December 4, 2020

Message from Principal Cullinane

Dear Nashoba Students and Families –

We hope you had a relaxing holiday.

We would like to share the results from our recent survey regarding the learning models at the high school. Almost 1200 students and parents responded to the survey. 52.5% of respondents indicated their preference was for the school to continue with the current remote learning model. 32.6% of respondents indicated a preference for adopting a hybrid learning model, and 14.9% of respondents prefer to adopt a full-return model.

Of staff, 80 staff members responded and 78 of them indicated a preference for staying with the current remote learning model.

This information was given to the NRSD School Committee at this past Wednesday's meeting. The committee's determination at that time was to possibly take a vote on this issue at the next committee meeting (December 16th). If the committee does indeed decide to move the high school to a hybrid model (there was no talk of adopting to a full-return), it seems very likely that we would not adopt a hybrid model prior to Semester 2.

We will keep you updated as we get more information.

Thank you.

Steve Cullinane

Interim Principal


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Nashoba Mascot Update

As you know, The Nashoba Regional School District has decided to replace its Chieftain moniker with a new mascot that more accurately represents all members of our community -- and we’d like your input!

Starting December 1st through December 15, 2020, we’ll be accepting nominations, suggestions, creative thoughts, and ideas for what you think the new mascot should be.

Please take a few moments to visit this link and fill out the form Mascot Survey with your thoughts on what the new high school mascot should be, as well as why you think yours is the best name!

We value everyone’s opinion during this exciting chapter of Nashoba Regional High School! Please be part of this exciting change!

Thank you,

Steve Cullinane, Interim Principal

Tania Rich, Director of Athletics

Military Information Opt-Out

Federal guidance for schools stipulates that high schools provide military recruiters with the names, addresses, and phone numbers of students. Parents (or students of the age of 18 or over) who would like to opt-out of this information being share should fill out the following form.

For more information on this, please view the PDF below.

MCAS: Attention All 11th Graders

All current 11th Grade students are scheduled to take the MCAS exam in person this January: the ELA MCAS sessions are scheduled for January 14, 15, and 18. The Math MCAS sessions are scheduled for January 21 and 22. Stay tuned for more details!

Please note that students must use their NRSD issued Chromebooks to take the Computer-Based Tests. Repairs to Chromebooks must be done ASAP. If your Chromebook is in need of attention, please request technical support at anytime, anywhere, from any device as long as you have internet access.

DESE has scheduled a May MCAS administration for all current 10th graders, as well as retests for 11th and 12th graders. The classes of 2021, 2022, and 2023 will not take an MCAS STE exam. Please refer to the DESE MCAS website for further details, including student participation and testing schedules.

From the AD's Desk...

Thank you to the NRSD School Committee, Superintendent Clenchy, Dr. Maguire, Mr. Cullinane and the administrative team at NRHS for the continued support and approval of winter sports!

The Winter season is scheduled to begin on Monday, December 14, 2020. Nashoba will be offering the following Winter sports: Boys’ Basketball, Girls’ Basketball, Boys’ Ice Hockey, Girls’ Ice Hockey, Gymnastics, Alpine Ski, Nordic Ski, and Swimming. We will be offering a limited number of training sessions for Indoor Track.

All students must register online by 12/8/20 to be eligible to tryout. Click here for the link! It is extremely important to register on time because we cannot set the tryout schedule until we know the number of students participating.

User fees ($125) are due by January 8, 2021, after teams are selected.

Physical Examinations – Please submit a valid physical to the Nashoba Regional nurses’ office. Physicals are valid for 13 months to the day of the exam – students with expired physicals will be ineligible to participate until a current physical is submitted. Additionally, the physical examination must be an in-person physical exam in order for the student to be eligible. Telehealth physicals are not valid for athletic participation. We highly encourage all physicals to be emailed to the nurses at, faxed to 978-965-3968, or mailed to the high school ASAP.

Thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation while we finalize information and guidelines with facilities and the schools in our league.

Online Presence Workshop from Students for Students! - Brought to you by NRHS DECA

On December 9th and 16th, juniors Eliza Wachtel and Sabrina Bezerra will de delivering an Online Presence Workshop for their DECA project this year.

