The Common, Edition #2
September 2, 2022
September 2, 2022
Dear Nashoba Families,
We are off and running after the opening of school. It felt so good to see students return to school and our faculty and staff have expressed positivity and optimism about the year to come.
Over the summer we worked on a refresh of our website as a result of the feedback we received from many of you last year. When visiting our district website at www.nrsd.net, you will see a new layout with the same content as before. We have added two additional features that we hope you will find helpful. We have added a collective calendar of all schools so that you may view events happening across the district. To access, click on the quick link, "All Events in Nashoba" and select "All School Events." The second feature we have added is a "Weekly Updates" tab. This link will take you to all of our archived district weekly updates. Moving forward, the district website will also have a landing pad to access each of our school's newsletters. Our goal here is to provide our community with information and access to all of the great things happening across the district.
In working with our website vender this year we have learned that many of the features you desire for communication are not possible in their singular approach. Therefore, we are currently examining new products and companies that integrate communication platforms to meet the needs of our community. We are seeking a communication solutions company that can offer us an interactive website, a customized app for phones, push notifications at your request, and push outs to social media platforms in one product bundle. Our goal is to identify the next solution prior to budget season so we can make a change at the end of our current contract. Thank you for your patience as we are working hard bring these solutions to you in the future.
On a different note, this weekend we will have a four day weekend to celebrate Labor Day on Monday and to host the primary elections on Tuesday. School will resume on Wednesday, September 7th.
On the US department of Labor website it is stated, “Observed the first Monday in September, Labor Day is an annual celebration of the social and economic achievements of American workers. The holiday is rooted in the late nineteenth century, when labor activists pushed for a federal holiday to recognize the many contributions workers have made to America’s strength, prosperity, and well-being.” In the spirit of recognizing the hard work you all put into your lives, I hope you enjoy the extended weekend enjoying the company of family and friends.
Update on School Lunch Access
While school lunches will remain available to all students at no cost to families, the district must seek to understand the economic status of families that may otherwise qualify for free or reduced meals. Collecting data on economic needs helps us attain available support for students such as academic tutoring, reduced/waived athletic fees, and future school lunch needs. If you believe your student may qualify, please access the application through our Nutrition Services website or look for a flyer coming home with students next week.
Meet the Department of Teaching and Learning Team
The Department of Teaching and Learning team is excited to support the work of the talented educators in the Nashoba Regional School District. Work within the Department of Teaching and Learning includes curriculum development, instructional visioning and programming, instructional coaching, assessment alignment, and professional development. Please be on the lookout for communication about these elements from the Department of Teaching and Learning each week. We recognize and value families as partners in the learning process and ongoing communication is an important part of this process.
Laura Pagington, Curriculum Director of ELA and Social Studies, brings many years of experience at the middle and high school levels to her role as curriculum director. A highly successful educator for the past 20 years within Nashoba, Ms. Pagington's skillset includes expertise in engaging standards-based lesson design, interdisciplinary teaching, mentoring, and curriculum facilitation. Ms. Pagington's highly reflective nature coupled with her highly talented skillset, make her an asset to the Teaching and Learning department. Running, reading, and obscure and useless trivia are her jam.
Courtney Philbin, Curriculum Director of Mathematics and Science, joins the Nashoba Regional School District from Acton Boxborough where she served as an instructional coach focused on STEM (science technology, engineering, math). Prior to working in Acton, Ms. Philbin served as a highly successful math teacher in Newton Public Schools. Ms. Philbin brings a collaborative skillset, passion for STEM education, knowledge of innovative teaching practices, and a deep commitment to the creation of equitable and culturally responsive learning communities. Another runner in the midst, Ms. Philbin also spends her time away from school hiking and chasing her three kids around.
Karen Boisvert, Math Curriculum Lead, has 14 years of experience in math education at Nashoba Regional School District. As a middle school math teacher at Hale for many years, Ms. Boisvert worked hard to offer students instructional experiences in math that were meaningful, rich, and engaging. Ms. Boisvert took the circuitous route to mathematics by way of musical theater and foreign language. She enjoys power tools, Japanese puzzles, pasta, and terrible puns.
Laura Friend, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, has enjoyed a long tenure within the district having served in different roles since she joined the Nashoba community in 1998. Ms. Friend's experience includes serving as a classroom teacher, district curriculum leader, mentor coordinator, and assistant principal. For the past seven years, Ms. Friend was the principal of the Luther Burbank Middle School in Lancaster. Ms. Friend brings high expectations for student learning, knowledge of effective and innovative instructional pedagogy, appreciation for student diversity, and an unwavering dedication to Nashoba in her role as Assistant Superintendent. Need to know the best ice cream stand or the best National Park to visit, Ms. Friend is your go to!
Welcome Back, Nashoba!
Together, we inspire and challenge all learners to reach their unique potential and become active contributors to their community.