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Superintendent's Weekly Update (05/03/2021)

Weekly Update: Friday, April 30, 2021  

  1. Teacher Appreciation Week 

  2. Algonquin Regional High School Mascot Update

  3. Annual Town Meetings and Elections - Save the Dates

  4. Upcoming School Committee Meeting Link

  5. Covid-19 District Dashboard

Dear Parent(s) and Guardian(s):

The first full week of May is Teacher Appreciation Week. On behalf of The Public Schools of Northborough and Southborough, I would like to express my gratitude to our faculty and staff, and for that matter all employees, for the work they do to ensure the success of our students.  Teaching is a calling, not a profession, and I am honored that our teachers have chosen our District as a place to make a difference in the lives of others.

I encourage you to join me in appreciating our educators this week by sending your child’s educator(s) a quick email thanking them for all that they have done this year. A simple note is often the most powerful way to show teachers you appreciate their work.


Gregory L. Martineau

Superintendent of Schools

Algonquin Regional High School Mascot

Dear Parent(s) and Guardian(s):

At the April 28, 2021, Northborough-Southborough Regional School Committee meeting, the Committee voted by a unanimous vote by the members present to retire the Tomahawk as the mascot of Algonquin Regional High School (ARHS). The Committee collectively felt that ignoring the clear and vocal opposition of Native American communities to the continued use of Native American mascots, symbols, and nicknames is not aligned with Algonquin Regional High School’s values. Continuing the use of the Tomahawk as the ARHS mascot reinforces negative stereotypes that overshadow past and present contributions, perspectives, and struggles of Native American people. 

For many members of the ARHS community, including alumni, this change will be experienced as a loss. Many have shared the opinion that the Tomahawk was never intended to disrespect Native American peoples. On this point, there is clear agreement; the intent of the image has never been in question, however, we now know more about the impact that the image may have on our Native American students as well as our students from other historically marginalized groups. We recognize that the memories and successes associated with the Tomahawk are positive and valued by some former and current students, and we look forward to continuing to support their success with a new mascot.

The Committee voted to establish a Renaming Study Group in the near future to engage the community in choosing a new mascot, which will serve to unify Algonquin students and families in ways that are consistent with the purpose of an institution’s mascot. The full School Committee Motion can be viewed here.

Algonquin Regional High School will continue to be a leader in academics, athletics, and the fine and performing arts. As we look to the current and future generations of ARHS students, we are confident that they will develop as local and global citizens who demonstrate the District’s core values: Integrity, Empathy, Inclusivity, Equity, Perseverance, and Respect.


Gregory L. Martineau

Superintendent of Schools

Joan G. Frank

Northborough-Southborough Regional School Committee Chair

Sean P. Bevan

Algonquin Regional High School Principal

Annual Town Meetings and Elections - Save the Dates

Northborough Annual Town Meeting Date: Saturday, May 1, 2021, at 9:00 AM

Northborough Annual Town Elections Date: May 11, 2021

Southborough Annual Town Meeting Date: Saturday, May 22, 2021, at 10:00 AM

Southborough Annual Town Elections Date: May 11, 2021

Upcoming School Committee Meeting Links

Northborough School Committee Meeting Link

Wednesday, May 5, 2021, at 6:30 PM

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