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January 6, 2017
  
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STUDENTS OF THE WEEK
NHS DECA TEAM

Congratulations to DECA team members Sheila McQuillen, Hallie Singer, Fiona O'Dea, Andrew Breton, and Peter Ryan for placing 1st in their respective categories of the District 4 competitions on December 15th in Boxborough, MA.

These students as well as nine others will be competing in the DECA State Competitions in March.
Well done, Team!
NATICK PUBLIC SCHOOLS HONORED
Natick Public Schools Placed on the College Board's
7th Annual AP
®  District Honor Roll
for Significant Gains in Student Access and Success
 
Natick Public Schools is one of 433 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 7th Annual AP
® District Honor Roll.

To be included on the 7th Annual Honor Roll, Natick Public Schools had to, since 2014, increase the number of students participating in AP while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher. Reaching these goals shows that this district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for AP. Learn more here.

Congratulations, NPS!
MIDTERM EXAM SCHEDULE
> All students in grades 9-12 who do not have any exams scheduled on a particular day do not need to attend school.
 
> Breakfast will be available in the Dining Hall. Please note that lunch is not provided on exam days.
 
> There are no late buses on exam days. Buses will depart NHS at 11:15 a.m. each exam day.
 
> In the event of a snow day on Tuesday, January 17th, those exams will be moved to Wednesday, January 18th, and so forth.

Monday, January 16
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
No School 

Tuesday, January 17
7:30 - 9:00 a.m. Exam 1
9:30 - 11:00 a.m. Exam 2
 
Wednesday, January 18
7:30 - 9:00 a.m. Exam 3
9:30 - 11:00 a.m. Exam 4
 
Thursday, January 19
7:30 - 9:00 a.m. Exam 5
9:30 - 11:00 a.m. Exam 6
 
Friday, January 20
7:30 - 9:00 a.m. Exam 7
9:30 - 11:00 a.m. Exam 8
FROM THE GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT

LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION
Info packets
will be mailed home to seniors with all the local scholarships available to them on Friday, January 20. This information will also be available on the Guidance Department website. There will be clear instructions for each scholarship and we encourage students to look through them to see which pertain to them.

ATTENTION SENIORS
The Guidance Department will be offering a special assembly for seniors during CDS on Tuesday, January 24 (Blue 1) to clarify the application process.
AP EXAM ONLINE REGISTRATION
Students planning to take AP exams may register online through
Total Registration now through 8:00 a.m. on Monday, February 20. The fee is $97 per exam.

Registrations completed after 8:00 a.m. on Monday, February 20 through 9:59 p.m., Friday, February 27 will incur a $10 late fee per exam.

Register early and avoid late fees!
THE PRINCIPAL'S REPORT

 Don't miss  this week's
Mr. Harrigan interviews Ali Chalmers about her efforts to raise money for the Starfish Girls from Gambia. Learn more about the school and hear a brief greeting from the girls.
FUNDRAISER FOR CHANGE THE WORLD
A group of Natick High School students called "Change the World" is raising money to host a benefit concert for the education of girls in The Gambia West Africa.
The group has partnered with Starfish International, a grassroots program in The Gambia that provides a secondary education to female students who would not otherwise receive one.
 
Please help them reach their goal of $7500 for this cause! Donations can be made at this GoFundMe site where there is also more information.  
FROM THE NHS LIBRARY

Happy New Year!


We are off to a strong start for 2017. The library has been packed with students who are prepping for mid-term exams. In addition, we have had many classes working on ...»

 

SENIOR CLASS DUES
CLASS OF 2017: pay your class dues!
Don't miss out on fun year-end senior activities!
 
Please bring in a check for $100 made payable to NHS Class of 2017.

Dues must be paid by the end of third term in order to participate in Senior Week activities, including the Senior Cruise. Checks can be given to Ms. MacAlpine in room 333, Mr. Milch in room 329 or to class officers: Amanda Cho, Andrew Sachs, Stephanie DeMeo, James Prim.

