April 9, 2021
Message from Principal Cullinane
Good afternoon Nashoba students and families -
First and foremost I'd like to congratulate our Class of 2021 Valedictorian, Miranda Clack, and Salutatorian, Matthew Taylor-Chang! This is a huge accomplishment and both students should be very proud!
This newsletter has some important information regarding the full-return to school on April 26th. Thank you for filling out the survey last week. We will continue to provide planning updates over the next two weeks.
First Week's Schedule
Below is the schedule for the first week after April Break
MCAS Update- 11th Graders
DESE has released an announcement stating that, “at the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education’s April 20 meeting, Commissioner Riley will recommend that the Board modify the state graduation requirements for students in grade 11 (class of 2022) so that they would not need to pass the MCAS ELA and Mathematics tests in order to earn their CD. (As a reminder, a modification to the CD for STE was previously approved for this class.)” Grade 11 students may choose to participate in the MCAS ELA and Mathematics tests for scholarship purposes: “Grade 11 students who choose to participate may do so either in spring 2021 or in fall 2021.” Please review the Adams Scholarship and the Koplik Certificate of Mastery to inform your understanding of MCAS and scholarship eligibility.
More information will be provided on how to determine whether to participate and how to sign up for this spring’s or next fall’s MCAS if you decide to.
DESE has also released an updated testing window. All 10th graders are still required to take the ELA and Math MCAS exams this spring. Please stay tuned for more information on a schedule of the spring MCAS administration at the high school.
Stay tuned to this weekly newsletter for details!
The following sports were approved by the MIAA for the Spring season, with
modifications to adhere to the EEA guidelines: baseball, softball, lacrosse,
outdoor track & field, tennis, and unified track. Competitive Cheer and
Wrestling are scheduled for the spring season IF the sports are approved by the MIAA and EEA.
The spring season is scheduled to begin on Monday, April 26, 2021. The MIAA has approved a spring tournament (playoffs). The spring season could run through July 3rd if one of our teams made it to the state championship. Please expect the spring season to at least go through the middle of June.
Important information regarding spring sports…
Please note that before being able to tryout or participate in a spring sport, all
student-athletes must be registered online and have a current physical on file
with the nurse.
ONLINE REGISTRATION IS OPEN - Click here! Student-athletes must register online by 4/13/21 to participate in a spring sport at Nashoba.
Physical Examinations – Please submit a valid physical to the Nashoba Regional nurses’ office prior to the season beginning.
User Fees: Spring user fees are due by May 7, 2021, after teams are selected. Spring user fees are $125. Unified Track fee is $75. PLEASE DO NOT
PAY USER FEES UNTIL TEAMS ARE SELECTED!
Message from our NRHS Nurses
As we get closer to full return for our high school students, we wish to send a few reminders. Please continue to notify us when your child will be absent and the reason. Please continue to notify us when your child is testing and for what reason, and forward all test results, and notify us if your child has been identified as a close contact. Please continue to stay home when symptomatic. Symptoms of COVID include sore throat, runny nose/ congestion, fever, chills, cough, headache, body aches, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, new loss of taste or smell, shortness of breath, & difficulty breathing. We continue to follow guidelines when recommending testing or alternate option of staying home for 10 days from the start of symptoms when discussing symptoms of COVID. Please remember to stay home while awaiting PCR test results and to submit your PCR test result to the health office to be cleared to return to school.
When students or staff experience symptoms during school hours, we have the option of offering Abbott Binax NOW rapid tests. These rapid tests are reliable for positive results and allow us to contact trace immediately if positive. Any negative rapid results will require student or staff to be sent home and test with a follow up PCR to confirm a negative test.
Please follow this link for permission for your child to be tested if you would like this option. Parents/ guardians will be called prior to testing to discuss the scenario.
Thank you to all our families and students who help to keep our school community healthy and safe for all!
Sarah DelConte Cosentino
This is a reminder that course sign-ups are due by April 12th. Details and instructions were sent out on Friday, March 26th in a message from Mr. Cullinane. PowerSchool login information was sent out via School Messenger to your parent/guardian on March 30th. Please use this time to review your course selections and click "Submit" to save your choices. Thank you and please do not hesitate to reach out to your guidance counselor with any questions.