NPS Community Newsletter

April, 2022

Superintendent Brooke Clenchy

Happy Spring!


How wonderful to see the spring flowers begin to bloom! Spring is always a great time to renew, refresh and positively move ahead. As we look ahead, it’s hard to believe that we are planning the details of our NRHS graduation (Saturday, June 4, 2022) and our school district end-of-year activities.


In this month’s newsletter, we are highlighting our Orleans and Brewster Elementary Schools. Last month we highlighted Nauset Regional Middle School and included a picture of Cooper - their therapy puppy who also visited our offices this month. Next month we will be highlighting Wellfleet and Eastham Elementary Schools, and in June we will highlight Nauset High School. Each month we provide you with a short update on the ongoing Nauset Regional High School building project.


We have just finished up our budget season and now await our annual town meetings. Thank you to everyone involved in this extensive process - our Principals, Central Office administrative team members in the Business Office, and our Nauset Regional Budget and Finance Committee members. Building one school district budget is a challenge, in the Nauset Public Schools we build five budgets. We thank everyone involved with our processes, including those in our municipal leadership roles.


We have moved to masking as optional in all of our NPS schools as of now, and continue to monitor COVID in all of our communities. We are in the process of making changes to the school district blueprint (posted on our website) which will be updated online shortly.


Spring sports have begun and our fields are active hubs of activity. Be sure to stay current and take in one of our many student activities by monitoring the individual school websites for dates and times! You can access the schools from our main district webpage.


We are now in the process of moving into a mock-up stage with the new Nauset Public Schools website - which we hope to implement in the new school year. A template has been chosen, surveys have been conducted and we have moved forward into the next phase of building and populating the new website. We have continuously made changes to the current website this year with an eye to the future.


We are excited to see the warmer weather and longer days move in - and there is no better place to experience this than on Cape Cod!


Enjoy!

Last Day of School: June 30, 2022 (1/2 day for students)

Due to the number of inclement weather/snow days that necessitated school closings this year, the last day of school for Nauset Public Schools will be June 30th. It will a half day for students.


Elementary Student Dismissal: 11am

Middle/High School Student Dismissal: 11:45am

Orleans Elementary School Update: Principal Elaine Pender

Orleans Elementary is blossoming with fantastic learning experiences this Spring! Our students exceeded the "Rally to Read challenge" by reading over 2,000 books! Thank you to Mrs. Yuen, Mrs. Jenkins, and our classroom teachers, who enlisted the students in this reading challenge. Mrs. Jenkins decorated our central atrium with "Kites," highlighting this achievement.


Many of our grade levels have engaged in research projects. Fifth Grade taught younger students about Founding Members of our country, and Fourth Grade offered a living museum of famous individuals. Additionally, Third Grade created Backyard Bird presentations. Not to be outdone, Second Grade made Penguin slide shows to virtually share with families, and First Grade proudly presented their work on Winter Animals.


Our PTC hosted their second open meeting on Tuesday, April 5th, where they shared the many upcoming events they will be sponsoring, including an outdoor Book Fair and Ice Cream Social. The PTC is also funding our all-school initiative, “One Book, One School,” later in the Spring.


Our teachers are collaborating to plan active learning lessons to spark student interest in May and June to include many off-campus opportunities. Presently, each grade is taking advantage of an opportunity afforded to us by generous parent support to travel to the Shark Center in Chatham.


Orleans Elementary was honored to be able to conduct a class through the Snow Library Lifetime Learning Program this week. Five school professionals offered the community a glimpse into the day in the life at OES. Most participants were quite interested in finding out how much has changed in Elementary School!

Brewster Elementary Schools Update: Principal Keith Gauley & Assistant Principal Allyson Joy

Eddy and Stony Brook schools have been cruising right along this school year. Each day the students are entering the building with a positive attitude and lots of smiles. It has been exciting to see the students grow academically and be able to work collaboratively with one another. In kindergarten the students celebrated learning all of their letters with an alphabet parade through the halls. Ms. Mason's 2nd grade class presented parents with a play virtually, and our pre-school students created and shared kindness words. At Eddy our students have been busy creating book reports that included a biography bonanza by grade 4, while grade 5 served us a wonderful book buffet to showcase their book reports. Student council members from fifth grade have invited both schools to take part in many spirit days dressing in the theme for that day to help foster our school community. They have also spent time exploring different clubs or events to take part at recess.


At both schools, we feel very fortunate to be able to enjoy our school day in-person this year during the pandemic. We have worked hard to create a positive atmosphere for learning while adapting to the ever changing Covid guidelines. We have been successful in both schools with no source of in school transmission of the virus.


We wanted to take a moment to give a huge “shout out” to all of the teachers and staff at the Stony Brook and Eddy Elementary Schools! They work so hard daily to ensure that all of the students are growing and learning to the best of their abilities. We feel extremely fortunate to be able to work with such an amazing group of educators. However, we can’t do this alone, and we would also like to thank the parents and families of both of our schools. Thank you for the support that you provide our schools and your students daily. We are truly grateful for our Brewster Community.

