NSBORO News ~ March/April
NSBORO News - March/April 2021
Table of Contents:
  • Superintendent's Update - We're all in this together
  • Creativity, Excellence, and Honoring in Action
  • It's Not Too Late: Sign up for COVID-19 pooled screening
  • NSPAC Go The Distance Awards
  • Updated District Travel Guidelines
  • Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Information
  • Algonquin Regional High School Student Newspaper
  • COVID-19 Weekly Dashboard
Superintendent's Update
Connection gives purpose and meaning to our lives. 
Brene Brown

On March 13, 2020, our District embarked on a journey it could never have predicted. I’m sure I’m not alone in my thinking at the time that the shift to remote learning would last no more than a couple of weeks, at most. I could not have been more wrong. Over twelve months later, our school community grapples with adjusting and supporting its students in a pandemic. I think we (students, teachers, and families) are exhausted in dealing with the pandemic effects and are ready for it to be over. I’m confident that our District is turning an important corner with increasing in-person learning pre-kindergarten through grade five and plans to increase in-person learning, grades six through twelve, on April 26, 2021.  
Throughout this Pandemic, we, as a learning organization, have learned a lot about how we teach, how students learn, and how we can support our students and families. As a District, we will reflect on the past year and ensure that the lessons learned are not lost and that we emerge from the pandemic stronger and more effective.  

For me, the pandemic brought to the surface how interconnected and interdependent we are on one another to be happy, healthy, and productive. I’ve always valued the power of connections; however, I’ve taken it for granted. Our schools are an essential habitat in our community ecosystem. The pandemic has brought attention to how we each play a role in each others’ lives and how individual actions have the power to impact the lives of many. Pre-pandemic, I never gave it much thought that an individual’s activities outside of school can close our schools. Pre-pandemic, there was much I took for granted. I never gave it much thought about how the air we breathe connects students and educators. I never gave it much thought about the impact of closing schools and shifting to remote learning would have on students, educators, and families. I never gave it much thought about how a virus could impact our communities. I have now.
As we look to the days, weeks, and months ahead, we need to continue to persevere. Our goal is to return our students to in-person learning five days a week. To accomplish this goal, we need to rely on the power of community - everyone doing their part, from students, educators, and families. Mask wearing, social distancing, hand washing, participating in COVID-19 screening, staying home when symptomatic are all actions that will help us achieve our goal. We are close to accomplishing our goal, and over the past twelve months, our school community has demonstrated grit! Angela Lee Duckworth, a psychologist, defines grit as “...passion and perseverance for very long-term goals. Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future, day in, day out, not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years, and working really hard to make that future a reality. Grit is living life like it's a marathon, not a sprint.”

We’re close to ending this pandemic marathon - unfortunately, we have a few miles left. I ask you for your continued support and grit.

Respectfully,
Gregory L. Martineau  
Superintendent of Schools
Creativity, Excellence, and Honoring in Action


Algonquin Regional High School Student, Olivia Kardos' Drama I Lip Sync Rendition of Farris Bueller's Day Off

In honor of Black History Month, the Algonquin band, chorus and orchestra students collaborated on a virtual performance of “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” 

Algonquin Regional High School’s Wreaths Across America Ceremony
It's Not Too Late: Sign Up For COVID-19 Pooled Screening

Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Update and Information
As The Public Schools of Northborough and Southborough, in collaboration with the school committees and the Northborough and Southborough town administrators work toward finalized budgets, I want to provide the communities with current information. Please visit the link below to find the key budget documents.

The Harbinger
Algonquin Regional High School Student Newspaper

COVID-19 Weekly Dashboard
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School Safety
K-12 Curriculum
School Committee Information
Calendar (2021-2022)
Calendar (2021-2022)


District Policies,
Procedures,
and Notices

  • Annual Notice Regarding Website Accessibility
  • Asbestos Policy
  • Free and Reduced Meals Information
  • Non-Discrimination Notice
  • Notice of Destruction of Student Records
  • Parents' Right to Know
  • Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) Notice
  • Rights Under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
  • Tobacco Ban
  • Student Insurance Brochure
  • Rights
Transportation Information

The safe transportation of students to and from school is a critical part of The Public Schools of Northborough and Southborough's operation.

For more information, please visit the District's Transportation Webpage
Food Services Information
The District is encouraging families to participate in the food services programs as the meals are free of charge until June 30, 2021. The USDA has extended a waiver to schools to give access to food during the pandemic.

If you have any questions, please email Keith Lavoie, Director of Operations, for support (klavoie@nsboro.k12.ma.us).
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