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NMS in the WPI News!

posted Oct 12, 2015, 3:07 PM by Catherine Stickney   [ updated Oct 12, 2015, 3:07 PM ]

Congratulations to Mrs. Taylor, our STEM teacher at the NMS, and her students! They were included in the October STEM Education Newsletter. Scroll to STEM in Action: Classroom Spotlight to learn more.

October Newsletter from the STEM Education Center http://bit.ly/1hBeiDI http://bit.ly/1hBeiDI

Are you connected? Don't miss out on news and reminders!

posted Oct 12, 2015, 1:55 PM by Catherine Stickney   [ updated Oct 12, 2015, 1:57 PM ]

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Northbridge Sets the Stage for the DESE

posted Mar 15, 2015, 3:41 PM by Catherine Stickney   [ updated Mar 15, 2015, 3:41 PM ]

Northbridge was honored this week to host a video crew from the School Improvement Network (PD360 and Observation360).

NPS was chosen as 1 of 10 districts in the state to share our positive practices with the Educator Evaluation system with a Professional Learning Network (PLN) this year.

Based upon that work, 4 districts were chosen to create videos that will be shared on the DESE website as support and training for the public. We were very proud to have segments of our Leadership Team meeting, and Ed Eval committee meeting, and a Learning Walk at NES video taped. Numerous interviews with teachers and administrators were also included.

Additionally, our work will be showcased at the spring state conference for educator evaluation, and Mrs. Ross has been asked to be a speaker at the plenary session.

We are very proud of the ongoing work and efforts of our staff as they strive for continuous improvement.


NHS Teachers Share Expertise

posted Feb 2, 2015, 2:31 PM by Catherine Stickney   [ updated Feb 2, 2015, 2:32 PM ]

This photo is from the Massachusetts Insight Education Session held at Chicopee High School on Saturday, January 31, 2015.  Both Greg Ostopowich and Melissa Aldrich were invited to teach sessions to classes of students from Westfield, Holyoke and Chicopee High Schools.  The topics mimicked the material teachers covered at Northbridge High School's Saturday Session held on Sat. Jan. 17th.

Spread the Word to End the Word Campaign

posted Jan 24, 2015, 6:04 PM by Catherine Stickney   [ updated Jan 24, 2015, 6:08 PM ]

This year NHS's STUCO will host the Special Olympic's Spread the Word to End the Word Campaign. This Special Olympics event asks people to pledge to stop saying the R-word as a starting point toward creating more accepting attitudes and communities for all people.  "Language affects attitudes and attitudes affect actions."  NHS's STUCO is hoping to end the use of the R-word by asking students to sign an End the Word banner during lunch on Monday, January 26. Students will also participate in an assembly on Tuesday, January 27.

On January 27, a Bocce Tournament will take place with teams of Special Olympians and other STUCO members. We are really hoping that this becomes an annual event at NHS to help support inclusive activities and attitudes. 

NHS Justice Academy and Law Students Observe Uxbridge Court In Action

posted Jan 24, 2015, 1:36 PM by Catherine Stickney   [ updated Jan 24, 2015, 1:36 PM ]

NHS Students Observe Uxbridge Court In Action - Contributed by Mr. Finkel

Northbridge, Tuesday, January 13th—Northbridge High School students from the Justice Academy and Mr. Finkel’s Law Class took a short trip down Route 122 to see how the legal system works on a daily basis.

Court Officers and the Clerk Magistrate, Mr. John Kennedy, welcomed us to the courtroom and fielded an array of student questions. Students’ eyes widened when they saw all the defendants and their friends and family members packing the gallery seats in the small courtroom.

There were at least 20 defendants waiting to see the judge, and all of them were seen in a little over an hour. Several other defendants on the docket failed to show for court, which the students learned is a “default.” The judge summarily asked the clerk to issue warrants for their arrests; the students commented at how quickly the judge issued the orders. He was all business.

Many defendants were unprepared for court. Some wore sweatpants and hoodies; others believed they would get a free attorney, even though they could afford one. Mr. Monahan, a special education teacher who was co-chaperoning the trip, told students that showing respect goes a long way with judges and law enforcement officers.

As a case in point, one man, who was dressed more properly, plead guilty to grand larceny, apologized for his actions, and offered to pay restitution of $2,100. He looked right at the judge and told him he would use his upcoming tax return to pay. The judge agreed to a payment plan. Students learned that a respectful, reasonable approach in court is more likely to meet with success.

On the other hand, several defendants were in court for probation hearings, and most had violated their terms. One man, guilty of assault and battery, had violated his probation several times. His attorney requested extended probation; the probation officer recommended one year in the House of Correction. The judge gave the man two years instead. He was led off in handcuffs and was taken down the back stairs.

Some students had commented earlier to Mr. Finkel that they hadn’t seen the back stairs until another defendant was cuffed and taken away. Once that had happened, it seemed to get “real” for them.

A Story from Dec. 17th - OpGrad Cookie Platters

posted Dec 21, 2014, 6:52 PM by Catherine Stickney   [ updated Dec 21, 2014, 6:52 PM ]

During the intermission of the holiday concert, an individual approached the OpGrad cookie table and offered to purchase any trays that were not sold by the end of the evening and donate them to the Peace of Bread Kitchen in Northbridge.  Everyone was stunned and touched by her kindness.  True to her word, she waited until after the concert to pick up the remaining trays and made a generous donation to our OpGrad in memory of Jacob Westbury, the student from BVT who passed on last week.  Standing there, everyone felt humbled and blessed by this one selfless act.  It was an amazing experience.

The spirit of the holidays is alive and well right here in Northbridge.

Thank you to our NHS parents, Mrs. Williams, and Mrs. Dupuis!

MS Computer Science Month

posted Dec 15, 2014, 7:33 PM by Catherine Stickney   [ updated Dec 15, 2014, 7:33 PM ]

On Tuesday, December 9th, Julio Colon presented to the students.  He currently works at EMC and came to speak to the students about the importance of programming. He shared details about his career and skills required to be successful in Computer Engineering. 

On Friday, December 12th, Shane Fung-A-Fat came to visit.  He has worked for many diverse companies over the years - one of which was Disney publishing for ESPN Magazine.  He is currently a Manager of Database Administration at the New England Journal of Medicine.

Thank you for sharing your expertise with us!


STEM Conference

posted Nov 1, 2014, 3:22 PM by Catherine Stickney   [ updated Nov 1, 2014, 3:23 PM ]


Northbridge Middle School students were invited to attend the STEM Conference at Tufts Cumming School campus in Grafton on November 1, 2014. The conference was sponsored by the Blackstone Valley Education Foundation.

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