Your Weekly Update from Natick High School
The Week Ahead
Our students engaged in their summer reading discussions on Friday of this week. After a two year hiatus, the Summer Reading Committee worked tremendously hard to bring back this important event to our students. All of our NHS students engaged in grade level book discussions based on the book they chose this summer. Thanks to our SRC for bringing this back to the school community for the eighth time. It is an enormous undertaking and our students responded well.
September 15th kicks off the start of Hispanic Heritage month. As a school community and district, we value the histories, cultures, and contributions of those whose lineage come from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, as well as Central and South America. September 15th is especially significant to the countries of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua as the 15th is the anniversary of their independence. Please join us in celebrating Hispanic Heritage month through October 15th.
The schedule for the upcoming week is below. Please remember that Wednesday is and early release for staff professional development. The early release schedule is linked next to Wednesday's Red 2 day. Classes are shortened to 40 minutes and dismissal is at 11am.
Monday, September 19th - Red 1
Tuesday, September 20th - Blue 1
Wednesday, September 21st - Red 2 - Early Release Day Schedule
Thursday, September 22nd - Blue 2
Friday, September 23rd - Red 1
Have a great weekend everyone!
A Few Reminders and Important Points
1) Late buses started Monday, September 12th for all schools district wide. Please check the late bus routes for NHS HERE
2) **Please Read** Road Construction near NHS through 9/26. Please allow extra time in the morning and try to avoid the construction areas when and if possible
PEER ADVOCATES CLUB
The Peer Advocates club will hold its first meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 2:20 in Room 215. The meeting will be open to all students interested in learning about the club. Returning members who wish to continue should plan to attend this meeting as well.
The club will meet two times per month on Tuesdays right after school.
Peer Advocates are:
Student leaders working towards making a difference in our school and our Natick Community. Our goal is to continue to make Natick High School a safe place where all students feel comfortable being themselves and expressing all aspects of their identities. We work towards building respect for all members of the community through education, activism, and meaningful conversations in which we can all learn from one another's experiences.
We look forward to kicking off a great year!
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
Host a mentor and teacher from Starfish International in The Gambia, West Africa
We are looking for two Natick families to host for about five months apiece, generally to coincide with the two semesters. For more information, please read more here...
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!
You can subscribe to their monthly newsletter at the top of their webpage.
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.
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!
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
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.
- 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
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