Monday, November 19, 2012

Faculty and Students Together (FAST)

Good afternoon,

Faculty and Students Together day, or F.A.S.T. as it is commonly known, is a longstanding tradition at Nipmuc. On this day students participate in a number of competitions and group activities aimed at generating school spirit. It is a day of competitions and activities, highlighted by the school-wide pep rally that ends our day.

I am writing to you looking for help in building upon the success of last year's F.A.S.T. Through the work of our students, last year's event was a true success focused on school pride, volunteerism, and togetherness. I know that our student council has worked hard to make this year another success. In preparing for this, I am asking for the help of students and their parents in keeping the spirit of the day by following these guidelines:

  • During the pep rally negative chants directed toward other classes are not permitted. I specifically addressed this with our upperclassmen following the homecoming pep rally. The pep rally should be about school pride, not putting down other classes.
  • Students are encouraged to decorate the gym. Their signs need to be positive in nature and should not include statements intended to insult other classes or students.
  • The dress code remains in effect on Wednesday. School and class spirit are encouraged. Students need to remember the guidelines of the dress code when getting ready.
F.A.S.T. Events:
The following is a list of events and activities that will be taking place during F.A.S.T.
Bonfire: Tuesday, 5pm-7pm. Tickets are $2 and can be purchased through the end of the school day on 11/20. Students must buy tickets in advance. No ticket sales will take place on the evening of the bonfire. Students sign-in at the entrance to back fields (by the soccer field entrance along the main driveway of the building).

Activity sessions: Wednesday will feature two sessions of activities including such events as ping pong, volleyball, board games, Wii sports, dominoes, and banagrams. Students will participate in two of these sessions on Wednesday.  

Speaker: Nipmuc welcomes motivational speaker Scott Backovich. A nationally recognized motivational speaker, Scott will provide two presentations: one for freshmen and sophomores; one for juniors and seniors. 

Community service: As part of FAST students are collecting toys/art supplies/coloring books for children at Milford Hospital, raffling off an iPad (proceeds dedicated to various cancer funds ), collecting canned food for the food pantries, and running a Duct Tape a Teacher (or principal!) event run by the Special Nipmuc Olympic Warriors (SNOW).

Early dismissal:
As a reminder, students will be dismissed at 10:45am on Wednesday.

Thank you to our student council for organizing and running this event, and thank you parents your help in making the day a success.

John Clements

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Update from Nipmuc: 11/15/12

Parent/Teacher Conferences:
Thank you to all of the parents who attended yesterday’s parent/teacher conferences. Conferences will continue this evening from 6pm-8pm. As you make your way to the conferences, please bring your child’s report card with you in order to identify each of the teachers that you would like to see. A listing of teachers’ rooms will be available in the main lobby this evening.

FAST Activities:
Faculty and Students Together (FAST) will take place on Wednesday, November 21. As part of this day of school-wide activities and competitions, many of our students and groups are participating in fundraising activities to benefit local charities. Included below are some of the student-run activities that are taking place over the course of the next few days.
  • Sophomore Brett Alibozek is organized a drive to collect new coloring books, crayons, playing cards, and activity books for the Milford Hospital Emergency Center.  These donations will help to occupy children who are ill when they visit the hospital. Donations can be brought to the main office at Nipmuc. Donation boxes are also available at Clough, Memorial, and Miscoe Hill. Thank you for your support. Even the simplest donations will help. Please contact Brett Alibozek at with any questions.
  • The student council at Nipmuc will be running a canned food drive to benefit local food pantries. Students are encouraged to bring canned food to school. The class with the most canned food will win a Coffee Bean breakfast on Monday, 11/26.
  • The student council is raffling off an iPad to students on the day of FAST. Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5. The class that raises the most money through the sale of raffle tickets will be eligible to win the iPad in the raffle. All money raised through this raffle will benefit the cancer funds adopted by each class.

FAST Activity Sign-ups:
Students can sign up for FAST activities beginning today. The online form to register for activities can be found through the @NipmucNewsTwitter account or on the school’s website.

Financial Aid Night: 
The guidance department will host its annual financial aid night presented by the Massachusetts Educational Finance Authority (MEFA). This event will take place on Wednesday, November 28 from 6:30pm - 8:30pm in the Nipmuc auditorium. 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Winter Preseason Athletic Meeting: Change in Date

Good morning,
Please be aware that as a result of the girls' soccer district semi-final game, the Winter Preseason Athletic Meeting will be rescheduled to Tuesday, November 13 beginning at 6pm in the Nipmuc auditorium.

Come cheer for our girls' soccer team as they take on Holy Name at 3pm on Wednesday. This game will be held at Grafton High School.

Good luck, Warriors.
Good luck, Warriors!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Financial Aid Night

Good afternoon,
Included below you will find an invitation to attend the guidance department's annual Financial Aid Night. This presentation is typically attended by parents of seniors. Please review the information below for more details about this event.

Financial Aid Night:

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Good afternoon,
As a reminder, parent/teacher conferences will take place at Nipmuc Regional High School on Wednesday, November 14 from 12pm-2pm and Thursday, November 15 from 6pm-8pm.

Please be aware that tomorrow, November 2, marks the end of the first marking term. Report cards for term one will be sent home with students prior to conferences on November 13.

Thank you very much. I look forward to seeing you on the 14th and 15th.
John Clements