Thursday, May 16, 2013
The After Prom Party will begin at midnight on Friday, May 24 and end at 5 a.m. on May 25 at Natick High School.
For the 25th consecutive year, juniors and seniors at Natick High School, along with their prom guests, will have the opportunity to continue the fun after the prom ends by heading to the After Prom Party. This year's theme is Mardi Gras and will be held in the new Natick High School. "The After Prom Party was a perfect way to have fun with friends, be safe and get a lot of free stuff at the same time," Lily Von Der Lieth, a senior last year, said after last year's party. "There is stuff to do for everyone and it's a great way to have some free fun." Some of the activities that will be taking place at the party are laser tag, t-shirt art, a casino, fortune tellers, a rock climbing wall and bungee trampoline. There will also be a DJ playing…
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The magazine's 2013 rankings came out Monday.
On mobile? You can see interactive map here. Newsweek has ranked Natick High School as the #698 high school in the country. For its rankings, Newsweek sent out a survey to more than 5,000 high schools in the U.S., with about 2,500 schools responding in 2013. You can see the details about Natick High School's ranking, and every other ranked high school by clicking on the markers in the interactive map above. The survey scores were then weighted and calculated using several criteria including on-time graduation and college acceptance rates. In addition, instead of averaging the number of courses offered, this year Newsweek considered the percentage of students enrolled in AP, IB or Advance International Certificate courses. The final scores …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Josh Hannah, the head of the social studies department at Natick High School, was recently recognized for "Excellence in Education" by the Goldin Foundation.
Josh Hanna, the head of the social studies department at Natick High School, was recently honored at the 23rd annual Goldin Foundation Educators Forum, where he was recognized for "Excellence in Education." "This came as a surprise to me," Hanna said. "I suppose I helped, but I received this mainly because of things the department has done. It's very exciting. "I've had great leaders. There were so many great teachers I learned from early on in my career. I've had an opportunity to learn from so many. I think this makes a statement about a a group of people who provide a great learning opportunity. It's a great place to teach." Hanna has been teaching social studies at Natick High for 13 years and is currently in his third year as the head…
Monday, May 6, 2013
Digital Conversation to Digital Citizenship to be held Tuesday, May 7 at Natick High School.
The public is invited to an event tomorrow night at 7 p.m. at Natick High School entitled, "Digital Conversation to Digital Citizenship." Sponsored by the Natick Public Schools, Trend Micro, the Natick Education Foundation and the Natick Anti-Bullying Coalition, the event will give parents an opportunity to hear national experts in the field of children and Internet safety speak and participate in discussions related to the topic. "This is a great opportunity," said Lynette Owens, a Natick resident who is the founder and Global Director of Trend Micro's Internet Safety for Kids and Families Program (ISKF), as well as the Internet Safety Education Chair for the Natick Anti-Bullying Coalition. "They're going to be looking at it from a wider …
A panel of technology experts from across the country will spend time at Natick High School tomorrow to observe how learning is shifted by the use of technology.
The panel of technology experts who will be leading the Digital Conversation to Digital Citizenship tomorrow night will be visiting Natick High School tomorrow morning to take part in a series of activities so they can see "how learning is shifted by the use of technology," according to Natick Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Karen LeDuc. This series of events is part of the Future Ready statewide initiative that Natick is piloting and also part of Natick being a Project RED signature district. The Future Ready Leadership Team and school administration will have a breakfast meeting where Superintendent of Natick Public Schools Peter Sanchioni will give a presentation showing how Natick made the digital conversion to 1:1 computing. …
Monday, April 29, 2013
480 students in grades 9-12 made the Honor Roll, while another 312 students made the High Honor Roll in information provided by the Natick Public Schools.
The accompanying list of students who made the Honor Roll at Natick High School for the third term was provided by the Natick Public Schools. Please see the attached PDFs to view the list.
Friday, April 26, 2013
One Natick High science teacher gives the answer on her website.
Did you know that the new state-of-the art Natick High School is LEED Gold Certified? The school achieved this distinction by being environmentally in six different categories, according to Natick High science teacher Susan Haverstick's website. The six different areas that NHS has green measures that enabled them to become LEED Certified, as well as some of the reasons the high school meet the criteria, are: Lastly, did you know that Natick High has five electric vehicle charging stations in the parking lot? Patch has verified that at least one staff member drives an electric car and charges his car during the day while at work. Do any students charge an electric car at school during the day? Tell us in the comments.
Natick Together for Youth will host an event that will discuss social host laws and teach prevention strategies.
Natick Together for Youth will host a 'Conversation that Matters' on Monday, April 29, from 7-9 p.m. in the Natick High School cafeteria, according to their Facebook Page. Natick Police Chief James Hicks will be at the event, where parents can learn about social host laws and some substance prevention strategies. Parents will also learn about prom and graduation season, as well as the After Prom Party, which is strongly encouraged for students to attend. Visit this link to register for thsi event. More information is also available at NTY's website.
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Monday's Board of Selectmen and School Committee meetings both dealt with issues related to dogs.
Dog talk dominated portions of the School Committee and Board of Selectmen meetings this past Monday. Several parents attended the School Committee meeting to express their dissatisfaction with the School Department's decision to have police canines search Natick High School for drugs. The search, which took place March 12, left many questions in the minds of some parents, such as the effectiveness of the search, which other school districts do this and what costs are associated with doing this. Meanwhile, at the Selectmen's meeting, a group of neighbors led by Bob Doherty testified to the lack of control another area resident had over his two golden retrievers. The neighbors sought, and were granted, a dog hearing before the Selectmen for…
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Several parents attended last night's School Committee meeting to voice their displeasure over the school district's use of drug-sniffing dogs to search Natick High School.
Several parents expressed anger, outrage and dissatisfaction at last night’s School Committee meeting when the floor was opened for public comment regarding the canine unit drug search that took place at Natick High School on March 12 after Superintendent Peter Sanchioni presented his report on the search. Calling it “part of a comprehensive plan to eliminate drugs on campus” and “part of saying we will not tolerate drugs,” Sanchioni said that doing a search like this, where students remain in the classrooms (called shelter in place) while the dogs go through the hallways, helps keep drugs out of Natick and acts as a deterrent to drug use. “I guarantee that bringing in canines isn’t a deterrent,” said Emily Tobin, who identified herself as…