to their essays, there will always be experts available online to assist students in over 200 subjects and more than 4 languages. For additional information SEE THE INFO PAGE
- Title I: Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990Title II
- Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990Title VI
- Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964Title IX
- Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
- MGL, Ch.76, Section 5: Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 76, Section 5