Special Olympics Success!

On April 28, several students and staff from NMS attended the Special Olympics at Fitchburg State University. The day started with a royal send off for the athletes organized by our Student Council. Members of the band performed, students held signs and cheered while the athletes made their exit from the building. Thank you to the Student Council for organizing this very special event. The sports events the athletes participated in were a relay race, soccer skills, football toss, obstacle course and a 25 meter run/walk. There was also lots of fun and dancing in the “Olympic Square” where the DJ had great music and the athletes could dance with the Fitchburg State mascot.  It was a wonderful day and everybody had a blast. Congratulations athletes! Check out a video below:

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Student Spotlight: Elaina

 

Recently, one of our seventh graders,  Elaina Greco competed in the Eastern National Gymnastics Competition in Michigan.  Easterns is a competition for Level 9 gymnasts, who qualified within each region. Only the top 7 girls in each age group are chosen! Basically, Elaina competed against the best girls in half of the United States, for her age.

Elaina took 1st place in the Beam, 8th place on Floor, and 9th All Around.  Competition was fierce.  Elaina took 8th on Floor with a score of 9.4 , while the 1st place winner scored  9.5!

Way to go Elaina! Check out her videos!
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCxPzO3c5MbMDeJzaS22TSQ

Important Info for Parents

THE ADOLESCENT BRAIN AND THE PHYSIOLOGY OF ADDICTION: A CONCERN FOR US ALL

NM Cares will be hosting a workshop, “The Adolescent Brain and the Physiology of Addiction”, presented by Dr. Ruth Potee, board certified Family & Addiction Medicine Physician on Thursday, May 11th, 2017. The event will be held at North Middlesex Regional High School in the auditorium. The doors open at 6:00 p.m.; NM Cares resource table will be open until the presentation begins.  The presentation/question-answer session will be held from 7:00-8:30 p.m.

In this presentation Dr. Ruth Potee will:

  • Describe the pathways in the brain related to addiction
  • Explain the relationship of adverse childhood events and health outcomes such as addiction and chronic pain
  • Discuss the current opioid crisis and community impact
  • Answer audience questions following her presentation

This FREE program is open to parents, guardians, grandparents, students, educators, healthcare providers, and all concerned community members.

 

 

13 REASONS WHY: NETFLIX SERIES

The district administration wants to make you aware of a new series that some of our middle and high school students may be watching on Netflix, 13 Reasons Why.

The series is based on a fictional novel by Jay Asher which focuses on Hannah Baker who took her life and leaves behind tape recordings of the 13 reasons why and the story of individuals that may have contributed to her ultimate decision.

Our most vulnerable population of students may have difficulty processing the content and may not know that there are healthy and appropriate ways to handle stressful situations. The series contains graphic scenes involving sexual assault, sexual harassment, bullying and suicide which can be upsetting to most individuals but can be particularly difficult for students with a trauma history.

Below is information provided by mental health professionals about the concern for students and serves as a resource to parents/guardians and our school staff.

National Association of School Psychologists (Background)

https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources/school-safety-and-crisis/preventing-youth-suicide/13-reasons-why-netflix-series-considerations-for-educators

Jed Foundation (Issues raised)

https://www.jedfoundation.org/13-reasons-jed-point-view/

Jed Foundation/Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (Talking Points)

https://www.save.org/13-reasons-why/

According to the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide (http:/sptsusa.org), the following signs may mean that a young person is at risk for suicide:

FEELINGS – Expressing hopelessness about the future.

ACTIONS – Displaying severe/overwhelming pain or distress.

CHANGES – Showing worrisome behavioral cues or marked changes in behavior, including withdrawal from friends or changes in social activities; anger or hostility; or changes in sleep.

THREATS – Talking about, writing about, or making plans for suicide.

SITUATIONS – Experiencing stressful situations including those that involve loss, change, create personal humiliation, or involve getting into trouble at home, in school or with the law. These kinds of situations can serve as triggers for suicide.

Please feel free to reach out to your child’s school administration and counselors if you have any questions or concerns.

First Track Meet Results

At their first meet of the season against Groton-Dunstable, both the girls and boys track teams did exceptionally well! The boys won a tight meet by a score of 45 to 41, and, while the girls put up an amazing effort, they were not victorious against a very strong GD team.

For the boys, Jordan Meas came in second in the long jump with a jump of 14’9, Joey Doroski came in third in the shot put with a throw of 24’5, and Trevor Jenkins and Jacob Leblanc came in second and third in high jump, each clearing 5 feet. Caleb Amidon and Aidan Gallagher came in first and second respectively in both the mile and the 800, with both boys breaking the previous school mile record with times of 5:48 and 5:51. Other standouts included Max Patenaude, Will Toppi, and Matt Collins.
For the girls, Dova Koretsky came in first in the long jump at 13’2 and second in the hurdles. Meghan McCarthy was second in shot put with a throw of 24’5 and Jolina Rich cleared 4’2 to come in third in the high jump. Julie Crouse was third in the mile with a time of 6:36. Raelyn Callahan and Isabella Angelucci finished first and second respectively in the 100, with times of 14.4 and 14.5 seconds. Other strong performances were made by Evelyn Bagley, Lindsay Swartz, and Sophia D’Ambrosio.
Awesome job everyone! Our next meet is Tuesday at away against Bromfield.

Ice Cream for Sale!

Dear Parents,

We are pleased to announce that we will begin serving Rich’s Ice Cream in the middle school cafeterias beginning May 4.  The cost will be $1.00.

Rich’s ice cream novelties are designed specifically to meet the nutritional needs for schools, they meet the HHFKA requirements and are nut free.

Nutritional information can be found on Rich’s web site at www.richicecream.com.

We will be offering Low Fat Ice Cream Sandwiches, Fudge Frenzy Bars, Orange Cream Bar, Strawberry Shortcake, Chocolate Shortcake, and Creamy Cotton Candy.

Any questions can be directed to Michelle Curran, Whitsons  Food Service Director at curranms@whitsons.com.