April 14, 2023
Spring has arrived!!!! Next week we will be closed for the April vacation. I hope you all have an opportunity to enjoy the warmer weather, travel to new places, or just have fun with your kids no matter what you do. We will return on Monday, April 24th for the final quarter of the school year.
I hope you have a great vacation week!!!
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News from the Department of Teaching and Learning
Voices of Nashoba, Where Are You Now, Nashoba?
Many of you may recall that in December, the Department of Teaching and Learning reached out to Nashoba graduates from the past decade with the initiative, "Where Are You Now, Nashoba?" The objective of this outreach was to allow our graduates to share their journeys and offer valuable insights into the skills and competencies needed for a fulfilling and successful life beyond Nashoba. The stories and perspectives shared by our alumni are truly inspirational and will guide us in our pursuit of fully realizing the Portrait of a Nashoba Graduate as a district.
The Department of Teaching and Learning is pleased to share our Voices of Nashoba booklet and video, featuring 78 Nashoba graduate voices who participated in our outreach initiative. We encourage you to explore and listen!
The Engineering Design Process Meets Cross-Grade Buddies at The Center School
Cross-grade buddies from Mr. Topalian’s 5th-grade class and Mrs. Keough’s kindergarten class met on Monday to engage in a fun engineering design activity. Students were challenged to create a tall, free-standing structure that would hold a stuffed animal blue monkey for at least 10 seconds. The students could use up to 50 notecards, scissors, and 12 inches of blue painter’s tape to create a structure at least 12 inches tall. Using the engineering design process and working collaboratively in cross-grade partnerships, students worked for 18 minutes to construct the tallest possible structure that would support the weight of the stuffed monkey. Through perseverance, lots of laughter, and trial and error, many partnerships successfully constructed a free-standing structure and were ready to test out their structures. Mr. Topalian and Mrs. Keough had the opportunity to engage in this engineering design challenge themselves on March 17th, the district’s annual full day of professional development, during an Engineering is Elementary curriculum training session with the Museum of Science.
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/.
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
Luther Burbank Middle School Chorus.
Luther Burbank Middle School Band Concert
Together, we inspire and challenge all learners to reach their unique potential and become active contributors to their community.