The Common, Edition #16
December 16, 2022
December 16, 2022
Dear Nashoba Families,
As we approach the end of the year, we are reminded of the many different faiths and traditions that are celebrated within our community during the month of December. From Christmas and Hanukkah to Kwanzaa and the Winter Solstice, this time of year is marked by a rich diversity of religious and cultural celebrations.
As members of this community, we are fortunate to live in a place where people of all faiths and backgrounds are welcome and respected. Our strategic plan is written from the core values of belonging within our school community. It is important for us to understand and accept that we are a collection of people who celebrate a multitude of faiths and traditions. It is this cultural and religious diversity that brings strength to our collective community.
I want to wish all members of our community a happy and joyous holiday season. We look forward to continuing to work together to build a strong and inclusive community in the year ahead.
“Be your best self. Pave your path. Impact the world.”
The January 9th Public Forum will be held in person at the Nashoba Regional High School, 12 Green Road, from 6:00-7:30 PM. The Forum will also be livestreamed for community members wishing to attend the meeting virtually. Please use this link to view or participate in the meeting in real time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYqIf8Osats
News from the Department of Teaching and Learning
Nashoba Portrait of a Graduate Competencies Come to Life
Our Nashoba Portrait of a Graduate Competencies are being brought to life... in the curriculum, that is. The Department of Teaching and Learning has recently updated the majority of the District’s current core curricular review processes and curriculum mapping documents, as well as created a Vision for Learning aligned with the District’s Strategic Plan and Portrait of a Nashoba Graduate competencies.
These updated documents were presented during the School Committee meeting on Wednesday, December 14th, and can be found on our District website by clicking here.
The goal of these updates is to further support the development of our students in becoming well-prepared, engaged, empathetic, and self-reliant learners with strong critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills. Revising and developing the curriculum is an important step in helping our students achieve the desired qualities we have outlined for our Nashoba graduates. We look forward to the journey ahead!
Panorama Survey to Solicit Student Voice
As a reminder, the Nashoba Regional School District has partnered with Panorama, a platform that supports the administration of student surveys to assess support needs relative to social-emotional competencies and students’ overall sense of belonging within their school. Panorama was selected because of its alignment to the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning framework (CASEL), an evidenced informed framework that supports five core learning competencies: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making.
Next week, the district will administer surveys to students in grades 3-12. Responses to these surveys will provide us with invaluable insights into student experiences so that we can improve and enhance our practices to better meet student needs. The goal is for us to engage our student voices to look for patterns and trends on a macro level, by grade level and by school. Should you wish to view the survey in its entirety, please feel free to reach out to your building principal directly.
We hope to have all of our students participate. While our goal is 100% participation, parents/guardians may choose to not have their child participate. The survey is voluntary, and your child can skip any question or choose not to participate. If you prefer your child not to participate in this survey, please fill out the Opt Out Form by the end of the day today, December 16, 2022.
News from the Department of Pupil Personnel Services
Everyone has a story to tell. This past week, a visit to the High School Therapeutic Learning Center brought these tales alive. Several of our students are making plans for post high school. I was particularly impressed with their individual ability to articulate their individual pursuits and “the why,” behind their plans. It makes us realize that our students are working hard to understand their own story and how it is driving future dreams and goals. The students shared that entering this phase was challenging; however, as they become aware of what they need as individuals, it has assisted each one of them to pave a future path. It is clear that as students reflect on their progress, they are achieving success in accomplishing goals and while the next steps can be scary, they are committed to their own learning process. Our stories are powerful in that they provides us a window into understanding one another. Please consider the following story as it demonstrates that while we can find common threads among us, perspectives can be very different.
A group of geography students was studying the Seven Wonders of the World. At the end of the lesson the students asked to decide what they considered being the Seven Wonders of the World.
The following is the list that received the most votes:
1. Egypt's Great Pyramids
2. Taj Mahal
3. Grand Canyon
4. Panama Canal
5. Empire State Building
6. St. Peter's Basilica
7. China's Great Wall
As the students reviewed the votes, the teacher noticed that one of her quieter students had not turned in her paper yet. She asked the student if she was having trouble deciding which wonders
to select for her list. The young woman replied, “yes, a little. I couldn't make up my mind because there were so many wonders to choose from."
The teacher said, "well tell us what you have, and maybe the rest of us can help you decide."
The girl hesitated, then read, "I think The Seven Wonders of the World are:
1. to touch
2. to taste
3. to see
4. to hear...
She hesitated a moment, and then read:
5. to run
6. to laugh
7. and to love."
This story is a reminder that we may overlook the simple or ordinary. Here at Nashoba, we do not have to travel anywhere to find the unique, the special and the inspirational, we find this in our student’s stories.
News from the Health and Wellness Office
With influenza (flu) activity increasing nationally, and troubling early data showing drops in flu vaccine uptake this season, the CDC has issued an urgent reminder about the importance of vaccinating for flu. Hospitalization rates in children are among the highest seen at this time in about a decade so far this season.
Getting a flu shot is the most important action a person can take to prevent flu and its potentially serious complications. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine as soon as possible.
The flu vaccine:
Reduces the risk of flu illness
Can make illness less severe among people who get vaccinated, but still get sick with flu, reducing the risk of serious flu complications, such as hospitalization
Can be given at the same time as a COVID-19 vaccine, for people who are due for both
Protects against four different flu viruses - even if a patient has already gotten flu, other flu viruses are circulating and it’s possible to get flu more than once a season
Groups at higher risk of serious illness from flu include:
Flu is more dangerous than the common cold for children, and healthy children 5 years and older can spread flu to vulnerable family members like infants younger than 6 months and adults over 65
Due to changes to the immune system, heart, and lungs during pregnancy make people more susceptible to potentially serious flu complications. Flu may also be harmful for a developing baby.
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
NRHS band and choral students delivering a captivating and festive performance to a full house at the Annual NRHS Holiday Concert.
The cast and crew of the Hale Middle School winter musical: Beauty and the Beast.
Florence Sawyer Drama working on their choreography
Center teachers participating in some competitive fun at their celebratory winter staff meeting - having fun and eating the best ever parent-made cupcakes!
Together, we inspire and challenge all learners to reach their unique potential and become active contributors to their community.