At the beginning of the school year, Nipmuc Regional High School voted to commit itself to a set of core values and beliefs that guide the work, relationships, and responsibilities of everyone in our school community. These values – academics, respect, high expectations, and accountability – are posted in the lobby of the school. More importantly, they are evident in the work of our students and staff members.
In order to communicate these values, six quotations that represent these ideals have been posted in the halls of our school. Through the 2013-14 school year, we are asking students to share the spirit of these values by participating in an essay contest in which they will write about these quotations. This essay contest will be offered once per term. Each quarterly winner will receive a $50 scholarship, and an overall winner will be chosen at the end of the school year to receive an additional $200 scholarship.
Students are asked to write an essay in which they discuss one of the quotations posted in our halls and how it represents a core value at Nipmuc. Participants are encouraged to be specific in how they explain how the values detailed in the quotations are connected to life at Nipmuc.
The first submission deadline is October 28th by 2pm.
The Nipmuc core values are academics, respect, high expectations, and accountability.
The quotes that are posted in the academic wings of our building are as follows:
- "High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectations." - Charles Kettering
- "To be one, to be united is a great thing. But to respect the right to be different is maybe even greater." - Bono
- "It is not only what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable." - Moliere
- "The willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life is the source from which self respect springs." - Joan Didion
- "In times of change, learners inherit the Earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped for a world that no longer exists." - Eric Hoffer
- "Remember that our nation's first great leaders were also our first great scholars." - John F. Kennedy
Good luck, students. We can’t wait to read your essays!