May 1, 2020
A Message From The Principal
Dear Nashoba Families,
I hope you are all doing well and continue to stay safe during this time. We are heading into our fifth week of remote learning and I want to thank you for your continued support, flexibility, and patience as we all navigate this difficult time together.
Attendance in PowerSchool:
I want to let parents know that we have begun using the attendance function in PowerSchool each Monday. The purpose is to record student engagement in each class for the prior week. An "A" entered in Monday's classroom attendance means that they did not participate in the prior week. A "T" means that they partially participated, and no entry means they participated completely. If you would rather not get these notifications, you can turn off this function by going to your PowerSchool settings. We will be using this attendance function solely as record of student engagement to ensure that we are able to identify and reach out to any student who may need assistance during this time of remote learning.
As always, please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.
Class of 2020 ~ Graduation Update
We want to thank everyone for filling out the survey around senior graduation. Our planning team (which includes senior students, as well as dedicated teachers, administration, and parents) has met several times and dissected several different possibilities. We know that graduation is an emotional time for students and their families. We can undoubtedly promise you that we want to come up with the best possible option to celebrate our seniors.
At this time, we want everyone to know we are still working on the plan and the details, but we need more information and to follow all guidelines from the towns and the state. This is definitely an unprecedented time and we are doing our best to come up with the most personal graduation possible. Even though we have discussed many fun options, no official decision has been made and we have a meeting scheduled for next week, as we wait for as much information as possible from state and local officials to keep us all safe.
Also, please keep in mind to follow all local and state social distancing and gathering guidelines during this time. We want to make sure we follow these guidelines to stay as healthy and as safe.
-Graduation Planning Team
Class of 2020 Updates
The Chieftain Speech - The Chieftain Speech will be made by a member of the graduating class who has a significant message to share about his/her/their time at Nashoba. All graduating seniors are invited to submit a speech. Speeches should be shared with Mrs. Hilliger by 2:30PM on Friday, May 15, 2020. There are no exceptions to this deadline.
Caps/Gowns - Caps & Gowns are expected to be delivered toward the end of May. Once they arrive we will make arrangements for seniors to pick them up. If you have not ordered your cap & gown, please notify Mrs. Wozniak at email@example.com as soon as possible.
Athletic Department Update
As I mentioned last week in the newsletter, there is still a lot of work to be completed in our athletic department over the next few weeks in regards to user fee reimbursements, ways to honor senior student-athletes, collecting uniforms/equipment, etc. We are currently working on all of these things!
Spring User Fees Reimbursements: We are currently finalizing all spring sport user fee reimbursements. If you paid a spring user fee, you will be reimbursed for that money for your son/daughter. If you paid online, you will receive a check from the district in the mail. Please be patient as we have over 150+ athletic reimbursements to process.
I will be sending out more details regarding athletics in a separate email. If you have questions or concerns, please feel to reach out to me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Director of Athletics
NRSD Facilities Remain CLOSED
REMINDER: All NRSD athletic fields & facilities are closed until further notice for public/private use. This includes all NRSD facilities (Gyms, Fields, Tennis Courts, parking lots, around the school, gaga pits, etc.) and the HS Turf Field Complex and Track!
Note from the Health Office
We hope this finds you and your family healthy and safe. We are still in the middle of the surge in Massachusetts at this time, with the highest number of deaths reported from COVID-19 this past Wednesday, April 29. (As of this Thursday morning's writing). As of Wednesday 4/29, 3,405 deaths have been reported in MA from COVID-19, and the total number of cases in MA is 60,265. Please remember that many people with symptoms have not been tested and are being encouraged to stay home and quarantine strictly for two weeks, so these numbers do not reflect the true numbers of those infected. Also, please remember that many individuals are asymptomatic carriers, meaning that they can pass the virus unknowingly to others. (Percentages of asymptomatic carriers currently vary depending on the study and population tested). If you do have symptoms, which include headache, muscle pain, chills, sore throat, sudden loss of taste or smell, chest pain, fever, shortness of breath, vomiting, diarrhea, and/or fatigue, please call your healthcare provider and ask for a testing site. If you have symptoms, please be vigilant with your self-quarantining. New data is being reported of rashes, discoloration,swelling, and blisters on feet. The virus can cause clotting disorders and an increase in strokes is being reported in the younger population.
It is with this in mind that we thank you for your continued stay at home/ social distancing guideline recommendations. We are all helping to flatten the curve and allow our healthcare system to continue to operate the best that it can despite this pandemic. We are fortunate to live close to amazing health care facilities, and many of our friends and family are part of this health care system. We stay home and social distance so they can do their jobs safely, and to protect our loved ones, friends and family that could be fatally impacted by this virus. We know that close friends in our Nashoba community and strangers all over the country and the world are losing loved ones to this virus. Please continue to do your part to slow the spread so we can keep our loved ones alive and allow our health care and essential workers to go to work safely.
We realize that many of our friends and neighbors are currently out of work and may have new concerns. If you or your family have been affected by this, please reach out to us and allow us to provide support -- email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to all those who have communicated with us. We are also available by phone by appointment or during set hours (previously listed).
Sarah DelConte Cosentino: 978-831-4280
Laura Sullivan: 978-831-4284
We hope that everyone remains healthy, we wish healing to those affected, and we offer our deepest condolences to those who have lost friends or family members. We will get through this together.
Sarah and Laura
Resources for COVID-19: Food and Family Assistance
Update from Nashoba Regional Nutrition
Nashoba School Nutrition continues to feed all of our youth, from age 0 to 21, no questions asked, 3 days a week, in 3 locations! Families can pick up lunch/breakfast at Hale MS, Nashoba Regional HS, and Luther Burbank from 11AM to 12PM on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Please help us help you and stop by for breakfast and lunch!
Follow us @NRSD_Nutrition
Guidance Department Updates
AP Exam Update
SAT and ACT Dates
The ACT has testing dates scheduled for July, September, October and December. The ACT is now offering a new policy in which after a student has taken the entire exam on one of the test dates, a student is able to retest in any section of the exam on another test date.
The SAT is offering test dates on August 29 and September 26 as well as in October and November. Nashoba will be hosting the August, September and November tests.