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March District Newsletter

Principal Search Committees Launched
The search for the next educational leaders of the Southborough Albert S. Woodward Elementary School, Mary E. Finn Elementary School and Algonquin Regional High School are underway.  We appreciate the participation of our school community through the Open Forums, focus groups at the school and building level and the Search Committees.  Interviews will be conducted within the week.  The Search Committee will recommend semi-finalists to the Superintendent for further consideration.

Next Generation MCAS (2.0) Assessments
This spring, students in grades 3 through 8 and grade 10 will be participating in the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS).  More information is available by contacting your child's school and/or visiting the Massachusetts Department of Secondary and Elementary Education’s website at:

Speaker Series:  Save the Date - April 3, 2017 – 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM 
STRESS: The Breakfast of Champions - How to Put Kids on the Cusp of Competence and on the Path to Success. April 3, 2017 – 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM atAlgonquin Regional High School J.F.K. Auditorium.

Guest Speaker:  Dr. Jerry Schultz.  Dr. Schultz is the author of a book about stress called “Nowhere to Hide: Why Kids with ADHD and LD Hate School, And What we Can Do About It.”  He also writes a blog on the Huffington Post and has an active following on Twitter. (For more information: The community is invited to attend this no cost event.

The presentation will examine the protective role of stress in the lives of all kids and adults, and how one’s perception of competence can move the needle from “good” stress to “toxic” stress.  Dr. Schultz will talk about his DE-STRESS Model of intervention, an approach that’s been very effective in teaching kids how to become the masters of their own academic destiny. This simple, but transformative model can help kids turn brain-shrinking (really!) toxic stress into the fuel they need for productive, effective learning. We’ll take a very practical look at the language we use with kids, and how to change mindsets and learning trajectories.

The annual event encourages our school community to reduce stress, unplug from technology and take a break from homework.  Everyone is encouraged to reconnect by making personal connections with friends and family.  This year’s date is Thursday, March 16, 2017.   

School Calendar and Communications Survey
The District is seeking input from the school community on several topics of interest including options for the FY 2019 school calendar and critical feedback on our progress towards realizing our communication goals articulated in the Strategic Plan: Vision 2020.  Our school calendar for FY 2018 is approved and published on our District website.  We appreciate your input and look forward to sharing the findings.  To take this brief but important survey, click on the following link:

Chromebook Campaign Congratulations
The Northborough Education Foundation is thrilled to announce that it has surpassed its goal of raising $50,000 for the purchase of 200 new Chromebooks for Northborough K-12 schools in just under one year. We could not have reached this goal without the generous contributions of so many local residents and businesses. We would especially like to thank our campaign sponsors: Wheelhouse Wealth Advisors, The Staples FoundationHaven Restoration and Northborough Chiropractic Center. The following businesses also contributed: T. Rose Karate, Central One Federal Credit Union, Liquid Ice, Northboro House of Pizza, Emily Jane Designs and LulaRoe.  NEF is currently working with the District Technology Team to purchase the new devices, which will ensure that grades 3-8 meet the 1:1 device to student ratio recommended by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.