The two workshops will be from 12 to 1:30. The workshop will share valuable tips and information to students while discussing having an appropriate online presence in greater detail. The sessions will help prepare students for their futures using interactive activities while providing personal curated advice to students about their current online presences. All students are welcome to attend! Keep an eye out for an email delivered to your student account with more information and the event link!

From the Nurse's Office

Hello Nashoba Families and Students,

I hope you are all doing well despite these challenges we are all enduring.

Hopefully we all know by now that we need to get tested with any COVID symptoms. Please continue to wear masks, maintain physical distance, and sanitize often. COVID symptoms include fever, cough, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, muscle aches/ body aches, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. Please get tested if you have even one of these symptoms. Also get tested if you have headache, nasal congestion/ runny nose, or fatigue in combination with any other symptom. It is important to stay home while awaiting test results, and to let your school nurse know that you or your student has been tested. Thank you for doing your part to stop the spread and helping to keep our first responders safe and healthy. If you are notified as a close contact to someone who has tested positive, please quarantine as advised by your healthcare provider or the local Boards of Health.

We need to be gentle with ourselves as well. This is a stressful time of year under normal circumstances and especially so this year. Try practicing hygge this weekend! Hygge is a Danish and Norwegian word for a mood of coziness, wellness, and contentment. It is often used in the cold winter days of shortened daylight. Try lighting candles, getting comfortable with a fuzzy blanket, and enjoying a hot beverage to bring hygge into your home this winter! This will be the perfect weekend for it!

Let's all support each other and spread kindness as often as we can.

Wishing you all a weekend of comfort, joy, and peace. Be well.

Sarah DelConte Cosentino

Follow on twitter for health, wellness, and community updates! @NashobaNurses

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From the Guidance Department

Results from the October PSATs have been received. If you took the PSAT and wish to view the results, you can access them via your College Board or Naviance account. Please remember that we do not have access to your login or password to the College Board.

From the Nashoba Music Department

We want to offer our heartfelt congratulations to the following Nashoba music students who auditioned for and were accepted into the Massachusetts Central District Music Festival. As with other events this year, we were not sure whether Central District would even take place. In a QUICK turn around, these students prepared audition pieces on instrument and voice within three weeks of the audition - their hard work and dedication to music paid off!

In addition, the music students in BOLD also received scores high enough to qualify them for the Massachusetts All-State Festival Auditions.

This is the largest group of Nashoba students EVER who have qualified for All-State auditions.

Congratulations on your commendable accomplishments!

Nina Ambrose, 11 - Soprano Voice

Morgan Barton, 9 - Soprano Voice

Luis Bello, 11 - Tenor Voice

Temi Bradlee, 11 - Soprano Voice

Emily Cote, 10 - Soprano Voice

Natalie Davis, 9 - Alto Voice

Henry Gordon-Ozaydin, 11 - Bass Voice

Jocelyn Kelly, 9 - Tuba

Hansika Kommanavancha,9, Alto Voice

Colleen Laird, 12 - Alto Voice

Grace Larence, 12 - Alto Voice

Olivia Liang, 10 - Clarinet

Gianna Poulin, 9 - Soprano Voice

Veronica Well, 11 - Alto Voice

Technology/Chromebook Support

Students having difficulties with their technology should reach out to district IT support through the following channels:

From the Nutrition Department

Hello Families,

The Nutrition Team would like to send you an update on our Grab and Go meal pickup.

WE HAVE MOVED (a little)

We are now handing out lunches out of the auditorium doors at the High School. Families will still drive in on the right side of the school, but will now loop around, rather than driving behind the school. New signs will be in place to direct you.

We will still be serving Monday, Wednesday and Fridays 11:30-1 and 2:30-4 pm. Your children don't need to be with you, and we still do not require any identifying information to pick up meals.

Follow us on Twitter @NRSD_Nutrition for any updates!

As a reminder, we now have a Grab and Go menu posted on our website here.

We hope to see you today in the snow, please drive safely and have a fun & safe Halloween!

Nutrition Department