Your Weekly Update from Natick High School
Happy Diwali to all of our students, families, and community members that celebrate and observe this celebration. Diwali is a five day celebration from October 22nd through October 26th, with the main celebration taking place on Monday, October 24th. This festival of lights, to honor the triumph of light over dark, is considered to be one of the most celebrated holidays for Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs - as well as some Buddhist and Muslims. Please join us in honoring and celebrating this important holiday for families and students.
This Wednesday, there is an early release day with the schedule linked below. We are also winding down the first term, with grades closing on Friday, November 4th. Please encourage your students to self advocate and connect with teachers for any additional support they may need beyond the classroom.
Have a great week!
Natick High School
"The President's Own" Marine Core Band at Symphony Hall in Boston.
On Monday, students in the Natick High School Concert Band and Wind Ensemble combined to participate in a clinic with members of the United States Marine Band, otherwise known as "The President's Own." The clinic was led by 1st Lt. Darren Lin, Assistant Director of the group and three musicians from the group: Staff Sgt. Christina Hughes, flute; Staff Sgt. Connor Mikula, saxophone; and Staff Sgt. Robert Bonner, trumpet. Students were given some work on rhythm fundamentals as well as a focus on expressive playing.
Additionally, on Tuesday, a number of students from the band program boarded a bus to Boston so see the Marine Band perform at Boston's historic Symphony Hall where they were treated to a night of of beautiful music and some guest appearances from the Boston Pops' Keith Lockhart, several musicians from the Boston Pops, as well as the Middlesex County Volunteers Fifes & Drums.
STUDENT HIGHLIGHTS - RedHawk Pride
Congratulations goes out to senior class member Madeline David, who was voted to receive the 2022 National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizens Award. This award symbolizes such skills as dependability, service, leadership and patriotism in school, home and community.
Madeline was nominated by NHS faculty and staff and then chosen by her senior classmates who acknowledge Madeline as a student who best exemplifies the qualities the award represents.
Please join me in commending Madeline for this great achievement ~
Reminders and Important Points
1) Letter to Parents/Guardians and Community regarding students at school events. Please read this important information in keeping students safe and respectful at school events.
2) Halloween is coming on 10/31- Seniors have a long standing tradition of celebrating in school. Please read the guidelines that we expect for this Senior tradition
3)Natick Public Schools has partnered with a free, online 24/7 tutoring company to support students in their academic work. With Paper™, students get access to free, unlimited, and 24/7 academic support from fully vetted tutors, all from a secure platform. All Paper tutors are experts in their own academic areas, and students can get support across 200-plus subjects in four languages.
NHS TECHNOLOGY CERTIFICATION
NHS has recently launched a Technology Certification program for students who are passionate about technology and able to excel past our current course offerings. Students work with an advisor to create a culminating project, connect with the community and demonstrate their expertise to a panel of community members at the end of the year. It's a great opportunity for students to distinguish themselves to colleges, internships and in job applications. Certificate earners get a presentation at class night, and a cord at graduation!
Sophomore Class Semi-Formal Dance
On Wednesday, October 26th, the Sophomore class will be having a semi-formal dance with a Halloween theme (not costumes) in the cafeteria! There will be a DJ, food and drinks, and will run from 7-9pm. Students are charged $10 if they buy tickets in advance during a lunch period OR see Mr. Donohue or Ms. Keefe on the third floor, charged $20 at the door on Wednesday evening. If students need assistance paying for the event, email the class advisors, Mr. Donohue or Ms. Keefe (firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com). It’s going to be a super fun night for the Sophomore Class, so we hope to see many students there. Thanks in advance for helping to support the class and future events.
ATTENTION CLASS OF 2024:
1. Class merchandise is now on sale! Click on the link below to get your official Class of 2024 Sweatshirt, T-Shirt, Crewnecks, and Lanyard. The process is easy and you can pay with a credit card. They also make for great holiday gifts! The online store closes on November 10th, so place your orders soon! Please email any of your class officers (Kenzo, Ava, Ryan, or Lily) if you have any questions or concerns. Here is the link to the online store: https://matt95245.wixsite.com/nhs2024
2. Class Dues! For those of you who have not yet paid your Class Dues, please make sure you do so as soon as possible. Class Dues are a one-time $100 payment -- if you pay the dues, then you can enjoy all of the upcoming class events, such as Boat Cruise and Senior Prom. Class Dues can be paid with cash or check (made out to NHS Class of 2024). Email any of the class officers if you have any questions or concerns."
Changing the Game: Making Youth Sports a Positive, Character Building, and Growth Experience
Thursday, October 27 at 7pm via Zoom — For youth sports coaches at all levels of play, parents and caregivers of active kids
(young people involved in sports and teen athletes are also welcome to attend)
John O’Sullivan, internationally known bestselling author, speaker and podcast host, will offer strategies to promote a positive and character-building sports experience for young people. Youth sports should be focused on learning sport-specific skills, as well as helping kids get the most out of their sports experience, all while growing as a person, learning life lessons, and having fun. ASL Interpretation will be provided at this event. Learn more about this FREE online program and register at www.SPARKKindness.org
Updates from the Athletics Department
For all of our Athletic teams schedules, information on how to buy tickets for games, and our school spectator and user guidelines, please REFER TO THIS PAGE.
VARSITY FOOTBALL GAME FRIDAY OCTOBER 28.
For information regarding the football game on Friday 10/28, please see visit this website:
WINTER SPORTS REGISTRATION OPENS FRIDAY OCTOBER 7.
Please refer to the following document, to find out how to register and when you need to register by.
AP Exam Registration
Natick High School 2022 - 2023 AP® Exam Registration Now Open
Registration Dates: September 30, 2022 - October 31, 2022
Cost: $101 per exam
*$10 Late registration fee: November 1, 2022 - November 6, 2022
Note: These exams are intended for students who are currently enrolled in an AP course at Natick High School or have prepared for exams independently.
Contact our AP Coordinators listed below with questions.
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!
You can subscribe to their monthly newsletter at the top of their webpage.
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