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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.
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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.
Congratulations, NHS Student Council! They were awarded the Silver Council of Excellence Award at the state conference on March 13, 2015!
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 in an assembly on
On We are really hoping that this becomes an annual event at NHS to help support inclusive activities and attitudes., a Bocce Tournament will take place with teams of Special Olympians and other STUCO members.
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.
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!
On Tuesday, December 9thJulio 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 12thShane 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!