April Building Project Update: Tom Faris & Kathleen Tringale, Educational Liaisons

Now that we find ourselves in the month of April, the building project is ramping up with the preparations for phase one. As planned, Nauset High School will put into place a sizable modular classroom building at the back of the campus beginning in July 2022. Nauset Schools has agreed to purchase pre-existing modular-classroom buildings from the Lincoln, MA school system. Lincoln has been using these modulars in a building project that they are completing in June. This timing was ideal for the Nauset Region. Nauset staff visited the modular classroom buildings in Lincoln last week to better prepare for the upcoming move. As planned, these classroom buildings will be dismantled in Lincoln in early July and transported from the winding roads of Lincoln over the Sagamore Bridge to the Nauset High School campus. They will be installed throughout the summer, including the required infrastructure: water, electricity, fire, internet to name a few. Once installed, there will be as many as 28 classrooms, 15 office spaces, teacher workrooms, student and faculty bathrooms. The purchase and use of modular classrooms will allow us to close half the existing Nauset campus for construction in phase one, shortening the overall project timeline.


Work will begin in other campus spaces in July as well. The gymnasium, cafeteria building, auditorium, library will all see changes. The gym will begin its two-year renovation and face-lift. The current cafeteria will be razed to allow for the construction of a new state of the art academic building. Our current library will be transformed into our temporary cafeteria/cafe/library, and our auditorium will house the fitness center and physical education programs until the gym has been renovated.


The remodeling and updating of the Nauset High School campus will see some important changes and upgrades to our existing campus. Teachers, administrators and staff are excited about how the renovated campus will better accommodate our students and reflect our twenty-first century educational practices.

Modular Classroom in Lincoln MA

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High School Building Project Update: Greg Levasseur, Chair NRHS Building Committee

The Nauset High School building project is moving forward on several fronts. The project has just filed the 90% construction documents with MSBA as a milestone toward going out for bids in late May. The project manager and a group of Building Committee members are prequalifying subcontractors and general contractors to allow them to be able to bid on the project.


The project also has a second smaller endeavor of moving modular classrooms purchased from the Lincoln School District and installing them on the campus. These temporary classrooms and offices will allow the educational experience to continue safely during the 2-year construction of the new science labs, art rooms, cafeteria and new auditorium.


The project also entails the construction of a temporary kitchen in B building and a temporary fitness area in the current auditorium, D building.


All these activities surrounding the modular units are currently out to bid with responses due for review by April 8.


We look forward to having a groundbreaking ceremony in late spring or early summer to highlight the endeavors of all who continue to support Nauset Regional High School.

All progress and updates for the Nauset High School Building Project can be found on our website here.

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Massachusetts State Seal of Biliteracy

The State Seal of Biliteracy is an award provided by state approved districts that recognizes high school graduates who attain high functional and academic levels of proficiency in English and a world language in recognition of having studied and attained proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation. The vision is to help students recognize the value of their academic success and see the tangible benefits of being bilingual. The State Seal of Biliteracy takes the form of a seal that appears on the transcript or diploma of the graduating senior and is a statement of accomplishment for future employers and for college admissions.

This award is voluntary, but Nauset believes in the value of being bilingual or multi-lingual in the 21st century. Thus, Nauset began awarding the Seal to Nauset graduates meeting the qualifications in 2021, and we are excited to continue this tradition this year and into the future.


What is the Massachusetts State Seal of Biliteracy Award?

  • An award that recognizes high school graduates who are proficient in English and another language

  • Appears as a seal on the transcript or diploma of the graduate

  • A statement of accomplishment for future employers and for college admissions


State Seal of Biliteracy with Distinction

  • An extension of the MA State Seal of Biliteracy Award that also appears as a seal on the transcript or diploma of the graduate

  • Recognizes high school graduates who have attained advanced or exceedingly advanced proficiency in English and another language

  • A statement of advanced accomplishment


Benefits

  • Helps students recognize the value of their academic success and see the benefits of being bilingual

  • Encourages students to study and master languages

  • Recognizes the value of language diversity

  • Provides employers with a method of identifying people with language and biliteracy skills

  • Provides universities with a method to recognize and give credit to applicants for the attainment of high-level skills in languages

  • Prepares students with skills that will benefit them in the labor market and the global society

  • Strengthens intergroup communication and honors the multiple cultures and languages in a community


Criteria

  • Score of Proficient on the grade 10 ELA MCAS

  • Score of Intermediate-High on a state-designated language proficiency assessment in a language other than English


Seal of Biliteracy With Distinction

  • Score of Advanced on the grade 10 ELA MCAS

  • Score of Advanced-Low on a state-designated language proficiency assessment in a language other than English


Next Steps

If you or your student believe that they may qualify for the State Seal of Biliteracy Award, please contact the world language department or central office.

Contacts:

Nauset Regional High School

World Language Department:

(508) 255-1505


Nauset Public Schools

Central Office: (508) 255-8800 Or the English Learner Teacher at your child’s school.

“Our vision is to help students recognize the value of their academic success and see the tangible benefits of being bilingual.” -Ma Department of Education

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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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