NO DUES = NO CRUISE!
NATICK REDHAWK HOCKEY FOOD DRIVE
JANUARY 7

Natick Redhawk Hockey presents...

5th Annual Food Drive in memory of 

Justin Bailey


 

Tomorrow night!
Saturday, January 7th

5:00-7:00 p.m.

@ William Chase Arena


 

See more details here.
 

NATICK TOGETHER FOR YOUTH
JANUARY 10
Natick Together for Youth
monthly Coalition meeting
Tuesday, January 10th
8:30-10:00 a.m.
@ NHS Faculty Dining Room

All are welcome to attend this meeting and learn more about how to get involved in NTY's activities to address youth substance use in Natick.

For more information, please contact Katie Sugarman
at 508 647 6623 or csugarman@natickma.org
STUDENT SERVICES PARENT COFFEE
JANUARY 20
Student Services Parent Coffee
Friday, January 20 / 8:15 - 9:00 a.m.
@ Natick High School Dining Hall
 
All parents are invited to join Tim Luff, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services, and his staff for coffee and conversation. This is an opportunity for all parents to meet in a relaxed setting to learn more about student services in Natick, to share information, ideas, and to make suggestions. This is a wonderful occasion to get to know some of the staff working with your child. The staff will be able to share information about happenings in the district as well as goals for the year. Parents with a child newly on an IEP, or parents of children receiving services who are new to Natick, may find this coffee very meaningful.

Please note: parents with concerns specific to their own student(s) are encouraged to contact their teachers or school staff for more personal discussions. 
Sponsored by Natick Student Services &
Natick Special Education Parent Advisory Council

COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITY
JANUARY 21-22
Morse Institute Library is in need of
several volunteers for their next 
Saturday, January 21st / 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, January 22nd / 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Volunteers can help with setting up, organizing, running the sale, and packing up. Bake sale items also needed! Students can earn community service hours. See more details HERE.

Interested? Email Maria Tumang at morsebooksale@gmail.com
CAP & GOWN ORDERS
FEBRUARY 9-10
ATTENTION SENIORS!

Graduation caps & gowns can be ordered in the Dining Hall during the lunch blocks on:

Thursday & Friday, February 9-10

Please bring cash or check for $21 made out to
Natick High School.
Cost includes cap, gown, and one tassel.

Extra tassels can be ordered for $4 each (add to your total).
ATTENTION JUNIORS

Applications for Engineering Program
now being accepted!
 
National Grid is pleased to announce it is now accepting applications for its   2017 Engineering Pipeline Program   .

Applicants must currently be in their junior year of high school, demonstrate a minimum GPA of 87%, provide evaluations from two teachers and submit a 250-word essay.

Click here to learn more about this opportunity.
JOIN THE NHS PTSO
The  Natick High School Parent Teacher Student Organization  thanks those who have already donated their PTSO membership dues as part of our 2016-17 membership drive .

Being an active member of the PTSO allows you to support your high school  and the future of all our students . The nature and extent of further involvement in the organization is entirely up to you. We use PTSO dues and donations to provide parents, teachers, administrators, and students with opportunities and tools to communicate. 
 
We also help with specific activities to support faculty and students such as the annual teacher and staff appreciation luncheon, scholarships for graduating seniors, SAT breakfasts, and guest speakers.
 
Every parent is a member of PTSO. Become an active member by completing this form  and sending your dues payment of $25.
 
It's a great way to be involved with NHS!
COMING UP NEXT WEEK
 
Mon., Jan. 9
Blue 2
7:00 p.m., School Committee, Town Hall
Tue., Jan. 10
Red 1

Wed., Jan. 11
Blue 1
Release Day
Thu., Jan. 12
Red 2
6:00 p.m., NHS School Council, room 104
6:30 p.m., 8th Grade Parent Curriculum Night @ NHS (Class of 2021)
Fri., Jan. 13
Blue 2